Community News for 6/20/13 edition

June 18, 2013 

Sierra Vista National Scenic Byway tours

Join local photographers Roger Robinette, Gay Abarbanell and Joanne Freemire on a photographic tour of the Sierra Vista National Scenic Byway at 10 a.m., Saturday, July 13. Attendees are asked to meet in the upper parking lot at The Pines Resort at Bass Lake.

The tour is free. Attendees should pack a lunch or plan on purchasing lunch at Jones Store.

On Saturday, Aug. 10, the public can join 2013 National Forest Service Volunteer of the Year, Brenda Negley, as she shares well-known and secret places in Nelder Grove.

Attendees of the Aug. 10 event are asked to meet at 9 a.m. at the old Mountain House Restaurant on the north-east corner of Highway 41 and Bass Lake Road (220).

There is no charge for the tour and all attendees are asked to pack a lunch.

Details: Doug Waltner, (559) 877-2760,">

Yosemite librarian Linda Eade honored

Linda Eade, Yosemite research librarian, is the recipient of the 2012 Barry Hance Memorial Award.

Eade has worked for the park since 1971. She started her career in Yosemite working for the park's concessionaire from 1971 to 1980. In 1980, she began working for the National Park Service at the research library where she is responsible for visitor and staff access to material on park history, biology, botany and geology.

"It touches my heart to have been selected to receive the Barry Hance Award and to be honored by all of my coworkers and friends," Eade said. "I was a personal friend of Barry's and I know how great of a person he was."

The award is named in honor of Barry Hance, a long-term park employee who died in an avalanche while plowing the Tioga Road in 1995. The award is given annually to employees who exemplify the qualities and attributes of Barry Hance, including a positive attitude, concern for fellow employees, willingness to work with other divisions in the park, getting the job done, and a love for Yosemite.

I Want My 80s to perform in Bass Lake

This Friday and Saturday, June 22 and June 23, the band "I Want My '80s" will play from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Pines Bar in Bass Lake. The group has toured California for several years and is based in the Los Angeles area. One of the band members, Bart Stern, is a former Bass Lake Elementary School and Yosemite High School graduate.

Kid's camp fundraiser dinner at church

Hillside Baptist Church is hosting a kid's summer camp fundraising dinner at 5:30 p.m. Friday, June 28. Tickets are $10 and includes dinner, drinks and dessert. Hillside Baptist Church is located at 55238 North Fork Road (200) in North Fork.

Details: Pastor Steve and Sarah, (559) 877-7771.

"Celebrate America Concert" June 30

The Oakhurst Community Concert Band will perform a "Celebrate America Concert" at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, June 30 at Mountain Christian Center, 40299 Highway 49 in Oakhurst. The concert is free.

"One of the really special things about this band is that it is made up of your sons and daughters, neighbors and friends of all ages, ranging from young adults still in elementary school, to senior citizens in the community ... all playing music together and having fun," said Randy Hyatt, community band director. "As our gift to the mountain community, we would like to share this June 30 night with you, your family and friends, playing several selections, including great American folk songs, some famous marches, a big band medley which includes 'Moonlight Serenade,' and an armed forces medley to recognize and honor our veterans."

Hyatt is assisted by Patrick Mierkey, assistant director and a guest conductor.

Details: Randy Hyatt, (559) 683-4667,

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