Community News - 4/17/14 edition of the Sierra Star

April 15, 2014 

Debates tonight (Thursday)

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

Mariposa Gem and Mineral Show

The annual Mariposa Gem and Mineral Show will be held April 19-20 at the Fairgrounds. The show will be open Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the parking is free and admission for children 14 and under is free. Adult entrance is $3 and includes Museum admission as well.

Community baby shower May 3

The Third Annual Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) Community Baby Shower will be held 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, May 3, at Sierra Vista Presbyterian Church, 39696 Highway 41. All pregnant moms and families with children ages 5 and under are invited to this free event.

Last year, the event served 100 Mountain Area families with free diapers, wipes, clothing and accessories including baby walkers and play pens. A generous donation from Sierra Vista Church has allowed for the purchase of 20 new car seats for this year's event.

Personal shoppers will help guide you in picking out needed items.

Information tables will be set-up with representatives from Sierra Vista Presbyterian MOPS, EV Free MOPS, and Yosemite Lakes Community Church MOPS.

'We will also have a lactation consultant this year offering free services to new or expectant moms,' said Joy Judd, Sierra Vista MOPS outreach coordinator. 'We will also have plenty of free food for families.'

Details: Joy Judd, (559) 642-4181.

Audubon birding trip

The Yosemite Area Audubon Society will lead a field trip down White Rock Road April 19, 8 a.m., at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds. Suitable for beginners, the event is free and welcome to the public. Bring binoculars, field guides, snacks, lunch and beverages.

Details: (209) 742-5579 or (209) 966-2547; or

National Day of Prayer

In celebration of the National Day of Prayer, Thursday May 1, the Yosemite Lakes Community Church will host a breakfast, music, fellowship and prayer beginning at 8:30 a.m. A donation of $7 is requested. Reserve tickets by Tuesday, April 29.

Bible seminars

The Oakhurst SDA Church will host free seminars on the Operation Blueprint: Six Keys, One Mystery, at 6 p.m. every Sunday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday between April 26 and May 17. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. with the seminar following at 7 p.m.

This informative Bible seminar will be held in Holbrook Hall of the church, 50690 Crane Valley Road (426). Details: (888) 282–1924,

Fundraiser for Scout Troop 316

A drive through barbecue tri-tip dinner will be held 5 - 7 p.m., Friday, April 25, at Sierra Vista Presbyterian Church, 39696 Highway 41, Oakhurst, to raise funds for Boy Scout Troop 316.

Proceeds from the dinner will be used to purchase tents, camp stoves, cooking equipment, and two water filtration systems.

Dinners cost $10 each.

Sober grad

Yosemite High Sober Grad night will take place Friday, June 6, 9 p.m., at Camp Oakhurst. There will be food, prizes (including a car), high rope courses, a giant swing, rock wall climbing, swimming pool, paintball, campfire with smores, indoor games, movies, Wii games and more.

The seniors and PTA are looking for donations to make this event a success. Donations can be mailed to Yosemite High School PTA, 50200 Road 427, Oakhurst 93644, or hand-delivered to the school office.

Details: Jennifer Clark, (559) 760-7648; or

Oakhurst Democratic Club breakfast May 3

The Oakhurst Democratic Club will host a breakfast at 8:30 a.m., Saturday May 3, at Denny's for Marcia Hall, Madera County Auditor/Controller incumbent. The meeting begins an hour later, with guest speaker Eric Linville from Camarena Health talking on 'Covered California.'

The public is welcome.

Details: (559) 658-2342.

Writers Workshop returns May 1

After a six-month hiatus, the Central Valley Writers' Workshop will resume its unique read-and-critique session at 6:30 p.m. the first and third Thursdays of every month at the Chowchilla Library, according to Glenna Jarvis, the workshop's founder and current president. The library is located at the corner north Third Street and Kings Avenue.

Jarvis said the group, at one time 30-members strong, has been home to more than 100 writers over the 10 years it had been in operation. During that time, the group hosted several one-day symposiums and three, two-day conferences. Several of its members have signed with agents and had their works published.

Details: Glenna Jarvis, (559) 665-7381,

John Muir presentation

Renowned John Muir impersonator, Frank Helling, will perform at 7 p.m., Monday, April 28, at the North Fork Elementary School music room.

Helling has performed for schools, universities, environmental and civic groups, and many National Park special events throughout California.

There will be a brief Scenic Byway Association meeting prior to the performance.

Details: (559) 877-3952,

Great North Fork Gallery gala event

The Greater North Fork Gallery will celebrate its 7th annual re-opening with a gallery gala on May 4 from 4-7 p.m., in the Community Development Council (CDC) conference room at the North Fork Sawmill site.

This free gala event will be catered by the NF Women's Club. There will be raffles of fine art donated by each of the 12 award-winning professional local artists.

The gallery is located at the old Mill site, 57839 Road 225, a quarter mile east of downtown North Fork.

Following this event, the gallery will be open every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., until its seasonal closing on Oct. 5, the weekend of Sierra Art Trails, which is celebrated at the gallery.

Details: (559) 877-2487.

College scholarship fund April 26

The North Fork Chamber of Commerce will host a document shredding fundraising event 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., Saturday, April 26, with proceeds going to the Minarets High School college scholarship fund.

Anyone who wishes to participate can bring boxes of paperwork in need of shredding to the North Fork Visitor's Center.

The first bankers box size is free of charge and any additional boxes are $5 each.

The event is sponsored by the chamber and Bass lake Realty.

Details: (559) 415-8002.

Change in management

Michael and Christine Waiczis are the new on-site managers for Oakhurst Mobilehome Estates on Fresno Flats Road (425B), and will be in the office Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The couple are responsible for the day-to-day office operations and the maintenance of the property.

Glacier Point Road open for bicyclists

The Glacier Point Road in Yosemite National Park is open to bicyclists. Vault toilets are available; however, there is no running water. Visitors are urged to bike with caution while in the park. The roadway may be wet due to melting snow and wildlife may be present on or near the road.

Glacier Point Road in Yosemite National Park will open for the season for automobile traffic on Monday, April 14, 2014, at noon. There will be limited visitor services available at Glacier Point. There is no projected opening date for the Bridalveil Creek Campground.

National Park Service crews are currently working on clearing the Tioga Road. There is no anticipated opening date for the Tioga Road.

Details: 24 hour road and weather information, please call (209) 372-0200.

New YHS band director

Subject to YUSD Board final approval, Francisco Marquez has been selected as the schools new band director. The reaction of the third period class was an affirmation of how they have grown to love and appreciate Marquez. Currently, he is completing his classwork at Fresno State.

'To have a talented young man with his talent assume this position is a joy to me and an a credit to our wonderful parents and students,' retiring Band Director Randy Hyatt said.

Request for bids

Bids for the construction of the Hillview Water Company — Forest Ridge Site Improvement Project — will be received by sealed bids addressed to the General Manager at the Hillview Water Company office at 2:05 p.m. on Wednesday, May 7, and then at said office publicly opened and read aloud. A non-mandatory pre-bid site visits will be conducted on April 30 at 10 a.m. The contract documents may be examined or obtained at the office of: Gateway Engineering, 5811 E. Princeton Ave, Fresno, Calif. 93727, (559) 320-0344. The fee is $50 for each set, non-refundable.

Sierra Art Trails

The submission deadline for the Sierra Art Trails Open Studio is May 1. The application is available online at

If you are interested in sponsoring Sierra Art Trails or placing an ad in the catalog, email or call (559) 658-8844. The catalog will include a 'Gallery Section' featuring half and full page images of artists work.


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