Community Briefs - week of June 25

Fireworks are illegal

Safe and sane fireworks are the only fireworks that are allowed to be sold in Madera County and these can only be used on the valley floor, Cal Fire reminds Mountain Area residents. It is also important to remember that parents are liable for any damage or injuries caused by their children using fireworks.

Anyone caught with fireworks in the foothills or mountains of Eastern Madera County will be cited and the fireworks will be confiscated. Possession of dangerous, illegal fireworks is a misdemeanor in California and may be punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and/or imprisonment in a county jail for one year.

Anyone who causes a fire through the misuse of fireworks is liable and will be billed for the cost of controlling the fire. If a person is found in possession of sufficient dangerous, illegal fireworks, they may be found guilty of a felony, punishable by imprisonment in a state prison or county jail for up to one year and/or up to a $5,000 fine.

EMC SPCA fundraiser

A rummage sale to benefit the EMC SPCA will be held 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Saturday, June 27, on Winding Way (beyond Oakhurst Veterinary Hospital). Keri Hills and her crew are preparing for a fabulous sale. If you have items to donate or would like to help, contact Hills at (559) 676-2784. No early birds.

Collectible Book Sale

A Friends of the Library book sale will be held 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Saturday, June 27, in the library’s Community Room. Book prices are $2 and up for fiction and non-fiction, and $1 and up for children’s books. Bring your library card with FOBL 2015 sticker for $1 off. Proceeds benefit the Oakhurst Branch Library.

Details: (559) 658-5639,

Mariposa concert

Cousin Jack’s Mariposa Evenings - brought to you by The Mariposa County Arts Council -continues into the fourth weekend of 13, presenting The Jespersons on Friday, June 27, and The Redding Bros. Band on Saturday, June 28.

Performing original Neo/World Folk Americana music, The Jespersons sing and play in an “around the campfire” style found in Australia

The Redding Family has deep roots in the local music scene. Blue collar working men by day, musicians by night, the band will take the audience back in time, performing hits from the 60s and 70s, with the distinct chance of other family members and friends sitting in to expand the show.

All performances begin at 7 p.m. at the Mariposa County Art Park in historic downtown Mariposa. The shows are free to the public – tips for the performers will be solicited, encouraged, and appreciated.

Low cost vaccine clinic

A low-cost vaccine clinic for dogs and cats will be held 1:30-3:30 p.m., the second Saturday of every month, at Steve’s Tropical Fish and Pet Supply (40761 Highway 41, Oakhurst).

The event is hosted by Steve’s, EMC SPCA, and Dr. Beth Taylor with Hoof ‘n Paw. Prices include $25 for microchip, $7 for rabies, $15 for rattlesnake, $15 for Kennel Cough, Canine 5 in 1 (annual), $12, feline leukemia $18. Bring dogs on leashes and cats in secure carriers. No feral cats allowed. First come-first served.


Donations needed

Oakhurst Community Alliance has established a permanent emergency relief fund for the Oakhurst area. Funds will be available for the emergency relief of individuals in our community that are the victims of natural disasters in Eastern Madera County such as fires, earthquakes, and floods.

Last year over $60,000 was raised in a matter of a few weeks in response to the fires that hit our community. To date, there is less than $4,000, making the need for donations imperative.

To donate:

Oakhurst resident receives doctorate

Jessica R Mckenzie of Oakhurst, received a degree from Clark University on May 17. She graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology.

Symphonic Star Wars in Mariposa

The Mariposa Symphony Orchestra’s “Independence Day Spectacular” concert features an eclectic mix of Americana, prompting MSO Founder/Conductor Les Marsden to describe the event as “Cowboys, Droids and Young Composers.” The event will be held Friday, July 3, at the Mariposa County Amphitheatre.

Details: (209) 966-3155 for tickets and information.