Meet and eat with state legislators
State Senator Tom Berryhill, Assemblyman Frank Bigelow, and Madera County Supervisors Tom Wheeler and Brett Frazier will tour the Mountain Area this Friday to meet with citizens on issues affecting their respective areas.
Berryhill and Bigelow will first attend a morning conference at the Miner’s Roadhouse in Mariposa, at 5159 Highway 140, from 9 to 11 a.m.
At noon, the Republican state representatives will join Wheeler from District 5 and Frazier from District 1 at the Bass Lake Conference Center for lunch, sponsored by the Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce. Tickets are $25 per person. For information, call (559) 683-7766.
At 2 p.m., Bigelow, Berryhill, and Wheeler will appear at the Coarsegold Chamber in Coarsegold Historic Village for an hour, followed by the chamber’s traditional “Wine and Cheese Happy Hour Mixer.” Call (559) 760-1143 or (559) 760-0806 for more information.
* Coarsegold Community Center, 35540 Highway 41, Coarsegold, (559) 683-7953, open Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
* Yosemite Lakes Park Clubhouse, 30250 Yosemite Springs Parkway, Coarsegold, (559) 658-7466, open daily 8 a.m. - 8 p.m., water available Monday - Friday; clubhouse office hours, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
* Sierra Senior Center, 49111 Cinder Lane, Oakhurst, (559) 658-2200, open Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
* Grace Community Church, 56442 Road 200, North Fork, (559) 877-2346, open Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Ahwahnee burglar pleads guilty
Jennifer Crystal Downing, 39 of Fresno, pleaded guilty Monday to first degree burglary at The Ahwahnee Hotel, U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner announced.
According to court documents, Downing entered rooms in the hotel and stole cash from its customers. The burglaries and thefts began in March last year, and continued through October. At the time, Downing was a housekeeper at the hotel.
The National Park Service investigated the case. Downing is scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Anthony W. Ishii on November 2, 2015. She faces a maximum penalty of six years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the court’s discretion.
Backyard Wildlife presentation
The Oakhurst Library will host Park Ranger Christine Raines, 10:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Aug. 22, in the community room.
In her topic “Backyard Wildlife,” the audience will learn about different wildlife habitats, their adaptations, physiology and behaviors. The animals she will discuss are not only prominent in Yosemite Park but in our surrounding communities.
Details: (559) 683-4838 or oakhurstfobl.com.
Open House at museum
The California State Mining & Mineral Museum, located at Mariposa Fairgrounds, will hold an open house from noon - 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 12. Admission is free during this event.
Volunteers are needed to help with special events, “mine tunnel” tours, in the museum shop, and as roving docents at special events. The museum depends on trained volunteers to provide educational tours to schools, community groups and international visitors that come to the museum.
Training classes will be offered Wednesday afternoons, beginning Sept. 23 at the Mining & Mineral Museum.
A free children’s educational booth and scavenger hunt inside the museum, will be held Saturday and Sunday during the Mariposa County Fair, Sept. 5-6.
Details: Randy Bolt, (209) 742-7625, or stop by the Mining & Mineral Museum, located in the Mariposa Fairgrounds.
Mariposa Farm and Ranch tour
A tour showcasing a sampling of the county’s agricultural and natural heritage - the Mariposa Farm and Ranch Tour - will be held Saturday, Sept. 26.
Sponsored by the Mariposa Agri-Nature Association, there will be five locations on the tour this year - Cathey’s Valley, the Epic Alpaca Ranch and Raw Roots. Each location will feature artists and craft demonstrations. Those who would like to participate in the tour as an artist or non-profit are welcome. Tickets are $20 per adult, or $25 for a carload.
Details: Kris Casto, 377-8203, or JJ Gillispie at email@example.com.
History of American West, Sept. 19
Cyndi Spindell Berck, the author of a non-fiction book on the history of the American West, will speak 1-2 p.m., Sept. 19, at the Mariposa County Library. She will also be at the Mariposa Museum and History Center, 2-3 p.m., on Sunday, Sept. 20.
Details: library, (209) 966-2140, or museum, (209) 966-2924.
Artists’ Point: Reflection from Yosemite’s Artists - an art show featuring artists living in or near Yosemite National Park - will run through Sept. 25 at the Treetop Gallery, 5009 Highway 140, in Mariposa.
This show is an official event of the 125th anniversary of YNP, with artists using visual arts to show the natural beauty of the land, interpret historical moments, and social issues.
Rummage sale to raise money for animals
A rummage sale will be held 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Aug. 29, at 40820 Winding Way (off Highway 41) in Oakhurst. This is a 50% off sale to clear out all items. Great bargains, and no early birds. All proceeds go to cover vet bills for Sierra Cares, a non-profit animal rescue group.
A Christmas Carol
Auditions for A Christmas Carol will be held 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Aug. 22, at Sierra Pines Church (off Highway 49). Call backs will be held 5-10 p.m., Aug. 24 at the church. Six performances of Chrles Dickens’ musical, directed by Heather Sconce, will be held in early December.
Details: Heather Sconce, (559) 760-4562, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Sierra Pines Church, (559) 683-2882.