Gary Linehan, The Union Democrat


Stage 3 Theatre will present "Fences," a Pulitzer Prize winning drama by August Wilson, through March 17 at 208 S. Green St. in downtown Sonora. Curtain times are 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. For reservations, call 536-1778 or visit


Country Cowboy Church will present Christian country star Peter Lewis Whitebird in concert at 7 p .m. Friday at 14888 Peaceful Valley Road in East Sonora. A Valentine's dessert will follow, dedicated to all single, divorced or widowed women. Columbia College culinary student Marc Martinez will bake for this event. Admission is free. Reservations are requested but not required. For more information, call Anna Jennings at 532-7868.

The 11th annual Love the Forest Valentine's Concert to benefit Ebbetts Pass Forest Watch will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Black Bart Playhouse at 580 S. Algiers St. in Murphys. Performers will include Cantamos, the Tour Guides and Bill Welles. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Advance tickets are $15, $12 for students and senior citizens, available at the Aeolian Harp, Sierra Nevada Adventure Co., the Bistro, Highland Books, Sustenance Books and Murphys Music Co. All seats at the door will be $20. For more information, call 795-3530 or visit

Creekside Community Church will present Christian composer and recording artist Dick Williams in concert at 6 p.m. Sunday at 13650 Bergel Road in East Sonora. Williams has served in public ministry for more than 25 years, traveling to seven countries including Hungary, Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia. For more information, call 532-3205.

The Columbia Big Band will star in a dance-concert from 6 to 8:15 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, at Tuolumne Veterans Memorial Hall in Tuolumne. Admission is $10, with proceeds benefiting the Summerville High School music program.

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.


Photographer Steve Leontie will celebrate the opening of his new Leontie Gallery with an open house reception from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 22997 Joaquin Gully Road in Twain Harte. Wine and cheese will be served. For more information, call 586-7632.

New and favorite photographs by Robb Hirsch of Groveland will be featured Saturday through Monday at the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite National Park. Hirsch will be present each day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. to greet the public and discuss his work. A reception for photographer Michael Frye also will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite Valley.

Watercolors by Martha Wallace will be featured through February at the Hovey Winery Tasting Room at 350 Main St. in Murphys. A reception for her, including wine and appetizers, will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call the tasting room at 728-9700 or Wallace at 728-8859.

Art on Main will hold a Presidents Day weekend reception from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at 466 Main St. in Murphys. The gallery will showcase the work of 30 local artists, including paintings, jewelry, textiles, ceramics and glasswork. Wine and appetizers will be served.

The Central Sierra Arts Council will present its 26th annual InFocus Photography Competition and Exhibition through Saturday at 193 S. Washington St. in downtown Sonora. Viewing hours are noon to 5 p.m. 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.


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. A free ukulele concert also will be given at 11 a.m. Saturday by students in the Sonora Elementary School after-school program. For more information, call 533-1309.

Sonora Ballroom Dancing will hold its first Mardi Gras Dance Party 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.

"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. The readings take place on the third Friday of each month. For more information, call Denella Kimura at 532-6561.

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.

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.

The Sunshine Ladies of Jamestown United Methodist Church will hold their annual Presidents Day Soup and Pie Sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Jamestown Community Hall on Main Street in Jamestown. They will serve a choice of five different homemade soups, each made from scratch, and various home baked pies. They will also be offering a large variety of white elephant items, used books and home baked goods. Proceeds from the sale will go toward restoration, maintenance support of the 160-year-old church, as well as Amador-Tuolumne Community Action Agency Food Bank and Interfaith Community Social Services.

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.

Mark Twain Shrine Club will host its annual Crab Dinner fundraiser on Saturday at the Copperopolis Armory at 695 Main St. in Copperopolis. Social hour will begin at 4 p.m. and dinner will be served at 5 p.m. The mealwill consist of all-you-can-eat cracked crab, salad, French bread and spaghetti. There will also be a no-host bar and prize drawings. Tickets are $40 per person and can be purchased by calling736-0607, 483-2381 or 369-1388. For more information, call 795-1464. Proceeds will go to the Shriners Hospital for Children, which specializes in pediatric care for orthopedics, burns, spinal cord injuries and cleft lips and palates.

Mountain Derby Girls Roller Derby will open for the season Saturday with a double header at the High Country Sports Arena at 18960 Waylon Way east of Sonora. Doors will open at 4 p.m. for a bout between the Gold Diggers and the BADG Swim Team. The High Country Hellcats will face the BADG Berkeley Resistance at 7 p.m. Advance tickets are available for $10 at Jamestown Harley-Davidson, the Outpost, and Togos, or online at Admission at the door will be $15. Children 5 to 12 are $5, ages 4 and under free. Season passes are available for $60. For more information, call 588-0776 or visit

The Mother Lode Storytelling Guild will present"Stories Well-Lived," a performance and workshop by Sonora storyteller Cynthia Restivo, from 4 to 6 p.m.Saturday atthe Angels Camp Mercantile at 1267 S. Main St. in Angels Camp. Restivo will share her own personal tales, then offer a workshop onhow to transform personal memories into told tales. Both performance and workshop are free to the public, with donations accepted. Sign-ups are recommended for the workshop that runs from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Suggested donation for workshop is $10. To register, call 532-7697.

The Sonora Elks Lodge will hold its annual Crab Feed on Saturday. Doors open at 5 p.m., with dinner served at 7 p.m. The meal will include all-you-can-eat crab and shrimp, beans, French bread, salad, coffee and dessert. Cost is $40 per person. For availability of tickets, call Marty Smith at 928-5551 or Roy Volpetti at 532-5258.

The Bear Valley Business Association will sponsor a Crab Dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday in the Perry Walther Building in Bear Valley Village. Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for children. All proceeds will benefit the Bear Valley Music Festival. For more information, call 753-2842.

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. The dances are held on the third Saturday of each month. For more information, call 532-6025.

The La Grange Rebekahs will serve a special Heart 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. In the interest of healthy hearts, proceeds from the February breakfast will be shared with the American Heart Association. For more information, call George Sylvester at 853-2508 or Chris Stevenson at 853-2128 or email

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 Aronos Research Women's Club will hold a Soup Luncheon and Game Day beginning at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 37 E. Elkin St. in Sonora. Admission is $7, with proceeds benefiting community food banks. For more information, call Mary Jane Moffett at 533-8664.

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.