Community Calendar for 4/4/13 edition

April 3, 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

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.

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.

"Sock Hop" at the Elks Lodge -- dinner 6 p.m., dancing 7 p.m. Saturday, April 13; Memories from the Fifties, Skits, hamburgers, fries, root beer floats. 42484 Hwy. 41 across from Bass Lake Road (222) turnoff, Oakhurst. $10. Details: (559) 683-2717.


ETC.

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 date 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.

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 date 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; last day. Must make appointment. Oakhurst Branch Library, Oakhurst. Free. Details: Darlene Kelly (559) 760-0404.

Wine & Cheese Tasting - 3rd Annual- Oakhurst Lutheran Church - 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13; Piano music by Gail Vanderslik, Classical, Broadway, Jazz and request. Photographic art by local artist. Lutheran Church, 39255 Black Road, Oakhurst. $10 donation. Details: (559) 683-4673.

Yosemite Wranglers Reunion -- 11 a.m. Sunday, April 14; Potluck, auction, tack sale. Senior Center, 5246 Spriggs Lane, Mariposa. Details: (209) 966-2014.

Taxed Enough Already Street Party - Tea Party -- 4 - 6 p.m. Monday, April 15; Bring flags & sings or just show up and there will be extra. Coarsegold Community Center, Coarsegold. Free. Details: 866-565-1379 matp@sti.net.

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

Coarsegold Historic Village -- 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Tuesday, April 9; 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, April 16; 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, April 23; 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.


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.

Card Party Luncheon "Spring Fest" -- 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 16; bring you own cards, board games, poker chips and whatever you want to play. Door prize, drawings, mini boutique. Lunch, wine, table snacks and beverages. Hosted by Christ Church Women. ECCO, 43803 Hwy. 41, Oakhurst. $16. Details: Lori Hedvall (559) 642-3534.


FUNDRAISERS

Cajun-Creole Festival - 18th Annual - 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.

Parking Lot Sale - Relay for Life -- 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday, April 13; Support Madera County Relay for Life and Yard Sale - multi team parking lot sale. www.relayforlife.org/easternmaderacountyca. Oakhurst Medical Group Room, 40232 Junction Dr. at Hwy. 49, Oakhurst. Details: Nicole (559) 760-4020.

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. Community Center, Coarsegold. suggested donation $10. Details: (866) 565-1379 matp@sti.net.

Flea Market, Boutique & Rummage Sale - Mountain Community Women -- 8a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, April 27; Indoors... All proceeds go to support and maintain the Oakhurst Community Center. Green thumbs selling plants.

Community Center on 425B, Oakhurst. Details: (559) 658-6192.

Spring Arts & Crafts Show 3rd Annual - Hosted by the Catholic Daughters of Americas -- 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, April 27; artist and crafters from all over the valley. Food, beverages. Holy Spouses Hall, 310 North I Street, Madera. Free. Details: Victoria (559) 363-2965.


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

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, Secretary (559) 683-4359.

Sierra Vista Scenic Byway Assocation Annual Meeting - -- 7 p.m. Forest Service conference room, 57003 Road 225, North Fork. Details: (559) 877-3952.

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

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

American Cowboy Swing - Next Generation -- 4 p.m. Saturday, April 13; Tim Johnson's CD release concert Queen's Inn by the River, Hwy. 41, Oakhurst. $10 . Details: (559) 683-4354 or sierrariders.com.


OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

Yosemite Area Audubon Society birding trip -- 8 a.m. Saturday, April 20; trip down White Rock Road. Suitable for beginners, bring binoculars, field guides, lunch and beverages.

www.yosemiteaudubon.org. Mariposa County Fair Grounds on Hwy. 49S, Mariposa. Free. Details: (209) 742-5579 or (209) 966-2547.


PUBLIC FORUMS

Climate Change is Happening -- 7 p.m. Thursday, April 11; Climate Reality speakers Beth Pratt and Steve Smallcombe. Mariposa Methodist Church parish hall, 6th & Bullion St., Mariposa. Free. Details: Len McKenzie (209) 742-5579.


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 - 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.

Boy Scout Troop - 341 -- 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays; boys ages 11(or 6th grade) to 17. Oak Creek Intermediate (O.C.I.), Oakhurst. Details: John Dufresne (559) 683-8635.

Boy Scout Troop - 341 -- 6 p.m. Last Thursday; boys ages 6 to 10 (1st - 5th grade) Locations vary, Oakhurst. Details: Nicole Star (559) 997-6964.


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.

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.

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.

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.


THEATER

Golden Chain Theatre "Harvey" by Mary Chase -- Saturday 7 p.m. and Sunday 2 p.m. Saturday, April 6 to April 21; www.goldenchaintheatre.org. Golden Chain Theatre, 42130 Hwy. 41, Oakhurst. Adults: $12. Details: (559) 683-7112.

Cyrano de Bergerac presented by Chawanakee Academy's Drama Club -- 5:30 dinner and 6:30 show Friday, April 26 & 27; a romantic comedy set in 17th century France and a one act melodrama - Her Heart Belongs to Heartburn, Silent auction also. Town Hall, 33060 Mono Road (228), North Fork. $10 advance. Details: (559) 868-4200.


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@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.

Mountain Area Literacy Council (MALCo) -- 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday, April 6; Free Training workshop for new tutors. Advanced registration is required. Oakhurst. Free. Details: Sara (559) 658-7463..

Alzheimer's & Other Dementias by Valley Caregiver Resource Center -- 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 9; family caregivers invited to discussion, tips, and resources for your loved ones. Lutheran Church, 39255 Black Road, Oakhurst. Free. Details: (800) 541-8614 or (559) 224-9154.

Yosemite Area Audubon Society program -- 7 p.m. Thursday, April 11; Climate Reality Project graduates Beth Pratt and Steve Smallcombe present slide program "Climate Change is Happening." 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, April 23; family caregivers invited to discussion, tips, and resources for your loved ones. Lutheran Church, 39255 Black Road, Oakhurst. Free. Details: (800) 541-8614 or (559) 224-9154.

Cancer Survivorship Conference - -- 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Friday, May 3; Event for adult cancer survivors 18+ and family members. To register visit: tinyurl.com/survivorship2013 Children's Hospital of Central California, Madera. Free. Details: (559) 435-1482.

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