Oct. 2020:The Jordans & Amelia put up our new banner! Looking good!!
The Sequoia Community Center is a Non-Profit 501©(3) on the site of the former Sierra School at 50151 Whitaker Forest Road, Badger CA 93603. A school has been on this site for over 100 years in one form or another and now the current building and grounds are transformed into a community center serving the local communities of Badger, Miramonte and Pinehurst. The school is owned by the Cutler-Orosi Joint Unified School District which is generously allowing us to use the premises for only $1 a month, with the understanding that it is run by a non-profit organization that organizes activities that educate and provide services that benefit the entire community
To connect and create opportunities for the residents of Badger, Pinehurst, and Miramonte
To enrich our foothill communities and bring enhanced
value and joy to mountain life.
During this challenging time of the pandemic we have had to pull back our programs. Meanwhile, we continue to develop new ways to serve the community. And now we want to let you all know that—YES! We are still here and ready for what is next! In addition to our new banner we’ll be improving our signage out front so we can keep you informed of events. Stop by to get your copy of newsletters & information flyers. We hope to have the Gazette newsletter out at least every other month, by the first of the month.
A Sign of the Times
Latest developments at the Center
Congratulations and thanks to Joni Jordan who is the new representative on the Cutler-Orosi Joint Unified School District for the Badger area. Thanks also to Lloyd McClard who was the rep for 16 years! The school District is the owner of the Center property and it was Lloyd's participation that got us started on development of the Center. Having Joni continue our participation in this will surely continue to benefit our communities.
Our event on November 14 was a big success. There were flu shots and tests for COVID-19, as well as household supplies and food boxes handed out by Tulare County. We are in contact with the Tulare County Health department and have let them know that we would be more than happy to be a site for COVID-19 vaccinations in the future.
Last fall we were happy to have Red Cross Training sessions here at the Center. We are planning to have this happen again in May if pandemic restrictions are eased up by then.
We have a donated defibrillator for community use at the Center. The Red Cross training includes training on use of this equipment. Those who are especially interested in knowing how to use this will be invited to form a committee on the subject. Contact Amelia Williams (firstname.lastname@example.org ).
We continue to have food deliveries to the Center. We receive food boxes from Tulare County. Pantry boxes are delivered on the second Monday of the month, and Produce boxes come on the fourth Monday. Recipients come between 10 and 11 a.m. to the back of the Center and have the boxes placed in their vehicle. Please let us know if you or someone you know would like to receive these boxes. There is no charge and no qualification screening. Contact Joni Jordan at 553-2225, email@example.com .
We also have produce delivered twice a month from a local grower’s distributor, Abe-El Produce in Orosi. Those who are interested in this get an email twice a month with the offerings for the week. Then they place and pay for orders online by Tuesday which are delivered to the Center on Thursdays. If you are interested contact Sulfiati Harris at 336-9362, firstname.lastname@example.org .
Tulare County has just gotten a beautiful new bookmobile! The service is still being set up and we are hoping in the near future hoping to have the Center be one of the locations that it serves. We also have many books in the small school library at the Center and are having discussions about what to do with them. If you are interested in working with us on this, please let us know by contacting Gail McClard at 337-0221 email@example.com .
Check the new event board at the Center for events of the month. Copies of newsletters will also be there in one of the flyer boxes. Flyers about Tulare County Services will be in the other flyer box.
Photos of the Center
These are photos of the Center, a beautiful facility that we are so lucky to have for our communities! There is one very large room with a stage at one end and a project area at the other, an office, kitchen, and library, three bathrooms (one for handicapped) a playground, large sports field, covered picnic area, and two brick buildings down the hill that used to be bus barns.
Grand Opening Celebration
On November 16. 2019 we had our Grand Opening! Superintendent Yolanda Valdez of the Cutler-Orosi Joint Unified School District cut the ribbon, with Eddie Valero, Tulare County Supervisor and Lloyd McClard, longtime School Board Member from Badger.