Community Briefs - week of June 11

Flag Day Celebrations

A Flag Day celebration will be held 12:30 p.m., June 14, at the Elks Lodge in Oakhurst. This is a potluck luncheon so bring your favorite dish to share. Hamburgers will be offered at $5 each. A ceremony covering the history of the American flag will be presented. The public is welcome to attend.

Details: George Wright, (559) 658-1188.

The Oakhurst Lutheran Church will hold a Flag Day celebration, 4 p.m., June 14. A patriotic cowboy worship begins at 4 p.m., with a tri-tip dinner (cost of $15) at 5:45 p.m., and the Flag Day observance at 6:45 p.m, which will include the burning of well-serviced flags. The dinner cost is a fundraiser for Semper Fi.

Free patriotic concert

The Oakhurst Community Band will present a free Patriotic Concert, 6:30 p.m., June 28, at Mountain Christian Center. Veterans will be recognized at this event, and music includes “This is my Country,” “Let Freedom Ring,” and “The Stars and Stripes Forever.”

Details: (559) 760-3849, or

Carnival at the Children’s Museum

Celebrate summer at the Children’s Museum with a carnival, 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., Saturday, June 13, where spin art, games, arts and crafts, and hands-on science will be offered. There will be visits from Cal Fire, Madera County sheriff deputies, and the California Highway Patrol. Refreshments will be available.

Details: (559) 658-5656.

Mommy time

Mommy time - support, information and education for moms and moms-to-be will be held 1:30 - 3 p.m., the first Wednesday of the month, at the North Fork Studio. Doors open at 1 p.m.; it’s free and is sponsored by Natural Instincts Community Birth Collective (

Details: Jennifer Morgan, (559) 240-4370.

Pancake breakfast fundraiser

The Mountain Bear Fan Club will hold a pancake breakfast, 7 - 11 a.m., June 27, at the Coarsegold Community Center. A “big” sale will be held 7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. The event benefits the Mountain Bear Fan Club.

Teaming up with Raley’s

From June 15 - July 31, Raley’s will hold a summer donation drive, which will help provide fresh fruits and vegetables to an area food bank. Donate $1 to Food For Families and Raley’s will match it, up to $25,000.


Sausage and suds

Mariposa Friends of the Fairgrounds Foundation will host its fourth-annual Sausage and Suds Sampler, 4-7 p.m., June 27, at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds. Tickets are $35 per person presale, and $40 at the door. A live auction and silent auction will also be held.

Event tickets can be purchased at the fairgrounds office, Pioneer Market, or from any Friends board member.

Details: Karen, (209) 742-4680.

Six-week summer classes

Summer courses at the Oakhurst Community College Center will begin June 22. All the classes are web courses, which do not require face-to-face attendance and instruction is offered 100% online.

Classes are Business Communication, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Reading and comprehension, Contemporary Health Issues, Computer Literacy, Computer Concepts, Marketing, Computer Basics, and General Psychology.

Current and eligible students can register at or

All new applicants will need to complete an online admissions application. Once an application has been processed, students will receive a notification to a personal email account.

Details: (559) 683-3940 or (559) 638-3641.

Great Sierra Mines

Area photographer, author and avid hiker Tony Krizan will take guests on a photo journey of The Great Sierra Mines, 7:30-8:30 p.m., June 13, at the Yosemite Southgate Hotel & Suites.

All presentations are open to the public and free of charge.

Hummingbird Festival

The Coarsegold Chamber of Commerce will hold a Hummingbird Festival, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., June 20, in the Coarsegold Historic Village. There will be arts, crafts, food, live music, and a wine and cheese garden party.

For a vendor booth, Diane, (559) 683-3900; other details, Laura, (559) 760-0806.

Alumni picnic

Mariposa High School will hold it’s annual alumni picnic, 10 a.m., June 20, at the lower picnic area of the Mariposa Fairgrounds. Bring your own lunch/food/drinks. The picnic goes most of the day, until 3-4 p.m. Raffle tickets will be available for donated items from area businesses and residents.


California lawmakers advanced a right-to-die bill, June 4, giving hope to those who want to allow terminally ill patients to end their lives under a doctor’s care.

The state Senate passed the measure, sending it to the Assembly. Critics, including the Catholic Church, have called the practice “assisted suicide” and say it goes against the will of God.

Event canceled

The spaghetti luncheon with salad and garlic bread, which was to be held June 25, at the Oakhurst Community Center, to raise funds for the Mountain Area Natural Disaster Relief Fund, has been canceled.