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Taste Wine, Enjoy An Afternoon Of 1 For Haiti

Written by Susan Madden — In January, 2010, a massive earthquake hit Port Au Prince in Haiti, causing widespread detruction and dispair. It also brought the world’s attention to this island nation, the poorest in the western hemisphere. In August of 2010, my husband Tim and I made our first trip to Haiti, a trip that led to the creation ...

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Bring Back Sierra Mountaineer Days

OAKHURST — If you’re someone who talks about the “good ol’ days” when the whole town celebrated local heritage together and nobody wanted to miss it, you can plan to attend a meeting on Thursday, May 19, and share in the vision to bring back Sierra Mountaineer Days. Gwen Dunn, formerly Gwen Lopez, is determined to do just that. She’s ...

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70th Annual Chowchilla Fair Starts Thursday

CHOWCHILLA – For those who love a good ol’ country fair, it’s not too long a trip to the valley for “Country Nights and Carnival Lights,” the theme for the 2016 Chowchilla Madera County Fair. The excitement begins Thursday, May 19, and will run through Sunday, May 22. This year’s action packed entertainment will include bull riding, mutton busting, pro ...

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Bass Lake Block Party Celebrates Water, Finally!

BASS LAKE — Bass Lake is about to burst with activity as businesses host a day of open houses and celebration around the lake on Saturday, May 21, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. All the local lake businesses are expected to have specials and fun activities scheduled. It’s the first time the lake has been full of water for ...

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EMC Relay For Life Saturday At YHS

OAKHURST — Relay for Life returns to Eastern Madera County on Saturday, May 14 at Yosemite High School on the track at Raupp Field. This year there’s a slight twist that may come as a relief to some — rather than an overnight event, EMC Relay opening ceremonies start at 9 a.m. and the event ends at midnight. As anyone who’s ...

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Classic Boat Show Rocks Bass Lake

BASS LAKE — It’s an exciting weekend with water levels back up, as the 26th Annual Bass Lake Antique and Classic Boat Show returns to the floating docks at the Pines Marina, sponsored by the Bass Lake Lion’s Club and Bass Lake Watersports. Somewhere between 40 and 60 of the finest preserved and restored watercraft to be found on the ...

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“Enjoy The Ride” At Antsy McClain Coolwater Concert

AHWANNEE — Singer, songwriter, humorist and small town philosopher Antsy McClain writes what he knows: The good life. Antsy will be sharing a slice of that good life at The Coolwater Ranch on Saturday, May 21 at 8 p.m. and passes are now available at Oakurst Feed and Mountain Feed and Nursery in Coarsegold. Staging his live shows from a ...

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Beth Pratt-Bergrstrom On “People And Wildlife Working It Out”

MARIPOSA — The National Wildlife Federation’s California Director, Beth Pratt-Bergstrom, will be signing copies of her new book, “When Mountain Lions Are Neighbors: People and Wildlife Working it Out in California,” on Thursday, May 19 at a special reception at Savoury’s Restaurant in Mariposa from 5-7 p.m. Pratt-Bergstrom, a long-time Midpines resident, has worked in environmental leadership roles for over ...

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Mirror Lake Loop Hike

We were on the hunt for those beautiful big white blooms of the dogwoods. We headed to Yosemite Valley to see what we could find. Where: Yosemite National Park Distance: 7.25 Miles Difficulty: Easy to Moderate Elevation Range: 3,983 to 4,285′ Date: April 26, 2016 Maps: El Capitan and Hetch Hetchy Reservoir Topographic Quads As we drove in, we were watching ...

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Photographer Embraces The Journey In “The Cancer Chronicles”

Submitted by Wendy Denton — When my husband Ken was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, we pledged to be conscious and awake throughout the journey together. Through images, we captured feelings, ideas, sadness, humor, and outright fun along the way. Our hope is to inspire others to be creative, talk about the experience of cancer more openly, and even have moments ...

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