Gary Linehan, The Union Democrat


Stage 3 Theatre Company, in association with Sankofa Theater Company of Modesto, will present"Looking Over the President's Shoulder"through Sunday 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. Curtain times are 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $22 for adults and $15 for children, available by calling 536-1778 and online at

Stage 3 Theatre will present a rehearsed reading of Rick Foster's"Women of the Bear"at 7 p.m. Saturday at 208 S. Green St. in Sonora. The play, produced by Duende Drama & Literature, tells the stories of three women, including Jessie Benton Fremont and Nancy Roberts Kelsey, who helped shape California's history, and the fictional character Lucy Elder, a composite of California Indian women in the 1850s. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free, with donations going to the actors, Lara Ford McNicol, Susannah Holland and Ashley Flowers.


The Tuolumne County Arts Alliance will present the 27th annualInFocus Photography Competition and Exhibitionthrough Feb. 15 at 193 S. Washington St. in downtown Sonora. An awards reception will begin at 5 p.m. Saturday. Regular viewing hours are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is free. 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 byLou Benoitduring 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 byTracy Barbutesof 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.

Liz Heald and Loretta Pagni are theMother Lode Art Association'sfeatured artists for January and February. Their works can be seen in the front windows of Servente's at 64 S. Washington St. in downtown Sonora. Association artists Irene Taylor and Mary Jobe also are featured at Schnoogs in the Timberhills shopping center in Sonora.

Arts of Bear Valleywill 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.


Friends of the Calaveras Sheriff's Office will serve a Crab and Pasta Dinner on Friday at San Andreas Town Hall, 24 Church Hill Road. Doors will open at 5 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. An auction and prize drawings also will be featured. Tickets are $40, available by calling 772-2234, 598-1467 or online at www.friends

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.

Groveland authors Sydney Avey and Nadine Pedron will sign copies of their new books from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at Dori's Tea Cottage on Highway 120 in downtown Groveland. Avey has written an inspirational novel, "The Sheep Walker's Daughter," and Pedron has compiled her youthful recollections as "Lily's Own: Stories of a Childhood." The event, sponsored by Friends of the Library, will include a complimentary beverage, appetizers and prize drawings. For more information, call Etty Garber at 962-5205.

Cassidy Gempler, president of the Summerville High School Associated Student Body, will help put on a fundraising Italian Buffet Dinner as her senior project on Saturday at Banny's Restaurant at Mountain Springs Golf Course at 17566 Lime Kiln Road in Sonora. Doors will open at 5 p.m., with dinner at 6 p.m. Adults tickets are $20 and children 12 and under are $10. Proceeds will go toward attendance at an ASB leadership conference. This project is being funded with a grant from Irving J. Symons Foundation for Tuolumne County, a supporting organization of Sonora area foundation. For tickets, call Gempler at 694-5855 or ASB adviser Deena Soto at 928-4228, ext. 283.

The Groveland Rotary Club will sponsor a Red, White and Blue Ball on Saturday at the Pine Mountain Lake Grill. For information, contact Rudy Manzo at

The High Country Mountain Derby Girls roller derby teams will kick off their 2014 season at 7 p.m. Saturday at the High Country Sports Arena at 18960 Waylon Way in Sonora. Doors will open at 6 p.m. The match will pit the Mountain Derby Girls Gold Diggers and Mountain Derby Girls Hellcats against nationally ranked guest skaters Carmen Getsome and Shorty Ounce of Getsome Athletics and participants in a roller derby clinic they will lead earlier in the day. Advance tickets are $10, available at Jamestown Harley-Davidson, Sonora Creamery, Caffe Blossom and Togo's and online at Admission at the door will be $15. Children 5 to 12 are $5. Season passes are also available online for $50. For more information, call 588-0776 or visit

The Tuolumne Band of Cherokee Indians will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Tuolumne County Library in Sonora for a screening of the documentary "Alcatraz Occupation," produced and directed by Sonora filmmaker and member Lorenzo Baca. The public is welcome at no charge. Alcatraz Island, a national park and former federal prison, was abandoned at the time it was occupied by American Indians in 1969 and held for 18 months. For more information, call 532-1902.

Quail Hollow One Apartments will sponsor Ballroom Dancing for Seniors from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, in the clubhouse at 20230 Grouse Way in Sonora. Admission is free and all seniors are welcome. For more information, call 533-1310.

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.