Community Calendar for 1/24/13 edition

January 23, 2013 

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, January 26; doors open at 10 a.m., no alcohol or minors. Free coffee and popcorn. 42484 Hwy. 41 across from Bass Lake Road (222) turnoff, Oakhurst. Details: George Wright (559) 683-2717.

BLOOD DRIVE

Yosemite Lakes Park -- 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, February 16; donors will receive a free vintage T-shirt. 30250 Yosemite Springs Pkwy., Yosemite Lakes Park - Coarsegold . Details: Carol Besselievre (559) 683-0214.

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.

Creative Writing class (memoirs) -- 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Fridays; started years ago by Merced College will be continuing no credit, no fee, memoir writing life story class. Sierra Vista Presbyterian Church, 39696 Hwy. 41, Oakhurst. Details: Joyce Stuhr (559) 683-5494.

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.

Democratic Club of Oakhurst -- 9 a.m. Saturday, February 2; Isabel Barreras, Trustee, "Prop 30 and What it means to State Center Community College District." Sweetwater Steak House, Hwy. 41, Oakhurst. Details: (559) 658-2342.

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.

2nd Annual Academic Showcase -- 5:30 - 8 p.m. Thursday, January 24; Minarets High School and Minarets Charter High School presentation featuring the Best of the Best in Academic Presentations in English, Math, Social Science, Science and Spanish. Focuses on professional, college level presentations. Minarets High School, 45077 Road 200, O'Neals. Details: (559) 868-8689.

Federal and State Income Tax return preparation -- 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday, February 23 to April 13; three Saturday's only. Must make appointment . Oakhurst Branch Library, Oakhurst. Free. Details: Darlene Kelly (559) 760-0404.

FOOD BANK

North Fork -- 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Tuesday, January 29; 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.

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, 49223 Crane Valley Road (426), Oakhurst. Details: Paul (559) 658-8952.

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.

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.

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. ; 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.

Stroke Survivor Support Group -- 10 a.m. Third Friday; Ray Castro of Oakhurst Evangelical Free Church will be conducting this group for all stroke survivors and caregivers. Yosemite Bank conference room, Hwy. 49, Oakhurst. Free. Details: Ray (559) 760-9839.

Coarsegold Resource Conservation District -- 10 a.m. Thursday, January 24; North Fork Mill site on Road 225, CDC Conference Room, North Fork. Details: (559) 642-3263.

Coffee for IHSS Providers - Madera Chapter of the California United Homecare Workers Union (CUHW) -- 10 a.m. Saturday, January 26; bring a dish to share if you would like to. CUHW office, 120 North E Street, Madera. Details: Kay LaPlant (559) 395-4772.

Madera Chapter of the California United Homecare Workers Union (CUHW) IHSS Providers -- 4 p.m. Thursday, February 14; Madera County Library, 121 North G Street, Madera. Details: Kay LaPlant (559) 395-4772.

Mountain Area Literacy Council (MALCo) -- 12 noon Thursday, February 14; All Tutors and anyone interested in promoting adult literacy please attend. Yosemite Bank conference room, 40061 Hwy. 49, Oakhurst. Free. Details: malcotutor@gmail.com or (559) 683-1456.

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.

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.

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; to order lunch, call by noon the previous week day. Community Center, Coarsegold. $1.75., seniors 60 plus. Details: Joanna Fuchs (559) 683-7953.

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 Whitener (559) 877-2653.

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.

AARP - Income Tax return preparation and electronic filing -- Tuesdays; both State and Federal filing electronically. Services are also offered at the Oakhurst Library with special appointment dates on Feb 23, March 16, April 13, call Jeannie Turpenen at (559) 673-4115. Senior Center, Oakhurst. Free. Details: Senior Center by appointment only (559) 683-3811.

AARP - Income Tax return preparation and electronic filing -- Do It Yourself Tax return preparation Tuesdays; A computer station will be set up when Tax Aide services are being provided. A trained volunteer will be available to answer questions. Taxpayers with incomes of $57,000 or less are eligible to use this do-it-yourself service. Senior Center & the Library, Oakhurst. Free. Details: Darlene Kelly (559) 760-0404.

AARP - Income Tax return preparation and electronic filing -- Tuesdays; Tax returns are prepared by specially trained, certified and supervised volunteers. Prepared on site and filed electronically. Must make appointment. Senior Center , Oakhurst. Free. Details: Senior Center (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 on Road 425B, Oakhurst. Details: (559) 641-7867.

Oakhurst Sierra Sunrise Rotary Club -- 7 a.m. Tuesdays; Feb. 5 at Rivercreek Golf Course, Road 600, Ahwahnee. 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 .

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.

Renew -- 6:30 p.m. every Saturday morning Saturday, January 12 to March 30; a 12 week recovery - sexual abuse recovery group for women (18+) who have been sexually violated as a child or adult and wish to recover, deal and restoration from pain and emotional trauma. Confidentially and not be judged. Evangelical Free Church, 50443 School Road, Oakhurst. free. Details: Trish (559) 683-2254 or trish@oakhurstevfree.org.

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.

American Legion - Post 110 -- 6 p.m. dinner, 7 p.m. regular meeting. Third Thursday; Community Center, 34540 Hwy. 41, Coarsegold. Details: (559) 683-1215.

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.

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