Supervisor candidate will speak Aug. 20
Paul Cliby, who has announced he will run for the Madera County District 5 supervisor in 2014, will speak at 6:30 p.m. Oakhurst/Coarsegold Tea Party meeting at the Best Western Yosemite Gateway Restaurant, 40530 Highway 41.
The District 5 seat is currently held by Tom Wheeler.
A representative of Defend Rural America will also speak at the meeting about the Endangered Species Act.
Details: (866) 565-1379.
Heritage Days Parade meeting
Community members interested in volunteering some time to help organize this year's Sept. 21 Heritage Days Parade are asked to attend a meeting at 5:30 p.m., Aug. 14 at the Sierra Telephone's conference room on Crane Valley road (426).
"We really need and appreciate community involvement with this fun event," said Sandy Brinley, parade chairwomen.
Details: (559) 683-7027.
Labor Day weekend brings Coarsegold Peddlers Market
Coarsegold Historic Village will be hosting the 30th annual Coarsegold Peddlers Market. The event will take place Friday, Aug. 30 through Monday, Sept. 2.
The village will be filled with vendors' throughout the Western US offering antiques and collectibles from many different time periods of US history. The market will include food, craft booths and admission is free.
Many of the local business' in Coarsegold and the Coarsegold Historic Village will be open throughout the holiday weekend.
Parking will be available for $3 per vehicle with a portion of the proceeds going to Caring Veterans of America.
Vendor space is still available for those interested in having a booth.
Details: (559) 683-3900, coarsegoldhistoricvillage.com.
Wild fires will be discussed
Wild fires is the topic of the Aug. 9 dinner and program at Fresno Flats.
Jeff May, a volunteer fire spotter and coordinator of all the fire lookouts, will present a slide story showing how volunteer fire lookouts work to spot and report fires. Frannie Adams, supervisor of the U.S. Forest Service, will speak to this serious dry conditions the Mountain Area is experiencing.
Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. by Kiwanis Club and Fresno Flats members before the program. The cost of dinner and program is $10. The evening will be held in the Cunningham School at Fresno Flats Historic Village and Park on School Road (Rd.427).
Details: (559) 642-3518.
Chamber meeting Aug. 15
The Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce is holding a summer membershipe meeting at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 15 at the Oakhurst Community Center.
The chamber will host a free tri-tip dinner for curretn chamber members and thier guests. The agenda will include the State of the Chamber and a business climate update.
Details: RSVP, (559) 683-7766, email@example.com
Girl Scouts first S'Mores Festival in Oakhurst
Girl Scouts will be gathering from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10 at Fresno Flats in Oakhurst to make a traditional treat in a non-traditional way they will be roasting marshmallows in solar funnel cookers and making s'mores in a solar pizza box oven.
Girl Scouts will be able to make their own solar cookers, go on a tour of this historical landmark, hear about the history of s'mores, and learn recipes for different varieties of s'mores treats. S'mores costumes will also be on site for girls to have a photo shoot and get in the festival spirit.
The events costs $17 for Girl Scouts and $37 for non-Girl Scouts. Entrance includes the annual Girl Scout membership. The fee for adults is $13. Girl Scouts will earn their Madera County patch to add to their five-county council patch. Girls are encouraged to bring SWAPS (Special Whatchamacallits Affectionately Pinned Somewhere) and trade with other Girl Scouts.
Two Mountain Area concerts planned
Guitarists Todd Hallawell and Robin Kessinger will perform at 7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 17, at Coolwater Ranch in Nipinnawasee and at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18 at Tenaya Lodge in Fish Camp.
Hallawell and Kessinger will present a blend of music and their stories of performing on the road in a casual, laid-back performance.
"Because their individual musical styles come from vastly different roots, they have been able to create an entirely new musical adventure for their audiences," said Robin Ralston of Coolwater Ranch. Todd's vocals are eloquent and often hilarious as the duo powers through tunes like John Prine's "Let's Talk Dirty in Hawaii."
Tickets cost $20 in advance at Oakhurst Feed and Mountain Feed and Nursery, or $25 at the door.
Details: Robin Ralston, (559) 760-1134 , coolwaterconcerts.com.
Golden Chain Theatre auditions
The Golden Chain Theatre will be holding auditions for our fall drama, "Jack the Ripper," on August 12 and 13 at 7 p.m. The play will be directed by Jason Turner, and will run the last three weekends of October. The cast is very large in size, and we are looking for a wide variety of age groups. No prior stage experience is required nor any prepared monologues or material. Prospective cast members will be reading from selected portions of the play itself. We will also be looking for people who would be willing to help backstage and for extras non-speaking roles. Details:
Free water color technique class
Phyllis Overstreet will present a free demonstration of the techniques of watercolor painting at 3 p.m., Aug. 18, from noon to 3 p.m. at the Greater North Fork Gallery at the old mill site. Overstreet is an experienced watercolor instructor and this is an opportunity for beginner or intermediate painters.
The Mariposa County Arts Council continues into its fourth weekend, of twelve, presenting live music at 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 9 and again at 7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 10.
Friday nights talent will include the newly assembled Cottonwood Creek band, and Saturday will feature the Trespassers who play bluegrass and old-time jazz.
The event will be taking place at the Mariposa County Art Park located on Highway 140, between Fourth and Fifth Street, Mariposa.
The show is free as is parking.
Details: Cara Goger, (209) 966-3155, mariposaartscouncil.org.
Women in Law Enforcement Seminar
The California Highway Patrol is hosting a "Women in Law Enforcement Seminar" at 6 p.m., on Sept. 9, at the CHP Central Division Office, 5179 N. Gates, Fresno.
In order to reach out to women interested in a career with the CHP, the Central Division Recruitment Unit invites women to attend this seminar to learn how to become a part of their professional organization.
This seminar will provide information from women in the department and should help those interested in initiating and completing the hiring process. There is no cost to attend the seminar.
McClintock announces Aug. 28 town hall meeting
Congressman Tom McClintock will be in North Fork for a town hall meeting at 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 28, at the North Fork Rancheria Community Center, 56901 Kunugib Street.
Details: Jennifer Cressy, (202) 225-2511, Jennifer.firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Shagwood Secret
The Shagwood Secret melodrama will be playing at the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad on Sunday Aug. 11. The event includes dinner, music, a train ride, and The Shagwood Secret melodrama. Dinner starts at 6 p.m. with the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine train taking audience members to the ampitheatre at 7 p.m. Ticket costs are $49 for adults and $24.50 for children.
Details: (559) 683-7273
La Sierra Guild take-over at Ducey's
The La Sierra Guild of Children's Hospital Central California will host the Fourth Annual Restaurant Take-Over at 5:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 22, at Ducey's on the Lake, Bass Lake.
There will be a no-host bar, raffle and the "Famous Mystery Box," followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets cost $25 per person. For tickets email email@example.com or call (559) 641-7823 or (559) 683-6993.
Disney Daze Sept. 14
Disney Daze 2013 will be held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Masonic Lodge, 40216 Highway 49 in Oakhurst.
There will be a Mickey Pancake Breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m.and hot dogs, chips and drinks available from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
There will be Disney vendors, silent auction, children's activities, raffle items, trivia, and guest speakers and displays.
Breakfast tickets, which include both breakfast and event admission, cost $10 for ages 10 through adult, and $5 for children ages nine and under. Admission only costs $6 for adults, $4 for children ages 10-17, and free for children age nine and under.
The Kid's Area is being sponsored by the Children's Museum of the Sierra. The event is sponsored by Yosemite-Oakhurst-Sierra 49Ears. Proceeds benefit scholarships, Children's Museum of the Sierra, Children's Hospital Central California and other community charities.
Backpack giveaway at Coarsegold Elementary
Lighthouse Assembly of God will provide a free backpack and school supply giveaway from 3-6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16 at Coarsegold Elementary School, 45426 Road 415. There will also be free snow cones.
To make sure everyone is served in the best possible way, make sure children are accompanied by an adult.
A story in the Aug. 1 edition of the Sierra Star, about the proposed Mono Indian casino, identified Kamala Harris as the state's secretary of state. Debra Bowen is the state's secretary of state. Harris is the state's attorney general. We regret the error and any confusion it may have caused.