Datebook for Sept. 19-25

Gary Linehan, The Union Democrat

music

Jim Anderson and the Rebels will present an Elvis Presley tribute from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Copperopolis Town Square. 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.

A free concert featuring the Divinity Jazz Band will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday at the First Congregational Church of Murphys. The band plays a variety of styles using keyboard, vocal, guitar, banjo, Native American flute, harmonica, clarinet, and drums. For more information, call 728-3141.

Concerts in the Park in Tuolumne will conclude with music by Williams Liefer and Moore from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, at Tuolumne Memorial Park. Admission is free. Guests should bring their own chairs and blankets. For more information, call 928-4351.

The Sonora Drum Circle begins at 5 p.m. each Wednesday at Courthouse Square in downtown Sonora. All ages are welcome and no experience is necessary. For more information, call Rona Hempstead at 984-3774.

Art

The Calaveras County Arts Council will present the themed exhibition "Painted to the Nines" through Nov. 2 at 22 N. Main Street in San Andreas. Gallery hours at 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call 754-1774 or visit www.calaverasarts.org.

"Art in the Library," a rotating exhibit at the Tuolumne County Library at 480 Greenley Road in Sonora, will showcase paintings and tapestry weavings 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 acrylics 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.

STAGE

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 www.sierrarep.org.

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 www.stage3.org.

EVENTS

The Murphys-Angels Lions Clubwill sponsor "Classic Car Cruise Night" 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. This will be the final gathering of the year. For more information, call Terry Costa at 728-9971.

"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.

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.

The annual Groveland 49er Festival will take place Saturday beginning with a parade on Main Street at 9 a.m. Activities will continue all day at Mary Laveroni Community Park, featuring a chili cookoff, live music, craft vendors, children's games and silent and live auctions. Admission is free. For more information, call the Yosemite Hwy 120 Chamber of Commerce at 962-0429 or visit www.groveland.org.

An Antique Fair will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at Tuolumne Veterans Memorial Hall. Admission is free. A preview will be held from 8 to 9 a.m. Saturday for $5. Twenty-five vendors will have antique, vintage and shabby chic displays. For more information, call 928-4877 or email vaultart@goldrush.com .

The 24th annual Quilts and Threads Show, sponsored by the Sierra Quilt Guild, Sierra Needle Artists, and the Mother Lode Weavers and Spinners, will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora.The show will feature more than 300 displays of quilting, embroidery, weaving and spinning, plus a showcase boutique, quilt appraisal, door prizes and vendors. A drawing for an "Opportunity Quilt" made by guild members also will be held. Admission is $7. For more information, visit www.sierraquiltguild.com .

Two book signings will take place Saturday at the Groveland Yosemite Gateway Museum. Alice van Ommeren will autograph her new book, "Yosemite's Historic Hotels and Camps," from 10 a.m. to noon. She has chosen more than 200 vintage postcards from private and public collections to provide a glimpse into Yosemite's past. Carlo De Ferrari will then sign copies of "The De Ferrari Family - Memories of Times Past" from 1 to 3 p.m.

A free screening of the HBO documentary "Weight of the Nation" will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the Sonora High School auditorium. A panel discussion with health professionals and educators will follow.

The Tuolumne County Library will show the animated film "Monsters Inc." at 2 p.m. Saturday at 480 Greenley Road in Sonora. The movie is G-rated and runs about 90 minutes. Admission is free. For more information, call 533-5507.

Back to School Night 1861 will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the old schoolhouse in Columbia State Historic Park. Festivities will include music, costume dress-up, hand-cranked ice cream, 1861 school lessons in the downstairs and tours of the upstairs, all led by costumed docents. Games and toys will also be a part of the event. Admission is free. For more information, call 588-9128.

Railtown 1897 State Historic Park in Jamestown is once again offering a fall favorite - a Mark Twain train ride pulled by the "Movie Star Locomotive" Sierra No. 3, departing at 5 p.m. on Saturday. With live music provided by Jamestown fiddler Dave Rainwater, festivities will begin at 4 p.m. on the front lawn with Mark Twain - as portrayed by Pat Kaunert - telling stories about his train travels in the west. At 5 p.m., Sierra No. 3 departs with Twain and Rainwater on board.Tickets are $24 for adults, $10 for youths ages 6 to17 and free for children 5 and under.Admission to the park is included with all train rides.Tickets are available online at www.railtown1897.org or by calling 984-3953.

The Mother Lode Storytelling Guild will begin its fourth season of storytelling events from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday at the Angels Camp Mercantile at 1267 S. Main St. in Angels Camp. The group will meet on the third Saturday each month through April 2014, and offers a different story theme each time, in addition to two workshops each year. Most guild activities are free, with donations accepted. The Mother Lode Storytelling Guild is a nonprofit project affiliated with the National Storytelling Network. For more information, call B.Z. Smith at 532-7697 or Colleen Dolan at 743-3210, or email mother lodestorytellers@gmail.com .

The Calaveras Big Trees Association will present a murder mystery dinner, "Murder at the Big Trees Hotel," at 5 p.m. Saturday in Jack Knight Hall at Calaveras Big Trees State Park. Tickets are $50, including a reception with wine and appetizers, dinner and murder mystery set in 1876, with visits from John Muir, Augustus Dowd, James Sperry and others. Live music will be provided by the Star Geezers. Guests are encouraged to dress in 1870s attire. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 795-3840 or going online to www.bigtreesmurder.eventsbot.com . No tickets will be sold at the door.

The Humane Society of Tuolumne County will hold its Red, White, Brew and Chili Too Family Barbecue from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the Hurst Ranch in Jamestown.Live music will be provided by the Sierra Mountain Band. Tickets are $20 for the general public, $15 for members and $10 for children 12 years and under. For tickets or more information, call 984-5489 or visit www.hsotc.org.

The Southern Tuolumne County Historical Society will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Groveland Community Hall. Guest speaker will be Sharon Giacomazzi, who will discuss "Wandering in Sacred Places: Eastern Sierra Rock Art Sites." She will look at the cryptic designs carved 1,000 to 2,000 years ago by ancestors of the present-day Paiute Native Americans and what current archaeological research reveals about their meaning. 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. The dances are held on the third Saturday of each month. For more information, call 532-6025.

The Tuolumne County Chamber of Commerce and Black Oak Casino will host "A Taste of Food, Sip of Wine and Touch of Business" from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, at the Seven Sisters restaurant in Tuolumne. Five gourmet food stations will be open and local wineries will serve tastings. Hard cider also will be available. A silent auction also will be featured. Tickets are $30, including $10 in casino play. Tickets are available at the chamber office in Sonora and Gift Basket inside the casino, by calling 532-4212 or by email at info@tcchamber.com . A portion of the proceeds will benefit restoration efforts at Railtown 1897 State Park.

MARKETS

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. 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 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.

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