Community News for 5/15/14 edition of the Sierra Star

May 13, 2014 

Choir concert tonight

The Yosemite High School choral department, under the direction of Christel Biasell, will present its End of Year Choir concert at 7:30 p.m. tonight (Thursday), at Sierra Vista Presbyterian Church, 39696 Highway 41.

Open house

Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce will hold an open house at the Elks Lodge in Oakhurst, 5-7 p.m., Thursday, May 15, at the Oakhurst Elks Lodge. This event is open to the public, and offers music, hors d'oeuvres and a no host bar.

Early deadline

Due to the Memorial Day weekend, the Sierra Star will be closed on Monday, May 26. Because of this, there are early deadlines as follows for the May 29 edition. Display and classified advertising, 5 p.m., Thursday, May 22 — editorial and calendar submission, 5 p.m., Friday, May 23.

Collecting teddy bears and stuffed animals

The Mountain Bear Fan Club will collect new and used bears and other stuffed animals 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Saturday, May 17, at the Bear Park, 49196 Crane Valley Road (426) in Oakhurst next to Mountain Comforts).

All donated items will be used in the club's gifting program.

Details: President Beverly Gordon, (559) 683-7929.

Fill-the-Boot May 24

Oakhurst and Coarsegold Firefighters Cal Fire Local 2881 will hold Fill-the-Boot to raise funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Central California Chapter.

Firefighters will stand at the intersections of highways 41 and 49 in Oakhurst and Highway 41 and Road 415 in Coarsegold from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 24.

With help from the Oakhurst, Coarsegold, Bass Lake and Ahwahnee firefighters, MDA can provide the following services to local families free-of-charge: monthly support groups, medical clinics, loan and repair medical equipment, and a 100% wheelchair accessible youth summer camp.

Details: MDA Executive Director Carrie Danny, (559) 453-9822,

Greater North Fork Art Gallery workshops

The Greater North Fork Art Gallery will offer free Spring workshops, with all sessions held from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

This Saturday, May 17 — come along as teacher of photography Paul Henry Abram dissects the camera — his and yours (bring yours along). It will also offer a great time to have any nagging questions about photo shoots answered by a Pro.

This Sunday, May 18 — painter Marcia Abram will apply water colors to paper and demonstrate the interactions of the two. Either watch as she brings a painting to life or bring along your own easel and materials to follow along.

Details: 877-2487.

Mountain Home School Charter registration

Mountain Home School Charter is registering students for the 2014-2015 school year. They serve families from Madera County and any adjacent counties, offering a unique blend of independent and classroom learning, offering traditional and homeschool-friendly curricula to help personalize learning for every student.

If you are interested in homeschooling your children, call for an appointment to tour the school and talk to a charter teacher; or visit our website at

Mountain Home School is located at 41267 Highway 41 in Oakhurst. and is part of the Yosemite Unified School District.

Details: (559) 642-1422.

Butterfly and hummingbird gardens

The Oakhurst Garden Club at True Value in Oakhurst will hold a workshop 1 p.m., Sunday, May 18, at True Value. The workshop will focus on creating a backyard wildlife habitat to attract butterflies and hummingbirds, transitioning from spring to summer planting, and choosing the right spot and plants.

Details: (559) 63-7117.

Voter registration deadline is May 19

Rebecca Martinez, Madera County clerk-recorder and registrar of voters has announced that in order to be eligible to vote in the June 3 Primary Election, persons must register to vote by Monday, May 19.

In order to be eligible to register to vote, a person must be a United States Citizen, live in Madera County and be 18 years old on or before Election Day. Registered voters who have moved, changed their name, or wish to change their political party must re-register by May 19.

Voter registration cards are available at the County Clerk's office (call to request a card by mail or come in), local Post Offices, local Libraries, or register to vote online at or

The county clerk's office will be open until 6 p.m., on May 19, to accept voter registration cards.

Details: Madera County Elections Division, (800) 435-0509.

Sierra Freepackers

The Sierra Freepackers will hold an open house 1-5 p.m., Saturday, May 17 to show the work accomplished at Kelty Meadow Horse Camp. It demonstrates the ability of the Backcountry Horsemen and USFS working hand in hand to improve Kelty's ecology and make it a safer camp for horseriders.

Details: Joyce Granger, (559) 283-4058; or Mary Odell, (559) 658-7563.

This organization will also hold a meeting, 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 20. During the meeting, work parties, trail rides and volunteer projects will be discussed. See FB page: Sierra Freepackers. For more info:


One woman musical

At 5:30 p.m., following the May 20 service at the Positive Living Center, Freddie Weber will perform her one woman musical comedy based on her work with Eckhart Tolle and The Power of Now. The hour-long presentation — called "Being Here Now" has been presented in 400 churches around the country, and has a deep spiritual message, with some great music.

While the event is free, an offering is requested.

Details: (559) 642-4616; for more information on the presentation,

Oakhurst Democratic Club meeting

The Oakhurst Democratic Club will hold a meeting 9:30 a.m., Saturday, June 2nd, with Linda Pennington and Mel Kelly from Madera County Grand Jury Association attending. Breakfast begins at 8:30 a.m. at Denny's Restaurant in Oakhurst. Details: (559) 658-2342.

Coolwater concert

Guitarist Peppino D'Agostinn will perform at Coolwater Ranch at 8 p.m., Saturday, May 31. D'Agostinn plays a variety of music including Brazilian, Irish, country, blues, ragtime, and classical.

Details: Robin Ralston, (559) 760-1134

Summer classes at Minarets start in July

Minarets High School and Chawanakee Unified have partnered with the Academy of Arts & Science to offer free, four-day summer camps, starting in July. The camps, designed for ages 10-14, will be held 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and have offerings in art, music, and technology.All courses are activity-based and facilitated by qualified professional instructors, and space is limited. All students will also be enrolled in an Independent Study Digital Citizenship Course along with their free camp selection.

Students will need to provide their own transportation and snacks/lunch.

Details: (559) 868-8689,

Defibrillator training

North Fork's Grace Community Church is offering free Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) training at 11:45 a.m. this Sunday in Grace Hall (behind the church).

Details: Pat Brown, (559) 877-7590.

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