News in Briefs week of Dec 11

Outpouring Christmas dinner Dec. 23

The free community annual Outpouring Christmas Dinner will be held 4-8 p.m., Tuesday Dec. 23, at the Oakhurst Community Center. Even though Santa will be unable to make an appearance this year, there will be teddy bears for the children. Fig Productions will also be at the event to provide a large selection of music for those wishing to hit the dance floor.

Food team volunteers are still needed for this event. Last year, about 100 volunteers celebrated the true meaning of Christmas by decorating, preparing meals, and serving an estimated 400 adults and children.

To volunteer contact Rebecca Kohout: (559) 313-9570

Christmas sing along

The Friends of the North Fork Library will host the annual Christmas Sing Along with Sugar Pine at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17 at the North Fork Library. Sugar Pine members Chuck Thrapp, Robin Flory, Dave Novel and Jeff Gurule will lead the caroling around the library Christmas tree with a selection of traditional and modern holiday music

The event is free and refreshments will be available following the sing along.

Details: North Fork Library, (559) 877-2387.

Sierra Art Trails

Sierra Art Trails will be accepting entries through Jan. 15, 2015 for its special exhibit, “The Figure Revealed.” The event will be hosted Feb. 7 through March 8, 2015, at Stellar Gallery in Oakhurst. “The Figure Revealed” is a juried exhibit open to artists worldwide working in any media. The event will include $1,200 in cash prizes and is open to anyone.

Applications can be downloaded at

Details: (559) 658--8844

Senior Christmas Dinner Dec. 25

The annual Christmas dinner for seniors will be served at 1 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 25 at the Oakhurst Senior Center, 39800 Road 425B. Seniors are welcome to come as early as noon to socialize and enjoy refreshments.

Details: (559) 683-3811 for reservations.

North Fork Christmas Parade and Party

The 17th Annual North Fork Christmas Parade will begin at 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec.13. Immediately following the parade, the Children’s Christmas Party will begin at North Fork Town Hall. The staging area for the parade will be across from Auberry Road (222) and from there it will wind through town and end at Town Hall where the party will be held.

There will be a number of parade floats including: 2014 Loggers Jamboree royalty - Queen Cheyenne Whitener, Little Logger Princess Kessler Lopez and Little Logger Timothy Valle, the Minarets High School band and choir and Minarets FFA horses. Santa will be in the parade as well, along with Smokey Bear who is celebrating his 70 birthday this year.

The Children’s Christmas Party is being made possible through cookies, cash and goods donated by Ponderosa Telephone Company, the North Fork Women’s Club, Friendship Circle from Grace Community Church UCC, and the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians. The parade and party are sponsored by the North Fork Boosters.

North Fork Booster Cathey Thornberg is seeking cookie and cupcake donations for the children’s party. Baked good donations can be dropped off from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, Dec. 12 at North Fork Town Hall.

Details: Pat Brown, (559) 877-7590 (parade) and (559) 877-7700 (party).

Manna House fundraiser Jan. 9

The second annual tri-tip dinner and worship night will be held 6-9 p.m., Friday, Jan. 9, at the Yosemite New Life Church in Oakhurst. There will be great food, good music, fellowship, a raffle and a chance to help those in the community who are less fortunate. Suggested donation amounts are $12 for adults or for two children 12 years and under.