Community Calendar for 11/22/12 edition

November 21, 2012 


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, November 24; 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.


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: (559) 642-2229.


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

Bass Lake Lions -- 11:30 a.m. Second and Fourth Wednesdays; Jim Milligin, President. Ducey's Restaurant, Bass Lake. Details:

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

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 -- 9 a.m. Saturday, December 1; Eric Linville, Director of Community Development, Camarena Health. Ol' Kettle Restaurant, 40530 Highway 41, Oakhurst. Details: (559) 658-2342.


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.


North Fork -- 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Tuesday, November 27; 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.


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

Free Comedy Show -- 6:30 p.m. Friday, November 23; Pines Village, Bass Lake. Free.

Ladies Night Out - Swap Night -- 6 -9 p.m. The Womens Council of Realtors is sponsoring this fun night with food, wine, womens accessories, children's toys. Bring and Swap items. YGOHR office on Junction Dr. $20 presale or $25 at the door. Details: Katie Miller (559) 760-8867


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.

Help save the dolphins - The Produce Place -- 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1; Dinner fundraiser to help Coarsegold woman Erin Thomas protect dolphins in cove in Japan for a week from poachers. Dinner at 5 p.m., documentary movie "The Cove" at 6 p.m. The Produce Place, 49333 Crane Valley Road (426) Ste E., Oakhurst. $20 includes dinner and movie. Details: Erin Thomas, (559) 760-0612, Kandie at (559) 641-616.


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


Area children perform in "The Nutcracker" -- 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24 and 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25 at the William Saroyan Theatre, 730 M. Street, Fresno. The Sacramento Ballet and Fresno Ballet Theatre perform the ballet "The Nutcracker," presented by the Valley Performing Arts Council. Details: To purchase tickets online,, or by phone, (559) 426-9634.


North Fork bioenergy meeting and workshop -- 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. meeting Tuesday, Nov. 27 at North Fork Town Hall. 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. project workshop Friday, Nov. 30 at the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians Community Center. Meeting and workshop about proposed facility at the North Fork mill site utilizing woody biomass to create "green" energy while supporting ecological restoration, fire safety and job creation. Held by Yosemite/Sequoia Resource Conservation & Development Council and North Fork Community Development Council. Details: To attend the Nov. 30 workshop, RSVP to or call (559) 877-8664.

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

Economic Development Committee -- 7:30 a.m. Fourth Wednesday; sponsored by the Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce. Yosemite Bank conference room, 40061 Hwy. 49, Oakhurst. Details: (559) 683-7766.

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.

EMCCC Foundation -- 1 p.m. Third Friday; call the Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce. , Oakhurst. Details: (559) 683-7766.


Christmas Carol Program "The Winter Rose" -- Two performances, 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 16; Sierra Vista Presbyterian Church, 39696 Highway 41, Oakhurst. Performance by a 50-voice community choir from various area churches, with orchestra. Free.

Winter Charity Concert - Fundraiser for African children -- 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 18; Coarsegold Elementary School, 45426 Raymond Road (415), Coarsegold. Performance by bands and choirs from Rivergold and Coarsegold elementary schools to raise money for African children at risk of starvation through World Vision. Donations appreciated but not required. Details: Christel Biasell, music instructor,


Yosemite Area Audubon Society birding trip -- a.m. Saturday, November 24; a trip to the McSwain Forebay and Lake McClure. Bring binoculars, field guides, snacks, lunch, beverages and wet-weather gear. Dress in layers. Mariposa Rest Area adjacent to the history center off Hwy. 140, Mariposa. Free . Details: (209) 742-5579 or


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.


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.


Caregiver Respite Group -- 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays; Mountain Area Caregivers 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. $15. 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: Connie Graham (559) 683-3811.


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:

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.


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.


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.

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.

H.O.W - Helping One Women at a time -- 6 p.m. Wednesday, November 28; Oakhurst chapter helping women each month. Please call for reservations (559) 642-4900 mention you are with this group Todd's BBQ, Hwy 41, Oakhurst. $10 plus dinner. Details:,


Golden Chain Theatre "Christmas Spectacular" -- Dec. 7 - 9, Friday & Saturday 7 p.m. Sunday 2 p.m.; Golden Chain Theatre, 42130 Hwy. 41, Oakhurst. Adults: $12, discounted rates available. Details: (559) 683-7112.


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.

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