Community Calendar 10/11/12 Edition

October 11, 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.

CLASSES

Creative Writing class (memoirs) -- 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Fridays; Merced College presents no credit, no fee, memoir writing life story class. Sierra Vista Presbyterian Church, 39696 Hwy. 41, Oakhurst. Details: Joyce Stuhr (559) 683-5494.

Helping Hands presents "Earn While You Learn" Parenting Classes -- 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (1 hour classes) Monday-Thursday; receive baby bucks while attending classes. Call for schedule and class times. Child care not provided. Pregnancy and Parenting Center, 40356 Oak Park Way, Suite A, Oakhurst. Details: Kenya Deto: kenya@sti.net (559) 642-2229.

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.

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.

Democratic Club of Oakhurst -- 9 a.m. Saturday, October 27; "Bringing Home the Truth Rally" with Brave New Foundation's feature film "Koch Brothers Exposed" and live link-up with "Fahrenheit 9/11. Met Cinema, Oakhurst. Details: (559) 658-2342.

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.

Oktoberfest - Oakhurst Elks Lodge - 2724 -- bar opens at 4:00 p.m., beer tasting at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6:00 p.m. Saturday, October 20; German food, beer tasting and music. Elks Lodge, 42484 Hwy. 41& Road 222, Oakhurst. $18. Details: (559) 683-2717.

3rd Annual Member Appreciation Dinner -- 6 p.m. Thursday, November 8; sponsored by the Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce. Sierra Sky Ranch , 50552 Road 632, Oakhurst. Details: (559) 683-7766.

FOOD BANK

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.

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.

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.

Harvest Festival Carnival at Yosemite Lakes Community Church -- 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 31; Attractions include: Rock wall slide, 68" obstacle course, basketball game, bungee run, bounce houses, 5-1 combo. Over 40 bo6ths, cake walk, music, food, tri-tip, trunk or treat, silent auction, petting zoo, raffle and much more. Yosemite Lakes Community Curch 1.3 miles off Hwy 41, Yosemite Lakes Park. Tickets for games booths are .25¢. Get a wrist band for $5 for unlimited bounce house use. Details: (559) 658-7747.

FUNDRAISERS

Comfort Food Night - Senior Center -- 5 p.m. Third Friday; enjoy a wonderful "Comfort Food" dinner while helping to pay PG&E for the Senior Center. 49111 Cinder Lane- behind the community center, Oakhurst. $7. Details: Reservations (559) 683-3811.

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.

HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE

Christmas Boutique - Yosemite Lakes Community Church & Luncheon -- Boutique 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. and Lunch being served 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday, November 3; unique hand crafted items. Home made cookies, cakes, candies, breads, jams and more. Sponsored by Women's Ministries. 43840 Patrick Ave., Yosemite Lakes Park, Coarsegold. Details: Paula Griggs (559) 641-5883.

HOLIDAY EVENTS

Trunk-N-Treat -- 5 - 7 p.m. Wednesday, October 31; Bring your candy buckets and prizes for best costume. Bring your carved pumpkin for the contest. If you would like to donate or help with the event please give us a call. If you are interested in being a "Trunker" please call Community College Center parking lot on Crane Valley Road (426) and Civic Circle Drive, Oakhurst. Free. Details: (559) 683-3940 or email: chamber@oakhurstchamber.com.

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.

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.

EMCCC Foundation -- 1 p.m. Third Friday; call the Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce. , 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.

LDS - Family History Center -- 2nd Tuesday 12 p.m. beginning classes, 2nd Wednesday 12 & 1 p.m. more advanced classes. ; No meetings in December. LDS Church , 49969 School Road (427), Oakhurst. Free Genealogy class. 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.

Regional Water Management Group -- 10 a.m. Monday, October 15; workshop on Disadvantaged Communities in our County. Sierra Ambulance community conference room, 40755 Winding Way, Oakhurst. Details: (559) 642-3263 .

Tea Party Action meeting -- 6:30 p.m. Thursday, October 18; Yosemite Gateway Inn Restaurant, 40530 Hwy. 41, Oakhurst. Details: (866) 565-1379 or matp@sti.net.

Coarsegold Resource Conservation District -- 10 a.m. Thursday, October 25; North Fork Mill site on Road 225, CDC Conference Room, North Fork. Details: (559) 642-3263.

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.

Yosemite International Jazz Festival - Mini Concert -- 7 p.m. Thursday, October 11; The Rich Severson Quartet performing. 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.

Mountain Pianists -- 2 p.m. Sunday, October 21; Library on Civic Circle Dr., Oakhurst. Details: Lucie Richter (559) 683-0352.

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

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 activiiteis, 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.

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.

H.O.W. dinner -- October 17 starts at 6 p.m. Wednesday, October 17; Catered by The Produce Place. Information: www.helpingonewoman.com, www.facebook.com/HOWOakhurst Queen's Inn by the River, Hwy. 41, Oakhurst. Details: Please call The Produce Place for reservationsat 559-641-6167..

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

"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 Caifornia's San Joaqun River Restoration project manager Meghan Hertel. Methodist Church parish hall, 6th and Bullion, downtown, Mariposa. Free. Details: (209) 742-5579.

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