Community Calendar for 10/24/13 edition of the Sierra Star

October 22, 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, October 26; 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: .

MOPS "Mothers of preschooler's" — 9 a.m. First and Third Tuesdays; all mothers of preschool age children and younger. Child care provided. Evangelical Free Church, 50443 School Road (427), Oakhurst. Details: (559) 683-2254 ext. 201.

Democratic Club of Oakhurst — 9 a.m. breakfast Saturday, November 2; Special Guest: Tim and Susan Madden "Education in Developing Countries." Denny's Restaurant - 40650 Hwy 41, Oakhurst. Details: (559) 658-2342.

DANCING

Gold Dust Dancers - Square Dancing and Line Dancing — 6 p.m. Wednesdays; line dancing first hour followed by square dancing. Sessions for new dancers at 7 p.m. Community Center, Road 425B, Oakhurst. Details: (559) 641-7765 or (559) 868-3319.

Ballroom Dancing — 7 p.m. Second Friday; dance instruction until 7:30. Beginners, advanced, dance teachers. Live music by the Larkspur Band. You don't have to have a partner. Elks Lodge, 42484 Hwy. 41& Road 222, Oakhurst. Details: reservations (559) 683-2717 or information: Ed Bailey (559) 683-5193.

ETC.

Potluck Get-together - Mountain Area Literacy Council (MALCo) — 5 p.m. Friday, October 25; please RSVP and the dish you will be bringing. Library Community Room on Civic Circle, Oakhurst. Details: (559) 642-6298 or .

Safety Services awards dinner — 5 p.m. Saturday, October 26; show our appreciation for the men and women of these vital services. Madera County Sheriff Dept., Sierra Ambulance, Highway Patrol, Madera County Fire Dept., CalFire. Elk's Lodge, 42484 Hwy. 41, Oakhurst. $12 reservations required. Details: Dale Miller (559) 683-0819.

Book Fair - SDA Christian School — 5 - 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 30; Seventh-day Adventist Church, 50690 Crane Valley Road (426), Oakhurst. Details: Diana Pleitez (209) 620-1928 or .

Fracking in California - Film: Gasland 2 — 4 p.m. Saturday, November 9; discussion led by local geologist. Music and snacks. Sponsored by the Mountain Community Forum. Library Community Room on Civic Circle, Oakhurst. Free. Details: Vic (559) 676-5287 or .

238th Birthday of the USMC — 5 p.m. social hour Sunday, November 10; Griswold Mountain Detachment of the Marine Corps League sponsoring this event. Dinner and dancing to follow 6 p.m.cake cutting and champagne toast. RSVP by Nov. 3. ECCO, 43803 Hwy. 41, Oakhurst. $30. Details: Karl Aube (559) 683-6323.

FOOD BANK

North Fork - Grace Community Church — 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Fourth Tuesday; fresh, perishable food and other items. Some foods have limits so enough for everyone. Bring bags with you. 56442 Road 200, North Fork. Free. Details: (559) 237-3663.

FUNDRAISERS

Spaghetti dinner - Our Lady of the Sierra — 5 - 7 p.m. First Friday; monthly dinner prepared by the Knights of Columbus. All you can eat includes salad, bread & beverage. 40180 Indian Springs Road, Oakhurst. $7.50 adults, $4 children. Details: (559) 642-3452.

"Spay-ghetti Dinner" EMC SPCA — 5:30 p.m. Friday, October 25; Fabulous art and jewelry raffle. To-go available. Community Center, 39800 Road 425B, Oakhurst. $10 and $5 children under 7.

Oktoberfest in Oakhurst — 5 p.m. Saturday, October 26; Bratwurst, Sauerkraut, Bierocks. Bring your recipe card with you name on it as we start our recipe book. Prizes for the best German dish. Senior Center, 39800 Road 425 B (next to the community center), Oakhurst. $10 or $7 if you bring a dish.

Pancake Breakfast - Kiwanis — 7:30 to 11 a.m. Sunday, November 3; 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.

"Taters and Table Setting" Contest and Luncheon - MCW - Mountain Community Women. — Monday, November 4; doors open - 9:30 a.m.; short meeting - 10 a.m.; table setting contest/raffle/luncheon - 10:30 a.m. All proceeds benefit the Oakhurst Community Center. Community Center on Road 425B, Oakhurst. $10 donation. Details: (559) 642-4711 tickets, table setting contest (559) 683-3068.

GALLERIES

Gold Rush Art Show and Sale — Artist Reception Nov. 3, 1 - 3 p.m. Tuesday, October 29 to November 10; sponsored by Sierra Artists Gallery of Mariposa. Hwy. 140 and 6th street, Mariposa. Details: (209) 966-2284.

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.

HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE

Our Lady of the Sierra Women's Guild — 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday, November 9; lots of vendors, cookie walk, art and craft items. Soup and salad lunch from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Parish Hall, 40180 Indian Springs Road, Oakhurst. Lunch $5. Details: (559) 683-3901.

SOS presents "A Magical Mickey Christmas" — Boutique 10 a.m., Lunch 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, November 13; Raffle and door prizes, crafts and lunch. Proceeds benefit our local schools. Service Organization of the Sierra. Community Center, 39800 Road 425B, Oakhurst. $20. Details: Janet Franklin (559) 641-6556.

MCW - Mountain Community Women Holiday Boutique and Luncheon — 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, November 16; Christmas shop and enjoy lunch, over 25 vendors. Proceeds benefit the Oakhurst Community Center. Community Center, Oakhurst. Details: Kathy (559) 642-3262 for table rental and information.

HOLIDAY EVENTS

Howling Moon Costume Ball — 6 p.m. Saturday, October 26; no host bar, finger foods, dessert, costume contest, door prizes. All proceeds to benefit Yosemite Basketball. Snowline Bar and Grill, Hwy. 41, Oakhurst. $20 must be 21 years to enter. Details: Sherri (559) 760-4124.

Tarantula Awareness Festival - 16th Annual — 10 a.m. Saturday, October 26; Pumpkin pie contest, decorate pumpkins, poem contest and reading, scream off contest, community dance and theater performance, hairy leg contest, children's tarantula race, bubble gum blowing contest, pizza eating contest, and so much more. Final: 5 p.m. Live Tarantula Derby! Coarsegold Historic Village, 35300 Hwy. 41, Coarsegold. Free. Details: .

Halloween Spooktacular — 10 a.m. - noon Monday, October 28; Sponsored by First 5 of Madera County. Costume contest, games, activities, crafts. Call to register, space is limited. Community agencies will attend to offer information and give-aways. 49169 Crane Valley Road (426) - Mountain Area Family Resource Center, Oakhurst. Free for children 0 - 5 years and their families. Details: (559) 664-4198.

Trunk - N - Treat — 5 - 7 p.m. Thursday, October 31; Bring your candy buckets and prizes for best costume. Bring your carved pumpkin and best trunk for the contest. If you would like to donate or help with the event please give us a call. If you are interested in being a "Trunker" please call Community College Center parking lot on Crane Valley Road (426) and Civic Circle Drive, Oakhurst. Free. Details: (559) 683-3940 or email: .

Trunk or Treat - Sierra Pines Church — 5 p.m. Thursday, October 31; bounce house, games, costume contest, prizes, candy, food. Hwy. 49, Oakhurst. Details: .

MEETINGS

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

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

Republican Party of Madera County (RPMC) — 11:30 a.m., call for location of lunch meeting. First Monday; . 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.

Baha'i's of the Mountain Area — 7 p.m. Third Wednesday of the month ; discussion on topics as "What is the Baha'i' faith" and Oneness of Mankind, Life after Death, Equality of Men and Women. . Yosemite Bank community room, Oakhurst. Details: Don Reed (559) 683-7702.

Woodcarvers - Central Sierra Woodcarvers — 12 p.m. Thursdays; beginners to advanced. Tools available. Senior Center, 49111 Cinder Lane, Oakhurst. Free. Details: Larry Smith (559) 906-4198 , email .

Coarsegold Resource Conservation District — 10 a.m. Thursday, October 24; North Fork Mill site on Road 225, CDC Conference Room, North Fork. Details: (559) 642-3263.

Central Sierra Watershed Committee — 9 a.m. Wednesday, October 30; Presentation by Matthew Brown on Natural Resource Management and Environmental Land Management of the Bass Lake Dam Project. Sierra Ambulance community conference room, 40755 Winding Way, Oakhurst. Details: Jeannie Habben (559) 642-3263 - info@cfwatershed.org.

MUSIC

Fresno Choral Artists presents "Hail the New Day!" — 4 p.m. Saturday, October 26; enjoy choral music. Sierra Vista Presbyterian Church, 39696 Hwy. 41, Oakhurst. Free. Details: (559) 658-7376.

PUBLIC FORUMS

Dead End Road Dangers in the Mountains - Town Hall Meeting with Supervisor Tom Wheeler — 6 - 8 p.m. Tuesday, October 29; Emergency access issues are the major discussion. One way in and one way out dangers. John West Road, Indian Springs Road, Cascadel Woods, Cedar Valley, Trabuco, Wells Road and Road 423 and 422. Contact Supervisor Wheeler with any questions or visit www.madera-county.com/supervisors/wheeler.html. Community Center, 39800 Road 425B, Oakhurst. Details: (559) 662-6050.

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.

Royal Rangers - Outpost 242 — Wednesdays; boys ages 5-18. Mountain Christian Center, 40299 Hwy. 49, Oakhurst. Details: Andy Clendenning (559) 683-8760.

SELF-HELP GROUPS

Alanon "Women Only" — 9:30 a.m. Saturdays; Methodist Church, 49223 Crane Valley Road (426), Oakhurst. Details: (559) 683-1166.

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.

Alanon — 7 p.m. Mondays; Yosemite Lakes Park Community Church, 43840 Patrick Avenue, Module #1, YLP Coarsegold. Details: (559) 658-7281.

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; Denny's - 40530 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.

MCW - Mountain Community Women — 9:30 a.m. First Monday; instead of our regular November meeting MCW presents their annual Taters Luncheon and Table setting contest. A $10 donation is requested. "MCW " serves the community by raising funds to support the Community Center. Community Center on Road 425B, Oakhurst. Details: (559) 692-2947.

Oakhurst Sierra Sunrise Rotary Club — 7 a.m. Tuesdays; Yosemite Gateway Restaurant at Best Western, Hwy. 41, Oakhurst. Details: President Susan Macaulay (559) 683-4494.

SINGLES

Senior Singles Dining Club — Second Friday; 55 years and older. Dinner in local restaurants, or members' homes. Details: Mort (559) 642-3632 .

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 conducting this group for all stroke survivors and caregivers. Yosemite Bank conference room, Hwy. 49, Oakhurst. Free. Details: Ray (559) 760-9839.

Grief Support program — 6 p.m. Tuesdays; Hinds Hospice Center for Grief & Healing facilitated by a Master's - trained grief counselor. Must pre-register at the Grief Center for this 12 week course. No meetings Nov. 27, Dec. 25, 2013 or Jan. 1, 2014. VA - Veterans CBOC, 40597 West Lake Drive, Oakhurst. $25. Scholarships available. Details: (559) 248-8579.

Alzheimer's Caregiver — 10 a.m. Second and Fourth Tuesdays; Support group for individuals caring for person with Alzheimer's or dementia. Valley Caregivers. Lutheran Church, 39255 Black Road, Oakhurst. Free. Details: (800) 541-8614 or Carol (559) 683-4045.

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

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.

Caring Veterans Group — 9 a.m. Second Wednesday; Denny's - 40530 Hwy. 41, Oakhurst. 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.

WORKSHOP

Los Nino's Bien Educados - parenting class for Spanish speaking parents — 11 a.m. Thursdays; 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. Fridays; Merced Jr. College will be continuing no credit, no fee, memoir writing life story class. Sierra Vista Presbyterian Church, 39696 Hwy. 41, Oakhurst. Details: Joyce Stuhr (559) 683-5494.

Aramaic Language — 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Saturday, October 26; Specialist Ellen Bush presenting on language. Also, chanting in Aramaic language and dancing will be included. Positive Living Center, 49260 Golden Oak Dr. #101, Oakhurst. Love offerings accepted. Details: (559) 642-4616.

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