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Sierra Cowboy Riders Entertain At CRCD Fundraiser

NORTH FORK – Tim Johnson, who played seven years with Sons of San Joaquin, and his new band, the Sierra Cowboy Riders will entertain all comers at the CRCD Spring Fling, May 18, at North Fork Town Hall.

Festivities begin at 5 p.m. with a no-host, bar, auction and silent auction. Supervisor Tom Wheeler will be BBQ crew chief for the tri-tip dinner along with Roz Thrapp and her Kitchen Crew. The BBQ dinner begins at 6 p.m. followed by dancing, of course!Tim and his Sierra Cowboy Riders Band perform a wide range of western, early jazz, swing, and gospel music with an emphasis on the history and educational values of the American West. They play music ranging from eclectic acoustic cowboy music to a contemporary country-western dance band sound, and everything in between. They also capture the sounds and spirit of the “singing cowboys” of yesteryear, and put on a vibrant fast-paced show that is not to be missed.

While everyone understands good music and good food, many may not be familiar with the work that the Coarsegold Resource Conservation District (CRCD) does in the area.

The CRCD covers all of Eastern Madera County with the mission to promote, protect, and improve the diverse natural resources enjoyed by all.

So what is an RCD? They are local units of government organized by local residents under state law. They are considered a legal subdivision of the State of California, and operate on the premise that local people know more about local problems than anyone else.

The CRCD directors come from the local communities, and have diverse backgrounds. One retired from 37 years at Fish and Wildlife, another is a teacher and 4-H leader, and the most recent director is an organic farmer.

What is the function of a RCD? To make available technical, financial, and educational resources, whatever their source, and focus or coordinate them so that they meet the needs of the local land user for conservation of soil, water, and related resources.

The Coarsegold Resource Conservation District was formed on Nov. 7, 1968, and is 1 of 6 RCDs in Madera County, and 1 of 105 in the state of California. They represent and assist most of the Madera County Foothill area and cover 534,380 acres in Eastern Madera County.

The CRCD serves the communities in and around Bass Lake, Coarsegold, Oakhurst, O’Neals and North Fork, and includes a portion of Yosemite National Park.

The goals of the CRCD are to promote stewardship by demonstrating conservation practices with co-operative land users, provide information and assistance, educate the public in resource conservation and enhancement methods, and provide technical, scientific, and professional advice to public agencies on the social, cultural, and economic impact of land use on the environs of all life forms, ownership, and natural resources.

To support the efforts of the CRCD and have a wonderful evening of entertainment with your District 5 Supervisor serving up the BBQ, don’t miss out on this event at the North Fork Town Hall, Saturday, May 18, at 5 p.m..

Tickets are $20. For more information call Jeannie Habben at 642-3263 or Barbara Grow at 877-7047.

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