High Country Friends of the Library will present their annual gala, silent auction and garage sale from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the Twain Harte Golf Clubhouse on Meadow Drive in Twain Harte. Hors d'oeuvres and wine will be served, and the Celtic group Sequoia will provide music. Attendees also will have first chance to purchase garage sale items. Gala tickets are $15, available at the door. The garage sale will continue from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Admission to the garage sale is free. Proceeds will help support the Tuolumne County Library branch in Twain Harte and the community library in Mi-Wuk Village. For more information, call Joe Browne at 743-1168 or Susan Jeffrey at 586-5484.
"Poetry Night," an open reading, will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday at Sonora Joe's Coffee Shoppe at 140 S. Washington St. in downtown Sonora. Signups for readings begin at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call moderator Denella Kimura at 532-6561.
Sonora Ballroom Dancing will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Aronos Research Women's Club at 37 E. Elkin St. in Sonora. Admission is $7. For more information, call 532-6901.
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.
Copperopolis Town Square will host the fifth annual Copper Chili Cookoff from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free and chili tasting is $5 per person. Entry fee is $20 for chefs and $25 for vendors. Guests can participate in a prize drawing with proceeds benefitting the Copperopolis Fire Fighters Association. This year's event will feature music by Chains Required, horseback rides by Copper Star Pack and Trail Co. and mechanical bull riding. For more information or to enter the chili cookoff, call 866-276-4235 or visit www.CopperopolisTownSquare.com .
The Tuolumne County Library will present a free screening of "Mary Poppins" at 2 p.m. Saturday at 480 Greenley Road in Sonora. The award winning movie is rate G for all ages. Running time is approximately two hours and 20 minutes minutes. For more information, call 533-5507 or visit www.tuolcolib.org.
The 40th annual 4-H Community Dinner will take place Saturday at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora. A tri-tip or vegetarian dinner will be served from 4 to 7 p.m., with the decorated cake auction at 5:30 p.m. Admission is $12 adults, $8 for children under 12 and seniors 65 and over, or $40 for families. Book donations for children also are encouraged. For more information, call Ron Hamilton at 928-1815 or Sue Moore at 743-2020.
The Mother Lode Storytelling Guild will meet from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Angels Camp World Mercantile at 1267 Main St. in Angels Camp. Guest artist Hardluck Lin will open the meeting with a free 45-minute performance of "Women of the Gold Rush." A one-hour workshop on using storytelling to teach history will follow at 5 p.m. with limited seating. Recommended donation for the workshop is $10. To sign up, call 532-7697 or email email@example.com . The Mother Lode Storytelling Guild is affiliated with the National Storytelling Network, a nonprofit organization.
Soroptimist International of Twain Harte will hold its annual Crab Feed on Saturday at Tuolumne Veterans Memorial Hall.The menu will include clam chowder, pasta, salad, bread and all you can eat crab. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. and dinner will be served from 5:30 to 7 p.m. No outside beverages are allowed. Tickets are $40, available at El Dorado Savings and Umpqua Bank in Twain Harte, Burns Refuse in Tuolumne or by calling Patt Koral at 928-1616. All proceeds benefit local charities.
A Contra Dance will begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday 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 and no experience is necessary. Donation is $7 for adults and $3 for children. An optional potluck dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 532-6025.
The La Grange Rebekahs will serve Breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. Sunday at the Odd Fellows Hall on the main street of La Grange. Ham and cheese omelet, pancakes, biscuits and gravy and beverages 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.
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. The meals are served on the third Sunday of each month. For more information, call 728-8902.
Just Dance will meet from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Presbyterian Church of the 49ers in Columbia. Live music will be provided by Greg Brown's Music Express. Ballroom, swing, Latin and country western dancing will be featured. Each dance also includes free instruction during intermission. All ages are welcome and no partner is needed.A $5 donation is requested to benefit the church's Historic Sanctuary Restoration and Maintenance Fund.Dances are held on the third Sunday of each month. For more information, call 532-1859.
The Mother Lode Martin Luther King Jr. Committee will present the Rev. Roy Bourgeois, founder of School of the Americas Watch and Nobel Peace Prize nominee, at the 18th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Sonora High School auditorium. Admission is free and a reception will follow. For more information, call 840-4777.
Come to Play, a nonprofit inline hockey instructional league for children 12 and under, will begin a new session on Monday, Jan. 21, at the High Country Sports Arena is Sonora. Cost per child is $40, siblings half price. Scholarships are available. Equipment is supplied at no charge. The session includes eight one-hour meetings, from 6 to 7 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays for four weeks. All experience levels are welcome. For more information, visit www.cometoplay.org.
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.
Story Time for children is held at 10:30 a.m. every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at the Tuolumne County Library at 480 Greenley Road in Sonora. For more information, call 533-5507. The Tuolumne branch at 18636 Main St. holds story time at 11 a.m. each Friday. The Groveland branch, at 18990 Highway 120, offers stories at 10:30 a.m. Friday.
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.
The Mother Lode Youth Symphony will present its winter concert at 2 p.m.Sunday in the Bret Harte High School Theater at 323 S. Main St. in Angels Camp. Performing first will be the Amador County Concert Band. Admission is free. Performers include youths age 7 to 19 from Tuolumne, Calaveras and Amador counties.
The Columbia College Jazz Artist Series will present "Big Band Plays the Blues," featuring the 25-piece college big band with guest artist Johnny Valdez on guitar and vocals, at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Dogwood Theater on campus. Reserved seat tickets are $15, available by calling the college bookstore at 588-5126.
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.
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. Saturday will be Larry Wilson. Admission is $10 plus dinner. For reservations or more information, call 962-4000 or visit www.groveland.com .
The Sonora High School Drama Department will present for its winter play, "Death by Arrangement," by DavidAlberts, Wednesday through Saturday, Jan. 23 to 26, in the school auditorium. It is being directed by JJ McLoughlin for his senior project. He also will appear in the play. Set in 1940s London, the plot revolves around the death of Evan MacKenzie and a houseful of suspects. Everyone from his lovely widow to the kitchen maid had a motive and an opportunity. Curtain times are 7:30 p.m. each day, with a matinee added at 2 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $7 general admission, $5 for students and senior citizens.
The Central Sierra Arts Council will present its 26th annual InFocus Photography Competition and Exhibition Friday through Feb. 16 at 193 S. Washington St. in downtown Sonora. A reception and awards ceremony will begin at 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26. For more information, call 532-2787.
The Calaveras County Arts Council will present "Copy Cats," an exhibit showcasing local artists with their renditions of three photographic images, Saturday through Feb. 23 at 22 Main St. in San Andreas. An opening reception with refreshments and live music will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 754-1774.
Columbia College will present the "Animate Objects" art show through Jan. 24 in Manzanita Rotunda on campus. Viewing hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. The exhibit includes sculpture by Sifu Berchtold and Marta Magistrali and paintings by Diana Boyd.
"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.
Lorna Hunt and Inge Zumwalt 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 Mother Lode Art Association will meet at 1 p.m Monday, Jan. 21, at the Tuolumne County Library on Greenley Road in Sonora. Tina Moore, a signature member of the Pastel Society of America, will give a demonstration in pastels.