May Calendar

1211 S. Main St., Angels Camp, CA 95222 • 209-728-6171 • Hours: Wednesday through Monday, 11-5 Publishing services for writers •   Manzanita Writers Press is a non-profit 501(c)3 creative arts organization & publisher devoted to the development and support of the literary, visual & music arts community in Calaveras County and the wider Mother Lode region.  Classes  – Lectures – Workshops – Artist Cooperative – Literary and Arts Center – Music – Bookstore – Piano Lessons – Paint Nights – Writers meetings & support groups – Voices of Wisdom Senior Writing Classes – Live Music Nights w/Song Posse

May 2019 Calendar

Featured Artist for Month of May – Tisha Cabral

Artist Reception: Saturday, May 11 from 2-4 pm – Tisha Cabral, Quilter and Certified Zentangle teacher. Tisha Cabral is a local 4th generation artist who works in various mediums including fabric, paint, charcoal, graphite, chalk pastels and ink.

Writers Unlimited Morning Meetings: Mondays, May 6 and 20: from 9 to 11:30 am in Angels Camp at Manzanita Arts Emporium. Writing exercise and sharing, manuscript feedback with fellow writers. Join the group – 18 & over. FREE. Email your interest in attending –  

Writers Unlimited Evening Meetings, May 13 & 27:  from 6 to 9 pm in San Andreas (see website for location at 255 Lewis Ave). Email before first attending, please. FREE  18 & over.

Gold Rush Writers Retreat in Mokelumne Hill, May 3, 4, 5 MWP editor presents on publishing panel.

“Voices of Wisdom” Writing Classes for Seniors 55+ Tuesdays, May 7, 14, 21, 28 from 1-3 pm at Manzanita Arts Emporium, 1211 S. Main Street, Angels Camp 95222. FREE program.  Sally Kaplan teaches this session from May through mid-June; contact and see the website for more information. Classes are hosted by Manzanita Writers Press. Publication of the 2019 and 2020 anthologies is possible with a generous grant for both volumes from the Calaveras Community Foundation. The 2019 VOW classes are made possible with support from California Humanities, a partner of the NEH. Visit

Zentangle classes –with Certified Zentangle teacher Tisha Cabral -from 5:30-7:30 pm – Sunday May 5 class will focus on the theory behind the Zentangle string and will teach the techniques behind creating a string without fear or hesitation, working on blank white square tiles and pre-strung tiles. Wednesday, May 22 class will learn the history and significance of Mandalas, as well as create your own Zandala!  June 6 Renaissance Tiles, and June 19 Black Tiles. $30 – all materials provided. Sign up with the artist at or  

It’s Frog Jump Week! Thursday through Sunday, May 16, 17, 18 and 19.  Manzanita Writers Press & Arts Emporium authors will showcase their books & editors will talk about publishing at Manzanita Arts Emporium in Angels Camp during Fair week. Drop by and say hello! Pick up a brochure, talk to authors and editors about their experiences in writing and publishing. Share your ideas with us!

Paint Night with Mary SextonFriday, May 17, 6:30-8:30 pm – contact Mary at 770-5818 for information and registration. $40 for the session. You must reserve your spot with a $20 deposit by May 15 for Frog Jump Friday as we will be hoppin’!!

Song Posse meets Saturdays, May 18 & 25 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm: at Manzanita Arts Emporium, 1211 S. Main Street, Angels Camp 95222. Free. For information, call Chrys at 209-728-1439 or 209-736-0210, or the gallery at 209-728-6171. Acoustic instruments and musicians playing works they would like to share. Open to public and free.                                                          Open Telling: Mother Lode Storytellers Guild – May 26, Sunday 4-6 pm and every other month. Share a story or just listen.

Weekly Piano lessons with Chrys Mollett at Manzanita Arts Emporium. Sign up, for all ages. Family rates. Contact Chrys at 209-728-1439 or 209-736-0210, or gallery 209-728-6171. Congratulations! 30-year Aeolian Harp anniversary!

Publishing Services: Nonprofit, reasonable services in Editing, Book design and Layout, Book Publishing, Writer Support, Workshops & Classes. Contact us for an appraisal of your book project. We can help.

Voices of Wisdom Book Launch – June 29 – San Andreas Library – 11am-2 pm – Free Event – refreshments

Upcoming events & classes:

Instagram and Facebook workshop June 4 – 6:30-8:30 pm. $20. Sign up now to reserve your spot as the class will fill up early – learn social media for marketing for artists, writers, and creative folks with great ideas!

Free Manzanita Speaker series:

Travel for Health – Sunday, June 9 from 3-5 pm. Authors Sunny & Al Lockwood presentation.

Viking Women – June Date TBAHistorian Eric Smith presents Part 3 of the Viking series;

Kill Your Diet – Sunday, July 7,   3-5 pm. Dr. Eldo E. Frezza presents a stimulating talk on diet, nutrition and fitness the Italian Way;

July 14, 3-5 pm. Carolyn Tipton, new book of poetry, translation of Spanish poet, Rafael Alverti, titled Returnings: Poems of Love & Distance – poetry reading & open mic.

August 3 from 2-4 pm. Manzanita Artist Peep Show and the big reveal – each Manzanita artist will have a provocative art piece in their favorite medium unveiled from 2-4 pm at the reception.

Hot August Night – August 3 at 7 pm.  Romantic Poetry reading – Share a love poem of your own, or bring some favorites. We will have poems available for the public. Recite a love poem to your significant other, close friend, pets. Great date night! Free. Refreshments of a romantic nature, including wine, cheese, and chocolate. We encourage a lovely hot meal first at local restaurants Cruscoes, Cascabel’s, Metate’s, and a refreshing homemade ice cream for dessert from Yummy HaHa’s a few doors down from us! Perfect date and night out on the town.