YUSD meets April 11
The Yosemite Unified School District Board of Trustees will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 11, inside the cafeteria of Rivergold Elementary School.
Among issues the board will discuss are potential revisions to a district policy on allowing visitors to student clubs, after complaints were raised over a Christian group attending a lunch meeting at Rivergold in November.
On Monday, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law that will increase the California minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022.
Along with a similar move in New York, the nation’s highest statewide minimum wage shows what some experts called an ambitious move to close income gaps between the rich and poor. Others said it will negatively impact small businesses and force automation, which could cost many their jobs.
The bill will increase the state’s $10 minimum wage by 50 cents in 2017, then to $11 in 2018, followed by $1 raises each subsequent year. Businesses with 25 or less employees will have an extra year to comply with the new wages.
Card party fundraiser
Our Lady of the Sierra’s Women Guild will hold a card party fundraiser, with luncheon, 11 a.m., May 18, at Our Lady of The Sierra Catholic Church.
RSVP: Georgia Harvey, (559) 877-2674
Silent auction & BBQ
Yosemite Wawona Elementary Charter School (7925 Chilnualna Falls Road, Wawona) will hold a spring silent auction and barbecue, 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., April 9, in the multi-purpose room.
The bidding ends at 2:30 p.m., with item pick-up after 4:30. You do not need to be present to win. Cost for lunch is $8 for adults, and $5 for children.
Details: (209) 375-6383
Free garden workshop
Oakhurst Garden Club at True Value presents a free “Planning a Shade Garden” workshop, 1 p.m., April 10. Topics include best woodland plants, grooming woodland trees, native bulbs, and what to plan under Oaks or Pines.
Participants receive a 20% coupon good for plants.
Details: (559) 683-7117
The second installments of your property taxes are due by 5 p.m., Monday, April 11, 2016. After that date, there is a 10% penalty and a $20 cost added to each delinquent parcel. If you mail your tax payment, be sure it is postmarked by the delinquent date to avoid penalties.
To pay by credit card, see www.madera-county.com and click the house icon next to Pay Property Taxes. That will take you to Tax Collector’s webpage. Taxpayers can also use this option to inquire as to how much their property taxes are by following the prompts. You will need your assessment number to complete your inquiry.
The Tax Collector’s office is located on the 2nd floor of the County Government Center, 200 West 4th Street, Madera. Office hours are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Questions: (559) 675-7713, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Week of Young Child
To celebrate Week of the Young Child, 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.
Kindergarten and first grade visitation
Oakhurst Adventist Christian School will hold a kindergarten and first grade visitation day, 8 a.m. to noon, April 21, at their campus located at 50690 Road 426, in Oakhurst. To learn more, visit OakhurstChristianSchool.org.
Details: (559) 683-7020
Distracted Driving Month
The month of April has been designated as National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) will use this opportunity to raise awareness statewide of the dangers of distracted driving.
Officers will enforce hand-held cellular telephone and texting laws as well as other vehicle code violations. Statewide education and enforcement efforts will be conducted April 7 - 16, and Oakhurst Area CHP will conduct zero tolerance enforcement efforts throughout this time frame.
Call to artists
The Call to Artists for the 14th annual Sierra Art Trails Open Studio Tour is underway, with a May 1 deadline. The application can be downloaded at www.sierraarttrails.org/submission_guidelines.htm
Cost of participation is $135, with a $25 non-refundable jury fee and $110 participation fee due upon acceptance into the exhibit. Sierra Art Trails has earned a reputation for excellence, and is highly anticipated by repeat visitors and art collectors. The show attracts art buyers from throughout California and beyond. Participating artists are featured in the tour catalog, included in a month-long Preview Exhibit, and benefit from an extensive advertising campaign promoting the event.