The Central Sierra Arts Council will celebrate the opening of the Kids Art Studies Academy at the Sonora Dome complex on Barretta Street from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. Activities will include music, storytelling, face painting, art demonstrations and hands-on art experiences for all ages. For more information, call 532-2787.
The Central Sierra Arts Council will present "Woven Art of the Andes: The Fabric of a Culture" through Sunday at 193 S. Washington St. in downtown Sonora. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free. For more information, call 532-2787.
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 www.calaverasarts.org.
"Art in the Library," a rotating exhibit at the Tuolumne County Library at 480 Greenley Road in Sonora, will feature watercolors by Pat Gray through October. For more information, call 533-5507.
Jodi Sigala and Sydney Taylor are the Mother Lode Art Association's featured artists for October. Their oil paintings can be seen in the front windows of Servente's at 64 S. Washington St. in downtown Sonora.
Arts of Bear Valley featured artists for the month are Sandra Maurer and Pat Rohovit. Maurer paints local scenes and florals in watercolor. Rohovit is noted for her big brush technique in painting abstracts and watercolor. florals. Their works can be seen in the Window Gallery in the Meadowmont Shopping Center in Arnold.
The 30th annual Fiddle and Bango Contest will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Columbia State Historic Park. Entry fee for musicians is $12 per category, with signups from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Spectator admission is free. There also will be a chili cookoff sponsored by the Columbia Chamber of Commerce. For more information, call 536-1672 or visit www.columbiacalifornia.com .
The Columbia College Jazz Series will open its 2012-13 season at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Dogwood Theater on campus.The concert will feature the college big band and jazz singers with Monterey Jazz Festival saxophone and flute artist Paul Contos along with several other special guests. Reserved seat tickets are $15, available at Mountain Bookshop in The Junction shopping center and at the college's Manzanita Bookstore. Reservations may also be made by calling 588-5126.
The 36th annual Sonora Bach Festival will open with the Youth Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Columbia Church of the 49ers. Guest artist will be soprano Celeste Wychopen, a former youth concert performer. Tickets are $5, available at the door. Reservations also may be made at 536-6330 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The festival will continue on each weekend in October with a salon concert, vocal master class, local's concert and Bach's brunch.
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.
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.
Sierra Repertory Theatre will present "Time Stands Still," a drama by Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies, Friday through Oct. 28 in East Sonora. 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 www.sierrarep.org.
Sierra Repertory Theatre will present "I Love a Piano," featuring the music of Irving Berlin, through Sunday at the Fallon House Theater in Columbia State Historic Park. Curtain times are 7 p.m. today and Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For reservations, call 532-3120 or visit www.sierrarep.org.
Stage 3 Theatre will present "November," a political satire by David Mamet, through Sunday at 208 S. Green St. in downtown Sonora. The play contains strong language. Curtain times are 7 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. For reservations, call 536-1778 or visit www.stage3.org.
The Angels Camp Museum will present a talk on "The Downing and Sons Concord Stagecoach" at 6:30 p.m. today at 753 S. Main St. Admission is $10. The stagecoach, whose famous passengers included Horace Greeley, is now owned by the Native Sons of the Golden West and was recently moved to Angels Camp for longterm display in the museum's Carriage House. The lecture will be presented by Jim Miller, the museum's education coordinator. For more information, call 588-6234.
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.
The Sonora Lions Club will hold its annual Lobster Dinner from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Sonora Elks Lodge. A no-host bar will be available. Tickets are $35, available by calling Lisa Melville at 694-8400, Les Nunes at 532-2428, Bill Dunlavy at 532-7601, Tim Atchley at 586-2473 or Bob Bader at 586-6045. Proceeds will benefit the club's sight and scholarships programs.
The Word Project will present "First Fridays," a monthly open microphone reading of original works, from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday at Sonora Joe's Coffee Shoppe at 140 S. Washington St. in downtown Sonora. Signups for five-minute slots begin at 6:30 p.m. For more information, e-mail email@example.com .
The annual Stories in Stone Cemetery Tour hosted by costumed volunteers holding lanterns will take place at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Columbia Cemetery. 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.
Free classes for the "Thriller Dance Walk," to be held in conjuction with Zombie Night on Oct. 13 in Sonora, will be offered from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. this Friday and Oct. 12 at the Dance Castle in Columbia. All ages are welcome to learn the eight easy steps. For directions, visit www.thedancecastle.com . For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org .
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.
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 the Hillside Farm Band. Admission is free. For more information, call 532-7725 or visit www.sonoraca.com .
The Native Sons of the Golden West will serve a Pancake Breakfast from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Native Sons Hall at 389 Main St. in Murphys prior to the Calaveras Grape Stomp and Street Faire. Pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, orange juice and coffee will be served for $6 for adults and $3 for children 10 and under. For more information, call 728-8902 or visit www.nsgw.org.
Mark Twain St. Joseph's Hospital will host its 14th annual Fall Health Fair from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday at the hospital in San Andreas. More than 50 community health-related service groups will provide information. Free health screenings will include body fat, physical fitness levels, colon cancer, stress levels and metabolic screenings. Child fluoride varnish application kits and adult flu shots are free. Reduced-cost services include pneumonia vaccinations and blood analysis for $45 each and bone density screenings for $10. The hospital also will sponsor the annual Fall Calaveras 5K Run-Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness on Saturday. Entry fees are $10 for children age 6 to 12 and $20 for ages 13 and older. Race proceeds will go to the Calaveras Cancer Support Group. For information about the health fair, call 754-2564. For race information, call 754-2567.
The Copper Cove at Lake Tulloch Owners' Association will host a Craft Fair and Flea Market from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Black Creek Park in Copperopolis. For more information, call 770-6888.
Experimental Aviation Association Chapter 1337 will host its Young Eagles Flight Rally Saturday during Pine Mountain Lake Airport Day. Free airplane rides for youths ages 8 to 17 will be given from 9 a.m. to noon. A parent or guardian will be required to sign a Young Eagles registration form. For more information, call Michael Thoben at 962-0503 or Ed Sunday at 533-1405. Airport Day will take place from noon to 5 p.m. with formation flybys, spot landing and flour bombing contests, skydiving, airplane vs. car and motorcycle races and remote controlled airplane flying demonstrations. Admission is free.
The Calaveras Winegrape Alliance will present the 19th annual Calaveras Grape Stomp and Gold Rush Street Faire from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in Murphys Park and downtown Murphys. Admission is free. For more information, call 754-0127 or 728-9467 or visit www.calaverasgrapestomp.com .
Tuolumne County Master Gardeners will host an Open Garden Day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the demonstration garden site at 251 S. Barretta St. in Sonora. The demonstration will focus on planting fall natives and bulbs. Master Gardeners also will be on hand to discuss all aspects of the garden. For more information, call the Master Gardener Hotline at 533-5912 or UC Cooperative Extension Office at 533-5695.
The Southern Tuolumne County Historical Society will present the sixth annual Living History Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday outside the Groveland Yosemite Gateway Museum on Highway 120 in Groveland. This will be an interactive living history day where attendees may try their hand at gold panning, candle dipping, weaving, spinning, quilting, rope making, knitting, writing with a feather pen, playing children's games from the 1800s, washing clothes on a washboard, and churning butter. There also will be live pioneer music by Luke Sullivan, a bake sale and food booth, plus storytelling by Hardluck Lin at noon and 1 p.m. Admission is free.
The Twain Harte Area Chamber of Commerce will sponsor its seventh annual Oktoberfest from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Eproson Park in Twain Harte.General admission is free.Beer tasting will run from noon to 3 p.m.Saturday, with beer and wine tasting from noon to 3 p.m.Sunday for $15, including a commemorative glass. Live music, arts and crafts and car show also will be featured.Performing from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday will be Chains Required. Sinister Blue will perform from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday. Canned food contributions will be accepted for donation to the ATCAA Food Bank. A portion of the proceeds will go to the chamber's scholarship fund. For more information, call 586-4482, email email@example.com or visit www.twainhartecc.com .
Friends of Columbia State Historic Park will present a Ghost Tour at 3 p.m. Saturday, beginning at the Columbia Museum. Author and historian Carol Biederman will lead guests through the old town of Columbia, telling stories of the ghosts and spirits who reputedly still live in Columbia. Tickets are $10, available at the museum or by calling 532-3184.
La Grange Odd Fellows of LaFayette Lodge 65 will sponsor a Spaghetti Dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the lodge on the main street of La Grange. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. The dinner is a fundraiser for refurbishment of the Odd Fellows Hall, originally built in 1881. A drawing also will be held for a 32-inch flat screen TV and other prizes. For tickets or more information, call George Sylvester at 853-2508.
American Legion Post 58 will serve a Pancake Breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. Sunday at Sonora Veterans Memorial Hall at 9 N. Washington St. in downtown Sonora. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children 6 to 12. For more information, call 533-0427.
A motorcycle "Ride for Autism" will take place Sunday from Burson to New Hogan Lake Observation Point. Registration will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. at El Torero at 2869 W. Highway 12 in Burson. Proceeds will beneit the Tri-County Autism Group. For more information, call 256-2476.
Summerville Ag Supporters will present a Cowboy Barbecue and Auction from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Hurst Ranch at 17415 Highway 108 in Jamestown. Live music and free miniature train rides will be featured. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for children under 13, under 6 free. Proceeds will benefit the Summerville High School agriculture program. For more information, call 928-3426.
A Ballroom Dance Party will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Aronos Club at 37 E. Elkin St. in Sonora. Admission is a donation of $2 or more to the Mentoring Works program. A Cajun two-step lesson also will be available at 2 p.m. for $10, which includes the donation to Mentoring Works. The dances are being held on a new date, the first Sunday of each month. For more information, call Arno Lascari at 588-8071.