Community News

Madera County Economic Summit Luncheon Dec. 11

The 2014 Madera County Economic Summit luncheon, sponsored by the Madera County Economic Development Commission, will be held 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 11, at the Madera Municipal Golf Course.

Guest speaker will be Doug Robinson from RCM Robinson Capital Management, and keynote speaker is Dorothy Rothrock, president of the California Manufacturers & Technology Association.

Cost of the luncheon is $30 per person or $300 for a table of 10. Reservations are suggested by calling the economic development commission office at (559) 675-7768, or email:

Christmas at Fresno Flats

The Sierra Historic Sites Association will turn back the clock 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, to host an old-fashion Christmas at Fresno Flats Historic Village and Park. The historic buildings at Fresno Flats, located at 49777 School Road (427) in Oakhurst, will be decorated for the holiday season with period decorations . Activities include a visit from Father Christmas with his vintage sleigh (great for photos), Christmas gift shop, entertainment, and an all-you-can-eat soup luncheon for $5 per person.

Docent-led tours of the park’s nineteenth-century buildings will be available throughout the day, and Toys for Tots donations boxes will be available on site.

Details: (559) 683-6570.

Family Caregivers workshop

“Understanding Difficult Dementia Behavior,” a workshop for family caregivers, will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 9 at the Oakhurst Lutheran Church, 39225 Black Road. Caregivers will learn practical suggestions and strategies to better help a loved one suffering from dementia. Caregivers will also learn ways to cope with dementia behaviors and when to seek help for their care-giving situation.

The workshop is free to all family caregivers, but pre-registration is required. Class size is limited.

Details: Valley Caregiver Resource Center, (559) 224-9154 or (800) 541-8614 or Carol Breit, (559) 683-4045.

Squirrel Cage Theatre

The annual Squirrel Cage theater “Songs of the Season” will be held 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 6, in Kennedy Hall at North Fork Elementary School. Performances by the Sierra High School Mountain Chorale under the direction of Bruce Weinberger, and the North Fork Community Choir directed by Gina Clugston. The emcee will be Janice Noga.

Coffee and desserts will be offered. Tickets run $8 for adults, $4 for children 12 years and under; and $20 for a family.

Details: Sue, (559) 877-2129.

Antique and collectibles appraisals Dec. 13

Mountain Community Women will host an antique and collectibles appraisal, boutique and luncheon from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13 at the Oakhurst Community Center.

Professional verbal appraiser will be on hand to put a value on any collectibles and treasures including art, books, jewelry, silver, and military items (no stamps, coins or currency).

The cost of the luncheon is $25 and will include a lunch and appraisal of two items.

Details: Boutique, Karen Bussberg, (559) 658-6192 or appraisals, Jill Hufford, (559) 641-7867.

Christmas Dinner for homeless and their pets Dec. 21

A Christmas dinner for Mountain Area homeless and their pets will be held from 2-5 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 21 at the Coarsegold Community Center, 35540 Highway 41.

“As a loving pet sitter for many, many years in our community, I love dogs and see what great companions they are for our homeless,” said event coordinator Peggy Potter, “So, I am so excited to be doing this.”

Potter is seeking volunteers for the event as well as donations, such as food cards, pet beds, pet coats and sweaters, adult coats, sleeping bags and backpacks.

Details: Peggy Potter, (559) 641-2913.

Yosemite Western Artists membership drive

Yosemite Western Artists, an association of artists and art patrons, is encouraging all members and supporters to renew their membership for 2015. Members promote not only the development of the visual arts in the Mountain Area, but the development of their own skills and contacts. Many area artists share their work, experience, techniques, and vision at YWA’s monthly art demos, meetings, events, and for other projects benefiting the community.

YWA membership dues cost $25 through Jan. 31, then will be raised to $30 per year. Membership renewals paid by Jan. 31 also guarantee inclusion in the 2015 YWA Directory of Artists - targeted for February distribution - and guarantee that each member will receive all notices regarding YWA meetings, demos, exhibits, and special events.


Wonderful Treasures tree raffle

Wonderful Treasures is holding a raffle for a five-foot fully decorated artificial Christmas tree. Cost of the tickets is $5 and proceeds will be used to support the Eastern Madera County SPCA.

The drawing will be held Dec. 15, at Wonderful Treasures located at 40671 Highway 41.

Details: (559) 641-2987

Madera Oversight Coalition meeting

The Madera Oversight Coalition will host a general meeting at 6 p.m., Dec. 8, at the Oakhurst Public Library meeting room located at 49044 Civic Circle Drive.

The Madera Oversight Coalition meets on the second Monday of the month.

Details: (559) 868-4400 or email,

Marine Corps League Toy Roundup

The Marine Corps League will hold their annual Toy Roundup from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 6 at the Old Mill Shopping Center (Vons) parking lot.

Historically, this event has been the largest event of the toy drive and will feature Marines, firefighters (and engines), and sheriff’s deputies on hand to help collect toys and donations. In addition, the Yosemite High School cheerleader and pep teams will hold a bake sale during this time with all proceeds benefiting Toys for Tots.

Breakfast with Santa

Breakfast with Santa will be held from 7:30 to 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 6 at the Oakhurst Community Center, 39800 Road 425B.

Books, provided by Sierra Tel, and stuffed animals, provided by the Teddy Bear Club, will be given to each child. Craft tables will be ready with fun things to make, and, of course, there will be a visit and pictures with Mr. and Mrs. Claus. This event is sponsored by the Kiwanis of the Sierra.

Tickets cost $6 for adults, $3 for children ages 6-12, and children age 5 and under eat for free.

After the event, the Children’s Museum of the Sierra, 49269 Golden Oak Drive, will host Children’s Secret Shopping. The Birthday Room at the museum will be transformed into a Christmas Shopping Store where children can buy and wrap gifts with museum dollars. Children’s Secret Shopping is free with admission or museum membership.

Details: Children’s Museum, (559) 658-5656.

Family Christmas on the Mountain

Family Christmas on the Mountain, a free holiday event, will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 13 at Sugar Pine Christian Camp, 48478 Mill Canyon Road in Oakhurst.

The event will include hay rides, a visit from Santa, games, a fire truck, lunch, Christmas crafts, a Red Ryder BB Gun range, cookie decorating, and a Christmas devotional.

Details: (559) 683-4938 or

Mariposa Soroptimist’s Christmas Home Tour’s

Soroptimist International of Mariposa will host a Christmas Home Tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 13. This tour combines a mix of traditional, contemporary, and very unique homes. Proceeds will benefit Soroptimist International of Mariposa community scholarships with 10% of the proceeds to be donated to the Friends of the Library.

Tickets cost $12.

Details: Dianne Fritz, (209) 769-1451 or