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01/22/2019 - Valley Springs' Rachelle Snitchler to Speak at Toastmaster's Open House, January 22nd
Lodi, CA...Valley Springs resident Rachelle Snitchler! was recently voted President for the non profit club Toastmasters International Club 4299 in Lodi. They are having an Open House on January 22nd and also also working with fellow Toastmasters Tuolumne Talkers (Twain Harte Toastmasters) in recreating a club in Calaveras. Their Open House is January 22 in Lodi at 801 S Lower Sacramento Rd. It’s located at Grace Point Church.

Rachelle Snitchler is well known to many in the community from 4-H, Saddle Princess 2012, Miss Rodeo Oakdale 2016, Mother Lode Round-Up Queen 2018 & now 2019 President of Lodi Toastmasters Uncorked.
12/29/2018 - Lake Camanche's 2nd Annual Winter Wonderland Lighted Boat Parade
Ione, CA...Lake Camanche's 2nd Annual Winter Wonderland Lighted Boat Parade. December 29th 5:00 PM. Bring the Kids, Parents, Friends and Neighbors! Enter Your Boat or Just Come to View the Lighted Boat Parade!

Boat Parade Safety Rules & Regulations
$10.00 registration fee (Cash Pot Award for top 2 boats in their category)

Top 3 Best Decorated Boats in two categories (over 25' & under 25') will receive prizes
FREE gate entry for registered entries after 1:30 pm on Saturday, 12/29/18 to decorate boats
FREE gate entry for spectators after 3pm

Land spectators bring your chairs and blankets.

The Boat Parade will launch from North Shore.
Special EBMUD permits for night boating will be given at the gate for all participating boat owners.
Quagga Mussel inspection & form must be completed at the gate.
Sign off of safety rules by participants at the gate. Boat decorating commences at 1:30pm 12/29/18.
Pre-registering is available by calling 209-763-5121 or emailing Terry at
To participate boats must be legally registered, have navigation running lights and be equipped with enough PFDs onboard for the number of passengers present on their boat.
All boats on the water not participating in the parade are welcome to watch but must be anchored.
All boat entries must be ready to shove off by 4:00 pm. Staging will begin at 4:30pm.
The parade will start at 5pm. Once the parade has left the marina there will be no late launching.
For the protection of all participants, all boats must follow single file behind the CRC SS Samantha.
The last boat in line will be CRC SS Gracie which will be at the end of the boat entries, again for safety.
Please, no kayaks, jet boats or jet skies.

Prizes for best decorated top 3 boats over 25’ and prizes for best decorated top 3 boats under 25’. Top finisher in each category split cash pot from entry fees.
Family-friendly decorations only
Weather Permitting

All registered, decorated boat entries will receive a gift certificate for a Free Day Use & Boat entry for a future date.

Call to register your boat today: 209-763-5121 or email Terry at
Those coming to watch and enjoy the parade do not need to register..
12/01/2018 - The Valley Springs Christmas Parade is December 1st at 10am Rain or Shine
Valley Springs Christmas Parade Tomorrow 10am on Daphne Street! Rain or Shine. Come out and see these groups show their holiday spirit….Honor Guard (American Legion Post 102 Valley Springs) Auxiliary of the American Legion Post 102 Valley Springs. Parade Grand Marshal (Citizen of the Year (COY) Michelle Campbell driven by Dennis Gomes)

1. Kaylie May and Brother Ryan
2. Foothill Classics Car Club
3. Rancho Calaveras Property Owners Association
4. 2018 Calaveras Saddle Queen Katherine Sharp and 1st Saddle Princess Emily Bolton
5. Cub Scout Pack 352 Valley Springs
6. Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office Explorer Post #333
7. AWANA/Good Samaritan Church
8. Gold Country Shooters & Calaveras Sportsman Club
9. Calaveras Consolidated Fire
10. Calaveras Unified School District
11. Little Desiree Andreassen
12. Cruzers Car Club
13. Mindy’s Top Hat School of Dance
14. Valley Springs Friends of the Library
15. Calaveras Softball League
16. Tri Dam 4H
17. Calaveras Animal Disaster Shelter (CADS)
18. Wallace/Burson Association
19. Calaveras High School Marching Band
20. The Fashion Truck, Curbside Boutique
21. The Newtons
22. United States Army Corps of Engineers/New Hogan Lake
23., Inc
24. Friends of the Calaveras County Fair/2018 Miss Calaveras & Princesses
25. Girl Scouts of America Troops 156
26. Gold Country Auto Repair
27. Tinco Mini Horses
28. Jenny Lind 4H
29. HorseSpeak Center for Personal Development Inc.
30. Conifer, San Andreas
31. Girl Scouts of America Troop 1858
32. Jr. Miss Calaveras & her Court of Princesses
33. 2018 Miss Clements Jr Stampede Rodeo Queen, Kyndal Castle & 2018 Miss La Grange Rodeo Queen, Rebecca Butler
34. Little Miss Clements Jr. Stampede Kaylie DeVusser
35. Calaveras Future Farmers of America
36. Tanya and Mackenna Kiernan
37. Power Up! Fitness Studio
38. Santa Claus!
12/03/2018 - Valley Springs Town Center Connectivity Plan Meeting on December 3rd
Valley Springs, CA...The Valley Springs Town Center Connectivity Plan will provide an implementation framework for transportation projects that improve safety and access for students, residents, shoppers, and visitors. The plan will develop realistic projects, based on available near-term and long-term funding sources, that improve student and resident safety, improve vehicular circulation, and create a bicycle and pedestrian friendly community that people of all ages and abilities can enjoy.

This first public meeting provides an overview of the project, the intended outcomes, public engagement opportunities and a summary of the information collected to date. We will explain the work moving forward and in­form the public of opportunities to provide input on development of the project. Most importantly, the first community meeting will provide an opportunity for "ground floor" input regarding existing issues and barriers, as well as potential opportunities the community would like the Design Team to consider.

About the Project:
In 2016, the Calaveras Council of Governments (CCOG) submitted an application to Caltrans for a Sustainable Transportation Planning Grant to fund the Valley Springs Complete Streets Capital Infrastructure Plan.  In December 2017, Caltrans notified CCOG that the plan had been selected for funding in Fiscal Year 2017/2018. In 2018, CCOG, in partnership with Calaveras County and Caltrans, selected GHD, in partnership with Design Workshop, to complete the plan.

The project will work with the Valley Springs community, Calaveras County, and Caltrans to identify infrastructure projects that enhance bicycle, pedestrian, and vehicular connectivity in the Town Center. The Valley Springs Town Center Connectivity Plan will identify and prioritize projects that provide safe connectivity within the Town Center and between Valley Springs Elementary School, residential uses, commercial services, and retail destinations along the State Route 12 and State Route 26 corridors. This project is dedicated to the enhancing mulit-modal mobility, accessibility and connectivity to enhance community identity and quality of life.

Valley Springs Town Center Connectivity Plan

Public Meeting:
Monday, Dec. 3rd
6:00-8:00 pm

Valley Springs Elementary
School, Multi-Purpose Room
09/28/2018 - Groundbreaking Ceremony for New Valley Springs Health & Wellness Center
Valley Springs, CA...Groundbreaking Ceremony for New Valley Springs Health & Wellness Center will be September 28th at 10:30am. Make plans to attend and celebrate the future of healthcare in Valley Springs.

About the District
Association of California Healthcare Districts (ACHD)
Healthcare Districts are public entities that provide community-based health care services to residents throughout the state.

They respond to the needs in their District by providing a range of services, which may include a hospital, clinic, skilled nursing facility or emergency medical services; as well as education and wellness programs.

Each of California’s Healthcare Districts is governed by a locally elected Board of Trustees who are directly accountable to the communities they serve.

History of Mark Twain Health Care District
The Mark Twain Hospital District, a public agency, was formed by a vote of the people of Calaveras County in a special election held August 27th, 1946.

The vote of the people was 1,702 in favor of formation and 111 voting against its formation.

The political boundaries of the Mark Twain Hospital District comprised the entire County of Calaveras.

Hospital Districts were a product of the Health and Safety Code 32000, the “Local Hospital District Law.”

In 1994 the State Legislature broadened the scope of activity of a Hospital District and renamed the statute to its current reference, Health Care District Law.

The focus of today’s health care district is to provide direct support and education for the health care needs of the communities served by the district.

The Mark Twain Health Care District, as a public agency, is subject to the Brown Act and the Public Records Act.

In August 1951 The Mark Twain District hospital located in San Andreas was dedicated.

Mark Twain Medical Center
Discussions with the St Joseph’s Medical Center in Stockton began in February 1986.

An Affiliation Study Summary was developed in August 1986.

The Sierra St. Joseph’s HealthCare Corporation Board of Trustees was formed and the first meeting was on March 11, 1987.

The above name was changed to Mark Twain St. Joseph’s HealthCare Corporation and the first Articles of Incorporation were filed on March 18, 1987.

The Mark Twain Health Care District leases the land and buildings to the Mark Twin St. Joseph’s HealthCare Corporation. This lease was effective January 1, 1990.

The Mark Twain St. Joseph’s HealthCare Corporation entered into a Management Agreement with Catholic Healthcare West effective September 20, 2001.

Catholic Healthcare West changed its corporate name to Dignity Health in 2012. This management agreement expires December 31, 2019.

Mark Twain St Joseph’s Hospital Corporation changed its name to Mark Twain Medical Center in January 2013.
09/27/2018 - Candidate’s Debate Night September 27th in Angels Camp
Angels Camp, CA...The Calaveras County Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with the Calaveras County Association of Realtors will be hosting a Candidate’s Debate Night for Supervisorial and Sheriff Candidates. This event will take place on Thursday, September 27, 2018 at the Bret Harte Theatre located at 323 South Main Street in Angels Camp. Candidates will be available for the Meet and Greet at 5:00pm followed by the debate from 6:00pm-8:00pm. Supervisorial candidates will participate in a debate format while the Sheriff candidate participates in a Q&A.

The Calaveras County Chamber of Commerce and Calaveras County Association of Realtors are not endorsing any candidates. For more information, please contact the Chamber office at 209-754-5400.
09/27/2018 - VA Health Van Clinic Sept. 27th Jenny Lind Veterans Memorial Bldg.
Valley Springs, CA...VA Health Van Clinic, Sept. 27th, 2018, 10 am- 2 pm, Jenny Lind Veterans Memorial Bldg. 300 Daphne St. Valley Springs, CA 95252. VA Medical Provider No Appointment Necessary. Local Agencies Represented:
VA Health Care Enrollment, Calaveras County Veterans Service Office, Silver Paw Ranch, California Telephones, Common Ground Senior Services. If you are NOT currently in the VA system, bring acopy of your DD214 (discharge papers) to attach to your enrollment form. If you do not have a copy of your DD214, we may be able to obtain one for you.

09/22/2018 - Calaveras County Arts Council is Proud to Present the Annual Calaveras County Artists Studio Tour
San Andreas, CA...Thirty artists in nineteen locations throughout Calaveras County will open their homes and studios and display their artwork during the Calaveras County Arts Council Artists Studio Tour on September 22-23. The self-guided tour, free and open to the public, is an opportunity to meet the artists face-to-face, learn about their artwork, and discover treasures you will want to take home. Tour maps are available at businesses and public places throughout the county, as well as from the Arts Council. Call 209/754-1774 for more information, or go online at

The kinetic and motorized sculptures by Vicki Burnham Wilson are a terrific addition to the gardens, gypsy wagons and blacksmithing at Michel Olson’s studio off Appaloosa Drive between Angels Camp and Copperopolis.

Ryan Anderson brings back the romantic art of vintage letterpress printing at his studio on French Gulch Road.

Sharon Strong’s masks (Pictured: Maori) are powerful pieces of art that remind us of our own spirits.

Shay Baker fills her Sheep Ranch studio with simple designs full of fun and fancy.

There will be a special preview reception for Artists Studio Tour at the Gallery store at 22 N. Main Street in San Andreas on September 15, from 3 to 5 p.m. A general membership meeting will be held for the public as well. Artworks by the artists on the Artists Studio Tour will be on exhibit and there will be light refreshments; everyone is invited.

Touring for art

Calaveras County is rich with creativity. On September 22 and 23, you can experience that creativity up close and personal on the free, self-guided Artists Studio Tour presented by the Calaveras County Arts Council. Free guides are available throughout the county and at the Arts Council in San Andreas; a free map is available for download at

There’s a lot to see. Thirty artists in nineteen locations will exhibit their artwork, opening normally private studios and homes to the public. You can meet the artists, learn about their artwork, and discover treasures that you’ll want to take home. And this year, some of the artists are participating in an abandoned art project; during the week before the tour, keep your eyes peeled for artwork left in public places as a free gift to the finders.

Every corner of the county will be represented. Starting in the Valley Springs area, you’ll find three artists conveniently located off Baldwin Street. Marlene Chapple fills her studio with oil paintings, hammered copper jewelry, ice-dyed scarves, and amazing encaustic work. From there, head over to Sue Carracedo’s studio to be charmed by her colorful watercolors and acrylics. Nearby, Brad Stone is a new addition to Artists Studio Tour, creating impressionistic landscapes and scenes of classic cars and horses in acrylic paint.

A short ride to Mokelumne Hill will bring you to Acme Art on Center Street, where four artists will show their work. Owner Ann Cook makes joyful collages and mosaics, as well as new jewelry she creates from repurposed older jewelry. Deborah Marlene’s glowing watercolors and alcohol ink paintings on tile will share the space, along with Lynne Sutton’s whimsical assemblages and watercolors. New this year, Kevin Brady brings his watercolor illustrations and paintings to Acme Art as well.

A few blocks away on Clark Street, oil painter Sue Smith opens her home and studio to show her strongly designed work, featuring landscapes, animals, and portraits.

It’s a bit of an adventure to Lower Dorray Road in Glencoe, but it’s worth making the beautiful drive to see the four artists on that street. Brenda Montelongo’s jewelry, made from glass beads, silver forms, and stamped metal would be tempting enough, but alongside Sonya Ziegler’s gorgeous paintings, photographs and decorated gourds, Andy Trinkle’s fancy woodworking and Janet Trinkle’s pressed flower pictures, it’s hard to resist.

Above Mountain Ranch, watch Steven Hall make fine pottery from porcelain in his studio as he demonstrates wheel techniques and glazing. And just a short hop away, Black Eagle and MB Black Eagle open their amazing hand-crafted hill top home and studio filled with turquoise jewelry, leather bags, masks, reclaimed artist furniture, and cultural craft work. They’re new on the tour this year; don’t miss this opportunity to meet them.

In Sheep Ranch, Shay Baker is back again with her fanciful paintings and drawings in acrylic, pastel, and watercolor. From there, it’s a popular but twisty drive to Michael Gustavson’s ceramic studio near Murphys on Fullen Drive, where his giant sculptures punctuate incredible views of the mountains.

In Dorrington, Ann Nancy Macomber says that people say they like to start their tours at her studio, where they can see her award-winning acrylic and watercolor paintings. From there, it’s an easy drive down Highway 4 to Arnold, where Ruth Morrow, a venerable, well-known and well-loved artist holds court in her studio that’s chockablock with paintings and found-object assemblage. This year Heidi Gaissert joins the tour, displaying hand-built and wheel-thrown ceramics at her studio on Meadow View Road.

The historic Quyle Kilns will host four artists this year, and not all of them are clay workers. Victoria Fout covers canvases with thick acrylic impasto to create semi-abstract pieces that often have fairy princesses and demons on the same canvas; her miniatures of fantasy animals make terrific gifts. If realism is more your style, George Haskell’s tonalist landscapes and corgi paintings will please you. It’s reasonable to expect ceramics at Quyle Kilns, and Pamela Quyle and Amanda Sedgwick-Maule won’t disappoint with their functional pottery and sculptural pieces.

Just outside of Murphys you’ll find Susan King and Aaron Quinn on Coyote Drive. Susan’s studio will be full of her luminous watercolors and collage, and Aaron, new to the tour this year, will be showing his complex and colorful ink and watercolor drawings.

The elegance of letterpress printing is unmatched in our modern world, and Ryan Anderson aims to bring it back to Murphys in his print shop and studio off French Gulch Road. Come learn about this vintage art form and take home posters and cards that will inspire.

At Michel Olson’s studio just off Appaloosa Lane between Angels Camp and Copperopolis, there’s more to see than art, although Sharon Strong’s otherworldly masks and sculptures will anchor the site in artwork. But Olson, a skilled blacksmith who will be demonstrating his craft, has created gardens of standing stones and outdoor assemblage, plus a collection of gypsy wagons. Vicki Burnham Wilson’s kinetic and motorized art vehicles will give the site, and the tour, plenty of zoom.

Artists Studio Tour dates:  September 22 and 23, 2018 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.            

A special preview reception with light refreshments will be at the Arts Council Gallery on Main Street in San Andreas on September 15, 3 to 5 p.m., with a general membership meeting at 4 pm.

22 North Main Street, San Andreas
09/29/2018 - Watertown Shootout & Trap Fundraiser
Join us for our 2nd Annual Watertown Shootout on Saturday, September 29th at the Stockton/Waterloo Gun and Bocce Club!
Stockton Gun and Bocce Club
4343 N Ashley Ln
Stockton, CA
Registration starts at 8am and trap shooting starts at 9am.
PRE-REGISTRATION IS DUE BY September 1, 2018. Registration fee is 150.00 per person - AND includes:
ammo, targets, breakfast, lunch, event T-shirt.
Shoot 2 Rounds, 25 clays each round; teams/squads of 5
Adults and youth welcome
Prizes, awards, food, and fun!

Proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit Foothill Communities Park and Recreation and their project of the Watertown Rd Gun Range & Shooting Center. Foothill Communities Park and Rec is a 501(c)3 # 68-0445889. For more information, contact or (209) 736-9663

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