Community News for 8/22/13 edition

August 20, 2013 

Heritage Days grand marshals named

MET heroes Matt Sconce and Keith Walker have been named 2013 Heritage Days Grand Marshals. After the MET Cinema closed on Nov. 1, 2012, Sconce and Walker, along with James Nelson, came up with the idea of a community membership as a way to re-open the theater.

Heritage Days, a Sierra Historic Sites Association fundraising event, will be held Sept. 20 and 21.

Fish after school program

KFish is an afterschool program for students in first through fifth that will be held every Wednesday from 3:15 to 5 p.m. starting Aug. 28 at Hillside Baptist Church, Road 200 at Wyle Ranch Road in North Fork.

This is the fourth year the church is holding the program. Students enjoy snacks, games, arts and crafts, children's worship and a Bible.

Details: (559) 877-7771.

Sculpture dedication noon this Saturday

A dedication of the Chris Sorensen sculpture at Gallery Row on Highway 41 in Oakhurst, will be held at noon, this Saturday.

The commemorative plaque, designed and constructed by Edward Gillum and Michael Hagopian, will be unveiled by major donor Maggi Butterfield-Brown, and the sculpture's creator, Chris 'Man of Steel' Sorensen.

The construction and installation of the sculpture took more than a year.

"If you are a contributor, an art advocate, or just care about the arts, please join us to celebrate Saturday," said art gallery owner Jon Bock.

A history of the project can be viewed at

Food give-a-way

Adult and youth volunteers are being sought to help with an 11 a.m. food distribution at Grocery Discount on Sept. 7 on the corner of Crane Valley road (426) and School Road (427). Destiny Training Center, Living Way Foursquare, Yosemite New Life and Randy & Anita Disney and other ministries are working together to help the Mountain Area in these economically difficult times.

Details: Candi MacAlpine, (559) 683-3460.

Hot Summer Nights

Miller's Landing Resort at Bass Lake will host another in a series of Hot Summer Nights, 6-9 p.m., Friday, Aug. 30.

The event includes a tri-tip barbecue, DJ, street dance, children's arts and crafts and children's games.

Yosemite High School's Sierra Dominici is doing a 'luau' them for the evening as part of her senior project. A a portion of proceeds will benefit the school's "Seniors Helping Seniors" program, which provides funds for students who need financial help for prom, year books or other needs.

Details: (559) 642-3633.

Sports cars in the park Oct. 12

Entry forms are available for the Saturday, Oct. 12, Sports Cars in the Park car show sponsored by Bodys By Boyd.

Entry fee is $25 and categories include Mustangs, Camaros, Challengers and racecars.

Entry forms may be picked-up at the event sponsor, Bodys By Boyd, 40140 Enterprise Drive, the Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce, 40637 Highway 41, or by going to

Details: (559) 760-1143.

Angels Amongst Us nominations

The Mountain Bear Fan Club is accepting nominations for their annual Angels Amongst Us awards, which will be presented to nominees at a Nov. 3 dinner at ECCO in Oakhurst. Nominations will be accepted through Oct. 7. Awards are given to thank community members who help make the area a better place. Each award recipient receives an angel bear from the Mountain Bear Fan Club.

Nominations are free and there is no restriction to the number of nominations or age limits. Nomination forms may be picked up at the Sierra Star, Dorsey's Hallmark, Yosemite Bank and Ameriprise Financial and can be mailed to the Mountain Bear Fan Club, P.O. Box 2071, Oakhurst CA 93644.

Details: Beverly Gordon, (559) 683-7929.

Fire Rescue Association barbecue

The 36th Annual Fish Camp Fire Rescue Association is hosting its Annual Barbecue & Auction at 11 a.m., Sunday, Sept. 1 at Camp Green Meadows off Highway 41 at White Chief Road. The barbecue and silent auction will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed by the live auction and raffle from1 to 3 p.m.

Tickets cost $10. All proceeds benefit medial and rescue equipment and Engine Co. 33's new building, which was dedicated June 11.

Details: (559) 683-2521.

Clampers dedication Oct. 12

On Saturday morning Oct. 12, the Grub Gulch Chapter 41-49 of E Clampus Vitus will dedicate a monument celebrating the 100 plus year-old John C. Shay Blacksmith Shop and his home known as Canary Cottage located on Road 600 just north of the old gold mining town of Grub Gulch.

Shay migrated from San Francisco to Grub Gulch at the end of the 19th century to mine gold, and eventually opened a blacksmith shop to service the stages and horse travelers on their way to Yosemite. He built his house and lived there until the 1920s when he returned to San Francisco. The Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus (ECV) is a fraternal organization dating back to the gold mining era and is dedicated to the study and preservation of Western heritage, especially the history of the gold mining regions. Members call themselves "Clampers." The organization has raised hundreds of historical plaques in many places throughout the Sierra Nevada and the West.

Free entrance to Yosemite Aug. 25

Yosemite National Park will celebrate Founder's Day Sunday, Aug. 25, and to commemorate the day entrance fees will be waived.

Founder's Day marks the birthday of the National Park Service (NPS). This year, the NPS will be celebrating its 97th birthday.

To help celebrate this special day, Yosemite will conduct an ecological restoration service project, in which park visitors are invited to participate. The project entails removing invasive species and thinning of small trees to protect park resources. The park will provide required gear and equipment. People who would like to participate should come prepared with closed-toe shoes, long pants, snacks, water, and sun protection.

The National Park Service was established on Aug. 25, 1916. Yosemite became a national park in 1890 and is one of the 401 units of the National Park System.


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