Community News

Memorial Day service

A Memorial Day service remembering the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces will be held 9 a.m., May 30, at he Little Church on the Hill. Fr. Gordon Kamai of Christ Church-Anglican willl deliver the message “When America was Exceptional.” The VFW presentation of colors and taps will follow the service at 10 a.m.

Details: (559) 683-7374.

Spirit of Freedom

The 4th Annual Spirit of Freedom event will be held 4-8 p.m., July 2, at the Oakhurst Community Park. There will be free food and drinks, live worship music and a community prayer.

Boat registration

The 2016 boat registration stickers for Bass Lake are not being sold at the Sheriff’s “Island” Office this year, but are available at Bass Lake Water Sports, Millers Landing Resort, and the Forks Resort.

The registration sticker fees vary based on type of vessel and are available for purchase now: vessels up to 35 horsepower are $32; 36-250 horsepower are $50; 251 horsepower or higher are $63; and personal water craft are $50. Registration stickers are required year-round for any vessels operated on Bass Lake.

Sausage and Suds

The Mariposa Fairgrounds will host its annual Sausage and Suds sampler event 4-7 p.m. June 25, with 20 sausages, 100 varieties of beer, and cheese, snacks, and treats from area vendors.

Tickets are $35 per person presale, or $40 at the door, and guests must be 21 years old, or older to attend. Tickets can be purchased at the fairgrounds office, the Mariposa Gazette, and Bootjack Equipment Rental and Feed.

The event will also have a silent auction, a gun raffle, as well as a feeder calf that’s being auctioned off.

Details: (209) 742-4680.

Community work day June 11

A community work day will be held Saturday, June 11, at 8 a.m. to clean up Oakhurst River Parkway trail.

Community members are being asked to help with trash pick up, weed eating, willow trimming and repairs along the river trail. Those interested in helping are asked to meet at the Sierra Star parking lot. Tools, gloves, snacks and water will be provided.

Details: Sandy Brinley, (559) 683-7027.

Music in the Meadow

Coarsegold Historical Society’s 12th Annual Music in the Meadow will be held 12-4 p.m., June 4, at the Coarsegold Historic Museum.

There will be a silent auction, 50-50 drawing, beer on tap from South Gate Brewing Company, fresh-cooked ribs, hamburgers, tri-tip sandwiches, snacks and desserts.

Admission is $10. The museum is located at 31899 Highway 41, just south of Lucky Lane.

Details: (559) 642-4448.

Bass Lake 5k

A Bass Lake 5k will be held June 4. The Poker & Go Fish Run/Walk, where best hand wins, benefits Youth Athletics & Scholarship Funds. Early bird registration (by May 25) is $25 for adults, and $15 for children age 5-15. On race day, price for adults is $35, children 5-15, $20, and those under 5, free.

The entry fee covers a race shirt, finisher medal, goodie bag, free beer (for adults), chance to win raffle prizes, and entry into grand prize drawing.

Real Estate offices are challenging each other to compete in the 5k race. All proceeds benefit high school scholarships funds for the Yosemite Gateway Association of Realtors.


Introduction to Zen June 10

Bodhi Oak Zen Sangha will host a public event, “Introduction to Zen” 7-9 p.m., June 10, in the Oakhurst Library community room.

Mary-Allen Macneil, a Zen Priest in the Soto Zen lineage of Shunryu Suzuki, founder of San Francisco Zen Center, will present a slide show and lecture, followed by refreshments and discussion. This is the first event for Bodhi Oak Zen Sangha. A weekly meditation schedule will begin in July.

Details: (559) 642-7470 or

Third anniversary

Oakhurst’s South Gate Brewing Company celebrated its three-year anniversary recently, in conjunction with American Craft Beer Week. To celebrate the anniversary, South Gate just released a new beer - “Tropic Thunder,” with a lot of tropical flavors.

South Gate Brewing Company is located at 4023 Enterprise Drive.

Details: (559) 692-2739,

Musicians honored

Six young musicians from the Mountain Area competed in the CMEA Solo and Ensemble Festival at College of the Sequoias on May 7, and were awarded a command performance by the adjudicator.

The musicians were: Ava Miller from Coarsegold Elementary; Kyra Cole from Yosemite High School; Jamie Hellwig from YHS; Lillian O’Day from Glacier High School; and Beth Wilson from Minarets High School.

All six students study with Shirley Lay at the Music School of Oakhurst.

Details: (559) 760-7857.


In the May 19 edition of the Sierra Star, in the story Coming up Roses about two YHS girls playing in the Bands of America Honor Band in the Rose Parade Jan. 2, the gofundme account for Emily Anderson was incorrect. Her account is

In the May 19 story about The Forks Resort celebrating its 75th anniversary, it was noted that Robert ‘Bob’ Miller purchased the resort in 1941 from ‘Bob Spinoff.’ The correct name is Fred Spenhoff.

We regret the errors and any confusion they may have caused.