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Thursday, Apr 19
11:00 AM Guided Tours of Ironstone Vineyards
05:00 PM Murphys "Classic Car Night"
05:30 PM The April Chamber Mixer is Tonight at The Library
06:00 PM Birds & Water, program on region's native birds
06:00 PM Birds & Water program on region's native birds
07:00 PM Bret Harte Drama: The Addams Family Musical
07:00 PM Bret Harte Drama Proudly Presents "The Addams Family Musical"!
Friday, Apr 20
11:00 AM Guided Tours of Ironstone Vineyards
12:00 PM Murphys Old Timers Museum Will Display "Cattle in the Sierras " Through April
All Day Murphys "Classic Car Night"
05:30 PM Friday Night Music at Alchemy
06:00 PM Sip N' Paint with Artist Mary Sexton
07:00 PM Bret Harte Drama Proudly Presents "The Addams Family Musical"!
Saturday, Apr 21
All Day Calaveras Airport Day 2018, Fly-In & Open House is April 21
08:00 AM CGMS Rock Tailgate Swap & Sale
10:00 AM Make Plans To Attend The Trout Spot's 3rd Annual Fly Fishing Open House on April 21st
11:00 AM Guided Tours of Ironstone Vineyards
11:00 AM Town Tours of Columbia State Historic Park
12:00 PM Murphys Old Timers Museum Will Display "Cattle in the Sierras " Through April
01:00 PM SAVE THE DATE - Novelist, Robin Burcell
01:00 PM The Arnold Library Presents an Afternoon with Robin Burcell, Novelist & Clive Cussler Co-Author
03:00 PM Celebrate Spring Aboard Railtown 1897’s Popular & Fun Wildflower Train
04:00 PM New Artists Reception at Manzanita Arts Emporium
All Day Murphys "Classic Car Night"
05:30 PM Casino Night Fundraiser
07:00 PM Bret Harte Drama Proudly Presents "The Addams Family Musical"!
Sunday, Apr 22
08:00 AM The Annual Erica Seawell and Sheriff Gary Kuntz Memorial Golf Tournament
08:00 AM Off The Beaten Path 10K/5K Run/Walk to Raise Funds for Mind Matters Clinic
10:00 AM Amador FlyFishers Hosting Free Fly Fishing Faire April 22
03:00 PM Celebrate Spring Aboard Railtown 1897’s Popular & Fun Wildflower Train
All Day Murphys "Classic Car Night"
Monday, Apr 23
All Day Murphys "Classic Car Night"
Tuesday, Apr 24
12:00 PM Healthy Living Cooking Class Arnold Independence Hall
12:00 PM Healthy Living Cooking Class Arnold Independence Hall
All Day Murphys "Classic Car Night"
Wednesday, Apr 25
11:00 AM Guided Tours of Ironstone Vineyards
All Day Murphys "Classic Car Night"
Thursday, Apr 26
All Day Murphys "Classic Car Night"
07:00 PM Calaveras High School Drama will be Presenting "Cinderella" April 26-29
Friday, Apr 27
10:00 AM Bret Harte Blood Drive
11:00 AM Guided Tours of Ironstone Vineyards
12:00 PM Murphys Old Timers Museum Will Display "Cattle in the Sierras " Through April
All Day Murphys "Classic Car Night"
05:30 PM State of Jefferson Town Hall Meeting
05:30 PM Friday Night Music at Alchemy
06:00 PM Cooking Class at Marisolio Tasting Bar- Polish Feast
06:00 PM Cooking Class at Marisolio Tasting Bar- Polish Feast
06:00 PM Cooking Class at Marisolio-Polish Feast
07:00 PM Calaveras High School Drama will be Presenting "Cinderella" April 26-29
Saturday, Apr 28
08:00 AM Central Calaveras Fire Mud Run 5K
08:00 AM Off the Beaten Path 10K/5K Run/Walk Fundraiser for Mind Matters
10:00 AM The 2nd Annual Murphys Mutt March and the 1st Muttminster Dog Show
10:00 AM Can You Handle The Mud? The 2018 Stop Drop & Mud 5k is April 28th
10:00 AM Old Timers Museum Walking Tours Are Every Saturday at 10am.
11:00 AM Guided Tours of Ironstone Vineyards
11:00 AM Town Tours of Columbia State Historic Park
12:00 PM Murphys Old Timers Museum Will Display "Cattle in the Sierras " Through April
02:00 PM "Voices of Wisdom" Book Launch
03:00 PM Celebrate Spring Aboard Railtown 1897’s Popular & Fun Wildflower Train
05:00 PM Bret Harte Leadership Fundraiser Dinner
All Day Murphys "Classic Car Night"
05:00 PM Ladies Night Out Bingo Fundraiser to Benefit Bret Harte Grad Night!!!
07:00 PM Calaveras High School Drama will be Presenting "Cinderella" April 26-29
Sunday, Apr 29
10:00 AM The 2018 UCCE Master Gardeners of Amador Plant Sale
11:00 AM Sunday Funday at Ironstone Vineyards
11:00 AM Guided Tours of Ironstone Vineyards
11:00 AM Town Tours of Columbia State Historic Park
11:45 AM Humane Society of Tuolumne County's Tails of Two Kitties Spring Brunch
12:00 PM Murphys Old Timers Museum Will Display "Cattle in the Sierras " Through April
02:00 PM Calaveras High School Drama will be Presenting "Cinderella" April 26-29
03:00 PM Celebrate Spring Aboard Railtown 1897’s Popular & Fun Wildflower Train
All Day Murphys "Classic Car Night"
Monday, Apr 30
All Day Murphys "Classic Car Night"
Tuesday, May 1
All Day Murphys "Classic Car Night"
06:00 PM Community Town Hall Meeting on Planned Development in Arnold
Wednesday, May 2
11:00 AM Guided Tours of Ironstone Vineyards
All Day Murphys "Classic Car Night"

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05/05/2018 - Help Fine Things Celebrate Their 20th Birthday on May 5th
Arnold, CA...Time to Celebrate!! Fine-Things will be 20 years old in May and we want you to help us celebrated like it's 1998! Saturday, May 5th from 10am to 6pm. Join us for morning mimosas's & afternoon BBQ, beer, wine, prizes, raffles & party!!


Where it all began

With no business experience or background in retail, we decided to quit our real jobs and open a gift shop. A well meaning someone advised us to meet with a business advisor who in turn suggested we put together a business plan. After the meeting, we agreed that coming up with a plan would be boring and thought it would be more fun to just start texturing and painting our new space and buying cool stuff to put in it. How hard could it be? With the help of our husbands (one was just a boyfriend at the time) we were ready to open our doors. We still remember our first customer! A lot has changed since that Spring day so many years ago, but one thing has not changed, and that is our friendship. In your face people who said we could kiss our friendship goodbye! We have met so many wonderful people over the years that have supported our business that we now call friends. Together we have experienced marriages, births, deaths, remodels, leaky roofs, wine, menopause, reading glasses and everything that​ goes along with living life and will continue to do so as long as you keep liking our Fine-Things!
Est. May 1998
04/19/2018 - The April Chamber Mixer is Tonight at The Library
San Andreas, CA...The Calaveras County Chamber of Commerce promotes local business, the county and our local economy. Shop Local! TThe April Chamber Mixer is Tonight at The Library from 5:30 PM - 7 PM. Calaveras County Library (San Andreas, CA) 1299 Gold Hunter Rd, San Andreas, California 95249

05/13/2018 - Make Plans For Mother's Day Brunch at Murphys Historic Hotel
Murphys, CA...In continuous operation since 1856, the Murphys Historic Hotel is a quaint and charming piece of yesterday in the heart of the picturesque California Gold Rush town of Murphys in Calaveras County. This registered National Historic Landmark has hosted such notable historic figures as Ulysses S. Grant, Mark Twain, Horatio Alger, Susan B. Anthony, JP Morgan, John Wayne, Sunny Ficus, and Charles Bolton, a.k.a. Black Bart the “Gentleman Bandit.” Step into our parlor, and step back in time! Murphys Historic Hotel is the only hotel on historic Main Street and the only hotel in town providing a full service dining room and saloon seven days a week! If desired, guests may park their car for their entire stay, and walk the Main Street to shop and sample local wines from 24 tasting rooms. Over eight vineyards surround the town of Murphys. The Murphys Historic Hotel offers





29 guest rooms, including 9 in the original historic stone building and 20 in two “modern” wings added in the 1950’s and 60’s

Fine dining in our historic dining room, open to serve you 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with seasonal outdoor patio dining

Old fashioned saloon with full service bar and periodic live entertainment on weekends
Meeting facilities and banquet rooms for seminars, receptions, meetings, weddings, conferences and special events, with full service catering

Lawn garden for our lodging guests and groups to use for their special outdoor events

Easy access to wineries, art galleries, natural wonders such as the Calaveras Big Trees, Moaning and Mercer Caverns and activities such as golf, skiing, river rafting, cycling, biking and more!



History of the Murphys Historic Hotel

The Murphys Hotel was first opened in the summer of 1856 by James Sperry and John Perry, and was known for many years as the Sperry & Perry Hotel. The hotel thrived as the natural stopover for Matteson’s Stage en route from the railhead at Milton to the Calaveras Big Trees, which had just been discovered by A.T. Gus Dowd in 1852. The grove of giant sequoias was one of the greatest natural wonders of the nineteenth century, attracting people from all over the world. Mercer Caverns, discovered in 1885 by Walter J. Mercer one mile away from the hotel, also enticed many visitors to the area, as did the rich gold diggings.

Notable guests who stayed at the Murphys Hotel during its early years include Mark Twain, Horatio Algiers Jr., John Jacob Astor, Thomas J. Lipton, J.P. Morgan, and former President Ulysses S. Grant. Copies of the original registration signatures of these notables may be viewed today in the hotel’s lobby. The original register now resides at the Calaveras County Museum in San Andreas.

Fire destroyed most of downtown Murphys and damaged the hotel in 1859. The hotel was protected because of it’s stone construction and iron shutters, and was restored and reopened in 1860. The hotel was operated by a succession of owners over the next 100 years, undergoing two name changes, first to the Mitchler Hotel and then, in 1945, to the Murphys Hotel. In 1963, a group of 35 investors purchased the hotel. Former University of the Pacific students, they had been coming to the hotel since 1942 as members of the informal Murphys Ale and Quail Club, and called their investment group the “Murphys Ale and Quail Corporation.” Numerous improvements were made to the facility over the years, including the addition of the two motel wings just west of the original structure.
In 1978, several original members as well as two new investors formed a new corporation called MAQ, Inc. The group achieved a listing for the hotel on the National Register of Historic Places. In 2003, long-time Calaveras county resident Dorian Faught became the sixth owner of the Murphys Hotel. Under Faught’s guidance, additional enhancements and improvements to the hotel were made, with close attention to preserving the character and feel of this very historic facility. in 2012 a trio of managers took over operations to help guide the nineteenth century hotel into catering to 21st century guests.

Over 150 years after it first opened, the Murphys Hotel still hosts travelers touring the central Mother Lode region while also functioning as the true center piece for the downtown Murphys business community. Local fraternal, service, and professional organizations use the hotel for their monthly meetings, and the hotel regularly hosts seminars, retreats and board meetings for a number of state associations, cities and other organizations from outside the area. The Murphys Hotel is not simply a preserved relic of the nineteenth century. Rather, it proudly continues its long-standing tradition of serving the needs of its community and travelers from around the world.

04/19/2018 - Bret Harte Drama Proudly Presents "The Addams Family Musical"!
Angels Camp, CA..."The Addams Family" features an original story, and it's every father's nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family, a man her parents have never met. And if that weren't upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he has never done before: keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday's normal boyfriend and his parents.



Advance tickets at https://addamsbh.brownpapertickets.com

Bret Harte Theater
April 19 – April 21
Apr 19 at 7 PM to Apr 21 at 7 PM
323 S Main St, Angels Camp, California 95221
04/26/2018 - Calaveras High School Drama will be Presenting "Cinderella" April 26-29
San Andreas, CA...Calaveras High School Drama is delighted to present Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella," the first full-length musical to take the stage at the Calaveras Performing Arts Center in over three years. The timeless enchantment of a magical fairy tale is reborn with the Rodgers & Hammerstein hallmarks of originality, charm and elegance. Originally presented on television in 1957 starring Julie Andrews, Rodgers & Hammerstein's CINDERELLA was the most widely viewed program in the history of the medium. As adapted for the stage, with great warmth and more than a touch of hilarity, the hearts of children and adults alike still soar when the slipper fits. Jillian Zahniser appears as the title character, Jared Bisbikis is Prince Topher, Madalyn Myers is Crazy Marie, Brooke Wooldridge is Madame, Jacob Young is Sebastian, Madeleine Hedger is Charlotte, Amaya Halepota is Gabrielle, Jordan Hoyopatubbi is Jean-Michel, and Colton Minehart is Lord Pinkleton. The ensemble includes Anthony Barci, Macy Liotta, Talina Landry, Samantha Leach, Ramon Marquez, Kathryn Frazier, Cleo Osgood, Kyra Allemand, Timothy Kelly, Marco Ortega, and Irene Melendez. Ann Mazzaferro directs, with Mason Anderson as Stage Manager and Cyndie Klorer as Technical Director.



Angela Allured conducts and serves as music director, with Marge Biagi Castro on piano and an orchestra that includes Kyle Barry, Ryan Hache, Michael Rourke, Zack Zahniser, Andrew Wydner, Mateo Alliende, Dean Keahey, Elizabeth Enderlein, Sophia Schlenz, Muriel Strange, Jack Tafoya, Giovanni Airola, Dylan Meidinger, Nicole Alfred, and Wyatt Ames.

Tickets are available at the box office one hour prior to the start of the show, or can be purchased online at chscinderella.bpt.me. The cost is $12 for adults, $9 for seniors over the age of 55, $7 for all active military members or veterans, and $5 for children ages 10 and under. Children under age 2 are free. For more information or to make reservations, please contact Ann Mazzaferro at amazzaferro@custudents.net, or at 754-1811, ext. 5213.
05/05/2018 - The 13th Annual Gold Rush Writers Conference Presents An Evening with New York Times Best-Selling Au
Mokelumne Hill, CA...The Gold Rush Writers’ Conference opens to the public its guest speaker event featuring Karen Joy Fowler, New York Times best-selling author of The Jane Austin Book Club. Fowler, the author of six novels and three short story collections has written literary, contemporary, historical, and science fiction. Her most recent novel, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, won the 2013 PEN/Faulkner, the California Book Award, and was shortlisted for the Man Booker. “It’s been years since I’ve felt so passionate about a book. When I finished at 3 a.m., I wept, then I woke up the next morning, reread the ending, and cried all over again.” says—Ruth Ozeki, author of My Year of Meats and A Tale for the Time Being. For more information on Karen Joy Fowler, see: http://karenjoyfowler.com/biography/ Join us for a special presentation by Karen Joy Fowler, where she will speak about: Coping with the Bleak, Bracing Inevitability of Rejection Presentation = $10 begins at 7:30 PM Dinner and Presentation = $35 begins at 6 PM


Order tickets for An Evening with Karen Joy Fowler through Eventbrite.com at: https://bit.ly/2Hm9weN For other offerings at Gold Rush Writers Conference, see: http://goldrushwriters.com/

Gold Rush Writers’ Conference was founded in 2005 by New York Times best-selling author and Mokelumne Hill resident Antoinette May with the help of a dedicated group of fellow writers. The goal of the Gold Rush Writers’ Conference is to provide creative writers of all levels

a chance to participate one-on-one with established professionals through workshops, lectures,
panels and readings. In January 2017, Arnold resident, Sally Kaplan, came on board as the Co-
Director of Gold Rush Writers’ Conference with the goal of widening its appeal.


Kaplan states, “For nearly twelve years, the Gold Rush Writer’s Conference has been a bit of
secret gem. Now we continue to bring the Conference out of hiding to share with a wider public
the riches offered by world-class authors who attend the event.”

• What: An Evening with New York Times Best-Selling Author Karen Joy Fowler
Presented by The Gold Rush Writers’ Conference

• When: Saturday, May 5, 2018

• Time: 7:30 pm (Dinner at 6:00 PM)

• Where: Hotel Leger Ballroom, 8304 Main St, Mokelumne Hill, CA 95245,
http://www.hotelleger.com, telephone: (209) 286-1401. Google Map:
https://goo.gl/maps/v4Q1qzgMJEM2

• Ticket Prices: $10 for Speaker only/$35 for Dinner & Speaker through Evenbrite.com:
https://bit.ly/2Hm9weN

• For more information and to register for the conference, please visit:
http://www.goldrushwriters.com/ or call Sally Kaplan at 310 927-6929.
04/29/2018 - Calaveras High School Drama will be Presenting "Cinderella" April 26-29
San Andreas, CA...Calaveras High School Drama is delighted to present Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Cinderella," the first full-length musical to take the stage at the Calaveras Performing Arts Center in over three years. The timeless enchantment of a magical fairy tale is reborn with the Rodgers & Hammerstein hallmarks of originality, charm and elegance. Originally presented on television in 1957 starring Julie Andrews, Rodgers & Hammerstein's CINDERELLA was the most widely viewed program in the history of the medium. As adapted for the stage, with great warmth and more than a touch of hilarity, the hearts of children and adults alike still soar when the slipper fits.
Jillian Zahniser appears as the title character, Jared Bisbikis is Prince Topher, Madalyn Myers is Crazy Marie, Brooke Wooldridge is Madame, Jacob Young is Sebastian, Madeleine Hedger is Charlotte, Amaya Halepota is Gabrielle, Jordan Hoyopatubbi is Jean-Michel, and Colton Minehart is Lord Pinkleton. The ensemble includes Anthony Barci, Macy Liotta, Talina Landry, Samantha Leach, Ramon Marquez, Kathryn Frazier, Cleo Osgood, Kyra Allemand, Timothy Kelly, Marco Ortega, and Irene Melendez. Ann Mazzaferro directs, with Mason Anderson as Stage Manager and Cyndie Klorer as Technical Director.



Angela Allured conducts and serves as music director, with Marge Biagi Castro on piano and an orchestra that includes Kyle Barry, Ryan Hache, Michael Rourke, Zack Zahniser, Andrew Wydner, Mateo Alliende, Dean Keahey, Elizabeth Enderlein, Sophia Schlenz, Muriel Strange, Jack Tafoya, Giovanni Airola, Dylan Meidinger, Nicole Alfred, and Wyatt Ames.

Tickets are available at the box office one hour prior to the start of the show, or can be purchased online at chscinderella.bpt.me. The cost is $12 for adults, $9 for seniors over the age of 55, $7 for all active military members or veterans, and $5 for children ages 10 and under. Children under age 2 are free. For more information or to make reservations, please contact Ann Mazzaferro at amazzaferro@custudents.net, or at 754-1811, ext. 5213.
04/21/2018 - Celebrate Spring Aboard Railtown 1897’s Popular & Fun Wildflower Train
Jamestown, CA...Tickets on Sale Now for Two Weekends Only: April 21, 22, 28 & 29. With spring in full bloom, California State Parks, Railtown 1897 State Historic Park and the California State Railroad Museum Foundation are proud to provide guests with a unique opportunity to experience spring wildflowers from aboard a train. While the Park is open daily, special Wildflower Train Rides are available on two weekends – April 21, 22, 28 & 29 – and depart from the Depot promptly at 3 p.m. Prior to boarding the train, passengers will have the opportunity to learn about the wildflowers of California’s Sierra Nevada foothills with an informative naturalist presentation at 2:30 p.m.


Railtown 1897 SHP’s popular Wildflower Trains feature naturalists and Interpretive Park Rangers from the nearby Bureau of Reclamation’s New Melones Lake along with interpretive staff from Railtown 1897 SHP, answering questions and pointing out flower groupings along the way. Wildflower Trains take guests on a six-mile, one-hour roundtrip ride through the scenic landscapes of California’s Gold Country. While the abundance of wildflower viewing is dependent on annual rainfall and weather conditions, trains encounter meadows and rolling hills, with such local flora as “meadowfoam,” “goldfields” and other colorful flowers typically in bloom. Train ride guests receive a checklist, wildflower booklet and poppyseed packet, and more. Plus, guests have the opportunity to participate in a fun, wildflower-related raffle.

Wildflower or excursion train ride tickets cost $20 for adults, $14 for youth ages 6-17 and children five and under ride free. With limited open air seating available, train ride tickets are available online at www.railtown1897.org and at the ticket window beginning at 10 a.m. on the day of the ride (based on availability). Tickets include Park admission, capacity is limited, and advance reservations are suggested.

In addition to the special Wildflower Trains in the afternoon, Railtown 1897’s regular excursion trains are operating on these four dates with departures at 10:30 a.m., noon and 1:30 p.m. Regular weekend excursion ride tickets are available online or at the Depot Store, on a first-come, first-served basis. All regular weekend excursion train ride tickets include Park admission and cost $15 for adults, $10 for youth ages 6-17 and are free for children five and under.

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California State Parks Mission
To provide for the health, inspiration and education of the people of California by helping to preserve the state’s extraordinary biological diversity, protecting its most valued natural and cultural resources, and creating opportunities for high quality outdoor recreation.
05/05/2018 - The 8th Annual Soroptimist Chili Cook Off
Murphys, CA...Soroptimist International of Calaveras County is busy preparing for their 8th Annual Chili Cook Off held at the Historic Murphy’s Hotel on Saturday, May 5! Tasters and Cookers come together on the Hotel lawn for this fun event from 11 am to 2 pm with live music from Plan B Band! This year’s theme “Twisted, Silly or Gourmet Chili” promises great $10. Chili tasting.


Trophies go to Best Judged Chili and People’s Choice Best Chili plus best overall theme and costumes.L New this year an award goes to the Taster who comes in the silliest costume! 2 fabulous Raffle Baskets valued at $500.00 each from SICC Members & local Sponsors plus an Event Gift from Ironstone Winery add to the excitement! Kids 6 & under are free with an adult ticket. Be happy, taste chili, come join the fun; check out our homemade dessert table.

Proceeds benefit women and children in the Motherlode region! Call 209-753-9700 for more information!
05/05/2018 - The 18th Annual Hot Copper Car Show is May 5th 2018
Copperopolis, CA...The 18th Annual Hot Copper Car Show, to be held May 5th at the Copper Town Square on Highway 4 in Copperopolis, is now one of the largest hot rod and custom car shows in the Mother Lode. The public is invited to attend free of charge. The car show brings thousands of car enthusiasts to the beautiful hills of the Mother Lode the first Saturday of May each year.


The Lake Tulloch Lions Club sponsors the show with all proceeds going to benefit the community through scholarships and other services. It is made possible through sponsors from Calaveras and Tuolumne Counties.

The show features hot rod and custom cars from throughout northern California. Each car owner gets a special dash plaque and will take part in the judging for the best cars at the show in a variety of categories.

There will be food, raffles, and fun for the public too with two bars and a light breakfast available early in the morning followed with lunch. Dozens of vendors will be present also. There will even face painting for the kids.

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