Datebook for Dec. 27 to Jan. 2

Gary Linehan, The Union Democrat


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. Some drums are available for use. 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.


Stage 3 Theatre Company will hold its annual Open Auditions beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday at 208 S. Green St. in Sonora. For audition requirements, visit For an appointment, call 536-1778.


The Calaveras County Arts Council will present its annual "Affordable Gifts of Art" show through Jan. 5 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

"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 - Jan DeShera, Lynette Eads, Susan Long and Constance Shields - are members of the Mother Lode Weavers and Spinners Guild. The oil paintings of Diana Eppler will be featured in January and February. For January, the focus will be on landscapes and local scenes. February will feature Eppler's animals and contemporary western art. 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. In January, the featured artists will be Judy Boles and Nancy Macomber. Boles is an oil painter who paints local landscapes and scenery. Macomber is a watercolorist who paints realism and abstract in acrylics and mixed media.


The third annual "Winter Wonderland" event will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at Calaveras Big Trees State Park. Events include a horsedrawn wagon ride, children's crafts, music, hot chocolate, cider and cookies. Tickets are $12.50 for adults and $8.50 for children under 12 when purchased online at . If available on the day of the event, tickets will be $15 and $10.Entrance to the state park is $8 per carload. Jack Knight Hall, decorated for the holidays, also will be open for viewing from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

"Murphys in Motion" will return this holiday season to bring juggling and circus talents back to the Black Bart Theatre on Friday and Saturday. Featuring an internationally acclaimed cast of local performers, Murphys in Motion will showcase daredevil stunts, juggling talent and comedy for the whole family. The Black Bart Theatre is as 580 S. Algiers St. in Murphys. Doors will open at 6 p.m., with the show beginning at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $10.

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 Central Sierra Audubon Society will host its Calaveras Christmas Bird Count on Saturday. The survey area will be broken into zones and divided among participants. A potluck dinner will follow the Calaveras bird count, and the local tally will be added to the national database kept by the National Audubon Society. For more information, call count leader Barry Boulton at 596-0612 or email .

The Groveland Library and Museum will hold a Holiday Book Sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday downstairs at the library on Main Street. Used books will be sold and refreshments will be served. All ages are welomce and admission is free.

The New Melones Visitor Center will sponsor a Glory Hole Trails Mountain Bike Ride on Saturday. Meet at the Glory Hole Entrance Station at 10 a.m. Participants will be given a parking pass for the duration of the event. Guests will bike Carson Creek, down to Angels Creek and back up Tower Climb. This is a strenuous mountain biking event. Participants will need to bring their own bike, helmet and safety equipment. There is no charge, but space is limited and pre-registration is required by calling 536-9094, ext. 236.

The Sonora Elks Lodge will celebrate New Year's Eve with dinner and dancing from 7 to 11 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 31. The theme will be "Dancing Under the Western Stars," with entertainment by Music Express. Doors will open at5 p.m., with dinner at 6 p.m. Reservations are required by Friday, and dinner choice of prime rib or salmon must be made with reservations. Tickets are $40. For more information, call Skip Hoy at 736-2310 or the lodge at 533-1587.

A New Year's Eve Contra Dance will begin at 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, 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.

"Dancing in the Stars" will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31, at the Sonora Opera Hall. For ticket information, call 532-7305.

The nonprofit Sierra-Tuolumne Kennel Club will offer puppy, basic and intermediate obedience classes starting Wednesday, Jan. 2. Each class is $75 for an eight-week session and held indoors at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds. All dogs welcome. For more information or to register, call 536-0526 or 532-9118 or visit

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.

All Tuoumne County Library branches are closed through Jan. 7.

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