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Community Calendar - week of Feb. 25

BINGO

Senior Center Bingo: 12 noon Every Thursday and First two Saturdays; 49111 Cinder Lane - behind the Community Center, Oakhurst. Details: (559) 658-2200.

Vision Academy - Senior Center: 12 noon Fourth Saturday; Scholarship fund raiser for Vision Academy of the Arts. 49111 Cinder Lane - behind the Community Center, Oakhurst. Details: Sheila Adams (559) 642-4329.

North Fork Women’s Club: 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 12; Scholarship fundraiser, include snack and dessert. Grace Community Church, 56442 Road 200, North Fork. $10. Details: (559) 877-6554.

BUSINESS NETWORKING

MAMA - Mountain Area Merchant Association: 6 p.m. First and Third Wednesdays; Join other merchants to discuss promoting local area business. Crab Cakes Restaurant, 49271 Golden Oak Loop, Oakhurst. Free. Details: Colette Goga (559) 683-7977.

CAR CLUBS

Southern High Sierra Corvettes: 6 p.m. social hour, meeting starts at 7 p.m. First Tuesday; southernhighsierracorvettes.com. Yosemite Gateway Inn Restaurant at Best Western, 40530 Hwy. 41, Oakhurst. Details: Paul Linton (559) 676-0680.

CLUBS

MCW - Mountain Community Women: 9:30 a.m. social and 10 a.m. business meeting First Monday; 11 a.m. speaker March 7, Lowell Young, and Peter Leinau discussing the facts regarding desalination. Community Center on Road 425B, Oakhurst. Details: (559) 683-3938 or mountaincommunitywomen.com.

North Fork Women’s Club: 10 a.m. First Wednesday; scholarship funding for women. Mill Site meeting room, 57839 Road 225, North Fork. Details: (559) 877-6554.

Sierra Mountain Quilters Association: 6 p.m. First Thursday; Oakhurst Community Center, 39800 Road 425B, Oakhurst. Details: sierramountainquilters.org.

DAR - Sierra Foothills Chapter “Daughters of the American Revolution.”: 11:30 a.m. Third Saturday; Sweetwater Steak House, Hwy. 41, Oakhurst. Details: Dee Triebold (559) 658-8726.

La Sierra Guild of Valley Children’s Hospital: 1 p.m. Second Wednesday; Lutheran Church, Crane Valley Road (426) and Black Road, Oakhurst. Details: Patty Spinelli email : pspinelli4@yahoo.com.

DANCING

Gold Dust Dancers - Square & Line Dancing: 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays; Line dancing 6-7 p.m., donation $2 per week. New Square dance class starts March 16 at 7 p.m. donation $5 a week. Community Center, 39800 Road 425B, Oakhurst. Details: (559) 868-3319.

Coarsegold Community Center “Dancing & Dessert”: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, March 19; Hosted by the Hwy 41 Mountain Country Dancers Coarsegold Community Center, Coarsegold. $6 per dancer. Details: (559) 676-7677.

ETC.

Baha’i’s of the Mountain Area: 7 p.m. Third Wednesday of the month; discussion on topics: Elimination of Prejudice, Life after Death, Equality of Men and Women. Yosemite Bank community room, Oakhurst. Details: Don Reed (559) 683-7702 or www.bahai.us.

Tax-Aide - Income Tax return preparation and electronic filing - Last Day April 12: Tuesdays by appointment only ; two Saturdays available Feb. 27 and March 26. Offered by the AARP Tax-Aide program to all ages. Returns prepared on site and then electronically filed. Library Community Room, 49044 Civic Circle Dr., Oakhurst. Free offered to low and moderate income families. Details: Brian Ross (559) 285-1494.

Age Well - Drive Smart driving program for seniors: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Friday, March 4; A fun, interactive and educational program to remind us how to keep driving longer while increasing our awareness and safety on the roadways. Please reserve if you would like a seat! CHP office, 40500 Redbud Drive, Oakhurst. Details: Kaci Lutz, Officer (559) 658-6611.

FOOD BANK

Coarsegold Historic Village: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Second Tuesday; fresh, perishable food and other items. Some foods have limits so enough for everyone. Bring bags with you. 35300 Hwy. 41, Coarsegold. Free. Details: (559) 237-3663.

North Fork - Grace Community Church: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Fourth Tuesday; fresh, perishable food and other items. Some foods have limits so enough for everyone. Bring bags with you. 56442 Road 200, North Fork. Free. Details: (559) 237-3663.

Our Lady of the Sierra: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Third Tuesday; fresh, perishable food and other items. Some foods have limits so there may not be enough for everyone. Bring bags with you. 40180 Indian Springs Road, Oakhurst. Free. Details: (559) 237-3663.

Raymond Community Church: 9 a.m.- 12 p.m. First Tuesday; fresh and perishable food and other items. Some foods have limits so enough for everyone. Bring bags with you. Community Church - 325505 Road 600, Raymond. Free. Details: (559) 237-3663.

FUN & GAMES

Oakhurst Petanque Club: 9 a.m. Saturdays; www.oakhurstpetanque.org. Behind Oakhurst Elementary School on School Road (427), Oakhurst. Free. Details: Tish (559) 683-6540.

Mardi Gras Card Party and Luncheon - MCW - Mountain Community Women: 10:30 doors open Saturday, February 27; all games welcome or join us for lunch. Lots of raffle prizes. Community Center on Road 425B, Oakhurst. $12 donation. Details: Jill (559) 641-7867 or Melanie (559) 683-3068..

“Keep Our Mountains Beautiful - KOMB” Roadside Litter Cleanup Day: 1 p.m. Sunday, February 28; Meet up at the Road 200 and Hwy 41 park and ride for supplies and instructions , Oakhurst. Details: Judy Linda (559) 641-8688.

FUNDRAISERS

Coarsegold Community Center: Monday doors open 10 a.m. games begin 12:15 p.m. ; breakfast last Saturday of the month. All you can eat, pancakes & eggs or biscuits and gravy. $5. 7 -11 a.m. 35610 Hwy. 41, Coarsegold. Details: Connie (559) 683-5879.

Spaghetti dinner - Our Lady of the Sierra : 5 - 7 p.m. First Friday; monthly dinner prepared by the Knights of Columbus. All you can eat includes salad, bread, dessert and beverage. 40180 Indian Springs Road, Oakhurst. $7.50 adults, youth 18 and under $4, families $20. Details: (559) 760-7406.

Pancake Breakfast : 7 a.m. - noon Last Saturday; all you can eat - proceeds to benefit the Coarsegold Community Center. 35540 Hwy. 41, Coarsegold. $5. Details: Agnes Wiley (559) 683-5646.

Book Sale by FOBL : 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 5; - Friends of the Oakhurst Branch Library, proceeds benefit the Oakhurst Branch Library. Bring your Library Card with FOBL 2016 sticker for $1 off. Civic Circle behind Library - old fire station, Oakhurst. $1 book and children’s books at 50 cents. Details: (559) 683-7552, oakhurstfobl.com.

German Fest - Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce: 6 p.m. Saturday, March 5; Authentic German cuisine - 4 course dinner, raffle, live auction, entertainment. Community Center, 39800 Road 425B, Oakhurst. $30. Details: (559) 683-7766.

Saint Patrick’s Day Dinner for the Children’s Museum : 5 - 7 p.m. Saturday, March 12; The Oakhurst Lutheran Men’s Club hosting Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner. Matching funds from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. All proceeds go to Children’s Museum. Lutheran Church, 39255 Black Road, Oakhurst. $12.50 adults and $5 children 12 and under. Details: (559) 683-4673.

Corned Beef & Cabbage in support of the Oakhurst Park : Thursday, March 17; lunch or dinner $2 of every plate served going to our community park. 10% of all bar sales for the day as well. Crab Cakes Restaurant, 49271 Golden Oak Loop, Oakhurst. Elegant Auction April 9, 2016 at Tenaya Lodge in Fish Camp. Details: (559) 785-3941 or www.facebook.com/elegantauction.

GALLERIES

Miniature ART Show & Sale: Gallery hours: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Thursday-Monday ; Art show is juried and open to all artists 18 and older. Accepted ART medium categories are: still life, animal, portrait, landscape, seascape and 3 dimensional. Awards to be given in each category and presented at a Gallery Reception on March 20, including “Best of Show” and “People’s Choice.” Intake of artwork entries Feb. 12 - Feb. 19. Hwy 41 and 6th St, Mariposa. Contact us for application, fees and information. Details: Carol Sill (209) 742-4385, sillvester@sti.net; Sierra Artists Galley sierraartgallery.com, (209) 966-2284.

GARDENING

Mountain Laurel Garden Club: 10 a.m. First Friday; meet at members homes, in the Mountain Area. Details: Cheryl (559) 683-4079.

Manzanita Garden Club: 11 a.m. Second Thursday; March meeting will be installation of officers and luncheon at Sweetwater Steak house. , Oakhurst. Details: Janice Avent (559) 683-5395.

MEETINGS

Republican Party of Madera County (RPMC): 11:30 a.m. First Monday; go to website for details: MaderacountyGOP.com. Madera Municipal Golf Course, Ave 17, Madera. Details: Mary (559) 683-5757 for reservations please.

TOPS (take off pounds sensibly): 10:30 a.m. Mondays; Weight support group. Promise Land bldg., Sierra Vista Presbyterian Church, 39696 Hwy. 41, Oakhurst. Details: Val Stocker (559) 760-1177.

Oakhurst Elks Lodge - 2724 : 7 p.m. Second and Fourth Tuesdays; Elks Lodge, 42484 Hwy. 41, Oakhurst. Details: (559) 683-2717.

Tea Party Action meeting Oakhurst - Coarsegold: 6:30 p.m. Second Tuesday; centralvalleyteaparty.com. Yosemite Gateway Inn Restaurant at Best Western, 40530 Hwy. 41, Oakhurst. Details: (559) 642-4921 or matp@sti.net.

Oakhurst Women’s Fellowship: Noon, First Wednesday; speakers, music, door prizes and fun. Sweetwater Steak House, Hwy. 41, Oakhurst. $11 inclusive. Details: (559) 642-4872.

Mountain Bear Fan Club: 11:30 a.m. Third Thursday. Details: (559) 683-1111.

Woodcarvers - Central Sierra Woodcarvers: 12 p.m. Thursdays; beginners to advanced. Tools available. Senior Center, 49111 Cinder Lane, Oakhurst. Free. Details: Larry Smith (559) 906-4198, email woodtat@icloud.com.

Sierra Lodge - Free and Accepted Masons - 788: 8 a.m. breakfast and 9 a.m. meeting, First Saturday; Wednesday nights 6 p.m., Family Dinners: 3rd Friday of each month. 40216 Hwy. 49, Oakhurst. Details: Darren Stearns (559) 642-4513.

Madera Oversight Coalition General Meeting (MOC): 6 p.m. Second Monday; our goal is to inform the public and discuss county wide issues that can cost us all money ($) and encourage responsible growth. Library Community Room, 49044 Civic Circle Dr., Oakhurst. info@moc1.org. Details: (559) 868-4400.

North Fork Rancheria TANF Executive Board : 5 p.m. Fourth Thursday; meetings subject to change, call to confirm date and location. , North Fork. Details: Vicki Kelley (559) 877-2461.

Oakhurst Democratic Club: 8:30 a.m. breakfast, meeting starts at 9:30 a.m. First Saturday; Special speakers invited monthly. Denny’s - 40650 Hwy. 41, Oakhurst. Details: (559) 641-6617.

Coarsegold Resource Conservation District: 9 a.m. Fourth Thursday; North Fork Mill site on Road 225, CDC Conference Room, North Fork. Details: (559) 642-3263.

La Sierra Guild of Valley Children’s Hospital: 1 p.m. Second Wednesday; Lutheran Church, Crane Valley Road (426) and Black Road, Oakhurst. Details: Patty Spinelli email : pspinelli4@yahoo.com.

Oakhurst Sewer Advisory - MD22A: 8:30 a.m. First Wednesday; Discussing Oakhurst Sewer and Water issues. Raley’s Community Room, Hwy 41 and Hwy 49, Oakhurst. Details: (559) 683-5757.

Madera Regional Water Management Group: 1:30 p.m. Second Monday; Discussing all water issues in Madera County. rotating locations, Oakhurst. Details: and location (559) 642-7788.

Oakhurst Democratic Club: 8:30 a.m. breakfast, meeting starts at 9:30 a.m. First Saturday; featured speaker: California Highway Patrol Public Information Officer and Senior Volunteer Coordinator Kaci Lutz Denny’s - 40650 Hwy. 41, Oakhurst. Details: (559) 641-6617.

LDS - Family History Center: 12 noon Tuesday, March 15; subject: What’s new and best in the Genealogy field. LDS Church, 49969 School Road (427), Oakhurst. Free Genealogy class. Details: kab@sti.net or (559) 683-8878.

LDS - Family History Center: 1 p.m. Friday, March 18; subject: Beginning Research and Roots Magic. LDS Church , 49969 School Road (427), Oakhurst. Free Genealogy class. Details: kab@sti.net or (559) 683-8878.

MUSIC

Kamanawannaplaya Ukelele Club of Oakhurst: 4:30 p.m. Thursdays; beginners to advanced over the age of 18. Lessons available. Library Community Room, 49044 Civic Circle Dr., Oakhurst. Free. Details: Laurie B. Ballard (831) 233-9816.

PUBLIC FORUMS

Raymond - Town Hall Meeting with Supervisor Tom Wheeler: 6 - 8 p.m. Thursday, March 10; contact Supervisor Wheeler with any questions or visit www.madera-county.com/supervisors/wheeler.html. Raymond-Knowles Elementary School, 31828 Road 600, Raymond. Details: (559) 662-6050.

SCOUTS

Boy Scout Troop - 316: 6:30 p.m. Mondays; boys ages 11 (or in 6th grade) to 17. Sierra Vista Presbyterian Church, 39696 Hwy. 41, Oakhurst. Details: George Stillman (559) 642-7683.

Boy Scout Troop - 357: 7 p.m. Mondays; boys ages 11 (or in 6th grade) to 17. Scout Building, North Fork. Details: Dave Smith (559) 877-2186.

Cub Scout Troop 314: 6 p.m. Tuesdays; boys ages 6 to 10 (1st - 5th grade) Rivergold School, Coarsegold. Details: Den Leader Tim McGrew (559) 760-3369.

Boy Scout Troop - 341: 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays; boys ages 11 (or 6th grade) to 17. Oak Creek Intermediate (OCI), Oakhurst. www.bsaoaktroop341.org. Details: Ben Kenison (559) 676-2335.

Royal Rangers - Outpost 242: Wednesdays; boys ages 5-18. Mountain Christian Center, 40299 Hwy. 49, Oakhurst. Details: Andy Clendenning (559) 683-8760.

Cub Scout Pack - 341: 6 p.m. Last Thursday; boys ages 6 to 10 (1st - 5th grade) weekly Den locations vary, Oakhurst. Details: Larry Jeffries (559) 658-5292.

SELF-HELP GROUPS

Alanon: Tuesday 6 p.m. and Friday noon; New Community United Methodist Church, 49223 Crane Valley Road (426), Oakhurst. Details: (559) 683-1166.

Alanon: 7 p.m. Mondays; Yosemite Lakes Park Community Church, 43840 Patrick Avenue, Module #2, YLP Coarsegold. Details: (559) 683-1166.

Celebrate Recovery: 5:45 p.m. dinner and 6:30 p.m. meeting Tuesdays and 5 p.m. Wednesdays; find freedom from your hurts, hang-ups and habits. Sierra Pines Church, 40855 Covey Court, Highway 49, Oakhurst. Details: (559) 683-2882.

Alcoholics Anonymous : meetings in all mountain areas daily; visit: oakhurstaa.org, Oakhurst. Details: (559) 683-1662.

SENIOR PROGRAMS

Coarsegold - Senior Nutrition Program: 11:30 a.m. Monday - Friday ; to order lunch, call by noon the previous week day. Community Center, Coarsegold. $1.75 seniors 60 plus, guest $4.50. Details: Jeri (559) 683-7953.

North Fork - Senior Nutrition Program: 11:30 a.m. Monday-Friday ; to order lunch, call by noon the previous week day. Community Center, North Fork. $1.75 seniors 60 plus, guest $4.50. Details: Jamie Flippen (559) 877-2346.

Oakhurst - Senior Nutrition Program: 11:30 a.m. Monday-Friday. Sierra Senior Center, 49111 Cinder Lane, Oakhurst. $1.75 seniors 60 plus, guest $4.50. Details: Brendan Drew (559) 683-3811.

Creative Writing, Memoir Class: 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Fridays; new semester begins January 8, writing life stories. No fee, no college credit. Instructor Joyce Struhr. Sierra Vista Presbyterian Church, 39696 Hwy. 41, Oakhurst. Free. Details: (559) 683-5494.

SERVICE CLUBS

Oakhurst Sierra Sunrise Rotary Club: 7 a.m. Tuesdays; Yosemite Gateway Restaurant at Best Western, Hwy. 41, Oakhurst. Details: President Jackie Mallouf (559) 683-6832.

Sierra Oakhurst Kiwanis: Noon Tuesdays; Yosemite Gateway Inn Restaurant at Best Western, 40530 Hwy. 41, Oakhurst. Details: Vicki Burkhalter (559) 683-5854.

Bass Lake Lions: 11:30 a.m. Second and Fourth Wednesdays; President Chris Baker Ducey’s Restaurant, Bass Lake. Details: basslakelions.org.

Oakhurst Sierra Rotary: Noon Wednesdays; Yosemite Gateway Restaurant at Best Western, Hwy. 41, Oakhurst. Details: President Dr. Bob Brosi.

Sierra Lions Club: 6 p.m. First and Third Wednesdays; President Don Keifer. Denny’s - 40530 Hwy. 41, Oakhurst. Details: sierralionsclub.org.

Soroptimist International of the Sierras: 12 noon, First and Third Thursdays; Crab Cakes Restaurant, 49271 Golden Oak Loop, Oakhurst. Details: President Dannie Forbes at SISierra@Soroptimist.net.

SINGLES

Senior Singles Dining Club - 55+: 5 p.m. Second Thursday; March 10, dinner at Sugar Pine Gourmet Pizza, 40487 Hwy. 41. Dinner at a different local restaurant every month, Oakhurst. Details: Reservations (559) 760-8372.

SUPPORT GROUPS

Helping Hands Pregnancy and Parenting Center: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday - Thursday ; pregnancy test and parenting classes. Earn Baby Bucks to shop in the boutique. Mon - Thurs. 10-4 p.m. 40356 Oak Park Way, Suite A & B, Oakhurst. Free. Details: Kenya (559) 642-2229.

Chronic Illness Group: 10 a.m. First and Third Thursday; anyone suffering from chronic illness including cancer, diabetes, Fibromyalgia, I.B.S. or chronic back pain. 3rd Thursday each month will practice Tai Chi. Lutheran Church, 39255 Black Road, Oakhurst. Details: Mary Nelsen (559) 658-1394.

Better Breathers: 12:30 p.m. Last Saturday; anyone with COPD or breathing problems (and spouse). Yosemite Bank community room - outside entrance, Oakhurst. Details: Jackie Wilson (559) 683-4250.

PFLAG: 6 -8 p.m. Second Tuesday; PFlag is a nonprofit organization for parents, friends of lesbian and gays. Offering support and education for all individuals. Community Room, 49044 Civic Circle, Oakhurst. Free. Details: Jennifer Rogers (559) 760-8701.

Mommy Time - Support: 1:30 - 3 p.m. (Doors open at 1 p.m.) First Wednesday; support, information and education for moms and moms-to-be. Sponsored by Natural Instincts Community Birth Collective. North Fork Studio, North Fork. Free. Details: Jenny (559) 240-4370.

Alzheimer’s Disease/Dementia by Valley Caregiver Resource Center: 10 - 11:30 a.m. Second and Fourth Tuesdays; support group for individuals caring for persons with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Lutheran Church, 39255 Black Road, Oakhurst. Free. Details: (800) 541-8614 or Carol (559) 683-4045.

Gambling Problems - Free Counseling: sessions offered Monday - Saturday; do you or someone you know have a gambling problem? Individual or family counseling is available with an authorized treatment provider, trained through the office of Problem Gambling and UCLA, Oakhurst. Free. Details: Licensed Clinician, David Johnson (559) 707-9212.

“Look Good - Feel Better” program - American Cancer Society : 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Monday, March 14; two hour workshop for female cancer patients experiencing appearance related side effects from their treatment. Preregistration required. 40232 Junction Drive, Oakhurst. cancer.org. Details: pre-registration required (800) 227-2345.

VETERANS ACTIVITIES

Women’s Veterans and PTSD support group: 11 a.m. First and Third Tuesdays; VA Clinic on Hwy. 49, Oakhurst. Details: Barbara Cole (559) 658-8939.

Caring Veterans of America: 9 a.m. Second Wednesday; Hitching Post - Hwy. 49, Ahwahnee. Details: Commander Terry Cole (559) 658-8939.

American Legion - Post 110: 6 p.m. dinner, 7 p.m. regular meeting. Third Thursday; Community Center, 34540 Hwy. 41, Coarsegold. Details: (559) 683-1215.

Marine Corps League, Griswold Mountain Detachment - 1121: 9:30 a.m. Second Saturday; Positive Living Center, 40056 Indian Springs Road, Oakhurst. Details: Jim Winney (559) 658-2062.

VFW Post 8743: 11 a.m. Second Saturday; Positive Living Center, 40056 Indian Springs Road, Oakhurst. Details: Gary Powell (559) 658-5182.

VOLUNTEER GROUPS

EMC - SPCA: 5:30 p.m. Second Tuesday; if you love animals and would like to help. The Cat’s Meow, 40315 Junction Dr. Suite C, Oakhurst. Details: (559) 642-6611.

WORKSHOP

Central Valley Writer’s Workshop: 6:30 p.m. Thursdays; Ginsburg room in the Chowchilla Library on north corner of Third Street and Kings Avenue, Chowchilla. Details: Glenna Jarvis (559) 665-7381, glenna@glennajarvis.com.

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