Community News for 10/10/13 edition of the Sierra Star

October 8, 2013 

Celebrate the 238th USMC birthday

The Griswold Mountain Detachment of the Marine Corps League invites Marines, former Marines and friends of Marines to join in the annual celebration of the United States Marine Corp's birthday on Sunday, Nov. 10.

This year's event will be held at 5 p.m. at the Evergreen Conference Center (ECCO), off Highway 41, north of Oakhurst. There will be a 6 p.m. cake-cutting ceremony and champagne toast, followed by dinner and dancing. Tickets cost $30 for prime rib, salmon or vegetarian. Reservations and payment deadline is Nov. 3. Make checks payable and mail to MCL #1121 (with dinner choice), P.O. Box 141, Oakhurst, Calif. 93644 Details: Karl Aube, (559) 683-6323.

Coolwater concert

The Thompsons, a father-son act, will perform at 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 26, at Coolwater Ranch in Nipinnawasee.

Based in Nashville, fingerstyle guitar champion Tim Thompson and composer-instrumentalist/singer Myles Thompson, are known for their high-energy instrumental and vocal duets of improvised originals and classics reminiscent of legendary artists such as Chet Atkins, Stephane Grappelli, Chick Corea, and Jackson Brown.

Although influenced by the masters, their down-to-earth musical style is all their own — a one-of-a-kind combination of improvisational jazz, traditional folk, Celtic, country, and rock.

Tickets cost $20 in advance, and $25 at the door. Details: Robin Ralston, (559) 760-1134.

Outpouring dinner

Meal team leaders, table sponsors, volunteers, entertainment, and donations are being sought for this year's Dec. 23 community "Outpouring Dinner" at the Oakhurst Community Center. Details: Rebecca Kohout, (559) 313-9570,

Realtors installation dinner Nov. 22

The Yosemite Gateway Association of Realtors will hold its annual installation dinner at 6 p.m., Friday, Nov. 22 at Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino.

Cost is $35 per person and RSVP's must be received by Nov. 7. Details: (559) 683-2650,

Historical society sponsors trip to Amsterdam

The Coarsegold Historical Society is sponsoring a 12-day trip to Amsterdam,Holland and Belgium that departs on March 29.

The fundraising trip includes 10 days on a river boat, all tours, air fare, and all meals. Travellers will step inside a working Dutch windmill at Kinderdijk, watch artisans painting fine porcelain at the Royal Delft Factory, see world-class art museums, or visit Gouda with a stop at St. John's Church.

Cost of the trip is $4,000 per person and there is a limited number of spots available. Details: Call Jack or Kay Good, (559) 642-4242.

Docents sought

The Coarsegold Historical Society is seeking docents for the 2014 summer season. The society asks those interested to volunteer four hours per month April through October.

New docents will have a training session and help; substitutes are always available. Details: Kay Good, (559) 642-4242.

Stage Route Tour

The next Stage Route Tour, sponsored by the Coarsegold Historical Society, will be held Saturday, Oct. 19.

The tour cost is $35 for society members and $40 for non-members.

The six-hour tour covers 60 miles starting at the Coarsegold Historic Museum, then to Knowles, Raymond, Ahwahnee, old Fresno Flats, lunch at the Wassama Round House, and back to Coarsegold, with a continuous historic commentary throughout the tour.

Reservations: Karen Morris, (559) 683-8877, museum, (559) 642-4448.

October Icon Class

The next Icon Painting Class will be held at Fresno Flats from Oct. 27-30.

The class is sponsored by St. Raphael's Episcopal Church and will be held in the Cunningham Schoolhouse. The teacher is Joyce Tanner, the official Iconographer of the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin.

The cost for the 4 day class is $50, payable at the first class. All materials will be provided.

The Icon we will be painting this time is called "The Good Shepard" and is of Jesus with a lamb around his shoulders.

The class will be 1-4 p.m Sunday Oct. 27 and 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Oct. 28-30. R.S.V.P. Suzanne Harvey (559) 683-6985 or email

Shoes for kids

Free shoes will be provided to any North Fork, O'Neals, and Wishon K-12 students on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Hillside Baptist Church in North Fork. The event will also include a free lunch. Details: (559) 877-7771

Farmer's market

Only two Bass Lake Farmer's Markets are scheduled for this year — 4-7 p.m.,Wednesdays, Oct. 10 and 16, in the Pines Village. Details: (559) 642-6161.

Coarsegold Tea Party

Victor Gunderson will be speaking on the topic of ObamaCare at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 15 at the Best Western Yosemite Gateway Inn Restaurant in Oakhurst.

Gunderson will talk about the how business and individuals will need to conform to the new health care reform mandates and how health care reform affects individuals and employers in the U.S. Details: Coarsegold Tea Party, 866-565-1379, email,

4th Annual Zombie Walk Oct. 19

A Cause 4 Paws is promoting its fourth annual Zombie Walk on Saturday Oct. 19. Participants will dress up like Zombies in the spirit of Halloween and walk a designated path from store to store collecting donations to support pets and community members across the Mountain Area.

Early donations will receive special recognition at the event and money raised will go to the Eastern Madera County SPCA, sponsor a yearly $500 scholarship and help with several much needed veterinarian visits. Details: Vickie Deane, (559) 760-7017

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