Community News - 3/20/14 edition of the Sierra Star

March 18, 2014 

Town Hall meeting in Raymond

Madera County District 5 Supervisor and Chair Tom Wheeler will hold his next Town Hall meeting in Raymond on Thursday, March 20. Wheeler will designate a portion of the meeting to a Raymond community discussion in order to learn more about that area's specific challenges and needs.

Other meeting topics will include: an update on the state of the county, update on drought conditions, a general discussion on District 5 and countywide issues.

The meeting will be held 6 - 8 p.m., in the Raymond-Knowles Elementary School Cafeteria, 31828 Road 600.

Pancake Breakfast

A pancake breakfast, job fair and stand-down to benefit veterans, sponsored by Caring Veterans, Inc., will be held 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, March 22, at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds. Breakfast is $5 donation.

Details: Ken Dow, (559) 760-7647.

Children's carnival

Raupp Field at The Yosemite High will be transformed into a children's carnival 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Saturday, March 29. The carnival is the senior project of Kim Schwader, and all proceeds from the event will be donated to Lori Blates' special education class at Yosemite High. Schwader serves as a teacher's aid in the class.

"We are going to have game booths, a petting zoo, cake walk, three-legged races, a shaving cream beard relay race, a booth full of sweet treats, and a fire engine for children to see up close," Schwader said.

Admission will be $2 per person, with discounts for families.

Schwader is seeking donations from area businesses for a raffle.

Elegant Auction

The Oakhurst Community Park Committee will hold the 29th annual Elegant Auction to benefit the park, beginning at 5 p.m., Saturday, April 12, at Tenaya Lodge.

The theme for this year's event is 'Honoring the 150th Anniversary of the Yosemite Grant.' A gourmet buffet, dessert bar will be offered, along with dancing. The silent auction begins at 5 p.m., with the live auction at 8.

The committee is looking for volunteers, as well as auction donations.

Advance tickets run $45 per person, and can be purchased at Macaulay Insurance Agency (49774 Crane Valley Road (426), Suite B), at Ameriprise Financial (40291 Stagecoach Road); or $50 at the door.

Details: Susan Macaulay, (559) 683-4494, or see Oakhurst Community Park Elegant Auction on Facebook.

Community Food Bank

The Community Food Bank, in partnerships with Raymond Community Church, Manna House, and Grace Community Church, distributes fresh, perishable foods and other items free to the community. All the food bank times are 9 a.m. - noon.

Tuesday, April 1, Raymond Community Church, 32505 Road 600, Raymond.

Tuesday, April 8, Coarsegold Historic Village, 35300 Highway 41, Coarsegold.

Tuesday, April 15, Our Lady of the Sierra, 40180 Indian Spring Road, Oakhurst.

Tuesday, April 22, North Fork Grace Community Church, 56442 Road 200, North Fork.

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

Cajun Creole Fest

Tickets are now on sale for the 19th Annual Oakhurst Sierra Sunrise Rotary Cajun Creole Fest. The all-you-can-eat event will be held at 6 p.m., Saturday, March 29, at the Oakhurst Community Center. Tickets cost $40 and the menu includes shrimp, pork ribs, dirty rice, corn maque-choux and bread pudding.

A live auction will be held during the event featuring a large propane barbecue, a riding lawn mower, and a flat screen HDTV.

Sponsors include Sierra Tel, Century 21, Ditton Realty, McGoldrick & McGoldrick, Sierra Asset Management, and the North Fork Mono Rancheria.

Details: (559) 283-4731.

Oakminster Dog Show

The Oakhurst Mountain Lions Club will sponsor the second annual Oakminster Dog Show as a fundraiser for the Eastern Madera County SPCA. The event will start at 9 a.m., Sunday, April 27, at the Oakhurst Community Park. All dogs — both mixed and pure breeds — are welcome. Prizes will be awarded, including "Best in Show."

Obedience and conformation workshops are available, with obedience beginning at 10:30 a.m., and conformation at 11:30 a.m.

Register in advance by April 21 for $10 per dog, or at the day of the event for $15 per dog. Same day registration ends at 10 a.m.

Businesses and individuals can lend support by purchasing sponsorships at $100 each. .

Entry forms, along with rules and regulations can be found at the EMC SPCA website, or at the Cat's Meow, 40315 Junction Drive in Oakhurst.

Details: Gail Hawksworth, (559) 658-5631.

Tri-tip barbecue

The North Fork Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will hold its annual tri-tip barbecue 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 26, at North Fork School's Kennedy Hall.

The menu includes tri-tip, beans, salad, roll and drink. The North Fork Women's Club will have desserts available for purchase. Take-out is available. Drawings and a silent auction will begin at 2 p.m.

Tickets: $8 at the door, $7 presale and seniors, $5 children under age 10. Details: Linda Gott-Maddox, (559) 877-4458 (evenings only).

Spring Valley tinker fair

Spring Valley School in O'Neals will be hosting their tinker fair 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, March 22.

The free event showcases student inventions and creativity. .

Details: Nicole Bush, (559) 474-7307

Fifth annual Cougar Classic Golf Tournament

Coarsegold Elementary School will be hosting its fifth annual Cougar Classic Golf Tournament March 29, at Sierra Meadows Country Club. The shotgun style tee-off begins at 10 a.m. and cost of the event is $75 per player.

Prizes will be given for a putting contest, straight drive, closest to the pin, and long drive.

Tickets for the dinner only will be available for $15 during pre-sales and $20 at the door. Proceeds will go to benefit the Coarsegold PTA and Coarsegold Elementary students and staff.

Details: Mike Best, (559) 642-1343

Eastern Madera County Regional Spelling Bee

The Coarsegold School PTA is hosting this year's K-8 Eastern Madera County Regional Spelling Bee at 5 p.m. April 1-2, at Coarsegold Elementary.

The two day event will include students from nine schools from throughout the Mountain Area.

Details: Nancy Flynn (559) 259-7384

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