Gary Linehan, The Union Democrat


The Tuolumne County Arts Alliance will present the 27th annual InFocus Photography Competition and Exhibition Friday through Feb. 15 at 193 S. Washington St. in downtown Sonora. An awards reception will begin at 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25. For more information, call 532-2787 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.


Stage 3 Theatre Company will present a limited run of the one-man play "Looking Over the President's Shoulder" through Jan. 26 at 208 S. Green St. in downtown Sonora. Dwight Mahabir stars 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

Christian comedienne Cecile Kaiser will perform at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Country Cowboy Church at 14888 Peaceful Valley Road in East Sonora. Doors will open at 5 p.m. Tickets $10 for adults or $5 for children 12 and under, available at the church office, Pac-N-Copy and Lighthouse Deli. Proceeds will benefit the Missions Team's 2014 Trip. For more information, call 588-1056.

The Groveland Hotel will continue its "Winter Magic" dinner-theater series at 7 p.m. Saturday at 18767 Main St. in Groveland. The featured artist will be Heather Rogers, who performed at President Obama's Inaugural Ball in January 2013. Admission is $10 plus dinner. For reservations or more information, call 962-4000 or 800-273-3314 or visit


Black Oak Casino in Tuolumne will present the return of the classic rock band Crazy Ivan at 8 p.m. today. Performing at 9 p.m. Friday will be Grammy Award-winning guitarist Albert Lee, on tour celebrating his 70th birthday. Admission to both shows is free for ages 21 and over.

The First Congregational Church of Murphys at Church and Algiers streets will present Italian bluegrass guitarist Beppe Gambetta in concert at 3 p.m. Sunday. A donation of $15 for the performer will be collected at the door. For more information, call the church office at 728-3141 or Sanders LaMont at 890-3172.

The Columbia College Big Band, directed by Rod Harris, will perform at 7 p.m. Friday n the Sonora High School auditorium in a benefit for the Sonora High School jazz program. Guest artists will include Kerry Tweedy on vocals, Krista White on piano and Mario Flores on congas, along with several Sonora High School jazz alumni.The Sonora High Jazz Band, directed by Yvonne Denton, will open the show and later join the college band. Tickets are $15 general admission, or $20 for VIP front rows, available at Mountain Bookshop and the college's Manzanita Bookstore. For more information, call 588-5211. For tickets by phone Monday through Friday, call 588-5126.

The Columbia Jazz Artist Series will continue at 3 p.m. Sunday with a concert starring guitarist Johnny Valdes in the Dogwood Theater at Columbia College. Also featured will be the Columbia College Big Band and guest artists Krista White on piano, Mario Flores on congas and Johnny Valdes Sr. on guitar. Reserved seat tickets are $15, available at Mountain Bookshop and the college's Manzanita Bookstore. For more information, call 588-5211. For tickets by phone through Friday afternoon, call 588-5126.


A gala, silent auction and garage sale to benefit High Country Friends of the Library will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the Twain Harte Golf Clubhouse. Hors d'oeuvres and wine will be served, and Sequoia will provide live music. Gala tickets are $15, available at the door. The garage sale, with free admission, will continue from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call Joe Browne at 743-1168 or Susan Jeffrey at 586-5484.

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.

"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 downtown 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 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.

The sixth annual Copperoplis Chili Cookoff will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Copperopolis Town Square, 100 Town Square Road in Copperopolis. Live music by the Copper Holdings Company and prize drawings also will be featured. Entry fee is $20. Public admission is free. Proceeds will benefit the Copperopolis Firefighters Association. For more information, call 785-9700 or visit

The Tuolumne County Library at 480 Greenley Road in Sonora will present "Winnie the Pooh" as this month's Saturday Family Movie Matinee at 2 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. The G-rated movie will be shown in the library's Community Room. Running time is approximately 74 minutes. For more information, call 533-5507 or visit

The Tuolumne County 4-H program will host its 41st annual 4-H Community Dinner on Saturday. A barbecued tri-tip dinner will be served from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora. A vegetarian option is available by request. The popular decorated cake auction will begin at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children under 12 or seniors 65 and over. Tickets are available from 4-H members, at the University of California Cooperative Extension office or for the same price at the door. Family tickets are $40 for up to five people in advance only. For more information, call 533-6990.

Soroptimist International of Twain Harte will hold its annual Crab Dinner on Saturday at Tuolumne Veterans Memorial Hall. The menu will include salad, rolls, clam chowder, pasta and all you can eat crab. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. and dinner will be served from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Soda, water, beer and wine will be available for purchase. Prize drawings also will be held.Tickets are $40, available at El Dorado Savings and Umpqua Bank in Twain Harte or by calling Patt Koral at 928-1616.All proceeds benefit local charities.

The Mother Lode Storytelling Guild will meet from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Angels Camp Mercantile at 1267 S. Main St. in Angels Camp. This month's meeting will be an open microphone hosted by storyteller Michele Tennant-Carranza. All levels are welcome. Stories should be about 5 to 7 minutes in length. For more information, call 532-7697 or email

A Contra Dance will begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Aronos Research Women's Club at 37 E. Elkin St. in Sonora. Live music will be provided, 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. An optional potluck dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. The dances are held on the third Saturday of each month. For more information, call 532-6025.

Chispa Parlor 139 of the Native Sons of the Golden West will serve a Pancake Breakfast from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday at the Native Sons Hall at 389 Main St. in Murphys. Pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, orange juice, coffee and hot chocolate will be served for $7 for adults and $3 for children 10 and younger. The breakfasts are served on the third Sunday of each month. For more information, call 728-8902.

Just Dance will meet from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the First Presbyterian Church of the 49ers in Columbia. Ballroom, swing, Latin and country-western dancing will be featured, with live music by Greg Brown's Music Express. Each dance 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 necessary. A $5 donation is requested to benefit the church's Historic Sanctuary Restoration and Maintenance Fund. The dances are held on the third Sunday of each month. For more information, call 532-1859.

Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United Farm Workers union with Cesar Chavez, will speak on "Immigration and Social Justice" at the 19th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Sonora High School auditorium.Huerta, a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights, is well known internationally for her 55 years of activism.The event will feature music by Dennis Brown and Michelle Allison and is free to the public. A reception with Huerta will follow. For more information, call 928-3494.

The Calaveras Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the Mother Lode Bridal Faire from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Calaveras County Fairgrounds in Angels Camp. Vendors will include wineries, caterers, printers, florists, wedding planners, venues, wedding gowns, formal wear, videographers, musicians, jewelers and more. A wedding fashion show presented by the Clothes Mine will begin at 1 p.m. Admission and parking are free. Prize drawings also will be held. For information, call Mindy Miller Boyette at 754-5400.

Project Shine will offer senior citizens the free loan of formal dresses from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, at 116 Bradford Ave. in Sonora for next month's Senior Prom for Seniors. Dresses require a $20 refundable deposit. Transportation is available for homebound seniors or those needing transportation. Dress appointments also are available by calling 352-0034. The Valentine's prom, sponsored by Sierra Senior Providers Inc., will be held Saturday, Feb. 8, in the Tuolumne County Senior Center Ballroom at 540 Greenley Road in Sonora. Tickets are $30 per person or $55 per couple, available by calling 533-2622.

Quail Hollow One Apartments will sponsor Bingo for Seniors from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, in the clubhouse at 20230 Grouse Way in Sonora. Admission is free and all seniors 55 and over are welcome. Coffe, tea, cookies and prizes will be included. For more information, call 533-1310.

The Tuolumne County Library at 480 Greenley Road in Sonora will present "Paws to Read" from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 22. Young readers an sign-up to read for 15 minutes to the certified therapy dog, Hana. Call the library at 533-5507 or stop by library for more information or to sign up.

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.