Community News for 1/23/14 edition of the Sierra Star

January 21, 2014 

Golden Chain to hold auditions Jan. 28 & 29

Auditions for William Gibson's The Miracle Worker will be held at 7 p.m., Jan. 28 and 29, at the Golden Chain Theatre. The Miracle Worker is the timeless classic detailing the starting of the life-long friendship between Helen Keller and her teacher Annie Sullivan.

The play will run for three weekends in April and will be directed by Jason Turner, who directed Jack the Ripper and co-directed Dark Deeds at GCT last year.

Details: The theatre's Facebook page or (559) 683-7112.

Crab Feed Feb. 1

The Oakhurst Sierra Noon Rotary Club will hold its 28th Annual Crab Feed at 6 p.m., Saturday Feb. 1, at the Oakhurst Community Center.

In addition to the all-you-can-eat dinner including pasta, green salad, french bread and crab, the evening will feature a raffle and live auction featuring a 42-inch HD TV and gas barbecue.

Cost of the dinner is $40 per person and tickets are available from Don Eaves at Yosemite Bank, or by calling Doug Dearing (559) 658-0300, or Bob Brosi, (559) 683-4694.

Fiesta for a Future fundraiser Feb. 1

A fundraiser Mexican dinner and door prizes will be offered to support kidney donor, Eric Wynne, at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1 at the Coarsegold Community Center. He will be donating his kidney to Sheila Moreno, co-owner of Robert's Frosty in Coarsegold, next month and is in need of help to cover travel and room expenses (see related story on page A7).

The menu includes chips and salsa, ground beef enchiladas, rice and beans. There will be a silent auction, including a donated trip to La Paz, Mexico, craft booths, and music provided by disc jockey Albert Figueroa.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $10 per person at Robert's Frosty or A Village Hair & Nails.

Details: Sheila Moreno, (559) 683-5022; or Tina Wynne, (559) 683-5522.

Free tax service from AARP available

Free income tax return preparation and electronic filing for both state and federal returns will be available for Mountain Area residents of all ages, offered by the AARP Tax-Aide program.

Tax returns are prepared by specially trained and certified volunteers.This year there are 14 volunteers working in Oakhurst and in Madera

Services are performed at the Oakhurst Senior Citizens Center on Tuesdays between Feb. 4 and April 15. The returns are prepared on-site, and then electronically filed. Appointments for Tuesdays can be made by calling the senior center, (559) 658-2200.

In an effort to reach out to families and working people, the group is also offering tax return preparation services on four Saturdays at the Oakhurst Branch Library. These services will be offered on Feb. 22, March 8, March 22 and April 12. Appointments for the Saturday sessions can be made by calling (559) 285-1494.

The program has been headed locally by Jerry Ephraim for more than 24 years. Ephraim is presently serving as regional coordinator for California district 3, a large area which extends from Modesto in the north to Bakersfield in the south, and from San Jose and Monterey in the west to Sonora and Barstow in the east.AARP tax-aide is the nation's largest free, volunteer-run tax assistance and preparation service available to taxpayers with low- and moderate income, with special attention to those age 60 and older. Over 33,000 AARP tax-aide volunteers, trained in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), now help over 2 million taxpayers file their federal, state, and local tax returns each year at nearly 7,000 AARP tax-aide sites nationwide.

Bigelow to speak

Fifth District Assemblyman Frank Bigelow will be the featured speaker at the Democratic Club of Oakhurst on Feb. 1 at Denny's on Highway 41. Breakfast is at 9 a.m., with the meeting commencing at 9:30.

Assemblyman Bigelow will present a brief overview of various items and topics of particular local and regional interest. and, most importantly, will be available for an extended question-and-answer session with those in attendance following his opening comments.

Noll recognized

Greg Noll, candidate for Madera County Sheriff, was recently recognized by the Martin Luther King Jr. Unity committee of Fresno for his work in the community while working for the Fresno Police Department. The committee presented Noll with the "Outstanding Community Service" award for his work in building partnerships and impacting crime while leading a group called "Bringing Broken Neighborhoods Back to Life."

Salute to seniors

Nominations for deserving seniors for his or her outstanding service are being accepted through March 1 by the Salute to Senior Service program sponsored by Home Instead, Inc., the franchise of the Home Instead Senior Care network. The program recognizes the invaluable contributions of adults 65 and older who give at least 15 hours a month of volunteer service to their favorite causes.

"Seniors have so much to give and make a positive impact on our communities daily," said David Phillips, owner of the Home Instead Senior Care office serving greater Fresno and Madera Counties. "Senior volunteerism not only benefits others, but also helps seniors stay active and socially engaged in their communities – important elements of healthy aging." Members of the community are asked to nominate and vote for these everyday heroes at

State winners will be determined by popular vote. A panel of senior care experts will then select a national Salute to Senior Service winner from among the state honorees.

Details: 559-243-1224.

Valentine's day concert

Join Alison Sharino for a rare solo Valentine's Day concert 7:30 - 10 p.m., Friday, Feb. 14, at the Bass Lake Event Center. Sharino will perform songs from all eras including romantic favorites, sing-alongs and song dedications. There will be a dance floor for those who wish to dance.

Tickets are $12 per person in advance or $17 at the door. A full bar will be available to purchase refreshments including bottled water, iced tea and coffee drink specials. There will also be dessert and coffee available for purchase for $7, or champagne and dessert for $10 each.

Details: (800) 838-3006,

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