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Thursday, Apr 19
11:00 AM Guided Tours of Ironstone Vineyards
05:00 PM Murphys "Classic Car Night"
05:30 PM The April Chamber Mixer is Tonight at The Library
06:00 PM Birds & Water, program on region's native birds
06:00 PM Birds & Water program on region's native birds
07:00 PM Bret Harte Drama: The Addams Family Musical
07:00 PM Bret Harte Drama Proudly Presents "The Addams Family Musical"!
Friday, Apr 20
11:00 AM Guided Tours of Ironstone Vineyards
12:00 PM Murphys Old Timers Museum Will Display "Cattle in the Sierras " Through April
All Day Murphys "Classic Car Night"
05:30 PM Friday Night Music at Alchemy
06:00 PM Sip N' Paint with Artist Mary Sexton
07:00 PM Bret Harte Drama Proudly Presents "The Addams Family Musical"!
Saturday, Apr 21
All Day Calaveras Airport Day 2018, Fly-In & Open House is April 21
08:00 AM CGMS Rock Tailgate Swap & Sale
10:00 AM Make Plans To Attend The Trout Spot's 3rd Annual Fly Fishing Open House on April 21st
11:00 AM Guided Tours of Ironstone Vineyards
11:00 AM Town Tours of Columbia State Historic Park
12:00 PM Murphys Old Timers Museum Will Display "Cattle in the Sierras " Through April
01:00 PM SAVE THE DATE - Novelist, Robin Burcell
01:00 PM The Arnold Library Presents an Afternoon with Robin Burcell, Novelist & Clive Cussler Co-Author
03:00 PM Celebrate Spring Aboard Railtown 1897’s Popular & Fun Wildflower Train
04:00 PM New Artists Reception at Manzanita Arts Emporium
All Day Murphys "Classic Car Night"
05:30 PM Casino Night Fundraiser
07:00 PM Bret Harte Drama Proudly Presents "The Addams Family Musical"!
Sunday, Apr 22
08:00 AM The Annual Erica Seawell and Sheriff Gary Kuntz Memorial Golf Tournament
08:00 AM Off The Beaten Path 10K/5K Run/Walk to Raise Funds for Mind Matters Clinic
10:00 AM Amador FlyFishers Hosting Free Fly Fishing Faire April 22
03:00 PM Celebrate Spring Aboard Railtown 1897’s Popular & Fun Wildflower Train
All Day Murphys "Classic Car Night"
Monday, Apr 23
All Day Murphys "Classic Car Night"
Tuesday, Apr 24
12:00 PM Healthy Living Cooking Class Arnold Independence Hall
12:00 PM Healthy Living Cooking Class Arnold Independence Hall
All Day Murphys "Classic Car Night"
Wednesday, Apr 25
11:00 AM Guided Tours of Ironstone Vineyards
All Day Murphys "Classic Car Night"
Thursday, Apr 26
All Day Murphys "Classic Car Night"
07:00 PM Calaveras High School Drama will be Presenting "Cinderella" April 26-29
Friday, Apr 27
10:00 AM Bret Harte Blood Drive
11:00 AM Guided Tours of Ironstone Vineyards
12:00 PM Murphys Old Timers Museum Will Display "Cattle in the Sierras " Through April
All Day Murphys "Classic Car Night"
05:30 PM State of Jefferson Town Hall Meeting
05:30 PM Friday Night Music at Alchemy
06:00 PM Cooking Class at Marisolio Tasting Bar- Polish Feast
06:00 PM Cooking Class at Marisolio Tasting Bar- Polish Feast
06:00 PM Cooking Class at Marisolio-Polish Feast
07:00 PM Calaveras High School Drama will be Presenting "Cinderella" April 26-29
Saturday, Apr 28
08:00 AM Central Calaveras Fire Mud Run 5K
08:00 AM Off the Beaten Path 10K/5K Run/Walk Fundraiser for Mind Matters
10:00 AM The 2nd Annual Murphys Mutt March and the 1st Muttminster Dog Show
10:00 AM Can You Handle The Mud? The 2018 Stop Drop & Mud 5k is April 28th
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
12:00 PM Murphys Old Timers Museum Will Display "Cattle in the Sierras " Through April
02:00 PM "Voices of Wisdom" Book Launch
03:00 PM Celebrate Spring Aboard Railtown 1897’s Popular & Fun Wildflower Train
05:00 PM Bret Harte Leadership Fundraiser Dinner
All Day Murphys "Classic Car Night"
05:00 PM Ladies Night Out Bingo Fundraiser to Benefit Bret Harte Grad Night!!!
07:00 PM Calaveras High School Drama will be Presenting "Cinderella" April 26-29
Sunday, Apr 29
10:00 AM The 2018 UCCE Master Gardeners of Amador Plant 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
11:45 AM Humane Society of Tuolumne County's Tails of Two Kitties Spring Brunch
12:00 PM Murphys Old Timers Museum Will Display "Cattle in the Sierras " Through April
02:00 PM Calaveras High School Drama will be Presenting "Cinderella" April 26-29
03:00 PM Celebrate Spring Aboard Railtown 1897’s Popular & Fun Wildflower Train
All Day Murphys "Classic Car Night"
Monday, Apr 30
All Day Murphys "Classic Car Night"
Tuesday, May 1
All Day Murphys "Classic Car Night"
06:00 PM Community Town Hall Meeting on Planned Development in Arnold
Wednesday, May 2
11:00 AM Guided Tours of Ironstone Vineyards
All Day Murphys "Classic Car Night"

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04/21/2018 - Celebrate Spring Aboard Railtown 1897’s Popular & Fun Wildflower Train
Jamestown, CA...Tickets on Sale Now for Two Weekends Only: April 21, 22, 28 & 29. With spring in full bloom, California State Parks, Railtown 1897 State Historic Park and the California State Railroad Museum Foundation are proud to provide guests with a unique opportunity to experience spring wildflowers from aboard a train. While the Park is open daily, special Wildflower Train Rides are available on two weekends – April 21, 22, 28 & 29 – and depart from the Depot promptly at 3 p.m. Prior to boarding the train, passengers will have the opportunity to learn about the wildflowers of California’s Sierra Nevada foothills with an informative naturalist presentation at 2:30 p.m.

Railtown 1897 SHP’s popular Wildflower Trains feature naturalists and Interpretive Park Rangers from the nearby Bureau of Reclamation’s New Melones Lake along with interpretive staff from Railtown 1897 SHP, answering questions and pointing out flower groupings along the way. Wildflower Trains take guests on a six-mile, one-hour roundtrip ride through the scenic landscapes of California’s Gold Country. While the abundance of wildflower viewing is dependent on annual rainfall and weather conditions, trains encounter meadows and rolling hills, with such local flora as “meadowfoam,” “goldfields” and other colorful flowers typically in bloom. Train ride guests receive a checklist, wildflower booklet and poppyseed packet, and more. Plus, guests have the opportunity to participate in a fun, wildflower-related raffle.

Wildflower or excursion train ride tickets cost $20 for adults, $14 for youth ages 6-17 and children five and under ride free. With limited open air seating available, train ride tickets are available online at and at the ticket window beginning at 10 a.m. on the day of the ride (based on availability). Tickets include Park admission, capacity is limited, and advance reservations are suggested.

In addition to the special Wildflower Trains in the afternoon, Railtown 1897’s regular excursion trains are operating on these four dates with departures at 10:30 a.m., noon and 1:30 p.m. Regular weekend excursion ride tickets are available online or at the Depot Store, on a first-come, first-served basis. All regular weekend excursion train ride tickets include Park admission and cost $15 for adults, $10 for youth ages 6-17 and are free for children five and under.

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California State Parks Mission
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.
04/12/2018 - Columbia College Foundation Honors Students with Over $120,000 in Scholarships
Columbia, CA...The Columbia College Foundation and its community partners will present more than $120,000 in scholarships to qualified and deserving students at the annual Columbia College Scholarship and Awards Celebration on Thursday, April 12. The event, 4:30-5:30 pm at the Dogwood Forum on campus, features student and community speakers, musical performances and presentation of the Student of the Year awards.

Speakers at Thursday’s event include Elsie Bruno, a retired Columbia College counselor who was the college’s first scholarship coordinator, nursing student Melissa Murray who was selected 2018 Student of the Year, and re-entry student Matthew Burbey who will share his story of starting a support program to help students like himself who were formerly incarcerated.

In the 2017-2018 academic year, the Foundation and community partners awarded more than 150 scholarships to more 90 students, totaling more $120,000 in support for their educational expenses. Many of these scholarships are contributed by community organizations and individuals, many are offered annually through the Foundation’s endowed funds, and more than 20 each year are funded through the Foundation’s Osher Scholarship Endowment, established in partnership with the Bernard Osher Foundation, the Foundation for California Community Colleges and community donors.

Columbia College students are encouraged to apply for scholarships each fall. Criteria for awards vary depending on donors’ preferences, which include area of study, academic excellence, volunteer involvement or financial need.

“I deeply appreciate the generosity of our donors who help support the success of our students through scholarships,” noted Dr. Angela Fairchilds, College President. “For many students, this kind of support is critical in helping them persevere. The personal stories are very compelling”

It is a point of pride for the college to have many internal campus donors – three student clubs sponsor annual scholarships, as well as all employee groups and dozens of individual faculty members and staff.

Colette Such, Columbia College Foundation President added, “Though it’s a great amount of work for all who read scholarship applications and choose scholarship recipients, it is truly a labor of love. Their stories often bring us to tears, their work inspires us, and their futures give us hope”

The Columbia College Foundation is a community nonprofit established in 1972 to promote quality higher education that enriches the academic, economic, and cultural life of our community. The Foundation’s mission is to promote student success by providing community resources that support and expand educational opportunities for Columbia College students. Donations to the Columbia College Foundation are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Questions about the Foundation should be directed to Amy Nilson, Director of Development, at (209) 588-5055 or
04/17/2018 - Columbia College's Symphony of the Sierra on April 17th
Columbia, CA...The Symphony of the Sierra 2018 Spring Concert will be held at Columbia College, Dogwood Forum, at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17, 2018. The repertoire provides a wonderful introduction to orchestral music for children, while being complex enough to satisfy the seasoned classical ear.

The orchestra is excited to be performing the fourth movement of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, Gershwin’s American in Paris, Gounod’s Judex from Mors et Vita, and Williams’s English Folk Song Suite.

The symphony is delighted to introduce the Symphony of the Sierra Beginning Strings (a Community Education course) — performing in their first concert. This is a free event open to the public and all are welcome.
06/09/2018 - Farms of Tuolumne County Farm & Ranch Tour

Mark your calendars for the 2018 Farm and Ranch Tour set for Saturday, June 9! Locations this year are Rocking R Bar B Miniature Herefords, Blue Oak Farm, Summerland Farm and Indigeny Reserve.

As usual, this is a self-guided Tour and there will be a map to direct you.

Other participants in the Farm and Ranch Tour are Eric Davis of Industrial Food Works who will be cooking up yummy samples at Blue Oak Farm. Also at Blue Oak Farm - Bear Tent Brewery will be serving samples of their quality beer. Horses Heal Inc. will be at Indigeny Reserve to educate folks on how horses can positively affect one's psyche. Al's Bonsai will be at Summerland with their beautiful bonsai and tips on how to take care of them. You can buy a delicious meal at Indigeny Reserve where Chef Dave Ingram will be cooking up locally grown fare. Rocking R Bar B Miniature Herefords will have snacks.

Tour hours are 10AM to 4PM. Tickets will go on sale in late April: $10 in advance, $12 day of event and will be available at this website or at Community Thrift Shop, Stockton Road in Sonora, All That Matters in Twain Harte, Nature's Whole Food Depot in Standard, and at Columbia Nursery in Columbia.

Download Tour Brochure at

Thank you to our Tour Sponsors: Brooklyn Heights West Orchards, Community Thrift Shop, Downtown Shoes, Front Porch, Inc., and Tuolumne Market.

Special THANKS! to Tuolumne County Visitors Bureau.

For more information regarding the Farm and Ranch Tour, e-mail info@TCFarms.Org or call 209-928-3775.
07/28/2018 - 41st Annual Twain Harte Summer Arts & Wine Festival 2018
Twain Harte, CA...41st Annual Twain Harte Summer Arts & Wine Festival 2018 is July 28th & 29th, 2018, 10am - 5pm Saturday and Sunday. This July, among the tall pines, in the quiet vacation town of Twain Harte, a festival of quality arts, crafts, and performers, will fire up once again! Starting at the Twain Harte arch, on Joaquin Gully, nearly 100 high caliber artists will display and sell their fine wares! This popular event draws over 5000 quality craft purchasers and music lovers. Festival kitchens will serve a wide variety of meals and treats. Restaurants in town will be open as well, and the Vietnam Veterans Chapter will be selling beers near the Twain Harte arch by the stage all weekend.

Twain Harte Chamber of Commerce will host their annual wine tasting event SATURDAY ONLY, from 12pm - 3pm at the Meadow Plaza - one block from the street festival. For more info on the wine tasting only, see Twain Harte Chamber or call them at 209-586-4482.

Cool Custom Hot Rod Car Show both days as well! Located in the El Jardin parking lot!
For more info on the car show only - Contact Dennis at 209-586-4092.
04/18/2018 - Toulumne County Biomass Utilization Feasibility Meeting April 18
Sonora, CA...The Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC) and the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) will be hosting a public meeting to present the proposed process and approach for a Toulumne County Biomass Utilization Feasibility Study and to receive public input on suggested study plans. The meeting will be held at Stanislaus National Forest Headquarters, 19777 Greenley Road, Sonora, CA 95370 on Wednesday, April 18 at 5:00 PM, and will be facilitated by The Beck Group, the consultant who will be completing the Study on SNC and HCD’s behalf.

The purpose of completing the study, which will contain both a feedstock analysis and economic feasbility assessment, is to lay the foundation for development of a Biomass Utilization Facility in Tuolumne County. A Biomass Utilization Facility will be operated in concert with other activities, described below, to maintain healthy forests and provide economic opportunities to local citizens.

The Beck Group will incorporate public and community input into its report to help identify options for the Biomass Utilization Facility. Anyone with an interest in the development of such a facility is encouraged to attend. Representatives from the Beck Group team will be present to provide background into the study as well as answer questions.

In 2013, the Rim Fire burned over 257,000 acres of forest, primarily in Tuolumne County. HCD was awarded $70M from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development under the National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC) program to undertake recovery efforts. HCD, in collaboration with SNC, Tuolumne County, the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, CalEPA, CalFire, and the U.S. Forest Service, is using this funding to design and implement three activities (“pillars”): (1) forest and watershed health and restoration, (2) construction of one or more community resilience centers, and (3) development of a woody biomass utilization facility. Connecting the actions of these three pillars together will assist in recovery efforts from the 2013 Rim Fire and provide long-term community resilience to future threats.

The Biomass Utilization Facility feasibility study is the first step in the development of the woody biomass facility or campus in Tuolumne County. The vision for a Biomass Utilization Facility is to utilize woody biomass from forest restoration activities and complement existing wood processing infrastructure in Tuolumne County, improving both environmnetal and economic benefits to the community at-large. The feasibility study will also inform the design and location of the facility.

More information about the Biomass Utilization Feasibility Study, or the work being completed through the National Disaster Resilience Competition grant can be found at and
04/08/2018 - La Grange Odd Fellows Breakfast Sunday April 8th
La Grange, CA...Time for a Spring wildflower tour, destination La Grange. The Odd Fellows of Lafayette Historical Lodge #65 remind you of our monthly breakfast, always on the second Sunday at the IOOF Hall in downtown La Grange. Sunday April 8th is the date this month. Breakfast hours are 8 to 11 am, the menu is biscuits and gravy, sausage, ham & cheese omelets and all you can eat pancakes. Complimentary coffee and orange juice round out the meal, all for $6, ages 6 to 12 $3, free for kids 5 and under.

Breakfast is served in the down-home atmosphere of our 1881 vintage Odd Fellows Hall, the scene of many town events and social gatherings, located on the main street at 30018 Yosemite Blvd.

While you’re in La Grange, look for the Adobe Barn located at the east end of town just past the windmill. The oldest structure in the area, it was a landmark when French sailors found gold in 1848. They settled here and named their town La Grange, “the barn”. The La Grange Museum docents can tell you more about the adobe structure and restoration plans. The Museum is open Sundays 11am to 3pm.

La Grange is located 24 miles west of Coulterville, 20 miles east of Waterford on Hwy 132, or 30 miles north of Merced on Hwy J-59. For more information call Chris at (209) 853-2128 or email: renwah @
04/05/2018 - Conifer Communications is Growing! Grand Opening of Conifer Communications Calaveras is April 5th,
San Andreas, CA...Conifer Communications is Growing! Grand Opening of Conifer Communications Calaveras is April 5th, 2018. We are so excited to announce Conifer Communications is expanding to Calaveras County, that we are throwing a party to celebrate with our new neighbors and friends! So please come and join us at our Grand Opening and learn about our high speed Internet and get to know our team.

Please join us in celebrating the Grand Opening of the Conifer Communications Calaveras office: Thursday April 5th, 2018 10 E. St. Charles Street, San Andreas CA. Ribbon cutting at 5:30pm. Celebratory Refreshments to follow

Hope to see you there! -The Conifer Communications Team

Wireless Technology

Wireless Internet uses local towers with a line-of-sight to your home or business to serve you with high speed internet. A dish is attached to your house but no satellites or landlines are used, just broadcasted radio waves from local towers. This results in a close connection to the internet and a low ping rate.
03/09/2018 - The Sonora Celtic Faire 2018 is This Weekend March 9-11
Sonora, CA...Original & largest Celtic Faire returns to Sonora! Celebrating the cultures of Ireland, Scotland, Cornwall, Wales, and all Celtic Nations with the 28th Annual Sonora Celtic Faire located at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds.

Sonora- America's original Celtic Faire, featured on National Geographic Television, returns to the Mother Lode Fairgrounds three days of never ending Celtic entertainment. The largest gathering of Celtic musicians will be one of the highlights at this year's event, from high-energy Celtic rock bands to the most traditional of groups. With 11 musical groups, performing on five stages, the faire offers something to every age and ear!

From National Geographic Television to the History Channel, featured performances in 2011 and 2012 we keep adding more non-stop entertainment for everyone which includes: Scottish & Irish Clans, belly dance troupes, Scottish dancers, Irish Step dancers, Celtic Windows in Time-, (featuring 800 costumed re-enactors and 2500 years of Celtic History), armored foot combat, Welsh longbow archery, street performers, a giant, a fire breathing dragon, Vikings, jugglers, and a fire eater. Other highlights include the large Celtic food court and Celtic marketplace, with 80 Celtic vendors, artisans, and crafts persons. A special feature at the faire this year will be the Scot's & Irish-Whiskey Competition. The best single malts and blends will be sampled and judged by the festival goers. The faire will also offer a large tavern offering Guinness, Harp, and other fine Celtic imports on-tap
03/07/2018 - Sonora Business Expo “Together We Are the Destination” March 7th
Sonora, CA...A visitor’s experience begins when they park their car and doesn’t end until they get back in and drive to the next destination. Every minute they are in your town influences their experience, and as their host, we need to make sure that they leave with memories that will bring them back again . . . and again. Lani’s presentation will include:

Importance of Image
Creating a Genuine Relationship
Cultivating a Cohesive Experience

Lani Lott – President, L.L. Consulting
Lani has over 25 years working in retail marketing and economic revitalization and has assisted numerous California Gold Rush communities improve their historic downtowns.

Wed, March 7, 2018

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM PST

Sonora Opera Hall & Community Center

250 South Washington Street

Sonora, CA 95370


8:00 am
Registration and Breakfast

8:30 am
Keynote Speaker, Lani Lott

9:30 am
Business Records and Taxes

10:00 am
Protecting Your Business From Risk

10:40 am
2018 Employment Law Update

11:15 am
Online Presence Through Your Customer’s Eyes
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