Datebook for Dec. 26-Jan. 1

Gary Linehan, The Union Democrat /

Art

"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

The Calaveras Big Trees Association will host its fourth annual Winter Wonderland celebration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at Calaveras Big Trees State Park. Events will include a scenic wagon ride, children's crafts, live music, hot cocoa, apple cider and cookies. Tickets are $12.50 for adults and $8.50 for children under 12, including the park entrance fee if purchased online at www.winter2013.eventsbot.com . For more information, call 795-3840.

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 Central Sierra Audubon Society will hold its annual Calaveras Christmas Bird Count on Saturday. It will be among more than 2,300 taking place worldwide.Interested persons of all skill levels are welcome to participate. For more information, contact Barry Bolton at 596-0612 or rbarryboulton@gmail.com .

A "Winter Sparkle" New Year's Eve Party will take place from 5 to 11 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, at the Sonora Elks Lodge. A prime rib or salmon dinner will be served at 6 p.m., followed by dancing to Greg Brown's Music Express from 7 to 11 p.m. Prize drawings and champagne toast at 9 p.m. also will be included. Tickets are $40 for dinner and dancing or a $10 after dinner for the music alone. Reservations are required and may be made by calling Skip Hoy at 736-2310.

An alcohol-free Contra Dance will begin at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, at the Aronos Research Women's Club at 37 E. Elkin St. in Sonora. Live music will be provided by the Western Country Music Co-op, 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. Refreshments will be provided. Guests should also bring a snack to share. For more information, call 532-6025.

The Jack Douglass Saloon in Columbia State Historic Park will sponsor a New Year's Eve Party with live music by Faux Renwah and Beer Hunter starting at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31. Tickets are $20, including appetizers and a champagne toast. Advance tickets can be purchased at the Jack Douglass Saloon or Servente's in downtown Sonora.

The Iron Door Saloon in Groveland will hold a New Year's Eve Party on Tuesday, Dec. 31, to celebrate its rise from the ashes of the Rim Fire. A New York steak and lobster dinner will be served, followed by live music by the Penetrators Groove Band. The price for dinner and party is $69. For the party alone, the cover charge is $20. For reservations or more information, call 962-8904.

Stage 3 Theatre in Sonora will present a New Year's Eve Concert and Dance Party on Tuesday, Dec. 31, at 208 S. Green St. in Sonora. Music will be provided by Rod Harris and the Mario Flores Band, performing a variety of salsa, rhumba, mambo and tango tunes. Tickets are $40, including appetizers and midnight champagne. A no-host bar also will be available. Doors will open at 9 p.m. with Latin and vocal jazz entertainment in the Great Room, followed by the concert and dancing in the theater from 10 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. For reservations or more information, call Stage 3 at 536-1778.

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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