Gary Linehan, The Union Democrat


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

Sierra Repertory Theatre will present "Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story" through Sunday, April 21, on the East Sonora stage. 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

Mountain Youth and Community Theatre will present its annual March Musical Theatre Workshop from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and March 23 at Sierra Bible Church's Promiseland at 15171 Tuolumne Road. The cost is $15 per day for ages 6 through 17. Both days are filled with music, dance, acting, improvisation and more. Auditions for main roles in the summer productions will take place from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Monday, March 25, at 326 Stockton Road. For more information, visit


The Calaveras County Arts Council will present its 16th annual "ArtSpirit" juried high school art show through April 20 at 22 Main St. in San Andreas. A reception for the artists will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. Regular 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 or visit

The Mother Lode Art Association will meet at 1 p.m. Monday, March 18, at the Tuolumne County Library on Greenley Road in Sonora. This month's program will be to interview the Columbia College scholarship applicants who will bring their portfolios, present their work and talk about their goals and ambitions. Members will then determine which student receives the MLAA scholarship for this year.

The Central Sierra Arts Council will present its first "Art Excursion" of 2013 with a bus trip to thede Young Museum in San Francisco to see the 29th annual "Bouquets to Art" exhibition on Wednesday, March 20. Price of the trip is $110. Arts council members receive a 10 percent price reduction for a price of$99. In addition to admission into the exhibition, the day also includes attendance at a lecture and presentation by Laura Dowling, chief floral designer at the White House. The trip includes homemade bakery pastries, coffee and tea, boxed lunches and libations and appetizers on the trip home. One stop will be made along the way in each direction. Seating is limited to 25. For more information, call 532-2787.

Naturalist, educator, artist and author John Muir Laws will give a presentation on sketching birds when the Central Sierra Audubon Society meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, at the Tuolumne County Library on Greenley Road in Sonora. Admission is free to the community. Laws will discuss the most important things to notice when you see a bird, what to do if the bird moves and tips to get your drawing looking like the birds you see.

Irene Taylor and Selma Sattin are the Mother Lode Art Association's featured artists for March. Their paintings can be seen in the front windows of Servente's at 64 S. Washington St. in downtown Sonora.

"Art in the Library," a rotating exhibit at the Tuolumne County Library at 480 Greenley Road in Sonora, will feature the first public showing of graphite and colored pencil drawings by Kathleen Flores Gold during March. 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 Calaveras County Arts Council will present the Viviana Guzman Group at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Bret Harte High School Theater in Angels Camp as part of the 2013 "Ovations" performing arts series. Tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for youth under 18, available by calling 754-1774 or visiting

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. 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.

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


The Tuolumne County Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. today at the Tuolumne County Library on Greenley Road in Sonora. Guest speaker David Harden will share photos and stories chronicling more than 40 years of wandering and climbing in Yosemite National Park. Harden also will discuss the history of climbing exploration from John Muir's ascent of Cathedral Peak to the feats of today's young athletes on the vertical walls. Admission is free.

A new lecture seriesin the Carriage House at the Angels Camp Museum will open at 7 p.m. today. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m. A $10 donation is requested. Guest speaker will be local archaeologist Julia Costello, whose presentation is titled "Summer in Tyre, Southern Lebanon." In the summer of 2012 she participated in an excavation in Tyre, where the most complete Phoenician temple yet found in that country was identified. For more information, call 588-6234 or 736-2963.

The seventh annual "Support Our Senior Center" benefit dinner will be held Friday at San Andreas Town Hall, 24 Church Hill Road. A no-host bar will open at 6 p.m. followed by a tri-tip dinner at 7 p.m. The theme is "Stranded in Hawaii." The event also will feature a raffle, silent auction and live entertainment. Tickets cost $30, available by calling 754-3967 or 754-0930.

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 of the Amador-Tuolumne Community Action Agency. This week will be the St. Patrick's potluck dance party, featuring corned beef and cabbage. 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 moderator 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.

A Pancake Breakfast including ham, eggs, juice and coffee will be served from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the First Congregational Church of Murphys at the corner of Church and Algiers streets in conjunction with Murphys Irish Day. Tickets are $6.50 for adults and $4 for children under 6. To-go orders also are available. The breakfast is being sponsored by the church's Men's Fellowship. For more information, call 728-3141.

The 2013 Jamestown Run, a certified course with moderate hills, will take place Saturday, beginning and ending at Jamestown School on Fifth Avenue in Jamestown. A two-mile run-walk will start at 8 a.m. and the 6.2-mile race will start at 9:30 a.m. Race day registration will start at 7 a.m. Entry forms are available at and For more information, call Jamestown School at 984-5217, ext. 101.

The 2013 Murphys Irish Day celebration sponsored by the Murphys Business Association will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in downtown Murphys. The parade will begin at 11 a.m. Music, dancers, vendors, pony rides and more will be featured, along with a drawing for a trip to Ireland. Admission is free. Parking and shuttle service are available at Ironstone Vineyards on Six Mile Road. For more information, call 728-8471 or visit

Sierra Waldorf School will present its annual Rites of Spring Auction from 5 to 9 p.m.Saturday at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora. This year's theme is "Bollywood Nights," an Indian theme with dressing up encouraged. A catered dinner, no-host bar, live and silent auctionsand dancing from 9 to 11 p.m. will be featured. Tickets are $35 in advance or $40 at door. For more information, call 984-0454 or visit

Mother Lode Shriners will serve a Corned Beef Dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Tuolumne County Senior Center on Greenley Road in Sonora. Live music will be featured. A donation of $15 is requested, with all proceeds going to the Shriners Hospital for Children.For reservations or more information, call Bob Snodgrass at 533-2426.

Jack Burgess will be the featured speaker at the Southern Tuolumne County Historical Society program from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Groveland Community Hall. His presentation will focus on the Yosemite Lumber Co. operations conducted on the north side of the Merced River between 1924 and 1942. Admission is free, with donations accepted.

The 153rd annual Sonora Fireman's Ball will take place from 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday at the Sonora Opera Hall. Swing dance lessons will be given at 7 p.m. Live music will be provided by Swing Gitane. Tickets are $10, available at the door. Proceeds will benefit the Sonora Fire Museum. For more information, call Bruce Ratliff at 984-5887.

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. For more information, call 532-6025.

The La Grange Rebekahs will serve 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. 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 736-4804.

The second annual "Snow-Down for Habitat" will take place Sunday at Bear Valley Cross Country in Bear Valley. Check-in is from 9 to 10 a.m., with an introductory cross country ski lesson about 10 a.m. Snowshoes also will be available. Tickets are $50 for adults and $40 for children 12 and under, including equipment, trail pass and lunch. The cost is $10 less for those who bring their own equipment. Blues musicians Nedra Russ and Julio "Inglasses" Guerra will perform during lunch from 1 to 2:30 p.m. For tickets or more information, call Bear Valley Cross Country at 753-2834, Frank Meyer at 754-5331 or Alice Williams at 728-9420. Tickets also will be available on the day of the event. Proceeds will benefit Habitat for Humanity Calaveras.

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 Twain Harte Business Association will present its Shooter Scooter Relay and Poker Run at 5:15 p.m. Sunday, beginning and ending at the Twain Harte Golf Course. Teams of five will visit three other beverage establishments while racing through town on a non-motorized scooter. Prizes will be awarded, including one for the best costumes or uniforms. Entry fee is $25 per team. For more information, call 586-1976 or 586-2080.

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.

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.