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May 2011

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Happenings at “The Hotel” May May 19-22 - Frog Jump 2011 Band On The Patio. Shine & Show Car Show On Thursay. Special Event Rates Apply - Two Night Minimum Stay. May 27-29 - Memorial Day Weekend Barbecues, Beers, Bikes, Etc. Special Event Rates Apply. June June 16 Shine & Show Class Car Show Main Street Murphys 5:30-8:30. June 19 - Father's Day Saturday June 24-26 Passport Days At Participating Wineries. Special Event Rates Apply. Two Night Minimum Stay.

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Chef Joel is serving: Fresh Strawberry Shortcake Housemade Shortcake, Fresh Strawberries, and Whipped Cream! Yum, I know what I'm having for dessert!

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July 1-4 - Independence Day Weekend Special Bbq Dining Entrees. Special Event Rates Apply. Two Night Minimum Stay. July 16-17 - Heritage Days Duck Races And Other Activities For The Library In The Murphys Community Park. Special Event Rates Apply. Two Night Minimum Stay. Call Brian @ 209-728-3444 ext. 416.

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Left, Right or Indifferent Kautz Ironstone just released their line up for the Summer Music Series and contrary to the rumor mill it's not all country music! They've got Willie Nelson June 26th, and Alan Jackson August 26th, but then they've got Sammy Hagar, September 9th and Don Henley, October 1st. I actually started to wirte a story on the rumor that Ironstone was going to feature all country music and then I thought "no way," so I called my man in the know.

Lastly, we here at “The Mountain Chronicle” are trying to tell the story of our time. If we make mistakes, we will try to set the record straight.

Ironstone did drop the number of concerts down and they don't have any of my favorites coming like Poncho Sanchez, or Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers, or the Kinks, and I'm afraid that may cost them. This may be just sour grapes, which is a bad expression for the wine country; regardless, I want to see Bobby Weir and Phil Lesh again - and that brings up my the most important question: what about the Fair Grounds? The Fair Grounds is looking immaculate - it is sooo ready for a concert festival. I feel we should follow up the Jumping Frog with a Dead Show! Let's start making some money out there at the Fair Grounds!

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It is clear that "country" is where Ironstone feels they can make a good return on their investment, and no one can fault them for that, Alan Jackson is going to sell out, so you need to get your tickets in advance. And the Willie show last year was sublime - watching Willie is well worth the price of admission, it's like being at the "Defense of Fort McHenry" when Francis Scott Key wrote The Star Spangled Banner.

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"My sources tell me that the C.I.A.'s helicopter limousine service accidently landed on him." -Prince Hans-Adam II Prince of Liechtenstein

We Should Abolish Public Employee Unions! I'm probably going to be hung in effigy, that said, abolishing public employee unions comes with one big long caveat.



ublic employees are our employees; they work for us, thus they should be taken care of – public employees should not have to negotiate for health care, dental care, vision, education, vacations or retirement benefits. All of those benefits should be part of a standard statewide public employee benefits package. This package should apply from the Governor across the board to the guy who cleans the governor's office. This list includes all elected officials, educators, fire fighters, law enforcement, California Supreme Court Justices, the superintendents of Calaveras County's overwhelming number of school districts, the Caltrans snowplow drivers, CHP, state park employees, city employees, the guys that fill in the pot holes on Love Creek, the guys that should be installing high-speed internet to Love Creek, the Columbia College teachers that should be educating Calaveras students in Calaveras - but have yet to be deployed, the scientists at Lawrence Livermore that should have figured out fusion instead of fissionor at least made a reasonable electric car about 50 years ago, the guys that have to evacuate Jalama County Park every time Vandenberg, like North Korea, decides to launch another ill-fated missile into the ocean, our county supervisors - one of which believes "sustainability" is a communist plot and another who is, let's just say, possibly the most unique supervisor in the history of supervisors - and last but not least the California prison guards. I needed to end that sentence. In addition, there should be a standard statewide public employee's pay scale. There should be built-in adjustments for the cost of living, dangerous environments and needed education; but teachers should be near the top, as not one prison guard would be worth a "crêpe" if she hadn't had a teacher. And, education administrators should not be paid more than teachers, that's like paying Phil Jackson more than Kobe. When you hire on as a public employee you should feel like you just got hired by a great company - with 40 million bosses - you should know that you're going to be taken care of and you should also know where you stand when you begin and where you will stand when you end your career. Employees should feel secure that any changes to the aforementioned arrangement would only occur by the California voters - then maybe we could abolish the public employee unions. ~Ross Alford

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The Pageantry of The Celebrated Jumping Frog "Prosperity is the best protector of principle."

– Mark Twain

Editor's Note: In keeping with the spirit of Mark Twain, and thinking about the Fair's revenue issues, it occurs to me that the fastest way to increase ticket sales at the Calaveras County Fair would be to let these lovely ladies mud wrestle for their crowns. They seem pretty evenly matched. This might just be me, but I feel we should start with a good old fashioned tug-o-war. Forget about all of the pomp and circumstance, dresses and cowgal outfits, all we need is blue jeans sweatshirts and mud. We could save time and forgo the Miss Congeniality award. (I always have to explain these type of stories to my mom).

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Top: Emalie McGee, Kirsten Puccinelli, Katie Tanner, Sarah Kraemer, Rachel Geiszler, Rosie Giannini, Rachel Caynak. Bottom: Melayna Campbell, Ashley Gilmore, Jessica Conley, Natalie Harp, Samantha Cobb - a few are missing.

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In the March issue, I called downtown Murphys the Boardwalk or Park Place of Calaveras County. It certainly is the center of the known universe. And not unlike Goethe's archangels at the beginning of Faust, there is a certain turbulence that comes with the notoriety, yet there is an underlying stability, but that is an allusion better left for the literati. I'm most concerned about food, and in this there is a great new addition to the Murphys collection of upscale Beaneries – Clayton Carpenter and company have opened Cactus Jack's Dawg House. The Dawg House came together with unparalleled speed and I have to say looks to be a refreshing alternative and an oasis for the anti-psuedo. I've yet to have a Dawg, but I've had Clayton's BBQ before and if he holds true to form this place could rival Top Dog in Berkeley and tear Casper's a new Holy. Then down south, Karen and the Lila And Sage team have opened a cupcake shop with a gleaming espresso machine, and again I've yet to have a cake, but I can also report that I've never eaten anything of Karen's and not thought, wow this woman is a culinary genius. Plus, I noticed there is a Folendorf working behind the counter, so my theory here is that this is going to be an interesting addition to Murphys. Also, "The Kitchen" at Newsome-Harlow, formally Deli Nini's, is looking to open in the middle of the month. I dropped in and spoke with Scott - the team there has really put some nice touches together, and the restaurant now opens into their courtyard. I'm a little disappointed they didn't call the place Mel's Diner, as Scott's wife and the main foodie guru over there is Melanie; regardless, they're only waiting to open on a few bureaucratic issues. Other good news is I got a look at the menu -let's just say it looks perfect for filling in the missing vacuum that "The Deli" left behind.

Cactus Jacks Is Open For Biz! There are a few other changes downtown. The mysterious Teri Thieme sold The Murphys Motorcycle Company to Jo Anna Inks. I'm not a guy who buys leather chaps, but I did walk by the store the other day with my trusty assistant Katy, and she went out of her way to expound upon the virtues of their clothing– there was actual jumping involved. Katy has her thumb on the pulse, so drop in on Jo Anna if you need fashion rehab. And directly across the street in the old Cheap Cash building, catercorner from "The Hotel," an art gallery and tasting room "Alegorie" is coming together. Staria Stine and Ellie Frey are pulling off what looks to be a very tasteful space complete with a water feature! I'm out of space here, but I also noticed some pounding up by the tourist shack, I plan to investigate . . .

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Victory For The Mokelumne of the Amador County-based Foothill Conservancy, the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance and Friends of the River in their lawsuit challenging the East Bay Municipal Utility District's proposed water plan.

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The proposed expansion of Pardee Reservoir would inundate nearly two miles of the Mokelumne River near Jackson, including a section know as the Middle Bar run. This area is significant for its many cultural and historical resources as well as its recreational uses. "The ruling will force East Bay MUD to finally examine a water supply alternative that would spare an already over appropriated Mokelumne River from futher water diversions," said Bill Jennings of the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance.


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Mokelumne River Middle Bar Run Conservation groups won a decisive victory in challenging the proposed Pardee Reservoir expansion. On April 11, Sacramento Superior Court Judge Timothy Frawley ruled in favor

The 2nd Annual Red Dress Party Albeno Munari Vineyards and Winery

Saturday May 14, 2011 - 6:30 pm to 11 pm Why do we ask guests to wear a RED DRESS? Last year’s party provides the best answer: “Because you will have so much fun!” “The Red Dress Party” a fundraiser for Sierra HOPE, is in the works for the Mother Lode. This year the party will be held at Albeno Munari Vinyards and Winery in Murphys. To take a look at pictures from the 2010 Red Dress Party visit The men clearly upstaged the women. And the band, bartenders, and caterers also joined in the fun. Our goal was to bring together men, women, gay, straight, young and old to provide a powerful symbol of solidarity for our friends and neighbors living with AIDS/HIV. We did just that! You can really camp it up by dressing to the hilt or simply throw a red dress over your blue jeans and be good to go. If wearing a red dress truly challenges your comfort zone, you are still welcome—but please wear something red.

Chris Wright of the Foothill Conservancy added, "This is a big win for our community and the Mokelumne. Now we need to secure National Wild and Scenic River designation for the river so we never have to fight another misguided and destructive dam proposal."

Back by popular demand, Swing Gitane will provide musical entertainment. Chef, David Ingram, owner of Your Place or Mine, will create another tasty cuisine. The Treble Making Nuns are planning to surprise us with an impromptu visit. Also in the works: a wine-themed raffle, a door prize, and complimentary photos. The no-host bar will offer premium wines from Munari Vineyards and Winery. Also available: beer, soft drinks and water Need help finding a red dress? Try local thrift shops or costume stores. If you Google “Red Dresses,” hundreds of websites will pop-up. EBay has dresses in all sizes, some for less than $10. Tickets are $35 in advance (or $45 at the door) This is a 21 or older event. To order tickets call 209-736-6792. Or, order online:

Soroptimists Raise Money Free Cholesterol Testing The Murphys Hotel– Arthur Walters and Clyde Weddle from Mark Twain St. Joseph's Carmen's Cafe, won the Soroptimists Chili Cook-off.

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The Soroptimists raised $1,300 for their free cholesterol testing they're providing women during the month of May. Heart disease is the number one killer of women, as such all women should have their cholesterol tested annually. The tests include good and bad cholesterol, and triglycerides. Following the test the patient will receive an evaluation for heart disease and stroke.


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May 2011 ● 9

Calaveras County Relay For Life San Andreas – The 9th Annual Calaveras County Relay For Life donated over 800 pounds of food to The Resource Connection Food Bank this year. Gerry Sachs, the Online Chair for Relay For Life, said, “This is the second year that we have used donated canned foods to hold down the luminary bags dedicated in memory of those lost to cancer, in honor of those who have survived, and in recognition of those providing caregiving support. Over previous years, we had used sand to hold down the luminaries and last year our Relay Committee suggested that we open our hearts to those in need in our community and use canned goods instead of sand. This resulted in a wonderful partnership with the food bank and provides much needed food going right back into our community. ” Jeannie Hayward, the Program Director of The Resource Connection Food Bank said, “The Food Bank was delighted to receive so much food this weekend! We continue to see many families in need and a food drive allows us to give out more food to individuals and families in need. We are so grateful that another charitable organization would include us in their event.” The Resource Connection is a community-based non-profit organization established in 1980 to meet the needs of children and families and promotes programs in nutrition, intervention/prevention for children and families in Amador and Calaveras Counties. The Resource Connection’s mission is “Engaging Families, Empowering Communities, and Enriching Lives." Current programs include: The Resource Connection Food Bank, Head Start/Early Head

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Free Door-to-Door Chipper Program The Calaveras Foothills Fire Safe Council has once again received grant funding for a fuels reduction project to be used in Calaveras County. The anxiously awaited Door-to-Door Chipper program has graciously been funded by the United States Forest Service through The California Fire Safe Council.

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The Residential Door to Door Chipper Program assists the home owner or resident in working on fire proofing their properties for the coming fire season. This is a no cost way to safely and conveniently reduce flammable vegetation instead of burning. The program helps residents keep their properties fire safe throughout the year and to minimize yard waste going to landfills; spreading the chipped brush would improve yard soil and open spaces, block out weeds and help to control erosion... a win-win for all. For the 2011 program the Fire Safe Council has selected the partnership of CHIPS and Smith Grinding to work with it on the Door to Door Chipper Program.

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All you need to do is complete the items below: Create defensible space by clearing brush 30'-100' from buildings and 20' from roads. Please refer to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection for further guidance on creating defensible space. We encourage participants in the program to have a residence on the property. Scheduling priority will be given to those who have a residence on the property. Place brush piles so the chipping machine and crew can have access. The piles need to be adjacent to a driveway or street. Preferably pile brush on the uphill side. Do not place piles along busy, heavily traveled roadway, where signage or additional crew would be required by County or State Code for safety. This is not covered under the Fire Safe Council's contract. Also, when placing the brush piles, place them in an area that will be out of your way and in a location that there is access for the equipment to turn around. For the required application for this program please contact the Calaveras Foothills Fire Safe Council at 209-728-8785, P.O. Box 812, Murphys, Ca. 95247 or E-mail:

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Riding on a loaner-horse that tripped coming out of the gate, Cat Gulizia went on to win the horsemanship award! Arnold’s Cat Gulizia, 20, was crowned 2011 Mother Lode Roundup Queen. Cat won the horsemanship and appearance awards and was named “Miss Congeniality” by the four other contestants. Cat is the daughter of Chuck and Sally Gulizia, of Arnold. She will graduate from Feather River College with an Associate’s degree in equine studies and agricultural business in June, and plans to attend Fresno State University to study animal science in the fall. Cat received a $2,000 John E. Kelley Memorial Scholarship, and will preside over The Mother Lode Roundup at the Sonora Fairgrounds as well as the parade in downtown Sonora over the weekend. Photo By Dan Robertson, Cat's cousin.


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May 2011 ● 10

Tom Tryon's Worldwide Conspiracy By Ross Alford - An Editorial Rant In a highly unsustainable move, I actually drove to San Andreas and paid Public Access Television $15 for a copy of the Supervisor’s meeting in which it was reported that Tom Tryon called “sustainability” a Communist plot. It turns out that Tryon didn’t actually call sustainability a Communist plot; although he might as well have. Tryon is very articulate, he even used the word “dichotomy,” when he was asserting that you can’t have ecology unless you promote economic growth, and in that he may well be right, but that does not mean he is not completely myopic. The sentence of Tryon’s in question comes in the middle of a soliloquy where he bundles Marxism and Socialism and Authoritarianism as one, which is a common technique of the “Neo-McCarthyists.” Neo-McCarthyists like Tryon try to marginalize ecologists by saying “environmentalists,” are a part of a worldwide conspiracy to regulate big business’ ability to exploit natural resources. This argument is trying to link the ideologies of Stalin and Hitler with the modern social governments of Sweden, France and Spain so that we don't adopt any or their principles.

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Tryon actually said that wealthy countries are the only countries concerned about the environment. He said “if you travel to Mexico or Africa you will find environmental degradation.” I’m assuming Tryon realizes that Africa is not a country; regardless, I’ve got some breaking news for Tryon - the gulf oil spill and the nuclear reactor at Fukushima, the two most recent major catastrophic environmental accidents of monumental proportions were both created by two of the wealthiest countries on the planet, not to mention the clear-cutting of the Sierra. So I repeat, Tom Tryon is completely myopic!

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Only someone who can’t see, or hear, or feel, or who is completely off their rocker would suggest, in light of the ecological disasters we’ve been experiencing, that there should be less regulation of the entities that keep polluting the planet. The majority of ecologists are calling for a transformation of the ecological “paradigm,” there’s a word Tryon can borrow. Just like the Calaveras high school girls who presented the idea of expanding Earth Day from one day to a week, and then handed the supervisors some reusable eco-friendly shopping bags as an alternative to the existing paradigm that leaves plastic accumulating and floating around in the Pacific, global ecologists would like to see a

The Two Young Ladies Who Ate Tryon's Lunch! Photo By Kelly Ellifritz paradigm shift that changes the way we use energy and chemicals and water and forests to a more sustainable and earth-friendly pattern of sustainable use. I admire Tom's articulation though, and unfortunately, the opposing argument in this case was presented by newly elected supervisor Darren Spellman of all people, as both Merita and Wilensky had done the simple math and realized they had the votes. But Spellman, who is still mesmerized by the concept that his comments might now be actually heard, insists on displaying his Hamlet-like ambiguity as in “to be or not to be” a tea party member, or “to be or not to be” a compassionate conservative, or “to be or not to be” an environmentalist. The battle for Spellman’s soul is actually pretty good drama, but not worth $15 or the global warming I created driving to San Andreas because we don’t have the internet infrastructure that could transfer a file to me! And that friends and neighbors is the point; the point that ecologists and economists and environmentalists and anyone with a forward looking view of economic development would make against Tom Tryon’s short-sighted view is to invest in the future - a green and sustainable future. Let's put people, especially our kids like the two Calaveras school girls who ate Tryon’s lunch in the Supervisor’s meeting, to work on green, sensible and “sustainable” infrastructure jobs!

High Country Hellcats 174 Redding Angry Beavers 83 The High Country Hellcats scored their second victory of the season in a bout against Reddings Angry Beavers in Redding. The team played a terrific game and worked really well together to bring this victory home for the High Country Mountain Derby Girls league. Way to go Hellcats!! Looking forward to our next home bout on May 21st at High County Sports Arena.

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Frog Jump Youth Parade Kick-off to the County Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee: The Youth Parade, sponsored by Soroptimist International of Calaveras County since 1947, is scheduled for Thursday, May 19 at 10am on Main Street in Historic Downtown Angels Camp. "Pirates of the Carrots and Beans" is this year’s theme. All youth between the ages of infant to 18 years of age are invited and encouraged to participate in the parade. Prizes will be awarded in various categories. Parade entry forms are available at the Visitor's Center, Chamber of Commerce, Calaveras County Fairgrounds and Angels Sheet Metal in Angels Camp; Dave Bean Engineering in San Andreas; Barry Ward Realty in Arnold; Calaveras Telephone in Copperopolis, and Teddi Paul State Farm Insurance in Murphys. Deadline for registration is Monday, May 16. To learn more about participating in the parade, please call 736-1914. Soroptimists invite you to visit their website: to view photos of last year’s parade.

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Best of Show– White Wine: Lavender Ridge 2009 Roussanne Best of Show– Red Wine (Tie) - La Folia 2008 Barbera Best of Show– Red Wine (Tie) - Jeff Runquist 2008 Barbera Best of Show– Dessert Wine - Hatcher 2007 Port

Win an Ocean Kayak donated by the Sierra Nevada Adventure Company (SNAC) - Raffle tickets will be available for purchase for $5 each or 5 for $20 at SNAC and at various local events or by calling 209-728-1948. Winning ticket will be drawn and announced at Homecoming on July 16. All proceeds benefit the Murphys Community Club !

Big Trees State Park Seminars

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Seminar topics for later this year include “Butterflies of the Sierra,” “A Pictorial History of Big Trees,” “Sierra Nevada Winter Ecology,” and “The Future of Our Sierra Parks.” The seminar series is funded by donations and memberships to nonprofit Calaveras Big Trees Association. The association funds approximately 80% of the educational and interpretive programs at the park.

Downtown Murphys - Saturday, May 21 - 12 to 5pm Hosted by: Bodega del Sur Winery, Frog's Tooth Vineyard, Tanner Vineyard, The Spice Tin, Marisolio Tasting Room & The Peppermint Stick. Each business will feature a Latin American specialty for the day from wine, food, cigars, art to music. A self-guided tour map is available to take you through Murphys to all the attractions.

All free seminars will be held in Jack Knight Hall, near the Visitor Center, at Calaveras Big Trees State Park. Admission to the Park is $8 per car. The seminars are free and open to the public. Pack a lunch, bring the family and plan on spending the day among the Giant Sequoias.

The Latin American Arts & Cultural Festival Includes: The presentation and signing of "Santa Maria - Historical Novel of California" by author Fausto Avendano 3pm, Saturday, May 21 - 466 Main Street. This is a free event. The book can be purchased before the presentation.

In other Big Trees news: Clarice Baumgartner, a junior at the University of Wisconsin at Eau Clare, has been selected as the 2011 summer intern for the state park by the Calaveras Big Trees Association. Baumgartner is majoring in Education and History which will be useful in her interpretive and educational work within the park. CBTA selected Baumgartner through a national program with the Student Conservation Association. Calaveras Big Trees Association is a non-profit organization which exists to support education and interpretation at the state park located on Highway 4 in Calaveras County. Through donations and book sales in the park CBTA funds the internship, seasonal aides at the park, and a wide range of seminars and workshops. For more information call Calaveras Big Trees Association at 795-3840 or visit our web site at

Supervisor Study Session On District Boundaries STUDY SESSION: 1:30 pm Tuesday, May 10th To establish the need to redefine the Supervisorial District Boundaries prior to November 1, 2011 and establish the guiding principles and criteria of the process: Board discussion and direction; Technology Services Department/Clerk-Recorder

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Sid Marsh Reports: "Clean Up Day" at White Pines Park will be May 15th. Arnold Rim Trail - Crews will be working the next couple of weeks to get the trails passable from the winter seige. Also, if your interested in seeing a Parks and Recreation District up the hill, contact Sid Marsh.

Artists Reception - Saturday, May 21 - 4:30-6:30pm Meet and hear the artists talk about their work, while sipping a glass of Bodega del Sur's fine wine, and sampling a variety of Salvadorian sweet & savory treats catered by Delicias Salvadorenas of San Francisco. $15/person CONNECTIONS, a group exhibition 466 Main Street - May 21-May 23 - 12 to 4pm - Artists Include: Victor Hugo Arevalo Silva, Jorge Castrillo, DeeDee Hunt, Sebastiana Pastor & Francisco Rivero.

Wines of the World

Sierra Foothill Zinfandels Showcased The Calaveras Winegrape Alliance will host its May Wines of the World event Thursday, May 12 from 5:30 to 7pm in the Ballroom at the Murphys Historic Hotel, 488 Main St., Murphys. Matt Hatcher, owner of Hatcher Winery and CWA President, is the featured speaker and will present a number of Sierra Foothill Zinfandels at the event. “Zinfandel is one of my favorite varietals,” Hatcher said. “It is a wonderful grape to work with in the vineyard, and I’m excited to talk about how Zinfandel is made from grape to glass. I invite wine enthusiasts to join us for a fun and informative evening.” Wines of the World is an integral part of CWA’s educational program and is presented monthly. Attendance is open to the public with no reservations required. Cost is $15 for CWA members and $25 for nonmembers. For more information, 728-9467. Or, visit online at

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Exploring the Wines of Calaveras Road Trippin This Month And Pondering Pinot By Ross Alford OJAI, CA–Jim Stearns, Dan Mangan, Steve Rancourt and I landed in Ojai for an afternoon mini-adventure, or what another friend, John A, called "Four Deads in Ojai -o." Mangan is most decidedly "Pro-Vino," with a slight, but forgivable habit, of inflating U2's contribution to the evolution of rock, which led to a week long debate on the merits of the Kinks vs. U2. None-the-less, Mangan and I descended, not unlike two randy suitors, on one of the more prestigious of the Ojai region's tasting rooms. The tasting room manger, appropriately named for the best of reasons, Dusti, engaged us with a very delightful "tasting-flight" of Adam Tolmach's Ojai Vineyard's wines. The main reason for me to taste the wines of Ojai had to do with the concept that Gary Zucca taught me about, "terroir" - tasting the land, tasting the earth, experiencing the sense of region through that which emanates from the varietal as expressed by the winemaker. Without much of a guess you might have surmised that I was there to taste the Pinot– the Pinot in its native environment. I have to confess that I have never fully understood Pinot. That is, I've always known of its unique flavor, but I've never fully "got it." In this the great line from the movie Sideways has always been intriguing for me, when Miles says: "Only a winemaker who really takes the time to understand Pinot's potential can then coax it into its fullest expression. Then its flavors, they're just the most haunting and brilliant and thrilling and subtle and ancient on the planet." So, maybe after my Saturday with Mangan and the boys in Ojai, I think I have a better understanding of what that might mean. There is a complexity to Pinot that is housed in a medium bodied wine that, for want of a better word, is sophisticated, but oddly horse-throated or some such adjective that implies sexy, but "less than dainty," sort of Lauren Bacall-ish. Pinot though, is thoroughly refined, and very well educated. It's like this: if you were given the opportunity to date two beautiful sisters, and when you arrived to pick them up, one is primly attired for attending a piano recital or maybe a fox O hunt, and the other is wearing blue jeans and holding a football. L It may be that Pinot is still more wine for me and my diminished D evolution, and in this Mangan was all set for the concerto. I on the other hand realized I was out classed, but hoped to meet up A with Adam Tolmach's older daughter, Syrah, she's a wonderfully N complex woman in her own right, but a bit more, I don't want to G say conventional, I just think that over the long haul, she might E be more tolerant of my ways, or more understanding . . . L



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Over the time that I've been writing about wine, I've learned a few things and one is an appreciation for the micro-climates that lend themselves to a particular wine's success. Both Gary Zucca and Albeno Munari have talked with me about how they have followed the European winemaker's tradition of micromanaging sections of vineyards for particular lots of wine. And this is exactly what Tolmach does. Ojai Vineyards takes grapes from only a few disparate regions in Santa Barbara County, and the farmers that Tolmach works with leave select sections of their vineyards to the maintenance and care of Tolmach's crew. The region is famous for the cool air that comes off the Pacific, that, and the soil's natural ability to drain. This is Pinot and Chardonnay country. At the tasting room, we started with a Chardonnay that was aged in a neutral barrel, lively and crisp with a hint of oak. For me, even still too much oak, but way less than some of the traditional Napa style Chards. We moved on to a Sauvignon Blanc that was a true pleasure. Ojai Vineyards only makes about 900 cases of the Sauvignon Blanc, $26 though is a fairly steep price for a white, but this is a very tasty white wine– maybe the white you might want to serve at your daughter's spring wedding. And then we were on to the Pinot. One of the distinguishing characteristics of a good journalist at work, one I'm still trying to learn, is to ask a question, and then shut up. In this, Dusti wanted to make a point so she opened a bottle from her library of the 2004 Pinot and had us taste the 04 against the 08 which was open for the general tasting - this was very cool, almost like getting a back stage pass. You could tell the two wines were definitely related, you could tell they came from the same chunk of ground, you could taste a slight difference - a small nuance that was more like a reminiscence of 2004, and you could also experience the beauty of the aging process. Pinot, not unlike journalists, is known to age well. Dusti said that the Pinot could be "put down" for 35 years. My friend Dan though enjoyed the youthful exuberance of the 08, but I was convinced that the 04 was extraordinary in how it had mellowed over the 4 years. But again, wine is like art, and Dan and I found ourselves differing in opinion, just as I prefer the Kinks to U2 – although in both cases Dan Mangan did make a compelling argument - he is like that - but as you can tell if you've watched the videos, if you were going to put a band down in your cellar for 35-years I think you'd pick the Kinks! P.S.: Next Month I promise to return to our local region for further exploration of Calaveras Wines. I have an appointment with Albeno Munari, who has the old Stevenot Ranch and is making some very interesting wines. I tried his 07 and 08 Cab in a vertical tasting the other day with some lasagna and good company – the wine received a number of compliments. Related Websites: "You know how to whistle don't you?" One For Dan: I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For

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Oh yes, back to my conversation with Jesse II. He told me a great story about his momma and his grandmother. Most of the recipes that La Hacienda uses originated from his grandmother, and fortunately for us his mother, Guadalupe, or "Lupe," was paying attention. As a little girl, in Mazatlan, Lupe would slap out tortillas while Jesse's grandma would make dinner for the familia. At some point Lupe and the family moved to Baja, and then when Lupe was 20, she immigrated to the United States. Jesse says that Lupe felt she had finally arrived in her home country. She worked hard and raised her family and with her boys started the restaurants that we now know as La Hacienda. They have three; one in Copperopolis, the flagship operation in Angels Camp and the new location in Sonora. Jesse says he remembers his grandmother's work ethic, "She would see one of us standing around and she would say 'hey Jesse, come over here and bring that broom with you.'" And Lupe's nut didn't fall too far from the tree as all of the kids and ninos and ninas pitch in if there is a need. The business was meant to be. They started in Martel in Amador County. And the local Budweiser distributor, who being fond of the Acedo's food in Amador, suggested that they open a place in Angels Camp where there was no Mexican food and he apparently lived ( I like this guy's thinking - I'm going to try and co-opt a Japanese family and a Thai family for Love Creek). In any event, Lupe decided to investigate Angels Camp and in one trip had secured the location that was the old ranch house right at the intersection of Highway 4 and Highway 49. They were there for years - until they moved to the new shopping center across the street in The Frog Jump Plaza as the Bypass was going through their building.


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In the restaurant, I was working on my laptop and thinking, 'Boy I wish I could order something besides the darn Tapatias," and was forced to watch a number of plates go by– there are some good looking dishes. I'm definitely going to order either the Fajitas next time which were sizzling or the Camarones a la Diabla that the woman at the next table refused to let me have a bite of. Also, I forgot that it is imperative that one orders Flan when evaluating a Mexican restaurant. I should also note that, and I'm not sure for how long they're going to offer this deal, but both times I was there I got a full pint of Dos XX on tap for $2, this is unheard of!


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Sonora– I had a great chat with the owner of La Hacienda, Jesse Acedo, the other afternoon. I've been ordering their Tapatias for years, but a couple of weeks back my mother was insisting that I get a new sports coat for a wedding, so we were in Sonora and I noticed La Hacienda had opened a new location at the Junction Shopping Center. Since my mother and her friend Peggy were thoughtful enough to insist that I get the new jacket, so much so that they drove me over to Sonora to ensure that it was purchased. I felt obligated to treat them to lunch, and I only digress because the three of us had lunch, with beverage, and it came to under $30 - that was a good deal for the Roscoman. And, the food was excellent. I'm going to have to order something besides the Tapatias sometime to make a more complete evaluation, but the Tapatias are really good. It's basically a tostada with your choices of meat underneath and a whole bunch of lettuce, guacamole, sour cream on top of a tortilla with some beans on it. It's pretty simple, but it fills you up, while you still feel clean and light. If you notice in the picture there are two salsa dishes. I asked Jesse's son, Jesse III, if he could "bring me some heat" and he brought out a special concoction that was very much what I was looking for, although I should say, their house salsa, though not very hot, is excellent in flavor. For me, the number one criteria in ranking Mexican restaurants is the house salsa. La Hacienda's salsa is very good, maybe not quite hot enough for the Roscoman, but you can't blame La Hacienda because there are far too many Western European decedents populating California. I mean seriously, if you don't like spicy just eat Mutton or something with a nice mint sauce.

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Here is another little story. When my mother was teaching in Angels Camp for something like 32 years, she and Nate Solomon and Betty Hayes would finish up their week and often head down to the old La Hacienda, and have a few Margaritas and dinner and relax and enjoy each other's company and they got to know the Acedo family. Over the years they taught a few of their kids and La Hacienda would periodically send them over chips and salsa or other treats when they were doing something like an Open House. Essentially, the Acedos are about family like Jesse2 said, "we're family, we bump heads, but when we need to, we pull together. " I'm out of space here, but I'm going back to La Hacienda and that to me is an important point.

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May 2011 ● 18

The Hazel Fischer Relays! By Warren Alford


The 12th Annual Hazel Fischer Relays were held on a sunny Cinco De Mayo at Hazel Fischer Elementary School. Approximately 250 4th and 5th graders from Hazel Fischer, Michelson and Mark Twain schools attended the event.


“Our kids didn’t get to train too much given the late spring,” event organizer, 5th Grade Teacher Sue Rosenquist said. "We thought we might have to have a snowball toss." This reporter was working the baseball toss but managed to capture the following highlights- we’ll post complete results (including the other schools) in the web version.


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The 60 yard dash had a Hazel Fischer boys’ sweep of the podium with Ryan Kraft, Sam Jordan and Nick Abila placing 1st-3rd respectively. The three of them plus Anthony Escoto also won the boys relay race. I know Ryan Kraft also won the long jump and placed 3rd in the 330, but I can’t read my notes about the other places- again, check out the web. Ryan Miguel placed 2nd in the 660, while Jenna Rappetti was first place in the mile and the 660 and second in the 60 yard dash.

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Madison Pelland was 3rd in the 330 and 2nd in the base-running event. Linda Crabtree and Anthony Fultz won the basketball shooting event. There were a number of standout performances in the 5th grade by Hazel Fischer kidsRyan Barnett placed second in the premier event, the mile, while Jeffrey Redding placed 3rd. Deborah Barry was 3rd in the girls mile and 1st in the Standing Long Jump. Olivia Shine was second in both the 60 yard dash and the Long Jump.

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Mrs. Rosenquist commented that this is a great community event that involves nearly 25 parents, grandparents and others to pull off– Tom Eising and John Barretta even continue to show up year after year to ensure its success. “It’s great to give exposure of track and field events to the 4th and 5th graders so that they are primed for the track program at the Middle School,” Rosenquist said.

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May 2011 ● 19

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“More Connected Yet Less Concerned?” By Jim Stearns

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Let's say you have just purchased your dream shoes. Leather boots perhaps, that fit snugly on your feet. You are walking home only to find that a toddler is drowning in a three foot pond right off the pathway. You look around quickly and realize that there is no one around. You have to make an instant decision and without hesitation you plunge in and save the child, but ruin your new boots in the process. Is there anyone who wouldn’t make such a choice? And so it begs the question: What if we simply decided to put aside our fancy boot purchase and use that money to save more than one child’s life somewhere on this planet we share? Clearly the immediacy of it plays a primary role in the equation but if we stop and think about it for a moment, where is the difference? If we truly care about each other then how much does it matter that someone is dying on the other side of the county, the state, the country, the world or right in front of us? Of course therein lies the problem. If there is no immediacy then somehow we are able to turn it into an abstraction and thus ignore it. Sure, we read about the suffering in Sudan, the human rights horrors in more places than we can name, the homeless who fill the underpasses of every major city in the country and countless other forms and styles of specific and general human suffering that breaks the heart, (for about five minutes) when we read about it or see it. Just in the last few years natural disasters in New Orleans, Southeast Asia, Pakistan, China, Haiti, New Zealand and Japan have wreaked enough havoc on people’s lives to tug at even the most hardened soul. Sometimes it’s almost too much. It’s as if life was like one of those whacko games where you have the little mallet and there are so many things popping up that there is little hope. So we turn away and feel resigned to a feeling of utter ineffectiveness. Should we or do we feel guilty about our real lack of concern outside of our own little bubbles of experience? Surely most of us care but still would and do spend much more time and money on a wounded or ill pet then we do over the 20,000 people who will starve to death today. We are far more concerned about the state of our internet connection than with the homeless who live in our communities getting fed and staying dry and warm. Obviously the disconnect is pervasive and somehow almost natural to the point where those who can transcend it and actually devote their lives and/or their resources to helping heal humanity are deeply respected, if only because it is so rare. We recognize the nobility and selflessness in those people and know that somewhere, somehow, some way we might like to play a more significant role in the betterment of the human condition.

PROPANE SALES & SERVICE GAS APPLIANCES Jim Stearns - Always On Location Most of us would like to help fight for justice, speak out for peace or feed the hungry, but we are too busy in our own little worlds to really do much about it and again, it is almost too overwhelming. To be fair, of course, there are obvious reasons for the disconnect. In fact for tens of thousands of years people have lived without any knowledge of what or how their fellow human beings were doing, either good or bad, even perhaps a hundred miles away. Now with the global village upon us we have become aware of everyone and, at the same time, are more estranged than ever. Thus the paradox of the modern world is that we have become more connected and more conscious while in another sense we have become less connected and less concerned. In times when people didn’t know anything good bad or indifferent about others on the planet they at least banded together and took care of each other. Now many people don’t know their neighbors. We might even drive by them broken down on the side of the road and not recognize them. It has gotten so absurd that we now consider somebody a hero who goes up and knocks on the door to tell somebody their house is on fire. We are stuck with the feeling that the issues are so overwhelming, the problems so deep and pervasive that we as individuals might as well hunker down and take care of number one. But we know that is not the answer and the only real solution lies in our collective effort. The journey of ten thousand miles starts with one step. The river must be filled a drop at a time. I may not be able to donate ten thousand dollars but I can afford ten, (or maybe once in a while forget the new shoes and make a more sizable donation). I may not be able to volunteer a week or a month of my time but I can certainly do an hour once in a while. I may not show up to testify at a public hearing but I can write a letter or make a phone call. If everyone did just a little it could certainly lighten the load. In those moments of self indulgence or apathy, finding a ray of light might just involve a tiny bit of reaching out to help those who need it more than ever.

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Their methods might also shed light on new ways to switch adult cells into the all-purpose, so-called "pluripotent," stem cells with the potential for growing into any type of tissue in the body. The scientists describe the chemical cocktail that they developed and used to turn mouse muscle fibers into muscle cells. Williams and Jung then converted the muscle cells turned into fat and bone cells. Those transformations were remarkably similar to the initial processes that occur in the tissue of newts and salamanders that is starting to regrow severed limbs. American Chemical Society (2011, April 8). Simple chemical cocktail shows first promise for limb re-growth in mammals. ScienceDaily.

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“The Greater Scheme”

Human Resources By Shira Harris

“How much human energy is contained in a gallon of oil?” The question, posed at a seminar about preparing for a future in which we might not have so much cheap fuel, was meant to get us participants thinking about how much we rely on oil as a resource. Our group batted it around for a while but couldn’t even settle on an approach to calculating the value. Funny how we can all instantly compute the cost and value of a gallon of gas (roughly $4.30 at the moment and 20-30 miles of driving, right?) But how do we calculate the value of human energy? Why don’t we know how to measure a unit of human output as easily as we do a unit of gas? It got me thinking about how little we recognize human energy as a resource. After all, with almost any endeavor, it’s the human factor that contributes most to it getting done. When it comes to heating our homes, trees provide the raw material, but we’re cozy in the winter because we spent hours chopping wood in the fall. In any project, while tools and raw materials are needed, it’s largely the investment of human energy that makes it happen. Our business models recognize this effect, wherein the largest costs generally go to staffing (‘Human Resources’). For those of us thinking about how we’re going to sustain ourselves and our communities with less access to cheap oil, appreciation of the human factor is key. We can talk all we want about alternative energy sources, green building and lowering our carbon footprint, but when it comes down to it, relying on oil less means relying on ourselves more. It will increasingly be our personal investments of time and energy that provide the fuel to power our lifestyles. I recently came across the “Energy Descent” issue of Permaculture Activist, a magazine of the permaculture movement, which seeks to address the current global environmental and social crises by restoring control of resources for sustenance to ordinary people in community.

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The issue largely contained articles about practical steps people around the world are taking in the direction of post-oil resilience – growing their own food, converting alcohol into fuel, turning away from our throwaway economy. But one contributor, Rhonda Baird, wrote about the need to focus on human relations as a resource. She says, “Yes, we will need to provide for our basic needs. However, we have to tend the flow of energy and information through human made environments, too.” She gave an example of the mutually beneficial arrangement in which her daughter cares for a traveling neighbor’s pet and uses the funds to contribute to the family’s permaculture design projects as she pleases, for example by experimenting with a chicken tractor for ‘pet’ chickens.

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The relationship isn’t only practically and financially beneficial to both the neighbor and daughter, but it has created opportunities for learning and mentorship that strengthen bonds between them and bring value to both families and the larger community. Truly, it's these even less tangible benefits of human energy that are most valuable to us. We largely get what we need in life through the various personal connections Shira we make. It’s the people in our lives who lead us to job offers; connect us with other people who have goods or services to trade; that share their power tools, knowledge and time to get our home projects done; who introduce us to our mates; who come over for dinner to celebrate our high times and share the lows and generally make our lives meaningful. Do we tend to these resources the way we do our jobs, our stock portfolios, our cars and other stuff? Increasingly I find it a compliment to call someone “resourceful,” by which I usually mean “able to harness resources to the benefit of themselves and others – Resource-full." When I first moved up here, a man I’d just met (who soon became a good friend) demanded, “What skills do you bring to this community?” I was totally flummoxed, frantically scanning my mental resumé for an appropriate answer to the question. But I’ve come to appreciate the question and regularly reflect on my changing answers to it. This friend helped me think not only about what human resources I bring to the community, but whether I am aware of what I have to offer. Appreciating the value of human energy means knowing our own value as a resource. A certain circle of friends joke frequently about their “apocalypse team” – who they want to have with them when it all goes nuts and we’re on our own. It’ll come up when somebody does something uniquely handy or enjoyable, like when Anthony fashioned a grill out of a garbage can lid when the Weber caved in on itself and Karuna improvised a hilarious jiggy tune about it while it was happening. The apocalypse team recognizes that left without other means, it will be our human resources that matter most, and that the people we have around us are our greatest asset. The answer is 500 hours, by the way. A gallon of oil is equivalent to 500 hours of human energy. That’s approximately 20 days, non-stop. What could you accomplish working for 20 days around the clock? What if your friends pitched in? What would that time be worth? More than a gallon of oil, I imagine.

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The ASTRO-LOGGER “We do our logging in the stars…”

By AEons Astrology (Ted Denmark) Dowd’s Hill at Avery Contact: The greening of Taurus in late April is as sweet as the Seven Sisters of the Pleiades, which constellation is tucked in this sign towards the end of the run … in May, named after Maia (not the Hindu Maya, of course), the eldest of the Greek sister goddesses who traditionally was honored to preside over May Day festivities, and if you happened to attend the Sierra Greeen Day festivities at Kautz Ironstone on April 30, you would have seen a lovely enactment of the weaving of the May pole streamers with a number of participants, notably mothers encouraging uncertain offspring. We associate the Roman goddess Venus and her namesake sister planet to Earth with our sign Taurus with its familiar bull emblem in a bit of an image twister that “may” not be very obvious how they would be naturally reconciled. Venus represents the beautiful May flowers growing in the field that are so pleasant to see while the bull represents the somewhat volatile animal nature contentedly grazing alongside, unless … you might desire to own those beauties as cut flowers in a vase on your table. Then, you may have to wait until the bull has strayed to the other side of the field while you sneak over the fence with your gardening shears and hope he doesn’t turn around and see that you are … still wearing your red hat from the Aries foot races of early April. If so, the foot races will be back on as you sprint to clear the fence before the previously contented herbivore bolts to the challenge. So that’s the little Taurean fable of beauty and the beast that will probably be starting to play itself out in your home town and on your street as you begin to decide for yourself once again this year … what is it that you really desire—and at what risk.

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Flipping that calendar to May gets us to a New Moon on the 2nd, usually a time of relative quiet if one is seeking respite for a few days. Baracko went quickly into motion on the 3rd with his sudden late night telecast on the recent unexaggerated demise of Osama, starting off the patriots, pundits, and ordinary pedestrians on a redux race back to ground zero as we near the decade anniversary, just in time for a major The Astro-Logger cabinet shuffle. This kind of history, or spun pseudo-history in the making, perhaps along with the newest Royal Wedding, will always decorate this time in our minds as we try to remember … what were we doing in Spring of ‘011? Well, today is Cinco de Mayo, and I’m still not sure whether Osama was drilled on the main floor or the top floor and how many helicopters there were and where they might have come from, but I’m sure we will be hearing more. File it along with the mega-story of the most extremely destructive tornadic storms in the Midwest and Southeast since the early Thirties and floods on the Mississippi possibly the worst since the Twenties. Otherwise, it was a quiet week in my home town of Middlefork, where the snow finally effloresced, the trees sprouted despite the unprecedented damage and the people watched the price of gas edge to the middle of the four to five dollar range, wishing they had bought Exxon stock all the many years ago. Some of us might also be wondering what is going to happen to our flowery down-home country cousins, Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac at the opening of the new real estate season this year. Rumor is that they may be headed into the swift currents of deficit finance flooding around Washington town. It would cause quite a ruckus if they too were found by the homeland security officials to be part of a terrorist network plot. Keep your bags packed, Leon Panetta and David Petraeus.

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For most of the past decade, the Center has focused the majority of its presentations in urban communities of the Central Valley, especially Modesto and Stockton, but the staff also presents at schools in the local region. On some days John Buckley, the Center’s executive director, will travel as far as Davis or the Bay Area to give a special presentation. On other days, he may present up to 9 slide shows a day at schools here in the mountains.

For those who live along the Highway 4 corridor, nature is a part of everyday life. Area residents see squirrels, deer, various birds, and beautiful scenery on a regular basis. But for urban area and suburban kids in the Central Valley, most of the time city landscapes or agricultural cropland are the dominant world that surrounds their school and home.

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Way back in 1990, CSERC began offering free slide show presentations about forests and wildlife to schools and various community organizations. The demand quickly grew, so for the past 21 years CSERC has given literally thousands of free presentations.

On May 2nd, CSERC passed the 100,000th participant milestone – after more than two decades of CSERC staff inspiring listeners with beautiful pictures and lessons adapted to each age group. At McKinley Elementary School in a low socio-economic neighborhood in Stockton, Buckley gave two assemblies that day about “eagles of North America” – reaching 401 students and staff. Then the following day, he presented six individual classroom presentations in Keyes, another low-income community that is located south of Modesto. Going from classroom to classroom, he gave slide shows on water, wildlife, and forests to 254 participants on that day.

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“Mysteries Revealed”

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LEO You’re not really likeable right now, but that’s O.K. even if it is disagreeable to all concerned. We’re big boys and big girls and can take some rockiness and uncertainty, right?. If it seems to go on for too long, that’s too bad. This is like the sting of the antiseptic as it washes out the wound………… VIRGO Once again, you’re being punished for doing the right thing. People are too self absorbed to understand your higher motives and goals, but you should be used to that. The certainty you feel about what you’re doing is real. Get better about saying no and most of your problems will disappear. Of course it’s not easy.

GENERAL FORECAST May is trying to get through the door, but April just won’t call it quits. The theme for this month is stubbornness and how it interferes with our dialogue with our own life and how it can be the source of a lot of disappointment and pain. However, it does have its place in the scheme of things and is not going away any time soon. ARIES Money, money, money – that’s what it’s all about. Not really, but it certainly feels that way. Get the screaming demons out of your system and then sit down with yourself and find a practical solution that’s achievable. Don’t expect any help or support from your friends or mate. This one’s all yours. TAURUS Slow and steady is actually the right way to go about solving your current dilemma. How convenient – you just have to be yourself. I know that’s a novel approach for you, but give it a try. Expect to be surprised at how some of your friends or your mate will react. Stand up for your emotional rights. You don’t have to get angry to be honest. GEMINI You and Pisces should sit down and have a beer together. No one else understands what it is like to be two people at once. It’s not about change as it is about acceptance and surrender. You two are just licking wounds that have already healed. Get your heads out of the water and pay attention to real life! CANCER Don’t get so uncomfortable when things get this nice. It’s not a prelude to anything; it is something in and of itself. Any time traveling in your heart or mind will only work against you, ruin the moment, and waste valuable time and energy. You’re like an athlete in training – pace yourself and know how to replenish.

LIBRA No matter how hard you try to please, you’ve been left out by the ones you trusted the most. It’s not the first time and you know the story, but it still hurts. When people tell you not to take it personally, they’re just trying to get away with murder. Forgive them, for you’ll be on the other side of the equation next time. SCORPIO I have nothing to say – the universe will treat you like the golden one this month and give you everything IT thinks you want. Therein lies the rub – you may not like all of the gifts. Don’t get too cocky – it’s not a reward for something you did. Don’t put on the false modesty bit, either. Be authentic for a change. SAGITTARIUS Everyone’s ganging up on you and maybe they have a point. You’ve got some crazy idea about how things should be and you’re way out of line. This happens to all of us and if you’re kind and keep your sense of humor, you won’t do as much damage or have as much to regret when you finally come to your senses. CAPRICORN It’s the opposite of last month and the going is hard for no reason. Everything seems fine on the surface, but the old magic is gone. Don’t panic – you’re just exhausted and need some time out. Unfortunately, it’s going to be a while before you can curl up with a good book in front of the fireplace. AQUARIUS It’s better that you don’t know what lies ahead. I know that this violates the control freak in you (most people don’t know that you are a control freak) but please be patient. It’s a good lesson for you to learn that you have been avoiding for a long time. Don’t worry – it’s not that big a deal. PISCES Now Pisces is bearing its soft belly and pretending to submit. Give me a break – I’m not buying it. Which one is you – the stubborn fool or the foolish victim? Neither is appetizing or appropriate for who you really are. Man up and own your personal power. The passive aggressive Pisces is a thing of the past.

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By Warren Alford I was raised thinking that travel was a noble cause and that staying far from the beaten path in search of authentic experiences was the noblest kind of travel of all- bonus points for using a backpack and taking public transit where possible. That all changed when my in-laws informed me that they’d booked a cruise through the Panama Canal for the entire family.


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After two full days of travel we arrived in Miami ready to embark on the Norwegian Cruise Line’s, Norwegian Pearl. One thing we learned is that this continent is no easy thing to traverse (a great lesson given my son’s 4th grade curriculum that includes the westward pioneer travel experience- chalk one up for the study contract!) Unbeknownst to us, my father-in-law, who we’ll call “William” had been bitten by a bug along the way that was going to cause us grief later in the journey. It is exciting driving up to the port and seeing the cruise ships lined up in the distance. As you get closer, you are struck by the sheer size - ours was larger than the population of Angels Camp during Frog Jump and was in fact, the largest ship to ever pass through the Panama Canal. On our passage, it would also set a record for the largest passage fee ever paid by a ship- nearly $500,000- or about $200 per passenger. The party starts before the ship even sets sail with Caribbean music and dancing near the topside pools. My son was anxious to meet other kids his age and the first one we met was an English lad who was innocently telling his “mum” that “the sign said, ‘no jumping or diving’- it didn’t say anything about ‘back-flips’.” We had seen him when we boarded already sliding down the stair rails with an ice-cream cone in-hand, so my wife offered sage advice that this would be a great shipmate. The two ended up inseparable buddies throughout the trip. NCL pioneered the concept of “Freestyle Cruising” and includes options to pay for specialty restaurants- which to my mind was a cynical plot by the cruise line industry to get me to pay for something that was otherwise free- mistake numero dos (working on my Spanish for the numerous S. American ports ‘O call) on my trip expectation list. The steak houses, bistros and sushi bars were unbelievably good and well worth the added expense. The first significant piece of geography encountered is the “island” of Cuba- we paralleled the infamous hunk in the Caribbean for two days on our way to Cartagena, Columbia. The ship’s captain gave a hint of his particular brand of Swedish humor stating that we would stay 12 miles off the coast “lest they start taking shots at us for getting too close." I was thrilled to be visiting Cartagena- primarily because this was the destination that Michael Douglas’ character in “Romancing the Stone” was determined to reach with Kathleen Turner’s Joan Wilder- my first true cinematic crush. Cartagena is said to be the best example of intact colonial architecture in South America and is indeed a romantic city with festive bougainvillea-draped balconies and throngs of vacationing locals. The small van that we hired labored viciously to make it to the top of the monastery that presides over this historic Columbian city but it was worth turning off the A/C to make it to the top for the stunning panorama of the old and new cities. I was curious to see if the Columbians were still sore at us for helping “relieve” them of Panama so that we could build our canal, but never got the chance. Heading to Panama, the ship enters the Gatun Locks where crocodiles loll about watching with bemused, 1,000 year old eyes. Passing through the infamous “Culebra Cut” looks to the uninitiated like just another green spot in the forest. If you’ve “read the book” though, Culebra is the ballgame- the place that stopped the French and challenged the American effort to dig the “big ditch” and cost nearly 20,000 lives. Separating a continent and joining two seas it turns out is a tremendous undertaking. Prior to embarking, I had spent a couple of weeks reading up on the

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help inform my fellow travelers about it- I could tell they appreciated this service as they kept moving away so that others could have the opportunity to hear as well. It didn’t occur to me that a passenger ship our size was unique and I was constantly surprised by the waving not just from assembled tourists on viewing platforms but from the seasoned veterans who work the docks every day and the hands on the other ships working their way through the canal. The bulk of the trip is still ahead of you yet there is an unavoidable sense that you’re “on the homestretch” when you enter the familiar waters of the Pacific. Three ports in three days begins in Puntarenas, Costa Rica where native monkeys, crocs, colorful birds, flowers and butterflies compete with adventurous zip-line tours through jungle canopies and rustic beach side restaurants (with fish so fresh the nets are being repaired out front by scruffy local fishermen) to make one oh-so-briefly consider leaving the sumptuous ship-life behind. Next up, Puerta Quetzal, Guatemala- we opted to hang out in port shopping and sipping cervezas and fresh coconut milk while enjoying vibrant folk dances before getting back aboard the ship. We even had the energy for the “White Hot Dance Party” later that night. The activities on sea days are non-stop and offer something for every age group to enjoy. While many of the ship’s more mature crowd occupied themselves with shuffle board, bingo, art auctions and wrinkle therapy seminars, my mother-in-law was busy zip-lining, rock climbing and leading the conga line at dance class. My son dragged me from soccer to basketball and volleyball tournaments on the ship’s sports deck before leaving me for the “faster action” of the Kids’ Club whereby my wife would then haul me off to dancing, juggling and Spanish lessons in the Spinnaker Lounge. I even managed to enter the waterslide and belly flop contests in misguided attempts to prove my manhood. I’m still taking handfuls of ibuprofen as I recover from the relaxing cruise and perhaps thanks to my new Australian friend, Dean- a rugby player- who said “just tenderizing you a bit, mate” when bumping me on the basketball court. After leaving Guatemala, we sailed past Honduras and Nicaragua to arrive at our last stop of the hat-trick of Ports ‘O Call, Huatulco (Wah Tool Ko), Mexico. We rented a small boat to reach a locals beach surrounded by colorful palapas for snorkeling that rivals anything in Hawaii- at one point I had so many tropical fish in my grill that I felt like I was at the all-you-can eat- sushi night at Benihana. We got an up-close view of Mexican healthcare when my father-in-law was hauled off to a hospital in Acapulco for “tests” that turned into an extended stay on the Mexican Riviera.

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A poetry slam is a competition at which poets read or recite original work and are then judged on a numeric scale by previously selected members of the audience. When I first heard the announcement pronouncing that there would be a poetry slam held at the Angels Camp World Mercantile on the last Saturday of every month the title Poetry SLAM made me think of poets competing with the intensity of professional fighters, going head to head in a battle that scorches onlookers with the passion of their writing. That first impression was both wrong and right. What I experienced on April 30th was absolutely a scorching of my senses through the power of the spoken word and the connection the audience had with the performers. I arrived just as this month’s guests Jackhammer Serenade took the microphone and then spent the better part of an hour laughing and crying as they painted pictures of death and poverty on the streets where they grew up and in the school systems where they work, dating experiences, and humiliating hot-tub tales. Whatever the content was the rhythm and synchronicity of their recital enveloped you in their emotions so that by the end of their performance the opening line, “I got a confession to make, I’m addicted to drugs. That’s right, drugs called poetry. I’m an addict,” had hooked in my mind. Each of the local poets who performed after Jackhammer Serenade had varying levels of experience that they brought to the table, but it didn’t matter whether it was their first time writing or the hundredth– everyone was listened too and embraced with equal enthusiasm and understanding. “Our goal is to provide space for people to express themselves through the spoken word in a safe environment,” said Danielle Langston an employee of the Mercantile who was responsible for bringing us these events. “Sharing like this transmutes alienation and shows people that we’re not so different.”


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No Instruments but Lots of Lip Service Bret Harte Theatre– Saturday May 14th, at 7pm, The Calaveras Arts Council celebrates its 30th anniversary as a nonprofit arts agency and is bringing to Angels Camp’s Bret Harte Theater Boyz Nite Out, a five member pop a-capella ensemble to help celebrate this milestone and to entertain you. Help make this a joyous celebration and come to see the “BNO."

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“The Greater Scheme”

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West Nile Virus By Mike Hayes, DVM West Nile virus causes an infectious disease in horses, birds, and humans typically. The condition is an encephalitis, or inflammation of the brain and brainstem. West Nile virus, as the name suggests, was originally endemic to the Middle East and the African continent. It first appeared in the United States 1999. An unexplained die-off of blackbirds and crows in Central Park was traced to the virus, which was also identified in several human patients suffering from a previously unexplained neurological condition in New York area hospitals. Over the next several years, the infection was reported in both humans and horses as it spread rather rapidly across the United States . For a time, the Rocky Mountains delayed its spread farther west. However, it reached California by 2002. At that time, more than 15,000 cases in horses had been reported from 41 states. Birds act as the reservoir host with the mosquito responsible for transmission of the disease from bird to bird, or bird to horse, or worse bird to human. Many species of mosquito can transmit the virus, some common to Calaveras County . A wide variety of birds can harbor the virus but blackbirds and crows are most susceptible to the virus’ ill effects.

In horses, 10-40% will show signs of illness, and of these about 30% will die. Horses that become ill have a variety of symptoms but most will show various neurological signs including incoordination, lameness, head pressing, depression and weakness. No treatment except for supportive care exists, and eventually most horses are euthanized due to recumbancy, paralysis and humane reasons. In horses, diagnosis is based on clinical signs and blood tests. Analysis of spinal fluid can be helpful, but this disease in horses can be confused with other neurologic diseases like rabies, protozoal myelitis, and herpes virus infection among others and can be frustrating to diagnosis. In humans, infection is often sub clinical, with no symptoms at all. However, a certain portion of those people infected will show flu-like symptoms and a small portion of these will develop a neurological disease and die. There is no specific treatment, only supportive care and the hope that the immune system will throw off the infection. The most effective way of dealing with this epidemic disease is prevention. Very effective protection can be provided by once or twice yearly administration of West Nile Virus vaccine in horses. Additional steps in prevention involve control of bird populations, but more importantly control of mosquitoes. In Calaveras County , mosquito abatement is an active program during mosquito season and residents can do their part by destroying mosquito habitat, especially any locations where standing water exists.

"The Big Ditch" From Page 23 We got an up-close view of Mexican healthcare when my father-in-law was hauled off to a hospital in Acapulco for “tests” that turned into an extended stay on the Mexican Riviera. It was distressing handing him off to the cruise line’s agent but the ship’s doctor, played by a suave S. African, assured us it was the right thing to do, so we sailed on under a cloud of disappointment that our group was being broken up, fear for his health and misgivings about abandoning him in a foreign port. Acapulco is a bustling city that reminds one of a Mexican Honolulueven so, the city has unmistakable charm- market shops burgeoning with Mexican goods and taquerias lining the streets with traditional fare roasting on open spits. We visited the old fort and made the obligatory visit to see the cliff divers where the young daredevils showed off breathtaking stunts then joined us for photos while chattering happily with their friends. By the time we reached Cabo San Lucas we learned that William was recovering and would be put on the next flight home. My brother was asked to help out by picking him up in Sacramento and remarked that he was just relieved that he wasn’t being asked to help break William out of a Mexican prison. The ship anchors near Lands End in Cabo- the furthest tip of our California neighborhood in Baja. There are many water taxis that will tour you around the harbor that are very pleasant- we missed those boats and were dumped unceremoniously at “Lover’s Beach”. We ran into a bloodied American expat there who spoke excitedly of fighting his way through rough surf and being battered against the rocks to see sand at “Los Arcos” which only occurs every four years or so. All over Mexico, the locals thanked us for visiting their country despite grim reports about the drug wars that have dominated news headlines. The military presence, while unnerving, makes one feel that the authorities in Mexico are working hard to protect the tourism economy during this awful phase of their history. The last sea day of our trip saw the weather turn cold and the seas get a bit rough. Fortunately, my skepticism about modern medicine didn’t keep me from donning “the patch” since I get green around the gills just spelling the word B-O-A-T and I remained muy bueno. The time at sea gave us an opportunity to tour the ship and grill the staff about the cruise industry’s impact on the environment.

Bridge of The Americas We were taken “below decks” to where the environmental systems are housed. I was concerned they wanted me to get too-close-a look at the compactor and that I might soon be “with the fishes” as they say. Fortunately, it was the pride over their commitment to recycling and efficiency that they wanted us to get a close look at. Norwegian is in fact the only major cruise line to be recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard for their environmental initiatives that go beyond current regulatory requirements. If all of this sounds good, do what I did- find yourself a pair of inlaws generous enough to take you on the trip of a lifetime and patient enough to listen to your meaningless factoids about the canal and book yourself a tour post-haste. I highly recommend a trip through Panama on a ship like this to see one of humankinds true wonders- the canal ain’t bad either. Norwegian Cruise Lines- 1-866-234-7350;

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“Out & About in Calaveras”

May 2011 5/12 Wines of the World, Murphys

5:30pm in the Mark Twain Ballroom, Murphys Historic Hotel. Matt Hatcher will be presenting some palate pleasing Zins from the Sierra Foothills! Go early to get a great seat. After enjoying some fabulous wine go down to the Dining Room and receive $5.00 off your entree!

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5/14 Conifer Connection Curriculum

Big Trees State Park - 2097959 am-12 pm .$10 per workshop. Space is limited in each workshop. Call for reservations. Ask for Sue or Tami. Presented by Michael Roa, author of The Conifer Connection. Participants will get to try out activities from the guide, so wear comfortable clothes. Open to anyone interested in learning or teaching about our forests.

5/ 14 Copper Country Run

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5/14 North Grove Guide Hike

Big Trees State Park -209-795-7980 On Saturdays at 1:00pm, Calaveras Big Trees State Park offers a guided hike through the North Grove of the park. The hike is approximately 1.5 hours long and starts at the Visitor Center. The hike is free with your paid admission to the park and all (except dogs) are welcomed on the hike. For more information, please call the Visitor Center at (209) 795-3840 or (209) 795-7980.

5/15 Mountain Melody Spring Concert

Murphys - 209-754-4783 Put on your travelin’ shoes, pack up your bags, and come along as Mountain Melody takes you on a Musical Road Trip. Mountain Melody - an all-women’s choir of Calaveras County 4pm at Faith Lutheran Church, 65 Mitchler Street, Murphys. $10 Tickets available at the door. For more information, call 754-4783 visit

5/17 Amgen Bicycle Tour Stage 3

Calaveras County - Help cheer on the riders as they race through Calaveras! The 2011 Amgen Tour of California will pass through West Calaveras County. The cyclists will enter Calaveras on Camanche Parkway South and head south on Burson Road to Milton Road.

5/19 Classic Car Cruise Nights

Historic Downtown Murphys-209-728-9971 6-9pm in Downtown Murphys. Bring your classic cars & enjoy the 50's music, raffles, and more. Some local shops & restaurants will stay open late. Everyone is welcome. Free to all. Sponsored by the Murphys- Angels Lions Club. For more information call 209-728-9971

5/19 Frog Jump Youth Parade

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Angels Camp - 209-736-1914 10:00 AM on Main Street in Historic Downtown Angels Camp. "Pirates of the Carrots and Beans" is this year’s theme. All youth between the ages of infant to 18 years of age are encouraged to participate in the parade. Prizes will be awarded in various categories. Call for more information or visit to view photos of last year’s parade.

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5/19 to 5/22 83rd Calaveras County Fair & Jumping Frog Jubilee

Frog Jumping contests, food, carnival rides, exhibits, and more! Family fun! More details to come. For more information call or visit

5/20 Live Music featuring "Bison"

Murphys - 209-728-3444 9pm-1am at the Murphys Historic Hotel. Bison is a local Rock Band with Mikey Tarango on vocals, Sky Kaufman's the Axe Man, Chris Conners-Costales on Skins, and Brian Jirka Slappin da Bass! Call for more information.

5/21 John Muir Laws School Curriculum

Big Trees State Park - 209-795-3840 9am-12pm. $10 per workshop. Space is limited in each workshop. Call for reservations. Ask for Sue or Tami. “Opening the World Through Nature Journaling” Integrates art, science, and language arts. The goal is to help adults and children discover (and rediscover) the natural world through a combination of art, writing and science. Activities are keyed to grade level, age and science content standards.

New Very Cool Event 5/ 21 Latin American Arts and Cultural Festival

Murphys - A celebration of Latin American artists, writers, musicians, bakers, cigar-makers, and entrepreneurs from 12:00-5:00 at various businesses. Each participating business will feature a Latin American specialty for the day. A map showing participating businesses will be available. Art Show & Reception will be held at 466 Main St. from 4:30-6:30 (tickets will be $15/person for the Art Show & Reception) Call for more details.- 209-728-9030

5/28 to 5/29 Arnold Peddler's Faire

Arnold - 925-372-8961 Handmade crafts, food, drink and entertainment. Fun for all! More info to come.

5/29 “Rubber Chicken Roast” Dinner

Vallecito - 209-795-3840 - 7 p.m. at Twisted Oak Winery, located at 4280 Red Hill Road. BBQ chicken dinner with all the fixings including wine for only $40 per person/$35 for CBTA members. Twisted Oak winery promises an evening of good food and great wine, music, raffle baskets, including Twisted Oak wines. All the proceeds from the raffle will go to the Calaveras Big Trees Association. Please call for tickets 209-736-9080 or Calaveras Big Trees Visitor Center for more information 209-795-3840.

5/30 Memorial Day Concert

Murphys - 209-728-9057 6:30PM to 8PM at Murphys Park The Calaveras Community Band will honor our veterans with an evening of patriotic tunes, lively marches and all time favorites. Bring your friends and family along with your picnic dinner and lawn chairs to enjoy an evening of free entertainment in Murphys beautiful park. Beverages and snacks will be served at the Hut. to set up a tour for a group of 12 or more.

Fridays & Saturdays– Zucca After Hours Wine Bar

With the warm spring and summer evenings approaching we are happy to announce the Zucca After Hours Wine Bar. Friday and Saturday nights, our garden will be open from 5-8 pm for Wine Bar service “al’Italiano”. Pick your favorite seat and enjoy our wines by the glass and a small bread plate, or choose your own flight of wines. Live music on select nights.

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THURSDAY, May 19 Heritage Day/KIDS DAY

“Frog Jump Schedule” FRIDAY, May 20 Heritage Day/KIDS DAY

8:00am……. Grounds/Gates Open Swine Show—Swine Show Ring Sheep Show—Tower Pavilion 10:00am…...Kiddie Parade - Angels Camp Daily Baked Goods Judging Free Kids Craft Project by Lowe’s Free Kids Sewing Project Free Kids Craft Project Free Kids Treasure Hunt –Main Gate Children’s Poetry Writing Workshop Mitchell’s Marionettes—Kidzone 11:00am….... Calaveras Idol Showcase The Cutest Show on Earth—Kidzone Hot Dog booth opens (ends at 2pm) Frog Jump Entry Booth Opens 12:00pm…CARNIVAL OPENS Safari Sadie Kids Balloon Show Fun Jump Frog Jumping Open 12:30pm…… Frog Spa open 1:00pm…..... Cavy Show—Barns Bonsai Demonstration Calaveras Idol Showcase—Lawn Stage Wood Working w/Bob Petitihome & Jack Johnson in Tom Sawyer Hall The Cutest Show on Earth—Kidzone 2:00pm….Saddle Queen Competition Winemaker of the Day Communit Knitting Group Demo Cindy Witt Concert—Lawn Stage Competitive Frog Jumping - Main Stage Mitchell’s Marionettes—Kidzone 3:00pm…..... Singing Steve Johnson & Danny Elzig Concert—Lawn Stage The Cutest Show on Earth—Kidzone 3:30pm…Frog Jump Entry Booth Closes 4:00pm…..... Wood Working Safari Sadie Kids Balloon Show Fun Jump Frog Jumping Closes 5:00pm: Cindy Witt Concert—Lawn Stage The Cutest Show on Earth—Kidzone 6:00pm….... Singing - Lawn Stage Crystal Image Concert—The Grove 7:00pmCindy Witt Concert—Lawn Stage 7:00pm…… Top Hat Dance Performanee 7:30pm Fair Dedication, Rolleri Family 8:00pm $1000 Drawing—Main Stage Miss Calaveras Scholarship Pageant 11:00pm….. Grounds Close

8:00am….… Gates Open Market Goat Show—Swine Show Ring Junior Horse Show & Gymkhana—Arena 9:00am….… Beef Show—Tower Pavilion Rabbit Show—Barns 9:30am….… Frog Jump Entry Booth Open 10:00am….... Buildings and Booths Open Daily Baked Goods Judging Cupcake Wars for Kids—Tom Sawyer Hall Mitchell’s Marionettes—Kidzone Scholastic Frog Jump (until 12:00pm) Teams Challenge Frog Jumping Free Kids Craft Project (all day) Free Kids Treasure Hunt – Main Gate 11:00am Hot Dog booth opens The Cutest Show on Earth—Kidzone 12:00pm….... CARNIVAL OPEN Safari Sadie Kids Balloon Show Mitchell’s Marionettes—Kidzone Fun Jump Frog Jumping (until 3:00pm) Open Frog Jumping (until 2:00pm) 1:00pm….Wood Working at Timber Town Calaveras Idol Showcase The Cutest Show on Earth—Kidzone 2:00pm…...... Winemaker of the Day San Andreas Community Knitting Group— Cindy Witt Concert—Lawn Stage Mitchell’s Marionettes—Kidzone Teams Challenge Frog Jumping 3:00pmMark Twain & Smokey the Bear The Cutest Show on Earth—Kidzone Special Jumps Frog Jumping 4:00pm…Safari Sadie Kids Balloon ShowMitchell’s Marionettes—Kidzone Open Frog Jumping (until 5:00pm) Wood Working w/Bob Petitihome 5:00pm….Cindy Witt ConcertThe Cutest Show on Earth—Kidzone 6:00pm Grand Entry Calaveras Saddle Queen Mark Twain & Smokey the Bear Copper Holdings Concert—The Grove 7:00pm$1000 Drawing—Arena Cindy Witt Concert—Lawn Stage 7:30pm……. WGAS Freestyle MotoX & Humpz & Hornz Bull Riding—Arena 8:00pm…..... Singing Steve Johnson & Danny Elzig Concert—The Ranch House 12:00am…… Grounds Close

SUNDAY, May 22 International Frog Jump Day

• Special gate prize for 1st Fairgoers

8:00am…...…Gates Open Ranglin’ and Ropin’ - Saddle Queen National Anthem, Calf Branding, Ranch Roping, Cattle Penning, Stick Horse Races, Cattle Sorting, & Barrel Racing. 9:30am…..Frog Jump Entry Booth Open 10:00am…..... Buildings & Booths Open Small Animal Round Robin—Barns Daily Baked Goods Judging Youth Talent Show— Lawn Stage Free Kids Craft Project (all day) Mitchell’s Marionettes—Kidzone Fun Jump Frog Jumping Open Frog Jumping (until 11:00am) Quilts of Honor Show 11:00am….The Cutest Show on Earth Kids & Junior Qualifying Frog Jumping 12:00pm…..CARNIVAL OPENS Arm Wrestling—Lawn Stage Mitchell’s Marionettes—Kidzone Teams Challenge Frog Jumping 1:00pm…….Wood Working The Cutest Show on Earth—Kidzone On-site Flower Arranging Judging Large Animal Round Robin—Barns 2:00pm…….Winemaker of the Day Mitchell’s Marionettes—Kidzone 3:00pm…......The Cutest Show on EarthCooper Holdings Concert—The Grove Open Frog Jumping (until 4:00pm) 4:00pm: Ag. Mechanics—Industrial Arts Auction –Tom Sawyer Hall Wood Working Mitchell’s Marionettes—Kidzone 5:00pmSafari Sadie Kids Balloon Show The Cutest Show on Earth—Kidzone 6:00pm…......Calaveras Idol JudgingPlan B Concert—The Grove 7:00pm….. Calaveras Idol Finals $1000 Drawing—Main Stage Safari Sadie Kids Balloon Show 8:00pm…......Bucky Covington Concert— 10:00pm…....California Outlaws Concert—The Ranch House 12:00pm…....Grounds Close

Gates Open 7:30am…….Buyers Breakfast 9:00am…..... Junior Livestock Auction Frog Jump Entry Booth Open Cattle Dog Trials—Arena 10:00am…....Buildings and Booths Open Daily Baked Good Judgingn Wild West Law Dogs—Lawn Stage Fun Jump Frog Jumping (until 12:00pm) Teams Challenge Frog Jumping Quilts of Honor Show 10:30am….... Frog SpaOpen 11:00am……Cindy Witt—Lawn stage Safari Sadie Kids Balloon Show12:00pm… CARNIVAL OPENS Arm Wrestling Competition—Lawn Stage Invitational Frog Jumping (until 1:30pm) Open Frog Jumping -Until 1:30pm Main Stage 1:00pm…….Wood Working w/Bob Petitihome & Jack Johnson in Tom Sawyer Hall Wild West Law Dogs—Lawn Stage 2:00pm…….Mounted Shooting Competition, Old Buckaroo and Friends—Arena

International Frog Jump Finals Main Stage Winemaker of the DayMark Twain and Smokey the Bear—Lawn Stage 3:00pm…….Safari Sadie Kids Balloon Show—Lawn Stage 4:00pm…….Wood Working w/Bob Petitihome & Jack Johnson in Tom Sawyer Hall Mark Twain and Smokey the Bear 5:00pm…….Wild West Law Dogs 5:30pm…….Destruction Derby—Arena 6:00pm…….Plan B Concert—The Grove Cindy Witt Concert—Lawn Stage 11:00pm….. Grounds Close

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• 1st 100 kids receive a cowboy hat Free Child Admission

SATURDAY, May 21 Pirates of the Caribbean Day

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• 1st 100 kids receive a pirate hat Free Child Admission

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