Community News

Time change

Before you go to bed Saturday night, Oct. 31, remember to set your clocks back an hour.

Free Dental Day

A Free Dental Day is being offered to the mountain community, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Nov. 7, at Golden Hills Dental in Coarsegold. The event is open to the entire community. Individuals will be seen on a first come-first served basis and will be able to receive either one cleaning, one filling, or one tooth extraction free of charge.

“Each year, we look forward to this event even more than the last. We love the opportunity to help so many people that otherwise would not be able to get any dental treatment,” said Dr. Travis Kendall.

Dr. Jake Geyer added, “It is always a pleasure for us to give this day back to our community. We so enjoy the relationships that we have built over the years and it means a lot to us that we are a part of improving and maintaining our community's dental health.

Angels and Heroes Amongst Us dinner Sunday

Twenty eight Mountain Area residents have been nominated for recognition Sunday, Nov. 1, during the 19th Annual Angels and Heroes Amongst Us dinner at Evergreen Conference Center.

Sponsored by the Mountain Bear Fan Club, the 5:30 p.m. dinner spotlights those in the community who quietly do good deeds and support projects throughout the year to improve the quality of life in Eastern Madera County.

During the evening men and women, couples, and business angels and heroes of the year will be announced.

Although there is no charge for the dinner, organizers ask that all attendees bring a new or like-new teddy bear or plush animal to the dinner to be used for the club’s gifting program.

A silent auction and raffle will be held during the evening to raise funds for the club, which provides more than 10,000 teddy bears annually for families who have been affected by a traumatic incident.

Details: Beverly Gordon, (559) 683-7929.

Trivia Night

The first annual “If I only had a Brain” Trivia Night, sponsored by the Sierra Lions Club of Oakhurst, will be held 5 p.m., Nov. 14, at the Senior Center. Group of eight per table, $80 per group of $10 per person. Light dinner faire and refreshments will be sold.

Reservations: Peggy Potter, (559) 676-3432.

Math tournament

Students from 16 Madera County middle schools will participate in a math tournament, 11:30 a.m., Nov. 6, at the Madera State Center Community College District. The tournament consists of an individual test and two team competitions.

The public is invited to watch the relay and awards.

Details: Kristi Winter, (559) 662-3873, or

Academic Decathlon

Yosemite High and Chawanakee Academy decathletes will join students from throughout California for the Madera County Academic Decathlon Lecture Day 10 a.m. - 2:20 p.m., Oct. 29, at Movies Madera. The event is sponsored by Madera County Schools Foundation and Madera County of Education.

Valley experts will lecture on six subject areas to more than 500 students from throughout the state.

This year’s Decathlon theme is India. Students will take tests in art, economics, language and literature, math, music, science and social science.

Color Run

The second annual 5k and one-mile Color Run, hosted by Raymond Knowles Elementary School, will be held 9 a.m., Nov. 11. All proceeds benefit the Fisher House Foundation, which is known for providing comfort homes where military and families of veterans can stay at no cost while a loved one receives treatment.

The cost to participate is $15 for ages 5-13, and $25 for ages 14 and up. Register by Nov. 4 to receive $5 off in registration fees. Late registration is accepted through Nov. 9 (t-shirts can’t be guaranteed).

To register in person or pay by cash or check, call Raymond Knowles School, (559) 689-3336; or register at

Android help

The Oakhurst Library will host Introduction to your Android, 10:30 a.m. to noon, Aug. 31, in the community room. Jerry Ward, the cellular sales supervisor with Sierra Tel Business Center, will teach Android features and functions, and how to download and use special applications.

Because hand-outs will be given out, the library is requesting pre-registration. This class is free.

To register: (559) 683-4838.

Democratic Club

Oakhurst Democratic Club will hold a meeting Nov. 7, with guest speaker, Kevin Bowman (KRYZ-LP (Mariposa), 98.5 FM. Breakfast begins at 8:30 a.m., with the meeting beginning at 9:30 a.m., at Denny’s Restaurant in Oakhurst. The public is welcome to attend.

Details: (559) 641-6617.

Life Line Screening

Affordable health screenings are coming to Oakhurst, Nov. 20, at the Oakhurst Lutheran Church. Residents can learn about their risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, and other chronic, serious conditions.

Packages start at $149, but consultants will work to create a package that is right for you, based on age and risk factors. Pre-registration is required.

Details: (877) 237-1287, or

Helping Hands fundraiser

Helping Hands Pregnancy & Parenting Center will hold its annul fundraising banquet 6:30-8:45 p.m., with seating beginning at 6:15 p.m. The event will take place in Oakhurst on Nov. 13, and in Mariposa on Nov. 14. There will be a comedian as the speaker and a tri-tip/chicken dinner. While there is no cost to attend, a donation will be requested.

Reservations are required by Nov. 1.

Details: Jannai Pero, (559) 760-0880, or