Datebook for Dec. 19-25

Gary Linehan, The Union Democrat /

Music

Peg Reza and the Blue Shoes Ukulele Orchestra will present their first "Christmas Sing-Along" at 6 p.m. today in the Dogwood Theater at Columbia College. Admission is free to the family event for all ages.

The Union Democrat will sponsor its 34th annual Pop Hudson Memorial Christmas Sing from 12:45 to 1:30 p.m. Friday at Courthouse Square in downtown Sonora. More than a dozen community groups will lead the audience in the singing of favorite Christmas carols. Admission is free. For more information, call 588-4535.

The fourthannual "Christmas Caroling at Moaning Cavern Park" will begin at 6 p.m. Friday. The concert will feature the Jazz@8 choir from Summerville High School. Some carols will be designated "sing-along" numbers.Toward the end of the evening, Santa Claus will rappel 165 feet to the bottom of Moaning Cavern's main chamber to distribute gifts to guests. Tickets are $20 for the upper platform, the spiral staircase, or the lower platform. Bring a non-perishable, holiday food item to donate and receive $2 off admission.For reservations, call866-762-2837.

Ironstone Vineyards will present an evening of holiday music with Dennis McNeil at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at 1894 Six Mile Road in Murphys. Admission is $40, including a buffet dinner. For reservations, call 728-1251.

Don't Call Me Mike Productions will present TCX4, the fourth annual Tuolumne County Christmas concert to benefit the Tuolumne County Humane Society, at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Gypsy Shack at 18145 Main St. in Jamestown. A $5 donation is requested and all ages are welcome. Performers will include Krampus with Shawn Bozarth and Gabriel Cronos, the Brothers Strong, Barefoot Beauties, Alex J. Gutierrez, Stephen Pope, Drivin' Nails, Shooting Star Baby, Lainy McGreen and Nicole Sass with Keno.

STAGE

The Hilltop Musical Kids of Groveland will present their third production, "Charlie and the Cherub Cheerleaders," at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday at the Groveland Evangelical Church at 19172 Ferretti Road in Groveland. Admission is free, with donations accepted. The Hilltop Musical Kids, sponsored by Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church, are celebrating their first anniversary this December. The group is open to youth pre-school age through eighth grade. For more information, call Louise Turney at 962-0609.

Footlight Theatre Company will continue its inaugural production, the Christmas melodrama "Misdeeds at Mistletoe Mine, or The Sanity Clause!" at 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday at Angelo's Hall in Columbia State Historic Park. Doors will open at 5:45 p.m. for caroling and an optional dinner catered by Lila and Sage. Tickets are $40 for adults and $35 for children, including dinner and show. A limited number of tickets for the melodrama alone are available for $15. For reservations or more information, call 588-6441 or visit www.footlighttheatre.org.

Murphys Creek Theatre will present "The Santaland Dairies," an irreverent holiday comedy by David Sedaris, at 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday 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 www.murphyscreektheatre.org.

Sierra Repertory Theatre will present "It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play" through Sunday in East Sonora. 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.

Stage 3 Theatre will present "The Game's Afoot," a comedy mystery by Ken Ludwig, through Sunday at 208 S. Green St. in downtown Sonora. Curtain times are 7 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. For reservations, call 536-1778 or visit www.stage3.org.

Stage 3 Theatre Company will hold its annnual General Auditions beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday at 208 S. Green St. in downtown Sonora. Applicants should prepare a monologue about 90 seconds to two minutes long and bring a photo and resume if available. For an appointment, call 536-1778 or email info@stage3.org.

Art

Sonora artist Patrick Michael Karnahan will sign limited edition prints of his original oil painting "Heroes of August," depicting the 2013 Rim Fire, from noon to 3 p.m. Friday at All That Matters at 22990 Joaquin Gully Road in Twain Harte. The painting features the U.S. Forest Service Hot Shots from the Groveland Ranger District, Cal-Fire Engine 4455 from Twain Harte and a large DC-10 Air Tanker.

Galerie Copper will present its fourth annual artists reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at Town Hall Arts at 145 Stone St. in Copperopolis Town Square. Guests can meet the gallery artists while enjoying live music, a silent auction and refreshments from Saddle Creek Resort. For more information, call 785-2050.

"Art in the Library," a rotating exhibit at the Tuolumne County Library at 480 Greenley Road in Sonora, will showcase socks, shawls, and afghans hand knit by members of the Sonora Sock Club through December. For more information, call 533-5507.

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. 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 www.calaverasarts.org.

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.

EVENTS

Studio 4 Dance Theater will present its six annual production of "The Nutcracker Ballet" today through Saturday at the Bret Harte High School Theater in Angels Camp. Curtain times are 6 p.m. each day, with a matinee added at 1 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for children 12 and under, available online at www.studio4dancetheater.com, by phone at 800-595-4849 and at the theater box office an hour before show time. There will be a "meet and greet" for photos and autographs with the Sugar Plum Fairy afterthe Saturday matinee performance. For more information, call 728-5347.

Santa Claus will visit Courthouse Square in downtown Sonora through Christmas Eve. Hours are 3 to 5:30 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday, noon to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, 3 to 5:30 p.m. Monday and noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24.

Galen "Mut" Mutzner's 25th annual Free Bean Feed will begin at noon Friday at the corner of Linoberg and Washington streets in downtown Sonora.

Chicken Ranch Casino will serve its annual Free Community Dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at 16929 Chicken Ranch Road in Jamestown. A traditional Christmas dinner will be served and Santa Claus will be present to visit with children. Link Line also has donated its services to bring in families who cannot get there.For more information, call 984-3000 or visit www.chickenranchcasino.com .

The Horsearound Ranch Tractor Museum in Soulsbyville will present its third annual Christmas Light Show from 6 to 9 p.m. each day Friday through Christmas Eve at 19010 Yost Ranch Road off Soulsbyville Road. Nearly 20,000 lights will illuminate the grounds. Admission is $5 per car, with a taco dinner also available for $5. Santa Claus will be present and free hot beverages will be served. For more information, call 928-3249 or 222-2770.

"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 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 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.

Coulterville Rebekahs will serve a Pancake Breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, at the Odd Fellows Hall in Coulterville. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3.50 for children of $15 for a family of two adults and two children. Proceeds will be used to help the Odd Fellows save their historic lodge.

The Tuolumne County Recreation Department will sponsor "Breakfast With Santa" from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Jamestown Community Hall at 18250 Main St. in Jamestown. Pancakes, eggs, bacon and coffee or juice will be served for $6, or $2 for children 4 and under. For more information, call 984-4188 or 533-5663. All proceeds will benefit county youth centers.

The Word of Life Fellowship will sponsor a free Community Christmas Party from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at Zoe's Coffee Shop at 24680 Highway 108 in Mi-Wuk Village. Santa Claus will be present from 10 a.m. to noon, with games at 1 and 3 p.m. Children's crafts will be available all day and a Christmas sing-along will begin at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 586-7006.

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

The Promotion Club of Jamestown will bring Santa Claus to Rocca Park from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday. Santa will arrive in a Model A Ford, with live music by Jamestown fiddler Dave Rainwater.

A Miner's Christmas will take place from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in Columbia State Historic Park. Miners will roast chestnuts and coffee around the campfire, costumed docents will read stories aloud and Father Christmas will visit with children. Free crafts in the museum will include Victorian card making, paper chains and more. For more information, call 588-9128.

Santa Claus will visit with children from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Heart Rock Cafe at 1 S. Washington St. in Sonora.

Christmas in Coulterville will take place on Saturday, beginning with Santa's arrive at noon, a free community dinner from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Old Schoolhouse, music by the GoldCountry Singers from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Methodist Church, a holiday bazaar from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Odd Fellows Hall and storytelling at 5 p.m., also at the Odd Fellows Hall.

The Tuolumne County Library will present its monthly Family Movie Matinee at 2 p.m. Saturday at 480 Greenley Rod in Sonora. This month's G-rated film is "The Polar Express," based on children's author Chris Van Allsburg's modern holiday classic. Running time is about 100 minutes. Admission is free. For more information, call 533-5507 or visit www.tuolcolib.org.

The Mother Lode Storytelling Guild, an affiliate of the National Storytelling Network, will hold a free Holiday Storytelling Program from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Angels Camp Mercantile at 1267 S. Main St. in Angels Camp. Storyteller B.Z. Smith will anchor the program with favorite stories of the season, including new stories recently added to her repertoire. For more information, call 743-3210 or 532-7697.

The Adrienne Anderson School of Skating will present its Christmas recital, "The Magic of Christmas," from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Long Barn Lodge in Long Barn. Admission is free, with donations accepted for disaster relief in the Philippines. For more information, call 743-4038.

The 32nd annual Free Community Christmas Eve Dinner will take place from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 24, at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora. Live entertainment will be featured and Santa Claus will be present with gifts for children. Meal delivery is available. For more information, call 586-4802.

Christmas With Friends, a free Christmas dinner, will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 25, at the Sonora Opera Hall and Tuolumne Veterans Memorial Hall. Live entertainment and gifts for children also will be featured. Meal delivery is available by calling James Winters at 770-0536. For more information, visit www.sonorachristmasdinner.com .

Murphys Friends will host their annual Free Community Christmas Dinner from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 25, at the Native Sons Hall on Main Street in Murphys. A full turkey will be served, along with music and Santa Claus giving gifts to young people through age 16. For delivery of meals anywhere in Calaveras County, call 728-2633. For general information or to volunteer, call 736-6177.

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.

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. 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.

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.

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