Relay for Life coming mid-May

The American Cancer Society Mountain Area Relay for Life will be held 9 a.m. to midnight, Saturday, May 14, at Yosemite High’s Badger Stadium. This year’s theme is “Star Wars: May the Cure be With You.”

Event officials are trying to get as many cancer survivors to sign up as possible. The YHS drum line will lead survivors in the first lap around the track - the Survivor Lap - cheered on by other participants. All survivors are then treated to a breakfast.

In the Caregivers Lap, those who have cared for someone with cancer walk a lap with the person they helped (if present).

During the candlelight Luminaria Ceremony that evening, those who lost their battle, are currently fighting cancer, and those who have survived will be honored.

Relay Teams

*  Oakhurst Lutheran Church

*  The Insomniacs

*  T&T Avengers

*  Fire & Ice

*  YHS Sierra Clubs

*  Oakhurst Sierra Rotary

*  Faithful Friends

*  Hand in Hand

*  Rivergold Leadership

*  Madera County

*  Form Fitness

*  YHS Leos

*  Teri’s Butterflies

*  Just Cure It!

*  Minarets High School

Sign up as a team, as a team member, or as a survivor at

Details: Survivor Committee co-chairs, Kathy McLane, (559) 760-0006, or Linda Maddox, (559) 760-2614.

Fundraiser this Saturday

Another event to benefit the American Cancer Society - the first-ever Bass Lake Paddle Palooza - will be held 9 a.m., Saturday, May 7. Hosted by Bass Lake Boat Rentals (54406 Marina Drive), the event promises good family fun, complete with races, cash and prizes.

A registration fee of $10 per race, per eligible age slot, includes a lunch of burger, fries and beverage.

Life vests are available and required. There are a limited number of paddle boards, kayaks and canoes for rent during this event, should you need one.

Details: (559) 642-3200, or

Staff report