Nicholas Lefler will present the 13th annual River Ranch Music Festival Synthesis Friday through Sunday at the River Ranch Campground near Tuolumne. The event will feature 20 live bands, 15 disc jockeys, go go and belly dancers, light show, jugglers, yoga, spiritual workshops and more. Tickets are $45 in advance or $50 at the gate, including parking and camping. Day passes are available for $30 at the gate. The show will start at 6 p.m. Friday. For more information, visit www.riverranchmusicfestival.com .
Stories and songs by Patrick Michael Karnahan will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday at the new Cherry Valley Lake Amphitheater on Cottonwood Road, 32 miles east of Tuolumne. Admission is free.
Twisted Oak Winery will conclude its summer concert series with a performance by Mollie O'Brien and Rich Moore at 7:30 p.m. Friday at 4280 Red Hill Road in Vallecito. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Children under 12 are free. For tickets or more information, visit www.twistedoak.com .
Concerts in the Park in Arnold will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday with a performance by several rock, jazz and folk bands at the Cedar Center off Highway 4. Admission is free.
The Twain Harte Area Chamber of Commerce will continue its 2013 Concerts in the Pines series with jazz, swing and R&B by Chains Required from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Eproson Park Ballfield in Twain Harte. Admission is free. This will be a special time in conjunction with the Twain Harte Rotary Club's annual deep-pit barbecue. For more information, visit www.twainhartecc.com .
The Yosemite Courtyard Cabaret will present the Hella Good '80s Party Band at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Groveland Hotel in Groveland. Tickets are $18, available by calling 962-4000 or online at www.groveland.org. A concert featuring the Columbia College Big Band will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Dogwood Theater on the college campus. The 20-piece Columbia Big Band and singers will be joined by guests Johnny Valdez on guitar, Mark Gee on piano, Mario Flores on congas and Carlos Caro on bongo and percussion. All seats are $15 at the door.
The 2013 Tuolumne Concerts in the Park series will continue with a performance by Alma from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, at Tuolumne Memorial Park. Admission is free. For more information, call 928-4351.
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.
Arts of Bear Valley will present its 12th annual art show at Calaveras Big Trees State Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Labor Day weekend in Jack Knight Memorial Hall. A reception for the artists and drawing for four donated paintings will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1. For more information, call Sherrie Palmer at 795-9297.
The Calaveras Humane Society will present the eighth annual Mother Lode Wine and Art Festival from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday at Cedar Center Park off Highway 4 in Arnold. Admission is free. Art, food, wine and prize drawings will be featured throughout the day. Wine tasting from 2 to 5 p.m. will cost $15, including a commemorative glass. Live music from 3 to 8 p.m. will be provided the Tour Guides, Cantamos, Bill Welles and others. All proceeds this year will go toward Calaveras Humane Society's new shelter fund. For more information, call 736-9417 or visit www.calaverashumane.org. 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.
"Art in the Library," a rotating exhibit at the Tuolumne County Library at 480 Greenley Road in Sonora, will feature Western paintings by Sonora artist Chuck Knowles through August. September will showcase tapestry weavings and oil paintings by Sydney Taylor. For more information, call 533-5507.
Lisa Tebaldi and Sulastri Linville are the Mother Lode Art Association's featured artists for August. 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 artist for August is Peggy Huth, who paints abstract acrylics as well as local scenery. Her works can be seen in the Window Gallery at the Meadowmont Shopping Center in Arnold. The artists for September will be Lori Sturdivant, who is a watercolorist, and Sherrie Palmer, who paints in acrylics and watercolor.
Sierra Repertory Theatre will present the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "Oklahoma!" through Sunday at the Fallon House Theater in Columbia State Historic Park. Curtain times are 7 p.m. today and Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For reservations, call 532-3120 or visit www.sierrarep.org. Murphys Creek Theatre will present "The Complete Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged) [Revised]" through Sept. 1 at the Cornelia B. Stevenot Amphitheater at 2690 San Domingo Road in Murphys. Curtain time is 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, with one Sunday show at 8 p.m. Sept. 1. Picnics are welcome. Dinner also is available for purchase at 6:30 p.m. For reservations, call 728-8422 or visit www.murphyscreektheatre.org. Sierra Repertory Theatre will present "Respect: A Musical Journey of Women" through Sunday, Sept. 1, in East Sonora. 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 www.sierrarep.org. Mountain Youth and Community Theatre will hold auditions for "Seussical" on Aug. 19 and 22. Cast and crew positions for this communty production are open to children through adult. Rehearsals will start in September, with shows Thursdays through Sundays, Nov. 7 to 17. For fees and requirements, visitwww.mountainyouthact.com .
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 in Twain Harte. Admission is free. Fresh vegetables, eggs, handmade crafts and prepared food will be available, along with animals from the Tuolumne County Humane Society or Sonora Cat Rescue. For more information, call the chamber at 586-4482, business associationat 586-1976 or Sandra Asquith at 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. There is no charge for entrants or spectators. The gatherings will take place on the third Thursday of each month through September. For more information, call Terry Costa at 728-9971.
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 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. The readings take place on the third Friday of each month. For more information, call moderator Denella Kimura at 532-6561.
The grand opening of Sonora Sunrise Rotary Park will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at 12865 Covey Circle in Sonora. Festivities will begin with a dog parade and costume contest, followed by garden tours, canine demonstrations, dog and owner lookalike contest, nail trimming, animal adoptions, ribbon cutting ceremony and hot dog luncheon. The park includes dog runs, community garden, children's rock climbing area and peace pole. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org. "History's Mysteries" will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday in Columbia State Historic Park. Families and groups will try to solve an actual crime that occurred in Columbia in the 1800s. They will witness the event, interview key characters, subpoena them and question people in court. At the end, they will determine the outcome of the crime. Tickets are $5 for adults and $1 for children. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 588-9128.
A docent-led Photography Tour of Columbia State Historic Park will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday. Participants will first get an indoor presentation focusing on photography techniques and camera basics. The second part of the program includes a guided tour of the town with stops along the way for taking pictures. The tour will last about two and a half hours. Reservations are recommended and can be made at 588-9128. Cost for the program is $15 per person or $20 per couple. All proceeds will benefit Friends of Columbia State Historic Park.
The Twain Harte Rotary will hold its annual Deep Pit Barbecue on Saturday at Eproson Field in Twain Harte.Gates will open at 4 p.m. and dinner will be served from 5 to 7 p.m.Prize drawings and games also will be featured. Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for ages 10 and under.Children 3 and under are free.For tickets or more information, call 586-5448 or 928-1616. Proceeds will benefit community service projects and scholarships.
The Angels-Murphys Rotary Club will serve its annual Shrimp and Pasta Dinner from 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Murphys Park. Live music, dancing, prize drawings and no-host bar also will be featured. Tickets are $40, available by calling 736-3563. Proceeds will benefit Ebbetts Pass Search and Rescue, Coats for Kids, scholarships, Murphys Pool, Miss Calaveras Pageant, community garden and more.
The Groveland Rotary Club will sponsor a Shrimp and Sausage Fest on Saturday at the Pine Mountain Lake Equestrian Center. Doors open at 5 p.m., with dinner at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for children under 10. For more information, call Jim Thayer at 962-5007.
The Southern Tuolumne County Historical Society will present Barbara Balen, retired district archaeologist for the Calaveras Ranger District, at 7 p.m. Saturday at Groveland Community Hall. Balen will speak on "Weaving Nature into Culture." Guests will learn how Me-Wuk consultation has influenced the protection of landscapes and culturally important plant species in the Sierra Nevada. The powerpoint presentation also will cover an example of the cooperative work that is reintroducing plants and restoring the land to a greater diversity for wildlife and people. Admission is free, with donations accepted.
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 by Oldtime Tonic, with dance calling by Wayne Mullen, Sue Endter and Lynn Ferry. All ages are welcome and no experience is necessary. Donation is $7 for adults and $3 for children. An optional potluck dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 532-6025.
The 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 omelet, pancakes, biscuits and gravy and beverages will be served for $5. For more information, call George Sylvester at 853-2508 or Chris Stevenson at 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.
The Sonora Elks Lodge will hold its annual Summer Picnic Barbecue on Sunday at Mt. Brow Winery at 10850 Mt. Brow Road in Sonora. All are welcome. The picnic will start at noon with a New York steak lunch at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10, with free hot dogs for children.
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 Les Olson. 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.Dances are held on the third Sunday of each month. For more information, call 532-1859.
The Aronos Research Women's Club will serve a Salad Buffet and Dessert at noon Tuesday, Aug. 20, at 37 E. Elkin St. in Sonora. Tickets are $8, with proceeds benefiting Columbia College nursing and teaching scholarships. For more information, call Wilma Henderson at 533-1256.
The Junction shopping center in East Sonora will host its 17th annual Cruise Night at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21. 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.
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.
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 Fridays through Aug. 16 at Utica Park. Fresh produce, specialty foods, wine and crafts will be featured. Live music this week will be provided by Plan B. 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.