Community News - 5/13/15 edition of the Sierra Star

Krizan presentation

Tony Krizan, Sierra Star columnist (“Mountain Secrets”), will present Wawona Stagecoach Road, 7:30 - 8:30 p.m., May 9, at the Yosemite Southgate Hotel & Suites, 40644 Highway 41.

This free presentation and slide show reveals the hidden beauty and history concealed within the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

Guests will enjoy complimentary hors-d’oeuvres from Crab Cakes Restaurant. In conjunction with the presentation, REI of Fresno will display various kinds of extreme hiking equipment in the Southgate Hotel lobby - the same type of equipment Krizan uses on his many hiking adventures.

After the presentation, autographed copies of Krizan’s two books on hiking historic Yosemite trails will be available.

This is the third in a seven-part series Keizan is presenting, featuring wilderness hiking trails within the mountains surrounding Yosemite, Sequoia, and Kings Canyon national parks. The presentations allow attendees to experience the trails and endless views, and learn the history of the area Krizan covers.

Schedule of presentations (all at Southgate Hotel & Suites, except Sept. 29) :

His June 13 presentation at Southgate Hotel will be “Great Sierra Mines.”

Details: Southgate Hotel, (559) 683-3555,

Spring concert

Yosemite High School Choral Department will present its Spring Concert, featuring Chamber Singers and Concert Choir, 7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 14, at the YHS Performing Arts Theater. A special ceremony will be held naming the band room after retired YHS Music Director Randy Hyatt.

Admission is $4 at the door.

Details: (559) 683-4667.

Wine & Noses

An Evening of Wine & Noses, hosted by Western Sierra Nursery, will be held 6-8 p.m., Friday, May 29, at the nursery. There will be a no host bar, hors’doeuvres, and a raffle. Music will be provided by Larkspur. Cost is $10 per person, with all proceeds benefiting the EMC SPCA shelter fund.

Volunteers are needed to serve food, and help set-up and break down tables and chairs. Donations of finger food and desserts are also needed.

Details: Sharon Fitzgerald, (559) 642-6611.

Playwriting class

Award-winning playwright and author, Carol Wolf, will hold a playwriting class for teens and adults, 6-8 p.m., Thursdays, May 21 through June 11, in the Oakhurst Branch Library community room.

Details: (559) 683-4838, or

Yosemite Jazz Band

Yosemite Jazz Band will perform every Thursday night, May 07 throughout the summer, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at the Pizza Factory.

Details: Pam, (559) 683-2700, or Berl, (559) 642-2221.

Family Discovery Day

Family Discover Day, where you can see who you might be related to, will be held 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., May 23, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on School Road.

There will be projects and games for kids and adults. Come learn new ways to find your roots, learn how to get started on finding your family’s history or scanning photos on computer, and have your photo taken in “Old-time dress.”

Daughters of the American Revolution, Daughters of the Utah Pioneer, Coarsegold Historical Museum, and Fresno Flats will be onhand. The entire community is welcome.

Details: Sharon Weaver, (559) 679-7693.

Organic Farming

Local grower, Celia Allman of Highland Downs Farm will discuss organic farming, 10:30 a.m. to noon, May 9, in the Oakhurst Library Community Room. Subjects include companion planting (growing a mix of plants that support), controlling bugs and disease (without harsh chemicals), soil composition (maintain and increase soil substances), and natural manures (natural materials that will decay in the soil and enhance plant health).

Details: (559) 683-4838, or

Farmers Market

The Oakhurst Farmers Market will begin tonight, May 7, and run every Thursday through October, at True Value Home Center in Oakhurst.

Details: (559) 683-7117.

Charity Challenge

The Everyone Loves Kids (E.L.K.) Charity Challenge, an interactive adventure, pits 50 philanthropic vehicle enthusiasts against one another in a seven day journey to give back to America’s future ... its children. The entire seven-day event is being filmed for a 13 part series, and Yosemite High School has been selected as a stopping point for the event.

Extras are needed to stand along the roads to cheer on the 50-or-so cars as they drive by along Road 426 on their way to the high school, or you can wait at the finish line at the school.

Each day participants will navigate through numerous challenges and locations testing their dedication, determination and preparation. Every challenge not only provides an opportunity for victory but also provides a once in a lifetime experience in the unique cities the challenge visits. From high end vehicles such as Ferraris and McLarens to classics such as Cords and Duesenbergs, not to mention unique vehicles like the Back to the Future Delorean time machine, the E.L.K. Charity Challenge is a one of a kind event that brings charity, motorsports and history to life.

The five children’s charities that benefit from this challenge are: Boys and Girls Club of America, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Shriners Hospital for Children, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and Texas Equusearch.

Details: Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau, (559) 683-4636.

Sierra High reunion

An all school reunion will be held June 20 at Sierra High School. Gates open at 3:30 p.m., with dinner at 5 p.m., and program at 6:30 p.m. Gate fees are $10 per person, and dinner is $20 per person.

You can sign up at

Details: (559) 855-5600.

Food drive

The United States Postal Service will hold its annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive Saturday, May 9. Simply place your non-perishable donation in a bag by your mailbox for your letter carrier to pick-up, and the items will be delivered to the Manna House.

Snow survey moot

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) did not conduct a May 1 snow survey at Phillips Station in the Sierra Nevada 90 miles east of Sacramento. When Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. attended the April 1 survey at Phillips and announced a mandatory 25% reduction in water usage across the state, the ground was barren of snow in every direction. It was the only April 1 since DWR began surveying Phillips in 1941 that no snow was found there.

The snowpack normally is at its peak in early April before slowly melting in spring and early summer into streams and reservoirs to supply 30% of the water used by California’s cities and farms. A dry and warm April led to DWR’s decision to skip its traditional early-May media-oriented visit to Phillips due to the lack of snow. The last time snow was found there on May 1 was 2011.

Presentation on wolves

The restoration of wolves to the Yellowstone area will be featured in the slide presentation “Wolves: A Keystone Species in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem” at 7:00 p.m., May 14, at the Oakhurst United Methodist Church. Public welome.