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02/08/2020 - Comedian Liz Grant to headline at Wine and Whimsy on February 8th, 2020
Angels Camp, CA...Liz Grant, a Bay Area comedian will let loose at Wine and Whimsy on February 8th at The Metropolitan in San Andreas. The event, presented by Soroptimist International of Calaveras County, promises to provide an evening of laughter, friendship and wine while benefitting the many local Soroptimist programs.
Soroptimists present education and training awards for women, career support for girls and promote health by offering free lipid panel screenings to Calaveras County women for the entire month of February in partnership with Dignity Health Mark Twain Medical Centers.


This year’s Wine and Whimsy will bring the hilarity to the historic Metropolitan. Originally a hotel, The Met was built at the base of Main Street in San Andreas in 1859. A fire consumed the building in 1926, and in its place a movie theater was constructed in the early 1950s. It was later renovated as a dining hall and performance venue.

Rumor has it that Mark Twain found his inspiration for The Jumping Frog right in the Metropolitan’s luxurious bar-room.

Wine and Whimsy tickets are now available on-line at http://sicalaverascounty.org or by calling 209-753-9700. Admission, including a no-host bar and light appetizers, is $45. Doors open at 6:30 and the show begins at 7:30.
01/18/2020 - Jill & The Giants Will Rock Your World on January 18th
Arnold, CA...Sequoia Woods Country Club is located on the western slope of the Sierra Nevada mountains, roughly between Lake Tahoe and Yosemite National Park, at an elevation of 4000 feet. The club house is open to the public, with a bar and lounge, dining room and seasonal deli. The beautiful setting can be enjoyed from indoors or outside on the deck, with a view down the main tree-lined golf fairway.



The bar serves food several evenings each week and the restaurant is open for dinner every weekend. The dinner menu has a perfect variety of traditional favorites, with creative and contemporary preparations, and our guests marvel at the quality of cuisine to be found here, in this little mountain hamlet. There is dancing in the lounge every Saturday night, with a DJ or frequent live bands. The deli opens its windows to the deck for an extended summer season, with tasty sandwiches, salads and hot specials. Special group events find our venue especially accommodating and fun. This is a truly lovely place to enjoy good food, good friends and good scenery.

01/16/2020 - What's Happening in Murphys Through January 25th
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! January 2020 – Artist Showing at Hovey Winery - Murphys Resident and Hovey Wine Club member, Linda Lawrence will be showing her paintings in the Hovey Tasting Room in December and January. Join us on Sunday from 4:30 to 6 p.m. for a reception in her honor. For more information, call 209-728-9999 or visit hoveywine.com.


January 16, 2020 – Winetastic Dinner Series at Murphys Grille - Meet representatives from Frog’s Tooth! 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. Event is 6pm to 8pm. Dining room opens at 5pm.

January 17, 2019 – Totally Twisted Friday - It’s cozy in our Tasting Room in Murphys! Live Music! Twisted Wines! Enjoy the talented duo “Blu’Cidity! Angels Food Truck, deconstructed out front. See you there from 5-8 pm.

January 19, 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!

January 21, 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

January 23, 2020 – Winetastic Dinner Series at Murphys Grille - Meet representatives from Jazz Cellars! 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. Event is 6pm to 8pm. Dining room opens at 5pm.

January 28, 2020 – Winemaker’s Night at Alchemy - Join us and try some new wines from our local wineries. Live music on the patio from 5:30pm-8:00pm - Call 209-728-0700 to find who is featured each Tuesday. -

The Calaveras Winegrape Alliance is set to host the 24th Annual Presidents’ Wine Weekend from 11:00 to 5:00 each day. 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, and Stevenot Winery. 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.

– Celebrate Murphys Irish Heritage with us each year on the third Saturday in March. Main Street is closed to traffic so you may enjoy the pancake breakfasts, hometown parade, craft vendors, all day music and entertainment, and, of course, all our local shops, restaurants and wineries in downtown Murphys. Murphys Business Association Meeting – 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.
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 www.calaverasarts.org, 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 info@calaveraswines.org 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 chamber@calaveras.org.
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 ladiesbingo2020@gmail.com.

Thank you in advance for your support.

Sincerely,
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 www.ccgrad.org
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 ;-)

Details:
When: Thursdays, 11am - 12pm
Costs:

$25/clinic, drop-ins welcome

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

$150 all clinics (stride & skate)

Registration:
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.
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