Community News - week of Sept. 24

A call to artists

The Sierra Artists Gallery in Mariposa invites all artists to participate in its 19th annual Gold Rush Art Show, which runs from Oct. 19 through Nov. 1. Artwork delivery to the gallery is Oct. 15-17, and judging will be in six categories, including earthscapes, people, animals, still life, three dimensional, and photography. All mediums will be accepted.

See to download a prospectus, or stop by the gallery at Highway 140 and 6th Street in Mariposa, 209-966-2284.

Ride with Pride

Minarets High School senior student Kaylee Saar invites the community to attend the Ride with Pride car show in O’Neals at 10 a.m. Sept. 26. Proceeds from the show, to be held at Minarets, will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, a charity that services injured veterans and their families. As part of the event, a military obstacle race and coloring contest will be held along with raffles and trophies for show winners.

To register a vehicle for the show, sign up as a vendor, or other information, Kaylee Saar at (559) 304-4054.

Authors’ Faire

The Oakhurst Library will host the Authors’ Faire, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Sept. 26 in the community room. The public is invited to meet authors, purchase signed copies of their books, and learn about writing and today’s publishing industry.

Details: (559) 683-4838 or

Student art competition

The 5th Annual Gateway Expressions Student Art and Poetry Contest celebrates the creativity of youth in Yosemite gateway communities, and the power of Yosemite to inspire art. This year’s contest features a special anniversary category to celebrate and honor the National Park Service Centennial.

Students in grades K-12 are invited to participate and winning artwork will be featured in an exhibit at The Ansel Adams Gallery. Submissions are due by Wednesday, Oct. 7.

For more information, contest guidelines, and entry forms, call (209) 375-9503, or e-mail

Honoring firefighters

To support North Fork’s Volunteer Fire Department and honor all firefighters in the foothills, Siderman Family Camp will host a Fall Festival, 11 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 1, at the former Putney Ranch Camp (56887 Shinn Cabin Lane, North Fork).

The event offers live music by Executive Rockers, beer and wine, Bingo, barbecue, contests, games, archery, bounce house, paintball (pre-registration is required, call 559-760-1902), and the grand finale - movie under the NF Stars - you can vote for your favorite movie online at

Tickets are $10 for adults, and $5 for children and seniors. A portion of ticket sales help support the NF Volunteer Fire Department & Auxiliary.


Heifer Breakfast Sunday

North Fork’s Grace Community Church will host its annual all-you-can-eat pancake Heifer Project breakfast, 8 - 11 a.m., this Sunday (Sept. 27), in Grace Hall behind the church. There is no charge but there will be a freewill offering.

The breakfast raises money to buy an animal that the Heifer Project then sends to a needy family. In addition to the animal, assistance is provided in setting up a small business using the animal, to support the family.

The favorite animal of Grace Church children is a water buffalo, currently at about $250, which includes education for the family. Through the years Grace has purchased chickens, bees and other needed animals.

Details: Grace Community Church, (559) 877-7796, 54662 Road 200.

Zombie Walk

The annual Zombie Walk will be held 5:30 - 8:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 17. Dress in full zombie attire and meet at A Cause 4 Paws (40455 Highway 41, Oakhurst). The walk begins there, and then it’s on to the Vons center, Raley’s center, and back to A Cause 4 Paws. Following the walk, an Undead After Party will take place, where there will be a silent auction, food and drinks, DJ, kids games and best zombie competition.

The cost is $5 per person, and all proceeds benefit the EMC SPCA.

Soroptimist Luncheon

The Soroptimist Fall Soup & Salad Luncheon will be held 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Oct. 15, at the Oakhurst Community Center. Homemade soups, a traditional salad bar will be offered. There will also be raffled door prizes.

Tickets, at $15 per person, can be purchased at Oakhurst Giftworks and from Soroptimist members.

Benghazi hero

Benghazi hero Kris ‘Tanto’ Paronto will speak Nov. 14 at the Little Church in the Pines. His speech is 10 a.m. to noon (cost of $25), and lunch with Paronto begins at 1 p.m. (cost of $20). Tickets can be pre-purchased by Oct. 14. Paronto is the co-author of the book and movie, “13 Hours.” The event is sponsored by the Central Valley Historical Educational Coalition.

Details/tickets: Kim Buck, (559) 906-4832, or