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Tuesday, Jul 23
All Day Bear Valley Music Festival Returns for 51st Year July 19 - August 4!
10:00 AM Grief Support Classes Offered By Hospice of Amador & Calaveras
06:00 PM The 2019 "Taco Tuesdays" Concert Series at Bistro Espresso
Wednesday, Jul 24
All Day Bear Valley Music Festival Returns for 51st Year July 19 - August 4!
06:00 PM Overeaters Anonymous (OA)
07:00 PM Sugarland Rolls Into Ironstone Amphitheatre on July 24th
Thursday, Jul 25
All Day Bear Valley Music Festival Returns for 51st Year July 19 - August 4!
09:00 AM Calaveras Democrats Meetup
04:00 PM CalaverasGROWN Certified Farmers Market Opens June 13th in San Andreas
Friday, Jul 26
All Day Bear Valley Music Festival Returns for 51st Year July 19 - August 4!
All Day Get Your Fill of Fish & Chips Every Friday at Gooney's Bar & Grill
05:00 PM The Angels Camp Farmers Market is Every Friday Till Fall
05:30 PM The Next Concert at Cameo Plaza Coming Up on July 26th
Saturday, Jul 27
All Day Bear Valley Music Festival Returns for 51st Year July 19 - August 4!
All Day The Hopper Connects You to Calaveras's Wine Country & More
All Day Take Train Rides Into History at Railtown 1897
11:00 AM Town Tours of Columbia State Historic Park Every Weekend!
01:00 PM Spend the Summer at Big Trees State Park. Guided Hikes Every Weekend
06:00 PM The Bistro Espresso, "Music in the Park" Summer Concert Series
07:00 PM An Evening with Jason Eady – Classic Country, Americana - at the Sutter Creek Theatre 7/27
07:00 PM The Sequoia Woods 2019 Music in The Mountains Summer Concert Series
Sunday, Jul 28
All Day Bear Valley Music Festival Returns for 51st Year July 19 - August 4!
All Day Take Train Rides Into History at Railtown 1897
09:00 AM Murphys Farmers Market is Every Sunday From 9am - 1pm
09:30 AM New Presbyterian Church Launching in Calaveras County
11:00 AM Town Tours of Columbia State Historic Park Every Weekend!
01:00 PM Spend the Summer at Big Trees State Park. Guided Hikes Every Weekend
Monday, Jul 29
All Day Bear Valley Music Festival Returns for 51st Year July 19 - August 4!
Tuesday, Jul 30
All Day Bear Valley Music Festival Returns for 51st Year July 19 - August 4!
10:00 AM Grief Support Classes Offered By Hospice of Amador & Calaveras
06:00 PM The 2019 "Taco Tuesdays" Concert Series at Bistro Espresso
Wednesday, Jul 31
All Day Bear Valley Music Festival Returns for 51st Year July 19 - August 4!
06:00 PM Overeaters Anonymous (OA)
06:30 PM Overeaters Anonymous (OA) Meeting
Thursday, Aug 1
All Day Bear Valley Music Festival Returns for 51st Year July 19 - August 4!
04:00 PM CalaverasGROWN Certified Farmers Market Opens June 13th in San Andreas
Friday, Aug 2
All Day Bear Valley Music Festival Returns for 51st Year July 19 - August 4!
All Day Get Your Fill of Fish & Chips Every Friday at Gooney's Bar & Grill
05:00 PM The Angels Camp Farmers Market is Every Friday Till Fall
07:30 PM Gary Hoey – with opener Jon Mulvey Trio - Intense blues guitar
Saturday, Aug 3
All Day Bear Valley Music Festival Returns for 51st Year July 19 - August 4!
All Day Rummage Sale
All Day The Hopper Connects You to Calaveras's Wine Country & More
All Day Take Train Rides Into History at Railtown 1897
08:00 AM Ebbetts Pass WOTM White Elephant sale
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 Spend the Summer at Big Trees State Park. Guided Hikes Every Weekend
06:00 PM The Bistro Espresso, "Music in the Park" Summer Concert Series
07:00 PM Shamarr Allen – The definition of New Orleans!
07:00 PM The Sequoia Woods 2019 Music in The Mountains Summer Concert Series
Sunday, Aug 4
All Day Bear Valley Music Festival Returns for 51st Year July 19 - August 4!
All Day Take Train Rides Into History at Railtown 1897
09:00 AM Murphys Farmers Market is Every Sunday From 9am - 1pm
11:00 AM Town Tours of Columbia State Historic Park Every Weekend!
01:00 PM Spend the Summer at Big Trees State Park. Guided Hikes Every Weekend
07:00 PM Hank Williams Jr with Moonshine Bandits at Ironstone Amphitheatre Sunday, August 4, 2019

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06/12/2019 - Sip and Paint: Harvest Painting
$35 includes everything you need. Bring home a beautiful painting filled with sunshine, sunflowers, and fruits of a bountiful harvests! Christina is an excellent teacher and you will be sure to enjoy this class with others who have already registered. Bring your own snacks and beverages. Reserve your spot at https://squareup.com/store/artsy-parts/item/harvest ; choose the date 6/12 at checkout. .
07/20/2019 - "Super Diamond" Tribute to Neil Diamond Tonight at Bear Valley Music Festival
Bear Valley, CA...With 38 songs in the Top 10 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary charts, Neil Diamond has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling musicians of all time. On the Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary charts, he has had ten No. 1 singles: “Cracklin’ Rosie,” “Song Sung Blue,” “Longfellow Serenade,” “I’ve Been This Way Before,” “If You Know What I Mean,” “Desiree,” “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers,” “America,” “Yesterday’s Songs,” and “Heartlight.” And now, Super Diamond brings this American legend’s greatest hits to Bear Valley.





Formed in 1993, Super Diamond consists of vocalist Randy Cordeiro (Surreal Neil), guitarist Chris Collins, bass guitarist Matt Tidmarsh, keyboardist James Terris, keyboardist Rama Kolesnikow and drummer Vince Littleton. Super Diamond has been featured in articles in many national publications and has appeared on the David Letterman Show.

SHUTTLE & DINNER

We are pleased to offer round-trip shuttle service from Murphys with stops in Forest Meadows, Arnold and Dorrington for all evening concerts. You may add this option to your concert ticket purchase by clicking on “continue shopping” at checkout. We have also arranged for a pre-concert meal to be served at the Festival tent prior to our evening shows.
07/20/2019 - "Hired Gunn" Rocks Day on the Green at Camp Connell's Beer Garden at Camp Connell General Store
Camp Connell, CA...Saturday night concert series on the lawn. Spacious beer garden in the pines with fire pits, craft ales, and fine wine! Family and pet friendly. Today at 6:30 PM – 10 PM, Camp Connell General Store, 4036 Old Highway 4, Camp Connell.


/ "I went into a General Store, they wouldn't let me buy anything specific..." Comedian Steven Wright

The story of Camp Connell Continues with Camp Connell General Store & The Beer Garden. Owner Dan Tulipani and his crew show what Mountain Life is all about.

The Camp Connell of today was largely influenced by the surging popularity of auto travel through the mountains inspired when Dr. D. Sargent of Angels Camp became the first to drive an automobile over Ebbetts Pass in 1908. Family camping was destined to become an extremely popular recreational activity To meet those demands, Jack Connell began construction of a campground, cabins, general store and gas pumps in 1928. He and his wife named their endeavor "Camp Connell". Opened for business in 1929, the general store and gas station have been in operation ever since. The Connell's continued to expand the store and added a café to serve the increasing number of visitors. By 1934 the Post Office was moved to the store and became "Camp Connell Station". The store was a local gathering place where local residents and vacationers alike would come to share news and leave messages, much as it is today. Occasionally, Circuit Court was convened in the building. Monte Wolfe, Art and Harry Schimke, the Whittles, Hunts, Tryons, Lombardis, and Airolas were frequent visitors.

While the popularity of the general store and café continued, the campground was closed in 1949 and the property was subdivided into lots selling for $600 each. The cabins remained as part of Camp Connell until the 1960's, when the highway was realigned to accommodate the ski resort and village at Bear Valley, as well as the development of Big Trees Village. The old highway became the current two accesses to Camp Connell and the property has stayed much the same ever since.

Today the Camp Connell General Store is one of the oldest Chevron stations in California as well as the longest continuously operated retail business between Murphys and Markleeville. It is a popular stop for visitors and a cherished part of the local community."
07/20/2019 - July 20th is Discovery Day at Big Trees State Park
Arnold, CA...Discovery Day – History Comes Alive. A day to celebrate the discovery of the big trees ~ Discover the Big Trees from 1852-1900 through reenactments, an 1800’s encampment, demonstrations, games and story-telling. Below are a few photos from our archive from 2006 to set the table and maybe take you back in time just a bit...







There is a day-use fee to enter the Park. Pack a lunch, bring the family and plan on spending the day among the Giant Sequoias. For more information call Calaveras Big Trees Association at (209)795-1196.

Discovery Day is 11am to 3pm
07/19/2019 - Arnold Ace Home Center's Big "Buy One of These & Get One of Those" Sale
Arnold, CA...Arnold Ace Home Center's Big "Buy One of These & Get One of Those" Sale. Click Below for Full Sized Images.



07/19/2019 - The 2019 Bear Valley Music Festival Kicks Off With The Carole King & James Taylor Story on July 19th
Bear Valley, CA...Following a critically acclaimed sold-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Carole King & James Taylor Story opens the 2019 Bear Valley Music Festival to take us on a journey through the careers of six-time Grammy winner and twenty-time platinum hit-maker Carole King, and five-time Grammy winner & American folk legend James Taylor. Featuring passionate renditions of “Fire and Rain,” “Sweet Baby James,” “I Feel the Earth Move,” “Natural Woman,” “You’ve Got a Friend” and many more, this astonishing back catalog is realized with authenticity by Phoebe Katis and Dan Clews, both well established artists in their own right.





SHUTTLE & DINNER

We are pleased to offer round-trip shuttle service from Murphys with stops in Forest Meadows, Arnold and Dorrington for all evening concerts. You may add this option to your concert ticket purchase by clicking on “continue shopping” at checkout. We have also arranged for a pre-concert meal to be served at the Festival tent prior to our evening shows.
07/19/2019 - Bear Valley Music Festival Returns for 51st Year July 19 - August 4!
Bear Valley, CA...Celebrating the start of its second half-century in the High Sierra, the Bear Valley Music Festival begins on Friday, July 19 and runs through Sunday, August 4, 2019 with a total of 14 concerts including a special free family matinee on Saturday, July 27. The festival showcases a wide selection of artists and genres including rock, classical, Broadway and jazz.




A mere 3.5-hour drive from San Francisco, Bear Valley is known primarily as a ski resort. Now in his seventh summer as music director, internationally recognized conductor Michael Morgan has put Bear Valley and the Highway 4 corridor on the map as a summer destination as well, drawing an audience of thousands.

Highlights of this year's festival include tributes to Carole King & James Taylor, Neil Diamond, Dolly Parton and Billy Joel, a concert by the legendary Mimi Fox and the Mimi Fox Jazz Trio, the return of world-famous pianist Olga Kern this time with her son Vladik Kern in Mozart's Double Piano Concerto, the world-premiere of a new commission by composer Michael Taylor, and three concert pieces for violin and orchestra featuring soloist Kelly Hall-Tompkins. The classical lineup includes Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony and Fourth Piano Concerto with soloist Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner. The Motherlode Chorale (featured last summer in Beethoven’s Ninth) will return, this time with a concert version of a hilarious Broadway musical by George and Ira Gershwin titled "Of Thee I Sing" about a US presidential candidate running on a creative and unusual platform. Michael Morgan will also conduct a special concert dedicated to symphonic movie themes, including Star Wars, E.T., Harry Potter, The Godfather and more.

"This is the most significant cultural event of the year in our scenic part of the Sierra," says executive director Eman Isadiar. "We always strive to present the widest possible variety of artists and musical styles to appeal to every taste and every generation."

Tickets and information are available online at www.bearvalleymusic.org or by calling 209-813-0554. Lodging is available in Bear Valley and in nearby Tamarack and Arnold. A round trip shuttle ride may be reserved in advance from Murphys, Forest Meadows, Arnold and Dorrington.
07/06/2019 - The Outhouse Collection Fourth of July Sale Saturday and Sunday
Arnold, CA...The Outhouse Collection's Big Fourth of July Sale is Saturday and Sunday. Our biggest sale of the year. We’ve cleared out our warehouse! Summer clothing, home décor and furniture up to 50% off. The Outhouse Collection is located at 925 Highway 4 in Arnold across the highway from Ace Home Center.

07/06/2019 - Free Seminar on the Me-Wuk of the Big Trees: July 6
Arnold, CA...A Presentation on the Me-Wuk of the Big Trees is July 6 at 2pm (after the 4th of July Parade in Arnold) at Calaveras Big Trees State Park, Jack Knight Hall. After you enjoy the parade in Arnold, come on up to the park for a free seminar about the Native American people who lived in the Big Trees area, presented by Carlos Geisdorff representing the Tuolumne Tribal Council.


Geisdorff will speak about the daily lives of the Me-Wuk people, how they lived before the settlers arrived, their stories, culture and more. He will also have on display historical items collected by the tribe.

This seminar is put on by the Calaveras Big Trees Association as one in a series of educational programs within the park.

Geisdorff is the Me-Wuk Language Program Manager.

All seminars are free and open to the public. There is a day-use fee to enter the park. Pack a lunch, bring the family and plan on spending the day among the giant sequoias. For more information, call Calaveras Big Trees Association at 209-795-1196. (Please note the time change from the originally announced schedule, a change implemented to avoid conflict with the annual Arnold parade.)
06/28/2019 - Prescribed Burn Planned on Save the Redwoods League Property
Arnold, CA...Save the Redwoods League in cooperation with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) and California State Parks are planning to begin a prescribed burn on or around Friday, June 28, 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 Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund 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.
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