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BINGO

Senior Center Bingo

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

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.

Oakhurst Elk’s Lodge

10 a.m. doors open, games begin at 12 noon Fourth Saturday; Elks Lodge, 42484 Hwy. 41 & Road 222, Oakhurst. Details: (559) 683-2717.

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

Sierra Lions Club

6 p.m.; Denny’s - 40530 Hwy. 41, Oakhurst. Details: sierralionsclub.org.

North Fork Women’s Club

10 a.m. First Wednesday; scholarship funding for women. Mill Site meeting room, 57839 Road 225, North Fork. Details: Mary Collins (559) 877-4332 or mimi@netptc.net.

Sierra Mountain Quilters Association

6 p.m. First Thursday; Oakhurst Community Center, 39800 Road 425B, Oakhurst. Details: For further information go to sierramountainquilters.org.

DAR - Sierra Foothills Chapter “Daughters of the American Revolution.”

11:30 a.m. Third Saturday; Yosemite Gateway Inn Restaurant at Best Western, 40530 Hwy. 41, Oakhurst. Details: Dee Treibold (559) 658-8727.

MOPS “Mothers of preschooler’s”

9 a.m. First and Third Tuesdays; all mothers of preschool age children and younger. Child care provided. Evangelical Free Church, 50443 School Road (427), Oakhurst. Details: (559) 683-2254 ext. 201.

DANCING

Gold Dust Dancers - Line Dancing

6 p.m. Wednesdays; and beginning square dancing at 7 p.m. Community Center, Road 425B, Oakhurst. $2 donation. Details: (559) 868-3319.

Gold Dust Dancers

7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays; Line dancing 6 p.m., Square dancing 7 p.m., New dancer class 7 p.m., Mainstream & plus dancing 8:15 p.m. Community Center, Road 425B, Oakhurst. $5 donation. Details: (559) 868-3319.

ETC.

Baha’i’s of the Mountain Area

7 p.m. Third Wednesday of the month; discussion on topics: Life after Death, equality of men and women, Harmony of Science and Religion. www.bahai.us. Yosemite Bank community room, Oakhurst. Details: Don Reed (559) 683-7702.

Stage Route Bus Tour - April 25 - Coarsegold Historical Society

9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday April 25 - hurry space is limited; tour begins and ends at the Coarsegold Museum, to Knowles, the Raymond Museum stopping at historic sites. Lunch included with special speakers along the way. Dessert and docent led tour ending the day. Coarsegold Historic Museum, 31899 Hwy. 41, Coarsegold. $45. Details: (559) 683-8877 or email CHS@sti.net.

Eddy Bear & Stuffed Animal Drive

Now being collected Monday-Friday; collection boxes can be found at : Bank of America, Yosemite Bank, Hallmark, The Purple Cow, Mountain Christian Church, Chase Bank & The Met. Details: (559) 683-1111.

Earth Day celebration

9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday, April 18; free tote bags for the first 50 people. DIY kids activities, vendors, music, sanctuary BMX, Demos and more. Mill Site , North Fork. Details: Katie Parra (559) 877-2461 ext 321.

Shred It Event

10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Saturday, April 18; donations to the Boys and Girls Club. Visit. bbb.org. Sierra Star parking lot, 49165 Crane Valley Road (426), Oakhurst. Details: (800) 675-8118 x5 .

Community Unity at the Oakhurst College Campus

11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 30; annual event with vendors, service groups and colleges to celebrate our community. Free food, music, workshops, games and prize drawings. School reps from faculty, Academic Counseling, Veterans’ Services, Financial Aid to answer questions. Community College Center on Crane Valley Road (426) and Civic Circle Drive, Oakhurst. Details: (559) 683-3940.

National Day of Prayer

6 a.m. - 6 p.m. Thursday, May 7; 9 a.m. opening general session with Key Note speaker, Neil Mamen, author and small group Bible study “40 days toward a more Godly Nation” 6 p.m., closing prayer. nationaldayofprayer.org. Yosemite Lakes Community Church, 43840 Patrick Ave., Yosemite Lakes Park in Coarsegold. Details: John E. Lorenzana (559) 760-3839.

Mountain Community Women Present: Mother’s Day Fashions and Luncheon

Lunch at 11:30 a.m., fashion show to follow Saturday, May 9; featuring local shops: Dorsey’s Hallmark, Elaine’s, Eclectic Closet, Past to Present, Sportsmen’s Den, Simple to Superb, Western Sierra Nursery. Plant sale and yard art 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Community Center, 39800 Road 425B, Oakhurst. Details: for tickets and information: Stephanie Flemming (559)760-9813, mountaincommunitywomen.com.

Reunion for Raymond Granite High School

8 a.m. check in and lunch 12:30 to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 16; complimentary coffee and pastries then lunch tickets sold at front door. Raymond Elementary School, Raymond. $12. Details: RSVP John Miles ( 559) 689-3352.

FOOD BANK

Coarsegold Historic Village - May 12

9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 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.

Our Lady of the Sierra - April 21

9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Third Tuesday; fresh, perishable food and other items. Some foods have limits so enough for everyone. Bring bags with you. 40180 Indian Springs Road, Oakhurst. Free. Details: (559) 237-3663.

Raymond Community Church - May 5

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.

North Fork - Grace Community Church - April 28

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.

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.

Carnival “Children’s Day” First 5 of Madera County

11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Friday, April 17; for children up to ages 5 and their families. Games, entertainment, raffle prizes, music, family fun! Free give-a-ways for the first 50 children under 5 years old. Next to the Sierra Star - 49165 Crane Valley Road (426), Oakhurst. Details: (559) 664-4198.

FUNDRAISERS

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.

Fish Fry 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 & beverage. 40180 Indian Springs Road, Oakhurst. $8 adults, youth18 and under $4, families $20. Details: (559) 642-3452.

Monthly Dinner - Senior Center

Doors open at 4 p.m. dinner is served at 5 p.m. Third Saturday; complete dinner, call for menu. 49111 Cinder Lane- behind the community center, Oakhurst. $8. Details: reservations (559) 658-2200 (9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Mon - Fri).

Book Sale by FOBL - Friends of the Oakhurst Branch Library

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 18; proceeds benefit the Oakhurst Branch Library. Bring your Libary Card with FOBL 2015 sticker for $1 off. Civic Circle behind Library - old fire station, Oakhurst. books $1, children’s 50¢. Details: (559) 683-7552, www.oakhurstfobl.com.

Kiwanis Wood Carvers Pancake Breakfast

7:30-11 a.m. Sunday, April 19; Pancakes, eggs (any style), ham, sausage, coffee, orange juice and milk. Oakhurst Community Center, 39800 Road 425B, Oakhurst. $7 Adults, $3 Children 5-12, Children under 5 free.

North Fork Volunteer Fire Dept. Annual Tri-Tip Barbecue

11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday, April 25; take-out available. Lots of items for drawing and silent auction. Desserts available for purchase by North Fork Women’s Club. Special display planned, Skylife Emergency Helicopter, Wildland firefighting equipment, Company 11 equipment. Kennedy Hall at North Fork School, North Fork. $10 at the door, $8 pre-sale and seniors. Children under 10 -$5. Details: Linda Gott-Maddox only evenings (559) 877-4458.

$3 a Bag - Book Sale by FOBL

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 2; benefits the Library, sponsored by Friends of the Oakhurst Branch Library. Library Community Room on Civic Circle, Oakhurst. Details: (559) 642-4333, www.oakhurstfobl.com.

EMC SPCA Bake Sale

8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 16; Help build the Shelter. True Value Hardware, 40596 Westlake Dr. & Hwy. 49, Oakhurst. Details: Sharon (559) 642-6611.

GARDENING

Mountain Laurel Garden Club

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

Oakhurst Garden Club

1 p.m. Sunday, April 19; Your Water Saving Veggie Garden Workshop. True Value Hardware, Hwy. 49 & Westlake Dr., Oakhurst. Free. Details: (559) 683-7117.

Manzanita Garden Club

10 a.m. Second Thursday; This month: Lady Bug Lady from High Sierra Lady Bugs, on Natural Solutions for pest control. Mariposa Iris, 6147 Smither Rd., Mariposa. Details: Janice Avert (559) 683-5395.

MEETINGS

Oakhurst Elks Lodge - 2724

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

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.

Coarsegold Resource Conservation District

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

Oakhurst Women’s Fellowship

Noon, First Wednesday; no reservations necessary. Speakers, music, door prizes and fun. Sweetwater Steak House, Hwy. 41, Oakhurst. $11 inclusive. Details: (559) 642-4872.

Tea Party Action meeting Oakhurst - Coarsegold

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

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) 642-4026.

Republican Party of Madera County (RPMC)

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

Madera Oversight Coalition

6 p.m. Second Monday; Library Community Room, 49044 Civic Circle Dr., Oakhurst. Details: info@moc1.org.

Sierra Lodge - Free and Accepted Masons - 788

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

Women In Business Luncheon and Networking

Noon Second Thursday; sponsored by the Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce. Contact the Chamber for more information and location of this months event. Local Restaurants, Oakhurst. Details: RSVP (559) 683-7766.

MUSIC

Open Mic at Reimer’s

7 - 8 p.m. Saturdays; music, poetry, comedy or whatever you can imagine. Sign-ups at 6:30 p.m. 41969 Hwy. 41, Oakhurst. Free. Details: (559) 642-3232.

Cowboy Easter Concert

3 p.m. Sunday, April 19; limited seating, one performance only. Cowboys at 3 and Presenting Dave Stamey at 4 p.m., award winning vocalist, songwriter and entertainer of the year. Lutheran Church, 39255 Black Road, Oakhurst. Suggested donation $20. Details: (559) 683-4673 or email: olc@sti.net.

Mountain Pianists

2 p.m. Sunday, April 19; Library on Civic Circle Dr., Oakhurst. Details: Lucie Richter (559) 683-0352.

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

Lady Duffers golf group

1 p.m. Saturdays; 9 holes for ladies who don’t care about keeping score or following every rule. River Creek Golf Course, 41709 Road 600, Ahwahnee. $20 includes cart. . Details: Linda Shepler (559) 676-5009.

Roadside Litter Cleanup Event

8 a.m. - noon Saturday, April 25; or email: komb4emc@gmail.com for details. Prizes galore to be given out.Oakhurst. Details: Sandee Scott (559) 760-1058.

PUBLIC FORUMS

Coarsegold - Town Hall Meeting with Supervisor Tom Wheeler

6 - 8 p.m. Thursday, April 23; contact Supervisor Wheeler with any questions or visit www.madera-county.com/supervisors/wheeler.html. Community Center, 35540 Hwy. 41, Coarsegold. Details: (559) 662-6050.

SCOUTS

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.

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 - 341

6:30 p.m. Wednesdays; boys ages 11 (or 6th grade) to 17. Oak Creek Intermediate (OCI), Oakhurst. Details: John Dufresne (559) 683-8635.

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.

Royal Rangers - Outpost 242

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

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.

SELF-HELP GROUPS

Alanon

7 p.m. Mondays; Yosemite Lakes Park Community Church, 43840 Patrick Avenue, Module #1, YLP Coarsegold. Details: (559) 683-1166.

Alanon

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

Celebrate Recovery

dinner 5:45 p..m. and meeting 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays; find freedom from your hurts, hang-ups and habits. North Fork Christian Center, North Fork. Details: (559) 877-4251.

Celebrate Recovery

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.

SENIOR PROGRAMS

Coarsegold - Senior Nutrition Program

11:30 a.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday; to order lunch, call by noon the previous week day. Community Center, Coarsegold. $1.75 seniors 60 plus, guest $4.50. Details: Brendan Drew (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.

SERVICE CLUBS

Oakhurst Sierra Rotary

Noon Wednesdays; Yosemite Gateway Restaurant at Best Western, Hwy. 41, Oakhurst. Details: President Susan Madden.

Sierra Oakhurst Kiwanis

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

Oakhurst Mountain Lions

6 p.m. Second and Fourth Wednesdays; Best Western Yosemite Gateway Inn, 40530 Hwy. 41, Oakhurst. Details: Wayanne Markley (559) 683-4475.

Oakhurst Sierra Sunrise Rotary Club

7 a.m. Tuesdays; Yosemite Gateway Restaurant at Best Western, Hwy. 41, Oakhurst. Details: President Tim Madden.

Soroptimist International of the Sierras

Noon First and Third Thursdays; Crab Cakes Restaurant, 49271 Golden Oak Loop, Oakhurst. Details: President: Michele Shockley, (559) 683-1661 or SISierra@Soroptimist.net.

MCW - Mountain Community Women

9:30 a.m. First Monday; Community Center on Road 425B, Oakhurst. Details: Kathy Posey (559) 641-6572 or mountaincommunitywomen.com.

Bass Lake Lions

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

SINGLES

Senior Singles Dining Club

55 years and older. Dinner in local restaurants, or members’ homes. Details: Mort (559) 642-3632.

SUPPORT GROUPS

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.

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.

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 Alzheimers or dementia. Lutheran Church, 39255 Black Road, Oakhurst. Free. Details: (800) 541-8614 or Carol (559) 683-4045.

Helping Hands Pregnancy and Parenting Center

10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday - Thursday; pregnancy test and parenting classes. 40356 Oak Park Way, Suite A & B, Oakhurst. Free. Details: Kenya (559) 642-2229.

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.

Marine Corps League, Griswold Mountain Detachment - 1121

9:30 a.m. Second Saturday; Positive Living Center, 49269 Golden Oak Dr., Suite 103, Oakhurst. Details: Jim Winney (559) 658-2062.

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.

VFW Post 8743

6:30 p.m. Second Friday; Positive Living Center, 49269 Golden Oak Dr. #103, Oakhurst. Details: Gary Powell (559) 658-5182.

Caring Veterans of America

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

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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