Community News for 10/17/13 edition of the Sierra Star

October 15, 2013 

Angel sponsors sought

Sponsors are currently being sought for the 5:30 p.m., Nov. 3 "Angels Amongst Us" dinner at Evergreen Conference Center of Oakhurst.

The dinner is free to all the nominees and the sponsor of the event, Mountain Bear Fan club, is seeking donations to help with the dinner and other expenses.

Silent auction items are also being sought for the event.

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

Veteran's Day service Nov. 11

Veteran's Day will be observed with a Veteran's Day service at 11 a.m., Monday, Nov. 11 at the Little Church on the Hill in the Oakhill Cemetery. The service is sponsored by the Little Church on the Hill Foundation.

The service will give thanks for the sacrifice of thousands of men and women for the freedoms enjoyed by Americans. The service will include patriotic hymns, a short message, prayers and readings. Rev. David A. Sebastian, pastor of Oakhurst Lutheran Church will be leading the service.

Details: Rev. David Sebastian, (559) 683-HOPE.

YHS band gets first at Visalia Band Review

The Yosemite High Band, percussion and color guard participated in the 33rd Annual Visalia Band Review Oct. 12 and came home with the IV-division first place trophy. There were five other bands in the division. Band Director Randy Hyatt was especially proud to take the Badger band to his home town and walk around his high school campus for the first time since graduating from Redwood High.

The band will be participating in the Merced Band Review in November and will join with students from Sierra, Minarets and Mariposa high schools to participate in the Fresno Veteran's Day Parade Nov. 11.

Club Halloween event

The Boys & Girls Club of Oakhurst

The Oakhurst Boys and Girls invites children to wear their costumes for a 2:30 - 6 p.m. Halloween event, Thursday, Oct. 31. Yosemite High School students working on their senior projects will host fun games and a costume contest. A free barbecue dinner will be provided to club members and their families.

The club will not be open Friday, Oct. 18, due to a staff furlough day.

Assemblyman Bigelow opens Madera office

Assembly member Frank Bigelow (R-O'Neals), has opened an office at 730 North I Street in Madera.

A grand opening of the office was held Oct. 11.

Staff is prepared to answer state-related questions and assist with processes regarding government bureaucracy including committee hearings, important votes, and decisions being made every day. Furthermore, when individuals earn awards or do a great act of public service, they can be honored by Assembly Member Bigelow for their achievements. Requests for certificates of recognition can be made by calling the office.

Details: (559) 673-0501.

Mariposa hot rod show

The Mariposa-Yosemite Hot Rod & Custom Car Show will be held 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. this Saturday at Mariposa Fairgrounds. A Cruise Night will be held Friday evening in downtown Mariposa.

The show will feature the customized NAPA tool truck from the television show "Overhaulin," and show personality Cherie Lynn Westrich will serve as trophy presenter and will sign autographs during the show.

Details: (209) 966-2456.

Soroptimist military care packages

The Soroptimist International of the Sierras is seeking the names and addresses of Mountain Area men and women serving in the armed services so they may received a holiday gift package from the club.

The packages will include a Sierra Star newspaper, homemade goodies, gum, candies and a holiday card from members of the service club to remind those men and women how much they are appreciated.

Send names and addresses of soldiers serving in the military (in the states or abroad) to: S.I. of The Sierras, P.O. Box 41, Oakhurst, Calif., 93644, email addresses to, or text the addresses to (559) 760-7335.

The deadline is Dec. 4.

Details: Nicki Van Velson, (559) 683-3377.

Head Start applications available

The Madera/Mariposa Regional Head Start preschool program is accepting applications for the 2013-2014 school year. Head Start provides a free, comprehensive, high quality preschool program designed to foster healthy development for income eligible children and families. The program focuses on increasing the social competence of young children 3 to 4 years of age in Madera and Mariposa counties.

Services include early childhood education, medical and dental screening and follow up, services to children with disabilities, social skills, nutrition and family services.

The following documents will be required: child's birth certificate, immunization records, Medi-Cal or other insurance card, and family income verification for 12 months (tax return, W-2s, Social Security, or TANF). Income eligibility is based on the 2013 Federal Poverty Guidelines.

Details: Oakhurst Head Start, (559) 658-8171, or Mountain Head Start, North Fork, (559) 877-2352.

Spay-ghetti dinner

The Eastern Madera County SPCA will host a spay-ghetti dinner on Friday, Oct. 25 at the Oakhurst Community Center from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Cost is $10 for adults; children under 7 years of age, $5. Options include dine-in or take-out.

Senior Center Oktoberfest

A fundraising Oktoberfest dinner will be served at the Oakhurst Senior Center at 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 26.

The menu will include bratwurst, sauerkraut and bierocks.

Those attending are asked to bring a favorite German dish and a recipe card for the dish for a future recipe book the center will publish. Cost with a dish you bring to share $7 or without a dish $10.

Details: (559) 683-3811.

Fresno Choral Artists

Fresno Choral Artists begins its 26th year of singing with a concert at the Sierra Vista Presbyterian Church in Oakhurst Saturday, Oct. 26 at 4 p.m.

Director Greg Lapp leads the ensemble with selections by Benjamin Britten, Handel and the King's Singers. The title of the concert is "Hail! The New Day."

Admission is free but donations will be gladly accepted.

Details: (559) 658-7376

Two YHS students honored

Michael Neff and Jared Wood, Yosemite High School seniors, have been named Commended Students in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. About 34,000 commended students nationwide are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise.

"The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success," commented NMSC spokesperson. "These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation."

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