Community Briefs for 2/27/14 edition of the Sierra Star

February 25, 2014 

District attorney debate

Incumbent District Attorney Michael Keitz, and challengers David Linn and Miranda Neal will square-off in a debate 7-9 p.m., Friday, Feb. 28 at the Oakhurst Community Center.

The debate is sponsored by the Oakhurst Democratic Club, and Peter Cavanaugh will moderate.

Details: Democratic Club program director Ellie Schermerhorn, (559) 658-2342, mizzes12@yahoo.com.


Kids Day

The 27th annual Kids Day, a benefit for Children's Hospital Central California, will take place Tuesday, March 4. Proceeds from every edition of the special Fresno Bee sold will help the hospital continue to meet the growing healthcare needs of children in Central California.

Clubs and organizations will be standing on street corners, so have your dollar bills ready.

Details: Children's Hospital Central California, (800) 73-CHILD.


German Fest

Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the German Fest, March 8 at the Oakhurst Community Center. Doors open at 6 p.m., with dinner at 7, followed by raffle drawings and a live auction at 8.

Tickets are priced at $25 and can be purchased at the Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce, and from Sullivan's Tire Pros.

Details: (559) 683-7766, oakhurstchamber.com/germanfest.


Service Club Expo

The Oakhurst Community Center will host the first ever "Mountain Service Club Expo," 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Saturday, May 3, at the community center, and all area clubs and organizations are being invited to participate at no charge. Lunch will be served at the event from noon - 1:30 p.m.

Representatives from a variety of groups including Rotary, Kiwanis, Lions, Elks, Boy Scouts, and Sierra Historic Sites Association, will be available to share information about their groups.

"The expo will provide a great opportunity for community members to learn more about the great non-profits groups in our community as they all gather in one location," said Dale Miller, board president of the community center.

Exhibit space for clubs and organizations is $35 and there will be no charge to the public to attend the event.

Details: Dottie Lee, (559) 683-5119, Dale Miller, (559) 683-0819.


Bilingual poll workers needed in county

Under the provisions of the Voting Rights Act, Madera County, including Eastern Madera County, is now required to provide Spanish-speaking (bilingual) poll workers in all polling location throughout the county.

Under California Election law and based on census data, in counties where 3% or more of the voting-age residents are members of a single language minority, each county is required to make efforts to recruit bilingual poll workers. The Secretary of State has determined the precincts in Madera County requiring such staffing and bilingual poll workers are now needed.

Poll workers are paid for their service and training is provided. Apply by phone or online at madera-county.com/countyclerk/polls.html.

Details: Elections division, (800) 435-0509.


Minarets info night

Minarets High School will be hosting an information night at 7 p.m., Thursday, March 13 at Yosemite Lakes Park Clubhouse.

The event is for those interested in information about the current and future programs at Minarets.

Information will be presented regarding 21st century workplace skills, education, technology, core academic and elective programs, curricular and co-curricular opportunities.

Details: (559) 868-8659.


Free workers' rights legal clinic March 1

The Employment Law Center and the Madera County Law Library will offer a free employment law clinic, 1-5 p.m., this Saturday in the Galloway Room at the Madera County Public Library.

The clinic will offer legal advice and referrals for all aspects of employment law from wrongful termination and wage and hour claims to workers' compensation and benefits questions.

Individuals with employment-related questions are invited to make an appointment and meet one-on-one with legal volunteers at the clinic.

Details: (559) 673-0378


NatureBridge open registration

NatureBridge, the largest residential environmental education partner of the National Park Service, opened registration for the Summer Field Research Course at its Yosemite campus. The two-week backcountry expedition will give participants the opportunity to conduct rigorous field science investigations in one of the most iconic national parks in the country.

Yosemite offers three sessions for students in the summer of 2014 starting June 29 and ending on Aug. 9 and NatureBridge offers need-based financial aid to qualified participants.

Details: (209) 379-9511 ext: 19, email: yosemitefieldresearch@naturebridge.org.


New voter location for Friant and O'Neals

Spring Valley Elementary School, the polling place of more than 20 years, is no longer the location for area residents to cast their vote. The new polling place for voters in the Friant and O'Neals areas will be the O'Neals Volunteer Fire Department, 47053 Road 201, O'Neals.

The new location is only a short distance from Spring Valley School and provides a convenient and accessible location for voters.

In accordance with California Elections Code, notices will be mailed to each voter affected by this change.

Details: Madera County Elections Division, (800) 435-0509.


Ash Wednesday services at Church on the Hill March 5

Ash Wednesday service will be held at 5:30 p.m., March 5, at the Little Church on the Hill in Oakhill Cemetery.

The service marks the beginning of the 40-day season of Lenten preparation for Easter. Those who choose may receive the imposition of ashes on their foreheads.

The service is one of four services currently offered throughout the year to the Mountain Area at the landmark church.

Gordon Kamai of Christ Church Anglican, who will officiate at the service explains, "An Ash Wednesday service in the middle of a cemetery is a powerful reminder of our mortality to encourage us to draw near to God."


Healthy Living Retreat

Tenaya Lodge will host a Healthy Living Retreat from Friday, March 28 through Sunday, March 30.

Guests will have exclusive access to wellness education classes and experiences on topics ranging from fitness and yoga to nutrition and personal care, as well as special treatments in Tenaya's Ascent Spa.

Scheduled speakers and sessions are questions and answers with Jen Ator, Fitness Editor at Women's Health Magazine; Posture and "Drums Alive" interactive class with Alexandra Williams and Kymberly Williams-Evans, Fun and Fit; organic products class with Kimberly Parry of Kimberly Parry Organics; interactive cooking class and dinner with Tenaya's executive chef, Frederick Clabaugh.

Prices begin at $999 for double occupancy and $699 for single occupancy.


Nevarez out of supervisor race

Madera County District 1 Supervisor Manuel Nevarez announced last week that he will not seek election for the position. He said the reason he decided to not seek reelection was his desire to spend more time with his wife and four children.

In March 2013, Governor Jerry Brown appointed Nevarez to this seat, which was vacated by elected Assemblyman Frank Bigelow.

Running for the seat is Jonathan Echols, Brett Frazier, Gary Johns, Ray Krause, Jr., Rochelle Minneti-Noblett, and John Silva.


FFA drive through tri-tip dinner March 5

The Yosemite FFA will be holding a drive through tri-tip dinner 4-7:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 5, at Yosemite High School.

The fundraiser offers three options with a full dinner consisting of a whole tri-tip, pint of beans, salad and six rolls for $35 and a half meal which includes a half tri-tip, half pint of beans, salad and four rolls for $25. Those not interested in the whole mean can purchase a tri-tip separately for $20.

Orders will be taken until Friday, Feb. 28.

Details: (805) 674-4787.

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