Community Calendar for 12/6/12 edition

December 5, 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.


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.


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 - 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

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.


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.


Coarsegold Historic Village -- 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Tuesday, December 11; 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 Petanque Club -- 9 a.m. Saturdays; Behind Oakhurst Elementary School on School Road (427), Oakhurst. Free. Details: Tish (559) 683-6540.


Kellen Rescue and EMC SPCA Rummage Sale -- 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday, December 8; 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.


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.


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 Town Hall, 33060 Mono Road (228). The Christmas party following the parade at Town Hall includes visit from Santa Claus, who will hand out gifts for children along with cookies and refreshments. The party is free and it is $5 to enter in the parade. Details: Parade information, enter in the parade, Pat Brown (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 benefit and maintain the Oakhurst Community Center. Community Center on Road 425B, Oakhurst. Donation is $17. Details: Joanne (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. Library, 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.

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, with 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. 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. Community Center, Coarsegold. $20. Details: (559) 683-1215.


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

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.

LDS - Family History Center -- Second 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. Oakhurst Lutheran Church, Crane Valley Road, 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.

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 December 7 & 8 at 7 p.m. and Sunday matinee December 9 at 2 p.m.; Golden Chain Theatre, 42130 Hwy. 41, Oakhurst. Adults: $12, discounted rates available. Details: (559) 683-7112.


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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