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Wednesday, Oct 16
All Day Rotary Shoe Drive to Wear Out Poverty Now Though October 23rd! Donate Now!!
All Day Sign Up For The Big Trees Fitness Challenge! Get Fit For The Holidays!!
All Day Tour Moaning Caverns in Halloween Costumes and Save!!
06:00 PM Overeaters Anonymous (OA)
Thursday, Oct 17
All Day Rotary Shoe Drive to Wear Out Poverty Now Though October 23rd! Donate Now!!
All Day Sign Up For The Big Trees Fitness Challenge! Get Fit For The Holidays!!
All Day Tour Moaning Caverns in Halloween Costumes and Save!!
Friday, Oct 18
All Day Rotary Shoe Drive to Wear Out Poverty Now Though October 23rd! Donate Now!!
All Day Sign Up For The Big Trees Fitness Challenge! Get Fit For The Holidays!!
All Day Tour Moaning Caverns in Halloween Costumes and Save!!
11:00 AM MURPHYS DIGGINS ANNUAL CRAFT FAIR
11:00 AM Valley Springs Health & Wellness Center Grand Opening on October 18th
04:00 PM Mountain Ranch 4H Club Enchilada Dinner
Saturday, Oct 19
All Day Rotary Shoe Drive to Wear Out Poverty Now Though October 23rd! Donate Now!!
All Day Sign Up For The Big Trees Fitness Challenge! Get Fit For The Holidays!!
All Day Mark Twain Wildwest Fest is October 19th in Historic Downtown Angels Camp!
All Day Tour Moaning Caverns in Halloween Costumes and Save!!
All Day The Hopper Connects You to Calaveras's Wine Country & More
All Day Ride The Rails Into History at Railtown 1897
10:00 AM Old Timers Museum Walking Tours Are Every Saturday at 10am.
Until 05:00 PM MURPHYS DIGGINS ANNUAL CRAFT FAIR
11:00 AM Town Tours of Columbia State Historic Park Every Weekend!
01:00 PM Spend the Summer at Big Trees State Park. Guided Hikes Every Weekend
07:00 PM The Young Dubliners – Irish Rock
Sunday, Oct 20
All Day Rotary Shoe Drive to Wear Out Poverty Now Though October 23rd! Donate Now!!
All Day Sign Up For The Big Trees Fitness Challenge! Get Fit For The Holidays!!
All Day Tour Moaning Caverns in Halloween Costumes and Save!!
All Day Ride The Rails Into History at Railtown 1897
All Day Our Sunday Edition with Local Features, Local Specials & More Every Sunday All Day Long!
09:00 AM Murphys Farmers Market is Every Sunday From 9am - 1pm
11:00 AM Town Tours of Columbia State Historic Park Every Weekend!
01:00 PM Spend the Summer at Big Trees State Park. Guided Hikes Every Weekend
04:00 PM Austin Lounge Lizards – Folk/country/bluegrass and laughable weirdness!
Monday, Oct 21
All Day Rotary Shoe Drive to Wear Out Poverty Now Though October 23rd! Donate Now!!
All Day Sign Up For The Big Trees Fitness Challenge! Get Fit For The Holidays!!
All Day Prescribed Burns Planned to Begin Week of October 21st at Calaveras Big Trees State Park
All Day Tour Moaning Caverns in Halloween Costumes and Save!!
Tuesday, Oct 22
All Day Rotary Shoe Drive to Wear Out Poverty Now Though October 23rd! Donate Now!!
All Day Sign Up For The Big Trees Fitness Challenge! Get Fit For The Holidays!!
All Day Prescribed Burns Planned to Begin Week of October 21st at Calaveras Big Trees State Park
All Day Tour Moaning Caverns in Halloween Costumes and Save!!
10:00 AM Grief Support Classes Offered By Hospice of Amador & Calaveras
Wednesday, Oct 23
All Day Rotary Shoe Drive to Wear Out Poverty Now Though October 23rd! Donate Now!!
All Day Sign Up For The Big Trees Fitness Challenge! Get Fit For The Holidays!!
All Day Buy Your Drinks & Treats at Day-O Espresso on October 23rd & 24th!
All Day Prescribed Burns Planned to Begin Week of October 21st at Calaveras Big Trees State Park
All Day Tour Moaning Caverns in Halloween Costumes and Save!!
06:00 PM Overeaters Anonymous (OA)
06:30 PM Overeaters Anonymous (OA) Meeting
Thursday, Oct 24
All Day Sign Up For The Big Trees Fitness Challenge! Get Fit For The Holidays!!
All Day Buy Your Drinks & Treats at Day-O Espresso on October 23rd & 24th!
All Day Prescribed Burns Planned to Begin Week of October 21st at Calaveras Big Trees State Park
All Day Tour Moaning Caverns in Halloween Costumes and Save!!
11:30 AM Tina Macuha Headlines ‘Steps to Kick Cancer’ Luncheon on Oct. 24th at Mark Twain Medical Center
11:30 AM Steps To Kick Cancer Awareness Luncheon is October 24th at Mark Twain Medical Center!
Friday, Oct 25
All Day Sign Up For The Big Trees Fitness Challenge! Get Fit For The Holidays!!
All Day Prescribed Burns Planned to Begin Week of October 21st at Calaveras Big Trees State Park
All Day Tour Moaning Caverns in Halloween Costumes and Save!!
Saturday, Oct 26
All Day Sign Up For The Big Trees Fitness Challenge! Get Fit For The Holidays!!
All Day Prescribed Burns Planned to Begin Week of October 21st at Calaveras Big Trees State Park
All Day Tour Moaning Caverns in Halloween Costumes and Save!!
All Day The Hopper Connects You to Calaveras's Wine Country & More
All Day Ride The Rails Into History at Railtown 1897
10:00 AM Old Timers Museum Walking Tours Are Every Saturday at 10am.
11:00 AM Town Tours of Columbia State Historic Park Every Weekend!
01:00 PM Spend the Summer at Big Trees State Park. Guided Hikes Every Weekend
05:00 PM Sunset Dinner
Sunday, Oct 27
All Day Sign Up For The Big Trees Fitness Challenge! Get Fit For The Holidays!!
All Day Prescribed Burns Planned to Begin Week of October 21st at Calaveras Big Trees State Park
All Day Tour Moaning Caverns in Halloween Costumes and Save!!
All Day Ride The Rails Into History at Railtown 1897
All Day Our Sunday Edition with Local Features, Local Specials & More Every Sunday All Day Long!
11:00 AM Town Tours of Columbia State Historic Park Every Weekend!
01:00 PM Spend the Summer at Big Trees State Park. Guided Hikes Every Weekend
Monday, Oct 28
All Day Sign Up For The Big Trees Fitness Challenge! Get Fit For The Holidays!!
All Day Prescribed Burns Planned to Begin Week of October 21st at Calaveras Big Trees State Park
All Day Tour Moaning Caverns in Halloween Costumes and Save!!
Tuesday, Oct 29
All Day Sign Up For The Big Trees Fitness Challenge! Get Fit For The Holidays!!
All Day Prescribed Burns Planned to Begin Week of October 21st at Calaveras Big Trees State Park
All Day Tour Moaning Caverns in Halloween Costumes and Save!!
10:00 AM Grief Support Classes Offered By Hospice of Amador & Calaveras
06:00 PM Spooktacular Monster Mash at Greenhorn Creek on October 29

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10/19/2019 - Mark Twain Wildwest Fest is October 19th in Historic Downtown Angels Camp!
Angels Camp, CA...The Mark Twain Wildwest Fest will close Hwy 49 through Historic Downtown Angels Camp on Saturday, October 19th, 2019. Hwy 49 will be closed from 8am to 6pm for all the fun in Historic Downtown Angels Camp. The Closure will be Hwy 49 at Sam’s Way (Utica Park) to Vallecito Road. Main Street OPEN to local traffic to Utica Park. Southbound detour will be Eastbound Highway 4 Bypass to Vallecito Road exit. Then Travel west on Vallecito Road to Highway 49/Main Street and vice versa.

10/18/2019 - Valley Springs Health & Wellness Center Grand Opening on October 18th
Valley Springs, CA...The Valley Springs Health & Wellness Center is slated to open with a Grand Opening Celebration on Friday, October 18, 2019 located at 51 Wellness Way in Valley Springs - corner of Hwy 26 and Vista del Lago. It will begin at 10:00 am with a guest speaker and a ribbon cutting at 11:00 am. Then tour the new facility right after, with light refreshments served.


The Center will provide primary care, pediatric care, internal medicine, vaccinations, dentistry, radiology and laboratory services. It will be open Monday-Friday 8-5pm. We will see patients starting on Wednesday, October 16, therefore you can call now to make an appointment at 772-7070.

Because the center will be a federally designated “Rural Health Clinic” the target patient population is Medi-Cal, Medicare-Medi-Cal, and managed Medi-Cal. That said, anyone with any insurance may receive appointments and care and we expect about 20% of our patients to be Medicare, commercial insurance, or cash pay. Everyone is welcome.

The Valley Springs Health & Wellness Center is wholly owned and operated by the Mark Twain Health Care District.

“We are really excited about serving the community and providing access to care, customer service, and quality care at the highest level possible,” says Dr. Randy Smart, MTHCD CEO.

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10/05/2019 - The CWA is Ready for 26th Annual Grape Stomp on October 5th! 2018 Finals Video & Over 100 Photos!
Murphys, CA...(Our Coverage of last year's event to get you ready to Stomp). The 25th Annual Calaveras Grape Stomp was another special day in Murphys Community Park. Previous Champions the Grapeful Dead came back stronger than ever after an injury kept them out of last year's stomp competition. Another great story was the Local father and son duo of Matt & Sewell Hatcher who stomped their way into third. For 25 years the Calaveras Grape Stomp has brought thousands of people to historic Downtown Murphys for a day of fun and entertainment the first Saturday in October! The annual community Grape Stomp has grown into the Largest and Oldest Grape Stomp Competition in California! Final Results of the 2018 25h Anniversary Calaveras Grape Stomp — Championship Stomp Grapeful Dead Dale Marcum Jennifer Marcum 20.08, Sushi & Waswabi Craig Wright Tamao Nakahara 19.47. Hatcher Winery Matt Hatcher Sewell Hatcher 17.94. Mucker Truckers Brett Nocentini Christoher Lusardi 17.75. Dwelley Devastators Arroya Eddie Dwelley 17.2. Flast Nasty Joel Hilton Tony Ramsdell 14.93. SCUMBAGS Klyle Park Brian Royston 14.45. Cluster Buster 2 Brent Hoffman Brooke Lawrence-Howell 14.16. Zin It to Win It Kailyn Finley Matt Puppo 12.51. Country Crushers Rachel Burke Steve Banke 12.46.














During the stomp, teams of two, many with creative names and costumes, compete to collect the most juice out of 25 pounds of grapes in three-minute heats. Teams consist of a “stomper,” who stands in half a wine barrel with the grapes, and a “swabber, or mucker” who stands outside the barrel and reaches in to help flow the juice out of a drain spout.

Teams are encouraged to appear in costume and prizes are awarded based on originality, design and effort. Previous winners include the “Mucker Truckers“, “Grapeful Dead” and the “Cork Fungus Fairies”. The most anticipated heat of the day is the Winemakers Heat where local winemakers come out to compete in a friendly rivalry for most juice stomped and the Presidents Cup. Competitions are highly encouraged between businesses, sponsors, organizations and friends and pre-registration is strongly recommended as stomp competitions sell out well before the event.

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Quality arts and crafts, antiques, handcrafted goods, jewelry, clothing, collectibles and food booths offer wares for sale in addition to Murphys’ multitude of one-of-a-kind specialty shops, restaurants and tasting rooms that line Main Street.

In addition, the Calaveras Winegrape Alliance holds a silent and live auction that includes donations from local and regional supporters such as Bear Valley Ski Resort, Saddlecreek Golf Resort, Murphys Historic Hotel and wine and winemaker event tickets from local wineries. All proceeds from the silent and live auction are distributed back to local community organizations and help fund the CWA scholarship funds.

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10/03/2019 - TuCARE's Annual Natural Resources Summit! Working Together Preventing Disaster
Sonora, CA...TuCARE's Annual Natural Resources Summit! Working Together Preventing Disaster. FREE TO THE PUBLIC!
Come and hear great information on how we can make our community a more fire resistant, safe zone if wildfire breaks out.

09/29/2019 - Union Congregational Church Celebrates 150th Anniversary! Community Invited to Celebration Sunday!
Angels Camp, CA...Union Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, the first Open and Affirming church in Calaveras County, will be celebrating its 150th anniversary serving Angels Camp and Calaveras county this Sunday, with a 10:00 AM worship service and catered noon luncheon. All who are friends of "the little church with the great big heart" are welcome to attend. Music during the worship service will include hymns written as early as the 18th century and on down the years to hymns from the late 20th century. Pastor Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Armstrong's sermon will be "Birth, Life, and Restoration." Following the worship service, music will be performed prior to lunch by Mountain Melody and Yeshua's House, and singing led by Dr. Darryl Hollinger, music director at First Congregational Church of Murphys.



Union has a long history of service in Calaveras County. John Anderson, the late Pastor Emeritus, was very active in getting Calaveras Habitat for Humanity started. During the Butte Fire, Pastor Armstrong and council member Gail Williams served as members of the spiritual care team, and the church, with the assistance of Sierra Quilt Guild, "adopted" two families that had been completely burned out, and, through the UCC national program "Neighbors in Need," was able to provide approximately $4000 in goods to fire victims. Last year, during the Camp Fire, the church provided warm gloves for 200 fire fighters. Union is currently active serving on the Calaveras County Homeless Coalition, and in supporting the Resource Center, Sierra Hope, and the 12-Step community. Currently ten groups meet at the church during each week. Our favorite saying about our church is "We are small, but we are mighty!"

Whatever your connection with Union Congregational Church, we invite you to join us for our 150th Anniversary celebration. If you plan to come to the luncheon, please RSVP to Gail Williams at 209-559-1805 by Saturday.
09/18/2019 - Rotary Shoe Drive to Wear Out Poverty Now Though October 23rd! Donate Now!!
Donate your gently used shoes to our annual Shoe Drive to Wear Out Poverty! Your donated shoes will be cleaned and repaired and distributed to those in need domestically and internationally! Shoes are also provided to start micro-businesses, and the proceeds go back to purchasing new shoes for children and adults wherever there is a need.


NOW UNTIL OCTOBER 23, DROP SHOES IN OUR BINS AT:
MICHELSON SCHOOL, MURPHYS
MARK TWAIN SCHOOL, ANGELS CAMP
HAZEL FISCHER SCHOOL, ARNOLD
AVERY MIDDLE SCHOOL, AVERY
BRET HARTE HIGH SCHOOL, ANGELS CAMP
CALAVERAS HIGH SCHOOL, SAN ANDREAS
MURPHYS HISTORIC HOTEL, MURPHYS
SIERRA HILLS MARKET, MURPHYS
ANGELS FOOD MARKET, ANGELS CAMP
IGA MARKET, COPPEROPOLIS
SABRINA JULIAN INVESTMENTS, MURPHYS
COUNTY OFFICE OF EDUCATION, ANGELS CAMP
RE/MAX GOLD, COPPEROPOLIS
STEVENSON WEALTH MANAGEMENT, COPPEROPOLIS
Questions? Call (209) 278-0455
09/28/2019 - Shop Local at Spence Ranch Feed & Supply! Customer Appreciation Sale September 28th!
Angels Camp, CA...Spence Ranch Feed and Supply has been in business for 41 years. It was started by Bill and Linda Spence. The Store now employs three generations of Spence family members. Our knowledgeable staff is here to help you with any questions you may have. We offer a wide variety of feeds and supplies to small ranches to the smallest household pets.




We believe in giving back to the community. We offer discounts to anyone who adopts pets from the Humane Society. We also offer discounts to 4-H, FFA, Grange, and independent kids showing at our local fairs. We carry over 30 different brands of dog and cat food. We have everything you need for your dog and cat.- We have dog and cat toys, beds, leashes, collars, grooming supplies, nutritional supplements, and much more. We have a large variety of treats and chews for your dogs, puppies, cats and kittens. We have flea and tick products to keep your pets safe from pests. We carry everything you need to sustain a healthy and happy pet.

We carry an assortment of live fish, aquarium supplies and food. We also have a great selection of Betta Fish to choose from. Additionally we have reptile and small animal feed and supplies.

We have a large selection of poultry supplies, feeders, waterers, and feeds. In the spring we have day old chicks to get your flock started.

Our tack department has all the basic needs from bits to saddle pads. We also have brushes and other grooming products. We carry a full line of fly sprays and fly masks for your horse. We also have horse nutritional supplements to keep them healthy. We have a large selection of treats that is sure to please your horse.
We have a large variety of livestock supplies, vaccines, veterinary supplies, sack feed, hay, salt, supplements, and much more.

We have a full line of fencing, posts, gates, and electric fence supplies.

Our wild bird and wild life department is continuously growing. We have wild bird seed mixes, deer food, squirrel food, supplement blocks, feeders and everything you need to keep your wild life friends happy.
We carry pasture seed and fertilizers. We can custom order special seed mixes if needed.
Our large selection of Breyer horses is sure to please the young horse enthusiasts. Our Schliech toy selection will satisfy your youngest animal admirer.

We offer a vaccination clinic every Saturday to keep your dog and cat up to date on their vaccinations.
If we don't have what you are looking for we will do our best to get it for you!

Spence Ranch Feed & Supply
1291 CA-49, Altaville, CA 95221
(209) 736-4310


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09/20/2019 - Hospice of Amador & Calaveras’ 20th Annual Art Auction at Karmère Winery & Vineyards!
Jackson, CA...Hospice of Amador & Calaveras’ signature fundraising event, the 20th Annual Art Auction, is almost underway, but tickets are going quickly. On Friday, September 20, this popular affair is once again being hosted at Karmère Vineyards & Winery in the Shenandoah Valley. The evening promises an unforgettable experience, including music, wine, food, art, and what could be a record turnout. Tickets and a few tables of four, six or eight are still available, but they will not last long!


This elegant evening, set against the panoramic backdrop of harvest-season vineyards, will begin with a preview of raffle prizes and unique pieces of artwork donated by talented local artists. Guests will nosh on appetizers, sip award-winning Amador County wine, and enjoy the late-summer sunset. A sit-down dinner provided in partnership by The National Hotel & Bistro49 Culinary Laboratory will be followed by a live auction, giving guests an opportunity to take home inspired pieces of art, or perhaps this year’s signature “experience” auction item: a Taste of Spain chef-inspired winemaker dinner for 20 people, featuring traditional paella and Spanish varietals. Donated by Volcano Union Pub + Inn and Bokisch Vineyards.

Local long-time favorite Herb Boxhorn returns to bring his flavor of jazz, swing, and blues with a set list of eclectic music from the thirties to today.

For only $100 per person, guests will experience a delightful and delicious evening, with all proceeds benefiting Hospice of Amador & Calaveras—our region’s only non-profit, independent hospice agency. For more than 35 years, Hospice of Amador & Calaveras has provided families with compassionate end-of-life care for all who need it, regardless of ability to pay.

This event would not be possible without the generous donation of the venue by Karmère Vineyards & Winery, and this year’s Major Sponsors: Sutter Amador Hospital, American Legion Ambulance Service, Horizon Oxygen & Medical Equipment, Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort, and Mark Twain Medical Center.

To order your tickets, call 209-223-5500, or go online to www.hospiceofamador.org. This event regularly sells out, so don’t delay!

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09/28/2019 - Mark Twain Medical Center Showcases Local Health Resources at Fall Health Fair
San Andreas, CA...Mark Twain Medical Center presents the 21st Annual Fall Health Fair on Saturday, September 28 from 7 a.m. to noon at the Hospital Campus in San Andreas. “Participation in this event is just as enthusiastic now as it was when we started over two decades ago,” notes Doug Archer, MTMC President and CEO. “It’s a tradition – a great opportunity to find out about the latest in local resources for health care, wellness and social services.” He explains this Health Fair includes an especially wide-range of health and wellness professionals, nonprofit entities, and government agencies that collaborate in providing education, support services and lifestyle tools to the local community.


In addition, the event offers low cost health screening and services. Attendees can take advantage of a five-panel blood analysis, including a chemistry panel, thyroid, complete blood count, lipid panel, iron for women, PSA for men, and vitamin D deficiencies ($45); and Bone Density Screenings ($25). Those participating in the blood analysis should not eat or drink anything after 10 p.m. the night before. Adult Flu shots will be administered at no cost.

Archer notes over 40 community partners will be featured at the event. “They value our Health Fair as a great opportunity to offer insights into their areas of expertise including senior support and health services, health insurance information, long term and short term care, hospice, home health, mental health and nutrition. MTMC is proud to continue this tradition.”

Here is what some of the participating organizations have to share about why they are involved:

MACT HEALTH BOARD, INC., Kevin Cornwell, OD --“Access to eye care plays an integral role within health care today. Eye doctors routinely encounter the ocular manifestations of many systemic diseases through an eye exam. Many patients may be asymptomatic, yet have the signs of undiagnosed hypertension or type 2 diabetes in their eyes. Including optometry at health fairs gives patients a better understanding on the importance of receiving routine eye care to maintain their health.”

CALAVERAS COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS, CALAVERAS TRANSIT AGENCY, Amber Collins Executive Director– “The MTMC Health Fair is a great (and free!) resource for agencies to gain exposure with the community, as well as other organizations. This is an ideal venue for Calaveras Connect to share information about our public transit system and how to access the service.”
09/16/2019 - State Department of Insurance Town Hall Meeting With State of California Insurance Commissioner Rica
San Andreas, CA...State Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara and his staff will host a Town Hall Meeting on Monday September 16, 2019 at 6 pm. The Town Hall will be held at San Andreas Town Hall, 24 Church Hill Road, San Andreas, CA. The Insurance Commissioner will present about the current state of getting and maintaining homeowner’s insurance in the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI). This informational discussion will provide statewide trend data, consumer protection laws update and risk reduction through prevention and mitigation. The public is invited to attend and share personal experiences with insurance nonrenewal and rate increases with the Commissioner and his staff. (Editor's Note...Below is our video from the meeting in Tuolumne County. Let's hope past is not prologue and they come prepared with more concrete solutions)










For more information, contact the County Administrative Office, 209.754.6025
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