Community Calendar for 5/9/13 edition

May 9, 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.

Elks Lodge -- 12 p.m. Saturday, May 25; 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.


CLUBS

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.

Bass Lake Lions -- 11:30 a.m. Second and Fourth Wednesdays; President Jim Milligin. Ducey's Restaurant, Bass Lake. Details: www.basslakelions.org.


ETC.

Youth Singers needed -- 4:15 - 5:15 p.m. Second Thursday; looking for youth singers (ages 8 - 18) for the July 4th Family Freedom Fest to perform "We The People," a song that tells a story of the Constitution and sings the Preamble in an uplifting, American anthem. Coarsegold. Details: (559) 642-4920 or freedomfest4you@gmail.com.

Tri-county Art Show - Yosemite Western Art (YWA) -- Reception 4 - 6 p.m. Saturday May 11 Thursday, May 9 to May 12; Timberline Art Gallery, 40982 Hwy. 41, Oakhurst. Details: Lori Cole, YWA president (559) 683-7972.

Coarsegold Grandmothers Club - Yard Sale -- 7:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Friday, May 10 and 11; books, kitchen items, clothes, misc. items. The Village Clubhouse, 46777 Oonay Nation Rd., Coarsegold. Details: Debbie (559) 641-5248.

"Queen for a Day" -- noon Tuesday, May 14; Bring a friend, enjoy lunch. If your ticket is chosen you will become "Queen for a Day" and win a lovely gift basket. Sponsored by Oakhurst Women's Fellowship. Sweetwater Steak House, Hwy. 41, Oakhurst. $10 inclusive. Details: Karen (559) 283-4555.

Stage Route Tour - by the Coarsegold Historical Society -- 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 18; 6 hour bus tour of the historic part of Eastern Madera County. Must have reservations. Includes lunch with special dessert. $40. Details: CHS@sti.net (559) 683-8877.

Farmer's Market - Bass Lake -- 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays; many vendors, entertainment, fresh flowers, jams, honey soap and produce is wonderful fresh from the farm. Sponsored by the Bass Lake Chamber of Commerce. Pines Village, Bass Lake. Details: Chuck Nugent (559) 642-8163 or goodolchuck43@gmail.com.

13th Annual Pow Wow - Table Mountain Rancheria -- Grand Entry at 7 p.m., Friday, June 7, and noon Saturday and Sunday; drum contest, dance competitions and pageantry. Crafts, jewelry and food vendors. 8184 Table Mountain Road at the Casino, Friant. Free. Details: (559) 269-5222.


FOOD BANK

Coarsegold Historic Village -- 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Tuesday, May 14; 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, May 21; 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.


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.

Play Bridge -- 10 a.m. Every Monday and Thursday; Whittenburg Hall, 49223 Crane Valley Road (426), Oakhurst. Details: Paul (559) 658-8952.

Bunco - North Fork Women's Club -- 11 a.m. Saturday, May 18; Fundraiser for Scholarships. Fabulous food, raffles and cash prizes. Grace Community Church, 56442 Road 200, North Fork. Presale $12 and $15 at the door. Details: Mary Collins (559) 877-4332.

Kids Carnival to support the "Kurtis for Mayor" Campaign - Supporting the Boys and Girls Club of Oakhurst -- 4 - 7 p.m. Friday, May 31; Join Kurtis while you support the Boys and Girls Club of Oakhurst. Family fun with carnival booths, food, field games including a "dunk tank." Community Park at Civic Circle Dr., Oakhurst. Details: (559) 683-3600 or www.Facebook.com/OakhurstMayor.


FUNDRAISERS

MOPS - Coarsegold Rummage Sale -- 1 - 7 p.m. Friday May 10 and 7 a.m. - 3 p.m Saturday May 11; proceeds benefit the Coarsegold MOPS group - Mother's of Preschoolers. www.MOPS.org. Yosemite Lakes Community Church upper parking lot, 43840 Patrick Ave., Coarsegold. Details: Karly (559) 473-9226.

Craft & Yard Sale - Coarsegold Community Center -- 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday, May 11; Refreshments available. Community Center, 34540 Hwy. 41, Coarsegold. Free. Details: rent a table $10 - Connie (559) 683-5879.

Kellen Rescue Rummage Sale -- 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday, May 11; Look for signs, benefits the animals of Kellen Rescue. 40820 Winding Way off Hwy. 41, Oakhurst. Details: Keri Hills (559) 676-2784.

Yosemite FFA Boosters 8th Annual FFA Dinner and Auction -- 5 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 11; Tri-Tip dinner, silent and live auction. Help support our FFA students. ECCO, 43803 Hwy. 41, Oakhurst. $25 or $200 reserved table. Details: Michelle (559) 683-4667 ext 261.

Our Lady of the Sierra Women's Guild "21st" annual spring card party & luncheon -- 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 15; Parish Hall, 40180 Indian Springs Road, Oakhurst. $12. Details: Diane Kraft (559) 683-3901.

Coarsegold Resource Conservation District "4th Annual- Spring Fling" -- 5 p.m. Saturday, May 18; Barbecue Tri-tip and chicken with all the fixings. Silent auction and more. Entertainment by Cowboy Band. North Fork Town Hall, 33060 Road 228, North Fork. $20. Details: (559) 642-3263.


HOLIDAY EVENTS

Mother's Day Brunch -- 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, May 12; build your own omelets, eggs Benedict, scramble eggs, sausage, bacon, salads, croissants, champagne, lady's corsages. Elk's Lodge, 42484 Hwy. 41, Oakhurst. $15 reservation by May 9. Details: Teri (559) 683-2717.


MEETINGS

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.

Coarsegold Community Center Board -- 3:30 p.m. Second Monday; 35610 Hwy. 41, Coarsegold. Details: (559) 683-7953.

Regional Water Management Group -- 10 a..m. Monday, May 13; Sierra Ambulance community conference room, 40755 Winding Way, Oakhurst. Details: (559) 642-3263.

Relay For Life of Eastern Madera County -- 5:30 p.m. Monday, May 13; 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.

Marksmanship & Survival Foods - Mariposa Patriots -- 10 a.m. Saturday, May 18; Speaker Ken Pritchett from the Appleseed Project and a presentation on dehydrated food and garden tips from Thrive Life Foods. Mariposa VFW Hall, behind the Visitor's Center at Hwy 140 & 49, Mariposa. Details: (209) 742-3426.

Tea Party Action meeting -- 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 21; Yosemite Gateway Inn Restaurant at Best Western, 40530 Hwy. 41, Oakhurst. Details: (866) 565-1379 or matp@sti.net.


OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

Community Roadside Litter Clean Up Day -- 8 a.m. till noon Saturday, May 11; Pick up trash bags Saturday morning at the following: O'Neals Hwy. 41 and Road 200. North Fork Post Office. Coarsegold, Teepee on Road 415 and Hwy. 41. Ahwahnee & Oakhurst Library parking lot. Sponsored by Keep our Mountains Beautiful! Volunteers will be entered in a drawing for a prize. Keep Our Mountains Beautiful (KOMB) , Coarsegold, North Fork, Oakhurst. Details: (559) 760-1058.

Yosemite Area Audubon Society birding trip -- 8 a.m. Saturday, May 18; Suitable for beginners, bring binoculars, field guides, snacks, lunch and beverages. Meet at Midpines County Park on Hwy. 140, Mariposa. Details: (209) 742-5579 or www.yosemiteaudubon.org.

7th Annual Bike Blessing and Run - Bikers for Christ MM -- 9 a.m. Saturday, June 1; free breakfast and live music. Proceeds to Helping Hands Pregnancy & Parenting Center. Mountain Christian Center, Hwy. 49, Oakhurst. $20 registration for the run. Details: Mark (559) 641-2277.


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 (OCI.), Oakhurst. Details: John Dufresne (559) 683-8635.

Cub Scout Pack - 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.

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; except 2nd Tuesday meeting at 5:30 p.m. Sweetwater Steak House, Hwy. 41, Oakhurst. Details: Vicki Burkhalter (559) 683-5854.

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

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.

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.

HOW - Helping One Women at a time - Anette Poplarchick -- 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 15; Oakhurst chapter helping women each month. Please call (559) 641-6167 for reservations. DiCicco's, Hwy. 41, 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.

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.

Veterans "Stand-Down" -- 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday, May 18; Free stuff for veterans, boots and gear, food, music. Veteran Counselors, Physical Therapist, Physician Assistants, Benefit Advisors and barber haircuts. www.caringveterans.org. Sierra Pines Church, 40855 Covey Court, Highway 49, Oakhurst. Free. Details: Commander Terry Cole (559) 658-8939.


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.

Bass Lake Spring Clean Day - Be Green, keep Bass Lake Clean...Volunteer -- 9 a.m. Saturday, May 11; bags and gloves provided. Lunch and drinks served by California Land Management. One ticket exchanged for each bag of litter turned in. Recreation Point, Bass Lake. Details: (559) 683-3353 or sadlergraphics@sti.net.


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.

Creative Writing class (memoirs) -- 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Fridays; Last Class May 31, 2013 - Merced Jr. College, no credit, no fee, memoir writing life story class, new Semester begins Aug. 30. Sierra Vista Presbyterian Church, 39696 Hwy. 41, Oakhurst. Details: Joyce Stuhr (559) 683-5494.

Yosemite Area Audubon Society program -- 7 p.m. Thursday, May 9; Noted bird photographer Ashok Khosla slide program "Landscapes, Memories and Love - Arctic Adventures." www.yosemiteaudubon.org. Methodist Church, 49233 Crane Valley Road (426), Oakhurst. Free. Details: (209) 742-5579.

The Sierra Star is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service