Community Calendar for 2/7/13 edition

February 7, 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

Von's 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.

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.

Los Nino's Bien Educados - parenting class for Spanish speaking parents -- 11 a.m. Thursdays; The Mountain Wellness Center sponsors this event. Oakhurst Counseling Center, 49774 Road 426, Oakhurst. Free. Details: (559) 683-4809.

Effective Community Leadership seminar for Nonprofit boards -- 1 p.m. Saturday, February 9; Seminar covers parliamentary procedures, ethics, liability issues, officers' roles, open meeting laws and other areas of effective community leadership. Instructor Robert Hand. Positive Living Center, 49269 Golden Oak Dr., Suite 103, Oakhurst. $25. Details: Angelo Pizelo (559) 642-4616 or pizelo@sti.net.


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; President Jim Milligin. 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.

Sweetheart Ball - Oakhurst Elks Lodge -- 4:30 p.m. Friday, February 15; Music and Dancing. Dinner includes New York steak, salad, dessert. 42484 Hwy. 41 across from Bass Lake Road (222) turnoff, Oakhurst. $26 Reservations required. Details: (559) 683-2717.


ETC.

Baha'is 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, March 15, April 13; three Saturday's only. Must make appointment. Oakhurst Branch Library, Oakhurst. Free. Details: Darlene Kelly (559) 760-0404.

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.


FOOD BANK

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.

Oakhurst - Our Lady of the Sierra -- 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Tuesday, February 19; 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.

North Fork -- 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Tuesday, February 26; 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.

Raymond Community Church -- 9 a.m.- 12 p.m. Tuesday, March 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.


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

Vision Academy of the Arts' Grand Night for the Arts -- 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. Saturday, February 9; live and silent auction and food by local restaurants, to benefit high school scholarships. Golden Chain Theatre, 42130 Highway 41, Oakhurst. $20 or $125 for table of eight. Details: Sheila Adams (559) 642-4329.

Kellen Rescue Rummage Sale -- 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday, February 23; 40820 Winding Way off Hwy. 41, Oakhurst. Details: Keri Hills (559) 676-2784.

German Fest - Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce -- 6 p.m. Saturday, March 2; Authentic German cuisine - 4 course dinner, raffle, live auction, entertainment. Community Center, 39800 Road 425B, Oakhurst. $25. Details: (559) 683-7766.


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

YOSEMITE WESTERN ARTIST -- 11:30 a.m. February 16. Artist Penny Otwell demonstrating acrylic landscape. Bring a dish to share. Gertrude School House, Road 600, Ahwahnee. $5 donation for members, $7 nonmember. Details: Vicki Thomas (209) 966-2071

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 -- 4:30 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.

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.

Regional Water Management Group -- 1:30 p.m. Monday, February 11; Sierra Ambulance community conference room, 40755 Winding Way, Oakhurst. Details: (559) 642-3263 .

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. Yosemite Bank conference room, 40061 Hwy. 49, Oakhurst. Free. Details: malcotutor@gmail.com or (559) 683-1456.

Tea Party Action meeting -- 6:30 p.m. Third Tuesday; Yosemite Gateway Inn Restaurant, 40530 Hwy. 41, Oakhurst. Details: (866) 565-1379 or matp@sti.net.

"Keep Our Mountains Beautiful" -- 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 20; Branch Library, Oakhurst. Details: Susie Tomlinson (559) 877-3424.


MUSIC

Patriotic Concert -- 6 p.m. Sunday, February 10; Linda Lanier, National & International Nashville recording artist and public speaker bringing a message of patriotism "We need God in America Again!" Yosemite Community Church, 43840 Patrick Ave., Coarsegold. Details: (559) 658-8871.

Mountain Pianist -- 2 p.m. Sunday, February 17; Oakhurst Library, Civic Circle. Details: (559) 683-0352.


NETWORKING

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


OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

Yosemite Area Audubon Society birding trip -- 8 a.m. Saturday, February 16; Merced National Wildlife Refuge. Suitable for beginners, bring binoculars, field guides, snacks, lunch, beverage and wet-weather gear. Mariposa Rest Area adjacent to the history center off Hwy. 140, Mariposa. Free . Details: (209) 742-5579 or www.yosemiteaudubon.org.


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.

Boy Scout Troop - 316 -- 6:30 p.m. Mondays; boys ages 11(or in 6th grade) to 17. Sierra Vista Presbyterian Church, 39696 Hwy. 41, Oakhurst. Details: George Stillman (559) 642-7683.


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

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.


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 Doug Macaulay (559) 683-4494.

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.

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 -- Sexual abuse recovery group for women (18+) who wish to recover, sexually violated, deal and restoration from 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.

Stroke Support Group -- 10 a.m. Third Friday; information and support for stroke survivors and caregivers. Yosemite Bank conference room, Hwy. 49, Oakhurst. Free. Details: Ray Castro (559) 760-9839.


THEATER

Special performance "Run to the Roundhouse Nellie - He Can't Corner You There" by Shubert Fendrich -- 6 p.m. Friday, February 15; Benefit for the California Cadet Corps 66th Battalion Yosemite High School. Hot Dogs, soft drinks, popcorn, chips, candy. Golden Chain Theatre, 42130 Hwy. 41, Oakhurst. $10 adults, $5 children 12 & under. Details: (559) 683-7112 or Bruce (559) 683-3281.


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; Best Western Yosemite Gateway Inn, 40530 Hwy. 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.

Yosemite Area Audubon Society program -- 7 p.m. Thursday, February 14; wildlife biologist Sarah Stock presenting a slide program "Yosemite's Hawks and Owls." www.yosemiteaudubon.org. Mariposa Methodist Church parish hall, 6th & Bullion St., Mariposa. Free. Details: (209) 742-5579.

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