OAKHURST — What has become a tradition in the mountain area now has a few new twists, and organizers think the community will be very pleased with the results.
Everyone is invited to the 9th annual free Community Christmas Party on Friday, Dec. 22 at the Oakhurst Community Center. Also known as The Outpouring, the Community Christmas Party takes place from 4 to 8 p.m. and includes dinner, DJ, and dancing, with no charge to attend. Organizers promise food, fun, and fellowship, throughout an afternoon and evening that is perfect for the whole family.
For seven years, Rebecca Kohout and her family coordinated the feast. In 2016, Rebecca cooked all the food in order to provide continuity. This year, the honor has been passed on.
North Fork resident Charity Callis, mother of 12, is currently working with a committee to stage the exciting event designed to celebrate the season. All mountain area residents are encouraged to attend.
“Please share your ideas of how you can help make this event special to the residents of our community,” Charity says.
As always, a free homemade Christmas dinner will be served throughout the evening.
“We’re doing it a little differently this year,” Charity explains. “We’re looking for sponsors, and doing some different ways of cooking. We’re having the Inner City Action Team in from Stockton, who will barbecue the turkey. It should be legit!”
DJ Albert Figueroa will entertain with music, and Santa will be bringing goodies for children throughout the night.
Guests can look forward to a night of Contra dancing with caller Evo Bluestein. Contra dance is a folk dance made up of long lines of couples. If you’re not sure how it’s done — fear not, says Charity. Evo teaches contra dancing to school kids and will tell you just what to do.
Organizers are putting together a Holiday Talent Show with local entertainment.
“Let’s come together to make this a special celebration!”
Donations are now tax deductible. To contribute or volunteer to help the Community Christmas Party aka The Outpouring, contact Charity at (559) 642-2020.