Community News - week of Mar. 3

German Fest

The Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce invites the community to German Fest starting 6 p.m. Saturday, March 5. The four-course German-style dinner, for $30, includes access to beer, games, activities, and much more all with a German style.

Details: (559) 683-7766.

GCT Auditions

Golden Chain Theatre is seeking auditions for “Steel Magnolias,” its latest production. Auditions will be held March 7 and 8 at 5:30 p.m. at the theater, with roles for six women.

“Mini Melodrama” auditions will also be held March 14 and 15 at the theater, with roles for three men and two women.

Details: (559) 683-7112.

Improv and laughter

Mission Improbable, a senior project night of improvisation, comedy and music will take place 7 p.m., March 10-11 at the Yosemite High School Theater. This is the senior project for Ethan Solomon, Jaecie Madaus and Paul Esposito. Tickets are $5 for everyone, with all the money donated to the Make A Wish Foundation.

The performers are from the Advanced Theater Arts class, and the show includes improvisation games, skits, music and a lot of laughter.

Details: (559) 683-4667.

Spring concert

The Oakhurst Community Band will host a Spring Concert themed around hit songs from classic movies at the Mountain Christian Center 3 p.m. Sunday, March 13. Songs will include well-known tunes from “Star Wars,” “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” “Pink Panther,” and more. Entrance to the event is free, though donations are welcome.

The Oakhurst Community Band allows Mountain Area students the opportunity to play instruments with experienced members, and support the Yosemite High School Music Department.

Details: (559) 977-9782,

29th Annual Kids Day

Kids Day, an annual fundraiser in support of Valley Children’s Hospital, will take place Tuesday, March 8. During the event, volunteers sell special editions of The Fresno Bee for a $1 or more donation on street corners throughout the Valley and Mountain Area, with all proceeds going to the hospital.

Details: (559) 353-7100,

Caregiver workshop

A free class on how to properly provide care to an ill relative will be held at Oakhurst Lutheran Church from 10 a.m. to noon, March 22. Being a caregiver is a challenging experience, and the class seeks to give participants information on how to understand frustration as well as staying aware of danger signals and how to control them.

Details: (559) 224-9154, (800) 541-8614.

Artist showcase

Vision Academy of the Arts will present a Showcase of Artists from 6:30 - 9 p.m. Saturday, March 12, at Oakhurst Elementary School. The showcase, a fundraiser, will show off the work of 16 scholarship applicants as well as past recipients. The charge is $10, which includes a baked potato bar and sparkling cider.

Details: Sheila Adams, (559) 642-4329.

An evening with Alfred Hitchcock

Roman’s Bar at Crab Cakes Restaurant will host an event to honor and learn about famed director Alfred Hitchcock, Saturday, March 19. Cocktails will be served at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7. The four-course dinner includes a shrimp cocktail, New York sirloin steak, ice cream, and much more. For $75, guests also receive a raffle ticket, two drink tickets, and an evening focused on the “Master of Suspense.”

Details: (559) 641-7667.

Pancakes & Bingo

The Sierra-Oakhurst Kiwanis pancake breakfast will be held 7:30 - 11 a.m., March 13, at the Oakhurst Community Center. Pancakes, eggs (any style), ham, sausage, coffee, orange juice, and milk will be offered. Prices are $7 adults, $3 for children ages 5-12, and free for children under 5.

On March 19, the Sierra-Oakhurst Kiwanis will offer Bingo at the Oakhurst Community Center. Doors open at 5 p.m., with Bingo at 6:30. The menu consists of soup (vegetarian available), and sandwich, and home made pie. There will also be a raffle, 50/50 split, drinks and cocktails, and Bingo prizes. Cost of $25 includes dinner and Bingo cards. Reserved seating available for groups of 12 or more.

Details/tickets: Vicki, (559) 683-5854, or John, (559) 658-7249.

Open House

LaSierra Guild of Valley Children’s Hospital will hold its annual new members open house luncheon, 1 p.m., March 9, at the Oakhurst Lutheran Church. Everyone is welcome to join. Dues are $15 per year, and membership is open to all ages.

Details: Sue Graham (559) 683-7845, or Patti Spinelli (559) 683-4452.

Icon Painting Class

The Spring Oakhurst Icon Painting Class will be held 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., March 14-16 at the Cunningham Schoolhouse in the Fresno Flats Historic Center on School Road. The instructor will once again be Joyce Tanner, official Iconographer of the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin.

This class is sponsored by St. Raphael’s Episcopal Church and is open to all who are interested in learning this ancient art form. Cost of the class is $65 for all three days, payable at the first class. Most materials will be provided except for small detail brushes. Bring your own paints if you wish.

Space is limited. To reserve a spot, Suzanne Harvey, (559) 683-6985 or

Dale and Patti Kascht named grand marshals

Dale and Patti Kascht have been named grand marshals for the 30th annual Raymond Parade. The town will also celebrate 130 years of history, at noon, April 16, in downtown Raymond. Besides the parade, there will be craft and food booths, and a swap meet.

Details: (559) 689-3341, or (559) 689-3303.

Rummage sale

The Sierra Senior Center will hold a rummage sale Saturday, March 19, from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. A $10 charge is reserved for each table space. Hamburgers, hot dogs, and sodas will be available.

Details: Sierra Senior Center, (559) 658-2200, Ruth (559) 760-7671.

Chukchansi winner

Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino announced last week a jackpot winner took home $113,108.86 playing the Wheel of Fortune slot machine. It’s the third winner in the same game at the casino since its January reopening, at a total of $839,873.