Fall Festival organizational meeting

A Fall Festival organizational meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday evening, Feb. 23.

Christine Eddington, a former executive committee member who is leading the effort to reorganize and resume the annual celebration, said all community members are invited to participate.

The evening will include elections to form the Fall Festival’s executive committee and board of directors, she reported.

Due to the pandemic no Fall Festival was held last year, which would have been the 50th annual celebration.

Eddington said that she hopes to resume the festival this year, although possibly on a smaller scale due to the pandemic restrictions.

“We don’t know that the Fall Festival will look like this year because we don’t know what the COVID restrictions will be,” she commented. “We are hoping to do some type of a smaller festival this year and then have a full Fall Festival next year.”

But, Eddington emphasized, resuming the Fall Festival will depend on community volunteers stepping forward to help plan and host the celebration.

In addition to reorganizing the board of directors and executive committee, Eddington said, one goal for this year is to go through the process of having the Fall Festival formally recognized as a 501c3 non-profit.

The organizational meeting will be Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. at Pizza Plus.

Eddington said a volunteer list is also being compiled and can be found on a link on the Newman Fall Festival Facebook page.

Merced County library

The Merced County Library has launched a digital “dial-a-story” feature which allows children to phone in and listen to a weekly story.

To access the story, dial 209-439-5040, choose a language and listen to the story.

A new story is featured each Tuesday.