Town Hall meeting
Madera County Supervisor Tom Wheeler will hold a Town Hall Meeting 6-8 p.m. Aug. 23 in the Lakeview Room at the Pines Resort, Bass Lake.
Topics will include an update on the county's 2012-2013 budget, the new 311 Call Center and an update on the Crane Valley Dam seismic retrofit project.
General discussion on District 5 and County-wide issues
Comfort food Friday
A "Comfort Food" dinner featuring meat loaf and all the fixings will be held at the Sierra Senior Center at 5 p.m., Friday, Aug. 17.
Cost of the dinner is $8 and reservations are suggested by calling (559) 683-3811 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The center is located behind the Oakhurst Community Center on Fresno Flats Road (425B) and is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.
Proceeds from the dinner are used for utility and maintenance expenses for the center.
Details: Zona Cahill, (559) 683-3811.
A Veterans Stand-Down event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25 at Yosemite Lakes Community Church in Yosemite Lakes Park, 43840 Patrick Ave., Coarsegold.
The event, sponsored by Caring Veterans, Inc. will include free military gear, food, drinks, live music and hair cuts. Veteran Affairs counselors will be present to offer assistance, along with physical therapists and physician's assistants. ID card required.
Seniors Got Talent auditions sought
Only two audition dates, Aug. 19 and 26, are left for the Seniors Got Talent show that benefits the Sierra Senior Center. The auditions, open to all ages, are held 2-5 p.m. at the senor center, located behind the Oakhurst Community Center according to Zona Cahill, chairperson of the show.
The Seniors Got Talent show will he held at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1 at the Oakhurst Community Center. Tickets for the show are $12 and can be purchased at the senior center or at the door.
Details: Zona Cahill, (559) 683-3811.
Elks Luau Saturday
The Oakhurst Elks Lodge Annual Luau is Saturday. The bar opens at 4 p.m. and the Hawaiian pork dinner is at 6 p.m. at the lodge, 42484 Highway 41.
Cost of the dinner is $18 which includes one mai tai. Dancing will follow dinner.
The lodge will also host an "Awards Winning BBQ Ribs" dinner on Friday, Aug. 24. The lodge won this year's rib cook-off at the Oakhurst Community Center.
Cost of the dinner is $10. Bar opens at 4:30 p.m., dinner 6 p.m.
Reservations for both dinners required, (559) 683-2717.
North Fork pancake breakfast Sept. 16
The North Fork Lions Club will host a Mountain Pancake Breakfast 7-10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 1 at The Recreation Center, 33507 Road 230.
Cost is $6 for adults and $5 for children under 12 at the door.
Details: Brent Mahar, (559) 877-4066.
Squirrel Cage auditions
Auditions for North Fork's Squirrel Cage Theatre's melodrama "Monster Soup." by Tim Kelly, will be held at 5 p.m. on Aug. 27 and 28 at North Fork Town Hall.
The production has parts for five women and three men.
The production dates are Oct. 26 and 27 and Nov. 2 and 3.
Details: Robyn Flory, (559) 877-2431, Sue Novell, (559) 877-2129.
Simulcast at YLP Community Church
Bible teacher Beth Moore and worship leader Travis Cottrell will present a Living Proof Live simulcast 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at Yosemite Lakes Community Church in Yosemite Lakes Park.
Moore uses Bible Scripture to inspire women to dig deep into God's word and apply it to their lives.
Cost of the workshop is $20, including lunch.
Details: Yosemite Lakes Community Church, (559) 658-7447
Wildwood Blues Band to perform in Oakhurst
The newly formed Wildwood Blues Band, featuring Kristina Marie as lead vocalist, will perform at 9 p.m. Aug. 25 and Sept. 1 at Mountain Mayhem in the Raley's shopping center.
In addition to Marie, who appeared on American Idol in 2007, band members include Karen Bennett, drums, Dave Klatt, bass guitar and Pat McGauhy, guitar.
Details: (559) 641-7747.
Mariposa high alumni
The Mariposa County High School Alumni Association will hold its Annual Coffee, Juice & Donut gathering 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 2 at the school according to Trent Williams, alumni association president. All classes are invited to the event.
Details: Mernie Mari, (209) 966-4387.
Free Internet training for Spanish speakers
Free Internet training will begin Tuesday, Aug. 21 at the Oakhurst Library for Spanish-speaking adults.
The free, basic Internet computer classes will be offered from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Tuesdays.
The classes are taught in Spanish and target low-income Spanish-speaking adults who may not have access to broadband technology. Training covers basic computer use, like how to use Internet search engines, how to set up email, and where to find free, public access computers and Internet.
The Foundation for California Community Colleges administers the federally-funded program and implements the training. Partner organizations provide key resources to the program through use of facilities and computer and often by assisting in making potential students aware of the program. The trainer is Elva Peele.
Details: Elva Peele, (209) 769-2634, *866) 325-3222, ext. 245.
"Spiritual Awakening" talks with Dan Bohi
A free series of "Spiritual Awakening" one-hour talks will be held from Aug. 19 to 22 at Oakhurst's Yosemite New Life Church by Dan Bohi of Dan Bohi Ministries.
"Under his ministry, there have been many people being healed from things -- physical and emotional healing," said Bill Rushing, pastor of Yosemite New Life Church in Oakhurst.
"His focus is kind of to awake the church ... where are we at and where are we going ... He's a very humble, humble guy but God has used him to touch people, that's for sure."
Bohi's first talk will be held Sunday, Aug. 19 at 10:30 a.m. and then at 6 p.m. at Yosemite New Life Church, 40390 Junction Dr., Oakhurst, behind Raley's. The rest of the talks will be held at 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, Aug. 20 to 22 at the church.
Through Mental Health Services Act funding, Madera County Behavioral Health Services, in conjunction with the Housing Authority of the City of Madera, is now accepting applications for permanent supportive housing from individuals meeting eligibility criteria.
Individuals interested in this housing opportunity must meet tenant eligibility criteria as defined in the approved Madera County Mental Health Services Act Housing Program:
Be homeless or at risk for being homeless.
Have serious mental illness.
Be willing to adhere to established house rules.
Provide an official ID or driver's license, proof of Social Security number and third party proof of income.
Behavioral Health Services will assess interested applicants for homelessness or at-risk of homelessness as well as for mental health disability. Those who are eligible and are able to provide the documents listed above will be certified.
Certified Applicants that complete the application process will be placed on a list and housing awarded in the order their complete applications were received.
Anyone interested in this shared housing opportunity can pick up an application at the Oakhurst Counseling Center, 49774 Crane Valley Road (426).
Parks department audit
Assemblymember Kristin Olsen, R-Modesto, issued the following statement Monday in response to the Joint Legislative Audit Committee's approval of the audit of California Parks and Recreation Department:
"The recent discovery of an unreported budget surplus in the Parks Department represents a gross abuse of taxpayer trust and money, and I applaud the Joint Legislative Audit Committee for moving forward with the request to audit the entire California Parks and Recreation Department. "This is only the first step in what must ultimately be a series of permanent reforms to prevent the lack of oversight that allowed this to happen. The revelation that 70 state parks, including four in my district, were threatened with closure but could have remained open to the public with these funds is unconscionable."
Olsen is the Rural Caucus Chair and Assembly Chief Republican Whip.