Gary Linehan, The Union Democrat


Mountain Motion will present "Murphys in Motion," a circus and vaudevillian variety show, at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Black Bart Playhouse on Algiers Street in Murphys. Advance tickets are $12 general, $8 for children and seniors, available at Admission at the door will be $15 general, $10 for children and seniors. For more information, email


Watercolors by Thomas Bradley are on display through Feb. 24 in the Manzanita Book Store at Columbia College in an exhibit titled "Still Hungry." A reception for him will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. today. Book store hours are 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday.

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 continue the first public exhibit of photographs by Lou Benoit through February. The January focus was 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 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 feature watercolor, acrylic and mixed media paintings by Ruth Morrow through February in the Window Gallery at the Meadowmont Shopping Center in Arnold. Her exhibit is called "Hearts and Flowers."


Serbian-born blues guitarist Ana Popovic will appear at 9 p.m. Friday at the Black Oak Casino in Tuolumne. Slide guitarist Roy Rogers will perform at 9 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free to ages 21 and over.

Summerville High School and the Connections Visual and Performing Arts Academy will present "Fest D'Ville," an evening of music, dancing and refreshments, at 7 p.m. Saturday at Tuolumne Veterans Memorial Hall in Tuolumne.Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Advance tickets, including appetizers, are $10 general admission, $8 for students and senior citizens, available at the school office or by calling 928-4228. Admission at the door will be $12. Entertainment will be provided by students in the Zero Hibernation Jazz Band, Constellations Choir and Jazz@8 choir. Music for dancing will be provided by Rod Harris and the Columbia Kicks Big Band. All proceeds will help the band and choir students participate in the Forum Festival trip and competition in San Francisco in April.

The 2013-14 St. James Concert Series will continue with a performance by pianist Natsuki Fukasawa at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Red Church in Sonora. Tickets are $12 for adults, $5 for students under 18, available at Mountain Bookshop and Sonora Music or by calling 586-0825. For more information, visit

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 Word Project will present "First Fridays," an open microphone reading of original works, from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday at Sonora Joe's Coffee Shoppe, 140 S. Washington St. in downtown Sonora. Signups for five-minute slots begin at 6:30 p.m. The readings are held on the first Friday of each month. For more information, email

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 Sonora Lions Club will sponsor a Pancake Breakfast on Saturday at Applebee's restaurant on Sanguinetti Road in Sonora. Seatings will be held at 8 and 9 a.m. Tickets are $6, available by calling 533-1710, 533-7768 or 586-6045. Proceeds will benefit the Amador-Tuolumne Community Action Agency Food Bank.

Tuolumne County Master Gardeners will hold a Styrofoam Collection Drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at Waste Management Inc. on Microtronics Way off Camage Avenue in East Sonora. Clean, dry No. 6 Styrofoam will be accepted for delivery to Dart Manufacturing in Lodi, which turns the foam into new food containers. Master Gardeners will be on hand to unload cars.

Railtown 1897 State Historic Park in Jamestown will host an open house for prospective new volunteers from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Volunteer applications must be submitted by Wednesday, Feb. 12, and a training program will begin on Saturday, Feb. 15. No previous experience with trains or public service is required. Car hosts and tour guides are especially needed in 2014. Interested volunteers can download an application at or call 984-4408 for ore information.

Unlimited tastings of homemade chocolate treats will be available at the third annual Heavenly Chocolate Festival from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the First Congregational Church in Murphys. A chocolate fountain, homemade Valentine gifts, coffee and hot chocolate also will be featured in the Fellowship Hall at the corner of Algiers and Church streets. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children under 8, available at the door. Proceeds will benefit mission projects including Global Missions and the Calaveras Resource Connection. For more information, call 728-3141 or 728-3306.

Barbara Hettwer will sign copies of her debut novel, "The Seamstress of Jamestown," from 2 to 8 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the National Hotel at 18183 Main St. in Jamestown. Complimentary beverages and appetizers will be served. The book follows the journey of an aristocratic young woman in mid-19th century Baltimore who decides to go West on her own, leaving everything she knows behind. Hettwer uses the folklore of Jamestown and the National Hotel in particular in her story. Hotel proprietor Stephen Willey also has written the forward to the book. For more information, call 984-3446.

Mount Calvary Lutheran Church will serve Sloppy Joes and Tater Tots 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.

Sierra Senior Providers Inc. will sponsor a Senior Prom for Seniors age 60 and over on Saturday in the Tuolumne County Senior Center Ballroom at 540 Greenley Road in Sonora. Social hour will begin at 4 p.m., with a steak, chicken or vegetarian dinner at 5 p.m. Dancing to the music of Sound Extreme will follow and a professional photographer will be present. Valet parking, red carpet entry and prize drawings also will be featured. Transportation is available for homebound seniors or those in need of a ride. Tickets are $30 per person or $55 per couple, available by calling 533-2622. Proceeds will benefit senior center programs and services.

The Emigrant Basin Pack and Social Club will hold its 13th annual scholarship dinner on Saturday at the Sonora Elks Lodge. A no-host bar will open at 5 p.m., followed by dinner from 6 to 8 p.m. Dancing to live music by the Mountain Fever Band will begin after dinner. Tickets are $20. All proceeds go to scholarships for high school seniors. For tickets or more information, call 532-8283 or 768-1126.

Calvary Chapel Sonora will host a Community Father-Daughter Dance on Saturday at Soulsbyville Elementary School. Daughters age 3 to 12 will gather from 5:30 to 7 p.m., followed by ages 13 and up from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Admission is $30 for fathers, free for daughters. Fathers or father-like figures are welcome, however mothers are requested not to take the place of fathers. For more information, call Star Shirley at 840-3370.

Mother Lode Adventist Junior Academy will present "An Evening in the Tropics," its sixth annual auction and dinner, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday in the school gymnasium at 80 N. Forest Road in Sonora. The evening will include a vegetarian dinner, silent auction and live entertainment by the "Tinder" fire performers. Tickets are $25 at the door. Child care provided by Kiddie Kollege, including a meal ticket, is available for $15 at the door, with limited space. Proceeds will benefit community educational scholarships and roof replacement for the school. For tickets or more information, call 532-2855.

La Grange Odd Fellows will serve Breakfast from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday at the Odd Fellows Hall on Main Street in La Grange. Biscuits and gravy, sausage, potatoes, French toast, eggs, coffee and orange juice will be served for $6. La Grange Rebekahs also will hold a rummage sale during the breakfast. 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.

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.

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.

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.