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Spotlight: Events and Festivals Around Central California in March 2020

March 2020

Sequoia tree Saturday, March 7, 2020 -- Second MIWUK Documentary Screening, Coulterville, CA
7 members of the Miwuk tribe tell their story of growing up in Mariposa. Two were born in Yosemite Valley. Some stories will surprise you. Some will move you. After you watch this film, we hope you will have a better understanding of the Miwuk.
Following the showing, head over to Coulter Cafe’s Dinner & Show immediately following the screening. A portion of the proceeds from dinner will be donated to the Miwuk effort. Dinner is at 5 p.m. and a second seating is set for 6:30 p.m. For more information or reservations, call 209-878-3947.
Time: 4:00 P.M. - 4:00 6.M.
Location: 5030 Main Street, Coulterville, CA 95311
Fee: $10.00

fresh veggies Saturday, March 7, 2020 -- Downtown Stockton Asian Farmers’ Market
Come to one of the largest Asian markets on the West Coast! This market has been around since 1979 and is considered one of California’s oldest and most successful. It draws nearly 3,000 customers every Saturday.
Time: 5:30 A.M. to 11:00 A.M.
Located under the Crosstown Bridge on the other side of San Joaquin St and Washington St. (333 E. Washington St.)
For more info, Email: or Phone: 209-943-1830

almond blossoms Thursday, March 12, 2020 -- Main Street Strollers Square Dancing, Placerville, CA
New to Square Dancing? Square dancing is a great way to meet people, relax, and relieve built-up stress. Enjoy music and exercise all while challenging yourself and having fun at the same time! Modern square dance is easy to learn and its lots of fun! If you can walk, you can dance...
Time: 6:30 P.M. - 7:30 P.M. - Full PLUS dancing
7:30 P.M. - 9:00 P.M. - Plus class and workshop
Location: IOOF Hall - 467 Main Street, Placerville, CA 95667
For more info, please contact Main Street Strollers 530-748-7756.

bear Friday, March 13, 2020 -- Yosemite Wildlife Management ~ Stories from the Field, Wawona, CA
Ryan Leahy has been a Wildlife Biologist for the past 12 years here in Yosemite National Park. Come hear him share about his adventures in the field working with black bears, mountain lions, coyotes, bobcats, turkeys, bighorn sheep and more. There will also be an extended Q and A, as well as some show and tell with some of the coolest equipment in the NPS.
Time: 6:00 P.M. - 8:30 P.M.
Location: Redwoods in Yosemite Fireside Room, 8038 Chilnualna Falls Road, Wawona, CA 95389
Admission free. Refreshments will be served! Cash donations also appreciated so we can keep these events going.
For more info, please call (844) 282-2359 or

monarch butterfly grove Fri. March 13 & Sat., March 14, 2020 -- 33rd Annual Mariposa Storytelling Week, Mariposa, CA
Mark your calendars! The 33rd annual Mariposa Storytelling Week is back, kicking off Friday, March 13th with Mariposa Story Slam!, a local amateur storytelling competition with this year’s theme echoing its Friday the 13th date: “Stranger Than Fiction”. In the hall of the Mariposa United Methodist Church, community members tell a true story from their own experience in 5 minutes or less to a friendly audience and three judges. Cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and third place, of $100, $75, and $50 will be given. Pre-register to guarantee one of ten storytelling slots by calling 209-742-2548 or signing up at High Country Health Food Store & Café or Pony Espresso in downtown Mariposa. This not to be missed evening includes an intermission with refreshments, and three local children telling their own stories.
Next, on Saturday, March 14th is Featured Storytellers’ Night with Diane Ferlatte, her musician accompanist Erik Pearson, and Mariposa’s own Storyteller, Angela Heiss, at the Parish Hall of St Joseph’s Church in downtown Mariposa.
Diane is an award-winning, dynamic performer, who has captivated audiences across six continents in over 20 countries. She has been researching, collecting and telling stories for over thirty years. While emphasizing the history, struggles and triumphs of the African American experience as well as African & Southern tales, she also loves to tell stories that hold truths touching upon our common humanity, including personal stories as well as many tales from across the globe. Her awards include a 2008 Grammy Nomination, the National Storytelling Network’s Oracle Circle of Excellence Award, the National Association of Black Storyteller’s Zora Neale Hurston Award, California Arts Council’s Highest Ranking, as well as Parents’ Choice, American Library Association, iParenting Media, Storytelling World, & National Parenting Publications Awards for her recordings with her accompanist Erik Pearson on banjo & guitar.
Time: 7:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.
Location: Story Slam Event: United Methodist Church 4991 6th St. Mariposa
Featured Storyteller’s Night Event: St Joseph’s 4985 Bullion St. at 2nd St. Mariposa
Both performances begin at 7:0 P.M. (doors open at 6:30) in downtown Mariposa, with suggested donations of $3 for Story Slam!, and $10 for Storytellers’ Night. All proceeds support the Mariposa Community Foundation Keeping Storytelling in Mariposa Schools and Community. For more information visit

butterfly Friday, March 13, 2020 -- Birding the Boardwalk, Morro Bay, CA
Cost: FREE
Location: Morro State Park Bayside Marina, Morro Bay, CA
Meet at 10:00 A.M. and enjoy a stroll while identifying shorebirds and more. Beginning birders welcome. Bring binoculars and field guide. Dress for wind/weather. Park close to east end of Morro Bay State Park Bayside marina parking lot. 1 mile, 1.5 hours.
For more info, call the Museum of Natural History, Morro Bay State Park, (805) 772-2694

monarch butterfly Friday, March 13, 2020 -- Featured Artist Exhibition, Morro Bay, CA
FEATURED Artist— Jarien de Ham
Opening Reception: FRIDAY, MARCH 13th, 2020 -- from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M.
Event Contact Number: 805-772-1068

Morro Bay, CA Saturday, March 14, 2020 -- Drawn to Nature, Morro Bay, CA
Watch a "how to demo" on nature journaling--then try your hand at sketching either indoors or outdoors (weather dependent). Bring a pencil, eraser, sketchbook, and layered clothing. No experience required. Ages 7 and up.
Time: 2:00 P.M.
Location: Museum of Natural History, 20 State Park Rd., Morro Bay, CA

butterflies Sunday, March 15, 2020 -- PLANT AND HISTORY HIKE AROUND EL DORADO RANCH, El Dorado, CA
On this slow-paced 2-mile hike we will pass by the Fanny Creek Cemetery, and visit the historic Milk House Ranch ruins with its multitude of stone fences. Annie Walker, Botanist and ARC volunteer will lead this hike, assisted by Dee Owens, Historian (O.C.T.A.) for a history talk about mercury mining and the cemetery and general area. We will then resume driving to some of the new parts of El Dorado Ranch. If time allows we will wrap-up the day with a stop at the Miller Ranch house to rest and regroup before returning home. This time of year we are likely to see more beautiful green pastures and oak trees than wildflowers; but there will be a few. Plant species list available upon request. High-clearance vehicles and drivers needed. Narrow, rough road getting in.
Time: 10:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Contact ARC to sign up and for meeting location (El Dorado area).
Suggested donation: $5/members, $10/non-members. or 530-621-1224.

snow mountains Tuesday, March 24, 2020 -- SNOWSHOE HIKE, El Dorado, CA
Tentative date set: Tuesday, March 24th 8am – 4pm (approx.) – Backup date March 26
Join Victor Romero for a two or three-mile snowshoe hikes this winter at about 6,000ft. elevation. Victor is a young 80-something who loves nature, hiking, and Tai chi. Ages 16+ welcome. Well-behaved dogs OK (if driving own car). Meeting location will be off Hwy 50 @ Shingle Springs.
Time: 8:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.
Suggested Donation: $10/members, $15/non-members.
For more info, please contact or 530-621-1224.

California tomatoes Saturday, March 28, 2020 -- Columbia Farmory, Columbia, CA
Year-round, indoor farmers' market open Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Time: 11:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
Location: 10800 Airport Rd., Columbia, CA 95310

butterfly Saturday & Sunday, Mar 28 - 29, 2020 -- Asilomar Dunes Walk
Get out and about for an invigorating walk through the restored 25-acre Asilomar Dunes habitat. Learn about the preservation and management of this natural habitat, visit our native plant greenhouse, and enjoy scenic views. Not too academic, and just enough fun!!
Time: 1:30 P.M. to 2:30 P.M.
Location: Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds, 800 Asilomar Ave, Pacific Grove, CA
Meet @ the state parks desk in the social hall. FREE — Tour maximum of 15. Signup sheet at CA State Parks desk inside Social Hall. More Information:

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