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03/20/2022 - The 2022 Ride & Walk 4 Art Bicycle and Walk Event is March 20, 2022
Valley Springs, CA...The 2022 Ride & Walk 4 Art Bicycle and Walk event is March 20, 2022. Register at www.rideandwalk4art.com. Cyclists and walkers will enjoy the rolling green hills and rural roads of West Calaveras County during the Calaveras County Arts Council’s Sixth Annual Ride & Walk 4 Art on March 20, 2022. With three bicycle ride choices—30, 45, and 100 miles—or a 4.5 mile walk along the shores of New Hogan Lake—there’s something for everybody.








This year, organizer Rob Williams, chair of the Motherlode Bicycle Coalition, the organization that helps manage and coordinate the event, has freshened the popular fundraiser that supports the arts in Calaveras County schools. The biggest change is a new starting venue. The new site, the Jenny Lind Veterans Memorial Park in Valley Springs, offers many benefits. “It’s just a better site,” Williams said. “There is parking for over 200 cars. There are indoor bathrooms. And it starts and ends the ride at a safe neighborhood location. No one is crossing any highways to start the ride.”

“I also like supporting the veterans center. It has really nice amenities and it’s a brand new facility.”

Another change has been the addition of a Century Ride, 100 miles of hill climbs, downhill coasting, and heart-thumping views. “On a clear day you can see across the Central Valley, and into the High Sierra,” Williams said.

“But you don’t have to cycle all 100 miles,” he said. Designed to offer cyclists a choice for their fitness level, the Century revolves around the central 45-mile route, with four out-and-back rides along the way; take all four branch rides to make 100 miles, or add the mileage that is just right for you. Williams cautioned that riders should honestly assess their abilities. Some of the hill climbs are intense.

If you get stuck on the ride with a flat tire, or you just run out of air yourself, volunteers with the Calaveras Amateur Radio Association are stationed at key points along the ride to call up a sag wagon. Two local bike shops will provide mechanical assistance along the route: Mountain Pedaler Bicycles from Angels Camp and Bear Valley Bicycles from Arnold.

“We’re really proud of our safety record, and of making sure cyclists feel comfortable on the road,” Williams said, emphasizing that road safety control will be available from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the day of the event, and the American Legion Ambulance service will be on site.

Williams was pleased to announce that after the last two years of Covid-precautions, all rest stops will be fully stocked, and barbecue will be served at the end of the ride. “I’d like to thank Moke Hill Nuts & Candies for leading off with a donation,” he said. He gave a nod to the volunteers who will be stationed at the rest stops. “They’ll take every health precaution to keep riders safe.”

If cycling isn’t your jam, you can enjoy a sedate walk along the Cameron Trail starting at the New Hogan Lake Over Look near the Army Corps of Engineers Headquarters. Hike as much of the 4.5-mile trail as you wish, then head over at noon to the veterans hall for lunch.

One of the most loved and welcome parts of the event is the chicken-in-a-barrel barbecue at the end of the ride. This year, Cynthia Przybyla will organize and cook the dinner with the help of volunteers Luis and Patty Luna. Thanks to a donation of Calaveras Barrel Blend Spice from the Spice Tin in Murphys, the chicken will be extra tasty.

Past participants say that this event is the best local bike and walk event, with plenty of volunteers, a friendly non-competitive community atmosphere, and the proceeds go to a worthy cause.

Ride & Walk 4 Art Supports Arts in Education
Ride & Walk 4 Art supports the Calaveras County Arts Council’s mission to support arts education in Calaveras public schools. Every year the fundraising event Ride & Walk 4 Art raises between $4000 and $6000.

Ride & Walk 4 Art helps pay for many things: art supplies for classes, visiting artists, school theater projects, art days at elementary schools. But most importantly, this fundraiser provides the resources for schools to help students make sense of their lives as they learn critical real-world skills like creative thinking, resilience, problem solving, and project management. Studies show that children with access to the arts fare better in school and in life.

Just by having fun riding a bike, participants give the gift of art to Calaveras County students. That’s a pretty good time for all.

Contact information:
Register at www.rideandwalk4art.com

For more information:
Rob Williams
mlbcrob@gmail.com
209/273-8009

Or Kathy Mazzaferro
Goldrusharts18@gmail.com
209/754-1774
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10/02/2021 - The 46th Annual Lumberjack Day is October 2nd, 2021!
West Point, CA...Come and celebrate the rich logging heritage of West Point with the 46th annual Lumberjack Days. Prepare for a full day of fun, from a logging show, to vendors, and a parade, there’s something for the whole family! Before the parade, make sure to stop by the car and motorcycle show starting at 9:00AM for raffles, hot dogs, and a DJ. Parking lots are on Hwy 26, across from Ace, behind Dollar General, the fee is $5.00 and benefits Calaveras FFA. Handicap parking is accessible in the from 9:30 to 10:00 in front of Blue Mt. Coalition for Youth and Families Center. A courtesy shuttle from parking lots to Pure Joy on Pine St will run all day.


7:30 am Lumberjack Breakfast
Lumberjack Day Breakfast at the American Legion Auxiliary Hall across from the Red Church.

8:30 am Soap Box Derby
Soap Box Derby on Main Street. Course begins by the Pizza Parlor.

9:00 am Car and Motorcycle Show
Car and Motorcycle show on Main Street.

9:00 am Booths Open
All Booths are open including the Covenant Church Ladies Missionary Pie Booth.

9:30 am - Lumberjack King and Queen Announcement
Lumberjack Day Queen and King announced at the Judges stand.

10:30 am King and Queen Announcement
Announce the King and Queen of Lumberjack day at the Judges stage in front of Blue Mountain Theater, Main St.

11:00 am 46th Annual CHSA, Lumberjack Day Parade
Parade commences, a Calif State Horseman's Assn. sanctioned event. Parade begins at the top of Main street and Hwy 26 continues down main and turns left on Pine St back to Hwy 26.

12:00 noon Childrens' Area Opens
(Opening time approximate - after the parade) The Children's area on Main street opens with a full day of bounce house, slide, rock climbing wall, and face painters. Admission is a wristband of $5.00.

12:00 noon Petting Zoo, Quilt Show, and other attractions open
(Opening time approximate - after the parade) Petting Zoo, Quilt Show and all Lumberjack Day activities open.

12:00 noon Live Music by Triple Threat
Live Music by Triple Threat, at the Community Garden Stage in the shade .

1:00 pm Logging Show
The Logging show begins in the festival area. Signups are taken all morning. You may enter that day please provide your own safety equipment, goggles, gloves, etc. Overall there are more than $5000 in cash prizes awarded in 16 different categories.

1:00 pm Horseshoe Tournament
Horseshoe Tournament - over on the West side of the fire house heading towards cemetery lane. Everyone is welcome to participate.

2:00 pm Parade Award Ceremony
Awards Ceremony for all parade entries takes place at the BMCYF Community Garden Stage.

3:00 pm Raffle Award Winners Announced
Raffle Winners Announced from the Logging Show and Lions Club.

5:00 pm the 46th Lumberjack Day is officially closed.
Official end of Lumberjack Day, The logging show may still be finishing up a few competitions.

Covid Response
All COVID recommendations will be followed.

Event Transportation
Blue Mountain Transit shuttle will travel all day between the Parking lot near Dollar General down to Main and Pine St. in front of Pure Joy.
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