Community Calendar for 12/19/12 edition

December 13, 2012 

Time capsule ceremony Sunday

Fresno Flats will be celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Oakhurst with a time capsule ceremony at 2 p.m., Sunday at Fresno Flats Historic Village & Park on School Road (427).

Dec. 16, 2 p.m. there will be refreshments, entertainment and stories of Fresno Flats, celebrating the end of Oakhurst's 100th Anniversary.

Anyone interested in donating an item for the time capsule should call Sandy Brinley, (559) 683-7027.

Lyman named to top "40 under 40" list

Jarrod Lyman, director of public relations and communications for the Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau, has been named to the 2012 class of "40 under 40," sponsored by Business Street Online, recognizing business and volunteer leaders in the Central Valley.

He will be recognized for his efforts and achievements at the "40 Under 40" Ultimate Networking Event in Fresno in the near future.

For more information on the "40 Under 40" event,

Comfort Food Night

A Comfort Food Night will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, at the Sierra Senior Center, behind the Oakhurst Community Center. A ham dinner with all the fixings will be sold for $8.

Details: Reservations suggested by calling (559) 683-3811 between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Harry Baker trial continued

The settlement conference phase of the Harry Baker trial Dec. 11 resulted in another continuance. The continued settlement conference and motions hearing will be held at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 24 in Department 31 of Fresno Superior Court, presided over by Judge Alvin Harrell, III.

After Baker's settlement hearing Oct. 25 in Department 30, presided over by Judge Houry Sanderson, Sanderson recused herself from the case because she is part of a recently formed committee with Becky Gong, the prosecutor in the case.

Baker, 85, owner of Sierra Telephone, was arrested Oct. 5, 2009 for allegedly committing a lewd act with a 13-year-old girl in May 2007 in a Fresno hotel room.

Baker has maintained his innocence since his arrest and further claims he was the victim of a blackmail and extortion scheme by the alleged victim's relatives.

Community of Lights Christmas at Grove

"Community of Lights, Christmas at The Grove" free events -- including pictures with Santa Claus in Santa's Workshop by an open fire (weather permitting), and two acres of lights and decorations -- will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 23 at the The Grove Ahwahnee Foursquare Church, 42461 Highway 49, Ahwahnee.

The Grove Christmas events on these days will also include Christmas music and caroling, and free hot chocolate and cider.

Details: (559) 683-7911.

Mariposa Symphony Orchestra Dec. 22

The Mariposa Symphony Orchestra's Holiday Concert will be held at 7 p.m. , Saturday, Dec. 22 at 7 p.m. in the Fiester Auditorium of Mariposa County High School.

Maestro Les Marsden has programmed well-known festive music including "Sleigh Ride" and "Voice(s) of Spring."

The concert will conclude with "Sierra Christmas Party" which was first composed for the orchestra's first-ever concert by Marsden and which has closed every December concert since. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for students.

Details: (209) 966-3155.

$1.24 Million jackpot at Table Mountain Casino

Last weekend a lucky Table Mountain Casino slot player from Clovis hit a $1,24 million jackpot.

The Wheel of Fortune slot machine is based upon one of the world's most popular and long running television game shows.

Table Mountain Casino is located in Friant. This year marks a special one for Table Mountain Casino, as it celebrates 25 years of service.

First opened as a bingo hall, the casino has integrated new and exciting offerings over the years, such as 2,000 slot machines, an array of table games, a poker room, an elite player reward system, award-winning dining and top tier entertainers.


Habben conservation districts' employee of the year

Jeannie Habben, Chowchilla/Fresno Rivers Watershed Coordinator, has been recognized as the Employee of the Year Award by the California Association of Resource Conservation Districts.

The announcement was made recently during the association's 67th Annual Conference at Paradise Point Resort in San Diego.

Habben was chosen for the honor from 103 resource conservation districts throughout the state of California.

A resource conservation district is an organization that is empowered to conserve natural resources within by implementing conservation on public and private lands and to educate landowners and the public about resource conservation.

Habben works with six area districts -- Four in Madera County, one in Fresno County and one in Mariposa County. The two that work with the landowners in the foothill and Mountain Area of Eastern Madera County are the Coarsegold RCD and the Chowchilla Red Top RCD.

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