Community Briefs - 3/26/15 edition

First 5 carnival

Madera County First 5 will hold a Children’s Day Carnival in celebration of the Week of the Young Child, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., April 17, in the Sierra Star parking lot. The event is for children 0-5, and their families. There will be free giveaways for the first 50 children under five years of age, and games, entertainment, raffle prizes, and music.

Details: (559) 664-4198.

100 year celebration

Celebrating 100 years, Hills Pride Inn in Raymond, will offer festivities, 1 p.m. to closing, Saturday, April 25. Food will be provided by the inn, which has the “coldest beer on the hill.”

Raymond Parade

The 29th annual Raymond Parade will begin at high noon, Saturday, April 18. A craft/food fair and swap meet will be held 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. There will be a karaoke contest, with a $10 entry fee, raffle drawings for granite items and gift certificates.

Details: parade, (559) 689-3341; fair/swap meet, (559) 689-3303.

Madera Vintners Sip & Savor

Tickets are now available for Madera Vintners first wine & food pairing event held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 9.

The event will offer wine lovers a chance to taste their favorite wines at local wineries complemented by a perfect savory food pairings prepared by gourmet chefs, caterers and restaurants.

Tickets are available through April 20 for $40. Tickets purchased after April 20, will cost $50 and no tickets will be available after May 6. Designated drivers are $20. No groups over 12 and no shuttles or buses will be accommodated.

Details: call (800) 613-0709 or visit

Oakhurst Democratic Club

The Oakhurst Democratic Club will host speaker Lowell Young and Peter Leinau, Saturday, April 4, at Denny’s Restaurant. They will speak on “desalination to augment water needs.” Breakfast will begin at 8:30 a.m., with the meeting beginning at 9:30.

Details: (559) 658-2342.

Silent auction and barbecue fundraiser

Wawona Elementary School will hold its annual Silent Auction and barbecue fundraiser, 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., April 11 at the Wawona Elementary School in Yosemite. All event proceeds will help support the Yosemite-Wawona Elementary Charter School.

A full Wawona Hotel style barbecue lunch is priced at $8 for adults, $5 for children. There is a silent auction, where you can take home items or gift cards for restaurants, hardware and grocery stores, hair salons, entertainment venues, hotel packages, gift baskets, sporting equipment, and more.

When you arrive at the park entrance gate, be sure to tell them you are attending the event for free entrance.

Details: (209) 375-6383

Shredding event

Shred your documents safely and professionally 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., April 18, at the Sierra Star building on Road 426 in Oakhurst. Drive up, drop off, and drive off. The first two boxes per care are free. Any additional boxes are a $3 donation. For health reasons, no wet, moldy, or mildewed materials will be accepted.

Trash bags (up to 13 gallons) will be accepted. No hard plastics, no trash, and no fasteners; no three-ring binders and no metal strips. Everything is shredded on-site in a professional mobile shredding truck.

All proceeds go to the Boys and Girls Club.

Details: (800) 675-8118 ext. 5, or

Fresno Fair offers online pre-sale tickets

The Big Fresno Fair, Oct. 7-18, will sell discounted tickets through an online pre-sale to those who subscribe to the fair’s e-mail newsletter. Members of the Big Fair Fan Club can purchase discounted tickets, carnival wristbands, and season passes from today to May 1 at Club members can also purchase pre-sale concert tickets from July 29 to Aug 9. Tickets to on sale to the general public on Aug. 10.