Community Calendar for 1/31/13 edition

January 31, 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.

BLOOD DRIVE

Vons Blood Drive -- 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Monday, February 4; Vons, 40044 Hwy. 49, Oakhurst. Details: Bob Lagle (559) 642-4250 or Rafael Cabrera (559) 905-4817.

Vons Blood Drive -- 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday, February 9; All donors receive a free smoothie. Jamba Juice, 40208 Highway 41, Oakhurst. Details: Kate (559) 658-8555 or Rafael Cabrera (559) 905-4817.

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.

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.

Bahai's of the Mountain Area -- 7 p.m. Wednesday, February 20; presentation on "The Golden Rule." Yosemite Bank community room, Oakhurst. Details: Don Reed (559) 683-7702.

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

Raymond Community Church -- 9 a.m.- 12 p.m. Tuesday, February 5; fresh and perishable food and other items. Some foods have limits so enough for everyone. Bring bags with you. Community Church - 325505 Road 600, Raymond. Free. Details: (559) 237-3663.

Coarsegold Historic Village -- 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Tuesday, February 12; 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.

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.

FUNDRAISERS

Rotary Crab Feed -- 6 p.m. Saturday, February 2; crab, pasta and bread is all you can eat. Raffle with prizes retailing over $15,000. Proceeds help fund community services Community Center, Road 425B, Oakhurst. $40. Details: Dr. Brosi (559) 683-4694, Doug Macaulay (559) 683-4494, Doug Dearing (559) 683-6442.

California Retired Teachers Scholarship "Auction" -- 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, February 6; special auction to raise money for aspiring educators. Bring an item for the auction. John W. Wells Youth Center in Centennial Park at Fourth and Flume St., Madera. Details: Kathleen Yowell (559) 665-1117.

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.

Rose Pruning Demonstration with Master Gardener Carole Chavin -- 10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Saturday, February 2; Ask questions - When to prune - Pruning techniques - Pruing different types of roses. Free parking in lot C, next to garden. Three Sisters Demonstration Garden at Madera Community College Center, 30277 Ave. 12, Madera. Free. Details: (559) 675-7879, ext. 7210, www.cemadera.ucdavis.edu, mgmadera@ucanr.edu.

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.

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 -- 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 musuem, join our monthly meeting to volunteer and help. YSVB office, 40637 Hwy. 41, Oakhurst. Free. Details: Jarrod Lyman (559) 683-4636.

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.

NETWORKING

Women's Fellowship Luncheon -- Noon Tuesday, February 12; Speaker: Rhonda Hearnsberger on Conflict and Resoultion. Local singer Bree Noble preforming Sweetwater Steak House, Hwy. 41, Oakhurst. $10 no reservations necessary. Details: (559) 683-4580.

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 -- 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; Crab Cakes Restaurant, Golden Oak Loop, 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; Sweetwater Steak House, 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; 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.

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.

TAXES

Tax-Aide - 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 Darlene Kelly at (559) 760-0404. Services are available to all low to moderate income taxpayers. Senior Center, Oakhurst. Free. Details: Senior Center by appointment only (559) 683-3811.

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.

WORKSHOP

Madera County Regional Transportation Plan for 2014 -- 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 12; Sustainable Communities Strategy help to identify how we can reduce greenhouse gas (GHS) emissions in our County by the year 2040. Efficient roadways, expand transit usage, link land use & transportation. Light dinner and raffle. Community Center, 39800 Road 425B, Oakhurst. Free. Details: www.maderactc.org or (559) 675-0721 ext. 14.

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