Community News for 6/19/14 edition

June 17, 2014 

Mariposa High reunion

All classmates who attended Mariposa High are invited to a reunion, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, June 21, at the Mariposa Fairgrounds front picnic/pavilion area. Bring your own lunch, drinks, lawn chairs and camera to spend the day visiting and reminiscing about the "good old days."

An ongoing raffle will take place, plus a special raffle prize of a hand-woven grizzly lawn chair, donated by Lorrell Wolfsen-Seidlitz. Tickets will be sold all day.

According to Alumni Association President Trent Williams, the high school will be open the following day (Sunday, June 22), for a walk through to honor its 100th year anniversary.

Details: Jennie Verley, (209) 966-5477.

Madera County drought meeting

Watershed Coordinator Jeannie Habben will present "The drought - Madera County Water issues and the watershed" from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturday, June 21 at the Oakhurst Library Community Room.

Issues being discussed during the presentation include drought issues, where water is coming from and where to go with water issues.

The event is free and everyone from the surrounding areas are encouraged to join.

Details: website,

Hands-on science classes begin June 25

The Children's Museum will offer summer hands-on science classes for grades kindergarten through third. Classes will be held 11 a.m., Wednesdays and will include simple machines — wheels and axles (June 25); squishy circuits (July 9); energy-chocolate chip cooking mining (July 16), solar energy — pizza box oven (July 23); simple machines, pulleys (July 30).

Class size is limited, so call for reservations. Children's Museum of the Sierra is located at 49269 Golden Oak Drive. All classes are free with museum membership or admission.

Details/reservations: (559) 658-5656.

True Value grand re-opening June 27-29

True Value of Oakhurst will hold its grand re-opening event, June 27-29. The store's 30,000-square-foot interior incorporates an innovative design that offers customers a pleasant shopping experience, and an extensive assortment of quality and popular brand-name products in departments such as hardware, paint, plumbing, and lawn and garden.

Everyone is welcome to come and take advantage of great deals and fun offers during this event. Customers will receive a free reusable Greener Options bag and 20% off regularly-priced items that can fit inside. Plus, customers can register to win fantastic prizes like a Weber gas grill, lawn mower, seven-piece patio set, pressure washer and more. There will also be special giveaways and refreshments.

Details: Theresa Bryant, (559) 683-7117.

Edward Jones on Fortune 500 list

Financial services firm Edward Jones has moved up on the annual Fortune 500 list, as published by Fortune magazine, in its second appearance in two years, according to Darren Stearns, an Edward Jones financial adviser in Oakhurst.

Fortune magazine's annual listing ranks the largest U.S. companies by revenue. Edward Jones moved up to 444 on this year's list, up 47 spots from No. 491, with more than $5.7 billion in revenue for 2013.

"Our success comes from making a significant difference to our clients," said Stearns. "We offer personal service and a solutions-based approach that is tailored to their individual needs, backed by all the resources of a Fortune 500 firm."

The full list and related stories appear in the June 16 issue of Fortune

Details: Darren Stearns, (559) 642-4513,

Chukchansi launches private wine label

The Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians will celebrate their 11 year anniversary of the Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino at 7 p.m. June 21, by partnering with award-winning Fasi Estate Winery to create a private wine label.

Wine aficionados, along with neighboring tribes and several hundred VIPs, will get a chance to try the new rose during a launch event.

The event will include live music, paired tasting and wine, compliments of Fasi Estate.

Details: Chukchansi, (559) 692-5200

Celebrate America concert June 29

The Oakhurst Community Band will present a Celebrate America concert at 6:30 p.m., Sunday, June 29, at the Mountain Christian Center.

The music will commemorate Yosemite National Park, including Yosemite Autumn, America the Beautiful, Star Spangled Banner, To Heal a Nation, The Fourth of July, Fan Fare for the Common Man, National Emblem March, and a recognition of American Veterans with a armed forces medley.

Admission is free.

Details: (559) 760-3849, or

Sausage and Suds Sampler June 28

Mariposa Friends of the Fairgrounds Foundation will present the third annual Sausage and Suds Sampler, 4 - 7 p.m., June 28, at the Mariposa Fairgrounds.

There will be 25 separate tables offering more than 100 varieties of beer, 20 different sausages, cheese, snacks and treats from local vendors.

Tickets are $35 per person presale and $40 at the door, and entitles you to taste all the different selections. Must be at least 21 years old to be admitted. Event tickets can be purchased at the Mariposa Fairgrounds office, or call (209) 966-2432 ext. 1.

Details: Karen, (209) 742-4680.

Yosemite Festival in Oakhurst Park

The Inaugural Yosemite Festival, which will be held on Saturday, June 28, 2014 at the Oakhurst Community Park near Yosemite's south entrance, will feature six exciting regions: Half Dome Art Pavilion, Yosemite Falls History Center, El Capitan Adventure Land, Yosemite Valley Center Stage, Mariposa Grove Food and Beverage Garden, and the Merced River Vendor Trail.

The grand entrance of Abraham Lincoln and John Muir occurs at noon. Afterwards, listen to both as they recount why 1864 was such a momentous year, how they made possible the enjoyment of such breathtaking beauty and nature that is Yosemite National Park.

The festival honors the 150th anniversary signing of the Yosemite Grant Act by President Lincoln on June 30, 1864.

The Festival hours are 10 am to 7 p.m.. Admission is only $1 and the first 500 people will receive a commemorative button.

VIP tickets are available which include admission for one barbecue meal (sandwich, soda/water and side), commemorative button and poster for $10.

The Oakhurst Community Park is located at 49074 Civic Circle Drive in Oakhurst.

Details: Advanced VIP tickets, vendor inquiries, Rhonda Salisbury, (559) 683-4636 or

Tenaya Lodge Job Fair

Tenaya Lodge will be hosting a job fair from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturday, June 28, at Tenaya Lodge.

The four star accredited hotel will be looking to hire in the front desk, kitchen, restaurants, banquets, housekeeping, laundry, spa, and purchasing (warehouse).

Applicants are asked to dress in appropriate attire as on site interviews will be conducted.

Details: Human Resources, (559) 692-8925 or online,

Pet adoptions half off this month in Madera

Due to an overflow of dogs and cats at the Madera County Animal Shelter, all dog or puppy adoptions are $50, and cats and kittens are $30 during the month of June.

The animal shelter takes in about 40 unwanted or stray homeless animals daily, and only about 30% of these find new homes.

Adoption hours are noon to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Free spay and neuter vouchers are available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays only; vouchers are not available from 12 to 1 p.m. Madera identification required.

The shelter is located at 14269 Road 28 in north Madera, behind the new jail facility.

Ahwahnee Hotel vintners' holidays

The Ahwahnee Hotel, a AAA four-diamond hotel in scenic Yosemite Valley, has announced the lineup for the 33rd Annual Vintners' Holidays event series showcasing some of California's best wineries.

Vintners' Holidays runs over a series of seven sessions from Nov. 4 to Dec. 4, where attendees and vintners celebrate fall harvests with wine tastings and seminars, a reception to meet the vintners and a five-course gala dinner where each course is prepared by Executive Chef Percy Whatley and The Ahwahnee culinary team.

Two, three, and five night vintners lodging packages start at $638 for double occupancy.

Details: (209) 372-1407.

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