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Wildlife care center plans baby animal shower
baby animal shower
Spring is a busy time at the Stanislaus Wildlife Care Center, where volunteers help care for injured or orphaned baby animals (Photo contributed).

The Stanislaus Wildlife Care Center will celebrate spring with its annual Baby Animal Shower, allowing the public to see some animals up close and personal.

The event will be held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 6, at the Wildlife Center inside Fox Grove Fishing Access, 1220 Geer Rd., Hughson. Games, refreshments, face painting, T-shirts for sale, and kid's crafts will be offered. There is no admission charge, but a list of suggested gifts is as follows: paper towels, postage stamps, receiving blankets, 13-gallon trash bags, HE liquid laundry soap, unwanted real fur coats or a cash donation. The center has an Amazon wish list available at: Volunteers are also welcome.

The public can also meet volunteers and employees, the people who care for the 2,000 plus injured and orphaned animals admitted each year. Also available for viewing are the center's animal ambassadors, or animals that cannot be released into the wild for various reasons and now reside at the center. Many of these animals are used in school presentations to help educate about California native wildlife. Poe the crow, Scrunchie the California ground squirrel, Tesla the American kestrel and Otis the screech owl a few of the animals that will be available for viewing. Display times are posted on the center's website,

The Stanislaus Wildlife Care Center started in 1984 and is completely supported by donations.


University Easter egg hunt

Stanislaus State sorority Phi Sigma Sigma is hosting their 20th annual community Easter egg hunt from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the university’s quad area. There is free entry into the egg hunt. The event also includes kid-centered games, food and more.


Kite festival flies into Livingston

Prepare to take flight on Sunday as the 8th Annual Knights of Columbus “Time to Fly” Kite Festival descends upon Livingston Middle School. This hallmark event is a celebration of professional and leisure kite fliers with some of the most colorful giant “show kites” that can be shaped as planes, birds, dogs, octopus and many more.  The Merced County Sheriff’s Helicopter will land to kick of the event and the first 500 kids get a free kite.

The festival will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Livingston Middle School, 101 F St., in Livingston. The event features giant kite flying demonstrations, kite-building workshops, kite building contests and “The Jim Strealy Memorial Sugar-Free Candy Drop” presented by Fluetsch and Busby Insurance — where candy is dropped from a big kite. 

Other activities include the Rotary Club of Livingston Pie Eating Contest, a Rubik’s Cube solving contest, face painting, bounce houses and crafts, plus various cultural performances and safety demonstrations from Livingston Police and Fire, CHP and Merced County Sheriff.  Livingston Community Health will also be doing free preventive health screenings.