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.


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


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.


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.


News Briefs - week of November 17

☆ Holiday deadline ☆ Holiday pies mix-up ☆ Cruise the Rhine ☆ Garden workshop at True Value ☆ Craft show ☆ Winter activities in Yosemite ☆ Holiday giveaways ☆ Christmas Dinner ☆ Wine needed


News Briefs for week of November 10

☆ Veteran’s Day service ☆ Veteran’s Day Spaghetti Dinner ☆ Town Hall ☆ Chamber nominations ☆ Bye bye mattress ☆ Pies for Manna House ☆ Spaghetti dinner fundraiser ☆ Free admission ☆ Light up Oakhurst ☆ Daffodil month ☆ Law enforcement appreciation


Wine Trail this weekend

On Nov. 12 and 13, the Madera Wine Trail will host its 14th annual Holiday Spirit Weekend. Visitors can travel to eight wineries and taste a variety of award-winning wines, enjoy live music, holiday gift shopping, and indulge in gourmet food from local caterers and food trucks.


Small town theatre - big time entertainment

If you haven’t been to the Golden Chain Theatre for a couple years, you’ve been missing some great live entertainment. For those who think you have to drive to Fresno’s Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater, or to San Francisco or Los Angeles to experience quality performances - think again.


News Briefs - week of November 3

☆ Daylight Savings Time ☆ P-40 presentation ☆ Special artist showcase ☆ Ballot drop off sites ☆ Mono Museum membership dinner ☆ Taters & Tables ☆ Cub scout food drive ☆ Trump rally ☆ Christmas Boutique


Ansel Adams Gallery to host awards for student artists

On Nov. 5, Yosemite National Park and The Ansel Adams Gallery will honor the winners of the 2016 Gateway Expressions Student Art and Poetry Contest, which closed in September. The contest is a way for the park to celebrate the creativity of youth living in the Yosemite gateway communities. The contest is open to all students, grades K-12, who attend school or youth programs within the gateway community school districts of Yosemite National Park.


Movie trailer: 'Rules Don't Apply'

"Rules Don't Apply," written and directed by Warren Beatty, follows an aspiring young actress (Lily Collins) and her ambitious young driver (Alden Ehrenreich) working with the billionaire Howard Hughes (Warren Beatty) in 1958. The movie opens in theaters Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016.
20th Century Fox
Movie trailer: 'Rules Don't Apply' 2:32

Movie trailer: 'Rules Don't Apply'

Movie trailer : 'Loving' 2:33

Movie trailer : 'Loving'

Movie trailer: 'Allied' 2:33

Movie trailer: 'Allied'

Movie trailer: 'Moana' 2:33

Movie trailer: 'Moana'