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Looking for a Fun & Educational Summer Day Camp?

A girl relaxing in the grass by a tree, surrounded by the beauty of the outdoors in Yosemite National Park.

MARIPOSA COUNTY–The Mariposa County Arts Council (Arts Council) and Sierra Foothill Conservancy (SFC) have the pleasure of presenting their 2024 Art + Environmental Education Summer Day Camp! This day camp receives support from the Mariposa County Unified School District’s Expanded Learning Opportunity program. Tailored for TK-6th grade students in Mariposa County, this place-based, outdoor education program is a collaborative effort. ...

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Pets of the Week – Meet Lovely Claudia and Handsome Dodger

AHWAHNEE—Hi, we’re Claudia and Dodger, a mix-and-match set of twins who will worm our way into your heart and home in no time at all. Do you have a place for a couple of lively pups who just want the best out of life? We’re Australian Kelpie and German Shepherd mixed breed, which we think is pretty special. We’re only ...

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Celebrate Mother’s Day in Style

Mother’s Day this year takes place on Sunday, May 12, and the mountain/foothill communities have tons to offer. You don’t even have to wait till Sunday to start celebrating. There’s a whole raft of activities starting on Friday and continuing clear through Sunday evening. Work your way from wineries in Madera up to dinner in Fish Camp. There’s literally something ...

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Yosemite Hiking Trail Closed Indefinitely Due to Rockslide

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK–Yosemite officials have announced that on April 15, a large rockfall occurred from the slope above the John Muir Trail. The rockfall happened between Clark Point and the top of Nevada Fall, sending hundreds of boulders onto the trail. In the current state of the trail, boulders, trees, and other debris, spanning approximately 1,000 feet, obstruct the trail. ...

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Pet(s) of the Week – April Showers Bring Meowers

AHWAHNEE—You know what “they” always say. “April Showers Bring May Flowers.” In our world, April Showers bring Meowers. There are a bunch of us currently residing at the EMCSPCA Animal Care and Adoption Center who are ready to shower you with lots of love. Only four of us are shown in the feature photo, but there are more of us ready ...

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Oakhurst Sunrise Rotary Presents 29th Annual Cajun Fest

OAKHURST–The tradition continues as Oakhurst Sunrise Rotary sponsors its 29th Annual Cajun Fest. This year attendees can anticipate mouthwatering “All-U-Can-Eat Shrimp, Ribs, Dirty Rice, and Cajun Corn.” Bring your appetite. Add to that a scrumptious homemade dessert from Bee’s Bakery and Cafe. Cajun Fest features a no-host bar with a full variety of beverages. Be on the lookout, as well, ...

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Pet of the Week – I’m Max – Come Meet Me!

AHWAHNEE—Hi, I’m Max. I have some exciting news for you. As you may know, I usually stay with my foster family, but this week I am staying at this luxurious spa called the EMC SPCA Animal Care and Adoption Center. You can easily come meet me anytime the spa is open (that’s Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm). ...

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Galloping for Good: Kentucky Derby Fundraiser

A board game with horse racing figures and money.

OAKHURST–Don’t miss the mountain area’s newest must-be at event and your chance to support your community center. The Center relies on your generous donations and support to keep the doors open and serving our mountain community. Dress for the Derby and bring on your best hat!! Best Dressed & Best Hat Awards! Southern Dinner Buffet Mint Juleps & Bourbon Tasting ...

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Embracing the Outdoors with Shakespeare in Yosemite

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK–This year’s Shakespeare in Yosemite production, A Midsummer Yosemite’s Dream, will be performed in the Curry Village Amphitheater. Performances will be Friday, April 26 (5 pm), Saturday, April 27 (noon and 5 pm), and April 28 (noon). A discovery in the Yosemite Archives of an unproduced 1934 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream is inspiring this production. This ...

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The Game of Pétanque is Alive and Well in Oakhurst

OAKHURST—Have you ever heard of the game of Pétanque? It’s a simple ball game that came into existence in France, taking its current form in 1907 in La Ciotat, France. The name means, roughly, “quiet feet.” People of all ages play, and it requires relatively little in the way of equipment or a playing field. The Oakhurst Petanque Club wants ...

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