Community News, April 25 edition: Butterfly Festival, Poker Run, two plant sales and Day of Prayer

Team Fastrax performing their skydiving routine.
Team Fastrax performing their skydiving routine. Courtesy of Bill Lowe, Chairman of the Mariposa Butterfly Festival

Mariposa Butterfly Festival

The annual Mariposa Butterfly Festival is set for May 4-5 throughout Mariposa.

The name of the event comes from the release of 5,000 butterflies, but there is plenty more attendees to look forward to at the long-standing community tradition. New this year are performances from world renowned skydiving group Team Fastrax. The team will be performing a total of four times throughout the weekend, two each on Saturday and Sunday.

The first of their performances will come during the parade that kicks off the festival Saturday morning. After taking in the parade, attendees can enjoy an Art and Artisan Fair with over 70 vendors, as well as bands playing in the Art Park, and a new Kid Zone with a petting zoo and pony rides along with educational and community programs.

Another major addition this year is a new short film entitled “The Mariposa Experience,” which will be shown throughout the festival. The film will feature “whitewater rafting, mountain biking, rock climbing and skydiving, along with stunning winter footage of Yosemite National Park.”

Hours for the festival are Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be free shuttle buses from the Mariposa County Fairgrounds parking lot on Highway to the downtown Festival.

For a detailed schedule of events, visit the festival’s website.

Poker Run through Yosemite

The Sierra Shadow Casters Motorcycle Club is hosting their eighth annual Sierra Memorial Poker Run on Saturday, May 18 to benefit the Children’s Museum of the Sierras and other charitable causes.

The run is designed for street legal motorcycle riders. It begins at the Oak Room, 40807 Highway 41, in Oakhurst and runs through Yosemite on Hwy 41 and out Highway 120 to historic Coulterville.

It is slated to start at 9:45 a.m.

Participants pay an entry fee and draw a card at 5 stops along the way. High-hand and lowest win a cash prize. Those that don’t win out in the poker game can still go home with some prizes from the raffle scheduled for the morning .

At the end of the run, the motorcyclists can look forward to some food and entertainment. In Coulterville, riders can enjoy barbecue tri-trip and chicken prepared by executive chef Ryan Simas of the Narrow Gauge Inn and Sierra Sky Ranch. Beer and wine will be available from Mariposa’s famous Hideout Saloon.

Exit 13, a classic rock band out of Fresno, will provide live music.

Interested riders can preregister online for $30 and can bring a passenger along for $20. Those who wait until the day of the run to register will pay $35 for riders and $25 for passengers.

Raffle tickets can be purchased Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Children’s Museum of the Sierra, 49269 Golden Oak Dr.

Details: Call Paul Hall at 559-660-6440

Master Gardeners Spring Plant Sale

The annual UC Master Gardeners of Mariposa County Spring Plant Sale is scheduled for Saturday, April 27, in the Amigo Picnic Area of the County Fairgrounds, 5007 Fairgrounds Road.

The theme of this year’s sale is “From Our Gardens to Yours” and its selection will include salvias, young desert willow, eastern redbud, mimosa, natives, and drought tolerant plants. Vegetable choices will include multiple varieties of tomatoes, eggplants, peppers, squashes, melons, cucumbers, basil, parsley, rosemary, and many more.

Attendees can also look forward to the Garden Art Center, the Information Center featuring, and the Mosquito Fish sale.

The sale will run from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., or until the plants are sold out.

Details: Call 209-966-2417 or visit the UC Master Gardeners of Mariposa office at 5009 Fairgrounds Rd.

EMCSPCA Annual Plant Sale

The Eastern Madera County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is hosting its plant sale Saturday, April 27 at 45503 N. Oakview Dr.

All plants up for sale are locally grown.

Details: Call 559-642-6253

National Day of Prayer

Yosemite Lakes Community Church is hosting a National Day of Prayer observance on Thursday, May 2nd in the main sanctuary, 43840 Patrick Ave, Coarsegold, 559-440-6777.

This years national theme is “Love One Another.”

All Madera County elected, first responders, and school officials, community leaders, mountain area churches, businesses and the community are invited. There will be prayer for members of Government, Churches, Military, Families, Education, Media and Business, both locally and nationwide.

The featured speaker this year is Judge Steven Bailey.

Judge Steven Bailey was first elected to the bench in 2008. He retired from the Superior Court of El Dorado County, California in August 2017 to become a candidate for California Attorney General. He was nominated by the voters of California as one of the top two candidates in the 2018 general election, where he received nearly 4.5 million votes.

Doors open at 8:30 a.m. and the main program will run from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. with music, guest speaker and prayer from the community’s pastors and leaders. A free continental breakfast will be provided from 8:30 to 11:00 am.

Prayer will continue throughout the day with different prayer topics and leaders each hour until 5:00 pm.