Just because there's frost on the ground and a chill in the air doesn't mean there's nothing to do out and about the Central California foothills. Several events are taking place this month not too far from home. Perhaps one of these will be to your liking.
The National Park Service has announced a series of public webinars and meetings regarding the Wild and Scenic River Draft Comprehensive Management Plans and Environmental Impact Statements for both the Tuolumne River and the Merced River.
Webinars and meetings are designed to provide information and elicit feedback on these important planning efforts, according to Kari Cobb of the park service. To participate in one of the webinars, go to http://yose.webex.com. Each webinar will be recorded and available for download following the scheduled broadcast.
Public meetings allow individuals to talk directly to park staff members who work in management and planning.
This series will continue through March. For specific dates, go to www.nps.gov/yose/ parkmgmt/planning.htm or call public relations at (209) 372-0529 or (209) 372-0248 for details
This weekend the Ladies Guild of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Mariposa is holding its yearly rummage sale. The sale is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. The church is at 4985 Bullion St. Some call this the best rummage sale in the West, according to Sheelah Gehring of the guild. Lots of bargains for thrifty shoppers await.
The North Mariposa County History Center in Coulterville invites the public to its Grand Reopening Gala Reception from 2 to 5 p.m. Feb. 9. Tea, wine and hors d'ouevres will be served as docents lead guests on a tour of the new display.
"Roses of Coulterville" features historic photos of bold women who helped turn the rough and tumble mining camp of Coulterville into a real town. Heritage roses have been cultivated and tended through the years. This exhibit honors the continual beauty and progress made by past and present residents of the small community.
The Heritage Family of the Year for 2013 will be the Lowell Munns family. The Munns loaned several significant heirlooms and photos for the display.
Tickets are $15 for members and $20 for nonmembers, and are available at the museum office 9 a.m. to noon on Monday, Wednesday or Thursday. Reservations may also be made at (209) 878-3750 firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Tuolumne County next weekend two events might be of interest to serious treasure hunters:
An upscale rummage sale will be held on Feb. 8 and 9 at the Motherlode Fairgrounds in Sonora. The preview sale takes place 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 8, and the cost of admission is $15. The sale takes place 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 9 and admission is free.
An antique fair is scheduled Feb. 9 and 10 at the Veterans Hall in Tuolumne City. This event will take place inside a great old Depression-era building from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 9, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 10. A one-hour preview of the antiques takes place from 8 to 9 a.m. Feb. 9 with an admission price of $5. Call (209) 928-4877 for more information.
The Madera Wine Trail hosts a Wine and Chocolate Weekend as family wineries open their doors every year on the second weekend of February. This special wine-tasting event will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 9-10. Live music, fine chocolates, local art and delicious food will be featured at various wineries during the tour. Call (800) 613-0709 or go to www.maderawinetrail.com for details about tickets, maps and locations.
Debbie Croft writes about life in the foothill communities. She can be reached at email@example.com.