August 3, 16, 31  Thursday morning at 11 AM Twain Talks by author Jim Fletcher, about Mark Twain’s 88 Days in the Mother Lode – an entertaining and informative talk about Twain’s brief but monumental stay here in Angels Camp and Tuolumne County.  Jim is on vacation June 28, so will not be there, but the month of July he is presenting every Thursday except July 31. Call ahead to be certain: 209-728-6171 – Starting in September, the Twain Talks wind down, with once-a-month talks on a Thursday to be determined and special events. Friday, Oct 20 will be one of those special events, at the Mark Twain Roundup.

Sunday, August 27 – 4:30-6 PMPhotography class with Cristi Canepa – $25- limited enrollment, so sign up now.

Photography Class with Cristi Canepa

Advance Your Photography

Sunday, August 27 – 4:30-6 PM at Manzanita Arts Emporium


Photography Class -Understanding Composition and the Exposure Triangle  – Repeat of last month’s topic. Then each month a different topic to advance your photography knowledge.
Title: Understanding the Exposure Triangle and Composition Tips
Cost: $25 per person
Date: Sunday, August 27
Time: 4:30-6:00 pm
Are you ready to take your photography to the next level? Are you ready to get out of Auto Mode? Local Landscape Photographer, Cristi Canepa (Sally Mae Photography) will cover the basics of understanding the exposure triangle (Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO) and teach you some tips on composing your photographs.
Bring your enthusiasm and your camera!

Friday, August 18-   6 – 9:30 p.m.

Mary Sexton art class – Sip n Paint –

Sip ‘n Paint with Mary Sexton

$45.00 All materials provided, just bring yourself. Wine is complimentary, as are hors d’oeuvres. 

Sip ‘n Paint with Mary Sexton and Whim Paint Parties
Whim Paint Parties presents:
Sip ‘n Paint
Friday, August 18, 2017 –  6-9:30 pm
Manzanita Arts Emporium Gallery
1211 S. Main St., Suite 110, Angels Camp, CA – 95222 – (209)728-6171$45. includes all paint supplies and wine is complimentary. Limited enrollment so sign up now.  For reservations contact marysexton@comcast.net or call 209-770-5818 or Manzanita Arts Emporium Gallery at 209-728-6171
Leave your Stress at the Door, Relax and Have Fun!Benefits of Paint Parties:
Painting uses both the left and right side of the brain. It uses your creative and emotional side, as well as you rational and logical thinking.
Even in a group setting, painting is a solo activity that allows you to focus on the task at hand, leaving your worries behind, as the stress begins to melt away.
Paint Parties boost your self-confidence.  In a non-competitive atmosphere everyone is treated equally regardless of their abilities.
Learning how to handle a paintbrush helps to strengthen fine motor skills and hand eye coordination.
Painting sparks creativity and makes good use of the imagination. Each painting becomes as unique as it’s painter.
At Paint Parties whether, Coffee n Canvas or Sip n Paint, there is always opportunity to laugh, socialize, and make some fun-filled memories. $45.00 per person – all materials provided including canvas, paints, and brushes – wine is complimentary

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Music Workshop for Kids, ages 4-6, and 7-12.  Call for more information on the next available sessions. Classes start back up in the fall. Music instructor: Chrystine Mollett with the Aeolian Harp. Explore rhythm, different instruments, vocalizing, and more.

Voices of Wisdom: Free Memoir Writing classes for seniors, 55-plus

Tuesday, August 8- Voices of Wisdom – MWP writing instructors guide hesitant writers – Begins August 8 at Oak Shadows Mobile Home community in San Andreas –  9-11 AM – 4 weekly sessions in August – Aug 8, 15, 22, and 29

Capturing and preserving the stories of our elders – This project is made possible by a generous grant from the Calaveras Community Foundation Grant for a  monthly series of writing workshops once a week to capture the stories of our elders and sharing memories of living in our community. There will be one or more culminating print and/or eBook publications made available for the community to enjoy and for historical importance in the archives at the end of the 9-month project–  Manzanita Writers Press sponsors these free writing workshops for seniors in the county at four locations with each month’s classes at a different location and with a different writing coach – for seniors 55+ only.  The first session begins Tuesday, August 8 from 9-11 AM at Oak Shadows Adult Community recreational facility in San Andreas – Instructor is Denella Kimura, MA in Education, writer, poet, radio program host, workshop leader with many years of experience in coaching students and writers. 

To sign up, contact manzanitawp@gmail.com and call 209-728-6171 – or contact the facility in July to sign up directly with the coordinator there. 

Schedule: August 8, 15, 22, 29 Tuesdays 9-11 AM Oak Shadows Mobile Home Community Center – Instructor: Denella Kimura

September 5, 12, 19, 26 Tuesdays, 9-11 AM San Andreas Senior Center- Instructors: Suzanne Murphy and Monika Rose

October 4, 11, 21, 28 9-11 AM Wednesdays , 2-4pm at Murphys Senior Center – Instructor: Sally Kaplan

November 7,14,28, and December 5, Tuesdays 9-11 AM at San Andreas Senior Center – Instructor: Becca Fischer

December 12, 19, and 31 – 9-11 a.m. with Chrys Mollett at Manzanita Arts Emporium in Angels Camp – Incorporate music into memoir

January 2, 9, 16, 23 Tuesdays 9-11 AM –  Foothill Village – Instructors: Monika Rose and Suzanne Murphy

February 6, 13, 20, 27 Tuesdays 9-11 AM at Foothill Village – Instructors: Monika Rose and Suzanne Murphy

March 6, 13 Final editing and reading practice –  Tuesdays 9-11 AM –  Location TBA


August – featured artists: Gary Rose and Ty Childress

August 12 – Arnold arts and music festival, reserved arts/music booth for MWP and artists at the emporium

August-October – writing contest in the schools using Mark Twain material – all ages – Manzanita Writers Press sponsors this event – competition awards and readings at the Wild West Fest in October – details to be announced in August

Sept – featured artist/s  – Selma Sattin & Robert Stickley

End of September – Selma Sattin watercolor class – for ages 7 and up. Reserve your spot.


September 16 – Saturday – 6-9:00 – Arts Harvest Dinner Dance Fundraiser – Main dinner/dance event for the year with Mumbo Gumbo at the Pickle Patch  in San Andreas with Silent Auction– Fundraiser for MAE and MWP – Tickets on sale now – $45 each.






Wild West Fest booth and author fair –Sat October 21

Manzanita Arts Emporium will have an open mic for cowboy poetry

August/September featured artist: Patty Payne

October featured artist – Ty Childress

November featured artist – Gary Rose

December featured artist – Roberta Hughes