MidCal MINIs Monthly Meetings

meetingMidCal MINIs monthly meetings are held at YOSEMITE FALLS CAFE unless otherwise noticed. (Note the location change for the month of August 2013 – see Club Events post).

When: Third Friday of each month at 6:30 pm (Delayed one week for the month of August 2013).

Where: Yosemite Falls Cafe at Granite Park, 4020 North Cedar Avenue, Fresno, CA (Mother Mary’s for the Month of August 2013).

Directions:  See the meeting post for August

Parking:  See the meeting post for August

RSVP: Don’t forget to let us know you are coming, we need an accurate head count to ensure you have a place to sit with the group. Remember to bring your chairs for the after dinner parking lot meeting. Folding chairs are encouraged!

Send your RSVP to Tina via email mcm@midcalminis.org and be sure to account for each individual that will be in attendance. Reservations are by person, not by car or by couple. See you at the meeting. ;)

Email Issues

email problemsHi MidCal MINIs, hopefully you have all been receiving Tina’s emails.  She was having some email issues and just recently changed providers.  If you are signed up to receive emails but are still not receiving direct emails form Tina, please let us know.  Drop her a quick email if you continue to receive double emails or if you have not received any emails at all. Send an email to mcm@midcalminis.org.

Winery Run – September 14, 2013

MINI RunMidCal MINIs is planning one of its favorite runs; the Morro Bay / Paso Robles Run. As in years past, the group of MINIs will head over to the coast by taking Highway 41 to the twisties on Highway 46 and then stop at Rotta Winery for some wine tasting.  The date has been set for September 14th with the band of merry MINIs departing the Starbucks at 41 and Shaw at 8:00 a.m.  The group will begin assembling at about 7:45 a.m. to coordinate the route and to set walkie talkies on the same frequency.  (These are important when traveling in a large group as it helps to keep us together, so don’t forget yours!)  We will arrive at the Winery at approximately 11:00 a.m.  Upon arrival, there is a $5.00 wine tasting fee and this year lunch will be a BYOL (Bring Your Own Lunch) unless wmouse_drinking_wine_lg_whte are able to set up a caterer or make arrangements to pick up sandwiches at a nearby Subway.  Food is still up in the air but updated information will be posted at it becomes known.  Watch this site for more information.  RSVPs will be needed no later than September 9th.

ROTTA WINERY

Rotta Winery, in Templeton California is located west of Hwy 101, just south of Hwy 46, at 250 Winery Road.  The group spends several hours at the winery and then it is every MINI for itself.  Several of the MINIs in the past have headed over to Cambria, Morro Bay, Hearst Castle and other nearby locations for the night and to take in some local sites and events, while othRotta Winery Mapers have heads back home.

Rotta Winery, founded in 1908 by the Rotta Family, is the only remaining family owned “original” winery in San Luis Obispo County. Mike Giubbini, grandson to the Rotta Family and Mark Caporale of Napa, combined their talents to “bring back to life” the historic and rustic winery. Today, Rotta Winery, just as in days of old, specializes in premium red and white wines along with flavorful and distinct dessert wines. The 20-acre Rotta estate vineyard has 15 acres in Zinfandel and five in Cabernet Sauvignon. For now the Rotta label is focusing on red wines such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Merlot, and Black Monukka– a dessert wine and Zinfandel Port. All of the fruit for the label is being sourced from local vineyards, especially those from the Westside.

As in the past, some of the MidCal members may travel on to nearby coastal towns to spend the night.  For this part of the event each MINI motorer is on their own to make travel and lodging arrangements.  Nearby communities are Paso Robles, Cambria, San Simeon, Morro Bay, Cayucos, etc.

Email Issues?

emailGreetings all MINI fans.  Tina is experiencing some email issues and just wanted to let you know that the problem is being investigated.  Please drop her a quick email if you have been receiving double emails or if you have not received any emails from her or Kikimowse regarding upcoming MidCal events.  Send an email to mcm@midcalminis.org.

Friday, August 23, 2013 – MidCal MINIs Monthly Meeting

The MidCal MINIs monthly meeting for August has been set and a new location is being  tried on for size.  Join us at Mother Mary’s Italian Kitchen and PizzeriaMother Mary's, located at 1345 North Willow, Clovis.  Their claim to fame is daily fresh dough and sauce made from scratch!  Please RSVP as soon as you can as this is a new location and we would like to give them as much of an early head count as possible.  We are always open to new locations to try out so if you would like to suggest locations for future meetings, just let Tina know.

Please note that the meeting is one week later than usual.  Mark your calendar now, so as not to get confused!

This is anticipated to be a big meeting with lots of items and scheduling being put on the table.  We hope this to be a very productive night with a new system being introduced to assist in the organization of the MidCal group.  Come with your ideas for meetings, events, runs, scheduling and anything else you can think of.  Come be a part of the planning for the MidCal group as we head into our Fall and Winter season.

WHAT:  MidCal MINI’s Monthly Meeting:

WHEN: Friday, August 23, 2013 @ 6:30PM

WHERE: Mother Mary’s: 1345 N Willow Ave  Clovis, CA 93611

DIRECTIONS: Take 41 to Nees and then head east to North Willow.  Make a left turn onto North Willow, turning right into the parking lot.

PARKING: LoPark hereok for all the MINIs!

RSVPmcm@midcalminis.org

Winery Run – August or September?

It is time for the MidCal MINIs to plan one of its favorite runs; the Morro Bay / Paso Robles Run. Like last year, the group of MINIs would head over to the coast, most likely by taking Highway 41 to the twisties on Highway 46.  If possible, the band of MINIs would like to stop for lunch at Rotta Winery.  This run is in the discussion stages so be sure to attend the MidCal meeting on August 9th or 23rd (date yet to be set) to put in your two cents worth.

ROTTA WINERY

Rotta Winery, in Templeton California is located west of Hwy 101, just south of Hwy 46, at 250 Winery Road.  Last year’s run included a Winery Tour, wine tasting and a catered box lunch for all participants. Upon arriving at the winery the MINIs were greeted by host and winery owner Mike Guibbini who led a tour of the operations. After a great afternoon, several of the MINIs headed over to Cambria, Morro Bay and other nearby locations for the night and to take in some local sites and events.

Rotta Winery, founded in 1908 by the Rotta Family, is the only remaining family owned “original” winery in San Luis Obispo County. Mike Giubbini, grandson to the Rotta Family and Mark Caporale of Napa, combined their talents to “bring back to life” the historic and rustic winery. Today, Rotta Winery, just as in days of old, specializes in premium red and white wines along with flavorful and distinct dessert wines. The 20-acre Rotta estate vineyard has 15 acres in Zinfandel and five in Cabernet Sauvignon. For now the Rotta label is focusing on red wines such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Merlot, and Black Monukka– a dessert wine and Zinfandel Port. All of the fruit for the label is being sourced from local vineyards, especially those from the Westside.

August 2, 2013 – Rods on the Bluff

Rods on the BluffMark your calendar for August 2, 2013 for Rods on the Bluff.

“The Central Valley’s newest tradition - Hot Rod Coalition and Fresno TAP Recycling – are proud to present, “Rods on the Bluff” at the Park Place Shopping Center on Palm and Nees. This picturesque venue offers beautiful sunsets, cool breezes on triple digit days, an inviting park, maturing shade trees,  first class dining, shopping, and much more. “Rods on the Bluff” brings out more than 3,500 people, 25 vendors, and 500 of the Valleys best hot rods and customs. This event is $5.00 per event for you to show you car.”

Several members of the MidCal Group participated in June and were placed together in the fire lane in the shade of the building.  The Group has been offered the same space for remaining summer events (August through October on the first Friday of each month) if their is an interest.  Arrival time for car entry is 4:30 to 5:00 pm, however entry is not required and the event is from 6:00 to 9:00 pm for the public.  This venue could also be used for a MidCal meeting at 7-ish so let Tina know if this peaks your interest.  (Email mcm@midcalminis.org)

CANCELLED – Off Road Adventure, Saturday July 13, 2013

Sun graphicThe heat and rising gas prices have taken their toll and the Off Road Adventure scheduled for Saturday, July 13th has been cancelled – to be reschedule for another weekend.  You can still get the MINI out however and either early in the morning or late in the evening, treat it to a “SPA day” by giving it a nice sudsy bath, cool rinse andSunny Baby MINI Cooper extra TLC (Tire-Black, Liquid-levels , and Clay-Bar).  Avoid the heat of the day (MINI deserves  a break too) and make sure to hydrate yourself.

Do not despair, the event will be reschedule.  Keep watching this website for more updates.

Quick Off Road Adventure Run on July 13, 2013

Sun graphicGet away from some of the heat of the Valley and join us for a run through the local foothills on Saturday, July 13.   We will travel through the North Fork and Auberry areas.   Tina will have maps for those of you who want to take this drive.   The run time would be roughly 2.75 hours without stops, however  3 stops are planned;  2 potty breaks and one photo op, so it will be a bit longer.  This is a repeat of last year’s run when the road was under construction, however, Tina has been assured that all construction is over and done with.   It was a beautiful and fun run with lots of twisties.

Meet Up at: Starbucks – 9423 N. Fort Washington Road (Friant & Fort Washington)

When: Saturday, July 13 @ 9:00 am. (A group lunch after the run is possible if the group is interested).

What to bring: Walkie Talkies and Water!!! It will be hot!!!!

Please RSVP to Tina as soon as possible at mcm@midcalminis.org

No MidCal MINIs Monthly Meeting for June.

Life is fastLife in the fast lane relates to more than just driving our MINIs.  There does not seem to be enough time to squeeze everything in.  So with graduations, weddings and of course tFast Lanehe birth of Kim K’s new baby (give me a break, banners running across the bottom of the TV screen, I mean really?), anyway, something had to be shuffled.  As a result, there will be no MidCal MINIs monthly meeting on June 21, 2013.

So now with no MidCal MINI’s Monthly Meeting for June, you have time to go out and buy Kim and Kayne the ultimate baby gift!

 

For more information contact us at mcm@midcalminis.org
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