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A fiesta breaks out for Planada Community Day

By Yanira Ledezma A colorful fiesta danced down Sutter Street in Planada last Saturday as part of the town’s annual Community Day Celebration. Spanish music blasted as the parade made its way toward Houlihan Park where over 40 vendors and a park full of onlookers awaited the celebration. The small town, just east of Merced, has been…

Merced welcomes impressive new Community Garden

https://youtu.be/hHtG1HKfzo4 Merced welcomed an impressive new community garden — the largest of its kind in the city — during a ceremonial ribbon cutting at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in north Merced on Friday, May 3. It’s being called the Healthy House Food to FoRx Community Garden, and it’s the result of a partnership between…

Rural Justice Summit rocks Multicultural Arts Center

The Merced Multicultural Arts Center was filled with UC Merced students and residents alike last Saturday as UC Merced’s 2019 Rural Justice Summit got underway. The event included pop-up, meet-ups with conversation topics like home restaurants, the Green New Deal, decolonizing wealth, food, poetry & collective imagination, equitable food…

Tahitian dance, culture celebrates 40 years

The Kiki Raina Tahiti Fete, which took place at Golden Valley High School from March 22 through 24, drew hundreds of people to Merced who were there to appreciate the preservation of a unique culture. The festival, founded by Becky Manandic, is the longest continually running Tahitian dance competition outside of Tahiti, and the only event…

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