OAKHURST – Heads up and hips shaking, mountain area: there’s a fantastic show coming to town for one night only, and you won’t want to miss it when the cafeteria/gym at Oak Creek Intermediate School (OCI) is transformed into a tropical paradise on Saturday, Jan. 24, from 6 – 9 p.m., complete with entertainment by professional Polynesian dancers and a yummy teriyaki dinner.
The second annual OCI Luau in the Foothills is a community event and fundraiser, designed to bring a fun multicultural extravaganza to area families and support an important cause at the school.
Everyone is invited to attend the social evening of Polynesian dancing, mouth-watering food, and the chance to bid on carefully curated silent auction items. All proceeds go the school’s student body fund and the annual Catalina Island Marine Institute (CIMI) Science Camp academic adventure for 8th graders.
Purchase tickets for $15/adults and $10 for kids 8th grade and younger. Children 3 and under get in free. Tickets are available at Branches Books and Gifts during business hours and after school at OCI on Thursdays and Fridays.
OCI’s Luau in the Foothills features rhythmic traditional dancing brought to you by the Polynesian Club of Fresno, said to be the only troupe of its kind in the region. These dancers are phenomenal, and carry the honorary Tahitian title, “No Te Here O Te Hiroa,” meaning, “for the love of the culture.” The club dates back over 40 years and has traveled to Tahiti, and performed around the world.
OCI’s Parent Teacher Club (PTC) is sponsoring the evening, and they’re still accepting donations for the super-juicy silent auction they’ve got planned. Volunteers are encouraged to join in the execution of what promises to be another outstanding event.
The 8th grade class of 2015’s excursion to Catalina takes place over three days in spring, and is a science-based academic field trip in which OCI students have participated for years. Their ultimate destination is Catalina’s pristine Cherry Cove, where eligible students will work with experts at the CIMI Outdoor Science Camp. Kids swim, snorkel, kayak and explore, while the program focuses on experimental science using hands-on labs, in-house equipment and the vast field of the Pacific Ocean.
For more information see Oak Creek Intermediate’s Facebook page.