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All Day Spring Photography Contest at New Melones Lake!
Tuttletown, CA...The Bureau of Reclamation announces the third annual spring photography contest at New Melones Lake. The contest is only open to amateur photographers and the deadline for submissions is June 3, 2019. The photo contest has three categories: landscape, flora/fauna, and recreation. Participants may submit one photograph per category. All photographs must be from the New Melones Lake Recreation Area, taken in 2019, and must be in their original, un-edited form.

Two photographs from each category will be selected and the winning photographers will be awarded a two-night camping certificate for New Melones Lake. One photograph will be selected as “Best of Show,” and the winner will receive a New Melones Lake Annual Pass. The winning photographs will be announced by July 4, 2019.

Please submit photographs to Joshua Pelham at, and include: the photographer’s name, contact information, location of the photograph and photographic category of each picture. For more information, contact Joshua at 209-536-9094 ext. 236.

The photographer retains their rights to the photograph; however, they grant Reclamation (and those authorized by Reclamation) a royalty-free, world-wide, perpetual, non-exclusive license to publicly display, distribute, reproduce, and create works of the entries, in whole or in part, in any media now existing or later developed, for any Reclamation purpose, including, but not limited to, advertising and promotion, website, exhibition, and commercial products, including, but not limited to Reclamation publications. Any photograph reproduced will be given photograph credit as Bureau of Reclamation.

The New Melones Lake Administration office and Visitor Center and Museum is located at 6850 Studhorse Flat Road, Sonora, CA 95370. For additional information call the Visitor Center at 209-536-9543 (TTY 800-877-8339) or visit

Visit our website at Follow us on Twitter @USBR and @ReclamationCVP.
All Day The 2019 Calaveras County Fair Jump Start Program!
Angels Camp, CA...(Frogtown, USA)..Join the action at Frog Jump – Sign up now to form a Jump Start Team. “Be a Kid Again” is the theme for the 2019 Calaveras County Fair, where anyone can form a team to compete in the signature event – The International Jumping Frog Jubilee. The Jump Start Program encourages new participants by providing everything they need to compete as a team. For a fee of $75 each Jump Start Team of two to six people receives six frog competitors plus free admission to the fair the day they compete.

Past Frog Jump winners provide each team with instructions and coaching prior to their first round of competition. These new teams go through the preliminary rounds of competition alongside veteran frog jockeys from teams that have been competing for decades.

The Fair is May 16-19 at Frogtown in Angels Camp and boasts all the features of a traditional county fair – agriculture and livestock exhibits; carnival rides; rodeo; arts, crafts, floral and homemaking displays and a Destruction Derby. The International Jumping Frog Jubilee has been the center of attention for 91 years, with qualifying rounds the first three days and the Grand Finals on Sunday afternoon.

Everyone is trying to beat the World's Record of 21 feet, 5 and ¾ inches, which was set in 1986 by the late Lee Giudici and his frog Rosie the Ribiter. His team of family and friends is among those who have been participating at Frog Jump for over 50 years. A $5,000 prize will be awarded if a new World’s Record is set this year. If not, the winning frog receives $750 and a large trophy.

The 2018 winner was Laura Kitchell of the Calaveras Frog Jockeys team. Last year’s fair was dedicated to this group of local frog enthusiasts and its next generation, The Foothill Froggers. Their teams have been competing for over 30 years and members have won the championship in 2005, 2006, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018. Many of them serve as mentors to the Jump Start Program’s novice frog jockeys.

The volunteer Frog Jump Committee, which stages the event every year, initiated Jump Start in 2014 to encourage more people to get involved. Since then, several Jump Start frogs have advanced to the Grand Finals.

“Most of our frog jumping teams have competed for years,” explains Jump Start Coordinator Bob Lema. “We developed Jump Start because folks watching in the stands have always asked how they can get involved. Jump Start makes it easy. We hope to attract a new wave of frog jockeys who become just as enthusiastic as our veteran competitors.”

“Jump Start Teams should sign up in advance for two reasons,” he adds. “Team members get free admission to the Fair the day they compete and early registration will maximize timing for their training sessions.”
Fairgoers inspired by the jumping action on the Main Stage can form Jump Start Teams at the event on a first-come, first-jumped basis.

For complete Frog Jump details check out Use the Frog Jump link to learn everything you need to know about the event. Sign-up for Jump Start by contacting the Fairgrounds at 209-736-2561 or email You can contact Jump Start Coordinator Bob Lema at
All Day California Carnival to Play the Calaveras County Fair!
Angels Camp, CA...(Frogtown, USA)...The biggest difference between California Carnival Co. and our competitors is attention to detail. Since inception in 1981 it has been our goal to provide local communities with not just the excitement that naturally comes when the carnival arrives in town, but to provide a total entertainment venue focused on family and community. At the change of the millennium, after a five year study, California Carnival Co. implemented our "Focus on the Family" philosophy. Our study became our guide to building a safe, inexpensive entertainment venue that has successfully put fun back in the family.

At California Carnival Co. our ride, game and food selections are designed to keep an entire family laughing playing and enjoying all the thrills and excitement of our rides, laughter and smells and flavor of the best food on earth.

Our ride arsenal offers thrilling fun for all ages. In most cases even if you are not big enough to ride a particular ride by yourself. This is where "Focus on the Family" really pays off. Mom, Dad, Uncle, Aunt, Brother, Sister, Grandma, Grandpa or even a family friend can accompany you.

The Carnival opens everyday at noon of the Jubilee. Get discount tickets at The Calaveras County Fair & Jumping Frog Jubilee is May 16-19.
All Day California Gold Rush History Comes to Life at Columbia State Historic Park's Annual Diggins Tent
Columbia, CA...Columbia State Historic Park will present “Diggins Tent Town 1852”, their annual living history event this coming May 16th through May 19th 2019. Sponsored by the non-profit organization Friends of Columbia and Columbia State Historic Park and depicted by over 150 costumed volunteers, visitors can experience the events and environment of an 1850’s mining camp that is re-created in detail with period-accurate clothing, food and entertainment.

This event leads visitors through life in 1852 Columbia. This includes the powerful stories of early miners, women in the mines, and their politics and daily events. Meet the merchants, artisans and entertainers who have come to the Diggins to “mine the miners’ pockets.” Interact with and observe the lifestyles of the early miners as they prepare their meals, launder their clothing, and care for gardens and livestock. Learn about their crafts, how their children played, their music and other forms of entertainment – including gambling! A variety of foods, drinks and other items are available for purchase inside the event.

Open from 10AM to 4PM daily, admission to Columbia “Diggins 1852” is $10 per adult, $2 per child ages 4 through 12, and children 3 and under are free. There is no charge for parking or admission to the park. For more information contact Columbia Visitor Services at or call (209) 588-9128.

Columbia State Historic Park, located in Tuolumne County, California, is designated as a National Historic Landmark District and has been preserved to tell the story of the towns which arose during the California Gold Rush to serve the needs of miners. California State Parks has restored and continues to preserve over 30 of the original brick buildings along the
town’s Main Street.

Columbia State Historic Park annually hosts over 400,000 visitors and is a major tourist destination in Tuolumne County. Its many historic-style stores and restaurants are run by over 20 Concessionaires whose businesses, along with park staff and volunteers, help recreate the experience of the California Gold Rush for visitors from around the world.
All Day Today at The Calaveras County Fair & Jumping Frog Jubilee! Livestock Auction, Frog Jump Finals & De
Angels Camp, CA...(Frogtown, USA)..Today at The Calaveras County Fair & Jumping Frog Jubilee! Livestock Auction, Frog Jump Finals & Destruction Derby! Head on out, enjoy the fun and frog friendly weather...

Rain or Shine
Every Day….
7:00a.m…….Gates Open
7:30a.m…….Buyers’ Breakfast – Fur & Feathers Barn
9:00a.m….....Junior Livestock Auction—Awards Ceremony
9:30a.m…….Junior Livestock Auction Tower Pavilion & Goat Barn
Brought to you by the Bank of Stockton
· Frog Jump Entry Booth Open (Closes at 12:30)
· Frog Jump Bull Pen for new teams – Rosie the Ribiter’s Stage
10:00a.m…....Buildings and Booths Open
· Chef Ray Duey….Demonstration Kitchen in the Wine Pavilion
· Fun Jump Frog Jumping (until 1:00pm) –Rosie the Ribiter’s Stage
· Teams Challenge and Open Frog Jumping (until 1:00pm) - Main Stage
· Captain Jack Spareribs Pirate Show – Timber Town
10:30a.m….... Frog Spa opens for tours—underneath the Main Stage
11:00a.m……. Hillbilly Silly Science Show - Mark Twain Hall
· Cowgirl Tricks– Mark Twain Hall
· Doctor Solar – Tom Sawyer Hall
· Michelle Lambert – Ranch House
· Painted Rock Activities – Tom Sawyer Hall
1:00p.m…….Heather Evans – Mark Twain Hall
2:00p.m…….Captain Jack Spareribs Pirate Show – Timber Town
· Walt Hoyt – Ranch House Stage
· Michelle Lambert – Main Stage
· Walt Hoyt– Ranch House

3:00p.m…… Jump Challenges followed by the International Frog Jump Finals—Main Stage
· Best of Calaveras Has Talent – Mark Twain Hall
· Erin Enderlin – Ranch House Stage
4:00p.m…….Captain Jack Spareribs Pirate Show-Timber Town
5:00p.m……. Doctor Solar – Front Lawn
· Heather Evans– Mark Twain Hall
· Erin Enderlin – Ranch House Stage
· Dinner of the Porch – Frogeteria Deck (ticketed event)
5:30p.m…….Friends of the Fair $10,000
· Destruction Derby—Arena Produced by Moonbash Motorsports
6:00p.m…… Captain Jack Spareribs Pirate Show – Timber Town
· Hillbilly Science – Mark Twain Hall
7:00p.m……Cowgirl Tricks – Mark Twain Hall
8:00p.m…….Cabby- Mark Twain Hall
11:00p.m…...Grounds Close

More ….
Mi-wuk Village
Old Engine Show
Something Ridiculous
Fables of the West
Sterling the Bubblesmith
Petting Zoo
Pony Rides
Totally Twisted Balloons
07:30 AM - 11:30 AM All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast by Native Sons of the Golden West
Murphys, CA...Native Sons of the Golden West Monthly Breakfast – Chispa Parlor #139 of the Native Sons of the Golden West will serve an All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast at the Native Sons Hall from 7:30 to 11:30 am. Pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, orange juice, coffee and hot chocolate will be served. The breakfast is served on the third Sunday of each month. For more information, call 209-728-8902.

What is a Native Son of the Golden West?

What is a Native Son of the Golden West? Gold and “Newcomers” both have played a big part in the history
of the state of California, and both of them played a big role in the formation of the Native Sons of the Golden West.

To answer “What is a Native Son of the Golden West“
We must go back in history to the California Gold Rush, which was one of the unmatched marvels of American history. In 1848, California was a tranquil wilderness where the population density was so low that, on average, only one human being dwelt per each 528 square miles. But after President James K. Polk made the official announcement on Dec. 5, 1848 that gold had been discovered, things ramped up very quickly.

Gold seekers (mostly young men) came in droves from all corners of the earth. Within a short time, 100,000 people were living in California. They were industrious, civic-minded people. They held a Constitutional Convention, and activated a state government on Dec. 20, 1849. They acted so rapidly that it took Congress almost a year to catch up. Partially because California was not officially declared a state until Sept. 9, 1850.

It was an unparalleled phenomenon. No other American state has been organized in such “can-do” circumstances. But by the mid-1870s, many more new residents were flooding into California. They were Civil War veterans seeking grants of public lands. There were people who could enjoy the convenient transportation of the newly completed transcontinental railroad.

Old-timers shook their heads and worried that, with the nature of the population changing so rapidly. That it was only a matter of time before the colorful history of the Gold Rush and early-day statehood soon would be forgotten and neglected. So they hit upon an idea. Why not form an organization of men who had been BORN in California. Whose mission it would be to preserve the state’s history.

And that’s exactly what happened, causing the Native Sons of the Golden West to be formed on July 11, 1875.

What do Native Sons of the Golden West do?
UCSFCraniofacialCenterCheckCeremoneyLong before there were such things as state historical parks and the like, in the 1880s Native Sons kicked off fund-raising campaigns to save the disintegrating buildings that were icons of early California history;

We Native Sons also began placing historical markers and partnered with the state to encourage it to do the same (most notably starting with the monument at the gold discovery site at Coloma). Today, Native Sons are still very active:

Monthly Group (we call a parlor) Meetings. Our Charitable Foudation -provides funds to hospitals caring for children born with cleft palate Participating in local parades. Historical preservation. Dedications – including buildings or sites of historical importance. Sponsor history essay contents for school children, Scholarship awards to high school students, co-sponsor conferences and lectures and work with other historical organizations.

We also get involved in many other non-history related civic activities and charities. And we have our social side tooDonnerCelebration22. In this day and age, when it gets tiresome staring into the screen of a TV or computer monitor, we offer an alternative: The chance to look into real human faces at a multitude of dinners, family picnics, barbecues and other just-plain-fun events.
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

02:00 PM Murphys Creek Theatre's "Barefoot in the Park" is April 26th to May 19th
Murphys, CA...Love conquers All... Right? Opposites attract in Murphys Creek Theatre's hilarious spring production of Barefoot in the Park Newlyweds Paul & Corie Bratter have found the perfect little love nest in New York City. Never mind that you have to climb up 5 flights to get to it (6 if you count the front stoop) and that the heater works backward AND the forecast calls for snow! Oh, and there’s a hole in their skylight...Love can conquer all, right?

It's Neil Simon at his best. Barefoot in the Park debuted on Broadway in 1963 and became wildly successful. The tenth longest running non-musical play in Broadway History in fact. His follow up play was also a smash hit... ‘The Odd Couple.’

Overall, Simon garnered 17 Tony nominations and won three. During one season, he had four successful plays running on Broadway at the same time, and in 1983 became the only living playwright to have a New York theatre, the Neil Simon Theatre, named in his honor. Simon also drew "extensively on his own life and experience" for his stories, with settings typically in working-class New York City neighborhoods, similar to ones in which he grew up. In 1983, he began writing the first of three autobiographical plays, Brighton Beach Memoirs (1983), Biloxi Blues (1985) and Broadway Bound (1986). With them, he received his greatest critical acclaim. After his follow-up play, Lost in Yonkers (1991), Simon was awarded a Pulitzer Prize.

With a deft hand, Maryann Curmi is in her element directing this gem. "I absolutely LOVE Simon's writing, it's real, it's raw and it's ridiculous! "His knack for taking unsuspecting, completely lovable characters and tossing them in a ring just to see what happens is unparalleled. Having a cast that is such fun to work with makes it easy too!" says Curmi.

She's happy to be back at MCT after directing successful runs of "Over the River and Through the Woods", "Last of the Red Hot Lovers", Driving Miss Daisy" and "The Foreigner".

Leading the way as the newly weds are Michelle Low as Corie Bratter and Robbie Allen as Paul Bratter. "It's such a joy to revisit one of my favorite roles" says Allen, who, with Low, played Corie and Paul together 10 years ago, "we're older and a little wiser and are seeing these roles with fresh eyes. Our life experiences since the first go around have brought our understanding of these characters to new, hopefully funnier, heights."

The cast also consists of newcomers to the MCT stage David Rodrigues as the wacky neighbor Victor Velasco and Diane Rodrigues as Corie's straight laced mother, Ethyl Banks. Although new to MCT, David and Diane are no strangers to the stage, garnering impressive theatre resumes spanning decades.

Rounding out the cast is MCT alum Kirk Summers and the wise hard working Harry Pepper and newcomer Dave Stapp as the Delivery Man. Kirk was last seen in Inspecting Carol and The Foreigner.

Please take a walk in the Park with us.. We'll even let you keep your shoes on!

Barefoot in the Park runs April 26th - May 19th Thursday, Friday and Saturday @ 7pm Sundays @ 2pm

Murphys Creek Theatre
580 S. Algiers st.
Murphys CA 952479

For tickets please call 209-728-8422
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