Community News for 7/4/13 edition

July 2, 2013 

Friday at Fresno Flats

The Sierra Historic Sites Association will be joined by Oakhurst Sierra Kiwanis Club at 5:30 p.m. on July 12 when the Friday at Fresno Flats dinner and program presents "The History of Ladies' Underwear," by Joanne Hoover of the King Vintage Museum.

Kiwanis will provide dinner and dessert will be served by S.H.S.A. volunteers in the historic Cunningham School Fresno Flats Historic Village and Park is located on School Road (427). The public is invited to the $10 dinner and program and space is limited.

Proceeds are used for the upkeep of the village. Details: (559) 683-6570

Same-sex marriages

At the direction of Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., the California Department of Public Health has notified clerks and registrar/recorders in all 58 California counties that same-sex marriage is now legal in California and that marriage licenses must be issued to same-sex couples immediately.

Nearly 74% of Madera County voters voted in favor of Proposition 8 in 2008, banning same sex marriage.

The June 28 action follows the governor's directive to the California Department of Public Health after the June 27 U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

The governor's letter read in part:

"On June 28, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit dissolved the stay of the order enforcing Proposition 8. This means that same-sex marriage is again legal in California. Effective immediately, county clerks shall issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in California.

Same-sex couples legally married in another jurisdiction will be considered already legally married under California marriage licensing and certification laws and they should not be issued a new marriage license. Family Code sections 301, 302, and 500 allow only unmarried persons to marry in California.

If you have any questions regarding this matter, please contact the Birth and Marriage Registration Section, (916) 445-8494."

Brunn joins Camarena Health

Camarena Health has announced its newest provider, Karl Brunn, PA-C to their Oakhurst office. Brunn is originally from Mill Valley, just north of San Francisco, and has more than 19 years of experience in the medical field.

Brunn likes providing effective, compassionate health care for anyone in need.

Brunn is available for primary care needs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday. His office is located at 49169 Road 426 in Oakhurst.

Married to Linda, he enjoys karate, motorcycles and exercise.

Camarena Health is a federally qualified health center and is the largest provider of primary care services in Madera County. Camarena Health currently provides medical, dental, laboratory, and health education services to the communities of Chowchilla, Madera, and Oakhurst. The Oakhurst office is adjacent to the Sierra Star on Crane Valley Road (426).

Camarena Health is now accepting all patients and major insurances. For those without insurance, Camarena Health offers a sliding fee scale based on income.


Host families sought for Chinese students

AmericAsia and Sierra Homestay have coordinated a cultural exchange program for Chinese students ages 13-18 for the past few years and are currently seeking Mountain Area homes to host 1-2 students for a two week stay from July 20 through Aug. 2.

There will be 39 visitors that include both students and Chinese English teachers who will also be staying with host families. Many people have already offered to be host families, but Sierra Homestay is still seeking homes for one girl and eight boys.

Families are requested to provide a bed, three meals a day — one being a sack lunch — and transportation to and from the Oakhurst Study Center. A small food and gasoline stipend may be available.

Students will receive daily classes in English and American culture, tour Yosemite National Park, Mariposa, and enjoy a family day at Bass Lake. Host family children are invited to participate in classes and local trips.

To be a host family, call Sheila Adams, (559) 642-4329 or Sherry Mulkey, (559) 641-6416.

SNAMP to hold workshop

The public participation team from the Sierra Nevada Adaptive Management Project (SNAMP) will host the final meeting in its natural resource "Collaboration Tools and Facilitation" workshop series 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Sept. 18. The location of the meeting will be announced at a later date.

Guest speaker will be Mose Yellin-Jones from the Dinkey Creek project.

Registration is required and costs $15 for materials and lunch. Register at Details: Anne Lombardo,

Red Cross mixer in Oakhurst

The American Red Cross "Central Valley Region" Disaster Services Department is hosting a county-wide networking mixer from 4-6 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 21 at the Oakhurst Community Center, 39800 Fresno Flats Road (425B).

Learn how American Red Cross prepares for a disaster, responds to local disasters and what happens during the aftermath of a disaster. Hear about the new changes that are coming to Disaster Services and how it will benefit you in times of a disaster. The public is also free to ask questions.

RSVP by Wednesday, Aug. 14 with Kristie Panas, ARC Disaster Action Team member and event coordinator, (559) 930-2501,

Brunch with artists

The public is invited to meet the artists of Gallery Yosemite at 11 a.m., Sunday, July 14 at Sweetwater Steakhouse on Highway 41 in Oakhurst.

Art demonstrations will follow brunch. Details: Mark Heliger, (449) 676-8599.

Tenaya's Mangold awarded certification

Sean Mangold, director of food and beverage at Tenaya Lodge in Fish Camp, has earned the highest level certification offered by the Federation of Dining Room Professionals — Hospitality Grand Master.

Mangold was previously certified as a Dining Room Master (DRM) and is also a federation-accredited trainer. He has guided front-of-the-house managers at Tenaya Lodge and at other Delaware North locations in completing the Certified Dining Room Professional program. Mangold is Delaware North's first hospitality professional to earn the prestigious certification.

"Having this caliber of guest service training within our organization is extremely beneficial to Delaware North Companies, and of course to our guests," said Christian De Vos, of Delaware North.

Oak workshop

Becky Miller-Cripps, a representative of UC's Natural Resources Program, will present a free public oak workshop 10 a.m. to noon, July 20 at the Mariposa Board of Supervisors chamber, 5100 Bullion St., Mariposa. The event is presented by the Mariposa County Master Gardeners.

For more information or to register, call (209) 966-2417 or go online: Cripps will discuss how to identify the common oaks in your neighborhood and some techniques for ensuring their continuation. Reference materials will be provided and free management handbooks will be available. available. The presentation includes short, interactive management activities.

Reception at Mariposa gallery

The Mariposa County Arts Council will hold a reception 5:30 - 7 p.m. Friday, July 12, featuring works by regional artists. Following the reception, the season premiere of Cousin Jack's Mariposa Evenings, will feature "Bootstrap Circus" For further information, call the council, (209) 966-3155.

Yosemite launches website for anniversary

Yosemite National Park has launched a new website to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Yosemite Grant Act. The website, which can be found at, provides an innovative way for community members, Yosemite staff, and interested parties to easily participate in the celebrations surrounding the anniversary that will take place starting September 2013 and last throughout 2014.

The website offers a timeline of anniversary projects, events, and commemorations that will take place from now until December 2014 in the park and gateway communities. Additionally, visitors to the site will be provided opportunities to share their Yosemite stories, read a timeline of Yosemite's rich history, and learn how to host and/or organize a Yosemite Grant 150th anniversary activity.

Yosemite, along with surrounding communities, are organizing dozens of activities and programs to commemorate the anniversary of the Yosemite Grant Act in 2014. The Yosemite Grant is a bill that was signed by President Abraham Lincoln on June 30, 1864. The bill enacted the protection and preservation of Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias and is credited for ushering in the national park idea. This milestone act was the first time a federal government set aside land purely for preservation for the people.

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