Community News, Aug. 16 edition | Musicians on the road, honor for Branches Books

Sierra Foothills Musicians will perform in Clovis

The Sierra Foothills Musicians will take their classical music talents down the mountain on Aug. 26 to Memorial United Methodist Church, 1726 Pollasky Ave. in Clovis.

Their performance will begin at 3 p.m. and feature work from composers born between the 17th century and the mid-20th century. There is no admission charge but donations will be accepted to cover costs.

Sierra Foothill Musicians is made up of Clyde Lansing on clarinet, Sandy Schaefer on flute, Barbara Ulman and PhilYoungholm on piano, Kelvin Diaz Inoa on cello, and Tiffanie Trujillo singing soprano.

The group will hold a Q&A after the show.

The group’s show in Clovis will be their second; the first took place at Sierra Vista Presbyterian Church in Oakhurst. An audience member liked their first performance so much, that she arranged their second concert in Clovis.

Details: Barbara Ulman, 559-683-7227 or barbaraulman@gmail.com.

Branches Books & Gifts honored

Branches Books & Gifts in Oakhurst will receive one of the Community Investment Awards at the 15th annual Business and Education Shareholders’ Luncheon on Aug. 28 in Madera.

Branches was nominated by Heather Archer at Wasuma Elementary School, according to the sponsoring Madera County Compact that promotes business-school partnerships. Branches works with local educators to help provide the appropriate reading materials needed for students, including making audio versions of books available to students with learning disabilities. Branches frequently donates to local school fundraisers and teacher appreciation events, the Compact says.

The luncheon is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Madera County Superintendent of Schools’ Conference Center. Tickets are $30.

Details: Kristi Winter at 559-662-3873.

Vintners start Ferguson Fire fundraiser

The Madera Vintners Association and its family wineries has started a Go Fund Me donation account to raise funds for relief to those who have been impacted by the Ferguson Fire near Yosemite National Park. The association says all donations will be sent to the Wildland Firefighter Foundation and American Red Cross.