Community News for 12/5/13 edition of the Sierra Star

December 3, 2013 

Winter Concert

Yosemite High School will present its Winter Concert at Mountain Christian Center (40299 Highway 49) on Thursday, Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m. The concert features bands, choirs, percussion and Bass Lake District Bands.

Admission: $4 Details: (559) 683-4667.

Free dentistry day

Dentists Rodney Peter and Dennis Jones will offer their 20th annual free dentistry day on Friday, Dec. 6 from 8 a.m. - noon. Other participating dentists include Bob Brosi, Ryan Franklin, Barbara Kelly and Anna Marie Grady.

Adults and children will be seen for one-appointment procedure such as a filling, treating a toothache or an extraction. Cleanings will only be offered to children under 14 years of age. No crowns, bridges, dentures or partials will be offered, with the lab only performing minor repairs on dentures and partials.

These treatments are offered to adults and children with no dental insurance and who cannot afford to see a dentist. Details: (559) 683-4544.

Christmas boutique

Christ Church Women's 12th Annual Christmas Boutique will be held 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. this Saturday, Dec.7 at the Evergreen Conference Center of Oakhurst (ECCO).

In addition to exquisitely handcrafted wooden items including Nativity sets, tea boxes hand-painted by a local artist, and birdhouses, items such as trivets with shimmering glass tiles, linens, knitted items, Christmas décor and foods will be available.

Along with the shopping, there's a raffle and an opportunity to win one of many valuable creations including a carved Noah's Ark complete with two-by-two animals.

All proceeds benefit community nonprofit organizations in need such as Manna House, Girls & Boys Club and others.

Lunch will be offered between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Presale lunch ticket price is $6 or $7.50 at the door. Seating is limited. Details: Diane van Deursen (559) 877-6401.

North Fork concert and Christmas bazaar

The North Fork Community Choir will present its "Songs of the Season" concert at 7 p.m. this Saturday, at North Fork Elementary School.

In addition to the community choir, the Yosemite and Sierra high school choirs will also perform.

Tickets cost $8 for adults, $4 for children, and $20 for entire immediate family.

Reading and book-signing Sunday

Four Mountain Area authors will participate in a book reading and signing event, 4-6 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 8, at Branches bookstore in Oakhurst.

The authors include Danile D. Davis ("From Ancient Aliens to the Shift: The Grand Unified Theory"), Ruth Rosenthal ("Like Fallen Snow"), Lee Underwood ("Timewinds"), and Paul Abram ("Love Poems With An Attitude").

Also present will be publisher and poet John Peterson ("News of the Day: Poems of the Times," "Poetry of Dark Hills." and "Wild Mountains") of Poetic Matrix Press of Madera.

Branches is located in Junction Plaza at the intersection of Highway 41 and Crane Valley Road (426). Details: Branches, (559) 549-6672.

The Outpouring

A free Christmas feast, scheduled to take place on Monday, Dec. 23, from 3-7 p.m. at the Oakhurst Community Center is in need of volunteers. Teams of six prepare Christmas dinner for a group of 12, and currently there are only 10 teams signed-up; 25-28 teams are needed. Details: Becky Kohout (559) 313-9570.

Video contest

Great opportunity for anyone 25 years of age or under, and who is motivated to create a video about their connection to Yosemite National Park. Teachers, parents, and youth leaders are encouraged to organize submissions for interested and eligible individuals. Submissions may be individual or collaborative films.

Christmas Tea Party

Hillside Baptist Church is hosting a Christmas Tea Party on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Those planning to attend are asked to bring finger foods or pastries to share, a wrapped ornament for exchange, and a friend to enjoy it with. Details: Hillside (559) 877-7771.

Yosemite's Bracebridge dinner

Celebrated annually since 1927, the Bracebridge Dinner transforms The Ahwahnee Hotel into a 17th century English manor for a feast of food, song and mirth. The inspiration for this yuletide ceremony was Washington Irving's Sketch Book that described Squire Bracebridge and English Christmas traditions of that period.

The Bracebridge Dinner is an elegant and artistic four-hour pageant of classic carols, Renaissance rituals and entertainment of the Middle Ages. More than 100 players create the roles of the Squire and his family, their servants, the Lord of Misrule, minstrels and other performers.

The Ahwahnee Dining Room serves as the Great Hall and stage for the festivities, and is decked with magnificent wreaths, an elaborate Squire's table, and traditional Yuletide decorations. The centerpiece of this event is a seven-course banquet of rich and wondrous dishes prepared by The Ahwahnee's world-class culinary staff.

Thirteen Bracebridge seatings will be held between Dec. 13 and 25. Dinner-only tickets are available starting at $389 per person. Details: (801) 559-4884.

17th annual Christmas dinner

For seniors who will be alone on Christmas Day, the Oakhurst Senior Center will serve refreshments beginning at noon, with dinner served from 1-1:30 p.m. Transportation will be provided, if needed Details: (559) 683-3811, reservations.

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