Community News for 11/15/12 edition

November 29, 2012 

Farinelli declared winner in District 3

Madera businessman Rick Farinelli has been declared the winner over Gary Svanda for the District 3 seat on the Madera County Board of Supervisors.

After the Nov. 6 general election, Madera City Councilman Svanda held an eight vote lead over Farinelli, but the lead changed after all the votes were counted and certified by the Madera county elections Division.

Madera County clerk-Recorder Rebecca Martinez reported the results Nov. 21 after her staff spent 11 days checking provisional ballots and counting absentee ballots.

The certified county showed Farinelli with 3,551 votes, 61 more than Svanda. Farinelli will be sworn in Dec.. 8 and will fill the seat left vacant by Ronn Dominici, who did not run for reelection after 12 years on the board.

During his campaign, Farinelle, who owns Fiber Packaging Systems in Madera, said he was interested in holding at least one supervisor meeting a month at night to give more people the opportunity to attend.

The county now awaits Gov. Jerry Brown to appoint a successor to Frank Bigelow's District 1 seat on the board. Bigelow will resign from the board after defeating Rico Oller for the 5th District State Assembly seat. Bigelow's state swearing in ceremony will take place Dec. 3 in Sacramento.

Any resident, 18 or older, in the district that is interested in being appointed to the board, should visit, click on "appointments" and fill out the "Application for Appointment."

Golden Chain Christmas show

Patti Law Poggi will once again be directing the Golden Chain Theatre's Annual Christmas Show on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7 and 8 at 7 p.m. and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9.

This year's play features many young actors, singers and dancers along with some Golden Chain veterans.

With wonderful costumes, dances by elves and many heart-warming scenes, the show has been an Oakhurst tradition and favorite with all ages for many years.

The play is set in the late 1950s at Santa's workshop at the North Pole. Like all the teenage humans of that time, Santa's eight tiny reindeer are caught up in the new music -- rock 'n' roll. And like many young people of the era (and most other eras), the reindeer would rather play than work. And like many parents and other adults of the 1950s and 60s, Santa hates rock music -- or at least he acts like he does.

A villainous elf named Herman, who serves as Santa's business manager and thinks that a workshop is a place for all work and no play, fires the reindeer. Their efforts to find other jobs turns into disaster. Instead of making money, the reindeer find themselves heavily in debt, primarily because of the antics (comic to the audience but tragic for the reindeer) of the bungling Blitzen.

So, what to do? Organize a rock band and make bundles of money -- Maybe -- But they need a famous lead singer. How about that well-known reindeer with the red nose? Will he help them? Will they pay off their debts? Will Santa forgive them and let them pull his sleigh on Christmas Eve?

Adults $12, seniors (55 plus) $10, students (13 -- 18) $8. children (12 & under) $6.

Details: (559) 683-7112,

Visit with Santa

Santa Claus will be visiting with children, for photos and to discuss Christmas lists, from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, at the Sierra Telephone Business Office, 49150 Crane Valley Road (426), Oakhurst.

North Fork Tree Lighting Ceremony

The North Fork Downtown Decorating Committee is putting on a North Fork Tree Lighting Ceremony from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, in the North Fork Pizza Factory parking lot.

There will be goodies and music. Bring decorations to donate to the decoration of North Fork and an ornament to place on the tree. The decorating committee is looking for lawn-sized decorations to put throughout the town.

Cowboy Christmas at Oakhurst Lutheran

The Oakhurst Lutheran Church, 39255 Black Road at Crane Valley Road (426), will host a "Cowboy Christmas" concert at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 15.

Trail-Boss Tim Johnson, and his all-star list of musical deputies, represent the finest in cowboy music and will be performing an enchanting evening of Christmas favorites and song selections from the Sons of the Pioneers. The cowboy show will also feature known aspiring area musicians and poets who ascribe to the simple yet powerful lives of the pioneers who shaped our community.

Johnson, well-known to the Oakhurst community, served as band leader and fiddler of the Sons of the San Joaquin from 2000-2007, io founder of the Merced Community College orchestra and is the director of the Oakhurst Community String Orchestra. Musical guests will include guitarist John Kilburn, musician/storyteller Flint Tompkins, Jimmy Collier and pianist Cliff Neufield. Be sure to wear your boots and cowboy hats for this memorable event. Suggested donation for the concert is $10 -- tickets are available at the church office or at the door.

Details: (559) 683-4673.

Contributions sought for children's party

The Oakhurst Elks Lodge is seeking contributions for a Christmas party for under-privileged Mountain Area children from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 at the Elks Lodge, 42484 Highway 41, Oakhurst, across from the old Mountain House.

The children and their families who attend the party are referred by area schools.

The party will include a holiday dance program and visit from Santa Claus. Each child will receive an item of clothing, stuffed animal and a book.

To make a donation to help the Elks purchase items for the party, checks can be made to the Oakhurst Elks Lodge #2724 with a notation that the money is for the Children's Christmas Party, and can be mailed to P.O. Box 2569, Oakhurst CA 93644.

Details: Oakhurst Elks Lodge, (559) 683-2717.

American Legion & Auxiliary Christmas

American Legion Post and Auxiliary will hold its annual Christmas Dinner fundraiser at 5:30 p.m., with dinner served at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20 at the Coarsegold Community Center.

The dinner, catered by Crab Cakes, will include turkey "with all the fixings" for $20.

The dinner is a fundraiser for Boys & Girls State programs.

RSVP requested no later than Dec. 12 to (559) 683-1215.

CD release parties

Two parties, one in Oakhurst on Dec. 8 and one in North Fork on Dec. 9, will be held to celebrate the release of Mountain Area songwriter/singer Jean Butterfield's new CD, "Brothers In Time."

The Oakhurst event will be held 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at Oakhurst Fruit & Nut Coffee Shop on Highway 49 and the North Fork event is 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at Slim's Koffee Shak Road 222. The North Fork event is a brunch event and coasts $12 per person.

Details: (559) 760-9825,

Pines Bar poker/pool tournaments

The Pines Bar in Bass Lake is hosting free poker and pool tournaments through the month of December from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Pool tournaments will be held Dec. 4, 11, and 18 and the poker tournaments will be held Dec. 5, 12, and 19.

Details: (559) 642-3121..

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