Community News - 4/24/14 edition of the Sierra Star

April 22, 2014 

Town Hall meeting tonight

Supervisor Tom Wheeler will host a Town Hall meeting from 6-8 p.m., tonight (Thursday, April 24) at the Coarsegold Community Center. In addition to the usual county departments, a representative from Adventist Health will make a presentation and answer questions.

The Community Center is located at 35540 Highway 41, Coarsegold.

Sheriff Anderson endorses Linn

Madera County Sheriff John Anderson has endorsed Oakhurst attorney David Linn in his bid to defeat District Attorney Michael Keitz in the June 3 primary election.

In a prepared statement released Monday, Anderson said he supports Linn "because we need a strong leader who will rebuild the office and work closely with law enforcement to ensure that justice is being served. High turnover in the DA's office and loss of our experienced prosecution team has made our jobs more challenging."

Linn has also been endorsed by the Madera County Deputy Sheriff's Association and the Chowchilla Police Officer's Association.

Note: Linn is married to Betty Linn, publisher of the Sierra Star.

North Fork spring country dance Friday

The North Fork Studio will hold a Spring County Dance and Hoedown 6-10 p.m., April 25. Dancing will take place from 7 to 9:30. A raffle will be held during the mid-evening break.

Music will be provided by Up Country String Band featuring fiddle, mandolin, guitars, and banjo. Caller Penny Critchlow will guide dancers through circle mixers, contra line dances, the Virginia reel, and square dances.

Contra dancing is a style of dance similar to the Virginia Reel that was brought to America by early settlers from Europe.

No dancing experience is necessary. Critchlow will walk everyone through each dance step-by-step.

"The North Fork Studio is pleased to offer a fun evening for the whole family again this year," said John Kilburn, studio president.

The event takes place at the newly renovated North Fork Studio, next to the North Fork Library. Tickets are $10. Studio subscribers and students, $5, toddlers free. There is a $25 family rate for large families. Tickets will be available at the door.

Details: (559) 877-3061.

Annual tri-tip barbecue

The North Fork Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will hold it's annual tri-tip barbecue from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 26, in Kennedy Hall at North Fork Elementary School. The North Fork Women's Club will offer desserts for purchase and take-out is available.

A drawing and silent auction will be held beginning at 2 p.m. Tickets are $8 at the door; $7 presale and for seniors; and for children under 10, $5.

Details: Linda Gott-Maddox, (559) 877-4458, evenings only.

Bingo Sunday

Oak Creek Intermediate is holding a Bingo Night to raise funds for the upcoming 8th Grade Catalina Science Trip. Doors open at noon and the event begins at 2 p.m., Sunday, at the Oakhurst Elks Lodge. A $20 ticket includes a pack of 10 bingo game cards and additional cards will be available for purchase. Must be 18 to attend.

The event is sponsored by the OCI Parent/Teacher Club.

The 8th grade Catalina Island Campus by the Sea trip is an 8th grade tradition which includes private boat transportation to and from Catalina Island, a moonlit hike, campfires, snorkeling, kayaking, tide pooling, squid dissection, and a nature hike.Details: Brenda Negley, (559) 760-9108.

Blood drive

The Central California Blood Center bloodmobile will be parked 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 30, at the Oakhurst Community College Center.

Donors must be in good general health, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old.

Details: Rafael Cabrera, (559) 905-4817.

Book sale

The Friends of the Oakhurst Branch Library will hold a book sale 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday May 3, in the Library Community Room. Fill a grocery bag full of books for $3 per bag.

Details: (559) 683-7357.

Rummage sale

Kellen Rescue will hold a rummage sale 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, May 10, at 40820 Winding Way (off Highway 41).

Available for purchase is furniture, household items, tools and clothes. The sale will benefit the animals of Kellen Rescue.

Paradise Springs Bridal Shower

Members of the Mountain Area are invited to tour Paradise Springs, located at 52770 Road 632, Oakhurst, and meet with wedding professionals noon - 4 p.m., April 27, as part of the 5th Annual Bridal Show.

The event will include a chance to win a "Ceremony in Paradise" and will include other prizes and packages given away throughout the show.

A tri-tip lunch will be available for purchase throughout the day.

Details: Debby Wood, (559) 642-2613,

50s sock hop

The Oakhurst Elks Lodge is hosting a 50s Sock Hop on Saturday, April 28.

The evening starts with a 5 p.m. happy hour, 6 p.m. dinner with hamburgers, fries and root beer floats, followed by dancing with DJ Henry Espino.

Cost is $10 per person.

Details: Dale Miller, (559) 683-0819, Elk's Lodge, (559) 683-2717.

Tenaya job fair Saturday

The Tenaya Lodge in Fish Camp will he holding a Job Fair 9 a.m. - noon, this Saturday.

Tenaya Lodge is seeking qualified candidates interested in a career in hospitality.

Applications are available online and you must be at least 18 years of age to apply.

Details: (559) 683-6555.

Cinco de Mayo Luncheon

The La Sierra Guild Children's Hospital is hosting their annual Cinco de Mayo Luncheon on Friday, May 2, at the Oakhurst Community Center.

The luncheon offers a delivery service for business' who are unable to make the trip but would still like to donate and enjoy a hand-delivered lunch.

The luncheon will include enchiladas, chile rellenos, rice, beans and cake all provided by El Cid's Mexican Cuisine of Oakhurst.

Cost of the luncheon is $15 per person with 100% of the proceeds going to Children's Hospital Central California. A minimum of two lunches are necessary to qualify for delivery.

Money needs to be turned in by Tuesday, April 29, in order to be placed on the delivery list.

Details: (559) 641-7823,

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