Community News for 7/10/14 edition

July 8, 2014 

Honorary Mayor winner to be announced

The Eastern Madera County Chamber of Commerce will hold the Honorary Mayoral Finale, 5-7 p.m., tonight, July 10, at Yosemite Bank. This is your final chance to support and vote for your 2014 candidate: Mathew Sands (Boys & Girls Club of Oakhurst), Michael Costa (Little Church on the Hill), and Zona Cahill (Sierra Senior Society). The 2014-15 Honorary Mayor will be announced at this event.

Details: (559) 683-7766

Pawsitively Full Pet Food Bank

The Wild Wonderful Women and Oakhurst Feed are in need of 15 volunteers to train and assist in the community at the Pawsitively Full Pet Food Bank, 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, July 19, at Oakhurst Feed & Pet Supply.

Volunteers will need to attend a volunteer training session beforehand — at noon, Saturday, July 12, at Oakhurst Feed.

Details: Colette Goga, (559) 683-7977.

Madera EDC town hall lunch-meeting July 15

Madera County Economic Development Commission will host a town hall lunch for county manufacturing and industrial businesses at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 15, at the Hampton Inn (3254 Airport Drive) in Madera. Madera County Supervisors Rick Farinelli and Tom Wheeler are inviting businesses in Madera County to discuss how the governor's Economic Development Initiative will affect local businesses.

With the governor's dismantlement of the Redevelopment Agencies and the recent expiration of Madera County's Enterprise Zone, it has been difficult for Madera County to compete for manufacturing and industrial companies. Since then, the governor has announced his Economic Development Initiative (GEDI) geared to provide incentives for doing business in California.

Representatives from the governor's Office of Business and Economic Development and Board of Equalization member George Runner's office will present the new programs, as well as take questions from employers on how they can benefit from the program.

Lunch will be offered at $15 per person. RSVP to Lois Grow, (559) 675-7768,

Details: Supervisor Farinelli's office, (559) 662-6030.

Worship in the Park

Mountain Ministerial Association and Friends in the Park will be presenting Worship In The Park at 7 p.m. every Saturday at the Oakhurst Community Park. Pastors, and worship bands from churches in the community will lead attendees in Christian worship. The public is invited.

Details: Dennis McCourt, (559) 642-6392.

Hot Summer Bloomers workshop July 15

The Oakhurst Garden Club will offer a 'Hot Summer Bloomers' workshop, 1 p.m., Sunday, July 13, at True Value Home Center in Oakhurst. Topics include what blooms in the hottest part of summer, rock and gravel garden ideas, and growing a sensational succulent garden.

Details: (559) 683-7117.

Vacation Bible School

E.V. Free Church will hold Vacation Bible School for kindergarten through sixth-grade children, 9-11:30 a.m., July 24-26.

The cost is $5 per child or $12 per family. Child care is available on Saturday.

The church is located at 50443 School Road in Oakhurst.

Details: (559) 683-2254.

Preschool Registration

Yosemite Lakes Preschool is currently accepting registration applications for the 2014-15 school year which begins Aug. 18.

The preschool program hours are from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. but the center is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. which allows parents more extended care opportunities.

Details: (559) 641-7305.

Youth Art classes at Oakhurst Library

Local artist, Vicki Thomas, will teach art classes at the Oakhurst Library from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Tuesdays, July 15 and 22 in the library's community room, with a final event — an art show on July 30 when the masterpieces will be displayed, and prizes to be awarded.

The classes are for children and teens in grades 5 through 12.

"Art is so important for a young person's personal development and appreciation for the artists who came before them," Thomas said. "Artists design our world in many ways – our cars, homes, buildings, clothes and the fine art that adorns our walls and brings us joy."

The July 15 class will cover an introduction to watercolor: learning about paint, brushes, paper and the use of sponges and salt in watercolor.

The July 22 class will cover experimenting with watercolor: using the drawing and watercolor techniques to create a masterpiece.

The classes are free and art supplies are included.

Details: Oakhurst Library, (559) 683-4838.

Special library event — beekeeping July 12

The Oakhurst Library will host a special event to introduce the fun and profit of beekeeping, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, July 12, in the library's Community Room.

Three members of the Central Valley Beekeepers Association (CVBA) will sit on a discussion panel: John Hart, Anita Bart and Daren Hess. Bill Hillerman, a beginning beekeeper from Coarsegold, will also be on this panel. Hillerman sells his honey at various outlets in the area.

Topics to be discussed include:

Steps to starting a backyard hive.

How much does beekeeping cost?

What products, other than honey, come from bees?

Where can bee products be sold?

What profit on bee products can be expected?

What difficulties do beekeepers face?

Details: Oakhurst Library, (559) 683-4838.

Town Hall meeting in North Fork July 31

Supervisor Tom Wheeler will hold a town hall meeting, 6-8 p.m., Thursday, July 31, at the North Fork Rancheria Community Center, 56900 Kuhugib Road, North Fork.

Details: (559) 662-6050.

Business Network Mixer in Coarsegold

FIG Productions and Coarsegold Miner's Grill will hold a Business Network Mixer, 5-8 p.m., Wednesday, July 23, at the Coarsegold Miner's Grill in the Coarsegold Historical Village. There will be free networking, entertainment and hors d'oeuvres, a 50/50 raffle, and more.

The event is sponsored by Coarsegold Miner's Grill, Alfonso's Mexican Restaurant, Robert's Frosty, Subway and Zander's Coffee.

Details: Becky Deaver, (559) 683-5548; for shuttle service, (559) 696-5778.

Community Dance at Coarsegold Community Center

The Coarsegold Community Center will host a community dance for all ages, 4:30-11:30 p.m., Saturday, July 26, at the Community Center in Coarsegold. There will be plenty of music, fun, dancing, food, beer and wine. From 4:30-7:30 p.m., 40s, 50s and early 60s era music, along with Big Band, Swing and Classic Country will be played; from 7:30-10:30 p.m., 60s, 70s, rock 'n roll, disco, country and more music will be played; from 10:30 p.m. to close, music includes today's hits, line dancing, club music and more.

The event is catered by Coarsegold Miner's Grill.

Cost is $10 per person or $15 per couple; kids 5-12 years of age, $5, and for those under 5 years, free.

Ten percent of the proceeds will go to support the Coarsegold Community Center. Details: (559) 696-5778.

Candidacy period open for school offices

The Madera County Elections division has announced that the nomination and declaration of candidacy period is July 14 to Aug. 8 for the statewide general election, to be held Nov. 4.

The following school offices are scheduled to appear on that ballot:

Madera County Board of Education: 1 Mountain Area seat.

Chawanakee Unified School District: 3 board seats.

Yosemite Unified School District: 2 board seats.

Bass Lake School District: 4 board seats.

Raymond-Knowles School District: 3 at large seats.

Candidates must obtain and file the required documentation to run for office from the County Clerk-Recorder, 200 W. 4th St. Madera.

Details: Elections Division, (559) 675-7720.

Help sought to locate with runaway

Family members of an Oakhurst teenager are asking for the public's help in locating a 16-year-old runaway names Megan Marshall.

Marshall was last seen at approximately 10:30 p.m., June 29 when she left a note telling her parents she was running away, but left no indication of her whereabouts or the possibility of returning home.

Marshall has been known to hangout outside the Oakhurst McDonald's and Pizza Factory.

Marshall is 5-foot-6, 125-pounds, and was last seen with black hair with blonde highlights.The family is concerned for her well-being and is asking the public's help in locating her.

A runaway report was filed with the Sheriff's Office on Monday, June 30 with no information on her whereabouts yet.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts are asked to contact the Madera County Sheriff's Office at (559) 675-7776.

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