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All Day Prescribed Burns Planned to Begin Week of October 21st at Calaveras Big Trees State Park
Arnold, CA...California State Parks in cooperation with the California Department of Forestry and Fire protection (CAL FIRE) are planning to begin a series of prescribed burns beginning on or around the week of October 21, 2019 through the end of November in Calaveras Big Trees State Park. The goal is to complete 382 acres this fall (see maps below). Ignitions are expected to occur when weather conditions are favorable and adequate resources are available. Some of the units have been previously thinned to reduce the fuel loading, which allows for a safer and more controllable broadcast burn. Much of this work was funded through Propositions 84 and 1 grant from the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, an agency of the State of California.

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These burns are part of the prescribed fire program for vegetation management, hazardous fuel load reduction, wildlife habitat improvement, enhance the health of the forest by removing diseased materials, restoring essential nutrients to the soil, and reducing the chance of a catastrophic wildfire. Through forest thinning and prescribed fire, an ecologically healthy forest system can be restored and maintained. Additional benefits of these prescribed burns include protection for the Big Trees developments (Visitors Center, campground, etc.), and the North Grove of giant sequoias.

Pile burning will also take place throughout the fall, winter, and spring seasons within the North and South Grove and along the Big Trees Village and Blue Lake Spring park boundaries.

Prescribed burns produce significantly less smoke than wildfires. The burns are planned and coordinated with the Calaveras and Tuolumne County Air Districts in order to minimize the smoke impacts on surrounding communities. All burning depends on weather and air quality conditions that are favorable for smoke dispersal. If the conditions, such as weather or vegetation are not conducive for burning, the burns will be rescheduled.

Communities near Calaveras Big Trees State Park, including Dorrington, Big Trees Village, White Pines, Blue Lake Spring and Arnold may experience smoke from the burning operations. California State Parks is working with the Calaveras and Tuolumne County Air Pollution Control Districts to limit impacts to smoke sensitive areas.

Both Highway 4 and the Walter W. Smith Parkway will remain open but may experience delays due to smoke and other hazards. The Parkway may experience short-term closures prior to the end of season closure. Some public campsites and dirt roads near the burn areas will be closed to public access during prescribed burn operations including the East and West Moran Roads, East and West 5000 Foot Roads, as well as the South Rim Road. Please obey all warning signs.

For questions or comments about the projects or about the prescribed burn program, contact Jackie Olavarria at (209) 984-8703.
All Day What’s Happening in Murphys Through November 29, 2019
Murphys, CA...Get Your 2019 Murphys Open House Parade Application in Now! Saturdays in Murphys - are available at no charge (donations gratefully accepted) on Saturday mornings at 10am leaving from the Old Timers Museum. Please contact Tim Chisholm at (209) 728-8511 to confirm dates and times or arrangements for large groups. No tours on event days!

November 19, 2019 – Winemaker’s Night at Alchemy - Join us and try some new wines from our local wineries. $5/glass $20/bottle. Live music on the patio from 5:30pm-8:00pm - Call 209-728-0700 to find who is featured each Tuesday.

November 20, 2019 – Trivia Night at Murphys Pourhouse - Join the Murphys Pourhouse every Wednesday at 6:00pm for Trivia Night with trivia master, Jeff Carrico! Bring a team, join a team, or compete solo every week to win prizes!

November 21, 2019 – Thriving Every Other Thursday at Outer Aisle - Every other Thursday we celebrate diversity, nutrition, and artistry – enjoy a meal and shop the produce market beginning at 6 pm. Call 209-728-1164 for more information or visit

November 22 through December 15, 2019 – The Games Afoot at Murphys Creek Theatre - Murder? maybe. Mayhem? a distinct possibility. Hilarity? Definitely! Take a suspense thriller worthy of Sherlock Holmes, wrap it in a stylish screwball comedy, set it at Christmastime and you get the holiday whodunnit “The Game’s Afoot”. Friday,
Saturday and Sunday showings. Visit for tickets and information.

November 24, 2019 – Sunday Funday Mimosas at Milliaire Tasting Room - Celebrate the bubbly side of Milliaire! Enjoy a Mimosa out on our Creekside Patio or in our Tasting Room and start your Sunday off right. Cheers!

November 25, 2019 - Sweet Sounds, Sweet Treats Concert - The Bret Harte High School Band and the Calaveras Community Band will perform spectacular music on November 25, at the Bret Harte Theater from 6:30-8 pm. In between numbers, there will be a dessert auction of delicious pies, cakes, and other yummy items. There will also be a silent dessert auction of cookies, breads, and candies. If you’re looking for desserts to bring to Thanksgiving dinner, here is the place to find them! All monies raised go toward the Bret Harte High School music program. You need not purchase a dessert to listen to the wonderful music. The concert is free for all ages. Call 209.728.9386 for more information.

November 26, 2019 – Winemaker’s Night at Alchemy - Join us and try some new wines from our local wineries. $5/glass $20/bottle. Live music on the patio from 5:30pm-8:00pm - Call 209-728-0700 to find who is featured each Tuesday.

November 28, 2019 – Happy Thanksgiving Day!

November 29, 2019 – Friday Night Music at Alchemy - Live music with Jerry McKay from 6:00pm - 8:30pm. Call 209-728-0700 for reservations and information.

Come stroll Historic Downtown Angels Camp where the local merchants will be hosting an Open House & Wine Hop from 4-7pm. Downtown businesses will have featured wineries located inside their store, with wine and cider available for tasting! Purchase a commemorative wine glass from one of the Angels Camp Business Association tents and hop from one business to the next to shop and wine taste! (Wine tasting must be done inside the business, absolutely no alcohol allowed on the sidewalk or street ~ must show ID proof of age). The Angels Camp Business Association is excited to host the 29th Annual Lighted Christmas Parade through Downtown Historical Angels Camp at 5pm. Our theme this year is "Gold Country Christmas." The more lights the merrier!!! If you would like to participate in the parade contact Christy Miro at 209-736-1333 or

Every year on the first Friday evening in December from 5-8 pm, Murphys closes Main Street to cars and welcomes locals and visitors downtown to thank everybody for their support throughout the year. We want to help you find your holiday spirit! Shops and tasting rooms will stay open late to offer treats, a hometown parade will delight us all, carolers & musicians will entertain, you’ll have a chance to catch up with friends around the firepits, and Santa and Mrs. Claus will be taking requests in the Native Sons Hall. As always, we need everybody's help to make this event happen each year. If you can spare a bit of time that day to help prepare or manage the event, we need you! Sign up here to volunteer. Want to be in the parade? Download the application here. Join us at 9 am on December 5th at the Milliaire Tasting Room and help decorate the town tree!
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08:00 AM The 13th Annual Klassen Klassic Turkey Trot
Murphys, CA...13th Annual Klassen Klassic Turkey Trot is November 28, 2019 at Murphys Park – 505 Algiers Street, Murphys. Friends, Family, Fun and a little bit of Fitness to start your Thanksgiving off on the right (or left) foot. 2.5 and 5 mile run/walk/stroll/skip courses. This is NOT an official timed race, but a fun community event.
8:00am – registration begins ONLY if you think you are going to finish in the top 10. Fee: Non perishable food requested – donated to the Murphys Senior Center.

9:00am – start time 10:00am (approximate) Awards ceremony.

Tee Shirts $25 or 2 for $40 while supplies last. Proceeds benefit a local charity. CASH OR CHECKS only please.

For more info or to help sponsor contact

Fee: Non perishable food requested – donated to the Murphys Senior Center

(Thursday) 8:00 am
Murphys Community Park
01:00 PM - 04:00 PM Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner
Annual FREE Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday, November 28 from 1 - 4 p.m. at the Ebbetts Pass Moose Lodge. No reservations are needed. This event is open to the public.
01:00 PM - 04:00 PM 12th Annual Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner at the Moose Lodge
Arnold, CA...Thursday, November 28, from 1:00 to 4:00pm Ebbetts Pass Moose Lodge, 1965 Blagen Road, Arnold. Once again, Ebbetts Pass Moose Lodge is serving up a FREE Thanksgiving Dinner for the Community. No reservations are needed. Just show up between 1 -4pm and enjoy your Thanksgiving feast on us, MENU:Turkey, mash potatoes & gravy, stuffing, green bean casserole, yams, cranberry sauce, pies and apple crumble dessert. Please note that because this event is open to the general public, no alcoholic beverages will be available for sale on the day of the event. Contact the Lodge with any questions. 209-795-1112.

02:00 PM Sierra Repertory Theatre's Production of Grease Runs Through December 15th
Columbia, CA...Now though December 15th the Sierra Repertory Theatre is performing the classic musical Grease. The Historic Fallon House theatre in Columbia the production venue. It is about Rydell High's senior class of 1959: duck-tailed, hot-rodding "Burger Palace Boys" and their gum-snapping, hip-shaking "Pink Ladies" in bobby sox and pedal pushers, evoking the look and sound of the 1950s in this rollicking musical. Head "greaser" Danny Zuko and new (good) girl Sandy Dumbrowski try to relive the high romance of their "Summer Nights" as the rest of the gang sings and dances its way through such songs as "Greased Lightnin'," "It's Raining on Prom Night," "Alone at the Drive-In Movie" recalling the music of Buddy Holly, Little Richard, and Elvis Presley that became the soundtrack of a generation. Book, Music, and Lyrics by Warren Casey and Jim Jacobs. Performances are weekly on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday of each week. Click below for tickets...

About Sierra Repertory Theatre
Now in our 40th year as the premier theatre company of California’s Gold Country, Sierra Repertory Theatre has earned a local and national reputation for delivering artistic excellence and exceptional world-class entertainment.

The Wizard of Oz, May 31-July 21 at the Historic Fallon House Theatre in Columbia State Park.
The productions in our 2019 Season collectively tell a story about the value of strong communities and the quest to find home. Audiences will find their stories and journeys reflected onstage in the troupe of Broadway vagabonds upon which A Chorus Line is based; The Scarecrow, the Tinman, and the Cowardly Lion helping Dorothy and Toto back home to Kansas in The Wizard of Oz; the high school greasers and Pink Ladies of Grease, who are all looking for a place to belong. To celebrate our 40th Anniversary it was important to pick shows that celebrated community and comradery. It is a fundamental truth that we would not be able to operate in Tuolumne County if it were not for the combined efforts and support of our audience, our business partners, and local charitable organizations. Our 40th Anniversary is not simply a celebration of Sierra Rep, but of our relationship with Tuolumne County. We can’t wait to see you at the theatre!
03:00 PM - 06:00 PM Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner in Valley Springs
Valley Springs, CA...Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner in Valley Springs.

07:00 PM The Games Afoot at Murphys Creek Theatre Through December 15th
Murphys, CA...Murder? …Maybe. Mayhem? …A distinct possibility. Hilarity? Definitely! Take a suspense thriller worthy of Sherlock Holmes, wrap it in a stylish screwball comedy, set it at Christmastime and you get the holiday whodunnit “The Game’s Afoot”. William Gillette, a Broadway superstar famous the world over for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes, has invited fellow cast members to his opulent home for a holiday dinner party. But when one of the guests winds up dead, Gillette finds himself at the center of a mystery that might have stumped Holmes himself and now he must summon every ounce of Sherlock to solve the mystery.

Just for the record…There really was a William Gillette. He really did become immensely wealthy by writing and performing in a play about Sherlock Holmes. He really created the image of the great detective that we hold dear today. But that’s where any semblance of reality ends.

It’s Holmes for the Holidays this Christmas season! Who did it? Who will be next?

See “The Game’s Afoot” and find out. And have yourself a hearty holiday laugh too

Sharron Perras: Martha Gillette
Don Bilotti: William Gillette/Sherlock Holmes
Charlie Cites: Aggie Wheeler/Alice
Sean M. Lewis: Simon Bright/Count Zerlinsky
Kirk Summers: Felix Geisel/Moriarty
Kebra Stapp: Madge Geisel/Marian
Maryann Curmi: Daria Chase
Sally McClellan: Inspector Goring

Directed by: Maryann Curmi

Thurs-Sat at 7pm & Sunday at 2pm

Winner! 2012 Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allen Poe Award, Best Play

“An inspired whodunit […] a snappy, clever drawing-room mystery. There are twists in playwright Ken Ludwig’s The Game’s Afoot that cause the audience to gasp.” – The Cleveland Plain Dealer

“The Game’s Afoot is Murderously Funny!” – Broadway World Cleveland

“The play evolves like a mystery thriller, as one tantalizing clue leads to another […] In 1936, at the height of the Great Depression, people flocked to the theater for a few hours of escapism from hard times. Today, in our current recession, here is an antidote and the ideal holiday present – the gift of laughter.” – Cleveland Jewish News

“Ludwig demonstrates the theatrical equivalent of perfect pitch, both in this new work and in his past efforts.” – Cleveland Scene

“From the intriguing opening mini play within a play to the surprise last scene a split second before final curtain, The Game’s Afoot gives you everything you love about great live theatre. Billed as a comedy thriller you will find yourself swept along for a wild and funny ride.” – Cleveland Examiner

“A hilarious, quirky and thrilling alternative to your standard holiday entertainment. The Game’s Afoot is the perfect gift for the holidays..a fantastically fun night out at the theatre. It’s something we can be proud of as a city” –

“The Game’s Afoot will be performed by professional and community theaters across the country. Certainly this production is Broadway quality.” –

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