Gary Linehan, The Union Democrat


Country star Jason Michael Carroll will perform at 8 p.m. today at Black Oak Casino in Tuolumne. Tickets are $20.

The 36th annual Sonora Bach Festival will continue with a salon concert at 6 p.m. Saturday and vocal master class at 2 p.m. Sunday, both featuring soprano Robin Fisher. Concert tickets are $35 and must be reserved in advance. Class fee is $25 or $5 for observers. Reservations may be made by calling 536-6330 or emailing The festival will continue with the Local's Concert on Oct. 21 and Bach's Brunch on Oct. 28.

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, through Sunday, 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


The Mother Lode Art Association will hold its 60th annual Fall Art Show Saturday through Oct. 21 at the Central Sierra Arts Council at 193 S. Washington St. in downtown Sonora. Admission is free. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. A reception and awards ceremony will be held from 6 to 8 p.m.Friday. A drawing also will be held on Oct. 21 for a painting donated by Judie Cain, last year's Best of Show winner, and other prizes. Proceeds enable the organization to fund its Columbia College Scholarship and support of local children's outreach programs. For more information, contact show Chairwoman Renetta Hayes at 984-4048 or

Sonora artist Dianne Stearns, one of the 2012 Stanislaus National Forest Artists in the Woods, will lead a "Landscape in Graphite" workshop for beginning and intermediate artists from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The fee is $70. Register online at or call Marie Malo at 965-3434, ext. 5343. Class size is limited to 14. Students will learn to break the landscape down into simple shapes, textures and values. They will meet at Dodge Ridge Ski Resort in Pinecrest, then go to picturesque sites on the Stanislaus National Forest selected by the artist.

"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.

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

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 Mother Lode Art Association will meeting at 1 p.m. Monday at the Tuolumne County Library on Greenley Road in Sonora. Featured artist Diana Boyd will give an oil painting demonstration.


The Calaveras Wine Alliance will present Wines of the World from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. today at the Murphys Hotel. Tickets are $15 for members and $25 for nonmembers. For more information, call 728-9467.

West Side Theme Park will be the topic at tonight's meeting of the Tuolumne County Historical Society.Mike Wunder, who served as project manager for the Tuolumne development envisioned by Glen Bell, founder of the Taco Bell fast food restaurant chain, will be the speaker. In the 1970's Bell planned to build a theme park centered around Tuolumne's logging and railroad history on the site of the former West Side Lumber Co. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Tuolumne County Library on Greenley Road in Sonora. Admission is free.

The Calaveras County Women's Network will host a fundraising Vendor and Craft Fair from noon to 8 p.m. Friday at Ironstone Vineyards. For information, contact Allison Wright at

The Angels Camp Certified Farmers Market takes place from 5 p.m. to dusk each Friday through Oct. 26 at Utica Park. For more information, call 736-1333.

A free class for the "Thriller Dance Walk," to be held in conjuction with the Sonora Zombie Walk, will be offered from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Dance Castle in Columbia. All ages are welcome to learn the eight easy steps. For directions, visit For more information, email

The fourth annualCalaveras International Film Festivalwill take place Friday and Saturday on Main Street in Murphys. An opening party with music by Descendants of Prospectors and the showing of experimental films will begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Allegorie. Cocktail hour followed by films will begin at 7:30p.m. Saturday at Newsome-Harlowe, with an after hours festival at 11 p.m. Tickets are $20 for one day or $35 for both, available at Allegorie, Newsome-Harlowe, Sustenance Books and online at For more information, call 743-4033.

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 Local Special. Admission is free. For more information, call 532-7725 or visit

Sonora High School's Golden Regiment marching band will host a Fundraising Breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday at Applebee's restaurant in Sonora. Pancakes, bacon and beverages will be served for $6. Tickets are available from band director Yvonne Denton at 532-5511, ext. 451, or Dede Fulkerson at 533-9407. Proceeds will be used to cover transportation costs for the band's trip to Hermosa Beach for the St. Patrick's Day Parade in March.

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 Yosemite Chamber of Commerce will present a Flea Market from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Mary Laveroni Community Park in Groveland. Admission is free for buyers.

The California Native Plant Society will hold its annual Fall Native Plant Sale from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Rocca Park in Jamestown. A variety of perennials, shrubs and trees will be available. For more information, call 588-0484. The Central Sierra Audubon Society also will hold its Birdhouse Sale in conjunction with Saturday's plant sale. Houses for bats, owls, bluebirds and other small bird species will be offered. The birdhouses have been built by Audubon Society members.

The 28th annual Columbia FestiFall, an old fashioned arts and crafts fair, will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in Columbia State Historic Park. More than 40 vendors will be present. Demonstrations, music, children's activities and more will be featured. Admission is free. For more information, contact the Columbia Chamber of Commerce at 536-1672 or

Research assistance will be available at a Genealogy Workshop presented Saturday at the Family History Center at 19481 Hillsdale Drive in East Sonora. Participants may drop in anytime between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.Volunteers of the Tuolumne County Genealogical Society will provide assistance with a variety of topics including getting started. Cost is $5, free to members.

Bargains, bratwurst and beer will return to the Tuolumne Veterans Memorial Hall on Saturday for the Tuolumne City Memorial Museum'sthird annualOktoberfest and Peddler's Faire. Vendors will offer everything from handcrafted furniture and original artwork to yard sale items between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.Bratwurst, pretzels, beer, soft drinks and live music will be served up beginning at 11 a.m. Proceeds from food and the sale of books on Tuolumne's historywill benefit the museum.Themuseum's Oktoberfest coincides with Northern California Soapbox Derby fall rallies to be held in downtown Tuolumne beginning at 9:30 a.m.

The fifth annual Groveland Oktoberfest will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Big Creek Meadow Ranch on Smith Station Road east of Groveland. Attractions will include a haunted barn, bounce house, hay rides, face painting, live music, arts and crafts, German food, costume contest, scarecrow contest and more. Admission is free for children under 12. Adults and older children pay $3 admission and receive a free pumpkin. For more information, call 962-4482 or visit

Patricia Chapter 79 of the Young Ladies Institute will host a Soup and Salad Luncheon With Bunco from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at St. Patrick's Parish Hall at 127 W. Jackson St. in Sonora. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $15 and must be purchased in advance. For reservations, call 532-6010 or 532-0384.

The Tuolumne County Sheriff's Posse will hold its Great Steak Barbecue at 2 p.m. Saturday at the posse grounds on Rawhide Road in Jamestown. Tickets are $15. Hot dogs will be available for children under 12 for $6. Live music and silent auction also will be featured. Prize drawings will be held for two rifles and a pair of National Finals Rodeo tickets. For more information, call Todd Wivell at 770-2285, Curt Flores at 770-4795 or Steve Gray at 768-9576.

The Edelweiss Club of Sonora will present Oktoberfest 2012 from 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Tuolumne County Senior Center at 540 Greenley Road in Sonora. Admission is $15, including a bratwurst dinner at 5:30 p.m. Live German music also will be featured. Beverages will be available for purchase. Tickets are available at the Antique Den in Sonora or by calling Fred or Sigrid Kehr at 785-4358.

The TP Chapter of the PEO Sisterhood will present "Storytelling and Rhymes of the Range" from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the Twain Harte Golf Course banquet room. The evening will feature "cowboy storytelling," poetry by Jim and Karen Ross and music by Violetta Hancock and Johnny Evans. Tickets are $20, available at the door or by calling 533-1710. All proceeds will fund scholarships for local women.

"Walking Dead Sonora II," the second annual zombie walk and food drive through downtown Sonora, will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Courthouse Square. A zombie makeup booth will open at 2:30 p.m. Costume contest, "Thriller" dance, photo booth, music and games also will be featured. Participation is free. Donations of food and supplies will help support the Tuolumne County Humane Society and Amador-Tuolumne Community Action Agency Food Bank. For more information, call 536-6316 or visit

Friends of the Sierra Nevada Logging Museum in White Pines will sponsor their annual Snagfallers' Ball at Independence Hall in White Pines on Saturday. Social hour will begin at 5 p.m., with dinner at 6 p.m. and dancing to the music of Steve Johnson and Danny Elzig from 7 to 10 p.m. Admission is $15 per person or $25 per couple, children free. For more information, call Pat Bradley at 728-1407.

The 16th annual Cajun Fest sponsored by the Sonora Sunrise Rotary Club will be held from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday in the John Muir building at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora. A Cajun dinner featuring catfish will be served from 5:30 to 7 p.m., with dancing to the Blues Box Bayou Band until 9:30 p.m. The third annual turtle races will also be held. Tickets are $30 in advance or $40 at the door. Children 10 and younger are $10. For tickets or more information, call 533-5223 or visit

The Northern Mariposa County History Center will sponsor a Pancake Breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. Sunday at the Old Schoolhouse on Broadway in Coulterville. Pancakes, eggs, ham or sausage, fruit and beverage will be served for $5 for adults, $3 for children, or $15 for a family of two adults and two children. For more information, call 878-3015.

La Grange Odd Fellows of LaFayette Historical Lodge will serve Breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. Sunday at the lodge on Main Street in La Grange. Biscuits and gravy, sausage, scrambled eggs, French toast and beverages will be served for $6. For more information, call George Sylvester at 853-2508 or Chris Stevenson at 853-2128.

The fifth annual Jamestown Heritage Days will take place from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday in Jamestown. Activities will begin with the firing of the anvil in Rocca Park, followed by skits from Guns of the Chosen Few. The Sonora Pass Wagon Train will arrive in the early afternoon. Live music will be provided from 1 to 4 various locations by the Sierra Mountain Band, Faux Renwah, Coyote Hill and Chuck Waldman with Sam Greenberger. Prize drawings and pie by the slice also will be featured. Admission is free.For more information, call 984-4583.

The Junction shopping center will host its 16th annual Cruise Night at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17. Classic cars, music and prize drawings will be featured. Admission is free. This will be the final gathering of the year. For more information, call Margaret Davis at 533-3548.

A screening of the new Jeffrey Smith documentary "Genetic Roulette, The Gamble of Our Lives" will take place at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct 17, and again at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at the Delta Blood Bank at 850 Sanguinetti Road in Sonora. Admission is free, with donations accepted to benefit the "Yes on 37" campaign in support of Proposition 37, which would require that food be labeled if it contains genetically modified ingredients. For more information, call Pete Eakle at 962-5536.

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.