Community Briefs - week of 4/9/15

Fashions and luncheon

The Mountain Community Women will hold a Mother’s Day Fashion Show and Luncheon, featuring Mountain Area shops, Saturday, May 9, at the Oakhurst Community Center. Doors open at 11 a.m., lunch is served at 11:30, and the fashion show will follow. There will also be a plant sale and yard art 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. A $15 donation is requested, which includes lunch. All proceeds support and maintain the community center.

Details/tickets: Stephanie Flemming, (559) 760-9813, or

Pancake Breakfast

The North Fork Lions Club will host a Pancake Breakfast from 8-10 a.m. Saturday, April 11, at the Kennedy Hall at North Fork Elementary. Proceeds will go to benefit the school’s garden and a walk-through tour of the garden will be conducted that day.

Cost is $6 for advance tickets for adults, $5 for students under 12, and $7 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at North Fork Elementary or Goodwin’s Lumber. Come to see how the garden has grown, and what students have accomplished under the direction of Hansel Kern and his crew.

Details: North Fork Elementary School, (559) 877-2215.

Sixth annual Earth Day

Oakhurst Feed and Pet Supply will host its sixth annual Earth Day celebration, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 22. Featured speakers will focus on reducing water usage along with recycling in the home, animal care and sustainability. Participants include the Audubon Society, CalFire, Children’s Museum of the Sierra, EMADCO, National Park Service, PG&E, Sierra Ambulance, Smokey Bear, and Kopi Sotiropulos from KMPH’s Great day.

“It’s essential to teach children about conservation during their formative years,” owner Colette Goga said. “I’d love to see the next generation improve the health and well being of this earth, and all the creatures living within it. The best way to assure that kind of care for our planet in the future is to teach children early.”

Humans and pets of all ages are invited to attend this free educational event. Oakhurst Feed & Pet Supply is located at 40119 Enterprise Drive, Oakhurst.

Details: Lori Deisher, (559) 683-7977.

New veteran services

San Joaquin Valley Veterans (SJVV), a project of WestCare, has expanded their services to Madera County. SJVV provides resources and services to help homeless veterans or those at risk of homelessness maintain stable housing. The program helps low-income veteran families, who are looking for a home, provides rapid re-housing for those who are homeless, and assists veterans who are already in a home, but need a little help.

SJVV will maintain an office inside the Veterans Services Office at the Madera County government Center, 200 W. Fourth Street, in Madera. Staff will be available the second and fourth Wednesday of each month.

Details: (559) 255-8838.

Community tire amnesty

Madera County residents (not businesses) can take up to 20 tires, with or without rims, at no charge for recycling, 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., this Saturday, to Madera District Fairgrounds, at Cleveland Ave and Highway 99 in Madera.

To haul 10-20 tires, you need prior written authorization. In case you are stopped by a peace officer, you must show proof of exemption for transporting the tires. This event is funded by a grant from the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery. Reservations are required. You must present a reservation card and proof of residency to deposit the amount of tires specified in your reservations.

Reservations: (559) 661-5082.

Cowboy Services

The Oakhurst Lutheran Church will hold its Cowboy Easter Concert, 3 p.m., April 19 for one performance only. Performers include Tim Johnson, Arnie Johnson, Cliff Neufeld, Rudy Helm, Eddie Guzman, Bobby Black and Jimmy Collier. There is a suggested donation of $20. Seating is limited. Details/tickets: (559) 683-4673, or

The church will hold its Cowboy Service, 4 p.m., April 26. Entertainer Dave Stamey has been named Entertainer of the Year, Male Performer of the Year, and Songwriter of the Year by the Western Music Association, and Male Vocalist of the Year by the Academy of Western Artists. Details: ( 559) 683-4673.

Minarets E-Waste Collection Day

Minarets High School will host an E-Waste Collection Day from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, April 10 at the Minarets high School parking lot. Minarets senior, Mitch Hendry has teamed up with Sierra E-Waste to help those in need dispose of their old and broken electronics as part of his Senior Legacy Experience. Anyone with old electronics is encouraged to take their waste to Minarets to be properly disposed. Drop offs are free and only electronics will be accepted. No appliances will be taken.

Details: John Sparks, (559) 676-5951.

Heritage Days

A meeting to begin planning for the 19th Mountain Heritage Days Parade will be held 5:30 p.m., Tuesday April 21, at Fresno Flats in the Old School House. The focus will be to form the committee and start distributing applications for the annual parade to be held September 19 along School Road and Road 426 in Oakhurst. This is a good opportunity for anyone in the community who wants to get involved in the history of our area. Bring your ideas and help with a fun community event, volunteers are always welcome.

Details: Sandy Brinley, ( 559) 683-7027.

Grand opening

Slim’s Koffee Shak, original location in North Fork, will hold a Grand Opening, 6-9 p.m., April 10 to celebrate its newest location in Oakhurst. There will be a ribbon cutting, live music, barbecue dinner, and fire dancers. Slim’s Koffee Shak is located at 40897 Highway 41, Suite D, in Oakhurst.

Details: (559) 683-5311.