Gary Linehan, The Union Democrat


The Central Sierra Arts Council will present its annual "Celebration of Arts in Schools" student art exhibit through April 30 at 251 S. Barretta St. on the Sonora Dome campus. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and admission is free. For more information, call 532-2787.

Columbia College will present its All Student Art Extravaganza through April 26 in the Manzanita Rotunda. Categories include paintings, drawings, 2-D design, digital design, figure drawing, ceramics, sculpture, metal sculpture, mixed media and photography. Viewing hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday.

"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 through April. For more information, call 533-5507.

The Calaveras County Arts Council will present its 16th annual "ArtSpirit" juried high school art show through Saturday at 22 Main St. in San Andreas. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and Friday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 754-1774 or visit

Irene Taylor is the Mother Lode Art Association's featured artist for April. Her paintings can be seen in the front window 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.


Sierra Repertory Theatre will present "Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story" through Sunday on the East Sonora stage. Curtain times are 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For reservations, call 532-3120 or visit

Sierra Repertory Theatre will present "Church Basement Ladies" Friday through May 19 at the Fallon House Theater in Columbia State Historic Park. 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 will present "Other Desert Cities," by Jon Robin Baitz, Friday through May 19 at 208 S. Green St. in downtown Sonora. Curtain times are 7 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. For reservations, call 536-1778 or visit

Murphys Creek Theatre will open its 19th season with the Tom Stoppard comedy "Rough Crossing" at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Black Bart Playhouse at 580 S. Algiers St. in Murphys. The show will continue at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through May 19. For reservations, call 728-8422 or visit

The Sonora High School Drama and Music Departments will present their spring production, the new musical "Don't Stop Believin'!," Wednesday through Saturday, April 24 to 27, in the school auditorium. Curtaih times are 7:30 p.m. each day, with an additional matinee performance at 2 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $7 general admission, $5 for students and senior citizens.


The Columbia College Jazz Series will present "Big Band Goes Latin," featuring the Mario Flores Latin Jazz Band, at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Dogwood Theater on campus. Reserved seat tickets are $15, available at Mountain Bookshop and the college's Manzanita Bookstore. For more information, call 588-5211.

Petroglyphe Gallery at 8317 Main St. in Mokelumne Hill will continue its Spring Sunday Fine Arts Concert Series on Sunday with a performance by jazz harpist Motoshi Kosako. 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


The Murphys-Angels Lions Clubwill sponsor "Classic Car Cruise Nights" from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Murphys Hotel at 457 Main St. in Murphys. There is no charge for entrants or spectators. The gatherings will take place on the third Thursday of each month through September. For more information, call Terry Costa at 728-9971.

A Craft Fair and Flea Market will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday at the Odd Fellows Hall in Big Oak Flat. Admission is free. There will be 18 craft vendors indoors and a dozen flea market booths outdoors.

"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 Sonora. Signups for readings begin at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call moderator Denella Kimura at 532-6561.

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. Admission is $7. Donations will benefit the Mentoring Works program at 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.

Railtown 1897 State Historic Park in Jamestown will offer a Wildflower Train Ride at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $24 for adults, $10 youths ages 6 to 17, free for children 5 and under. For more information, call 984-3953 or visit

The Sonora MMA Relay for Life team will sponsor a Pancake Breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday at Applebee's restaurant in Sonora.Tickets are $5, available by calling 533-3505. All proceeds support the American Cancer Society.

The Kiwanis Club of Sonora will present the 34th Old Mill Run on Saturday in Columbia State Historic Park, rain or shine. The event will include a two-mile run-walk at 8 a.m., kids mini-mile at 8:20 a.m., kids mile at 8:45 a.m. and 10K run at 9 a.m. Entry fee for all races is $30 per person or $70 for a family of three or more in any race. Registration begins at 7 a.m. Proceeds will benefit the Tuolumne County Community Christmas Eve Dinner. For more information, call Cathie Peacock at 586-4802 or Ron Ferrell at 532-0230.

The Sierra Foothills chapter of the California Native Plant Society will hold its annual Spring Plant Sale from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Rocca Park in Jamestown. For more information, call Stefani Reichle at 533-3181 or 352-7961. In conjunction with the plant sale, the Central Sierra Audubon Society will hold a Birdhouse Sale at the same time and location. Proceeds will go toward two annual Audubon scholarships. For more information, call Tom Harrington at 694-8564 or John Turner at 852-2348.

The 29th annual ICES Children's Fair sponsored by Infant-Child Enrichment Services will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora. The event will feature children's activities and entertainment including art projects, an obstacle course, face painting, prizes and more. Parents can learn about health and safety information as well as community resources available to families. Admission is free. Lunch will be available for $2. For more information, call 533-0377.

An Earth Day celebration will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Utica Park in Angels Camp. Performers will include Clan Dyken, Dyemusica, Somer Moon, Billie Shields, Jens Jarvie, Felicity Oceansong, Raks Arabica Dancers and the Sonora Community Drum Circle. There will also be energy-saving displays, speakers, artists' booths and organic plants for sale. Admission is free. For the past 15 years, the event has been organized and sponsored by the Blue Mountain Coalition for Youth and Families and the Calaveras Green Party. For more information, contact Don Payne at 795-6536 or or Alan Willard at 293-4379 or

Sonora Cat Rescue will hold its annual "Elegant to Sporty Fashion Show Luncheon" at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Twain Harte Golf Club at 22909 Meadow Lane in Twain Harte. The fashion show will feature outfits from Joan's Boutique, Banyan Tree, and other Twain Harte and Sonora stores. Lunch will be catered by the Cottage Cafe. The menu will include a turkey sandwich, side dishes and dessert. There also will be live music and an array of silent auction items along with prize drawings. Tickets are $25, available by calling Judith Rodan at 559-2406 or online at Proceeds will benefit the Sonora Cat Rescue spay and neuter fund.

A "Bears vs. Wildcats" bowl-a-thon fundraiser will take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Black Oak Lanes inside Black Oak Casino in Tuolumne. Start times are 9 a.m., noon and 3 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome. Donations are also welcome, and there will be a silent auction and free drawings for prizes. Proceeds from the event, presented by Leadership Tuolumne County 2013, will benefit Sonora High School's "No Wildcat Left Behind" and Summerville High School's girls basketball programs. Games cost $15 per person, and four-person teams are welcome for $60 per team. The cost includes shoe rental. Entry forms are available at Black Oak Lanes. To reserve a start time, call 928-9419 or email

Bicyclists from throughout Northern California and Nevada will journey to the Gold Rush town of Murphys for the sixth annual Mr. Frog's Wild Ride beginning at 7:30 a.m. Saturday at Feeney Park. Two scenic routes, 50K and 100K, will take riders through the countryside at the height of the wildflower season. The longer ride will also include New Melones Lake. All riders must start by 9 a.m. Entry fee is $50 for the 50K and $60 for the 100k, including snacks, support and barbecue. To register, visit

Aire Faire 2013, a fly-in and open house, will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Calaveras County Airport in San Andreas. A formation flying team will perform at 10 a.m. Also featured will be breakfast, barbecue, aircraft and classic car displays, radio controlled aircraft and the Calaveras Community Band. Admission is free. Airplane rides will be available for $5 for children and $10 for adults. For more information, call 736-2501, email or visit

The Angels Camp Business Association will host its seventh annual "Taste of Calaveras" from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Calaveras County Fairgrounds in Angels Camp. The event will feature Calaveras wines and foods. Chocolate and wine pairing, a live auction including vacation packages, Calaveras County artists and live music by the Fabulous Off Brothers also will be featured. Tickets are $30 in advance or $40 at the gate. For more information, call 754-0127 or email

The Southern Tuolumne County Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Saturday at Groveland Community Hallto hear Jim Goodrich's presentation on "Four Billion Years in Groveland." Guests will hear why this particular location was the "hot spot" to be in 1849 and take a look at where Groveland will likely be 250 million years in the future. Admission is free. For more information, call 962-0300 or visit

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. 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, coffee and hot chocolate will be served for $6 for adults and $3 for children 10 and younger. For more information, call 728-8902.

The Columbia College Foundation will host the 37th annual Columbia Wine Tasting from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Columbia State Historic Park. Representatives from more than 65 wineries will be present. Hors d'oeuvres prepared by culinary students and local food purveyors also will be served. Tickets are $60. Proceeds will benefit the college's culinary arts program.For more information, call 588-5089 or visit

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 a free half-hour beginning waltz lesson at 1 p.m. and line dance 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.For more information, call 532-1859.

Soroptimist International of Groveland will hold a Chinese Dinner and Auction beginning at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the Pine Mountain Lake Grill. Tickets are $35, available by calling Cindi Goodrich at 962-4660.

Line Dancing Lessons by Brenda Witt will take place at 7 p.m. 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.