Community News - week fo May 19

Early deadline

Due to the Memorial Day holiday, May 30, the Sierra Star will be closed. Early deadlines for display advertising is 4 p.m., May 26, and classifieds by 4 p.m., May 27.

Memorial Day celebrations

On Monday, May 30, VFW Post 8743 and the Marine Corps League Griswold Detachment 1121 will honor deceased veterans with a tribute, the placement of flowers on a grave, the firing of three rifle volleys, and the playing of Taps at the following locations:

*  9 a.m. - The Indian Cemetery at the Wassama Round House on Road 628 in Ahwahnee.

*  10 a.m. - The Oakhill Cemetery in Oakhurst.

*  11 a.m. - The Picayune Cemetery.

*  1 p.m. - The North Fork Cemetery.

The public is invited to attend.

Coarsegold Peddlers Market

The 32nd Annual Coarsegold Peddlers Market will again be hosted by the Coarsegold Historic Village over Memorial Day Weekend, Friday, May 27, through Monday, May 30.

The entire Coarsegold Village will be filled with vendors from throughout the Western U.S. offering antiques and collectibles from many time periods in American history. There will also be food and craft booths. Admission is free.

Show hours are noon to dusk Friday, dawn to dusk Saturday and Sunday, dawn to 3 p.m. Monday.

Details: (559) 683-3900,

Fill the Boot

Cal Fire personnel will be out in force during the annual Fill the Boot campaign to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association, 8 a.m. to noon, May 28, at the intersection of highways 41 and 49 in Oakhurst.

Veteran Stand Down Saturday

Caring Veterans of America, Inc. will host a Stand Down event for veterans 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 21 at Sierra Pines Church, 40855 Covey Court in Oakhurst.

Free food will be provided for veterans and their families, while members of the Fresno Veterans Affairs office will provide assistance with paperwork. District Attorney, former private lawyer and retired Naval Reserve Commander David Linn will also provide legal help, while the Crossroads Band entertains the crowd.

Senior Project Fair

The Yosemite High School Senior Project Fair will be held 6 - 8 p.m., Tuesday, May 24, in the Buddy Cudd Cafetorium. Each YHS senior is required to complete a community service project with a minimum of 20 hours of work on the project.

At the Senior Project Fair, 150 students will be presenting their projects through the use of a visual board, and will also be interviewed by a judging panel of 40 community leaders, teachers and school officials. Parents and community members are invited to attend, enjoy refreshments, and vote for their favorite projects.

Democratic Club

Troy Pope, editor-in-chief of the Fresno State Collegian, will be the featured speaker at the Democratic Club of Oakhurst meeting, June 4, at Denny’s. He will speak on “A Millennial’s Perspective on Election 2016.”

Breakfast is at 8:30 a.m., with the program beginning at 9:30. The public is invited to attend.

Motorcycle Run

The Bikers for Christ’s 10th Annual Bike Blessing and Run will be held June 4 at Mountain Christian Center. The Bike Blessing will begin at 10 a.m. and includes a free pancake breakfast beginning at 9 a.m. The blessing is followed by a Benefit Run at 10:30 a.m. ending at Bass Lake.

There is a $20 registration/donation, which includes lunch. A post event at Bass Lake includes raffle prizes, silent auction, 50/50, vendors and music. Lunch may be purchased for $10. All proceeds go to Helping Hands Pregnancy & Parenting Center in Oakhurst.

Details: Mark, (559) 641-2277.

Shelter bake sales

The Eastern Madera County SPCA will hold bake sales, 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., at the Oakhurst True Value Homecenter, on the following Saturdays: June 4, June 18, July 9, July 23, Aug. 6, and Aug. 20.

All proceeds go to help build the no-kill animal shelter.

Details: Sharon Fitzgerald, (559) 642-6611.

Old books

“The Art of Book Collecting,” with Byron Lewis, an area rare book collector, will help you identify which old books are, or will become valuable. Sponsored by the Oakhurst Branch Library, the free workshop will be held 10:30 a.m. to noon, May 28.

Lewis, who has been selling books online for eight years, said he “enjoys” sharing his knowledge about old, rare books. His audience will learn how to identify which books are currently valuable and what price they might expect to receive for their old “gems.” He will also answer questions, and invites the audience to bring one of the “possible” treasures for him to evaluate.

Details: (559) 683-4838 or

Food Expo

Author, food critic, and Food Network regular Simon Majurndar will attend the Fresno Food Expo July 28. This is the largest regional food trade show of its kind, and San Joaquin Valley restaurants are asked to create an appetizer using at least two products from the food or beverage producers at the expo. There will be winners in five categories.

Restaurateurs can download the application and participation requirements at Applications are due no later then June 3. Ticket sales to the public event go on sale May 23.