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The Nature of Wildworks to Host “Wild About Spring”

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COARSEGOLD — Join the animals for a fun-filled family event at The Nature of Wildworks in Coarsegold. First, they’ll bring the animals out to you for an incredible spring-themed show. Afterwards, there will be an animal meet-and-greet, plus lots of fun spring-themed crafts and activities. And if you still have your Easter baskets, be sure to bring them for an ...

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Child Abuse Prevention Event Coming to Fresno Flats

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OAKHURST — In honor of Child Abuse Awareness Month, the Madera County Child Abuse Prevention Council (MCCAPC) is hosting an informational day that highlights the many organizations throughout Madera County that assist families in need, and draws special attention to child abuse prevention. Date & Time: Saturday, April 22, 2023, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come and see what local ...

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35th Annual Raymond Parade Coming This Weekend

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RAYMOND — The 35th Annual Raymond Parade, sponsored by the Raymond Community Association, will be held this weekend starting at high noon at the Raymond Museum. Come have a great time as you see the historic town and participate in an afternoon raffle to help support local scholarships. Date & Time: Saturday, April 15, 2023, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. ...

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Friday Night Lectures: Ghost Towns, Mines, and Railroads

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OAKHURST — Join Ed Marsh from the Fresno County Archaeological Society as he presents on the history of Nevada and Colorado’s ghost towns, mines, and railroads at Fresno Flats Historic Village and Park. The lecture will include a slideshow of photos and historical records documenting the colorful, ethnographic stories of the people of such towns as Goldfield, Tonopah, Ely, and ...

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Fresno Flats Historic Village & Park Awarded Museum Grant

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OAKHURST — Fresno Flats Historic Village & Park was awarded a $174,500 museum grant from the California Natural Resources Agency through the California Cultural and Historical Endowment. The funds are dedicated to improving exhibits and programs showcasing the history and cultures of underrepresented communities, digital asset upgrades and critical infrastructure repairs. New exhibits will be installed focusing on the history ...

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History Mystery #118: Cast Iron Object From 1859

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Submitted by Karen Morris, Coarsegold Historical Society Chairperson COARSEGOLD — This object belongs to one of the members of the Coarsegold Historical Society. It is made of cast iron and has three separate pieces. There is a patent date April 17, 1849. It was made in 1859. We are looking for any information to pass along to them. The Coarsegold ...

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Current Yosemite Conditions for February 3, 2023

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The Badger Pass A-frame is open for the 2023 Season!  The Badger Pass A-frame is open and staffed seven days a week by Wilderness staff to answer questions and issue backcountry Wilderness permits. Call 209-372-0408 for current ski and snow conditions. Snow Conditions With calmer and dryer conditions prevailing for the last two weeks, we have watched the snow consolidate ...

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Wild Cast of Characters Welcomes its Newest Member, Ranger!

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OAKHURST —  The Welcoming Committee of Visit Yosemite | Madera County has been known to act like animals, that’s because they are a wild cast of characters. This animated bunch has been welcoming visitors to Madera County since 2019, and their crew is growing! Meet Ranger, the California Mule Deer and mascot of North Fork, the geographic center of California and newest stop on the Fossils to ...

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History Mystery #116: Sam “Long Knife” Clark

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By Debby Carter, Sierra Historic Sites Association Sam Clark and his wife, Trudel, were fixtures in Oakhurst for many years. They both had very interesting pasts and loved to tell their stories. They were early members of the Sierra Historic Sites Association, and when Sam died his wife left a large collection of his things to the SHSA, which you ...

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Collect Trading Cards From Visit Yosemite Madera County

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MADERA COUNTY —  Great news, everyone! You can now collect trading cards from your animal friends at Visit Yosemite Madera County’s Welcoming Committee. These awesome cards can be found at various locations around Madera County. Mr. Mead the Saber Toothed Cat MR. MEAD can be found at Fossil Discovery Center, located at 19450 Ave. 21 1/2, Chowchilla, CA. Saber-toothed cats, also known ...

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