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All Day Railtown 1897 to Honor Military Veterans with Complimentary Train Rides and Park Admission
Jamestown, CA...To honor their service and celebrate the patriotic holiday, California State Parks, Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) and the California State Railroad Museum Foundation are proud to offer veterans and active military personnel with complimentary excursion train rides plus complimentary Park admission on Saturday, November 11, 2017. Veteran and active military personnel are encouraged to wear their uniforms with pride while enjoying a special excursion train ride behind diesel locomotive No. 1265, a 1952 former Army diesel which last served at the Riverbank Army Ammunition Plant. The special diesel locomotive will be operated by a number of crew members who are also military veterans. Excursion train rides are available at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on this special day, delighting visitors from near and far during a six-mile, 45-minute round trip ride along the rails of the famous “Movie Railroad” while passing through California’s scenic Gold Country. All train ride tickets on Veterans Day are first-come, first-served.

In addition, Railtown 1897 SHP is also offering complimentary admission for veterans and active military personnel during this celebratory holiday. Veterans and active military personnel must show their current military ID or proof of discharge under conditions other than dishonorable or bad conduct.

Regular excursion train ride tickets cost $15 for adults, $10 for youths ages 6-17 and free for children five and under. Regular Railtown 1897 SHP admission only costs are as follows: $5 for adults, $3 for youths ages 6-17 and free for children five and under. For more information, call 209-984-3953 or visit
All Day CHS Thrift Christmas Extravaganza!!!
Arnold, CA...CHS Thrift Christmas Extravaganza!!!

All Day Experience the Magic of Christmas At Calaveras & Sonora Lumber
Angels Camp & Sonora, CA....Experience the Magic of Christmas At Calaveras & Sonora Lumber

Calaveras Lumber Co. is here to help you with all your home, garden, and construction needs. Whether you are a weekend warrior or a seasoned contractor, we have what you need to get the job done right, and expert staff to answer any questions.

So when your ready to start your next contract or take on your next weekend project, make Calaveras Lumber Co. your go to places for building materials, tools, paint, and everything in between.
All Day National Parks Commemorate Veterans Day With Free Admission Nov. 11 & 12th
Washington, DC...The National Park Service will commemorate Veterans Day and the service of American military members past and present with special events and free admission in parks throughout the country on November 11 and 12. The National Park Service’s American Military website contains a list of events as well as other military-related outreach and information. “More than 100 national parks have direct connections to American military history, including frontier forts and Cold War sites, battlefields and national cemeteries, memorials and patriotic shrines, “ said Acting National Park Service Director Michael T. Reynolds. “These special places pay tribute to our veterans and serve as reminders of their selfless service and sacrifice throughout the history of our nation.”

From the colonial Minutemen who stood in defense of their rights, homes, and families near the North Bridge to modern warriors gathered for a reenlistment ceremony at the Statue of Liberty, the history of the National Park Service is interwoven with that of the United States military. In fact, each plays a part in the origin story of the other. The U.S. Army, Marine Corps, and Navy were established by the Founding Fathers in buildings preserved in Independence National Historical Park. And, in 1886, the 1st U.S. Cavalry was dispatched to Yellowstone to stop the vandalism, poaching, and trespassing that threatened the world’s first national park. The military continued to oversee several of the country’s earliest national parks until the National Park Service was established in 1916.

During World War II, Yosemite, Sequoia, Grand Canyon, Denali, Hot Springs, and Carlsbad Caverns national parks hosted rest and rehabilitation camps for service members. This tradition of providing veterans and active duty military members with opportunities for relaxation, recreation, and camaraderie in the great outdoors continues today and includes partnerships with many service-related organizations. From high-adrenaline outdoor activities to peaceful experiences in the wilderness, national parks provide a variety of opportunities to enhance physical, social, mental, and spiritual fitness. Many parks are popular destinations for active adventures like hiking, climbing, cycling, swimming, and scuba diving, while others are known for more tranquil activities such as camping, fishing, wildlife watching, and observing the night sky.

The National Park Service also salutes its employees and volunteers who have served in the military. Their skills provide a wealth of benefits to national parks and park visitors. To name just a few of the career fields they fill in the National Park Service, veterans are accountants, archeologists, heavy equipment operators, historians, human resources specialists, law enforcement officers, mechanics, park managers, pilots, and wildlife biologists. The 5,813 employees who are veterans comprise 28 percent of the workforce. Park Ranger James Pierce, a combat-wounded veteran who now works at the National Mall and Memorial Parks, said, “I am very proud to be part of the National Park Service where I can continue to serve and give back to my country, just in a different uniform. Working at national memorials that are dedicated to those who have fought and died for our freedom means everything to me."

In addition to special programs in parks across the country, all national parks will provide free admission to everyone on November 11 and 12. When in a park, active duty members of the military and their dependents can pick up a free annual pass to all national parks. Veterans with a permanent disability are eligible for a free lifetime pass. The passes provide free entrance to more than 2,000 national parks, wildlife refuges, national forests, and other federal recreational areas. The passes can be acquired at any national park that usually charges an admission fee.

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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.
09:30 AM Make Plans To Attend the 2017 Veterans Day Ceremony in Murphys
Murphys, CA...Make Plans To Attend the 2017 Veterans Day Ceremony in Murphys

10:00 AM - 04:00 PM Living History Day
Come join us at the Angels Camp Museum for a truly rewarding experience.
History comes alive on the second Saturday of each month as docents staff the Artisan’s Exhibits in the Mining and Ranching building. If you don’t know what we are talking about, it’s been too long since you visited your Museum!
The Artisan’s Exhibits include a Carpenter's Shop, Print Shop and Historic Textile Shop. Each shop will be staffed by informed docents ready to demonstrate their respective craft. Plan ahead and don’t miss this opportunity!
Cost: free with museum admission ($7 adults, $3 children)
Angels Camp Museum
753 S. Main Street, Angels Camp, CA 95222
(209) 736-2963 |
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Hindu Deities and Mythology Workshop
Sierra Stange, yoga instructor and historian, teaches the first of 3 workshops part of a monthly series. Each workshop includes talk on hindu Deities and archetypes, breath work, meditation, and yoga practice.
Cost $40
The Body Shop
1270 South Main Street, Angels Camp
10:00 AM - 03:00 PM Angels Camp Veterans Memorial District Offering Gift Cards To Veterans
Angels Camp, CA...The Angels Camp Veterans Memorial District is offering $75 Gift Cars for Veterans on November 11th & 12th At their office on Raspberry Lane in Angels Camp from 10am - 3pm on both days.

10:45 AM - 12:00 PM Yoga - Gentle Flow
Sierra Stange instructs a gentle flow yoga class which includes slow movement and restorative poses. Class is suitable for beginners and intermediates.
$15 drop in or save by purchasing multi-class pass.
11:00 AM The 2017 Veterans Day Parade in Copperopolis
Copperopolis, CA...The Veterans Day Parade which is sponsored by the VFW Post 12118 of Copperopolis. The parade is November 11, @ 11 am. Starting across the street from Copper Elementary School the parade proceeds down O'Byrnes Ferry Road ending at Reeds Turnpike. The Lions Club will be offering hot dogs, chips & drink afterward for a minimal donation. Our first responders will also be holding a community service day at the Copper Fire Station. Please come and join us.

03:00 PM Salute To Veterans Art Exhibition & Veterans Day Celebration in San Andreas
San Andreas, CA...The Calaveras County Arts Council is proud to present a Celebration for Veterans in Calaveras County. Salute to Veterans, Service. Struggle. Strength. Honor. Dignity. Homecoming. Those words mean the world to those who serve our country. On Saturday, November 11, the Calaveras County Arts Council’s will serve respect to those men and women by hosting a gala reception celebrating Veterans Day. To the backdrop of popular Broadway tunes and John Philip Sousa marches, the Arts Council will serve refreshments, remembrances, and a last look at the gallery show Salute: Calaveras County Arts Council honors 100 years of service. There will be door prizes as well.This show, consisting of artwork and memorabilia, charts a fine journey through patriotic iconography and art as well as items used by men and women in the service of the nation.

The current exhibition is part of the ❤Beats for Veterans program to provide free art lessons to Veterans and their families in Calaveras County.

Saturday November 11, 2017, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Art Council Gallery Store, 22 N. Main St., San Andreas, 209-754-1774

In addition, the Calaveras County Historical Society Museum will be open 10 am -4 pm, for visitors to enjoy their newest display. Saluting our Veterans: Honoring the Men and Women of Calaveras County who Served. With exhibits of locally-loaned war memorabilia spanning over 100 years (including illustrated pages from the World War I journal of Charles Thompson), this exhibit spotlights Calaveras County’s engagement in wider world.
For more information, please call 209/754-1774 or email
04:00 PM Veterans Day Spaghetti Feed at Ebbetts Pass Moose Lodge
Arnold, CA...Veteran’s Day Spaghetti Feed offered by Ebbetts Pass Loyal Order of the Moose. Spaghetti, garlic bread and salad will be served from 4:00pm to 7:00pm on November 11th. Veterans that show their veteran’s card eat free! Non-veterans are also welcome for $6.

05:00 PM Native Daughters of Golden West Annual Veteran's Day Day Dinner
Murphys, CA...HONOR OUR VETS - Ruby Parlor No. 46 of the Native Daughters of the Golden West is holding their annual Veterans’ Day Dinner on November 11, 2017. This year’s event will be held at the Native Sons Hall, 389 Main Street, Murphys. The doors will open at 5:00 and festivities begin at 5:30 with a flag ceremony by Boy Scout Troop #343.

A delicious spaghetti dinner, including wine and dessert, will be served. THIS DINNER IS FREE TO VETERANS. For all others the charge is $10. All proceeds from the dinner will go towards veterans’ welfare. Reservations recommended. For reservations or more information call Billie McArthur 209-728-8990.

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