Community News - week of July 23

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 Aug 31.

Free disposal of hazardous waste

Those wishing to dispose of old batteries, needles, used motor oil or a host of other hazardous waste can do so for free 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 25, at Yosemite High School, under a team of contracted disposal experts.

Acceptable items include: garage (motor oil, oil filters, antifreeze, grease battery, fluorescent lamps); garden (insect spray, weed killers, pool chemicals, pesticides); house (ammonia-based cleaners, drain cleaners, aerosol cans, oven cleaners, spot removers); workshop (wood preservatives, solvents, art supplies, paint remover, photographic chemicals); electronics (televisions, computers, VCRs); and needles (household needles, lancets and syringes).

Details: (559) 675-7811.

Simpli Charmed Princess Camp

Jessalyn Talley, owner of Simpli Charmed Princess, will hold a three-day Princess Camp for children 3-11 years-old, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Aug. 4-6.

Each day will be full of fun, and exciting new activities for children, lead by two princesses. Not only will children learn how to be a princess, they will also learn etiquette, manners, and responsibilities that come along with the title. They will learn how to be honest, loyal, respectful, and hardworking, qualities that every princess possesses.

Each day includes: crafts, lunch, tea time, games, karaoke, story time, time dancing lessons, and other fun activities. Join Snow White, Cinderella, the Little Mermaid, Rapunzel, the Ice Queen, and Anna for a fun filled three days.

On Aug. 4 and 6, they will be held at the Oakhurst Library, and on Aug. 5, the camp will be held at the Oakhurst Community Park for water games with the little Mermaid.

The cost of the camp is $100 per child, with discounts for families with additional children. A $50 down payment is requested that can be paid through PayPal.

Details: Jessalyn Talley, (559) 760-1253,

Book signing

Sandra McCart (writing as Sandra Masters) will have a book signing for her recently-published book, “Once Upon a Duke,” 5-8 p.m., July 27, at the Yosemite Lakes Park Clubhouse library. The association will host their weekly “Taco Night” where a full dinner can be purchased for $6-8. No reservations are needed. A free book raffle will also be held.

McCart wrote her first book at the age of 14, and has since written 14 books just for pleasure. After an interlude with career and raising children while working, and attending night classes, McCart joined the Yosemite Romance Writers, a chapter of Romance Writers of America, attending conferences, and meeting editors and other authors.

“Fortune smiled at me, and I submitted to two publishers, both of whom responded with constructive suggestions, but one of them, Cindy Davis of The Wild Rose Press, encouraged me to keep on writing. So I did, and on the third try, I got a contract,” McCart said. “Nothing I expected, but everything I dreamed, and the contract was my 80th birthday present.”

A Night in Vienna

Erna’s Elderberry House will celebrate A Night in Vienna, 6 p.m., Aug. 15. A five course menu with delectable Viennese specialties will be offered. There will be serenading strolling musicians, flickering candle light, and dancing.


Master Gardener

Beneficial plants are not only those we pamper in our gardens, they are growing wild all around us. Herbalist and Mariposa County Master Gardener Monique Kolster will tell you where to find them, how to gather them and what to do with them in a free workshop, 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Aug. 8, at the county board of supervisors chambers, 5100 Bullion St., Mariposa.

History presentation

The Oakhurst Library will host a presentation by Jack and Kay Good along with area author, Marcia Freedman, 10:30 a.m. to noon, July 25.

The Goods will speak on the Coarsegold Historical Society and Historic Museum. Coarsegold is located at the southern end of the Gold Chain where the town boasted productive gold mines from the 1850s through the early 1900s. They will talk about the two-volume book As We Were Told which was published by the society.

Freedman will talk about two of her books that cover a historical perspective of the foothills. Willow Creek History: Tales of Cow Camps, Shake Makers & Basket Weavers follows this 25-mile long creek that flows from the Sierra Forest to the San Joaquin River. Her second book Fighting Fire in the Sierra National Forest traces the history of fire management from the forest’s early years through the policy shifts that began in the 1960’s as well as the measures used today.

These books will be available purchase at this event.

Details: (559) 683-4838, or

Farmers Market closing

Due to lack of community participation, the Yosemite Lakes Park Farmers Market will close after 7 p.m., July 28.

Art show extended

The 8x10 Folio Show has been extended through July 31st, featuring exhibits with selected works by 10 photographers - Jonathan W. Bock, Jerry Bosworth, Cathy McCrery-Cordle, Michael J. Costa,Franka M. Gabler, David Hoffman, G. Dan Mitchell, Steve Montalto,William Neill, and Nancy Robbins.

Each artist has distilled a body of work down to eight images, strong individually and cohesive as a whole. The theme of each folio is different, based on the individual artist’s style, direction, and passion.

The show can be seen at Stellar Gallery in Oakhurst’s Gallery Row.