Community Briefs - Feb. 12, 2015 edition

Rain totals

After last weekend’s storms, the official rain total recorded at the weather station in North Fork was 2.3 inches, which brings our accumulated total to 11.55 inches. Typically, this time of year, the accumulated rain fall is 17+ inches. The rain season runs from June to the following July.

Nite on the Town

Yosemite High Schools musical extravaganza, Nite on the Town, will be held at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 7, in the school’s gymnasium, which will be transformed to a concert hall featuring four stages.

Performing at the seventh annual event will be the school’s Jazz Band, Wind Ensemble, Advanced Percussion, Chamber Singers, and Concert Choir. There will also be several small ensembles (2-6 students in each group) performing that evening.

The Saxophone Quartet, which includes Audrey Kenison, Kris Hawkins, Kelsey Montalto, and Caressa Reynoso, will be performing “The Pink Panther" that evening. Jocelyn Boe will be singing an opera aria.

Some of the individual performers include Jason Surin on tuba, Alex Dugovic - percussion, Vashty Pagan - bass clarinet/saxophone, and Paizley Jackson - trumpet.

Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Desserts prepared by the school’s Culinary Arts Department will be served, and a silent auction will be held.

Details: YHS Music Department, (559) 683-4667, ext, 243.

Oakhurst Radio Shack to remain open

The Oakhurst Radio Shack is not on the list of 1,784 stores nationally that will close by March 31 after the company declared bankruptcy Feb. 5.

Nearly 100 Radio Shack stores will be closing in California, including Modesto, Atwater, Tulare, Clovis, and two in Fresno. Closing in three waves, 162 stores will be closed by Feb. 17. A number of the surviving stores will be part of an agreement with Sprint to create “a store within a store.”

Details: Oakhurst Radio Shack, (559) 642-6404.

Softball fundraiser

As their senior project, Yosemite High students Samantha Pardue and Savannah Rich will hold a fundraiser to benefit the Yosemite Girls Softball Team on Feb. 21 at the Senior Center. Doors open at 5 p.m., with dinner at 6 p.m. A tri-tip dinner, raffles and dancing will be offered. Tickets are $10 each, and can be purchased at the door.


What plants talk about

According to a PBS Nature episode, plants aren’t sitting in the soil merely being. They can send out alarms, actively look for the best place to grow, take care of their babies. All this is shown in a PBS Nature episode called What Plants Talk About.

Mariposa County Master Gardeners will present this film for free and hold a post-film discussion, 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Feb. 28 at the county Board of Supervisors chambers (5100 Bullion St.).

Registration: (209) 966-2417, Gardener.

Fees waived

Yosemite National Park will waive entrance fees from Saturday, Feb. 14 to Monday, Feb. 16, in commemoration of president’s day.

Fees being waived for president’s day weekend include the park entrance only. All other fees associated with camping, lodging, or activities within the park are not waived.


Water update

As California faces a fourth year of serious drought, the state’s water conservation program – updated the State Water Resources Control Board on its plans to help Californians make lasting and permanent reductions in the amount of water they use every day. This update came as the board released a report on urban water use showing Californians saved 29.9 billion gallons of water in December 2014. This is the first time the state has met the 20% water-reduction target called for by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.

Building on the program’s successes in 2014, Save Our Water is expanding its message of conservation with a focus on changing long-term water-use behavior. The program aims to give Californians the tools and information they need to reduce water use. Last month Save Our Water launched an all-new website with new tips and tools, as well as a helpful design that allows Californians to access the program’s wealth of information from mobile devices.

H.O.W. Dinner

Helping One Women (H.O.W.) will hold their next meeting, 6 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 18, at El Cids.

Details: Michelle Shockley, (559) 658-1803.

Do your part

Between 10 a.m. and noon on Valentines Day (Feb. 14), Zona Cahill will hold a special event at the Sierra Senior Center, 49111Cinder Lane (behind the Oakhurst Community Center). Instead of the well-known ALS water-dump, Cahill invites the community to participate in a “popcorn-dump.” Cahill said for older people, the ice water dump is just too hard.

“We are too old, and it’s too cold.,” Cahill said. “Anyone can participate in the pop-corn dump and make a donation that will benefit Children’s Hospital of Central California.

Cahill who is suffering from stage 4 lung cancer, said she is raising the money so no child has to go through what she has gone through.

For those who can not make it to the Senior Center, a donation can be made at Yosemite Bank with a check made out to Zona Cahill.

Details: Zona Cahill, (559) 641-6910.