Crows Landing community cleanup

The Crows Landing Community Services District will be spearheading a community clean up for Crows Landing residents Saturday, June 12 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Dumpsters for disposal of unwanted items will be located at 22001 G St., Crows Landing.

The Crows Landing Lions Club will be serving free hot dogs at noon to community members who attend. Explorers from the West Stanislaus County Fire Protection District will be available to help community members dispose of items into dumpsters.

After hearing from the community that it had been 10 years since the last community clean up, Supervisor Channce Condit, who represents Crows Landing, worked with county staff to identify funds to support the effort.  

“Listening to the concerns of the Crows Landing Community Service District, the need to host a community clean-up day became clear,” said Condit.

Most garbage items are permitted for disposal in the dumpsters provided. However, there are exceptions, including hazardous waste, tires, construction debris, etc. The list of unacceptable items can be found at:

Vaccine clinic in Gustine

Simply Grace Fellowship in Gustine will host a COVID-19 vaccine clinic in partnership with Golden Valley Health Centers.

First shots of the Pfizer vaccine will be administered Saturday, June 12, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Gustine church, located at 894 Sycamore Ave. A second dose will be administered Saturday, July 10.

The vaccine is available to anybody 12 and older who lives or works in Stanislaus or Merced counties.

Appointments guarantee vaccination. Walk-ins are available but in limited supply.

Call 359-2026 to schedule an appointment.

Miss Newman, Little Mr. and Miss Newman

Organizers of the 2021 Miss Newman Pageant and Little Mr. and Miss Newman Contest are accepting candidates for those events.

The competitions will be held Saturday, Sept. 4, as part of the Newman Fall Festival.

Miss Newman contestants must be a high school sophomore, junior or senior in the 2021-22 school year and reside in the Newman-Crows Landing Unified School District.

The Little Mr. and Miss Newman Contest is open to participants ages 5-7 who reside in the Newman-Crows Landing Unified School District. Entry fee is $25. The Little Mr. and Miss Newman Contest is limited to eight participants in each division.

For more information about the contests, call Yaya Munoz or Zoe Munoz at 695-9991.

Kids’ craft camps

The Gustine Recreation Department is hosting summer craft camps for children.

Jennifer Villalobos of A Crafter’s Paradise will lead the sessions.

The camps will meet from July 26-30. Ages 7-12 will meet from 9 a.m. to noon. The camp for ages 3-6 will meet from 1-3 p.m. each day.

Fee is $30.

Register online at the City of Gustine website.

Merced County library survey

The Merced County Library wants to hear from residents to help guide its 2021-24 strategic plan.  

Surveys will be available to all residents online and at library branches until June 18. Library staff members are hoping to solicit the participation of people from all regions and all segments of the population. The library will use survey results to help guide the department’s work as it positions services to better meet the needs of the community. 

“We strive to play a vital role in the continued strengthening of the communities we serve and the Strategic Plan will help guide decisions to ensure we do so,” said Amy Taylor, county librarian. 

Library staff will also visit various locations within the county to elicit participation from as many residents as possible.  

“Community partnerships will play a critical role to ensure we reach non-library users and listen to their voices, too,” said Chairman Daron McDaniel of the Merced County Board of Supervisors. “We’re always trying to find ways to improve our services, and this is a major component of that.”  

The survey is available in English and Spanish. 

To fill out the five-question survey, please visit Para español: 


American Legion Auxiliary

The American Legion, Manuel M. Lopes Post 240, Auxiliary will meet Thursday, June 10, at the Green Acres club house in Gustine. The meeting, which includes installation of officers, begins at 6 p.m. Guests are welcome.

For more information, call Audrey McIntyre, 854-6094, or MaryAnn Watson, 854-6672.

Takeout tri-tip dinner

The Newman Fire Department Association will host a takeout tri-tip dinner Saturday, July 17.

Meals for a family of four include a whole tri-tip, beans, salad and dinner rolls.

Meals may be picked up at the fire station from 1-5 p.m.

Tickets are $40 and may be purchased from any firefighter.

All proceeds benefit the Newman Fire Department.

Call 862-1716 for additional information.

Gustine Fourth of July parade

The Gustine Chamber of Commerce is accepting entries for the 2021 Fourth of July parade.

The patriotic procession will roll through downtown starting at 10:30 a.m. Gustine Sunday, July 4.

Sponsors are also being accepted for the parade.

Call the Gustine Chamber of Commerce, 854-6975, or Judi Gandy, 777-9382, for parade entry or sponsorship information.

Parade entry forms are also available at the Gustine Chamber of Commerce office, which is open Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Lee’s Floral and Pat’s House of Beauty.

Church plans family events

The Orestimba Presbyterian Church in Newman is hosting a number of family events this year.

A science day with Ron Clark will be held Saturday, June 12, from 2-4 p.m. in Westminster Hall.

A youth relay and family movie night is planned from 5-10 p.m. Saturday, June 26.

A chase tag event will be held Saturday, July 24, beginning at 3 p.m.

The church will host a family astronomy/potluck/camp-out from 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27, to noon Saturday, Aug. 28.

An audience participation mystery night will be offered Saturday, Sept. 25, from 5-7 p.m. in Westminster Hall.

An advent candle/wreath-making day is planned for Saturday, Nov. 13, with details to be announced.

All events are free and open to the community, with no advance registration required.

Those participating are asked to wear a mask. Sanitizer will be provided.

Call 862-2661 for more information.

Newman Woman’s Club

The Newman Woman’s Club is planning to resume monthly meetings in the fall and is recruiting new members.

Those interested in learning more about the service club are asked to contact Debbie Allan, 862-3571.