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< Friday, November 29, 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 Big Black Friday Sale at Mingo's on Main!!
Angels Camp, CA...BLACK FRIDAY AT MINGOS!!! Take 20% off the ENTIRE store. Today only! Open 10-5pm! @ Mingos on Main.  Mingo's on Main is Your Shopping Destination in Downtown Angels Camp! They have women's fashions at great prices and a wide variety of sizes and much, much more. They have Most clothing items at under $30 and in sizes from small to double XL, Daily $10 Clearance Deals, Myra Bags, Gift Items & more. Wed - Fri they have Pickle Patch Grab n Go Lunches. They are also a Calaveras Laundry & Dry Cleaning Pick Up & Drop Off Point.

Mingos on Main
1183 S Main St
Angels Camp, California
(209) 822-3448
All Day The 27th Annual Hometown Crafters Christmas Craft Fair!
Sonora, CA...Join us for the 27th Annual Hometown Crafters Christmas Craft Fair at the Historic Sonora Opera Hall. Friday 10am-7pm, Saturday 10am-6pm. Admission is free!

The Hometown Crafters Christmas Craft Fair, is set to be an original, unique arts and crafts show in Historic Downtown Sonora. Artisans selling their own jewelry, photographs, paintings, pottery, ceramics, home decor, clothing and specialty foods. At 5:30pm Friday, The Annual Sonora Christmas Parade passes in front of the Sonora Opera Hall. Come and be a part of a Sonora Tradition.
All Day What’s Happening in Murphys Through November 29, 2019
Murphys, CA...Get Your 2019 Murphys Open House Parade Application in Now! Saturdays in Murphys - are available at no charge (donations gratefully accepted) on Saturday mornings at 10am leaving from the Old Timers Museum. Please contact Tim Chisholm at (209) 728-8511 to confirm dates and times or arrangements for large groups. No tours on event days!

November 19, 2019 – Winemaker’s Night at Alchemy - Join us and try some new wines from our local wineries. $5/glass $20/bottle. Live music on the patio from 5:30pm-8:00pm - Call 209-728-0700 to find who is featured each Tuesday.

November 20, 2019 – Trivia Night at Murphys Pourhouse - Join the Murphys Pourhouse every Wednesday at 6:00pm for Trivia Night with trivia master, Jeff Carrico! Bring a team, join a team, or compete solo every week to win prizes!

November 21, 2019 – Thriving Every Other Thursday at Outer Aisle - Every other Thursday we celebrate diversity, nutrition, and artistry – enjoy a meal and shop the produce market beginning at 6 pm. Call 209-728-1164 for more information or visit

November 22 through December 15, 2019 – The Games Afoot at Murphys Creek Theatre - Murder? maybe. Mayhem? a distinct possibility. Hilarity? Definitely! Take a suspense thriller worthy of Sherlock Holmes, wrap it in a stylish screwball comedy, set it at Christmastime and you get the holiday whodunnit “The Game’s Afoot”. Friday,
Saturday and Sunday showings. Visit for tickets and information.

November 24, 2019 – Sunday Funday Mimosas at Milliaire Tasting Room - Celebrate the bubbly side of Milliaire! Enjoy a Mimosa out on our Creekside Patio or in our Tasting Room and start your Sunday off right. Cheers!

November 25, 2019 - Sweet Sounds, Sweet Treats Concert - The Bret Harte High School Band and the Calaveras Community Band will perform spectacular music on November 25, at the Bret Harte Theater from 6:30-8 pm. In between numbers, there will be a dessert auction of delicious pies, cakes, and other yummy items. There will also be a silent dessert auction of cookies, breads, and candies. If you’re looking for desserts to bring to Thanksgiving dinner, here is the place to find them! All monies raised go toward the Bret Harte High School music program. You need not purchase a dessert to listen to the wonderful music. The concert is free for all ages. Call 209.728.9386 for more information.

November 26, 2019 – Winemaker’s Night at Alchemy - Join us and try some new wines from our local wineries. $5/glass $20/bottle. Live music on the patio from 5:30pm-8:00pm - Call 209-728-0700 to find who is featured each Tuesday.

November 28, 2019 – Happy Thanksgiving Day!

November 29, 2019 – Friday Night Music at Alchemy - Live music with Jerry McKay from 6:00pm - 8:30pm. Call 209-728-0700 for reservations and information.

Come stroll Historic Downtown Angels Camp where the local merchants will be hosting an Open House & Wine Hop from 4-7pm. Downtown businesses will have featured wineries located inside their store, with wine and cider available for tasting! Purchase a commemorative wine glass from one of the Angels Camp Business Association tents and hop from one business to the next to shop and wine taste! (Wine tasting must be done inside the business, absolutely no alcohol allowed on the sidewalk or street ~ must show ID proof of age). The Angels Camp Business Association is excited to host the 29th Annual Lighted Christmas Parade through Downtown Historical Angels Camp at 5pm. Our theme this year is "Gold Country Christmas." The more lights the merrier!!! If you would like to participate in the parade contact Christy Miro at 209-736-1333 or

Every year on the first Friday evening in December from 5-8 pm, Murphys closes Main Street to cars and welcomes locals and visitors downtown to thank everybody for their support throughout the year. We want to help you find your holiday spirit! Shops and tasting rooms will stay open late to offer treats, a hometown parade will delight us all, carolers & musicians will entertain, you’ll have a chance to catch up with friends around the firepits, and Santa and Mrs. Claus will be taking requests in the Native Sons Hall. As always, we need everybody's help to make this event happen each year. If you can spare a bit of time that day to help prepare or manage the event, we need you! Sign up here to volunteer. Want to be in the parade? Download the application here. Join us at 9 am on December 5th at the Milliaire Tasting Room and help decorate the town tree!
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05:00 PM - 08:00 PM Totally Twisted Fridays! Tonight Daniel Kushnir Entertains!
Murphys, CA...It's cozy in our Tasting Room in Murphys! Enjoy the talented DANIEL KUSHNIR! The Angels Food Truck, deconstructed. Delicious! Twisted Oak yummy wines! A fun night at Twisted Oak Tasting Room! See you there!

Totally Twisted Fridays!
Twisted Oak Winery Murphys Tasting Room
5 PM – 8 PM
363 Main St, Murphys, California 95247
05:30 PM Avery Christmas Tree Lighting is November 29th at 6pm! Let Lightings Begin!!
Avery, CA...AVERY CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2019, CORNER OF AVERY SHEEP RANCH RD AND HWY 4. REFRESHMENTS @ 5:30 PM, LIGHTING @ 6:00 PM. Bring Cookies to share, if you’d like. SANTA WILL MAKE AN APPEARANCE AND BE AVAILABLE FOR PHOTOS. In an effort to help others in our community, please bring a non-perishable food item. All donations will be taken to the Calaveras Food Bank. A picture of the 2018 tree is below...

06:00 PM - 08:00 PM The 5th Annual Christmas in White Pines Parade of Lights!
White Pines, CA...The 5th Annual Christmas in White Pines Parade of Lights is November 29th! Enter a the parade or be a sponsor. Join us as we light up Blagen Rd and celebrate kicking off the holidays. Santa and Ms. Claus will be a the Gazebo at 6:00 pm to visit with the children and the parade starts at 7:00pm. Blagen Road will close at 6:50pm.
Hope you can join us.

Friday, November 29, 2019 at 6 PM – 8 PM
White Pines Community Park
Blagen Rd, Arnold, California 95223
Hosted by Christmas in White Pines parade of lights
06:00 PM The 36th Annual Historic Sonora Christmas Parade
Sonora, CA...The 36th Annual Historic Sonora Christmas Parade will be this Friday, November 29th at 6:00 pm. This brightly lit night-time parade starts at the Historic Red Church and follows Washington Street to Restano Way. Historic Downtown Sonora will be transformed almost overnight with all the holiday decorations up and the wreaths downtown sparkling with lights, the Christmas tree is in place and the merchants are festively decorating their shops all getting ready for the Holidays and the Annual Christmas Parade.

Folks out to enjoy this family event are sure to get in the Holiday spirit. Bands downtown will play Christmas Carols, before and after the Parade, join along or just enjoy the musical tradition.

All entries for the Parade are always festively decorated and Christmas themed music fills the air. Our local radio personalities will be announcing each entry as they go by. An added feature which people enjoy is the Holly Jolly Trolley, making it more fun for parade goes. The service is offered from 3 :00 pm until 9:00 the day of the Parade, free of charge, so now you don’t have to hassle with parking let Holly Trolley get you there and back! pick up are at the junction and walmart shopping centers every 15 minutes. until parade starts. so come on down!

Two Holiday craft fairs will be going on that day as well. one is the Annual Christmas Festival at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds, and one right downtown at the Sonora Opera Hall, Called the Hometown Crafters Craft Faire.

No matter what your plans are there is always something to do here in our Historic Downtown. it’s where it all happens!
06:30 PM - 09:30 PM Black Friday w/ Grover Anderson & the Lampoliers
Murphys, CA...Grover Anderson & the Lampoliers at Murphys Irish Pub. Dance off that Thanksgiving dinner with Grover Anderson, Anthony Delaney, Josh Certo, and Marshall Henry. 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM, Murphys Irish Pub, 415 Main Street, Murphys, California 95247

Murphys Irish Pub is b ringing authentic Irish cuisine with American flair to the heart of downtown Murphys with awesome draught beers, local wines and locally sourced food.
07:00 PM - 09:30 PM The Games Afoot

Murder? maybe. Mayhem? a distinct possibility. Hilarity? Definitely!

Take a suspense thriller worthy of Sherlock Holmes, wrap it in a stylish screwball comedy, set it at Christmastime and you get the holiday whodunnit “The Game’s Afoot”.

William Gillette, a Broadway superstar, famous the world over for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes, has invited fellow cast members to his opulent home for a holiday dinner party. But when one of the guests winds up dead, Gillette finds himself at the center of a mystery that might have stumped Holmes himself and now he must summon every ounce of Sherlock to solve the mystery.

Just for the record…There really was a William Gillette. He really did become immensely wealthy by writing and performing in a play about Sherlock Holmes. He really created the image of the great detective that we hold dear today. But that’s where any semblance of reality ends.

It’s Holmes for the Holidays this Christmas season! Who did it? Who will be next?

See “The Game’s Afoot” and find out. And have yourself a hearty holiday laugh too.

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