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All Day 11th Annual Ebbetts Scenic Celebration or "Hermitfest" is September 9th
Hermit Valey, CA...The Ebbetts Pass Scenic Byway Association (EPSBA) will be hosting their 11th Annual Scenic Celebration on Saturday, September 9th, 2017 from 11am until 7pm. We invite you to “Come Play on the Pass” with us and enjoy one of the last free, outdoor, live music events of the year. Our annual celebration takes place in Hermit Valley and is affectionately referred to as “Hermitfest” by locals and longtime attendees.

This year we’ll be enjoying the music of long time Hermitfest favorites Bill Welles and Grover Anderson who have been with us from the very beginning. Ten Dollar Pony, who were the heroes of the Butte Fire version of Hermitfest, providing daylong music for those who escaped the smoke and fire, will be back again this year too. And, we’ll be welcoming the Magnolia Rhythm Trio, Jimbo Scott and Risky Biscuits (who will be just back from performing on the main stage at the Strawberry Music Festival).

The music begins around 11am this year and will officially end at 7 pm but those of you who have attended before know that the music may continue around the campfire long into the evening. There will be food and beverages available for purchase. Tonja and Jana will be back with their locally roasted coffee, specialty teas, cold drinks and who knows what else! The work of a few local artisans will also be available for purchase. Weather permitting; we will have opportunities for stargazing with telescopes & experts available at around 9pm to help us enjoy the stars, constellations, and stories of the night sky.

Hermit Valley has plenty of opportunity for hiking and playing in the river. Fall weather is generally warm and sunny but a quick afternoon rain shower is always a possibility in the mountains and you’ll want to make sure you bring warm clothing as the mornings and evenings can be quite chilly. Primitive campsites are available on a first come basis for those wishing to spend the night. There are sites in the immediate vicinity of the event as well as a few more on the riverside of the road. Additional camping is available nearby in the beautiful Pacific Valley campgrounds. While we welcome your well-socialized dogs, please keep them on a six-foot leash and do not leave them unattended. For those of you planning to spend the night, there will be late night treats and coffee and goodies on Sunday morning.

On your way to the celebration in Hermit Valley, stop by the Alpine County Chamber of Commerce offices in downtown Markleeville where they will have maps, cold drinks and lots of information about things to do over the weekend. On the Arnold side, you may want to visit the Logging Museum, hike a portion of the Rim Trail or stop in at Calaveras Big Trees State Park to admire the Giant Sequoias. It looks like the pools at Grover Hot Springs State Park, outside Markleeville, will be closed for maintenance this year.

Hermit Valley is located on Highway 4 in the Stanislaus National Forest about 38 miles east of Arnold and 23 miles west of Markleeville on the North Fork of the Mokelumne River at about the 7000-foot elevation. If you haven’t driven the pass before, remember that we are a scenic byway for good reason. The higher elevation portion of Highway 4 between Lake Alpine on the west and Silver Creek on the east is narrow, twisty, steep and so worth the drive with beautiful mountain views and many opportunities to get out of your car and take a closer look. The route over the top is not recommended for large RVs or trailers.

Ebbetts Pass was honored with National Scenic Byway status in 2005. It is one of only seven nationally-designated byways in California. The Ebbetts Pass Byway Association is the non-profit organization tasked with preserving, enhancing and promoting the unique resources of the byway. The EPSBA had developed a guidebook for the area which is available on our website for those who want to know more about the history, geology, wildlife and recreation available in the area.

This event is made possible by the generous support of our event partners and sponsors so make sure to visit them and let them know you appreciate their support of this event. Our 2017 event sponsor is Cal Waste with additional support from Mary Trotter, Tom’s Automotive, Mark Twain Hospital/Dignity Health, Alpine County Chamber of Commerce, Bear Valley Business Association, Better Altitude Properties, Calaveras Big Trees Association, Little Trees Wellness, Cedar Creek Realty, Merita Callaway, Fox Security, Mary Jane Genochio, Black Bear Inn, Greg Castleberry, Bob Doten & John Ehret of Barry Ward Realty, Century 21 Realty, Ebbetts Pass Lumber& Ace Hardware and the US Forest Service.

We also want to thank Pioneer Electric, our local media and the many other organizations who all help to promote this event. We especially want to thank Ron Schaner who coordinates and schedules the musicians every year and is a tireless supporter of live music in the Ebbetts Pass area.

For more information about the Ebbetts Pass area, this event and what’s happening along the byway all year long, visit or or e-mail us at

For other events in the area and lodging information, contact the Calaveras Visitors Bureau at 209-736-0049 ( or the Alpine County Chamber of Commerce at 530-694-2475 ( On the west side you can also visit,, and
All Day The Inaugural San Andreas Pioneer Day
San Andreas, CA...The Calaveras County Chamber of Commerce, The San Andreas Rotary and the San Andreas Merchants Association is hosting San Andreas Pioneer Day, Saturday, September 9, 2017. This is a brand new event and is a promotional activity for San Andreas. We are all interested in finding new ways to promote and revitalize our historic town and look forward to San Andreas Pioneer Day becoming an annual event.

Each of the three organizations Calaveras Chamber of Commerce, The San Andreas Rotary and The San Andreas Merchants have partnered to bring San Andreas Pioneer Day. This event will honor our Pioneer Heritage and our Pioneer Families.

The day will begin with a parade at 10:00 from Calaveras High School lower parking lot to Highway 49/St. Charles Street then down Historic Main Street and ending at the San Andreas Elementary School.

Immediately following the parade, activities will begin at Turner Park. Turner Park will be filled with Vendors, Food, Vintage Cars, Historic Re-enactment’s, and Entertainment along with a great Chili Cook-Off.

The event is free to the public. If you interested in participating please call.

Thank you.
Staci Johnston – Calaveras County Chamber of Commerce,
Phone: 209-754-5400
Sherri Reusche – San Andreas Rotary
Phone: 209-986-3413
Donna Schantz – San Andreas Merchants
Phone: 209-754-0127
All Day C.A.S.T for Kids is September 9th
Tuttletown, CA...New Melones is holding it's annual Cast Event on September 9th. This event is a great opportunity for kids up to high school level that are disadvantaged or otherwise unable to go fishing. New Melones with have free fishing poles and tackle for the kids. Boat rides, games and lunch will also be provided. Photos will also be taken and placed in a plaque for the kids as well.There will be other park agencies represented there as well, including Yosemite, National Park, Knights Ferry, U.S. Forest service, Cail fire and others.The event will be held in Tutteltown Recreation area at New Melones. There will be a ranger at the gate directing traffic to the event. This free event will be celebrating it's 25th year, this year and is scheduled to be a great event The event, and starts at at 9am till 2pm.

10:00 AM - 04:00 PM Free Museum Admission Day
The Angels Camp Museum dedicates collections to inspire understanding of the gold country history of Angels Camp and the Mother Lode region.
Celebrate California Statehood Day with Artisan Demonstrations, a Scavenger Hunt for Kids, 3-Acres of Historical Exhibits and $5 Gold Panning Experience.
753 S. Main Street, Angels Camp, CA 95222 | 209.736.2963 |
07:00 PM Max Headroom Will Have Your Rocking Like The 80s on September 9 at Copperopolis Town Square
Copperopolis, CA...We are so EXCITED here at The Square!! Get ready for more from the Setember Concert Series at Copperopolis Town Square. Max Headroom will be performing rock hits from the 80's that will make you wish it was the 1980s again. Don't forget your blankets and chairs and oh yeah your DANCING shoes for a spectacular eve here at The Square! Copperopolis Town Square – the events, shopping and entertainment gathering place in Calaveras County – will host the Copper Concerts series beginning September 2nd and continuing every Saturday through September 30th. Performances will take place at 7 p.m. near the intersection of Town Square Road and Little John Road. Admission to each concert is free. The following acts headline the series: September 2nd – Fuse Box, A High Voltage Tribute to ACDC, September 9th – Max Headroom, 80’s Rocks and Hits, September 16th – Dakota Crossing, Pop and Country Hits, September 24th Dive Bar Poets, A Local Favorite Returns and finally September 30th, Faithfully, A Tribute to Journey featuring vocalist, Jeff Salado.

Lawn seating is available on a first come, first serve basis. Make sure to bring your own chairs. Event parking is $5.00, with all parking proceeds benefitting charity.

Copperopolis Town Square is situated in the rolling foothills of the Central Sierra on Highway 4 in Calaveras County, two hours from the Bay Area and 1.5 hours from Sacramento. The area offers visitors a wide variety of amenities and activities including golf, tennis and dining at the acclaimed Saddle Creek Resort ( with accommodations for guests in luxurious Lodge Bungalows conveniently located within a few paces of the golf course.

For more information: 866.276.4235, or visit “Like” the Copperopolis Town Square Facebook page to get all the event information.

07:00 PM The Breezin & Breathless Tour with George Benson & Kenny G Tonight to Close Out a GREAT Concert Seas
Murphys, CA...BREEZIN & BREATHLESS TOUR Celebrating the 40th anniversary of George Benson’s BREEZIN’ and the 25th anniversary of Kenny G’s BREATHLESS, each artist’s set will feature classic album cuts and greatest hits, as well as songs they will both perform together during the evening. Collectively they have sold over 125 million albums, won 11 Grammys, achieved 16 #1 Albums, and have had 10 #1 Hit Songs. This concert will close out another phenomenal year at the Ironstone Amphitheatre.

Buffet Dinner Menu
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Apple cider pork loin with spicy apple peach chutney

Herbed chicken breast with sautéed mushrooms

Green beans with bacon

Garlic mashed potatoes

Broccoli salad with bacon, sunflower seeds, and raisins

Strawberry Feta salad with sliced almonds and raspberry vinaigrette

Fresh baked bread

Lemon cake with fresh berries

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