Community News - week of July 30

Bus tour

The Sept. 26 Willow Creek Tour is a six-hour bus tour east of Highway 41 going from the Coarsegold Historic Museum (31899 Hwy 41, just south of Lucky Lane) to the North Fork area for a special talk at the Ranger Station.

After touring North Fork, lunch at Manzanita Lake. Next stop is Wishon Cove, the Bass Lake Dam and on around through Oakhurst and Coarsegold. This tour is based on Marcia Freedman’s book “Willow Creek History .” There will be a running commentary on the history of the areas traveled on the tour. Special dessert will be served back at the Coarsegold Museum.

The tour runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., starting and ending at the Coarsegold Historic Museum. Reservations must be made by Sept. 12. Send $45 per person to CHS, P.O. Box 117, Coarsegold, Calif., 93614. Include name, address, email address and phone number.

Details: (559) 642-4448.

Scenic Byway tour

The Sierra Vista Scenic Byway Association will host geologist Tom Burdette in a free informative tour and discussion of the geology of the Sierra Nevada as seen on the Scenic Byway. The tour beings at Finegold Creek, and then moves up the Byway for view s of domes, volcanism, and more.

Meet at Spring Valley School in O’Neals, 9 a.m., Aug. 1. Bring a lunch, water and sunscreen.

CASA meeting

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Fresno and Madera counties will hold an information session on becoming an advocate for foster children, 6 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 2, at the Madera Redevelopment Agency meeting room, 428 E. Yosemite Ave, Madera.

Details: (559) 244-6485, or

Angels Amongst Us

The 19th annual Angels Amongst Us awards program and dinner will be held Nov. 1, at Evergreen Conference Center. This is your chance to recognize the good deeds of someone in our community. The nominations deadline is Oct. 2.

Sponsors are also being sought, as this is a free event. Sponsorships range from $25 to more than $500. Both sponsorships and nominations can be sent to Mountain Bear Fan Club, P.O. Box 2071, Oakhurst, Calif., 93644.

Details: (559) 683-7929.

Honorable mention

Brenda Calbert, of Coarsegold, received an honorable mention for her fiction work, “The Ravens Follow,” at this year’s Wyoming Writers, Inc., conference held in June at the Holiday Inn in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

The next conference will be held in Riverton, Wyoming, June 3-5, 2016. Contest entry details will be available earlier that spring.

Princess Camp

Jessalyn Talley, owner of Simpli Charmed Princess, will hold a three-day Princess Camp for children 3-11 years-old, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Aug. 4-6.

Each day will be full of fun, and exciting new activities for children, led by two princesses. Not only will children learn how to be a princess, they will also learn etiquette, manners, and responsibilities that come along with the title. They will learn how to be honest, loyal, respectful, and hardworking, qualities that every princess possesses.

On Aug. 4 and 6, camp will be held at the Oakhurst Library, and on Aug. 5, the camp will be held at Oakhurst Community Park for water games with the little Mermaid.

The cost of the camp is $100 per child, with discounts for families with additional children. A $50 down payment is requested that can be paid through PayPal.

Details: Jessalyn Talley, (559) 760-1253,

Town Hall Meeting

Congressman Tom McClintock (R-Roseville) will hold a Town Hall Meeting, 6 p.m., Aug. 25, at the Yosemite Lakes Park Clubhouse.

Casino Night Sept. 19

A “Casino Night” will be held 6-10 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 19, at Bandit Town (formerly Old Town) in North Fork. The event will benefit a variety of Chawanakee Unified School District programs. Cost of tickets is $35, and are available at North Fork Hardware, or at

Berryhill and Bigelow

Senator Tom Berryhill and Assemblymember Frank Bigelow will discuss legislation and other issues impacting the community, 2-3 p.m., Aug. 21, at the Coarsegold Chamber in Coarsegold’s Historic Village.

Details: MaryAlice Kaloostian, (559) 253-7122,

Vacation photos

The Sierra Star is looking for a single photo, depicting the exciting adventure your family took this summer, to share with our readers in a future publication. Maybe it was a hike up Half Dome, a backcountry camping trip, a visit with Micky Mouse, a trip to grandma and grandpa’s farm in Idaho, a beach vacation, a ride in a hot air balloon, or planting a new garden in the backyard.

Just send your photo identifying who’s in the photo and where it was taken - attach photo as a Jpeg and submit a short description, then email to; or you can come by the Sierra Star and we will scan the photo for you; or you can mail it to Editorial, P.O. Box 305, Oakhurst, Calif., 93644.

Submission deadline Aug 31.