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Saturday, Mar 23
10:00 AM Old Timers Museum Walking Tours Are Every Saturday at 10am.
02:00 PM A Chorus Line Continues Through March 24th
05:00 PM Spaghett Dinner & Bingo Games
Sunday, Mar 24
11:00 AM Town Tours of Columbia State Historic Park Every Weekend!
02:00 PM A Chorus Line Continues Through March 24th
Monday, Mar 25
All Day Arts-In-Corrections Art Show at Columbia College Through March 28, 2019
Tuesday, Mar 26
All Day Arts-In-Corrections Art Show at Columbia College Through March 28, 2019
09:00 AM Appointing New CAO, Butte Fire Road Restoration & More on Packed March 26th Board Agenda
11:00 AM A Plan 4 Me Free Seminar on Diagnostic Imaging March 26th
Wednesday, Mar 27
All Day Arts-In-Corrections Art Show at Columbia College Through March 28, 2019
11:00 AM Columbia State Historic Park Celebrates 169 Years on March 27th
06:30 PM Overeaters Anonymous (OA) Meeting
Friday, Mar 29
05:30 PM Friday Night Music at Alchemy
Saturday, Mar 30
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!
Sunday, Mar 31
11:00 AM Town Tours of Columbia State Historic Park Every Weekend!
Wednesday, Apr 3
06:30 PM Overeaters Anonymous (OA) Meeting
Thursday, Apr 4
05:00 PM OHV Enthusiasts Encouraged to Join Stanislaus National Forest at Open House April 4
Friday, Apr 5
05:30 PM Friday Night Music at Alchemy

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04/04/2019 - OHV Enthusiasts Encouraged to Join Stanislaus National Forest at Open House April 4
Sonora, CA...The Stanislaus National Forest is hosting an open house to gather feedback and answer questions from OHV enthusiasts on April 4 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Forest Supervisor’s office, 19777 Greenley Road, Sonora. The forest submitted preliminary applications for the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division 2019/ 2020 grant cycle. The applications to the OHMVR Division include a ground operations grant for maintenance and repair of routes and trails, including OHV facilities, a law enforcement grant to support OHV law enforcement activities across the forest and a forest-wide restoration grant to repair areas impacted by unauthorized OHV activity.

Past grants have provided funding for route and trail maintenance and repairs, including clearing downed trees, on more than 1,693 miles of OHV routes on Stanislaus National Forest, provided law enforcement patrols on an additional 756 miles of native surface roads on the forest, printed the free Motor Vehicle Use Maps and provided for other education, planning, development and restoration activities.

The preliminary grant applications are available to review and comment on the OHMVR website between March 5 and May 6, 2019. To review the grant applications submitted by the Forest, go to Visitors also may provide written comments during the open house.

The public may provide electronic comments to the Stanislaus National Forest by emailing Beth Martinez at Please cc emailed comments to the OHMVR Division at You may also send written comments, suggestions, or letters of support for the applications to Beth Martinez, Stanislaus National Forest Public Services, 19777 Greenley Road, Sonora, CA 95370


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03/17/2019 - Ride & Walk4Art is a Day of Fun to Support Arts in Education!
San Andreas, CA...Join us for a day of fun to support arts in education! Please join us on March 17, 2019 for Ride & Walk4Art in the beautiful California foothills in West Calaveras County. Choose from 2 bicycle rides—25-miles or 45-miles—or an easy 4.5-mile walk skirting New Hogan Lake. ​Afterwards, the Tri-Dam lions will prepare a Chicken-in-a-Barrel lunch. This is the fourth year the Calaveras County Arts Council has held Ride & Walk4Art. Past participants say that this event is the best local bike and walk event, and serves a sensational lunch along with a friendly community atmosphere.

We're accepting no more than 290 participants—250 cyclists and 40 walkers—making this an intimate ride with a community vibe. You'll traverse rolling California foothills along roads that rarely see cars, past scenic views of oak forests and pastoral meadows and the blue waters of three reservoirs.

Your participation will help raise funds for the Calaveras Arts Council Arts in Education program, a program designed to bring art, music, dance, and theatre to the schools of Calaveras County. In the last two years we have supported watercolor classes, collage instruction, ceramic classes, and school murals. The kids are creative; they are hungry for art. In 2019 the CCAC plans to offer even more art. Simply by having fun, you can help us help the children of Calaveras County.

Registration: January 1-March 15.
​Registration closes at 250 riders and 40 walkers.
Fees: $40 for bicyclists/$50 on day of event
$20/age 16 and under/$30 on day of event
$20 for Walkers
NEW IN 2019!
Two timed climbing challenges
•Hogan Dam, .7 miles and 4.6% grade
•Pardee Dam, .6 miles and 5.8% grade
•Every rider is timed and tracked by satellite!
•Compare your personal best segment performance to others.
•Let friends online follow your ride and progress.
03/09/2019 - First Ever Cajun Festival Slated for San Andreas! Fundraiser benefits Hospice of Amador and Calaver
San Andreas, CA...The first ever Calaveras Ragin’ Cajun Festival will be held 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. March 9, 2019 on the historic downtown streets of San Andreas where almost a half-ton of Louisiana crayfish will be boiled and served up along with live music and several dozen vendors. Members of the San Andreas Rotary Club have been planning this event since late summer. Proceeds will benefit Hospice of Amador and Calaveras, and other Rotary projects.

Festival-goers will find historic Main and Court streets lined with dozens of vendors and three stages of live music. The BluesBox Bayou Band, with members hailing from Sonora and Modesto, will be headlining with their blend of New Orleans, Cajun, Americana and Blues. They claim they “aren’t your grandma’s accordion band.” Regional favorites, the Bob Eisenman Jazz Band and James Harkins, are also scheduled to take the stages throughout the day.

Foodies looking for real Cajun fare will not be disappointed as the Rotarians have contracted with Blake Broussard, a Louisiana native and owner of Ragin’ Cajun Kitchen and Catering Co. out of Modesto. In addition to the 850 pounds of crayfish, Broussard and Rotarians will be serving up Cajun Sausage Po’Boys, deep fried Catfish, deef fried Shrimp and even Cajun Hot Wings prepared by “Lord of the Wings” from Stockton. Taps will be pouring traditional Hurricanes, Bloody Marys, beer, wine and hard ciders.

Tickets are just $5 in advance or $10 at the gate; children five and younger are admitted free. Gate entry fee includes music and access to booths and does not include food and drinks. Tickets may be purchased locally at the Calaveras County Chamber of Commerce and the Pizza Factory in San Andreas. You may also buy tickets online at Gate prices are kept low thanks to a generous Platinum sponsorship by Mark Twain Medical Center, George Reed Construction, Inc.,

The San Andreas Rotary Club is getting quite the reputation of putting on great fundraising festivals. Their Calaveras Wine, Cheese and Olive Festival in August 2017 and 2018 were both sold out and a great time was had by all. For the March 9th Calaveras Ragin’ Cajun Festival, they expect more of the same. “Laissez les bon temps rouler!” — Let the good times roll!

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02/26/2019 - Next in MTMC ‘A Plan 4 Me’ Series is ‘Focus on Heart Health’ Feb. 26 & Other Events on Heart
San Andreas, CA.... “Focus on Heart Health” is the timely topic for the latest in Mark Twain Medical Center’s “A Plan 4 Me” wellness workshop series. Those attending the Feb. 26 event will learn how to keep their heart healthy; how Mark Twain Medical Center supports local cardiac patients, and what types of minimally invasive surgical techniques are available. This event during American Heart Month will feature medical professionals from the Mark Twain Heart Center, along with General Surgeon Dr. Andrew McCoy, MD. Steve Shetzline, Executive Director of the Murphys Senior Center, who will give an overview of Stay Vertical Calaveras, a free exercise program for seniors sponsored by Mark Twain Health Care District.

Larry Philipp, Interim CEO at MTMC notes, “Heart health is a national focus every year during American Heart Month in February. We’ve planned this workshop to build public awareness on the local level. Every year during February we join forces with Soroptimist International of Calaveras County to provide Free Complete Cholesterol testing for local women. We are excited to see others also joining the effort to raise awareness about heart health in Calaveras County – like the ‘Love Your Heart’ wellness event planned on Feb. 16th at the Copperopolis Branch Library.” (See related story for details.)

“This outreach has had such an impact on the women in Calaveras County, noted Take Women to Heath (TWTH) chairperson and treasurer Billie Westernoff, “Soroptimist International of Calaveras County is very excited and humbled by the fact that our Sister Club in Pesaro Italy has asked us to mentor them so that they can replicate TWTH with a similar program, understanding the fact that women's health issues are worldwide.”

“Focus on Heart Health” begins at 11 a.m. in the MTMC Education Center, with a free lunch to follow. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Reserve now; contact Nicki Stevens, MTMC Manager of Marketing & Business Development, at 754-5919.

Ann Walton, RN, will discuss two topics -- “Be Heart Smart” and “We Are Here to Help” offering prevention tips and
insights into the many ways Heart Center experts can help guide you back to good health if an emergency or lingering condition calls for cardiac care.

Dr. McCoy will “Ease Surgery Fears” by sharing the latest updates on minimally invasive procedures
which improve outcomes and enhance recovery techniques that have improved outcomes for a quicker

Shetzline will give an update on Stay Vertical Calaveras, the free exercise program for seniors which
began last fall and currently offers Tai Chi and Strength Building classes in Murphys, Arnold, Angels
Camp, Valley Springs and San Andreas.

“A Plan 4 Me” is an ongoing workshop series focusing on general health awareness and prevention
strategies. When attending their first session participants receive a free “A Plan 4 Me” binder in which to
organize reference materials distributed at each event.

Philipp adds, “We are excited to see such a positive response to these workshops. 50 people attended the
Jan. 11 session featuring Orthopaedic Surgeon and Sports Medicine Specialist Dr. Roger Rogalski – a
positive reaction indicating the community is eager to learn more about the timely topics covered at these
events. By taking advantage of ‘A Plan 4 Me,’ you have access to information that can be key to
preventing and identifying health issues, as well as arming you with knowledge to better address
everyday situations.”

County Events Pump Up Awareness About Heart Health
Free Complete Cholesterol Tests for local women and a wellness challenge for Copperopolis residents
will help raise awareness about heart health during American Heart Month in February. In addition, Mark
Twain Medical Center will “Focus on Heart Health” at a Feb. 26 workshop which is the latest in the
ongoing “A Plan 4 Me” workshop series.

American Heart Month was first observed in February 1964, following a Congressional Resolution
signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson on Dec. 30, 1963. It declared, “It is essential to the health and
well-being of our nation that our citizens be made aware of the medical, social, and economic aspects of
the problem of cardiovascular diseases, and the measures being taken to combat them.”
County Events Pump Up Awareness About Heart Health

Local Heart Month activities include --
Jan. 31 to Feb. 14 – Wellness Challenge sponsored by the Copperopolis Branch Library. Local
residents can pick up self-monitoring cards to log two weeks of exercise activity. The branch will hold
weekly check-ins and post results. Participants logging the most minutes of activity are eligible for
rewards at the “Love Your Heart” event on Feb. 16. For complete details, contact Shannon Jewel at 209-

Feb. 1-28 – Free Complete Cholesterol Tests for local women. MTMC joins forces with Soroptimist
International of Calaveras County every year on this project to raise awareness that heart disease is the
NO. 1 killer of women. Financial support from SICC and MTMC make it possible for local women to
have the test that could literally save their life. It measures good and bad cholesterol and triglycerides and
includes a risk evaluation for heart disease and stroke. Call 209-754-2968.

Feb. 16 – Copperopolis Branch Library “Love Your Heart” event, 10 a.m. to noon. Featuring
wellness activities; healthy eating tips; a one-mile walk; and more. Prizes will be presented to winners of
Wellness Challenge. For complete details, contact Shannon Jewel at 209-785-0920.

Feb. 26 – “Focus on Heart Health” workshop; 11 a.m. with free lunch to follow; MTMC Education
Center --Learn how to keep your heart healthy; how Mark Twain Medical Center supports local cardiac
patients and why surgery options aren’t as scary as they used to be. The event will feature medical
professionals from the Mark Twain Heart Center, along with General Surgeon Dr. Andrew McCoy, MD,
and Steve Shetzline of Stay Vertical Calaveras. Reservations required; contact Nicki Stevens, MTMC
Manager of Marketing & Business Development, at 754-5919.

About Mark Twain Medical Center
Founded in 1951, Mark Twain Medical Center is a 25-bed, critical access hospital providing inpatient acute
care, outpatient services and emergency services. The Medical Center’s Medical Staff represents a broad
range of specialties that ensure access to high quality medical care in a rural community. In addition to being
a major provider of health services, Mark Twain Medical Center is also one of the area’s largest employers.
More than 300 people are employed at the hospital and its five Family Medical Centers. The Medical Center is
a member of Dignity Health, the fifth largest not-for-profit healthcare system in the nation. For more
information, please visit our website at Mark Twain Medical Center is also
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02/01/2019 - We Can Help Save Your Life with FREE Cholesterol Tests in February!
San Andreas, CA...February is American Heart Month We are celebrating the American Heart Association's "Go Red for Women" movement. For 16 years "Go Red" has raised awareness that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women and has also promoted healthy lifestyle choices for everyone. Ve can help save your life! Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women. FREE Complete Cholesterol Tests for Women during February Provided by Soroptimist International of Calaveras County. Soroptimist International of Calaveras County (SICC) provides financial support for this vital test during February, working with Mark Twain Medical Center. Since 1947, SICC has improved the lives of women and girls in Calaveras County. To learn more call 753.9700.

This test could literally save your life! Every woman should have a complete cholesterol test (lipid panel) that measures good and bad cholesterol and triglycerides that includes a risk evaluation for heart disease and stroke.

FREE at Select Family Medical Centers and the Hospital
Mark Twain Medical Center Appointments 754.2968
Dignity Health Family Medical Centers
Angels Camp 736.0813
Arnold 795.4193
Copperopolis 785.7000
Valley Springs 772.9538
Mark Twain Medical Center 754.3521 768 Mountain Ranch Road, San Andreas

02/09/2019 - William Warren Schmiett Nov. 24, 1952 – Dec. 11, 2018, Bill's Party is Feb. 9 at Noon
Mountain Ranch, CA...William Warren Schmiett Born Nov. 24, 1952—died Dec. 11, 2018. Bill made 66 trips around the sun. A native Californian, Bill was born in Griffith Park in Los Angeles County, and later moved as a young child with his family to Sunnyvale, CA. Bill spent most of his adult life in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Calaveras County. He and his wife moved full time to Mountain Ranch in 2001, were burnt out during the Butte Fire in 2015, and relocated to Mokelumne Hill in 2017. After travelling to Mexico over several years, Bill became enamored with the Mexican people and culture, as well as becoming fluent in Spanish. Bill was creating a lovely retreat home for himself and his wife in El Pescadero, BCS Mexico.

Bill had many careers throughout his life, including being a firefighter with CDF/Cal Fire, USFS, DSL installer, IT computer professional, and carpenter. Most recently he was a real estate broker and owner of Mountain Ranch Realty. Whenever possible he worked as a union steward in his workplace. Bill served on the Board of Directors of Central Calaveras Fire District.

Throughout his adult life Bill was, in his heart, a firefighter. After losing his home in the Butte fire, he chose to stay in Mountain Ranch and assist in any way he could to protect the town and surrounding land. In the aftermath of the fire, he opened his office to the townspeople who had lost homes and needed phone access or a meeting place.

Bill was a pilot, sailor, golfer, enthusiastic skier and hiker of the Sierras, avid reader, writer, pickle ball player, guitar player, (and yes, he had a lovely singing voice) and fabulous cook. He loved baseball, ice hockey, and curling.

He was a conscientious objector during the Vietnam War and performed community service stateside. It was during that service that he began learning to fight fires.

Throughout his life, it was important to Bill to help others, do the right thing—even if it was the more difficult choice— and remain true to himself.

He leaves behind his wife, Julie Shelby, his mother Margery Couls, his brother Doug Schmiett, his sister Gigi Culy, his daughter Kate Schmiett, his son Erik Schmiett and countless friends.

There will be a party for Bill at noon on Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Mountain Ranch Town Hall, 8049 Washington Street in Mountain Ranch.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Central Calaveras Firefighter Association 19927 Jesus Maria Road, Mokelumne Hill, CA 95245.

For more information regarding the party on Feb. 9 or making donations, contact Julie at 209 419-0028
01/22/2019 - Chili Tuesday Fundraiser for Mountain Melody
Mokelumne Hill, CA...Chili Tuesday is happening January 22nd at the Moke Hill Town Hall!! Doors Open at 5:30pm.
A delicious chili dinner will be served to warm up this January night, along with Cornbread, Tangy Cole Slaw, a Vegetarian Chili option, and Dessert. Wine and Soft Drinks will be available as well. There will also be some fine items offered for a silent auction as another way for you to give back and end up with something nice for yourself or a loved one.

Tickets for the dinner are $20 for adults, $15 for children under 12.
For more info contact Bonnie Miller at 209-768-5325

Proceeds from the event go to benefit Mountain Melody Women's Chorus to help them get to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall in March of 2019.

Mountain Melody has been asked to join an exclusive international women's choir to perform at this legendary venue, and they are thrilled to be representing the California Gold Country Region. Mountain Melody has been invited by Distinguished Concerts International New York City (DCINY) to participate in this exciting event.

Dr. Jonathan Griffith, Artistic Director and Principal Conductor for DCINY states:

"Mountain Melody received this invitation because of the high quality and high level of musicianship demonstrated by the singers as well as the high quality of their audition recording. It is quite an honor just to be invited to perform in New York.
These wonderful musicians not only represent a high quality of music and education, but they also become ambassadors for the entire community. This is an event of extreme pride for everybody and deserving of the community's recognition and support."

There will be 15 singers from the chorus making this trip, many who have been in the chorus since its inception in 2005, under the artistic direction of founder Julia Shelby.
Mountain Melody is looking forward to this event with great anticipation, and as always, we are so grateful for the support we have and will continue to receive.

If you can't make it to Chili Tuesday, but would still like to help Mountain Melody, please go to: or to their gofundme page:
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