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Judi Hussain escaped from the big city to the wilds of eastern Madera County over thirty years ago. During her time here she’s worked at selling doors and windows, coordinated Road Scholar adventures at a local conference center and served as visitor center coordinator for Visit Yosemite Madera County. After the COVID shutdown upended her world, she "enjoyed" her first retirement months ever and couldn't wait to get back to work. When offered a position in January 2021 as the chamber administrator for Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce, she grabbed it and held on tight. Her diverse passions include hiking, beading, dog mushing (observer, not participant), travel, writing and languages. The shutdown offered an opportunity to expand on her journeys to Israel in 2016 and 2018, and she’s now studying Hebrew in preparation for a return to the land she uexpectedly grew to love. She’s investigating other travel prospects, as well, targeted toward the end of 2022.

Oakhurst Fall Festival Is Back at Oakhurst Community Park–Bigger and Better than Ever

OAKHURST – Entering its 28th season, the Oakhurst Fall Festival, a “small-town fair,” offers fun, food, a Ferris wheel and much, much more. Taking place the second weekend of October–this year October 8, 9 and 10–the Oakhurst Fall Festival is the largest event in Eastern Madera County and brings together a variety of carnival rides, food booths, specialty vendors, a ...

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The Week’s Events – Tues., Sept. 14 to Sun., Sept 19

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 Coarsegold Stampede Barrel Racing 7:30 pm Coarsegold Rodeo Grounds 44777 Rodeo Grounds Lane, Coarsegold, CA 93614 – Phone 559/281-5619 View Website Evening Relaxation Yoga with Lisa 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm Oakhurst Community Center 39800 Road 425B, Oakhurst, CA 93644 – Phone 559/642-4448 Occurs: Every week on Tuesday until December 14, 2021 View Website Morning Yoga with ...

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Celebrating Oakhurst’s Past at Mountain Heritage Day

OAKHURST – Fresno Flats Historic Village and Park offers yet another event to close out the summer season in the Sierra Nevada foothills. Heritage Day takes place on Saturday, September 18, 2021, from 8 am to 8 pm. Paul Adelizi, president of Fresno Flats Historic Village and Park, promises a day filled with fun, games, prizes and demonstrations. Mountain Heritage ...

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Sierra Art Trails to Return for Two Weekends in October

OAKHURST — The iconic Sierra Art Trails, arguably the largest art event in Madera and Mariposa counties, took a hit in 2020 when virtually all scheduled events had to be canceled due to the pandemic. But this year Sierra Art Trails is back, bigger than ever in terms of opportunities to view and purchase the artwork of our talented, multifaceted ...

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At the Forks Resort, You’re Family

BASS LAKE — There’s no two ways about it. When you’re at The Forks Resort on beautiful Bass Lake, you’re family. If you’re not Ron and Leslie Cox, current owners of the property (for “only” 40 years) or their children, Adam and McKenzie, you become family by association. Many of their employees have been with the Coxes for decades, some ...

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The Week’s Events – Tues., Sept. 7 through Sun., Sept. 12

We’ve survived Labor Day. Now we can look forward to taking a deep breath and relaxing at some of the great venues offering activities this week. TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7 Morning Yoga with Sarah at the Oakhurst Community Center 8:30 am to 9:30 am 39800 Road 425B, Oakhurst – Phone (559) 642-4448 Eastern-madera-recreation-parks.square.site/s/shop Evening Relaxation Yoga with Lisa at the Oakhurst ...

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Rosh Hashanah Services in North Fork

  Siderman Family Camp and Conference Center in North Fork welcomes all to its traditional Jewish Rosh HaShanah services starting the evening of Monday, September 6 at 6:45 pm, led by Rabbi Shlomo Menkes. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to SidermanCamp@gmail.com or text to 310/403-1821. The High Holy Days of Rosh haShanah and Yom Kippur contain powerful observances ...

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WEEK’S EVENTS – Wed., Sept 1 to Mon., Sept 6

OAKHURST – This is it, folks! The end of summer, as marked by the upcoming Labor Day Weekend. There’s lots to do. Check out the list below. WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1 Yosemite Sierra Artists 50th Anniversary Art Show Yosemite Gateway Art Center 40982 Highway 41, Oakhurst, CA 93644 Occurs: Every week on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday until September 19, ...

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Forest Bathing — Good for the Soul!

Image of a hand digging in the forest.

OAKHURST — Susan Madden, proprietor of the Mindful Café blog and longtime mindfulness and meditation teacher, has practiced Forest Bathing all her life, she says. She just didn’t call it that. She has always felt connected to the outdoors, and mindfulness has been a lifestyle for many years. A certified mindfulness and meditation teacher, she also facilitates (and even constructs) ...

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Yosemite Your Way – With Expert Guidance

OAKHURST – You gaze, mesmerized, at the scene before you:  majestic Half Dome — known as Tis-sa-sak to the first settlers of this valley — crowns Tenaya Canyon leading to the Yosemite high country. El Capitan, sentinel of Yosemite Valley, guards the western edge. The scene is pure majesty, a valley ringed by mountains approaching 10,000 feet in elevation. You ...

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