Citizens can sign up for emergency warnings about fires and other safety threats through the county’s MC Alert system.
Residents choose the locations, such as their home, work, or school, and how they want to receive the notifications, including to their home phone, cell phone, work phone, email, text messages, or instant messages.
Wilderness stewardship plan
Yosemite National Park will host a public workshop, 5:30 - 8:30 p.m., Aug. 18, at the Oakhurst Branch Library, to engage its visitors in adjusting the park’s wilderness management plan to better address contemporary management challenges.
Topics of discussion are wilderness stewardship plan and visitor and stock usage.
A webinar will also be available 6-7 p.m., Aug. 22.
Bring your furry felines and cuddly canines to Oakhurst Feed & Pet Supply from 10 a.m. to noon, Aug. 20, to receive low-cost vaccinations. This is offered the third Saturday of each month through November.
Details: (559) 683-7977.
Yosemite National Park Ranger Christine Raines will discuss wild animals prominent in the park in a free workshop, 10:30 a.m. to noon, Aug. 27, at the Oakhurst Branch Library.
Raines will talk about different wildlife habitats, their adaptations, physiology and behaviors, as well as how these animals have adapted to foothill conditions.
Our Lady of the Sierra will hold a Family Fun Festival, 4 p.m., Sept. 10. Foods available include pizza, hamburgers, Hispanic, Korean, Filipino foods, and beer and wine.
Five dollars covers all Kids World activities, with more than 20 game booths, face painting and a bounce house.
The church is located at 40180 Indian Springs Road, off School Road, in Oakhurst.
Details: Monica Diehl, (559) 642-3452.
Madera County supervisors earlier this month approved a funding package to construct a new morgue.
The new site, at a cost of $533,000 with an additional $49,000 for a video camera security system, will be inside a 12,600-square-foot building at 2980 Falcon Way, near Madera Municipal Airport and the Madera County Sheriff’s Office.
A new morgue was deemed necessary when investigators alleged a local contractor, Smith Manor Grace Chape’s co-owner Sharlane Smith, had defrauded the county for years. Smith faces 25 counts of fraud and theft, with her preliminary hearing set Friday.
Bass Lake Realty will host a blood drive 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Sept. 7, in the Bass Lake Realty parking lot (54335 North Shore Road).
All donors will receive a buy one get one free pass to the Big Fresno Fair. Photo ID required.
Be sure to eat a good meal and drink plenty of water prior to your donation.
Details/to make appointment: Theresa Wilson, (559) 760-3715.
A “Start Smart” drivers class for teens will be held 6 - 8 p.m., Sept. 15 at the Oakhurst CHP office. Parents and guardians are strongly encouraged to attend.
Details: Kaci Lutz, (559) 658-6611.
Models are being sought for a Frugal Friends Fashion Show, sponsored by the Friends of the North Fork Branch Library, to be held noon - 3 p.m., Aug. 20 at Bandit Town in North Fork.
Tickets are $10 pre-sale and $12 at the door. This covers lunch, recycled jewelry sale, silent auction and a 50/50 raffle. Tickets are sold at the North Library Library, Hardware Store and Visitor Center.
Details: Jean Russell, (559) 877-2131.
Bandit Town games
The Children’s Educational Foundation presents Fun & Games at Bandit Town USA, Sept. 17. Dinner begins at 6 p.m., with games from 7-10.
Until Sept. 12, pre-sale single ticket prices are $35 for those 21 years of age and older; after Sept. 12, tickets are $40. To reserve a table for eight, $250 until Sept. 12, and $300 after that date.
Tickets include dinner, “fun money” buy-in, prizes and more. The North Fork Women’s Club will offer desserts for purchase, and there is a no host beer and wine bar.
All profits benefit the Chawanakee Unified School District’s schools and programs. Bandit Town is located at 55420 Road 226 in North Fork.
Children’s Hospital fundraiser
La Sierra Guild of Valley Children’s Hospital will offer “Dinner on the Deck,” a fundraiser benefiting Valley Children’s Hospital, will be held Sept. 25 at Ducey’s on the Lake. No host bar at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 6:30 p.m.
The cost is $30.
Details/reservations: Sue or Doreen, (559) 683-7845.
Joyce Stuhr will host a no-fee, no-credit class on writing life memoirs starting Aug. 26. From 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Friday at the Sierra Vista Presbyterian Church Library, located at 39696 Highway 41, students will learn about how to write their life story.
Details: (559) 683-5494.
Yosemite Lakes Community Church will host two live broadcasts of pastor Greg Laurie’s SoCal Harvest Crusade in Anaheim, California, with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, and Sunday, Aug. 28.
The telecast features performances by Chris Tomlin, for King & Country, Toby Mac, Hollyn, Phil Wickham, and some special guests.
Details: Dennis Valpey, (559) 760-7663.
A California Wine Month celebration, hosted by the Madera Vintners Association, will be held 6 - 9 p.m., Sept. 16 at Fasi Estqate Winery (42415 Road 208)
The event offers wine tasting, appetizers, live music by Jazz Xperiment, and announcements of special wine industry awards.
Tickets, $35, are available at www.MaderaWineTrail.com.
Details: (800) 613-0709, or email@example.com.
Poll workers needed
Poll workers and bilingual poll workers are needed for the upcoming presidential general election to be held Nov. 8. These are paid positions, and training is provided. Applicants must be registered to vote.
Apply by phone, (559) 675-7720, or at www.votemadera.com.
Donating to EMCSPCA
iGive no longer includes purchases placed with Amazon as part of their giving program, so the EMCSPCA has set up an account with Giving Assistant, which donates 2% of your Amazon Smile purchases to EMCSPCA. Just go to Smile. Amazon.com and designate Eastern Madera County SPCA as your charity. Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchases to the EMCSPCA quarterly.
To donate more: givingassistant.org/np#eastern-madera-county-humane-society. These donations also go to the EMCSPCA.
Health and wellness
Raley’s has launched a new, multi-dimensional effort to share their vision of health and wellness with customers. The campaign entitled, “Let’s Begin” invites customers to take small steps toward a healthier lifestyle through education, personal goal setting and sharing.
The store has developed new resources on their website Raleys.com to support customers’ personal goals. The website will update weekly to share insight on how to buy products, how to eat real food and how to eat healthier on a budget.
In last week’s Sierra Star story on the Austin Quarry, it said the public hearing before the Board of Supervisors will be held at 1 p.m., Sept. 12, in the government center. The time of the meeting is 9 a.m. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.