All-you-can-eat crab offered by Soroptimists

Soroptimist International of Twain Harte will hold its annual All You Can Eat Crab Feed on Jan. 19 at the Tuolumne Veterans Memorial Hall.

The dinner will feature all-you-can-eat crab, homemade clam chowder, cheesy pasta Caesar salad, fresh rolls and dessert. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages also will be available for purchase.

Doors will open at 4:30 p.m., and dinner will be served beginning at 5:30 p.m., and a box raffle will be held. Attendees are invited to bring their own Crab-cracking tool kits and crab fixings.

Cost for dinner is $50 per person. Tickets are available by calling (209) 928-1616, or online at

Proceeds benefit local charities.

The hall is at 19375 Fir Ave., in downtown Tuolumne.

Odd Fellows Burns Supper set Jan. 26

Tickets are on sale now for the 2019 Odd Fellows Burns Supper, a celebration of

Scottish culture and Scottish poet Robert Burns.

The evening will feature a traditional Scottish dinner (vegan option available), bagpipes and Scottish dancers, scotch tasting, toasts, speeches and works by Burns. The evening is a fundraiser for the Sonora Odd Fellows Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation that provides services and financial supportsfor Tuolumne County children (especially foster youth), the sick and the elderly, as well as the care and maintenance of its historic cemetery in downtown Sonora.

The dark-suit or highland-attire Burns Supper will be held Jan. 26 at the Hurst Ranch barn in Jamestown. Doors will open at 5 p.m. for no-host whiskey tasting and full bar. A dinner program will start at 6 p.m.

Tickets cost $75 per person and are available online at or by phone at (209) 536-8939. Advance tickets are necessary; no tickets will be sold at the door.

For more information, contact event facilitator Karen McGettigan at or (209) 536-8939.

Gala will support art, music programs at Curtis Creek

An event to support the art and music programs at Curtis Creek Elementary School will be held Feb. 2 in downtown Sonora.

The event, the Curtis Creek Black and White Gala, will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Sonora Opera Hall, 250 S. Washington St., in Sonora.

Funds raised will go toward art education and lesson curriculum, music classes and band instruments and will benefit all grades schoolwide.

Cost for the event is $40 per person and includes dinner, entertainment and an auction.

For tickets or more information, call Stephanie Petrey at (209) 352-3898.

Veterans’ Services office Open House set Saturday

Calaveras County Veterans’ Services will hold an open house Saturday, Jan. 12, at the new Jenny lind Veterans Memorial District Building, 300 Daphne St., in Valley Springs.

The open house will be held from 10 a.m. to noon.

To contact the office, call (209) 754-6910.

Spaghetti feed will benefit care home

A spaghetti feed fundraiser set for Feb. 22 will benefit Sierra Foothill Residential Care.

The event will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Columbia Presbyterian Church of the 49ers on Jackson Street in Columbia.

The meal will include spaghetti, salad, garlic bread and a beverage. Cost for dinner is $12 for adults $8 for children 5 to 8, and free for children 4 and younger.

To purchase tickets in advance, call (209) 533-3708.

Support for grandparents, other caregivers raising children

The Grandparent Project provides services to grandparents and other relatives raising children, including families where a parent also lives in the home.

Monthly meetings are held in several locations in Calaveras County: San Andreas/Valley Springs, Murphys/Arnold and Copperopolis/Angels Camp. Facilitators lead the meetings and also provide individual consultations. Meetings often include speakers and are a great place to meet peers and receive helpful resource information and referrals to county agencies and services.

For more information, call (209) 768-7723.

The Grandparent Project is administered by the Calaveras County Office of Education with Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) funding from Calaveras County Health and Human Services Agency.

Mother Lode Office of Catholic Charities looking for volunteers

The Mother Lode Office of Catholic Charities will host a volunteer training beginning Feb. 13 in Sonora.

The office manages numerous programs for seniors, individuals and families that rely on dedicated volunteers.

Volunteers are needed for the following programs

• Connections & Awareness for Elders (CAFÉ) – Partners provide a connection to isolated and lonely older adults as well as support, encouragement, and activities

• Legal Advocacy for Seniors Program – Attorneys & advocates offer free confidential legal services, resources and referrals

• The Mother Lode Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program - Program volunteers advocate for rights and quality of life concerns associated with residents residing in skilled nursing facilities and residential care facilities.

• The Mother Lode Transportation Program – Volunteers provide transportation to those 60 and over for medical appointments and to the pharmacy and grocery store.

• Office Support – Volunteers work alongside staff to answer phones, greet clients, work on special projects, and more.

For more information or to RSVP for the training, call (209) 532-7632.

All services provided by Catholic Charities are free of charge regardless of race, religion, or income.

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The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Tuolumne County will hold its annual Chocolate Lovers’ Hoedown Friday, Feb. 8, at the Sonora Elks Lodge, 100 Elk Drive in Sonora.

A live auction will include chocolate goodies and other items suitable for Valentine’s Day gifts. Sauces by Chef Dave will be available for purchase.

The event will be held from 6 to 9 p.m., and the $35 per person cost will include a catered buffet dinner and appetizers.

Tickets can be purchased at The Mountain Bookshop in The Junction shopping center in East Sonora, or by calling (209) 962-0805.

St. Patrick’s Catholic Church will hold a volunteer appreciation luncheon Sunday after the 11 a.m. Mass.

The church is at 127 W. Jackson St., in Sonora.

The First Congregational Church in Murphys will hold its eighth annual Heavenly Chocolate Festival Feb. 9 at the church.

The festival will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. and will offer unlimited tasting of about 70 different chocolate creations and an opportunity to buy them. Wine tasting also will be offered

Tickets cost $12 per person.

The church is at the corner of Church and Algiers streets, one block from the Murphys Hotel.