Community News - week of Sept. 17

Casino Night

Casino Night, 6-10 p.m., Sept. 19, at Bandit Town (55420 Road 226, North Fork). Dinner at 6 p.m., casino play 7-10 p.m. Tickets, which include dinner, casino “fun money” buy-in, prizes and more, are $40 per person or $300 for table of eight. Proceeds benefit the Chawanakee Unified School District.

Tickets/donations: Linda Gott-Maddox, (559) 877-4458, or

Value of a book

The Oakhurst Library will host Byron Lewis, 10:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Sept. 19. Lewis will explain how to identify which old books are, or will become, valuable.

A rare book collector, Lewis will explain how to identify which books are currently valuable and what price you might expect to receive. After his presentation, he will take questions and he invites each person to bring one or two of their “possible treasures” for him to evaluate.

Details: (559) 683-4838, or

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.

Five locations are on the tour - Epic Alpacas, Raw Roots Farm, CostaLivos Mountain Gold Olive Oils, Sierra Cider, and Butterfly Creek Winery.

Tickets are $10 per adult, or $25 per carload. Kids under 12 are free when accompanied by a paying adult. Tickets are available at Casto Oaks Wine (5022 Highway 140), the Mariposa Chamber of Commerce, or on the day of the event at any participating location.


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, or

Angels and Heroes Amongst Us

Angels and heroes amongst us nominations are now being taken. The Mountain Bear Fan Club, a den of Good Bears of the World, will hold its 19th annual awards program and dinner honoring nominees, Nov. 1, at Evergreen Conference Center Oakhurst.

This event gives thanks to those exceptional community “angels and heroes” for special actions, kindness, or quiet helpfulness.

The completed nomination forms must be returned to Mountain Bear Fan Club by Oct. 2. Forms received after this date won’t be accepted. Mailing address is P.O. Box 2071, Oakhurst, 93644.

Forms/details: Beverly Gordon, (559) 683-7929.

Oakhurst Library classes

A free four-week basic computer class will be held 9 - 10 a.m., beginning Sept. 16, at the Oakhurst Library. Heather Kolberg will teach this class on working with computers. Class size is limited and pre-registration is required.

The library will also offer a six-week fiction writing workshop, 6:30 - 8 p.m., beginning Sept. 30. Area author Jennifer Moss will present this workshop for new authors who want to write fiction. This program starts from scratch and covers elements of creating an exciting story from inception to publication. There is a suggested donation of $60 for all six classes. A portion of this donation will go to the Friends of Oakhurst Branch Library. Those interested can meet Moss and sign up at the Authors’ Faire (10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Sept. 26, at the library), or at the library’s front desk.

Details: (559) 683-4838, or

Vendors sought

Vendors - food, arts and crafts, and homemade goods - are being sought for the Wasuma PTA annual Fall Festival and Boo-tique. The event will be held 4:30 - 9 p.m., Friday, Oct. 30. A suggested donation of $50 is requested for vendor space of 10 x 10 feet.

The event offers games, food, a bounce house, haunted house, silent auction, costume contest, pumpkin alley, and raffles.

Details: Shannon Castonguay, (559) 760-8243, Dalene Stephens, (559) 760-1553, or Wasuma Elementary School, (559) 642-1585.