Gary Linehan, The Union Democrat


The Columbia College Community Chorus, accompanied by an orchestra, will present "Sounds of the Season" at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday the Sonora Opera Hall. John Carter conducts. The program will include works by Vivaldi, Britten, Haydn and K. Lee Scott, along with songs of the season and an audience sing-along. Adult tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Children 12 and under are $5. Advance tickets are available at Mountain Bookshop, Sonora Music, Manzanita Book Store and Murphys Music Co. For more information, call 586-5965.

Mountain Melody Women's Chorus of Calaveras County will present its holiday concert, "Fa La La Festive," at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Community Covenant Church in San Andreas and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Casa Terra Cotta estate in Mountain Ranch. Admission on Saturday is free. Sunday's concert is a benefit for the Calaveras County Arts Council, with tickets priced at $25 for adults and $10 for youth 18 years and younger.Light refreshments will be served. For reservations Sunday, call the arts council at 754-1774.

Swing Gitane will star in a fundraiser for Blue Mountain radio station KQBM from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Mokelumne Hill Town Hall. Dyemusica and Willie Norton also will perform. Admission is $10 at the door.

The Columbia College Jazz Series will present "It's a Big Band Christmas" with guest artist Bob Secor on piano and trumpet at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Dogwood Forum on campus. Tickets are $15, available at the college bookstore and Mountain Bookshop in The Junction shopping center. For more information, call 588-5211.

Sierra Repertory Theatre will present "Songs of the Season" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, in East Sonora. SRT Artistic Director Scott Viets and guests will present a musical preview of the 2013 season, along with holiday favorites, comedy and a visit from Santa Claus. Tickets are $30, including desserts and champagne. All proceeds will benefit the theater. For reservations, call 532-3120.

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 "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

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

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

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


Chicken Ranch Casino will host a free Community Christmas Dinner from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday in the bingo hall at 16929 Chicken Ranch Road in Jamestown. All ages are welcome and Santa Claus will be present for the children. For more information, call 984-3000.

The Horsearound Ranch in Soulsbyville will host its second annual Christmas Light Show from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 24. Admission is free, with donations accepted to benefit the Summerville High School Agriculture Program. Santa Claus will be present to visit with children. Hot beverages, light snacks and prize drawings also will be featured. For more information, call 928-3249.

The Murphys Business Association wil host the annual Murphys Open House from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, complete with the lighting of the town tree, carolers and visits with Santa Claus. The community parade will begin at 5:30 p.m. On Saturday, the Calaveras Winegrape Alliance will host its annual Holiday Festival of Wines from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at all member wineries. For more information, call 728-8471 or visit

The Twain Harte Business Association will hold its annual Christmas Parade at 6 p.m. Friday in downtown Twain Harte. Autos, bicycles, bands, veterans, floats, organizations, novelties, horses and other animals are welcome. Staging will begin at 5 p.m. at Eproson Park, with sing-along caroling on Joaquin Gully Road at 5:50 p.m. Santa Claus will visit with children afterwards. For more information, call Richard or Marilyn Knudson at 586-6338.

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

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.

Summerville Parent Nursery School's 42nd annual Christmas Shop will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Sonora Moose Lodge on Longeway Road.Children 12 and under may shop for family and friends with the help of an elf, selecting from hundreds of homemade crafts priced between 50 cents and $5. Also featured will be a grown-up shopping area, bake shop, silent auction, used book sale, and plant sale. Admission is free.

Sierra Waldorf School will present its annual Elves Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the school on Rawhide Road in Jamestown. Handcrafted items, food and music will be featured along with candle dipping, wreath making, designer desserts and a tiny decorated tree raffle. Admission and parking are free. For more information, call 984-0454 or visit

Santa Claus will be at The Junction shopping center in his house under the clock from 11 a. m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 23 and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Monday, Dec. 24. For more information, call 533-3548.

ARK 2000, the Performing Animals Welfare Society sanctuary in San Andreas, will hold its annual Holiday Open House from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $50 for adults and $25 for children and senior citizens and must be purchased in advance. For reservations, call 745-2606.

Santa Claus and Friends will visit Rocca Park in Jamestown from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday. He also will appear on Dec. 15 and 22. This week, he will arrive in a 1929 Tudor Model A Ford driven by George Fontaine. Music and carolers will perform as well, with the Fiddle Gang featured on Dec 15. Church choirs are welcomeas well as non-singers and children of all ages.

The Mountain Ranch Christmas Parade will begin at noon Saturday in downtown Mountain Ranch. Santa Claus, wagon rides and children's crafts also will be featured at the Town Hall. For more information, call 754-3232.

The Tuolumne City Memorial Museum will hold its annual "Holiday Traditions" Christmas open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the corner of Carter and Bay streets in Tuolumne.Admission is free. Each year the museum explores a different holiday tradition in its decorations and displays duringDecember. Included in the tree decorations this year will be snowflake ornaments handmade by students at Summerville Elementary School. Snow globes and vintage toy trains will be among the special museum displays during December.

Cub Scout Pack 71 and the Twain Harte Rotary Club will host their annual Free Community Holiday Dinner on Saturday at Telele Lodge on the former Black Oak School campus in Twain Harte. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m., with a turkey dinner served from 5 to 7 p.m. Santa Claus also will be present.

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 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. Handcrafted items also will be available during the history center's annual Holiday Bazaar. For more information, call 878-3015.

The Sonora Alano Club will hold its annual Children's Christmas Party from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at 19421 Village Drive in East Sonora. Santa Claus will be present to pose for free pictures and give out presents. Admission is free. For more information, call 532-9838.

The annual Columbia All-Equestrian Christmas Parade will begin at 11 a.m. Sunday in Columbia State Historic Park, rain or shine. The parade along Main Street is open to horse and mule riders and drivers of all ages. Everyone is encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy for a toy drive benefiting local families. The parade is sponsored by the Mid Valley Unit of Backcountry Horsemen of California. For more information, contact C.J. Hargreaves at 823-3538 or

The 30th annual Las Posadas Nativity Procession in Columbia State Historic Park will begin at 5:30 p.m. Sunday. The town will be decorated for the Christmas season and the Mirth and Glee Carollers will provide music. Visitors also will sing Christmas carols by candlelight. Admission is free. For more information, call 532-6604 or visit

Santa Claus will visit with children in Courthouse Square from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Dec. 13 to 15; 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 16; 3 to 5:30 p.m. Dec. 17 to 22; 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 23, and 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 24.


"Second Saturday Art Night" will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at locations throughout downtown Sonora. Art, music and refreshments will be featured. Admission is free.

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

Columbia College will present Native American artifacts in theWilliam Walter Collectionthrough 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 featurefour textile artists in December.All four -Lynette Eads, Susan Long, Jan DeSheraandConstance Shields- are members of the Mother Lode Weavers and Spinners Guild.For more information, call 533-5507.

Renetta HayesandKathleen Davidsare the Mother Lode Art Association's featured artists for December. Their paintings can be seen in the front windows of Servente's at 64 S. Washington St. in Sonora.

Arts of Bear Valley featured artists for December areJudy Morgan, who specializes in painting flowers, animals and local scenery in watercolor, andDeborah Kearney,who paints scenery and florals in watercolor and acrylics. Their works can be seen in the Window Gallery in the Meadowmont Shopping Center in Arnold.

Galerie Copper will host its third annualArtists Reception and Dinnerfrom 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, at Town Hall Arts at 145 Stone St. under the clock in Copperopolis Town Square. The reception will feature live music and refreshments catered by Saddle Creek Resort, followed by an optional $20 dinner at Saddle Creek Resort. Dinner reservations are requested by Friday. For more information, call 785-2050.