Community Briefs - week of May 28

Summer carnival

The Children’s Museum of the Sierras will hold its annual carnival the Saturday after school ends, June 13, from 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Festivities will take place inside and outside the museum. There will be games, face painting, arts/crafts, and food and drink.

Details: (559) 658-5656.

Christian-based political education series, June 14

John Pero, of the Salt and Light Ministry and Central Valley-Oakhurst Tea Party, is starting an education series starting June 14 that will recur every second Sunday of the month from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Oakhurst Library.

The series, which is centered around a study of Neil Mammen’s book “40 Days Towards a More Godly Nation,” aims to equip Christians with skills to change the outcome of the 2016 elections and “insure that moral and biblical laws are instituted and preserved in our nation.”

The series will kick of June 14 with a 1 p.m. potluck in the library’s community room.

For details or to RSVP call (669)642-4920 or email

Book sale

The Friends of the Book Sale will be held, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Saturday, June 6, in the Oakhurst branch library community room. Book prices are $1 for fiction and non-fiction, and children’s books for 50 cents. Bring your library card with FOBL 2015 sticker for $1 off. Proceeds benefit the library.

Details: (559) 642-4333.

Chamber Singers

Vision Academy of the Arts, the Sierra Chamber Singers and friends present a celebration in song, 7 p.m., Saturday, May 30, and 2:30 p.m., Sunday, May 31, at the New Community United Methodist Church. Donations fund scholarships and star awards to students excelling in the arts.

Details: Jackie Byers, (559) 683-7071.

Christian comedian

The Yosemite Lakes Community Church women’s ministry will host an evening with Stephen B., a Christian comedian, June 13, at the church. Dinner (French Dip au jus with two sides) begins at 6 p.m., with the show and dessert at 7 p.m. Free childcare with advance reservations is available.

Cost $22 per person (dinner, show, dessert) or $12 per person (show, dessert).

Details: Kathy Lang, (559) 676-8029.

Fashion Show

The Women’s Connection will host a fashion show featuring clothing from boutiques and thrift shops in town, will be held at noon, June 3, at the Sweetwater Restaurant.

Art reception

Yosemite Western Artists will show outside Eastern Madera County for the first time, with a reception being held 6-9 p.m., May 29, at the Circle Gallery in Madera. Light refreshments will be served.

Details: Circle Gallery, (559) 661-7005.

Two-week Summer Field Course for teens

NatureBridge, the largest residential environmental education partner of the National Park Service, opened registration for the Summer Field Research Course at its Yosemite campus.

This two-week immersive back country expedition will give teens the opportunity to conduct rigorous environmental science investigations in one of the most iconic national parks in the country.

“Teenagers emerge from the Summer Field Research Course knowing how to think like scientists,” said Becky Zentmyer, course director. “The course is student-centered, inquiry-based learning at its most adventurous. Students learn field research skills that can transfer to high school, college and beyond.”

In Yosemite, students may choose from two sessions: June 28 through July 11, or July 26 through August 8. NatureBridge offers need-based financial aid to qualified participants.

Details: NatureBridge, (209)259-1125 or