Build Your Website with WordPress

Dale Baker guides you through the process of creating your own website from scratch. For writers, artists, musicians, enterpreneurs, and others who want some autonomy when it comes to updating and working on your own website. Reserve early, by January 18, in order to complete prep work, like getting a domain name, web host, and uploading WordPress to your laptop. $30. for the class and ongoing support. Bring your laptop to the session. Call 209-728-6171 or email manzanitawp@gmail.com to reserve.

Gary Rose Artist Reception

Join the public, friends, artists, and visitors in celebrating the abstract art showing of Gary Rose, artist from Mountain Ranch in Calaveras County.

Scott Thomas Anderson: Digital Age and Literacy

On January 20, award-winning journalist Scott Thomas Anderson will speak at Manzanita Arts Emporium, exploring how prose, poetry and creativity will make or break the English language in the Digital Age. For more than a decade Anderson’s worked as a crime, culture and travel journalist, writing in the center of a media metamorphosis that continues to alter how Americans share their everyday experiences. Starting at 6:30 p.m., Anderson will discuss the danger of our youngest generations learning linguistic impulses through hyper-abbreviated platforms like Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram. He’ll consider what happens to the brain’s ability to focus when we trade a book’s imaginative doorway for the swamp of fragmented, multi-media distractions. He’ll also look at the future of the written word if today’s writers, poets, artists and teachers don’t recognize a threat against it. Anderson is a staff writer for The Sacramento News & Review. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including The Irish Independent, Dublin’s largest daily newspaper, and The Coffeelicious, one of the most read online magazines on Medium.com. He’s been interviewed about homicide investigations nationally on the Travel Channel and internationally on Ireland’s Radio 1:Drivetime. His nonfiction book, “Shadow People: How Meth-driven Crime is Eating at the Heart of Rural America,” is an exploration of nation’s modern methamphetamine crisis. In 2015, his newest nonfiction book was released, “The Cutting Four-piece: crime and tragedy in an era of prison overcrowding.”

Sip n Paint with Mary Sexton

Join a lively bunch of people who love to relax and play with canvas and paint at Mary Sexton’s Whim Third Friday Sip ‘n Paint at Manzanita Arts Emporium. 6-9 PM. $45.00 for all materials, and wine and hors d’oeuvres complimentary. Sign up on the website now. $45 total.

Voices of Wisdom 55+ free weekly writing classes

Join a lively group of senior writers who are enjoying the recording of memories and sharing of history they have lived through from childhood to the present. A painless series of exercises taught by writing teachers that will stimulate deep memory and provide a rich resource for future writing. The exercises are fun and enriching, the sharing powerful, and the group has been growing and bonding. New voices welcome for the last two months of the series made possible by a grant from the Calaveras Community Foundation. Culmination of the series will be a print and ebook anthology by participants. http://www.manzapress.com/events/voices-of-wisdom-writing-classes-for-seniors-55-plus/