Gary Linehan, The Union Democrat


Sierra Repertory Theatre will present the comedy "Don't Dress for Dinner" through Sunday, Sept. 29, at the Fallon House 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 Tennessee Williams drama "A Streetcar Named Desire," through Sunday, Oct. 13, 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


The Calaveras County Arts Council will present the themed exhibition "Painted to the Nines" Saturday through Nov. 2 at 22 N. Main Street in San Andreas. A reception for the participating artists will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. Regular gallery hours at 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call 754-1774 or visit

"As I See France," a collection of paintings by Jamestown artist Leslie Hurst created last spring in France, will be on display through October at Steve Leontie Photography and Art Gallery at 22997 Joaquin Gully Road in Twain Harte. A reception for her will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 586-7632.

Second Saturday Art Night will celebrate its third anniversaryfrom 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday in downtown Sonora. Participating galleries, restaurants and boutiques will open their doors for art displays, live music and theater."The Linoberg Alley Street Dance" will begin at 7 p.m. with DyeMusica.Admission is free. For more information, call 532-7697 or visit

The 41st annual Columbia Art Show will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday in Columbia State Historic Park. Admission is free. More than 50 painters, sculptors and photographers will show their works. For more information, call 536-9047 or visit

"Art in the Library," a rotating exhibit at the Tuolumne County Library at 480 Greenley Road in Sonora, will showcase tapestry weavings and oil paintings by Sydney Taylor of Sonora through September. For more information, call 533-5507.

The Arts of Bear Valley featured artists for September are Sherrie Palmer, who paints in acryl ics and watercolor, and Lori Sturdivant, a watercolorist. Their works can be seen in the Window Gallery at the Meadowmont Shopping Center in Arnold.

Barbara Farkas and Jim Alsup are the Mother Lode Art Association's featured artists for September. Their paintings can be seen in the front window of Servente's at 64 S. Washington St. in downtown Sonora.


Denny Laine, former vocalist and guitarist for the Moody Blues and Wings, will perform at 8 p.m. today at the Black Oak Casino in Tuolumne. Admission is free to ages 21 and over.

The seventh annual Hermit Fest will take place from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday in Hermit Valley, on Highway 4 13 miles east of Bear Valley. Performers will include Cantamos, the Tour Guides, Bill Welles, Jim Marsh and Mom's Chili Boys, the Hot Dark, Ten Dollar Pony and more. Admission is free as part of the Ebbetts Pass Scenic Celebration. For more information, visit

Journey Revisited, a tribute to Journey, will perform from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Copperopolis Town Square. Opening act will be High Voltage, a youth band from Modesto. Admission is free, with $5 parking to benefit 4-H and FFA. Guests should bring their own chairs. To reserve a table, call 785-9292.

The Great Mother Lode Brass and Reed Band will present its final concerts of the season at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Sonora Opera Hall at 250 S. Washington St. in downtown Sonora.Admission is free.The band, consisting of musicians from Tuolumne, Calaveras and Amador counties, is conducted by Hank King.The program will include marches, music from "Pirates of the Caribbean," a Gershwin prelude, and an adaptation of a Bizet opera.For more information, call 356-8880.

The Yosemite Courtyard Cabaret at the Groveland Hotel in Groveland will present the grand finale of its summer series, "Elvis Returns" featuring Rob Ely, at 8 p.m. Saturday. Ely will perform two sets, from a young Elvis in the 1950s to the black leather "comeback" tour of 1968. Tickets are $22, available by calling 962-4000 or online at

Concerts in the Park in Tuolumne will continue with rock music by the Hot Dark from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, at Tuolumne Memorial Park. Admission is free. Guests should bring their own chairs and blankets. For more information, call 928-4351.


The Calaveras Mentoring Foundation will host the second annual "Swinging on a Star" golf outing on Friday at Sequoia Woods Country Club in Arnold. Entry fee is $95, including putting contest, cart rental, 18 holes of golf, dinner and awards. Non-golfers can attend the dinner for $30. To register, call Tom Suarez at 736-7706 or email

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.

Ironstone Vineyards in Murphys will continue its 2013 Silent Movie Series at 6 p.m. Friday. The film will be "The Gold Rush," a full length feature starring Charlie Chaplin, shown on a large screen accompanied by Dave Moreno on the Alhambra Pipe Organ. A gourmet buffet dinner also will be served. Admission is $20, including dinner, movie and popcorn. Reservations may be made by calling 728-1251.

A Flapjack Fundraiser to benefit the Young Ladies Institute, Patricia Chapter 79 of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Sonora, will be held from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday at Applebee's Restaurant on Sanguinetti Road in Sonora. Tickets are $5, available by calling 532-5955 or at the door.

The Junction shopping center willhold its 29th annual Car Show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. There will be music, poker walk, bounce house and prizes. Registration starts at 8 a.m. with an entry fee of $25. For more information, call Margaret Davis at 533-3548.

The Sierra Foothills chapter of the California Native Plant Society will present "Gardening With Natives, Creating Native Landscapes" from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Saturday in the Sierra Building at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora. Speakers will include Julie Serences on bees, Mary Anderson on shrubs and Helen Popper seasonal garden rhythms, with seed propagator, garden designer and author Judith Larner Lowry as keynote speaker. Registration fee, including lunch, is $40. For more information, call Patricia Hohne at 753-4313 or 352-4312 or visit

Sierra Senior Providers will present an open house of the Tuolumne County Senior Center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 540 Greenley Road in Sonora. Tours, information, activities, entertainment and refreshments will be featured. Admission is free and all ages are welcome. For more information, call 533-2622 or visit

The 47th annual Tuolumne Me-Wuk Acorn Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to dusk Saturday and Sunday at the Tuolumne Rancheria in Tuolumne. The event will include California traditional dancers, hand game tournaments, native arts and crafts, Indian tacos, deep pit barbecue dinner and intertribal pow wow. Admission is free. No drugs and alcohol are allowed. For more information, call 928-5300.

The Tuolumne County Historical Society will host an open house fundraiser at the restored Curtin Mansion on Columbia Way in Sonora from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $25, available online at or at the Tuolumne County Museum, Mountain Home Gifts, Mountain Bookshop and Tuolumne County Visitor Bureau office at Day-O Plaza in downtown Sonora.Tickets will not be available at the door.Each ticket includes two mimosas for ages 21 and over.Proceeds will benefit operation of the Tuolumne County Museum and programs including fourth grade school history tours of Sonora, new museum exhibits, publication of the society's Chispa periodical and research on local history.

n Friends of Columbia State Historic Park will sponsor the last of their summerGhost Tour series at 3 p.m. Saturday in Columbia State Historic Park. Author and historian Carol Biederman will lead guests through the old town of Columbia, where the spirits of the Gold Rush citizens still linger. Tickets are $10 and limited to 25 guests. Reservations may be made at the Columbia Museum or by calling 532-3184. For more information, call Audie Buckler at 536-9736.

The ninth annual Hoedown for Habitat will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Murphys Park. The event will include a barbecue dinner, silent auction and prize drawings. Live music will be provided by the Fiddle Gang and Crystal Image. Tickets are $25 for adults, $7 for children 6 to 12, children 5 and under free. Wine and beer will be available for purchase. For tickets or more information, call 754-5331. Proceeds will benefit Habitat for Humanity of Calaveras County.

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. The meals are served on the third Sunday of each month. For more information, call George Sylvester at 853-2508 or Chris Stevenson at 853-2128 or email

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. The breakfast is served on the third Sunday of each month. 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 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.

Free beginner Square Dance Classes will be held Tuesdays, Sept. 17, 24 and Oct. 1, at Soulsbyville Elementary School, sponsored by Twain Harte Twirlers. For more information, call 586-7250.

The Junction shopping center in East Sonora will host its 17th annual Cruise Night at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18. 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 Central Sierra Audubon Society will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, at the Tuolumne County Library on Greenley Road in Sonora. Guest speaker Jim Mori will talk about butterflies and their effect on forest ecology from Sonora to the top of Sonora Pass. Admission is free. For more information, call David Harden at 533-1668.

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 holds 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 gourmet barbecue dinner.

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. Live music this week will be provided by Felicity Morton. The markets will continue every Friday through September. 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 September 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. Local and organic food products are featured along with natural soaps and candles. This will be the final market of the season 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.