Community News - 3/6/14 edition of the Sierra Star

March 4, 2014 

Daylight Savings

Daylight savings begins 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 9, so be sure to set your clocks forward one hour on Saturday night before going to bed.

Wasuma Elementary book fair

Wasuma Elementary School "Nacho Ordinary Book Fair begins with a family event (the Nacho Bar, Bingo, and Book Fair grand opening) 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 7, in the PTA Portable #19. The Book Fair runs March 10 - 14, 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m, with Muffins with Mom, March 11, 7 - 8 a.m., and Donuts with Dad, March 13, 7 -8 a.m. Be sure to sign-in at the office during school hours.

Craft fair and indoor yard sale

Mountain Swap will hold a craft fair and indoor yard sale, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., March 8 and 9, at the Elks Lodge, 42484 Highway 41.

Details: (559) 877-8995, Mary

Job Fair

The Madera County Workforce Assistance Center will hold a Job Fair, 2-5 p.m., Thursday, March 13, at the Oakhurst Community Center. Employers participating include: Camarena Health, Casa Velasco Mexican Restaurant, Yosemite Lakes Association, The Redwoods in Yosemite, The Pines Resort, Payless Shoe Source, Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino, Bryant Home Centers Inc, Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad, and DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, Inc.

These businesses will accept applications, resumes, and may conduct interviews.

Details: (559) 662-4500

Garden projects

True Value, Oakhurst, will offer a free gardening workshop, at 1 p.m., Sunday, March 16. The workshop will cover wintersowing for an early garden, straw bale gardens, vegetable and herb gardens.

Participants will receive a 20% coupon good towards any plant purchase.

St. Patricks' Day

Ducey's Bar & Grill will host a corned beef and cabbage plate on Monday, March 17, 11 a.m. - closing. The price is $12 per meal, with $5 from each plate donated to the Bass Lake Education Foundation.

Details: (559) 642-3737

Sierra Art Trails

The Call to Artists for the 12 annual Sierra Art Trails open studio has begun. The show typically features more than 100 artists working in all media, showing in studios, businesses, and galleries across Madera in Mariposa counties.

This year's show will take place Oct. 3 - 5, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Applications must be turned in by May 1.

Details: Entry applications are available at

County deputy association endorses DA candidate Linn

The Madera County Deputy Sheriff's Association has endorsed Oakhurst attorney David Linn for district attorney.

Linn is challenging incumbent DA Michael Kietz in the June 3 primary election, as is Miranda Neal, an attorney with the county counsel's office.

The endorsement was made by the association's nine-member board of directors on behalf of the 80-member association during a regular monthly board meeting in late January, according to Madera County Sheriff Detective Tommy Jackson, board member and chairman of the association's political committee

"The board is in place to represent the association's membership," Jackson said.

Jackson said the entire association will be polled when it comes to an endorsement of a sheriff's candidate to fill the position of retiring four-term Sheriff John Anderson — although it is not known at this time when that endorsement may come.

"We (the association) may or may not endorse (a sheriff's candidate) prior to the primary election," Jackson said. "That decision will be made by the membership."

If a single candidate does not receive 51% or more of the vote in the June 3 primary, the two receiving the most votes will face-off in the Nov. 4 general election.

The Declaration of Candidacy period ends March 7.

State of the county luncheon March 28

The Madera County Economic Development Commission will host its State of the County Luncheon, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m, Thursday, March 27, at the Madera Municipal Golf Course, 23200 Ave. 17, Madera.

Speakers will be Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Madera County Board of Supervisors, Madera Mayor Robert Poythress, and Chowchilla Mayor Richard Walker.

Tickets cost $30, and can be reserved by contacting Lois Grow, (559) 675-7768,

The EDC-sponsored Eggs & Issues event will be held 7:30 - 9 a.m., Friday, April 4, at Madera Community Hospital's Shebelut/Pierini Room, 1250 E. Almond Ave. Madera. Guest speaker will be California Senator Anthony Cannella.

This event will provide a format for business and community leaders to get an update on state issues and will present an opportunity to ask Cannella questions. Tickets are $15, and can be reserved by contacting Grow.

Spring soup and salad luncheon

Soroptimist of the Sierras will host its annual spring soup and salad luncheon 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Thursday, March 20, at the Oakhurst Community Center. Homemade soups, traditional salad bar with toppings, specialty salads, rolls, dessert and a beverage will be offered.

There will also be a raffle and door prizes, with the raffle beginning promptly at 1 p.m.

Details: Tickets (559) 683-7845, Oakhurst Giftworks, or email:

Stage route tour

History buffs are advised to mark their calendar for Saturday, April 26, to be transported back to the days of horses, six-shooters and stages. Coarsegold Historical Society is offering a six-hour bus tour that follows the old stage route visiting Coarsegold, Knowles, the Raymond Museum, historic Road 600, the old mining community of Grub Gulch, the Wassama Roundhouse and the original location of Fresno Flats (now Oakhurst).

Participants will see the sights from a comfortable bus with a running commentary and pictures.

The tour coast is $40 per person and includes lunch and dessert. There is a $10 non-refundable deposit and reservations are required: Send deposit with name, phone number, and email addresses to CHS, P.O. Box 117, Coarsegold, Calif., 93614. The 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. tour leaves from the Coarsegold Historic Museum, 31899 Highway 41 (near Lucky Lane).

Details: Karen Morris, (559) 683-8877.

Best in travel show

The Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau and its tourism gateway partners, including the Bass Lake Chamber of Commerce, Mammoth Lake, and Mariposa, Mono, and Tuolumne counties, were presented the "Best of Show - Regional Pavilion" award at the LA Times Travel & Adventure show held in Long Beach Feb. 8 and 9.

The travel show is the largest consumer travel show in the United States.

Attendance this year was up 13% from 2013 at 32,181, the largest in the show's history.

"It's great to work with these partners and nice to be a part of this amazing area with so much to do both inside and outside of Yosemite," said Julie Fullmer of the YSVB.

Governor candidate

33rd District Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, (R - Twin Peaks in San Bernardino County), a candidate for governor of California, will speak, via video, at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 18, at the Oakhurst/Coarsegold Tea Party meeting at the Best Western Yosemite Gateway Inn Restaurant. Details:

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