Gary Linehan, The Union Democrat


n A free concert to launch the Angels Camp Centennial celebration will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Utica Park in Angels Camp. Faux Renwah will open the show with originals and old-time music, followed by bluegrass and Americana by Dan Crary and Thunderation. Guests should bring their own chairs and blankets. A street fair from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday will include Western gunfights, a frog jump, soap box derby, vendors, music, street performers, food and drink from the historic downtown to Utica Park, where activities will include pony rides, face painting, arts and crafts vendors, food and beverages. For more information, call Jay Shotwell at 408-666-9200, Shelby French at 303-7637 or the Angels Camp Business Association at 736-1333.

n The fourth annual "Copper Concerts" September music series will conclude with a tribute to the Eagles by The Boys of Summer from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Copperopolis Town Square. Michael Impink will open the show wit original songs. Admission is free. Parking is $5, with proceeds benefiting the Copper Hills 4-H Club and FFA. For more information, call 785-9700.

n A Drum Circle takes place each Wednesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Courthouse Square in Sonora. All ages are welcome and no experience is necessary. Admission is free, with donations accepted to offset expenses. For more information, call Rona Hempstead at 984-3774.

n A Drum Circle takes place from 4:30 to 6 p.m. each Sunday at World Mercantile at 1267 S. Main St. in Angels Camp. All ages and abilities are welcome. Family karaoke is featured from 6 to 10 p.m. Fridays, with an open microphone from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturdays. All events are free. For more information, call 890-7155.


n Sierra Repertory Theatre will present "I Love a Piano," featuring the music of Irving Berlin, through Sunday, Oct. 7, at the Fallon House Theater in Columbia State Historic Park. Curtain times are 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. For reservations, call 532-3120 or visit

n Stage 3 Theatre will present "November," a political satire by David Mamet, through Sunday, Oct. 7, at 208 S. Green St. in downtown Sonora. The play contains strong language. Curtain times are 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. For reservations, call 536-1778 or visit


n The Calaveras County Arts Council will present its seventh annual Artists Studio Tour from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Maps for the self-guided tour of 13 Calaveras County studios will cost $10. For more information, including a list of passport outlets, call 754-1774 or

n The Central Sierra Arts Council will present "Woven Art of the Andes: The Fabric of a Culture" through Oct. 7 at 193 S. Washington St. in downtown Sonora. Show hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Columbia College art professor will discuss "Peru: the Ancient, the Sacred - Architecture, Ceramics, and Textiles" at 2 p.m. Saturday. At 2 p.m. Sunday, Sonora llama ranch owner George Caldwell will discuss "Llamas in the Andes, Their Influence and Development." The Mother Lode Weavers and Spinners Guild also will present a demonstration from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. For more information, call 532-2787.

n Columbia College will continue "Peru: the Ancient, the Sacred - Architecture, Ceramics, and Textiles - Photographic Explorations by Laurie Sylwester" through Friday inthe Manzanita Rotunda on campus. Viewing hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. A reception for the artist will be held at 6 p.m. Friday in the rotunda, followed by a talk by Sylwester at 7 p.m. in room Cedar 1.

n The Calaveras County Arts Council will present "Wood, Weather and Antiquities" through Nov. 3 at 22 Main St. in San Andreas. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 754-1774 or visit

n "Art in the Library," a rotating exhibit at the Tuolumne County Library at 480 Greenley Road in Sonora, will feature pastels and oil paintings by Kathleen "Kitty" Davids through September. For more information, call 533-5507.

n Jodi Sigala and Sydney Taylor are the Mother Lode Art Association's featured artists for September and October. Their oil paintings can be seen in the front windows of Servente's at 64 S. Washington St. in downtown Sonora.

n "Yosemite Viewed: Landscape Paintings of the 19th and 20th Centuries" will continue through Sunday in the Yosemite Valley Museum. It features paintings from Yosemite National Park's extensive museum collection. Early artists Thomas Ayres, Albert Bierstadt and Thomas Moran are featured in the exhibit, as well as 20th century artists Chiura Obata and Gunnar Widforss. Contemporary pieces by Jane Culp, Gregory Kondos and Richard Richards are also included. The exhibit is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

n "Stone and Brush: The Paintings of Penny Otwell"will continue through Sunday at the Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite Village.

n Arts of Bear Valley featured artists for September Carol Goff and Jan Alcalde. Goff paints local scenes and florals in oil and watercolor. Alcalde is a photographer and painter with works of local scenes and florals as well as works from her travels. Their works can be seen in the Window Gallery in the Meadowmont Shopping Center in Arnold.


n Yosemite National Park and the Yosemite Climbing Association will continue the ninth annual "Yosemite Facelift" today through Sunday. Volunteers are needed to help pick up litter at various locations in the park. Participants can register from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in front of the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center. A second check-in station will be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday through Sunday at the Tuolumne Meadows Wilderness Center. Admission to the park is free Saturday for Public Lands Day. For more information, visit

n The Sonora Writer's Group will hold a Tuolumne Writer's Retreat Friday through Sunday in Columbia. Advance registration is required for the workshops. Free public activities will include a ghost walk, cowboy poets, open mic night with American Indian poetry and drum circle, and author's row. More information is available by calling Jill Klajic-Ryan at 743-8097.

n TuCARE - the Tuolumne County Alliance for Resources and Environment - will hold its 12th annual Natural Resources Summit from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday in the Sierra Building at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora. Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen will co-host of the event. Keynote speaker will be Congressman Tom McClintock, who will discuss his work on the Congressional Natural Resource Committee. Doors will open at 8 a.m. for registration. Natural resources agencies, organizations and businesses will provide information tables prior to and after the summit. Admission is free, but advance registration is requested. To register or obtain more information, call 586-7816 or email

n The Groveland Farmers Market is open from 3 to 6 p.m. Fridays and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through September at Mountain Sage Nursery at 18693 Main St. in Groveland. Locally grown produce is featured along with fresh bread, homemade preserves, organic teas and coffees, eggs, crafts, flowers and live music. For more information, call 962-6874.

n The Angels Camp Certified Farmers Market takes place from 5 p.m. to dusk each Friday through Oct. 24 at Utica Park. For more information, call 736-1333.

n Label GMOs Gold Country will sponsor a screening of the documentary "The Future of Food" on Friday at the Black Bart Playhouse at 580 S. Algiers St. in Murphys. The film takes a look at unlabeled, patented, genetically engineered foods that have filled grocery store shelves for over a decade. A reception will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., with the film from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and a panel discussion 8:30 to 9 p.m. Admission is $5 at the door.For more information, email

n The Kiwanis Club of Greater Sonora will hold an Open Air Market from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the Mono Village Center in East Sonora. For more information, call Al Smith at 532-0140.

n The Sonora Certified Farmers Market will take place from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. each Saturday through Oct. 20 at the corner of Theall and Stewart streets in Sonora. Fresh and organic fruits and vegetables will be featured along with honey, flowers, cheese, jams, pastries, olive oil and handcrafted items. Live music this week will be provided by John Watson. Admission is free. For more information, call 532-7725 or visit

n The second annual Chopper and Hot Rod Swap Meet will begin at 7 a.m. Saturday at Estes Customs at 14969 Camage Ave. in East Sonora. Barbecue, beverages and music will be featured.

n A Pancake Breakfast to benefit the Columbia Fire Protection District will be held from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Angelo's Hall in Columbia State Historic Park. Pancakes, eggs, bacon, toast, juice and coffee will be served for $6 for adults and $3 for children under 10.

n The Arnold Farmers Market takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Saturday through summer at the Cedar Center in Arnold. For more information, email

n The 30th annual Poison Oak Show will take place Saturday at the St. Charles Saloon in Columbia State Historic Park. Contest entry and spectator admission are free. Awards will be presented and live music will be featured. For more information, call 536-1672 or visit

n An Antique Fair and Flea Market will take place Saturday and Sunday at Tuolumne Veterans Memorial Hall in Tuolumne. Admission is free.The antique fair will be held indoors with the flea market outside.Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. A preview of the Antique Fair will be available from 8 to 9 a.m. for $5. For more information, call 928-4877 or 743-5302.

n The third annual Sierra Green Days festival, showcasing green businesses, art, music and sustainable living, will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Ironstone Vineyards in Murphys. A World Spirit Celebration will bring together local representatives celebrating many of the world's spiritual traditions. Food, art and music also will be featured. Admission is free. A non-perishable food bank donation is requested. For a detailed schedule, visit

n Smithsonian Museum Day will be observed from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at participating museums in Tuolumne and Calaveras counties. The theme at the Tuolumne County Museum on Bradford Avenue in Sonora is "Grizzly Adams Day," with storytellers, smokepolers, pioneer games, demonstrations, live bluegrass music, refreshments, Grizzly Adams re-enactor Alan O'Neill and more. Admission is free.

n The Murphys chapter of PEO will host "Fall Into Fashion," a benefit luncheon and fashion show, at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Snowflake Lodge in Arnold. Tickets are $25, available by calling 795-3440. All proceeds will go toward college scholarships for local women.

n Bridlewood Equestrian Center will host the third annual "Horses, Wine and Art" gathering from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday at 82290 Steeplechase Drive in Copperopolis. It will feature equestrian demonstrations, music, art, children's area, barbecue from 1 to 6 p.m., wine tasting and dessert and bake sale. Admission is $5. The barbecue is $25 and wine tasting is $20. Children under 12 are free. Proceeds will benefit the ReHorse Rescue Ranch in Jamestown. For more information, call 785-8272.

n The Copperopolis Friends of the Library will sponsor a Spaghetti Dinner to benefit the Copperopolis branch of the Calaveras County Library from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Black Creek Park. Tickets are $8, including spaghetti, salad, drink and dessert. Take out is available. For more information, call 785-0920.

n The annual Stories in Stone Cemetery Tour hosted by costumed volunteers holding lanterns will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday at Columbia Cemetery. Additional tours will be held Oct. 5 and 6. Guests will make stops at gravesites where stories of those who lived and died in Columbia will be told by Friends of Columbia State Historic Park volunteers. Tickets are $25. All proceeds will benefit interpretation and education programs in the park. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 588-9128.

n The Area 12 Agency on Aging and Sonora Regional Medical Center will premiere the documentary film "Age of Champions" on Monday, Oct. 1, at the Sonora High School auditorium. The event will begin with a reception at 5:30 p.m., with the screening at 6 p.m. The film tells the story of five competitors at the National Senior Olympics. It focuses on their emotional journey and triumph over the limitations of age. The screening will include an appearance by the director and local senior athletes. Admission is free but reservations are required. For more information or reservations, call 532-6272.

n The Junction shopping center will host its 16th annual Cruise Night at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3. Classic cars, music and prize drawings will be featured. Admission is free. For more information, call Margaret Davis at 533-3548.

n Sierra Waldorf School sponsors Sing-Alongs and Storytime for young children and their parents at 11 a.m. every Friday at the Out of Hand Gallery at 189 S. Washington St. in Sonora. For more information, call 533-1309.