Community Calendar for 12/19/12 edition

December 13, 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

Sierra Telephone -- 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Thursday, December 13; Fresno Monsters game discounts and valley discount coupons. 49150 Crane Valley Road (426), Oakhurst. Details: Kathy Kramer (559) 642-0109.

CLASSES

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.

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: www.basslakelions.org.

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.

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.

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.

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.

FOOD BANK

Oakhurst - Our Lady of the Sierra -- 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Tuesday, December 18; 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.

FUNDRAISERS

Yard Sale- Hillside Baptist Church -- 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday, December 15; fundraiser to support Children's Ministry. Indoor rain or shine. Road 200 at Wyle Ranch Rd. North Fork. Free. Details: (559) 877-7771.

Comfort Food Night - Senior Center -- 5 p.m. Saturday, December 22; Ham dinner with all the fixings. 49111 Cinder Lane - behind the community center, Oakhurst. $8. Details: Reservations (559) 683-3811 (9 a.m. -2 p.m. Mon. - Fri.)

GARDENING

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.

HOLIDAY EVENTS

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, but not required. Details: Christel Biasell, cbiasell@yosemiteusd.com.

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 .

Christmas Feast Outpouring -- 3-7 p.m. Sunday, December 23; Free dinner, food, music, and Christmas presents. Oakhurst Community Center, 39800 Road 425B, Oakhurst. Free. Details: Rebecca (559) 313-9570 or oakhurstoutpouring@gmail.com

Community of Lights - at the Grove -- 5 - 9 p.m. now through Dec 23. Friday - Sunday. Walk or drive through, pictures with Santa, open fire, hot chocolate or cider, Christmas caroling and music. 2 acres of lights and decorations. The Grove, 42461 Hwy. 49, Ahwahnee. Free. Details: (559) 683-7911.

Advent Retreat "Igniting the Light of Christ within you" -- December 17 - 19, Mon. - Wed. 4 -5:30 p.m.. Speaker and retreat master Paul Kolesk offering uplifting word and Contemporary Christian Music lifting the sprits. Our Lady of the Sierra, 40180 Indian Spring Road, Oakhurst. Free

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.

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 kab@sti.net.

Children's Museum of the Sierra -- 10 a.m. Second Monday; Help save our children's museum, join our monthly meeting to volunteer and help. YSVB office, 40637 Hwy. 41, Oakhurst. Free. Details: Jarrod Lyman (559) 683-4636.

Mountain Area Literacy Council (MALCo) -- 12 noon Thursday, December 13; Anyone interested in promoting adult literacy. Yosemite Bank conference room, 40061 Hwy. 49, Oakhurst. Free. Details: malcotutor@gmail.com or (559) 683-1456.

Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce Annual Installation & Awards Ceremony -- 6 p.m. Friday, January 11; Man of the Year, Women of the Year, Business of the Year presentations. Pines Resort, Bass Lake. Details: Reservations (559) 683-7766.

MUSIC

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, Oakhurst.

Christmas musical concert -- 7 p.m. Sunday, December 16; "Heaven's Human Word" musical concert. Chapel Choir and two ensembles featuring Carmen Ruggeri, Gay Dunn and dance group led by director Denise Ganser. Refreshments will be served after. Ponderosa Basin Chapel, 5611 Creel Road, Mariposa. Details: (209) 742-6740.

Mountain Pianists -- 2 p.m. Sunday, December 16; Beethoven's birthday celebration Home of Paul Milliken, Oakhurst. Details: Lucie Richter (559) 683-0352.

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

Audubon Society - Area Christmas Bird Counts Scheduled -- start 7 a.m. Friday, December 14 to January 2; the National Audubon Society's 113 Christmas Bird count, an annual international bird census. www.audubon.org. Mariposa. Free. Details: (209) 742-5579 or 966-2547.

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. 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.

SENIOR PROGRAMS

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; 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; order lunch, call by noon the previous week day. Community Center, North Fork. $1.75., seniors 60 plus. Details: Dru Whitener (559) 877-2653.

Oakhurst - Senior Nutrition Program -- 11:30 a.m. Monday - Friday; order lunch, call by noon the previous week day. Sierra Senior Center, Oakhurst. $1.75., seniors 60 plus. Details: Connie Graham (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; "MCW serves the community by raising funds to support the Community Center. Community Center, 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.

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.

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.

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.

WORKSHOP

Yosemite Area Audubon Society program -- 7 p.m. Thursday, December 13; Alpine Plant Diversity on Yosemite's Sky Islands, a slide presentation by botanist Dena Grossenbacher, Ph.D. candidate at UC Davis. Mariposa Methodist Church parish hall, 6th & Bullion St., Mariposa. Free. Details: (209) 742-5579.

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