Community News - week of Mar. 10

Set clocks forward

At 2 a.m. Sunday, March 13, Daylight Saving Time goes into effect and will push clocks forward an hour, turning 2 a.m. into 3 a.m. The change will last until Nov. 6 this year, when clocks turn backward.

Town Hall

Madera County Supervisor Tom Wheeler will host his next in a series of Town Hall meetings from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 10 at Raymond-Knowles Elementary School. The agenda will include presentations from Denise Tolmie, Bass Lake District Ranger, Director of the Oakhurst Community College Darin Soukup and more.

Details: (559) 662-6050.

Sierra Senior dinner

The Sierra Senior Center will hold a spaghetti or shrimp scampi dinner, 5 p.m., March 11. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. Cost is $7 for members, and $10 for non-members.

Details: (559) 658-2200; or Ruth, (559) 760-7671.

Volunteers sought for forest trail

The Sierra National Forest is looking for enthusiastic volunteers for a construction project on the San Joaquin River trail. The trail would connect the east and west sides of the forest, with a continuous trail from Devil’s Postpile to Woodward Park in Fresno.

Details: (559) 877-2218, ext. 3209.

Job Fair

The Workforce Development Board of Madera County and the county’s Workforce Investment Corporation will host a job fair, 2-5 p.m., March 10, at the Oakhurst Community Center.

The event is free and open to all job seekers. Individuals are asked to dress professionally and come prepared to complete applications, bring copies of their resume, and register for CalJOBS at

Details: (559) 662-4500.

Animal Shelter Groundbreaking

The EMC SPCA invites the community to join in its groundbreaking ceremony (led by Madera County District 5 Supervisor Tom Wheeler), 12:30 p.m., March 12, across from Wasuma Elementary. This marks the beginning of the construction for the EMC SPCA Animal Care and Adoption Center.

A reception will follow in Wasuma’s multi-purpose room, where attendees can view shelter renderings and ask any questions they may have.

Details: (559) 642-6611.

Straw bale gardening

A “Switch to Straw Bale Gardening Workshop” will be held, free of charge, 1 p.m. Sunday March 13, in front of the True Value Home Center on Highway 49. Presented by Sue Langley of the Oakhurst Garden Club, topics will include how to use straw bales in both herb and tomato gardens.

Details: (559) 683-7117.

Half Dome permits

A preseason lottery for recreational permits at Half Dome is underway, preparing hikers for the planned opening of the season May 27. The lottery will close 9 p.m. March 31, with 225 permits available each day for a 16-mile round trip hike on Half Dome.

The half dome hiking season is plotted for May 27 to Oct. 11, but dates can change dependent on weather and other issues. Outside of the preseason lottery, around 50 permits a day will be available during a daily lottery during the hiking season.

To apply, visit and fill out the necessary forms. Those who win the lottery will be notified up to April 12, and can purchase reservations by April 27.

SPCA fundraiser

A-Cause-4-Paws, an area thrift shop, is collecting empty cans, bottles and glass containers, which will be recycled at the end of the month with all proceeds benefiting the EMC SPCA. For every 13-gallon bag (or a single equivalent donation) the donor will receive a $10 punch on their Frequent Buyer card. When the card is full, it can be traded for free merchandise at the thrift store. Since this program will be recurring, it will regularly provide necessary operating funds for the new shelter in out foothills.

A-Cause-4-Paws is located at 40455 Highway 41 in Oakhurst, open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Tuesday - Saturday.

Vision Academy Fundraiser

The Vision Academy of the Arts will hold a scholarship fundraiser - Showcase of Talent - 6:30-9 p.m., March 12, at the Oakhurst Elementary School. There will be a live auction, and basket raffle. The $10 entrance ticket includes a potato bar. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet all 16 scholarship applicants, as well as past recipients.

Details: Sheila Adams, (559) 642-4329; or Jackie Byers, (559) 683-7071.

Easter Egg Hunt

The Pines Resort, Pines Village Bakery & Pizzeria will present a free Easter Egg Hunt at Bass Lake, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m., March 26. There will be crafts and activities, and photos with the Easter Bunny. Rain or shine event.

Details: (800) 350-7463.

Dancing & Dessert

The Coarsegold Community Center presents Dancing & Dessert, hosted by the Hwy 41 Mountain Country Dancers, 7-10 p.m., March 19. Tickets are $6 per dancer.

Details: (559) 676-7677.

Book Sale

The Friends of the Oakhurst Branch Library (FOBL) will hold a collectible book sale, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., March 19, in the library’s community room. Book prices are $2, childrens’ books are $1. Bring your library card with FOBL 2016 sticker for $1 off. Proceeds benefit the library.

Details: (559) 642-4333, or

Behavioral Health Services

Madera County Behavioral Health Services will hold a meeting 1-3 p.m., March 16, at the Oakhurst Branch Library. Learn about mental health and substance use services, including Mental Health Services (ACT) and programs. Snacks will be provided.

RSVP by March 11, Eva, at (559) 673-3508.

Look Good Feel Better

The American Cancer Society will hold a free workshop - Look Good Feel Better - for cancer patients, March 14, at the Oakhurst Medical Group Conference Room (40232 Junction Drive, Oakhurst). Pre-registration is required by March 11.

Call the American Cancer Society at (800) 227-2345.

Spring Carnival

The fifth annual Spring Carnival, benefiting the Yosemite Lakes Christian Preschool, will be held 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., April 2, at the Yosemite Lakes Community Church in YLP. There will be live music and entertainment, games, food, bounce houses, party rides, Captain America, and a raffle and Silent Auction.

Details: (559) 641-7305.


The 4th annual Oakminster Dog Show will take place, 9 a.m., April 24, at the Oakhurst Community Park. Obedience begins at 10:30 a.m., conformation at 11:30 a.m. Entry forms are available online at, or can be picked up at the Oakhurst Feed & Pet Supply, Cat’s Meow, or Steve’s Tropical Fish & Pet Supply.

Pre-registration is $10 per dog (deadline April 18), and $15 per dog same-day registration (deadline 10 a.m.) This event is sponsored by Sierra Lions Club to benefit the EMC SPCA Animal Shelter. It will be held rain or shine.

Details: Gail Hawksworth, (559) 658-5631.

Docent-led tour

Mountain Community Women invite the public to join them April 4, on a docent-led tour of Fresno Flats.

Details: Dottie Lee, (559) 683-5119.