datebook for May 2-9

Gary Linehan, The Union Democrat


Jamestown will celebrate its seventh annual Art in the Park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.Saturday at Rocca Park.Admission is free. Featured artists Leslie Hurst, Diane Sanguinetti and Diana Eppler will be set up in the gazebo.More than 20 other artists and artisans also will offer their wares, including oil paintings, watercolors, pastels, jewelry, ceramics, photography, mosaics and more. Live music will be provided by Dave Rainwater and the Fiddle Gang.For more information, call 984-4583.

The Calaveras County Arts Council will present "Calaveras On Display," showcasing familiar and lesser known scenes of Calaveras County, through June 1 at 22 N. 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

"Art in the Library," a rotating exhibit at the Tuolumne County Library at 480 Greenley Road in Sonora, will feature the first public exhibit of portrait photography by Sonora native Apryle Rivera during May. In celebration of Mother's Day, Rivera is showing portraits of mothers and children. For more information, call 533-5507.


Studio 4 Dance Theater will present its2013 spring showcase, "Sleeping Beauty's Wedding,"at 7 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday at the Bret Harte High School Theater at 323 Highway 49 in Angels Camp. This will be an abbreviated version of the third act of the "Sleeping Beauty" ballet, including a mix of ballet, jazz, hip hop and contemporary dance. General admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under, available at Family 4 Fitness or at the door one hour before each show. For more information, call Artistic Director Tammie Lee at 728-5347.

Summerville High School and the Connections Visual and Performing Arts Academy will present "Encore," a song and dance showcase spanning from rock to Broadway, at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Summerville High theater in Tuolumne. Performers will include the Jazz@8 Choir, Jazz Band and Constellations Show Choir, with direction by Madeline Young and Jeff Johnson. Admission is $10, $8 for students and senior citizens. Proceeds will benefit the instrumental and vocal music programs at Summerville High and the Connections Academy. For more information, call 768-5971 or 928-4228, ext. 262.

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," a 2012 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award finalist 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" through May 19 at the Black Bart Playhouse at 580 S. Algiers St. in Murphys. Performances will be given at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. May 12 and 19. For reservations, call 728-8422 or visit


Columbia College's Symphony of the Sierra, conducted by Mic Harper, will perform its spring concert at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Dogwood Theater on campus. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. and admission is free. Cellist Judy Thompson and trombonist Danielle DiBartolomeo will perform the duet "Suscepit Israel" from the "Magnificat" by Francesco Durante. The program also will include Purcell's "Overture in D," Mozart's "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik," the "Bacchanale" from Saint-Saens's "Samson and Delilah" and three contemporary works. For more information, contact Harper at 533-0941 or

Mountain Melody Women's Chorus, including members from Amador, Calaveras and Tuolumne counties, will present its spring concerts at 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Union Congregational Church at 1141 S. Main St. in Angels Camp. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. For more information, call director Julia Shelby at 754-4783.

Twisted Oak Winery at 4280 Red HillRoad in Vallecito will open its 2013 concert series with a performance by the Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. For more information, call 736-9080 or visit .

The annual Tuolumne County Band Review will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, at Sonora High School. Schools bands from throughout Tuolumne County will perform in advance of the Mother Lode Roundup Parade. Admission is free.

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 Tuolumne County Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Golf Tournament on Friday at Mountain Springs Golf Course in Sonora. Registration is at 11 a.m., with a shotgun start at noon. Entry fee is $100, including green fees, cart, lunch and dinner. For more information, call 532-4212 or email .

The Mi-Wuk-Sugar Pine Fire Protection District Auxiliary will present its ninth annual "Step Into Spring Fashion Show" at noon Friday at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church at 24176 Pine Lake Road in Sugar Pine. Fashions will be provided by Sharon Malone Lingerie. Tickets are $15, including a salad bar luncheon. Prize drawings also will be held. For more information, call 586-9981 or 352-6267.

The eighth annual Central Sierra Helicopter Meet will take place Friday through Sunday at 12850 Cherry Lake Road, off Highway 120 south of Groveland. For more information, call Nancy Miller at 707-833-5905, email or visit .

The 54th annual Columbia Fireman's Muster will take place Friday and Saturday in Columbia State Historic Park. Volunteer fire crews from around the Western United States will take part in the competition, presented by Columbia Volunteer Fire Department Engine Co. No. 1. Friday is hospitality night and the muster parade begins at 10 a.m. Saturday. Other weekend events include hose cart races, bucket brigade, skills competition, hand pumper contests and a Saturday dance. Admission is free. For more information, call 532-3772.

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 .

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. This will be a Cinco de Mayo Potluck Dance Party. Participants are asked to bring a potluck dish to share. 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 lesson 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.

Jamestown United Methodist Church will hold its annual Plant and Yard Sale from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at18166 Seco St. in Jamestown. Plants, gifts, books and other miscellaneous items will be available. The entire proceeds of the sale gofor support and restoration ofthe 161-year-old church as well as support for local charities including Amador-Tuolumne Community Action Agency and Interfaith Community Social Services.For more information, call Jean Hickey at 984-4133 or Dorothy Eiserer at 984-3511.

Country Cowboy Church will hold a Rummage Sale from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at 14888 Peaceful Oak Road in East Sonora. Items will include a 1920s oak pub table, two signed Thomas Kinkade prints, a Victorian doll house, glassware, books, toys, movies and more. For more information, call Sandy Esau at 532-6700 or Laura Brewer at 532-3261. The sale is sponsored by the 2013 Mission to Brazil team.

The Yosemite Hwy 120 Chamber of Commerce will present its first Flea Market of the season from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Mary Laveroni Community Park in Groveland. Admission is free to buyers. The markets will take place on the first Saturday of each month through September. For more information, call 962-0429 or email

The Crystal Falls-Sonora Meadows Women's Fire Auxiliary will sponsor a Pancake Breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday at Applebee's restaurant in Sonora. Tickets are $5 for bacon, coffee, juice and all-you-can-eat pancakes. Tickets will be on sale at Walmart from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and at the door. All proceeds will help support the volunteer firefighters at Station 56. For more information, call Marge Jones at 536-9998.

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.

Faith Lutheran Church will host its "Swap, Shop and Brats" community yard sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 65 Mitchler St. in Murphys. Admission is free. A bratwurst lunch will be served from 11 a.m. until sold out for $5. For more information, call 728-8041.

The 13th annual Hot Copper Car Show will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Copperopolis Town Square. Breakfast, lunch, music, prizes, awards and classic cars will be featured. Admission is free. For more information, call 785-4288.

The Tuolumne County Relay for Life will take place from 9 a.m. Saturday to 9 a.m. Sunday at Sonora High School's Dunlavy Field. This year's theme is "Out of This World." Chains Required will perform from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society. For more information, call chairwoman Andee Houser at 928-9416, 770-7339 or 533-1252.

The 2013 Mother Lode Roundup Queen Horsemanship Competition will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora. Admission is free. The Queen Coronation ceremony will take place at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Sonora Opera Hall. Tickets are $10, available at the door. Hors d'oeuvres will be served and a no-host bar will be available. For information, call 928-5303.

Sierra Waldorf School will hold its annual May Day Festival from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at 19234 Rawhide Road in Jamestown. May Pole dancing, arts and crafts, live music, food and children's activities will be featured. Admission and parking are free. For more information, call 984-0454 or visit .

Tuolumne County Master Gardeners will host an Open Garden Day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the demonstration garden at 251 S. Barretta St. on the Cassina High School campus in Sonora. Workshop topics will include summer vegetable planting and making and using a compost area. Master Gardeners also will be on hand to discuss all aspects of the garden. Admission is free. For more information, call the Master Gardener Hotline at 533-5912 or UC Cooperative Extension Office at 533-5695.

FoCuS, the nonprofit Foothill Collaborative for Sustainability, will sponsor a Plant and Garden Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the vacant lot next to Tractor Supply at 14879 Mono Way in East Sonora. Locals vendors will have seedling plants for sale, in addition to other garden and farm products. The event is being held to support to those producing food, herbs, raising animals or hand crafting items of interest. Admission is free. For more information, call Val Dambacher at 588-3879.

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.

A seminar on "Large Carnivores of Big Trees State Park" will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday in Jack Knight Hall at Calaveras Big Trees State Park. The focus will be on carnivores in the region, including coyotes, bobcats, mountian lions and wolverines. Admission is free, but park entry is $8 per vehcile. For more information, call 795-3840 or visit

Soroptimist International of Calaveras County will present the third annual "Take It To Heart Chili Cookoff" from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Murphys Hotel in Murphys. Tastings are $5 for chili and $5 for sides. Live music will be provided by Plan B. To register or obtain more information, call 736-1947 or visit

The second annual Sierra Foothills Artisan Cheese and Wine Festival will take place from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Lavender Ridge Winery in Copperopolis. Wine and cheese tastings will be featured along with seminars and marketplace. Admission is $40. For tickets or more information, call 728-2441 or visit .

The Saddle Creek Garden Club will hold its third annual Garden Tour from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday beginning at Saddle Creek Resort in Copperopolis. Four gardens will be featured, along with art displays, small plants for sale, entertainment, refreshments and a cash drawing. Tickets are $10, available from Bette Saylor at 785-5651 or . Proceeds will benefit the Copperopolis Elementary School and Community Gardens.

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.

Dori's Tea Cottage in Groveland will hold a Book Signing from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday for three local authors who have written their memoirs: Tracy Herrick, a personal memoir of a world-renowned economist, educated at Columbia and Oxford universities; Mary Stewart Anthony, a real Flower Child of the '60s, now living in Groveland and doing missionary work in China; and Dave Gookin, a memoir of growing up in Groveland from the 1950s to '70s. Refreshments will be served.

The Black Hat Foundation will hold its 22nd annual Black and White Charity Ball on Saturday at the new Hotel at Black Oak Casino Resort. It will feature dinner by Seven Sisters and music by Rod Harris Quartet featuring Jana, and live and silent auctions, with proceeds benefiting the TeenWorks youth mentoring program. Black tie is optional. Tickets are $95 per person. The event is already sold out, with a waiting list established. For more information, call 586-2562 or visit

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. For more information, call Ed Brouillard at 984-4719.

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