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New Location For Branches Books & Gifts

OAKHURST — Branches Books & Gifts has relocated to a newly renovated 1,500-square-foot storefront in the Old Mill Village Shopping Center. The store was previously located in the Junction Plaza Center. The new larger space allows the shop to expand its inventory and offer more books, educational toys and, as owner Anne Driscoll likes to say, other awesomeness. The bookshop opened ...

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The Man Who Climbs In Jeans: Free Soloing Mt. Whitney At 65

OAKHURST — Bob Kaspar has always been ahead of the curve. He built his first telescope at the cusp of his teenage years. When he was 14, the Massachusetts native rode a bicycle alone from southern California to Yosemite. At 15, he spent six weeks solo off-trail hiking and climbing through the High Sierra. Turning 16, Kaspar rebuilt his first car, ...

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Free Workshop: Understanding Difficult Behaviors Of Dementia

OAKHURST — Valley Caregiver Resource Center invites community members to a free family caregiver workshop on Understanding Difficult Behaviors of Dementia. Participants in the workshop who are unpaid caregivers will learn how to better understand what dementia is and what it is not, according to organizers. Practical tips will be offered to help family members or friends with dementia cope ...

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Being Held Hostage By The Makers Of EpiPens

Written by Virginia Eaton — The happy dance in which so many parents partake as their school age darlings head back to class might be somewhat diminished for those who have to refill their EpiPen prescription. EpiPens provide lifesaving doses of epinephrine to those who suffer from serious allergic reactions. But be prepared, given recent price increases you may need to ...

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Celebrating The Dog Days Of Summer

MOUNTAIN AREA — We noticed that National Dog Day was looming on the calendar, and decided to act on an impulse. Designated as Aug. 26, National Dog Day is one that needs no explanation for many, as canines are our constant companions, true sometimes most especially here in the foothills. We put the word out on SNO social media suggesting that people may ...

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Tamed Fire At Bass Lake Water Sports Marina

BASS LAKE — Special event doesn’t even begin to describe the excitement as the Tamed Fire Dancers bring their astounding pyrotechnic abilities to the Bass Lake Water Sports Marina for Labor Day weekend. The creative fire dancers will perform at 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 4 for one show only. “Tamed Fire is just like a Hawaiian luau, only hotter,” says Tom Tuso ...

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YHS FFA Boosters Dinner & Auction

OAKHURST — Yosemite High School FFA Boosters are gathering for a delicious dinner in a beautiful location, all for a good cause, and the community is invited to attend. The National FFA is a student-run organization that strives to make a positive difference in the lives of students, they say, by developing youth potential for premier leadership, personal growth and ...

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ME Live: Melissa Etheridge At Sounds Of Summer

COARSEGOLD — Academy Award and Grammy winning artist Melissa Etheridge will take the stage to perform songs from her album, This is M.E. along with some of her greatest hits, including “Come to My Window,” “I’m The Only One” and “I Want To Come Over.” Known for her distinctive vocals, profound lyrics and riveting stage presence, Melissa will share personal stories about her ...

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Four Women, Six Days, 53 Miles Backpacking

Written by Wendy Fisher — As a lifelong wilderness enthusiast at heart, I have been exploring the Sierra on foot for well over 20 years. When I am not out exploring, gardening, or parenting my lovely twin girls, I am proud of my day job working as a plant/wetland ecologist with Live Oak Associates. Live Oak is an Oakhurst based ecological ...

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Can SNO Retain Lions Club Coveted Trivia Title?

OAKHURST – Now is the time to gather up your friends and coworkers and show off your trivia knowledge during a spirited night of friendly competition on Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Sierra Lions Club’s second annual “If I Only Had a Brain” Trivia Night. Once again, District 5 Supervisor Tom Wheeler is the distinguished Master of Ceremonies, and participants will be ...

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