Community Calendar for 3/14/13 edition

March 13, 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 annual Bingo night -- 5 p.m. doors open, 6:30 games begin Saturday, March 16; Prizes, food, cocktails and dessert. Community Center, 39800 Road 425B, Oakhurst. $15. Details: (559) 683-0819.

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. Great 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.


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.

Democratic Club of Oakhurst -- 8:45 a.m. Saturday, April 6; Ellie Garabedian speaking on the California Clean Money Campaign Disclose Act-SB 52 Sweetwater Steak House, Hwy. 41, Oakhurst. Details: (559) 658-2342.

Sierra Mountain Quilters Association -- 5:30 p.m. First Thursday; Business meeting at 6 p.m., show and tell and featured speaker. Whittenburg Hall, 49223 Crane Valley Road (426), Oakhurst. Free. Details: Lin (559) 642-2673.


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.

Jesus in the Passover - A Potluck Dinner -- 4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 1 to February 22; presentation and traditional Passover meal. Presented by Pastor Marc Unger. First Baptist Church, 49547 School Road, Oakhurst. Details: RSVP or info (559) 683-6101, 1baptist@sti.net.

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 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.

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 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.

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

Open House - Oakhurst Adventist Christian School -- 10 a.m. - 3 p.m Sunday, March 17; Meet the staff & tour the school. K-8 grade since 1964. 50690 Crane Valley Road (426), Oakhurst. Free. Details: (559) 683-7020.

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.

Paper Shredding & E-waste disposal day -- 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday, March 30; donations to the Ladies of the Lakes Scholarship Fund will be appreciated. YLP Club House, Coarsegold. Details: Sue Corcoran (559) 658-7307.


FOOD BANK

Oakhurst - Our Lady of the Sierra -- 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Tuesday, March 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, March 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, April 2; 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

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

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. $10. Details: Elks Lodge #1918 (559) 673-1918.

Yosemite Western Artist -- 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 16; Mindmapping, Metaphors & Morphing demonstrating this unique art style. Gertrude School House, Rd. 600, Ahwahnee. $7 non-member or $5 member. Details: Lori Cole (559) 683-7972.

Soroptimist Annual Soup and Salad Luncheon -- 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21; Homemade soups, salad, dessert, tea or coffee. All proceeds benefit local Soroptimist International of the Sierras projects. Raffles galore! and door prizes. Community Center, Oakhurst. $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Details: (559) 760-7335.

Comfort Food Night - Senior Center -- 5 p.m. Friday, March 22; complete comfort dinner, call for menu 49111 Cinder Lane- behind the community center, Oakhurst. $8. Details: Reservations (559) 683-3811 (9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Mon - Fri).

Mountain Community Women Annual "Mardi Gras" Card Party and Luncheon -- 10 a.m. Friday, March 22; all games, not just cards. Need a partner, buying tickets. Or join us for lunch if not playing. All proceeds benefit the Oakhurst Community Center. Community Center on Road 425B, Oakhurst. $10 donation. Details: Ellie(559) 658-2342.

Elegant Auction "28th Anniversary" Park Auction -- Silent Auction 5 p.m., Live Auction 8 p.m. Saturday, March 23; your support keeps our park open. No Federal, State or County funds, this is the only fundraising event for the park. Enjoy the elegant buffet, dessert bar and complimentary champagne. Casino Games, Music and Dancing to follow. Tenaya Lodge, Fish Camp. $45 advance $50 at the door. Details: (559) 683-4494.

Cajun-Creole Festival - sponsored by Oakhurst Sierra Sunrise Rotary Club -- 5 p.m. Saturday, April 6; Ribs and Shrimp all you can eat, plus dirty rice, macho corn, cole slaw and bread pudding with sauce. Community Center, 39800 Road 425B, Oakhurst. $35. Details: Dale Miller (559) 683-0819.


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.

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.

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.

Sierra Masonic Lodge - 788 -- 8 a.m. breakfast and 9 a.m. stated meeting First Saturday; monthly stated meeting. 40216 Hwy. 49, Oakhurst. Details: Bill Bastian (559) 683-4359.

Men's Breakfast -- 8:30 a.m. Saturday, March 2 to February 22; Sierra Pines Church, 40855 Covey Court, Highway 49, Oakhurst. $5 donation. Details: (559) 683-2882.

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.

Tea Party Action meeting -- 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 19; Eric Eisenhammer of Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Assoc discussing threat of increased taxes and what we can do. Fire Tax, Prop. 13, and SB 241. Yosemite Gateway Inn Restaurant, 40530 Hwy. 41, Oakhurst. Details: (866) 565-1379 or matp@sti.net.

Relay For Life of Eastern Madera County -- 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 8; 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.


MUSIC

Mountain Pianists -- 2 p.m. Sunday, March 17; Library on Civic Circle Dr., Oakhurst. Details: Lucie Richter (559) 683-0352.


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.

Easter Egg Hunt -- 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Saturday, March 30; bounce houses, arts and crafts, live drama and egg hunt. Yosemite Community Church, 43840 Patrick Ave., Coarsegold. Free. Details: (559) 658-7447.


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.

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.

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: Wayanne Markley (559) 683-4475.

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.

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.

Alzheimer's Disease / Dementias by Valley Caregiver Resource Center -- 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 19; family caregivers invited to discussion, tips, and resources for your loved ones. Supportive environment for discussions. Lutheran Church, 39255 Black Road, Oakhurst. Free. Details: (800) 541-8614 or (559) 224-9154.

Parkinson's Disease support group -- 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 9; Yosemite Bank conference room, Hwy. 49, Oakhurst. Details: Sharon Swanson (559) 658-7798.


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 -- 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.

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

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.

Yosemite Area Audubon Society program -- 7 p.m. Thursday, March 14; Dr. Rick Sweitzer, lead project scientist of the Sierra Nevada Adaptive Management Project Fisher Team, presenting "Ecology of the Rare Pacific Fisher in the Sierra Nevada" slide show. www.yosemiteaudubon.org. Methodist Church, 49233 Crane Valley Road (426), Oakhurst. Free. Details: (209) 742-5579 .

Alzheimer's & Other Dementias by Valley Caregiver Resource Center -- 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 26; family caregivers invited to discussion, tips, and resources for your loved ones. Pre-registration is required. Lutheran Church, 39255 Black Road, Oakhurst. Free. Details: (800) 541-8614 or (559) 224-9154.

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