Community News - week of Mar. 17

Registration and voting

Rebecca Martinez, County Clerk-Recorder and Registrar of Voters reminds voters that all can vote in a primary election. Voting for the president depends on the party you are registered with, so if you are registered with a political party, you can vote for a candidate running for president in that party.

If you are registered with no party preference, you can vote in the Presidential Primary for Democratic, American Independent, or Libertarian.

If you are registered with no party preference and want to vote in the Presidential Primary for Republican, Green or Peace & Freedom, you must re-register to vote with that party by May 23.

You can register online at

Details: Elections Division, (559) 675-7720, or toll-free (800) 435-0509.

Coarsegold concert

Christian country musician, humorist and recording artist, Peter Whitebird will perform 6:30 p.m., March 18, at Stoney Creek Baptist Church (44934 Road 415, Coarsegold).

Details: (559) 676-2012; or (559) 683-6650.

Bingo night

Sierra-Oakhurst Kiwanis will hold a bingo night at the Oakhurst Community Center, with doors opening at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 19.

Bingo play begins at 6:30. For a $25 ticket, which includes bingo cards, guests also enjoy soup (vegetarian option available), a sandwich, and homemade pie.

There will be bingo prizes, a raffle, drinks and cocktails, and a 50/50 split drawing.

Details: Vicki, (559) 683-5854, John, (559) 658-7249.

Transporting cancer patients

If you are between the ages of 18 and 84, have a reliable car, current driver’s license and auto insurance, you can transport cancer patients to treatment through the Road to Recovery Program. Some require 20-30 trips of treatment in six weeks, may need weekly treatment for up to a year, or may need occasional alternative transportation.

Volunteers arrange their own schedules, with some driving as little as one afternoon a month, or as often as twice a week.

Details: (800) 227-2345, or visit

Head Start registration

Registrations for preschool, pre-kindergarten children, aged 3-4 years, are underway for the Oakhurst and North Fork Head Start sites. You will need the child’s birth certificate, immunization record, Med-cal or insurance card, and family income verification for 12 months (TANF, tax return, Social Security print-out).

Head Start provides free child/family services that include education/disabilities, health/dental, nutrition, family/parent engagement, and literacy.

Details/to schedule an appointment: Joan Holmstrom, family advocate, Oakhurst (559) 658-8171, or North Fork (559) 877-2352.

Giving Trail 10k Run

Doc’s Dogs is holding its first annual Giving Trail 10k Memorial Run, March 20, at the Pleitez Ranch on Brahman Court in Raymond. Registration begins at 7 a.m., race at 8 a.m., and breakfast following the run.

Doc’s Dogs for Vets is a non-profit established to honor Spc. Benjamin Pleitez, who died in Afghanistan in 2012. The organization trains assistance/service dogs for combat veterans, and hopes to rain funds to train four dogs, at a cost of $40,000. It costs about $10,000 to support one dog through training and veteran matching.

Registration includes a t-shirt and breakfast. Follow maps/directions on website and signs posted on roads for directions.

To register or donate:

Pageant applications

Applications for the 2016 Chowchilla-Madera County Fair Pageant that will be held on Wednesday, May 18 are now available. There are three categories: Miss Madera County (females 16-20 years old), Little Miss Madera County (females 6-9 years) and the Tommyhawk Contest (males 6-9 years). Those desiring to participate must be a resident of Madera County.

Winners of the pageant events will represent Madera County at the Chowchilla-Madera County Fair May 19-22, at the Chowchilla Spring Festival parade May 21, and other community events in 2016-17.

Completed applications must be submitted to the Chowchilla-Madera County Fairground’s office by 5:00 p.m. Tuesday March 29.Application packets are available at the Chowchilla Fairgrounds office at 1000 S. 3rd Street, as well as online at

Details: (559) 665-3728.