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08:00 AM - 02:00 PM Central Calaveras Fire Mud Run 5K
Central Calaveras Firefighters Association is holding its second annual Stop, Drop & Run 5K consisting of approximately 16 obstacles along a route that will range from fire fighters skills to strength and endurance tests. There will be waves of runners every 30 minutes starting at 10:00 a.m. There will be a kids' run beginning at 12:00 noon. Starting at Mountain Ranch Park, the route is designed to be fun and challenging through a variety of obstacles, terrain and MUD. Early entry fees range from $30-35; after 4/1 $40-45; Race Day $50. Kids $20: Race Day $25. There will also be a Bake Sale, Raffle and Vendor Booths. Registration and sponsorship fees will go to purchase new test equipment for Central Calaveras Fire's new SCBA's (self-contained breathing apparatus).

More information and registration available online at or call 209-736-6167.
08:00 AM - 11:00 AM Off The Beaten Path 10K/5K Run/Walk to Raise Funds for Mind Matters Clinic
Murphys, CA...Competitive runners, and people who just enjoy a stroll in the verdant countryside, are invited to take part in the 7th annual Off the Beaten Path on Saturday, April 28 in Murphys Community Park. The money raised will go to support Mind Matters, the Murphys based non-profit clinic that treats autism and other learning disorders.

The multi-faceted event will feature a 10k run, open to men and women of all ages, that will take participants down Six Mile Road, past Ironstone Vineyards, and back. Medallions will be awarded to first, second and third place winners.

Participants who would rather walk and chat than run are encouraged to do so. The 5k course will be to Ironstone and back. Families are welcome to bring their tricycles, bicycles, strollers, etc. and join the fun.

“We walk and run in celebration and support of those who have autism spectrum disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorders (ADD/ADHD), and learning disabilities and walk off the beaten path,” states event organizer Nancy Tiffany. “Individuals who are different often experience challenges and we honor and support them.”

Check-in time will start at 8 a.m. At 8:45, Dr. Ryan Thompson, Mind Matters founder and Medical Director, and the clinic’s Executive Director Trudy Lackey will welcome everyone. Following a warm-up session the 10k race will begin at 9 a.m. followed immediately by the 5k walk.

David Bowman will be the emcee for the day. The award ceremony will happen at about 10:15 a.m. The event will end at 11 a.m.

The entry fee for adults is $30, $15 for children 7 to 17. Younger girls and boys can take part without charge. Those who pre register by April 12 will receive an Off the Beaten Path t-shirt.

Entry forms are available at the Mind Matters office, 150 Big Trees Rd. Suite D in Murphys. Runners and walkers may register online at the clinic website or by calling 728-2184. Participants may also register at the event.

Major event sponsors include Broll Foundation, El Dorado Savings, Mark Twain Medical Center, Murphys Hotel, Progressive Landscaping, G'Ma's Gold, Calaveras and Sonora Lumber.

Mind Matters exists to help individuals and families cope with the consequences of autism spectrum disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and learning disabilities. The clinic does this through treatment, counseling, and education. It also strives to promote a better public understanding of these debilitating health issues. Mind Matters is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization and donations to help extend its services are always welcome.

10:00 AM The 2nd Annual Murphys Mutt March and the 1st Muttminster Dog Show
Murphys, CA...Saturday, April 28th at Murphys Park- registration opens at 10am. The Murphys Mutt March will have it’s second annual walk to Ironstone from Murphys Park this year. This successful event will be followed by the first annual Muttminster Dog Show. Together these events promise to be one of the most dog-friendly, fun-filled days for the whole family, and join a host of other fantastic events the town of Murphys has to offer throughout the year.

“The first Mutt March last year revealed the community’s desire for a social dog-related event in the area. A substantial group of local dog lovers has come together since then with the goal of creating a fully-fenced dog park somewhere in the Murphys community that would also host people-friendly events. Our dogs depend on us, not just because we have thumbs, but because we provide safety & happiness. The Muttminster Dog Show will be the first annual fundraiser for the future dog park, while adding to the successful fun of the Mutt March to create a delightful dog day while benefitting the community park!”, said Skye DeLeo, local dog trainer and President of the Calaveras Canine Corp.

The popular Murphys Community Park will be the starting place at 10:30 am; from there the Mutt March will progress down Algiers St. to Six Mile Rd. and out to Ironstone Vineyards. Participants will get to enjoy the scenic route while it’s in the midst of spring finery, with gorgeous green fields and beautiful blossoms. There will be water & treat stations along the way, and after returning to the park the Muttminster Dog Show will begin about 11:30 pm!

Murphys Park will be filled with fabulous vendors with great local stuff for you and your pups, and there will be several tasty food trucks as well as Rocky’s Artisanal Food & fresh juices to nourish everyone. Local musician and fan-favorite Jill Warren will be playing throughout the day in the Gazeebo, and the Calaveras Humane Society will be in attendance if you don’t have a furry friend but want to find one.

The registration fee for the Mutt March is $10 and will include bottled water, dog biscuits, and waste bags. There will also be raffle tickets for sale from 10am – 12:30pm and prize winners will be drawn for the duration of the Dog Show. Proceeds for the Mutt March and raffle will benefit the Murphys Community Club who tirelessly work to maintain our beloved park. The registration fee for the Muttminster Dog Show is $10 per category and includes coupons to local vendors. 100% of the proceeds from the Dog Show will benefit the Calaveras Canine Corp. and go toward the building of the future Murphys Community Dog Park.

Categories for the Dog Show are: Best Costume, So-Ugly-Its-Cute, Best Rescue Story, Best Manners (sit, lay, stay), and Best Trick. Winners will be chosen by round of applause with a Best of Show Champion to be chosen from the winners of those categories. Dog Show participants are limited to spayed or neutered pets only please.
Pre-registration will be available for the Mutt March at Spence Ranch Feed & Supply, 1291 Hwy 49 in Altaville, or at Next! Upscale Consignment, 220 Big Trees Rd in Murphys, or you may also register at the event. Registration for the Muttminster Dog Show will be at the event only and open from 10am to 12:30pm, space is limited, so be sure to register early.

Both organizations are 501c3 non-profits and all donations are tax deductible, Tax ID info available upon request, please contact the Murphys Community club at 209-728-8093 or visit the Community Club link at Contact Calaveras Canine Corp. at 415-656-5907 or visit their website at Donations happily accepted year-round!
10:00 AM Can You Handle The Mud? The 2018 Stop Drop & Mud 5k is April 28th
Mountain Ranch, CA...Can You Handle The Mud? The 2018 Stop Drop & Mud 5k is April 28th! What is the Stop, Drop & Mud? We are proud to be bringing a mud run to Mountain Ranch again this year. For our 2nd Annual Central Fire Mud Run we are planning approximately 16 obstacles along the route that will range from fire fighter skills to strength and endurance tests. Participants will start and finish at the Mountain Ranch Park in the heart of Mountain Ranch. All participants will receive a 2018 Stop, Drop & Mud T-shirt.

Participant are welcome to walk or run the course. All obstacles are designed to be challenging but are accomplishable by people of all ages and abilities.
Obstacle Course

Obstacle course races have become one of the most popular events in the running world in the last five years. There are races out there that have you run through mud, bounce down slides or even get splattered with paint. We wanted there to be more of a firefighter theme to this run. The Stop, Drop & Mud Firefighter Challenge has several firefighter themed obstacles that give you a glance of the live of a firefighter. You will battle through 16 different obstacles that will challenge your strength, stamina and endurance.

Runners will run the race in a wave format beginning at 10:00 a.m. and every 30 minutes thereafter. This race is open to anyone age 11 and up.

Kids 1 Mile Mud Run

This year we are adding an additional Kids 1 mile Mud Run for kids under 10 years old. The kids run will be in/around the Park in Mountain Ranch and will include at least one mud pit. All obstacles for the kids will be the full size adult obstacles to challenge the kids in strength and endurance.

Why run it?

The Stop, Drop & Mud is hosted by the Central Calaveras Firefighters Association. When you run in some of the larger obstacle races you are supporting a company that is hosting the race and then donate a very small percentage of the funds to some charity. Our race is different. Every single aspect of the race is planned, constructed and organized by our Volunteer Firefighters and Association members. Countless hours are spent to get this race ready for our participants.

Financially every single dollar that is raised goes directly to supporting Central Calaveras Fire & Rescue Protection District. It is with fundraisers like this that allow the Association to purchase vital equipment for the Department that its dwindling annual budget can’t cover.

When you register for the Stop, Drop & Mud you are directly supporting Central Calaveras Fire & Rescue. With this in mind we want to say thank you to everyone who has presently signed up and to those considering signing up!

Where does my race registration fee go?

All registration fees and sponsorships will go directly to purchase new test equipment for Central Calaveras Fire District new SCBA’s (self-contained breathing apparatus). In 2017 Central Fire purchased new SCBA equipment thanks to our inaugural mud run. Annual testing is required for Department personnel. It is fundraising events like the Stop, Drop & Mud 5K along with grants that allow us to purchase vital equipment for the Department that its dwindling annual budget can’t cover.

April 28, 2018

Race Registration Opens - 8:00 a.m.
Race Registration Closes - 9:30 a.m.
Race Starts - First wave at 10:00 a.m. then every 30 minutes after until 11:30 a.m

Kids 1 mile Mud Run starts at 12:00 noon

Mountain Ranch Community Park
7867 Whiskey Slide Road
Mountain Ranch, CA 95246


The Central Calaveras Firefighters Association is a registered 501c3 non-profit. Our tax ID # is 45-2853418.
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Old Timers Museum Walking Tours Are Every Saturday at 10am.
Murphys, CA...Each Saturday morning the Old Timers Museum in Murphys offers a historical walking tour of Murphys. No reservation necessary. Meet at the Museum, 470 Main St, Murphys, across from the Hotel 10 am. Walk is 1-1/12 hours.

A stroll down tree-lined Main Street transports visitors back to the mid-1800s with buildings bearing thick stone walls, iron shutters and pastoral gardens with white picket fences. Once you experience the charm and hospitality of Murphys, the historic “Queen of the Sierra”, you’ll want to come back again and again!

Rich in Gold Rush History, Murphys today is a vibrant, thriving community of over 2,000 residents. Many of the surrounding hillsides are rich with the fine wine grapes grown in our area. Murphys offers wineries, art galleries, live theater, eclectic shops, fine restaurants, charming hotels and B&B’s as well as a multitude of outstanding outdoor recreational opportunities.

Murphys’ colorful past came alive in 1848 when John and Daniel Murphy established a trading post and gold mining operation in the area that is now their namesake. True entrepreneurs with the luck of the Irish, they were a part of the very first immigrant party – the Stephens-Townsend-Murphy families – to successfully bring wagons over the Sierra in 1844, paving the way for westward migration. John and Daniel’s cries of “Gold!” were among the first heard in California. It is reported that the brothers took two million dollars in gold ore from the Murphys Diggins in one year’s time, making them millionaires before the age of 25. The sizzling Gold Rush camp of Murphys also played host to President Grant, Mark Twain and Black Bart. And in some circles, to an even more famous chap – a young, inquisitive lad who literally changed the scientific world, Dr. Albert Michelson.

Our friendly residents invite you to revisit the past while exploring the “new” upscale Murphys. Guided walking tours of the town’s many historic buildings including the home of Albert Michelson, the first American Nobel Prize winner, are conducted every Saturday at 10:00 a.m., starting in front of the Old Timers Museum on Main Street.
11:00 AM Town Tours of Columbia State Historic Park
Columbia, CA...Enjoy an hour-long walking tour of town led by a park staff member or docent. See the actual gold discovery site, learn about the buildings and early merchants of Columbia. Sponsored by The Friends Of Columbia SHP. Visit their website for more information. Town Tours are every Saturday & Sunday starting at 11 am. Meet at the office on Main Street & State St Columbia, CA 95310

11:00 AM - 05:00 PM Guided Tours of Ironstone Vineyards
Murphys, CA...Take a complimentary guided tour beginning in the tasting room (offered Wednesday – Sunday only) at 1:30 pm. Or take the self-guided tour. Print out the self-guided map here.   Ironstone is open Daily from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Closed: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day

12:00 PM - 04:00 PM Murphys Old Timers Museum Will Display "Cattle in the Sierras " Through April
Murphys, CA...Funded by a California Stories grant from California Humanities, the Murphys Old Timers Museum, has produced an exhibit on the long-established practice of transhumance in the California Foothills and Sierra Nevada. Since gold was discovered in California in the winter of 1848, cattle have roamed the foothills in winter and spring, summered in the rich grasslands of the Sierra Nevada, and returned to their lowland homes in the fall. This annual pattern (transhumance), with established ranches and farms in the lower elevations and summer camps and pasturages in the high mountain meadows, is rapidly disappearing. Threatened with the diminishing price of beef to producers, difficulties in transporting livestock to their summer ranges, and environmental regulations, this 160-year old California tradition may disappear in the near future. Proponents of grazing argue that this will result in loss of mountain meadows and ponds as well as lowland ranches with their grass ranges to residential sprawl. Some environmental and hiking groups contend that livestock grazing in the mountains has led to degradation of streams and native ecosystems. The exhibit, and a video, recount the stories of historic cattle ranching in the California foothills and its battle to stay alive in the face of current environmental and economic challenges, also addressing the effects of its continued operation on mountain ecosystems. Utilizing historical and current photographs and the installation of a 1911 high country cow camp, this exhibit argues that by working together to solve grazing issues, ranchers, the Forest Service, scientists, environmental groups, and the public can resolve their differences, resulting in a win-win for all. A 15-minute video, presenting both sides of the issue and a hope for reconciliation, is forthcoming.

The exhibit will be on display at the Murphys Old Timers Museum, 470 Main Street, Murphys Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 12 pm to 4 pm through April 29, 2018. Call for more info 728-1160.
01:00 PM Annual Spring Gala Benefiting Shakespeare on the Vine Theatre Company.
Murphys, CA...Annual Spring Gala benefiting Shakespeare on the Vine Theatre Company. Come celebrate Shakespeare on the Vine's fourth season and the announcement of our 2018 production of William Shakespeare's THE TEMPEST. Food from Wren Catering ~ Wine from Brice Station Vineyards ~ Silent Auction ~ Live Music from Freight featuring Grover Anderson

Saturday, April 28th at 1:00pm
Brice Station Vineyards - 3353 East Hwy. 4
$40 tickets on sale now
02:00 PM - 04:00 PM "Voices of Wisdom" Book Launch
Saturday, April 28, from 2-4 pm: Book Launch and Reading Voices of Wisdom at San Andreas Central Library. At San Andreas Library, 1299 Gold Hunter Road, San Andreas 95249
03:00 PM Celebrate Spring Aboard Railtown 1897’s Popular & Fun Wildflower Train
Jamestown, CA...Tickets on Sale Now for Two Weekends Only: April 21, 22, 28 & 29. With spring in full bloom, California State Parks, Railtown 1897 State Historic Park and the California State Railroad Museum Foundation are proud to provide guests with a unique opportunity to experience spring wildflowers from aboard a train. While the Park is open daily, special Wildflower Train Rides are available on two weekends – April 21, 22, 28 & 29 – and depart from the Depot promptly at 3 p.m. Prior to boarding the train, passengers will have the opportunity to learn about the wildflowers of California’s Sierra Nevada foothills with an informative naturalist presentation at 2:30 p.m.

Railtown 1897 SHP’s popular Wildflower Trains feature naturalists and Interpretive Park Rangers from the nearby Bureau of Reclamation’s New Melones Lake along with interpretive staff from Railtown 1897 SHP, answering questions and pointing out flower groupings along the way. Wildflower Trains take guests on a six-mile, one-hour roundtrip ride through the scenic landscapes of California’s Gold Country. While the abundance of wildflower viewing is dependent on annual rainfall and weather conditions, trains encounter meadows and rolling hills, with such local flora as “meadowfoam,” “goldfields” and other colorful flowers typically in bloom. Train ride guests receive a checklist, wildflower booklet and poppyseed packet, and more. Plus, guests have the opportunity to participate in a fun, wildflower-related raffle.

Wildflower or excursion train ride tickets cost $20 for adults, $14 for youth ages 6-17 and children five and under ride free. With limited open air seating available, train ride tickets are available online at and at the ticket window beginning at 10 a.m. on the day of the ride (based on availability). Tickets include Park admission, capacity is limited, and advance reservations are suggested.

In addition to the special Wildflower Trains in the afternoon, Railtown 1897’s regular excursion trains are operating on these four dates with departures at 10:30 a.m., noon and 1:30 p.m. Regular weekend excursion ride tickets are available online or at the Depot Store, on a first-come, first-served basis. All regular weekend excursion train ride tickets include Park admission and cost $15 for adults, $10 for youth ages 6-17 and are free for children five and under.

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04:00 PM - 07:00 PM S'mores & Wine! at Twisted Oak's Tasting Room
Murphys, CA...Twisted's first S'mores & Wine Saturday! Enjoy some oooey gooey goodness by the roaring fire in the Enchanted Garden while singing campfire songs with Nick Lefler! Now that's fun!!!

05:00 PM - 09:00 PM Bret Harte Leadership Fundraiser Dinner
Join us for a night of good food, drink, and music at the beautiful Vida Beuna Farms. Enjoy live music, a silent auction, and a dinner with all proceeds supporting the Bret Harte Student Leadership program. Contact
05:00 PM Ladies Night Out Bingo Fundraiser to Benefit Bret Harte Grad Night!!!
Murphys, CA…The 2018 Ladies Night Out Bingo Fundraiser to Benefit Bret Harte Grad Night is April, 28 at Native Son's Parlor in Murphys. Doors open at 5:00pm & Bingo is at 7:00pm.

05:30 PM - 08:30 PM Bob Eisenman Jazz Band at Rob's Place in Murphys
Enjoy the music of the Bob Eisenman Jazz Band as well as dinner or drinks at Rob's Place in Murphys 5:30-8:30 PM
No cover for music--reservations for dinner suggested
07:00 PM Calaveras High School Drama will be Presenting "Cinderella" April 26-29
San Andreas, CA...Calaveras High School Drama is delighted to present Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella," the first full-length musical to take the stage at the Calaveras Performing Arts Center in over three years. The timeless enchantment of a magical fairy tale is reborn with the Rodgers & Hammerstein hallmarks of originality, charm and elegance. Originally presented on television in 1957 starring Julie Andrews, Rodgers & Hammerstein's CINDERELLA was the most widely viewed program in the history of the medium. As adapted for the stage, with great warmth and more than a touch of hilarity, the hearts of children and adults alike still soar when the slipper fits. Jillian Zahniser appears as the title character, Jared Bisbikis is Prince Topher, Madalyn Myers is Crazy Marie, Brooke Wooldridge is Madame, Jacob Young is Sebastian, Madeleine Hedger is Charlotte, Amaya Halepota is Gabrielle, Jordan Hoyopatubbi is Jean-Michel, and Colton Minehart is Lord Pinkleton. The ensemble includes Anthony Barci, Macy Liotta, Talina Landry, Samantha Leach, Ramon Marquez, Kathryn Frazier, Cleo Osgood, Kyra Allemand, Timothy Kelly, Marco Ortega, and Irene Melendez. Ann Mazzaferro directs, with Mason Anderson as Stage Manager and Cyndie Klorer as Technical Director.

Angela Allured conducts and serves as music director, with Marge Biagi Castro on piano and an orchestra that includes Kyle Barry, Ryan Hache, Michael Rourke, Zack Zahniser, Andrew Wydner, Mateo Alliende, Dean Keahey, Elizabeth Enderlein, Sophia Schlenz, Muriel Strange, Jack Tafoya, Giovanni Airola, Dylan Meidinger, Nicole Alfred, and Wyatt Ames.

Tickets are available at the box office one hour prior to the start of the show, or can be purchased online at The cost is $12 for adults, $9 for seniors over the age of 55, $7 for all active military members or veterans, and $5 for children ages 10 and under. Children under age 2 are free. For more information or to make reservations, please contact Ann Mazzaferro at, or at 754-1811, ext. 5213.

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