Gary Linehan, The Union Democrat


Entries for the 27th annual InFocus Photography Competition and Exhibition sponsored by the Tuolumne County Arts Alliance will be accepted from noon to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday at 193 S. Washington St. in downtown Sonora. The show will run Jan. 17 to Feb. 15 at the same location and an awards reception will begin at 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25. For more information, call 532-2787. For rules and other entry information, visit

Second Saturday Art Night, celebrating "Yosemite's 150th Anniversary," will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday in downtown Sonora. Art displays, live music, refreshments and more will be featured. Admission is free. This month's event also includes a chance to view the new documentary "Yosemite: A Gathering Spirit," by Emmy Award winning director Ken Burns. Free screenings will take place at the Sonora Opera Hall at 5, 6 and 7 p.m.At 8 p.m., also at the Opera Hall, actor Lee Stetson will present "The Spirit of John Muir" a spoken word performance. Muir tickets are $8 in advance, available at Mountain Bookshop, or $10 at the door. For more information, call 532-7697 or visit

"Art in the Library," a rotating exhibit at the Tuolumne County Library at 480 Greenley Road in Sonora, will present the first public exhibit of photographs by Lou Benoit during January and February. In January, the focus will be on landscapes. February will showcase Benoit's close-ups of flowers, butterflies, and dragonflies. For more information, call 533-5507.

Photographs by Tracy Barbutes of Groveland are featured at the Book Nook, downstairs at the Groveland Library, every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through March. The exhibit includes a collection of Rim Fire photos, wild mustangs in the eastern Sierra and many shots of local scenes, gold country, Yosemite and the High Sierra.

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 January in the Window Gallery at the Meadowmont Shopping Center in Arnold.


Stage 3 Theatre Company will present a limited run of the one-man play "Looking Over the President's Shoulder" today through Jan. 26 at 208 S. Green St. in downtown Sonora. Dwight Mahabir will star in the true story of Alonzo Fields, head White House butler for 21 years, and witness to history from Herbert Hoover to Dwight D. Eisenhower. Tickets are $22 for adults and $15 for children, available at the box office, by calling 536-1778 and online at

Stage 3 Theatre will hold auditions for "Park Your Car in Harvard Yard," by Israel Horovitz, at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13, at 208 S. Green St. in Sonora. Needed are a man age 50 or older and a woman 35 or older. For more information, call 536-1778 or email


The Groveland Hotel will present an Elvis Presley Birthday Bash on Saturday at 18767 Main St. in Groveland. Rob Ely will appear in his tribute show to the King, who was a classmate of hotel owner Peggy Mosley at Humes High School in Memphis, Tenn. Tickets are $45 for a three-course dinnerat 7:30 p.m. and the show at 8 p.m. For reservations, call 962-4000 or 800-273-3314.

The 2014 "Ovations" performing arts series, sponsored by Calaveras County Arts Council, will open with a performance by Michela Macfarlane and Cantamos at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Bret Harte High School Theater at 323 Highway 49 in Angels Camp. tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for ages 18 and younger. For more information, call 754-1774 or visit


"An Evening with Laurel and Hardy," featuring silent movies and a buffet dinner, will begin at 6 p.m Friday at Ironstone Vineyards at 1894 Six Mile Road in Murphys. Admission is $22.50. For reservations, call 728-1251, ext. 11.

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.

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.

Columbia State Historic Park will sponsor Gold Rush Day from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. Guests can visit with costumed docents to learn more about the Gold Rush while engaging in hands-on activities such as mining, toys from the past, quill writing and more. A free town tour will be given at 1 p.m. and Justice Court re-enactments will take place at 1:30 and 3 p.m. For more information, call the park office at 588-9128.

The Copperopolis Community Center will host its 28th annual "First Wine Tasting of the Year" for Calaveras County wineries from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the historic armory at 695 O'Brynes Ferry Road in Copperopolis. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door, including an engraved souvenir wine glass, unlimited wine tasting and an array of hors d'oeuvres. Ticket sales include a donation to restore and maintain the Historic Old Church and Armory buildings, archive preservation, Homecoming Celebration and the annual history programat Copperopolis Elementary School. For more information, call Sandy Rollings at 785-4081 or Linda Beck at 785-1849.

Mount Calvary Lutheran Church will serve a Spaghetti Dinner 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.

Fresno artist and author Pam Pederson will sign copies of her illustrated book, "Old World Bridges: Yosemite National Park," from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Banyan Tree boutique at 59 S. Washington St. in Sonora.

The La Grange Odd Fellows of LaFayette Historical Lodge 65 will serve Breakfast from 7 a.m. to 1 p.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.

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. 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.