Community News for week of June 21 | Movies in park, Ribfest, Radio Field Day and more

‘Mary Poppins’ Friday in the park

The Oakhurst Park Committee’s Movies in the Park program continues Friday, June 22 with “Mary Poppins” and includes a special guest: An actor portraying the title character in person.

The free movie events begin at dusk, and attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket.

Upcoming movies: “Coco” July 13, “Finding Nemo” Aug. 3 and “The Incredibles” Aug. 24.

Popcorn and concessions are available.

Pest management workshop Saturday

UC Master Gardeners of Mariposa County presents a free fruit tree pest management workshop on Saturday, June 23, 10 a.m. to noon in the Board of Supervisors Chambers at 5100 Bullion St., Mariposa.

Maxwell Norton, emeritus fruit and nut adviser for Mariposa and Merced counties, will be presenting. Norton has over 40 years of experience working with fruit trees and grapes.

Topics covered will include a variety of fruit tree pests and how to prevent and/or manage them. Attendees are welcome to bring samples for the class to look at.

Registration is required. Register at cemariposa.ucanr.edu or call 209-966-2417.

Community Center Ribfest Saturday

The annual Oakhurst Community Center Ribfest fundraiser is Saturday, June 23. A no-host bar opens at 5:30 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. and tickets, priced at $25 ($10 for children under 10) are available at the door or in advance at Oakhurst Giftworks and Dorsey’s Hallmark.

Dinner includes the Soroptomists’ beans and cole slaw and desserts by Mountain Community Women.

Details: 559-683-5442.

Amateur Radio Field Day this weekend

The Mountain Amateur Radio Club is holding its annual “Field Day” event this weekend in the field behind True Value on Highway 49 in Oakhurst.

The event is open to the public to see a demonstration practice of emergency communication. The “hams” participate in this event for three reasons.

▪ It’s a way to practice setting up equipment in a remote location which may not have regular PG&E power. Temporary antennas are set up and an electric generator is brought in for the radio gear.

▪ It’s a contest between radio clubs and individuals country wide. Thousands of operators compete for points which are received for each contact with another station.

▪ It’s a way to demonstrate to the public what amateur radio can do in an emergency.

The event begins at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 23, and runs continuously for 24 hours until 11 a.m. the following morning.

Details: Alan Gil, 559-683-8095.

First 5 has Monday reading programs

First 5 Madera County is hosting Toddler Summer Reading Story Time at the Oakhurst Library.

Each session is from 10:30-11:30 a.m. and includes a book followed by an activity, geared toward helping children to acquire pre-literacy skills needed for kindergarten.

Upcoming dates are Mondays June 25, July 9 and July 23 at the library, 49044 Civic Circle in Oakhurst.

Details: 559-676-5612.

Sheriff’s Office gets tobacco grant

The Madera County Sheriff’s Office received $942,525 from the California Department of Justice Tobacco Law Enforcement Grant Program to hire school resource officers to conduct tobacco trainings and tobacco retailer license inspection and enforcement operations. It also will install vapor and smoke detection devices in schools.