Community News for 8/15/13 edition of the Sierra Star

August 13, 2013 

New court date for Baker

An Aug. 1 court proceeding in the Harry Baker case was continued to 9:30 a.m., Aug. 30. Baker's attorney, Roger T. Nutall, will ask for a dismissal at the hearing set to take place at the Madera Superior Court..

Baker is accused of committing a lewd act with a minor. Baker, the owner of Sierra Telephone, was arrested Oct. 5, 2009, for allegedly committing a lewd act with a 13-year-old girl in May 2007 in a Fresno hotel room.

Baker, who has maintained his innocence since his arrest, has accused the girl's family of blackmailing him out of $250,000 over a videotape that was secretly made the night of the alleged incident.


Free Yosemite entrance on Aug. 25

In celebration of the 97th birthday of the National Park Service on Sunday, Aug. 25, admission to all national parks, including Yosemite, will be free.

In addition to the free entry to one of the system's most popular parks, Yosemite rangers have several special presentations planned in the Valley that will display the many services, functions and other duties the national park service performs on a daily basis. It's a great way to get a behind-the-scenes look at what makes Yosemite run.

The National Park Service was established on Aug. 25, 1916. The United States was the first country in the world to set aside its most significant places as national parks so that they could be enjoyed by all. Today, the park service cares for 397 national parks throughout the country.


Sierra Art Trails Open Studio Tour Oct. 4-6

Sierra Art Trails 2013 catalogs are now available for the Oct. 4-6 event.

The full-color $18 catalog serves as a ticket for two for all Sierra Art Trails viewing locations and includes short bios on the more than 100 artists participating in the event along with examples of their work and maps.

This year's catalog cover is a photograph, "When Seasons Collide, El Capitan," taken by renowned photographer Franka M. Gabler of Coarsegold.

Catalogs for the 11th annual event are available for purchase at Williams Gallery West, Timberline Gallery and Stellar Gallery in Oakhurst. The catalog is available by mail by sending $21 check (includes shipping and handling) to Sierra Art Trails, P.O. Box 3045, Oakhurst, Calif., 93644, or at sierraarttrails.org.

A preview exhibit will be held Sept. 7 thorough Oct. 6 at Stellar Galley in Oakhurst's Gallery row, 40982 Highway 41.

An artists "Gala Reception" will be 4-9 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 14, at Stellar Gallery.

Details: (559) 658, 8844, sierraarttrails.org.


Short story writing workshop in Mariposa

The Mariposa County Arts Council will offer a six-week short story writing workshop, led by published author C.B. Mosher in Sept. The workshop is designed for individuals with an interest in writing and an enthusiasm for learning. Writers at every level are encouraged to attend.

This workshop will be 6-9 p.m., beginning Wednesday, Sept. 11, and run every Wednesday through Oct. 16, at the Mariposa County Arts Council's Treetop Gallery. Registration is $50. To register, call (209) 966-3155 or staff@arts-mariposa.org.


Heritage Days Parade applications

Heritage Days Parade (Sept. 21) applications are now available at the Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce and on the Fresno Flats website, fresnoflatsmuseum.org.

Last years parade included more than 50 entries traveling down High School Road (427), then west on Crane Valley Road (426), ending at Grant Mercantile on Golden Oak Loop.

"The 17th Annual Heritage Days Parade is a great family event and anyone can enter including clubs, organizations, horseback groups, floats, antique cars and school bands," said Sandy Brinley, parade chairwoman. "Trophy sponsorships are needed and are only $25. Anyone sponsoring a trophy is entered into a drawing for a night stay at Tenaya Lodge in Fish Camp."

This years parade theme is "150th Anniversary of the Yosemite Grant commemorating the start of the National Parks."

Following the parade, there will be food, entertainment, booths, silent auction and demonstrations at Fresno Flats Historic Village and Park. The day will end with a community salmon and steak dinner.

A parade planning meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 15, at Sierra Telephone. Community members interested in helping with the event are encouraged to attend.


Vendor space is also available for the event.

The event benefits the Sierra Historic Sites Association and the upkeep of Fresno Flats.

Details: Sandy Brinley, parade chairwoman, (559) 683-7027, Heritage Days, Charlie Bender, (714) 403-1553


Dream home tickets now available

A limited number of $100 tickets for the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway are now available by calling (800) 543-5887. For more information visit www.dreamhome.org.

This year's home will be located in the Country Court community in Clovis and is valued at approximately $425,000. In addition to the house, other prizes include a a Samsung 5-inch flat screen 3D TV and entertainment system. Tickets reserved by Friday, Sept. 20, will also be entered to win the Early Bird prize, gasoline for a year valued at $3,000.

Winners of the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway will be drawn live on Sunday, Nov. 10, on KMPH FOX 26.

The Giveaway benefits St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.


Sierra High 1968 class reunion

The Sierra High School 1968 class reunion will be held over a three day period.

6 p.m., Friday, Aug. 23 at Sierra Sky Ranch — social hour

6 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 24 at Sierra Sky Ranch — dinner/dance

11 a.m., Sunday, Aug. 25 at Bonnie Bladens Mountain Nursery in Auberry — Barbecue

Details: (559) 822-2328.


Roman's Bar hosts celebrity bartending

Roman's Bar, located above Crab Cakes Restaurant, will be hosting a celebrity bartender event. The event is to help anyone interesting in rasing money for a charity of their choice and will involve bartending for the public at Roman's Bar.

Roman's is asking members of the community to choose a night and sign up to be a celebrity bartender. Roman's will donate 50% of proceeds and tips go to a charity of your choice and in addition, Crab Cakes, Inc. will donate 10% of liquor, beer, and wine sales from Romans's Bar.

If you are nervous that you are limited in your knowledge of bartending, an experienced bartender will be on staff to help with inexperienced "celebrities." Participants are encouraged to notify friends, family and organization members and the general public about your bartending date and times.

Details: 641-7667, crabcakes@sti.net


Madera Fair Entertainment announced

The entertainment has been announced for the Madera Fair hosted Sept. 5-8. The Table Mountain Concert Series presented by Bud Light will include concerts on all four days by a select group of artist.

Concerts will include artists Los Lonely Boys on Sept. 5, Scott McCreery on Sept. 6, Lifehouse on Sept. 7 and Larry Hernandez on the final night of Sept. 8.

Festival seating is free, however reserved seating is available for purchase online or at the Madera District Fair box office. Ticket prices do not include fair admission.

Details: 866-973-9610, MaderaFair.com


8th annual Bass Lake Home Tour

The Bass Lake Lions Club and Bass Lake Realty are hosting the 8th annual Bass Lake Home Tour on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The event includes self-guided tours of Bass Lake community homes and ticket sales will go to benefit the Oakhurst Library and Bass Lake and Yosemite Unified School District band programs. Tours begins in the Pines Village and will be meeting outside the Bass Lake Realty office.

The cost of tickets are $20 per person in advance and $25 on the day of the event. Costs include lunch prepared by the Bass Lake Lions Club and will be served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Details: 642-3600, BassLakeHomeTour.com

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