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Friday, Dec 14
All Day 10th Annual Production of Studio 4 Dance Theater’s “The Nutcracker,” December 13-15, 2018 at
All Day The Nutcracker 2018
11:00 AM Guided Tours of Ironstone Vineyards
04:30 PM THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Rides Continue on at Railtown 1897
05:30 PM Friday Night Music at Alchemy
07:00 PM Big Holiday Laughs: Inspecting Carol’ at Murphys Creek Theatre
Saturday, Dec 15
All Day 10th Annual Production of Studio 4 Dance Theater’s “The Nutcracker,” December 13-15, 2018 at
Until 08:00 AM The Nutcracker 2018
09:00 AM Breakfast with Santa 2018 at Ironstone Vineyards
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
03:00 PM Columbia College’s Symphony of the Sierra on December 15th
04:30 PM THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Rides Continue on at Railtown 1897
06:00 PM A Twisted Family Christmas at Twisted Oak
07:00 PM Big Holiday Laughs: Inspecting Carol’ at Murphys Creek Theatre
Sunday, Dec 16
07:30 AM All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast by Native Sons of the Golden West
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
02:00 PM Big Holiday Laughs: Inspecting Carol’ at Murphys Creek Theatre
04:30 PM THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Rides Continue on at Railtown 1897
Tuesday, Dec 18
10:00 AM A Plan 4 Me December...Living with Loss & Healthy Cooking
06:30 PM A Camp Fire Christmas in San Andreas on December 21st
Wednesday, Dec 19
11:00 AM Guided Tours of Ironstone Vineyards
Thursday, Dec 20
11:00 AM Guided Tours of Ironstone Vineyards
Friday, Dec 21
05:30 PM Friday Night Music at Alchemy
Saturday, Dec 22
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
07:00 PM Big Holiday Laughs: Inspecting Carol’ at Murphys Creek Theatre
Sunday, Dec 23
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
Monday, Dec 24
All Day Let CAMPS Do The Dirty Dishes This Christmas Eve!
Wednesday, Dec 26
11:00 AM Guided Tours of Ironstone Vineyards
Thursday, Dec 27
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11/23/2018 - Warren Miller Movie Night at the Bear Valley Lodge on November 23rd
Bear Valley, CA...The Annual Warren Miller Movie this Friday Night. We are getting geared up for winter and that means our annual showing of the latest Warren Miller movie is here! Volkswagen Presents Warren Miller’s “Face of Winter” Friday, Nov. 23, Doors open at 6:30 PM, Showing starts at 7:00 PM, Bear Valley Lodge – Cathedral Lounge. With the purchase of your Warren Miller ticket, you receive one FREE Bear Valley Lift ticket for the 18/19 season! *Restrictions apply. All proceeds will go towards the Bear Valley Education Foundation






$25 / Adult
$15 / Child (12 & under)

Lounge only seats 100 guests!
Tickets will be sold at the door if seats are available.

11/24/2018 - The 26th Annual Dorrington Christmas Tree Lighting is November 24th!
Dorrington, CA...The 26th Annual Dorrington Christmas Tree Lighting is November 24th!

10/28/2018 - Join the Bear Valley Team this Winter! Job Fair in Murphys, October 28th!
Bear Valley, CA...Join the Bear Valley Team this Winter! Job Fair in Murphys, October 28th!


09/22/2018 - With Trails at Risk Sierra Snowmobile Foundation to Meet in Sonora.
Sonora, CA...We're in! Join us for an informational session, meet and greet, and of course discussion on how to best comment on the proposed alternative from the Stanislaus National Forest. We bring the maps, Standard Pour supplies the food and drink, and you bring your own awesome self! See you there!


Did you know that over 80% of the high alpine terrain in the Sierra Nevada Mountains is currently closed to snowmobiles? Five of the The National Forests in California are developing over snow vehicle (OSV) travel management plans as a result of lawsuits from anti-snowmobile groups. Check the tabs for each forest. The Stanislaus NF is currently accepting comments on proposals that could close 84% of the forest permanently to snowmobiles. We’re currently digging through the details, so check back soon to find out more, and to keep access open to your favorite snowmobile and sled-ski areas before it’s gone forever.


09/23/2018 - Make Your American Heritage Girl Connection on Sept 23rd
Arnold, CA...Make Your American Heritage Girl Connection on Sept 23rd from 3-5 pm at White Pines Lake.

09/22/2018 - Don't Miss SNAC Arnold's Parking Lot Sale This Saturday!
Arnold, CA..SNAC Arnold's Parking Lot Sale is This Saturday! USED Ski & Board Boots $5 - $40! USED Jr. Skis Start at $20! USED Demo Skis Start at $240! Get Ready for the Season & Save!!

09/17/2018 - GABA-Business Association Meeting Sept 18th. Guest Speaker is Calaveras Visitors Bureau's Lisa
Arnold, CA...OPEN TO EVERYONE Business owners, staff and local residents interested in participating in the GREATER ARNOLD BUSINESS ASSOCIATION. Tuesday September 18th, 6:00 PM at the Ebbetts Pass Fire Station Conference room. 1037 Blagen Road, Arnold. GUEST SPEAKER Lisa Boulton, Calaveras Visitors Bureau. Open Forum to discuss Planned Development & new 30 foot setback that is now in place on all parcels. This is your chance to share your ideas for new projects and learn how you can participate in the Business Development of Arnold, CA.


GABA President Mike Borean,
mikeborean@comcast.net, 209-743-8248
John Hamilton, Linda Baker & Walter Preston.

09/08/2018 - Bear Valley Fat Tire Festival September 8th-9th in Bear Valley
Bear Valley, CA....Bring your fat tire ride and join us for the best Fat Tire Festival on Highway 4.  Experience some of the best mountain bike riding in the area and get in on the festivities.   The weekend festivities will include guided MTB rides, shuttles to the high points of some of our best trails, bike demos and gear sales, food and beverages (beer by Snowshoe Brewery), camping, games, raffles with plenty of swag, BVTS T-Shirts available and live music at HermitFest.

Registration is $50 and includes any or all of the following: guided rides, trail map, Saturday lunch, Saturday BBQ dinner, beer and wine, shuttles to high trail points on Cape Horn and Rings trails on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning, plus Poker Ride with prizes.




BEAR VALLEY FAT TIRE FESTIVAL - FAQs


Below are more details about the Bear Valley Fat Tire Festival, coming  up on September 8-9th in Bear Valley, CA, along with FAQs



For more questions, contact paulnordic@sbcglobal.net   -OR-  mike.cooke@bearvalleytrails.org (president of BVTS)


Is there a schedule for the event?
YES.  The event final schedule is available HERE


How do I get to Bear Valley?



Bear Valley is located on Hyway 4 about 2 hours west of Stockton, CA.  It is located on Ebbetts Pass which is a National Scenic Byway.  From Stockton, CA, take State Route 4 toward Angels Camp and continue on Highway 4 another hour to Bear Valley.    GOOGLE MAP DIRECTIONS HERE

Is there camping close by?

The closest camping is 2-3 miles away near Lake Alpine.  There are "camping" accomodations from tent camping to motorhomes as well as "glamping" at the Bear Valley Ski Area.  Here is a GOOGLE MAP link to CAMPGROUNDS near Bear Valley

 

Here is the link to use for booking camp sites in the nearby National Forest campgrounds https://www.recreation.gov/   The interesting thing is that if you go the the Stanislaus NF site and look at the campgrounds they say they are all first come first serve and no reservations.  This is not true. Most have about half the sites that can be reserved ahead of time.  Among them is a link for SILVERTIP CAMPGROUND which has sights than can be reserved.  LAKE ALPINE is all first-come-first-served camp sights.



What other accommodations are nearby?

Lake Alpine also has small cabins and tent cabins for rent - LAKE ALPINE ACCOMMODATIONS

Bear Valley has cabin rentals available.  Check Bear Valley Real Estate for VACATION RENTALS


Bear Valley Lodge has hotel rooms available along with bars and restaurants.  BEAR VALLEY LODGE 

There are rooms available down the road 3 miles at TAMARACK LODGE 



What kind of riding is there in Bear Valley?


Bear Valley has a variety of multi-use single-track trails for mountain bikers and hikers.  There are also many miles of double-track available for exploration.  The LOCAL TRAILS tab above lists the most popular trails nearby with descriptions and ratings for riders.  Bear Valley Trail Stewards organization is working to keep these trails in top shape for riders and hikers alike.



Is there a bike shop in Bear Valley?

Yes, the Bear Valley Adventure Company has a bike shop with repairs as well as many other items below:

The store is stocked with clothing, cool bear t-shirts and sweatshirts, footwear, equipment and supplies from the following great companies: Specialized, Perception, Surftech, Patagonia, Camelbak, Columbia, GoPro, Reef Brazil, Salomon, Smith, Yakima,  & more. Attached to the store is a mini-mart with high energy drinks, snacks, etc. for your outing.



Are there other food options (grocery, restaurants, etc.)?

There are several options for food in Bear Valley - Bear Valley FOOD OPTIONS

There is also a restaurant at Lake Alpine and a camp supply General Store - LAKE ALPINE RESORT


What other events are going on around Bear Valley that same weekend?

Hermit Fest Music Festival - Hermit Valley

Endeavor Challenge - Bear Valley Lodge

Winemakers Dinner at Lake Alpine Lodge on Sunday 9/9 from 5-9pm.  More Info Here



09/06/2018 - Forest Service Open House Sept. 6 to Discuss Potential Snowmobile Restrictions in OSV Draft EIS
Sonora, CA...Forest Supervisor Jason Kuiken will host an open house Thursday, Sept. 6, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Stanislaus National Forest Supervisor’s Office. Members of the public may review maps and discuss the draft Environmental Impact Statement alternatives with forest staff. Maps of the proposed Over-Snow vehicle-use designations for each alternative will be on display.


The Forest Service, through the OSV-Use Designation project, will designate National Forest System snow trails and areas for public OSV use on the Stanislaus NF, as well as identifying those trails that will be groomed on the forest.

“The draft EIS is the result of public scoping activities, including comment periods and public meetings where visitors shared their thoughts on how best to manage the OSV program,” Kuiken said. “We developed several alternatives that would fit the project’s requirements, one of which we consider a preferred alternative.”

The forest developed its preferred alternative in part by incorporating comments it received during the public scoping period and to address significant issues described in chapter one of the DEIS.

“The preferred alternative represents a balance of highly desirable, historically popular OSV-use areas and trails, while protecting resources and other uses of NFS system lands,” said Katie Wilkinson, environmental coordinator for the Stanislaus National Forest. “We believe this alternative meets the intent of the Travel Management Rule, the community’s needs and the Forest Service’s mission.”

Visitors are welcome to provide written comments during the meeting, Wilkinson said. Comments received during the comment period, which ends on Oct. 9, will be reviewed and incorporated into the Final EIS. The FEIS and Draft Record of Decision are expected to be available in February 2019.

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USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender.


Thursday, Sept. 6

6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Stanislaus National Forest Supervisor’s Office

19777 Greenley Road, Sonora, CA 95370
09/08/2018 - The 12th Annual Ebbetts Scenic Celebration or Hermitfest is September 8th
Hermit Valley, CA...The Ebbetts Pass Scenic Byway Association (EPSBA) will be hosting their 12th Annual Scenic Celebration on Saturday, September 8th, 2018 from 11am until 8pm. We invite you to “Come Play on the Pass” with us and enjoy one of the last free, outdoor, live music events of the year. Our annual celebration takes place in Hermit Valley and is affectionately referred to as “Hermitfest” by locals and past attendees.


This year we’ll be enjoying the music of long time Hermitfest favorites Bill Welles and Grover Anderson who have been with us from the very beginning. Ten Dollar Pony will be back again this year too. We’ll also be welcoming Jimbo Scott, Nathan Ignacia & Sambossa to the valley.

The music begins around 11am this year and will officially end at 8 pm but those of you who have attended before know that the music may continue around the campfires long into the evening. There will be food and beverages available for purchase. Tonja and Jana will be back with their locally roasted coffee, specialty teas, cold drinks and who knows what else! The work of a few local artisans will also be available for purchase. Weather permitting; we will have opportunities for stargazing with telescopes & experts available at around 9pm to help us enjoy the stars, constellations, and stories of the night sky.

Hermit Valley has plenty of opportunity for hiking and playing in the river. Fall weather is generally warm and sunny but a quick afternoon rain shower is always a possibility in the mountains and you’ll want to make sure you bring warm clothing as the mornings and evenings can be quite chilly. Primitive campsites are available on a first come basis for those wishing to spend the night. There are sites in the immediate vicinity of the event as well as a few more on the river side of the road. Additional camping is available nearby in the beautiful Pacific Valley campgrounds. While we welcome your well-socialized dogs, please keep them on a six-foot leash and do not leave them unattended. For those of you planning to spend the night, there will be late night treats and coffee and goodies on Sunday morning.

Bring your fat tire ride and join the Bear Valley Trails Stewardship for the best Fat Tire Festival on Highway 4. Experience some of the best mountain bike riding in the area. The weekend festivities will include guided MTB rides, shuttles to the high points of some of our best trails, bike demos and gear sales, food and beverages (beer by Snowshoe Brewery), camping, games, raffles with plenty of swag. Contact BVTS to register at www.bearvalleytrails.org.

On your way to the celebration in Hermit Valley, stop by the Alpine County Chamber of Commerce offices in downtown Markleeville where they will have maps, cold drinks and lots of information about things to do over the weekend. On the Arnold side, you may want to visit the Logging Museum, hike a portion of the Rim Trail or stop in at Calaveras Big Trees State Park to admire the Giant Sequoias. It looks like the pools at Grover Hot Springs State Park, outside Markleeville, will be open this year but it never hurts to double check at 530-694-2248.

Hermit Valley is located on Highway 4 in the Stanislaus National Forest about 38 miles east of Arnold and 23 miles west of Markleeville on the North Fork of the Mokelumne River at about the 7000-foot elevation. If you haven’t driven the pass before, remember that we are a scenic byway for good reason. The higher elevation portion of Highway 4 between Lake Alpine on the west and Silver Creek on the east is narrow, twisty, steep and so worth the drive beautiful mountain views and many opportunities to get out of your car and take a closer look. The route over the top is not recommended for large RVs or trailers.

Ebbetts Pass was honored with National Scenic Byway status in 2005. It is one of only seven nationally-designated byways in California. The Ebbetts Pass Byway Association is the non-profit organization tasked with preserving, enhancing and promoting the unique resources of the byway. The EPSBA had developed a guidebook for the area which is available on our website for those who want to know more about the history, geology, wildlife and recreation available in the area.

This event is made possible by the generous support of our event partners and sponsors so make sure to visit them and let them know you appreciate their support of this event. Our 2018 event sponsors are the Alpine County Chamber of Commerce & Cal Waste. We also receive financial support from many other individuals and organizations. Please visit our website to see the complete list. This event is presented under permit with the US Forest Service.

We also want to thank our local media and the many other organizations who all help to promote this event. We especially want to thank Ron Schaner who coordinates and schedules the musicians every year and is a tireless supporter of live music in the Ebbetts Pass area.

For more information about the Ebbetts Pass area, this event and what’s happening along the byway all year long, visit scenic4.org or facebook.com/Scenic4 or e-mail us at info@scenic4.org.

For other events in the area and lodging information, contact the Calaveras Visitors Bureau at 209-736-0049 (gocalaveras.com) or the Alpine County Chamber of Commerce at 530-694-2475 (alpinecounty.com). On the west side you can also visit bearvalley.com, cometoarnold.com, calaveraschronicle.com and visitmurphys.com.
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