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Health fair

San Joaquin Drug is holding its annual Health Fair from 4 to 7 p.m. today at 9215 Highway 140 in Planada. The event will include free glucose, and blood pressure testing, and hearing/vision and dental checks, plus games for kids. For more information or booth sign-up, contact Mary Bass at (209) 617-4481 or email

Asthma Camp

The Boys and Girls Club of Merced County plans Asthma Camp from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the McCombs Youth Center, 615 W. 15th St. This camp is designed to provide an opportunity for children with asthma and their parents to share ideas, problems and concerns about asthma. The event is free. For more, call the club at (209) 722-9922.

Yosemite Valley trail ride

The Merced Horsemen’s Yosemite Valley Trail Ride is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday . The group will meet at the Valley Floor Stables, $5 per rider. For more information, call Bob Hefner at (209) 756-0620 or (209) 723-4480.

Hall of fame banquet

Tickets are on sale for the third annual Blue Devil Hall of Fame induction ceremony and banquet at Merced College on Saturday The event will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. in the gymnasium of the 3600 M St. campus. Tickets are $50 per person, or a sponsored table of eight is $500. Tickets are available from the Merced College Foundation, or online at For more, call Steve Cassady at (209) 658-1659, Nancy Bates at (209) 384-6322, or the Merced College Foundation at (209) 381-6470.

Mental Health Board meetings

The Merced County Mental Health Board meets the first Tuesday of every month from 3:30to 5 p.m. at 1137 B St., Merced. Everyone is invited to attend.

Tea Party Meeting

The Merced-Atwater Tea Party regular monthly meeting will be Thursday, 6:30 to 8:30 PM, at the Atwater Memorial Building, Fifth & Broadway, Atwater. The speaker this month is Marie Roberson, Stanislaus County Tea Party coordinator and Tea Party California Caucus GOP representative. She will give an update on last month’s convention, plus a rundown on ballot measures. Johnny Tacherra, 2014 Republican candidate seeking election to the U.S. House of Representatives to represent the 16th Congressional District, may also be in attendance. Everyone is invited to attend and participate.

Symphony fundraiser

The Merced Symphony will hold its annual Music & Merriment Fundraiser at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Ming Luke, the recently appointed resident interim conductor, will speak about upcoming concerts for the 2014-15 Season. He will also accompany soprano Carrie Hennessey, who will entertain guests with several songs. Tickets are $75 and will only be sold in advance. Please visit for more details. Ticket outlets include the Merced Multicultural Arts Center, Merced Floral, Christina’s Fine Clothing, Big O Tires, and Goldsmith Jeweler in Atwater.

Vet ceremony in LB

Merced College’s Los Banos campus plans a ceremony honoring the United States Submarine Veterans at 10 a.m. Monday at the Westside campus, 22240 Highway 140 in Los Banos. The event will feature the planting of trees and markers around the campus, and the revealing of a monument to those who served on board U.S. naval submarines. For more, call the campus at (209) 381-6417.

OLM Oktoberfest

Enjoy an evening under the stars while eating sausage and drinking beer at the Our Lady of Mercy Oktoberfest at 6 p.m. Saturday, 4526 E. Highway 140. There will be several varieties of sausage, cheese, pretzels and beer. New this year will be a fudge-tasting bar. For details or to purchase tickets, call OLM School Office at (209) 722-7496. Tickets are $25 each. Must be 21 and over.

Pedal Merced

The Pedal Merced Family Bicycle Fest, sponsored by United Way of Merced County, will start at 9 a.m. Sunday at Merced High School, 205 W. Olive Ave., and follow bike paths throughout central Merced. The aim is to get families to use the paths for exercise and fun. Registration is $10 per person or $25 for a family and includes lunch. Register or pick up a form at Kevin’s Bikes on Olive Avenue or United Way on Main Street. An online form is available at For details, call the United Way at (209) 383-4242 or visit the Pedal Merced website.