Central Valley Opportunity Center has six scholarships of $1,500 each to award to high school students in Madera, Merced and Stanislaus counties this year. Each will be awarded on a competitive basis. Students must have a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 and plan to attend a post-secondary educational institution in the fall. Applications are available at all high schools in the three counties. Students should contact their school counselor or Alicia Chavez at email@example.com or (209) 357-0062, ext. 123. Deadline is April 4.
Ducks Unlimited dinner
Atwater Ducks Unlimited’s annual banquet is today at 4 p.m. at the Atwater Community Center, 760 E. Bellevue Road. Tickets are $60 for an individual, $85 per couple, $35 for Green Wing (youth members), $480 for a corporate table and $900 for a gun table. This includes annual membership, hat and dinner. For more information, call Darrin (209) 386-0401 or Blair (209) 617-0112.
Day of Prayers
Church Women United will have its annual World Day of Prayers on March 7 from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the First Church of Christ Holiness USA, 509 Martin Luther King Jr. Way. “Streams in the Desert” is the theme. Volunteers will present the program, featuring the country of Egypt. Light refreshments will be available. All women are invited to attend. Call (209) 722-61001 for more info. An offering will be taken.
Tacky Bingo at arts center
The Merced Multicultural Arts Center will host Tacky Bingo with Buferd Bubba and Trixie Faye on March 8 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the center, 645 W. Main St. Cost is $10 for unlimited games and $5 for students. Proceeds go to the arts center. Call (209) 777-3863 for more information.
Travel club trips
Big Valley Travel Club is offering many new trips this year starting March 9. For more information about trips and costs, email BVTravelclub@charter.net.
Thunder Youth Cheer
Thunder Youth Cheer will be taking registration for the 2014 cheer season March 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Osborn Park.