Gary Linehan, The Union Democrat


The Lonesome River Band, winners of the 2012 International Bluegrass Music Association's Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year Award, will perform at 8 p.m. today at the Black Oak Casino in Tuolumne. Admission is free to guests 21 and over.

"Big Band Night" to benefit the Murphys Senior Center will be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Native Sons of the Golden West Hall on Main Street in Murphys. Music will be provided by the Tradewinds Dance Band. Donation is $50 per person and includes a take-home professional portrait. There also will be a no-host bar and hors d'oeuvres. Dress code is "casually elegant." For reservations or more information, call 728-1672. All proceeds will benefit programs of the Murphys Senior Center in its only fundraiser of the year.

The 34th annual Columbia College Vocal Jazz Festival will take place Friday and Saturday in the Dogwood Theater on campus. Guest stars will include Kenny Washington and Sweet Baby J'ai. In addition to daytime workshops for student musicians, public concerts will be given at 7 p.m. Friday and 5 p.m. Saturday. Reserved seat tickets are $20, available at Mountain Bookshop and the college's Manzanita Bookstore. For more information, call 588-5211.

The Calaveras County Arts Council will present the Felici Piano Trio at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Bret Harte High School Theater in Angels Camp as part of the 2013 "Ovations" performing arts series. Felici members - Belgian pianist Steven Vanhauwaert, German violinist Rebecca Hang and American cellist Brain Schuldt - are prize winners of the Los Angeles Liszt, Yellow Springs and Osaka music competitions. Tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for youth under 18, available by calling 754-1774 or visiting

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. For more information, call Rona Hempstead at 984-3774.


Summerville High School and the Connection Visual and Performing Arts Academy will present "Making It!" today through Saturday in the school theater at 17555 Tuolumne Road in Tuolumne. The play is about a performing arts high school staging a production of "Romeo and Juliet."Curtain times are 7 p.m. each day with an additional performance at 2 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students and senior citizens, available at the school office, online at and at the door.

Sierra Repertory Theatre will open its 34th season with "Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story" on Saturday on the East Sonora stage. The opening night gala is already sold out. The musical biography will open to the general public at 2 p.m. Sunday and continue through April 21. Curtain times are 7 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays. For reservations, call 532-3120 or visit

Stage 3 Theatre Company will present "Fences," a Pulitzer Prize winning drama by August Wilson, through Sunday, 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

A melodrama dinner show, featuring "The Carfields and the McCows, or Wherefore Art Thou Rodeo?," will take place Friday and Saturday at the Jenny Lind Veterans Memorial Hall. Tickets are $20. Doors will open at 6 p.m. with a no-host bar. Dinner will be served at 6:45 p.m. and the melodrama will begin at 7:45 p.m. For tickets or more information, call 772-1000. The dinner show will be repeated on March 8 and 9.


"Spring Obsession," featuring art and music, will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Ironstone Vineyards in Murphys. "Art in Action" will showcase artists creating paintings on site. Other activities will include cooking demonstrations and garden tours by master gardrner Larry Ringland, weather permitting. Admission is free. Food and wine will be available for purchase. Call 728-1251 for more information.

The First Saturday Art Trek will take place from 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday, beginning at the Petroglyphe Gallery at 8317 Main St. in Mokelumne Hill and continuing on to eight other galleries in Amador County. Admission is free. For more information, call 286-1387 or

Serigraphs and cityscape photographs by Don Hukari of Tuolumne will be featured through March at the Hovey Winery Tasting Room at 350 Main St. in Murphys. A reception for him with wine and appetizers will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 728-9700.

"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 through today. The first public showing of graphite and colored pencil drawings by Kathleen Flores Gold will be featured in March, beginning Saturday. For more information, call 533-5507.

The Arts of Bear Valley featured artists for March are Kathy Canning, whose oil paintings include landscapes, portraits and still lifes, and Jan Alcalde, who is a photographer as well as a watercolor artist. Their works can be seen in the group's Window Gallery in the Meadowmont Shopping Center in Arnold.


The third annual Habitat All Mountain Challenge and Food and Fire Festival will take place Friday through Sunday at Dodge Ridge Ski Area in Pinecrest. Ski, snowboard and telemark alpine races and snowshoe races will be held, along with live music and fireworks. All proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity of Tuolumne County. For more information, call 965-3474 or visit

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

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. Donations will benefit the Mentoring Works program at the Amador-Tuolumne Community Action Agency. March 15 will be the St. Patrick's potluck dance party. For more information, call 532-6901.

The Sierra Foothills Dance Club will meet at 7 p.m. Friday at the Church of the 49ers in Columbia. A cha cha lesson will be given at 7 p.m. by Cathy Medeiros of Stockton, 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 Professional Referral Organization of Sonora will hold a Flapjack Breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday at Applebee's restaurant at 851 Sanguinetti Road in Sonora. Tickets are $7 and all of the proceeds will go to its scholarship program, which benefits Sonora High School Workability Program students with their college financial needs. For tickets or more information, call Al or Shana Lemke at 694-5195 or go to

Free Walking Tours of historic downtown Murphys are offered at 10 a.m. Saturdays beginning at the Old Timers Museum on Main Street. Call 728-3072 to 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.

Tuolumne County Master Gardeners will host an Open Garden Day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Demonstration Garden at 251 S. Barretta St. on the Cassina High School campus in Sonora. Program topics will include grape pruning by Jack Bennett, spring garden and seed starting by Lisa Page, and water conservationbby Becky Miller-Cripps and Al Dahlstrand. Master Gardeners also will be on hand to discuss all aspects of the garden. Admission is free. For more information, call the Master Gardener Hotline at 533-5912 or the UC Cooperative Extension Office at 533-5695.

The Hornitos Patrons Club will serve its 63rd annual Enchilada Dinner from 3:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday in Hornitos, south of Snelling. Entertainment and vendors also will be featured. For tickets or more information, call 376-2320.

A Bret Harte High School Reunion for Classes 1980 through 1986 will be held from 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday at the Calaveras County Fairgrounds in Angels Camp. Dinner will be catered by the PicklePatch and music for dancing will be provided by DV Music Productions. A no-host bar will be available. Tickets are $40 per person. For availability, email No tickets will be sold at the door.

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. For more information, call 533-0427.

The 11th annual "For Adult Ears Only," a storytelling concert for adult sensibilities, will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, at Stage 3 Theatre at 208 S. Green St. in Sonora. This year's concert will feature Sonora's own Cynthia Restivo and B.Z. Smith, two of California's best known professional storytellers. Tickets, including dessert at intermission, are $20, available at Mountain Bookshop and Stage 3 Theatre. The concert is a benefit for Delta Kappa Gamma-Iota Epsilon Chapter and the Mother Lode Storytelling Guild for their work in community-based family literacy.For more information, call 532-7697 or email

The nonprofit Sierra-Tuolumne Kennel Club will offer Puppy and Basic Obedience Classes starting Wednesday, March 6. Each class is $75 for an eight-week session and held at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora. All dogs of any breed or mix are welcome. For more information or to register, call 536-0526 or 532-9118 or visit

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.

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.