Boil order lifted
A boil water order for North Fork’s Maintenance District 8A was lifted over the weekend as tests came back negative for bacteria, following the earlier discoveries of E. Coli and Coliform bacteria.
On Wednesday, March 16, several businesses on the water system, including La Cabana and Slim’s Koffee Shak, closed temporarily as staff from the county environmental health investigated the presence of bacteria.
The North Fork Chamber of Commerce invites the public to attend grand ceremony celebrations for three new businesses at 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 1.
The new business are The Gnarly Carrot, a natural, seasonal market, owned and operated by the Kern family, A Bit of Everything Gift Shop, and Willow Creek Catering, headed by chef Dawn Pliche. Among the festivities will be food, a disc jockey, and fire dancers at dusk. The new businesses are in North Fork.
Details: (559) 415-8002, northforkcommerce.com.
Open for season
The Forks Resort and Miller’s Landing Resort, both on the south shore of Bass Lake open for the season Friday, a sure sign summer is near.
Senior driving class
The next Age Well/Drive Smart class will be held 10 a.m. to noon, March 31, in the Oakhurst California Highway Patrol conference room. The program is designed to be a fun, interactive, and educational experience to remind drivers how to increase safety and awareness while on the roadways.
The CHP will offer coffee with a cop, a chance to ask questions, voice concerns, and get to know the officers in your neighborhood, 7-9:30 a.m., March 30, at The Cool Bean Cafe.
Details: Kaci Lutz, (559) 658-6590, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Miami Lookout volunteers
This year’s sign-up and orientation meeting for all new and returning Miami Lookout Volunteers will be held 11 a.m., April 16. The meeting will take place at the Sierra National Forest, Bass Lake District Office, 57003 Road 225, in North Fork.
A meeting to plan the 20th Anniversary of Mountain Heritage Days will be held noon, April 6, at Cunningham School in Fresno Flats. The goal is to bring back some of the great activities and feelings of days gone by.
Details: Gwen Dunn, (559) 265-2608.
Christ Church Women will hold SpringFest, 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., April 12, at the Evergreen Conference Center of Oakhurst. This is an opportunity to play cards or games, enjoy lunch, and shop. Both men and women are welcome to attend. Players should bring their own cards or games.
The $18 donation for advance-purchase tickets includes refreshments throughout the day, lunch with a glass of wine, and a chance to win a gift basket filled with Martha’s Market edibles and handmade treasures.
Tickets: Diane vanDeursen, (559) 877-6401, or Christ Church, (559) 683-7374.
YLP community sale
The Ladies of the Lakes Women’s Club will hold a community yard sale 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., April 30, in the Yosemite Lakes Park Clubhouse parking lot. The Ladies of the Lakes will have a Bake Sale booth with coffee.
Seller space fees, at $20 per space, benefit the LOL Scholarship Fund for area high school graduates. For seller applications, contact Sandra Masters McCart at email@example.com.
A landscape gardening in the Sierra Nevada class will be taught by retired landscape contractor Ronna Adler. The class will cover design, paths, retaining walls, organic soil preparation and planting, deer and drought resistant planting, and how to install a drip Irrigation system. Trees, shrubs, perennial flowers, and the vegetable garden will all be covered. There will also be several field trips.
This is a series of five classes, 10 a.m. - noon, March 29 to April 26, at the Positive Living Center. The cost is $50 for all five classes, plus field trips.
To register: Ronna Adler, (559) 683-6247, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Madera County First 5 will hold a Children’s Day Superhero Carnival for children 0-5 and their families, 10 a.m. - noon, April 15, at First 5 on Road 426 in Oakhurst, adjacent to the Sierra Star. There will be games, crafts, food and craft vendors, entertainment, raffle prizes, music and more. Free giveaways for the first 100 children under 5 years of age in their Superhero attire.
Details: (559) 664-4198.
Shaw Family concert
The Shaw Family Band will hold a concert, “I Stand Amazed,” 6:30 p.m., April 13, at the Sierra Vista Presbyterian Church. The community is invited to attend this free event, where there will be new arrangements to hymns, unique blends of gospel, bluegrass and lots of family harmony.
Details: (559) 683-6742.
Donation to library
Yosemite High seniors Wesley Cuthbert and James Connal donated $68.71 to Oakhurst Library as part of their senior project, money they raised selling chocolate chip cookies on three separate occasions. They presented the cash to library manager, Dale Rushing.
The winners are ...
The Fresno Bee’s 2016 People’s Choice Awards included DiCicco’s as Best Italian Restaurant (multiple locations, owner Carlo DiCicco in Oakhurst); Me-n-Ed’s Pizzeria as Best Pizza (multiple locations, corporately owned, managed by Ernie Plane in Oakhurst); Best Sandwich Shop goes to Deli Delicious, which will open in Oakhurst soon; Wells Fargo Bank (multiple locations, mini-branch in Vons) was named as Best Bank; and Golden 1 Credit Union (multiple locations, including Oakhurst) came in third for Best Credit Union.
In the J.D. Power 2016 Member Health Plan Study, Oakland-based Kaiser Permanente was ranked best in customer satisfaction. This is the ninth consecutive year Kaiser has received top ranking. Kaiser has a facility in Oakhurst.
North Fork BBQ
The North Fork Volunteer Fire Department’s Auxiliary will host its annual tri-tip barbecue 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., April 23, in the Kennedy Hall at North Fork Elementary School. There will be drawings for prizes, a silent auction, and special displays from Skylife Emergency Helicopter, as well as firefighting stations with equipment and more.
Tickets are $10 at the door, $8 for pre-sale and seniors, and $5 for children under the age of 10.
Details: Linda Gott-Maddox, (559) 877-4458.