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March , 2017


Merced College’s Community Services offers a wide array of life-long learning and leisure activity classes beginning in March 2017.
Community Services provides area residents with opportunities for education, enrichment, and adventure. The classes are non-credit and range from fitness classes to interesting daylong excursions..
Following are just some of the classes offered:

B.A.R. Smog Update – UT 037—This is a California Bureau of Automotive Repair class that will use help technicians diagnose mechanical problems.

Date: Saturday & Sunday, March 11-12, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Location: Merced College Business Resource Center, Room 120
Cost: $225 perparticipant.

Badminton—Participants will learn to play badminton and understand the basic rules that apply to the game. Come have fun, all levels are welcome!

Date: Wednesdays & Fridays, March 15-April 12, 7-10 p.m.
Location: Merced College Gym
Cost: $40 perparticipant

Beginning Sign Language—In this class you will have fun learning the basics of American Sign Language. Learn how to communicate with others without even saying a word! Students will learn through playing games, signing songs, and telling stories in this fun and interactive class

Date: Tuesdays, March 7-28, 5:30-7 p.m.
Location: Merced College Business Resource Center, Room 121
Cost: $60 perparticipant

Ceramics Open Lab—Explore the tactile qualities of clay and create your own ceramics through practical instruction in a relaxed atmosphere. This open lab will provide one-on-one instruction for beginners to advanced artists. Focusing on pottery as a form of visual art, the classes will cover a number of topics and techniques, from basic wheel thrown pottery to hand built pottery to raku. Your creative ceramic pieces will then be glazed and fired for you to take home or give as a gift. Final pick up date will be May 25 between the hours of 10 a.m. and noon, upon arranged appointment with Ira Jones, (209) 384-6369.

Date: Thursdays, March 16-May 11, or Mondays, March 20-May 15, 6-9 p.m.
Location: Merced College, ART 5
Cost: $80 per participant

California Academy of Sciences—Inside bucolic Golden Gate Park, the California Academy of Sciences holds a fascinating collection of 38,000 natural wonders and the occasional freak of nature. Under the wild flower-covered “living roof,” butterflies flutter through a four-story glass rain forest dome, a rare white alligator stalks a swamp, and Pierre the Penguin paddles his massive new tank in the African Hall. Kids are sure to enjoy Saturday Family Nature Crafts as well as the basement aquarium, where they can duck inside a glass bubble to enter an eel forest, find Nemos in tropical fish tanks, or pet starfish. You’ll be able to access the roof for panoramic views of Golden Gate Park, or glimpse skyward into infinity in the Planetarium. For the ecology-minded, check out the displays throughout the main floor, which show how conservation issues affect California’s ecosystem.

Date: Saturday, March 11, 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Location: Departure- Merced College Business Resource Center
Cost: $139 per participant

Dancing for Birth—Have fun learning how all expectant moms (vaginal/VBAC/Cesarean) can move to music, before, during, and after birth, using special dance techniques to get more comfortable during pregnancy, encourage babies into optimal positions, and promote recovery after birth. So tie a scarf around your hips, and spend an hour of fun, bonding with your baby, as we dance and talk about birthing. Post-partum moms and newborns welcome! Check it out at

Date: Mondays, March 20-April 10, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Location: Merced College, Gym 4
Cost: $20 per participant

Golf for All Ages—Whether you are a beginner or advanced player, your game will improve with this class. This golf lesson course will cover full swing, short game, basic rules, and general golf etiquette. Gary Olson played on the PGA tour for 10 years, participated in 11 national championships as well as 2 major championships, and has been teaching golf for 50 years. Bring your own clubs or borrow one of ours.

Date: Saturdays, March 18--April 8, 9-11 a.m.
Location: Rancho Del Rey Golf Course
Cost: $55 per participant

Introduction to Microsoft Excel 2013—In this hands-on workshop series, you'll discover dozens of shortcuts and tricks for setting up fully-formatted worksheets quickly and efficiently. You'll learn the secrets behind writing powerful formulas, using functions, sorting and analyzing data, designing custom charts and graphs, creating three-dimensional workbooks, building links, and creating macros and custom toolbar buttons.

Date: Fridays, March 24-April 7, 8:30-11:30 a.m.
Location: Merced College Business Resource Center, Room 216
Cost: $145 per participant

Fitness Lab Membership—Want a gym membership without the application fee and yearly contract? Join the Merced College Fitness Lab with memberships available for a one month period. Save $5 per session when you register for two or more sessions at once.

Date: Mondays–Fridays, March 1-31, 5:30-7:30 a.m.
Location: Merced College, Gym 5
Cost: $25 per participant

Flying and Photography with a RC Quadcopter—Flying a remote controlled quadcopter and taking images can be quite a challenge. This class is designed to get your RC Quadcopter off the ground and start taking aerial photos. You will learn safety regulation and precautions, basic flying techniques and skills, and start taking images from the air that can be edited and shared.

Date: Saturdays, March 18-April 1, 9 a.m.-Noon
Location: Merced College, Art 8
Cost: $55 per participant

Jr Blue Devil Splashball—Splashball is a program under the umbrella of USA Water Polo and exists to introduce water polo to the younger generation in the community. This fun, healthy activity promotes fitness, self-esteem, and water safety while teaching the basic components of water polo.

Date: Tuesdays & Thursdays, March 14-May 4, 4-5 p.m.
Location: Merced College Pool
Cost: $80 per participant

Jr Blue Devil Water Polo—This class is for students who are ready to move to the next level beyond Splashball and for students who are ages 10-14 who have never played water polo. Students will transition from using the noodle, the course increases to 25 yards, and the ball is bigger. The class will cover basic fundamentals and prepare students for advanced water polo and playing with the year-round club team.

Date: Tuesdays & Thursdays, March 14-May 4, 4-5 p.m.
Location: Merced College Pool
Cost: $80 per participant

Lap Swim—Swimming is one of the best forms of exercise. Enjoy open lap swim at the Merced College Pool throughout the summer/fall term at any of the three time slots. Please note that on occasion, Lap Swim is cancelled due to other events being held at the Merced College Pool. In the event of such cancellations, Community Services strives to provide adequate notice to all participants so that arrangements can be made to swim at a different time.

Date: Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays, March 1-March 31, 5:30-6:30 a.m., Noon to 1 p.m.
Location: Merced College Pool
Cost: $20 per participant

Microsoft Office Specialist Certification—Demonstrate that you have the skills needed to get the most out of Office by earning a Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification in a specific Office program (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access, SharePoint, or OneNote). Holding MOS certification can earn an entry-level business employee as much as $16,000 more in annual salary than uncertified peers.

Date: Thursday, March 23, 10-11:30 a.m.
Location: Merced College Business Resource Center
Cost: $50 per participant

Scrapbooking 101—Do you have photos in books or just laying around and don’t know what to do with them? Do you want to create a legacy to pass down to the next generation? Have you ever wanted to scrapbook bust just don’t know where or how to begin? Then this class is for you. You will learn how to organize; why we scrapbook; and some basic tools you will need to get started creating and preserving your precious memories for years to come.

Date: Saturday, March 11, Noon to 2 p.m.
Location: Merced College Business Resource Center
Cost: $25 per participant

ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification—This two-day training session is an exam preparation course. You must attend both dates in the same month. The ServSafe Exam will be proctored directly after the second day of training from 1-3 p.m. You need to pick up your textbook and preparation materials at least one week prior to the 1st day of class. Participants must also register at and purchase an exam access code for the online exam. The cost of the online exam access code is $36, and must be purchased prior to the first day of class.

Date: Wednesdays, March 8, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., and March 15, 1-3 p.m.
Location: Merced College Business Resource Center
Cost: $179 per participant

Photography Unplugged—This course is designed to challenge and enhance the photography and composition skills of each photographer. Together we will study famous images as well as the photographic and design principles that were used to create them. Then we will start to photograph and create great images. It is neither necessary to own a high priced camera, nor have extensive Photoshop skills in this class. It is more important to be open and willing to experiment and have a lot of fun.

Date: Thursdays, March 16th – April 20th from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: Merced College, Art 8
Cost: $95 per participant

For more information, contact the Merced College Community Services office at (209) 384-6224 or register at

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Detailed class info on our website: 722-7897

We hope you that the school year is off fantastic start! Things have been amazing here at BYL! Our Performing Arts Department is off to a great start and as the school year is in full swing now, we are offering our Academic Enrichment classes! These include: Magic Tree House Book Club, Liberty Girls Book Club, Sew It Goes, and our popular Lego Engineering Program.

Classes Enrolling Now!

Classes for Pre-Schoolers

Magic Tree House Book Club
This class explores the beloved book series by Mary Pope Osborne. The class explores a new book every month to join Jack and Annie as they travel historic times and fantastic places where they use research, riddles, codes and courage to solve problems, complete missions and help those in need. During each club meeting, students will join in a short, guided discussion of the book and explore the culture, peoples, art, and time periods discussed in the book through in-class adventures!

Coming Soon!


Liberty Girls Book Club
The classic American Girls book series follow girls throughout both historical contemporary settings. TheDuring each club meeting, students will join in a short, guided discussion of the book and explore the culture, peoples, art, and time periods discussed in the book through in-class adventures!


LEGO Engineering
We have Lego Engineering classes all the young aspiring engineers! These classes present LEGO activities & challenges that develop strong critical thinking skills and refine deductive reasoning skills. All while the boys and girls conduct experiments with specialized sets by LEGO. Students will conduct experiments with friction, speed, gravity, gears, pawl and ratchet, inertia, and More!!!


And Don't Forget About
Our brand new choir just for boys!


Rowdy Rascals
Don't forget about our BRAND NEW Boys Show Choir!!! We are so excited to announce our newest performing arts class: a show choir for active young boys! Your kiddo will learn to sing and perform while capturing the fun, rough and tumble adventures of being a boy!


Sew It Goes
Want to make your very own clothes and more?! Join our sewing class! Learn about hand-sewing, threading a needle, tying knots, cutting patterns, proper preparation, set up, and how the sewing machine works!! We will practice sewing straight lines, curved lines, zig-zags, back-stitches, single stitches, sewing curves, corners! And of course, through all of this they’ll learn how to sew safely!
Students will put all of their skills to use as they make (and bring home!) some super-awesome projects, including their very own pillow-case!


Rhythm and Dance
This class is a wonderful beginning level introduction to music and dance! Little boys & girls from ages 3-5 will be encouraged to develop their large and fine motor skills as they explore beginning Hip-Hop, World Dance, Ballroom, and Lyrical Ballet!

Singers Company

Did you know we have a choir devoted to just Pre-School age girls! And they are so precious!! But Singers Company is more than singing and dancing! It empowers girls to perform, gain confidence, and make friends!

Detailed class info on our website: 722-7897


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645 W.Main St., Merced

Beadventuress - 725-8318
809 W. Main St., Merced

Verna's Folk Art - 384-3330
2812 G St., Merced

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Contract Bridge Lesson

• George J. Loscalzo - 723-0345
• Duplicate Bridge Game - 723-0345
Regent House of Merced 3420 R Street

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• All Star Cheer - 357-4224
451 Belleue Rd., Atwater
• American Ballet Conservatory - 357-4224
451 Belleue Rd., Atwater
Artree - 388-1091
645 W.Main St., Merced
• Ballroom Dance Social - 385-6851
Merced Senior Community Center 755 W. 15th Street
• Carrillo's Shotokan Karate-Do - 827-0149
921 W. Pacheco Blvd., Los Banos
• Clogging Instruction By Althea - 384-2469
• Dancers' Studio, The - 357-3503
1197 Atwater Blvd., Atwater
• Denisa's School of Dance - 383-4806
2816 N. G St., Merced
• Merced Senior Community Center - 723-7469
(Square or Round Dancing)
755 W. 23rd St., Merced
• Merced Gymnastics Club - 384-0323
443 W. 18th St., Merced
• Modified Aerobics
Merced Senior Community Center
755 West 15th Street
Miss Noelle's Musikgarten - (209)761-5666
The Multicultural Arts Center
645 Main Street, Merced CA 95340
• Polynesian Dance Workshops
Easr Campus Educ. Center 1900 G Street
• Rainbow Cloggers - 384-2469
851 West 23rd Street
• Rosemarie Studios Dance & Piano - 826-4347

1402 S. Nevada, Los Banos"
South Pacific Dance Company - (209) 726-1925
2400 Martin Luther King Jr Dr, Merced, CA 95340
• Westside School of Dance - 827-3837
1725 W. Pacheco Blvd., Los Banos
• You Can Dance Co. - 522-0895


• Dog Obedience - 385-6851
Applegate Park 26th & N Streets
• Evolution Kennels - 725-3415

Castle AFB, Atwater
• Feather Ranch Kennels - 826-1568
14220 W. Henry Miller Ave., Los Banos
• Firecracker K-9 - 358-5999
• Nelson Kennels - 826-1737
13680 S. Volta Rd., Los Banos
• Pacific Flyway Kennel - 826-0618
14999 S. Volta Rd., Los Banos
• Twer Bird Dog Kennels - 847-6338
13537 Orange Blossom Rd., Oakdale

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• Atwater Sports Academy - 357-4224
451 Bellevue Rd., Atwater
• Merced Gymnastics Center - 384-0323
443 W. 18th St., Merced
Polynesian Dance Workshops - 385-7426
1900 G Street (Cafeteria, East Campus Educ. Cntr)
• Tumble Time Gymnastics - 723-8309
140 Macready Dr, Suite A, Merced
• Westside Academy of Gymnastics - 826-1116
444 Santa Rita, Los Banos

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• Mountain View Stables - 559-665-7331
26360 Avenue 26, Chowchilla
• Willow Ranch - 394-8180
11933 W. Rose Ave., Atwater

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Martial Art

Atwater Shotokan Karate School - 358-4400
272 Broadway, Atwater
Brown Martial Arts Academy & Supply - 725-1821
2820 N. G St., Merced
Carrillo's Shotokan Karate-Do - 827-0149
921 W. Pacheco Blvd., Los Banos
Danzan Ryu Jujitsu
Golden Valley High School Wrestling Room
2121 E. Childs Ave.
Eastwind Martial Arts Academy - 723-1358
1635 G St., Merced
Hakeem's Tae Kwon Do - 385-7426
Merced High School 205 W. Olive Ave.
Karate For Kids - 826-3800
Moe's Sidekicks Taekwondo & Blackbelt Center
335 W Main Street, Merced
(209) 723-4522
Moore's Martial Arts Atwater
(209) 723-0051
2100 Academy Drive
Atwater, CA 95301
S K I Karate Dojo
- 384-3178
541 W. Main St., Merced
Williams Kenpo Karate - 827-1110
1450 S. Mercy Springs Rd., Los Banos

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Abarca Group - 827-3544
PO Box 2252, Los Banos
Artree - 388-1091
645 W.Main St., Merced
Bow Rehairing - Ken Keuning
Drum Lessons By Steve - 826-5924

1215 E. B St., Los Banos
Gottschalk Music - 725-0626
355 W Main Street, Merced
Harmony Valley Chorus / Women's Chorus
Contact Dorris at 383-4848 or Nancy at 722-0774
Ingrams Music - 383-4675
332 W Main Street, Merced
Jamal's DJ Workshop

East Campus Educ. Cntr. 1900 G Street
Mixmaster Recording - (209) 358-2464
1080 3rd Street, Atwater, CA 95301
Piano and vocal instructor - Monet Beardsley
3748 Chukar Ct. Merced, CA 95340
Piano Lessons - Linda Cone
Gottschalk Music Center
Piano Teacher - Lindsay Dickson
Seay's Music Studio - Janet Seay
Tubalady's Music Studio - 394-2036

311 E. Main St, Turlock, CA 95380
Contact: Lynn M. Valero
Tubalady's Music Studio - 394-2036
718 Celia Dr, Livingston, CA 95380
Contact: Lynn M. Valero

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• Alexander Street Montessori School - 383-1232
201 E Alexander Ave., Merced
• Jones Becky Swim School - 826-6335
1218 Arizona Ave., Los Banos
• Millennium Sports Club - 722-3988
350 E. Yosemite Ave., Merced
City of Merced Swim Lesson Program
Information: Recreation Office - 385-6978

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Tennis Instruction

  • Future Stars 2000 Merced Tennis Academy
    Classes held in four week sessions
    Tiny Tots - Ages 4-7
    Beginners - Ages 7-10
    Junior Excellence - Ages 10-17
    Private Lessons - All Ages
    Location: Merced High School Tennis Courts
    Instructor: Maurey Varney
    Call for Information: 385-7426
  • Millennium Sports Club - 722-3988
    Adult Beginner Clinic
    Tennis Lessons for Juniors (7 to 16)
    Tennis Lessons for Adults
    Group Lessons
    Private Lessons
    Call for information: 722-3988
    350 E. Yosemite Ave., Merced


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Track & Field

Junior Olympics Track & Field
Youth Events For Individuals With Disabilities
• Merced County Special Olympics
Information: 385-7426

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• Merced Senior Community Center - 385-8803
755 West 15th Street
Line Dancing, Pinochle, Bridge Club, Women's Crafts & Chat, Wood Carvers, Golden Notes, Tai Chi, Merced Writers Club, Senior Social Club
Call for available times and information - 385-6855
• Monthly Meetings
AARP Board Meeting
AARP General Meeting
Merced Senior Citizen's Inc.
Call for meeting schedules - 385-8803
• Sunday Senior Dances - 385-8803
Merced Senior Community Center
755 West 15th Street
• Senior Social Club
Call for activity schedule - 385-8803
• Merced Over 50's Club
Business Meeting - 723-6398 or 722-9175
Potluck - 723-6398 or 722-9175
• Merced County Area On Aging - 385-7550
851 West 23rd Street

Millennium Sports Club - 722-3988
PACE Exercise Program
Aqua Motion Water Exercise Program
350 E. Yosemite Ave., Merced

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