Around Town (5/12/14)

Bariatric weight loss

Merced Bariatric Weight Loss Support Group meets at 7 p.m. Thursday at 315 Mercy Ave., third floor, classroom A. Call (209) 261-6333 for more information.

Garden Club’s Spring Tour

The Merced Garden Club will hold its Spring Tour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday with six gardens open. Tickets are $15 and are available at A Blooming Affair, Aloha Floral and Gift Shop, Tioga Florist, and Merced Gardens and Nursery. Call (209) 639-5626 for more information.

House candidates debate

The Merced-Atwater Tea Party will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars hall at Fifth and Broadway. The program will be a debate forum among candidates for the 16th Congressional District, Joanna Botelho, Steve Crass, Mel Levey and Johnny Tacherra.

Lions Club Clays Tournament

HILMAR Camp Pacifica’s Annual Lions Club Sporting Clays Tournament will be held Saturday at the Rooster Ranch, 26166 Kelley Road. Registration is at 8 a.m. There will be the 100 target challenge, Team Flurry and Long Shot contests. Cost is $90. Call (209) 667-0483 for more information. Proceeds will benefit the Camp Pacifica-Lions Club Hearing Impaired Free Summer Camp for boys and girls ages 7-15.

Special adoption event

The Merced SPCA will host a special adoption from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at the SPCA shelter, 1021 E. Childs Ave. Pets over the age of 3 years can be adopted at no charge, pending approval and home visits. Requirements are a valid I.D., proof of address and verification that landlords accept pets. Call (209) 384-7722 or (209) 723-8953 for more information. Merced County residents only.

K-9 police handler at Uniformed Services

The National Association for Uniformed Services, H. Wayne Hein Chapter 18, will meet at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the new location at the Castle Air Museum banquet room. The speaker will be a K-9 handler from the Atwater Police Department. Call (209) 358-2045 for more information.

Genealogy pros to lecture

“Calling in the Pros,” with Janice Sellers, Sheri Fenley and Corey Oiesen of the Northern California Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists at noon on Saturday in the Gracey Room, Merced County Library, 2100 O St. Open to everyone.

Hamburger Night

Hamburger Night is every Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Atwater Veterans of Foreign Wars post, 1390 Broadway.