Datebook for April 4-10

Gary Linehan, The Union Democrat


The Connections Visual and Performing Arts Academy will present "Fiddler on the Roof Jr." today through Saturday in the Summerville High School theater in Tuolumne. Show times are 7 p.m. each day plus a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for students and senior citizens. Tickets are available in the school business office, online at and at the door.

"The Autism Chronicles," an hour-long play using the actual words of the people portrayed to tell their stories, will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday at the Black Bart Playhouse in Murphys and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Sonora High School auditorium. The play endeavors to provide insight into what dealing with autism is like and what a group of people at the Mind Matters Clinic in Murphys is doing to ease the burdens. Written by Mark Wilson and directed by Terri Wilson, the play has poignancy laced with humor. Admission is $10 in advance or $12 at the door. For reservations or more information, call 728-2184.

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


Michael and Jeanne will star in a dance-concert from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Aronos Research Women's Club at 37 E. Elkin St. in downtown Sonora. Driftwood Dave and the Drifftones will open the show. Admission is free, with donations accepted.

Sonora flutists June Diggle and Sandra Betti, and Murphys pianist Patti Hennessee will be featured as part of a chamber music concert presented by the Mother Lode Friends of Music at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Church of the Nazarene at 14050 Ridge Road in Sutter Creek. Admisson is free. For more information, call 293-4227 or

The Columbia Kicks Big Band will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Gallo Center for the Arts in Modesto as part of the Modesto Community Concert Association series. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for youth, available by calling 338-2100 or online at

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


The Central Sierra Arts Council will present its annual "Celebration of Arts in Schools" student art exhibit Saturday through April 30 at 251 S. Barretta St. on the Sonora Dome campus. A reception for the artists including student recitals will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. Regular show hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is free. For more information, call 532-2787.

Town Hall Arts in Copperopolis will celebrate its third anniversary with a public reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at 145 Stone St., under the clock in Copperopolis Town Square. Winners of the "Leather" art contest will be announced and a silent auction will be held to benefit the Copperopolis Children's Art Program. For more information, call 785-2050 or visit .

"Art in the Library," a rotating exhibit at the Tuolumne County Library at 480 Greenley Road in Sonora, will feature a retrospective of art by the late Thomas A. Hughes during April. 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 April. 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 April are Marilyn Richards, who paints local scenes and flowers in acrylics, and Sue King, who works in watercolor and collage. Their works can be seen in the group's Window Gallery in the Meadowmont Shopping Center in Arnold.


Line Dancing Lessons by Brenda Witt will take place at 7 p.m. today and each Tuesday in April at the Sonora Elks Lodge. Admission is $5, with half going to the Elks Charity Fund. For more information, call 770-4560.

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 downtown Sonora. This will be the Spring Fling Potluck Dance Party. Admission is $7. Donations will benefit the Mentoring Works program at the Amador-Tuolumne Community Action Agency. 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 nightclub two-step lesson by Jeff Csolak of Modesto will be given at 7 p.m., 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 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 .

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.

Tuolumne County Relay for Life will hold a Multi-team Yard Sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at The Junction shopping center in East Sonora. All proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society. The 24-hour Relay for Life will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 4, at Sonora High School's Dunlavy Field. For more information, call Jen Bick at 559-2727.

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.

Opening weekend at Railtown 1897 State Park in Jamestown will take place Saturday and Sunday. Grand opening festivities will be held both days and residents of Calaveras, Mariposa and Tuolumne counties can ride free with proof of residency. For more information, call 984-3953 or visit

Tuolumne County Master Gardeners will hold an Open Garden Day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 251 S. Barretta St. on the Cassina High School campus in Sonora. Workshops will includeberry care and maintenance by Margaret Klein, rock garden care by Debbie Clinite and Kim Pia,and Tufa toad abodes by Vienne Meyerhoff. Admission is free. Also available for $25 will be the Master Gardeners' secondbook "Sharing the Knowledge, Gardening in the Mother Lode,"a compilation of articles written from 2006 to 2010.Books may also be purchased at the Nest and Nursery in Twain Harte, Mountain Bookshop, Foothill Business Cards and at the University of California Cooperative Extension Office in Sonora. For more information, call the Master Gardener Hotline at 533-5912 oremail

The Lake Don Pedro Homeowners Association will sponsor a Community Yard Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Don Pedro Hacienda at the corner of J-59 and Bonds Flat Road. For more information, call 852-2745 or 852-2016.

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.

Gold Rush Charter School's Country School Campus PTO will present a fundraising Dinner and Dance with live music from 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Sonora Opera Hall. Minimum age to attend is 21. Tickets are $25, available by calling 588-6993.

The fifth annual Chinese Dinner and Auction to benefit WATCH Resources Inc. will take place Saturday at the Sonora Opera Hall. Cocktails and appetizers will be served at 6 p.m., with a buffet dinner catered by the China House Restaurant of Twain Harte at 7 p.m. Tickets are $35, including 25 coins to participate in the 25-item "Chinese Auction." Box, silent and live auctions also will be featured, along with a dessert auction. All proceeds will benefit people with developmental disabilities living in the community. For tickets or more information, call 533-0510, ext. 101.

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 $7 for adults and $3 for children under 10. The menu includes pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, orange juice, and coffee or tea. Proceeds go to American Legion projects such as scholarships and Boys and Girls State. The breakfasts are served on the first Sunday of each month. For more information, call Ed Brouillard at 984-4719.

The 66th annual La Grange Rodeo will take place Sunday at the rodeo arena east of La Grange. Bull riding, bareback and saddle bronc riding, team roping, calf roping, steer wrestling and barrel racing will be featured, along with rodeo clowns and a goat scramble for children 8 and under. The queen ceremony and grand entry will begin at noon. Tickets are $15 at the gate, $10 for children 6 to 12, 5 and under free. Advance tickets are $12.For more information, call Neil Casey at 988-7079.

The seventh annual Cowgirl Luncheon and Fashion Show hosted by the Tuolumne County Sheriff's Posse will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Sonora Opera Hall. Doors will open at noon. A silent auction and prize drawings also will be featured. Lunch will be served by posse members. Tickets are $25, available by calling 928-5303 or 770-7513.

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.

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.

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