Community News for 2/21/13 edition

February 21, 2013 

German Fest coming up March 2

The Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce German Fest will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at the Oakhurst Community Center, 39800 Fresno Flats Road (425B).

The four-course menu will include German bread, cucumber salad, barley stew, sauerkraut, red cabbage, German potato casserole, and two choices of German sausage -- Bavarian Bratwurst and Beef Knockwurst. Apple streudel (apfestrudel) will be served for dessert.

Along with the dinner there will be a raffle, live auction and entertainment.

Tickets cost $25 and can be purchased through the Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce.

Chukchansi panel at Fresno State Feb. 28

A free public discussion panel titled, "The Chukchansi Legitimacy Crisis: One Year Later" will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28 in Fresno State's Peters Building 191.

The panel will be held on the one-year anniversary of the occupation of the tribal government offices of the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians -- also the anniversary of the 1973 occupation and battle of Wounded Knee, South Dakota.

Last year, the Chukchansi tribal offices were occupied by tribal members to protest that tribal council election results were not upheld, and that new elected leaders were not allowed to be seated by those who remained in power. During the occupation of the office, another group surrounded the building, and one person was stabbed in a melee that erupted.

Panelists to speak Feb. 28 include Dr. Kenneth Hansen (Fresno State Department of Political Science and former co-coordinator of the American Indian Studies program), Dr. Charles Etner (Fresno State Department of Anthropology and American Indian Studies program coordinator), Dora Jones and Patrick Hammond (former Chukchansi tribal council members), and tribal enrollment activist Cathy Cory.

National day of resistance Saturday

In response to recent executive actions by President Obama, organizers are urging people to participate in a peaceful rally Saturday to uphold the Second Amendment.

Mountain Area residents will gather in Oakhurst 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the corner of Highway 41 and 49 for a rally defending Second Amendment rights. Details: (559) 877-6200,

Arts council will celebrate 30 years

Tickets are now on sale for the 6 p.m. Saturday, March 23 party that will honor the Madera County Arts council on its 30th anniversary.

The dinner, at Hatfield Hall at the Madera District Fairgrounds in Madera, will honor those who first created the arts council three decades ago. The event will also kick off the next 30 years with the announcement and presentation of a seven-figure donation to study, design and build a cultural arts center in Madera.

Tickets are $75 each or $65 for arts council members. Annual memberships are $35 per individual or $45 per family.

Gold sponsorships for the event are $1,500 for a table of 10. Sponsored tables will receive a mention in the program, appetizers, champagne toasts, table signs and the services of a celebrity historical artist look-a-like waiter such as Van Gogh, Lady Gaga or Andy Warhol. Details: Julie O'Kane, (559) 661-7005.

American Legion scholarships

Coarsegold American Legion Auxiliary is offering a $500 scholarship to a student from each of the area high schools.

To apply for this award you must: Be a graduating senior; have a minimum academic GPA of 3.5 (This GPA is to be based upon grades received in the academic areas.); plan to attend a college, university or community college in the fall following graduation; have a parent, grandparent or sibling who has, or is, serving in the military; submit a completed Award Application Packet with three letters of recommendation. (Two must be from someone in the academic arena,, and one must be from someone outside of the school setting. No letters may be from relatives.); attach an essay of 700 to 1,000 words answering: "How does having a member of your family (past or present) in the military influence the way you see yourself as an American?" The essay should be typed in Times New Roman 12-point font and double spaced.

Recipients should plan on attending the American Legion dinner June 20 , where they will be asked to tell the group where they will be attending college and what their major will be.

Those interested should contact their school counselor for more information.

Sierra Choral Festival March 1-2

The annual Sierra Choral Festival will conclude with a public concert at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 2.

The March 1 and March festival and finale concert will be held at Sierra Vista Presbyterian Church, 39696 Highway 41, Oakhurst. The concert is free, although donations will be gratefully accepted.

Interested singers can still sign-up to participate in the festival chorus. Registration is $45, $75 for two registrants from the same family, or $25 for students. The fee includes a workshop and sheet music. Scholarships may be available. Registration information can be obtained by contacting Cathy Walker at (559) 683-6742.

This year's festival is entitled "Festival Praise" and will include pieces such as "He Never Failed Me Yet," a Gospel-style tune featuring local soprano Monika Moulin accompanied by Oakhurst's New Community United Methodist Church's SpiritBand, and "This is the Day Which the Lord Has Made" by internationally-known British composer John Rutter, and "I Will Follow Your Call," written by festival conductor Petker.

Master Gardeners free workshop

The Mariposa Master Gardeners will present a free public workshop on edible landscapes from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 23 in the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors chambers, 5100 Bullion Street in Mariposa.

To register online, go to, or go to the county ag office at 5009 Fairgrounds Road, Mariposa; or call (209) 966-2417.

Participants will learn the benefits of growing fruits, vegetables and herbs among ornamental plants, how to get started with a plan, and a little about what plants look good together.

Presenters Kris Randal and Betty Massey will go over the basics, including plant selection, planning and planting, preparing soil, controlling pests, fertilizing, irrigating, and keeping your crops happy.

Benefits to growing your own food also includes helping the earth; knowing exactly what is, and is not, on your edibles; saving money; cutting down on transport costs for food; and getting more variety than found in the market.

Wasuma book fair

Wasuma Elementary will host a Scholastic Book Fair Grand Opening from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, March 8. Funds raised will help purchase books for the media center, classroom libraries, children and their teachers.

The Book Fair Grand Opening will feature a Wasuma Family Game Night. A silent auction will be open from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and there will be pizza and games. All proceeds from game night go toward the eighth grade trip.

The Book Fair will also be open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., March 11-14 and from 7:30 a.m. to noon March 15. All visitors must check in at the front office. The book fair is open to the community during non-school hours only from 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. daily, and 2:35 p.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

The book fair will also be online March 3-23 at Details: (559) 642-1585.

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