Community News - 5/8/14 edition

May 6, 2014 

Hiking presentation

Sierra Star columnist Tony Krizan (Mountain Secrets) will present his second in a series of six hiking slide shows at 7 p.m. this Saturday at Yosemite Southgate Hotel, 40644 Highway 41.

This presentation will feature a nine day, 47-mile lope starting at the Mammoth Trailhead above Clover Meadow. The trip will cross over to the east side and loop back through the Minarets, finally dropping in elevation following the North Fork of the San Joaquin River to the Iceberg Pass Trailhead.

The free presentation will highlight the hidden beauty and history concealed within our Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Details: Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau, (559) 683-4636.

SPCA fundraiser

The annual plant sale to benefit the Eastern Madera County SPCA will be held 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 10, at 45503 North Oakview, Oakhurst.

FFA barbecue

The Yosemite High School FFA annual barbecue to raise funds to support the program will be held at 5:30 p.m., Saturday, May 10, at Evergreen Conference Center

Details: Kate Bigelow (559) 683-4667.

Clean-up at Bass Lake

A clean-up around the shores and trails at Bass Lake — the Bass Lake Spring Clean — is scheduled for 9 a.m., Saturday, May 10. Volunteers will meet at Recreation Point to receive sanitized gloves, garbage bags, and water — all provided courtesy of organizers. A full barbecue will be served at 11:30 a.m. for participating volunteers.

The morning starts off with complimentary coffee and snacks, along with a welcome that includes details of the day's activities, like the drawing for exciting prizes.

The event is sponsored by the California Land Management's (CLM) Sierra Recreation Division of the Sierra National Forest.

YHS Seniors Project Fair seeking judges

The second annual Yosemite High School Senior Project Fair will be held 6-8 p.m., Tuesday, May 20, in the YHS cafeteria. Seniors at YHS have been working hard to complete their senior projects, with each student taking on a community service based project of at least 20 hours. Students will proudly share information about their projects and will display their visual boards, resumes, research and reflection papers. Snacks will be provided.

Community members are being sought as judges of student visuals. If you would like to be a judge, RSVP: Rebecca Hardison, (559) 683-4667 ext. 418, or email: to confirm. Be sure to provide your name and phone number. Judges will need to report to the YHS Library at 5 p.m. on the day of the event.

Singers Sought

The Sierra Chamber Singers Community Choir is seeking Mountain Area singers to join in the celebration of the 150th Anniversary of Lincoln's signing of the Yosemite Grant.

The group meets at 8:30 p.m., Thursdays in Whittenburg Hall at the United Methodist Church to rehearse songs of the Lincoln era including folksongs, spirituals, and civil war songs including the Battle Hymn of the Republic.

Membership is $20.

The group will perform in concert at 7 p.m., Saturday, June 7, and at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, June 8.

Funds raised from the concert will benefit Vision Academy of the Arts Scholarships and Star Awards.

Details: Jackie Byers, (559) 683-7071.

Yosemite Area Audubon Society

The Yosemite Area Audubon Society will host a slide presentation and field trip in the month of May.

A slide presentation by international birder and bird photographer Matthew Matthiessen, "Unexpected Ethiopia: A Birder's Dream," will be held at 7 p.m., tonight, May 8, at the Oakhurst Methodist Church on Crane Valley Road (426). The presentation is free to the public.

The monthly field trip will be Foresta in Yosemite, Saturday, May 17.

Participants will meet in at 8 a.m. at the Midpines County Park on Highway 140. El Portal residents can meet the group across from the Yosemite Conservancy offices at 8:45 a.m.

The trip is suitable for beginners and individuals attending the event are asked to bring binoculars, field guides, snacks, a lunch and beverages. At least one person in each vehicle must have a park entrance permit or, if needed, purchase one at the park entrance.

Details: (209)742-5579 or visit

Oakhurst/Coarsegold Tea Party Meeting

A Tea Party Action Meeting will be held 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 20, at the Best Western Yosemite Gateway Inn Restaurant in Oakhurst.

The meeting will center around discussion of the candidates and issues for the primary election. Bring your ballots.

Details: (866) 565-1379.

Musical comedy at Positive Living Center

Linda Angel will present a musical comedy based on work with Eckhart Tolle and the Power of Now, 5:30 p.m., Tuesday May 20, at the Positive Living Center in Oakhurst.

She has made this hour-long presentation in 400 churches across the country, and it has been well-received. It is not only a musical comedy, but has great music and a deep spiritual message. While the event is free, an offering is requested.

Getting healthier fundraiser

A Natural Health and Fitness Fair, sponsored by Natural Instincts Community Birth Collective, will be held 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Saturday May 31, at Oakhurst Community Park.

A gathering of local businesses and non-profit organizations will be on-hand to promote natural health and fitness. The event is free to the public.

Details or to become a vendor: Jennifer Morgan (559) 868-3635 or email

Golden Chain seeks actors

The Golden Chain Theatre is casting for "Bonnie Bell's Best Bloomers," the traveling melodrama for the 2014 season. Two shows will be performed at the Sugar Pine Mountain Railroad, where the audience experiences a taste of the past.

Oakhurst is celebrating the grant signed by President Lincoln 100 years ago with local organizations. There will be a few performances of this melodrama at the theatre.

Villains, heroes, heroines and several other parts (male and female adults), are being sought. No experience is required. Auditions will be held, 5:30-7 p.m., Tuesday, May 13, at the theatre.

Details: MaryLou Finley, (559 683-3789.

Dwindling water supply

When the final seasonal monthly measurement was taken by the California Department of Water Resources, the snow levels in the Sierra came in at 18% of average. Last month, it was 32% of normal.

These results are used as part of the calculation to determine California's drinking water supply for the rest of the year. When the final numbers are in, it is expected that 2014 will be one of the six driest in California's recorded history.

NPS Uniform cache reopens

As of last month, the NPS Uniform cache was open for business. NPS employees will be able to access used and new uniform items which have been donated by other staff. The NPS is piloting a new park-wide uniform cache, which will run through October 2014, at which time the program will be assessed for effectiveness. The pilot program will go through October 2014, at which time the program will be assessed for effectiveness.

The cache is located in the El Portal Warehouse storage area, aisles 7 and 8, and will be kept locked between uses. During seasonal orientations, a Uniform Team member will be available at the cache 3 to 4:15 p.m. on the first Monday of the pay period. At all other times, contact your division liaison for access keys and cache usage instructions: BRM: Parker Davis; Interpretation: Andy Fristensky; Superintendent's Office: Katie Calder; Resources: Ami Knighten; and Facilities: Susan Hedlund.

The program especially needs outerwear, hats, and accessories (belts, ties, hat bands, etc). All donations to the uniform cache must be in clean and serviceable condition, and must be given directly to your division liaison. Unserviceable but clean items may be accepted for textile recycling. Do not leave donations at the uniform cache.

Details: Heather Boothe, Uniform Cache Team Chair, (209) 379-1855 or (H. Boothe).

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