Gary Linehan, The Union Democrat


"The Artist," an exhibit by 13 Christian artists from Sierra Bible Church and the Tuolumne County community focusing on creation, will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the Family Life Center at Sierra Bible Church. Live music and refreshments will be featured. Admission is free.

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 through July. For more information, call 533-5507.


Concerts in the Park in Arnold will continue with the Tour Guides playing from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Cedar Center. Admission is free.

The Twain Harte Area Chamber of Commerce will continue its 2013 Concerts in the Pines series with Mitch Ballard playing country western from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Eproson Park in Twain Harte. Admission is free. For more information, visit

The Forest Service Balladeers, featuring members of the Black Irish Band, will perform from 7 to 8 p.m. Saturday at at the Marmot Picnic Area Amphitheater at Lake Alpine. Admission is $2. For more information, call 795-1381.

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts will star Saturday in the first show of the 2013 summer concert series at Ironstone Vineyards in Murphys. Opening act at 7:30 p.m. will be Girl in a Coma. Tickets range from $35 for lawn seating to $115 reserved seating, available online at

The Yosemite Courtyard Cabaret will present Summer of Love, playing hits of the 1960s, at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Groveland Hotel in Groveland. Tickets are $22, available by calling 962-4000 or online at

The 2013 Tuolumne Concerts in the Park series will continue with a performance by Uplands Drive from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, at Tuolumne Memorial Park. Admission is free. For more information, call 928-1214.

The Calaveras County Arts Council will continue its 2013 Music in the Parks series with Bill Welles playing folk and Americana from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, at Murphys Community Park. Admission is free and picnics are welcome. The shows will continue through Aug. 14. For more information, call 754-1774.


Mountain Youth and Community Theatre will present "The Music Man Jr." at 7 p.m. today through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Webster Theater at 14372 Cuesta Court east of Sonora.Tickets are $12, $8 for students and seniors, ages 4 and under free. Next week, the troupe will present "The Little Mermaid Jr." For more information, call 533-8633 or visit

Murphys Creek Theatre will conclude its presentation of the William Shakespeare comedy "Much Ado About Nothing" at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday 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 dinners. For reservations, call 728-8422 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

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


The Twain Harte Business Association and Twain Harte Area Chamber of Commerce will present "Third Thursdays in Twain Harte" from 5 to 8 p.m. today in the Meadow Plaza at the corner of Meadow Lane and Fuller Road. Admission is free. Live music will be provided by Crash Landing and Bende Farms will offer fresh vegetables and fresh eggs. Potted plants, whimsical creations, chocolate and a variety of other good things also will be available, along with animals from the Tuolumne County Humane Society or Sonora Cat Rescue. For more information, call 586-4482, 586-1976 or 586-5565.

The Murphys-Angels Lions Clubwill sponsor "Classic Car Cruise Nights" from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the Murphys Hotel at 457 Main St. in Murphys. Admission is free for entrants or spectators. For more information, call Terry Costa at 728-9971.

Groveland-area Realtors will hold their 13th annual Golf Tournament at Pine Mountain Lake on Friday. Proceeds will benefit local schools. For entry information, call 962-7765.

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.

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

A Summer Vendor Sale will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Willow Springs Clubhouse at 20522 Willow Springs Drive in Soulsbyville. Admisison is free. Free digital child identification also will be available, including photo, fingerprints and contact information. All information will be deleted after a CD is copied for the parent. For more information, call Michelle Dean at 743-2223.

The first "Copperopolis Western Days" will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Copperopolis Town Square. Barrel racing, horseshoe tournament and children's stick horse events are scheduled. Story telling by Hardluck Lin, gunslinger shows by Sierra Six Guns and Sidekicks, Dually the Performance Horse and live music by the California Outlaws also will be featured. For contest entry information, call 785-1950 or visit

The 64th annual Murphys Homecoming will take place Saturday in Murphys Community Park. Activities will begin at 11:30 a.m. with a free concert by the Calaveras Community Band. The Old Timers Luncheon will follow at noon. Hot dogs, beer, wine, soft drinks and ice cream also will be available for purchase. For more information, call 736-9417 or visit

The 20th annual Murphys Duck Races will take place Saturday in Murphys Park in conjunction with Murphys Homecoming. Rubber duck rentals are available for $5 for adults and $2 for children. Adult races will be held at 1, 2 and 3 p.m., with youth races at 1:30 ad 2:30 p.m. Prizes will be awarded. Proceeds will go toward a new shelter the Calaveras Humane Society wants to build in San Andreas.

The Tuolumne County Farm Bureau will hold its annual barbecue and auction on Saturday at Hurst Ranch at 17415 Highway 108 in Jamestown. No-host social and silent auction will begin at 5 p.m., with a tri-tip and turkey dinner at 6 p.m. and live auction afterwards. Back Country Horsemen also will serve Dutch oven desserts and a large item raffle will be held to benefit the student scholarship program. Advance tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for children under 12, available at Hurst Ranch, Let 'Er Buck, Sonora Feed and the farm bureau office or by calling 984-5922 or 532-7075. Tickets at the door will be $5 higher. For more information, visit

"Spotlight on Railtown" will take place Saturday at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park in Jamestown. Festivities will begin at 6 p.m. with wine and appetizers. Live music, turntable demonstrations and silent auction also will be featured. Guests will then take a ride aboard an excursion train. Tickets are $50, available by calling 984-3953 or online at The event is sponsored by Tuolumne County Rotary and Kiwanis clubs, with proceeds going toward Railtown's continued operation.

The Southern Tuolumne County Historical Society will show the film "Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time" at 7 p.m. Saturday at Groveland Community Hall. Jerry Snyder, public affairs officer for the Stanislaus National Forest, will provide narrative comments. Admission is free, with donations accepted. Leopold's writings address challenges and opportunities of the 21st century, including global climate change and properous communities.

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 and no experience is necessary. Donation is $7 for adults and $3 for children. For more information, call 532-6025.

Friends of Columbia State Historic Park will sponsor the 19th annual Big Band Street Dance from 4 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday in Columbia State Historic Park. Admission is free. Vintage cars will be on display at 4 p.m., with a barbecue at 5:30 p.m. and live music by the Blue Shoes Ukulele Orchestra at 7 p.m. Dancing music will be provided by Rod Harris and the Columbia College Big Band at 8 p.m. Guests should bring their own chairs. For more information, call 532-3184.

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 omelets, pancakes, biscuits and gravy and beverages will be served for $5. For more information, call 853-2508 or 853-2128.

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.

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 ballroom and swing dance instruction from 1 to 1:30 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.

The Calaveras County Taxpayers Association will host its annual barbecue from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, at Moaning Cavern Park in Vallecito. Keynote speaker will be Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. Also speaking will be George Runner of the state Board of Equalization and new Calaveras County Administrative Officer Lori Norton. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. For reservations or more information, call 785-1491.


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. Admission is free.

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" will take place from 5 p.m. to dusk Friday at Utica Park in Angels Camp. Produce, specialty foods, wine and crafts will be featured. Live music this week will be provided by Dayview.

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 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, crafts and music, will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday 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. Saturday at the Cedar Center on Highway 4.

The Tuolumne Certified Farmers Market will take place from 4 p.m. to dusk Wednesdays at Tuolumne Memorial Park.