The Calaveras County Arts Council will present its annual "Affordable Gifts of Art" show through Saturday 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 www.calaverasarts.org. "Art in the Library," a rotating exhibit at the Tuolumne County Library at 480 Greenley Road in Sonora, will feature the oil paintings of Diana Eppler 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 January. 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 January are Nancy Macomber and Judy Boles. 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. Their works can be seen in the Window Gallery in the Meadowmont Shopping Center in Arnold.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
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.
Jamestown Harley-Davidson will sponsor its 16th annual Polar Bear Run, a one- to two-hour ride through the Sierra foothills with a lunch stop, beginning at noon Saturday at 18275 Highway 108 in Jamestown. The event goes on rain or shine. Entry fee is a $10 donation to charity. Run pins will be given to the first 250 people who sign up. For more information, call 984-4888.
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.
American Legion Post 58 will serve a Pancake Breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. Sunday at Sonora Veterans Memorial Hall at 9 N. Washington St. in downtown Sonora. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children 6 to 12. The breakfasts will be served on the first Sunday of each month. For more information, call 533-0427.
The Murphys Volunteer Library presents "Story Time" for children at 11 a.m. every Tuesday. The Angels Camp Branch Library at 426 N. Main St. presents story time for children through age 5 at 10:30 a.m. each Friday. Story time at the Calaveras Central Library at 891 Mountain Ranch Road in San Andreas take place at 11 a.m. Wednesdays.
n All Tuoumne County Library branches are closed through Jan. 7.
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.