Community Calendar 10/25/12 Edition

October 26, 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.

Oakhurst Elks Lodge -- 12 p.m. Saturday, October 27; door open at 10 a.m., no alcohol or minors. 42484 Hwy. 41 across from Bass Lake Road (222) turnoff, Oakhurst. Details: George (559) 683-2717.

BLOOD DRIVE

Bass Lake -- 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Friday, October 26; all donors receive free Vintage T-shirt plus a variety of discount coupons. Bass Lake Realty, 54335 North Shore Road, Bass Lake. Details: Theresa Wilson (559) 760-3715.

CAR CLUBS

High Sierra Corvettes -- 6 p.m. social hour, meeting starts at 7 p.m. First Wednesday; Round Table Pizza, Von's Center, Oakhurst. Details: Gary (559) 381-2947 or Tom (559) 676-1339.

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

Grandmothers Club - 24 -- 10:30 a.m. First Wednesday; The Village Clubhouse, 46777 Oonay Nation Road, Coarsegold.

North Fork Women's Club -- 10 a.m. First Wednesday; scholarship funding for women. Mill Site meeting room, 57839 Road 225, North Fork. Details: Mary Collins (559) 877-4332 or mimi@netptc.net.

Spring Valley 4-H -- 6:30 p.m. First Monday; general club business and group activities. Minarets High School multipurpose room, O'Neals. Details: Sandra McDougald (559) 822-2289.

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 -- 7:30 p.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.

Democratic Club of Oakhurst -- 9 a.m. Saturday, November 3; Bobby Kahn, Executive Director, Madera County Economic Development Commission. Ol Kettle restaurant, 40530 Hwy. 41. Oakhurst. Details: (559) 658-2342.

Sierra Mountain Quilters Association -- 5:30 p.m. Thursday, November 1; 6 p.m. business meeting and election of officers followed by show and tell. Handprint Quilt workshop. sierramountainquilters.org. Whittenburg Hall, 49223 Crane Valley Road (426), Oakhurst. Free. Details: Lin (559) 642-2673.

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.

30th Annual Fall Festival Arts & Crafts Fair -- 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Friday, October 26 to October 28; various unique specialty and one of a kind items. Live music and food. Event sponsored by Bass Lake Chamber and the Pines Resort. Pines Resort, Bass Lake. Free admission and parking. Details: (559) 288-6614 / www.thecraftfair.org.

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

Raymond Community Church -- 9 a.m.- 12 p.m. Tuesday, November 6; fresh and perishable food and other items. Some foods have limits so enough for everyone. Bring bags with you. Community Church - 325505 Road 600, Raymond. 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.

FUNDRAISERS

Pancake Breakfast - Kiwanis -- 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday, November 3; pancakes, eggs, ham, sausage, coffee, milk and orange juice. Community Center on Road 425B, Oakhurst. $6 adults, $3 children 12 and under, 5 and under Free.

Angels Amongst Us awards Dinner sponsored by the Mountain Bear Fan Club -- 10:30 a.m. Sunday, November 4; ECCO, 43803 Hwy. 41, Oakhurst. Details: Marlene Thomas (559) 683-5592.

International Dinner by the Lady of the Elks -- 1 p.m. Sunday, November 4; Raffle prizes and international foods. 42484 Hwy. 41 across from Bass Lake Road (222) turnoff, Oakhurst. $10. Details: (559) 683-2717 .

"Taters and Table Setting" Contest and Luncheon - MCW - Mountain Community Women.

-- Monday, November 5; 9:30 a.m. doors open.10 a.m. short meeting, 11 a.m. Lunch/Raffle and Table setting contest begins. To join the Table setting contest call: 683-3068. All proceeds benefit the Oakhurst Community Center. Community Center on Road 425B, Oakhurst. $10 donation. Details: (559) 658-2008 tickets, table setting contest (559) 683-3901.

GARDENING

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

Fall Planting Workshop -- 1 p.m. Sunday, October 28; local garden writer, Sue Langley, will share tips on growing Iris, planting spring bulbs, cool season annuals and sowing wildflower seeds. True Value Hardware, Hwy. 49 & Westlake Dr., Oakhurst. Free. Details: (559) 683-7117.

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.

Our Lady of the Sierra Women's Guild Annual Soup and Salad Luncheon and Boutique -- 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday, November 10; Many vendors, arts, crafts and cookie walk. Hourly door prizes. Our Lady of the Sierra Church Hall, 40180 Indian Springs Road, Oakhurst. Lunch 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. $5. Details: (559) 683-3901.

Service Organization of the Sierra - 30th Anniversary Luncheon -- 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, November 14; "A Vintage Christmas" centered around Oakhurst's 100th Anniversary. Vintage gifts and handcrafted items. Tickets: $15. Community Center, Road 425B, Oakhurst. Details: Gladys Cone (559) 642-6998.

Mountain Community Women -- 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday, November 17; Christmas shop as you enjoy snacks. Community Center, Road 425B, Oakhurst. Details: Call Kathy at (559) 642-3262.

FALL HOLIDAY EVENTS

6th Annual - Night of Horror and Haunted House -- 7 - 10 p.m. Friday, October 26 to October 27; presented by Oakhurst Mountain Lions. Children 8 - 13 must be accompanied by paying adult. Lions' Camp Pacifica, Hwy. 49, Ahwahnee. $11. Details: (559) 683-4475.

Howling Moon Costume Ball -- 6 p.m. Saturday, October 27; No host bar, dinner & entertainment, dancing until midnight. All proceeds to benefit Yosemite Basketball. Golden Chain Theater, 42130 Hwy. 41, Oakhurst. $30. Details: Sherri Dominici (559) 760-4120.

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 booths, cake walk, music, food, tri-tip, trunk or treat, silent auction, petting zoo, raffle and much more. Yosemite Lakes Community Church 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.

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

Republican Party of Madera County (RPMC) -- 11:30 a.m., call for location of lunch meeting. First Monday; www.MaderaGOP.org. County wide meeting, Madera. Details: Bobbie (559) 683-0719.

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.

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.

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.

Central Sierra Watershed Committee -- 9 a.m. Wednesday, October 31; presentation on Invasive Plants by speaker Bonnie Bladen of Intermountain Nursery. Sierra Ambulance community conference room, 40755 Winding Way, Oakhurst.

Economic Summit Luncheon presented by Madera County EDC -- 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 31; guest speaker John Stewart from Grubb Ellis Pearson Realty and Mike Winn, CEO of California Building Industry Assoc. (CBIA) Municipal Golf Course, 23200 Ave. 17, Madera. $30 with reservations. Details: Lois Grow (559) 675-7768 or lgrow@maderacountyedc.com.

NETWORKING

Oakhurst Women's Connection "Bountiful Harvest" -- 11:50 a.m. Saturday, November 3; keynote speaker: Karen Blankenship. Special Feature: Manna House presentation. Sweetwater Steak House, Hwy. 41, Oakhurst. $12 inclusive, reservations necessary. Details: Carol (559) 642-4872 or Pam (209) 742-4068.

PUBLIC FORUMS

2012 State elections Props -- 6:30 p.m. Thursday, October 25; The North Fork Library hosts and presented by the League of Women Voters. Library, North Fork. www.maderacountylibrary.org. Details: (559) 877-2387.

Coarsegold - 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.

Coarsegold - Senior Nutrition Program -- 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.

North Fork - Senior Nutrition Program -- 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.

Oakhurst - Senior Nutrition Program -- 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. 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.

SUPPORT GROUPS

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.

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

THEATER

Fall Follies - Squirrel Cage -- Dinner 6 p.m. Show 7 p.m. Friday, October 26; "Monster Soup" by Tim Kelly. Proceeds for scholarships and Town Hall upkeep. Town Hall Road 225 and Road 228, North Fork. $12. Details: (559) 877-2129.

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.

Veteran's Day Dinner Celebration 2nd Annual -- 6 p.m. Tuesday, November 13; hosted by Minarets High School, all Vets and spouses invited. High School Gym 45077 Road 200, O'Neals. Free. Details: Daniel Ching RSVP: dching@mychawanakee.org or (559) 760-5042.

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.

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