Community Calendar for 3/21/13 edition

March 20, 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, March 23; doors open at 10 a.m., no alcohol or minors. Sodas and Hot Dogs available. Free coffee and popcorn. 42484 Hwy. 41 across from Bass Lake Road (222) turnoff, Oakhurst. Details: George Wright (559) 683-2717.


BLOOD DRIVE

Chukchansi Gold Resort -- 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, April 18; Resort & Casino, 711 Lucky Lane, Coarsegold. Details: Linda Fernandez (559) 692-5296.


CLUBS

Grandmothers Club - 24 -- 10:30 a.m. First Wednesday; The Village Clubhouse, 46777 Oonay Nation Road, Coarsegold.

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.

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 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, April 13; Saturdayonly. Must make appointment. Oakhurst Branch Library, Oakhurst. Free. Details: Darlene Kelly (559) 760-0404.

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.

Tea Party presents Igor Birman -- 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 15; Speaker Igor Birman, formerly from Russia, Chief of Staff for Assemblyman tom McClintock. Auction to follow. Fundraiser for 4th of July Family Freedom Fest. Dinner is optional. Coarsegold Community Center, Coarsegold. $10 donation. Details: (866) 565-1379 matp@sti.net.


FOOD BANK

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

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 (9am-2pm 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.

Pork Rib BBQ - Mariposa County Farm Bureau -- 4 - 7 p.m. Saturday, March 23; rib dinner with side of salad, beans, rolls and dessert. Take out available. Stagg Hall, 2884 Bear Valley Road, Hornitos. $10. Details: (209) 742-5875.

Kellen Rescue Rummage Sale -- 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday, March 30; 40820 Winding Way off Hwy. 41, Oakhurst. Details: Keri Hills (559) 676-2784.

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.

Pancake Breakfast - Kiwanis -- 7 to 11 a.m. Sunday, April 14; pancakes, eggs, ham, sausage, coffee, milk and orange juice. Community Center on Road 425B, Oakhurst. $6 adults, $3 children 12 and under, 5 and under Free.

Tea Party Spaghetti Feed Fundraiser -- 6 p.m. Monday, April 15; fundraiser for 4th of July Family Freedom Fest. Speaker Igor Birman at 6:30 p.m. formerly from Russia, Chief of Staff for Assemblyman tom McClintock. Auction to follow Coarsegold Community Center, Coarsegold. $10 adults, $5 age 18 and under, Children under 7 are free. Details: 866-565-1379 matp@sti.net.


GARDENING

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.

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.

Sierra Masonic Lodge - 788 -- 8 a.m. breakfast and 9 a.m. 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.

California Retired Teachers -- 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 3; Division #79. Madera County - CalRTA. Program from the Fresno Chaffee Zoo docents and critters who live at the zoo. John W. Wells Center, 701 East 5th Street, Madera. Details: Kathleen Yowell (559) 665-1117.

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.


OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

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.

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.

Oakhurst Sierra Sunrise Rotary Club -- 7 a.m. Tuesdays; Rivercreek Golf Course, Road 600, Ahwahnee. Details: President Dale Miller (559) 683-0819.


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.

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

HOW - Helping One Women at a time -- 6 p.m. Saturday, April 20; Oakhurst chapter helping women each month. Please call (559) 641-6167 for reservations. Kelly Ashlock is recipient. The Produce Place, Crane Valley Road (426) and School Road (427), Oakhurst. $10 plus dinner. Details: www.helpingonewoman.com, www.facebook.com/HOWOakhurst.


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.

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.


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.

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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