Community News - Week of 4/15/15

Planning for Mountain Heritage Days Parade

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 Sept. 19 along School road and Road 426 in Oakhurst. Bring your ideas and help with a fun community event, volunteers are always welcome.

A Heritage Day Committee meeting will be held at 6 p.m. following the parade meeting.

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

River Parkway clean-up

An Oakhurst River Parkway clean-up is planned for 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 18. Meet in the Sierra Star parking lot. Snacks, water, gloves and tools will be provided.

Details: Sandy Brinley,

Meeting on forest fires

The Sierra Vista Scenic Byway’s annual meeting will feature a presentation by author Marcia Freedman and USFS Fuel’s Specialist, Burt Stalter, on last summer’s French Fire. The meeting will be held 6:30 p.m., Monday, April 27, in the North Fork Elementary School music room. Free refreshments will be provided.

Learn about the condition of the forest before the fire, its origin, spread, the initial attack, and management, as well as the preservation and destruction of historical sites and what the future holds.

Freedman’s recently published book, “Fighting Fire in the Sierra National Forest,” will be available.

Details: Jack McGowan, (559) 877-3952, or Doug Waltner, (559) 877-2760.

Coolwater concert

Michael Gulezian, one of the most highly acclaimed solo acoustic instrumental guitarists of our time, will perform 8 p.m., Saturday, April 25, at Coolwater Ranch. The ranch is located at 45680 Forest Ridge Dr., in Ahwahnee.


Library book sales

A Friends of the Oakhurst Branch Library book sale will be held 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Saturday, April 18, in the library’s community room. Book prices are $1 for fiction and non-fiction, and $.50 for children’s books.

Bring your library card with FOBL 2015 sticker for $1 off.

Another Friends of the Library book sale will be held, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Saturday, May 2, at the same location. This is a $3 a bag book sale. Proceeds from both sales benefit the Oakhurst Branch Library.

Details: (559) 642-4333, or

Water-saving veggie gardens workshop

The Oakhurst Garden Club will hold a workshop on water-saving veggie gardens, 1 p.m., Sunday, April 19, at True Value in Oakhurst. Learn to grow the best tomatoes, grow the seven most expensive-to-shop for veggies, and how to create a straw bale garden, which discourages deer.

Participants will receive a 20% couple good for any plants.

Details: (559) 683-7117.

Home Tour, May 17

Mariposa American Association of Women (AAUW) will host “Fork in the Road,” a chance to peek inside 10 distinctive indoor and outdoor kitchens from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sunday, May 17. The tour will also feature “A Moveable Feast” of finger foods offered at teach home, including wine tasting, as well as an optional scavenger hunt game and raffle.

Tickets are $20, and proceeds benefit the community service and educational projects of AAUW. To purchase tickets in advance and to see details, maps, and photos of the kitchens, visit Tickets will also be on sale at any home on the day of the tour.

Career Fair, April 20

Tenaya Lodge will be hosting a career day from 5-7 p.m. Monday, April 20 at Tenaya Lodge. They will be hiring in the following departments: restaurants, banquets, kitchen, front desk, guest reception, housekeeping, laundry, spa and concierge. Application can be filled out online at

Details: (559) 692-8925

Roadside Litter Cleanup

Volunteers are needed for the semi-annual Community Roadside Litter Cleanuip Day from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, April 25.

Volunteers can pick up trash bags and borrow equipment from the following locations: Coarsegold on the corner of Road 415 and Highway 41 near the Teepee (559-760-1058), North Fork at the North Fork Post Office (559-877-2361), Oakhurst/Ahwahnee at the Oakhurst Library (559-907-3296).

Details: Sandee Scott (559) 760-1058

Sierra Art Trails

Artists submission deadline for the 13th Annual Sierra Art Trails is May 1.

Sierra Art Trails is the largest and most anticipated exhibit in the region, with artists presenting in locations throughout Eastern Madera and Mariposa counties. The show presents the best fine art and fine craft in the region. This is a great opportunity to explore the area and to get a taste of local culture, dining, entertainment and art.


Krizan to speak on missing aircraft

Tony Krizan will speak about his personal search for the missing Curtis Wright P40 Fighter Aircraft that crashed in 1941 in Kings Canyon National Park. The talk will be held 6 p.m., April 22, at at Branches Book Store.