Community Briefs - week of July 16

Summer photos

The Sierra Star is looking for a single photo, depicting the exciting adventure your family took this summer, to share with our readers in a future publication. Maybe it was a hike up Half Dome, a backcountry camping trip, a visit with Micky Mouse, a trip to grandma and grandpa’s farm in Idaho, a beach vacation, a ride in a hot air balloon, or planting a new garden in the backyard.

Just send your photo identifying who’s in the photo and where it was taken - attach photo as a Jpeg and submit a short description, then email to; or you can come by the Sierra Star and we will scan the photo for you; or you can mail it to Editorial, P.O. Box 305, Oakhurst, Calif., 93644.

Submission deadline August 31.

Madera District Fair

The Madera District Fair is coming up (Sept. 10-13) and entries are being sought. All food, arts and crafts entries must be postmarked by Aug. 18. To enter an item, all entries must be listed on forms provided by the fair, and sent to: Madera District Fair, 1850 W. Cleveland Avenue, Madera, 93637.

Sept. 10 is Kids day, where children 12 years and under, and seniors 62 and over are free. There will also be an Early Bird special, Sept. 13, where children 12 years and under are free from 3-5 p.m. The Madera District Fair 2015 Exhibitor’s Handbook is available at the Sierra Star.


Worship in the park

Mountain Ministerial Association and Friends in The Park will present Worship in the park 7 p.m., every Saturday night through August in the Oakhurst Community Park. There will be rotating pastors and worship music bands from many area churches to lead in Christian worship. All are invited to come. Bring the whole family along with a blanket or a lawn chair, and a picnic basket. Join in with us, as we unite in Christ to worship God as one church on the mountain.

Details: (559) 642-6392, Dennis McCourt.

Classic car show and street party

The North Fork Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center will present Hot August Night, a classic car show and street party, 5-8 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 8, in downtown North Fork. There will be dozens of classic cars, hot rods, and restored vehicles, as well as an art show, live music, BMX show, and craft, food, and information booths. This is a free event.

Details: (559) 877-2410, or

Special fundraiser

The Oakhurst Elks will hold a special fundraiser for the Elks Theme Children and community youth programs, 6 p.m., Friday, July 24, at the Elks Lodge (42484 Highway 41, Oakhurst). The spaghetti dinner is $15 per person, free for children under 10.

Reservations: (559) 683-2717.

Youth BoardGaming League

The Oakhurst Library will host a free seven week Youth BoardGaming League, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., every Monday starting July 20 through Aug. 31. The league is open to fifth through twelfth grades. The program utilizes a wide variety of strategy and communications-based board games, which have been shown to develop critical thinking and communication skills. Awards will be given for various achievements.

Details: (559) 683-4838, or

Mariposa County Arts Council

The Blue Skies Trio, featuring Jacquie McCourt, will perform July 17, and The Well will perform July 18 at the Mariposa County Art Park. All performances begin at 7 p.m., and are free to the public. Tips for the performers will be solicited, encouraged, and appreciated.

Host families sought

ASSE International Student Exchange Programs is looking for area families to host high school boys and girls (ages 15-18) from a variety of countries. The exchange students can experience American culture, and practice their English, while sharing their own culture.

These students are selected based on academics and personality, and host families can choose their student from a wide variety of backgrounds, countries, and personal interests.

Details: (800) 733-2773, or

Spin art contest

The Children’s Museum of the Sierra will hold a Spin Art contest, Saturday, July 18. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m., the contest begins at 1 p.m., and the judging is at 2 p.m. There is an entry fee of $1. Prizes will be awarded to children in grades pre-kindergarten, kindergarten-third, and fourth-sixth.

Details: (559) 658-5656.

Bass Lake hiking trails

Sierra Star columnist, author, and photographer Tony Krizan will present a new slide show featuring the hiking trails in and around Bass Lake and the Yosemite area, 8:30 p.m., this Saturday, at The Forks Resort dock. This is a free event.

First annual Shrimp Feast fundraiser

The Oakhurst Senior Center will hold its first annual Shrimp Feast, July 18, at the Senior Center. Doors open at 5 p.m., dinner begins at 6. Prices are $20 for non-members and $15 for Senior Society members. The Senior Center is located behind the Oakhurst Community Center.

Tickets: (559) 658-2200.


In the July 9 Sierra Star story on Superintendent Bob Nelson leaving Chawanakee Unified School District, it said Fresno Unified was the fourth largest school district in the state with more than 3,000 students. That number should have read 73,000.