Community News - week of May 12

Food Drive

The United States Postal Service will hold its annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, Saturday, May 14. Simply place your non-perishable donation in a bag by your mailbox for your letter carrier to pick up, and the items will be delivered to Manna House.

Comedy night

The Pines Resort will host a comedy night 8-10 p.m., May 14, inside its Lakeview Room. For $5 per person (plus a small convenience fee), comedians Matt Lieb, Dave Thomason, Frankie Quiones, and Torio van Grol will have the audience rolling in laughter.

A special dinner menu with full bar will be available, with purchases not included in the ticket price.


Goddess in the Garden

Tribe Global presents Goddess in the Garden, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., May 14, at the Coarsegold Historic Village. The event includes dancers, crafts, massage, and Reiki.


YHS Choir fundraiser

Rose Davis senior project - fundraiser for Yosemite High choir class, will be held 6 p.m., May 19, in the YHS theater. Special guests are YHS seniors Kiersten Baker (guitarist/singer) and Nathaniel Schlepp (dancer). Tickets are $5 for all ages.

Songs of Joy

Songs of Joy, featuring the Yosemite Brass from Fresno, and the Sierra singers will be held 4 p.m., May 22, at Sierra Vista Presbyterian Church. Admission is free.

Health workshops

The Oakhurst Branch Library will offer a workshop on Diets & other Myths, 10:30 - noon, May 21, in the community room. Virginia Eaton, owner of Class, The Body Pastiche, a fitness and wellness business in Oakhurst, will help people understand how and why processed food companies make their products in a way that ensures that you will come back and eat more of something that often damages your body.

The free event is sponsored by the Friends of the Oakhurst Branch Library. Details: (559) 683-4838, or visit

Eaton will also offer a workshop, 5:30-7 p.m., May 17, at Class, The Body Pastiche in the Vons Shopping Center.

Learn why commercial diets are a waste of time and energy, how to eat safely and the potential poisons in processed food, and why a few hours of cardio a week isn’t the best way to stay fit.

Space is limited. To register, (559) 641-5656, or

Celebrating art

Families are invited to attend the third annual Madera County ArtsFest, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., May 14, at the Madera County Office of Education (1105 S. Madera Avenue). This free event will promote art in Madera County in a carnival-type atmosphere.

Children will be able to participate in free hands-on art activities, art demonstrations and outdoor and indoor performance stages. Flutes of the Foothills, Lincoln Elementary, Minarets High, Madera South High, and Chawanakee Academy will perform in the indoor gallery.

The event will be held in conjunction with a student art gallery, with artwork from students in kindergarten through high school age. An awards ceremony recognizing all participants will be held at 11 a.m. on the outdoor stage.

Details: Kristi Winter, (559) 662-3873.

Art exhibit

The 44th annual Yosemite Western Artists Tri-County Open Art Exhibit and Competition will be held May 21-29 at Timberline Gallery in Oakhurst. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., daily, although the show closes at 4 p.m., on May 29. The reception will be held 4-6 p.m., May 21.

Details: Sandee Scott, (559) 760-1058.

Artists Open House

The Artists’ Loft at the Studio will host an Open House, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., May 28, at The Studio (32870 Road 222, North Fork). Come meet the artists, enjoy refreshments, and sign up for summer classes. The event includes beadwork, sewing, jewelry, knitting, garden art, and metal work.

Iceland trip

There are spaces available for a trip to Iceland, cost per person of $4,499 and $1,299 for round trip air fare from Fresno. While this is a commercial trip, the purpose is to benefit a school for girls in Guatemala. Those interested can attend a meeting 2 p.m., May 28, at the Coarsegold Historic Museum Picayune School (31899 Highway 41, just north of Lucky Lane).

Details: David Nemeth, (559) 683-8271.

Stavast Studio/Gallery

For the first time in his 50 years of painting, artist Stephen Stavast has all his original art in one location, the Stavast Studio/Gallery, 40982 Highway 41, Suite 2, Oakhurst.

Details: (559) 683-0611, or

Waste disposal

A free household waste disposal event will be held 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., June 18, at Yosemite High School.

Items that can be dropped-off for disposal include motor oil, oil filters, antifreeze, brake fluid, car batteries, fluorescent lamps and tubes, insect spray, weed killers, pool chemicals, pesticides, drain cleaners, aerosol cans, oven cleaners, spot removers, wood preservatives, solvents, paint, paint remover, photographic chemicals, and deodorizers.

Additional items that can be disposed of include televisions, computers, VCRs, and medical items such as household needles, lancets and syringes.

Quantities are limited to 15 gallons for liquids or 125 pounds of solids per trip. Medical waste, radioactive material, and large compressed gas cylinders will not be accepted.

Details: (559) 675-7811.

Charity poker run

The Fire and Ice chapter of Women in the Wind motorcycle club will host a Running for the Hills poker run to benefit United Cerebral Palsy of Central California starting 9 a.m. June 4.

The run begins at Harley Davidson in Fresno, followed by stops at The Roadhouse in Auberry, the North Fork Pizza Factory, and G’ma and Pappas in Coarsegold before riders return to Yosemite Falls Cafe in Fresno. Riders pick up a poker card at each stop to add to a hand their dealt, with the winner receiving a prize.

Registration is $25 per rider.

Details: (559) 321-7620. Online donations for United Cerebral Palsy are accepted at

Chukchansi summer concerts

The Chukchansi Summer concert series kicks-off 8 p.m., June 3, with multi-platinum MCA Nashville recording artist Josh Turner, followed by Crystal Gayle on June 25.

For a complete concert listing, see


In last week’s newspaper, there was a story about international exchange students who attended the YHS prom. In that story, it was reported that two of the girls’ host family was Erik and Leslie Peterson, which was incorrect. The host family is actually John and Ellen Peterson. We regret the error and any confusion it may have caused.