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09/01/2019 - The Calaveras Community Band's Labor Day Concert
Murphys, CA...Labor Day Concert, Monday, September 2, 2019, 5:00 p.m. Murphys Community Park! Come listen to the Calaveras Community Band perform a free Labor Day Concert at the Murphys Community Park on Monday, September 2, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. (Please note this time is earlier than usual starting times.) The Calaveras Community Band is led by Conductor Mic Harper, and its members play all manner of instruments: trumpets, trombones, flutes, clarinets, saxophones, drums, and more! They are something special!


Bring your friends and family to Murphys Park to enjoy the live music on this Labor Day holiday celebrating the hard workers who make this country great. You might want to bring a picnic dinner and your swimsuit for a dip in the creek, while the Band performs familiar favorites. There will be something for everyone!

Musicians of all ages and experience are invited to join the Calaveras Community Band. For more information, please contact conductor Mic Harper at (209) 770-1258; or Carol Thompson at (209) 728-5001, calaverascommunityband@gmail.com; or visit our website at calaverascommunityband.org. We would love to have you join the Band!
08/31/2019 - 47th Annual Labor Day Weekend Arts & Crafts Festival, Aug. 31 & Sept. 1
Arnold, CA...Situated among the pines and redwoods, Arnold’s popular end-of-summer celebration features over 50 booths of original crafts & art of all kinds – all exhibited by the artists: Woodwork, metal sculpture, yard art, pottery, jewelry, quilts, chain-saw sculptures, soaps & spa essentials, fine art, clothing, scarves, dolls, birdhouses/feeders, fused glass plates & windchimes, hand-painted furniture, photography, kid’s toys, hats, purses, succulents, leather, – just to name a few! There’s gourmet foods to sample and face painting & henna for the kids – or ‘adult’ kids.


Continuous shows of live country/swing music by the “Homegrown Trio” from Modesto both days! This trio has been with the Festival for over 30 years and are very popular!

The Ebbett’s Pass Volunteer Fire Dptm. always serves local Calaveras County beers, and a variety of home-made, hot prepared food booths, kettlekorn, pre-packaged foods of all kinds for you gourmet chefs, and baked goodies round out the deliciousness!

The Festival hours are 10am - 5pm Sat., and 10am – 4pm Sun., and is held on the park-like grounds around Bristol’s Ranch House Café in downtown Arnold. Admission and parking are free, so come join the celebration!

For GPS directions, the address is 961 Highway 4, Arnold, CA, 95223.

For further information, please call: 925-372-8961 or e-mail Kim at afterthegoldrush@sbcglobal.net
08/31/2019 - Pool Party At Big Trees Fitness
Arnold, CA...Our facility is a landmark in the Arnold, California area. After a period of inactivity for several years, we have recently refurbished the entire facility, purchased tons of new equipment, trained and certified staff, and have opened the most complete fitness facility in Calaveras County.


Come check us out. We feel you’ll see how reasonable our pricing is and want to join us. You are completely welcome to use the facility as a drop-in guest, and we welcome you just as much as any member. We hope to see you soon.
08/31/2019 - Giant Book Sale at Arnold Library
Arnold, CA...Over the Labor Day weekend Friends of the Library hosts a Giant Book Sale at the Arnold Branch Library, 1065 Blagen Road (just off Hwy 4), from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, August 31 and Sunday, September 1. Hardcover and paperback books, children's books, CDs, DVDs and more! Win an Apple Watch Series 4 (retail value: $529). Raffle tickets $10 each - a fundraiser for the library. More info at 795-1009.

08/31/2019 - A Weekend of Music at Brice Station Vineyards! Risky Biscuits Aug 31st & Poor Man's Whiskey Sep
Murphys, CA...Fresh outta the oven, the Risky Biscuits totes a more diverse band than a New York Subway. Whether passionately pursuing all four commemorative cans of the banquet beer or vehemently bellowing for the freshest of pots, this band is the tits. From the Sierra Nevada foothills, the Risky Biscuits bring an original mix of heel-kicking stompers and humble ballads, creating an eclectic mix of Americana, bluegrass, and country.










Birds of Chicago at Brice Station from James Freeman on Vimeo.



SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 1 ~ POOR MAN’S WHISKEY
“Northern California’s outlaw music bards bring a reputation for high-energy live shows and an incomparable fusion of bluegrass/old time, southern rock, and old school jam to stages and festivals worldwide. Poor Man’s Whiskey has been growing exponentially in the past 5 years selling out venues across the country such as the legendary Fillmore in SF.This “High-Octane Hootenanny” will certainly delight those interested in a foot-stompin good time. Poor Man’s Whiskey has evolved into a ragged, spontaneous beast pulling from equally deep wells of story-telling originals, expertly crafted covers and zany on-stage shenanigans. PMW has released 6 studio albums and have a stunning repertoire to choose songs from creating a new show every night. In addition to their upbeat original sets Poor Man’s Whiskey have developed special late night “tribute sets” with their original bluegrass/americana twists which include “Dark Side of the Moonshine” (bluegrass interpretation of the classic Pink Floyd album) , “Graceland” (tribute to the classic Paul Simon album), “Old and In the Way”, “Tribute to Allman Brothers Band”, and “Tribute to Kate Wolf”. Crowds of all ages will sing, dance and have a good time!” – from the Poor Man’s Whiskey website

Risky Biscuits ~ Saturday, August 31st ~ $20.00
Doors 5:30 ~ Music 7:00 ~ Jimbo Scott Opening
Wine Club Members and Children Under 12 ~ FREE
Labor Day Weekend 2-Day Pass $40.00

Saturday and Sunday, August 31st - September 1st
Risky Biscuits and Poor Man's Whiskey
Doors 5:30 ~ Music 7:00 ~ both nights
Wine Club Members and Children Under 12 FREE

Save $5 on the ticket price when you attend both concerts! Come hang with us at Brice Station all Labor Day weekend, with local favorites Risky Biscuits serenading us on Saturday evening and legendary Poor Man’s Whiskey tearing up the stage on Sunday evening.

Camp up the hill in Arnold or Dorrington, rent a house next door in Forest Meadows, or enjoy the vacation at your favorite weekend getaway. Contact info@bricestation.com with any questions!

A new overnight option is 'Sierra Circles Sculpture Garden' at Brice Station
https://www.hipcamp.com/california/sierra-circles-sculpture-garden/sierra-circles-sculpture-garden

Doors 5:30 ~ Music 7:00 ~ both nights
Wine Club Members and Children Under 12 FREE

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08/30/2019 - Bluesbox Bayou at "FM On The Green" on August 30th at Forest Meadows Golf Course
Murphys, CA - Forest Meadows Public Golf Course located in the beautiful Forest Meadows gated community, on Highway 4, four miles east of Murphys. The scenic 9 hole course weaves among towering pines, oaks, and cedars. Come play 9 or 18 holes on the Robert Trent Jones Jr. designed course. The course provides opportunities for avid golfers and beginners alike. Forest Meadows is a family friendly, casual dress golf course.


No need to rush out after a fun game of golf, stay for lunch at the Cafe on the Green’s patio overlooking the 9th hole while watching golfers approach shots and putts on the final hole. The restaurant is open Friday through Sunday, 11 am to 3 pm.

Make Forest Meadows Golf Course your live music destination this summer for the free Night on the Green concert series. This is the second year of outdoor concerts on the golf course brought to you by Friends of Forest Meadows.

Beginning in May, the concerts will be held twice monthly starting at 6 pm. Featured local bands are sure to get you singing along and dancing.

Dinner will be available for purchase until sold out. The clubhouse bar will be open, serving soda, wine, and cold draft beer. Guests are encouraged to bring their own folding chairs. Due to limited parking, please plan to carpool if possible. No RSVP needed. No pets please.

Come join the fun and see what Forest Meadows Golf Course has to offer. You too will want to live, work, and play in Forest Meadows!

Forest Meadows Golf Club & Cafe on the Green
633 Forest Meadows Drive (PO Box 70)
Murphys, CA 95247

Phone: 209-728-3430
Email: friendsoffm@gmail.com

Website: http://www.forestmeadowsgolf.com/

Thank you for supporting local business.
05/07/2019 - The 2019 "Taco Tuesdays" Concert Series at Bistro Espresso...Tonight Jill & The Giants!
Arnold, CA...Come on out for Taco Tuesday at Bistro Espresso tonight 6-8pm, featuring Jill Warren & The Giants! Please remember to bring a picnic blanket or chairs and to leave your pets and personal alcohol at home!The place to be in the mountains this summer every Tuesday evening is Bistro Espresso in Arnold. Their legendary "Taco Tuesdays" are back and ready for your Tuesday enjoyment.


The Bistro serves fresh, made-to-order American cuisine, created by Chef Tony Miller. We serve fair trade, organic espresso, coffee, beer & wine, breakfast and lunch. Our Menu features weekly and daily specials. We serve breakfast until 11 am and all other food items all day until an hour before closing.

Our atmosphere is casual and kid-friendly. We have indoor and outdoor seating and feature special events and live music. Whether sit in or take out, we welcome you to Bistro Espresso!
08/31/2019 - The 24th Annual Sierra Nevada Logging Museum Jamboree is August 31st!
Arnold, CA...The 24th annual Logging Jamboree is August 31st 9:00 to 5:00 at 2148 Dunbar Rd. White Pines. Benefit Sierra Nevada Logging Museum. Prizes, BBQ by Moose, Silent Auction, Kids Games. This wonderful annual Labor Day Weekend jamboree has something for adults and children. The Arnold Rim Trail Association will once again have a booth at the Jamboree, as will our friends from the Calaveras District of the Forest Service. Located in White Pines. Delicious food and beer, wine and soft drinks will be available. Raffle with cool prizes.




Cost to compete (Previous year costs. Please contact the Sierra Nevada Logging Museum to confirm): Amateurs: no cost. Professional: $10. Cost to observe: $8 per person, kids are FREE, Couples $15. Please call 209-768-3449 for more information.

COST
Please contact the Sierra Nevada Logging Museum to confirm costs: Amateurs: no cost. Professional: $10. Cost to observe: $8 per person, kids are FREE, Couples $15

What the Museum Does
The Sierra Nevada Logging Museum —

• Conveys the history of the logging and lumbering industry as it evolved in the Sierra Nevada region since the mid 1800s before the discovery of gold to the present day.

• Educates visitors about the economic, social, cultural and environmental effects of this industry on the development of communities in the Sierra Nevada.

• Acts as a resource center for education and historical research.

• Describes current trends in the Sierra Nevada logging and lumber industry, and the social and economic influences that continue to shape it.

• Keeps the history of the logging industry in the Sierra Nevada region alive so that its historical relevance is not lost.
09/26/2019 - Kathleen Brown, Former Ca State Treasurer, to Tell Brown Family Story At Calaveras County Historical
Vallecito, CA...Ms. Brown will share her family’s story and her efforts to learn more about her family’s roots and the Vallecito area. Her grandmother, Alice M. Cuneo, was descended from the Giovanni Batiste Cuneo family, early settlers who built the Cuneo Building in Vallecito in 1851. In a recent interview she commented: “Just imagine the miners and the people who came to shop at the store which offered an unbelievable range of everything from picks and shovels to vermicelli and champagne!”


The Brown family’s connection to Vallecito was renewed last fall when her brother,Jerry Brown, Governor of California at that time, was spotted in the area looking for traces of his ancestor’s building. Vallecito resident Joel Metzger struck up a conversation with Governor Brown and subsequently wrote a news story published last fall in the Calaveras Enterprise about the visit.

Upon learning of the family’s history in Calaveras County, the Historical Society reached out to Kathleen, “self-appointed historian” of the Brown family, to request that she tell her family’s story to a local audience.

Ms. Brown will share her family’s story of their ancestors and the Vallecito area on Thursday, September 26th at the Chatom-School Street Winery in Vallecito, located at 1969 Highway 4.

Date: September 26th, 2019
Time: 5:00 pm “Social Hour” followed by Dinner
Cost: $25 per person – make checks payable to: Calaveras Co. Historical Society (CCHS)
Send to: CCHS, P.O. Box 721, San Andreas, CA 95249

For more information call the Calaveras County Historical Society at 209 754-1058
08/25/2019 - Stevenot Music on the Patio is Every Sunday All Summer Long
Vallecito, CA...Stevenot Music on the Patio is Every Sunday All Summer Long.  Come join us today! We are open 11-5 music by Greg Sutton 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.

The Oliveto family welcomes and encourages your comments, suggestions and input.

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