Community Calendar - 3/13/14 edition

March 11, 2014 

BINGO

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

SOS Service Organization of the Sierra — 5 p.m. Saturday, March 15; Annual St. Patrick's Day Bingo starts at 6:30 p.m. Great food, drinks/cocktails, door prizes, raffle, 50/50 split and bingo prizes. All proceeds benefit local area schools. Community Center on 425B, Oakhurst. $20. Details: Barbara Lehmann (559) 760-4469.


CAR CLUBS

Southern High Sierra Corvettes - new meeting day Tuesday's — 6 p.m. social hour, meeting starts at 7 p.m. First Tuesday; www.southernhighsierracorvettes.com. Yosemite Gateway Inn Restaurant at Best Western, 40530 Hwy. 41, Oakhurst. Details: Paul Linton (559) 676-0680.


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.

Grandmothers Club - 24 — 10:30 a.m. First Wednesday; The Village Clubhouse, 46777 Oonay Nation Road, Coarsegold.

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.


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.

Tax-Aide - Income Tax return preparation and electronic filing — Tuesdays; offered by the AARP Tax-Aide program to all ages free of all cost and charges. Returns prepared on site and then electronically filed. Senior Center, Oakhurst. Free and expanded services. Details: Senior Center by appointment only (559) 658-2200.

Federal and State Income Tax return preparation — March 22, April 12. Saturday's only ; must make appointment. Oakhurst Branch Library, Oakhurst. Free. Details: (559) 285-1494.

The Golden Age of Flight: The Rise and Fall of PAN AM — 1 p.m. Saturday, March 15; presented by the Oakhurst Branch Library. Speaker Genie Smith Patt. Library Community Room on Civic Circle, Oakhurst. Details: (559) 683-7552, www.oakhurstfobl.com.

St. Patrick Day - Boys & Girls Club Benefit - at Crab Cakes — all day Monday, March 17; corned beef and cabbage lunch or dinner. Portion of each plate and bar sales donated to Boys and Girls Club. Crab Cakes Restaurant, Golden Oak Loop, Oakhurst. $10 per person. Details: (559) 641-7667.


FOOD BANK

Oakhurst - Our Lady of the Sierra - March 18 — 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 - April 1 — 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.

North Fork - Grace Community Church - March 25 — 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.

FUN & GAMES

St. Patrick's Day celebration and party — 5 p.m. Saturday, March 15; Corned beef and cabbage dinner, Irish dancers, DJ and Dancing, games for children, Hot Dogs. info@northforkboosters.org: (559) 877-7770.


FUNDRAISERS

Girl Scout Cookie Drive-thru — 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturdays; Girl Scout cookie season is here.... drive thru and pick up your favorite flavors from the Brownie Troop # 3041 (2nd and 3rd graders). Sierra Star, 49165 Crane Valley Road (426), Oakhurst. Details: Teri (559) 760-3018.

Biscuit and Gravy Breakfast by the Coarsegold Grandmothers Club 24 — 30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 15; scrambled eggs, sausage gravy, sausage, biscuits, juice and coffee. The Village Clubhouse, 46777 Oonay Nation Road, Coarsegold. $7 adults, $3 children under 12. Details: (559) 641-5248.

Mountain Community Women Annual "Mardi Gras" Card Party and Luncheon — 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 21; all games, not just cards. Need a partner, buying tickets. Or join us for lunch if not playing. All proceeds benefit the Oakhurst Community Center. Website: mountaincommunitywomen.com Community Center on Road 425B, Oakhurst. $10 donation. Details: Ellie(559) 658-2342.

Book Sale by FOBL — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 5; benefits the Library, sponsored by Friends of the Oakhurst Branch Library. Books $1 children's 50 cents. Library Community Room on Civic Circle, Oakhurst. Details: (559) 642-4333, www.oakhurstfobl.com.


GARDENING

Manzanita Garden Club — 10 a.m. Second Thursday; call for location, Oakhurst. Details: Lillian Trubert (559) 683-0995.

Oakhurst Garden Club — 1 p.m. Sunday, March 16; garden projects for early spring! Wintersowing, straw bales gardens, vegetable and herb garden, cut and come again lettuce garden. True Value Hardware, Hwy. 49 & Westlake Dr., Oakhurst. Free. Details: (559) 683-7117.

Madera County Master Gardeners — 10 a.m. Saturday, March 22; Workshop how to plant a beautiful edible landscape presented by Master Gardeners Agnes Jenkins, Linda Sloan, Barbara Mattice and Susan Walter. Find us on facebook.com/MaderaMasterGardeners. Madera Community College Center, 30277 Ave. 12, Room 3A, Madera. Free. Details: mgmadera@ucdavis.edu (559) 675-7879 ext. 7210.


MEETINGS

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; www.MaderaGOP.org. County wide meeting, Madera. Details: Bobbie (559) 683-0719.

Chamber Board of Directors — 4 p.m. Fourth Thursday; Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce. Yosemite Bank conference room, 40061 Hwy. 49, Oakhurst. Details: (559) 683-7766.

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.

Women In Business Luncheon and Networking — noon Second Thursday; sponsored by the Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce. Contact the Chamber for more information and location of this months event. Local Restaurants, Oakhurst. Details: RSVP (559) 683-7766.

North Fork Rancheria Executive Board — 5 p.m. Second Thursday; Board meetings regular schedule. NFR Family Wellness Center, 56901 Kunugib Road, North Fork. Details: V. Kastrow (559) 877-2027.

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.

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

Central Sierra Watershed Committee — 9 a.m. Last Wednesday; Presentation by Andy Gordus from the California Department of Fish & Wildlife "Illegal Pot Farms: impacts to fish, wildlife, and water quality. Sierra Ambulance community conference room, 40755 Winding Way, Oakhurst. Details: Jeannie Habben (559) 642-3263 - info@cfwatershed.org.

Mountain Bear Fan Club — 11:30 a.m. Third Thursday; , . Details: (559) 683-1111.

Tea Party Action meeting Oakhurst/Coarsegold — 6:30 p.m. Third Tuesday; Meet Assemblyman Tim Donnelly running for Governor of California. Yosemite Gateway Inn Restaurant at Best Western, 40530 Hwy. 41, Oakhurst. Details: (866) 565-1379 or matp@sti.net.


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.

Mountain Pianists — 2 p.m. Sunday, March 16; Library on Civic Circle Dr., Oakhurst. Details: Lucie Richter (559) 683-0352.

"Super Heroes" performed by the Oakhurst Community Concert Band — 3p.m. Sunday, April 6; featuring music from the Avengers, Superman and Spiderman themes. and so much more. www.oakhurstband.com. Mountain Christian Center, 40299 Hwy. 49, Oakhurst. Free. Details: (559) 760-3849.


OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

Yosemite Area Audubon Society birding trip — 8:45 a.m. Saturday, March 15; to Bass Lake area. Suitable for beginners. Bring binoculars, field guides, lunch, snacks and beverages. Sears parking lot on Junction Drive, Oakhurst. Details: (209) 742-5579 or www.yosemiteaudubon.org.


PUBLIC FORUMS

Raymond - Town Hall Meeting with Supervisor Tom Wheeler — 6 - 8 p.m. Thursday, March 20; contact Supervisor Wheeler with any questions or visit www.madera-county.com/supervisors/wheeler.html. Raymond-Knowles Elementary School, 31828 Road 600, Raymond. 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.

Cub Scout Troop 314 — 6 p.m. Tuesday, February 11 to February 22; Rivergold School, Coarsegold. Details: Den Leader Tim McGrew (559) 760-3369.


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.

Chronic Illness Group — 10 a.m. First and Third Thursdays; for anyone suffering from any chronic illness. We share, support and occasionally mild exercise. Lutheran Church, 39255 Black Road, Oakhurst. Details: Mary Nelsen (559) 658-1394.


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; 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. Check out our website at: mountaincommunitywomen.com Community Center on Road 425B, Oakhurst. Details: (559) 683-3068.

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.

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.

Chronic Illness Group — 10 a.m. First and Third Thursday; anyone suffering from chronic illness including cancer, diabetes, fibromyalgia, I.B.S. or chronic back pain. Also share research when substantiated. Lutheran Church, 39255 Black Road, Oakhurst. Details: Mary Nelsen (559) 658-1394.

General Caregiver Support by Valley Caregiver Resource Center — 10 a.m. Tuesday, February 11 to March 25; a class for caregivers entitled Taking Care of You: Powerful Tools for Caregiving. Lutheran Church, Crane Valley Road (426) and Black Road, Oakhurst. Details: Contact (800) 541-8614 .


THEATER

Golden Chain Theatre "The Miracle Worker" drama by William Gibson — April 4,5,6, April 11,12,13, April 18,19 Friday & Saturday 7 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m. ; reservations or information www.goldenchaintheatre.org. Golden Chain Theatre, 42130 Hwy. 41, Oakhurst. Adults: $12 and ask about season tickets. Details: (559) 683-7112.


VETERANS ACTIVITIES

Pancake Breakfast, Job Fair & Stand-down to benefit Veterans — 8 - 12 noon. Saturday, March 22. Veterans Standown sponsored by Caring Veterans, Inc. Mariposa County Fairgrounds. Job Fair for Yosemite National Park. Breakfast donation $5. Details: Ken Dow (559) 760-7647

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: Jim Winney (559) 658-2062.

Caring Veterans of America — 9:30 a.m. Second Wednesday; Denny's Restaurant - 40650 Hwy. 41, Oakhurst. Details: Terry Cole (559) 658-8939.

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.


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.

Yosemite Area Audubon Society program — 7 p.m. Thursday, March 13; Co-author Ed Pandolfino will present a slide program based on the recently published book "Birds of the Sierra Nevada." Methodist Church, 49223 Crane Valley Road (426), Oakhurst. Free. Details: (209) 742-5579 or visit www.yosemiteaudubon.org.

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