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01/21/2020 - Spaghetti Dinner Drive Through
On Tuesday, January 21, Central Calaveras Firefighters Association is
hosting a Spaghetti Dinner Drive Through from 4-6:30 p.m. at the
Glencoe Firestation 4, 15815 Highway 26, Glencoe. Drive through any
time to pick up the dinner of spaghetti (meatless available), green
salad, French bread and fresh baked cookie for $7 for an individual
dinner and $25 for a family of 4 dinner. This fundraiser is raising
money for the Glencoe Firestation Maintenance and Refurbishment.

Please come and enjoy a meal you don't have to prepare yourself.
01/12/2020 - Cantamos Opens Ovations Winter Concert Season
Angels Camp, CA...The first concert of the Ovations winter concert season at the Bret Hart Performing Arts Center will be the band Cantamos, a popular local band that refuses to be put in a genre box with their mix of big band, rock, rhythm and blues, folk, pop, and even classical music. “We’re so hard to describe,” said Macfarlane. “We have an eclectic mix of our favorite songs. In the past we’ve moved from arias to Latin favorites, to contemporary pop songs.” Indeed, Michela leads the band seamlessly across the world music landscape with a cheerful whirlwind of songs like the Brazilian bosso nova hit “Corcovado” and the German/Yiddish big band romp “Bei Mire Bist Du Shön,” as well as rollicking Aretha Franklin covers and the novelty song “Mambo Italiano.”

Cantamos isn’t restricted to English. Macfarlane is a musical polyglot; their concerts can feel like a world tour. “My favorite thing is to sing in a bunch of different languages. Italian, French Spanish, Portuguese,” she said. Chestnut kitschy pop songs like “These Boots are Made for Walking” shine when Macfarlane sings them in French. And Cantamos covers a variety of unusual material, like their rendition of Pink Martini’s “Je ne Veux Pas Travailler (Sympatique).”

The eight piece group is blessed with a line up of talent to back Macfarlane: Fred Treece on guitars and vocals, Tonja Peterson on vocals and percussion, Ray Price on drums and percussion, and Ron Schaner on bass and vocals mix it up with the horn section—Ras Beeken Dan on sax, flute, and clarinet, Gunther Hsue on trumpet (he also plays keyboard), and Matt Albright on Trombone.

“It can be tricky to play with a horn section,” Macfarlane admitted. “Especially with my vocal range, which is pretty high. A lot of times the vocals can get lost. That’s been one of the challenges.” But she said that the horns, led by Beeken, make it work. “It’s so awesome to have that full section that a horn section brings. There are so many possibilities.”

Macfarlane said that each musician contributes to the band’s material by bringing in their favorite pieces. “Each of our songs has a special meaning to at least someone in our group, for example Ray brought in Corcovado, Ron brought in Sara Bareilles’ “Love Song” and Gunther brought in Sting’s “La Belle Dame Sans Regrets.” Whatever memory or desire they have connected to it we then make it our own collective effort and polish it into a rendition that speaks to all of us.”

“We are presenting our usual eclectic repertoire mix,” Macfarlane said, “but we’re breathing new life into it. Gunther Hsue and I will do a Mozart aria from Le Nozze di Figaro, new to our show. Tonja, Fred, and I will also be doing a couple new songs with gorgeous harmonies, pieces that you just don’t hear every day.”

“I think one of the most important things we are doing for this show is coming up with fresh arrangements for our songs that harness the talent of all of us on stage in such a way that features as many moments of brilliance as possible.”

The Calaveras County Arts Council presents Cantamos
Sunday, January 12
3 to 5 p.m.
Tickets: $25 adults/$10 under 18. Available online at, or call 209/753-0127 Monday through Thursday.
02/15/2020 - The 24th Annual Presidents' Wine Weekend is February 15th & 16th! Get Your Tickets Early!!
Murphys, CA...The Calaveras Winegrape Alliance is set to host the 24th Annual Presidents’ Wine Weekend on February 15th and 16th 2020 from 11:00 to 5:00 each day. Calaveras Wine Country stretches between Angels Camp and Murphys at the base of the Sierra Foothills and is just 90 minutes from the Bay Area. The perfect wine and adventure wonderland.

NEW THIS YEAR! Advance ticket holders will begin the day at a winery for a 45-minute winemaker seminar (included in ticket price). 2-day ticket holders get first-access to one winemaker seminar each day. Confirmed winemaker seminar locations include: Brice Station Vineyards, Chatom Winery, Coppermine Winery, Locke Vineyards, Boyle MacDonald Wines, Aloria Vineyards, Stevenot Winery, Prospect 772 and Twisted Oak. Watch for more being added! Winemaker seminar locations and details will be emailed one week in advance of the event.

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. Check this page to find out if event is SOLD OUT before heading to the Calaveras Winegrape Alliance Wine Information Center 202 Main Street Murphys, CA to get same-day tickets.

Also, we invite you to explore winery events, winemaker dinner parties, live music and weekend celebrations throughout Calaveras County!

Watch for our Presidents' Wine Weekend Events Schedule releasing January 17th. We are working with our members to offer Lodging Packages, VIP dinner event tickets, Ski & Play programs, and more.

The 24th Annual Presidents’ Wine Weekend event is presented by the Calaveras Winegrape Alliance (CWA) and co-sponsored by Bear Valley Mountain Resort. The CWA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the awareness of all wines produced in Calaveras County and/or produced from Calaveras grapes. Our family winemaking teams are making some of the most exciting wines in California’s historic Sierra Foothills region. The CWA Wine Information Center is open Thursday through Sunday 11:00-5:00 at 202 Main Street in Murphys where visitors can find maps and get recommendations. For more information about Presidents’ Wine Weekend, contact us at or 209-728-9467.
01/16/2020 - The 4th Annual Mega Mixer Has Been Postponed Until March
San Andreas, CA...The Calaveras County Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce their 4th Annual Mega Mixer will be held on Thursday, January 16th, 2020 from 5:30pm till 7:00pm at the San Andreas Town Hall located at 24 Church Hill Road in San Andreas. This event will be free to attend as a “Thank You” to all the supporters of the local business community.

This is an opportunity for the community to meet with the business associations and find out what will be happening this calendar year. Our businesses/community will be able to network with the local business associations and each other.

During this event, each participating local association will be able to promote their services, resources and event calendars. Appetizers will be available as well as wine tickets with raffle tickets being sold at the door.

For more information please contact the Chamber office at 209-754-5400 or email
01/09/2020 - Middleton's Gold Crown Hallmark Storewide Inventory Clearance!
Angels Camp, CA...Storewide Inventory Clearance all this Month at Middleton's Gold Crown Hallmark!  Middleton's Hallmark has been family owned and operated since 1955.

Middleton's Hallmark
362 N. Main Street

Angels Camp, California

 (209) 736-4931

01/25/2020 - Ladies Bingo Night Grad Night Fundraiser for Calaveras & Bret Harte High Schools
Altaville, CA...Dear Community Supporter, The Grad Night Foundation of Calaveras County is a non-profit organization that provides safe, sober and fun graduation parties for our high school seniors. Since 1989, Calaveras County has not had a single alcohol or drug related high school graduation tragedy. The school does not put on the party. It is an ALL volunteer group using 100% donations and fundraising to fund the Sober Grad Night. This year Calaveras and Bret Harte High Schools are combining fundraising efforts by hosting a Mega Ladies Bingo Night at the Calaveras County Fairgrounds in Angels Camp on January 25, 2020.

Can your business support this good work by providing funds or donating goods or services for our Raffle or Silent Auction at the Ladies Bingo Night? All proceeds will go to the Calaveras Grad Night Foundation that funds 100% of the school’s Grad Night Parties.

If you prefer to sponsor a table or a bingo game for $100 or more, you can mail a check made payable to
“Calaveras Grad Night Foundation” with a memo “Bingo Table Sponsor” or “Bingo Game Sponsor” to the
address above. Donations can also be made through our website below.

Sponsor Levels:
 $100 Bronze Sponsor
 $250 Silver Sponsor (includes 2 entry tickets)
 $500 Gold Sponsor (includes 4 entry tickets)
 $1000 Platinum Sponsor (includes 8 entry tickets)
Please contact Carol Davison, CHS Chair or Stacy Simpson, BHHS Chair for more information on the
event or donations. We also can be reached through our Committee email at

Thank you in advance for your support.

Carol Davison, CHS Bingo Chair (209-897-0460)
Stacy Simpson, BHHS Bingo Chair (209-559-3378)

To make a donation or purchase tickets online, please visit
EIN 68-0184375
01/09/2020 - XC Masters Ski Clinics with Judy Bettencourt
Bear Valley, CA...Take your cross country skiing to the next level with progressive clinics for both striding and skate skiing techniques. Open to all abilities that have previous striding or skating experience. This clinic is part of our XC Masters Ski Clinics with Judy Bettencourt.

Classic Striding Clinics:
Jan. 9 - Body position for maximum glide
Jan. 16 - Uphill techniques
Jan. 23 - Downhill techniques
Jan. 30 - Put it all together with a smile :-)

Skating Clinics:
Feb. 13 - Body position for maximum glide
Feb. 20 - Gears (V!, V2, V2 alternate)
Feb. 27 - Gliding without poles
Mar. 5 - Put it all together with a grin ;-)

When: Thursdays, 11am - 12pm

$25/clinic, drop-ins welcome

$75 for blocks of 4 clinics (stride or skate)

$150 all clinics (stride & skate)

In-store or give us a call (209) 753-2834

Our cross country skiing guests enjoy an extensive trail system with 70+ kilometers of groomed paths over 3,000 acres. We have 38 carefully groomed trails for track and skate skiing, a trailside Meadow Cafe, and three warming huts throughout the trail system. There are also two kids' ski trails, and a groomed downhill practice area. The elevation of 7,000 to 7,800 feet guarantees first to open (usually mid-November) and last to close (usually mid-April) among Sierra Nevada cross country centers.
01/02/2020 - Tickets Still Available for John McCutcheon and Red Tail Ring Concert in Angels Camp on Thursday, Ja
Angels Camp, CA...Tickets are still available for the Thursday, January 9, 2020, Angels Camp performance by multiple Grammy Award-nominated musician, storyteller and author John McCutcheon and his special guests, Red Tail Ring. The performance will be held at the Dr. Elliott A. Smart Performing Arts Center at Bret Harte Union High School on Highway 49 beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Whether in print, on record, or on stage, people connect with John McCutcheon’s versatility, charm, wit and pure talent. “Foothill Conservancy introduced John to this area in 1992, and we’re looking forward to hosting him for the first time in Angels Camp,” said Foothill Conservancy Executive Director Sherry Pease. “Local audiences really enjoy his shows.”

A Wisconsin native and Georgia resident, McCutcheon spent years immersing himself in the traditional music of the southern Appalachian Mountains. He is one of the country’s most respected and loved folksingers and a master of a dozen different traditional instruments, from the banjo to the hammer dulcimer. His songwriting has been hailed by critics and singers around the globe. McCutcheon’s 40 recordings have garnered every imaginable honor, and his commitment to grassroots organizing has put him on the front lines of many important issues, from supporting

Wisconsin teachers to opposing environmentally destructive Alaskan mining proposals.
McCutcheon is best known for his captivating live performances. As the late Pete Seeger said, “John McCutcheon is not only one of the best musicians in the USA, but also a great singer, songwriter, and song leader.” Johnny Cash called him, “The most impressive instrumentalist I’ve ever heard.” Describing his stories, the Washington Post said, “He has an uncanny ability to breathe new life into the familiar. His storytelling has the richness of fine literature.”
People of every generation and background feel at home when John McCutcheon takes the stage, with what critics describe as “little feats of magic,” “breathtaking in their ease and grace...,” and “like a conversation with an illuminating old friend.” His performances feature original and traditional songs with the profound mark of place, family, and strength, along with stories told in a style that's been compared to Will Rogers and Garrison Keillor.
Red Tail Ring is the duo of Laurel Premo and Michael Beauchamp. They create lush, intricate arrangements of original folk music and traditional ballads with banjo, fiddle, guitar, and close harmonies. American Roots UK called them, “The very best of the 21st century’s minimalist and highly original folk music . . . a peerless duo.”

Tickets to the show are $30 in advance and $35 the day of the show, $15 in advance for children 12 and under, $20 day of the show. Tickets are on sale at, at the Manzanita Arts Emporium in Angels Camp, and at the Foothill Conservancy’s Jackson office at 35 Court Street, Suite 1 (call first, 209-223-3508). The concert is a 30th anniversary benefit for the Foothill Conservancy.

For more information, call Carolyn at 209-223-3508 or e-mail end
12/31/2019 - Make Alchemy Your New Year's Eve Destination!
Murphys, CA...Alchemy is situated on Main Street, occupying a site amongst Murphy’s finest wineries like Newsome-Harlow, Four Winds, Lavender Ridge, Twisted Oak and many others. The restaurant is where many winemakers rub shoulders with visitors in our bar or restaurant. Everyone is family here. High energy yet gracious, Alchemy is a place where one can enjoy terrific wines and comforting cuisine from our seasoned and attentive staff.

Alchemy offers the finest seasonal ingredients and dishes intended to perfectly complement the extraordinary wines of the region. Enjoy modern American comfort food, Gold Country cuisine. Please call us for reservations 209-728-0700, visit us on the web,
12/25/2019 - Join Your Friends in Murphys for a Free Christmas Dinner
Murphys, CA...On, Christmas Day, Wednesday December 25, Murphys Friends host the annual free community dinner from 1 to 3 PM at the Native Sons Hall on Main Street, Murphys. There will be turkey with all the trimmings, and gifts for the kids. The community dinner started 36 years ago in Angels Camp. It has become a tradition for many people, and Murphys Friends hopes it will become one of yours.

If you want a meal delivered in Calaveras, call 736-1415, and for general information, call 736-6177.

Enjoy the day with friends, family and neighbors.
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