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< Saturday, May 4, 2019 >

All Day Spring Photography Contest at New Melones Lake!
Tuttletown, CA...The Bureau of Reclamation announces the third annual spring photography contest at New Melones Lake. The contest is only open to amateur photographers and the deadline for submissions is June 3, 2019. The photo contest has three categories: landscape, flora/fauna, and recreation. Participants may submit one photograph per category. All photographs must be from the New Melones Lake Recreation Area, taken in 2019, and must be in their original, un-edited form.

Two photographs from each category will be selected and the winning photographers will be awarded a two-night camping certificate for New Melones Lake. One photograph will be selected as “Best of Show,” and the winner will receive a New Melones Lake Annual Pass. The winning photographs will be announced by July 4, 2019.

Please submit photographs to Joshua Pelham at, and include: the photographer’s name, contact information, location of the photograph and photographic category of each picture. For more information, contact Joshua at 209-536-9094 ext. 236.

The photographer retains their rights to the photograph; however, they grant Reclamation (and those authorized by Reclamation) a royalty-free, world-wide, perpetual, non-exclusive license to publicly display, distribute, reproduce, and create works of the entries, in whole or in part, in any media now existing or later developed, for any Reclamation purpose, including, but not limited to, advertising and promotion, website, exhibition, and commercial products, including, but not limited to Reclamation publications. Any photograph reproduced will be given photograph credit as Bureau of Reclamation.

The New Melones Lake Administration office and Visitor Center and Museum is located at 6850 Studhorse Flat Road, Sonora, CA 95370. For additional information call the Visitor Center at 209-536-9543 (TTY 800-877-8339) or visit

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All Day The 14th Annual Gold Rush Writers Conference at Hotel Leger – May 3, 4, 5, 2019
Mokelumne Hill, CA...The 14th annual Gold Rush Writers Conference will be held May 3 - 5th in the picturesque Gold Country town of Mokelumne Hill at the historic Hotel Leger. The goal of the Gold Rush Writers Conference is to provide creative writers of all levels a chance to learn from established professionals through workshops, lectures, panels and readings. Limited to 80 participants, the conference prides itself on its intimacy and charm.

Opportunities abound for networking and developing community with like-minded individuals who share a passion for the written word. Even those who just love to listen are encouraged to attend. The conference in 2005 by New York Times bestselling author and Mokelumne Hill resident Antoinette May, with the help of a dedicated group of fellow writers.
The Gold Rush Writers Conference draws participants from the tri-county region of Tuolumne, Calaveras, and Amador, with some attendees traveling from as far away as Sacramento, the Bay Area, and beyond. Over the years, nearly 800 individuals have benefited from the conference, and numerous attendees choose to return year after year.  

Past attendee Marianne Barisonek, a freelance journalist from Portland, Oregon, states, “I’ve attended twice and would go again in a heartbeat. The quality of the workshops has been outstanding. You’ll meet interesting people and be inspired. If you want to try a writer’s conference without spending a fortune, this is a good place to start.”
The 14th annual conference jumpstarts Friday night, May 3, with a picnic supper in a Victorian garden at the home of Antoinette May, followed by a poetry reading from featured guests and a chance for attendees to join at the open mic.
Saturday, May 4, offers a rich array of workshops throughout the day and ends with a dinner, followed by a
presentation (open to the public) by bestselling novelist Kathleen Kent.

After the evening presentation, attendees are welcome to participate in an open mic reading before meandering over to the hotel's saloon to ‘schmooze’ with friends and enjoy a ‘nightcap’.

Sunday, May 5, offers additional morning workshops, then the conference winds down with a lunch and special presentation by bestselling author Joe Quirk.
2019 presenters and instructors include: Antoinette May (founder), Erika Mailman (co-director), Sally Kaplan (executive director), Kathleen Kent, Joe Quirk, Kevin Arnold, Lucy Sanna, Amy Smith, Monika Rose, Anara Guard, Kathy Boyd Fellure, Indigo Moor and Kathie Isaac-Luke (conference co-director).
For more information and to register, please visit: or call Sally Kaplan at 310 927-6929.
What: Gold Rush Writers Conference
When: May 3 – 5, 2019
Where: Hotel Leger, 8304 Main St, Mokelumne Hill, CA 95245,, telephone: (209) 286-1401. Google Map:
The address for the May 3 evening picnic supper will be provided long in advance to all registered attendees.
Registration Prices: Please visit the website at
Other: Individual Offerings available for $40 and May 4 After Dinner Presentation Featuring Best Selling Author Kathleen Kent is open to the public. $5 at the door.
All Day Sutter Creek's Knight Foundry Announces a Hands-On Workshop
Sutter Creek, CA...Come play in the sand at the Foundry! Sutter Creek’s historic Knight Foundry presents "Introduction to Sand Casting & Foundry Practice," its first on-site class since the early 1990s. In this full-day, hands-on workshop, taught by Knight Foundry’s own experts, students will experience the entire foundry workflow, from sand preparation and conditioning to bench molding, furnace operation, casting, and much more.

Knight Foundry staff will pour completed student molds in aluminum. The workshop is Saturday, May 4, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The fee is $200, which includes all materials and lunch. Space is limited.

For more information, to register, or to join the mailing list for future classes, please call 209-560-6160 or email

PO Box 1392 Sutter Creek, CA 95685
81 Eureka Street Sutter Creek, CA 95685

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All Day The 2019 Hot Copper Car Show is May 4th
Copperopolis, CA...Car enthusiasts love the Hot Copper Car Show, which takes place on the first Saturday in May each year. In fact, this event has been going for nearly 20 years now, and continues to grow in popularity year over year, featuring a raffle, live music, art & craft vendors, great food and drinks (2 full bars!)

Located in the picturesque Copperopolis Town Square, this event perfectly combines the classic building architecture with classic car architecture.

With close to 300 vehicles on display, this event is awesome, whether you’ve entered a vehicle to show or are a spectator! The atmosphere is great, the food is delicious (Lion Club ladies make the best breakfast burritos!), and all day long you can listen to great music.

The Hot Copper Car Show is the place to come and get inspiration for the vehicle you want to build, ideas to fix your current vehicle, or knowledge of vehicles in general while meeting some really nice people! Vehicle Registration can be found on the Copperopolis Lions Club website.

Funds raised are returned to the community through donations made to schools, libraries and fire districts, and make possible college scholarships and vision care for area residents in need.
All Day Hawaiian Luau Sale at Humane Society Thrift Store
Arnold, CA...Aloha! Join us for the Calaveras Humane Society Thrift Store's annual Hawaiian Luau Sale on May 4 and 5! Our Arnold store will put out a HUGE amount of Hawaiian-themed clothing -- including vintage and designer Hawaiian shirts, dresses, shorts, and more -- plus vintage and kitschy decor, dishware, and collectibles, for these two days only. We have an amazing quantity this year!

Come Saturday at opening for the best selection. We'll be serving homemade pineapple upside down cake and Hawaiian punch while it lasts.

Proceeds from our thrift store support the shelter animals and programs of the Calaveras Humane Society. Ike oe malaila (see you there)!
All Day Don't Miss the 60th Annual Firemen’s Muster Today 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.

06:00 AM Aloria Vineyards Release Party at the Vineyard! Food, Wine & Live Music from JankTones!
Murphys, CA...Aloria Vineyards Release Party at the Vineyard! Food, Wine & Live Music from JankTones!  Tickets include shuttle service to and from our tasting room in Murphys, delicious catered farm to plate dinner from Outer Aisle, music from the Jank Tones, a glorious bonfire and of course, our amazing new wines. This is an event you will never forget! Come see JANKTONES!!! Food, wine, and live music!!! We're also shuttling people from the downtown Murphys area to the vineyard and back if your not wanting to drive!!!

Release Party at the Vineyard
Hosted by Aloria Vineyards
Tomorrow at 6 PM – 10 PM

Aloria Vineyards Tasting Room
448C Main St, Murphys, California 95247
08:00 AM - 03:00 PM Hot Copper Car Show
19th Annual Hot Copper Car Show
100 Town Square Road Copperopolis, CA 95228

Trophies plus Dash Plaques for the 1st 200 participants Vendors, Raffle and Music Great Food & 2 Full Bars
Open to all years and motorcycles to
09:00 AM - 01:00 PM The 2019 Ebbetts Pass Corridor Wildfire Community Preparedness Meeting is May 4th
Arnold, CA...The Annual Arnold & Ebbetts Pass Corridor Wildfire Community Preparedness Meeting. Is Saturday, May 4th, from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM at Independence Hall, 1445 Blagen Road in Arnold. This annual meeting is a great way to raise awareness of wildfire risks in our area and how to mitigate that risk and be prepared in case a fire does threaten our area.

The agenda this year will include information on newly developed evacuation route plans, the new emergency notification system, how 2019 lot inspections will be carried out, and the work being done in and around our community to protect the corridor.

There will be a presentation by Alan Thompson on The Camp Fire, with an emphasis on emergency communications planning and execution that went badly wrong and some suggestions on how to help our communities in the event of similar disasters here.

We will also be showing a film by Kevin White and Stephen Most that has won multiple awards. It is called “Wilder Than Wild – Fire, Forests, and the Future”.

After the presentations you will be encouraged to talk with experts at our “Solution Stations.” We will have insurance representatives, CAL FIRE and Ebbetts Pass Fire District representatives, USFS information on fuel break work in the area, burn permit sign ups, and information about the 2019 inspections.

As in past years, CalWaste will offer a barbecue lunch.

This important meeting helps our HOAs and subdivisions meet the requirements to retain our “Designated FireWise Community” status.

Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend.
09:00 AM - 12:00 PM The Annual White Pines Park Clean Up is May 4th
Murphys, CA...The Annual White Pines Park Clean Up is May 4th. Grab your rakes & gloves and help the White Pines Park Volunteer Committee get White Pines Park Ready for Summer! Help them work from 9 - Noon and lunch is on them.

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 9th Annual Soroptimist Chili Cook Off
Murphys, CA....Put on your favorite Kentucky Derby Hat and race on down to the Murphys Historic Hotel for the 9th annual Chili Cook Off sponsored by Soroptimist International of Calaveras County! On Saturday, May 4th Chili Cookers and Tasters will gather on the Hotel lawn from 11 am to 2 pm for this fun, family event with live music from Plan B Band! This year’s theme, “Derby DeMayo” will find most everyone in their best Derby Hat enjoying a variety of Chili recipes, with fabulous Raffle Basket opportunities!

Tasting is $10 each, children 6 & under are free with a parent or grandparent ticket. Chili Cooker Trophies are awarded at 2:30 pm plus an award for the Best Derby Theme and Best Derby Hat worn by a Cooker or a Taster! Proceeds benefit Soroptimist Programs for women and girls in the Motherlode region. For more information, or call 209-753-9700.
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Town Tours of Columbia State Historic Park Every Weekend!
Columbia, CA...Enjoy an hour-long walking tour of town led by a park staff member or docent. See the actual gold discovery site, learn about the buildings and early merchants of Columbia. Sponsored by The Friends Of Columbia SHP. Visit their website here for more information. Town Tours are every Saturday & Sunday starting at 11 am. Meet at the office on Main Street & State St Columbia, CA 95310

02:00 PM The 2019 Jazz Cellars Live Music Series
Murphys, CA...The 2019 Jazz Cellars Live Music Series starts off Saturday, May 4th with Jeff Chadwick & SmoothEase

04:00 PM - 06:00 PM Mountain Melody Women's Chorus Spring Concert
Mountain Melody is once again presenting a Spring Concert Series called "New York, New York!!!"

Fresh from our thrilling concert in Carnegie Hall where we performed with a 200+ voice women's chorus in a program entitled "Magnificat, Music in Celebration of International Women's Day," we will be performing a program of tunes celebrating the vibrant city of New York.

The New York concert held in the famous Stern Auditorium in Carnegie Hall was well received by all who had the good fortune to hear it. The program was varied and showcased music from the late 1700's to the 1930's as well present day contemporary composers.

Mountain Melody represented Calaveras County beautifully in NYC. We added lovely singing to the combined women's chorus, bringing finessed and blended tones. It was a fabulous experience to sing on the Carnegie Hall stage, and to reflect on the musical history that has taken place in this legendary space.

Mountain Melody is so grateful and thankful to our wonderful community who supported us in participating in this amazing event.

Please mark your calendars for our upcoming concerts so you can be serenaded, entertained, and dazzled by the dulcet tones of Mountain Melody Women's Chorus and even get to hear a couple of the beautiful pieces we performed in New York!

Saturday May 4th at 4:00 pm
Union Congregational Church
1141 South Main Street
Angels Camp CA 95222
Admire the stunning architecture of this historic sanctuary with beautiful stained glass windows and fabulous acoustics. Refreshments will be served. Suggested donation $10.00

Call Julie Shelby for more info at (209) 419-0028

Or go to our website:

07:00 PM Murphys Creek Theatre's "Barefoot in the Park" is April 26th to May 19th
Murphys, CA...Love conquers All... Right? Opposites attract in Murphys Creek Theatre's hilarious spring production of Barefoot in the Park Newlyweds Paul & Corie Bratter have found the perfect little love nest in New York City. Never mind that you have to climb up 5 flights to get to it (6 if you count the front stoop) and that the heater works backward AND the forecast calls for snow! Oh, and there’s a hole in their skylight...Love can conquer all, right?

It's Neil Simon at his best. Barefoot in the Park debuted on Broadway in 1963 and became wildly successful. The tenth longest running non-musical play in Broadway History in fact. His follow up play was also a smash hit... ‘The Odd Couple.’

Overall, Simon garnered 17 Tony nominations and won three. During one season, he had four successful plays running on Broadway at the same time, and in 1983 became the only living playwright to have a New York theatre, the Neil Simon Theatre, named in his honor. Simon also drew "extensively on his own life and experience" for his stories, with settings typically in working-class New York City neighborhoods, similar to ones in which he grew up. In 1983, he began writing the first of three autobiographical plays, Brighton Beach Memoirs (1983), Biloxi Blues (1985) and Broadway Bound (1986). With them, he received his greatest critical acclaim. After his follow-up play, Lost in Yonkers (1991), Simon was awarded a Pulitzer Prize.

With a deft hand, Maryann Curmi is in her element directing this gem. "I absolutely LOVE Simon's writing, it's real, it's raw and it's ridiculous! "His knack for taking unsuspecting, completely lovable characters and tossing them in a ring just to see what happens is unparalleled. Having a cast that is such fun to work with makes it easy too!" says Curmi.

She's happy to be back at MCT after directing successful runs of "Over the River and Through the Woods", "Last of the Red Hot Lovers", Driving Miss Daisy" and "The Foreigner".

Leading the way as the newly weds are Michelle Low as Corie Bratter and Robbie Allen as Paul Bratter. "It's such a joy to revisit one of my favorite roles" says Allen, who, with Low, played Corie and Paul together 10 years ago, "we're older and a little wiser and are seeing these roles with fresh eyes. Our life experiences since the first go around have brought our understanding of these characters to new, hopefully funnier, heights."

The cast also consists of newcomers to the MCT stage David Rodrigues as the wacky neighbor Victor Velasco and Diane Rodrigues as Corie's straight laced mother, Ethyl Banks. Although new to MCT, David and Diane are no strangers to the stage, garnering impressive theatre resumes spanning decades.

Rounding out the cast is MCT alum Kirk Summers and the wise hard working Harry Pepper and newcomer Dave Stapp as the Delivery Man. Kirk was last seen in Inspecting Carol and The Foreigner.

Please take a walk in the Park with us.. We'll even let you keep your shoes on!

Barefoot in the Park runs April 26th - May 19th Thursday, Friday and Saturday @ 7pm Sundays @ 2pm

Murphys Creek Theatre
580 S. Algiers st.
Murphys CA 952479

For tickets please call 209-728-8422
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