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Around Town (10/11/14)

Atwater Fall Festival this weekend

The Atwater Chamber of Commerce Fall Festival will be today and Sunday at Ralston Park in Atwater. The times are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. The festival includes arts and crafts, food booths and a car show. For details, go to or call (209) 358-4251.

Atwater-Winton Lions Club Breakfast

The Atwater-Winton Lions Club will have its Pancake Breakfast Buffet from 7 a.m. to noon today at 3rd Street and Grove Avenue in Atwater. Tickets are $7 per person. Proceeds benefit Camp Pacifica and local Lions projects. For details, call (209) 358-0044 or (209) 358-1668.

Symphony fundraiser

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

Our Lady of Mercey Oktoberfest

Enjoy an evening under the stars while eating sausage and drinking beer at the Our Lady of Mercy Oktoberfest at 6 p.m. today, 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 tickets, call OLM School Office at (209) 722-7496. Tickets are $25 each. Must be 21 and older.

Pedal Merced Bicycle Fest

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 United Way at (209) 383-4242 or visit the Pedal Merced website.

Yosemite trail ride

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

Ida Johnson fundraiser

A Chicken ’n Waffles Brunch fundraiser for Merced Union High School trustee Ida Johnson is set for 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at It’s Our Kitchen, 1513 W. Main St. Tickets are $20 each. Menu includes grits, sausage, egg casserole, potatoes, fruit and a beverage. Dine in or take out. Call (209) 349-8333 or visit for details.

Lions Club benefit dinner

The Merced Breakfast Lions Club will serve take-out rigatoni dinners from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 16. The dinners can be picked up at the Italo-American Lodge, 1351 W. 18th St. Cost is $8 per dinner. For tickets, contact Lou Mondo at (209) 722-8949. Proceeds benefit Merced youth activities.

NAACP banquet

The Merced County NAACP’s 53rd Annual Freedom Fund Banquet is scheduled for 6 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Merced Senior Center, 755 W. 15th St. in Merced. Keynote speaker for the event will be Sarah Lim, Merced County Courthouse Museum director. Tickets are $40. For details, call Kenneth Roberts at (209) 761-6869.

Class of ’79 reunion

The Merced High School Class of 1979 will have its 35th reunion 6 p.m. to midnight Oct. 18 at the Merced Golf and Country Club, 6333 Golf Road. Admission is $40 per person. For more information, call Denise (Smothers) Gallagher at (209) 777-3000 or Karyn (Stella) Johnson at (209) 658-3637.

Holiday bazaar to help veterans

The American Legion Post 83 Merced will host its second annual Fall Holiday Fair Bazaar featuring crafts and antiques, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 1-2. Vendors must apply by Oct. 31. Booths are 10 feet square for a $65 tax-deductible donation (both days). The fundraiser benefits local veterans and the preservation of the historic Veterans Memorial Building. For more information, call Linda Perry at (209) 769-8499, email or go to the American Legion Post 83 Merced’s Facebook page.