Community News Briefs - Week of March 18, 2015

Town Hall Meeting

District 5 Supervisor Tom Wheeler will host his monthly Town Hall meeting from 6-8 p.m. tonight (March 19), at the Raymond Knowles Elementary School, 31828 Road 600.

Wheeler will use the time to address local issues and take questions from the community.

Details: Tom Wheeler, (559) 662-6050 or email,

Collectible Book Sale

The Friends of the Oakhurst Branch Library will hold a collectible book sale, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., March 28, in the library’s community room. Treasures can be found for $3 and up.

Details: (559) 658-5639.

Annual tri-tip barbecue

The North Fork Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary will hold its annual tri-tip barbecue, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., April 25, in Kennedy Hall at North Fork Elementary.

The menu includes tri-tip, beans, salad, roll, and a drink; the North Fork Women’s Club will have delicious desserts available for purchase. A silent auction will also be held for several items, with the drawing at 2 p.m.

A special display is planned, consisting of a skylife emergency helicopter, wildland firefighting equipment, and company 11 equipment.

Tickets are $10 at the door, $8 presale and seniors, and $5 for children under 10.

Details: Linda Gott-Maddox, (559) 877-4458 (evenings only); or Cindy Capuchino, (559) 877-2120 (evenings only).

Free pirate day

The Children’s Museum of the Sierra will host a free event - Pirate Day, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., March 21, 49269 Golden Circle Drive, Oakhurst.

Pirate Wayne Boring, along with his pirate ship, will be in the parking lot during the celebration.

Museum volunteers will offer pirate games, arts and crafts, spin art, a movie in the birthday room, hot dogs, and a raffle for a year-long museum membership.

Details: (559) 658-5656.

Volunteers needed

The Children’s Museum of the Sierras is in need of volunteers to help in this high-energy environment.

Duties may include mending costumes from the theater dressing room, light cleaning, sharing your talents in art, music and storytelling, helping with displays following a large party or field trip, and community outreach. Museum hours are 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.

Details: (559) 658-5656.

Walk to Cure Diabetes

More than 43 Walk Teams have signed up and raised nearly $23,000, but that is far below the goal of $64,000 for the Central Valley.

Is there something you can do to help find a cure for Type 1 Diabetes?

Join in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Walk to Cure Diabetes, Saturday, March 28 at Woodward Park Mt. View Shelter.

On-site registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at the registration tent. The walk starts at 9:30 a.m. and will be approximately three miles long (5K), starting at the balloon arch and ending at the stage.

Visit to sign up.


You may already be aware of the qigong practices currently being held in the Oakhurst Mobile Estates clubhouse from 11- noon on Mondays and Thursdays. You now have an opportunity to learn this soothing, health promoting practice.

Qigong teacher Cynthia Eaton is offering a three-day session in the clubhouse, 10:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. over Memorial Day weekend, May 23-25. The fee is $75 for the three days.

Details: Connie Jacobs, (559) 658-7038 or

Arbor Day

Join the Arbor Day Foundation during the month of March to receive 10 free white flowering dogwood trees. The trees are part of the nonprofit Foundation’s Trees for America campaign.

The trees will be shipped postpaid with enclosed planting instructions at the right time for planting between March and May 31. The 6-12 inch trees are guaranteed to grow, or they will be replaced free of charge.

Arbor Day Foundation members also receive a subscription to Arbor Day, the Foundation’s bimonthly publication, and The Tree Book, which contains information about tree planting and care.

To become a member of the Foundation and receive free trees, send a $10 contribution to Ten Free Dogwood Trees, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Avenue, Nebraska City, NE 68410, by March 30, 2015; or join online at

Cajun Fest

The 20th annual Oakhurst Sierra Sunrise Rotary Cajun Fest will be held 6 p.m., Saturday, March 28, at the Oakhurst Community Center. All-you-can-eat shrimp, ribs, dirty rice, corn maque-choux, and bread pudding, plus a no-host bar.

There will be a live auction and raffle; and in a special raffle, the grand prize - a 1982 Porsche 928S; tickets are $20 each, or six for $100 (only 1,000 tickets will be sold for the Porsche). Tickets are $40 per person.

Details/tickets: (559) 283-4731.

Open Art Exhibition

The Yosemite Western Artists will be accepting entries from April 27-30, for the 43rd Annual Tri-County Open Art Competition and Exhibition. The exhibit will be held May 2-10, 2015 at the Timberline Art Gallery located at 40982 Highway 41 in Oakhurst. Categories include: oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, fiber, sculpture, mixed media and photography.

Monetary awards will be presented to all first place winners. Entry forms and applications can be found at

Details: Lori Cole, (559) 683-7972.

Minarets Blood Drive

Minarets High School will be host a blood drive 2-7 p.m., March 18, at the Minarets High School multi-purpose room, 45077 Road 220 in O’Neals.

Donors must be in good general health, weigh a minimum of 110-pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 with written parental consent). Photo ID and Social Security numbers are required at donor registration. All donors will receive a free T-shirt.

Details: Blood Drive Chairperson, Daniel Ching, (559) 868-8689 or Rafael Cabrera, Central California Blood Center, (559) 905-4817.

Elegant Auction

The committee of the Elegant Auction to benefit the Oakhurst Community Park is seeking volunteers to assist in the planning of its 30th annual gala event, which takes place May 2, at the Tenaya Lodge in Fish Camp.

Details: Andrew Pence, (559) 658-7611, ext. 203,,

Brandies & Cognacs

Roman’s Bar will present Brandies & Cognacs with Shane, the in-house mixologist, 6 p.m., Tuesday, March 31.

Tickets are $15, and it is advised to purchase early, due to a sell-out. Afterwards, join Shane for a special Cigar & Cognac pairing for an additional $20.

Details/tickets: (559) 641-7667.

Alzheimer’s caregivers

A discussion to help family caregivers find options available when dealing with a loved one with dementia will be held 10-11:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 24, at the Oakhurst Lutheran Church.

The speaker will be Yee Vu from Valley Caregivers Resource Center.

Details: Carol Breit, (559) 683-4045.

Real Heroes Honored

On Friday, March 20, The American Red Cross will be hosting their annual Real Heroes Event at the corpo0rate Aircraft Hangar, 5007 East Anderson Ave., Fresno 93727

Mountain Area law enforcement officials Warren Anderson, Eric Grijalva, Chris Williams, and Sergeant Larry Rich will be honored at Friday’s ceremony for their extraordinary services during the Courtney Fire.

The Real Heroes Event is the only fundraiser held each year by the Red Cross and recognizes local heroes in the Central Valley who are seemingly ordinary people but have touched the lives of community members through their selfless acts of courage.

Details: Red Cross’ Jessica Piffero (559) 455-1000.

Military Family Camp

On Friday, March 20 - 22, Sugar Pine Christian Camps will be hosting a Military Family Camp. The camp is free to active duty military and their families. The fun-filled weekend will be to show appreciation to those who serve.

Details: Ferrin Kilby, (559) 683-4938.

Manna House fundraiser

For their senior project, Yosemite High School seniors Zach Upshaw and Bailey Petrushkin are holding a No Tap Bowling Tournament to benefit Manna House. The event takes place 1 p.m., April 11, at Valley Bowl, 12829 Highway 145, Madera. Bring canned goods for food donations. There will be raffle prizes, and adults/and or youth are welcome. Entry fee: $20 per person.