Past Events


Coloma-Lotus Fire Safe Council logo
Wednesday March 18 at 6:30pm - Cancelled
Coloma-Lotus Fire Safe Council Meeting
Learn more about Forming a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) in Coloma-Lotus.



Coloma Lotus Advisory Committee
Thursday, March 26 at 6:30pm - Cancelled
A public meeting of the Coloma-Lotus Advisory Committee (CLAC) at the
Gold-Trail Grange / Coloma-Lotus Community Hall.


Thursday, March 5 at 6:30pm was a special meeting of the Coloma-Lotus Advisory Committee (CLAC). The focus was on river issues.

Among the items to be discussed were:

·       Presentation of the 2019 Annual River Management Plan report

·       Updates on the County’s proposed River Manager position

·       A process to to decide what to do with the county-owned Chili Bar property

·       Update on Henningsen Lotus Park projects

·       Discussion of SMUD mitigation funds: what they are, where they come from, why they come to the county, and where those dollars have been spent to date.  We’ll also discuss possible ways to utilize those funds to benefit the river corridor, the watershed and our community.

·       Discussions on how the County currently handles implementation of the River Management Plan

The community was invited to provide your thoughts on these and other river-related concerns.



Fun concert - and fundraiser for our Scholarship Fund! Saturday, February 29, doors open at 7pm. $10 donation or more is suggested.
Island of Black and White dance February 29 Gold Trail Grange

Meeting of the Coloma Lotus Fire Safe Council

Wednesday, January 29, 6:30p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Gold Trail Grange No. 452, 319 Highway 49, Coloma CA 95613

Emergency Communications ~ Radio For The Rest of Us

Do you want access to  emergency communication alternatives to cell phones and internet? This event will show how you can help your immediate family and our broader community. Last November, Alan Thompson presented The Camp Fire ~ Phones, Fires and Failures at the Coloma Lotus Grange that demonstrate the need for alternative communications.  Wednesday, January 29, 6:30p.m. - 8:30 p.m,  Alan and long-time radio operator Bob Hess will present the next talk, "Radio For The Rest of Us.” They will instruct how to set up "Neighborhood Radio Watch Programs" in local communities to help us be respond better during disasters.  

See what the Oak Hill Fire Safe Council is doing, and join a similar effort in the Coloma- Lotus area - https://www.mtdemocrat.com/news/when-cell-service-goes-down-radio-to-the-rescue/comment-page-1/

Radio For The Rest of Us highlights cell phone and Internet service vulnerabilities, and how our unconscious over-reliance on cell phones for virtually everything puts us at serious risk. The presentation suggests ways how Ham Radio Clubs might help "the rest of us;" our families, our friends, and our community, stay safer in the face of cell-phone and Internet service failures. The presentation will cover:

·       How catastrophic points of cell phone and Internet service failures during disasters

·       Comparisons of various communications tools, backups and alternatives to cell phones

·       How "Radio For The Rest of Us" programs can support citizen-to-citizen emergency communications in our own, local communities

·       Tips on working with local civic groups to "Get The Word Out"

·       How Community Radio programs can keep our residents safer before a disaster strikes.

Christmas in Coloma December 7th and 8th

Historic Houses - Children's Crafts & Games - Wagon Rides - Holiday Bazaar
Sign up to help with our Scholarship Gift Shop at our annual Holiday Bazaar


Our Thanksgiving celebration is coming up on Sunday 11/24 - music jam 2:30-5pm, potluck 5:30pm, and food drive all day!

The Food Bank of El Dorado County accepts fresh as well as perishable food, so bring in your extra produce or a nonperishable item for us to pass on to those who can use it.
Hope to see you there!





Lessons to learn:

The Camp Fire ~ Phones, Fires and Failures

Wednesday at 7 PM – 8:30 PM at the Gold Trail Grange/ Coloma-Lotus Community Hall

Come to this important public meeting. Alan Thompson will present an audio/video presentation about
the Camp Fire as part of the Coloma-Lotus Fire Safe Council meeting. His presentation has an emphasis on emergency communications planning and execution that went terribly wrong and offers suggestions on how to help our communities stay safer in the event of similar disasters here.


Cancelled by the power outage:

Our 2nd Annual Oktoberfest Potluck is Sunday October 27th at 5:30pm.

Bring a dish to share, a place setting and your choice of beverage.

Dirndls and lederhosen optional. 

After the potluck, hear a few words and stories from our friends at Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Dorado County about how adults in our community can help local youth in rewarding relationships of support.

Cancelled by the power outage:
Saturday, October 26  ~ It's Costume Contra!  
The next Gold Country Contra Dance on October 26 at the Historic Gold Trail Grange in Coloma will be a 'special event' dance. Come in a 'family-friendly' costume! Perhaps your favorite character from the movies or history!! Please keep it  'non-scary' since we do have many families attending with smaller children. This is fun for the whole family, no partner or experience is necessary. There will be live music and a caller (Talib and the Faulkner Trio).  Please note this season's admission of $8 per person ($35 max per family). And bring a snack to share!

It was A GReat film fest -

South Fork Film Fest, 5-9:30pm Saturday June 1

South Fork Film Festival program
Cal Fire community meetings May 2019

Coloma-Lotus Fire Safe Council logo
Wednesday March 18 at 6:30pm - Cancelled
Coloma-Lotus Fire Safe Council Meeting
Learn more about Forming a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) in Coloma-Lotus.



Coloma Lotus Advisory Committee
Thursday, March 26 at 6:30pm - Cancelled
A public meeting of the Coloma-Lotus Advisory Committee (CLAC) at the
Gold-Trail Grange / Coloma-Lotus Community Hall.
 

Happy 50th Anniversary to Tim and Vickie Longo!

The Gold Trail Grange / Coloma-Lotus Community Hall was delighted to host the 50th anniversary of long term community members and Grange volunteers Tim and Vickie Longo! Friends and family came from near and far, and the stories of their love and support to so many in the entire county left most eyes moist in appreciation.

Cutting the cake at their wedding 50 years ago
Wedding cake cutting

Cutting the cake at their 50th anniversary party

Anniversary Cake Cutting

With love from all of us!

















Coloma-Lotus Mobility Plan Community Open House


You’re invited to the second community open house for the Coloma-Lotus Mobility Plan! Join the El Dorado County Transportation Commission on Tuesday, February 5 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. to provide your thoughts and review proposed recommendations and improvements within the plan area. For more information about the community workshop and to RSVP, please visit www.coloma-lotus-plan.eventbrite.com.
For more information about the plan, see https://www.edctc.org/coloma.





Saturday Jan 12, 2018 - Great Concert to help raise scholarship funds for West Slope High School Students


Doors at 7pm

Our annual fundraiser benefiting Scholarships for West Slope High School Students.

The Gold Trail Grange has funded $7,600 to local students over the last two years.

$10 Cover and no-host bar.

Want to volunteer? Click here to sign up!






Holiday Bazaar at Gold Trail Grange Dec 8 and 9
We were excited to once again host artisans and vendors at our annual Holiday Bazaar on December 8th and 9th, 2018 at the Gold Trail Grange. Also that weekend, Marshall Gold Discovery SHP brought back Christmas in Coloma along with its Tour of Historic Homes. It was a fun time in Coloma.

Holiday re-gifting room, food for sale by Sierra Rizing Bakery, plus locally made items and boutique foods for sale by Mad Dog Mesa, Mello Minds Natural Gifts, Global Goods, Honey Hills Farm, Lost Dog Glass, BW Designs, as well as ceramic, gourd, jewelry, stained glass, book, wearable, and other arts. Invite your friends!



Gold Country Contra Dance

Saturday, November 24, 2018
Come dance off all that Thanksgiving Turkey!

Lessons at 6:30, Dance 7-10pm

Contra Dance at the Gold Trail Grange
Come to the next Gold Country Contra Dance at the Historic Gold Trail Grange in Coloma.  This is fun for the whole family, no partner or experience is necessary. There will be live music and a caller: Talib and the Faulkner Trio.  

Admission at the door: $5 per person (Family max of $25)   

Bring a snack to share if you'd like.

Parking is available behind the Grange or along the road (please
do not block crosswalks or driveways)


American River Legacy Fudraiser at the Gold Trail Grange - 10/27/2018

Hear music by Nancy Cassidy and see the film Blue Heart as part of this fundraiser for two organizations vital to preserving the South Fork of the American River that flows through the Coloma Valley,the American River Conservancy and Friends of the River.

Admission Donation $10, food and drink for purchase. 

Tickets at https://rivers.bpt.me


Coloma-Lotus Mobility Plan Workshop - 10/3/2018

You’re invited to a community workshop for the Coloma-Lotus Mobility Plan! Join the El Dorado County Transportation Commission on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. to provide your thoughts and learn about the plan, which will work to improve traffic circulation in the Coloma-Lotus area for motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists. For more information about the community workshop and to RSVP, please visit www.coloma-lotus-plan.eventbrite.com.



South fork film festival - 6/2/2018

South Fork Film Festival 2018 at the Gold Trail Grange
5pm: Doors open - Food, treats, beer & wine available

5:15 Family Matinee

6pm: National Paddling Film Festival Roadshow

7pm: Feature: Inside the Indus

7:45: Shorts: Locals & Friends

9pm: Chasing Niagara

The second annual South Fork FilmFest will again feature the best of river paddlesports from the Sierra Nevada to the East Coast to exotic international locales. Showcasing work from local amateur fillmakers and accomplished professionals from around the world, the FilmFest will highlight the thrill and joy of whitewater paddling.

Submitted Films are eligible for the audience choice awards in four categories with prizes of $100 each: Best Film, Cinematography, Paddling Action, and Production Values. The audience votes live onscreen via smartphone. 
Watch trailers of what you will see on Saturday June 2!

Wild Olympics - https://vimeo.com/254768030

This short film produced for American Whitewater follows paddlers and conservationists Adam and Susan Elliott as they set out to explore the wild rivers of the Olympic Peninsula.

Return From Desolation - https://www.desofilm.com/

After returning from Afghanistan, Garrett Eaton was dangerously close to losing his family and his life to addiction when he found a river guiding program for American veterans.

Chasing Niagara - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ui02X9KGGjI

When pro kayaker Rafa Ortiz decides to follow his dream to paddle over Niagara Falls, he sets in motion an incredible series of events that eventually takes on a life of its own.

  Chasing Wild: Journey Into The Sacred Headwaters - http://www.wildconfluence.com/chasing-wild

  Three friends set off on a 400km bike packing and packraft expedition through the heart of the sacred headwaters in northwestern British Columbia.


Saturday, May 19, 2018

Dangermuffin in Concert at the Gold Trail Grange
Charleston, SC’s Dangermuffin is an eclectic quartet that weaves lyrical themes of sea, sun, and spiritual connection with Americana, Island influenced, Folk and Jam grooves. The band's live show swims between tasty acoustic, and rockin’ electric sounds.

On the band’s 6th and latest release, ‘Heritage,’ Dangermuffin reaches into their creative arsenal to craft an album showcasing the band’s signature coastal-influenced grooves mixed with Americana sensibilities and Appalachian fingerpicking. The album’s lyrics contemplate the universal human connection to our ancestors, ancient traditions and symbols while yearning for humanity to get back to its roots. It is an audible showcase weaving introspective lyrics with catchy, nimble guitar riffs. Fittingly, the album’s soaring vocals were recorded in Charleston’s historic Unitarian Church, a National Historic Landmark built in 1772.


TICKETS ON SALE NOW!!!  $15 Advance - $20 Door
Sierra Rizing Coffee House and Bakery, 7310 Hwy 49, Lotus 95651
Pop Art Custom Framing, 433 Main Street, Placerville 95667
Online at Brown Paper Tickets: https://bpt.me/3382251

Doors 7pm - Show 8pm

Snacks, beer, wine and spirits available for purchase.
Free parking provided at the Sawmill Parking Lot within the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park. 
(Please obey all parking signs!)

Youtube the songs Ancient Family and Ol Fidel


Presented by the Gold Trail Grange and sponsored by South Fork Arts and Recreation


South Fork Arts and Recreation


"Bringing art and recreational opportunities to our community, SOUTH FORK ARTS and RECREATION (SoFAR) is a proud sponsor of the Gold Trail Grange’s upcoming music presentation of Dangermuffin (May 19, 2018) "



Saturday, April 21, 2018

The GOLD TRAIL GRANGE in collaboration with South Fork Arts and Recreation are proud to be bringing Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash to the Coloma Lotus Valley.  This is a fantastic band coming all the way from Austin, Texas to rock the house!
Check out this video shot in The Continental Club, Austin Texas!

https://youtu.be/jBG14m989es

Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash poster state map
TICKETS ON SALE NOW!!!  $15 Advance / $20 Door
SIERRA RIZING Coffee House and Bakery, 7310 Hwy 49, Lotus
POP ART CUSTOM FRAMING, 433 Main Street, Placerville
Online at Brown Paper Tickets: https://bpt.me/3236263

Doors: 7pm Show: 8pm
Snacks, beer, wine and spirits available for purchase.
Free parking provided at the Sawmill Parking Lot within the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park. 
(Please obey all parking signs!)

Described by Rolling Stone as "pure Americana heart and soul", The Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash are the voice and vision of songwriter Mark Stuart. Since forming the band in 1995, he's performed with most every major artist in the Country and Americana music community.


Stuart was personally given permission to use the band's name by Johnny Cash himself and was also honored by the Man in Black with an invitation to record songs at Cash's own home in Hendersonville, Tennessee. Two other iconic music legends, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, were also early believers who were instrumental in helping Stuart get his start.

More information: www.bsojc.com


Presented by the Gold Trail Grange and sponsored by South Fork Arts and Recreation


South Fork Arts and Recreation

"Bringing art and recreational opportunities to our community, SOUTH FORK ARTS and RECREATION (SoFAR) is a proud sponsor of the Gold Trail Grange’s upcoming music presentation of The Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash (April 21, 2018) "




Saint Patrick's Day Party & Dance!!

Saturday, March 17, 2018 - it was a blast! - Doors at 5:30 Music starts at 6pm

Wear your green and join in the fun this Saint Patrick's Day at the Gold Trail Grange.

Come for dinner and quench your thirst at our Irish pub.

Dance to the Gaelic tunes of Coloma Celtic and A Thousand Years at Sea.

Admission just $5 and children 12 and under are free.Fun for leprechauns of all ages!

Irish fare and baked potato bar, adult and soft drinks, fresh baked desserts. See you at the end of the Rainbow - GOLD Trail Grange!



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