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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.

The Week’s Events July 26 – August 1

A bit of a change this week:  Scroll down for a list of recurring events as well as select events in Yosemite National Park. There’s lots to do in our mountain area. Get out there! THIS WEEK’S EVENTS THURSDAY, JULY 29 Make & Take Wine Cork Birdhouse at Yosemite Wine Tails 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Admission: $20. Advance Reservations Required ...

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Robert Macaulay Seeks District 5 Supervisor Office

OAKHURST – Robert Macaulay wants your vote. In January 2020, Macaulay filed paperwork to pursue a candidacy for County Supervisor of Madera County District 5, the seat Tom Wheeler has held for the past fifteen years. That paperwork was approved in February. But that decision wasn’t made just then. “The first time it really crossed my mind was after I won ...

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A Life Well-Lived, Gone Too Soon

At the age of 20, Eben Hammond achieved more than many adults reaching into their 70s, 80s, and 90s. But on the night of July 7, 2021, a hit-and-run driver cut that life short and destroyed at least two futures: Eben’s and their own. That driver couldn’t have known if the person hit was alive, critically injured or dead. That ...

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The Week’s Events Oakhurst & Beyond – July 20 through July 29, 2021

TUESDAY, JULY 20 Coarsegold Stampede Barrel Racing at Coarsegold Rodeo Grounds. 7:30 pm racing starts. 44777 Rodeo Grounds Lane, Coarsegold. 559/281-5619. https://www.cgrodeogrounds.com/events THURSDAY, JULY 22 Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting to Celebrate Sierra Telephone’s Grand Reopening. 12 noon. 49150 Road 426, Oakhurst. Axis Music Series Event Featuring Natural Bridge. Axis Coffee Bar + Eatery. 6 pm to 8 ...

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WHAT’S HAPPENING, OAKHURST? . . . and Beyond, Weekend of July 14-19, 2021

WEDNESDAY Art Exhibit at Yosemite Gateway Art Center, through August 15. 11 am to 5 pm. Gallery Row, 40982 Highway 41, Oakhurst. 559/683-5551. Facebook.com/ygacarts THURSDAY Bass Lake LIVE Featuring Classic All Stars at The Pines Resort Gazebo Deck, 6:30 pm to 10 pm. 54432 Road 432, Bass Lake. 800/350-7463.  Basslake.com FRIDAY Axis Music Series Featuring Jason Cade. Axis Coffee Bar ...

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Community Flea Market & Mountain Artisans Market

The third in a series of community markets takes place this Saturday, July 17, at Fresno Flats Historic Village and Park, 49777 Road 427, Oakhurst, from 10 am to 4 pm. A variety of vendors from the mountain area offer their wares in a parklike setting. OAKHURST – Fresno Flats Historical Village and Park didn’t let any grass grow under ...

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Sierra Ambulance: The Biggest Bang for Your Buck in Eastern Madera County

THIS JUST IN:  Information received from Madera County regarding the proportion of our population indicates an even greater need to take advantage of Sierra Ambulance’s service. Per information provided by Robert Macaulay, Chief of Staff to Tom Wheeler, Madera County District 5 has the highest concentration of both elderly and disabled.  Nearly 20 per cent of our population is age ...

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WEEKEND EVENTS OAKHURST . . . and Beyond – July 9-11 (and Beyond)

Friday, July 9 The Weekend Market at Coarsegold Historic Village. Friday, Saturday & Sunday. 35300 Highway 41, Coarsegold.  559/658-1422. CoarsegoldCA.com/CGVevents.html. Art Exhibit at Yosemite Gateway Art Center – Wed. through Sun., through August 15, 11 am to 5 pm. Gallery Row, 40982 Highway 41, Oakhurst. 559/683-5551. Facebook.com/ygacarts. Golden Chain Theatre Presents 2021 Drive-In Summer Melodrama, Fri & Sat. 7:30 pm ...

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Going Back to Oakhurst’s Past with Fresno Flats’ Pioneer Camp

OAKHURST – Paul Adelizi, President of the Sierra Historic Sites Association, has a passion for history. You could almost call it an obsession. As such, he’s in a perfect position to initiate a collaboration between the Boys and Girls Club of Oakhurst and Fresno Flats Historical Museum. The inaugural Pioneer Camp begins on Tuesday, July 13 and runs daily from ...

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The Pines Resort:  Surviving and Thriving During the Shutdown

The Pines Resort has a long and storied past—for me, at least. I’d never even heard of Bass Lake until we took a family vacation here in November 1989. After arriving from Orange County at midnight, getting lost and almost giving up hope, we arrived at our destination. The Pines Resort. I stepped out of the car onto Bass Lake ...

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