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< Tuesday, August 16, 2022 >

All Day One-way Traffic Control on State Routes 88 and 89
Alpine County, CA... The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will perform various operations next week on State Routes 88 and 89 in Alpine County.

Route 88
• One-way traffic control from Lake Margaret Trailhead to Schneider Cow Camp Road for highway construction beginning Monday, July 18, through Thursday, July 21, from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and from 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Friday, July 22, 2022.

Route 89
• Long-term one-way traffic control at Weber Street for drainage work beginning Monday, July 18, through Sunday, September 18, 2022. This is an emergency maintenance project. K-rail on southbound Route 89 will reduce the highway to one lane, and a temporary signal light at both ends will control traffic for approximately two months.

Motorists should expect 10-minute delays and use alternate routes whenever possible.

This work is scheduled to begin as listed, but is subject to change due to traffic incidents, weather, availability of equipment, and/or materials and construction related issues.

For the safety of workers and other motorists, please Be Work Zone Alert.

For the latest road conditions, visit

All Day Sierra Repertory Theatre: Sh-Boom! Life Could Be A Dream
Sonora, CA... Event lasts July 28, 2022 through August 27th, 2022 starting at 12:00 pm on August 10th, 2022 but times do vary per showing on Sundays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays. Tickets required. Location: 13891 Mono Way, Sonora, CA 95370. View Website 209-532-3120.

Sierra Rep is proud to continue our 2022 43rd Anniversary Season with Roger Bean’s enchanting jukebox musical, Sh-Boom! Life Could Be A Dream.

Meet Denny and the Dreamers, a fledgling doo-wop singing group preparing to enter the Big Whopper Radio contest to realize their dreams of making it to the big time! Trouble comes in the form of Lois, who arrives to put some polish on the boys. Denny falls in love, Wally falls in line, Eugene falls apart, and along comes handsome heartthrob Duke to send the whole situation spinning. The ’60s hits say it all: “Fools Fall in Love,” “Tears on my Pillow,” “Runaround Sue,” “Earth Angel,” “Stay,” “Unchained Melody,” “Lonely Teardrops,” and “The Glory of Love.” Winner of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Best Musical Award, Sh-Boom! Life Could Be A Dream will leave you laughing, singing, and cheering— let’s hear it for the boys!

The musical stars Kabir Gandhi, Chris Carranza, Derik Lawson, Deja Fields, and Troy D. Wallace. The understudies are Thaddeus Piett and Jerry Lee.

Sh-Boom! Life Could Be A Dream is directed and choreographed by Keenon Hooks, with musical direction by Sarah Wussow. Scenic design by Christopher Scott Murillo, costume design by Austin Blake Conlee, lighting design by Minjoo Kim, sound design by Tatiana Covington-Parra, hair and make-up design by Brenda O’Brien, and the stage manager is Maggie Braun.
11:00 AM Vida Kenk to Speak at SIR's August Meeting
Arnold, CA....SIR, Inc. Branch 152 will hold its August 2022 meeting in the Our Lady of the Sierra Catholic church located at 1301 Linebaugh Road, in Arnold, CA. Meetings, which begin at 11:00 a.m., include a social hour and lunch, followed by a guest speaker. Our guest speaker for this meeting will be Vida Kenk.

Vida has a B.S. Biology, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Va., 1961, and a Ph.D. Evolutionary and Ecological Biology, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. 1966.

She and husband Bill Minkel have two adult children (Chris and Lauren) and two grandchildren (Nathan and Lilian).

While teaching at San Jose State University (1966 – 2010), she mostly taught Biology but became the Associate Dean of College of Science and then Dean of the College of Science before retiring. Taught General Biology, General Zoology, Invertebrate Zoology, Zoogeography, Ecology, Evolution, and labs in Botany and Genetics, as well as an orientation course for first-year science students. She also did research in marine biology.

She discovered the Arnold area in 1974 where she and husband Bill built their retirement home 2004 – 2006, where they now live. “Bill and I became Docents at Calaveras Big Trees State Park in 2008.  I joined the Calaveras Big Trees Association (CBTA) Board in 2011 and was President of CBTA from 2013 to 2015.  Termed off the Board for two years, re-elected to it in 2019. Became CBTA President again from 2020 to 2022, just completed that term on June 30, 2022. I am now still on the Board and serving as one of the CBTA Vice-Presidents.   I also belong to Independence Hall Quilters.”

At the luncheon, Vida will share the history of the Calaveras Big Trees Association and discuss the park’s current activities.

SIR, Inc. is a California non-profit organization that provides social activities for men over 50 whose mission is: “To improve the lives of our members thru fun activities and events while making Friends for Life.”  The parent organization was formed in 1958 in San Mateo and the Arnold  Branch was formed in 1989.   There are currently over 100 Branches in Central and Northern California and more than 10,000 members from Bakersfield to Mt. Shasta and Lake Tahoe to San Francisco.  The Arnold Branch has 108 members who normally meet on the 3rd Tuesday of each month for a luncheon at various locations in Arnold, CA.

In addition to normal monthly luncheons, the Arnold SIR Branch offers the following activities to its members:  Golfing, Ladies Day Lunches, RV outings, July BBQ, Dinner Dance and more.   Ideas for new activities are encouraged and adopted. Visitors and potential new members are welcome to sample the activities and attend luncheons.  For more information, please call Membership Chairman Jim Walton at 415-699-9396 or email  You are cordially invited to attend our August meeting on the 16th, hear the presentation by our guest speaker and meet many of our members.

Jim Walton, Branch #152 Membership Director

Information is also available on our Branch website: .    More information can also be found at

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