Community News for June 14 | Branches Books & Gifts celebration, Flag Day and more

Mixer Thursday at Branches Books & Gifts

The Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce five-year anniversary mixer for Branches Books & Gifts is Thursday, June 14, from 5-7 p.m. at the shop in the Vons shopping center, 40044 Highway 49 Suite B-1.

There will be food, drinks and prizes plus entertainment: the Wack A Mole Band, Reptile Ron and author Hans Berger.

Details: 559-641-2019.

Flag Day celebrated at Oakhurst Lutheran Church

Oakhurst Lutheran Church (39255 Black Rd.) will hold a Flag Day celebration Thursday, June 14. Dinner begins at 6 p.m.; it costs $15 benefitting the Semper Fi Fund. The Flag Day observance is at 7 p.m.

Details: 559-683-4673 (HOPE).

Summer program has free meals for youths

A summer meal program at the Oakhurst Boys Club, 40094 Indian Springs Road, starts Thursday, June 14 and runs through Aug. 15.

Children ages 18 and under are eligible to receive a meal, offered weekdays from 3:15 to 3:45 p.m.

The program is sponsored by the James E. Aldredge Foundation.

SPCA fundraiser Friday at Western Sierra Nursery

An Evening of Whine & Noses to benefit the Eastern Madera SPCA is Friday night, June 15.

The event hosted by Western Sierra Nursery on Golden Oak Drive in Oakhurst runs 6-8 p.m.

Donation is $15 and there is no advance ticket sales.

There will be a taco bar, no-host bar (margaritas, wine, soda, water) and live music by Kirk and and Monika Moulin.

Details: 559-642-6611 or www.emcspca.org

Dragonfly field trip Saturday at Ahwahnee HIlls

Yosemite Audubon is hosting a field trip focusing on dragonflies on Saturday, June 16 at Ahwahnee Hills Regional Park off Highway 49 just north of Wasuma Elementary School.

Expert birder and dragonfly enthusiast Matthew Matthiessen will lead the outing.

Meet at the AHRP parking lot at 9 a.m. for a walk of about a half-mile to the reservoir and adjacent area. The field trip will conclude around noon. Bring binoculars to observe late spring birds.

Details: Matthew Matthiessen at matthima@gmail.com.

Tenaya Lodge career fair Saturday

Tenaya Lodge is holding a career fair on Saturday, June 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at its Oakhurst Recruitment Center, 40879 Highway 41 Suite 1B1.

Another fair will be held Wednesday, June 27, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the recruitment center, where the normal business hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

Details: www.tenayalodge.com/careers or call 559-641-2208.

Mountain Area Conservative Forum

The Mountain Area Conservative Forum meets Tuesday, June 19, at 6:30 p.m. at the Best Western Oakhurst Grill, 40530 Highway 41.

The group will have a debriefing from state and county primary election results and plan strategy for the November election. Guest speakers representing several candidates are expected.

Details: 559-642-4921 or email macf@sti.net.

Helping One Woman dinner Wednesday

The June dinner for Helping One Woman at a time benefits Katie Joaquin and is planned for Wednesday, June 20 at 6 p.m. It’s at Sierra Senior Center, 49111 Cinder Lane in Oakhurst.

Donation is $12 and reservations are required, due by Saturday, June 16. Call Tokens, 559-658-5428 to reserve a spot.

How to avoid falls topic of workshop

A free workshop for seniors on how to avoid falling is scheduled Saturday, June 23 from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Oakhurst Branch Library, 49044 Civic Circle Dr. It’s sponsored by the Friends of the Oakhurst Branch Library.

Carol Zeller, a retired nursing instructor who lives in Coarsegold, will lead the workshop. Zeller serves as a commissioner for the Area Agency for Aging in Marin County where she has another home.

Details: Library at 559-683-4838 or visit www.oakhurstfobl.com.

Tickets to Women’s Conference on sale

Tickets are now on sale for the Central California Women’s Conference on Sept. 25 featuring keynote speaker Maria Shriver.

CCWC is the largest women’s event in the region and will be held from 7:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Fresno Convention & Entertainment Center. Attendees choose three breakout sessions from 21 options plus a general morning warm-up session, morning keynote (author Mallika Chopra) and cool-down session (comedian Karen Mills).