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Wednesday, Nov 13
All Day Prescribed Burns Planned to Begin Week of October 21st at Calaveras Big Trees State Park
All Day Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit's Whittle Prescribed Burn Now Scheduled for Ignition November 13th
02:00 PM Sierra Repertory Theatre's Production of Grease Runs Through December 15th
06:00 PM Overeaters Anonymous (OA)
06:30 PM Overeaters Anonymous (OA) Meeting
Thursday, Nov 14
All Day Prescribed Burns Planned to Begin Week of October 21st at Calaveras Big Trees State Park
All Day Tuolumne-Calaveras Unit's Whittle Prescribed Burn Now Scheduled for Ignition November 13th
02:00 PM Sierra Repertory Theatre's Production of Grease Runs Through December 15th
Friday, Nov 15
All Day Prescribed Burns Planned to Begin Week of October 21st at Calaveras Big Trees State Park
10:00 AM MEN: Make Time to Take Care of Yourself MTMC Marks Men’s Health Month with November 15th Workshop
02:00 PM Sierra Repertory Theatre's Production of Grease Runs Through December 15th
08:00 PM Whitey Morgan & the 78s with Alex Williams – Outlaw Country!
Saturday, Nov 16
All Day Prescribed Burns Planned to Begin Week of October 21st at Calaveras Big Trees State Park
All Day Make Plans to Attend The Crafty Chicks Holiday Road Show on November 16
10:00 AM Old Timers Museum Walking Tours Are Every Saturday at 10am.
11:00 AM Town Tours of Columbia State Historic Park Every Weekend!
01:00 PM Services This Saturday for EPFD Board Director, Veteran & Retired Battalion Chief Thomas J. Sullivan
02:00 PM The 21st Soroptimist International of Calaveras County Teddy Bear Tea
07:00 PM Joe Craven & the Sometimers – Americana, standards, and more at the Sutter Creek Theatre
Sunday, Nov 17
All Day Prescribed Burns Planned to Begin Week of October 21st at Calaveras Big Trees State Park
All Day Our Sunday Edition with Local Features, Local Specials & More Every Sunday All Day Long!
11:00 AM Town Tours of Columbia State Historic Park Every Weekend!
02:00 PM Sierra Repertory Theatre's Production of Grease Runs Through December 15th
Monday, Nov 18
All Day Prescribed Burns Planned to Begin Week of October 21st at Calaveras Big Trees State Park
Tuesday, Nov 19
All Day Prescribed Burns Planned to Begin Week of October 21st at Calaveras Big Trees State Park
10:00 AM Grief Support Classes Offered By Hospice of Amador & Calaveras
Wednesday, Nov 20
All Day Prescribed Burns Planned to Begin Week of October 21st at Calaveras Big Trees State Park
06:00 PM Overeaters Anonymous (OA)
06:30 PM Overeaters Anonymous (OA) Meeting
Thursday, Nov 21
All Day Prescribed Burns Planned to Begin Week of October 21st at Calaveras Big Trees State Park
02:00 PM Sierra Repertory Theatre's Production of Grease Runs Through December 15th
08:00 PM Darrell Scott – Multi-Grammy nominated country
Friday, Nov 22
All Day Prescribed Burns Planned to Begin Week of October 21st at Calaveras Big Trees State Park
02:00 PM Sierra Repertory Theatre's Production of Grease Runs Through December 15th
07:00 PM The Games Afoot
Saturday, Nov 23
All Day Prescribed Burns Planned to Begin Week of October 21st at Calaveras Big Trees State Park
10:00 AM Old Timers Museum Walking Tours Are Every Saturday at 10am.
11:00 AM Town Tours of Columbia State Historic Park Every Weekend!
02:00 PM Sierra Repertory Theatre's Production of Grease Runs Through December 15th
07:00 PM Chris Cain Band – Award winning blues guitarist extraordinare - at the Sutter Creek Theatre
07:00 PM The Games Afoot
Sunday, Nov 24
All Day Prescribed Burns Planned to Begin Week of October 21st at Calaveras Big Trees State Park
All Day Our Sunday Edition with Local Features, Local Specials & More Every Sunday All Day Long!
11:00 AM Town Tours of Columbia State Historic Park Every Weekend!
07:00 PM The Games Afoot
Monday, Nov 25
All Day Prescribed Burns Planned to Begin Week of October 21st at Calaveras Big Trees State Park
Tuesday, Nov 26
All Day Prescribed Burns Planned to Begin Week of October 21st at Calaveras Big Trees State Park
10:00 AM Grief Support Classes Offered By Hospice of Amador & Calaveras

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11/16/2019 - Services This Saturday for EPFD Board Director, Veteran & Retired Battalion Chief Thomas J. Sullivan
Arnold, CA...It is with deep regret that the Ebbetts Pass Fire District must announce the passing of one of our Board of Directors Thomas J. Sullivan. Tom passed away on Saturday November 9, 2019 at his home in Arnold. The funeral service will be held on Saturday, November 16 at 1:00 PM at Ebbetts Pass Fire District Station 1, located at 1037 Blagen Road in Arnold, CA 95223.


After the funeral service, his wife, Jackie, and his family would like to invite you to celebrate the life of Tom Sullivan at a reception to be held at the Independence Hall located at 1445 Blagen Rd, Arnold, CA 95223. The Family has requested that anyone planning on attending the Celebration of Life to please R.S.V.P. by emailing Ebbetts Pass Fire District at epfd@epfd.org

Tom had served for over 24 years on the Board of Directors for the Ebbetts Pass Fire District. Tom was a Veteran of the United States Army and a retired Battalion Chief from Orange County Fire.

Tom started his career with Orange County Fire in 1960 retiring in 1987. In 1994, Tom became a Director for the Ebbetts Pass Fire District where his knowledge, guidance and direction helped to evolve our current Fire District.
11/08/2019 - Prescribed Burn Planned on Save the Redwoods League Property, Ignition Anticipated November 8th
Arnold, CA...Save the Redwoods League in cooperation with the Firestorm Wildland Fire Suppression Inc. and California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) are planning to begin a prescribed burn on or around Friday, November 8, 2019 on its property adjacent to Calaveras Big Trees State Park on the northeast side. The goal is to complete the 20-acre Oak Leaf Spring unit (see yellow polygon on the map below). Ignition is expected to be completed in one day. The 20 acres were previously thinned, reducing the fuel loading and allowing for a safer and more controllable broadcast burn. Much of this work was funded through a Proposition 1 grant from the Sierra Nevada Conservancy and a California Climate Investments - Forest Health grant from CAL FIRE, both agencies of the State of California.


This burn is part of Save the Redwoods League’s stewardship program for vegetation management,
hazardous fuel load reduction, and wildlife habitat improvement. Prescribed burns enhance the health of
the forest by removing diseased materials, restoring essential nutrients to the soil, and reducing the chance
of a catastrophic wildfire. Through forest thinning and reduction of fire fuels, an ecologically healthy
forest system can be maintained. An additional benefit of this prescribed burn includes buffer protection
for the State Parks’ South Grove of giant sequoias.

Prescribed burns produce significantly less smoke than wildfires. To minimize the smoke impacts on
surrounding communities, burns are planned and coordinated with CAL FIRE and the Tuolumne County
Air District. All burning depends on weather and air quality conditions that are favorable for smoke
dispersal. If the conditions, such as weather or vegetation are not conducive for burning, the burns will be
rescheduled.

Communities near Calaveras Big Trees State Park, including Dorrington, Big Trees Village, White Pines,
Blue Lake Spring, and Arnold, may experience smoke from the burning operations. Save the Redwoods
League is working with the Tuolumne County Air Pollution Control Districts to limit impacts to smoke
sensitive areas.

Both Highway 4 and the Walter W. Smith Parkway will remain open but may experience delays due to
smoke and other hazards. Please obey all warning signs.

Questions or comments about the projects or about the stewardship program should be directed to
Anthony Castanos at (415) 362-2352.
11/11/2019 - Make Plans to Attend the Ebbetts Pass Veterans Memorial District Veteran’s Day Ceremony
Murphys, CA...On Monday, November 11th at 10 a.m. the Ebbetts Pass Veterans Memorial District hopes you will join them in honoring those who served. Taking part in the program will be the BSA Scout Troop 343 Color Guard, The American Heritage Girls, Michelson Elementary 5th Grade Students Speakers and the Calaveras Community Band. We have video and photos below of last year’s ceremony below… When you visit Murphys whether you are a visitor or a local resident take a few minutes to visit the park. We had posted the video of the program earlier but now the photos are below as well.














Lots of Additional Photos Are Enclosed...






























The Ebbetts Pass Veterans Memorial District through sale of memorial bricks, community donations including a large donation from the Kautz Family that included the iconic statue that is the Park's focal point.
10/26/2019 - The 1st Annual Pre-Winter Dust-Off Event is Today at Bear Valley Adventure Company!
Bear Valley, CA...On Saturday, October 26th the Bear Valley Adventure Company is hosting the 1st Annual Pre-Winter Dust-Off Event with new gear, clothing, discounts, educational clinics, ski swap and a special one-day season pass sale (for those who missed the Spring Pass Sale ;-) Visit the store and checkout new ski equipment from Rossignol, Salomon, and Fisher, plus new apparel from Patagonia and Sherpa. Discounts on last winters clothing and gear too!


Educational Clinics:
Physical Ski Conditioning at 10 AM
Ski Waxing at 12 PM
Avalanche Awareness from the Dodov Foundation at 2 PM
All clinics are free and last about an hour

XC Ski & Snowshoe Swap
BVAC wants to help your gear to find a new home. All items must be in good working order and no older than ~5 years. Bring items between 9-10 AM and pick up any unsold items by 5 PM. No commission collected from BVAC.

Special 1-Day Season Pass Sale*:
Adult - $295 (in-store); $305 (online); $335 (regular)
Senior - $220 (in-store); $230 (online); $250 (regular, 60+ yrs)
Super Senior- $85 (in-store); $90 (online); $95 (regular, 70+ yrs)
Junior- $110 (in-store); $120 (online); $125 (regular, 13-17 yrs)
Child- $85 (in-store); $90 (online); $90 (regular, 7-12 yrs)
Child – FREE 6 & under 

B.V. Coop Members
Adult & Senior- $130 (in-store); $140 (online); $150 (regular)
Super Senior- $60 (in-store); $70 (online); $75 (regular)
Junior & Child- $60 (in-store); $70 (online); $75 (regular)

*- season passes will also be available to print and pickup

Bear Valley Adventure Company is A year-round mountain resort located at 7,100’ elevation in Bear Valley, California. Featuring one of the largest cross country ski areas in California with 35 trails for 65 kilometers of groomed track and skating lanes, rental and retail shop, lessons, trailside lunch café, sledding hills open daily and tubing hills open weekends/holidays (note: only rental sleds/tubes allowed) during the winter. Featuring over 100 miles of USFS single track and trails for mountain biking, excellent, high mountain road biking, hiking, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding and fishing on 4 nearby lakes during the summer. Located on all-weather Highway 4 (Ebbetts Pass) which is a designated National Scenic Byway, situated between the Mokelumne and Carson Iceberg Wilderness areas.

WINTER ACTIVITIES
XC Skiing, Snowshoeing, Sledding and Tubing

SUMMER ACTIVITIES
Mountain and Road Biking, Flatwater Kayaking, Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Hiking, Fishing and Camping
10/26/2019 - Join Nickolay Dodov Foundation For FREE Avalanche Safety Presentation
Bear Valley, CA...Join Nickolay Dodov Foundation For FREE Avalanche Safety Presentation with one of our AMAZING Educators Paul Henrickson!... This a great learning event for all of you who live and play on the snow!... We are looking forward to see you all there!... Spread the word!!!


OCT 26
Avalanche Safety Presentation
Bear Valley Adventure Company
2 PM – 3 PM

Bear Valley Adventure Company
1 Bear Valley Rd, Bear Valley, California 95223
11/08/2019 - The SNAC Winter Film Fest! A Night of Snowboard & Ski Movies on November 8th!
Murphys, CA...Come party with us, win awesome stuff, hang with your friends and watch cool movies!!! #winterfilmfest #murphys #murphyscreektheatre #snacattack #ski #snowboard #skiing #snowboarding #movie #movies #prayforsnow #winter #bearvalley #nickolaydodovfoundation


Back in the early 90’s, when Shawn was selling out of the back of his truck as “The Eddy Mart”, the most important items to have on hand were life jackets, river shorts, sandals and river knives. Oh yes, and a few things the rafting customers would want, t-shirts, hats, sunscreen, etc. It became obvious that The Eddy Mart was getting too big to operate out of a garage when the whitewater kayaks came. It was time for a storefront. That’s when providence arrived on the scene.

In 1994, the Sonora Mountaineering building in Downtown Sonora became available so Shawn & Jill decided to go for it. They gathered together an experienced team of salespeople with a passion for outdoor sports and opened the doors to see what would happen.

We’ll never forget that first day in Sonora when we were selling out of the boxes because, well we weren’t quite ready. We came into the business with an open mind to do our best to meet the needs of the active outdoorspeople in our area and with the mission to provide our customers with “the most exciting, innovative new products at affordable prices.” We definitely had a good start with hiking and climbing gear, but for these seasoned river guides, something was missing — watersports! First whitewater kayaks came, then to our surprise, recreational boats took over. What started as “bringing in a few rec kayaks to test the waters” became our biggest department! As usual, listening to what our customers wanted turned out to be what worked.

Not long after our second year in business, we started noticing many of SNAC’s adventurous Calaveras County neighbors shopping in Sonora. Since Calaveras County was Shawn and Jill’s home, the idea of having a mountaineering & paddling store along the Highway 4 corridor just sounded like the right thing to do. Hence, the need for SNAC Arnold. Opening our “above snow level” location came with an awareness that the folks who lived above 4000 ft. in elevation needed winter gear badly! Cold weather clothing, snowshoes, skis and snowboards all found a welcome spot in the SNAC product line-up!

In 2008 we opened our 3rd store in Downtown Murphys. We remodeled the old 1911 General Store building (located directly across the street from the historic Murphys Hotel). With great community support, we hit the ground running! Our Murphys location, which we call the Sierra Nevada Adventure Company General Store, offers you one of the best selections of men’s and women’s clothing and footwear in the Sierra. Be sure and stop by on your way up to the high country!

Much like the ever-expanding inventory, the SNAC family has also grown. It’s exciting to see new staff members bringing their passion for different activities with them. In that regard we are like a soup that gets richer when more time and ingredients are added. We find that SNAC is not only a reflection of the owners, but also of the staff and our customers. Without you, we wouldn’t have made it this far on the journey and it wouldn’t have been this much fun.

Shawn & Jill Seale
… and the entire SNAC Team!

Something will have gone out of us as a people if we ever let the remaining wilderness be destroyed; if we pollute the last clean air and dirty the last clean streams and push our paved roads through the last of the silence; and so that never again can we have the chance to see ourselves single, separate, vertical, and individual in the world, part of the environment of trees and rocks and soil, part of the natural world and competent to belong to it.

– Excerpts from Wallace Stegner’s Geography of Hope
10/26/2019 - The 7th Annual Seasons in The Woods Craft Fair is October 26th & 27th
Arnold, CA...The Seasons In The Woods 7th annual craft fair is October 26th from 10 a.m. to 5 pm & October 27th from 10am to 4pm. At the craft fair you will find floral designs, holiday crafts, jewelry, button art, photography art, glass blower, jams, breads, candy, hand-woven baskets, local artists, Independence Hall Quilters. hand-sewn items, crochet and knit items Pampered Chef, paper art, local authors, ceramics, gourd art, Master woodwork. Green Frog Soap, wreaths, doll clothes, olive oils, refreshments and food trucks.


It will be held at Independence Hall at 1445 Bladen Road in Arnold for more information you can call 209-795-2574
10/21/2019 - Prescribed Burns Planned to Begin Week of October 21st at Calaveras Big Trees State Park
Arnold, CA...California State Parks in cooperation with the California Department of Forestry and Fire protection (CAL FIRE) are planning to begin a series of prescribed burns beginning on or around the week of October 21, 2019 through the end of November in Calaveras Big Trees State Park. The goal is to complete 382 acres this fall (see maps below). Ignitions are expected to occur when weather conditions are favorable and adequate resources are available. Some of the units have been previously thinned to reduce the fuel loading, which allows for a safer and more controllable broadcast burn. Much of this work was funded through Propositions 84 and 1 grant from the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, an agency of the State of California.



Click Images Above for Larger Versions

These burns are part of the prescribed fire program for vegetation management, hazardous fuel load reduction, wildlife habitat improvement, enhance the health of the forest by removing diseased materials, restoring essential nutrients to the soil, and reducing the chance of a catastrophic wildfire. Through forest thinning and prescribed fire, an ecologically healthy forest system can be restored and maintained. Additional benefits of these prescribed burns include protection for the Big Trees developments (Visitors Center, campground, etc.), and the North Grove of giant sequoias.

Pile burning will also take place throughout the fall, winter, and spring seasons within the North and South Grove and along the Big Trees Village and Blue Lake Spring park boundaries.

Prescribed burns produce significantly less smoke than wildfires. The burns are planned and coordinated with the Calaveras and Tuolumne County Air Districts in order to minimize the smoke impacts on surrounding communities. All burning depends on weather and air quality conditions that are favorable for smoke dispersal. If the conditions, such as weather or vegetation are not conducive for burning, the burns will be rescheduled.

Communities near Calaveras Big Trees State Park, including Dorrington, Big Trees Village, White Pines, Blue Lake Spring and Arnold may experience smoke from the burning operations. California State Parks is working with the Calaveras and Tuolumne County Air Pollution Control Districts to limit impacts to smoke sensitive areas.

Both Highway 4 and the Walter W. Smith Parkway will remain open but may experience delays due to smoke and other hazards. The Parkway may experience short-term closures prior to the end of season closure. Some public campsites and dirt roads near the burn areas will be closed to public access during prescribed burn operations including the East and West Moran Roads, East and West 5000 Foot Roads, as well as the South Rim Road. Please obey all warning signs.

For questions or comments about the projects or about the prescribed burn program, contact Jackie Olavarria at (209) 984-8703.
10/11/2019 - Big Trees Fitness Opens a Member's Lounge! Kick Off Event on Oct. 11th
Arnold, CA...Big Trees Fitness Opens a Member's Lounge! Kick Off Event on Oct. 11th. Our facility is a landmark in the Arnold, California area. After a period of inactivity for several years, we have recently refurbished the entire facility, purchased tons of new equipment, trained and certified staff, and have opened the most complete fitness facility in Calaveras County.


Come check us out. We feel you’ll see how reasonable our pricing is and want to join us. You are completely welcome to use the facility as a drop-in guest, and we welcome you just as much as any member. We hope to see you soon.
09/21/2019 - SNAC Arnold's Summer/Winter Parking Lot Sale Saturday 9/21 9a-5p!
Arnold, CA...SNAC Arnold's Summer/Winter Parking Lot Sale Saturday 9/21 9a-5p!

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