What: IRISH AUTHORS NIGHT
When: Saturday, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Carinos restaurant, 3401 Dale Road
Info: Got Irish? The Irish Cultural Society is sponsoring Irish Authors Night. Bring a poem; entertainment will be provided. For more information, call (209) 529-9164.
What: NEIGHBORS HELPING NEIGHBORS MEETING
When: Monday, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Trinity United Presbyterian Church, Telle Center, Room 502, 1600 Carver Road
Info: DelWood Neighborhood Alliance is holding its monthly meeting. All are invited to participate; the focus of the meeting will be neighbors helping neighbors.
What: MENTAL HEALTH EDUCATION COURSE
When: Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.
Where: 500 N. Ninth St.
Info: The Stanislaus Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Health is beginning a 12-week Family-to-Family Education course. Classes are for family members, partners or friends of a person who has a mental illness. For more information or to register to attend, call (209) 558-4555.
What: LUNCH-AND-LEARN PROGRAM
When: Thursday, noon
Where: Jacobs Restaurant, 2501 McHenry Ave.
Info: The League of Women Voters is hosting a lunch-and-learn program featuring Stanislaus County District Attorney Birgit Fladager as guest speaker. The topic of the presentation will be the roles, responsibilities and pressing issues of the district attorney and will include the impact of a tightened budget on her office. Open to the public, cost is $13 and reservations are not required. For more information, call (209) 524-1698.
What: HOWL-O-WEEN OPEN HOUSE
When: Saturday, 1 to 3 p.m.
Where: Best Friends Pet Resort, 2631 Olive Ave.
Info: Bring your family and your dogs. There will be a costume contest, games, prizes and treats. Dogs will be available for adoption. For more information, call (209) 892-3114.
What: HAUNTED HOUSE
When: Today, 5 to 9 p.m.
Where: Westside Community Ambulance, 151 S. Highway 33
Info: Westside Ambulance is hosting a Halloween event for families. Events will include crafts for younger kids, a bake sale and a haunted house recommended for ages 10 and older. Admission is one can of food for children, two cans for teens and adults or a frozen turkey for the whole family. For more information, call (209) 862-2951.
What: TINY TOTS PUMPKIN PARTY
When: Wednesday, 5:15 p.m.
Where: Merced Civic Center, Sam Pipes Community Room, 678 W. 18th St.
Info: The Merced Recreation Department is hosting a Tiny Tots Pumpkin Party for ages 3 to 6. There will be pumpkin decorating, and costumes and parents are welcome. Space is limited; preregistration is required. Cost is $5. For more information or to register, call (209) 385-6298.
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