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Thursday, Dec 13
All Day 10th Annual Production of Studio 4 Dance Theater’s “The Nutcracker,” December 13-15, 2018 at
06:00 AM The Nutcracker 2018
Friday, Dec 14
All Day 10th Annual Production of Studio 4 Dance Theater’s “The Nutcracker,” December 13-15, 2018 at
All Day The Nutcracker 2018
11:00 AM Guided Tours of Ironstone Vineyards
04:30 PM THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Rides Continue on at Railtown 1897
05:30 PM Friday Night Music at Alchemy
07:00 PM Big Holiday Laughs: Inspecting Carol’ at Murphys Creek Theatre
Saturday, Dec 15
All Day 10th Annual Production of Studio 4 Dance Theater’s “The Nutcracker,” December 13-15, 2018 at
Until 08:00 AM The Nutcracker 2018
09:00 AM Breakfast with Santa 2018 at Ironstone Vineyards
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
04:30 PM THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Rides Continue on at Railtown 1897
06:00 PM A Twisted Family Christmas at Twisted Oak
07:00 PM Big Holiday Laughs: Inspecting Carol’ at Murphys Creek Theatre
Sunday, Dec 16
07:30 AM All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast by Native Sons of the Golden West
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
02:00 PM Big Holiday Laughs: Inspecting Carol’ at Murphys Creek Theatre
04:30 PM THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Rides Continue on at Railtown 1897
Tuesday, Dec 18
10:00 AM A Plan 4 Me December...Living with Loss & Healthy Cooking
06:30 PM A Camp Fire Christmas in San Andreas on December 21st
Wednesday, Dec 19
11:00 AM Guided Tours of Ironstone Vineyards
Thursday, Dec 20
11:00 AM Guided Tours of Ironstone Vineyards
Friday, Dec 21
05:30 PM Friday Night Music at Alchemy
Saturday, Dec 22
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
07:00 PM Big Holiday Laughs: Inspecting Carol’ at Murphys Creek Theatre
Sunday, Dec 23
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
Wednesday, Dec 26
11:00 AM Guided Tours of Ironstone Vineyards

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12/08/2018 - Safety with Santa on December 9th
Sonora, CA...Safety and Santa??? Sounds like a fun day to us! Join the the Red Cross, CAL FIRE Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit, Tuolumne County Fire Department and several other Public service agencies this Sunday 11-4pm at the Blood Bank.

11/30/2018 - THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Rides Continue on at Railtown 1897
Jamestown, CA...For the fifth consecutive holiday season, California State Parks, Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) and the California State Railroad Museum Foundation are proud to present THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride experiences this holiday season. The festive train rides start the weekend after Thanksgiving and run on the following dates in 2018: November 23, 24 & 30 and December 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15 & 16. Three festive train rides will be available each day the trains are running at 4:30 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.  In 2016, Railtown 1897 was recognized by Rail Events, Inc. with a prestigious Polar Bell award for Best Décor for THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride experiences offered in Jamestown.

Pulled by the iconic Sierra No.3® steam locomotive and headed straight to the North Pole, the staff and volunteers at Railtown 1897 SHP go to great lengths to re-create the holiday experience depicted in the classic children’s book of the same name by Chris Van Allsburg. The holiday experience includes keepsake souvenir tickets, hot cocoa, festive holiday cookies, Santa Claus sightings and even the coveted silver bells – the first gift of Christmas for those who still believe in Santa Claus. Additionally, guests who bring their cameras or smartphones can capture memorable holiday photos in the historic Roundhouse – complete with a steam engine in the background.

Ticket prices for THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride at Railtown 1897 SHP are as follows: $50 per person for coach seating and $70 per person for First Class seating that includes a commemorative THE POLAR EXPRESS™ mug (note an additional service fee of $6 per ticket or $24 per table will apply at purchase checkout). Children under two years of age are free and must be seated on an adult’s lap. THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride is a fundraiser for the California State Railroad Museum Foundation, which supports Railtown 1897 SHP. Advance tickets are available online only at For questions, please call THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride hotline at 209-984-3407.  

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To provide for the health, inspiration and education of the people of California by helping to preserve the state’s extraordinary biological diversity, protecting its most valued natural and cultural resources, and creating opportunities for high quality outdoor recreation.

About the California State Railroad Museum Foundation
The mission of the California State Railroad Museum Foundation (CSRMF) is to generate revenue and awareness on behalf of its destinations, while supporting the preservation, interpretation and promotion of our railroad heritage. The Foundation provides funding for ongoing support of numerous programs, both at the museum's Old Sacramento location and at the historic park in Jamestown, Calif. For more information, please visit
11/23/2018 - 35th Annual Downtown Sonora Christmas Parade is Rain or Shine!
Sonora, CA...The largest Holiday Parade in our area kicks off the Holiday Season in downtown Sonora this evening. From the Tuolumne Visitors Bureau..."RAIN OR STARS! Sounds of Christmas will fill the air with this night time parade with bright lights, floats, antique cars, and sounds of the holidays with marching bands and dancers. Starts promptly rain or shine at 6 p.m. Merchants will hold open houses with warm cider and Santa will greet little ones after the parade. FOR THE PARADE: The Tuolumne County Transit Holly Trolley will operate free shuttles every 15 minutes between The Junction Shopping Center and downtown from 3:30 until 5pm and from 6:30 until 8pm."

10/03/2018 - Coffee with a Sheriff's Deputy at Junction Center Starbucks on Oct. 3rd
Sonora, CA...Join us for National Coffee with a Cop Day this Wednesday, October 3rd 2018 from 8-9:30 AM at the Starbucks in the Junction shopping center on Mono Way in Sonora. We would love to sit and talk with you over a cup of coffee.

09/22/2018 - With Trails at Risk Sierra Snowmobile Foundation to Meet in Sonora.
Sonora, CA...We're in! Join us for an informational session, meet and greet, and of course discussion on how to best comment on the proposed alternative from the Stanislaus National Forest. We bring the maps, Standard Pour supplies the food and drink, and you bring your own awesome self! See you there!

Did you know that over 80% of the high alpine terrain in the Sierra Nevada Mountains is currently closed to snowmobiles? Five of the The National Forests in California are developing over snow vehicle (OSV) travel management plans as a result of lawsuits from anti-snowmobile groups. Check the tabs for each forest. The Stanislaus NF is currently accepting comments on proposals that could close 84% of the forest permanently to snowmobiles. We’re currently digging through the details, so check back soon to find out more, and to keep access open to your favorite snowmobile and sled-ski areas before it’s gone forever.

09/29/2018 - Help ATCAA Fill The Bowls at Their Inaugural Empty Bowls Event
Jamestown, CA...Join the ATCAA Food Bank to help raise awareness and provide help for people in our community who are hungry. The first annual Empty Bowls event, a fundraising concept that is internationally recognized will be held at the Food Bank warehouse on September 29th at 5:30pm. For $35 per person, join us for a simple meal of soup, bread, salad and dessert. Presentation, raffle, live auction and a performance by Summerville High’s Jazz@8 choir is also on the menu. Beer and wine available for purchase. Take home an “Empty Bowl” hand decorated by local elementary students. Go to to purchase tickets or call the Food Bank at 984-3960 x104. Hurry! Seating is extremely limited. Together we can help end hunger in Tuolumne County.

Saturday, September 29 at 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
09/15/2018 - Evan Walker Memrorial Poker Run
Sonora, CA...The 3rd annual Evan Walker Memorial Poker Run will be held September 15, 2018 at the Sonora Moose Lodge #2183 to raise funds for special education programs in Tuolumne and Calaveras County schools. To date the run has donated $7500.00 to local schools for their special education programs and needs.

Currently 50.2% of Calaveras County school children are recipients of free or assisted lunch and bussing programs, with Tuolumne County children right behind at 46.3%. Programs are being cut left and right for extracurricular activities such as music and art, but when budget cuts hit sometimes those who need extra help the most pay the price, especially when special education programs are cut or reduced due to lack of funding.

The run is named after Evan Walker, a one-time student at both Soulsbyville Elementary and Summerville High School who suffered for years with ADD. Expelled from multiple schools before his 8th birthday while attending Soulsbyville Elementary he was finally diagnosed with ADD and placed on life changing medication. He excelled in school and sports and was on the fast track to NASCAR fame as a west coast legend car racing champion.

At the age of 19 he and his best friend decided to join the United States Army and serve their great nation. At the time he was told that he may not qualify to serve if he was on any medications. Unbeknownst to his parents he stopped taking his medication and subsequently made an irrational decision that took his life.

Evan Walker passed away September 13, 2003 as a result of a high speed motorcycle accident. His family does not want this to happen to any other parent.

The family’s wish is that parents with children in Tuolumne and Calaveras County schools who may have questions or concerns about ADD of ADHD have not only access to an education for their child but also access to information to help guide them.

Poker run registration begins at 9:30, kick stands up at 10:30. The route travels through Tuolumne and Calaveras counties and ends back at the Moose Lodge with food, fun and great tunes provided by the Rusty Rockers.
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
08/06/2018 - Donnell Fire Community Donnell Fire Community Update Planned Aug. 6 at Pinecrest Amphitheater
Pinecrest, CA...There is a public meeting scheduled at 5 p.m. Monday, August 6 at the Summit Ranger District’s Pinecrest Amphitheater. Fire managers will be on hand to talk about the Donnell Fire and the public will have an opportunity to ask questions.

09/29/2018 - Watertown Shootout & Trap Fundraiser
Join us for our 2nd Annual Watertown Shootout on Saturday, September 29th at the Stockton/Waterloo Gun and Bocce Club!
Stockton Gun and Bocce Club
4343 N Ashley Ln
Stockton, CA
Registration starts at 8am and trap shooting starts at 9am.
PRE-REGISTRATION IS DUE BY September 1, 2018. Registration fee is 150.00 per person - AND includes:
ammo, targets, breakfast, lunch, event T-shirt.
Shoot 2 Rounds, 25 clays each round; teams/squads of 5
Adults and youth welcome
Prizes, awards, food, and fun!

Proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit Foothill Communities Park and Recreation and their project of the Watertown Rd Gun Range & Shooting Center. Foothill Communities Park and Rec is a 501(c)3 # 68-0445889. For more information, contact or (209) 736-9663

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