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Mickey Mouse is turning 90 and there’s a birthday party happening locally

Paul Petersen, one of the original Mouseketeers, will be visiting eastern Madera County in honor of Mickey Mouse’s 90th birthday. Courtesy of Dr. Bill Atwood
Paul Petersen, one of the original Mouseketeers, will be visiting eastern Madera County in honor of Mickey Mouse’s 90th birthday. Courtesy of Dr. Bill Atwood

Local residents have the chance to celebrate Mickey Mouse’s 90th birthday on Saturday, Nov. 17 with one of his longtime friends.

Paul Petersen, one of the Mickey Mouse Club’s early Mouseketeers, will be stopping by the Oakhurst Masonic Lodge to visit the fan club and community members with a presentation and autograph signing from 9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

The 49EARS Chapter of the National Disneyana Fan Club is hosting the event. The 49EARS chapter covers Oakhurst, Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada Mountain areas of the non-profit organization, and dedicates itself to “preserving and sharing the rich legacy of Walt Disney,” according to the organization’s website.

Petersen will be sharing his experience in show business, as well as his non-profit organization, A Minor Consideration, which is dedicated to “guidance and support for young performers, past, present and future,” according to its website. Attendees are encouraged to donate a minimum of $5 to the organization on the morning of the event.

For those interested in a more personal encounter with Peterson, there will be a private reception from 4-6 p.m. at Dr. Bill Atwood’s Bass Lake home.

The reception is reservation-only and is limited to 40 people. Entry is priced at $30 per person.

All proceeds from the reception will go to high school scholarships and local charities, including Toys for Tots, Boys and Girls Club and A Minor Consideration.

For more details on either of Petersen’s stops in eastern Madera County or to make reservations call 559-641-8034.

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