Community News for 4/11/13 edition

April 10, 2013 

Civil War Days April 20-21 in Mariposa

The Las Mariposas Civil War Days will be held Saturday and Sunday, April 20 and 21 at Long's Mariposa Ranch.

The event will open at 9:30 a.m. with the last battle at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 20. Sunday, the event will open at 9:30 a.m. with the last battle at 3 p.m.

Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg address will be re-enacted as well as two battles daily. There will also be a special twilight battle on Saturday. Visitors can also visit federal and rebel troop camps as well as a civilian camp with demonstrations at each camp.

The event is produced by the Las Mariposas Civil War Group and the American Civil War Association. The event is presented by Sierra Tel Family of Companies.

Details: or (866) 425-3366 or (209) 966-7081.

Community baby shower April 20

A community baby shower will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, April 20, at Oakhurst's Sierra Vista Presbyterian Church, 39696 Highway 41.

All pregnant moms and families with children ages five and under are invited to this free event.

Items to be given away include new or gently used infant and toddler clothing, cribs, swings, blankets and diapers. All items are limited to availability.

Valuable resources for moms will also be available at the event including a certified midwife who will be on hand to address any lactation issues.

Hosted by Sierra Vista Presbyterian Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS), EV Free MOPS and Yosemite Lakes Community Church MOPS.

Details: Joy Judd, (559) 642-4181.

Church's 10th anniversary celebration

New Community United Methodist Church is inviting the community to help celebrate its 10th anniversary with a worship service at 10 a.m. Sunday, April 21 at the Oakhurst Community Park, followed by a free barbecue.

The event is the church's way of saying thanks to God and the community for 10 years of living out God's love by embracing diversity, seeking justice, and changing hearts.

The church held its first official worship service on April 20, 2003, after two years of work by Ken and Debbie Gudger to bring a Methodist church to Oakhurst. Community Church of Oakhurst voted to combine with the fellowship of Methodists who had been meeting in people's homes up until that point, and deeded them the church facility on Crane Valley Road (426).

The church's ministries include a free weekly community meal on Wednesday evenings, shelter for the homeless during winter months, backpacks filled with comforting items for children who have been removed from their homes, clothing for prisoners about to be released, and a thrift store.

Performing in the park April 21 will be Spirit Band, the popular group led by well-known Mountain Area musician Kirk Moulin and his wife Monika, New Community's director of music.

After the worship, games and food will be available.

Details: New Community United Methodist Church, (559) 683-2652.

Law Day in Yosemite National Park

President Dwight D. Eisenhower proclaimed May 1, 1958 "a day of national dedication to the principle of government under laws" and "the great heritage of liberty, justice, and equality under the law." There began our first national Law Day.

Every president since has issued a proclamation recognizing May 1 as Law Day. In 1961, Congress passed a joint resolution officially establishing May 1 as Law Day. Bar associations, courts, and educational institutions around the country celebrate the day annually.

This year marks the first known Federal Court sponsored Law Day in Yosemite National Park. United States Magistrate Judge Michael J. Seng, on behalf of the Eastern District of California, and the San Joaquin Valley Chapter of the Federal Bar Association have invited eighth-grade students from Yosemite Valley, El Portal, Lake Don Pedro, Mariposa and Woodland Elementary schools to commemorate the day against the backdrop of majestic Yosemite Falls.

The Eastern District's Chief Judge, Morrison C. England, Jr, United States Attorney, Benjamin Wagner, and new Federal Defender, Heather Williams, will share their respective views on the importance of the rule of law in guaranteeing equality, justice and freedom in our country. This is intended to be but the first of such annual Law Day commemorations in Yosemite National Park.

The press and public are invited and encouraged to join us at this celebration at the Yosemite Valley School playground at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 1.

Golden Chain auditions April 15

The Golden Chain Theatre is proud to present auditions for the first summer Melodrama "Dark Deeds at Swans Place" or "Never Trust a Tattooed Sailor" by Tim Kelly. This melodrama has a pirate theme and is loaded with laughs and seedy jokes. Montague Leech and Carlotta Castanet make a tidy profit shanghaiing lads from a disreputable tavern. The directors of this play will be Nathan Avery and Jason Turner. Auditions will be held Monday, April 15 and Tuesday, April 16 at 7 p.m. at the Golden Chain Theatre, located two miles north of Oakhurst across from the Hounds Tooth Inn.

April snow survey results

Results for the April snow survey show that the Merced River basin snowpack is at 53% of average while the Tuolumne River basin is at 52% of average for this time of year.

Last year, the Merced was at 47% while the Tuolumne was at 43%, but the distribution of snow is much different this year. Last year, the snowpack was fairly consistently about 45% of average at all surveyed elevations.

This year, the snowpack is about 70% of average down to around 8,000 feet, but drops off substantially below that. Early-June high-elevation backpacking trips that might have been possible last year will probably be much snowier this year.

Woodcarver's Rendezvous begins Sunday in Oakhurst

The 6th Annual Oakhurst Woodcarver's Rendezvous from April 15 through 21 at the Oakhurst Community Center. Registration for participating woodcarvers is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

The event is free to the public, open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, with an Open House event Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The event is put on by The California Carver's Guild -- which includes the Central Sierra Woodcarvers -- along with the Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau and Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce

The rendezvous includes carving classes, carving contests, demonstrations, and seminars for all level of carvers.

Registration costs $105, or $160 per couple from the same household for the week. Details: (559) 658-2405, (559) 906-4198,

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