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< Saturday, November 9, 2019 >


All Day Prescribed Burns Planned to Begin Week of October 21st at Calaveras Big Trees State Park
Arnold, CA...California State Parks in cooperation with the California Department of Forestry and Fire protection (CAL FIRE) are planning to begin a series of prescribed burns beginning on or around the week of October 21, 2019 through the end of November in Calaveras Big Trees State Park. The goal is to complete 382 acres this fall (see maps below). Ignitions are expected to occur when weather conditions are favorable and adequate resources are available. Some of the units have been previously thinned to reduce the fuel loading, which allows for a safer and more controllable broadcast burn. Much of this work was funded through Propositions 84 and 1 grant from the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, an agency of the State of California.



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These burns are part of the prescribed fire program for vegetation management, hazardous fuel load reduction, wildlife habitat improvement, enhance the health of the forest by removing diseased materials, restoring essential nutrients to the soil, and reducing the chance of a catastrophic wildfire. Through forest thinning and prescribed fire, an ecologically healthy forest system can be restored and maintained. Additional benefits of these prescribed burns include protection for the Big Trees developments (Visitors Center, campground, etc.), and the North Grove of giant sequoias.

Pile burning will also take place throughout the fall, winter, and spring seasons within the North and South Grove and along the Big Trees Village and Blue Lake Spring park boundaries.

Prescribed burns produce significantly less smoke than wildfires. The burns are planned and coordinated with the Calaveras and Tuolumne County Air Districts in order to minimize the smoke impacts on surrounding communities. All burning depends on weather and air quality conditions that are favorable for smoke dispersal. If the conditions, such as weather or vegetation are not conducive for burning, the burns will be rescheduled.

Communities near Calaveras Big Trees State Park, including Dorrington, Big Trees Village, White Pines, Blue Lake Spring and Arnold may experience smoke from the burning operations. California State Parks is working with the Calaveras and Tuolumne County Air Pollution Control Districts to limit impacts to smoke sensitive areas.

Both Highway 4 and the Walter W. Smith Parkway will remain open but may experience delays due to smoke and other hazards. The Parkway may experience short-term closures prior to the end of season closure. Some public campsites and dirt roads near the burn areas will be closed to public access during prescribed burn operations including the East and West Moran Roads, East and West 5000 Foot Roads, as well as the South Rim Road. Please obey all warning signs.

For questions or comments about the projects or about the prescribed burn program, contact Jackie Olavarria at (209) 984-8703.
All Day The CHS Thrift's Christmas Extravaganza Sale is This Weekend!!
Arnold, CA...The CHS Thrift's Christmas Extravaganza Sale is This Weekend! The Calaveras Humane Society Thrift Store in Arnold carries a variety of high-end used goods. Shoppers will find quality, like-new and gently-used clothing and accessories, household items and furnishings, vintage items and collectibles, jewelry, books, toys, branded CHS goods, and lots more. The merchandise changes frequently, so come in often and see what we have. You're sure to find some treasures.


Doing a little cleaning and decluttering? Looking to downsize? Moving? Your generous donations support the needs of the animals in our care. The store accepts like-new and gently used items of all sorts: clothing, housewares, collectibles, vintage items, books, jewelry, toys, furniture, media, and more. Your donations are appreciated!

Large and small donations are accepted up until 3pm on business days. You can even arrange to have large items picked up. If you have a large amount to donate or large items, or if you have any questions, please call the store or email chs@calaverashumane.org.
08:00 AM Pawliday Portraits 2019
Join us for our 2019 Pawliday Portraits Fundraiser and show your support for our shelter animals. With your $40 donation, you will receive a one-of-a-kind portrait session with local photographic artist Janice Carabine and one of the following: one 8x10 or two 5x7 paper prints or three digital files. Note, $5.00 for each additional dog. In addition, these portraits are perfect for holiday gift-giving and other ancillary items such as holiday cards and personal note cards. We have limited appointments starting at 8:00am, so please be sure to book your appointment early and mark your calendar for the November 9th event! This event will also feature raffle prizes and a silent auction! To schedule your appointment, call Janice at (209) 694 - 6338.
09:00 AM CGMS Rock Swap & Sale
Saturday Nov. 9, 2019
9 am to 4 pm
2500 Meacham Ranch Rd., Angels Camp, CA
Off Hwy 49, 2 Miles North of Angels Camp

Serving Amador, Calaveras, Mariposa, Tuolumne Counties and More!

This event is free and open to the public. Come on down and learn what our club has to offer!!
Items for sale include rocks, gems, minerals, jewelry, gifts and more!!
Fun for everyone! Hope to see you there.

CalaverasGemAndMineral.org
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 - 12:00 PM Town Tours of Columbia State Historic Park Every Weekend!
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 here 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

04:00 PM Veteran's Appreciation Dinner
Ebbetts Pass Loyal Order of the Moose #1123 will host a FREE Spaghetti Feed honoring Veterans, Active Military & First Responders from 4 to 7 p.m. Guests pay $8. No Reservations Required.
05:00 PM - 06:30 PM Make Plans to Attend the American Heritage Girls Taco Dinner Fundraiser
Murphys, CA...The American Heritage Girls Troop CA016 is holding a Taco Dinner Fundraiser on Saturday, November 9th from 5pm – 6:30pm at the Murphys Diggins Club House. The menu is Tacos, rice, beans, dessert, drinks & great fellowship. Please join them to support your local American Heritage Girls Troop. Tickets are only $10 and are available at the door or contact Tricia at 209.785.2587.


American Heritage Girls is a Christ-centered character and leadership development program for girls 5 to 18 years of age. AHG is dedicated to the mission of building women of integrity through service to God, family, community, and country.

They will also be at the Veterans Day Ceremony in Murphys handing out THANK YOU cards to the Veterans and flags.

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