Community News - week of Nov. 19

Change of address

Both the Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce and the Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau, previously located at 40637 Highway 41 in Oakhurst, have moved to shared office space at 40343 Highway 41.

Early deadlines

Because of Thanksgiving week, classified and display advertising for the Sierra Star are due by Friday, Nov. 20, display ads by 4 p.m., and classifieds by 5 p.m.


Sit-Stay-Play Bingo, an EMC SPCA fundraiser, will be held Nov. 20 at the Oakhurst Community Center. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with Bingo beginning at 6:30. A $25 donation includes 10 game packs (six cards each), four special games, one blackout game, and refreshments. There will also be a no-host bar. Cash prizes include $30 for regular games, $40 for special games, and $100 for blackout. Multiple game winners will split cash prizes. Games for ages 18 and older.

Details:, or (559) 642-6611.

Small Business Saturday

Founded by American Express, Small Business Saturday is dedicated to supporting small area businesses. It takes place every year on the Saturday following Thanksgiving (Nov. 28 this year), and is a counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

“Remember when you shop locally, you support all the things that make this community great. Plus the money you spend here, stays here,” Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Joelle Leder said. Last year, 88 million people nationwide shopped on Small Business Saturday.

Mountain Resale

Mountain Resale, formerly on the corner of Road 426 and School Road, is now Fashion 41, a women’s clothing consignment shop located in the old Nature’s Nutrients shop (just past the Visitors Center on Highway 41).

Democratic Club

Oakhurst Democratic Club will meet Dec. 5, at Denny’s Restaurant. Breakfast begins at 8:30 a.m., with the meeting beginning at 9:30. The guest speaker is Michael Baird, who will speak on “Homeless for the Holidays” - a discussion on the status of homelessness in the Oakhurst area. Baird is an administrator with the Sierra Vista Presbyterian Church. The public is welcome.

Details: (559) 641-6617.

Craft Show

A Christmas Craft Show, sponsored by Soroptimist International of Mariposa, will be held Dec. 4-5 at the Mariposa Fairgrounds. Hours on Dec. 4 are 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., and on Dec. 5, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. More than 75 area crafters will sell unique handmade gifts - from art to wood items. Santa will also be on hand for photos, sponsored by the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.

Details: Karen Verdugo, (209) 742-4680.

Cowboy Christmas

The annual Cowboy Christmas will be held Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Oakhurst Lutheran Church on Road 426. There will be two performances at 2 p.m., and 6 p.m.

The Cowboy Band of Tim Johnson, Keith Johnson, Arnie Johnson, Cliff Neufeld, Rudy Helm and Eddie Guzman, will be joined by special guests Bobby Black, Jimmy Collier and Wendy LeBlanc.

There will be a maximum seating of 140 for each performance with pre-sold tickets at a suggested $20 donation. For tickets, mail a check to 39255 Black Road, Oakhurst, 93644.

Details: Oakhurst Lutheran Church, (559) 683-4673.

Town Hall meeting

District 5 Supervisor Tom Wheeler will host his last Town Hall of the year Nov. 19 at the Oakhurst Community Center, from 6 to 8 p.m. Topics are broad, including updates to firefighting efforts, Camarena Health, a wood burning stove program, grey water, and general county or district issues.

Sullivan’s Tire Pros “Brakes for Breast” results

During the month of October, Sullivan’s Tire Pros of Oakhurst, along with nearly 250 other independent auto repair shops across the US, gave free brake pads or shoes to consumers in support of the “Brakes for Breasts” program. To support this program the client paid the brake service labor and for any other ancillary parts required, and Sullivan’s then donated 10% directly to Dr. Vincent Tuohy and the Cleveland Clinic Breast Cancer Vaccine Research Fund.

“Sullivan’s Tire Pros thanks our community for its tremendous support of this program,” Diane Sullivan said. “We provided consumers with more than $5,000 in free brake pads and contributed $1,319 to Dr. Tuohy and The Cleveland Clinic Breast Cancer Vaccine Research Fund.”

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Toys for Tots

True Value Home Center in Oakhurst will hold their Toys for Toy kickoff 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Nov. 21. Bring a toy or purchase a toy at True Value, and that toy will be matched with a second toy from True Value. Marine Corps volunteers will be at the store.

Food items for Manna House

The Sierra Star is partnering with Manna House to sponsor a Christmas food drive. Donate five non-perishable food items for Manna House and receive an entire year of the Sierra Star for $35. Cans must be dropped off at the Sierra Star by Dec. 22.