OAKHURST – The cafeteria at Oak Creek Intermediate School (OCI) will be transformed into a tropical paradise on Saturday, Jan. 25, from 6 – 9 p.m., complete with delicious teriyaki dinner and entertainment by professional Polynesian dancers.
The first-ever 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 will go the school’s student body fund and a planned Catalina Island 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 and after school at OCI on Thursdays and Fridays only, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
OCI’s Luau in the Foothills will feature the rhythmic and traditional Polynesian Club of Fresno, the only troupe of its kind in the region. The dancers were given the honor of a title by a Tahitian dance master who is also a Minister of Culture in Tahiti, “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, performing around the world.
OCI’s Parent Teacher Club (PTC) is sponsoring the evening, and they’re still accepting donations for the silent auction.
Volunteers are encouraged to join in the planning and execution of what promises to be an outstanding inaugural event.
The 8th grade class of 2014’s excursion to Catalina takes place over 3 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 Catalina Island Marine Institute (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.
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