Community News - week of June 9

Cooling Centers

With the temps heating up, Mountain Area cooling centers have opened:

*  Coarsegold Community Center, 35540 Highway 41, Coarsegold, (559) 683-7953, open 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., Monday - Friday

*  Yosemite Lakes Park Clubhouse, 30250 Yosemite Springs Parkway, Coarsegold, (559) 658-7466, open 8 a.m. - 8 p.m., all week

*  Sierra Senior Center, 49111 Cinder Lane, Oakhurst, (559) 658-2200, open 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Monday - Friday, and 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., first three Saturdays of the month

*  Grace Community Church, 56442 Road 200, North Fork, (559) 877-2346, open 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., Monday - Friday

Breakfast with the Badges

The Madera County Sheriff’s Office invites the public to “Breakfast with the Badges” from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. June 11 at Miller’s Landing Resort at Bass Lake.

The public can join officers to have breakfast, coffee, or just to visit, while discussing law enforcement efforts throughout the Mountain Area and county. Sheriff Jay Varney and deputies from his office will be joined by officers of the U.S. Forest Service, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Oakhurst branch of California Highway Patrol.

Details: (559) 675-7770.

Summer carnival

The Children’s Museum of the Sierra will hold its annual carnival, 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., June 11. Festivities will take place inside and outside the museum. There will be games, face painting, arts/crafts, and food and drink. Special guest is Solar Systems Ambassador to NASA, Susan Morrison, who will speak on outer space.

Admission to the museum is free that day, and tickets will be sold for hot dogs and games.

Details: (559) 658-5656

Flag Day

Oakhurst Elks Lodge will hold a Flag Day celebration June 12. Brunch begins at 11 a.m., and runs through 1 p.m., with Eggs Benedict and fresh side dishes for $14. The flag ceremony commences at 1 p.m.

Reservations: (559) 683-2717.

June Bloom

The Oakhurst Garden Club at True Value will present “June Bloom in the Garden,” 1 p.m., June 12. Learn about deer and drought resistant plants, bee garden plants and how to simplify your landscape.

Participants will receive a 20% coupon good for any plants.


Hummingbird Festival

The Coarsegold Annual Hummingbird Festival will take place 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., June 18, in the Coarsegold Historic Village. There will be arts, crafts, food and live music, along with The Chamber Wine and Cheese Garden Party.


Father’s Day

The Oakhurst Elks Lodge will hold a Father’s Day celebration June 17. Bar opens at 4:30 p.m., with dinner beginning at 6, featuring barbecue ribs plus dessert. Cost is $12.50 with reservations, or $14.50 for walk-ins.

Reservations: (559) 683-2717.

Photography Fest

All photographers in the Sierra communities are invited to enter the annual Photography Fest and Sale, sponsored by the Sierra Artists Gallery of Mariposa.

Entries and applications are due by July 9, with the event open July 11-24. Awards will be given in two categories, color and black and white, along with best of show and people’s choice.


Grand opening

Free food and giveaways will be offered at Suburban Propane’s grand opening celebration, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., June 10-11. Bring your barbecue propane tank during the event for 99 cents per gallon refills, plus enter for a chance to win 100 gallons of propane.

Details: Suburban Propane, 41441 Highway 41, (559) 683-5634.

Life Line Screening

Oakhurst Lutheran Church will host a life line screening event July 14. Packages start at $149, but consultants will work with you to create a package that is right for you based on your age and risk factors. Pre-registration is required.

Details: (877) 237-1287,

Wine Tasting

Roman’s Bar above Crab Cakes Restaurant will present a wine tasting event with Francis Ford Coppola Winery, 6 p.m., June 22. Cost is $25 and space is limited.

To reserve a seat, (559) 641-7667.

Retired Teachers meeting

Madera County Retired Teachers Association will meet 9:30 a.m., June 15, at Methodist Church, 500 Sunset Ave, in Madera. There will be a drawing for a quilt made by Virginia McClaran, with the proceeds providing seven high school scholarships to qualifying senior graduates. Lunch will be served at the conclusion of the program.

Details: Madera’s at:


In the June 2 edition of the Sierra Star, a story “40 Years Later” omitted the name of Johnny Herr in the full graduate list at the bottom of the story.

We regret the error.