Gary Linehan, The Union Democrat


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


Jamaican vocalist Mykal Rose, a Grammy Award winner as a member of the reggae band Black Uhuru, will appear in concert on Friday at the Sonora Opera Hall. Also appearing will be Sister Carol and A La Lune. Doors will open at 7 p.m. and minimum age to attend in 18. Advance tickets are $20, available at Live Oak Music or by calling 532-5305. Admission at the door will be $30.

The Columbia Jazz Artist Series will present vocalist Elaine Gibbs, an "X Factor" finalist, along with the Columbia College Big Band and guests trombonists Kenny Karst and Ken Taylor, bassist Clint Day and pianist LeRoy Garner, at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Dogwood Theater on campus. Reserved seat tickets are $15, available by calling 588-5126. For concert information, call 588-5211.

The First Congregational Church of Murphys will present an afternoon of traditional Irish music by Cooking with Turf beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday at 509 Algiers St. A $7 donation for the band is suggested at the door. Seating is first-come, first-served. For more information, call Sanders LaMont at 890-3172.

Petroglyphe Gallery at 8317 Main St. in Mokelumne Hill will launch its Spring Sunday Fine Arts Concert series on Sunday with a performance by percussionist Allen Biggs. Classical music will be featured along with wine and light appetizers. Doors will open at 3:30 p.m., with music at 4 p.m. Tickets are $21 in advance or $23 at the door. For more information, call 286-1387 or visit

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.

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.


D.A. Photography and Art Gallery will hold a grand opening reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at 3505 Spangler Lane, Suite 105-B, in the Lake Tulloch Plaza in Copperopolis. Master potter Dennis Irvin also will give a demonstration. For more information, call 785-4466.

"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 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. 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

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.

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.


A Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day celebration will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday in the Willow Creek Lounge at Black Oak Casino Resort in Tuolumne. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for light appetizers from Seven Sisters, followed by a keynote speaker and an honored veteran program at 7 p.m. A dance-concert featuring the Boys of Summer, playing the music of the Eagles will follow. Tickets are $15, available at the Gift Basket inside the casino or from the Tuolumne County Chamber of Commerce at 532-4212. Proceeds will benefit Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 391 and the Tuolumne County Chamber of Commerce.

Sonora Ballroom Dancing will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Aronos 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. 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.

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.

The American Civil War Association will present "Knights Ferry Civil War Days" on Saturday and Sunday at the Knights Ferry covered bridge. Gates will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Battles will take place at 1 and 4 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free, with a charge for parking in some areas. For more information, call 577-4790 or visit

A fundraising walk to benefit 3-year-old Melody Holloway of Jamestown, who was diagnosed with liver cancer, will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at Woods Creek Park off Stockton Road in Sonora. Adult entry fee is $20 in advance or $30 on the day of the event. Children are $5. All proceeds will go to the Holloway family to help with medical bills and related expenses. Lunch will be available after the walk at $5 per person. The walker who raises the most money also will win a prize. For entry forms, email

Mark Twain Medical Center will host its fourth annual Health Fair and Lupus Fun Run-Walk from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at Ironstone Vineyards in Murphys. More than 40 community health-related service groups will participate. The run-walk for lupus awareness is held in memory of Linda Jean Mundy. Fees are $10 for children ages 6 to 12 and $20 for ages 13 and older; with children 5 and younger free. For race information, call Paul Mundy at 754-2604. For more information about the health fair, call 754-2564.

The Calaveras Gem and Mineral Society will present the annual Calaveras Gem and Jewelry Show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Calaveras County Fairgrounds in Angels Camp. Admission is $4, children under 12 free with an adult. This year's show chairman is Robin Williams. A lampshade made the late Al Greene, which sits on a base of a Manzanita root stump, will be given away in a prize drawing.

Calaveras County Master Gardeners will hold an Open Garden Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 891 Mountain Ranch Road in San Andreas. Admission is free for demonstrations, workshops, tours and advice. For more information, call 754-2880.

Jamestown Harley-Davidson will sponsor its 17th annual Chili Cookoff on Saturday at 18275 Highway 108. Entry is free to the first 25 chefs, with a $150 first prize awarded. Tasting will take place from noon to 3 p.m. for $5 while it lasts. All proceeds will go to local charities. Live music will be provided by Plan B. For more information or an entry form, call 984-4888.

The Rose Wolf Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Center will hold its third annual Open House and Baby Shower at noon Saturday at 22455 Villas Lane, at theend of Lyons Bald Mountain Road east of Sonora.Team members will recruit new volunteers and explaining what the center does and how it affects the wildlife of Tuolumne County. A light lunch with beverages will be served. Admission is free, with donations accepted. No wildlife will be displayed. The Baby Shower is a donations of good and materials. For more information, call 588-1335 or 588-8649.

The "Me-Wuk Bash," a demolition derby with a $5,000 purse, will take place Saturday at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora. Gates will open at 3:30 p.m. and the derby will begin at 4:30 p.m. Spectator admission is $5, ages 5 and under free. Driver entry fee is $75. Pit passes are $20 for driver assistants and those who want a closer view of the cars. Two chances to drive derby cars also will be raffled - one for the main event and one in the small car event. Raffle tickets are $5 each or five for $20. For raffle tickets and derby driver information, call James Fryer at 770-4463. For spectator tickets, call the Mother Lode Fairgrounds office at 532-7428. The derby is being sponsored by Black Oak Casino Resort and Sonora Auto Truck Dismantling, with all proceeds going to the Mother Lode Fairgrounds.

The Knights Ferry Community Club will serve a Spaghetti Dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the clubhouse on Main Street in Knights Ferry. Tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for children 10 and under. For more information, call 881-0440.

Ebbetts Pass Forest Watch will open the ninth annual Sierra Nevada Film Festival at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Black Bart Playhouse at 580 S. Algiers St. in Murphys. Adult tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door. Student admission is $5 in advance or $6 at the door. Films will continue throughout the year in Murphys and at Columbia College. For more information, visit

Soroptimist International of Groveland will sponsor its annual Family Wellness Faire from 8 a.m. to noon Tuesday, March 26, at Tenaya Elementary School on Highway 120 in Groveland. Admission is free to the public. Blood draws will be available for $20 with a 12-hour fast.For more information, call Liz Mattingly at 962-7648.

The Mother Lode Long Term Care Ombudsman and Older Adult Outreach and Engagement Program will host the sixth annual Elder Awareness Conference and Free Senior Luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora. Reservations are requested by Friday. Transportation is available. Seniors over age 60 are invited for lunch, information, companionship and door prizes. Guest speaker Patrick Arbore from the Institute on Aging will speak on "The Power of Friendship." The menu includes Diestel turkey and dessert from Cover's Apple Ranch. For reservations or more information, call 532-7632.

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.