Community News - week of Feb. 18

German Fest

Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce will hold German Fest, 6 p.m., March 5, at the Oakhurst Community Center. The four-course German style dinner, prepared by Yosemite Gateway Restaurant & Lounge, is $30 per person. The event includes door prize, raffle, live auction, and entertainment. Sponsorship opportunities are still available.

Tickets/details: (559) 683-7766.

Singing for the Grizzlies

The Fresno Grizzlies are searching for National Anthem singers for the 2016 season at Chukchansi Park. Two live audition events have been scheduled for area malls - Saturday, Feb. 20 at the Sierra Vista Mall and Saturday, March 5 at the Hanford Mall. Both open auditions will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Anyone is welcome to audition. For a registration form, see, and return the completed form to Kyle Kleiman at

Details: (559) 320-2536.

Event rescheduled

The Antiques & Collectibles Appraisal and Luncheon, originally scheduled for Feb. 13 has been postponed to Feb. 20, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. with lunch 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m, at the Community Center. Mountain Community Women host this event, hand carried items only; $25 includes verbal appraisal of two items and lunch.

Details: appraisal questions - Jill Hufford (559) 641-7867.

Woodcarvers Rendezvous

The 9th annual Woodcarvers Rendezvous will be held April 17-23, at the Oakhurst Community Center.

Sponsored by the California Carvers Guild, Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce, and Visit Yosemite / Madera County, this week-long event offers carving sessions, demonstrations, and seminars for all levels of carvers. The event also offers many arts and craft programs.

One registration fee will allow you to attend as many sessions as you like. Registration fees are $115 for a single person, $170 per couple (same household), for the entire week. You will need to bring your own carving knives, tools, and equipment. The price also includes coffee each morning, Kiwanis breakfast, a couple of dinners, and a potluck.

A Woodcarving Craft Fair will take place the final day, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., April 23.

Details: Larry Smith, (559) 906-4198, or

Dollar Days

A-Cause-4-Paws will hold its popular Dish Room Dollar Days through the month of February, when all items (with a few exceptions) will be sold for $1 each.

The thrift shop’s dish room is filled with dishware, pitchers, pots and pans, coffee pots, dishes, bowls, glasses, cups, decanters and plastic containers. There’s even a selection of thermos bottles and salt/pepper shakers. There is no limit on the number of items that can be purchased.

The thrift shop is known as a cat rescue and they have found homes for more than 500 abandoned cats and kittens. They also donate a $500 scholarship each year - the “Future Veterinarian Award.”

Located at 40455 Highway 41 in Oakhurst, the shop is open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m, everyday but Sunday.

Details: Vickie Deane, (559) 760-7017.

Free workshop

A free two-hour workshop for women cancer patients experiencing appearance-related side effects from their treatment will be held 10 a.m. - noon, at the Oakhurst Medical Group on Junction Drive. The dates are Mondays, March 14, June 13, and Sept. 12.

Pre-registration required: (800) 227-2345.

Nite on the Town

The 8th annual “Nite on the Town” - an evening of talent, dessert and fun, will be held 7-9 p.m., March 5, at Yosemite High School. (Doors open at 6 p.m.) A silent auction will also be held.

Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door (if available). Sponsor a table of eight for $250 and receive special recognition and reserved seating.

All proceeds support the YHS Music Department.

Details: (559) 683-4667, ext. 243.

Soroptimist Awards

Each spring, three Mountain Area women will be granted the Live Your Dream Scholarship. The deadline to send in a completed application and reference form is March 3.

Details:; applications:; reference forms:

Drop off the forms at the Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce or mail to SI of the Sierra, P.O. Box 41, Oakhurst, 93644.

Elegant Auction

The committee of the Elegant Auction to benefit the Oakhurst Community Park is seeking volunteers to assist in the planning of its 31st annual gala event, which takes place April 9 at the Tenaya Lodge in Fish Camp.

The Elegant Auction provides 100% of the funding for the equipment, maintenance, and upgrades to the local park.

The committee is seeking additional new members who are interested in making a difference in their community by assisting with various tasks related to the auction planning and production of this year’s event.

“Since I have become the president of the park committee, I get to hear great stories about so many people’s experiences with the park over the years,” said Andrew Pence, “They often ask what they can do to help. This is it. Joining this committee is the single biggest difference you can make for our park.”

Details/tickets: Andrew Pence, (559) 785-3491,, or