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How Art Shapes Our Lives: Patient Tranquility

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By Sal Maccarone Building a wooden structure without the use of nails, screws, fasteners or adhesive is not by any means a typical approach. It is time, patience and specific knowledge that can make such a thing possible. Wayo (or Japanese style) wooden architecture reflects the sensitivity, environment, and the “affection for gentle spaces” prevalent in early Japan. The Wayo ...

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Recipe of the Week: St. Patrick’s Day Sandwiches

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Freshen up your St. Patrick’s Day menu with easy and light sandwiches inspired by the traditional color of the festivities. These open-faced noshes can be perfect for lunch, snack time or even as an appetizer for get-togethers with friends and family. Layered with a smooth cream cheese and mozzarella mixture then topped with crisp cucumber and a stem of green ...

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The Week’s Events – March 1 to March 6

OAKHURST–This week’s list of events features a little bit of everything from shades of the Scottish Highlands to the hoof-stomping dust of a cattle drive. There’s truly something for everyone this week. TUESDAY, MARCH 1 Meditation & Yoga Classes – Sunday through Friday Vary – See Schedule Metta Yosemite – Gifts – Meditation – Yoga 40359 Highway 41, Suite 1, ...

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Hiking the Wawona Meadow Loop With Fannie

Fannie the Corgi wanted to go on a dog hike and I knew just the place. Not too far, not too steep, not too much snow and a little history thrown in along the Wawona Meadow Loop. Where: Yosemite National ParkDistance: 4.02 milesDifficulty: EasyElevation Range: 3,979′ – 4,219′Elevation Gain: 278′Date: February 17, 2022CALTOPO: CALTOPO: Hiking Wawona Meadow Loop with FannieDog Hike? ...

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Recipe of the Week: Lucky Mint Brownie Perfection

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How lucky you must be to come across this recipe just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. This one is a twisted combination of mint and sweet chocolate that’s sure to have almost anyone’s taste buds screaming “Yum!” This dessert might just be the pot of gold at the end of your rainbow this year. These mint brownies have three ...

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Whiskey Creek Band to Play Benefit Concert for the EMCSPCA

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About 10 months ago a dream was born. Robin Ralston, music presenter and host of the Coolwater Concerts house concert series in Ahwahnee since 2007, mentioned she’d like to do something to support the completion of the Eastern Madera County SPCA animal shelter. She asked musician Bob Kaspar if he’d consider doing a benefit concert. Despite some misgivings, he agreed. ...

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Mariposa Museum to Host Author Dr. Marie Sontag

MARIPOSA — The Mariposa Museum and History Center will be hosting author Marie Sontag, Ph.D. at the museum on Saturday, March 19, at 2 p.m. Dr. Sontag will be discussing her latest young adult fiction novels in the Whitcomb Discovery Series, California Trail Discovered and Yosemite Trail Discovered. A middle school teacher for 15 years, Dr. Sontag holds a B.A. ...

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Hiking to Stevenson Creek Falls and Beyond

The Million Dollar Road led us to Stevenson Creek Falls, its water dropping 1,200′ as it leaped over the rocks down to the San Joaquin River. A few wildflowers along the way put smiles on our faces. Where: Sierra National Forest, Southern California EdisonDistance: 12.44 Miles (About 7 miles roundtrip to Stevenson Creek Falls)Difficulty: ModerateElevation Range: 1,186′ to 2,387′Elevation Gain: ...

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Recipe of the Week: Easy and Delicious International Dishes

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When tried-and-true family favorites turn stale and boring, digging through cookbooks and sorting through blogs for new recipes may seem far too time-consuming for your busy evenings. However, a simple international twist in the kitchen can turn bland dinners into exciting meals. You don’t need a plane ticket to explore international cuisines. Start with a versatile ingredient like rice, one ...

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How Art Shapes Our Lives: The St. Louis Gateway Arch

By Sal Maccarone The first time that I became aware of the Gateway Arch was from the air. On my way to give a woodworking seminar in St. Louis, Missouri, the plane was in a final descent. We banked for the downwind leg, and there it was just below. A magnificent stainless steel sculpture that was reflecting the Mississippi River, ...

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