Stage 3 Theatre will open its 20th season with "Fences," a drama by August Wilson, at 7 p.m. Friday at 208 S. Green St. in downtown Sonora. The show will continue through March 17. Curtain times are 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. For reservations or more information, call 536-1778 or visit www.stage3.org. A preview today will benefit the Mother Lode Martin Luther King Jr. Committee. A reception with hors d'oeuvres will begin at 6 p.m., followed by the show at 7 p.m. Preview tickets are $20, available by calling 559-3223.
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.
"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 February. Featured this month are her animal paintings and contemporary western art. For more information, call 533-5507.
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.
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, along with a selection of her three-dimentional work and photographs, can be seen in the group's Window Gallery in the Meadowmont Shopping Center in Arnold.
Bob Brown, past president of the Sierra Foothills chapter of California Native Plant Society, will give a talk on "Alpine Wildflower Trekking" at 7 p.m. today at the Tuolumne County Library at 480 Greenley Road in Sonora. Brown will show wildflowers that can be encountered at several different locations, including Sonora Pass, St. Mary's Pass, Blue Canyon and Mount Dana, all in Tuolumne County, and Mount Leavitt in Mono County. He also will show images of the landscapes.
Omega Nu's 18th annual Upscale Rummage Sale will take place Friday and Saturday in the John Muir Building at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora. A preview will take place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday with a $15 admission fee. There will be antiques, collectibles, a silent auction and advance sale of all items on Friday. Refreshments also will be available. The rummage sale will run from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday with free admission. Numerous items donated by members and local merchants will be available, including antiques, collectibles, new and used apparel, housewares, furniture, fine art, books, linen, jewelry and more. Proceeds go to local scholarships and charities. For more information, call 566-5216.
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. Feb. 15 will be the club's first Mardi Gras Dance Party. 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 532-0140.
The Sonora Elementary School eighth-grade class will hold a Pancake Breakfast at Applebee's restaurant in Sonora from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door or by calling 532-3159.
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.
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.
The Groveland Library and Museum will host a Used Book Sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the library on Main Street in Groveland. Gently used books for all ages will be available at discount prices.
An Antique Fair sponsored by Jennifer Agnes and Kristen Kestly will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at Tuolumne Veterans Memorial Hall at 18375 Fir St. in Tuolumne. Admission is free.A preview will be available from 8 to 9 a.m. Saturday for $5. For more information, call 928-4877 or 743-5302.
The Emigrant Basin Pack and Social Club will hold its 12th annual scholarship dinner, dance and raffle beginning with a no-host bar at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Sonora Elks Lodge. Dinner will include barrel-roasted barbecued pork. Live music for dancing will be provided by Keith Keenom and the Mountain Fever Band. Tickets are $20, available by calling Joel Casler at 768-1126 or Alderson Fencing at 532-8283, and at the door while supplies last. Proceeds will benefit scholarships for graduating seniors at Sonora and Summerville high schools.
Partners for Twain Harte will present "A Valentine for Your Partner" dinner-dance from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Twain Harte Golf Club on Meadow Lane. The no-host bar will open at 6 p.m. A pork loin dinner dinner catered by the Cottage Café will be served at 7 p.m., with a prize drawing at 7:45 p.m. and dancing to live music by the LavaCats at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25, available by calling 586-3131.
A Spaghetti Dinner to help pay expenses for 2011 Mother Lode Roundup Queen Catherine "Cat" Gulizia to compete in the 2013 Miss Rodeo California pageant will be held from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Tuolumne County Sheriff's Posse grounds at 19130 Rawhide Road in Jamestown. Admission is $10. Dinner will start at 7 p.m. for the family friendly event. A silent auction and prize drawings also will be held. The pageant will take place Oct. 8 to 10 in Paso Robles. For more information, call Gulizia at 694-6667.
The La Grange Odd Fellows of LaFayette Historical Lodge 65 will serve Breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. Sunday at the Odd Fellows Hall on the main street of La Grange. Biscuits and gravy, sausage, scrambled eggs, French toast and beverages will be served for $6. For more information, call George Sylvester at 853-2508 or Chris Stevenson at 853-2128 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
The Northern Mariposa County History Center will sponsor a Pancake Breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. Sunday at the Old Schoolhouse on Broadway in Coulterville. Pancakes, eggs, ham or sausage, fruit and beverage will be served for $5 for adults, $3 for children, or $15 for a family of two adults and two children. For more information, call 878-3015.
Sonora Regional Medical Center Hospice of the Sierra will hold its second annual "Dinner with a Doc" benefit at 6 p.m. Sunday at Banny's Restaurant at Mountain Springs Golf Club. The event was originally scheduled at the Sonora Opera Hall, but that venue is not available because of flooding that occurred in January. Dr. Matthew Personius, Hospice's medical director, will be guest chef at Saturday's dinner. Tickets are $50. For reservations or more information, call 536-5029.
St. Patrick's Young Ladies Institute, Patricia Chapter 79, will host its annual Minestrone Soup Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12. The lunch will include homemade minestrone soup, bread, coffee and dessert. Cost is $6 per person. Proceeds will benefit the group's scholarship fund for high school seniors. The luncheon will take place at St. Patrick's Church Parish Hall at 98 W. Jackson St. in Sonora.
The Sonora Emblem Club will sponsor a Valentine's Day Dinner and Dance on Thursday, Feb. 14, at the Sonora Elks Lodge. Tickets are $20, available by calling Sona Dixon at 533-0156 by Friday. A no-host bar will open at 4 p.m., with a strip steak dinner served at 6 p.m. Live music for dancing will be provided by Greg Brown from 7 to 10 p.m.
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, followed by a small art project. 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 takes place at 11 a.m. Wednesdays.