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< Thursday, October 26, 2017 >

All Day Copperopolis Friends of the Library 2017 Fall Book Sale October 24, 25, 26, 31 and November 1&2
Copperopolis, CA...Volunteers have cleaned, priced, sorted and organized hundreds of items!! Shop for hardback, paperback, VHS, DVD, cassettes, music, nonfiction, fiction, mystery, romance, children’s, vintage, DIY and more. Cash only. We’re giving out a FREE recipe book or cookbook with each book sale purchase-while supplies last. Enter our drawing to win a Master Built Electric Turkey Fryer and Seafood Kettle valued over $100. One entry per adult. Winner will be announced Nov. 3rd.

The Copperopolis 2017 Fall Book Sale hours are:
10/24 Tues 10am-4pm 10/25 Wed 10am-4pm 10/26 Thurs 12-6pm
10/31 Tues 10am-4pm 11/01 Wed 10am-4pm 11/02 Thurs 12-6pm

For more information contact the Copperopolis Friends of the Library
(209)785-0920 3505 Spangler Lane Suite 106 Copperopolis, CA 95228
All Day Crossing California, Sierra to the Sea, October 8 through November 26 at Petroglyphe
Mokelumne Hill, CA...Crossing California, Sierra to the Sea, Dale Laitinen. Reception - Sunday, October 8, 2017 from 2-5 pm. Exhibition runs October 8 through November 26, 2017 At Petroglyphe Gallery 8317 Main Street, Mokelumne Hill Crossing California, Sierra to the Sea is a celebration of Dale Laitinen's favorite places seen while crisscrossing the great state of California.  Laitinen states, "Twenty years ago my wife and I chose Mountain Ranch, uprooting home, studio, family and pets to a beautiful place tucked away in Calaveras County.  The now infamous Butte Fire swept through our area and destroyed all that we had built for those years.  Crossing California is a rising from the ashes exhibit as a way of moving forward from catastrophe."

In this exhibition, Dale Laitinen has chosen a multi medium way of depicting varied landscapes, employing water media, acrylics, and oils. He states, “Although my theme remains constant, my technical use of mediums is as diverse as California. Expect scenes of Tahoe, Yosemite and other Northern California locales…but also be prepared for some surprises.”

When Laitinen returns home to Northern California after traveling, teaching, and observing all over the country and abroad, he sighs in appreciation for all that is offered in this magnificent area. This is easily detected in the predominant subject matter of his work.

Dale Laitinen is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society and Watercolor West. He is a past juror of many national and regional exhibitions including Watercolor West, Kentucky Watercolor Society, Utah Watercolor Society, Watercolor Society of Oregon, Red River Watermedia Show, Magnum Opus and numerous others. Some of the periodicals featuring him have been Southwest Art Magazine, The Artist’s Magazine, Watercolor Magic, Watercolor Magazine, and Drawingboard Magazine.

Marisa Chaffey and Denise Ebbett, owners of Petroglyphe Gallery share, “It has been an honor to represent Dale Laitinen and his fine art since our opening in 2011.This exhibit is an opportunity for Mr. Laitinen to share his newest collection since the Butte Fire. We look forward to unveiling these stunning works, which showcase his talent for both Sierra landscapes and Coastal landscapes.”

Reception and Demonstration at Petroglyphe Gallery, Sunday, October 8, 2017, from 2-5pm. Watch artist Dale Laitinen at work and visit with him to learn more about his process and the inspiration behind his new collection.

Wine and cheese will be served. There will be a free drawing for a $50 Gift Certificate to the gallery.
05:00 PM - 07:00 PM ‘Mammo-GLAM’ – ‘Girls-Night-Out’ with a Serious Purpose
San Andreas, CA...Two “Mammo-GLAM” events marking Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October give local women the opportunity to overcome fear of a critical health screening by surrounding it with some quality girlfriend time. Think of it as “girls-night-out” with a serious purpose – helping women overcome mammogram fears and shape a healthy future. Oct. 10 and Oct. 26 are the dates for these unique gatherings at Mark Twain Medical Center.

The Main Lobby will be the setting from 5 to 7 p. m. both evenings with easy access to the Diagnostic Imaging department for screening appointments. “Mammo-GLAM” can help busy women fit a life-saving screening into their daily routine – during the evening hours.

Secure your doctor’s order for a mammogram and then call to reserve a screening time. If you are not due for a screening, join the fun anyway to show your support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Fun activities include a “bling” photo booth with colorful props to encourage dress up that is expected to spark social media fun as attendees post and text their “glammed-up looks” with personal messages. Zumba fun, healthy lifestyle resources and tasty refreshments will also be featured.

Call 745-2517 for reservations and more information.

The Mark Twain Medical Center Foundation is holding a raffle throughout October benefiting women’s health programs and tickets will be available at both events. Tickets are $5 each or five for $20. The prize is a basket of items with a total value of more than $600 – including local restaurants, wineries and boutiques. For raffle information, call 754-2624.

Mark Twain Medical Center and Mark Twain Health Care District are co-sponsors of the “Mammo-GLAM” campaign. MTHCD Board Member Susan Atkinson notes, “The district is excited to be taking an active part in this project focusing on women's breast health through education and prevention.”

She adds, “We have purchased breast self-exam models and will offer training on their use at the Mammo-GLAM events. We will also be subsidizing Common Ground Senior Services to help provide rides for women who have no other means of transportation to/from the events.”

Common Ground will have an eight passenger bus and three vans (three passengers and one wheelchair each) available to begin picking folks up one hour before the event and returning them up to one hour after the event. Call 209-498-2246 to request a ride.


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 on Facebook.
05:00 PM - 06:00 PM Caltrans to Host a Public Meeting about Potential Safety and Mobility Project in Groveland
Groveland, CA...TUOLUMNE COUNTY – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and the Tuolumne County Transportation Commission are hosting a public meeting to discuss a potential project that would improve safety and efficiency for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians in the town of Groveland. The meeting will start at 5:00 p.m. as originally scheduled, but the public presentation will also begin promptly at 5:00 p.m. The meeting will end at 5:45 at the request of the community.

This project, which would stretch 1.2 miles along State Route 120 from Ponderosa Lane to the Tenaya Elementary School, would widen existing pavement to allow the installment of bike lanes and new sidewalks, new crosswalks and curb ramps.The effort would also improve and close gaps for pedestrian pathways within the project limits.

This discussion will be on Thursday, October 26, 2017, from 5:00 p.m. until 5:45 p.m. at the Community Hall located at 18720 Main Street in Groveland.

This project would be part of the Active Transportation Program (ATP), which focuses on promoting complete, safe and efficient streets on the state highway system. ATP increases the proportion of trips accomplished by biking and walking, increases safety and mobility for non-motorized users and enhances public health in general.

To join our contact list for updates, please e-mail with “Groveland ATP Notify Me” in the subject line.

For the safety of workers and other motorists, please Slow For the Cone Zone.
05:00 PM WHITE OUT - An Uplifting Party to Help Raise Funds for an Accessible Vehicle for Char Vine • Octob
Murphys, CA...In an effort to help Char Vine regain her independence after a major spine reconstruction surgery, Char, HelpHOPELive and her supporters are announcing the first fundraising event, White Out to be held on October 28, 2017 at Outer Aisle Venue, 164 Highway 4, Murphys, CA. A VIP reception will be held for those sponsoring the event from 4:20-5:00pm. Doors open to the public at 5:00pm. A tasty, fresh farm-to fork dinner will be served by Outer Aisle Catering from 5:00-8:00pm. Track 7 Brewing and Two Rivers Cider will be on tap and Boyle MacDonald Wines and Ayrael View will be pouring all night. There are beautiful silent auction items coming in from sponsors all over the area that will make perfect holiday gifts to give when packaged up if you don’t want them for yourself. The silent auction will be held 5:00-9:00pm and then there will also be smaller auctions and raffles throughout the night. Freedom Fighta Sound will be spinning reggae music until 9:00pm. Then get ready to dance into the night to the live funked up music by Janktones. Char will be giving an inspiring presentation about her journey and will share about her future goals and there will be pumpkin decorating for the kids.

Please come in costume or white attire. $30 for dinner & music, $12 kids ages 7-12, kids under 7 free. $15 for music. 21 years old and up after 9:00pm. Buy tickets at the door or online at Babysitting available off-site in walking distance from 8-12pm, $10/per child. RV/tent camping available across the street at Feeney Park $5/per RV/tent. If interested in donating auction or raffle items please contact Nancy at (505) 603-1754. Donations can be tax deductible through HelpHOPELive. HelpHOPELive (800.642.8399) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that has been assisting the transplant and spinal cord injury communities for over 30 years. Read more about Char’s journey and see a video of the vehicle at: Donate to her cause at or or make a tax deductible donation at For more information please contact Char at 209.200.7153 or


Char Vine sustained a spinal cord injury in 2000 from a snowboarding accident in Bear Valley that left her paralyzed from the waist down and confined to a wheelchair. Over the last six years, she has been hospitalized over a dozen times from complications that ensued from hardware that was installed incorrectly in her back. By 2016 her body had become deformed and her spine had degenerated so severely that some of the hardware pulled out of the bone and started causing great damage inside her body. It left her bed bound and helpless for months. She opted for a high risk, extremely complicated surgery to rebuild her spine at the end of December 2016 to try and get some quality of life back. It was a great success but the surgery also left her with less mobility than she previously had in regards to twisting and bending that she can never regain. Now, because of the long length of the fusion, it is detrimental to her body to take her wheelchair apart to put it in her car like she used to. The last several months she has been relying on daily outside help to get to appointments and to run errands. A vehicle with a dropped floor and ramp is her need to help her get from place to place independently and move more efficiently. These converted vehicles are quite expensive on top of her out-of-pocket monthly rehabilitation and therapy expenses. She is reaching further into the community for help with raising some of the money to get her through this life challenge and to help her keep moving Straight Up. Her goal is to raise $45,000 to fund a used Honda Element with a WAV Conversion that will last her the next 10-15 years. Thank you!

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