Community News - week of May 21

Peddler’s Fair this weekend

The 31st annual Coarsegold Peddlers Market, hosted by the Coarsegold Historic Village, will be held this Friday through Monday.

The entire Coarsegold Village will be filled with vendors from throughout the Western US offering antiques and collectibles. There will also be food and craft booths.

Admission is free. Show hours are noon to dusk Friday, dawn to dusk Saturday and Sunday, and dawn to 3 p.m. Monday.

Details: (559) 683-3900,

Sidewalk sale

Nearly 25 merchants in Oakhurst will participate in a Memorial Weekend Sidewalk Sale, offering many specials, this Friday through Sunday. Raley’s, Oakhurst Feed & Pet Supply, Williams Gallery West, Dorsey’s Hallmark, The Purple Cow, Steve’s Tropical Fish & Pet Supply,Wonderful Treasures Thrift Store, True Value Home Center, are a few of the merchants who will be offering specials.

For a complete list of participating stores, go to

Memorial Day service

A non-denominational, community service will be held at 9 a.m., on Memorial Day (May 25), at the Little Church in Oakhill Cemetery to honor the men and women of the military who died in defense of their country. Nate Nielsen, director of the Youth With A Mission Discipleship Training School in Oakhurst, will officiate. Immediately following the service the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) will present a salute to our country’s veterans.

Details: Jackie Mallouf, (559) 683-6832.

YLP Farmers Market

The Yosemite Lakes Park Farmers Market will run 4-7 p.m., June 2 through August 25, at the YLP Clubhouse. Shoppers can purchase items like certified farm fresh vegetables, citrus and stone fruits, honey, olive oil and vinegar, jams and jellies. Refreshing Italian ices, as well as many artisan goods including soap, jewelry, and wine barrel items for the home and patio.

Details: (559) 658-7307.

Celebrity Bartender fundraiser

In her run for Honorary Mayor, Shirley Bailey will serve as the Celebrity Bartender at Roman’s Bar, 5-8 p.m., Sunday, June 7. Bailey is fundraising for The Oakhurst Community Alliance Disaster Relief and Operating Fund.

Details: Shirley Bailey, (559) 683-5193.

Fill the Boot

Oakhurst Firefighters Local 2881 will once again Fill-the-Boot to raise funds for the local Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 23, at the intersection of highways 41 and 49.

Firefighters will ask passing motorists to donate dollars and change to “Fill-the-Boot.”

For more than 60 years, the International Association of Fire Fighters has committed to improving the lives and helping to provide the services to local families.

Job Fair

Tenaya Lodge will hold a career fair, 9-11 a.m., Saturday, May 30. Available positions include restaurant, banquets, kitchen, front desk/bell, guest recreation, housekeeping, laundry, spa and concierge. Come prepared with resume and completed online application.

Details: Apply online at, or call (559) 692-8925.

How to use your Smartphone

A free class on “How to use a Smartphone” will be held 10:30 a.m. - noon, Saturday, May 23, at the Oakhurst Library Community Room. Jerry Ward, cellular sales supervisor with Sierra Tel Business Center will teach Smartphone users the basic phone functions, will demonstrate how to personalize Smartphones, and how to download and use special applications.

Those attending the class are asked to register beforehand (along with the brand of their Smartphone) by calling the library.

There will be a question/answer period at the end of the presentation.

Details: or (559) 683-4838

Motorcycle blessing

Bikers for Christ’s ninth annual Bike Blessing and Run will be held June 6 at Mountain Christian Center.

A free pancake breakfast begins at 9:30 a.m., with the bike blessing at 10:30 a.m., and the benefit run at 11 a.m., ending at Bass Lake.

There is a $20 registration/donation for the run. Post event at Bass Lake includes raffle prizes, silent auction, vendors and music. Lunch can be purchased for $10.

All proceeds go to Helping Hands Pregnancy & Parenting Center in Oakhurst. All bikes welcome.

Details: (559) 641-2277.

Two dead in Yosemite wingsuit accident

Dean Potter, one of the top mountain climbers in the world, was one of two people killed Saturday in Yosemite National Park after attempting a wingsuit jump.

Potter and Graham Hunt, both of whom lived in the area, reportedly attempted a jump in the specialized Ariel suits from Taft Point, which overlooks Yosemite Valley.

Their bodies were found during a search conducted by the California Highway Patrol and Yosemite search-and-rescue team after they were reported missing Saturday night. Investigations into the incident are still ongoing.

Potter has set multiple records inside the park. Earlier this month, he climbed up and down Half Dome in 2 hours, 17 minutes, 52 seconds -- the fastest recorded time in history.

Ribbon cutting

A ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Madera County Sheriff’s Office headquarters will be held 11 a.m., May 26, at 2725 Falcon Drive in Madera. An open house tour will take place from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

This event is open to the public.

The Kids’ Corner to be dedicated

The Kids’ Corner, a space in the Oakhurst Branch of the Madera County Library that aims to give children a place to read, will be dedicated May 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in a public ceremony.

A Sierra-Oakhurst Kiwanis project that has been in the works for the past four years, the dedication will be celebrated with ice cream, hot dogs and other surprises.

Kiwanis have pledged $1,000 yearly for books in a 10-year commitment as part of this project.