Governor signs assisted-death bill
Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation into law this week that allows doctors to prescribe their dying patients lethal drugs, making California the fifth state nationwide to legalize doctor-assisted deaths. The bill emerged after months of debate at the state Capitol, and supporters called it a monumental victory. Brown said he reviewed opposition, including the Catholic Church’s appeal to veto the law.
“I do not know what I would do if I were dying in prolonged and excruciating pain,” Brown said in a signing statement. “I am certain, however, that it would be a comfort to be able to consider the options afforded by this bill. And I wouldn’t deny that right to others.”
Madera mayor runs for county supervisor
Robert Poythress, mayor for the City of Madera, announced his candidacy for Madera County Supervisor of District 3, currently held by incumbent Rick Farinelli. Poythress, with 10 years of experience on the Madera City Council and vice president of Citizens Business Bank, said his goals were to collaborate with businesses on furthering development for the city.
Zombie Walk for EMC SPCA
The 6th annual Zombie Walk will be held 5:30, Oct. 17, at A-Cause-4-Paws Thrift Store (40455 Highway 41). Dressed as the “walking dead,” participants will leave the thrift store at 5:30 p.m., and walk (or shuffle) to Vons Shopping Center, cross to Raley’s, and back to the thrift store. They will chant, moan and scare passersby and shoppers.
At the end, walkers can attend an Undead After Party, with a DJ, food and drinks. For kids, there will be a scary Hauted Walk, which includes zombie clowns and pirates. There will be a case prize for best zombie costume and multiple raffles.
Requested donation is $5 for each participant and chaperone. During the walk, the “zombies” collect donations for the EMC SPCA. A total of $5,000 has been collected during previous walks for this non-profit.
Details: Vickie Deane, (559) 760-7017.
Texting & driving
Delaney Finnegan is 15 years old and attends Minarets Charter High School. Delaney’s passion is video production and she was asked by her principal to produce a Public Service Announcement (PSA) which could be aired close to homecoming to help reduce texting and cell phone collisions.
Delaney, with the assistance of Oakhurst CHP Public Information Officer Kaci Lutz, produced a texting and driving PSA that strikes at the very heart of the matter. Too many youth seem to believe they are invincible and continue to drive distracted.
Video can be seen at: vimeo.com/delaneyfinnegan/rallyinthevalley#at=0
The Mountain Area Literacy Council (MALCO), a group of volunteers who promote literacy in Eastern Madera County, is in desperate need of tutors. Started in 1987, the focus of the organization is tutoring adults who want to improve their skills in speaking, reading and writing English.
Tutors don’t need a background in education, training will be provided; nor do tutors need to speak a foreign language. Qualifications are simple: dependable, prompt, literate (anyone who speaks, reads and writes English), and interested in relating to a variety of people.
Tutors teach one student at a time, and are matched according to the availability of each. All teaching materials are provided. Tutor and student meet ideally for 90 minutes twice a week, at neutral places such as a church, the Oakhurst Library, or a vacant room at the community college.
To become a tutor, (559) 683-1456; for Spanish (559) 683-1457; or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tailgate Rock Swap
The Mariposa Gem & Mineral Club is hosting a free event from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at the Mariposa City Fairgrounds. Anyone interested in buying, selling, or swapping rocks, gems, minerals, and other related items is encouraged to visit. Details: (209) 742-4234.
Veterans Stand Down
All Madera County military veterans are invited to attend the Stand Down, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Friday, Oct. 23, at VFW Post 1981, 2026 N. Granada, Madera. The event is open to veterans and general public seeking veteran benefits and employment services.
Veterans will be supplied with both military and civilian clothing, boots, socks, sleeping bags, and other supplies. Free haircuts and lunch will also be provided. The event is co-sponsored by the Madera County Workforce Investment Board, Madera county Veteran’s Service office, the state EDD, and the VFW Post 1981.
Details: Charles Hunnicutt, (559) 675-7766.
Sue Langley will present five ways to propagate your plants workshop, 1 p.m., Oct. 11, at True Value. This free workshop will cover multiplying your plants, how to take cuttings, best Sierra re-seeders, when to divide Iris, and easy succulent propagatings.
Dia de los Muertos
The Children’s Museum of the Sierra, along with the Madera Arts Council and Arteamericas present a “Dia de los Muertos” program Tuesday-Thursday, Oct. 20-23. Stop by the children’s museum between 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. to enjoy this holiday and have fun with special arts and crafts.
A free 2-hour workshop - “Look Good Feel Better” for female cancer patients will be held 3-5 p.m., Oct. 12, at 40232 Junction Drive, in Oakhurst. This workshop is for women experiencing appearance-related side effects from their treatment.
Pre-registration required: (800) 227-2345.
The Oakhurst Coarsegold Tea Party will hold an action meeting, 6:30 p.m., Oct. 8, at the Best Western Yosemite Gateway Inn Restaurant. There will be a presentation on the “Centers for Self Governance,” and demonstrations on how to use these principles to bring about conservative changes in local, state and federal government.
Details: (559) 642-4921, or email@example.com.
Decathlon Lecture Day
More than 500 academic decathletes from throughout California will attend Decathlon Lecture Day, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Oct. 29, at Movies Madera. Lectures, delivered by Valley professors, include the history of India, Indian art, Indian music, the novel ‘Nectar in the Sieve,’ ecology, and speech. The public is invited to attend at $10 per person.
Details: Kristi Winter, (559) 662-3873, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annual color run
Raymond Knowles Elementary School will host its second annual 5K and 1 mile color run, 9 a.m., Nov. 11. All proceeds benefit the Fisher House Foundation, which provides comfort homes where military and veterans families can stay at no charge while a loved one is receiving treatment.
Ages 5-13, $15; ages 14 and up, $25. Register at bit.ly/rksveteranrun by Nov. 4 to receive $5 off in fees. Late registration accepted through Nov. 9. To register in person, or pay by cash or check, call the school at (559) 689-3336.