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Bracebridge Dinner Performances Need Community Participants 

YOSEMITE — Celebrated annually since 1927, the renowned Bracebridge Dinner transforms The Majestic Yosemite Hotel’s Dining Room into a Old English-era hall filled with Christmas festivities. The inspiration for this incredible Yuletide ceremony was Washington Irving’s Sketch Book about Squire Bracebridge and Christmas traditions of the period. More than 100 cast members portray the Squire and his family, their servants, the ...

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A Visit To The Enchanted Florist

OAKHURST — Cross the threshold into Jennifer Lyster’s new shop, The Enchanted Florist and Whatnots, and you’ll have a good idea why it’s called enchanted. Spend some time talking with Jennifer, herself, and you’ll understand completely. Click on images to enlarge. The open, airy shop was established in mid-September, with an outstanding array of floral choices delivered or picked up for ...

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Madera County’s Newest Deputy Dog Wins Over The Crowd

NORTH FORK — Madera County’s newest K9 officer provided a demonstration last week for the group that helped to make his acquisition possible. On Wednesday, Nov. 9, members of the Friendship Circle at Grace Community Church in North Fork were honored with a special visit from Gastone, the 2-year-old Belgian Malinois whose purchase was made possible in part by the ...

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Hiking up the 4 Mile Trail to Glacier Point

Views of snow capped mountains and flowing waterfalls were our reward once we made it to the top but Yosemite Falls with rainbows was also pretty darn special. Where: Yosemite National Park Distance: 9.85 Miles Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous Elevation Range: 3,980′ – 7,221′ Date: November 4, 2016 Maps: El Capitan Topographic Quad Dog Hike? No, dogs not allowed in ...

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Welcome Back Aboard The USS John R. Perry, 1967-68

COARSEGOLD — Former Navy man and area resident John Zingrich wanted to reconnect with shipmates on the USS John R. Perry, a destroyer escort ship that then-Naval Petty Officer Zingrich sailed on for two years in 1967 – 68 during the Vietnam era. To do this, he created a website and now, his fellow shipmates are posting pictures and memories, and catching up after ...

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Cans 4 Cats At Cause 4 Paws

OAKHURST — Here, kitty, kitty, kitty! Local thrift shop Cause 4 Paws is collecting empty cans and bottles which will be recycled and, at the end of the month, all proceeds will be donated to the Cause 4 Paws free spay and neuter program. Foothill residents are encouraged to collect recyclables in plastic bags and bring the donations to Cause 4 ...

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International Baccalaureate Showcase “R3VolUTION”

Submitted by Evan Higgins — OAKHURST — The Yosemite High School International Baccalaureate (IB) program invites the community to an interdisciplinary showcase on Wednesday, Nov. 9 in the Badger Gallery on campus, from 6 – 8 p.m. We are living during a divisive time in human history. Politically, environmentally, economically and globally things seem to be at the tipping point. ...

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Raymond-Knowles School Veterans Day Red/Blue Run

RAYMOND – Veterans Day is this week and the community at Raymond-Knowles school has come up with a fine tradition to honor the occasion, with proceeds going to a very good cause. There’s still time to register for the second-ever Raymond-Knowles School 5K and one-mile Veterans Day Run, at 9 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 11. The cost to register is $15 for kids ...

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Metaphors Are Key To Understanding Beliefs

Last week I talked about belief systems, and perception being the lens through which we see and understand the world (you may want to read my previous blog before reading this one). Our thoughts and imagination create our belief systems, and our belief systems are shared with the world through the words that we use. While some poets may believe ...

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Hiking from Nelder Grove to Kelty Meadow

We headed up to Nelder Grove to check out those fall dogwoods and we discovered surprises along our adventure to Kelty Meadow. Distance: 8.44 miles (but you can go more or less if you want to) Difficulty: Easy to moderate Elevation Range: 5,275′ – 6,115′ Date: October 26, 2015 Topographic Quad Map: Falls Ridge Topographic Quad Dog Hike? Absolutely!! It ...

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