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< Saturday, January 5, 2019 >

09:00 AM Demo on Creating Living Art in Bonsai
San Andreas, CA...Vince Owyoung has been growing, designing and styling bonsai trees for more than 50 years. Over that time, he has developed his own creative skills and talents in transforming simple plants into works of living art. In addition to leading workshops at various area clubs and at California Shohin Society seminars, he is also a member of four Northern California bonsai clubs.

Mother Lode Bonsai Club’s free public presentation will be conducted by Owyoung on Saturday, January 5 at the San Andreas Central Library, 1299 Gold Hunter Road (off Mountain Ranch Road) in San Andreas. His demonstration that immediately follows the 9:00 a.m. monthly meeting will be on a Juniper prostrata, which will be raffled afterwards.

In addition, club mentors will hold a hands-on workshop. There is no charge but participants must provide their own soil, pots, tools and a table covering. It is an opportunity for assistance with repotting and developing bonsai trees.

Regardless of levels of experience, all are invited to learn more about this popular hobby. Mother Lode Bonsai Club members come from Amador, Calaveras and Tuolumne counties, as well as the central valley. For more information, contact Richard McKinstry at  (209) 288-2330 or go online to
09:00 AM - 12:00 PM Avalanche Education Workshop on January 5th in Bear Valley
Bear Valley, CA...The Nickolay Dodov Foundation is part of a nationwide movement to educate youth and all-age winter sports enthusiasts to stay safe in winter environments. Over the last 10 winters an average of 39 people died in avalanches each winter in North America. We believe providing avalanche education will help to safe lives.

In the last three years we have reached out with the avalanche awareness program "Know Before You Go" to close to 6000 ski and snowboard athletes, middle, high school and university students, coaches, teachers, parents and all age mountain enthusiasts.

Last snow season, we reached out to more than 1500 ski/snowboard athletes, middle, high school and university students, coaches, teachers and parents.
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 Mother Lode League of Women Voters
Monthly meeting of newest unit of League of Women Voters. Sonora Firehouse Conference Room
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

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

01:00 PM - 05:00 PM Open House for Stunning Contemporary Forest Meadows Townhomes, Saturday, Dec. 5th from 1 to 5 PM
Murphys, CA...Be the first to enjoy this brand new custom universal designed townhome with upgrades galore! Professionally designed w/the perfect balance of clean contemporary finishes that really brings out a very warm & livable space. You’ll love the solid blue stained pine beams, cook's kitchen with quartz counters/glass backsplash & amazing wine cellar. Other features include gorgeous walk in master shower, sleek & decorative lighting fixtures, 2 car attached garage & much more!

Responsibly constructed w/non-toxic finishes & handicapped accessible. Just a short walk to the golf course, swimming pool, tennis & miles of hiking trails. Forest Meadows is situated a short 4 miles from downtown Murphys where you’ll find fine dining, wine tasting shopping & world class concerts.

Holiday special! Seller will pay Buyers HOA dues for 1 year, if escrow closes by January 31st!

Two Thoughtfully Designed and Superbly Constructed Town Homes in the Beautiful Mountain Gated Golf
and Tennis Community of Forest Meadows, Murphys, CA

103 and 107 Fairway Village Court boast peek-a-boo Golf Course Views framed by the surrounding
relaxing mountain pines.

Artistically appointed 3 bedroom, 3.5 Bath w/Double Car Garage This fresh creative mountain
contemporary style is functional and comfortable.

Both Homes include:
• 2,168 SqFt
• 55+ Universal Design
• Energy saving Daylighting Window Placement
• Tankless Water Heater
• 2 x 6 Construction w/ Energy Star Insulation R Factors
• Beautifully Lit functional Kitchen with Elevated Dishwasher, GE Profile Duel Fuel Stove Oven and
• Custom Maple Cabinets, Quartz Countertops accented with designer backsplash
• Striking Slate Tile Fireplace with built-in TV Cabinet
• Stylish Quartz & Glass and Stone Backsplash in Bathrooms
• Comfort Height “Duel Flush” Toilets
• Living room with large picture window!
• Vaulted Blue Stained Pine Beamed ceilings in Great Room and Master
Main Level “Universal Design” includes:
• No Step-in Garage Entry
• 3 Ft Wide Doorways
• Master Bedroom with access to Deck and tree top views!
• Walk in Closet w/ area for Stackable Washer/Dryer
• Master Bath w/ Master no-step up tiled Walk-in Shower
• Low or No VOC Paint and Caulking
• " Green" Carpet Pad (no formaldehyde!)
Downstairs includes:
• 2 Bedrooms w/ connecting baths and walk-in closets!
• One room designed as “Swing" room...can work as family room w/ access to Patio
• Mini Bar area for Bar Fridge and Microwave
• Large Wine Cellar…or... use for small movie, game or craft room
• Large Laundry Room with STORAGE and wash sink
• Powder Coated Railings on Upstairs Deck, includes Gas for BBQ
• Zero scape Landscaping.
• Relaxing Covered Patio downstairs
• Covered Golf Cart or Motorcycle Garage with mud room access (#103 only)
• Extra Daylighting Windows (#103 only)
• Retaining Wall (#103 only)
HOA dues covers garbage, exterior irrigation, outside building maintenance, roof, yard maintenance,
common area which includes pools, tennis courts, horseshoes, bocce ball, play and barbecues areas.

Barry Ward CRS
Barry Ward Realty
DRE Lic# 00555577
07:00 PM Bear Valley Live & Powder Bears Presents: Rainy Eyes Tonight in the Cathedral Lounge
Bear Valley, CA...Join us for a special performance by Rainy Eyes on January 5th in the Cathedral Lounge, presented by Powder Bears Music starts: 7:00 PM. Rainy Eyes (Irena Eide) is a Norwegian-born Americana singer-songwriter. For the past decade she has been living in the San Francisco Bay Area; writing music, performing and touring throughout the US. Both solo and with a band, her performances have a spellbinding, inspiring effect and a soulful, heartfelt and timeless sound with tight-knit harmonies, melodious solos and thoughtful songwriting. Rainy Eyes has opened for bands and artists such as Willie Watson, Patterson Hood, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, Peter Rowan, and played prominent stages and events like Sweetwater Music Hall, Henry Miller Library, Ashkenaz, Far West Fest, SXSW, Sonoma Mountain Music Festival, UC Berkeley Redwood Summer Concert Series, Sweetwater Music Festival and more!

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