Seniors Got Talent
The Oakhurst Senior Center is seeking any and all talented members of the community, all ages welcome, to audition for its annual talent show this October. Auditions will be held starting at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 10 at the Senior Center, located behind the Oakhurst Community Center on Road 425B.
Details: Oakhurst Senior Center, (559) 658-2200.
Sierra Vista Vacation Bible School will be held 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Aug. 1-5 at the church. Called Cave Quest, it’s open to children age four through those entering sixth grade.
Registration forms are available in front of the church, or on www.sierravistachurch.org).
Newly-licensed or soon-to-be licensed teenage drivers between 14-19 and a parent or guardian are invited to participate in a free two-hour Start Smart interactive safe driving awareness class, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, 10 a.m. - noon, July 16, at the Oakhurst Branch Library.
California Highway Patrol Officer Kaci Lutz will conduct the class.
Motor vehicle collisions are the No. 1 killer of teens and their risk of collision is four times that of an experienced driver. The risk is highest when teens are in the first 12 to 24 months of licensure.
Details: (559) 683-4838 or www.oakhurstfobl.com. For more specific information, Kaci Lutz, (559) 658-6611.
The Oakhurst Garden Club at True Value will hold a sensational succulent workshop, 1 p.m., July 10. Learn how to create succulent arrangements, how to grow succulents, and companion plants for succulents.
Participants will receive a 20% coupon good for any plants.
Details: (559) 683-7117.
Certificate of Excellence
Five Mountain Area inns - all members of the local Bed & Breakfast Association in Oakhurst, the “Sierra Yosemite Bed & Breakfast Association” - recently received a Certificate of Excellence award from TripAdvisor, which means throughout 2015, each has consistently been reviewed by guests giving no less than four or five stars for service, cleanliness and location.
Founded in 2010, the Certificate of Excellence honors hospitality businesses that consistently deliver great service and superior customer experience.
The five certificate recipients are: A Haven of Rest B&B, (559) 642-2617; A Bed of Roses B&B, (559) 692-2100; Evergreen Haus, (559) 641-2220; Homestead Cottages, (559) 683-0495; and Natures Inn B&B (559) 641-2444.
Tea Party meeting
A Tea Party Action meeting will be held 6:30 p.m., July 12, at Best Western Yosemite Gateway Inn Restaurant. The topic is free market versus crony capitalism.
FOBL book sale
The Friends of the Oakhurst Branch Library book sale will be held 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., July 9, in the library’s community room.
Prices are $1 and up, 50 cents for children’s books. Proceeds benefit the library.
Details: (559) 683-7552 or oakhurstfobl.com.
J.T. Galba, a Fresno-based blues singer/songwriter will perform 7 p.m., July 22, at The Blue Heron Restaurant in Yosemite Lakes Park. His song lyrics are about life’s journey, accompanied with an eclectic sound influenced by folk, jazz, rock and gospel.
Free gardening workshop
Mariposa Master Gardeners will present a free workshop on Permaculture (cultivated ecosystems that have the diversity, stability, and resilience of a natural ecosystem), 10 a.m. to noon, Aug. 6, at the board of supervisors chambers, 5100 Bullion St., Mariposa.
Register at cemariposa.ucanr.edu, or call (209) 966-2417.
Branches Books & Gifts will expand into a 1,500 square-foot storefront in the Vons Shopping Center on Sept. 1. This will allow the shop to expand its inventory and offer more books, and educational toys.
A Mariposa man, identified only as Russell J., won $741,022 at Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino last week. Russell said he plans to use the money as a supplement on his retirement savings.