Community News - week of April 21

Glacier Point Road reopens

Glacier Point Road in Yosemite National Park reopened to traffic April 19 at 9 a.m. Its store is anticipated to reopen in early May, and toilets were made available to visitors. Bridalveil Creek Campground is closed, and will open for the season in the next few weeks. Tioga Road remains closed with no anticipated reopening date.

Details: (209) 372-0200.


The fourth annual Oakminster Dog Show, sponsored by Sierra Lions Club to benefit the Eastern Madera County SPCA, will be held 9 a.m., April 24, at the Oakhurst Community Park. Obedience will take place at 10:30 a.m., with conformation at 11:30 a.m.

Registration deadline is by 10 a.m. the day of the event for $15 per dog.

This is an event for all dogs, whether mixed or pure bred, with all proceeds benefiting the EMC SPCA building fund. Registration forms are available at The Cat’s Meow, Oakhurst Feed & Pet Supply, Steve’s Pet Supply, or online at

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

Pet Parade

Mariposa High’s Rotary Interact Club will hold its first ever Pet Parade 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., April 23.

There will be several booths with information on pet health, and a lunch will be available to benefit the school’s marching band. There is no cost to enter the parade and prizes will be awarded in different categories, including biggest pet, smallest pet, and best pet/owner lookalike. Animals must weigh less than 120 pounds and children eighth grade and under must be accompanied by an adult.

To register,

Spring Tea

Yosemite New Life Church of the Nazarene will hold a Spring Tea for women, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., April 23. The event includes brunch, tea and movie, “Laughing in the Dark,” starring comedian Chonda Pierce. A $3 donation is requested. The church is located behind Sears off Junction Drive.

Details/RSVP: Rebekah Wohlgemuth, (559) 676-5544, or

Pollinators workshop

Mariposa County Master Gardeners will present a free workshop on native bees, beetles, moths, butterflies, hummingbirds, and others critical to a healthy garden, 10 a.m. to noon, April 23, at the board of supervisors chambers, 5100 Bullion Street, Mariposa.

Master Gardener Coordinator Kris Randal will cover the non-bee pollinators. Master Gardener Dan Horner will make a presentation on bees.

Registration: or call (209) 966-2417.

Ducey’s wine dinner

Ducey's on the Lake will host a Winemaker Dinner, April 27, featuring Idle Hour Winery, paired with a six course dinner prepared by Executive Chef Johnathan Frabotta and his staff.

The special dinner, featuring lamb lollipops, steak and lobster, chicken skewers, king crab and corn fritters, and dessert of coconut mousse and fresh berries, is $80 per person. The wines include Viognier, Touriga Nacional, Cab Franc, Tempranillo, Petite Sirah, and Sirah.

Reservations required: (559) 692-8857.

Wine tasting

A wine tasting with Shane Marrone, featuring wines from Ficklin, Birdstone, and Silver Fox wineries, will be held at Roman’s Bar (above Crab Cakes Restaurant), at 6 p.m., April 27. Cost of the wine tasting is $15 per person.

Details: (559) 641-7667.

Ragtime Festival

The Oakhurst Ragtime Music Festival will be held April 29-May 1, at the Oakhurst Community Center. Dinner and concerts, ice cream social, weekend packages or individual concerts available.

Details: (559) 658-7726, or

Free Origami workshops

Friends of the Oakhurst Branch Library will sponsor a free Origami Workshop, 10:30 a.m. to noon, April 30, in the library’s Community Room. Bakersfield resident Carla Hyatt will show participants how to make some special origami flowers just in time for Mother’s Day, May 8.

Children and adults ages 11 and older can participate in the class, which is limited to the first 40 people to pre-register. All supplies will be provided.

Registration: (559) 683-4838,

Hyatt will present the origami workshop later in the day at the North Fork Library from 2 to 3:30 p.m. The library address is 32908 Road 222, (559) 877-2387.

Christian preschool

The Yosemite Lakes Christian Preschool is now registering for the 2016-17 school year. Play-based, hands-on learning for children ages 2-5 (must be potty trained). Spaces are filled on a first-come basis.

Details: (559) 641-7305.

North Fork BBQ

The North Fork Volunteer Fire Department’s Auxiliary will host its annual tri-tip barbecue 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., April 23, in the Kennedy Hall at North Fork Elementary School. There will be prize drawings, a silent auction, and special displays from SkyLife Emergency Helicopter, as well as firefighting stations with equipment and more.

Tickets are $10 at the door, $8 for pre-sale and seniors, and $5 for children under the age of 10.

Details: Linda Gott-Maddox, evenings at (559) 877-4458.

Earth Day

Oakhurst Feed and Pet Supply will host its seventh annual Earth Day celebration, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Friday, April 22. Kopi Sotiropulos from KMPH’s Great Day will once again be the special guest.

Humans and pets of all ages are invited to attend this free educational event. Oakhurst Feed & Pet Supply is located at 40119 Enterprise Drive.

Details: (559) 683-7977.