Enrollment packets at Mountain Area elementary schools
Mountain Area elementary schools are encouraging parents to pick up enrollment packets to register their children for school. Items needed to complete the enrollment process include legal birth certificate, immunization records including up to date TB test, social security card and proof of residence. Parents should contact their elementary school for details.
Boy Scouts car wash
Several Mountain Area Boy Scouts will be attending the 2013 National Jamboree and are holding a car wash at London Properties on Highway 41 from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday to help with expenses. Minimum donation is $5.
Volunteers needed for Relay For Life
Walkers, cancer survivors, team captains and volunteers are all needed to make the 2012 American Cancer Society Relay For Life a success in Eastern Madera County. Mountain Area residents are invited to attend a planning reception at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 13, at Oakhurst Medical Center, 40232 Junction Drive.
Relay For Life is a unique fundraising event that allows participants from all walks of life -- including patients, medical support staff, corporations, civic organizations, churches and community volunteers -- to celebrate the lives of those who have faced cancer, remember loved ones lost and fight back against the disease.
For information about the American Cancer Society programs and services, call 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.
Details: Donna Gavello, (559) 365-0778.
Photos sought for visitor's guide
The Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau is seeking high quality photographs for the 2013 Madera County Visitors Guide.
The bureau accepts submission of photographs each year for inclusion in the annual guide. 100,000 Guides are printed each year serving as a travel planning piece.
High quality photographs that depict the scenic vistas, attractions, events, culture and activities of Madera County will be considered.
Photo-shopped images will not be accepted and the deadline for submissions is Friday, Aug. 31.
Send CD submissions to: Sierra Star, attention YSVB Photos, P.O. Box 305. Oakhurst, CA 93644, or email submissions to: email@example.com
Details: YSVB, (559) 683-4636, sierrastar.com/ysvb.
Pre-development funding for North Fork biomass plant
Madera County's Yosemite/Sequoia Resource Conservation and Development Council (RC&D) as been awarded a $134,225 grant from the U.S. Forest Service to complete the necessary design work for the first small scale, clean-burning woody biomass gasification energy plant in California. The plant will be located on the historic North Fork Mill site, which has not processed saw logs since 1994.
"This is exciting news for not only the community of North Fork, but for the entire Sierra Nevada region," said Jim Branham, executive officer of the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, which provided the technical assistance to the RC&D to write the grant application.
The Forest Service awarded $3.9 million in grants to 20 entities nationwide, including two in the Sierra Nevada, through its woody biomass utilization grant program.
The funds granted to North Fork will be used for pre-development costs, including permitting, preliminary design and engineering. The facility will provide four to six full time jobs will also generate approximately $1 million in local economic activity. The plant is expected to open by the end of 2013.
The North Fork Community Redevelopment Council owns the site and is the developer of the overall project. The facility will produce one-megawatt of electricity, using one truckload of woody biomass per day.
Plans underway for lake home tour
The 7th Annual Bass Lake Home Tour will take place 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8. The event is sponsored by the Bass Lake Lions Club in conjunction with Bass Lake Realty.
Several custom homes will be available for touring. Self-guided tours will begin in The Pines Village at Bass Lake beside the Bass Lake Realty office. The Lions Club will prepare and serve lunch, included in the price, for tour participants from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Details: Beth Carver, Bass Lake Realty, (559) 642-3600.
Artists welcome at North Fork Library
The North Fork Library is currently featuring a special display of photographs by the local photographer, Don Grove. This collection includes a series of shots from the last total eclipse of the moon that occurred in December 2011 and one of Venus as it passed directly between the earth and the sun on June 5.
Other interesting photos on display are an old Army ambulance, a beautiful field of California poppies and a maple tree cloaked in snow.
This display case is available to the public in order to view and display art or special collections. Details: Sarah, (559) 877-2387.
Heritage Days Parade entries sought
Mountain Heritage Days Parade will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 to celebrate Oakhurst's 100th Anniversary. The Parade Committee is requesting businesses, community service groups, and individuals to plan something special this year -- simple or elaborate. Parade applications are available at www.fresnoflatsmuseum.org or at Oakhurst Giftworks, Sierra Star, Fresno Flats Museum, and Oakhurst Area Chamber.
Bass Lake Lions pancake breakfast
The Bass Lake Lions will hold their 39th annual pancake breakfast from 8-11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Pines Village at Bass Lake. Menu includes pancakes, sausage, eggs, cantaloupe and coffee or milk.
Cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children age 8 and under.
Mariposa Kiwanis Club to host magic show Aug. 17, 18
The Kiwanis Club of Mariposa will host two showings of "Professor Algernon's World of Oddities and Wonders" at 7 p.m. on Aug. 17 and 18 at the Mariposa County Park Amphitheater. Tickets cost $10 at the gate.
Proceeds from the event will be used to finish paying for the Mariposa July Fireworks Celebration. .
Professor Algernon (Scott Violette) is a well-known Mariposa entertainer. He has been a magician for more than 20 years.
Details: Helen Kwalwaaser, (209) 742-7654, Eleanor Keuning, (209) 742-5257, professoralgernon.com
A $1,000 grand prize is being offered to the last poet standing in a free contest sponsored by the Celestial Arts Society. There are 50 prizes totally $5,000.
Poems of 21 lines or fewer on any subject and in any style will be judged.
Entries must be received by Aug. 20 and may be submitted to Free Poetry Contest, PO Box 3336, Central Point, Oregon 97502 or enter online at www.freecontest.com
Horseman presents at Fresno Flats
Friday at Fresno Flats presents another centennial program. Dr. Madison Seamons, a professional horseman who practices equine medicine, surgery and dentistry in Coarsegold, will speak at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10 at Fresno Flats Historic Village and Park on School Road (427) in Oakhurst.
Dr. Seamons is a life-long horseman, and has experience as a farm manager,trainer and shoer.
Fresno Flats is located on School Road (427) in Oakhurst. A dinner will be offered at 5:30 p.m. Admission costs $10 which includes dinner.
Details: (559) 642-3518.
Oakhurst's Idle Hour receives honors
It was recently announced that Oakhurst's Idle Hour Winery had four wines win awards in the 2012 West Coast Wine Competition.
The wines were the wineries 2010 Pinot Noir, Clone 777, Santa Lucia Highlands, winning a Silver Medal; 2009 Tempranillo, Clarksburg, won a Silver Medal; 2010 Petite Sirah, Clarksburg, won a Bronze Medal' and 2010 Malbec, Central Coast, won a Bronze Medal.
Wine maker Anna Marie dos Remedios was also notified the wineries Tempranillo and Petite Sirah won Bronze medals last week in Sunset Magazine's first wine competition.
Details: Idle Hour Winery, 41139 Highway 41, Oakhurst, (559) 683-4354, idlehourwinery.com.
Peter Pan in Mariposa
The Mariposa Playhouse presents Peter Pan on Thursday, Aug. 2, at the Mariposa Park's Amphitheater. The play will start at 8 p.m. Cost for adults is $10, children $5.
Registration hours extended at college center
The Oakhurst College Campus is extending its office hours to accommodate students registering for Fall classes. The Fall semester begins Monday, Aug. 13.
The center will be open from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Monday through Thursday, Aug. 6 to 9. On Friday, Aug. 10, the college campus office will be open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. It will also be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11.
An academic counselor will be on-site to assist with your college planning. Counseling will be available on a first come, first serve basis:
10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday, Aug. 6
9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 11
8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, Aug. 13
Placement tests will be given for those who need them. To obtain financial aid assistance or to sign up for the placement test, call the college center at (559) 683-3940.
Beginning with the start of classes Aug. 13, the office will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The office will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays.
The Oakhurst Center is located off of Highway 41 on Civic Circle Drive behind the Rite Aid store in Oakhurst. Registration can be completed at the Oakhurst Center or online by visiting www.oakhurstcenter.com.
Details: (559) 683-3940.
Run for the Gold car show
The Sierra Oakhurst Kiwanis 10th Annual Run for the Gold Classic Car Show will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8 at the Oakhurst Community Center, 39800 Road 425B.
Two events will be hosted in connection with the event.
On Friday, Sept. 7, the public is invited to a barbecue dinner with rock 'n roll and oldies music from 6-8 p.m. at the Oakhurst Community Center. Car registration is from 2-7 p.m.
On Saturday, Sept. 8, the public is invited to a pancake breakfast from 7-10 a.m., followed by a barbecue lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The car show will run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cars must be parked by 9 a.m. to be judged. Registration is at 7 a.m. An award ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. followed by The Cruise of the Champions.
All proceeds benefit the Sierra Oakhurst Kiwanis Club to benefit local elementary schools.
For dinner tickets and information, call (559) 683-4917.
The Magic & Illusions of Robin Pedranti
The Magic & Illusions of Robin Pedranti will be held Friday, Aug. 3 at the Golden Chain Theatre. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with a 7 p.m. showtime.
There will be a raffle, no-host bar, and a dessert buffet.
Tickets cost $25 for adults, $15 for children 12 and under. A reserved table for eight costs $180.
Proceeds from the event benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Oakhurst.