Datebook for Nov. 20-28

Gary Linehan, The Union Democrat /

Thanksgiving

Mother Lode Christian School and Chapel in the Pines Church in Twain Harte will host a Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday at Tuolumne Veterans Memorial Hall in Tuolumne. Home delivery is available in the Tuolumne area. For more information or to help with donations, call Kerry Semsen at 352-1537.

Thanksgiving With Friends, a free holiday dinner, will be served at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Heart Rock Cafe at 1 S. Washington St. in downtown Sonora. Take out is available. For more information, call 532-7305.

The Jamestown Youth Center and Sierra Bible Church will sponsor a Free Community Thanksgiving Dinner at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Jamestown Community Hall on Main Street. For more information, call 984-4188.

The 25th annual Free Thanksgiving Feast will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday at Groveland Community Hall.Turkey, ham and side dishes will be served to anyone who wishes to attend. For more information or to help with donations, call 962-0824 or 962-5912.

The Sonora Alano Club will serve its annual Free Thanksgiving Dinner from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday at 19421 Village Drive in East Sonora. All are welcome. For more information, call 532-9838.

Sonora United Methodist Church will serve its annual Free Thanksgiving Dinner from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday at 90 Yaney Ave. Turkey and side dishes will be served to anyone who wishes to attend. For more information, call 532-4850.

STAGE

Sierra Repertory Theatre will present "Every Christmas Ever Told … And Then Some," a holiday comedy, through Sunday, Dec. 16, 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.

Stage 3 Theatre will present "Brighton Beach Memoirs," by Neil Simon, through Sunday, Dec. 23, at 208 S. Green St. in downtown Sonora. Curtain times are 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. For reservations, call 536-1778 or visit www.stage3.org.

Murphys Creek Theatre will present "Almost, Maine" at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 22 at the Black Bart Playhouse at 580 S. Algiers St. in Murphys. For reservations, call 728-8422 or visit www.murphyscreektheatre.org.

Sierra Repertory Theatre will present the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "Cinderella" through Saturday, Dec. 22, 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 www.sierrarep.org.

Art

The Calaveras County Arts Council will present its annual "Affordable Gifts of Art" show through Jan. 5 at 22 Main St. in San Andreas. A reception will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. Regular 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.

Columbia College will present Native American artifacts in the William Walter Collection through Friday, Dec. 21, in the Manzanita Rotunda on campus. Items on display include pottery, baskets, weaving, Kachina dolls, beaded ornaments and wearing apparel, dating from the early 19th century to the middle of the 20th century. Viewing hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

"Art in the Library," a rotating exhibit at the Tuolumne County Library at 480 Greenley Road in Sonora, will feature four textile artists in November and December. All four - Lynette Eads, Susan Long, Jan DeShera and Constance Shields - are members of the Mother Lode Weavers and Spinners Guild. For more information, call 533-5507.

Arts of Bear Valley featured artists for November are Sherrie Palmer and Marilyn Richards. Palmer works in oil and watercolors depicting florals and local scenes. Richards specializes in local scenery and florals in acrylics. Their works can be seen in the Window Gallery in the Meadowmont Shopping Center in Arnold.

Renetta Hayes and Kathleen Davids are the Mother Lode Art Association's featured artists for November. Their paintings can be seen in the front windows of Servente's at 64 S. Washington St. in Sonora.

Music

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.

EVENTS

Independence Hall Quilters will sponsor a Christmas Boutique from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Big Trees Market Shopping Center on Highway 4 in Arnold. Handcrafted items will be available, with proceeds helping to fund donations to the community. For more information, call 795-1464.

The Angels-Murphys-Arnold Boosters Club Snowsports Program will sponsor screenings of the new Warren Miller ski film "Flow State" at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Bear Valley Lodge and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Bret Harte High School in Angels Camp. Tickets are $20, including a mid-week lift ticket voucher for Bear Valley and entry into prize drawings. Proceeds will help support youth participation in winter sports teams and school snow experience programs. Tickets are available at http://amayouthsports.eventbrite.com . For more information, visit www.amayouthsports.com .

The Pine Needlers Quilt Guild will hold its first Quilts and Cakes Holiday Faire from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Coldwell Banker Building in Groveland. Quilts and desserts all handmade by local artisans will be available. For more information, call Charleen Beam at 962-0403.

The Big Oak Flat Holiday Craft and Gift Faire will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Odd Fellows Hall in Big Oak Flat. Admission is free. For more information, call Ruben or Joanne Bacci at 962-5912.

A Holiday Craft and Gift Faire will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Groveland Community Hall. Admission is free. For more information, call Juli Citarelli at 962-7307.

The 20th annual Hometown Crafters Christmas Craft Fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Sonora Opera Hall. Admission is free. For more information, call K.C. Enterprises at 536-9625.

The 38th annual Sonora Christmas Festival will take place Friday through Sunday at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds. Gates will open at 10 a.m. daily. More than 150 craft artists will be present, along with continuous live entertainment. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and students age 13 to 18, $2 for children 6 to 12, ages 5 and under free. A free shuttle bus also will run Friday and Saturday. For more information, call 533-3473 or visit www.fireonthemountain.com .

The 29th annual Historic Sonora Christmas Parade will begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday, rain or shine, along Washington Street. Floats, horse groups, bands and more will be featured. For more information, call 532-7725.

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 Mountain Ranch Community Club will host its 27th annual "Christmas in the Country" craft fair, bake sale and luncheon from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 8049 Washington St. in Mountain Ranch. Admission is free. Lunch will be available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and prize drawings will be held hourly. Proceeds will help with the operation the nonprofit Community Hall. For more information, call 754-5360.

New Melones Reservoir will sponsor an Table Mountain Holiday Hike at 10 a.m. Saturday. Participants should meet at the corner of Shell and Rawhide roads near Jamestown. This is a moderate-to-strenuous hike, three miles roundtrip, with a steady half-mile climb to the top of Table Mountain. Bring water, snacks and wear shoes appropriate for hiking. There is no charge. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 536-9094.

Soroptimist International of Groveland will host its annual Winter Tea and Auction from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27,at the Pine Mountain Lake Lodge. Live and silent auctions will feature items personally created by Groveland Soroptimists, including baked goods, seasonal decorations, quilted items, greeting cards, home dinner parties and more. Dori's Tea Cottage of Groveland will again provide tea sandwiches, desserts and an array of flavored teas.Tickets are $23, available by calling Shirley Brasesco at 962-4815 or Nadele Manzo at 962-5219.

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.

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