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Creative Healing Arts Studio Welcomes Visitors

OAKHURST – Visitors to the Creative Healing Arts Studio can expect to find ceramics in one room, yoga in another, and a third space for exploring dreams. The public is invited to their grand opening Saturday, Oct. 6. where a festive reception will be held from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. The studio will be one of the stops on ...

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Coarsegold PTA Helps Students Brush Up On Art

COARSEGOLD – Students from Coarsegold Elementary were awash in colored chalk on a canvas of concrete the first week in September, marking the start of this year’s PTA Reflections Art Contest, and celebrating with a sidewalk mural day. Heather Gerard is the Vice President of Parental Involvement at the school, where 490 students are enrolled.

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Reflect And Relax During 'Quiet Day' At ECCO

OAKHURST – The 19th annual Quiet Day is Oct. 10, at the Evergreen Conference Center (ECCO). Quiet Day is a non-denominational, one day retreat offering the opportunity to reflect, refresh, and relax amidst the serene beauty of the Sierra at the Evergreen Conference Center (ECCO).

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Judges Award Local Winery The Double Gold

O’NEALS – The fruit is already off the vine at Westbrook Wine Farm and Winery, where the red roofs rise above vineyards recently laden with grapes. Harvest is over and the vines have been “denuded of their offspring, which are now fermenting in the winery,” as owner Ray Krause puts it. He is a 48-year California wine industry veteran who ...

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Grizzly Century Bike Run This Saturday

Hundreds expected to hit the trail from the North Fork School NORTH FORK – The 20th annual Grizzly Century bike ride to promote the Sierra Vista National Scenic Byway wheels into town Saturday, Oct. 6, from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The Grizzly ride promotes appreciation of the Scenic Byway, and benefits improvements and restoration on roads, highways and other ...

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Sierra Art Trails 2012 Features 108 Artists

Art includes jewelry, glass, paintings, metalwork, sculptures and more OAKHURST – It’s shaping up to be a perfect weekend for Sierra Art Trails, celebrating 10 years of the Yosemite Foothills Open Studio Tour. This much-anticipated event draws hoards to the mountain area each year, to see local artists and art featured in homes, studios and galleries in eastern Madera and ...

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Mariposa Loofa Farm Yields Gargantuan Gourds

MARIPOSA – Vines rise from big buckets lining two greenhouses at Mariposa Loofa, where about 300 loofa sponges begin as gourds and are grown to lengths of 2 and 3 feet each. Linda and Chris Dahl own and operate the Mariposa Loofa farm, about seven miles south of Mariposa off Highway 41. This weekend, Sept. 29-30, the enterprise is open ...

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Regert Celebrates 45 Years With Farmers

OAKHURST – Richard “Rich” Regert is celebrating 45 years with Farmers Insurance this year, and his wife and business partner, Sharon, now has 25 years with the agency herself. Regert began his career with Farmers Insurance as an underwriter in 1966, becoming an agent in 1973. His parents both worked for Farmers, so in 1987 he moved to Oakhurst to ...

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Spend A Day Making Yosemite More Beautiful

YOSEMITE – It’s time for the ninth annual “Yosemite Facelift” event, Tuesday through Sunday, Sept. 25-30, and you’re invited to participate. This is when around 1,300 volunteers show up to collect hundreds of tons of trash and construction debris. This annual event is organized by the Yosemite Climbing Association to help clean up the park after the busy summer season. ...

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