Community News for 10/31/13 edition of the Sierra Star

October 29, 2013 

Time change

It's daylight savings time again. Don't forget to move your clocks back an hour before going to bed Saturday night, Nov. 2.


The Oakhurst College Center and the Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce will once again host a Trunk-N-Treat from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31, at the corner of Crane Valley Road (426) and Civic Circle Loop.

In addition to the trunks serving candy, there will be a cake walk, face painting, story reading, and mini pumpkin decorating. Children who complete all four activities will be awarded a prize.

Judging for the costume contest will begin at 5:45 p.m and carved pumpkins will be judged at 6:30 p.m. and should be carved prior to entering the contest. Best trunk prizes will be awarded at 6:45 p.m.

Angels dinner Sunday

The 17th annual Angels Amongst Us dinner will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 3, at the Evergreen Conference Center (ECCO).

This year's "Angel" nominees are: the Ahwahnee Volunteer Fire Department #16, E. Clampus Vitus, Martha Day, John Duncan, Friends of the Library (Ingrid Carhart, Sara Robison and Rhonda Piume), Virginia Galazin, Kay and Jack Good, Joyce and John Granger, and Carla and Ray Griesner.

Other nominees are: Jackie Hughes, Beverly Jones and Paul Trumpower, Cathy Ladig, Jarrod Lyman, Lynda Lyons, Susan Macaulay, Met Heros, Rudy and Marci Paminto, Ellen Peterson, Vikki Piper, Stella Pizelo, Patti Law Poggy, Mickey Puckett, Kathleen Shinaver, Bea Walden, and Tom Wheeler.

The dinner is sponsored by the Mountain Fan Club.

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

Lyman to leave Yosemite Sierra visitors bureau

Jarrod Lyman, the director of public relations for the Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau has announced he is leaving his position and the area after accepting a similar position in Clackamas County, Oregon.

"I've made a lot of very close friends and valuable contacts in my time here, and I will miss the area a lot," said Lyman. "But this is a great opportunity that I couldn't pass up, both professionally and for my family."

Lyman moved to the area from Arizona in 2009. In that time he helped promote Madera County through the Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau. He's served on numerous committees and chaired the Madera Tourism Alliance for three years, helping to create the Madera Pomegranate Festival which is in its third year, taking place Nov. 2 at the Madera Municipal Airport.

He was a candidate for the Oakhurst Honorary Mayor's race in 2012, raising funds for the Children's Museum of the Sierra.

Lyman's wife, Cindy, will be leaving her position as event sales manager for the Yosemite Lakes Homeowner's Association.

Willow Creek history

Fresno Flats Friday at 5:30 p.m., Nov. 8 will present author Marcia Freedman speaking about her book, "Willow Creek History, Tales of Cow Camps, Shake Makers and Basket Weavers," in the Cunningham School at Fresno Flats Historic Village & Park on School Road (427).

Willow Creek flows into Bass Lake and is a big part of Mountain Area history. She will share interesting stories about Willow Creek and its affect on the history of the area.The evening begins with dinner at 5:30 p.m. provided by Kiwanis and Fresno Flats volunteers who will serve the dinner. Freedom will speak following dinner.

Cost of dinner and program is $10.

Details: (559) 683-6570, (559) 642-3518.

MTV casting

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If your family is fun, dynamic, diverse, and the 'new' normal, MTV would like to hear from you. If you are between the ages of 16 and 25 and believe your household is totally modern, email your name, phone number, email and a photo of your family to:

Community service for black belts

The Mariposa Martial Arts Academy Black Belt Candidates for the 2014 Black Belt Test will be holding a Bully Proof seminar at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 7, at the Oakhurst Boys and Girls Club. The seminar will be geared toward kindergarten through fifth grade and we will teach the younger children how to deal with being bullied and what steps to take if they or someone they know finds themselves in such a situation.

While the original dojo is in Mariposa, the school also has a dojo here in Oakhurst with classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays. There is also a dojo in El Portal with classes on Sundays. All are welcome to attend classes to see if there is an interest in attending one of the three schools in the mountain area.

Details:Mariposa School, (209) 742-4501.

Veteran's Day Salute

Coarsegold Elementary School will hold its third annual veteran's day salute to the troops on Thursday, Nov. 7 from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Coarsegold multi-purpose room. There will be singing, poetry and patriotic student artwork and projects displayed.

All retired, veteran, or active members of the U.S. Armed Forces and family members of those in the service are invited to attend.

Old or unused phones will be collected as donations to the active service men and women.

Details: Katy Penton or Valerie Porter, (559) 683-4842.

Community Food Bank

The Community Food Bank will distribute free fresh, perishable food and other items 9 a.m. - noon at the following locations and dates:

Tuesday, Nov. 5, at Raymond Community Church, 32505 Road 600, Raymond.

Tuesday, Nov. 12, at Coarsegold Historic Village, 35300 Highway 41, Coarsegold.

Tuesday, Nov. 19, at Our Lady of the Sierra, 40180 Indian Spring Road, Oakhurst.

Tuesday, Nov. 26, at North Fork Grace Community Church, 56442 Road 200, North Fork.

This is a community mobile pantry. Some items have limits so that there will be enough for everyone.

Details: Community Food Bank, (559) 237-3663.

Boys and Girls Club fundraiser

Michele Dodd, independent consultant for 31 Gifts, will be holding a fundraiser to benefit the Boys and Girls Club, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Nov. 4, in the conference room at Bass Lake Realty, 40282 Highway 41. There will be some cash and carry items, raffles prizes, give away items, and also catalogs to order from. Ten percent of the cash and carry items will go directly to buy needed play equipment, all of the raffle money and all of my commission check will go to the same cause.

Details: (559) 642-4474

Free self-defense class

Coarsegold Kenpo Karate will offer a free self-defense class on Sunday, Dec. 15 from 1-2:30 p.m. Verbal skills, assertiveness and physical techniques will be taught to all ages, 6 and older.

Donations, which go to the YLOA Rec Center and Rivergold PTA, are welcome, but not necessary.

Details: (559) 681-1466;

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