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What’s happening in Madera

This week I had the pleasure of meeting with a man named Royal Goodman, a retired Vietnam veteran of Madera. Royal has written several articles and letters to the editor for the Madera Tribune, and he has an interest in helping other veterans in the area. He also has expressed an interest in helping the Tribune with a new column directed toward the veterans. (It may be called “Veterans Corner,” or “Veterans Voices,” or something like that.) It will be interesting to all of us, and perhaps will help us to know better how to show our appreciation to veterans for all they have done for our country.

If you are a veteran, or if you know a veteran who would like the opportunity to network with others who have served in the armed forces, Royal and I will be working on a directory of veterans in Madera County. This will be helpful, especially for those who struggle with issues, such as PTSD, and would just like to connect with another veteran who may have the same concerns.

Many of us want to help veterans understand they are loved, but are not sure how. Royal has some very good ideas and suggestions for how we may show our appreciation. Look for this column in The Madera Tribune.

Madera County is a great place to live. If you look around, there is plenty to do without wasting gas to travel to another county. So, summer is here and we are looking for something to do. In Chowchilla, each Friday night from June 24 – July 29 there is a concert in the Veterans Memorial Park. On those same days is a Farmer’s Market, also in Veterans Memorial Park. Chowchilla has Movies in the Park two Saturdays each month during the summer (July 23, 30, August 6, 13) Contact the City of Chowchilla for the schedules, or you may email me at for the information.

Movies in the Park has also returned to Lions Town & Country Park in Madera through August. There is a schedule of movies on the City of Madera website.

Next Friday (July 8) is a piano concert at Madera United Methodist Church at 7:00 in the evening. It’s free, and there will be a free salad buffet before the concert. (Of course, donations are accepted.) John Nilsen has been in Madera several times before, and his music is delightful and inspirational.

Check The Madera Tribune for other events throughout the summer. It’s a good way to see if there is anything happening.

In case you are not interested in a concert or a movie in the park, go and visit our local library. I am a member of the Friends of the Madera County Library, and we support the programs of the library. Right now, the Summer Reading Program is providing reading schedules and activities for children of all ages. Check their website for further information.

I love Madera. The people here are loving and caring. If you think otherwise, you just don’t know the right people. Every day I am encouraged by gracious people in this community, and I am happy to be a Maderan,

Thanks to all who do what they can to preserve this great community, and make it a great place to be.

— My love to all,


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“Don’t let any foul words come out of your mouth. Only say what is helpful when it is needed for building up the community so that it benefits those who hear what you say.”

— Ephesians 4:29


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