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Sunday, Apr 21
All Day Spring Photography Contest at New Melones Lake!
All Day Make Plans for Easter Brunch at CAMPS
All Day Railtown 1897 Celebrates Easter with Egg Hunt, Train Rides, Visit by the Easter Bunny & More!
All Day The Importance of Being Earnest at The Metropolitan
All Day Railtown 1897 Offers Wildly Popular Wildflower Trains -- 4/13, 14, 20 & 21!
07:30 AM All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast by Native Sons of the Golden West
10:30 AM Make Plans For Easter Brunch at Murphys Historic Hotel
11:00 AM Town Tours of Columbia State Historic Park Every Weekend!
Monday, Apr 22
All Day Spring Photography Contest at New Melones Lake!
Tuesday, Apr 23
All Day Spring Photography Contest at New Melones Lake!
10:00 AM Grief Support Classes Offered By Hospice of Amador & Calaveras
11:00 AM Chronic Disease Self-Management is Focus of "A Plan 4 Me" Free Health Seminar on April 23rd
Wednesday, Apr 24
All Day Spring Photography Contest at New Melones Lake!
06:00 PM Overeaters Anonymous (OA)
06:30 PM Overeaters Anonymous (OA) Meeting
Thursday, Apr 25
All Day Spring Photography Contest at New Melones Lake!
Friday, Apr 26
All Day Spring Photography Contest at New Melones Lake!
Saturday, Apr 27
All Day The 2019 Calaveras County Airport Fly-In & Open House
All Day Spring Photography Contest at New Melones Lake!
10:00 AM Agents of Discovery Digital Scavenger Hunt in Columbia
10:00 AM Old Timers Museum Walking Tours Are Every Saturday at 10am.
11:00 AM Town Tours of Columbia State Historic Park Every Weekend!
12:00 PM Get Your Tickets for Taste of Calaveras 2019 at Ironstone Vineyards
02:00 PM Be Crowned “Champion of the Wharf” at Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort’s Lobster Eating Contest
06:00 PM Don't Miss the 10th Annual Arnold Library FUNdraising Dinner!
Sunday, Apr 28
All Day Spring Photography Contest at New Melones Lake!
11:00 AM Town Tours of Columbia State Historic Park Every Weekend!
11:45 AM Phantom of the Pawpera Champagne Brunch
Monday, Apr 29
All Day Spring Photography Contest at New Melones Lake!
Tuesday, Apr 30
All Day Spring Photography Contest at New Melones Lake!
10:00 AM Grief Support Classes Offered By Hospice of Amador & Calaveras
Wednesday, May 1
All Day Spring Photography Contest at New Melones Lake!
06:00 PM Overeaters Anonymous (OA)
06:30 PM Overeaters Anonymous (OA) Meeting
Thursday, May 2
All Day Spring Photography Contest at New Melones Lake!
12:30 PM Mentoring Program Information Session
Friday, May 3
All Day Spring Photography Contest at New Melones Lake!
All Day The 14th Annual Gold Rush Writers Conference at Hotel Leger – May 3, 4, 5, 2019
Saturday, May 4
All Day Spring Photography Contest at New Melones Lake!
All Day The 14th Annual Gold Rush Writers Conference at Hotel Leger – May 3, 4, 5, 2019
All Day Sutter Creek's Knight Foundry Announces a Hands-On Workshop
08:00 AM Hot Copper Car Show
11:00 AM The 9th Annual Soroptimist Chili Cook Off
11:00 AM Town Tours of Columbia State Historic Park Every Weekend!

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02/24/2019 - "Cattle in the Sierra" Presentation at the Old School House in Murphys on February 24th
Murphys, CA...Grazing cattle in the high country is a subject of controversy. Historic traditions and public use of forest resources must be balanced with water quality, meadow impacts, and the ringing of cowbells. A grant from California Humanities allowed historian Judith Marvin and Julia Costello to research this topic and a museum presentation---and this short film—are a result of their study. With help from the US Forest Service, Central Sierra Environmental Resource Center, and the Rasmussen, Dell’Orto, and Whittle ranching families, both history and modern practices are addressed. All are welcome to the presentation and reception.

Presented by the Murphys Old Timers Museum, this project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. visit TextBold TextBold Text
04/20/2019 - Don't Miss a Great Time for Great Causes at the Annual DSA Fundraiser
San Andreas, CA...Calaveras County DSA is a non-profit organization. Since our inception, the DSA has donated to local charities and youth organizations within Calaveras County, and we look to continue these contributions for years to come. Tickets available now by calling Greg Stark 209-754-6783 or Chad Poortinga 209-754-6493.

Today at 5 PM – 11:59 PM
San Andreas town hall
24 Church Hill Rd, San Andreas, California 95249
04/19/2019 - The Importance of Being Earnest at The Metropolitan
San Andreas, CA...The Importance of Being Earnest, A Trivial Comedy for Serious People, by Oscar Wilde, is a farcical comedy in which the protagonists maintain fictitious personæ to escape burdensome social obligations. The comedy features local actors, Sean M. Lewis, Matthew Hobgood, Vickie Hall, Bailey Hoffman, Kathy Mazzaferro, Beverly Woodland Daly, Stephen Daly, Kaiya Hall, and Colton Maravelias. It is directed by Cyndie Klorer, stage managed by Missie Maury, and costumed by Ann Mazzaferro.

The Importance of Being Earnest opens at The Metropolitan at 59 Main Street in San Andreas on April 19 & 20, 2019. Dinner theater option begins at 5:00 PM. Performance begins at 7:00 PM. Additional performances will be April 26, 27, and a Sunday matinee on April 28. Reservations are required for dinner shows.

For reservations, call 209-754-5555, or visit

Online tickets available:
04/21/2019 - Make Plans For Easter Brunch at Murphys Historic Hotel
Murphys, CA...In continuous operation since 1856, the Murphys Historic Hotel is a quaint and charming piece of yesterday in the heart of the picturesque California Gold Rush town of Murphys in Calaveras County. This registered National Historic Landmark has hosted such notable historic figures as Ulysses S. Grant, Mark Twain, Horatio Alger, Susan B. Anthony, JP Morgan, John Wayne, Sunny Ficus, and Charles Bolton, a.k.a. Black Bart the “Gentleman Bandit.” Step into our parlor, and step back in time! Murphys Historic Hotel is the only hotel on historic Main Street and the only hotel in town providing a full service dining room and saloon seven days a week! If desired, guests may park their car for their entire stay, and walk the Main Street to shop and sample local wines from 24 tasting rooms. Over eight vineyards surround the town of Murphys. The Murphys Historic Hotel offers

29 guest rooms, including 9 in the original historic stone building and 20 in two “modern” wings added in the 1950’s and 60’s

Fine dining in our historic dining room, open to serve you 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with seasonal outdoor patio dining

Old fashioned saloon with full service bar and periodic live entertainment on weekends
Meeting facilities and banquet rooms for seminars, receptions, meetings, weddings, conferences and special events, with full service catering

Lawn garden for our lodging guests and groups to use for their special outdoor events

Easy access to wineries, art galleries, natural wonders such as the Calaveras Big Trees, Moaning and Mercer Caverns and activities such as golf, skiing, river rafting, cycling, biking and more!

History of the Murphys Historic Hotel

The Murphys Hotel was first opened in the summer of 1856 by James Sperry and John Perry, and was known for many years as the Sperry & Perry Hotel. The hotel thrived as the natural stopover for Matteson’s Stage en route from the railhead at Milton to the Calaveras Big Trees, which had just been discovered by A.T. Gus Dowd in 1852. The grove of giant sequoias was one of the greatest natural wonders of the nineteenth century, attracting people from all over the world. Mercer Caverns, discovered in 1885 by Walter J. Mercer one mile away from the hotel, also enticed many visitors to the area, as did the rich gold diggings.

Notable guests who stayed at the Murphys Hotel during its early years include Mark Twain, Horatio Algiers Jr., John Jacob Astor, Thomas J. Lipton, J.P. Morgan, and former President Ulysses S. Grant. Copies of the original registration signatures of these notables may be viewed today in the hotel’s lobby. The original register now resides at the Calaveras County Museum in San Andreas.

Fire destroyed most of downtown Murphys and damaged the hotel in 1859. The hotel was protected because of it’s stone construction and iron shutters, and was restored and reopened in 1860. The hotel was operated by a succession of owners over the next 100 years, undergoing two name changes, first to the Mitchler Hotel and then, in 1945, to the Murphys Hotel. In 1963, a group of 35 investors purchased the hotel. Former University of the Pacific students, they had been coming to the hotel since 1942 as members of the informal Murphys Ale and Quail Club, and called their investment group the “Murphys Ale and Quail Corporation.” Numerous improvements were made to the facility over the years, including the addition of the two motel wings just west of the original structure.
In 1978, several original members as well as two new investors formed a new corporation called MAQ, Inc. The group achieved a listing for the hotel on the National Register of Historic Places. In 2003, long-time Calaveras county resident Dorian Faught became the sixth owner of the Murphys Hotel. Under Faught’s guidance, additional enhancements and improvements to the hotel were made, with close attention to preserving the character and feel of this very historic facility. in 2012 a trio of managers took over operations to help guide the nineteenth century hotel into catering to 21st century guests.

Over 150 years after it first opened, the Murphys Hotel still hosts travelers touring the central Mother Lode region while also functioning as the true center piece for the downtown Murphys business community. Local fraternal, service, and professional organizations use the hotel for their monthly meetings, and the hotel regularly hosts seminars, retreats and board meetings for a number of state associations, cities and other organizations from outside the area. The Murphys Hotel is not simply a preserved relic of the nineteenth century. Rather, it proudly continues its long-standing tradition of serving the needs of its community and travelers from around the world.

05/26/2019 - “THE PARTY – Boots and Bling” Sunday, May 26, 2019 Vida Buena Farm, Vallecito
Vallecito, CA...THE PARTY is moving out to the barn! Grab your boots and bling and mark your calendar to join the fun on Sunday, May 26, 2019, from 6-10pm at Vida Buena Farm, 3286 Vallecito Bypass Road, Vallecito. The atmosphere will be relaxed yet festive in celebration of this year’s “Boots and Bling” theme; and tickets are only $40 per person, available at or by calling 209-736-7706. THE PARTY is the Calaveras Mentoring Foundation’s largest annual fundraiser for the Calaveras Youth Mentoring Program.

The Mentoring Foundation is taking THE PARTY 2019 in a fun new direction: instead of formal sit-down dinner, there will be delicious barbeque and all the fixin’s by Outer Aisle Catering, so revelers can mix and mingle all evening long at seating scattered throughout the venue. There will live music by Slade Rivers Band, dancing (perhaps even some line dancing,) an exciting live auction, and raffle prizes. This year’s treasure chest keys are just $50 for a chance to win a trip to Nashville or New Orleans, designed exclusively for the winner by Above and Beyond Travel.

Sponsorships for THE PARTY are available now and include tickets, keys, and other special benefits. Information about sponsorship is available by contacting Donna R. Shannon, sponsorship coordinator, at 209-754-4997.

The Calaveras Mentoring Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness and funds for youth mentoring in Calaveras County. The Calaveras Youth Mentoring Program connects local youth with safe, positive mentors who offer friendship, opportunity, and support for making healthy life decisions. For more information about the Calaveras Youth Mentoring Program, please visit

04/27/2019 - Agents of Discovery Digital Scavenger Hunt in Columbia
Columbia, CA...Columbia State Historic Park is proud to present a new, exciting opportunity for students and families to learn about the historic town’s rich history. The park now boasts its own virtual scavenger hunt game, Agents of Discovery, which teaches the history of the town through scattered clues and historical photos.

Bring your family and join us for our Agents of Discovery kickoff event at Columbia State Historic Park on April 27th from 10AM to 2PM to help us launch this exciting new feature. Receive a special prize for playing the game between 10AM and 2PM. The museum on Main Street will have free devices to use for gameplay and at 1:00PM, the park will offer a special behind the scenes tour.

This virtual scavenger hunt is free and geared toward children aged 7-12. The app can be downloaded on any smart phone through the app store by searching for “Agents of Discovery”.

For more information about this kick-off event or to find out more information about the game please contact Amber Stegner at (209) 536-2913 or
04/19/2019 - Ski Free at Bear Valley on Friday, April 19th!! Grab Your Friends, Neighbors & Even Strangers & Hea
Bear Valley, CA...On Friday, April 19th Join us to celebrate the last Friday of the season, for FREE! Our 2018/19 season has offered us countless days of PURE MOUNTAIN FUN. With a 156in base of snow, our spring riding is one for the books. To celebrate the season end we want to give you and ALL YOUR FRIENDS a chance to RIDE FOR FREE!

04/27/2019 - Don't Miss the 10th Annual Arnold Library FUNdraising Dinner!
Arnold, CA...Announcing our 10th Annual Arnold Library FUNdraising dinner. Saturday, April 27th, 6pm Ebbetts Pass Moose Lodge. Sponsored by the Arnold Friends of the Library and the Women of the Moose. We will be bringing back our much-loved raffle with prizes donated by generous patrons and local merchants. Get your dinner and raffle tickets at the Arnold Library Tuesday through Saturday 10am to 4pm. Raffle tickets will be available at the event as well. See you there!

05/11/2019 - 12th Annual Kid's Day In The Garden
San Andreas, CA...The 12th Annual Kid's Day In The Garden. This is a FREE Family Event! Ride the smoothie Bike, Explore the World of Worms, Experience Sensory Play, Face Painting, Music time, Farm Stand, Plant Flowers to Take Home, Create Nature Art, Saturday, May 11 10:00am-12:00pm, UCCE Master Gardener, Demonstration Garden 891 Mountain Ranch Road, San Andreas. For more information, contact UCCE Master Gardeners of Calaveras County at (209) 754-2880

It is the policy of the University of California (UC) and the UC Division of Agriculture & Natural Resources not to engage in discrimination against or harassment of any person in any of its programs or activities (Complete nondiscrimination policy statement can be found at ).

Inquiries regarding ANR’s nondiscrimination policies may be directed to UCANR, Affirmative Action Compliance & Title IX Officer, University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources, 2801 Second Street, Davis, CA 95618, (530) 750-1397.
05/04/2019 - The 9th Annual Soroptimist Chili Cook Off
Murphys, CA....Put on your favorite Kentucky Derby Hat and race on down to the Murphys Historic Hotel for the 9th annual Chili Cook Off sponsored by Soroptimist International of Calaveras County! On Saturday, May 4th Chili Cookers and Tasters will gather on the Hotel lawn from 11 am to 2 pm for this fun, family event with live music from Plan B Band! This year’s theme, “Derby DeMayo” will find most everyone in their best Derby Hat enjoying a variety of Chili recipes, with fabulous Raffle Basket opportunities!

Tasting is $10 each, children 6 & under are free with a parent or grandparent ticket. Chili Cooker Trophies are awarded at 2:30 pm plus an award for the Best Derby Theme and Best Derby Hat worn by a Cooker or a Taster! Proceeds benefit Soroptimist Programs for women and girls in the Motherlode region. For more information, or call 209-753-9700.
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