Me-Wuk heritage to be celebrated this weekend

The third annual Me-Wuk Heritage Day will be held Saturday at the New Melones Visitors Center.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and begin with a blessing at 10 a.m., followed by traditional dance at 11 a.m. and demonstrations of bead work, jewelry making, basketry, flint knapping, storytelling, native plants and acorn preparation.

The Visitors Center is on Highway 49 one-quarter mile south of the Stevenot Bridge.

SHS Class of 1987 reunites Saturday

Sonora High School’s Class of 1987 will reunite Saturday at the Sonora Opera Hall in downtown Sonora.

The event will be held from 5 p.m. to midnight and will include dinner and music.

Cost is $25 per person. Payments can be made online at

For more information, go online to the Sonora High School Class of 1987 Facebook page.

Historian to speak
at genealogy meeting

Historian Kathryn Marshall will be guest speaker Monday at a meeting of the Tuolumne County Genealogical Society.

The meeting will begin at 2 p.m. in the Community Room at the Tuolumne County Library, 480 Greenley Road in Sonora.Marshall is a member of the advisory board for the California Pioneer Heritage Foundation, which builds monuments and provides living history re-enactors at state parks and special events. She will discuss ways to help with genealogy research.

Experienced members will be available at 1:30 pm to provide assistance with genealogy questions or research problems.

Arnold SIR
meet Tuesday

Scott Klann, owner and winemaker at Newsome-Harlow Wines, will be guest speaker Tuesday at a meeting of the Arnold Sons in Retirement Branch 152.

The meeting will begin at 11 a.m. at the Blue Lake Springs Homeowners Association’s Snowflake Lodge, 2255 Blue Lake Springs Drive in Arnold. Lunch costs $16 per person.

Klann will be discuss his more than two decades of experience as a winemaker.

SIR (Sons in Retirement) is a men’s only organization Visitors are asked to contact Membership Director Jim Walton at (209) 795-8144 or .

Museum to hold ‘Summer Serenade’

The Shenandoahs will perform Thursday in a Courtyard Summer Serenade at the Tuolumne City Memorial Museum.

The band will perform songs from the 1930s through the 1960s.

The evening, 6 to 8 p.m., will include food, wine and a raffle.

Cost is $25 per person, and tickets are available by calling or texting (209) 770-1425, or at the museum between 1 and 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Cemetery rededication slated for Aug. 20

A rededication of the Sonora Hebrew Cemetery will be held Aug. 20 to mark completion of the restoration of the site’s 160-year-old wall.

Ther ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. at the cemetery, on Yaney Avenue between North Seco Street and Sunset Drive in Sonora.

A campaign to fund restoration began in September 2016, and work on the project commenced in April. Through a GoFundMe website, private donations and a contribution of $1,000 from the Mother Lode Jewish Community, $12,000 was raised to pay for the repairs.

The cemetery was founded in 1853.

For more information, go online to

VW owners
meet Aug. 24

The Mother Lode VW Club will meet Aug. 24 at Round Table Pizza on Highway 49 in Angels Camp.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m.

Owning a VW is not required for membership.

Host families sought for exchange students

Cultural Academic Student Exchange is looking for families to host incoming students participating in the organization’s high school cultural exchange program.

CASE is a not-for-profit sponsor of exchange students and has been finding homes for them for 25 years. CASE places students from more than 25 countries for semester-long and academic year-long programs.

The nearly 200 students who participate in the CASE program have their own insurance, bring their own spending money, and speak English. They are between 15 and 18 years old and will attend local high schools to learn more about the American culture, make friends, participate in sports, student activities and volunteer in the local community.

Anyone interested in hosting, or for more information about CASE, can call (951) 685-9321 or (209) 248-7499. For more information, go online to

Class of 1977
plans reunion

Sonora High School graduates from 1977 are planning a 40-year class reunion and are looking for classmates.

Classmates can email contact information to Lynda (Henry) Tusoni at . The reunion is set for Sept. 16 at Mountain Springs Golf Club on Lime Kiln Road.

More information on time, RSVP and cost will come later, mostly via email.

Centenarians sought for annual honors

The Tuolumne County Commission on Aging is looking for names of the county’s oldest adults and of the county’s most active older volunteers.

The Commission on Oct. 4 will host its annual Centenarian Honors Luncheon at the Tuolumne County Senior Center on Greenley Road in Sonora. County residents who are 100 years old or older will be honored, and adults ages 96 to 99 will be recognized as members of the “University of Life,” stated a press release.

Anyone with information — name, address or phone number — of an older adult is asked to call Cathie Peacock at (209) 586-4802 by Sept. 22 so invitations can be sent out.

Bret Harte High reunion committee seeks classmates

The Bret Harte High School Reunion Committee is planning a biennial reunion for all classes through 1977.

The event will be held Oct. 14 at Mark Twain Hall at the Calaveras County Fairgrounds in Angels Camp. The gathering will begin with a no-host special hour, and will be followed by a catered buffet dinner (New York strip steak or chicken) and music and dancing.

A breakfast on Sunday will be held in Bret Harte High School’s multipurpose room.

All graduates and their guests are invited to attend.

Addresses are needed for all classes, especially for those who graduated in the mid-1960s through 1977.

Anyone with current classmate information can call Gladys Dillashaw at (209) 736-2130, or go online to the Bullfrogs’ Facebook page and contact Elaine (Miladinovich) Lyons.

Senior volunteers sought for honors

Nominations of outstanding senior volunteers are being sought for the annual Senior Volunteer of the Year awards sponsored by the Tuolumne County Commission on Aging.

Nominees must be residents of Tuolumne County 60 or older and not a member of the Commission on Aging.

Nomination forms can be picked up at the Tuolumne County Senior Center, 540 Greenley Road in Sonora; Area 12 Agency on Aging on Standard Road; Interfaith Community Social Services on Striker Court off Tuolumne Road; or by calling (209) 586-4802.

Nominations are due by Oct. 31.

Volunteers will be recognized on Nov. 8 in the Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors chambers, 2 S. Green St., in Sonora.