Madera County high school students will act as attorneys, witnesses, court clerks, and bailiffs as they compete in the Honorable Edward P. Moffat Madera County Mock Trial, 1:30 p.m., Dec. 9, at the Bass Lake Courthouse.
The students will also compete at the Madera County Courthouse, 1:30 p.m., Dec. 8, and Dec.10.
Students will argue the case, People vs. Hayes, a hypothetical murder trial involving a university campus security guard. The public is invited to attend any trial.
Details: Kristi Winter, (559) 662-3873, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Park fees reduced
The entrance fee for Yosemite National Park has been reduced to $25 for a seven-day pass for private vehicles from November through March. The fee is $30 from April through October.
Military Care Packages
The time is fast approaching for Soroptimist International of the Sierras to send free holiday gift packages to men and women who are in the armed services.
Included in the packages are a Sierra Star newspaper, homemade baked goods, gum, candies, socks, playing cards, and a holiday card from members of Soroptimist International of The Sierras to remind service personnel how much they are appreciated.
Send names and addresses of soldiers serving in the military (in the U.S. or abroad) to: S.I. of The Sierras, P.O. Box 41, Oakhurst, Calif., 93644 or email addresses to: email@example.com or text the addresses to (559) 760-7335. A deadline has been set for Dec. 2 for names and addresses to assure the packages arrive in time for Christmas.
Details: Nikki Van Velson, (559) 760-1493.
The 14th annual Christmas Tree Auction will be held Dec. 6, at the Pines Resort. Doors open at 3 p.m. for viewing, with the live auction at 5:30. The event benefits the Boys & Girls Club of Oakhurst and other area nonprofit service organizations.
Details: Christy Smith, (559) 683-9000, or information line, (559) 683-9000.
Breakfast with Santa
Don’t miss breakfast with Santa, presented by the Sierra Oakhurst Kiwanis and the Children’s Museum of the Sierra, 7:30-11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 5 at the Oakhurst Community Center. After breakfast, stop by the Children’s Museum of the Sierra for Secret Santa Shopping, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., when children will receive Santa dollars to spend in the Museum’s secret shopping area. Gift selections will be wrapped for the children, so their secrets will stay safe until Christmas morning. The Secret Santa Store is free with admission or membership.
Details: Children’s Museum, (559) 658-5656, Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
The Sierra Star is partnering with Manna House to sponsor a Christmas food drive. Donate five non-perishable food items for Manna House and receive an entire year of the Sierra Star for $35. Cans must be dropped off at the Sierra Star by Dec. 22.
The North Fork Scout annual Christmas Tree Sale will begin Dec. 5, 9 a.m. and will continue daily until sold out. The lot, located behind the North Fork library, will be open from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., on weekends, and 3:30-5 p.m., on weekdays. For best selection, it is recommended that you come within the first 10 days.
Proceeds from this sale are used to help fund all North Fork scouting units (Cub, Boy, Brownies, and Girl).
The Nov. 14 Sierra Lions Club “If I Only had a Brain Trivia Nite” was a big success according to Deborah Hall, event chair.
Proceeds from the five-team event, will be used for eye glasses and eye exams, and Lions Camp Pacifica. The winning team in the contest was Sierra News Online.