Gary Linehan, The Union Democrat


The annual Murphys Open House will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday in downtown Murphys. Admission is free and Main Street will be closed to traffic for holiday shopping. The Festival of Wines will follow from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tasting rooms throughout Calaveras County will offer tastings and discounts.

The Twain Harte Winter Wonderland Parade will begin at 6 p.m. Friday in downtown Twain Harte. Caroling will start at 5:30 p.m., followed by the town tree lighting. The Twain Harte Open House also will take place Friday through Sunday, featuring homemade crafts, gifts and ornaments along with face painting. Open house hours are noon to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.

Friends of Columbia State Historic Park will present the 30th anniversary Lamplight Tours on Friday and Saturday. This year's theme is "A Merry Mystery." Participants will be guided through the decorated town of Columbia during a walking play as clues are provided to solve some mysterious events. The tour will end with refreshments at the Bixel Brewery at the St. Charles. Tours leave every 15 minutes beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Friday and 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are $22 for adults, $15 for children 6 to 12 and $18 for seniors 62 and over. Ages 5 and under are free. Tickets are available by calling 588-9128.

The Word Project will present "First Fridays," an open microphone reading of original works, from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday at Sonora Joe's Coffee Shoppe, 140 S. Washington St. in downtown Sonora. Signups for five-minute slots begin at 6:30 p.m. For more information, email

The Sierra Foothills Dance Club will meet at 7 p.m. Friday at the Church of the 49ers in Columbia. A lesson will be given at 7 p.m., followed by ballroom dancing from 8 to 10 p.m. Admission is $7 for members and $10 for non-members. For more information, call 533-2384.

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 Murphys 4-H Club will hold a Bake Sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at its Christmas tree lot behind the Murphys Car Wash. For more information, call 728-9452.

Sierra Waldorf School will host its second annual Elves' Faire from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 19234 Rawhide Road in Jamestown. Handcrafted items will be featured along with live music, cake walk, children's craft center and wreath and candle making. Food will be available. Admission is free. For more information, call 984-0454 or visit

Santa Claus will be at The Junction shopping center in East Sonora from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 22 and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24. For more information, call 533-3548.

Delta Kappa Gamma, Iota Epsilon Chapter, will present "Santa's Gone Hawaiian," a family holiday concert with stories and songs by B.Z. Smith and Peg Reza's Blue Shoes Ukulele Orchestra, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Stage 3 Theatre at 208 S. Green St. in downtown Sonora. Tickets are $5 and all ages are welcome. Proceeds will benefit the organization's "Read to Me" Program, which supplies a new book and information on family literacy to every new baby born in Tuolumne County. Attendees also are asked to bring at least one item for the Mother Lode Food Project. Diapers, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap and pet food also are needed. For more information, call Smith at 532-7697 or email

The Promotion Club of Jamestown will bring Santa Claus to Rocca Park by fire truck at noon Saturday. He will visit with children until 2 p.m., with music provided by the Fiddle Gang. On Saturday, Dec. 14, Santa will arrive at noon in a 1929Model A pickup driven by George Fontaine in a mini-parade with John Guzzetta's 1929 Model A sedan. On Saturday, Dec. 21, Santa will arrive in a Model A Ford with music provided by fiddler Dave Rainwater.

The 47thannual Home Tour sponsored by theSonora branch of AAUW will take place from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $20,including a tour of four homes in the Sonora area, plus tea and cookies, a boutique and basket raffle in Faith Hall at the Church of the 49ers in Columbia. Tickets are available at Mountain Bookshop in The Junction shopping center, Joan's Boutique in Sonora and Seven Sisters Soap and Candle in Columbia, or by calling 586-1322.

The annualAngels Camp Home Tour to benefit the Angels Camp Library will take place from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday.Three homes in Greenhorn Creek and two on White Oak Ranch Road off of Whittle Road will featured.Refreshments will be served at each home. Tickets are $25, available at the Angels Camp Library, Calaveras Lumber and the Calaveras Visitors Center. For more information, call 736-6723.

The Tuolumne City Memorial Museum will hold its annual Christmas Open House from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the corner of Carter and Bay streets in Tuolumne. Candles, a holiday tradition around the world, will be celebrated in special displays and decorations. The museum will be decorated for Christmas and refreshments will be served. Admission is free. The museum will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday through December.

Santa Claus will arrive at Groveland Community Hall at 4 p.m. Saturday and stay until dark, when a tree lighting ceremony will take place at Mary Laveroni Community Park.

Mount Calvary Lutheran Church will serve a Pancake and Sausage Supper from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at 24176 Pine Lake Drive in Sugar Pine. Tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for children 12 and under. For more information, call 586-3616.

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 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.

The All Equestrian Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Mid-Valley Unit of the Back Country Horsemen of California, will begin at 11 a.m. Sunday in Columbia State Historic Park, rain or shine. Admission is free. Riders and visitors are encouraged to bring a toy for donation to the Amador-Tuolumne Community Action Agency. Call 823-3538 for more information.

Just Dance will hold its Holiday Potluck and Dance from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday in Faith Hall 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.For more information, call 532-1859.

Retired California Highway Patrol Officer T.R. "Ticket Ted" Shannon, a longtime resident of Mokelumne Hill, will sign copies of his new book, "Cow County CHIP," from 4 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Hotel Leger in Mokelumne Hill.

The 31st annual Las Posadas Nativity Procession will begin at 5:30 p.m. Sunday in Columbia State Historic Park. Main Street will be decorated for the Christmas season and luminaria will light the way for the Gold Rush-style procession.Admission is free. For more information, call 536-1672.


The Columbia College Community Chorus, directed by John Carter, will present "Sounds of the Season" at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the Sonora Opera Hall. The program will include selections from J.S. Bach's "Oratorio" featuring a 45-voice choir and 25-piece orchestra, plus three selections in Latin by Victoria, Lauridsen and Poulenc, seasonal music and audience sing-alongs. Adult tickets are $10 in advance, available at Mountain Bookshop, Sonora Music, Manzanita Bookstore and Murphys Music Co., or $12 at the door. Children 12 and under are $5. For more information, call 586-5965.

The Mother Lode Youth Symphony, directed by David Allured, will present a free concert at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Bret Harte High School Theater in Angels Camp. For more information, visit

The 35th annual Columbia Jazz Artist Series will present "It's a Big Band Christmas" at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Dogwood Theater at Columbia College. Tickets are $15, available at Mountain Bookshop, thecollege's Manzanita Bookstore and at the door.

Summerville High School's Jazz@8 choir will present a free holiday show at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, at the Aronos Clubhouse at 37 Elkin St. in downtown Sonora. All are welcome for tea, cookies and Christmas songs.For more information, call 588-9601.

Sierra Repertory Theatre will present "Songs of the Season" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, at the East Sonora theater. Artistic director Scott Viets will lead a team of SRT performers and guest artists, including Julie Ludlum and John C. Brown, in a show of holiday songs and musical preview of the 2014 season with selections from "Les Miserables," "Pump Boys and Dinettes," "The Sound of Music," "Church Basement Ladies: A Second Helping" and more. Desserts and champagne will follow. Tickets are $30, available by calling 532-3120 or online at


Sierra Bible Church will present "Papa's Angels," a musical drama featuring Michael and Julie Ludlum, today through Dec. 15 at the church at 15171 Tuolumne Road. Curtain times are 7 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free, but tickets are required to reserve a seat. For tickets, call 532-1381, e-mail or stop by the church office.

Murphys Creek Theatre will present "The Santaland Dairies," an irreverent holiday comedy by David Sedaris, at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 21 at the Black Bart Playhouse at 580 S. Algiers St. in Murphys. The play is recommended for ages 13 and up. For tickets or more information, call 728-8422 or visit

Sierra Repertory Theatre will present "It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play" through Sunday, Dec. 22, 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 Game's Afoot," a comedy mystery by Ken Ludwig, through Sunday, Dec. 22, 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 give a sneak preview of its new youth theater program with its production of "Jason and the Argonauts," a 45-minute musical comedy, at 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and Dec. 14 and 15 at the Fallon House Theater in Columbia State Historic Park. Three actors will play more than 20 roles in this play for children. Tickets are $5 for children and $10 for adults. For more information, call 532-3120.


Patrick Michael Karnahan will sign prints of his new Rim Fire painting, "Heroes of August," during a reception from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at All That Matters at 22990 Joaquin Gully Road in Twain Harte.

The Calaveras County Arts Council will present its annual "Affordable Gifts of Arts Holiday Boutique" through Jan. 14 at 22 N. Main St. in San Andreas. A reception will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday. Regular gallery hours at 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 754-1774 or visit

The Tuolumne County Arts Alliance will present "In Harmony With Nature," a celebration of Native American heritage, through December in the George Post Community Gallery on the Sonora Dome campus at 251 Barretta St. For more information, call 532-2787.

The Mother Lode Art Association's monthly display features paintings by Cary McGrew and Kate Frederick through December in the front windows of Servente's at 64 S. Washington St. in downtown Sonora.

Arts of Bear Valley will showcase small works by Sherrie Palmer, Anne Saunders, Carol Goff, Helen Scofield, Kim Barrington, Nancy Macomber and Ruth Morrow through December in the Window Gallery at the Meadowmont Shopping Center in Arnold.

The Copper Art Club will host its first "Gifts of Art Holiday Boutique" weekends through December at Copperopolis Town Square. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Kids Klub and 79ers Club. For more information, call 785-2050.