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Sunday, Sep 23
All Day Calaveras County Arts Council is Proud to Present the Annual Calaveras County Artists Studio Tour
All Day The Big CHS Thrift Annual Winter Apparel & Ski Sale!
11:00 AM Sunday Funday at Ironstone Vineyards
11:00 AM Guided Tours of Ironstone Vineyards
11:00 AM Town Tours of Columbia State Historic Park
All Day Calaveras/Amador County Autism/Aspergers Peer Support Group
12:00 PM Fundraiser for Hazel Fischer Playground Project on September 23rd at Bistro Park
12:00 PM Sierra Nevada Logging Museum Open Thurs - Sun
03:00 PM Make Your American Heritage Girl Connection on Sept 23rd
05:00 PM Lions' Steak Feed & Raffle
All Day Writer United writing group
All Day Song Posse
Monday, Sep 24
All Day Calaveras/Amador County Autism/Aspergers Peer Support Group
Until 09:00 PM Writer United writing group
All Day Song Posse
Tuesday, Sep 25
All Day Calaveras/Amador County Autism/Aspergers Peer Support Group
01:00 PM Voices of Wisdom writing classes
All Day Song Posse
Wednesday, Sep 26
11:00 AM Guided Tours of Ironstone Vineyards
All Day Calaveras/Amador County Autism/Aspergers Peer Support Group
All Day Song Posse
Thursday, Sep 27
10:00 AM VA Health Van Clinic Sept. 27th Jenny Lind Veterans Memorial Bldg.
11:00 AM Guided Tours of Ironstone Vineyards
All Day Calaveras/Amador County Autism/Aspergers Peer Support Group
12:00 PM Sierra Nevada Logging Museum Open Thurs - Sun
05:00 PM Candidate’s Debate Night September 27th in Angels Camp
All Day Song Posse
Friday, Sep 28
10:30 AM Groundbreaking Ceremony for New Valley Springs Health & Wellness Center
11:00 AM Guided Tours of Ironstone Vineyards
All Day Calaveras/Amador County Autism/Aspergers Peer Support Group
12:00 PM Sierra Nevada Logging Museum Open Thurs - Sun
05:00 PM Angels Camp Farmers Market
05:30 PM Friday Night Music at Alchemy
All Day Song Posse
Saturday, Sep 29
07:00 AM Mark Twain Medical Center Hosts 20th Annual Fall Health Fair Saturday September 29th!
08:00 AM Watertown Shootout & Trap Fundraiser
10:00 AM Old Timers Museum Walking Tours Are Every Saturday at 10am.
11:00 AM Guided Tours of Ironstone Vineyards
11:00 AM Town Tours of Columbia State Historic Park
All Day Calaveras/Amador County Autism/Aspergers Peer Support Group
12:00 PM Sierra Nevada Logging Museum Open Thurs - Sun
04:00 PM Harvest Happy Hour with Milliaire
04:00 PM Story Swap
05:30 PM Help ATCAA Fill The Bowls at Their Inaugural Empty Bowls Event
Until 08:30 PM Song Posse
Sunday, Sep 30
All Day 5th Annual Gold Color Run
11:00 AM Sunday Funday at Ironstone Vineyards
11:00 AM Guided Tours of Ironstone Vineyards
11:00 AM Town Tours of Columbia State Historic Park
All Day Calaveras/Amador County Autism/Aspergers Peer Support Group
12:00 PM Sierra Nevada Logging Museum Open Thurs - Sun
Monday, Oct 1
All Day Calaveras/Amador County Autism/Aspergers Peer Support Group
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All Day Calaveras/Amador County Autism/Aspergers Peer Support Group
Wednesday, Oct 3
11:00 AM Guided Tours of Ironstone Vineyards
All Day Calaveras/Amador County Autism/Aspergers Peer Support Group
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11:00 AM Guided Tours of Ironstone Vineyards
11:30 AM A Plan 4 Me FREE Women's Health Seminar Oct. 4th at 11:30 a.m.
All Day Calaveras/Amador County Autism/Aspergers Peer Support Group
Friday, Oct 5
11:00 AM Guided Tours of Ironstone Vineyards
All Day Calaveras/Amador County Autism/Aspergers Peer Support Group
05:30 PM Friday Night Music at Alchemy
Saturday, Oct 6
All Day Murphys Celebrates 25th Anniversary of Grape Stomp Competition! Registration Open Now!
09:30 AM Calaveras Grape Stomp
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09/14/2018 - Almost Blue Tonight At Sequoia Woods
Arnold, CA...Almost Blue Tonight At Sequoia Woods

09/15/2018 - Don't Miss The Chains Required Celebration Retirement Show at Bistro Park on Sept 15th
Arnold, CA...Join us to watch the LAST perfomance of "Chains Required" for three sets of thier best! Come early for BBQ, bring your lawn chairs and dancing shoes! ***PLEASE NO dogs, outside food or alcohol*** Listen in to this hot band here! http://www.chainsrequired.com/clips.html







Saturday at 3 PM – 7 PM
Bistro Espresso
1225 Oak Circle, Arnold, California 95223
09/08/2018 - Brian Jirka & The Cabby Band at Sequoia Woods
Arnold, CA...Saturday September 8 - we have live music on the deck. Bar food will be served. Restaurant open too (only one more month of fresh halibut on the menu!) Cheers!

09/08/2018 - Bear Valley Fat Tire Festival September 8th-9th in Bear Valley
Bear Valley, CA....Bring your fat tire ride and join us for the best Fat Tire Festival on Highway 4.  Experience some of the best mountain bike riding in the area and get in on the festivities.   The weekend festivities will include guided MTB rides, shuttles to the high points of some of our best trails, bike demos and gear sales, food and beverages (beer by Snowshoe Brewery), camping, games, raffles with plenty of swag, BVTS T-Shirts available and live music at HermitFest.

Registration is $50 and includes any or all of the following: guided rides, trail map, Saturday lunch, Saturday BBQ dinner, beer and wine, shuttles to high trail points on Cape Horn and Rings trails on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning, plus Poker Ride with prizes.




BEAR VALLEY FAT TIRE FESTIVAL - FAQs


Below are more details about the Bear Valley Fat Tire Festival, coming  up on September 8-9th in Bear Valley, CA, along with FAQs



For more questions, contact paulnordic@sbcglobal.net   -OR-  mike.cooke@bearvalleytrails.org (president of BVTS)


Is there a schedule for the event?
YES.  The event final schedule is available HERE


How do I get to Bear Valley?



Bear Valley is located on Hyway 4 about 2 hours west of Stockton, CA.  It is located on Ebbetts Pass which is a National Scenic Byway.  From Stockton, CA, take State Route 4 toward Angels Camp and continue on Highway 4 another hour to Bear Valley.    GOOGLE MAP DIRECTIONS HERE

Is there camping close by?

The closest camping is 2-3 miles away near Lake Alpine.  There are "camping" accomodations from tent camping to motorhomes as well as "glamping" at the Bear Valley Ski Area.  Here is a GOOGLE MAP link to CAMPGROUNDS near Bear Valley

 

Here is the link to use for booking camp sites in the nearby National Forest campgrounds https://www.recreation.gov/   The interesting thing is that if you go the the Stanislaus NF site and look at the campgrounds they say they are all first come first serve and no reservations.  This is not true. Most have about half the sites that can be reserved ahead of time.  Among them is a link for SILVERTIP CAMPGROUND which has sights than can be reserved.  LAKE ALPINE is all first-come-first-served camp sights.



What other accommodations are nearby?

Lake Alpine also has small cabins and tent cabins for rent - LAKE ALPINE ACCOMMODATIONS

Bear Valley has cabin rentals available.  Check Bear Valley Real Estate for VACATION RENTALS


Bear Valley Lodge has hotel rooms available along with bars and restaurants.  BEAR VALLEY LODGE 

There are rooms available down the road 3 miles at TAMARACK LODGE 



What kind of riding is there in Bear Valley?


Bear Valley has a variety of multi-use single-track trails for mountain bikers and hikers.  There are also many miles of double-track available for exploration.  The LOCAL TRAILS tab above lists the most popular trails nearby with descriptions and ratings for riders.  Bear Valley Trail Stewards organization is working to keep these trails in top shape for riders and hikers alike.



Is there a bike shop in Bear Valley?

Yes, the Bear Valley Adventure Company has a bike shop with repairs as well as many other items below:

The store is stocked with clothing, cool bear t-shirts and sweatshirts, footwear, equipment and supplies from the following great companies: Specialized, Perception, Surftech, Patagonia, Camelbak, Columbia, GoPro, Reef Brazil, Salomon, Smith, Yakima,  & more. Attached to the store is a mini-mart with high energy drinks, snacks, etc. for your outing.



Are there other food options (grocery, restaurants, etc.)?

There are several options for food in Bear Valley - Bear Valley FOOD OPTIONS

There is also a restaurant at Lake Alpine and a camp supply General Store - LAKE ALPINE RESORT


What other events are going on around Bear Valley that same weekend?

Hermit Fest Music Festival - Hermit Valley

Endeavor Challenge - Bear Valley Lodge

Winemakers Dinner at Lake Alpine Lodge on Sunday 9/9 from 5-9pm.  More Info Here



09/06/2018 - Forest Service Open House Sept. 6 to Discuss Potential Snowmobile Restrictions in OSV Draft EIS
Sonora, CA...Forest Supervisor Jason Kuiken will host an open house Thursday, Sept. 6, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Stanislaus National Forest Supervisor’s Office. Members of the public may review maps and discuss the draft Environmental Impact Statement alternatives with forest staff. Maps of the proposed Over-Snow vehicle-use designations for each alternative will be on display.


The Forest Service, through the OSV-Use Designation project, will designate National Forest System snow trails and areas for public OSV use on the Stanislaus NF, as well as identifying those trails that will be groomed on the forest.

“The draft EIS is the result of public scoping activities, including comment periods and public meetings where visitors shared their thoughts on how best to manage the OSV program,” Kuiken said. “We developed several alternatives that would fit the project’s requirements, one of which we consider a preferred alternative.”

The forest developed its preferred alternative in part by incorporating comments it received during the public scoping period and to address significant issues described in chapter one of the DEIS.

“The preferred alternative represents a balance of highly desirable, historically popular OSV-use areas and trails, while protecting resources and other uses of NFS system lands,” said Katie Wilkinson, environmental coordinator for the Stanislaus National Forest. “We believe this alternative meets the intent of the Travel Management Rule, the community’s needs and the Forest Service’s mission.”

Visitors are welcome to provide written comments during the meeting, Wilkinson said. Comments received during the comment period, which ends on Oct. 9, will be reviewed and incorporated into the Final EIS. The FEIS and Draft Record of Decision are expected to be available in February 2019.

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Thursday, Sept. 6

6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Stanislaus National Forest Supervisor’s Office

19777 Greenley Road, Sonora, CA 95370
09/08/2018 - The 12th Annual Ebbetts Scenic Celebration or Hermitfest is September 8th
Hermit Valley, CA...The Ebbetts Pass Scenic Byway Association (EPSBA) will be hosting their 12th Annual Scenic Celebration on Saturday, September 8th, 2018 from 11am until 8pm. We invite you to “Come Play on the Pass” with us and enjoy one of the last free, outdoor, live music events of the year. Our annual celebration takes place in Hermit Valley and is affectionately referred to as “Hermitfest” by locals and past attendees.


This year we’ll be enjoying the music of long time Hermitfest favorites Bill Welles and Grover Anderson who have been with us from the very beginning. Ten Dollar Pony will be back again this year too. We’ll also be welcoming Jimbo Scott, Nathan Ignacia & Sambossa to the valley.

The music begins around 11am this year and will officially end at 8 pm but those of you who have attended before know that the music may continue around the campfires long into the evening. There will be food and beverages available for purchase. Tonja and Jana will be back with their locally roasted coffee, specialty teas, cold drinks and who knows what else! The work of a few local artisans will also be available for purchase. Weather permitting; we will have opportunities for stargazing with telescopes & experts available at around 9pm to help us enjoy the stars, constellations, and stories of the night sky.

Hermit Valley has plenty of opportunity for hiking and playing in the river. Fall weather is generally warm and sunny but a quick afternoon rain shower is always a possibility in the mountains and you’ll want to make sure you bring warm clothing as the mornings and evenings can be quite chilly. Primitive campsites are available on a first come basis for those wishing to spend the night. There are sites in the immediate vicinity of the event as well as a few more on the river side of the road. Additional camping is available nearby in the beautiful Pacific Valley campgrounds. While we welcome your well-socialized dogs, please keep them on a six-foot leash and do not leave them unattended. For those of you planning to spend the night, there will be late night treats and coffee and goodies on Sunday morning.

Bring your fat tire ride and join the Bear Valley Trails Stewardship for the best Fat Tire Festival on Highway 4. Experience some of the best mountain bike riding in the area. The weekend festivities will include guided MTB rides, shuttles to the high points of some of our best trails, bike demos and gear sales, food and beverages (beer by Snowshoe Brewery), camping, games, raffles with plenty of swag. Contact BVTS to register at www.bearvalleytrails.org.

On your way to the celebration in Hermit Valley, stop by the Alpine County Chamber of Commerce offices in downtown Markleeville where they will have maps, cold drinks and lots of information about things to do over the weekend. On the Arnold side, you may want to visit the Logging Museum, hike a portion of the Rim Trail or stop in at Calaveras Big Trees State Park to admire the Giant Sequoias. It looks like the pools at Grover Hot Springs State Park, outside Markleeville, will be open this year but it never hurts to double check at 530-694-2248.

Hermit Valley is located on Highway 4 in the Stanislaus National Forest about 38 miles east of Arnold and 23 miles west of Markleeville on the North Fork of the Mokelumne River at about the 7000-foot elevation. If you haven’t driven the pass before, remember that we are a scenic byway for good reason. The higher elevation portion of Highway 4 between Lake Alpine on the west and Silver Creek on the east is narrow, twisty, steep and so worth the drive beautiful mountain views and many opportunities to get out of your car and take a closer look. The route over the top is not recommended for large RVs or trailers.

Ebbetts Pass was honored with National Scenic Byway status in 2005. It is one of only seven nationally-designated byways in California. The Ebbetts Pass Byway Association is the non-profit organization tasked with preserving, enhancing and promoting the unique resources of the byway. The EPSBA had developed a guidebook for the area which is available on our website for those who want to know more about the history, geology, wildlife and recreation available in the area.

This event is made possible by the generous support of our event partners and sponsors so make sure to visit them and let them know you appreciate their support of this event. Our 2018 event sponsors are the Alpine County Chamber of Commerce & Cal Waste. We also receive financial support from many other individuals and organizations. Please visit our website to see the complete list. This event is presented under permit with the US Forest Service.

We also want to thank our local media and the many other organizations who all help to promote this event. We especially want to thank Ron Schaner who coordinates and schedules the musicians every year and is a tireless supporter of live music in the Ebbetts Pass area.

For more information about the Ebbetts Pass area, this event and what’s happening along the byway all year long, visit scenic4.org or facebook.com/Scenic4 or e-mail us at info@scenic4.org.

For other events in the area and lodging information, contact the Calaveras Visitors Bureau at 209-736-0049 (gocalaveras.com) or the Alpine County Chamber of Commerce at 530-694-2475 (alpinecounty.com). On the west side you can also visit bearvalley.com, cometoarnold.com, calaveraschronicle.com and visitmurphys.com.
09/01/2018 - The Final Patio Party for 2018 is Tonight at Sequoia Woods!
Arnold, CA...There's also still space available for our final patio party this Saturday, September 1, so give us a call if you'd like to get in on the fun! 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.

09/02/2018 - Bear Valley’s 26th Annual Triathlon is A High Sierra Labor Day Weekend Tradition
Bear Valley, CA...The picturesque setting of Alpine County, California, is the location of the exciting 26th Annual Bear Valley Triathlon. The popular central Sierra Labor Day Weekend tradition will be held on Sunday morning, September 2 (day before Labor Day Monday), at Bear Lake, in Bear Valley Village. Nestled in a beautiful mountain location, the triathlon course features a 600-yard swim (warm water, close to 70 degrees, wet suits are allowed, but not necessary); 10.5-mile bike (rolling, climbing loop course); and 3.4-mile run (rolling road). Air temperature will be approximately 70 degrees by 10:30 a.m. The triathlon will conclude with the awards ceremony, raffle, and a great barbecue.

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All participants must provide and wear a swim cap for the swim and an ANSI approved bike helmet during the bike. The beautiful On Your Mark Events trophies will be awarded to the 1st overall male and female winners and the masters overall male and female finishers (ages 50 and over). The top three finishers (male and female categories) age groups in ten-year increments to 70-years-old and over, will receive engraved medals. The top male, female, and co-ed teams triathlon teams will also be awarded medals.

Entry fee includes refreshments, T-shirt, awards, raffle ticket, awards, and post-race post-race lunch with beer (for those 21 and over). Lunch is available to non-runners $10 for adults and $7 for children 12 & under.

The Bear Valley Triathlon entry fee is $80.00 advance and $85.00 race day. Team fee (three participants, registering at the same time), $200.00 advance and $220.00 race day.

Race check-in and registration will open at 8:30 a.m., followed by the start-time at 10:00 a.m.

Bear Valley Village is located on Bear Valley Road, just off of Highway 4 in Bear Valley, CA (Alpine County). For camping information, call the US Forest Service at 209-795-1381.

For more Bear Valley Triathlon information and/or to register, contact On Your Mark Events at 209-795-7832 or visit their website. Participants can register online.

Since 1988 On Your Mark Events has produced, managed, and provided timing and results services for more than 1,000 sporting events. These numerous sporting events include runs, duathlons, triathlons, bike races, swimming competitions, and track and field meets. Headquartered in Arnold, California (central Sierra), the company is directed by (co-principals and husband and wife) Mark and Kandee Aiton. On Your Mark Events maintains a website at www.onyourmarkevents.com.
09/01/2018 - The Arnold Lions Pancake Breakfasts Are Back This Weekend
Arnold, CA...All you can eat pancakes, ham, scrambled and fried to order eggs, coffee and juice. Cost is $8 for adults and children 10 and over and $5 for children under 10. All proceeds support local charities and activities. This is an annual event since 1990 and is held at the Ebbetts Pass Gas Service parking lot in Arnold, CA.

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09/01/2018 - Labor Day Weekend Book Sales!
San Andreas, CA...Relax this Labor Day Weekend with a good book. BIG book sales happening all around Calaveras County at the library. On Friday and Saturday, August 31-September 1 books are on sale at the Murphys Library Branch on 480 Park Ln. For more information in Murphys – 209-728-3036.


On Saturday, September 1 from 9 am to 3 pm, San Andreas Main Library at 1299 Gold Hunter Rd. is having a BIG Yard Sale and Book Sale. For more information in San Andreas – 209-754-6510.

On Saturday and Sunday, September 1 and 2 from 9 am to 4 pm, you can get great bargains on books at the Arnold Library Branch. For more information in Arnold – 209-795-1009.
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