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80th Annual Madera District Fair

MADERA — For all you fun-lovers, the Madera District Fair opens Thursday, Sept. 7 for a four-day run, celebrating its 80th year with the theme, “Your Fair since 1937.” General admission is $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and children 6 to 12 years. Children under 5 are free. New this year are free concerts with paid fair admission. ...

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California Native Plant Society Symposium

SONORA — The California Native Plant Society (CNPS), Sierra Foothills Chapter announces their 2017 symposium “Gardening with Natives: Native Gardening in the Mother Lode – the New Normal,” on Saturday, Sept. 9. “The new normal” refers to the wide shifts in yearly weather conditions that, in recent years, resulted in gardening with a restricted ability to water, persistent drought conditions, ...

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Oakhurst River Parkway Cleanup This Saturday

OAKHURST — With cooling temperatures, it’s a perfect time for the community to come out for the Oakhurst River Parkway Cleanup, part of the Great Sierra River Cleanup. This is an annual event hosted by the Oakhurst River Parkway, and it’s really needed this year, due to all the trash from the flooding. Willing volunteers are invited to meet on Saturday, ...

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Evacuated Residents – Get A Proof Of Residence Pass

OAKHURST — The Madera County Sheriff’s Office would like to expedite the process for residents to gain access to their residences when the danger from the Railroad Fire and the Mission Fire has passed and re-population occurs. In light of this effort, the Sheriff’s Office will open the Oakhurst Substation (see map below) for residents to come present documentation as ...

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Back 2 Basics: New Location, Same Great Store And More

OAKHURST — Less than two years after originally opening her signature shop, Back 2 Basics, longtime area resident Lisa Weddle is pleased to invite the community to the ribbon cutting to celebrate the store’s convenient new location. Once tucked in back behind McDonalds in Oakhurst, Back 2 Basics has now opened its doors in the shopping center where Raley’s is, ...

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Mariposa Arts Camp Song Benefits Fire Recovery

MARIPOSA — Click through and give a listen to this song these kids and their mentor have recorded while we defy you to not crack a smile. Make sure you listen all the way through for the full flavor. During the final day of the Mariposa County Arts Council’s Summer Art Camp Academy, camp kids used their creative potential to give ...

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Schools Cancel Mid-Day Due To Smoke

OAKHURST — Both Yosemite High School and schools in the Bass Lake School District have called school early due to the poor air quality and current conditions. According to the Bass Lake School District transportation page, YHS released at 11:20 and Oakhurst Elementary, Oak Creek Intermediate, Wasuma, and Fresno Flats will release at 11:30. If you do not want your ...

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Youth Triathlon My*Tri Canceled Due To Smoke And Fires

BASS LAKE —  Organizers behind the popular Bass Lake youth triathlon My*Tri have announced this morning that the event, previously scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 9, has been canceled. It’s with heavy hearts that we have made the decision to cancel this year’s MyTri. We feel the air quality and current state of our community does not allow for this great ...

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Memorial For Battalion Chief Gary Helming

SANTA MARIA — Los Padres National Forest Battalion Chief Gary Helming will be honored with a memorial service at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 6, according to the USFS. The service will be held at the Pacific Christian Center, located at 3435 Santa Maria Way, Santa Maria, California, 93455. The memorial is open to the public; however, space is limited. ...

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Full Moon Tonight, Harvest Or Not

NORTHERN HEMISPHERE – Reader and frequent contributor of sunsets and other nature photographs Courtney Cara dubbed it the Railroad Moon, as our big view of the light in the nighttime sky locally may be filtered through a haze of smoke due to fires burning in the Sierra. You could call it the Mission Moon, South Fork Moon or the Peak Moon ...

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