Gary Linehan, The Union Democrat

The Tuolumne County 4-H program will host its 40th annual 4-H Community Dinner on Saturday.

A barbecued tri-tip dinner will be served from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora.

Also on the menu are baked potatos, green salad, dinner rolls, beverages, ice cream and a Cover's cookie. A vegetarian option is available by request.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for children under 12 and seniors 65 and over. Tickets are available from 4-H members, at the University of California Cooperative Extension Office in Sonora or for the same price at the door.

Family tickets are $40 for up to five people, available in advance only.

For take out meals, one guest in the party should bring the tickets to the serving line and ask for the meals to be boxed up.

The popular decorated cake auction will begin at 5:30 p.m. 4-H youth members bake and decorate cakes of all sizes which are on display during the dinner.

Past cakes have depicted farm animals, football games, baskets of flowers, horses, bunnies, tractors, and even a 6 foot dragon.

There will also be a silent auction featuring donated items and specialty cakes.

The community is invited to help with the Children's Book Drive, the 2013 dinner service project.

4-H is collecting new and gently used children's books for the Born to Read programs for infants and pre-schoolers and Greeley Hill Charter School for grades kindergarten through eight.

Greeley Hill has a new school with an empty library. Book donations may be brought directly to the dinner.

All proceeds from the dinner support 4-H youth activities in Tuolumne County for the coming year.

For more information, call Ron Hamilton at 928-1815 or Sue Moore at 743-2020.