String of wrecks
Collisions were reported across the Mountain Area on July 23, 25, and 26.
On July 23, a 20-year-old female driver rolled over on Road 415 while en route to Coarsegold, California Highway Patrol officers said. She suffered minor injuries.
Later that afternoon, a 34-year-old woman crashed on Highway 41 near Victoria Lane in a single-vehicle wreck, and was placed under arrest for DUI.
Two days later, on Monday, July 25, a man from Coarsegold crashed his vehicle on Road 426 near Llama Ranch, and was also arrested for DUI.
Then on Tuesday, a man driving a pickup truck north on Highway 41 drifted to the east side of the road and overcorrected, causing him to smash into a Dodge van and a Toyota sedan. No major injuries were reported, and drugs or alcohol were not suspected.
The Central California Blood Center mobile unit will accept blood donations, 1 - 5 p.m., Aug. 1 in the Vons shopping center.
Donors must be in good general health, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds, and be at least 17 years of age (16 years with written parental consent). Eat a good meal and drink plenty of water within four hours prior to donating. Donors can give blood every eight weeks. Photo identification is required at donor registration.
Details: Bob Lagle, (559) 624-4250.
Cedar Valley Firewise Day
Those participating in the Cedar Valley Firewise program will have access to a rented wood chipper from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6.
Residents are encouraged to start limbing their trees and cutting their brush. Small tree limbs, 8 inches or less in diameter, and flammable vegetation will be shredded.
Details: Mike Zamba, (408) 768-6897.
The Madera County Planning Commission could potentially approve a new Dollar General store at Highway 41 and Road 417 during a meeting 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2, at the county’s government building, 200 W. 4th Street in Madera.
The commission will review additional traffic impacts of the store before potentially holding a vote. The public is welcome to attend.
Details: (559) 675-7821.
County unemployment rises
Madera County’s unemployment rate rose by a full percentage point from May to June, but compared to previous years, the number of people able to find work has continually improved.
In May, Madera County was at 8.4% unemployment, which rose to 9.4% in June. In June last year, the rate was instead 10.1%, and as high as 18.6% in March 2010.
According to the California Employment Development Department, 5,900 people were unemployed in the county for June this year, while 56,700 are employed.
The Friends of the Ahwahnee Hills Regional Park will hold a flag ceremony and dedication of a memorial placque and walkways around the flag pole, 10 a.m., July 30, at the park. The placque will be dedicated to J.R. Froelich, Caring Vets.
The Clampers, Caring Vets and many others will be honored for their contributions to the materials donated. The public is invited to attend.
Music on the Green
Music on the Green presents B.Natural on July 29, and The Skylights on July 30. Based in Mariposa, B.Natural makes their debut on the Art Park Stage, playing an eclectic and wide-ranging mix of well-loved covers and original songs in the genres of Contemporary Folk, Pop, Jazz standards, Classical, and Country. The Skylights are an alternative rock group out of the Merced area.
Performances begin at 7 p.m. at the Mariposa County Art Park. While the shows are free to the public, tips for the performers will be solicited, encouraged, and appreciated.
Tour and discussion
Join Geologist Tom Burdette in an informative tour and discussion of the geology of the Sierra Nevada as observed along the Sierra Vista Scenic Byway, 9 a.m., July 30. The tour begins at Fine Gold Creek, with great views of the volcanic mesas and then moving up the Byway for views of domes, volcanism, and more.
Meet at Spring Valley School in O’Neals. Some easy hiking is possible. Bring a lunch and water.
Details: Doug Waltner, (559) 877-2760.
Dearly Departed, a comedy rated PG13 runs Aug. 12-28 at the Golden Chain Theatre. Set in the backwoods of the Bible Belt, the Turpin family proves that living and dying in the south is seldom tidy and always hilarious. This is a irreverent, dark, laugh-out-loud comedy, directed by Jordan Michel and Melinda Rich.
Auditions for Music Man will be held 6:30 p.m., Aug. 5, and 10 a.m., Aug. 6. The show, directed by James Mierkey and Jennifer Piccolotti, runs Oct. 28 - Nov. 20.