Gary Linehan, The Union Democrat


The Pine Cone Singers, directed by Dennis Brown, will present their holiday concert, "Christmas Wishes, Holiday Dreams,"today through Sunday at the Groveland Evangelical Free C hurch on Ferretti Road. Performances will be given at 7:30 p.m. today and Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free for children 12 and younger.For more information, call Shirley Brasesco at 962-4815.

Summerville High School's Jazz@8 choir will present Carolling in the Cave at 6 p.m. Friday inside the Moaning Cavern in Vallecito. Some carols will be designated "sing-along." Towards the end of the evening, Santa Claus will rappel 165-feet to the bottom of the main chamber to distribute gifts.Guests should dress in jeans, T-shirts or sweatshirts and tennis shoes and bring a pillow to sit on.Tickets are $20, with a choice of upper platform, spiral staircase or lower platform. To receive $2 off the admission price, bring a non-perishable holiday food item.For reservations, call 866-762-2837.

The Black Irish Band will star in "A Black Irish Pirate Christmas" from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Sonora Opera Hall. Call 743-7281 or email for ticket information.

The Word of Life Fellowship will present the 28th annual "Joyful Sounds of Christmas" concert at 7 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Sunday at 24630 Highway 120 in Mi-Wuk Village. Admission is free. For more information, call 586-7005 or visit

A Drum Circle takes place at 5 p.m. each Wednesday at Sonora Joe's Coffee Shoppe at 140 S.Washington St. 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.


Studio 4 Dance Theater will present "The Nutcracker" ballet today through Saturday at the Dr. Elliott A. Smart Theater at Bret Harte High School in Angels Camp. The production will feature more than 50 dancers from Calaveras and Tuolumne counties and dozens of community members working backstage, ushering and managing concessions. Performances will be given at 6 p.m today and Friday and 1 and 6 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $15 for adults, $7 for children 12 and under, available by calling 800-595-4849 or online at For more information, contact Studio 4 Dance at 728-5347 or

Mother Lode Christian School will present the original musical production "The Secret of Snowflake County" at 7 p.m. today in the Rex Heath Gym at 18393 Gardner Ave. in Tuolumne. Admission is free. There also will be a bake sale and handmade student ornaments available for $5 to $10 each.

Sierra Bible Church will present "It's a Wonderful Life," a musical drama based on the classic Christmas film directed by Frank Capra, today through Sunday and again Dec. 20 to 23 at 15171 Tuolumne Road east of Sonora. Curtain times are 7 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m Sundays. Admission is free, but tickets are required to reserve a seat. For tickets, call 532-1381, e-mail or visit the church office.

Sierra Repertory Theatre will present "Every Christmas Ever Told (And Then Some!)," a holiday comedy, through Sunday in East Sonora. 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

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


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. 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 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 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.

Renetta Hayes and Kathleen Davids are 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 are Judy Morgan, who specializes in painting flowers, animals and local scenery in watercolor, and Deborah 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 annual Artists Reception and Dinner from 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.


Santa Claus will visit with children at Courthouse Square in downtown Sonora from 3 to 5:30 p.m. today through Saturday; 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday; 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.

The Groveland Christmas Bird Bount will take place Friday in the Groveland Community Services District. To participate, call Bill Zachman at 962-6689 or 769-0147.

The Tuolumne Park and Recreation District will sponsor a Christmas Parade and Craft Fair on Friday. Thecraft fair will open at 4 p.m. in Tuolumne Veterans Memorial Halland the parade will start at 6 p.m. in downtown Tuolumne. For more information, call 928-1214.

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 Groveland Hotel will present "Winter Magic," a dinner-theater show featuring world-class magicians, once monthly through February at the hotel at 18767 Main St. in Groveland. Performing at 7 p.m. Friday will be Naathan Phan. Admission is $10 plus dinner. For reservations, call 962-4000 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 26th annual Sonora Christmas Bird Count will take place Saturday. All are welcome to participate at no charge. A potluck dinner will follow at the Tuolumne County Senior Center in Sonora. For more information, contact Steve Umland at 352-6985 or

The Sonora Elks Lodge will sponsor a Hoop Shoot for children age 8 to 13 in the Sonora High School gymnasium. Admission is free. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. For more information, call 559-7868.

Ironstone Vineyards in Murphys will present its second annual Breakfast with Santa on Saturday. Seatings will be held at 9 and 11 a.m. Tickets are $11.75 for adults and $6.75 for children 5 to 12. Ages 4 and under are free. After breakfast, Santa's elves will help children decorate Christmas ornaments to take home. Hay rides with Belgian horses will be available for an additional $2 for adults and $1 for children, weather permitting. For reservations, call 728-1252, ext. 11.

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.

"Santa By Daylight" trains will run hourly from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Railtown 1897 State Park in Jamestown. Santa Claus will be on board to greet visitors, accompanied by musician Richard "Tater" Learned. Tickets are $13 for adults, $6 for youths, and free for children 5 and under. Advance tickets are available online at or by calling the depot store at 984-3953.

Santa Claus and Friends will visit Rocca Park in Jamestown from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday. Santa will arrive in a Model A Ford driven by George Fontaine with friends from the Sonora Model A Club. The Fiddle Gang and carolers also will perform. Church choirs are welcomeas well as non-singers and children of all ages. On Saturday, Dec. 22, Santa will arrive in a motorcycle sidecar.

Ornaments With Santa will take place from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Out of Hand gallery at 189 S. Washington St. in downtown Sonora. For more information, call 533-1309.

Santa Claus will visit the Iron Door General Store on Main Street in Groveland from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday to take pictures with children and listen to their Christmas wishes. There will also be a children's craft table and free hot chocolate. For more information, call 962-6864.

A Holiday Dancing Dinner Fundraiser to benefit Randi Murray's Dance Studio and Friends of the Animal Community will take place Saturday at Tuolumne Veterans Memorial Hall. A spaghetti dinner and designer cupcakes will be served, with performances by Randi Murray dancers, the Connections Academy seventh and eighth grade choirs and Therapy Dogs of the Sierra. Doors will open at 5 p.m., with dinner and performances at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children under 13. A $5 discount for adults is available for donation of a wrapped gift for the Children's Home Society. Prize drawings, bake sale and gift shop also will be featured. For more information, call 532-5819 or 768-3630.

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. 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.

Sonora author Shadow Hunter will sign copies of her first Christian-themed children's book, "Around Midnight," from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Starbucks in The Junction shopping center. The story follows a youth who finds himself transported to the High Sierra - and transformed into Bigfoot - through a series of flukes in time and nature. Ten percent of sales will go to the Red Church Food Pantry.