Community News - week of June 16

Community sing

An evening of good old-fashioned gospel music, sponsored by Sierra JOY, will be held 7 p.m., June 20, in the Sierra Vista Presbyterian Church sanctuary. Susan Birge will be on the piano, Kirk Moulin on bass and Sarah Ottley on violin.

All ages are welcome to hear stories of how the hymns were inspired, and come prepared to sing along.

Dessert will also be provided.

Details: Linda Seaberg, (559) 642-4280.

Start Smart for teens

Teenage drivers are invited to a “Start Smart” presentation from California Highway Patrol’s Oakhurst office Saturday, July 16, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Oakhurst Branch Library. An interactive safe driving awareness class will be held during the event.

Details: CHP public information officer Kaci Lutz, (559) 658-6611.

Celebrating fathers

The Fossil Discovery Center of Madera County will offer free admission to all fathers, along with a complementary gift on June 18.

Located on Highway 99 outside Chowchilla, the Discovery Center has the largest Pleistocene fossil bed in the western U.S.


Christmas in July

Christmas music will draw people to North Fork’s Grace Community Church, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., July 23, to shop for crafts, art, photography, jewelry, clothing, and other great gifts items. Frank Prudhomme will be serving tacos, nachos, and drinks.

The church is hosting this event as a fundraiser to help continue their work in the community. Vendor space is still available.

Details: Grace Community Church, 56442 Road 200, Donna Fisher, (559) 877-2014.

Help keep Yosemite beautiful

The Volunteer Drop-in Program allows you to take an active role in protecting and preserving the beauty of Yosemite National Park. Come create new park memories in a one-to-three hour project, removing invasive species, collecting native seeds, and picking up litter.

Volunteers meet 9:30 a.m., Wednesdays, now through Sept. 21, in front of the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center. And at 9:30 a.m., Fridays, June 24 - Sept. 21, in front of the Tuolumne Meadows Store.

You must wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. Sun protection, water and snacks are recommended.

Details:, or (209) 379-1850.

Women’s Conference

Tickets are now on sale for the 29th Annual Central California Women’s Conference, 7:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sept. 20, at the Fresno Convention & Entertainment Center.

Attendees can choose three breakout sessions to attend throughout the day from 21 options. Topics include career development, health and fitness, money and finance, family and parenting, spirituality and courage, service and activism, and strength and change.

Tickets are $110 and will go up to $120 on August 16.

Early registration is encouraged.