Community News - 5/22/14 edition

May 20, 2014 

Peddler's Fair

The Peddler's Fair begins Friday, May 23 and runs through Monday, May 26 at the Coarsegold Historic Village. Admission to the fair is free.


Memorial Day Service

A Memorial Day service will be held 9 a.m., Monday, May 26, at the Little Church on the Hill in Oakhill Cemetery. Pastor Sam Tallmon of Calvary Chapel of the Sierra will conduct the service remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

As the first Mountain Area pastor from the Millennial Generation, Tallmon continues a tradition dating back to the Civil War.

The VFW presentation of colors and taps will follow the service at 10 a.m.


Mountain Area Literacy Council June 12

The Mountain Area Literacy Council (MALCO) will hold a meeting at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, June 12, at the Oakhurst Library Community Room. This all-volunteer group promotes literacy.

Details: Terry Newland, (559) 642-6298.

Kopp wins area level competition

Minarets senior Mikayla Kopp, 17, won the Lions Club area competition last Saturday in Linden. Kopp will now move on to the final level, where she will compete in the state finals June 7 in Pasadena.

The theme of this year's competition is Community Service: What does it mean and why does it matter?

Honorary mayor coloring contest

Now through June 15, Honorary Mayor candidate Michael Costa, is holding a coloring contest for children, pre-kindergarten through age 12. The page to color is an image of the Little Church on the Hill, and can be picked up at the Children's Museum, Western Sierra Nursery, Oakhurst Giftworks, Crab Cakes, and Dorsey's Hallmark.

Once colored, the entries can be turned in with $1 for each finished page to any of the above locations; all entries must be turned in on or before June 15.

All proceeds will benefit the Little Church on the Hill, the non-profit organization Costa is raising funds for during his run for honorary mayor.

Stamp out Hunger

The annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive was held Saturday, May 10. All Mountain Area post offices participated, and all canned goods collected were donated to Manna House. Postal carriers for the Oakhurst post office collected 1,000 pounds of canned goods.

EBAY and Pen Pal workshop

The Post Office in Oakhurst held its first workshop on EBAY and Pen Pal use. According to Oakhurst Postmaster, Holly Baker, it was a huge success.

"The turn-out was great — we had about 16 — and they were enthusiastic, asking questions and making comments. We had planned for the workshop to run an hour, but it ended up running two hours." Participants were shown, step-by-step, how to sign in and use EBAY and Pen Pal.

"We not only show that you can sell anything on EBAY — people sell pine cones, they sell dead manzanita — and teach you how to do it, but it's also a way for the post office to promote shipping, to show how cost-effective it is to ship through us. Everyone who attended said they got a lot out of it," Baker continued. "In fact, it was so successful that we are talking about making this a quarterly event." Future classes will be held on a weekday evening, beginning at 5 p.m. To sign-up for the next class, visit the Oakhurst post office.

Details: (559) 658-6862.

Mammoth Brewing Company beers

Roman's Bar in Crab Cakes Restaurant will present the beers from Mammoth Brewing Company, 6 p.m., Thursday, May 29.

The cost is $10 and reservations are required.

Details/reservations: (559) 641-7667.

Farmer's Market

The Bass Lake certified Farmer's Market, sponsored by the Bass Lake Chamber of Commerce, has kicked into gear. Fruit, vegetables, berries, baked goods, james and jellies, local honey and olive oils will be sold. It will be held in the Pines Village in front of Good Ol' Daze Giftshop every Wednesday from 4-7 p.m.

Details: Chuck Nugent, (559) 642-6161.

Audio versions of sample ballot

Rebecca Martinez, county clerk-recorder & registrar of voters has announced that a new feature has been added to the elections division website.

Voters may now access and download MP3 audio versions of the Madera County Sample Ballot and the State Voter Information Pamphlet online.

Visit to listen to the ballot.

CD and cassette versions are also available upon request for any voters unable to use the online feature.

Details: Madera County Elections Division, toll free, 1-800-435-0509.

Meet & Greet Fundraiser

A Meet & Greet fundraiser for Marcia Hall for Auditor-Controller will be held 6-9 p.m., Thursday, May 29, at the Queen's Inn. Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served.

Miss February

Firefighter Jo-Ella Garcia will be at Branches Books & Gifts in Oakhurst, 4-7 p.m. this Friday to sign copies of the 2015 American Female Firefighter calendar. The calendars are $20 each, with proceeds going to the American Female Firefighters Fund to help burn survivors throughout the country with their recovery. America's Female Firefighters have donated more than $411,000 to the cause.

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