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All Day Get Ready for the 47th Annual Bjornloppet XC Ski Race
Bear Valley, CA... Some exciting Bjornloppet news!! Two elite cross country skiers will be attending the Bjornloppet this year. Karl Bratrud and Kelsey Phinney registered yesterday and warmly agreed to help promote the event and socialize with participants both on and off the race course. Karl is a four-time National Cross Country Champion, and Kelsey Phinney is a World Cup Cross Country Racer with impressive finishes in both the US and Europe.
The Bjornloppet caught their attention as California’s longest-running cross country race and conveniently fit into their travel plans.


The Bear Valley Adventure Company is excited to host the 47th Bjornloppet XC Ski Race on February 8th and 9th, 2020. This event is the longest-running ski race in California and is a special opportunity to visit Bear Valley and test your skills on the groomed scenic trails. New this year is a 5 kilometer course to compliment the iconic 10K and 20K course. All ages and abilities welcome.
All Day February is American Heart Month! Free Cholesterol Tests For Women All Month Long!
San Andreas, CA...We can help save your life! Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women. FREE Complete Cholesterol Tests for Women during February Provided by Soroptimist International of Calaveras County. Soroptimist International of Calaveras County (SICC) provides financial support for this vital test during February, working with Mark Twain Medical Center. Since 1947, SICC has improved the lives of women and girls in Calaveras County. To learn more call 753.9700.


February is American Heart Month
We are celebrating the American Heart Association's "Go Red for Women" movement. Since 2004 "Go Red" has raised awareness that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women and has also promoted healthy lifestyle choices for everyone.

This test could literally save your life! Every woman should have a complete cholesterol test (lipid panel) that measures good and bad cholesterol and triglycerides that includes a risk evaluation for heart disease and stroke.
V. Dignity Health. Family Medical Centers & Mark Twain Medical Center Appointments 754.2968 FREE at Select Family Medical Centers and the Hospital James Dalton Medical Office 736.0813 Arnold 795.4193 Copperopolis 785.7000 590 Stanislaus Street • Angels Camp Meadowmont Center Lake Tulloch Plaza Valley Springs 772.9538 Mark Twain Medical Center 754.3521 La Contenta Plaza 768 Mountain Ranch Road, San Andreas


All Day What's Happening in Murphys From February 5 - 13
Murphys, CA...Saturdays in Murphys Walking Tours of Historic Downtown 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! Now Open: The Murphys Watering Hole featuring a curated list of the world's finest beers, ciders, and meads, from the most esoteric and hard to find to some everyone will know and an always changing menu, utilizing local farmhouse ingredients and featuring innovative vegetarian options, smoked and locally-cured meats, and new takes on familiar pub fare. Open Thursday through Tuesday, call (209) 890-7146 for more information or visit murphyswateringhole.com/.


February 5, 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!
February 5, 2020 – Taize Service at First Congregational Church - A contemplative candlelit service of prayers, readings and songs offering comfort and Peace to help refresh and relax from 7-8 pm. Call Faye at 209 890 7466 for more information.

February 6, 2020 – – The Business Association meets at the Murphys Historic Hotel at 8:30 am on the first Thursday of most every month. All interested parties are welcome to join us. We’ll be reviewing recent events, talking about upcoming events and brainstorming about the challenges of success. Please drop by and add your voice to the conversation.

February 6, 2020 – Winetastic Dinner Series at Murphys Grille featuring Vina Moda - Meet representatives from local wineries. They will pair their selected wines with dishes from Murphys Grille’s regular delicious dinner menu and share tips on winemaking and pairing wines with food. Glasses and bottles of featured wines will be greatly discounted for your enjoyment. Pair with their suggested food selections or simply go rogue and drink with anything! Receive 50% off one appetizer per table when selecting a featured wine of the night. Please inform your server that you would like to participate in the Winetastic Dinner to receive the discounts. Reservations highly recommended: 209-728-8800. Dining room opens at 5pm; dinner from 6-8 pm.

February 8, 2010 – Ninth Annual Heavenly Chocolate Festival - The ninth annual HEAVENLY CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Murphys will be on Saturday from 1 until 4 pm. All you can eat homemade chocolate delights. Wine to accompany the tasting will be available for adults.. Tickets can be ordered by emailing nugget@fccmurph.org or purchased at the door 509 N. Algiers St, Murphys, CA. All proceeds will support the outreach, educational and other programs sponsored by the church. Call Faye at 209 890 7466 for more information.

February 9, 2020 – 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!
February 9, 2020 – Artist Reception at Hovey Winery - Join us in welcoming Susan Ashby to the Hovey Tasting Room for a reception on February 9th from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Susan is a long time Calaveras County resident. She worked in publishing for 28 years and has traveled the world extensively. Susan devotes all available time to being an artist. Her collection shows her love of paper, texture, cubism and music. Susan’s art can be viewed in February and March 2020.

February 11, 2020 – Romantic Pasta-bilities Cooking Class at Marisolio - Join us Tuesday for a day of Romantic Pasta-bilities! Chef Melanie Klann returns for this wonderful Valentine’s themed demonstration featuring our delicious Pappardelle Pastas! The re will be TWO times available for this class: From 10 am- 12 PM and from 6 PM-8 PM Please call (209) 728-8853 or come into the store to reserve your spot ASAP.

February 11, 2020 – Local’s Night at Alchemy - Tuesday is local’s night at Alchemy. Enjoy local music while sipping $5 local wines, $5 Craft beers, $5 well cocktails and 50% off appetizers from 5:00pm-8:00pm

February 12, 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!

February 13, 2020 – Proof at Murphys Creek Theatre / Mind Matters Fundraiser - On Feb 13th 2020, enjoy an evening of Theatre and support a good cause in the process. All proceeds from this evening’s ticket sales will go to support Mind Matters. Mind Matters Clinic is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community-based treatment center for individuals and families who struggle with ADD/ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, and learning disabilities. Visit murphyscreektheatre.org/mind-matters-fundraiser/ for tickets and information. - The Calaveras Winegrape Alliance is set to host the 24th Annual Presidents’ Wine Weekend from 11:00 to 5:00 each day. After picking up commemorative wine glasses and wristbands at winemaker seminar, event attendees will enjoy hand-selected wine flights at 30 participating tasting rooms in Calaveras Wine Country. This popular event sells out each year so be sure and get your tickets in advance.


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All Day Stevenot Winery Presents Brandon Pierce Today at Music on the Patio
Vallecito, CA...Stevenot Winery Presents Brandon Pierce Today at Music on the Patio.  Come join us today! We are open 11-5 & music from 1-4.  Mimosas for purchase Bring a picnic and your friends.


On January 16, 2019 the Oliveto Family purchased the former location of Irish Vineyards in Vallecito, CA. This is the now the location of the Stevenot Winery production facility as well as a second Tasting Room currently opened every Saturday and Sunday. “We are excited to have this opportunity to move the production facility back to Calaveras County and to be close to Murphys.” stated Jon Oliveto, President and Production Manager for Stevenot Winery. With everyone in the company living in Murphys it made sense to pursue the opportunity. Over the past few months the Oliveto family has started on the complete remodeling to include the winery and tasting room as well as the historic Batten House. “We have so many plans including more parties and bringing live music to this venue. On weekends we will have winery and vineyard tours including barrel tastings.” said Lorraine Oliveto, Tasting Room Manager for both locations. Stevenot will be doing their crush in the new location and then begin production shortly after that working with Stevenot’s Winemaker, Nancy Steel. Stay tuned and look for more information on events and the Grand Opening!

More about the history of Stevenot Winery and the Oliveto Family . . . . .
Wine, gold, history, and heritage are all part of the rich and colorful tradition that is Stevenot Winery. With a new Winery Property and Tasting Room located in Vallecito and the Tasting Room on Main Street located in downtown Murphys, in the heart of the Sierra Foothills of Calaveras County, Stevenot’s beginnings hark back long before their first release of wine in 1979.

The first Stevenots came to the area during the great Gold Rush of the mid 1800’s. During that time vineyards began cropping up throughout the region as miners from France, Germany, and Italy were creating a demand for wine on an unprecedented scale. At one time the Sierra Foothills rivaled the areas of Napa and Sonoma combined in vineyard acreage with over 100 wineries established.

Although the industry eventually declined with the advent of prohibition, it wasn’t long before a fifth generation member of the Stevenot family took up where his family had left off and established the winery in the late 1970’s. Recognized as one of the pioneers of the rebirth of wine production in the Sierra Foothills, Stevenot Winery quickly secured its reputation for producing world class wines and for their innovative and award winning style.

A New Generation
On February 10, 2010 Oliveto Distributing, Inc. became the proud new owner of Stevenot Wines, operating the Stevenot Tasting Room on Murphys’ Main Street, as well as the Stevenot Wine Club. Brothers Jon Oliveto and David Oliveto are the Owners of the well-respected and long-standing distribution company previously based out of Sutter Creek and now located in Vallecito. “We are very honored and excited to have this opportunity!” exclaims David Oliveto, Vice President of Stevenot Winery. “We want to carry on the tradition of Barden Stevenot and grow the business. Stevenot has always been a quality brand, well respected in the community and has always sold very well. This compliments the wine in the bottle.” The Oliveto family has distributed Stevenot wines since the early 1980’s, when White Zinfandel was their best seller. “It’s all about quality.” adds Jon. “We have been in the distribution business our whole lives and will continue to focus on wine making.”

Oliveto Family History
Born and raised in Jackson, Jon and David began working at very early ages, with their father Ross Oliveto’s milk distributing business which opened in the late 1960’s. With close to 50 years in the industry serving the region, the Oliveto family knows the business and the community well.
In 1979 the milk distribution company was sold and the Oliveto family went into the beer and soft drink distribution business serving Calaveras, Amador and Tuolumne counties. In the early 1980’s a wine division was added. The company was honored with the Miller Masters award in the early 1990’s, placing them in the top seven distributors in the United States. They were also awarded the High Life Achievement by Miller Brewing Company in 2002 and 2003, given to the top 40 distributors out of a roster of 450 companies.

The community has embraced Jon and David with open arms. “It surprises us how excited people are about our new venture.” Jon said. “We are receiving overwhelming support.”

Jon and his wife Lori now live in Murphys. David has lived in Calaveras County for 20 years and resides in Murphys with his wife, Lorraine. Daughters Elizabeth and Brooke (with her husband Robert and newborn son Cashton) are also residents of Murphys.
All Day Our Sunday Edition with Local Features, Local Specials & More Every Sunday All Day Long!
Arnold, CA...Our goal is to bring back the feel of the old Sunday Paper. It was a day for features, profiles and most importantly the Rotogravure section with all the color ads that had kids begging mom & dad for the latest toys, Dad checking out the new hardware and automotive specials and Moms everywhere looking for the best for their families. So it was a day to let the hard news and crime stories wait till Monday if they could and focus on fun, family and of course Shopping. So join us for our Big, New, Sunday Edition where we will feature everything Fun, New, & most importantly On Sale at our local stores and businesses!!!



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03:00 PM Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands brings Bluegrass to Angels Camp on February 9
Angels Camp, CA...Last year attendees at the Calaveras County Arts Council’s performing-arts series Ovations had a chance to weigh in on the kinds of music they would like to hear at 2020’s winter concerts. According to the Arts Council Executive Director Kathy Mazzaferro, “bluegrass was one of the top genres requested. It’s what our audience wanted.” Choosing Laurie Lewis to scratch that itch was a no-brainer. “She’s one of the top bluegrass artists,” Mazzaferro said. “By all accounts, she’s amazing. We’re very grateful she was available.”



Fiddler, guitarist, singer, songwriter, and Grammy-winner Laurie Lewis has long been a staple of the Northern California (and beyond) bluegrass scene. “When I was in my early 20s I discovered the vibrant bluegrass community in the Bay Area and I just stayed,” she said. She’s built a career performing this traditional art form, helping found two West Coast legends, the Good Ol’ Persons Band and the Grant Street String Band, has twice been voted female vocalist of the year by the International Bluegrass Association. Her classic rendition of Kate Long’s song, "Who Will Watch the Home Place?" won International Bluegrass Song of the Year, and her latest album with her band the Right Hands, The Hazel and Alice Sessions, was nominated for the Best Bluegrass Recording Grammy in 2017. Lewis was an influencer in the bluegrass world before “influencer” was an Instagram path to fame.

Bluegrass is the quintessential melting-pot American music, hailing from Appalachia and built on a framework of influences from Africa, the British Isles and mainland Europe. Old time string music, blues, sacred music, gospel, and jazz intertwined to create the high lonesome sound and rollicking stringed instrumentals that burst into life the early 20th century with performers like Bill Monroe, the Carter Family, and Ralph Stanley.

“It is a very communal sort of music,” Lewis said. “You want to be in a band to play it. It’s so much about communication with the other band members.” With her silvery voice, Lewis weaves intricate and skin-tingling harmonies with members of The Rights Hands: Singer and mandolin player Tom Rozum, Banjo player Patrick Sauber, fiddle player Brandon Godman, and stand-up bass player Andrew Conklin.

Lewis says she and the band gravitate towards the older traditional style, as opposed to the modern smoother style of bluegrass. Although she admits that “I also write a lot of songs, and I’m not necessarily bound to the tradition when I write. It’s impossible to be true to yourself and be a complete dyed-in-the-wool traditionalist.”

Traditional doesn’t equal stuffiness. “I would argue that blue grass started out as a pretty cutting edge music,” Lewis said. “It was music that combined the interest of Bill Monroe. He loved the church singing and old time fiddle tunes, and he was a singer songwriter. You could sort of define it as a singer song writer with a string band. If you look at it that way, we are perfectly in the tradition.”

The Calaveras County Arts Council presents Laurie Lewis on Sunday, February 9
3 to 5 p.m.

Tickets: $25 adults/$10 under 18. Available online at www.calaverasarts.org, or call 209/754-1774 Monday through Thursday.

Location: Dr. Elliott Smart Performing Arts Center, Bret Harte High
School, Angels Camp
06:00 PM Beppe Gametta returns to Murphys!
Murphys, CA...Sunday, February 9, 6:00 pm Beppe Gametta returns to Murphys! Beppe is a renowned guitarist, singer, composer, and researcher who loves to perform and tell stories about his journeys with a sense of humor and irony. Mentored by Doc Watson, Beppe shows in his performances a new and unique approach to flat picking the acoustic guitar, a style that he developed in a career of forty years of travelling, meeting with masters of many cultures, researching old forgotten traditions, and performing for audiences of different Continents.


Suggested donation of $20 per person

Please email nugget@fccmurph.org for more information.

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