OAKHURST – The Oakhurst Community Center (OCC) has a candidate in the running for honorary Mayor of Oakhurst, and the campaign has scheduled a host of special events to support the bid.
Dale Miller is the Community Center’s candidate, and if the name sounds familiar, it should.
The long-time resident wears many different hats, including President of OCC, Board member of Sierra Ambulance, President of Sunrise Rotary, and Elks Lodge Trustee. Despite his schedule, Miller is ready to help raise funds for the OCC.“I made the decision to run for Honorary Mayor to give us the additional funds for upkeep and operations,” says the busy candidate. The race is sponsored by the Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce, and $1 raised equals 1 vote.
The OCC Board of Directors are members of 11 organizations in the area: Mountain Community Women, Kiwanis, Service Organization of the Sierra, Soroptimist, Lions, Fresno Flats, Elks, Chamber of Commerce, Sunrise Rotary, Noon Rotary and the Senior Center. All members volunteer their time on behalf of OCC.
“While serving on the OCC Board it became obvious that our budget was very tight,” Miller continues, “and though the Center is in pristine condition there are projects that still need attention, with little funds to accomplish what is needed.
“The Center is important to our community. During the spring and summer, we do well with renting the facility out, and during the fall and winter months, it slows down and things get very tight budget-wise.”
The committee to elect Miller is working diligently to offset those budget deficits in some entertaining and delicious ways the community can really belly up to.
First up on the OCC fundraising agenda is a 9-hole, par 3 tournament at the River Creek Golf Course on Sunday, June 9 at 2 p.m. The cost is $30 which includes golf, cart and dinner. A jewelry show will be set up in the Clubhouse to accommodate non-golfers, or those golfers who many want to return home with a shiny remembrance of the day.
Want just dinner without the golf? It’s $10. Sunrise Rotary has donated their time to prepare the meal of hamburgers, chili, potato salad and peach cobbler. If you would like to join this event, call Dale at 683-0819 or sign up at River Creek on the bulletin board.
Save the date on Saturday, June 15, for the Oakhurst Elks dinner, starting at 6 p.m. at the Elks Lodge.
John Corrigan and his crew are volunteering their time and will be providing the ravioli. Cost for this event is $12.50 per person and reservations are a must, according to Miller. Folks can call Dale or Oakhurst Elks Lodge at 683-2717.
On June 22, OCC will hold the 14th annual Rib Fest culinary competition and convivial gathering.
“Five service clubs, including Elks, Lions, Kiwanis, Sunrise and Noon Rotary, battle it out for who can barbeque the best ribs,” Miller says of the well-attended event. “Last year the Elks won the coveted title, which is their entry on our Best Ribs Plaque. It’s always a fun event.” Tickets are $20 per person.
Sweetwater Steakhouse is the place to be on June 23 at 4 p.m. Sonia Crane and her crew will be providing a spaghetti dinner. The cost is $12 and Miller has tickets for this event, too. Again, reservations are required, so call or email Dale or call Sonia at 683-0758.
The last official event for Miller’s candidacy takes place at the Golden Chain Theater on Saturday, June 29.
Oakhurst Kiwanis will provide a beef tri-tip dinner and the Golden Chain Theatre performs “Dark Deeds at Swans Place” afterwards. The cost for dinner and the show is $25 with a no-host bar.
Originally envisioned and built by volunteers in the mid-1950s, the OCC is home to meetings, fundraisers, parties and is also where people go to vote during official state and national elections. The four biggest annual events are the week-long Wood Carvers Rendezvous, Rib Fest, Noon Rotary Crab Feed and Sunrise Rotaries Cajun Feed.
Reservations for any of these Honorary Mayor events and more info is available if you Email Dale