Around Town:

July 4, 2014 

Scholarships available

The Horatio Alger Cortopassi Family Foundation is offering vocational scholarships for community college students. Students can receive $2,500 per semester, up to a maximum of $10,000. Applicants must live in Merced, Stanislaus, Madera or San Joaquin counties; be no older than 25; demonstrate financial need with a financial aid award letter; and be a high school graduate or have a GED equivalent. For more information and to apply online, go to www.horatioalger.org/scholarships/certificateprogram.

Spend a day at Chukchansi

The Italian Catholic Federation is sponsoring a day at Chukchansi Casino on July 14, for $32 a person. Participants will receive $10 for gambling and $5 toward lunch. The bus will depart at 9 a.m. from the parking lot across from the post office at 23rd and M streets. Boarding begins at 8:30 a.m. Deadline to hold reservations is Thursday. Checks should be made out to ICF and sent to 2829 Bedford Drive, Merced 95340. Please bring a driver’s license or photo ID. For more information and reservations, call (209) 383-4819 or email Natalinas@comcast.net.

Center accepting groups

Merced is looking for groups to operate the McNamara Park Community Center and provide youth programming and other activities. Groups can use the building at no cost; the city will pay for utilities. In order to qualify, applicants must have 501(c)(3) status, be able to provide $1 million in insurance and must have been in existence for at least six months. A joint application by two or more groups is acceptable. The deadline for applications is noon, July 31. For more information, go to www.cityofmerced.org or the Parks and Recreation Department office on the first floor of the Merced Civic Center, 678 W. 18th St.

Class of ’84 reunion

The Atwater High School Class of 1984 reunion will be held from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday at the Branding Iron, 640 W. 16th St. For ticket information or details, go to www.AHS1984reunion.eventbrite.com, or email Andrea Wood Hillyard at tim60ee@aol.com.

Board of Supervisors meeting

The Merced County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to meet at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the county administration building, 2222 M St. Appointing a new county librarian is on the agenda. For more information visit co.merced.ca.us.

Disabled American Veterans seeks volunteers

Disabled American Veterans is looking for men and women to be volunteer drivers. Volunteering to drive a veteran ensures that even those who live some distance from VA hospitals can make their appointments and not go without the treatment they need. DAV needs volunteers in the Merced area and will provide a vehicle and fuel. For more information, call (559) 241-6424 or (559) 225-6100, ext. 6907.

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