Gary Linehan, The Union Democrat


The 36th annual Sonora Bach Festival will continue with the Locals Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Presbyterian Church of the 49ers in Columbia. Admission is $10. For reservations, call 536-6330 or email The festival will conclude with Bach's Brunch on Oct. 28 at the Twain Harte Golf Club.

A Drum Circle takes place each Wednesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Courthouse Square in Sonora. All ages are welcome. 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.


Mountain Youth and Community Theatre will present "Once On This Island," its first community production featuring children and adults, today through Oct. 28 at 14372 Cuesta Court off Tuolumne Road east of Sonora. Show times are 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10 general admission, $8 for students and seniors, available at Mountain Home Gifts, by phone at 200-8492 and online at Ages 5 and under are free.

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 continue its 60th annual Fall Art Show through Sunday 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 drawing also will be held for an origianl oil 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

"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 Hi 4-H Haunted House "Realms of Darkness" will be open for eight evening performances at 7 p.m. today through Oct. 31 in the red barn behind J.S. West at 730 S. Washington St. in Sonora. Admission is $6. The Haunted House is staged by Tuolumne County 4-H teens for other teens and young adults and is meant to be scary. Evening performances are not recommended for young children. There will be a matinee with lights on, suitable for younger children with an adult, on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 3 to 5 p.m. for $1. The Haunted House is wheelchair accessible. All proceeds benefit the Hi 4-H teen program. Hours are 7 to 8:30 p.m. today, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Fridayand Saturday; 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, 7 to 9:30 p.m. Fridayand Saturday, Oct. 26 and 27; 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31. For more information, go to or call Igor at 768-8209 or Beetlesauce at 352-0476.

The Humane Society of Tuolumne County will hold its annual "Pawliday Portraits" fundraiser on Friday and Saturday in the shelter conference room on Victoria Way in Jamestown.For a $25 donation, individuals and families will receive a portrait session with their pet and an 8- by 10-inch photo of their choice.Sessions start at 8:30 a.m. For more information or to arrange an appointment, call 984-5489 or visit

Independence Hall Quilters of Arnold will hold their 35th annual Mountain Heirloom Quilt Faire Friday through Sunday at Ironstone Vineyards in Murphys. A "Razzle Dazzle" scholarship quilt will be given away in a prize drawing. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $7 at the door. For more information, visit www.IndependenceHall

The Murphys Diggins Craft Fair will take place from noon to 6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Murphys Diggins Mobile Home Park at 216 Tom Bell Road in Murphys. Home decor, artwork, homemade jams and jellies, candy, cookies, yard and garden items will be available. Food and prize drawings also will be featured. Proceeds from booth rentals go to the Murphys Volunteer Fire Department. For more information, call 402-9548.

The Hurst Ranch Fall Festival will continue weekends through October on Highway 108 one mile west of Jamestown. Admission is $7, including a pumpkin, miniature train rides, straw maze and animal farm. Picnics are welcome. Hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Fridays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, weather permitting. For more information, call 984-3016.

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.

"Poetry Night," an open reading, will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday at Sonora Joe's Coffee Shoppe at 140 S. Washington St. in downtown Sonora. Signups for readings begin at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free. The readings take place on the third Friday of each month. For more information, call moderator Denella Kimura at 532-6561.

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

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 Mother Lode Division of the California Retired Teacher's Association will host a Fundraising Breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday at Applebee's restaurant in Sonora. The meal includes bacon, pancakes and beverages including coffee, tea, milk and juice.Tickets are $6, available at the door, with the association receiving half the proceeds to support its programs.

Indigeny Reserve, an organic apple ranch and ciderworks, will celebrate its grand opening with a fall festival from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at 14679 Summers Lane in Apple Valley. Activities will include hayrides, games, speakers, scarecrow contest, live music, cider tasting, prize drawings and barbecue from noon to 6 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit

The 26th annual Sonora Toy Run, sponsored by AMA Chapter 2466 of Sonora, will take place Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m. at Jamestown Harley-Davidson at 18275 Highway 108, rain or shine. It will end about 12:30 p.m. at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora after a ride through the Sierra foothills. Entry fee is one toy and one non-perishable food item for charity. For more information, call 964-0370 or 352-7610 or e-mail

Revamp Costume Crafternoon, a free Halloween craft and swap using recyclables, will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Greater Good gallery at 1 E. Linoberg St. in Sonora. People can recycle a tote bag into a one-of-a-kind trick-or-treat bag. Leftover costume pieces can be shared and swapped with others. Costume counselors also will be on hand to assist with finishing costumes or coming up with ideas.

The fourth annual All Hallows Fantasy Faire will take place from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora. Fantasy village, fairies, fire eaters, dragons, warrior encampments, children's activities, music and marketplace will be featured along with a Saturday night costume contest and ball. Seven bands on two stages will include Poor Man's Poison, Black Eyed Dempseys, Blues Box Bayou Band, Black Irish Band, Hobo Gobbelins, Land of the Blind and Almost Home. Adult tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. A two-day is available in advance for $20. Children 6 to 12 are $5 and ages 5 and under are free. For more information, call 532-8375 or visit

"An Afternoon In TUSKany," an elephant grape stomp to benefit PAWS, the Performing Animals Welfare Society, will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the ARK 2000 Sanctuary in San Andreas. Admission is $100 and tickets must be purchased in advance. Minimum age to attend is 21. Vegetarian cuisine of Tuscany will be prepared by Il Fornaio. Wine tasting and silent auction also will be featured, along with voting for Ms. or Mr. TUSKany 2012. For reservations, call 745-2606 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Friends of Columbia State Historic Park will present their last Ghost Tour of the year at 3 p.m. Saturday. Author and historian Carol Biederman will lead guests through the streets of old Columbia, where they may encounter the restless spirits of those early citizens. Tickets are $10, available at the Columbia Museum or by calling 532-3184.

Friends of Rail Road Flat School will hold an Oktoberfest on Saturday in Rail Road Flat. A German-style dinner will be served from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Town Hall at 250 Rail Road Flat Road. Doors will open at 5 p.m. Entertainment will include traditional Oktoberfest games and music and a dessert auction. Guests are encouraged to come in costume. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children, available at the school or by contacting Martha O'Leary at 754-0205 or Proceeds will benefit sixth grade science camp and the Rail Road Flat Pre-School.

The Southern Tuolumne County Historical Society will present ranger, naturalist and biologist Harold Basey, speaking on mountain lions, at 7 p.m. Saturday at Groveland Community Hall.Admission is free, with donations welcome.For more information, call Peggy Andrews at 962-7264 or visit

A Contra Dance will begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Aronos Research Women's Club at 37 E. Elkin St. in Sonora. Live music will be provided by Oldtime Tonic, with dance calling by Wayne Mullen, Sue Endter and Lynn Ferry. All ages are welcome. No experience is necessary. Donation is $7 for adults and $3 for students. An optional potluck dinner begins at 6:30 p.m.

Chispa Parlor 139 of the Native Sons of the Golden West will serve a Pancake Breakfast from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday at the Native Sons Hall at 389 Main St. in Murphys. Pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, orange juice and coffee will be served for $6 for adults and $3 for children 10 and younger. The meals are served on the third Sunday of each month. For more information, call 728-8902.

The La Grange Rebekahs will serve Breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. Sunday at the Odd Fellows Hall on Main Street in La Grange. Ham and cheese omelets, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, coffee and orange juice will be served for $5. The meals are served on the third Sunday of each month. For more information, call George Sylvester at 853-2508 or Chris Stevenson at 853-2128.

The Crystal Falls Association will host a Community Flea Market and Yard Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday in the Crystal Falls clubhouse parking lot. For more information, call 533-4877.

Just Dance will meet from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the First Presbyterian Church of the 49ers in Columbia. Live music will be provided by Greg Brown's Music Express. Ballroom, swing, Latin and country western dancing will be featured. Each dance also includes free instruction during intermission. All ages are welcome and no partner is needed.A $5 donation is requested to benefit the church's Historic Sanctuary Restoration and Maintenance Fund.Dances are held on the third Sunday of each month. For more information, call 532-1859.

Sonora Regional Medical Center's 12th annual Joie de Vie Gala will take place Sunday at Ironstone Vineyards in Murphys. Festivities will include a black-tie dinner, entertainment and a silent auction featuring items such as art, dinners, services and vacation opportunities. Proceeds benefit the medical center's cancer patient support fund which helps people with expenses not covered by insurance, such as childcare, transportation to treatments, housecleaning, household expenses and emergency medication. Tickets are $150 per person, and advance reservations are required. To reserve a seat, call 536-5029.