Gary Linehan, The Union Democrat


Footlight Theatre Company will present "The Curse of the Nugget of Love," a murder mystery and Valentine dinner catered by the Columbia House Restaurant, at 6 p.m. Saturday at Angelo's Hall in Columbia State Historic Park. A reception with the cast will begin at 5:30 p.m. A silent auction also will be held to benefit the Tuolumne County Arts Alliance. After the show, music for dancing will be provided by the Hot Dark until 10 p.m. at the Jack Douglass Saloon. This will be the first in Footlight Theatre's new monthly series of murder mysteries in Columbia. Tickets are $50 each or $90 per couple. For availability, call 728-8072 or visit

Sonora High School will present its winter play, "The Boy Friend," set in the 1920s in the French Riviera, Wednesday through Saturday, Feb. 19 to 22, in the school auditorium, Curtain times are 7:30 p.m. each day, with a matinee added at 2 p.m. Feb. 22. General admission is $7, $5 for students and senior citizens.


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

Watercolors by Thomas Bradley are on display through Feb. 24 in the Manzanita Book Store at Columbia College in an exhibit titled "Still Hungry." 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.

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."

The Mother Lode Art Association will meet from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17, at the Tuolumne County Library in Sonora. A watercolor demonstration will be given by Carolyn Macpherson of Murphys. The public is welcome at no charge.


The 12th annual Love the Forest Valentine's Concert will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Black Bart Playhouse at 580 S. Algiers St. in Murphys. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Performances will be given by Jill Warren, Cantamos and Mark Dyken. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door, students and senior citizens $12. Advance tickets are available at Murphys Music Co., Sierra Nevada Adventure Co., Sustenance Books and Aeolian Harp. Proceeds will benefit Ebbetts Pass Forest Watch. For more information, call 795-3530 or 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.


Ladies Wine Night will take place tonight in Jamestown beginning at 6 p.m. Brice Station Vineyards, Giannelli Vineyards and Inner Sanctum Cellars each will serve complimentary hors d'oeurves and desserts along with wine tastings.

The Angels Camp Museum will present "Love Fridays in February," featuring brown bag lunches and talks from noon to 1 p.m. on three Fridays in February. This week will be "Love History: President Polk and the Gold Rush." James K. Polk was the 11th president of the United States of America and served from March 4, 1845, to March 4, 1849, winning the election on a platform of Western expansion. Cost of "Love Fridays" is $12 per person, including a brown bag lunch by Camps Restaurant, museum admission and talk. All three talks are available for $34. Feb. 21 will be a presentation on beef and Feb. 28 will focus on California state flag history. Reservations are required the day before and may be made by calling Kim Arth at 736-2963. The museum is at 753 S. Main St. in Angels Camp.

Partners for Twain Harte will present "A Valentine for Your Partner," a fundraising dinner and dance, on Friday at the Twain Harte Golf Club. A no-host bar will open at 6 p.m. A chicken dinner, by Olivia's on the Green, will be served at 6:45 p.m., followed by a prize drawing at 7:45 p.m. and dancing to the Lava Cats at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25. Call 586-3131 for availability. Proceeds will benefit Partners for Twain Harte. Canned food donations for the Amador-Tuolumne Community Action Agency Food Bank also will be accepted.

"The Lover's Nightcap Carnivale," an evening of music, burlesque and desserts, will begin at 9:30 p.m. Friday at the Gypsy Shack at 18145 Main St. in Jamestown. Entertainment will be provided by Willy Tea Taylor of the Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit and Heather Lynn of Kountry Kittens Burlesque, plus additional guests. Anni Boelyn and Ivanna Polish will serve as masters of ceremonies. Desserts will be served at intermission. Tickets are $10 general admission or $15 for VIP seating.Doors will open at 8:30 p.m.and minimum age to attend is 18. For online tickets, For more information, call 694-5674.

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 Sunshine Ladies of Jamestown United Methodist Church will hold their annual Presidents Day Soup and Pie Luncheon from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Jamestown Community Hall on Main Street in Jamestown. There will be a choice of four homemade soups plus a large selection of pies. Homebaked items and books also will be available.For more information, call Dorothy Eiserer at 984-3511 or Jean Hickey at 984-4133.

Railtown 1897 State Historic Park in Jamestown will present "Roundhouse Day" from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Visitors can watch the annual maintenance and cleaning of the Hetch Hetchy motor car and the Angels Camp "shorty" car No. 6. George Sapp, railroad restoration lead worker, also will present a slide show highlighting the Sierra No. 28 restoration project.Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for youths ages 6 to 17 and free for children 5 and under. For more information, call 984-3953 or visit

The Calaveras Winegrape Alliance will present the 18th annual Presidents' Wine Weekend from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at all 22 CWA wineries. With the purchase of a $20 commemorative wine glass, guests are entitled to a "limited-tasting" flight at all member wineries. Full tastings will be available for an additional fee. Glasses are available both days, cash only, at the Calaveras Visitors Bureau, Chatom Vineyards, Frog's Tooth Vineyards, Ironstone Vineyards and Val du Vino Winery. No reservations are required. For more information, call 728-9467 or

K. Dale Campos will sign copies of his book, "Digger's Adventures: Friends," from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Angels Camp Mercantile at 1267 Main St. in Angels Camp.

The Mother Lode Storytelling Guild will meet at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Angels Camp Mercantile at 1267 S. Main St. in Angels Camp. The local group of storytellers will share love stories and tales of mid-winter with featured tales by Claudia Tonge of Sonora. The program is open to the public at no charge. For more information, call 532-7697 or email

A Valentine's Banquet and Family Dinner to benefit the Summerville High School journalism program will take place Saturday at the school on Tuolumne Road in Tuolumne. A spaghetti dinner for families will be served from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. The cost is $10 per adult and $6 for children, or $25 for a family of two adults and two children. The family dinner also will feature bingo. The banquet will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. in the school theater and gymnasium. Tickets are $25 per person or $40 per couple, $15 for students or $25 for student couples. The menu will include tri-tip, chicken and vegetable lasagna. Live entertainment will be provided. There also will be a silent auction with items including a wedding band set valued at $600. For tickets, call Summerville High School at 928-4228 and ask for Brianna Willis' class.

The Sonora Elks Lodge will hold its annual Charlie RodriguezCrab and Shrimp Dinner on Saturday. Doors will open at 5 p.m for no-host cocktails, with dinner served at 7 p.m. A prize drawing also will held to support the Elks Charity Fund.Tickets are $40, available by calling the lodge office at 533-1587.Sales are limited to 325 tickets. For more information, call Marty Smith at 928-5551 or Jim Haughy at 533-3971.

The fourth annual Sonora High Ag Boosters Dinner will be held Saturday at the Tuolumne County Sheriff's Posse Grounds on Rawhide Road in Jamestown. Social hour will begin at 5 p.m., with a pork loin dinner at 6 p.m. Advance tickets are $20, available at the Sportsman, Bearly Quilting, Hurst Feed, Sonora Feed and Radovich Feed. Admission at the door will be $25.

The Southern Tuolumne County Historical Society will show the Ken Burns documentary "A Gathering of Spirit," commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Yosemite Grant, at 7 p.m. Saturday at Groveland Community Hall. The approximately half-hour film will be followed by a presentation from a Yosemite National Park ranger. Admission is free.

The La Grange Rebekahs will serve a Valentine's Breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. Sunday at the Odd Fellows Hall on the main street of La Grange. Ham and cheese omelet, pancakes, biscuits and gravy and beverages will be served for $5. A portion of the proceeds will go to the American Heart Association. For more information, call George Sylvester at 853-2508 or Chris Stevenson at 853-2128.

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.

The Tuolumne Lumber Jubilee will sponsor an afternoon of Donkey Basketball beginning at 3 p.m. Sunday at Tuolumne Veterans Memorial Hall. Teams will consist of members of the California Highway Patrol, Tuolumne County Sheriff's Office, Tuolumne County Ambulance, Sonora and Summerville high school staff, and Mountain Derby Roller Girls. Advance tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students in seventh through to 12th grade and $6 for children in kindergarten through sixth grade, available at the Tuolumne Park and Recreation District or by calling 588-6679. All tickets will be $1 higher at the door.