Gary Linehan, The Union Democrat


"Second Saturday Art Night," an evening of music, art and refreshments, will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday throughout downtown Sonora. All activities are free. For more information, call 532-7697 or visit

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.

Ruth Morrow and Susie Hoffman are the Mother Lode Art Association's featured artists for May. Their 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 May are Donna McCormick and Charlotte Mahood, whose works can be seen in the group's Window Gallery in the Meadowmont Shopping Center in Arnold. McCormick paints local landscapes, florals and animals in both watercolor and oil, while Mahood paints people, landscapes and still life in oil.


Champion fiddle player Dave Rainwater of Jamestown will join forces with Mark Twain re-enactor Pat Kaunert of Sonora in a program titled "Way Out West in 1861" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Bret Harte High School Theater in Angels Camp. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for senior citizens and $10 for ages 12 and under, available at the Tuolumne and Calaveras visitors bureaus, Calaveras County Arts Council in San Andreas and Health Habit in Valley Springs. Tickets also are available online at and at the box office one hour before the performance. For more information, call 754-4021.

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


The Family Crest, a San Francisco-based indie rock group, will appear in concert at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Huberty Gardens, 374 E. St. Charles St. in San Andreas. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. Food, beer and wine will be available for purchase. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Children under 12 are free.For more information, call 754-5816 or visit

Guitarist David Knopfler, co-founder of the rock band Dire Straits, will perform in an acoustic show at 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, at Black Oak Casino in Tuolumne. Admission is free to guests 21 and over.

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 Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. today at Tuolumne County Library on Greenley Road in Sonora. Author Janet Irene Atkinson will give a presentation on "Colorful Men and Women of the Mother Lode." Admission is free.

The Angels Camp Museum Foundation will sponsor a lecture titled "Gold is Where You Find It: Gold Mining in the Angels Camp Mining District," at 7 p.m. today at the museum at 753 S. Main St. in Angels Camp. Admission is$10. Guest speaker will be John Kramer, who holds a doctorate in geology.His talk will include the history of the Angels Quartz Mine, explore local geology and gold veins. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 736-2963 or 588-6234.

The Sonora office of the California State Automobile Association will sponsor a Motorcycle Safety Awareness Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at 1071 Sanguinetti Road in the Sonora Crossroads shopping center. Admission is free. Refreshments will be served, door prizes will be awarded and motorcycles will be on display. Representatives from the California Highway Patrol, Vic's Towing, area motorcycle organizations and more will be on hand to share safety information. At the same time and place, the AAA will hold a First Responders Day, celebrating members of the CHP, Sonora Fire Department and Red Cross. Guests also can enter a free drawing to win a collectible baseball cap, autographed San Francisco Giants baseball or replica championship ring. For more information, call Lisa Palmer at 536-2542.

The Jamestown Farmers Market will open Friday at 18530 N. Fifth Ave. in Jamestown and continue from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. each Friday through Nov. 8. For more information, call 565-2116.

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. Admission is $7. Donations will benefit the Mentoring Works program at the Amador-Tuolumne Community Action Agency. For more information, call 532-6901.

Copperopolis Parks and Recreation will host its semi-annual Copperopolis Flea Market from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Copperopolis Town Square at Highway 4 and Little John Road. Plan B will provide live entertainment from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Proceeds from booth rentals will benefit Copper Parks and Rec and the Bill Albee Memorial Community Garden. For more information, call 785-0560 or email

The Kiwanis Club will host 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 Al Smith at 532-0140.

The 21st annual Angels Camp Triathlon will begin at 8:30 a.m. Sunday at the Angels Creek Boat Ramp at New Melones Reservoir. The course features a 1,000-yard swim, 16-mile bike and a 4-mile run. Entry fee is $65 in advance, $75 on race day, including T-shirt, awards and post-race barbecue. For more information, contact On Your Mark Events at 795-7832 or visit

The 56th annual Mother Lode Roundup sponsored by the Tuolumne County Sheriff's Posse will take place Saturday and Sunday in Sonora. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday along Washington Street in downtown Sonora, followed by two days of rodeo, Saturday dance and Mother's Day breakfast at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds. For more information, call general chairman Jim Earll at 586-6613.

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.

Railtown 1897 State Park in Jamestown will celebrate National Train Day on Saturday with speeder demonstrations, roundhouse tours, seldom-seen equipment and the belt driven machine shop in operation. On Sunday, mothers aboard regular steam-powered excursion trains will receive special treats when accompanied by a child. Trains depart on the hour from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.

The Sonora High School ROP Auto class will host its first Kart Endurance Race at 1 p.m. Saturday on the track at the school's Dunlavy Field. Students will race karts they have built from kits. Spectator admission is $1. Food and prize drawings also will be featured. All proceeds will go toward the school auto program. For more information, call 743-5037.

James D. Piper VFW Post 12118 of Copperopolis will sponsor a Spaghetti Dinner from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Black Creek Park in Copperopolis. A silent auction also will be featured. Dinner tickets are $10 in advance or $12.50 at the door. For more information, call 785-4218.

The La Grange Odd Fellows of LaFayette Historical Lodge 65 will serve Mother's Day Breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. Sunday at the Odd Fellows Hall on the main street of La Grange. Biscuits and gravy, sausage, eggs to order, country friedpotatoes, French toast and beverages will be served for $6. For more information, call George Sylvester at 853-2508 or Chris Stevenson at 853-2128 or email

The Northern Mariposa County History Center will sponsor a Mother's Day Pancake Breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. Sunday at the Old Schoolhouse on Broadway in Coulterville. Pancakes, eggs, ham or sausage, fruit and beverage will be served for $5 for adults, $3 for children, or $15 for a family of two adults and two children. For more information, call 878-3015.

The Calaveras County Commission on Aging will present its 2013 Senior Citizen of the Year Awards Luncheon at noon Tuesday, May 14, at the St. Andrew's Church in San Andreas. Cost of lunch is $15 and reservations should be made by Friday by calling 532-7632.

Hive-Arts.Org will present North Carolina singer, songwriter and storyteller Michael Reno Harrell from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, at Stage 3 Theatre at 208 S. Green St. in Sonora. The one-time performance is a benefit for local community arts projects, including Sonora's Mural in a Day. Sonora storyteller B.Z. Smith will open the show with a story and serve as master of ceremonies. Tickets are $15, available at the Stage 3 box office and Mountain Bookshop. For information call 532-7697 or email

The Junction shopping center in East Sonora will host its 17th annual Cruise Night at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 15. Admission is free for the classic car show, prize drawings and music from the 1950s and '60s. The gatherings are held on the first and third Wednesday of each month though Oct. 16. For more information, call 533-3548.

The 65th annual Frog Jump Youth Parade hosted by Soroptimist International of Calaveras County will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 16, in downtown Angels Camp as a kickoff to the Calaveras County Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee. Individuals, families and groups may take part. Entry forms are available at all county library branches and online at This year's theme is "Cowboy Boots and Country Roots." Cash awards will be presented in several categories. For more information, call 736-1947.

The 86th annual Calaveras County Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee will take place Thursday through Sunday, May 16 to 19, at the Calaveras County Fairgrounds in Angels Camp. Carnival, home and fine arts show, agricultural events, Miss Calaveras Pageant, Calaveras Idol contest, Saddle Queen competition, destruction derby, live music and more will be featured. Gates will open at 8 a.m. Thursday for swine and sheep shows. Buildings and booths will open at 10 a.m. and the carnival will open at 11 a.m. The Farm, a country music group from Nashville, will be the headline performers at 8 p.m. Saturday. Frog jumping contests will be held daily, with the International Frog Jump Finals beginning at 3 p.m. Sunday. For ticket prices or more information, call 736-2561 or visit

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.