Gary Linehan, The Union Democrat


Sierra Repertory Theatre will present "The Spitfire Grill," a country, folk and bluegrass musical about a woman released from prison who gives a dying town new life through music, through Sunday, Oct. 27, 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

Stage 3 Theatre will present the Tennessee Williams drama "A Streetcar Named Desire," through Sunday at 208 S. Green St. in Sonora. Curtain times are 7 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. For reservations, call 536-1778 or visit

The Groveland Hotel will begin its 2013-14 "Winter Magic" dinner series at 7 p.m. Saturday with a performance by Jimmy H., who has appeared at Disneyland, Sea World, Hollywood's Magic Castle and the Queen Mary. Tickets are $10 plus dinner. For reservations or more information, call 962-4000 or visit


Oil paintings by Linda Abbott of Arnold will be shown through October at Hovey Winery Tasting Room at 350 Main St. in Murphys. A reception for her will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday. For more information, call 728-9999.

The Mother Lode Art Association will hold its 61st annual exhibition Friday through Oct. 16 at the Sonora Opera Hall. An opening reception with wine, appetizers and awards will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. Exhibition hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, Oct. 13 to 16. Admission is free. A drawing will be held at 2 p.m. Oct. 16 for an original painting by Timothy Mulligan, last year's best of show winner, and other prizes. For more information, visit

ArtsBash at Thorn Mansion will take place from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at 87 E. St. Charles St. in San Andreas. Events will include a barbecue lunch, silent auction, interactive totem art project, Manzanita Writer's Press book signing, mansion tours, no-host bar and folk-rock music by Blame Sally. Tickets are $35, available by calling 498-2085 or online at Proceeds will go toward programs, services and operations at the nonprofit Center for Creativity and Community in San Andreas. Guests should bring their own low-back festival chairs.

Sonora's Second Saturday Art Nightwill take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday in downtown Sonora. Galleries, restaurants and boutiques will open their doors for art displays, live music and refreshments. Admission is free. For more information, call 532-7697.

The Calaveras County Arts Council will present "Painted to the Nines Returns" through Nov. 2 at 22 N. Main St. in San Andreas. Gallery hours at 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. 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 showcase paintings by Ada "Amy" Haratani of Sonora through October. For more information, call 533-5507.

Barbara Farkas and Jim Alsup are the Mother Lode Art Association's featured artists for October. 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 October are watercolor painters Pat Rohovit and Sandra Maurer. Their works can be seen in the Window Gallery at the Meadowmont Shopping Center in Arnold.


The 37th annual Sonora Bach Festival will continue through Oct. 27 at venues in and around Sonora. This week will feature a salon concert starring viol artists Peter Hallifax and Julie Jeffrey on Saturday at the Hoffman-Gordon home in East Sonora. A light buffet supper and wine will be served at 6 p.m., followed by the concert at 7:30 p.m. and dessert afterward. Tickets are $35, available at Sonora Music and Mountain Bookshop, by phone at 536-6330 and online at


The history, geology and controversy of New Melones Dam will be the focus of tonight's meeting of the Tuolumne County Historical Society. The group will meet at 7 p.m. at the Tuolumne County Library on Greenley Road in Sonora. Admission is free.

Independence Hall Quilters will hold their 36th annual Mountain Heirloom Quilt Faire from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Ironstone Vineyards in Murphys. Admission is $7. Displays, vendors, boutique, baked goods and drawing for the "Blackberry a la Mode" quilt will be featured. For more information, call 813-0703.

The Sierra Apple Festival will sponsor a French Country Beef Dinner at 6 p.m. Friday at All Saints Church on Cherokee Drive in Twain Harte. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children, available by calling Mary Leamy at 352-3907. A silent auction also will take place. Proceeds will benefit the Tuolumne County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. The main Sierra Apple Festival was canceled this year because of the Rim Fire. For more information, 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.

Film Fest Twain Harte will take place Friday through Sunday at Black Oak School-Telele Lodge on Twain Harte Drive in Twain Harte.Guest celebrities will include Golden Globe winner Sally Kirkland ("Anna") and Billy DaMota, a Hollywood casting director, with their film, "Posey," endorsed by the Alzheimer's Association, and Jon Lindstrom ("General Hospital," "Must Love Dogs") with his film "How They Got Away With It." The festival will open at 7:30 p.m. Friday with "Posey." Films will continue all day Saturday, with awards on Sunday morning. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 students. Seniors 65 and over will be admitted for $8 on Friday only. A weekend pass is available for $40. Proceeds will benefit local scholarships and fire restoration. For more information, call 586-6301 or visit

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 are 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.

A "Yard Sale of Biblical Proportions" will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Presbyterian Church of the 49ers in Columbia.This church-widesalewill be heldinside Faith Hall. Furniture, toys, linens and bedding, glassware, kitchenware, books, tools, wall décor, sports equipment, and more will be available. Proceeds will benefit mission projects of the Presbyterian Women's group, and helprestore and preservethe church's historic sanctuary. For more information, call 532-6604.

The annual "Dog Day Afternoon" celebration will take place Saturday at Copperopolis Town Square. A flea market presented by Copperopolis Parks and Recreation will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Activities from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. will include a costume parade for pooches and owners, raffles, games and prizes. Proceeds will benefit the Calaveras Humane Society. From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Jim Anderson and the Rebels will present a tribute to Elvis Presley. The original Sept. 21 show was postponed by rain. Guests should bring their own chairs for lawn seating. A limited amount of tables may be reserved for an additional cost. Concert parking is $5, with proceeds benefitting 4-H and FFA Boosters. Call 785-9292 for more information.

The 29th annual Columbia Harvest Festifall will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in Columbia State Historic Park. Admission is free. Attractions will include country crafts, Gold Rush skills demonstrations, children's activities, live music and dancing. More than 50 vendors, dressed in 1850s attire, will display their handmade wares, including pottery, jewelry, apparel, home décor, wood furniture, baked goods and more. For more information, call the Columbia Chamber of Commerce at 536-1672 or visit

The Central Sierra Audubon Society will hold a Birdhouse Sale from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Rocca Park in Jamestown. Homemade houses for bats, owls, bluebirds and other small bird species will be offered as well as books about birds and bird lists for the local area. Proceeds help fund the society's scholarship awards. The sale will take place in combination with the California Native Plant Society's Fall Native Plant Sale.

The Calaveras Big Trees Association will sponsor a free seminar from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday in Jack Knight Hall at Calaveras Big Trees State Park. Jerry Smith of San Jose State University will report on "75 Years of Change in Yosemite Subalpine Vegetation Plots," based on continuing long-term research in the national park. Park entrance fee is $8 per vehicle. For more information, call 795-3840 or visit

Columbia author Frank Smart will sign copies of his new book, "Assignment in Samarra," from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Legends Books Antiques at 131 S. Washington St. in downtown Sonora.

Railtown 1897 State Park in Jamestown will run the Harvest Haunt Express with a "Skeleton Crew" aboard on weekends through October. Specially decorated excursion trains will depart on the hour from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets, including park admission, are $15 for adults, $8 for youths ages 6 to 17, ages 5 and under are free. Free pumpkins also will be provided to those taking a train ride all month long, while supplies last. For more information, call 984-3953 or visit

Patricia Chapter 79 of the Young Ladies Institute will sponsor a Baked Potato Bar Luncheon and Bunco Games on Saturday in the St. Patrick's Church Social Hall in Sonora. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. All adults welcome at $15 per person. Reservations are suggested and may be made by calling 532-6010.

Oktoberfest will take place from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday at Big Creek Meadow Ranch at 10551 Smith Station Road south of Groveland. There will be a costume contest, bounce house, pony rides, live enterainment, vendors and more. A Harvest Dinner using locally grown foods also will be featured. Adult tickets are $12 in advance or $18 at the door. Children are free. Proceeds will benefit Yosemite Conservancy Rim Fire restoration projects. For more information, call 962-1942 or visit

Model Trains, including an O Gauge model of West Side Lumber Company's No. 10 Shay engine, will run at the Tuolumne City Memorial Museum from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and again on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 19 and 20, at the corner of Carter and Bay streets in Tuolumne. An exhibit of vintage model trains will also be displayed during October. Model train collectors will beon hand to answer questions and run the models. Admission is free.

The Sonora Sunrise Rotary Club will sponsor "Barrels, Brews and Bites - A Tasty Event" from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday at Railtown 1897 State Park in Jamestown. Wineries and home breweries will offer tastings, accompanied by hors d'oeuvres prepared by Columbia College culinary arts students. A home brewing contest and live music by the Sonora High School Jazz Band also will be featured. Tickets are $40, available by calling 785-1555 or online at Proceeds will benefit Rim Fire relief, Sonora High School band uniforms and other community projects.

The Edelweiss Club of Sonora will hold its annual Oktoberfest beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Tuolumne County Senior Center on Greenley Road in Sonora.Traditional German food and music are included in the $20 admission fee. Beverages will be available for a donation.For tickets or more information, call Fred or Sigrid Kehr at 785-4358 or visit the Antique Den in downtown Sonora.

The third annual "Walking Dead Sonora," a zombie walk to benefit the Amador-Tuolumne Community Action Agency Food Bank and Tuolumne County Humane Society, will take place from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday in downtown Sonora. For more information, call 536-6316 or visit

Friends of the Animal Community will host "Hoedown for the Hounds" from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Mother Lode Ranch at 15995 Wards Ferry Road in Sonora. The fundraising event will include a barbecuetri-tip dinner with line dancing, silent auction, prize drawings and more. Tickets are $35 each or $60 per couple, available at Dusty's Den, Tia's Tub 'n' Toys and Mountain Bookshop or by calling Maureen Miller at 532-1294 or 768-3630.

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.

Sonora High School's Future Farmers of America chapter will host a Car Wash from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at Tractor Supply Company at 14879 Mono Way in East Sonora to fund a trip to the National FFA Convention and Expo in Louisville, Ky., from Oct. 30 to Nov. 2.

The Iron Door Saloon in Groveland will host its 21st annual Dollar Party from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Prize drawings will be held to raise funds for the Tenaya Parent Club, which buys books and other supplies for the children of Tenaya Elementary School. Prizes will include rock and roll posters, concert tickets, electronics and more. A free buffet, games and live music by the Penetrators Groove Band also will be featured. For reservations or more information, call 962-8904.

The Junction shopping center will host its 17th annual Cruise Night at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16. Admission is free for the classic car show, prize drawings and music from the 1950s and '60s. This will be the final gathering of the season. For more information, call 533-3548.