Community Calendar for 5/16/13 edition

Calendar: upcoming Mountain Area events, activities

May 15, 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

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.

Mountain Bear Fan Club -- 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 21; Crab Cakes Restaurant, Golden Oak Loop, Oakhurst. Details: Beverly Gordon (559) 683-7929.

Democratic Club of Oakhurst -- 9 a.m. breakfast - Saturday, June 1; Steve Haze, Executive Director, North Fork Biomass Project. Sweetwater Steak House, 41177 Hwy. 41, Oakhurst. Details: (559) 658-2342.

Sierra Mountain Quilters Association -- 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 6; Business meeting at 6 p.m., show and tell and ice cream social. 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.

Snack Attack - First 5 - Madera County -- 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Thursday, May 16; for children 0 - 5 years old. My plate toss, carrot hop, bike tour. next to the Sierra Star, 49165 Road 426, Oakhurst. Details: 664-4198 for Eastern Madera County.

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 - Opens May 22 -- 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 - goodolchuck43@gmail.com.

Spring Garden Tour - Mariposa Master Gardeners - 10th Anniversary Celebration -- 9 a.m. and Home Tours at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, June 1; five homes and native-plant demonstration garden. Free coffee, juice and breakfast snacks and tours of the garden. First 150 people receive native plant. Homes listed on tickets. Mariposa Creek Parkway, Stroming Road between 6th and 8 Streets, Mariposa. $12 in advance. Details: cemariposa.ucanr.edu or (209) 966-2417.

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


FOOD BANK

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.

North Fork -- 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Tuesday, May 28; 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.

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.

Rummage and Bake Sale to support the "Kurtis for Mayor" Campaign - Supporting the Boys and Girls Club of Oakhurst -- 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, June 15; Collecting items for the "Post Spring Cleaning" event. Contact Melanie Barker to arrange pick-up of your donations at (559) 760-3860. Join Kurtis while you support the Boys and Girls Club of Oakhurst. Boys and Girls Club, Oakhurst. Details: (559) 683-3600 or www.Facebook.com/OakhurstMayor.


FUNDRAISERS

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.

EMC SPCA - Bake Sale - for candidate Bryan Gearhart Honorary Mayor of Oakhurst -- 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, May 18; all proceeds benefit EMC SPCA. Help get our No Kill Animal Center built. True Value Home Center on Hwy. 49, Oakhurst. Details: Anne Leonard (559) 676-7828.

EMC SPCA - Bake Sale - for candidate Bryan Gearhart Honorary Mayor of Oakhurst -- 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, May 18; all proceeds benefit EMC SPCA. Help get our No Kill Animal Center built. True Value Home Center on Hwy. 49, Oakhurst. Details: Anne Leonard (559) 676-7828.

Book Sale by FOBL -- 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 1; benefits the Library, sponsored by Friends of the Oakhurst Branch Library. Books $1, Children's 50 cents. Dealers after 12 p.m. please. Behind the Library - the Old Fire Station on Civic Circle, Oakhurst. Details: (559) 642-4333, www.oakhurstfobl.com.

Coarsegold Historical Society - 10th Annual Art and Music in the Meadow -- 1 - 5 p.m. Saturday, June 1; the bands Grassfire and Morgan Canyon performing. Lots of art, Tri-tip, hamburgers, ribs, chili, nachos and more including wine for purchase. Silent Auction, 50/50 raffle. Bring a comfy chair. Coarsegold Historic Museum, 31899 Hwy. 41, Coarsegold. $10. Details: (559) 642-4488 or email: CHS@sti.net.

EMC SPCA - Bake Sale - for candidate Bryan Gearhart Honorary Mayor of Oakhurst -- 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, June 1; all proceeds benefit EMC SPCA. Help get our No Kill Animal Center built. True Value Home Center on Hwy. 49, Oakhurst. Details: Anne Leonard (559) 676-7828.

EMC SPCA - Bake Sale - for candidate Bryan Gearhart Honorary Mayor of Oakhurst -- 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, June 15; all proceeds benefit EMC SPCA. Help get our No Kill Animal Center built. True Value Home Center on Hwy. 49, Oakhurst. Details: Anne Leonard (559) 676-7828.


GARDENING

Madera County Master Gardeners -- 10 a.m. Saturday, May 18; Landscape Design II. Master Gardener Jill Cholawa. Visit cemadera.ucdavis.edu Private residence in the City, Madera. Free. Details: mgmadera@ucdavis.edu (559) 675-7879 ext. 7210.

Master Gardeners -- 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday, June 1; bring your gardening and landscaping questions. Western Sierra Nursery, 49266 Golden Oak Dr., Oakhurst. Free. Details: (559) 675-7879 x 7210 or mgmadera@ucdavis.edu.


MEETINGS

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.

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; Three speakers giving their experience and teaching about winning local elections. Lindsey Stetson, Aaron Hyde, Rick Farinelli. Yosemite Gateway Inn Restaurant at Best Western, 40530 Hwy. 41, Oakhurst. Details: (866) 565-1379 or matp@sti.net.


MUSIC

Mountain Pianists -- 2 p.m. Sunday, May 19; Home of Judy Deeter, Oakhurst. Details: Lucie Richter (559) 683-0352.


OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

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.

4th Annual - Mountain Area Bloom Run -- Registration begins at 6:30 a.m. and the race begins at 8 a.m. run and 7:40 walk Saturday, June 1; 10K, 5K Run and 2 mile fun walk. All proceeds go to Rivergold Athletics. www.mountainbloomrun.com. YLP clubhouse. Coarsegold. Must pre-register. Details: Sarah Curley, (559) 692-2329.

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 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

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.

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.


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.


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.

Creative Writing class (memoirs) -- 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Fridays; Last Class May 31, 2013 - Merced Jr. College will be continuing 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.

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