Community News for 7/11/13 edition

July 9, 2013 

Golden Chain Theatre auditions

The Golden Chain Theatre has 7-9 p.m. auditions coming up: July 19-20 for The Ladies of Tin Pan Alley.

Details: (559) 683-7112.

Station 10 celebration 30th Anniversary

All past and present firefighters and auxiliary members of Yosemite Lakes Park Volunteer Fire Department Station 10 are invited to attend the station's 30th Anniversary celebration at 6 p.m., Friday, July 19, at the Yosemite Lakes Park Club House.

Ladies of the Elks Salad Supper Buffet

The Ladies of the Elks will host a Salad Supper Buffet at 6 p.m. Friday, July 19 at the Oakhurst Elks Lodge, 42484 Highway 41. The buffet includes salads, dinner rolls and dessert.

Tickets cost $10 and are available from any Lady of the Elks or at the door. For reservations call (559) 683-2717.

Five Mountain Area DUI arrests July 4

According to California Highway Patrol in Coarsegold, there were no vehicle accidents July 4 in the Mountain Area, but there were five DUI arrests.

Recycled craft fair

The Mariposa County Department of Public Works Solid Waste and Recycling Division and the Mariposa SPCA are seeking crafters, artists and fashion designers for the Third Annual Trash to Treasure Recycled Craft Fair and Re-Fashion Show on Saturday, Oct. 19.

New this year is a "re-fashion" and Halloween costume show featuring clothing and accessories created from materials once destined for the trash can. Pet apparel is also welcome.

People's Choice awards will be given in three categories: Halloween costume, trash fashion made from discarded junk, and upcycled clothing/accessories fashioned from trash or used clothing.

Applications are available at and, (209) 966-5275. The deadline to register is Oct. 5.

Details: Karen Dusek,, (209) 966-5165.

Missing plane located in Yosemite

The single engine plane that was reported missing over Yosemite National Park Dec. 17, has been located. The plane, which was largely intact, was spotted by a park visitor near Vogelsang High Sierra Camp Saturday, July 6. The Vogelsang area is in the rugged high country of Yosemite.

Yosemite rangers hiked to the location of the plane Sunday, July 7. Nicol Wilson, the pilot of the plane, was found deceased at the location. He has been positively identified.

Wilson, who was flying from the Santa Barbara area to the Mammoth Lakes Airport on the east side of the Sierra Nevada, disappeared during a winter storm. After extensive searching of the Yosemite high country, the search was suspended for the winter season. Yosemite has searched extensively over the past several months, once conditions allowed for travel through the high country.

The Yosemite helitak crew was assisted by the California Highway Patrol Civil Air Patrol, California Emergency Services, and YoDogs (canine search and rescue assistance) during the extensive search operation.

Bears active in Tuolumne, Yosemite

Last week there were seven Yosemite back-country incidents involving a bear obtaining food from backpackers. Five of these incidents occurred at the top of the Snow Creek trail near the footbridge and overnight area. This bear has been reportedly rolling bear canisters away from campsites and getting into half-latched cans. This bear also entered campsites to obtain toiletries that were stored improperly outside canisters.

Two additional incidents occurred last week in Lyell Canyon along the JMT/PCT trail. In both cases, food was stored improperly outside a bear can.

If you see a bear during your visit to Yosemite, report it to the Save-A-Bear Hotline at (209) 372-0322.

The public also needs to obey speed limits and be aware of wildlife while driving. So far this year, five bears have been hit by vehicles.

Two mountain lions were also sighted last week. One lion was seen along the Pohono trail near Dewey Point. The other lion was seen along the Volgelsang trail near Booth Lake.

For more information on mountain lions in Yosemite and safety tips on dealing with them, visit

Erna's Elderberry House offers reduced price menu

Every Tuesday Erna's Elderberry House is hosting "local's night." A three-course menu — soup, entree and dessert — will be offered for $44.

The Wine Cellar Bar at Erna's will also be offering "Bar Bites" beginning July 12. Bar bites will be available nightly from 5:30 p.m. and includes a variety of items from cheeseburger sliders and a cheese platter to truffled popcorn and organic chicken schnitzel. Prices range from $5-15. There will be live entertainment Fridays and Saturdays.

Details: (559) 683-6800.

Special food bank giveaway

A special food bank giveaway will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Friday, July 26 at Mountain Christian Center, 40299 Highway 49 in Oakhurst (behind True Value). Everyone is welcome. The giveaway is being sponsored by Manna House and the Madera County Food Bank.

Red Flag Patrols

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire), Madera-Mariposa-Merced Unit's (MMU) annual Fourth of July Red Flag Patrols were assisted this year with 16 Volunteers In Fire Prevention (VIP's) — who are also mountain area amateur radio operators.

The local mountain area VIP amateur radio operators are an effective fire prevention and loss reduction education force for Cal Fire MMU. VIP's patrol selected hazardous areas during declared critical fire weather and on holidays to help spread the Fire Prevention message and alerts the general public to the heightened fire danger. They also provide Cal Fire MMU with extra "eyes and ears" in areas threatened by arsonists and fireworks.

The local mountain area VIP amateur radio operators provided Cal Fire, MMU with over 120 hours of volunteer assistance during the July Fourth holiday last week.

For information on becoming a Volunteer in Prevention, stop by your nearest Cal Fire station, or visit

North Fork joins nationwide car celebration

Dozens of classic cars, hot rods and restored vehicles will be featured at the North Fork Collector Car Appreciation Day Cruise, which will be held from 5-8 p.m. Friday, July 12 in downtown North Fork — an event taking place in honor of the Fourth Annual "Collector Car Appreciation Day."

The free event will include live music, drink specials, food and lots of cars.

"We are excited that businesses and hobbyists throughout the country are joining together to celebrate the positive presence that the automotive industry has in local communities," said Scott Marsh, North Fork Chamber of Commerce president.

Details:, or the North Fork Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center, (559) 877-2410.

Hummingbird & Butterfly Gardens

Plan a Hummingbird & Butterfly Garden — choose the right spot, the tight plants, and learn how stones, water and feeders can add to the enjoyment of these gardens.

The workshop will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 14 at the Oakhurst Garden Club at True Value, 40596 Westlake Drive in Oakhurst.

Details: (559) 683-7117.

Friday at Fresno Flats dinner/program

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

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