Community Calendar for 3/7/13 edition

March 6, 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.

SOS Service Organization of the Sierra presents Bingo -- 5 p.m. Saturday, March 16; Annual St. Patrick's Day Bingo starts at 6:30 p.m. Food, drinks/cocktails, door prizes, raffle, 50/50 split and bingo prizes. All proceeds benefit local scholarships, mini grants, Heartland, Hinds Hospice, Oakhurst Library and other community donations-dependent organizations. Community Center on 425B, Oakhurst. $15. Details: Linda Seaberg (559) 642-4280.


BLOOD DRIVE

Minarets High School -- 2 - 7 p.m. Thursday, March 7; all donors receive a free T-shirt and free hot dogs or hamburgers. 45077 Road 200 in the MHS gym, O'Neals. Details: (559) 868-8689.


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.

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.


CLUBS

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 - 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.


ETC.

Dinner & A Movie - sponsored by Sierra Senior Center & Mountain Community Forum -- 5 p.m. dinner, 6:15 movie and discussion. Friday, March 22; Fundraiser for the Senior Center. Comfort meal Chef Betty & Zona: shepherd pie, salad, dessert. Free Film Documentary "Thirst" documentary about the privatization of water. Guest Tony Ward, Madera Oversight Coalition; Lloyd Carter, president of Save our Streams. Music by Jimmy Collier. 39800 Road 425B, Oakhurst. Dinner $8 - Film is Free. Details: Dinner reservations before March 18 (559) 683-3811. Film (559) 658-5227.

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.


FOOD BANK

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

Wasuma Elementary School Scholastic "Book Fair" -- 7:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. daily and 7:30 a.m. - noon March 15; bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/wasumaelemsch. Wasuma School Hwy. 49, Ahwahnee. Free. Details: Wasuma PTA (559) 443-9167.

Pancake Breakfast - Volunteer Fire Company #32 and the Chowchilla Mountain Women's Club -- 8 - 10 a.m. Saturday, March 9; pancakes, eggs, sausage, juice and coffee. Ponderosa Basin Fire Station, 5618 Creel Road, Mariposa. Free and accepting donations. Details: (209) 742-7104.

National Boy Scouts Jamboree Pancake Breakfast -- 7:30 - 11 a.m. Sunday, March 10; Sponsored by Sierra Kiwanis, benefits Scouts attending Jamboree 2013. Community Center, 39800 Road 425B, Oakhurst. $6 adults. Details: Tony McLean (559) 683-0974.

Biscuit and Gravy Breakfast by the Coarsegold Grandmothers Club #24 -- 7:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 16; scrambled eggs, sausage gravy, sausage, biscuits, juice and coffee. The Village Clubhouse, 46777 Oonay Nation Road, Coarsegold. $6 adults, $3 children under 12. Details: (559) 641-5248.

Elks Lodge Tri-Tip BBQ dinner benefiting "Wounded Warrior Project.org." -- 1 - 5 p.m. Saturday, March 16; live music, 50/50 raffle. 112 W. 6th St., Madera 93637. $10. Details: Elks Lodge #1918 (559) 673-1918.


GARDENING

Manzanita Garden Club -- 10 a.m. Second Thursday; call for location, Oakhurst. Details: (559) 683-4402.

Master Gardeners -- 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday, March 9; bring your gardening questions. Peters brothers Nursery, 1135 South Granada Ave, Madera. free. Details: (559) 675-7879 x 210 or mgmadera@ucdavis.edu.

Madera County Master Gardeners -- 10 a.m. Saturday, March 16; Master Gardener and Certified Arborist Dave Hallam demonstrating the care and maintenance of landscape trees, pruning techniques, planting or visit cemadera.ucdavis.edu Madera Community College Center, 30277 Ave. 12, Room R3A, Madera. Free. Details: mgmadera@ucdavis.edu (559) 675-7879 ext. 210.


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 -- Second 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.

Relay For Life of Eastern Madera County -- 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 11; Planning committee and Team Captain meetings Oakhurst Medical Group Room, 40232 Junction Dr. at Hwy. 49, Oakhurst. Free. Details: Donna Gavello (559) 451-0163 or donna.gavello@cancer.org.

Mountain Area Literacy Council (MALCo) -- 12 noon Thursday, March 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.


OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

Yosemite Area Audubon Society birding trip -- 8 a.m. Saturday, March 16; Trip to the Bass Lake area. Suitable for beginners, bring binoculars, field guides, snacks, lunch, beverage and wet-weather gear. Tip Top Road and Hwy. 49., Mariposa or Oakhurst meet at the Sears store parking lot at 8:45. 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; 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; 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.

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.


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.

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.

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; 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.

Renew -- Saturday, February 9 to March 30; 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.


VETERANS ACTIVITIES

Mariposa Veterans "Stand-Down" -- 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday, March 9; hair cuts, Military Gear, drinks, food, music. Also for assistance from Benefits Advisers and Physicians Assistant. www.caringveterans.org. Mariposa County Fair Grounds on Hwy. 49S, Mariposa. Free. Details: Dusty Luker (209) 742-6704.

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 -- 9 - 11 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.


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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