News Briefs - week of Sept. 3

Roger Perry Band

The Roger Perry Band will perform 6 p.m., Sept. 4, at the Queen’s Inn in Oakhurst.

Live music

Reverend Tall Tree will perform 9 p.m. to closing, Sept. 4, at South Gate Brewing Company. No cover and all ages welcome.

Every second and fourth Monday, 7 p.m. to closing, South Gate will offer open mic nights for musicians, comedians, magicians, and poets. Sign-ups are at 6:30 p.m.

Collectible Book Sale

Friends of the Library will hold a book sale, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Sept. 12, in the community room of the Oakhurst Library.

Book prices are $1 for fiction & non-fiction; and 50 cents 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, or

Willow Creek bus tour

The Sept. 26 Willow Creek Tour is a six-hour bus tour east of Highway 41 going from the Coarsegold Historic Museum (31899 Highway 41) to the North Fork area for a look at the history and a special presentation at the North Fork Ranger Station.

After touring North Fork, lunch will be served at Manzanita Lake, then a stop at Wishon Cove, and the Bass Lake Dam. This tour is led by and based on Marcia Freedman’s book “Willow Creek History.”

There will be a running commentary on the history of the areas traveled on the tour. A special dessert will be served upon return to the Coarsegold Museum.

The tour runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Reservations must be made by Sept. 12. Send $45 per person to CHS, P.O. Box 117, Coarsegold, Calif., 93614. Include name, address, email address, and phone number. Details: (559) 642-4242, (559) 642-4448.

Flea market

Mariposa Friends of the Fairgrounds will host its fourth annual flea market, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m., Oct. 3, at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds.

Details/vendor information: Karen, (209) 742-4680.

Farm & Ranch Tour

The Mariposa Farm & Ranch Tour will take place 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sept. 26. The event is sponsored by Mariposa Agri-Nature Association, and includes agricultural events, nature workshops, art in action, and personal tours and tastings.

Tickets are $10 per adult, or $25 per carload. Tickets are are available at Casto Oaks Wine (5022 Highway 140), and the Mariposa Chamber of Commerce.


Taste of Bordeaux

Visit France, Taste of Bordeaux with Anna Marie Dos Remedios of Idle Hour Winery, March 25 - April 1, 2016, on The Amadolce. Book and deposit by June 30, 2015 to receive a $500 discount per stateroom.

Details: Georgia Shoemaker, (714) 988-6408, or

Agency on Aging

The Fresno-Madera Area Agency on Aging is seeking Advisory Council members to represent the Madera County older adult population. Council members provide input on issues impacting older residents, help gather information to identify needs and priorities of older adults, and serve as a key link between the agency and people served.

Applications for membership will be available at the council’s next meeting, 1:30 p.m., Sept. 8, at the Fresno-Madera Area Agency on Aging, 3837 North Clark Street, Fresno.

Details: (559) 600-4405, or

Fundraiser for Valley Children’s Hospital

La Sierra Guild, Valley Children’s Hospital, will hold a fundraising event at Ducey’s on the Lake, Sept. 20. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and dinner will be served at 6:30.

Price for dinner, with three entrees to choose from, is a $25 donation. All the proceeds go to Valley Children’s Hospital. Tickets can be purchased at Oakhurst Giftworks.

Details: Patty Spinelli, (559) 683-4452.

National Christian College Fair

Students, families and educators interested in combining academics and faith are invited to the region’s National Christian College Fair.

Representatives from more than 25 Christian colleges and universities will gather from 6 -8 p.m., Sept. 22. The Fresno fair will take place at Buchanan High School’s West Gym, 1560 N. Minnewawa Ave., Clovis.

In addition to being able to talk to admissions representatives, students and parents will be able to attend a financial aid seminar. To make the process easier, students can register for a barcode ahead of time at Participants can present the barcode to college and university representatives at the fair, who will scan it for information students have provided, eliminating the need to fill out multiple information cards.

Details: Alyssa Abbott at or (559) 453-2019.