Master Gardeners to hold volunteer training

The University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) invites adults interested in helping others learn about gardening to apply to train as a Master Gardener volunteer.

Master Gardener membership is open to anyone in Calaveras and Tuolumne counties. A background check, including fingerprinting, is required.

Training classes for new volunteer candidates will begin Jan. 18 and continue weekly through April 26. Classes are held from 3 to 7:30 p.m. every Thursday in Sonora and include more than 50 hours of intensive training by University of California personnel and horticulture specialists in various fields.

Topics include water management, soils, composting, native plants, fruit production, plant diseases, entomology, Integrated Pest Management, understanding pesticides and more.

A fee of $185 will be charged to cover the cost of class materials, which includes several reference texts. After successfully completing the training program, certified Master Gardener volunteers agree to fulfill annual volunteer service and continuing-education requirements.

Anyone interested in becoming a Master Gardener can fill out an application online at

For more information, call (209) 533-5695 or email class="Apple-converted-space">

Antiques offered today at Memorial Hall

Tuolumne’s Memorial Hall Antique Fair, now in its seventh year, will be held Oct. 21 and 22 at the Veterans Memorial Hall in downtown Tuolumne.

The sale will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. The first hour on Saturday will be a preview, where buyers pay a $5 entrance fee to shop early. Entry is free the rest of the weekend.