News in Brief - week of 4/23/15

Brunch and Blues

The Oakhurst Community Alliance Disaster Relief and Operating Fund is hosting a champagne brunch and blues fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, May 17, at Slim’s Koffee Shak at the Silver Creek shopping center in Oakhurst.

Cost of the event is $20 per person.

Details: Shirley, (559) 683-5193.

Community Unity Event

The Oakhurst College Center will hold its annual Community Unity event from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 30 at the Oakhurst Community College Campus.

The Community Unity brings Mountain Area vendors, service groups, and colleges together to celebrate the community. The event will include food, music,games and prize drawing.

Details: (559) 683-3940.

Public meeting

Oakhurst Community Alliance public meeting will be held 6 p.m., Monday, April 27, at the Oakhurst Community Center.

Details: Ed, (559) 683-5193.

Farmer’s Market

Bass Lake Certified Farmer’s Market is back, 4-7 p.m., beginning Wednesday, May 13.

Business Expo

The Coarsegold Chamber of Commerce will hold a Business Expo, 4-7 p.m., Thursday, April 30, at the Coarsegold Community Center.

There will be free hot dogs and soft drinks, as well as entertainment. This is an opportunity to meet and network with other area businesses.

Details:, or (559) 642-2262.

Qigong training

Qigong teacher Cynthia Eaton will offer a three-day session 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., over Memorial Day weekend (May 23-25), in the Oakhurst Mobile Estates clubhouse. The cost is $75 for the three days.

Details: Connie Jacobs, (559) 658-7038, or

International JazzDay

Music of Tom Hoffman presents The Creole Jazz Kings, who will perform 6-8 p.m., April 30, at Mariposa Arts Park in celebration of International JazzDay.

The group consists of trumpeter Bob Sakoi, clarinet and sax Tom Schmidt, wild man Keith Baltz, and Kurt Abell, a stalwart at Banjoramas.

The concert is free, but tax deductible donations are welcome. The group supports youth jazz music education, and other charitable causes.

Details: Sharon, (209) 813-4061.

Democratic Club

The Oakhurst Democratic Club will host speakers, Dick and Jackie Roberto on “It’s a long way to Abu Dhabi’s International Solar Car Race,” on Saturday, May 2, at Denny’s Restaurant. Breakfast begins at 8:30 a.m., with the meeting an hour later. The public is welcome.

Details: (559) 658-2342.

Tri-tip fundraiser

Among the prizes at the tri-tip barbecue, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Saturday, April 25, to raise money for North Fork’s Volunteer Fire Station 11, will be a four night stay at a condo in Sun Valley, Idaho; a one night stay at Tenaya Lodge with breakfast the next day included; and four admission tickets and a one hour guided tour of the Monterrey Bay Aquarium.

There also will be a special display including the Skylife Air Ambulance, an emergency helicopter and equipment from both Company 11 and Cal Fire’s wildland firefighting equipment, assuming they are not on duty fighting a fire.

The annual event, in North Fork Elementary’s Kennedy Hall, is put on by the North Fork Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary to raise funding for the firefighters beyond what Madera County has in its budget.

The North Fork Women’s Club will have desserts for sale and additional drinks can be purchased.

Tickets are $10 at the door with children under 10 at $5. Presale tickets and seniors are $8, and take out is available. The drawing starts at 2.

Details: Linda (559) 877-4458 or Cindy (559) 544-2120, evenings only for both.

Spring Fling

North Fork’s Squirrel Cage Theatre Company will present its annual Spring Fling one night only, Saturday, April 25, at Town Hall. The playbill includes long time favorites the Blues Brothers (Dave Novell and Chuck Thrapp); the Bon Buns (Al Flory, Steve Sims and Jim Bradley); Cows with Guns, and Sugar Pine.

New this year will be The Tonettes (Gail Sims, Robyn Flory, Karen McAleece and Sue Novell); Stacey and the B-Siders (Stacey Multani, Dave Novell and Jeff Gurule); the Narrow Gage Ramblers (Randy Sisk, Dave Novell and Jeff Gurule); and John Kilburn and Friends (Gina Clugston and Rich Sirois).

The music will range from a 1960s girls group through soul and bluegrass to 1970s rock and folk; many of the acts are designed to tickle just about anyone’s funny bone.

Dinner (catered by Roz Thrapp and friends) will be chicken, baked potato, green salad and Roz’s special dinner rolls. Booster bar will be open and desserts will be available for purchase.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 6 p.m., and the show at 7.

There are no ‘show only’ tickets. Adults are $12, children 12 years and younger $6 and $30 for an immediate family who resides together.

Details/table reservation for 10 or more: (559) 877-2129.

Woodcarver’s Craft Fair

The Woodcarver’s Craft Fair, the culmination of the Woodcarver’s Rendezvous, will be held 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Saturday, April 25, at the Oakhurst Community Center. Visitors will be treated to displays of carvers in action, live demonstrations and a vast selection of finished projects from the week, some of which will be available to purchase.

Details: Larry Smith,

Harlow Fire revisited

A presentation on the Harlow Fire from the perspective of the fire agencies will be given 2 p.m., Sunday, April 26, at the Mariposa History Center. The public is invited to come and share their stories.