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11:00 AM Guided Tours of Ironstone Vineyards
01:00 PM CCWD Public Rate Hearing: Wednesday May 23 @ 1 p.m.
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Thursday, May 24
09:00 AM Honoring Our Veterans With Free Dental Care on May 24th
11:00 AM Guided Tours of Ironstone Vineyards
Friday, May 25
09:00 AM 2nd Annual Peddlers' Faire
11:00 AM Guided Tours of Ironstone Vineyards
05:30 PM Friday Night Music at Alchemy
06:00 PM Cooking Class at Marisolio Tasting Bar- Aloha Friday Hawaiian
Saturday, May 26
All Day 5th Annual Chaw’se Day Presented by Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians
Until 04:00 PM 2nd Annual Peddlers' Faire
11:00 AM Guided Tours of Ironstone Vineyards
11:00 AM Town Tours of Columbia State Historic Park
06:00 PM Nicolas Lefler & Ras Beeken Dan at Big Trees Fitness
06:00 PM Stomp Box Kicks off Patio Party Concerts at Sequoia Woods
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Sunday, May 27
All Day 5th Annual Chaw’se Day Presented by Jackson Rancheria Band of Miwuk Indians
09:30 AM Grace Fellowship Church 65th Anniversary Celebration
11:00 AM Guided Tours of Ironstone Vineyards
Wednesday, May 30
11:00 AM Guided Tours of Ironstone Vineyards
01:00 PM Human Trafficking 101: Dispelling the Myths
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Saturday, Jun 2
08:00 AM Central Fire Pancake Breakfast
10:00 AM Old Timers Museum Walking Tours Are Every Saturday at 10am.
11:00 AM Guided Tours of Ironstone Vineyards
11:00 AM Town Tours of Columbia State Historic Park
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11:00 AM Sunday Funday at Ironstone Vineyards
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All Day Help Fine Things Celebrate Their 20th Birthday on May 5th
Arnold, CA...Time to Celebrate!! Fine-Things will be 20 years old in May and we want you to help us celebrated like it's 1998! Saturday, May 5th from 10am to 6pm. Join us for morning mimosas's & afternoon BBQ, beer, wine, prizes, raffles & party!!


Where it all began

With no business experience or background in retail, we decided to quit our real jobs and open a gift shop. A well meaning someone advised us to meet with a business advisor who in turn suggested we put together a business plan. After the meeting, we agreed that coming up with a plan would be boring and thought it would be more fun to just start texturing and painting our new space and buying cool stuff to put in it. How hard could it be? With the help of our husbands (one was just a boyfriend at the time) we were ready to open our doors. We still remember our first customer! A lot has changed since that Spring day so many years ago, but one thing has not changed, and that is our friendship. In your face people who said we could kiss our friendship goodbye! We have met so many wonderful people over the years that have supported our business that we now call friends. Together we have experienced marriages, births, deaths, remodels, leaky roofs, wine, menopause, reading glasses and everything that​ goes along with living life and will continue to do so as long as you keep liking our Fine-Things!
Est. May 1998
All Day The Big Annual Calaveras Lumber Anniversary Sale is May 5th
Angels Camp, CA....The LOWEST PRICES of the year with up to 20% off the entire store! Plus tables and tables of clearance merchandise from 30% to 75% off. If you have any projects in your home or yard, you can't afford to miss this celebration sale!


All Day 59th Annual Firemen’s Muster in Columbia
Columbia, CA...Volunteer fire crews from around the western United States will take part in the competition, presented by Columbia Volunteer Fire Department Engine Co. No. 1. The muster parade begins at 12 Noon (Columbia time) on Main Street in Columbia. Other events include hose cart races, bucket brigade, skills completion, hand pumper contest. Admission is free.


59th Annual Firemen’s Muster
May 5
Columbia State Historic Park, Main St. & State St
Columbia, CA 95310
08:00 AM - 01:00 PM The Twentieth Annual Kid's Fishing Clinic is May 5th
Murphys, CA...The Twentieth Annual Kid's Fishing Clinic is Saturday, May 5, 2018, 8:00am ‘til 1:00pm - 1st through 8th Grade. Murphys Historical Community Park, Algiers Road. Turn south at Murphys Hotel Children must be accompanied by an adult. No Entry Fee or applications required. Free Food/Drinks for participants. Bring your own fishing equipment or use our equipment! Bring the whole family and enjoy the day! Sponsored by the Calaveras County Fish & Game Commission and the California Department of Fish & Wildlife

08:00 AM - 03:00 PM The 18th Annual Hot Copper Car Show is May 5th 2018
Copperopolis, CA...The 18th Annual Hot Copper Car Show, to be held May 5th at the Copper Town Square on Highway 4 in Copperopolis, is now one of the largest hot rod and custom car shows in the Mother Lode. The public is invited to attend free of charge. The car show brings thousands of car enthusiasts to the beautiful hills of the Mother Lode the first Saturday of May each year.


The Lake Tulloch Lions Club sponsors the show with all proceeds going to benefit the community through scholarships and other services. It is made possible through sponsors from Calaveras and Tuolumne Counties.

The show features hot rod and custom cars from throughout northern California. Each car owner gets a special dash plaque and will take part in the judging for the best cars at the show in a variety of categories.

There will be food, raffles, and fun for the public too with two bars and a light breakfast available early in the morning followed with lunch. Dozens of vendors will be present also. There will even face painting for the kids.

09:00 AM Wildfire Community Preparedness Day
Arnold, CA...Arnold/Ebbetts Pass Corridor Communities participate in National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day. Saturday, May 5th – Independence Hall, 1445 Blagen Road, Arnold, 9:00 to Noon. Residents and property owners in high-risk wildfire areas who want to take action to increase their safety but are unsure about how to start can now find the information and the inspiration they need to organize and accomplish wildfire risk reduction projects on their property and in their community. The Volunteers in Prevention Team is partnering with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and State Farm® for the 5th annual Wildfire Community Preparedness Day event on May 5th, 2018, to help individuals and communities prepare for and work together to reduce their risk of wildfire damage.


“Continued drought, hotter temperatures and tree mortality are major contributors to the increased wildfire activity we are experiencing in our area", says Jill Micheau, VIP Coordinator for Meadowmont HOA. “That’s why the Ebbetts Pass HOAs (Home Owners Associations) and Subdivisions have organized this event and are committed to working together with NFPA and State Farm to make our community safer from the threat of wildfire. We believe Preparedness Day is a great way to raise awareness of this important issue.”

Cal Fire and your VIP Coordinators will be presenting a number of speakers and providing information on topics relating to the safety of your property and our communities. Planned topics include:

The Multi-agency work being done to complete a fuel break around the entire corridor. U.S. Forest Service representatives will present a map showing boundaries between Subdivisions and forests, and where fuel breaks have been completed or are planned. Preventing fires from entering the community and/or forest is the first step in keeping our homes and towns safe.

Disaster communications, evacuation procedures and timing, and development of evacuation routes will be covered. You must know all evacuation routes and options in our communities.

An overview of the Firewise program and the Volunteers in Prevention (VIP) activities that are directed at maintaining defensible space around our homes and within our neighborhoods. Learn what to expect when property inspections begin this year, and how to be in compliance. You may even want to become a VIP! All you need to know will be presented at this meeting.
An expert will speak about the impact and outlook for tree mortality in our area. How many trees have died? Is the bark beetle scourge over? How to get rid of all those logs in your yard?

Homeowners insurance: many insurers are not renewing homeowners’ policies and are not writing new policies in our area. Find out what’s being done, what you can do to keep your coverage or how to get a new policy.

Through these educational, individual and group activities, residents and property owners in the Ebbetts Pass Corridor can learn more about the importance of wildfire preparedness and planning, the power of prevention, and the requirements for compliance. There are many new owners of property this year who should take advantage of the information covered at this event to understand their responsibilities to be in fire safety compliance along with planning for any evacuation needs.

Learn more about the national Wildfire Community Preparedness Day event on May 5th by visiting www.wildfireprepday.org. For more information contact Jill Micheau, 209-813-7019, jillmicheau@gmail.com
09:00 AM - 01:00 PM The Annual White Pines Park Clean Up Day is Saturday May 5th & You're Invited!
White Pines, CA...The Annual White Pines Park Clean Up Day is this Saturday, May 5th from 9 am to 1 pm. The White Pines Committee invites you to assist in the clean up of White Pines Park. The White Pines Park like many recreation spots in our is volunteer run.

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Old Timers Museum Walking Tours Are Every Saturday at 10am.
Murphys, CA...Each Saturday morning the Old Timers Museum in Murphys offers a historical walking tour of Murphys. No reservation necessary. Meet at the Museum, 470 Main St, Murphys, across from the Hotel 10 am. Walk is 1-1/12 hours.


A stroll down tree-lined Main Street transports visitors back to the mid-1800s with buildings bearing thick stone walls, iron shutters and pastoral gardens with white picket fences. Once you experience the charm and hospitality of Murphys, the historic “Queen of the Sierra”, you’ll want to come back again and again!

Rich in Gold Rush History, Murphys today is a vibrant, thriving community of over 2,000 residents. Many of the surrounding hillsides are rich with the fine wine grapes grown in our area. Murphys offers wineries, art galleries, live theater, eclectic shops, fine restaurants, charming hotels and B&B’s as well as a multitude of outstanding outdoor recreational opportunities.

Murphys’ colorful past came alive in 1848 when John and Daniel Murphy established a trading post and gold mining operation in the area that is now their namesake. True entrepreneurs with the luck of the Irish, they were a part of the very first immigrant party – the Stephens-Townsend-Murphy families – to successfully bring wagons over the Sierra in 1844, paving the way for westward migration. John and Daniel’s cries of “Gold!” were among the first heard in California. It is reported that the brothers took two million dollars in gold ore from the Murphys Diggins in one year’s time, making them millionaires before the age of 25. The sizzling Gold Rush camp of Murphys also played host to President Grant, Mark Twain and Black Bart. And in some circles, to an even more famous chap – a young, inquisitive lad who literally changed the scientific world, Dr. Albert Michelson.

Our friendly residents invite you to revisit the past while exploring the “new” upscale Murphys. Guided walking tours of the town’s many historic buildings including the home of Albert Michelson, the first American Nobel Prize winner, are conducted every Saturday at 10:00 a.m., starting in front of the Old Timers Museum on Main Street.
11:00 AM - 02:00 PM The 8th Annual Soroptimist Chili Cook Off
Murphys, CA...Soroptimist International of Calaveras County is busy preparing for their 8th Annual Chili Cook Off held at the Historic Murphy’s Hotel on Saturday, May 5! Tasters and Cookers come together on the Hotel lawn for this fun event from 11 am to 2 pm with live music from Plan B Band! This year’s theme “Twisted, Silly or Gourmet Chili” promises great $10. Chili tasting.


Trophies go to Best Judged Chili and People’s Choice Best Chili plus best overall theme and costumes.L New this year an award goes to the Taster who comes in the silliest costume! 2 fabulous Raffle Baskets valued at $500.00 each from SICC Members & local Sponsors plus an Event Gift from Ironstone Winery add to the excitement! Kids 6 & under are free with an adult ticket. Be happy, taste chili, come join the fun; check out our homemade dessert table.

Proceeds benefit women and children in the Motherlode region! Call 209-753-9700 for more information!
11:00 AM - 05:00 PM Guided Tours of Ironstone Vineyards
Murphys, CA...Take a complimentary guided tour beginning in the tasting room (offered Wednesday – Sunday only) at 1:30 pm. Or take the self-guided tour. Print out the self-guided map here.   Ironstone is open Daily from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Closed: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day

04:00 PM Mountain Melody Spring Concerts May 5th, 6th & 12th
Calaveras County, CA...Mountain Melody once again presents a musical celebration of the vernal equinox entitled "Friends and Music and Spring--Oh My!!" Their musical selections are sure to cleanse your winter burdened palates and bring lightness and joy to your life! The songs include "Jitterbug" from Wizard of Oz, "It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)" from Duke Ellington, "The Rhythm of Life" from the musical "Sweet Charity" and many other fabulous tunes. Mountain Melody Women's Chorus is known around Calaveras County for their beautiful harmonies and lush, blended tones.


Next year in 2019, the Choir will be performing as part of a large international choir on stage at Carnegie Hall in New York City!!

The Chorus is extremely proud and excited to be asked to perform at this event and to represent Calaveras County.

So please join us at one of our concerts, and help support us in our journey to NYC and the stage at Carnegie Hall!

For more info about the Chorus, please visit our website www.mountainmelody.org

Saturday May 5th 4 pm
Union Congregational Church Angels Camp CA

Sunday May 6th 2:30 pm
Ayrael Vieux Winery Douglas Flat CA

Saturday May 12th 4 pm
Mokelumne Hill Town Hall Mokelumne Hill Ca


Julia Shelby: Director
julia_446x400_babyJulia Shelby is the Director of Mountain Melody. She is a native Californian and hails from the San Francisco Peninsula. Since 2001, she and her husband have lived in Mountain Ranch in Calaveras County. Music has always been a part of her life, she has sung in schools, community choirs, and the internationally known Peninsula Women’s Chorus.

Julia formed Mountain Melody in the fall of 2005, to share her expertise and love of vocal music with the community. She continues to expand her knowledge by attending professional choral directing workshops. Ms. Shelby also works in Calaveras and neighboring counties as a registered nurse and nurse practitioner.

Marge Biagi-Castro: Accompanist
marge_opti_455x400Marge Biagi-Castro has a wealth of experience as an accompanist, serving elementary and high school groups, and for several musicals produced by the Metropolitan Players. Her playing embraces many diverse styles, and her love of the music shines through in her performances. She has been with Mountain Melody since 2006 and enjoys working with what she calls “all of those remarkable women.” She thanks her mom for giving her lessons all those years ago–they really paid off!

Mountain Melody: Calaveras County’s Premier Women’s Chorus
Mountain Melody: Women's Chorus of Calaveras group photoThe Mountain Melody Women’s Chorus is made up of women from all around Calaveras, Toulomne, and Amador counties. While each member has a distinct and individual voice, when they come together as a group, they create a stunning harmonic blend of tones that resonate through high and low registers. Each singer in the chorus looks forward to the challenge and exhilaration in learning, rehearsing, and perfecting the beautiful music they perform. Mountain Melody always welcomes new members.
05:00 PM Dyemusica on Cinco De Mayo at Bistro Espresso! Dyemusica's Last Concert!
Arnold, CA...Dyemusica has been bringing original jam and reggae music to the motherlode since 2012. They have decided to disband due to health issues and as Kevin is leaving the state. Dyemusica are ardent supporters of local charities, have made original music and made many friends and they'd love for everyone to come out one last time to celebrate thier catalog of music and say goodbye to a Gold Country standard as they want to thank everyone for all the fun and memories!


Join us for BBQ dinner, libations, dancing and the full Bistro menu and drinks available. $5.00 cover, kids under 13 are free! Bring the whole family for a great time!

Bistro Espresso
Saturday, May 5 at 5 PM - 11 PM
2182 Highway 4, Arnold, CA 95223
07:30 PM The 13th Annual Gold Rush Writers Conference Presents An Evening with New York Times Best-Selling Au
Mokelumne Hill, CA...The Gold Rush Writers’ Conference opens to the public its guest speaker event featuring Karen Joy Fowler, New York Times best-selling author of The Jane Austin Book Club. Fowler, the author of six novels and three short story collections has written literary, contemporary, historical, and science fiction. Her most recent novel, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, won the 2013 PEN/Faulkner, the California Book Award, and was shortlisted for the Man Booker. “It’s been years since I’ve felt so passionate about a book. When I finished at 3 a.m., I wept, then I woke up the next morning, reread the ending, and cried all over again.” says—Ruth Ozeki, author of My Year of Meats and A Tale for the Time Being. For more information on Karen Joy Fowler, see: http://karenjoyfowler.com/biography/ Join us for a special presentation by Karen Joy Fowler, where she will speak about: Coping with the Bleak, Bracing Inevitability of Rejection Presentation = $10 begins at 7:30 PM Dinner and Presentation = $35 begins at 6 PM


Order tickets for An Evening with Karen Joy Fowler through Eventbrite.com at: https://bit.ly/2Hm9weN For other offerings at Gold Rush Writers Conference, see: http://goldrushwriters.com/

Gold Rush Writers’ Conference was founded in 2005 by New York Times best-selling author and Mokelumne Hill resident Antoinette May with the help of a dedicated group of fellow writers. The goal of the Gold Rush Writers’ Conference is to provide creative writers of all levels

a chance to participate one-on-one with established professionals through workshops, lectures,
panels and readings. In January 2017, Arnold resident, Sally Kaplan, came on board as the Co-
Director of Gold Rush Writers’ Conference with the goal of widening its appeal.


Kaplan states, “For nearly twelve years, the Gold Rush Writer’s Conference has been a bit of
secret gem. Now we continue to bring the Conference out of hiding to share with a wider public
the riches offered by world-class authors who attend the event.”

• What: An Evening with New York Times Best-Selling Author Karen Joy Fowler
Presented by The Gold Rush Writers’ Conference

• When: Saturday, May 5, 2018

• Time: 7:30 pm (Dinner at 6:00 PM)

• Where: Hotel Leger Ballroom, 8304 Main St, Mokelumne Hill, CA 95245,
http://www.hotelleger.com, telephone: (209) 286-1401. Google Map:
https://goo.gl/maps/v4Q1qzgMJEM2

• Ticket Prices: $10 for Speaker only/$35 for Dinner & Speaker through Evenbrite.com:
https://bit.ly/2Hm9weN

• For more information and to register for the conference, please visit:
http://www.goldrushwriters.com/ or call Sally Kaplan at 310 927-6929.

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