Community News - week of May 14, 2015

Early deadlines

Because the Sierra Star will be closed Memorial Day, May 25, early deadlines are May 21 at noon for legals and display ads, and 4 p.m., May 22 for classified ads.

Bark beetle meeting

Madera County Supervisor Tom Wheeler and Cal Fire will host a public meeting on Bark Beetle infestation, 10 a.m. to noon, May 30, in the Oakhurst Elementary School Auditorium.

A new study by the U.S. Forest Service tried to assess the scope of the problem. Researchers estimated that the drought has killed off at least 12.5 million trees in California’s national forests. Scientists expect the die-off to continue.

“It is almost certain that millions more trees will die over the course of the upcoming summer as the drought situation continues and becomes ever more long term,” biologist and acting regional aerial survey program manager Jeffrey Moore said.

Attendees will be given detailed descriptions of the beetle infestation causes, measures to be taken to prevent tree loss, problem diagnosis, and measures to be taken if tree death does occur. They will also be provided a contact list for contractors with skills in mastication, fuels reduction, and dead tree removal.

This event is free to the public, but participants are encouraged to register so there is enough meeting materials for everyone.

Details: Event Coordinator Justine Reynolds, or (559)-877-8663.


Bob Macaulay, in his quest for Honorary Mayor representing the Boys & Girls Club of Oakhurst, will be the celebrity bartender at Roman’s Bar upstairs at Crab Cakes, 5 p.m. to closing, tonight (May 14). Life music from Brando Brown Instrumentals will be featured. Ten percent of all bar sales and 50% of all tips will be donated to the Bob for Mayor Campaign.

There will also be an evening at the River Creek Golf Course, sponsored by WJ Bradley, 5-7:30 p.m., May 21. Doors open at 5 p.m., appetizers, music and games at 5:30 p.m., raffle closes at 7 p.m., and winners of the 50/50 contest will be announced at 7:15 p.m. Your ticket purchase makes you automatically eligible for the grand prize of a mini vacation.

Details: Bob Macaulay, (559) 683-4494.

Playwrighting class

Beginning 6-8 p.m., on Thursday, May 21, award-winning playwright and author Carol Wolf will teach a four-week class on playwriting in the community room of the Oakhurst Library. She has written plays that have been produced on both U.S. coasts and five continents.

Her class is designed for teens and adults. She will teach the craft and art of writing successful plays. The first class meeting will give her students everything they need to know to write a three-page play. The remaining classes (May 28, June 4, June 11) will include topics such as set-ups, payoffs, plot points, comedies and dramas. Throughout these classes, each student will write several short plays. Each week will include critique from other class members and from Wolf.

Details: (559) 683-4838 or visit

YHS choral concert

The Yosemite High School Choral Department, under the direction of Crystal Biasell, will present its free end-of-year concert at 7:30 p.m., May 14, in the YHS Theater. Jocelyn Boe, who just received a Gold performance rating at the California Music Educator’s Association state festival in Sacramento, will perform.

Mystery dinner theater

Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Bank, a western fairytale mystery dinner theater by Heather Sconce will be held 6 p.m., May 22-24, at the Sierra Pines Church. Prices (includes dinner of barbecue chicken) are $12 for adults, $10 for children 10 and under; table ot eight, $85; table of six, $70.

Details/tickets: (559) 683-2882, or; tickets can also be purchased in the church lobby between Sunday services.

Disaster Relief Fundraiser

An Appreciation Lunch for Mountain Area volunteer firefighters will be hosted by Shirley Bailey, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., June 25, at the Oakhurst Community Center. Bailey is running for Honorary Mayor, representing the Oakhurst Community Alliance (OCA). There will be a spaghetti lunch, with salad and garlic bread at $10 for the general public. Volunteer firefighters eat for free.

Grand reopening

The Coarsegold Historical Society and Museum announced the Grand Reopening of the historic “Old Adobe.” It has been undergoing major renovations for the last year and is now ready for viewing. A brief ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place during the annual, “Music in the Meadow,” on Saturday, May 30.

Details: (559) 642-4448, or

Whine & Noses

An Evening of Whine & 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.

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

Senior Society results

Sierra Senior Society 2015 election results are president Katie Davis, vice-president, Danny Roberts, secretary Pamela Delgado, and treasurer Karen Gregerson. Board of Directors are Pat Meadows, Cindi Simpson, Esther Cooper, Diane Patterson, Jean Wolk, and Linda Lawrence. Installation for new members will be held 11 a.m., June 4.

Snow White

Community Dance & Theater and the Children’s Theater Force will present Snow White, a play written by Tim Kelly, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Saturday, May 16, and 7 p.m., Friday, May 22, at The Little Black Box Theater, 35340 Highway 41, Coarsegold.

Tea Party meeting

Oakhurst/Coarsegold Tea Party Action Meeting will be held 6:30 p.m., Thursday, May 14, at the Best Western Yosemite Gateway Restaurant in Oakhurst. Speakers are Todd Miller Madera County Auditor/Controller speaking about the department and its function and accomplishments; and Randell Widner, with Concerned Citizens of Central California, who will speak on the drought and the state of the Sierra National Forest.

Details: (559) 642-4921.

Saving water

According to the Associated Press, Californians did little to conserve water during the month of March, and state regulators are considering tough measures to force savings. A survey showed that overall savings was only at approximately 9%, despite Governor Gerry Brown’s setting a voluntary target of 20%. One of the proposed measures is encouraging homeowners to let lawns go brown, and to prevent cities from using drinking-quality water on street median grass.

Special election

In order to be eligible to vote in the June 2, 2015 special Bass Lake School District election, persons must register to vote by Monday, May 18. This election is for the Bass Lake Joint Union School District, Area 4 seat, currently held by David Read, who is stepping down from the board. Running for the office are business owner Bill Freed and parent/community volunteer Dalene B. Stephens. Registered voters who have moved, change their name, or wish to change their political party must re-register by this date. Voter registration cards are available at the county clerk’s office, local post offices, local libraries, or online at or

Details: Elections Division, (559) 675-7720.