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Free Concert Features Jazz, Marches, Movie Themes And More

By Bob Labozetta — OAKHURST — Many communities offer opportunities throughout the year to enjoy quality musical performances. One such opportunity is to take in a rendition by local musicians playing in community concert bands — all-volunteer, nonprofit organizations created to share the gift of music with an entire community. In our Sierra foothill region of Madera and Mariposa counties, ...

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Yosemite Grad Sprinting Toward 2020 Olympics

LONG BEACH — Former Oakhurst resident and 2012 Yosemite High School (YHS) valedictorian Riley Cooks has emerged as a top contender to make the 2020 U.S. Olympic heptathlon team. Riley, 25, is now living in southern California and working as a substitute school teacher while training to compete in the Tokyo Olympics. Her next major hurdle — and javelin throw ...

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Splash! Baker Swim Complex Opens For Summer

OAKHURST — Grab your goggles, pack a lunch and go! Baker Swim Complex at Yosemite High School opens to the public on Saturday, June 15 at 11 a.m. for lap swimming, water aerobics and family pool summer fun. Don’t wait too long — the season ends on Aug. 10. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 1 – 7 p.m. ...

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Living The Dream: Soroptimist Women Awards Luncheon

OAKHURST – Our local Soroptimist club celebrated some amazing women last month as the Live Your Dream and Women of Distinction awards were given out during their annual banquet, held this year at the Oakhurst Grill. Live Your Dream awards Soroptimist awarded a total of $3,300 for the 2018-2019 ‘Live Your Dream College Scholarships for Women,’ with recipients including Kelsi ...

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Spanish Classical Guitar, Blues And Jazz At Music On The Green

Written by Andy Roberts – MARIPOSA — The free open-air concerts continue as Music on the Green hosts Nicholas Lefler on Friday, June 14. On Saturday, June 15 Steve Johnson and Those BobTones take the stage at the outdoor amphitheater. Creating the sound of a modern one-man band, Nicholas mixes live loops of guitar, bass and percussion. Never using prerecorded tracks, ...

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Graydon’s Expert Tips For Transporting Pets In Extreme Heat

MOUNTAIN AREA — Amanda Steen, co-owner with her sister Alison of Graydon Kennels in Coarsegold, offers some tips to area pet owners when traveling with pets during the scorching heat of summer. “Whether your pet rides inside the car or truck or outside in the truck bed, higher temperatures mean even more precautions need to be taken,” Amanda says. The ...

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Sneak Peek of Tioga Pass Frozen Lakes

Tioga Road wasn’t open yet but those high lakes were calling me and it was well worth it to me to take the long way around to get there. Tioga Road through Yosemite National Park will soon be open but here is a sneak peek from my adventure over there June 5 and 6 this past week. So I drove ...

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How Art Shapes Our Lives: The Importance Of Folk Art

By Sal Maccarone — Uninfluenced by movements or academic theories, Folk Art surrounds us everywhere that we go. Historically, this type of artwork can be defined as utilitarian or decorative in nature as opposed to being purely aesthetic. Produced by the artistically inclined individuals of every culture on earth, folk art directly reflects the values of a society. For instance, ...

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$3,000 In Cash Prizes For Celebrate Ag Arts Competition

MADERA COUNTY — The call to artists is out for an exhibit with deep roots, so now is the time to submit entries for the Celebrate Agriculture with the Arts Competition and Exhibition, taking place this fall from Sept. 12 through Oct. 25, at the Madera County Arts Council’s (MCAC) Circle Gallery. Created to promote understanding of agriculture while showcasing ...

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