After 30-plus years, Deputy Roy Broomfield will retire from the Madera County Sheriff’s Office. A retirement party will take place, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Oct. 2, at the Forks Resort in Bass Lake.
Wine and cheese garden party
A wine and cheese garden party, sponsored by the Coarsegold Chamber of Commerce, will be held 1-5 p.m., Oct. 3, at the Coarsegold Historic Village. Entertainment by Stallion, door prizes, and wines.
Sierra Lions Club of Oakhurst will hold its first annual “If I only had a brain” trivia night, 5 p.m, Nov. 14, at the Senior Center in Oakhurst. Tom Wheeler will act as Master of Ceremonies. Unique live auction, raffle, light dinner faire, and refreshments will be offered. The cost is $10 per person, or $80 for a table of eight. Your group just may take home the traveling trophy. The event benefits the Sierra Lions Club of Oakhurst.
Reservations: Peggy Potter, (559) 676-3432.
Bingo in North Fork
North Fork Boosters presents Bingo, 5:30 p.m., Oct. 6, at North Fork Town Hall. Hot dogs and chili will be offered at $2 each, and soda, water, chips and candy for $1 each. A $20 ticket provides you with nine cards with six games to each card. Big final black out game. Cash prizes. Must be 18 to play.
Free garden event
A free garden workshop will be presented by UC Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Oct. 3, at Western Sierra Nursery in Oakhurst. Master gardeners will be available to answer gardening and landscaping questions. There will also be materials and information to take home.
Details: (559) 675-7879, ext. 7210, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free new shoes for kids & teens
Hillside Baptist Church will hold its annual Shoes for Kids & Teens event 9 a.m. to noon, Oct. 10. Free new shoes, clothes and haircuts will be offered to students kindergartner through 12th grades. A free lunch will be given that day, also.
The church is located on Road 200 at Wyle Ranch Road in North Fork, (559) 877-7771.
The North Fork Chamber of Commerce will hold Oktoberfest, 5 - 10:30 p.m., Oct. 10, at Bandit Town. There will be live music by The Executive Rocker Show and Good Medicine.
Sponsored by Millers Landing, Buckhorn, and LynMar Pond Ranch, the event will offer beer, wine and food for purchase. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased day of the event.
Coarsegold 4-H is partnering with Coarsegold Elementary School for a fundraiser to benefit the school. The event - Coarsegold Country Fair - will be held 2-6 p.m., Oct. 10, at Coarsegold Historic Village.
There will be deep-fried Oreos, cotton candy, snow cones, food booths, a dunk tank, music, a silent auction, henna tattoos, game booths, and face painting. The Coarsegold 4-H will host a petting zoo with helpful information and a variety of animals.
Collectible Book Sale
A collectible book sale will be held 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Oct. 10, at the Oakhurst Library. This Friends of the Oakhurst Branch Library event will benefit the Oakhurst Library. Book prices are $2 and up for fiction and non-fiction; and $1 and up for children’s books. Bring your library card with an FOBL 2015 sticker for $1 off.
Details: (559) 658-5639, or oakhurstfobl.com.
The 18th annual Tarantula Awareness Festival will be held 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 24, at the Coarsegold Historic Village. There will be vendors, crafts, competitions, including the traditional tarantula races.
A Celebration of Writers and Artists
Creative Communication announced the Fall 2015 Essay, Poetry and Art Contests. The Essay Contest divisions are: Grades 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12, with 10 top winners in each division. To enter an essay, write between 100 and 250 words on any non-fiction topic. The deadline for the Essay Contest is Oct. 15.
The Poetry Contest divisions are: Grades K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12, with 10 top winners in each division. To enter a poem, submit one original poem in English, 21 lines or less. The deadline for the Poetry Contest is Dec. 3. To submit your essay or poetry, poeticpower.com or mail your entry labeled Poetry Contest or Essay Contest to: 45 E 200 N Ste 107, Logan, UT 84321. Include the author’s name, address, city, state, and zip, current grade, school name, school address and teacher’s name. Home schooled students are encouraged to enter. Teachers can earn free books and funds for their classroom.
An art contest for students in grades K-12, with more than $5,000 in prizes will be awarded to students and their teachers. To enter, take a photo of your original art and go to celebratingart.com to enter and for full contest information. The art contest deadline is Dec. 2.
Details: (435) 713-4411.