Gary Linehan, The Union Democrat


The fifth annual Tuolumne County finals for the Poetry Out Loud High School Poetry Recitation Contest will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, at Stage 3 Theatre at 208 S. Green St. in downtown Sonora. Admission is free, however suggested donations of $5 will be accepted. Finalists from Sonora, Summerville, Connections, Tioga and Don Pedro high schools will be compete for a chance to go to state finals in Sacramento in March. For more information, call the Tuolumne County Arts Alliance at 532-2787.


Watercolors by Thomas Bradley are on display through Feb. 24 in the Manzanita Bookstore at Columbia College in an exhibit titled "Still Hungry." A reception for him will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6.

Gourd art by George Leontovich and paintings by Phillip Showen will be featured through April 20 at the Steve Leontie Photography Gallery at 22997 Joaquin Gully Road in Twain Harte. A reception for the artists will begin at 4 p.m. Saturday. For more informatioin, call 586-7632 or visit

The watercolor paintings of Deborah Marlene Kearney will be showcased through February at the Hovey Winery Tasting Room at 350 Main St. in Murphys. A reception for her will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 728-9999.

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 Yosemite National Park, the Gold Country and High Sierra.

"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. The January focus is on landscapes. February will showcase Benoit's close-ups of flowers, butterflies, and dragonflies. For more information, call 533-5507.

The Tuolumne County Arts Alliance will present the 27th annual InFocus Photography Competition and Exhibition through Feb. 15 at 193 S. Washington St. in Sonora. Viewing hours are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is free. For more information, call 532-2787 or visit

Liz Heald and Loretta Pagni are the Mother Lode Art Association's featured 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 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. Ruth Morrow will be the artist for February. She specializes in watercolor, acrylic and mixed media. Her exhibit will be called "Hearts and Flowers."


"Papa Steve's Student Recital" featuring 14 music students ages 4 to 65, will begin at 7 p.m. Friday at Heritage Christian Church at 19530 Hillsdale Drive in East Sonora. Performances will be given on piano, ukulele, guitar and harmonica in group and solo settings. Admission is free. For more information, call Steve Moore at 768-9040.

The Columbia Big Band Jazz Festivalwill include concerts at 7 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday in the Dogwood Theater at Columbia College. Featured artists will include Mic Gillette on trumpet and trombone, Mike Rocha on trumpet, Ken Taylor on trombone, Paul Contos on flute and saxophone, Bob Secor on piano, Clinton Day on bass, Jim Anderson on drums, Mario Flores on congas and Rod Harris on saxophone. Reserved seat tickets are $22, available at Mountain Bookshop and the college's Manzanita Book Store. For tickets by phone through Friday afternoon, call 588-5126. For more information, call 588-5211.

The Sonora Drum Circle meets from 6 to 7:30 p.m. each Tuesday at the Unity Spiritual Center at 19478 Village Drive in East Sonora. All ages are welcome and no experience is necessary. Admission is free, with donations accepted. For more information, call Rona Hempstead at 984-3774.


The Yosemite Winter Club will host its annual Snow Ball at 6 p.m. Friday at the Ahwahnee Hotel. Tickets are $50, available at or at the door.

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.

The 29th annual Orient Express Run, sponsored by the Sonora Sunrise Rotary Club, will take place Saturday at Chinese Camp Elementary School. A one-mile family run will begin at 9 a.m., followed by a four-mile run at 10 a.m. Entry fee is $30 for adults, $10 for ages 13 and under and $10 for Special Olympians. Proceeds will benefit Tuolumne County Special Olympics. For entry forms or more information, go to Caltrans will closeHighway 120 from Sims Road to Highway 49 from 10 to 11 a.m. for the race.

Tuolumne County Master Gardener will hold an Open Garden Day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Demonstration Garden at 251 S. Barretta St. on the Cassina High School campus in Sonora. Admission is free. Information will be available on fruit tree pruning, rose pruning and soil preparation for spring vegetable gardens. For more information, call the Tuolumne County Master Gardener Hotline at 533-5912 or University of California Cooperative Extension office at 533-5695.

The Mother Lode Shriners will serve an all-you-can-eat Crab Dinner on Saturday at the Tuolumne County Senior Center on Greenley Road in Sonora. Social hour will begin at 5 p.m., with dinner at 6 p.m. Fresh crab, clam chowder, salad, garlic bread and dessert will be served for $35, children under 12 half price. Live music and donation bar also will be featured. For availability of seating, call Bob Snodgrass at 533-2426. Proceeds will benefit the Shriners Hospital for Children.

Sonora Teen Dancing, a dance for all teenagers, will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Aronos Research Women's Club at 37 E. Elkin St. in Sonora. This will be a monthly event on the first Saturday of each month to get teenagers involved with dancing in a social atmosphere. Admission is $5. Donations will benefit the Mentoring Works program at the Amador-Tuolumne Community Action Agency. For more information, call 532-6901.

The Copperopolis Lake Tulloch Lions Club will serve its annual Crab Dinner on Saturday at Black Creek Park at 920 Black Creek Drive, off Copper Cove Drive in Copperopolis. Doors will open at 5 p.m., with dinner served from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Prize drawings and live music by the Roger Garcia Trio also will be featured. Tickets are $40, available at Saddle Creek Resort, Century 21 Real Estate and Umpqua Bank in Copperopolis or at the door. For more information, call 785-8210 or 785-8587, or visit

The Sonora 49er Rotary Club will present its 28th annual Frank Salel Super Bowl Sunday Scholarship Breakfast, serving three-egg omelets made to order, from 7 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora. Prize drawings every half hour and a no-host bar also will be featured. Advance tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children under 12. All prices will be $1 higher at the door. Advance tickets are available from Ed Oakes at 533-2094 or Sam Wheeler at 536-12184. Proceeds will go toward scholarships for Sonora High School students and dictionaries for all Tuolumne County third graders.

American Legion Post 58 will serve a Pancake Breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. Sunday at Sonora Veterans Memorial Hall at 9 N. Washington St. in downtown Sonora. Tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for children under 10. The menu includes pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, biscuits and gravy, orange juice, and coffee or tea. Proceeds go to American Legion projects such as scholarships and Boys and Girls State. The breakfasts are served on the first Sunday of each month.

The Sonora Elks Lodge will host a Potluck Super Bowl Party on Sunday at the lodge at 100 Elk Drive in Sonora. Doors will open at 1 p.m. for no-host cocktails. Everyone is asked to bring a dish to share beginning at 2 p.m. Admission is free.

The Murphys Hotel will hold its seventh annual Super Bowl Chili Cookoff on Sunday. All money raised is donated to Hospice of Amador and Calaveras and all food collected is donated to the Resource Connection Food Bank. Cookoff entry fee is 10 cans of food or $10. A trophy for Judge's Award will be awarded along with People's Choice and "Best Theme" awards. Prizes will be donated by the local business community. Public tasting will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. for five cans of food or $5. For more information, call 728-3444, ext. 416.

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.