Community News - week of March 9

Daylight Savings

It’s time to spring forward, so don’t forget to set your clocks ahead one hour going to bed Saturday night.

Woman dies at YNP

Amid heavy snows and high winds, a woman was struck and killed by a falling tree in Yosemite National Park about 10 a.m., March 5, in Yosemite Valley’s Half Dome.

Destiny Rose Texeira Borges, 20, from Ceres was in the park working for a company contracted by the park concessionaire. The area was closed following the incident, but reopened to visitors Monday morning.

Mariposa Storytelling Festival

This year will be the Grand Finale of the Mariposa Storytelling Festival, featuring six acclaimed, all-time county-favorite tellers. The festival will be held at the Mariposa County High School on Friday, March 10-11, and there will be a special Pancake Brunch with the storytellers on March 12 at the Mariposa Senior Center.

The Story Slam will take place 7 p.m., March 9, at the Methodist Church in Mariposa. Come win cash prizes for your five-minute original and true story on “... and it could be dangerous.” A Children’s Concert begins 2 p.m., March 11, with master storyteller David Novak. (Children free accompanied by an adult; adults $4). Learn the craft of storytelling with Kim Weitkamp 6-9 p.m., March 13, at the Catholic Church’s Upper Parish Hall. (Registration fee is $40).

Tickets can be purchased online at www.mariposaartscouncil.org, or call (209) 966-3155, (800) 903-9936.

State of the County luncheon March 29

Reservations are now being taken for the the annual State of the County Luncheon at the Madera Municipal Golf Course, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 29. The event, which usually sells out every year at about 200 guests, is hosted by Madera County Economic Development Commission and sponsored by Comcast.

Speakers at the luncheon will include Chairman of the Madera County Board of Supervisors Max Rodriguez, Madera Mayor Andrew Medellin and Chowchilla Mayor Mary Gaumnitz.

Tickets are $30 per person, contact Lois Leonard, (559) 675-7768, lleonard@maderacountyedc.com.

Fun & games

Goddess in the Garden, a family event, will be held April 29-30 at the Coarsegold Historic Village. Saturday’s hours are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., and on Sunday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. There will be children’s activities, food, jewelry, readings, handmade soaps and lotions, artists, medicine tools, entertainment and a silent auction. Feel free to dress in costume.

Details: Julie Elstner, (559) 676-7877.

Doctors’ Day

In celebration of Doctors’ Day, March 30, Adventist Health is asking patients to share their experiences with physicians affiliated with Adventist Health. Positive stories submitted by March 31 will be entered into a drawing for an Amazon Echo or a Google Home.

Stories of 150 words or less can be submitted by email to ahcvinfo@ah.org, at DoctorsDayContest.com, by fax at (559) 537-1532, or by mail to Adventist Health Marketing and Communications, 470 N. Greenfield Ave., #305, Hanford, Calif., 93230. Submissions must include first and last name, address and phone number.

Winners will be notified in April and stories will be posted on www.AdventistHealthCV.com.

Free classes

Yosemite Adult Ed is offering free classes 6-8 p.m., on Wednesdays. The first hour will be instruction, with the last hour practicing and one-on-one help. The classes and dates are:

Internet Search Tips & Tricks on March 15, IPhone/IPad Basics & Cool Apps on March 22, Social Media: Facebook, Instagram & Twitter on March 29, Microsoft Word Basics on April 5, Google Docs & Drive Basics on April 19, More with Google & Word on April 26, Resume Tips & Templates on May 3, and Review & More Student Generated Topics on May 10.

There are 15 spots for each class, computers are provided, bring your own IPhone/IPad.

Details/sign up: Lawnna Porter, (559) 683-8801 ext. 366, or lporter@yosemiteusd.org.

Lincoln / Reagan dinner

The Republican Party of Madera County will hold its annual Lincoln / Reagan dinner March 24, at the Madera Municipal Golf Course (23200 Avenue 17, Madera). Social hour runs from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., with dinner served at 6:30. Music will be provided by the Shaw Family Band.

Speakers are Kristen Olsen, California Republican vice chair, and Shannon Grove, former state assemblywoman running for state senate.

Register online at maderarepublicans.org or download form to mail with your check. The cost is $65 per person.

Details or silent auction donations: Barbara, (559) 232-0566, or bthomasson011@comcast.net.

Off-highway vehicle grants

The Sierra National Forest is requesting public input for the 2016/2017 State Off-Highway Motor Vehicle grant funding application cycle. Officials wish to hear public input or project ideas for what could be included in the applications.

The applications begin March 7. To submit a comment or for more information, email jnickerson@fs.fed.us or mail it to: Sierra National Forest, Attn. Jody Nickerson, 1600 Tollhouse Road, Clovis, CA, 93611.

Arbor Day

Join the Arbor Day Foundation in March 2017 and receive 10 free white pine trees or 10 white flowering dogwood trees. The free trees are part of the nonprofit Foundation’s Trees for America campaign. With planting instructions included, the trees will be shipped at the right time for planting, between March 1 and May 31. The 6-to-12-inch trees are guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced free of charge.

Arbor Day Foundation members also receive a subscription to Arbor Day, the Foundation’s bimonthly publication, and The Tree Book, which contains information about tree planting and care.

To become a member of the Foundation and receive the free trees, send a $10 contribution by March 31 to Ten Free White Pine or 10 Free Dogwood Trees, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, Nebraska 68410; or join online at arborday.org/march.