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Local artists explore love, loss at Enrichment Center

Enrichment Center (EC) artists will be opening their next exhibit on the third floor of the Merced Arts Center on Feb. 14 — Valentine’s Day. This special exhibit is inspired by the holiday, and its themes of love and friendship — and heartbreak too. The exhibit will feature two sides, “Heart Emoji” and “Rip My Heart Out Of My Chest.”…

Merced Celebrates Day of the Dead

The Multicultural Arts Center (The MAC) in downtown Merced brought together dozens of local residents who participated in the opening reception for the annual Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) observance. They enjoyed the colorful exhibits on display inside the galleries, traditional dance presentations, and dressing up for the…

Residents gather for Riley Walk, call for end to violence

Dozens of families, neighbors, friends, police officers, and community leaders made their way to the FoodMaxx parking lot to celebrate the memories of those who had lost their lives too early to violence as part of the annual Riley Brothers Victims’ Remembrance Walk. Held on the second Saturday of October each year, the event…

Merced Pride Fest returns to Downtown Merced

The Merced Pride Festival brought lots of color to Main Street in Merced last Saturday — the first time since 2019 and the subsequent covid pandemic lockdowns. This year’s celebration included over 70 vendors as well as live music from DJ Disappearing People, drag performances, speakers, a community dance party, and live arts…