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Dream It Be It this Saturday

At the second annual Soroptimist International of The Sierras Dream It Be It event, to be held Jan. 21 at the Oakhurst Community Center, girls from 8th - 12th grades will learn the skills they need to create a brighter future. Registration and a continental breakfast begins at 8:30 a.m, with the event ending at 3 p.m.

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News Briefs - week of December 15

☆ Yosemite places second in mock trial ☆ Shaw Family Band Christmas concert Saturday ☆ Believe in Christmas ☆ Christmas dinner for seniors ☆ Weekend rainfall ☆ Bigelow named assistant Republican leader

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Wine, toys and coats

The 10th annual Toys for Tots Wine Tasting will be held 6-9 p.m., Dec. 8, at the Queen’s Inn Wine Bar. Bring a toy worth $15 or donate that amount, and enjoy the tasting of eight wines. Toys will be collected at the Queen’s Inn through Dec. 11. The Enlightened Cupcake and light appetizers will also be offered.

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Season’s Greetings

Santa Claus is coming to town so you better watch for that bright red sleigh (or fire truck) and his eight reindeer. Even though his schedule is pretty booked, he always seems to be able to make time for all the good boys and girls. On Saturday, Dec. 3, he will enjoy breakfast with youngsters during the annual Sierra Oakhurst Kiwanis Breakfast with Santa. That evening, he plans on taking center stage during the Oakhurst Tree Lighting ceremony at 5 p.m., at the corner of Crane Valley Road (426) and Highway 41. For other upcoming holiday events, see sierrastar.com.

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Reduced adoption fees in Home for the Pawlidays event

From now until Christmas Day, the Friends of Madera Animal Shelter is sponsoring a special Home for the Pawlidays adoption event, where fees on selected dogs at the county animal shelter will be reduced to $50, which includes spaying or neutering, as well as up-to-date vaccines.

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Holiday Harmony

The Oakhurst Community Band welcomes fall and the approaching holiday season with a concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 20 at Mountain Christian Center. The concert will feature three guest conductors, Mike Corrigan, Pat Mierkey and Bill Samuelson.

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