Community Briefs - 2/5/15 edition of the Sierra Star

Veterans to attend Four Chaplains services

Members of American Legion Post 110 of Oakhurst will attend the Four Chaplains Day services, 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 7, at the Clovis Veterans Memorial district building, 808 4th Street, Clovis. The event is in honor of four U.S. Army chaplains that were aboard the transport ship U.S.A.T. Dorchester.

On Feb. 3, 1943, the ship was torpedoed by a German submarine in the icy waters off Greenland. Through the pandemonium, the four chaplains comforted the wounded and dying and led men to life jackets. When there were no more life jackets to give out, the chaplains gave up theirs to others, linked arms and, praying, went down with the ship.

The selfless heroism of the chaplains, First Lieutenants George L. Fox (Methodist), Alexander D Goode (Jewish), Clark V. Poling (Reformed Church of America), and John P. Washington (Roman Catholic), is observed nationally to honor the four men who sacrificed their lives, so others could live.

Details: American Legion Oakhurst Post 110 Commander Jason Longcor, (559) 999-6493,

Tea Party meeting

Sandy Torosian and Laura Reagan will explain the Common Core State Standards for school curriculum and testing at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 12, at the Tea Party Action Meeting, at the Best Western Yosemite Gateway Inn Restaurant.

Torosian and Reagan are the guest speakers at the Oakhurst/Coarsegold Tea Party meeting, and will explain what the standards are, what they believe is wrong with them, and what they feel should be done to stop Common Core in California. They will also speak on new Advanced Placement U.S. History course that was rolled out this August to more than 500,000 of our best and brightest high school students.

Torosian has two sons that attended Clovis schools and graduated from Clovis West High School. She has been employed by Clovis Unified for 25 years, the last 15 working as an instructional aide in special education. Her experience with Common Core comes from months of research and the daily instruction of the math curriculum.

Reagan has taught high school students in Texas and New Mexico, and has just returned home to California. Her experience with Common Core curriculum comes from professional training, her own research, and information gained through Advocates for Excellence in Education.

The public is invited to attend.

Oakminster Dog Show

The third annual Oakminster Dog Show will be held at 9 a.m., Sunday, April 26, at the Oakhurst Community Park. The event is sponsored by the Oakhurst Mountain Lions Club to benefit the Eastern Madera County SPCA shelter.

Register by April 20 for $10 per dog, or at the day of the event for $15 per dog. Three levels of sponsorship are available: Gold level at $500 or more; Silver at $250 or more; or Furry Friend at $100 or more. All sponsors get booth at the show. If a vendor wishes to purchase a booth without a sponsorship, the cost is $25. The final date to enroll as a sponsor is Feb. 21.

Entry and sponsorship forms, along with rules and regulations can be obtained at, or at the Cat's Meow in Oakhurst.

Details: (559) 658-5631.

Yosemite Area Audubon Society

Point Blue Conservation Science partner biologist Melissa Odell will host a screening of the film "Green Fire," and will discuss ecologist Aldo Leopold, at 7 p.m., at the Mariposa Methodist Church in downtown Mariposa. The free presentation is sponsored by the Yosemite Area Audubon Society.

Details: (209) 742-5579;

Oakhurst Garden Club

The Oakhurst Garden Club at True Value in Oakhurst will offer a free workshop on Hardscape and Garden Building Projects, 1 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 15. The workshop will cover statuary, arbors, birdbaths, stepping stones, garden edgings, raised beds, patios, decks and walls.

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

Details: (559) 683-7117.

Call to artists

It's time to start thinking about your entries for this year's Art Scientifique Show at Sorensen Gallery in Fresno. While this year will not have a specific science theme as in past years, the overall theme is science. Participants must be able to demonstrate in their art/statements specifically how their pieces fit the science theme.

Entries will be received from noon to 3 p.m., Feb. 28 at Sorensen's Studio.

Details: Art Scientifique; or


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