Community Calendar for 11/29/12 edition

November 29, 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.


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.

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; 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

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

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.

Sierra Mountain Quilters Association -- 5:30 p.m. Thursday, December 6; Business meeting at 6 p.m., show and tell, installation of officers. Whittenburg Hall, 49223 Crane Valley Road (426), Oakhurst. Free. Details: Lin (559) 642-2673.


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.


Baha'i's of the Mountain Area -- 7 p.m. Tuesday, December 11; Speaker: Barry Broulett of Mariposa. Sierra Telephone, 49150 Crane Valley Road (426), Oakhurst. Details: (559) 841-6629.


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


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.

Holiday Food Festival - Minarets High School -- 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, December 1; Fire Dept. Chili Cook Off benefiting Multipurpose Room 303. Minarets High School, 45077 Road 200, O'Neals. Free or $25 booths available. Details: (559) 676-2380.

Kellen Rescue and EMC SPCA Rummage Sale -- 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday, December 1; Huge sale with incredible prices! All proceeds go to Kellen Rescue and EMC-SPCA. 40820 Winding Way off Hwy. 41, Oakhurst. Details: Keri Hills (559) 676-2784.


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.


Annual Christmas Craft Show - Soroptimist International of Mariposa -- 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, November 30 to December 1; There will be more than 85 local crafters participating and showing everything from art to handcrafted wood items. Soroptimists will show off their culinary skills at the "Country Cafe." There will be a daily door prize and a raffle of various items and baskets. Admission and parking are free. Mariposa Fairgrounds on Hwy 49, Mariposa.

North Fork Town Hall Annual Christmas Bazaar -- 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday, December 1; Handmade & unique items. Christmas decorations, candles, soaps, jewelry, quilts, metal works, glass works and so much more. Booster will be serving breakfast burritos and cinnamon rolls. Lunch, spaghetti and salad. A new toy drive for the North Fork Children's Parade and Party Dec. 15 will also be held at the bazaar. Those who bring in a new, unwrapped toy for the drive will receive a raffle ticket for the chance to win a couple of nice Christmas baskets. 33060 Road 228, North Fork. Details: Sheri Pinkerton (559) 841-8488.

Sierra Meadowlarks annual Christmas party -- 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday, December 1; Annual event for the residents of the Oakhurst Healthcare and Wellness Centre. The public is invited to participate in the cookie walk, and purchase baked goods, jams and pickles, and crafts. A raffle will also be held. Oakhurst Living Center, Hwy. 49, Oakhurst. Details: (559) 683-4792.

27th annual Christmas Craft Fair - Mariposa /Yosemite Crafter's Guild -- Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m - 2 p.m. Friday, December 7 to December 9; Jewelry, original artwork, woodworking, knitted and crocheted goods, baby and full-sized afghans, handmade soaps, household goods and plenty more. Mariposa American Legion Hall, 5117 Bullion St., Mariposa. Details: Janet Shoff (209) 742-6062.

Martha's Market Christmas Boutique -- 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, December 8; There will be artisans and craftsmen and specialty children's Christmas wear available as well as photo ops for the children. Lunch will be provided by ECCO staff. The event is presented by the Ladies of Christ Church-Anglican. Proceeds benefit the needs of various community organizations. ECCO, 43803 Hwy. 41, Oakhurst. Donation is $6 in advance and $7.50 at the door.


Coarsegold Tree Lighting -- 5 p.m. Friday, November 30; The Coarsegold Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the Coarsegold Tree Lighting ceremony. Children's photos with Father Christmas will be available. Coarsegold Village Hwy. 41, Coarsegold. free.

Toys for Tots event at Queen's Inn Wine Bar -- 6 p.m. Friday, November 30; Toy collection and fundraiser. The Idle Hour Winery, 41139 Highway 41, Oakhurst. Admission is $10 per person or a new, unwrapped toy valued at $10 or more to enjoy fine wines. Details: (559) 683-4354.

Christmas Tree lighting - Oakhurst -- 5 p.m. Saturday, December 1; Enjoy Christmas carols and hot cocoa, hot dogs, coffee and cookies. Pony rides will be available for $2 and children are invited to participate in free pine cone decorating. " Corner of Hwy. 41 and Crane Valley Road, Oakhurst. Free. Details: (559) 642-0313.

Toys for Tots - Old Mill Village Toy Round-Up -- 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, December 1; The Marine Corps League will hold their annual Toy Roundup for Toys for Tots this Saturday. The Yosemite High School cheerleader and pep teams will hold a bake sale during that time with all proceeds going to Toys for Tots. Setup will be at 7 a.m., uniform of the day is red cap or Toys for Tots back cap, red polo shirt and jacket. Colonels Bosworth and Derry will be ther from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 12 p.m - 3p.m. respectively. Bring your own chair, no chase lounges. Old Mill Center (Von's parking lot), Oakhurst. Details: Mike and Brenda Perreira, (559) 658-6311.

11th Annual Christmas Tree Auction - Boys & Girls Club -- 3 p.m. Sunday, December 2; More than 25 groups and organizations from the Mountain Area are participating this year. An online auction is also available at More than 200 items will available for bid in a silent auction beginning at 3 p.m. followed by the live fully decorated tree auction at 5:30 p.m. Pines Resort, Bass Lake. Tickets cost $30 per person or four for $100 and includes hors d'oeuvres and champagne. .

Christmas at Fresno Flats -- 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, December 2; Visit from Father Christmas and his wife; miniature horse rides from Diamond W. Ranch; candle making; old-fashioned sing-along led by Morninglory Singers and performances by Chamber Choir and Lutheran Church of Oakhurst's Bell Choir; raffle; soup and bake sale; and other items for sale. Fresno Flats Historic Village on School Road (427), Oakhurst. Details: (559) 683-6570.

Christmas Tree Auction - 11th Annual Holiday Event -- 3 p.m. silent auction begins, Live Auction follows Sunday, December 2; complimentary champagne, hors d'oeurves, raffles and door prizes. Proceeds benefit the Boys and Girls Club and other local charities. Bid Online Nov. 19-30 at Bass Lake Event Center, Bass Lake. $30 per person. Details: details: (559) 683-9000 or

Tree Lighting Ceremony - North Fork -- 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 4; There will be goodies, music and fun! Bring decorations to donate to the decoration of North Fork and an ornament to place on the tree.

We are looking for lawn-sized decorations to put throughout the town. Come out and Enjoy the festivities! Pizza Factory parking lot, North Fork. Details: Nicole Boettcher (559) 676-4823.

Retired Teachers' Christmas Luncheon and Party -- 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, December 5; Held by The California Retired Teachers Association, Division #79. Retired teachers are asked to bring a donation to the Madera Rescue Mission. Unwrapped gifts can include paper products, hygiene items and cans of food. Make reservations by Nov. 29. John W. Wells Center, 705 east 5th St. , Madera. Details: Virginia McClaran (559) 665-1117.

15th Annual Christmas Parade & Party "Elf-n-Magic" - North Fork Boosters -- 2 p.m. Saturday, December 8; The parade starts at 2 p.m. at Hank's Automotive in downtown North Fork and ends at the North Fork Town Hall, 33060 Mono Road (228). The Christmas party starts immediately following the parade at Town Hall and includes a visit from Santa Claus, who will hand out gifts for children along with cookies and refreshments. , North Fork. The party is free and it is $5 to enter in the parade.. Details: Details: Parade information, or to enter in the parade, call Pat Brown at (559) 877-7590. Party information, Cathey Thornburg, (559) 676-7766..

Christmas Home Tour sponsored by MCW - Mountain Community Women -- 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, December 8; Six beautifully decorated homes will be toured, lunch included. The event is for adults only. All proceeds go to benefit and maintain the Oakhurst Community Center. Community Center on Road 425B, Oakhurst. Suggested donation is $17. Details: Tickets are available at Kraft & Lee Insurance in Raley's shopping center or by calling Joanne at (559) 692-2947..

Visit with Santa -- 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday, December 11; Parents - don't forget to bring your camera. This is an is an ideal time to take pictures while the kids discuss their Christmas list with the "Big Guy." Sierra Telephone Business Office, Oakhurst.

North Fork Library - Christmas "Sing Along" -- 7 p.m. Wednesday, December 12; The Friends of the North Fork Branch Library will host their annual Christmas sing along with Sugar Pine. Refreshments will be served. 32908 Road 222, North Fork. Free. Details: (559) 877-2387.

Elks Lodge Annual Children's Christmas Party -- 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, December 15; serving underprivileged children chosen by local schools. 42484 Hwy. 41 across from Bass Lake Road (222) turnoff, Oakhurst. Details: Anne Despol (559) 642-3036.

Oakhurst Community String Orchestra Christmas Concert -- Two 6:30 p.m. performances. Dec. 4: Oakhurst Lutheran Church, 39255 Black Road at Crane Valley Road (426). Dec. 6: Oakhurst Sierra Pines Church, 40855 Covey Court at Highway 49. 27-piece string orchestra led by violinist/fiddler Tim Johnson, will perform famous classics and favorite Christmas songs.Suggested donation $10.

Cowboy Christmas Concert -- 6:30 p.m. Dec. 15, Oakhurst Lutheran Church, 39255 Black Road at Crane Valley Road (426). Cowboy music and Christmas favorites from Tim Johnson, John Kilburn, Flint Tompkins, Jimmy Collier, Cliff Neufield and others. Suggested donation $10. Details: (559) 683-4673.

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

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

American Legion Post and Auxiliary Annual Christmas Dinner, and fundraiser -- 5:30 p.m. Thursday, December 20; Turkey dinner with all the fixing, catered by Crab Cakes. Fundraiser for Boys and Girls state programs. RSVP no later than 12/12. Coarsegold Community Center, Coarsegold. $20. Details: (559) 683-1215.


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.

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.

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


Weekly Western Gospel Service -- 4 p.m. Sundays; The service is free of charge and features the Lutheran Cowboy Band under the leadership of fiddler Tim Johnson and pianist Cliff Neufield, along with a full gang of supporting musicians and musical guests. The music will be combined with a message of hope from Pastor Dave Sebastian. All are invited to come. Oakhurst Luthern Church, Oakhurst.

CD Release Party -- 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Saturday, December 8; Oakhurst Fruit & Nut Coffee Shop, Oakhurst. Details: Jean Butterfield

CD Release Party -- 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Sunday, December 9; Buffet brunch. RSVP at (559) 760-9825 Slim's Koffee Shak, 33013 Rd. 222, North Fork. $12. Details: Jean Butterfield


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. 40671 Hwy 41, Suite N (below Artifacts), 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; "MCW serves the community by raising funds to support the Community Center. Community Center on Road 425B, Oakhurst. $10 . 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.


Golden Chain Theatre "Christmas Spectacular" -- Friday & Saturday 7 p.m. and Sunday 2 p.m. Friday, December 7 to December 9; 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.


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.

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