Gary Linehan, The Union Democrat


Sierra Repertory Theatre will present the musical "Oklahoma!" through Sunday, Aug. 18, 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 "The Diviners," by James Leonard Jr., through Sunday, July 28, 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 William Shakespeare comedy "Much Ado About Nothing" at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through July 30 outdoors at the Cornelia B. Stevenot Amphitheater at 2690 San Domingo Road in Murphys. Grounds will open at 6:30 p.m. for picnics or optional catered dinners. For reservations, call 728-8422 or visit


Concerts in the Park in Arnold will continue with two shows this weekend. Dyemusica will play from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, with Chains Required performing from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free.

The Gypsy Shack will sponsor the "Singing in the Sun" benefit concert from 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Rocca Park in Jamestown. Performers will include the Devil Mountain Boys, Shooting Star Baby, Breezy Skye, Lainy McGreen and more. Face painting, goods from the Columbia College bakery and prize drawings also will be featured. Admission is free. Proceeds and donations will help raise money for Columbia College Day Choir uniforms and annual trip.

Mountain Sage Nursery in Groveland will continue its Music in the Garden series Saturday with a performance by the Brothers Comatose. Opening act at 5 p.m. will be the Easy Leaves. Adult tickets are $15 in advance or $18 at the door. Children are $6. For reservations, visit

The Twain Harte Area Chamber of Commerce will continue its 2013 Concerts in the Pines series with Jana and Friends playing jazz, blues and more from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Eproson Park in Twain Harte. Admission is free. Guests should bring their own chairs and blankets. The concerts will continue each Saturday through Aug. 31. For more information, visit

Twisted Oak Winery will continue its summer concert series with a performance by Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at 4280 Red Hill Road in Vallecito. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Children under 12 are free. Food and wine will be available for purchase. Guests should bring their own low-back chairs. No outside alcohol is allowed. For tickets, visit

n A Benefit Concert to help pay medical expenses for Kevin Degn, 26, of Mi-Wuk Village, will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday on the Rotary Stage at Eproson Park in Twain Harte. Admission is free, with donations going to help pay his hospital costs. Performers will include the Little Fuller Band, American Made Outlaw, 19 Nevermindies and Oscar Goldman. Food and beverages will be available, along with prize drawings and live and silent auctions. Degn is recovering after a week on life support. A musician and Spanish tutor, he has worked at the Pinecrest Lake boat dock for five years during the summer and is a dealer at Black Oak Casino.

The 2013 Tuolumne Concerts in the Park series will continue with a performance by Dossi on the Rocks from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, at Tuolumne Memorial Park. Admission is free. Guests should bring their own chairs and blankets. For more information, call 928-1214.

The Calaveras County Arts Council will continue its 2013 Music in the Parks series with a classic rock performance by Route 88 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, at Shutter Tree Park in Mokelumne Hill. Admission is free and picnics are welcome. Guests should bring their own chairs and blankets. The shows will continue through Aug. 14 at parks throughout Calaveras County. For more information, call 754-1774.

The Sonora Drum Circle meets at 6 p.m. each Tuesday at Courthouse Square in downtown Sonora. All ages are welcome and no experience is necessary. For more information, call Rona Hempstead at 984-3774.


Railtown 1897 State Historic Park in Jamestown will present "In Train View," an exhibition of 30 large format photographs by members of the Sonora Photo Club, through Sept. 1. The exhibit is included with park admission, which is $5 for adults, $3 for ages 6 to 17 and free for children 5 and under. The show is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Proceeds from sales will benefit the park. For more information, call 984-3953 or 591-8182.

The Calaveras County Arts Council will present the "Creatures in the Garden" exhibition through July 30 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 watercolor paintings by Pat Tippett of through July. For more information, call 533-5507.

Ruth Morrow and Susie Hoffman are the Mother Lode Art Association's featured artists for July. 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 July are Nancy Calhoun, who is noted for her watercolors, and Judy Boles, who is an oil painter specializing in landscapes.Their works can be seen in the Window Gallery at the Meadowmont Shopping Center in Arnold.

"The Artist," an exhibit of Christian artists from Sierra Bible Church and the Tuolumne County community, will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, July 18, at the Family Life Center of Sierra Bible Church. Live music and refreshments also will be featured. Admission is free.


The 76th annual Mother Lode Fair will take place today through Sunday at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora. Livestock auctions, carnival, destruction derby, talent contest and more will be featured along with live music by Elvin Bishop, the Keith Little Band, Skynnyn Lynnyrd and Wingnut Adams. Hours are 4 p.m. to midnight today and Friday, 1 pm. to midnight Saturday and 1 to 11 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10, children 5 and under free. For more information, call 532-7428 or visit

The Calaveras Winegrape Alliance will host "Wines of the World" from 5:30 to 7 p.m. today at the Murphys Hotelin Murphys. Tom Bender, Columbia College wine instructor, will pour wines from the coast of France. Cost is $15 for CWA members and $25 for non-members. For more information, call 728-9467 or visit

Sonora Ballroom Dancing will take place from 7 to 10 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.

Modesto author and life coach Gigi Galluzzo will sign copies of her new book, "Inspired Intentions - The Lighthouse Call," from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday at Legends Books and Antiques at 131 S. Washington St. in Sonora. The book is a collection of inspirational observations and original poems by Galluzzo, designed to capture the human spirit in words.

The 12th annual Vietnam Veterans Golf Tournament will begin at 9 a.m. Friday at Mountain Springs Golf Club in Sonora. Entry fee is $95, including green fees, cart and dinner. For more information, call John Marrs at 532-2052 or Terry Quedens at 586-1696.

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. Admission is free. Marion Chambers will present a program on bugs, Linda Reavleym will talk about trees and Becky Miller-Cripps will discuss fire safety. Master Gardeners also will be on hand to discuss all aspects of the garden. For more information call the Master Gardener Hotline at 533-5912 or the UC Cooperative Extension Office at 533-5695.

Friends of Columbia State Historic Park will present a Ghost Tour at 3 p.m. Saturday. Carol Biederman, historian and author, will reveal tales and stories of old Columbia where the ghosts reportedly remain alive and well. Tickets are $10 and limited to 25. Reservations may be made at the Columbia Museum or by calling 532-3184. For more information, call Audie Buckler at 532-6792.

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

The Northern Mariposa County History Center will sponsor a 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.

Auditions for the fifth annual "Dancing With the Sierra Stars" competition to benefit Mark Twain Medical Center in San Andreas will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday at Ironstone Vineyards in Murphys. Call 754-2603 to reserve a spot or obtain more information. The gala event will take place Saturday, Nov. 9, at Ironstone.

The Junction shopping center in East Sonora will host its 17th annual Cruise Night at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 17. 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 Groveland Farmers Market will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Mountain Sage Nursery at 18653 Main St. in Groveland. Locally grown produce is featured along with fresh bread, arts and crafts, home-made preserves, nuts, fresh eggs, dried fruit, fresh flowers, organic teas and coffees. The markets will continue each week through September. Admission is free. For more information, call 962-4686.

A Farmers Market will take place from 4 p.m. to dusk Fridays through Sept. 27 at Val Du Vino Winery, 634 French Gulch Road in Murphys. Local produce is featured along with cheeses, rubs, marinades, farm fresh eggs and a different gourmet barbecue dinner each week.

The Twain Harte Farmers Market is open from 4 to 6 p.m. Fridays through summer in front of the Pit Stop diner on Fuller Road.

"Fresh Fridays," the Angels Camp certified farmers market, will take place from 5 p.m. to dusk Friday at Utica Park. Fresh produce, specialty foods, wine and crafts will be featured. Live music this week will be provided by Dyemusica. The markets will continue every Friday through Sept. 27. For more information, call 743-3427.

The Sonora Certified Farmers Market will take place from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Theall and Stewart streets in downtown Sonora. Fresh produce, specialty products and live music will be featured. The markets will continue each Saturday through Oct. 19. Admission is free. For more information, call 532-7725.

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 Valley Springs Farmers Market, offering fresh fruit and vegetables, olive oil, honey, homemade crafts and music, will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through Sept. 28 at the Terrace Plaza Market at 1906 Vista Del Lago.

The Arnold Farmers Market will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through Sept. 14 at the Cedar Center on Highway 4. Local and organic food products are featured along wiht natural soaps and candles. For more information, call 795-7898.

The Tuolumne Certified Farmers Market will take place from 4 p.m. to dusk every Wednesday through October. at Tuolumne Memorial Park in Tuolumne. Fresh and organic produce, fruit, eggs, breads, pastries, jewelry, herbal products, flowers, food and more are featured. For more information, call Melita Varosy at 928-4351.