Community Calendar for 11/22/13 edition of the Sierra Star

November 19, 2013 

BINGO

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.

Senior Center Bingo - Noon Every Thursday and First two Saturdays; 49111 Cinder Lane - behind the community center, Oakhurst. Details: (559) 683-3811.


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.

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, December 7; Special Guest: Eric Linville from Camerena Health Center "Covered California." Also, Michael Keitz, Madera District Attorney. 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.


ETC.

Self Defense Class - 1 p.m. Sunday, December 15; verbal skills, assertiveness, physical techniques. All ages 6 +. Benefits YLOA Rec Center and Rivergold PTA. Kenpo Karate, 28420 Yosemite Springs Parkway, Suite D, YLP Coarsegold. Donations welcome. Details: (559) 681-1466 or ciccarelli@coarsegoldkenpokarate.com.


FOOD BANK

Coarsegold Historic Village - Dec. 10 - 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Second Tuesday; 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 - Dec. 17 - 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Third Tuesday; 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.

Raymond Community Church - Dec. 3 - 9 a.m.- 12 p.m. First Tuesday; fresh and perishable food and other items. Some foods have limits so enough for everyone. Bring bags with you. Community Church - 325505 Road 600, Raymond. 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.

Manna House Benefit Concert and Dinner - Saturday, November 23; Tri-Tip dinner prepared by Rushing Wind Ministries. Drawing to be held with a donation of dry beans or rice. All donations of nonperishable food items will be accepted and appreciated. Yosemite New Life Church, 40390 Junction Dr., Oakhurst. $12 and children 2 for 1. Details: (559) 683-6262.

Pancake Breakfast - Kiwanis - 7:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, December 7; 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.

Huge Oakhurst Rummage Sale - 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday, December 14; Look for signs, benefits the animals of Kellen Rescue. Rain will cancel till following Saturday 40820 Winding Way off Hwy. 41, Oakhurst. Details: Keri Hills (559) 676-2784.


HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE

Artist of Gallery Row hosting Holiday Open House - 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday, November 30; meet artist, demonstrations, refreshments and music. 40982 Hwy. 41, Oakhurst. Details: galleryyosemite.com/blogs/news or Mark Heliger (559) 676-8599.

Mountain Swap - 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Saturday, November 30 and Sunday, December 1; Holiday shopping featuring local artisans and vendors. Holiday music, facepainting, raffles, surprises. Breakfast and lunch served. Proceeds benefiting the Elks Children's Christmas Party. Canned food drive for Manna House welcome. Elk's Lodge, 42484 Hwy. 41, Oakhurst. Details: Mary (559) 877-8995.

Christmas Bazaar - Our Lady of the Sierra Catholic Church - 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Friday, December 6 and Saturday, December 7; many handmade items, jewelry, towels, shirts. Christmas stocking arts and crafts. Homemade soup luncheon from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Parish Hall, 40180 Indian Springs Road, Oakhurst. Details: (559) 642-3452.

Christ Church 12th Annual Boutique - 9 a.m. - 3 p.m Saturday, December 7; handcrafted wooden items, nativity sets, tea boxes hand painted, birdhouses and trivets. Linens, knitted items and Christmas decor and more. ECCO, 43803 Hwy. 41, Oakhurst. Lunch 11:30 a.m - 1:30 p.m.: $6 pre-sale or $7.50 at the door. Details: Diane (559) 877-3401.

Sierra Meadowlarks Annual Event to benefit residents of the Oakhurst Living and Wellness Centre - 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, December 7; cookie walk, bake sale, white elephant table, raffle. Vendors tables available $25. Oakhurst Living Center, 40131 Hwy. 49, Oakhurst. Details: (559) 641-7209.


HOLIDAY EVENTS

Thanksgiving Dinner Fundraiser - 5:30 p.m. Thursday, November 21; dinner with all the trimmings, door prizes and entertainment. All proceeds benefit the ministry. Hillside Baptist Church, 55238 Road 200 at Wyle Ranch Road, North Fork. $10 and children under 10 free. Details: (559) 877-7771.

Bass Lake Tree Lighting and Parade of Lights - 5:30 p.m. Saturday, November 30; Bass Lake's Tree Lighting and Parade of Lights will be held at 5:30 p.m., and free photo with Santa . All proceeds to Yosemite High School band and choir. Please bring a new toy for Toys for Tots. Pines Village, Bass Lake. Details: (559) 642-3141.

Christmas Tree Lighting Coarsegold - 5 p.m. Saturday, November 30; come one come all... food, drink, crafts, silent auction and more. Community Center, 35540 Hwy. 41, Coarsegold. Details: Caroline Root (559) 683-4030.

10th Annual Christmas Tree Lot at Wasuma School - Thursday Dec. 5 at 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Friday Dec. 6 at 4 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 7 at 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 2 to 9 ft Douglas and Noble trees. Friday is the tree lighting and visit with Santa 6 p.m. Cookies and hot chocolate. Donations appreciated. Wasuma School, 43109 Hwy. 49, Ahwahnee. $15 to $65 for trees. Details: Carey Smith (559) 760-6939.

Christmas Craft Show - Soroptimist of Mariposa - 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Friday, December 6 to December 7; handmade gifts with over 85 local crafters. Door prizes and raffles. Mariposa County Fairgrounds, Highway 49S, Mariposa. free admission and parking. Details: Karen Verdugo (209) 742-4680.

Holiday Fest - Rivergold Elementary School - 5 p.m. Friday, December 6; Live music, soup and potato bar, sweets and Holiday cheer. Lighted parade, pictures with Santa, auctions, craft tables, raffles. Coarsegold. Details: Sarah Curley (559) 676-0921.

Elks Lodge - Crab Feed - 5 p.m. Saturday, December 7; Christmas Charity fundraiser and Toys for Kids dinner. All you can eat includes salad, bread and linguini and clams. Lots of raffle prizes. 42484 Hwy. 41 across from Bass Lake Road (222) turnoff, Oakhurst. $40. Details: (559) 683-2717 for reservations.

Christmas Tree Auction - 12th Annual Holiday Event - Sunday, December 8 at 3 p.m. silent auction begins, Live Auction follows. Complimentary champagne, hors d'oeurves, raffles and door prizes. Proceeds benefit the Boys and Girls Club and other local charities. Bass Lake Event Center, Bass Lake. $30 per person. Details: details: (559) 683-9000 or www.SupportBGClub.cMarket.com.

Annual Children's Christmas Party - Oakhurst Elk's - 11 a.m - 1 p.m. Saturday, December 14; Children ages 4 - 12 will be treated to a holiday dance program, pizza lunch and a visit from Santa Claus, a stuffed animal, item of clothing and a reading book. Elks Lodge, 42484 Hwy. 41& Road 222, Oakhurst. Details: Dennis Huff, Exalted Ruler (559) 683-2717.

Holiday Home Tour sponsored by MCW - Mountain Community Women - 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch being served 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Saturday, December 14; beautifully decorated homes will be toured, lunch included. The event is for adults only. All proceeds to benefit and maintain the Oakhurst Community Center. mountaincommunitywomen@sti.net. Community Center on Road 425B, Oakhurst. Suggested donation is $17. Details: Tickets are available at Kraft & Lee Insurance in Raley's shopping center or by calling Joanne at (559) 692-2947.


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.

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. www.bahai.us. 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 woodtat@icloud.com.


MUSIC

Western Gospel Service - Cowboy Church - 4 p.m. Sundays; Tim Johnson - fiddler, Cliff Neufeld - piano, Eddie Guzman -guitar and harmonica, Rudy Helm - bass guitar and Mark Albosta - drums. Music genre of Roy Rogers and the Sons of the Pioneers. Lutheran Church, Crane Valley Road (426) and Black Road, Oakhurst.

Cowboy Christmas Concert - 3 and 6 p.m. Saturday, December 14; Concert featuring Bobby Black on the steel guitar and Jimmy Collier on the Banjo. Great afternoon of voice and soul-raising music. Lutheran Church, Crane Valley Road (426) and Black Road, Oakhurst. Details: (559) 658-2019.


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.

Celebrate Recovery - 5 p.m. Wednesdays; find freedom from your hurts, hang-ups and habits. Sierra Pines Church, 40855 Covey Court, Highway 49, Oakhurst. Details: (559) 683-2882.


SENIOR PROGRAMS

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.

Alzheimer's Disease/Dementia by Valley Caregiver Resource Center - 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 26; Open to loved ones of a person with Alzheimer's and dementia. Lutheran Church, 39255 Black Road, Oakhurst. Free. Details: (800) 541-8614 or (559) 224-9154.


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; 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. mountaincommunitywomen@sti.net 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.

Pathway to Freedom - 6: p.m. Tuesdays; find freedom from destructive thoughts, behaviors or bondage's. Oakhurst Evangelical Free Church, 50443 School Road (427), Oakhurst. Details: (559) 683-2254.

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

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; 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.

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