Community News - 4/10/14 edition of the Sierra Star

April 8, 2014 

Mountain Home School Musical tonight

Students from Mountain Home School will be performing the musical 'Fun With Numbers,' at 5:30 p.m. tonight (Thursday), at the Yosemite High School Theater. The script was written by Mountain Home School teacher Brook Bullock and includes multiple songs that originated in other musicals and movies. Admission is free.

Details: Brook Bullock, (559) 642-1422,

Honorary Mayoral Campaign tonight

The kick-off for the 2014 Honorary Mayoral campaign kicks-off tonight (Thursday), 5-7 p.m., at Yosemite Bank in Oakhurst. The campaign runs through July 10. Sponsored by the Eastern Madera County Chamber of Commerce Foundation, the honorary mayoral candidates raise money for their favorite, non-profit charity. Each dollar raised during the campaign counts as a vote; the candidate with the most votes wins the title and duties of the Honorary Mayor of Oakhurst.

As of last Tuesday, the three running for this position are Matthew Sands for the Boys & Girls Club, Michael Costa for Little Church on the Hill, and Zona Cahill for Sierra Senior Society.

Details: Chamber of Commerce, (559) 683-7766

Candidate debates April 17

The Eastern Madera County Chamber of Commerce Foundation will hold a Madera County District Attorney and Sheriff debate Thursday, April 17, at the Oakhurst Community Center. The doors open at 5:30 p.m., with the debates beginning at 6.

Candidates will be allowed two minutes for opening remarks, and then asked questions by a panel consisting of Brian Wilkinson, Sierra Star editor, Chuck Doud, publisher of the Madera Tribune, and two Yosemite High students; closing remarks will follow.

Written questions will be taken from the floor and will be presented by the moderator, Greg Chappel, Oakhurst attorney and past chamber president, after each round of questions. The debates are sponsored by Sierra Asset Management and Emadco Disposal Service.

Elegant Auction

The 29th annual Elegant Auction to benefit the Oakhurst Community Park will be held at Tenaya Lodge in Fish Camp on Saturday, April 12. The doors open at 5 p.m., with bidding on the silent auction beginning immediately. The live auction begins at 8 p.m., with dancing following. There will also be a small poker tournament.

Details: Susan Macaulay, (559) 683-4494.

Gardening workshop

True Value in Oakhurst will hold a free container gardening workshop, Sunday April 13, at 1 p.m. Topics covered include secrets for big blooms, creative containers, tips for easier spring gardening, and identifying mystery garden weeks. Participants will receive a 10% coupon good for any plants.

Details: Sue Langley,

Celebrity Bartender Fundraiser

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

Details: Marcia Hall (209) 777-3038.

PUC hearing

The California Public Utilities Commission will host a meeting at 4 p.m., Thursday, April 17, at the North Fork Rancheria Community Center located at 56901 Kunugib in North Fork.

The purpose of this meeting is to receive public comment on the California High Cost Fund-A program that provides funds to small, independent telephone companies to ensure that rural areas receive affordable, safe, reliable and high quality communications services.

The key issues include: how the program should support deployment of new communications and broadband technologies; what rates are reasonable for rural customers; and whether to open rural telephone company areas to more competitive choices.

Details: Public Advisor's Office, (866) 849-8390 or

An Evening at Erna's

The Oakhurst Sierra Rotary will be hosting the 8th annual Evening At Erna's.

The fundraising event will take place April 27, at Erna's with reception starting at 5 p.m. and dinner beginning at 6 p.m.

The cost of the event is $125 per guest and includes a four-course meal prepared and served by Rotarians under the direction of Chef Jonathon Perkins.

Proceeds from the event will go to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Oakhurst.

Tickets: (559) 683-6800.

Raymond Parade

The 28th annual Raymond Parade will get rolling at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 19, in downtown Raymond.

The parade will begin at noon, going past the front of the Raymond General Store. There will be craft booths, food fair and a swap meet from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Raymond Museum will be open throughout the day.

Details: (559) 689-3303.

Administrative Professionals Day

Administrative professionals day is April 23, and to recognize your professional assistant and administrative assistants, the Sierra Star will publish your note of thanks on special pages of the newspaper (April 25 edition). Staff will also deliver a gift of a fresh rose with a copy of your note on Administrative Professionals day.

Show the community how much you appreciate all their hard work and dedication. Priced at only $45 per space, plus $8 for each additional name and rose.

Details: Claudia Fleming, (559) 683-4464.

McClintock to visit Oakhurst April 23

Congressman Tom McClintock will hold a town hall meeting at 6 p.m., Wednesday, April 23, at Oakhurst Elementary School, 49495 High School Road (427).

Stage Route Tour

On Saturday, April 26, be ready to be transported back to the dusty days of horses, six-shooters and stages. Coarsegold Historical Society will repeat a popular six-hour bus tour that follows the old stage route visiting Coarsegold, the Hills Pride Inn in Knowles, the Raymond Museum, historic Road 600, and the old mining community of Grub Gulch, the Wassama Roundhouse, and the old town of Fresno Flats. See the sights from a comfortable bus with a running commentary and pictures. The six-hour tour leaves at 9 a.m. from the Coarsegold Historic Museum (31899 Highway 41 near Lucky Lane).

The tour price is $40, which includes lunch and dessert. There is a $10 non-refundable deposit. Reservations required. Send deposit with name, phone number, home and email address to CHS, Post Office Box 117, Coarsegold, Calif., 93614, attn: Karen Morris.

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

Coarsegold Rodeo

The 63rd annual Coarsegold Pro-Rodeo will take place May 2-4 at the Bohna Arena on Road 415 in Coarsegold. Friday starts with Heritage Day events for local schools in the morning, followed by the rodeo royalty arena competition. Action kicks off on Saturday with the exceptional kids rodeo at 11 a.m., followed by the grand marshal entry procession. The California Cowboys Professional Rodeo Association will start competing afterwards. The activities continue at 8 p.m. with the rodeo dance, with music from area Terry Naracon of TC Tunes providing country and southern rock hits. The cover charge is $5.

The rodeo resumes Sunday at 8 a.m. with the cowboy breakfast and cowboy church at 9 a.m., with the rodeo gates opening at 11. The grand entry begins at noon.

This year's rodeo queen will be crowned by the 2013 title holder, Brionna Van Oh, followed by the 2014 grand marshals. More rodeo action beings at 1 p.m.

Mutton Bustin will be held Saturday and Sunday. There will be ample food and drinks sold by local 4H Club, as well as other activities and attractions.

Admission is $12 for adults (or $10 in advance) and $5 for children, ages 5 through 12. Parking is $2.

Details: Tammi Edmonds, (559) 676-0142, or

County celebrates young child week

Madera County officials are celebrating Week of the Young Child this week. This highly-celebrated week among children and health advocates is designed to bring attention and awareness to the value of investing time, energy and resources into ensuring our county's youngest children are healthy, learning and ready to begin school. First 5 Madera County held a ceremony April 7, to announce the community's choice of area 'heroes' who work directly with young children daily. Local and state officials were in attendance.

Research shows that a child's brain develops most dramatically in the first five years and what parents and caregivers do during these years to support their child's growth will have a meaningful impact throughout life.

Details: (559) 661-5155.

Sierra snowpack

Despite a late-season storm the Department of Water Resources and snowpack surveyors have noted average snowpack is far below normal.

The DWR's recent account of snowpack conducted by surveyors shows levels at merely 32% of normal for this time of year.

According to the DWR electronic reading indicate some parts of the Sierra with a few as 23% of average yearly snowpack making this one of the mildest winter since records began being kept in the early 20th century.

Those who depend on snowpack, considered by some to be the largest reservoir in California, will be forced to look elsewhere for a way to access what some are calling 'liquid gold' (water).

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