Community Calendar 10/4/12 Edition

October 4, 2012 

BINGO

Senior Center Bingo -- Noon Every Thursday and First two Saturdays; 49111 Cinder Lane - behind the community center, Oakhurst. Details: (559) 683-3811.

Coarsegold Community Center -- Mondays and Third Saturdays; Monday 10 a.m., senior meals 11:30 a.m., games start 12:15 p.m., Saturday 10:30 a.m., games at noon. 35610 Hwy. 41, Coarsegold. Details: Agnes (559) 683-5646.

BLOOD DRIVE

Chukchansi Gold Resort -- 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, October 11; all donors receive a medium pumpkin plus a variety of discount coupons. Resort & Casino, 711 Lucky Lane, Coarsegold. Details: Linda Fernandez (559) 692-5296.

CAR CLUBS & CAR SHOWS

Minarets High School "1st" Car Show fundraiser -- 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday, October 6; food and craft vendors too! All proceeds for students traveling to Europe in the spring and future travel. $10 entry fee for cars and motorcycles. Minarets High School, 45077 Road 200, O'Neals. Details: Daniel Ching (559) 760-5042 or dching@mychawanakee.org.

CLUBS

Our Lady of the Sierra Women's Guild -- 8 a.m. Second Wednesday; Saint Dominic Savio and Saint Joseph the Worker Guild. Mass, Rosary followed by breakfast and meeting. Our Lady of the Sierra, Indian Spring Road, Oakhurst.

Bass Lake Lions -- 11:30 a.m. Second and Fourth Wednesdays; Dru Bratty, President. Ducey's Restaurant, Bass Lake. Details: www.basslakelions.org.

North Fork Women's Club - Craft & "Mini" Bake Sale -- 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Second Wednesday; non-profit funds for Women's Scholarships. Post Office parking lot, 33173 Road 222, North Fork. Details: Mary Collins (559) 877-4332 or mimi@netptc.net.

Service Organization of the Sierra (SOS) -- 9:30 a.m. Last Tuesday; Serving the community by raising funds for scholarships, public library and teacher grants. Oakhurst Medical Group Room, 40232 Junction Dr. at Hwy. 49, Oakhurst. Details: Linda Seaberg (559) 642-4280.

Democratic Club of Oakhurst -- 9 a.m. Saturday, October 6; Terry Newland, President, "What is the Mountain Area Literacy Council?" Met Cinema, Oakhurst. Details: (559) 658-2342.

Mountain Area Literacy Council (MALCO) -- 1 p.m. Thursday, October 11; all volunteer group promotes literacy. Yosemite Gateway Association of Realtors conference room, 40298 Junction Dr., Oakhurst. Details: malcotutor@gmail.com., (559) 641-7691.

DANCING

Gold Dust Dancers - Square Dancing and Line Dancing -- 6 - 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays; 7 p.m. Line dancing first hour followed by square dancing. Community Center, Road 425B, Oakhurst. Details: (559) 641-7765 or (559) 868-3319.

ETC.

Farmer's Market - Oakhurst -- 4 - 7 p.m. Thursdays; locally grown produce, prepared foods and hand-crafted products. True Value Home Center on Hwy. 49, Oakhurst. Free. Details: Sheila or Theresa (559) 683-7117.

Farmer's Market - Bass Lake -- 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays; many vendors, entertainment, fresh flowers, jams, honey soap and produce is wonderful fresh from the farm. Pines Village, Bass Lake. Details: farmersmarket@sti.net .

Farmer's Market - North Fork -- Saturdays; featuring all North Fork grown produce. Post Office, 33173 Road 222, North Fork. Details: Debbie Myers (559) 877-4229.

Baha'i's of the Mountain Area -- 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 9; Speaker: Harlan Lang on the Common Foundations of the World Religions. Sierra Telephone, 49150 Crane Valley Road (426), Oakhurst. Details: (559) 683-7702.

FOOD BANK

Coarsegold Historic Village -- 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Tuesday, October 9; Some fresh, perishable food and other items. Some foods have limits so enough for everyone. Bring bags with you. 35300 Hwy. 41, Coarsegold. Free. Details: (559) 237-3663.

Oakhurst - Our Lady of the Sierra -- 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Tuesday, October 16; Some fresh, perishable food and other items. Some foods have limits so enough for everyone. Bring bags with you. 40180 Indian Springs Road, Oakhurst. Free. Details: (559) 237-3663.

North Fork -- 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Tuesday, October 23; Some fresh, perishable food and other items. Some foods have limits so enough for everyone. Bring bags with you. Grace Community Church, 56442 Road 200, North Fork. Free. Details: (559) 237-3663.

FUN & GAMES

Oakhurst Petanque Club -- 9 a.m. Saturdays; www.oakhurstpetanque.org. Behind Oakhurst Elementary School on School Road (427), Oakhurst. Free. Details: Tish (559) 683-6540.

Duplicate Bridge -- 10 a.m. Every Monday and Thursday; Whittenburg Hall, Crane Valley Road (426), Oakhurst. Details: Paul (559) 658-8952.

EMC SPCA - 14th Annual "Animal Faire" -- 10:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Sunday, October 7; Events begin at noon, Microchipping, games, food, pet photos, Newspaper fetch, Best wag, Best Kiss, Blessing of the animals and more. Community Park, Oakhurst. Details: (559) 642-6611.

Kid's Fish Club - Master's College - Music Camp -- 3:15 - 5 p.m. Wednesday, October 10 to October 12; Program and Dinner. Hillside Baptist Church, Road 200 at Wyle Ranch Road, North Fork. Free. Details: Sarah (559) 877-7771.

Chocolate & Wine Festival -- 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday, October 13 to October 14; chocolate - wine - food tasting, arts, crafts, auction, entertainment, games. Presented by the The Wild Wonderful Women . Community Park, Oakhurst. $2 adults, under 13 free. Details: (559) 683-7766.

FUNDRAISERS

North Fork Fall Festival - Craft fair and yard sale -- 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Saturday, October 6; sponsored by the North Fork Women's Club. Town Hall, 33060 Mono Road (228), North Fork. Space rental $25. Details: 559) 877-4806.

Yard Sale and Youth Car Wash -- 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday, October 6; sponsored by the Women's Ministry. Mountain Christian Center, 40299 Hwy. 49, Oakhurst. Donations appreciated. Details: (559) 683-7332.

Soroptimist Annual Soup and Salad Luncheon -- 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Take-out available. Thursday, October 11; Homemade soup, salad, dessert, tea or coffee. All proceeds benefit local Soroptimist International of the Sierras projects. Early Bird Raffle at 12:15 and Raffle at 1 p.m. Raffles galore! Community Center, Oakhurst. $10. Details: (559) 683-2057......

Rummage Sale to benefit Kellen Rescue and EMC-SPCA -- 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday, October 13; weather permitting. Come help support the animals. 40820 Winding Way off Hwy. 41, Oakhurst. Details: Keri (559) 676-2784.

North Fork Chili Cook Off and Pie and Cake Baking contest -- 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday, October 20; A scholarship fundraiser. Door prizes, raffles, silent auction. Judging for Chili at 11:45 (limited sign-ups) sponsored by North Fork Women's Club. With $250 cash prizes. Town Hall, 33060 Mono Road (228), North Fork. Tasting only: $5 adults, children ages 6 - 12 $3. Details: Chris (559) 877- 4806 or Marcia (559) 877-2487 .

GARDENING

Manzanita Garden Club -- 10 a.m. Second Thursday; call for location, Oakhurst. Details: (559) 683-4402.

Mountain Laurel Garden Club -- 10 a.m. First Friday; meet at members homes, mountain community. Details: Cheryl (559) 683-4079.

MEETINGS

Tools for Business -- 7:30 a.m. Third Wednesday; sponsored by the Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce. Ol' Kettle Restaurant, 40530 Highway 41, Oakhurst. Details: (559) 683-7766.

Chamber Board of Directors -- 5 p.m. Fourth Thursday; Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce. Yosemite Bank conference room, 40061 Hwy. 49, Oakhurst. Details: (559) 683-7766.

Emergency Preparedness Committee -- 7:30 a.m. Second Thursday; sponsored by the Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce. Sierra Ambulance community conference room, 40755 Winding Way, Oakhurst. Details: (559) 683-7766.

Women In Business Luncheon -- noon Second Thursday; sponsored by the Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce. Local Restaurants, Oakhurst. Details: (559) 683-7766. Coarsegold Community Center Board -- 3:30 p.m. Second Monday; 35610 Hwy. 41, Coarsegold. Details: (559) 683-7953.

Prayer for our Nation and the Elections -- 6:45 - 8 p.m. Fridays; sponsored by the Salt and Light Ministries, www.saltandlightcouncil.org. Yosemite New Life Church, 40390 Junction Dr., Oakhurst. Details: (559) 760-0880 or saltandlight@sti.net.

Family History Center -- 12 p.m. Classes 2nd Wednesday and beginner classes 2 Tuesday; Ancestry - tracing your family roots. No meetings in December. LDS Church , 49969 School Road (427), Oakhurst. Free. Details: Kathy Burrow (559) 683-8878 or kab@sti.net.

Mountain Area Literacy Council (MALCo) 25th Anniversary Celebration -- 4 - 6 p.m. Friday, October 12; Light refreshments being served. Inviting all past students and tutors and for all those interested in promoting adult literacy. Yosemite Gateway Association of Realtors conference room, 40298 Junction Dr., Oakhurst. Free. Details: malcotutor@gmail.com or (559) 683-1456.

MUSIC

Yosemite International Jazz Festival - Mini Concert -- 6 p.m. Thursday, October 11; Rich Severson Band. Sponsored by the Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce. Sierra Sky Ranch , 50552 Road 632, Oakhurst. $20. Details: (559) 683-7766.

The Master's College of Santa Clarita worship music by "Majesty" -- 10:30 a.m. Sunday, October 14; Nine member vocal ensemble sings in churches and high schools, as well as other civic groups and service clubs. Hillside Baptist Church, Road 200 at Wyle Ranch Road, North Fork. Details: Sarah Crotinger (559) 877-7771.

NETWORKING

Oakhurst Women's Connection "Apple of My Eye" -- 11:50 a.m. Tuesday, October 9; keynote speaker: Arlene Fetzer. Special Feature: John Mark Brix Music. Sweetwater Steak House, Hwy. 41, Oakhurst. $12 inclusive, reservations necessary. Details: Carol (559) 642-4872.

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

Rotary Golf Tournament - 22nd Annual - Rick Murphy Memorial -- 8 a.m. registration 9 a.m. Tee off Saturday, October 6; Shotgun start scramble, hole-in-one contest, chipping and putting contest, Breakfast, lunch, dinner, auction and more. All proceeds benefit local charities. Sierra Meadows, Ahwahnee. $100. Details: (559) 683-3467 or email: marilyn.rigg.c9mk@statefarm.com.

Yosemite Area Audubon Society birding trip -- 9 a.m. Saturday, October 6; to Mariposa Creek ending at the Fairgrounds around noon. Beginners trip, bring binoculars, field guides, snacks, beverages. www.yosemiteaudubon.org. Meet at Mariposa Art Park, Details: (209) 966-2547.

20th Annual Oakhurst Fall Festival -- 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, October 13 to October 14; sponsored by the Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce. Wine and Chocolate Tasting, Beer and Cheese Tasting, Children's activities, Car Show, Arts & Crafts booths and more. Oakhurst Community Park behind the Branch Library, Oakhurst. (559) 683-7766.

PUBLIC FORUMS

Town Hall Meeting with Supervisor Tom Wheeler -- 6 - 8 p.m. Thursday, October 25; contact Supervisor Wheeler with any questions or visit www.madera-county.com/supervisors/wheeler.html. Community Center, 35540 Hwy. 41, Coarsegold. Details: (559) 662-6050.

SCOUTS

Boy Scout Troop - 357 -- 7 p.m. Mondays; boys ages 11(or in 6th grade) to 17. Scout Building, North Fork. Details: Dave Smith (559) 877-2186.

Boy Scout Troop - 341 -- 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays; boys ages 11(or 6th grade) to 17. Sierra Ambulance Conference Room, Oakhurst. Details: Tony McLean (559) 683-0974.

SELF-HELP GROUPS

Alanon "Women Only" -- 9:30 a.m. Saturdays; Methodist Church, 49223 Crane Valley Road (426), Oakhurst. Details: (559) 683-1166.

Alanon -- 7 p.m. Mondays; Yosemite Lakes Park Community Church, 43840 Patrick Avenue, Coarsegold. Details: (559) 683-1166.

Alcoholics Anonymous -- Daily; meetings scheduled daily, morning, noon, and evening. Call for times. Oakhurst Fellowship on Hartwell Road (downstairs) behind Todd's BBQ, Hwy. 41, Oakhurst. Details: (559) 683-1662.

Overeaters Anonymous -- 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays; 40707 Hodges Hill Dr., Oakhurst. Details: Betty (559) 683-7016.

Alanon -- Tuesday 6 p.m. and Friday noon; New Community United Methodist Church, 49223 Crane Valley Road (426), Oakhurst. Details: (559) 683-1166.

Celebrate Recovery -- 5 p.m. Wednesdays; find freedom from your hurts, hang-ups and habits. Sierra Pines Church, 40855 Covey Court, Highway 49, Oakhurst. Details: (559) 683-2882.

SENIOR PROGRAMS

Caregiver Respite Group -- 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays; the Respite Group will provide a much needed break for the family caregiver and an opportunity for their loved one to enjoy a relaxing day of activities and socialization with personal care assistance. A small fee includes lunch. Sierra Senior Center, 49111 Cinder Lane, Oakhurst. Details: Jennie (559) 658-8227.

Senior Nutrition Program - Coarsegold -- 11:30 a.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday; to order lunch, call by noon the previous week day. Community Center, Coarsegold. $1.75., seniors 60 plus. Details: Debbie Sprinkel (559) 696-3400.

Senior Nutrition Program - North Fork -- 11:30 a.m. Monday - Friday; to order lunch, call by noon the previous week day. Community Center, North Fork. $1.75., seniors 60 plus. Details: Dru Whitner (559) 877-4280.

Senior Nutrition Program - Oakhurst -- 11:30 a.m. Monday - Friday; to order lunch, call by noon the previous week day. Sierra Senior Center, Oakhurst. $1.75., seniors 60 plus. Details: JoAnn Foster (559) 683-3811.

SERVICE CLUBS

Soroptimist International of The Sierras -- Noon First and Third Thursdays; Ol' Kettle Restaurant, Oakhurst. Details: Sue Graham (559) 683-7845.

Oakhurst Sierra Rotary -- Noon Wednesdays; Yosemite Gateway Restaurant at Best Western, Hwy. 41, Oakhurst. Details: President Randy Papike (559) 683-0478.

Sierra Lions Club -- 6 p.m. First and Third Wednesdays; Best Western Yosemite Gateway Restaurant, Hwy. 41, Oakhurst. Details: www.sierralionsclub.org.

Oakhurst Elks Lodge - 2724 -- 7 p.m. Second and Fourth Tuesdays; Elks Lodge, 42484 Hwy. 41, Oakhurst. Details: (559) 683-2717.

Sierra Oakhurst Kiwanis -- Noon Tuesdays; Ol' Kettle on Hwy. 41, Oakhurst. Details: Vicki Burkhalter (559) 683-5854.

Oakhurst Mountain Lions -- 6 p.m. Second and Fourth Wednesdays; Best Western Yosemite Gateway Inn, 40530 Hwy. 41, Oakhurst. Details: Colette Goga (559) 642-4569 or Facebook.

MCW - Mountain Community Women -- 9:30 a.m. First Monday; November meeting will be our annual "Taters and Table Setting Luncheon. "MCW serves the community by raising funds to support the Community Center on Road 425B, Oakhurst. $10 donation requested for tickets (559) 642-4711. Details: (559) 641-7867.

Oakhurst Sierra Sunrise Rotary Club -- 7 a.m. Tuesdays; Ol' Kettle Restaurant, Hwy. 41, Oakhurst. Details: President Dale Miller (559) 683-0819.

SINGLES

Senior Singles Dining Club -- Second Friday; 55 years and older. Dinner in restaurants, or members' homes. Details: Mort (559) 642-3632 or Stephanie (559) 658-8981.

SUPPORT GROUPS

Alzheimer's Caregiver -- 10 a.m. Second and Fourth Tuesdays; support group for individuals caring for persons with Alzheimer's or dementia. Lutheran Church, Crane Valley Road (426), Oakhurst. Details: (800) 541-8614 or Carol (559) 683-4045.

Breast feeding - The Learning Annex -- 10 a.m. Fourth Tuesday; learn expectations, patterns and many other topics with certified lactation, educator and counselor facilitator. 40761 Hwy. 41 - above the Kid's Corner, Oakhurst. Free. Details: Tamara Dent (559) 683-5880.

Better Breathers -- 12:30 p.m. Last Saturday; Use elevator outside main entrance. Anyone with COPD or breathing problems (and spouse). CMC (Urgent Care building) 48677 Victoria Lane, second floor, Oakhurst. Details: Jackie Wilson (559) 683-4250.

VETERANS ACTIVITIES

Women's Veterans and PTSD support group -- 11 a.m. First and Third Tuesdays; VA Clinic on Hwy. 49, Oakhurst. Details: Barbara Cole (559) 658-8939.

Caring Veterans Group -- 10:30 a.m. Second Wednesday; Ol' Kettle Restaurant, 40530 Highway 41, Oakhurst. Details: Commander Terry Cole (559) 658-8939.

Marine Corps League, Griswold Mountain Detachment - 1121 -- 9:30 a.m. Second Saturday; Positive Living Center, 49269 Golden Oak Dr., Suite 103, Oakhurst. Details: Bill Volner (559) 658-2684.

VOLUNTEER GROUPS

EMC - SPCA -- 5:30 p.m. Second Tuesday; if you love animals and would like to help. The Cat's Meow, 40315 Junction Dr. Suite C, Oakhurst. Details: (559) 642-6611.

Community Roadside Litter Clean Up Day -- 8 a.m. till noon Saturday, October 13; Pick up trash bags Saturday morning at the following: North Fork Post Office. Coarsegold, Teepee on Road 415 and Hwy. 41. Ahwahnee & Oakhurst Library parking lot. Sponsored by Keep our Mountains Beautiful! Volunteers will be entered in a drawing for a prize. Coarsegold, North Fork, Oakhurst. Details: (559) 760-1058 (559) 877-2361.

WORKSHOP

"Transforming Our Relationships" -- 9 a.m. - noon Saturday, October 6; Compassionate listening or listening to one another. New Community United Methodist Church, 49223 Crane Valley Road (426), Oakhurst. Details: (559) 683-2652.

"Seeing Gray in a World of Black and White" -- 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 9 to November 6; five week discussion group based on Rev. Adam Hamilton's book. New Community United Methodist Church, 49223 Crane Valley Road (426), Oakhurst. Details: Pastor Helen (559) 683-2652.

Yosemite Area Audubon Society program -- 7 p.m. Thursday, October 11; slide presentation by Audubon California's San Joaquin River Restoration project manager Meghan Hertel. Methodist Church parish hall, 6th and Bullion, downtown, Mariposa. Free. Details: (209) 742-5579.

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