Gary Linehan, The Union Democrat

Tuolumne County's 2013 Trivia Bee is just days away, with service club members, government and professional workers and other interested groups getting their teams tuned up for the competition.

This year's Trivia Bee will take place Saturday at the Sonora Opera Hall. The fun will begin at 5:30 p.m. with appetizers prepared by the Sonora Emblem Club and a beer and wine bar hosted by the Sonora Mountain Lions Club.

Lynn McCormick, the Tuolumne County Library system's youth, literacy and outreach librarian, is the Trivis Bee's principal organizer. Master of ceremonies will once again be actress, director and radio personality Maryann Curmi.

The theme of the 13th more-or-less annual Tuolumne County bee is "Reading Takes You on Unexpected Journeys."

Teams consist of three members.

"It's impossible to say what makes an ideal team member," McCormick said, "but enthusiasm, some knowledge of local history and geography, and at least a passing acquaintance with what's hot on the entertainment scene, in sports and local government is desirable."

All proceeds of this year's Trivia Bee will be earmarked for purchase of a portable computer lab for the county library system.

"More than in most years, we are depending on the Trivia Bee audience for the income that will make the new computer lab a reality," McCormick said.

The planned lab will consist of six laptop computers housed in a rolling cabinet that can be securely locked when not in use. The lab will enable the library to offer library users a variety of computer classes, McCormick said. It will also provide support for adults studying for GED tests, she added.

Each team pays $200 to compete, McCormick said.

Audience tickets are $15, available at the main county library at 480 Greenley Road, Sonora, county library branches in Groveland, Tuolumne and Twain Harte, and at the door.

"Every dollar the bee earns will help the library create an important new resource for Tuolumne County Library users," McCormick said. "In this period when library funds are severely restricted, creating a portable computer lab would be difficult, if not impossible, without raising funds through an event like the Trivia Bee."

Friends of the Groveland Library are the defending champions from last year. They also won the "best cheering section" prize.

The "Groveland Travelers" team members this year are Patti Beaulieu, Amanda Klaahsen and Malcolm Milliron.

McCormick can be reached at 694-2727 for more information.