News in briefs - March 12, 2015 edition

Boys & Girls Club fundraiser March 17

Support the Boys & Girls Club of Oakhurst by dining at Ducey’s Bar & grill on St. Patrick’s Day. Corned beef and hash will be served from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m., for $15 per plate; $5 from each plate will be donated to the club. Irish live entertainment will also be provided.

Details: Ducey’s, (559) 642-3131.

YHS plays tonight

Yosemite High students, for their senior projects, will direct strong feminist-themed plays featuring student performers, tonight (March 12), and Friday, March 13, at the YHS theater. Plays begin at 7 p.m., both nights, with an intermission between the plays.

Chamber Music is the story of a group of women in an asylum; each woman believes she is someone famous from history, except Amelia Earhart (who may actually be Amelia Earhart). The other play, The Yellow Wallpaper follows a woman suffering from postpartum depression, and her husband’s solution to lock her in a room alone.

Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased at the door. All proceeds will benefit a shelter to help at-risk women and children.

Soroptimist Soup & Salad Luncheon

The semi-annual Soroptimist Soup & Salad Luncheon will be held 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., March 19, at the Oakhurst Community Center. Offerings include a salad bar, choice of two soups, rolls, and dessert.

Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased from any Soroptimist member or at the door. Take out is also available. The revenues raised go to area non-profits.

Alice in Wonderland

“Alice in Wonderland” will come to life in North Fork, 7 p.m., Monday, March 16 at 7 p.m. at the North Fork Library, thanks to Oregon’s storyteller Anne Rutherford. The donated performance will benefit both the library and the Squirrel Cage Theatre Company.

Rutherford will be part of the 28th annual Mariposa Storytelling Festival (March 14-15), and will bookend the next day with two performances at North Fork Elementary School, courtesy of North Fork Grace Community Church’s Friendship Circle. She is a two-time first place winner in the Northwest Folklife Festival Liars’ Contest and a member of several storytelling guilds.

The evening at the library is for ages 10 through adult; donations are $6 per person or $20 for an immediate family sharing the same household. Refreshments are included.

Details: (559) 841-6229.

Annual Community Baby Shower

The 4th Annual Community Baby Shower, sponsored by Mothers Of Preschoolers (MOPS), will be held at 9 a.m. - noon, Saturday, March 21, at Sierra Vista Presbyterian Church, 39696 Highway 41, Oakhurst. The event offers free diapers, wipes, and lots of clothing for Mountain Area families. Thanks again to a large monetary donation from the members of Sierra Vista Presbyterian Church, more than 20 new car seats will be given away to families that need them.

There will be information tables for MOPS, Sierra Vista, Yosemite Lakes Community Church, EV Free, Sierra Pines, First 5, Head Start, and Helping Hands. A lactation consultant will offer free services to new or expectant moms.

Details: Joy Judd, (559) 642-4181.

Grand opening

A grand opening for the new Coarsegold Chamber of Commerce office and Tourist Information Center will be held 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, March 28, at 35300 Highway 41 in the Coarsegold Historic Village.


Caregiver Respite Group

Sierra Senior Society is sponsoring a Caregiver Respite Group in Oakhurst 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m, every Tuesday, at the Oakhurst Senior Center. Take a break while your family member with Alzheimer/Dementia/Elderly or Disabled enjoys a structured day of activities, socialization, and personal care assistance; $15 payable on each day of attendance includes lunch.

Details (or to reserve space): Jennie, (559) 658-8227; or Barbara, (559) 683-6474.

Brewmaster’s dinner

Ducey’s on the Lake will hold a Brewmaster’s dinner featuring Southgate Brewery 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 25. The seven course dinner will be prepared by Executive Chef John Frabotta. The cost is $60 per person. Limited availability, reservations required. Lodging available at the Pines Resort at a discounted rate.

Details: (559) 692-8857, or

Walk to cure Diabetes

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Central Valley Council Fresno area annual JDRF walk to cure Diabetes will be held, Saturday, March 28 at Woodward Park Mt. View Shelter in Fresno. This year’s fundraising goal of more than $64,000 will help fund critically needed Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) research. The Walk is expected to draw an enthusiastic crowd of all ages, driven to support a great cause while enjoying an event that includes food, entertainment and family fun.

On-site registration begins at 8:30 a.m. at the registration tent. The walk will start at 9:30 a.m. and will be approximately three miles long (5K), starting at the balloon arch and ending at the stage.


Manna House fundraiser

A bowling tournament to benefit Manna House will be held 1 p.m., April 11, at Valley Bowl (12829 Highway 145, Madera). Bring canned goods for food donations; there will be a raffle. Both adults and youth are welcome. This is a high school senior project for Zach Upshaw and Bailey Petrushkin. Entry fee of $20 per person.

Details: (559) 674-0951.

Rocket Day March 28

The first 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.

Saving state museums

The California State Mining and Mineral Museum in Mariposa will host a book signing from 1-4 p.m. March 14 and 15. The book, titled “California’s Golden Museums and Historical Places” is co-authored by Roger Freely and Ivan Workman and contains a wealth of information about the museums throughout the state of California.

The book is now in its fourth edition. It will be available at a discounted price of $20, and Freely will be on hand for signings.

Details: Randy Bolt, (209) 742-7625.

Chowchilla Fair Pageant

Applications for the 2015 Chowchilla-Madera County Fair Pageant are now available. Packets are at the Chowchilla Fairgrounds office and online at Completed applications must be submitted to the Chowchilla-Madera County Fairground’s office by 5 p.m. March 27.

Details: Chowchilla-Madera County Fair and Event Center, (559) 665-3728.