Community News - 3/27/14 edition of the Sierra Star

March 25, 2014 

BHS to hold mental health dialogue

The Madera County Department of Behavioral Health will hold a community dialogue on ending the stigma around mental illness, and becoming part of the solution, 3-5 p.m., Tuesday, April 1, at the Oakhurst Community Center.

Stigma and discrimination often prevent people from seeking the help they need, despite the fact that 38,055 people in Madera County have mental health challenges. The dialogue will help people become more informed on this issue, as well as help in planning a strategy to fight stigma and discrimination against mental illness in Madera County.

Details: David Weikel, (559) 673-3508, david.weikel@c

Sale to benefit Relay for Life

The Relay for Life of Eastern Madera County will hold a multi-team parking lot sale, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 5, at the Oakhurst Medical Group parking lot.

Browse tables of treasures collected by several teams. Enjoy baked goods and a raffle. All proceeds go towards each team's fundraising goal to benefit the American Cancer Society and cancer patient services in Eastern Madera County.

Details or to donate sale items: Tami (559) 658-1410; Linda (559) 760-2614; Donna (559) 451-0163, or leave message on the EMC Relay voice mail, (559) 683-1232;

Cliby, Miller to speak at April 5 meeting

The public is invited to meet candidates Paul Cliby (District 5 supervisor), Todd Miller (county auditor/controller), Paulina Miranda (State Senate), and Michael Salvador (sheriff), who will speak at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, April 5, at the Oakhurst Democratic Club, at Denny's Restaurant, 40650 Highway 41.

Details: Scott Hill, (559) 658-2342.

Golden Chain auditions

The Golden Chain will hold open auditions, 6:30 p.m., April 7-9, at the Golden Chain Theatre. Open positions include actors, back stage, sound and lights, marketing, directing, set construction and painting, singers, dancers, seamstresses, wardrobe, hostesses and many others. All interested are encouraged to attend.

Upcoming productions are The Mumberly Inheritance, The Boarding House, Angel Street, and the musical Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. The theatre also performs a shorter melodrama at various locations, including the Sugar Pine Mountain Railroad.

Details: Mary Lou Finley, (559) 683-4789.

Oakhurst Blood Drive

Central California Blood Center will host a two blood drives.

The first will be held from 1-5 p.m. Monday, April 7, at Vons store parking lot in Oakhurst.

The second will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at the LDS Church in Oakhurst.

All community members are encouraged to donate and anyone who donates will receive a free CCBC Tote bag.

Alzheimer's/Dementia Support Group

The Valley Caregiver Resource Center will hold Alzheimer's Disease/Dementia support groups, 10-11:30 a.m., April 8 and April 22, at the Oakhurst Lutheran Church.

This group is open to the loved ones of a person with Alzheimer's and Dementia who would like to exchange information, feelings, difficulties and more within a supportive environment.

Candidates Night

North Fork Boosters Club will host a candidates night 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, at the North Fork Town Hall.

The event will be moderated by Gary Gilbert and will include debates between candidates for the 5th District County Supervisor, District Attorney and Sheriff-Coroner. Members of the community are encouraged to bring written questions for the candidates. These questions are to be submitted on arrival and will be reviewed by the boosters club.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and cheese and wine will be served.

Details: North Fork boosters, (559) 877-7700,

Tax preparation assistance

The AARP Tax-Aide program will hold its last day of assisting persons of all ages on filing 2013 income tax, by appointment between hours of 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Tuesday, April 8, at the Senior Center in Oakhurst. This program is free of all cost and charges. Returns are prepared on site and then electronically filed.

Details: Senior Center by appointment only, Brian Ross, (559) 285-1494.

Natural Instincts Birth Collective

The Natural Instincts Community Birth Collective will be hosting a volunteer coordination meeting 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Wednesday April 9, at the Oakhurst Library Community Meeting Room.

The meeting is intended to provide a network of services to aid and encourage parents before, during and after childbirth by providing a local community of support and education.

Details: Jenny Morgan, (559) 868-3635; online,; or email,

Dror Sinai to perform in Coarsegold

Internationally known, charismatic percussionist, performer, educator and sound healer Dror Sinai, will perform enchanting songs and rhythms from the Middle East and North Africa, 7 p.m., Sunday, April 27, at a private home in Yosemite Lakes Park. (The address and directions will be emailed after payment is received).

For those interested in Intro to Doumbek, Sinai will teach a pre-concert class for beginning to advanced drummers beginning at 4 p.m. Doumbeks will be available for student use.

A pre-concert potluck will also will be offered at 6 p.m. for those who would like to get to know Sinai.

Prices are $15 for Doumbek workshop only, $25 for concert only, and $37 for both. Space is limited and tickets must be reserved and prepaid by April 13.

Details or tickets: Marcia Freedman, or Susan Rappaport, susanrappaport@gmailcom.

Rite Aid grand reopening

Rite Aid held a grand reopening of its newly remodeled "Wellness Store" in Oakhurst, last Thursday. The remodel features expanded pharmacy services and an enhanced selection of wellness products. Company officials kicked off the reopening with an official ribbon cutting in the morning.

There are hundreds of new health and wellness products including organic and/or gluten-free foods, an expanded caregiver section, all-natural personal care and home care products, extensive line of GNC wellness supplement products, Thrifty's Ice Cream, fitness and workout equipment and a bigger wellness magazine and book section.

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