Los Banos area community briefs

March 14, 2013 

St. Joseph's Catholic church plans a number of fetes in honor of its patron saint this weekend. A service is scheduled at 8:15 a.m. today, as well as a Mass Saturday at 5:30 p.m. Sunday will mark services at 9 and 11 a.m., one to be followed by food and the other to feature the Knights of Columbus, respectively. The largest part of the celebration, which includes music, dancing and a potluck, is planned after the 1 p.m. service Sunday. For more information, call Blanca Bisson at (209) 826-4532.

Bloodmobile to visit Los Banos on Thursday

A blood drive is planned Thursday at the Church of Latter-day Saints, 1826 S. Center Ave., from 3 to 6:30 p.m. For more information, call blood drive chairwoman Helen Gallichio at (209) 826-2365 or Darla Silvera, a Central California Blood Center employee, at (559) 288-6319.

Blood drive planned at Pacheco AAA office

A blood drive is planned March 25 at the office of AAA in Los Banos, 919 Pacheco Blvd., from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For more information, call Mary at (209) 827-5002 or Connie at (209) 827-5001.

Transit service workshops scheduled

Officials from the transit service for Merced County -- TheBus -- will host several workshops throughout the county to present revised routes and introduce the recertification process for riders to access Dial-A-Ride services. Two identical Los Banos meetings are planned March 26 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Los Banos Community Center, 645 Seventh St. Riders may also visit the Merced Transpo Center on March 22 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to meet the transit manager, view the proposed new routes and provide input. For more information, visit www.mercedthebus.com or call (800) 345-3111. Dial-a-ride bus service is available to and from these meetings, free of charge, by calling (209) 384-3111.

Teenage driver education available

The California Highway Patrol is offering a Start Smart presentation for teens 15 to 19 and their parents. The course will take place March 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the CHP office, 706 W. Pacheco Blvd. Space is limited. To to reserve a seat or get more information, call officer Matt Pinheiro at (209) 826-3811.

Touchdown Club offers poker for a cause

The Los Banos Touchdown Club will have a Texas Hold 'em poker tournament April 7 at Pierre's Delicatessen, 933 Sixth St. The buy-in is $75 and first place is $1,000. The proceeds from the event go toward supporting the Los Banos Tigers Football team. For more information, call John Windecker at (209) 704-5658.

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