Around Town 02-04

Volunteer orientation

Habitat for Humanity of Merced County will have volunteer orientation from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday at St. Paul Lutheran Church Outreach Ministry Center, 2916 N. McKee Road. Look for the Habitat sign on the front of the building. All new volunteers are required to attend. Call (209) 726-0850 for more information.

Sober Grad committee

If you are interested in joining the Sober Grad committee for Merced and Golden Valley high schools this year, please call Debbie at (209)354-0403.

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A small-business workshop, “Where’s The Money?” will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Alliance SBDC, 1810 K St. If you are looking for capital to start or expand your business, this workshop will help you find it. For more information or to register, go to www.alliancesbdc.com/merced-trainings or call (209) 386-1008

‘The Laramie Project’

ABC Productions, the theater departments of Atwater and Buhach Colony high schools, will present “The Laramie Project” Thursday through Saturday at the Buhach Colony Theatre. The play recreates the effects of the murder of Matthew Shepard on the town of Laramie, Wyo., through a montage of interviews conducted after the murder and subsequent trial. For more information, contact abettis@muhsd.org or call (209) 357-6600

Give blood, get dinner

Give blood and receive a ticket for a free meal from VFW No. 8327. A community blood drive will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Livingston Veterans Memorial Hall, 1605 7th St. Donate a pint of blood and receive a coupon for a meal by the Livingston-Delhi Veterans of Foreign Wars and Ladies Auxiliary. For more information, call Denis Wells at (209) 394-2059 or visit www.vfwlivingston.com. Walk-ins are welcome.

Reading Society discussion

Merced Reading Society will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Barnes & Noble, 1720 W. Olive Ave., Merced, to discuss “The Bostonians” by Henry James. Newcomers welcome. For information, call Marilyn at (209) 725-1868 or email mkolar95340@aol.com.

Lockett to sing Etta James

The Merced County Arts Council will host Cheryl Lockett in “The Blues of Etta James.” The concert will take the audience on a journey through the songbook of the legendary and soulful blues diva, Etta James. Show is 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Doors open at 7. Tickets are $25. For more information, call (209) 720-4997