Gary Linehan, The Union Democrat


Columbia College will present its All Student Art Extravaganza through Friday 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.

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.

Tuesday, April 30, is the deadline to submit entries for the "Real Men Love Rescues 2014 Calendar" sponsored by Friends of the Animal Community. The group is in search of all animal loving men who have rescued an animal. Anyone is invited to submit a photo of a man and his pet plus a short biography. Men can be of any age, working or retired, who are currently living in Tuolumne County. Entries may be submitted to Dusty's Den at 14755 Mono Way in East Sonora or by e-mailing Darlene Mathews at

"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.

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.


The Sonora High School Drama and Music Departments will present their spring production, the new musical "Don't Stop Believin'!," today through Saturday in the school auditorium. Curtain 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.

Sierra Repertory Theatre will present "Church Basement Ladies" through Sunday, 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, through Sunday, 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 present the Tom Stoppard comedy "Rough Crossing" at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through May 18 at the Black Bart Playhouse at 580 S. Algiers St. in Murphys. For reservations, call 728-8422 or visit


The Columbia College Community Chorus, directed by John Carter, will present its spring concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church at 13880 Joshua Way in Sonora. The program will include Bach's "Cantata No. 4" with orchestra, Brahms' "Motet, Opus 29," Irving Berlin's "Blue Skies," songs about spring and a medley from "Oklahoma!" Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door for adults, $5 for ages 12 and under. Advance tickets are available at Mountain Bookshop, Sonora Music, Manzanita Book Store and Murphys Music Co. For more information, call 586-5965.

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.


Summerville Parent Nursery Schoolwill host its first Spring Community Dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Tuolumne Veterans Memorial Hall in Tuolumne. A spaghetti dinner will be served for $10 for adults and $5 for children 3 to 12. Take out is available. Dessert, balloon prizes, children's activities and live music will also be offered. Tickets are available at the preschool office and Mountain Bookshop. Proceeds will help further the operation of the preschool. For more information, call 922-4288 or email

Sonora Ballroom Dancing will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Aronos Research Women's Club at 37 E. Elkin St. in downtown Sonora. Rayma Garcia will be the dance instructor for the evening. 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.

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 Tuolumne County Sheriff Community Service Unit will host Breakfast and Lunch Fundraisers on Saturday at the Sonora Moose Lodge at 20921 Longeway Road in Mono Vista. Each meal will cost $5. Pancakes, eggs, sausage, juice and coffee will be served from 9 a.m. to noon. Lunch will be served from 1 to 3 p.m., including a hamburger or hot dog, beans, salad, soda and dessert. Proceeds will fund equipment and services provided by volunteers who assist the Sheriff's Office with various duties throughout the county. For more information, call the Community Service Unit office in Jamestown at 984-3012, Sonora at 536-9828, Twain Harte at 586-0729 or Groveland at 962-6974.

The second annual Off the Beaten Path Walk-Run for Autism Awareness will be held Saturday under the auspices of Mind Matters, the Murphys-based clinic that treats autism and related disorders. Participants will have the chance to take part in either a 5-mile run or a 2.5-mile walk-run beginning at 9 a.m. at Murphys Community Park. Check-in will start at 8 a.m. Entry fee is $15 in advance or $20 on the day of the event. Each participant will receive a T-shirt. Prizes will be awarded in a variety of categories. For more information, call 728-2184 or visit

Project Shine will take place from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Steinmetz House at 116 W. Bradford Ave. in Sonora. Dresses for teen formals are available for loan at no charge. A refundable $20 deposit is required. For more information, call Margaret Smith at 352-0034.

Friends of the Mother Lode Fair will present their first Sportsmen's Expo from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora. Hunting, fishing, sporting, outdoor supplies and artwork will be showcased by vendors from all over the state. The Mother Lode Fly Fishing Club will give fly fishing and casting demonstrations, and Mark Bonales Archery will be doing archery demonstrations. There will also be packing demonstrations and children's activities. Food and drink by local service groups will be available. Free appraisals of antique rods and reels also will provided. Admission is $10, children 10 and under free. Parking is free. For more information, call event coordinator Shelley Truelock at 988-8932 or email

The Sonora Spring Festival will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in downtown Sonora. Music, art, crafts, games and more will be featured. Admission is free. For more information, call 532-7725 or visit

The Twain Harte Business Association and Twain Harte Chamber of Commerce will present "Who Let the Dogs Out in Twain Harte?" from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Activities will include a dog parade at noon along with an agility course, obedience demonstrations, human howling contests, Humane Society petting area, therapy dogs and more. There is a $5 fee to enter the parade. All other events are free. Proceeds will benefit the Humane Society of Tuolumne County. For more information, call 352-6267 or 586-9981.

The annual Calaveras County Home and Garden Show will take place Saturday and Sunday at the Calaveras County Fairgrounds in Angels Camp. Admission is free. For information, visit the Calaveras County Chamber of Commerce website at

Angels Camp RV and Camping Resort will host a free Family Fun Day beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday at 3069 Highway 49 South in Angels Camp. Food, live music, silent auction, chain saw carving, cooking demonstrations, dog show, wine tasting, games and more will be featured. The celebration will conclude with evening karaoke and a community fire pit. For more information, call 736-0404.

The Spinetto Family, who created their own legacy in Tuolumne, will be honored as the 2013 Pioneer Family of the Year at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Tuolumne City Memorial Museum in downtown Tuolumne. The program is free and open to the public.

Mountain Derby Girls Roller Derby will present a double header on Saturday at High Country Sports Arena at 18960 Waylon Way east of Sonora. The High Country Hellcats will take on Sacred City's Donna Party while the High Country Gold Diggers will battle Hollister's Faultline Derby Devilz. Doors will open at 4 p.m., with the Gold Diggers playing at 5 p.m. and the Hellcats rolling at 7 p.m. Food and beverages will be available. General admission tickets are $10 in advance, available at Jamestown Harley-Davidson, the Outpost, Togo'sand Brown Paper Tickets at Adult tickets at the door will be $15. Ages 5 to 12 are $5 and children under 5 are free. For more information, call 588-0776.

The Tuolumne County Sheriff's Posse will hold its 22nd annual Great Steak Barbecue from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the posse headquarters at 19130 Rawhide Road in Jamestown. Tickets are $15 for a New York steak dinner. Hot dogs are available for children under 12 for $3. Dance music will follow dinner. For more information, call Ron Sterns at 532-8269 or 599-1323 or Ty Wivell at 770-2285.

The Groveland Kiwanis Club will sponsor a Mexican Fiesta Dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday at Groveland Community Hall. Advance tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children. Admission at the door will be $15 for adults and $8 for children. Proceeds will benefit children's school clothes and supplies. For more information, call Gloria Stevens at 962-1823.

The Historical La Grange Homecoming Celebration will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday in downtown La Grange. Flea market, antiques, music, food, dancing, car and motorcycle show, fun run and more will be featured. Admission is free. For more information, call 852-2476.

The Humane Society of Tuolumne County will hold its annual spring fundraiser from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Sonora Elks Lodge. Tickets are $30, or $25 for Humane Society members, available at Mountain Bookshop, Purrrfect Bargains Thrift Boutique, the animal shelter in Jamestown and at the door.All proceeds benefit the shelter animals and low-income spay and neuter programs. This year's theme is "Mardi Gras Meowness." The event will feature vendor booths, silent and live auctions, Bourbon Street-style jazz by the Rod Harris Quartet and a Southern-style cuisine catered by Chef Dave Cooks. For more information, visit or call Jean McClymonds at 984-5489.

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.

The Junction shopping center will host its 17th annual Cruise Night at 5:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month, May 1 though Oct. 16. Admission is free for the classic car show, prize drawings and music from the 1950s and '60s. For more information, call 533-3548.

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.