Community News - week of August 6

Chau arraigned in Bass Lake death

Phat Chau, the San Jose man accused of piloting a jet ski at Bass Lake in June that killed a 13-year-old boy and severely injured a teenage girl was arraigned Tuesday.

Chau, 55, represented by Fresno attorney Michael Idiart, pleaded not guilty to charges of involuntary manslaughter for allegedly killing David Flores, 13, of Fresno, as well as violating a state Harbors & Navigation Code in displaying a reckless or negligent manner while piloting the vessel that injured Julissa Valenzuela.

Valenzuela was sent to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno for medical care but has since been released.

Madera County District Attorney David Linn, who represented the people at the arraignment, said a pre trial hearing is scheduled for Sept. 15.

Collectible Book Sale

The Friends of the Oakhurst Branch Library will hold a collectible book sale, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Aug. 15, 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. Proceeds benefit the Oakhurst library.

Details: (559) 658-5639, or

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. Nail trimming by area groomers will be offered for $5.

Bring dogs on leashes and cats in secure carriers. No feral cats allowed. First come-first served.


Fundraising dinner Aug. 13

A spaghetti dinner will be held at 6 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 13, at the Oakhurst Community Center, to raise funds for Carolyn Pinion, a Vons employee, who was seriously injured in a July 10 roll-over auto accident, and is still hospitalized.

There will be a raffle and silent auction of gifts donated by Mountain Area merchants. Tickets cost $10 for adults, and $6 for children.

Medicare education

The Oakhurst Library will host Susan Hatch, a Medicare specialist, 10:30 a.m. to noon, Aug. 8.

Last April 16, President Obama signed HR2. This is the “Doc Fix bill” that’s been in the national news over the past year. Hatch will talk on upcoming changes to Medicare and, especially, the elimination of the best Medicare Supplemental plans. She will focus on what Medicare enrollees can do to prepare themselves for these changes.

Hatch is a renowned specialist in Medicare Supplemental insurance laws in California. She acts as an objective senior advocate and Medicare analyst. She’s also a talk radio guest expert on various Medicare topics.

Details: (559) 683-4838, or

Grants available for youth

A grant is available to all Eastern Madera County youth through the Coarsegold Rodeo. Last year, more than $5,000 in grant money was given to youth and several charitable organizations. Typical grants range from $25-100.

Deadline to return the application is Aug. 15. The applications are available on under the Forms heading. They can be mailed to Coarsegold Rodeo, P.O. Box 952, Coarsegold, Calif., 93614; or faxed to (559) 683-5149.

Details: Jill Saterfield, (559) 706-5581.

Oakhurst Got Talent

Auditions are now being held every Sunday, 1-4 p.m., at the Sierra Senior Center (49111 Cinder Lane behind the Oakhurst Community Center) for the Oakhurst Got Talent show.

The show, which benefits the Sierra Senior Society will be held Sept. 12, at the Oakhurst Community Center. The doors open at 4 p.m., with the show beginning at 5. There will be an intermission with dessert and a raffle. Tickets are $12.

Details: (559) 683-3811.

Patriot Day

Patriot Day 2015, dedicated to all veterans as well as emergency service personnel, will be held 9 a.m., Sept. 11, at the Oakhurst Community Park.