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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.

Older than Christmas: Another Holiday Celebration

Metta Yosemite, the newly-opened Oakhurst boutique offering a wide array of classes in yoga, meditation, sound therapy as well as a selection of gift and personal care items, has drawn its essence from diverse traditions. A special offering this year is a Winter Solstice Celebration for women of all ages, led by yogini Camella Nair.  The event occurs at Metta ...

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The Week’s Events – Mon., Dec. 6 – Sun., Dec. 12

OAKHURST–We’re in the thick of holiday celebrations now, with themed events occurring almost daily. Christmas events are marked in red. Do you know of events happening in our area (Eastern Madera County to Madera and northward to Fish Camp) that aren’t listed? Please let me know. I want to feature all events of interest to our residents and visitors. Email ...

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A Mission to Help Others

OAKHURST — There are those who see a need—despite perhaps having limitations themselves—and determine to meet it. Michele Gonzales is one of those. She regularly participates in the Sunday meals offered by Soup 4 Friends and also joins up with Mountain to Mountain Support Crew, both grassroots support groups who make it their mission to serve the needs of those ...

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A Month of Christmas with a Bit of New Year’s Eve

OAKHURST–***UPDATED 12/15/2021*** Holiday festivities abound all over the mountain area. Below is a sampling of what’s available. If you don’t see something that grabs your fancy, keep checking back. This article will be updated as new information comes across the desk. The Grove Presents Community of Lights  Friday, December 10 and Saturday, December 11 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm The ...

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Today Would Have Been Eben’s 21st Birthday

Oakhurst  – Eben Hammond’s life was cut short—needlessly and recklessly—on July 7, 2021. He enjoyed a life full of promise, so much talent in one young man, beloved by many. It’s clear that the perpetrator of the crime (and, yes, it was most definitely a crime) has no intention of turning him or herself in. It will always be a ...

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The Week’s Events – Nov. 30 – Dec. 5

OAKHURST, CA–‘Tis the season, finally. If protocol still holds, Christmas decorations can roll out after Thanksgiving. Of course there are always those who buck the system and decorated before Halloween. Are you ready yet? Have you made your holiday plans? Some big annual events take place live-and-in-person this year. Don’t miss them. Special holiday events are highlighted in red. TUESDAY, ...

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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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