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Spider Spectacular: Tarantula Festival In Coarsegold

Spider Spectacular: Tarantula Festival In Coarsegold

Coarsegold is tarantula country, especially this time of the year. Each year the community holds a Tarantula Festival to prove that the hairy spider is really harmless.

The 15th annual Tarantula Festival is more than just a community event. People came from as far as Reno and Oakland due to their love for the large arachnid. Gabriel Haas is from Oakland. "My wife's a big fan of tarantulas. We've got several at home as pets. So she just wanted to come out and check out what this little festival was about."

But the fun wasn't just for grownups. There were a lot of things for the kids to do too. "The first one to blow a bubble that stays, a good size bubble that stays is gonna win." The kids found the gum buried in a mound of whipped cream and they went to work on creating that good size bubble.

National Teen Driver Safety Week Is Underway

National Teen Driver Safety Week Is Underway

The California Highway Patrol says traffic collisions are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the United States and California.

To help bring awareness to this problem, the CHP is participating in the 6th annual National Teen Driver Safety Week, which runs through Saturday, October 20.

"This week is dedicated to focusing attention on a national concern as a way to bring about change locally," said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. "By educating new drivers early on and arming them with the information needed to become a safe driver, our goal is to prevent future tragedies from occurring on the road."

According to the CHP's Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System for 2010, there were more than 57,000 drivers between the ages of 16 and 19 involved in car crashes in California. The CHP says a teen driver was determined to be at fault in 67 percent of those collisions.

Children’s Museum Announces Halloween Festival

Story submitted by Jarrod Lyman, Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau Director of Media

Kids will get the chance to learn pumpkin carving skills, make Halloween decorations and more at a special event at the Children’s Museum of the Sierra on Saturday, Oct 27.

The Halloween Festival will feature pumpkin carving lessons from members of the Sierra Woodcarvers and will help kids make some truly unique creations.

“The Sierra Woodcarvers volunteered to get involved and show kids how to do relief-style pumpkin carvings. They last longer than the traditional jack-O-lantern carvings, you can do more with them, and of course you don’t have to worry about kids using knives,” said Steve Montalto, director of the Children’s Museum of the Sierra.

The woodcarvers also made several Halloween decorations that kids can paint, in addition to other craft projects going on at the museum throughout the day.

Hydrocephalus Support and Awareness

 

The Hydrocephalus Association Fresno which has been in Fresno for many years is having an awareness day on October 14th at Woodward Park.  Here, you’ll find professional representatives who give fantastic information on this condition and also note Children’s Hospital Central California as the closest place for care.  These walks each year bring together hundreds from our large valley community including most of the neurosurgery department at Valley Children’s, and really provides great resources to our families here who have a child with hydrocephalus.  

Fresno Hydrocephalus Walk 

Hydrocephalus is a problem with the flow of the fluid that surrounds the brain. This fluid is called the cerebrospinal fluid, or CSF. It surrounds the brain and spinal cord, and helps cushion the brain.

 

Free Entrance to Sequoia and Kings Canyon Parks Saturday, Sept. 29

Free Entrance to Sequoia and Kings Canyon Parks Saturday, Sept. 29

Are you looking for a fun and inexpensive "staycation" this fall? Miss the majesty of big trees or love the outdoors? 

If so, explore and enjoy Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks this Saturday, September 29th-- for free!

Admission has been waived in honor of National Public Lands Day.

If you can't make it, mark you calendar for the next free event.

That will be November 10-12,  in honor of Veterans Day.

Secure a Child's Future-- with a Seat Belt

Secure a Child's Future-- with a Seat Belt

Did you know that 18 of every 25 children under the age of eight who are killed in crashes are not properly restrained?

California's new child passenger safety seat law went into effect in January-- yet clearly, some parents aren't following it.

To help, the California Highway Patrol is observing National Child Passenger Safety Week by conducting child safety seat events throughout the state.

"Children depend on adults to keep them safe.

Score Big Deals at "Just Between Friends" Sale This Week!

Score Big Deals at "Just Between Friends" Sale This Week!

If you get a thrill out of finding deals, heads up!

"Just Between Friends" Consignment sale is coming to Tulare September 9-15 at the International Agri-Center.

Organizers say you can expect to find over 90,000 items, at 50-90% below retail.

Or, you can sell items, and make some money, too!

Here's how you can participate:

• Consignor/Seller (tag and sell your items you earn 65/70% on your sold items)
• VIP Consignor/Seller (someone tags your items for you you earn 50% on your sold items)
• Vendor (promote your business by having a vendor booth at the sale)
• Shopper (come and shop the bargains!)
• Volunteer (shop the bargains FIRST, and receive more $$$ back for your sold items)
 

If you don't want to deal with crowds, a Prime-Time Shopping period is available.