Sunday, November 1, 2009

Nov/Dec Local Events

Nov 6/7
Squirrel Cage Theatre Fall Follies Show, NF Town Hall, 5:30pm Doors Open, 6pm Dinner, 7pm Showtime, Adults $10, 12 & under $5, Family $25, Info: 877-2129 & SCT Website

Dec 5
North Fork Christmas Bazaar, 9am-3pm, NF Town Hall, Over 45 Vendors, Lunch & Dessert available, Info: 877-4554

Dec 5
Squirrel Cage Theatre presents Songs of the Season, 7pm, NF School, Kennedy Hall, Holiday Music, Adults $6, Children (12 & under) $3, Family $15 Info: 877-2129

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Monday, October 5, 2009

More October Events

Oct 10/11
17th Annual Harvest Arts & Peace Festival, 10am-4pm, Intermountain Nursery, 30443 N. Auberry Rd, Prather. Crafts, Food & Music. Info: 855-3113

Oct 17
Community Roadside Litter Cleanup, 8am-Noon, Info: 877-2361, 760-1058

Oct 22-24

Seasonal Flu Shots at Raleys Supermarket, 10am-1pm & 2-6pm, $25 each, Raleys Supermarket, 40041 Hwy 49 in Oakhurst

Oct 24
Chili Cook-off & Homemade Pie/Cake Contest, 11am-4pm, NF Town Hall, Chili Tasting $5 adults, $2 ages 6-12yrs, Info: 877-2237, 877-4806

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Thursday, September 3, 2009

September & October Community Events

Sep 19
Casino Night Fundraiser, for Chawanakee Children's Education Foundation,
Old Town in North Fork, Dinner 6pm, Casino Play 7-10pm, Tickets (21 & up) $40 includes dinner, live entertainment & casino script, Presale reserved tables for 8 are $300.,
Call 877-4458 or 877-7790 for Info, Tickets or Table Reservations.

Sep 20
Squirrel Cage Theatre 5th Annual Gathering of the Musicians,
Outdoor Concert, 3-8pm, 31829 Mountain Ln @ Rd 200, North Fork, Bring a chair and Food to share for the Potluck dinner, Info: 877-2129, 877-4195

Sep 23
North Fork Community/Christmas Choir Rehearsals Start, 6-8pm weekly,
NF School Kennedy Hall Music Room, Info: Gina 877-3030 & Squirrel Cage Theatre website

Sep 25
North Fork School Car & Boat Show
, 4-8pm, NF School parking lot,
Silent Auction, Carnival Games, Live Local Music, Tri-Tip BBQ $10 adults/$5 kids, Car/Boat Registration (includes one dinner) $25 before Sep 15th, $30 after the 15th, Proceeds fund school equipment, events & projects for the students, Info: 877-8881, 658-1005

Oct 3
Annual Grizzly Century Bike Ride
, 7am Start time at North Fork School, Info:

Oct 3
North Fork Fall Festival
, Info: 877-4806, 877-8606

Omelet Breakfast, 6-10am, North Fork School, Adults $6, Kids under 12 $5

North Fork Craft Faire
, 8am- 4pm, Town Hall Parking Lot, Info: 877-4806

Antique Engine Display
, 10am-4pm, Town Hall Lower Parking Lot

NF Women's Club Community Yard Sale
, 8am-4pm, Info: 877-4806

NF History Group Display
, 10am-4pm, Scout Building by Town Hall

NF Arts Council Fine Arts Show
, 10am-6pm, Town Hall

US Forest Service Employees Association Dinner
, 2-7pm, Town Hall

Sierra Mono Museum
, Rd 225 & 228, Info: 877-2115

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Friday, July 31, 2009

August & September Events

Aug 1 & 2
Sierra Mono Museum 39th Annual Indian Fair Days & Pow Wow, NF Recreation Center, Info: 877-2115 and Museum Website

Aug 8
Sierra Vista Scenic Byway High Country Work Day, 8am-5pm, Details & Carpool Info: 877-3952, 683-6658

Aug 14-16
10th Annual Jammin' Tree Didgeridoo Music Festival, NF Recreation Ctr, Info:

Aug 28-30
Fresno Greek Festival, St. George Greek Orthodox Church, Fresno, Greek food & pastries, music & dancing, merchant bazaar, Admission Fri/Sat night $5, Info: Fresno Greek Festival Website and Photos from Greek Fest 2008

Jun-Sep (Wed)
Farmers Market at Bass Lake, 4-7pm every Wednesday, Pines Village, Bass Lake, Info: Farmers Market and NF News Blog 2008 Photos

Sep 19
Casino Night Fundraiser, for Chawanakee Children's Education Foundation, Old Town in North Fork, Dinner 6pm, Casino Play 7-10pm, Tickets (21 & up) $40 includes dinner, live entertainment & casino script, Presale reserved tables for 8 are $300., Call 877-4458 or 877-7790 for Info, Tickets or Table Reservations.

Sep 20
Squirrel Cage Theatre Annual Gathering of the Musicians, Info: 877-2129

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

NF Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner & Auction

Sunny Marigolds for Silent Auction

North Fork Chamber of Commerce
Annual Dinner/Auction Fundraiser

Saturday, July 25th 2009 5:30pm at Town Hall

Saturday evening July 25th, The North Fork Chamber of Commerce is hosting their annual fundraiser Dinner and Auction at the Town Hall. We have some fabulous items up for auction. Be prepared for a memorable evening of classy food and fun. Dinner is your choice of Tri Tip, Turkey or a delicious Vegetarian selection.

Pre-Sale Tickets are $13.00 each
(a limited number of tickets will be available for sale at the door, $15.00 each)

Buy your Tickets:

On Friday July 24th
in front of the NF Post Office

or any time during store hours at

North Fork Hardware
33029 Main Street
(559) 877-2332

See the North Fork Chamber Website for more information on this year's Dinner/Auction,

and click HERE to read an article about last year's 2008 Dinner/Auction.

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Monday, June 15, 2009

Organic Stone Fruit Jubilee

Fresh Fruit!

2nd Annual Organic Stone Fruit Jubilee

Saturday, June 20th, 5-8:30pm

$5 Adult Entry fee ~ Children under 12 FREE

at Mokichi Okada Association's Oasis Garden
5790 N. Indianola Av, Clovis, CA
(east of Clovis Av and north of Shaw)

More info (559) 324-0465


Peaches ~ Plums ~ Pluots ~ Nectarines ~ Apricots
Fruit Pastries & Ice Cream Bars

Fruit Tastings - Tours - Workshops - Music - Kids Kraft Korner

Meet your local organic farmers! Taste the fruit!
Buy a delicious pastry or fruit bar!

For more photos and information from last year's Stone Fruit Jubilee click HERE

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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

June & July Community Events

Main Street, North Fork

Jun 10
Special NF Chamber Meeting - Dinner/Auction Work Session, 5:30pm, at the NFCoC office (inside American Claims Service) on Main St, All Members & Volunteers welcome! Call Steve 877-3088 for more info

Jun 14
NF Recreation Center Clean-Up Day, 8am at the Rec Center, Info: 877-2237

Jun 14
Art in the Garden Tour, 1-5pm, Cascadel Heights Dr, North Fork, proceeds benefit North Fork Library, Info: 877-2387

Jun 20
Organic Stone Fruit Jubilee, 5-8:30pm, Mokichi Okada Assoc Oasis Garden, 5790 N. Indianola Av, Clovis, Adults $5, Kids under 12 FREE, Info: 324-0465

July 4
50th Annual Mid-Sierra Loggers Jamboree
Info: 877-7700, 877-2355, 877-2237

Pro-Am Contest, 11am, Recreation Center, Adults $4 at gate, under 12 Free
Horseshoe Pitching Contest, 12 noon
Grand Parade down North Fork’s Main St, 5pm
BBQ at Town Hall, 6pm, $8 adults, $5 kids under 12
Woodchoppers Ball & Queen Coronation, Recreation Ctr, 8:30pm, $8 ea, $15 per couple

July 5
50th Annual Mid-Sierra Loggers Jamboree
Info: 877-7700, 877-2355, 877-2237

Lions Club Pancake Breakfast, NF Town Hall, 7-10am
Jamboree Main Logging Events, Recreation Ctr, 12 noon, Gates open 10am, presale tickets thru July 3rd $2.00, $5.00 at gate, under 12 Free

July 25
North Fork Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner & Auction Fundraiser, NF Town Hall, Doors open 5:30pm, Dinner 6pm, Presale tickets $13.00
Info: 877-2410, 877-3088, 877-2332, Dinner/Auction Event Flyer

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Friday, April 10, 2009

April & May Local Events

Wildflowers South of North Fork near Auberry

Apr 13
Sierra Vista Scenic Byway Association Annual Meeting & Election, 6pm, National Forest Ranger District Board Room, North Fork, all members and guests welcome, Refreshments will be served, Bring your favorite Scenic Byway photos to share, Info: 877-3952 & SVSBA Website

Apr 18
Squirrel Cage Theatre Spring Show, NF Town Hall, Doors open 5:30pm, Dinner 6pm, Show 7pm, $10 Adults, $5 under 12, $25 Family, Info: 877-2129

Apr 19
North Fork Earth Day Celebration, 9am-4pm, North Fork School & the Tribal Community Center, displays, events, art & music

Apr 25
Bass Lake Annual Spring Clean, Meet at Recreation Point, 9am, Bags/Gloves & Refreshments provided, Info: 683-3353

Apr 25
Annual Tri Tip BBQ, NF Volunteer Fire Dept Auxiliary, 11am-2pm at North Fork School, Kennedy Hall, Tickets: Adults $7 presale/$8 at the door, Under 10 or over 65 $5, Silent Auction & Prize Drawings

May 1
Relay for Life Pasta & Bunco Night, 5:30pm NF Town Hall, Info: 877-3017

May 8/9
Chawanakee Academy Drama Club Mini Melodrama & Murder Mystery, 5:30pm Dinner, 6:30pm Shows, NF Town Hall, $6 adults, $3 children 12 and under, Info: 676-4181

May 12
Squirrel Cage Theatre Poetry Reading at the Library, North Fork Library, FREE, 6:30pm Guitar Music, 7pm Poetry Reading & Open Mic Session. The new North Fork Poetry Club is featured, Info: 877-2129

May 30
Roadside Litter Clean Up, 8am-Noon, Pick up bags and safety equipment at: North Fork Post Office, Bass Fork Minit Mart, Oakhurst Library parking lot, Coarsegold Teepee, Village Corner Store in Bass Lake Pines Village, Free tree seedlings will be given to all participants. Info: 877-3424, 760-1058, 877-2361

May 30
Bunco Scholarship Fundraiser, NF Women's Club, Noon - 4pm, NF Town Hall, $10 presale, $12 at door, Table Reservations & Info Call: 877-4806

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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Winter in North Fork

Remember that Christmas Tree from the last blog post?

Well now that the weather is warming up a bit and Spring is fast approaching, I thought it would be a good time to share some of our winter weather photos with you. These were all taken in North Fork during the snow fall of February 12-14th. On Friday February 13th alone, we experienced an unusually large amount of snow falling in a very short period of time. About 1 foot of snow fell in just 3 hours at my home's elevation of 3100 ft. I am sure that the higher elevations got even more than that.

Here are a few scenes of Winter in North Fork:

First some views of downtown North Fork on Main Street. Elevation approximately 2600 ft.

Just as the snow is beginning to stick to the street downtown

Coming down a little harder now ~ Buckhorn Saloon lights

The snow view of Sierra Video from North Fork Hardware

Near the downtown area but up just a little higher in elevation is this view that looks like powdered sugar sprinkled over all the trees in the valley.

View looking toward Cascadel and Whiskey Ridge area

Steep and Deep Driveway

A little higher we go now to about 3000 ft elevation. Just look at the snow piled up on that deck railing!

Deck Covered in Snow ~ Another Christmas Tree too

Nature is always beautiful here in the mountain area, but when it snows it can be incredible.

Colorful Little Daffodils Braving the Snow and Ice

Blue Sky Peaking Through the Clouds

Sun Glistening on the Snow Covered Evergreens

More Sun Breaking through the Clouds onto the Snow Covered Scene

We usually do get a few snow days here in North Fork every winter. Usually only a few inches of snowfall that melts in a day or two. Just enough to be beautiful and keep life interesting. Sometimes, however, we can get quite a bit of snow that sticks around for a week or more. These next two photos show how much and how fast we can get snow on occasion.

My driveway at 8:30am just as it is beginning to snow

Same driveway view approximately 3 hours later! One foot in 3 hours!

Winter in the mountains can be a beautiful adventure. Some days it pays to just stay home and sit by the warm fire in the good old wood stove. There was no way I was going to drive my car out of there anyway.

Wood stove heat warms the house and the heart
Stay warm for the rest of the winter. Spring arrives officially 5 days from now on March 20th. I wonder if Mother Nature reads the calendar.

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