Freezing/drying class

Amador/Calaveras Master Food Preservers will present a public class on freezing and drying techniques from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 6, at the Senior Center in San Andreas, at 956 Mountain Ranch Road.

MFP volunteers will demonstrate how to save fresh produce, bulk purchases and leftovers to enjoy them throughout the year.

For questions about safe home food preservation, or to schedule a speaker for organizations or clubs on the topics of food safety or food preservation, call the Master Food Preservers at 223-6857. For more information or to sign up to receive the newsletter, visit

Daffodil Hill closed

Daffodil Hill, located near Volcano, has closed for the season. The extended period of little to no rain, and then the downpour from early Easter morning took its toll on the blooms.

McLaughlin’s staff extends thanks to the many visitors who traveled sometimes hundreds of miles to view the hill in 2013. The daffodil hill will open again March 2014.

Mac users group to discuss networking

The Sierra Macintosh Users Group (SMUG) will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, in the assembly room of the Ebbetts Pass Fire District, 1037 Blagen Road, just off Highway 4 in Arnold.

Brian Thomas, technology specialist and trainer for the Calaveras County Office of Education, will present and lead the discussion.

“Whether you’re connecting your MacBook to the Internet, or sharing photos between your iPad and Apple TV, you’re using some sort of networking technology,” he said.

Thomas will walk users through the best practices in creating and securing a home or small office network. Members will learn about different wired and wireless technologies (Ethernet, WiFi, Bluetooth), the equipment used (routers, access points, modems) and the proper way to ensure that a network is safe and secure.

SMUG was founded in 1995 and is a non-profit organization run completely by volunteers. Annual dues are $15. For more information visit the SMUG website at or call 795-3798 or 728-9012.

Angels Museum lecture series

The Angels Camp Museum will host a lecture entitled “Cowboys and their Ranches” Thursday, April 11, in the Carriage House building. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. with refreshments, and the lectures will begin at 7 p.m.

Speakers for the presentation will be Bill Airola, Rusty Rolleri, Shanna Sawkey and Nancy Whittle.  

In keeping with this year’s fair theme, “Country Roots and Cowboy Boots,” the lectures will look at long-standing traditional rural lifestyle.

There is a requested donation of $10; museum members are free.

Occupational Olympics

Columbia College will host the 13th annual Occupational Olympics from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11, at the college campus in Columbia.

Nearly 200 high school students from Tuolumne and Calaveras counties will compete in 12 career technical education areas at the Occupational Olympics, including automotive, child development, computer business applications, cosmetology, digital photography, drafting, entrepreneurship, fire technology, foods, health occupations, natural resources and welding.

Participating schools include Sonora, Summerville, Calaveras and Bret Harte high schools.