Around Town 02-01

Lunch to benefit SPCA

The Merced SPCA will have a Valentine luncheon from 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 8 at Los Panchos Restaurant, 2971 G St. The meal is a tostada or enchiladas with rice, beans, drink and dessert for $15. There will be raffle tickets and gift baskets available for purchase. All proceeds benefit the animals at the SPCA shelter, 1021 E. Childs Ave. You can purchase tickets at Los Panchos, Wash n’ Wag or A Blooming Affair Floral in Merced, Expressions of Love in Atwater, or at the door. For more information call (209) 384-7722 or (209) 723-8953.

Crab and cioppino

Buhach Pentecost will have its crab and cioppino dinner Feb. 8 at Buhach Hall, 2889 N. Buhach Road. No-host cocktails from 6 to 7 p.m., and dinner at 7. There will be a dance afterward. Tickets are $45 for adults and $20 for children. Proceeds will help Buhach Pentecost maintain its facilities. For more information or to buy tickets, contact Steve at (209) 402-1841 or Michelle at (209) 499-9097.

Memorial dinner, auction

The Dos Palos Lions Club will host the Jiggs Graham Memorial all-you-can-eat crab feed and silent auction with a raffle Feb. 22. Cocktails from 6 p.m. to midnight, dinner at 7:30 p.m. 931 Center Ave., Del Hale Hall, Dos Palos. $45 per person. For tickets, call Billy Bratcher 704-2410, Donald Vincent, 761-5422, Thomas Climer, 587-0699, Tom Pigg 752-8218 or Robert Ingram, 535-3014, or buy them at the Dos Palos Sun, Sevatorium or from Lions Club members.

Dreams Bridal Fair

Dreams Bridal Fair will be at noon, Feb. 23 at the Merced Golf and Country Club. It’s a chance to meet with local reception experts and plan your special day. Tickets are $5 per couple. There will be more than $1,000 in door prizes, refreshments and no-host bar. Proceeds benefit the United Way Root Social Program. For more information, go to www.cencalevents.com or call (209) 722-2692.

Pro-life speech contest

United for Life of Merced County’s annual pro-life speech contest will be at 6 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Merced Civic Center, Sam Pipes Room. The contest is open to high school-age students throughout Merced County. Applications are available and due by Feb. 22. For more information and applications, visit www.mercedprolife.com or call (209) 383-0407