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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.

Metta Yosemite: A Respite for Mind, Body & Spirit

OAKHURST — Jennifer Moss calls herself a serial entrepreneur. She’s had multiple businesses over the years, many very successful and a few that didn’t work out. She considers the not-so-successful learning lessons that have led not to discouragement but to bigger opportunities such as the one she has just created. Jennifer strives to make Metta Yosemite a central place for ...

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Hanukkah Celebration Comes to Tenaya Lodge

FISH CAMP–Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, takes place this year from sundown November 28, 2021, to sundown December 6, 2021. This year a special celebration, open to the public, takes place at Tenaya Lodge Resort at Yosemite, led by Rabbi Shlomo Menkes of Siderman Family Camp and Conference Center in North Fork. A menorah (candelabra) will be on display ...

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The Week’s Events – Nov. 23 to Nov. 28

OAKHURST–November exits and December approaches with many area events to spice up your holiday prepping, planning and reveling. Check back often. Events are added as we learn about them. TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 23 Morning Yoga with Sarah 8:30 am – 9:30 am Oakhurst Community Center 39800 Road 425B, Oakhurst, CA 93644 – Phone 559/642-4448 Occurs: Every week on Tuesday until December ...

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Artistic Collaboration Connects Oakhurst and South Africa

OAKHURST — It’s as unlikely a collaboration as you’d find, connecting Oakhurst, South Africa, Alaska, and Facebook, with a touch of Israel thrown in. The result is a feast for the eyes. And I’m proud to be smack in the middle of it.  I am an avid dog mushing fan. I love the Iditarod, the Yukon Quest and all the ...

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The Week’s Events – Nov. 16 to Nov. 21

OAKHURST–Fall is in full swing in Eastern Madera County, and there’s lots happening to take advantage of cooler temperatures and autumn colors. TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 16 Morning Yoga with Sarah 8:30 am – 9:30 am Oakhurst Community Center 39800 Road 425B, Oakhurst, CA 93644 – Phone 559/642-4448 Occurs: Every week on Tuesday until December 14, 2021 View Website Evening Relaxation Yoga ...

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Friends & Family to Gather for Oakhurst Outpouring

OAKHURST — It’s an Oakhurst tradition of almost 15 years that didn’t happen in 2020 because of the shutdown. But it’s back in business for 2021, for what will now be the twelfth annual Oakhurst Outpouring. Come for a huge family gathering (because everyone there is family, whether blood-related or not) and revel in friends, food, and fun. The Outpouring ...

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EMC Foundation Undertakes Positive Changes

OAKHURST–Questions often arise about the maintenance of the Oakhurst River Parkway, an out-and-back trail that stretches 2.8 miles from the Oakhurst Community Park to Yosemite High School. People frequently ask who manages the trail system and how did it come to be. The answer is the Eastern Madera County Foundation. Quietly working in the background to improve the community, the foundation ...

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Soup 4 Friends Helps Those in Need

OAKHURST, CA—Say what you will, Facebook can be a force for good and positive change. Take Soup 4 Friends, for example. Back in December 2020 Teena Hagerman initiated a conversation in a Facebook group regarding the homeless and others in the area not having access to resources, especially due to COVID. Sarah Roemer jumped at the opportunity to help. They ...

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The Week’s Events – Nov. 9 – 14

OAKHURST–Here’s a list of select events occurring this week. But wait! Don’t think this is a one-stop shop. Events often are added last-minute, and this article is a moving feast of things to do. Bookmark each week’s article in your browser and check back often. TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 9 Morning Yoga with Sarah 8:30 am – 9:30 am Oakhurst Community Center ...

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