Community Briefs - 12/18/14 edition of the Sierra Star

Holiday delivery

Due to the holidays, the Dec. 25 edition of the Sierra Star will be delivered to your mailbox Dec. 26, and the Jan. 1 edition will be delivered Jan. 2.

Relay for Life

Kick-off for the 2015 American Cancer Society Relay for Life will be held at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 12, at the Oakhurst Medical Group. Monthly meetings will be held the second Monday of the month, same time and location after the first meeting in January.

The Relay for Life will again be held at Yosemite High School, May 16 and 17.

To register or donate:

Details: Paulina Lusk, (559) 760-2232, or

Community of Lights

The Grove, located at 42461 Highway 49, Ahwahnee, is again presenting its Community of Lights. The large display of Christmas scenes and lights will be on display nightly through Dec. 25. Between 5:30 and 8:30 p,m., this Friday and Saturday, the community is invited to see the light display and enjoy complimentary hot chocolate, cider, and visit with Santa.

Details: (559) 683-7911.

Last chance for wooden quilt raffle tickets

Raffle tickets are still available, at $5 each or five for $20, for the Oakhurst Woodcarvers Wood Quilt commemorating Yosemite Grant 150th anniversary. The drawing will be held Jan. 1, 2015. The proceeds benefit the Oakhurst Woodcarvers High School Scholarship Fund.

Details: purchase raffle tickets at the Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau, or (559) 658-2405.

Country Christmas Dinner for homeless and their pets

A Christmas dinner for the homeless and their pets will be held 2-5 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 21, at the Coarsegold Community Center. Volunteers, food donations, and gift cards for pets are especially needed.

Those homeless attending can arrange for pick-up from Oakhurst to Coarsegold, if needed, on the day of the dinner. Contact Peggy at (559) 676-3432. Send donations to P.O. Box 838, Coarsegold, Calif., 93614, or call (559) 641-2913 for donation pick-up.

Santa visits the Elks

Santa visited Mountain Area school children at the annual Elks Lodge Children’s Christmas party last Saturday. Nearly 100 children were entertained by Patti Law’s dancers as they wiggled in their seats awaiting Santa’s arrival. Magician Mr. Bill also kept them amused while they ate pizza donated by Round Table Pizza.

Santa greeted each child with a candy cane, a gift bag and a hearty ‘ho ho ho.’ Then each child chose a favorite stuffed animal from more than 300 delivered by the Mountain Bear Fan Club. Clothing, coats, and cold-weather items were also handed out.

The six mountain schools represented were: North Fork Elementary, Oak Creek Intermediate, Oakhurst Elementary, Raymond-Knowles Elementary, Rivergold School, Spring Valley and Wasuma Elementary.

“I want to thank all those who contributed, the Lions Club members who helped serve, and the more than 30 Elks members who participated to make this wonderful event for our mountain children a great success,” event chair and Elk member, Diane Mannina said.


In a Dec. 11 Sierra Star Yosemite High School boys soccer story, a photo of Connor Wallace was mis-identified as Russell Zelazo. The Star regrets the error and any confusion it may have caused.