Community News 10/25/12 Edition

October 26, 2012 

Supervisor Wheeler's Town Hall tonight

Supervisor Tom Wheeler's next town hall meeting will be held at 6 p.m. tonight, Thursday, Oct. 25, at the Coarsegold Community Center, 33540 Highway 41.

Discussion topics include:

Update on the State Rural Fire Fee

Update on the Coarsegold Wall

Update on a new county solid waste management contract

General discussion on District 5 and county-wide issues

OCI spaghetti dinner 5:30 p.m. Friday

The Oak Creek Intermediate Parent Teacher Club will hold its annual spaghetti dinner, silent auction and Scholastic book fair 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26 at the school, 40094 Indian Springs Road in Oakhurst.

Attendees can enjoy homemade spaghetti and sauce, salad, rolls, drink and dessert cooked by staff and volunteers in the cafeteria kitchen and served by OCI leadership students.

At the silent auction, attendees can bid on items including Disneyland tickets, video games and restaurant gift certificates.

Tickets cost $7 for adults, $5 for children in eighth grade and under. Proceeds will benefit OCI educational programs that have been eliminated from the budget. Dinner is also available to go.

Details: (559) 642-1570.

Economic summit luncheon in Madera

The Madera County Economic Development Commission will hold the annual Economic Summit luncheon 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Oct. 31 at the Madera Municipal Golf Course, 23200 Ave. 17. he luncheon will be held at A from, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m..

Guest speakers will be John Stewart, CEO of Grubb & Ellis /Pearson Realty and Mike Winn, CEO of California Building Industry Association. Stewart will give an economic forecast and Winn will discuss the housing industry and highlight the key indicators for growth in the economy.

Tickets are $30 and reservations can be made by contacting Lois Grow at (559) 675-7768,

Thanksgiving Manna House sign-ups Sign-ups to receive the makings for a Thanksgiving meal, including a turkey, from Oakhurst's Manna House will begin Nov. 1 and continue until Nov. 16. The Thanksgiving give-away will be held Nov. 19.

To sign-up for a meal, swing by the Manna House, located at 410390 Junction Drive, Oakhurst, behind Sears and below Yosemite New Life Church of the Nazarene.

Pomegranate Festival Nov. 3

The Second Annual Pomegranate Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. at the Madera Municipal Airport, 4020 Aviation Drive, Madera.

Admission and parking is free. The event will include vendors, live music, kids' activities, art displays, cooking demos, pomegranate recipe competition, and the ever-popular Pomegranate Grenade Launch.

On Sunday, Nov. 4, a Madera Pomegranate Celebration Softball Tournament will be held. Call (559) 661-5495 to register or for more information.

Our Lady of the Sierra boutique

Our Lady of the Sierra Women's Guild Annual Boutique will be held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov.10 at the church, 40180 Indian Springs Road, Oakhurst.

There will be a variety of vendors, a cookie walk and hourly door prizes. A soup and salad lunch will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and costs $5.

Details: (559) 683-3901.

SOS holiday boutique

Service Organization of the Sierra is holding a 30th Anniversary Boutique/Luncheon from 10 a.m. to about 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14 at the Oakhurst Community Center. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. This year's theme is "A Vintage Christmas" centered around Oakhurst's 100th Anniversary. Many vintage gifts and handcrafted items will be available for purchase. Tickets are $15.

Details: For tickets and more information, call Gladys Cone at (559) 642-6998.

Oakhurst Healthcare & Wellness Centre Health Fair

A free health fair will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Nov. 9 at the Oakhurst Healthcare & Wellness Center, 40131 Highway 49, adjacent to Capitol Pipe.

The fair will focus primarily on seniors and the services that are available to them in the Mountain Area.

Displays will include:

Oakhurst Healthcare & Wellness -- Short term in-house rehabilitation and long-term care.

Macaulay & Associates -- Medicare supplemental plans and medicare replacement.

Quality Life Solutions -- Asset preservation.

Pat Taylor, Coldwell Banker -- Downsizing your home? What is the market doing in Oakhurst.

St. Mary's Home Health -- In-home assistance.

John C. Fremont Hospital -- Acute care and long term care.

CVS Pharmacy -- Answering questions regarding medications.

Optimal Hospice -- Care & support when you need it most.

TB Dave Caris -- Wheelchair Yoga.

Camarena Health -- Healthcare for low-income families.

San Joaquin Valley Rehab -- Outpatient rehabilitation available in Oakhurst.

Oakhurst Senior Center -- Available activities.

Sierra National Forest lifts campfire restrictions

Based on recent rains, the Sierra National Forest is lifting fire restrictions put in effect on Aug. 6.

Forest visitors will still need to obtain a campfire permit if they are camping outside of designated campgrounds and follow all guidelines when having open flame fires.

The following guidelines for forest campfires remain in effect:

Clear all flammable material away from the fire for a minimum of five feet in all directions to prevent escape of the fire.

Have a shovel available at the campfire site for preparing and extinguishing campfires.

Extinguish campfire with water, using the 'drown, stir, and feel' method.

In the wilderness, no campfires above 10,000 feet.

Woodcutting areas are still open. Please continue to contact the 24-hour information line at (559) 346-1525 for information regarding any daily restrictions. The recording is revised at 5 p.m. daily. Woodcutting will close for the season on Nov. 30.

Details: Sierra National Forest, North Fork, (559) 877-2218,

Creating a wildlife habitat workshop

Mariposa County Master Gardeners will present a workshop 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Oct. 27, about all the "good guys" in your garden including frogs, toads, butterflies, birds, bats, native bees and hummingbirds and how to make them happy. The workshop will be held at the county board of supervisors chambers, 5100 Bullion St., Mariposa.

Five master gardeners will make the presentation. A number of handouts and supply catalogs will be available. Attendees will learn how to attract beneficial species, and what is detrimental to wildlife safety.

Details: Register, (209) 966-2417,

"HOLES" play to debut Nov. 15-17

The Yosemite High School Theater Arts Department will present HOLES, a stage version of the award-winning novel and film by Louis Sachar at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15 through Sunday, Nov. 17 in the YHS Performing Arts Center.

HOLES earned the 1999 Newbury Award for Best Young Adult novel and was made into the popular Disney film.

The well-loved story follows Stanley, a teenage boy who is supposedly affected by a family "curse" and has been wrongly accused of stealing the shoes of a baseball player from a charity auction. As punishment for this crime, he is sent to Camp Green Lake, a juvenile facility where convicts are forced to dig holes to "build their character."

The play traces the sources of the family curse, the adventures of a western outlaw and how friendship and perseverance help Stanley overcome adversity and find redemption.

Tickets cost $8 for adults and $5 for students and children.

Details: (559) 683-4667 ext. 256.

86th Bracebridge Dinner at Yosemite

The Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite is celebrating its 86th season of The Bracebridge Dinner this year.

This American theatrical tradition transforms the hotel into a 17th century English manor for a feast of food, song and mirth for eight performances, held from December 13-25.

Reduced advance booking rates are available now for overnight packages and single tickets. Visitors are also invited to attend complimentary concerts featuring world-class artists singing holiday, pops and Broadway standards in the hotel's Great Lounge on nights alternating with The Bracebridge Dinner.

Reservations: (801) 559-4949.

Yosemite reopens Mirror Lake trail

Yosemite National Park reopened the Mirror Lake Loop hiking trail last Thursday. The five-mile loop that follows Tenaya Creek around Mirror Lake in Yosemite Valley has been closed since March 28, 2009 due to a large rockfall.

Rocks fell approximately 1,800 feet to the floor of Yosemite Valley from Ahwiyah Point, knocking down hundreds of trees and burying hundreds of feet of the trail on the southern portion of the loop. The rockfall caused no injuries and affected no structures.

Become a foreign exchange student

High school students interested in becoming an exchange student in many different European countries and Canada, Mexico, China, Japan, Australia, New Zealand or South Africa are being sought by the nonprofit ASSE International Student Exchange Program.

Exchange students live with a caring host family while attending high school and learning about the language and culture of their chosen host country. Students interested in becoming an exchange student abroad for either an academic year, semester, or summer program should call: (800) 733-2773 or visit:

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