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- 45th Annual Sierra Nevada Arts & Crafts Festival
The 45th Annual ‘Sierra Nevada Arts & Crafts Festival will be held over the Independence Day Weekend, July 1 & 2, in the beautiful mountain resort town of Arnold right on Highway 4.
Situated among the pines and redwoods, the Festival features over 60 booths of original crafts & art of all kinds: Woodwork, metal sculpture, yard art, pottery, jewelry, quilts, chain-saw sculptures, soaps & spa essentials, fine art, clothing, scarves, dolls, birdhouses/feeders, fused glass plates & windchimes, hand-painted furniture, photography, kid’s toys, hats, purses, succulents, leather, – just to name a few! – ALL exhibited by the artists. There’s gourmet foods to sample and face painting & henna for the kids – or ‘adult’ kids.
The annual Ebbett’s Pass Independence Day Parade will begin at 10am on Saturday, July 1, and it runs adjacent to the Festival on Hwy. 4. The Ebbett’s Pass Lion’s Club serves an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast from 7:30am - 11am both days for just $8.
AND NEW TO THE SHOW! We’re proud to announce a new change in the Festival in our live musical entertainment to a popular group out of Murphys: ‘The Magnolia Rhythm Trio.’ These 3 women will have you ‘off your feet’ with their unique blend of Americana & Bluegrass harmonies! And they’ll be followed after each set with professional juggling for all.
The Ebbett’s Pass Volunteer Fire Dptm. always serves local Calaveras County beers, and a variety of home-made, hot prepared food booths, kettlekorn, pre-packaged foods of all kinds for you gourmet chefs, and baked goodies round out the deliciousness!
And if you don’t want to cook after a long day at the Festival – or just want to bring your wine & listen to the music ~ The Ebbett’s Pass Volunteer Fire Dptm. also holds their annual tri-tip BBQ with live music on Saturday evening from 6 – 9pm ~ making for a full day of fun!
The Festival is held on the park-like grounds of Bristols Ranch House Café right at 961 Highway 4 in downtown Arnold from 10am - 5pm both days. Further Info: email Kim at email@example.com
Admission and parking are free, so come join the celebration!
- 45th Annual Labor Day Weekend Arts & Crafts Festival
The 45th Annual ‘Labor Day Weekend Arts & Crafts Festival’ will be held Sat. & Sun, September 2 & 3 - in the beautiful mountain resort town of Arnold on Highway 4.
Situated among the pines and redwoods, Arnold’s popular end-of-summer celebration features over 50 booths of original crafts & art of all kinds: Woodwork, metal sculpture, yard art, pottery, jewelry, quilts, chain-saw sculptures, soaps & spa essentials, fine art, clothing, scarves, dolls, birdhouses/feeders, fused glass plates & windchimes, hand-painted furniture, photography, kid’s toys, hats, purses, succulents, leather, – just to name a few! – ALL exhibited by the artists. There’s gourmet foods to sample and face painting & henna for the kids – or ‘adult’ kids.
Continuous shows of live country/swing music by “Homegrown” from Modesto and juggling performances are held in between both days.
The Ebbett’s Pass Volunteer Fire Dptm. always serves local Calaveras County beers, and a variety of home-made, hot prepared food booths, kettlekorn, pre-packaged foods of all kinds for you gourmet chefs, and baked goodies round out the deliciousness! The Ebbett’s Pass Lion’s Clubs holds their all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast of ham, eggs, & pancakes both days from 7:30 - 11:00 for only $8.
The Festival runs from 10am - 5pm each day on the park-like grounds around Bristol’s Ranch House Café in downtown Arnold (Formerly held at Cedar Center). Admission and parking are free, so come join the celebration! For ‘Google Maps’ or GPS directions, the address is 961 Highway 4, Arnold, CA, 95223.
For further information, please call: 925-372-8961 or e-mail Kim at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Flower Arranging
Learn the basics of flower arranging at the April meeting of the Tuolumne County Garden Club.
- Tuolumne County Garden Club Meeting
March meeting of the garden club. All are welcome. Tuolumne County Supervisor Karl Rodefer will speak on Water Issues in the county. Bring a bag lunch or snack, if desired. Tuolumne County Senior Center, 540 Greenley Road. 10:30 - 1:00.
- Discover How Olive Trees Become Bonsai Living Art
San Andreas, CA... Olive trees will be the featured topic at the Mother Lode Bonsai Club’s demonstration on Saturday, March 4. Sam Adina of Stockton will be the sensei, or instructor for the free public presentation, which follows the club meeting at 10 a.m. in the San Andreas Central Library, 1299 Gold Hunter Road (off Mountain Ranch Road) in San Andreas.
Adina currently serves as sensei for the Modesto Bonsai Club, a post he has held for the past 12 years. He has been a workshop presenter at California Shohin Society’s seminars and the Golden State Bonsai Federation’s 2016 annual convention in Sacramento. His artistic talents have also been shared at bonsai venues throughout Northern California and Arizona.
According to Adina, developing and styling olive trees requires a degree of skill to create the appearance of gnarled trunks and twisted branching. “It looks easy but there are tricks to be learned,” he said. “Olive trees are interesting subjects with lots of character. While they are not difficult to establish with a specific design in mind, you have to keep a constant eye on them because they grow very quickly. Many forget to do this.”
The demonstration by Adina will focus on developing and styling olive trees into living art. His own backyard collection includes not only olives, but also a number of his other favorites, including black pines, junipers, and many deciduous tree specimens.
Mother Lode Bonsai Club members come from Amador, Calaveras and Tuolumne counties, as well as valley communities. All are welcomed to come and learn this enjoyable hobby regardless of their levels of experience. For more information, contact Bob Dean at (209) 754-5887 or go online towww.motherlodebonsai.org
- Tuolumne County Garden Club Meeting
February meeting of the Tuolumne County Garden Club. Valentine's Day celebration. Meet people who love to garden from the heat in Copperopolis to the snow of Twain Harte.
- Learn Crafting By Grafting At Mother Lode Bonsai Club
San Andreas,CA...“Crafting by Grafting” will be the theme for the Mother Lode Bonsai Club’s free public demonstration on Saturday, February 4. Guest speaker will be Dan “Doc” Ward, a well-known Placer County bonsai expert, who resides in Granite Bay. His presentation will follow the club’s monthly meeting at 10:00 a.m. in the San Andreas Central Library, 1299 Gold Hunter Road (off Mountain Ranch Road) in San Andreas.
Doc Ward, whose interest in this hobby started 30 years ago, has lectured at Sierra College (horticultural department) in Rocklin, taught Master Gardeners’ classes for years, and currently leads weekly instructional groups on a variety of bonsai topics, including grafting techniques. “The fundamental skills that I teach are used to give trees the appearance of ancient growth,” he said. “For example, by incorporating healthy growth from a small tree onto a larger stump, you build a more established, older looking tree that is smaller in size but well-developed in its base structure.”
Ward encourages hands-on experience for his students and believes in reducing the amount of time usually required to learn complicated grafting strategies. His goals include enhancing tree growth, emphasizing size and proportion, and providing ongoing seasonal care for bonsai trees.
While demonstrating the role of above-ground plant care, including branch ramification, he will also include the importance of underground root development. “Everything you do works together and roots are the essential system that supports the whole operation,” Ward said.
Everyone is invited to attend regardless of their levels of experience. Club members will also be available to provide guests with information on bonsai care. For more information, contact Bob Dean at (209) 754-5887 or go online to www.motherlodebonsai.org
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