Community News

CHP driving class

The Oakhurst office of the California Highway Patrol is offering a free two-hour driving class for seniors at 10 a.m., Nov. 20.

“The class is a great way for seniors to educate themselves, evaluate their driving abilities, and improve their driving skills,” said Kaci Lutz, Oakhurst Area CHP Public Information and Training Officer.

The “Age Well, Drive Smart” program was designed to provide older drivers with the tools to remain safe on the road. The class will be held at the Oakhurst CHP Office, 40500 Redbud Drive (corner of Redbud and Highway 49). Seating for the class is limited, and reservations are required.

Details and reservations: CHP Officer Kaci Lutz, (559) 658-6611.

Students will honor veterans

The first and second grade classes at Rivergold Elementary School in Coarsegold (31800 Road 400) are inviting all veterans in the Mountain Area to take part in the school’s Veterans Day celebration at 8:30 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 10. The students look forward to the opportunity to thank veterans for their service with a patriotic performance.

Details: (559) 658-7566.

Guest speaker at Coarsegold church

Ron Climer, head chaplain for the Fresno County Probation Department Juvenile Division, will be the guest speaker 9 and 11 a.m. at Yosemite Lakes Community Church, 43840 Patrick Ave. The former biker supervises more than 300 volunteers and 17 chaplains who work with juvenile offenders in a military-style boot camp.

Details: (559) 658-7447.

Rummage Sale

A huge rummage sale will be held 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Nov. 14, at 40820 Winding Way. Rain cancels to following Saturday. Sale benefits area animal relief.

Recreational use

The Madera County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved purchasing 958 acres in Coarsegold for $2.3 million for recreational use, including hiking, camping, mountain bikes, and equestrian trails, during its regular meeting last Tuesday.

The sale of the property, owned by Margaret Jamison, is contingent on the county receiving federal and state grants for the purchase of the property. The property is located on the east side of Highway 41 near the Black Hawk Lodge.

Derby fundraiser

The second annual fundraiser for Cub Scout Pack 314 - Pine Wood Derby - will be held noon to 4 p.m., Nov. 15, at the Coarsegold Community Center. The cars, powered by gravity, are raced down a track. Scouts are encouraged to build a car and race it. Car kits are available for purchase through Pack 314.

Details: (559) 905-0954, or (559) 760-3369.

Annual Christmas boutique

The 14th Annual Christmas Boutique by Christ Church Women will be held 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Nov. 21, at ECCO, the Evergreen Conference Center, Oakhurst.

In addition to handcrafted jewelry, wooden items, table linens, knitted items, Christmas décor, and shopping totes, there will be a large variety of gifts and food items, including the famous Mountain Mustard. Live woodworking, still life painting and jewelry making demonstrations will also take place.

During lunch, which will be served be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., there will be a Children’s Fashion show and a visit from Santa. At a presale price of $6 for lunch, it is recommended that tickets are purchased in advance. If tickets are still available, they will be sold for $7.50 at the door. Seating is limited.

All proceeds benefit Boys & Girls Club, Manna House, Boys Scouts, the Senior Center and Toys for Tots.

Tickets: Diane, (559) 877-6401.

Little league fundraiser

Sierra Mountain Little League will hold a fundraising spaghetti dinner, 5-7 p.m., Nov. 7, at the Oakhurst Lutheran Church. Tickets cost $10 for adults, and $5 for children 10 years and under. There will also be a raffle for a family turkey dinner from Raley’s. Winner must be present to win.

Details: (559) 549-3386.

Christmas bazaar

The New Community United Methodist Church thrift store will hold a Christmas bazaar, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Nov. 7, in Whittenburg Hall.

Mariposa play opens Saturday

The Mariposa County Arts Council’s Theatre Alliance and Merced Community College Community Services will present “The Goldman Project,” at 7 p.m., on Nov. 6, 7, 12, 13, and a 2 p.m. performance on Nov. 8, at The Mariposa County Park Amphitheater.

“The Goldman Project” is a three-character drama, which takes place within the confines of the Upper Manhattan apartment of Naomi Goldman, a 71 year-old Romanian-born widow. Naomi’s live-in son Tony, recently separated from his wife, reconnects with Aviva, an old college girlfriend who has an ulterior motive - to interview Tony’s mother for a documentary regarding the Holocaust memorial project.

Playwright Staci Swedeen has described “The Goldman Project” as “a play about family relations, the lingering legacy of the Holocaust and the catharsis of self-renewal.” The play is directed by Richard Hoffman.

Tickets cost $10 for general admission, $8 for students, and seniors. Tickets can be purchased at the Arts Council (5009 Highway 140). A limited number will be sold at the door.

Details: (209) 966-3155,

Gardening workshop

The Oakhurst Garden Club will present a workshop, “How to make Hypertufa troughs,” where participants will learn to make concrete planters, stepping stones, and create Hypertufa Mushrooms for the garden.

The workshop, presented by Sierra Star columnist (Foothill Gardner) Sue Langley, will be held at 1 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 15, at True Vale Home Center on Highway 49. Participants will receive a 20% coupon good for any plants.