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Spring Festival, Relay For Life And More Events This Weekend

Here are the details about the two big events this weekend and other events in our community events calendar including the Gran Fondo bike race on Sunday.

The City of Sonora invites everyone to “Swing into Spring” on Saturday, April 30th from 11 am to 4 pm. The annual Spring Festival in Historic Downtown Sonora is a free family event with live music and entertainment. Art and Craft Vendors will be all along Historic Washington Street, the Red Church will have tours and art work and the Sonora Methodist Church will have tours and ice cream. The Fire Museum and Senior Lounge near the Red Church will be open and there will be Tri-tip sandwiches and there will be dance classes near that location.  The Sierra Saints’ motorcycles will be on display and activities such as crafts and petting zoos. Tuolumne County Recreation Department and Soulsbyville’s PTA will host “Fun in the Park,” Coffill Park not Courthouse park. The new grass in Sonora’s Courthouse park needs time to establish. The Sonora Opera Hall will host plant and flower sales, yard art, fountains and music during the Spring Festival. Contact information is in the event listing here.

This weekend is also Relay for Life, a 24 hour event to promote awareness, raise funds for cancer research, education, advocacy and community patient services. The Tuolumne event is at the Sonora Elementary the Calaveras event is held at Calaveras High School in San Andreas.

Saturday is also the 2nd annual Me-Wuk Heritage Day at the New Melones Lake visitor center. The event is a celebration of the Me-Wuk culture with a blessing at 9:30 a.m. and traditional dancing at 10 a.m. Booths will feature demonstrations of bead work, jewelry making, basketry, flint napping, native plants, acorn preparation and storytelling. A full list of upcoming Reclamation activities are in the event listing here.

Friday and Saturday is Tuolumne County ‘Take Back the Drugs’ Day at the Junction Shopping Center. The medication should be taken out of the bottle and put into a ziplock bag. Details about the event in Tuolumne and a similar event in Calaveras are also in the news story “Empty Medicine Cabinets To Prevent Drug Abuse” here.

Sunday is May Day, once celebrated as an important agricultural date halfway between spring and summer, the Sierra Waldorf School May Day celebration on Saturday will feature a traditional May Pole, details here. In larger cities parades and protests are planned for May 1st as it is also International Worker’s Day.

More Saturday events are listed in our events calendar here. 

Sunday events including the Sonora Gran Fondo Sonora Regional Medical Center sponsors the event in partnership with the City of Sonora and the U.S. Forest Service. Gail Witzlsteiner, the Medical Center’s Foundation Executive Director says, “This year we have added two new rides to the event, a fifteen-mile mini ride and a fifty-mile ride out to Cherry Lake with a vehicle shuttle return. The event details are here.

Sunday at two locations the Grandparent Project Of Calaveras will host a celebration and the Columbia Church of the 49ers will host their Spring Tea & Fashion Show. More Sunday events are here.


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