The Columbia Jazz Artist Series will present its 34th annual Columbia Big Band Jazz Festival on Friday and Saturday at the Dogwood Theater on campus. Guest artists will include Mic Gillette, Paul Contos, Bob Secor, Mike Rocha and Mario Flores. Show times are 5:30 and 8 p.m. Friday and 5 p.m. Saturday. Reserved seat tickets are $20, available at Mountain Bookshop or the college bookstore at 588-5126. Tickets are expected to be available at the door for the 8 p.m. Friday concert.The other two shows are almost sold out. Daytime workshops both days with student participants and the featured performers are free and open to the public. The Summerville High School band, directed by Jeff Johnson, will be featured 12:50 p.m. Friday. For more information, call 588-5211.
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 Central Sierra Arts Council will present its 26th annual InFocus Photography Competition and Exhibition through Feb. 16 at 193 S. Washington St. in downtown Sonora. Viewing hours are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is free. 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, through Feb. 23 at 22 Main St. in San Andreas. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 754-1774.
The First Saturday Art Trek will take place from 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday, starting at the Petroglyphe Gallery at 8317 Main St. in Mokelumne Hill and continuing on to eight other galleries in Amador County. Art, food and wine will be featured. Admission is free. For more information, call 286-1387 or visit www.gallerypetroglyphe.com .
"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 February. Their paintings can be seen in the front windows of Servente's at 64 S. Washington St. in Sonora.
The Arts of Bear Valley featured artist for February is Ruth Morrow. She paints flowers, landscapes and abstracts in oil, acrylic, watercolor and mixed media in a whimsical style. Her paintings can be seen in the Window Gallery in the Meadowmont Shopping Center in Arnold.
Ironstone Vineyards in Murphys will continue its 2013 Silent Movie Series on Friday with an evening of comedy shorts starring Laurel and Hardy, Harold Lloyd, Charlie Chaplin and others. Admission is $20, including a gourmet buffet dinner, movie and popcorn. Doors will open at 6 p.m., with dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the movies at 7:30 p.m. The films are shown on a large screen in Ironstone's Music Room. Each show is accompanied by organist Dave Moreno on the Alhambra Pipe Organ. For reservations, call 728-1251.
The Word Project will present "First Fridays," an open microphone reading of original works, from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday at Sonora Joe's Coffee Shoppe, 140 S. Washington St. in downtown Sonora. Signups for five-minute slots begin at 6:30 p.m. The readings are held on the first Friday of each month. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org .
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 Sierra Foothills Dance Club will meet at a new time and location beginning this month. The club will meet at 7 p.m. Friday at the Church of the 49ers at the corner of Jackson and Gold streets in Columbia. Ian Nandhra will give waltz lessons at 7 p.m., followed by general ballroom dancing from 8 to 10 p.m. Admission is $7 for members and $10 for non-members. Sierra Foothills Dance Club is a chapter of USA Dance, a nonprofit organization promoting ballroom dancing nationwide. The group meets on the first Friday of each month. For more information, call 533-2384.
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 532-0140.
The Sonora Sunrise Rotary Club will sponsor the 28th annual Orient Express Run on Saturday beginning at Chinese Camp School in Chinese Camp. Proceeds will benefit Tuolumne County Special Olympics. A one-mile Family Fun Run will begin at 9 a.m., followed by a four-mile run at 10 a.m. Entry forms and prices are available at http://sonorasunriserotary.org. As part of the race, Caltrans will close Highway 120 from Sims Road to Montezuma Road from 10 to 11 a.m.
Free Walking Tours of historic downtown Murphys are offered at 10 a.m. Saturdays beginning at the Old Timers Museum on Main Street. Call 728-3072to confirm dates or set up a group tour.
Tuolumne County Master Gardeners will open their 2013 Open Garden Day schedule on Saturday with demonstrations on fruit tree pruning and care, rose pruning and soil preparation. Al Dahlstrand will demonstrate how to properly care for and prune fruit trees; Debbie Eslinger will demonstrate rose pruning; and Lisa Page will discuss preparing soil for spring vegetable planting. Volunteers with the Master Gardener program also will be on hand to answer questions.The garden will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and activities will begin at 10:30 a.m. The event is free. The Demonstration Garden is at 251 S. Barretta St. in Sonora on the Cassina High School campus. For more information, call the Master Gardener hotline at 532-5912 or the University of California Cooperative Extension Office at 533-5695.
Guided Hikes take place at 1 p.m. each Saturday at Calaveras Big Trees State Park. The hikes are free, however, entrance to the park is $8 per vehicle. When snow covers the ground. the hikes are snowshoe walks. Snowshoes are provided free, first-come, first-served. Check in at the Warming Hut no later than 12:30 p.m. For more information, call 795-3840.
Mother Lode Adventist Junior Academy will host"An Evening In Venice" dinner and auction at 6 p.m. Saturday in the school gymnasium at 80 N. Forest Road in Sonora. Tickets are $15, available at the school office or the Seventh-day Adventist Church office on Forest Road, and at the door. A lasagna dinner will be served andItalian cream soda will be available for purchase. There also will be silent auction and live auctions, plus live entertainment by fiddler Dave Rainwater. The event raises money for the scholarship fund for students in the community who attend the school. For more information, call 532-2855.
The Copperopolis Lake Tulloch Lions Club will sponsor a Crab Dinner on Saturday at Black Creek Park at 920 Black Creek Drive in Copperopolis. A no-host bar will open at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $35, available at Saddle Creek Resort, C-21 Central Sierra Realty, Copper Valley Realty, Sports Pub, Primo's Pizzeria and at the door if available. Prize drawings and live music by the Roger Garcia Trio also will be featured. For more information, call Ken Gutman at 785-4689 or Linda Beck at 785-8587.
"Bubbles & Oysters," a Mardi Gras celebration, will take place from 6 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday at Ironstone Vineyards in Murphys. The evening will include Cajun cuisine, dancing, door prizes and a queen and king costume contest. Live music will be provided by the Blues Box Bayou Band. Admission is $15, with an optional Cajun buffet available for $20. For reservations or more information, call 728-1251, ext. 11.
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 are served on the first Sunday of each month. For more information, call 533-0427.
n The Sonora 49er Rotary Club will present its 27th annual Frank Salel Super Bowl Sunday Scholarship Breakfast, serving three-egg omelets made to order, from 7 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora. Prize drawings and no-host bar also will be featured. Advance tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Prices will be $1 higher at the door. Advance tickets are available from Ed Oakes at 533-2094, Sam Wheeler at 536-1218 or Kate Segerstrom at 532-1424. Proceeds will go toward scholarships for Sonora High School students and dictionaries for all Tuolumne County third graders.
The fourth annual Super Bowl Sunday Chili Cookoff to benefit the Human Resources Council Food Bank in Calaveras County will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at the Murphys Hotel on Main Street in Murphys. To register or obtain more information, call 728-3444, ext. 416.
The next "East-West Mosaic Salon:Alchemy of Transformation" originally scheduled for Jan. 27, has been postponed to 4 p.m. Sunday at 709 Arbona Circle in Sonora.David Johnson, a former technical consultant for Intel,willspeak on"Science and Spirituality: Interrelationships and Co-existence."A potluck dinner will follow the talk. A $5 donation is requested, but no one will be turned away. For reservations and directions, call 533-4208.
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 10:30 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.