Hiking Death Valley
The Oakhurst Library host area author and hiker, Tony Krizan, 10:30 a.m. to noon, Oct. 17, in the library’s community room.
Krizan will present a new slide show featuring his personal adventures within the remote canyons of Death Valley. This 30-minute show will introduce his audience to the centuries of hidden history in Death Valley.
Death Valley is an ancient desert at the California-Nevada border. It is roughly 10,000 – 12,000 years old and was given its English name during the Gold Rush after 13 pioneers perished from an early wagon train trying to its way to the Gold in California.
The slide show will include Darwin Falls in the west side of the valley, petroglyphs in Marble Canyon, north of Stovepipe Wells, and Panamint Dunes located in the north end of the Valley Fall Canyon next to Titus Canyon.
Details: (559) 683-4838, or oakhurstfobl.com.
Firefighter Station 10, in Yosemite Lakes Park, will host a tri-tip barbecue fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17.
During the barbecue, guests can take a tour of the station, engines, and other equipment. There will also be an interactive fire safety trailer, kids’ activities and giveaways, and demonstrations of vehicle extrication and defibrillators.
Tickets are $10 per person, or $8 before the event for a tri-tip sandwich, beans, salad, and drink. A hot dog, chips, and drink is $3 per person.
Reforestation input desired
The Bass Lake Ranger District of Sierra National Forest is in the planning phase of reforesting approximately 80 acres burned by the Courtney Fire last year, and welcomes public input on their planned project design by Oct. 19. The area to be reforested is east of Bass Lake Heights and west of Bass Lake.
The district is soliciting input from specialists and with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as well before it makes a decision on how best to proceed. Once all the information is gathered, the district said it will publish its decision.
Input can be given to the district in numerous ways. Sierra National Forest can be seen on its website, fs.usda.gov/sierra, on its Facebook page at facebook.com/SierraNF, or its Twitter page at twitter.com/SierraNF. Calls can be made to (559) 877-2218.
Students invite veterans to Rivergold
First and second-grade classes at Rivergold Elementary School in Coarsegold will honor Mountain Area veterans at a special patriotic performance, 8:30 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 10.
The performance is being held for former members of the military in honor of Veteran’s Day (Nov. 11).
The student’s are inviting all veterans in the community to meet that morning in the school’s staff lounge at 8 a.m., to be escorted by students to the celebration in the school gym.
“The student’s are looking forward to the opportunity to thank the veterans for their service,” second-grade teacher Kori Davis said.
Details: (559) 658-7566, ext. 201.
Wasuma Pumpkin Patch
Wasuma Elementary School continues its Pumpkin Festival today through Saturday, Oct. 17. For up to $6 entry tickets, with all proceeds going to the Wasuma PTA, kids and adults can enjoy games and prizes, wagon rides, raffles, and lots of chances at photos!
Today and tomorrow, the festival runs from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. On Saturday, the festival completes its run from noon to 4 p.m.
Details: Stacie Tomazin, (559) 341-2741.