Community News - week of July 2

Office closed

The Sierra Star will be closed Friday, July 3, in honor of Independence Day.

July 4 concert

Cousin Jack’s Mariposa Evenings - brought to you by The Mariposa County Arts Council will present Soul Galaxy, 7 p.m., July 4, at the Mariposa County Art Park. The music will range from acoustic based, ethereal baroque rock, to energized electric blues and jazz. The shows are free to the public – tips for the performers will be solicited, encouraged, and appreciated.

Your Shot DJ

Hayden Righter, 19, of Coarsegold was selected as one of the top 30 contestants in the Your Shot DJ USA competition, on June 28, he, as well as the other contestants performed a 25 minute set in front of a sold-out crowd and celebrity judges at Mad Ave. in Los Angeles.

Six semi-finalists will be announced at the event, and they will move on to the next stage of the contest in Las Vegas. The winner of the competition will perform with the world’s biggest DJ Tiesto, as well as perform their very own set at Ultra Music Festival in Miami.

Righter has been driving to/from LA twice a week to participate in training sessions and weekly meetings, and then returning home to work 30 hours as the Freight Team Leader at the Oakhurst Grocery Outlet.

Tea Party meeting

The next Oakhurst/Coarsegold Tea Party action meeting will be held 6:30-8:30 p.m., Thursday, July 9, at the Best Western Yosemite Inn Restaurant.

Speakers are Betty Scheidt, VP of the Republican Women Federated Central Division, Madera, who will give a presentation on what their goals and strategies are for the upcoming elections for 2016. Marc Sobel, who has challenged the Madera County Board of Supervisors mandatory trash pickup service, will give an update on the legal issues that have delayed this service.

In honor of July 4, there will be a 40 minute video by Neil Mammen on how to tell the difference between “rights” and “goods or services” as defined by the Declaration of Independence and our Constitution. All are welcome to attend.

Details:, (559) 642-4921.

Free art classes for teens begin July 7

Professional artist, Eric Elliott, will teach a series of art classes for teenagers, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Tuesdays (July 7, 14, 21), in the Oakhurst Library’s community room. The classes are for students in grades sixth - twelfth. These classes are free and art supplies are included. The topics will include: drawing fundamentals, shapes and basic perspectives, lighting, shading and texture, composition and gesture drawing. All levels of experience welcome.

Elliott is a professional artist who spent much of his career working in the video game industry as an animator and concept artist.

On July 29, there will be an art show where students can enter their work. This show will be held at the Oakhurst Community Center and students can win awards for their art.

Details: (559) 683-4838 or

Summer Blast

Hillside Baptist Church will host a Kid’s Fish Club Summer Blast, 10 a.m. - noon, July 13-17, at the North Fork Rec Center, for grades kindergarten-sixth. This is a free event, and you can register on the first day.

Details: (559) 877-7771.

FOBL Book Sale

The Friends of the Oakhurst Branch Library will hold a book sale, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Saturday, July 11, in the library’s community room. Book prices are $1 for fiction and non-fiction, and children’s books for 50 cents. Bring your library card with FOBL 2015 sticker for $1 off. Proceeds benefit the Oakhurst Library.


Chamber directory

The 2016 Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce Directory is coming. The Sierra Star will be working with the chamber, and will publish this directory, which is a full-color magazine used to promote the community to new residents, visitors, and others who want information about our area. This publication is printed only once every other year, and the Sierra Star is now taking advertising reservations. The deadline is early October.

Ads for the Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau are also being taken at the Sierra Star. The deadline to place an ad is early September.

Details: (559) 683-4464.

Sponsors for Smokey Bear Run sought

Sponsorships are now being sought for the 28th anniversary of the Smokey Bear Run/Walk, which will be held Sept. 26, 2015. Last year’s event was a huge success, raising close to $8,000 for community organizations.

Details: (559) 683-1770, or