Community Briefs - March 5, 2015 edition

Daylight savings time

Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead an hour Saturday night, March 7, before you go to bed.

Tea Party meeting

The next Oakhurst/Coarsegold Tea Party action meeting will be held 6:30 p.m., Thursday, March 12, at the Yosemite Gateway Restaurant in Oakhurst.

Marc Sobel will give an update on how Madera County has ignored Proposition 13 and 218, concerning the recent mandated payment for trash collection that will begin July 2015 for densely population areas throughout the county.

A one-hour documentary ‘Silent Conquest’ will also be shown. This presentation offers a frightening insight into the extent to which Europe, Canada, and the United Nations have already succumbed to the restrictions of Shariah blasphemy laws; the film is an important wake-up call for every American.

Bingo March 14

Sierra-Oakhurst Kiwanis will present Bingo, Saturday, March 14, at the Oakhurst Community Center.

Doors open at 5 p.m., with Bingo beginning at 6:30. For $20, you will receive Bingo cards, and have dinner (the menu includes a soup and sandwich selection). There will be 50/50 split, a raffle, drinks and cocktails, and Bingo prizes.

Details: Harvey (559) 642-4507.

Get Ready for Spring

True Value will hold a free Get Ready for Spring Containers workshop, 1 p.m., Sunday, March 8. Topics include: fairy gardens how to - miniature gardens to create now; potting soil 101 - drought proof your containers; and best frost-proof flowers ever.

Bring your questions. Attendees will receive 20% coupon for plants.

Details: (559) 683-7117.

St. Patrick’s Day

On Tuesday, March 17, $2 from of every plate sold at CrabCakes Restaurant during lunch and dinner servings will be donated to Marsha McCarty through Helping One Woman (HOW); 10% of bar sales will go to McCarty, as well.

There will be a DJ and dancing, 7-10 p.m. in Roman’s Bar. McCarty has been a Mountain Area resident for more than 30 years, and was diagnosed with breast cancer in August 2014, which moved to her brain.

Another HOW fundraiser for McCarty,including a drawing, will be held 6 p.m., March 18, at the Hitching Post.

Details: CrabCakes (559) 641-7667; Hitching Post (559) 683-7917.

Elks Lodge annual

St. Patrick’s Day dinner

The Elks Lodge #2724 will hold its annual St. Patrick’s Dinner of corned beef and cabbage, 5:30 p.m., Friday, March 13. Doors open at 4 p.m., cost of $12 per person.

Reservations: (559) 683-2717.

Public review and comment period

The Madera County Sheriff’s Office is preparing to submit the department’s annual Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) grant request. Beginning March 2, the application will be available for a 30-day review by the public.

Those who wish to participate in the Grant Request Public Review and Comment may do so by either contacting Susan Noel at or logging onto the park service website at This information release is a requirement of the OHV Grant Application process for 2015.

Red Cross Volunteer Opportunity

With the wildfire season shaping up to be one of the worst in recent history the American Red Cross is volunteers to aid their Disaster Services team in preparing for and responding to large fires.

The Red Cross will be hosting a new volunteer orientation from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, March 11, at the Yosemite Gateway Association of Realtors Conference Room located at 40298 Junction Drive B.

For those planning to volunteer, an application should be filled out prior to attending the orientation.

Applications are available online at or by contacting Lindsay Valentin.

Details: Lindsay, (559) 455-1000 ex: 6607; email,

Spring Concert

Your Oakhurst Community Band will be hosting a free spring concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 22, at the Mountain Christian Center in Oakhurst.

Musical selections will include “A Celebration of Spring,” Video Games Live” by Marty O’Donnell,” “Jazz It Up” by Victor Lopez, and “Air For Band” by Frank Erickson.

For more information call (559) 760-3849 or visit

2015 Chowchilla Fair Exhibit Handbooks

The 2015 Chowchilla-Madera County Fair Exhibitor’s Handbook will be available beginning Wednesday, March 3. Anyone desiring to participate competitively as a Chowchilla-Madera County Fair Exhibitor can pick up a copy of the Exhibitor’s Handbook at the Chowchilla Fair office or online at The handbook will include information on deadlines, and the cost of participating.

For more information call (559) 665-3728 or go to

Rocket Day March 28

The first ever community rocket day event, limited to the first 20 rocketeers, is scheduled 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Saturday, March 28 (weather permitting).

The event is being hosted by the Royal Rangers of Mountain Christian Center.

Advance registration and payment required by March 18, at Mountain Christian Center, 40299 Highway 49, or Andrew’s Electric, 40356 Oak Park Way, Oakhurst.

Cost is $30 per rocketeer, and the minimum age to participate is 10.

Rockets, engines and all supplies will be supplied in the cost of the course - and children can chose one of eight different rockets.

Model rocketry is a great scientific activity, and children will Learn about aero science, Newtonian physics, rocket flight, construction, and aerodynamics.

Details: Andy Clendenning, (559) 683-8760, Mountain Christan Center, (559) 683-7332.