Community News - 4/3/14 edition of the Sierra Star

April 1, 2014 

Jazz and percussion concert April 3

A concert to benefit Children's Hospital Central California featuring the 15-member Yosemite High School Jazz Band and 20-member Percussion Ensembles will be held at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 3, at the YHS Theater.

The concert is the senior project of Adam Scott and a donation will be asked at the door.

Details: (209) 628-2096.

Chamber member hosts open house

A hydroponic vertical tower garden will be on display 11:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m., Monday, April 7, at the Yosemite Bank Community Room. This is an open house for Juice Plus representatives John and Jannai Perro, new Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce members. There will be healthy snacks, information, short video presentations, and demonstrations.

Details: Jannai Pero, (559) 760-0880,

Yosemite Area Audubon Society

The Yosemite Area Audubon Society program is hosting a multimedia presentation, "Wings of the Rocky Mountains," by professional wildlife photographer Ed McKerrow at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 10, at the Mariposa Methodist Church parish hall located at 6th and Bullion streets in downtown Mariposa. The event is free to the public.

Details: (209) 742-5579.

SpringFest April 15

Christ Church Women will present its delightful day of cards, games, shopping and delicious lunch 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 15, at the Evergreen Conference Center in Oakhurst.

A $16 donation for advance-purchased tickets include refreshments throughout the day plus lunch and wine.

Details: Diane vanDeursen, (559) 877-6401 or Christ Church, (559) 683-7374

Celebrity Bartender Fundraiser

A celebrity bartender fundraiser for Marcia Hall for Auditor-Controller will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 15 at Roman's Bar located above Crab Cakes in Oakhurst.

The community is invited to join Hall in a celebration of tax day with food and spirits at Roman's which will include drawings and more. The fundraiser is sponsored by the committee to elect Marcia Hall Auditor-Controller 2014.

Details: Marcia Hall (209) 777-3038

Tri-tip dinner & auction

Yosemite High School FFA Boosters will hold its annual ninth tri-tip dinner and auction, May 10, at Evergreen Conference Center Oakhurst.

Doors open at 4:30 p.m., with dinner at 6. Tickets are $35 each or $280 for a table of eight. There is limited seating, so reserve early. No host bar.

Reservations: Bridgette Russell, (559) 240-9674.

Chili cook-off

Yosemite Badgers Youth Football will hold its first-ever chili cook-off, noon - 3 p.m., Saturday, May 17, at the Oakhurst Community Center.

To participate in the cook-off, the registration fee is $40, and the deadline is May 10. Registration starts at 8 a.m., tasting will be from noon to 3 p.m. (tickets $10 adults, $5 for children (ages 6-12), and free for those under 5). There are two categories: individual (cash prize and people's choice trophy) and business (3x12 banner "Best Chili in the Mountains," a people's choice trophy and an ad placed in the YHS football program).

Limited space is available.

Details: Erik Peterson, (559) 760-3331.

Vendors sought for Home & Garden Fair

Applications are now being sought for booths at the May 17 Home & Garden Fair being presented by the Yosemite Gateway Association of Realtors.

The show will be held 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. in the parking lot of the association's office at 40298 Junction Drive (behind Sears).

Limited booth spaces available. For advertising opportunities, contact Claudia Zimmerly at the Sierra Star, (559) 683-4464.

Details: Karina Bulow- Brown, (559) 683-5500.

Qigong workshop in Oakhurst May 24-29

A workshop featuring Dayan Qigong, a 1,700 year-old Chinese healthcare practice consisting of gentle flowing movements, will be presented in Oakhurst May 24-29, by Cynthia Eaton, an experienced Qigong teacher in the Bay Area.

Each two-hour class enables students to build confidence as they progress, improving flexibility, balance and strength, and reducing stress.

Details: Connie Hartquist Jacobs, (559) 658-7038,

YHS senior wins best actor award

The Yosemite High School Advanced Theater Arts class participated in the Valley Invitational Drama Festival on March 26, at Fresno City College. YHS Senior Lance Litten earned Best Actor in a Scene award for his work in a scene from Neil Simon's "The Good Doctor."

Litten's performance was deemed the best performance out of 10 different scenes from high schools in Fresno, Clovis, Madera and Modesto. Litten can be seen as the tightly wound Mr. Cogsworth in YHS' upcoming production of "Beauty and the Beast."

"Go Green" ballots

Madera County Clerk-Recorder & Registrar of Voters has announced that voters now have choice in how they receive their sample ballots. In all elections, a sample ballot booklet is printed for each registered voter.In an effort to reduce costs in county budgets, state law now allows voters to "go green" by choosing to "opt out" of receiving their sample ballot booklet by mail and accessing it online instead.

It's convenient, it's paperless and it's free. Reducing the number of sample ballot booklets printed will save the County thousands of tax payer dollars.

To sign up, visit the County Clerk-Elections Division website and provide the required information.

For voters that prefer to receive their sample ballot by mail, no action is required. Your sample ballot booklet will continue to arrive by mail approximately 29 days before each election.

Details: Elections Division at (559) 675-7720, toll free at (800) 435-0509 or visit our website at

History trip

A history and beauty trip, sponsored by the Coarsegold Historical Society, and hosted by experienced travelers Jack and Kay Good is planned for April 3, 2015, returning April 14, 2015.

The trip includes 10 nights on a deluxe river boat with visits to many historic towns and cities in France along the Seine River, traveling from Paris to Normandy and return to Paris on the boat. Experience Paris, Giverny (Monet's home), Vernon, Rouen, the Abbey of St. Wandrille de Fontenelle, Honfleur, a full day of Normandy and the D-Day landmarks, the Bayeux Tapestry and Les Andelys.

The price of the trip is all-inclusive with airfare from San Francisco, airport to ship and return transfers, meals and most sight-seeing tours. To determine the full price of the tour, pick the cabin category you desire and to that price add half-price airfare for economy airfare from Fresno.

Our group price is more than $1,000 lower than the standard pricing shown on the normal Vantage website. Additional savings can be obtained by prepaying for the total trip. We calculate that the total per person in a double cabin ranges from a low of $3633 for a cabin in the lower deck, $4,133 for a mid-range B-1 cabin on the middle deck.

Details: Steve Mitchell (559) 683-6395, Ken Rawlings (559) 658-8631, or Jack Good (559) 642-4242 (Good is not available most of March through May).

Reservations: Vantage Travel (800) 322-6677, be sure to include the group #G647700. The first 12 individuals or couples that make a reservation will receive a Monet travel diary.

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