Gary Linehan, The Union Democrat


Sonora High School will present its winter play, "The Boy Friend," a musical comedy set in the 1920s in the French Riviera, today through Saturday in the school auditorium. Curtain times are 7:30 p.m. each day, with a matinee added at 2 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $7 general admission, $5 for students and senior citizens, available at the school office and at the door.

Stage 3 Theatre Company will open its 2014 season with "Park Your Car in Harvard Yard" Friday through March 23 at 208 S. Green St. in downtown Sonora. Curtain times are 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. For reservations, call 536-1778 or visit


The Calaveras County Arts Council will continue its exhibit titled "Auld Lang Syne," featuring art from the past but with timeless meaning, through March 8 at 22 Main St. in San Andreas. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday thrugh Thursday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The gallery offers free parking in front and back and is handicapped accessible. For more information, call 754-1774 or visit

Deborah Marlene's Gallery will host a reception for Susan King from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at 8242 Main St. in Mokelumne Hill. King, a member of the Arts of Bear Valley, is a retired teacher from Hazel Fischer School in Arnold and has been a resident of the Murphy and Arnold area for the past 30 years. Refreshments and appetizers will be served and King will give a painting demonstration.

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 Calaveras County Arts Council will present the Mandelring Quartet in concert at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Bret Harte High School Theater at 323 Highway 49 in Angels Camp as part of the "Ovations" performing arts series. Tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for ages 18 and younger, available by calling 754-1774 or online at

"A Winter Night's Yeow" will return to the Fallon House Theater in Columbia State Historic Park at 8 p.m. Saturday as a tribute to Ron DeLacy and Sarah Elizabeth Campbell. Performers will include Sourdough Slim, Faux Renwah and Old Soles, with special guest Dave Cavanagh and a reunion of the surviving Fiddlestix members. Advance tickets are $20, available at the Jack Douglass Saloon, Tradewinds Boutique and Mountain Bookshop or by calling 853-2128. Admission will be $25 at the door.

Composer, recording artist and Bible teacher Dick Williams will perform in concert at 6 p.m. Sunday at Creekside Church at 13650 Bergel Road in East Sonora. Admission is free. For more information, call 532-3205.

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 Angels Camp Museum will present "Love Fridays in February," featuring brown bag lunches and talks from noon to 1 p.m. each Friday. This week will be "Love Bites: Let's Talk Beef." Feb. 28 will be "Love California: State Flag History." Tickets are $12, including a brown bag lunch by Camps Restaurant, museum admission and talk. Reservations are required by 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.

Mother Lode Christian School will hold its 34th annual Winter Jubilee Auction on Friday and Saturday at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora. An auction preview, dinner and book sale will take place from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday, with the live auction from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. A game building for children will be available both days. Admission is free. For more information, call 928-4337, 928-4126 or 586-5701.

"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. For more information, call Denella Kimura at 532-6561.

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 Memorial Hall Antique Fair will take place on Saturday and Sunday at Tuolumne Veterans Memorial Hall at 1875 Fir St. in Tuolumne.A preview will be offered from 8 to 9 a.m. Saturday for $5. The fair is then free to the public until it closes at 4 p.m. Hours Sunday are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.m also with free admission. For more information, call Jennifer Agnes or Kristen Kestly at 928-4877 or 743-5302.

The Central Sierra Audubon Society will hold its annual outing to Salt Springs Reservoir in Calaveras County on Saturday. Participants will meet at 9 a.m. about a quarter of a mile along Rock Creek Road from its junction with Highway 4 near Copperopolis.Lunch will be scheduled near Salt Springs Resort.Participants are advised to bring food and water. Questions may be directed to trip leader Steven Umland at 352-6985.

The Foothill Collaborative for Sustainability and Tuolumne County Master Gardeners will present their sixth annual Seed Sharing Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Columbia Elementary School. Seed exchange, garden workshops and demonstrations will be featured. Admission is $10, good for 10 packets of seeds. Proceeds will fund seeds and gardens throughout the foothills communities. Volunteers also are needed to help with this event. For more information, call Kurt Dambacher at 588-3845 or visit

A Texas Hold'em Poker Tournament benefiting the Calaveras County Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at Jackson Rancheria Casino. Registration opens at 10 a.m. with a $125 entry fee. The games will be followed by dinner at 5:30 p.m. Those not playing can join dinner for $30. For more information, call 736-9191.

The High Country Mountain Derby Girls will host a bout Saturday at the High Country Sports Arena at 18960 Waylon Way, off Tuolumne Road east of Sonora. The two home teams - the Hellcats and Gold Diggers - will battle each other in this contest. Doors will open at 3:30 p.m., with the Junior Hellcats holding their season opener at 4 p.m. against the Vtown Derby Delinquents. The adult bout will follow at 6 p.m. Beer and snacks will be available. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Advance tickets are available at Jamestown Harley-Davidson, Togo's, Caffe Blossom, Sonora Creamery, online at and from all derby girls. For more information, call 588-0776 or visit

The Mother Lode chapter of the Mule Deer Foundation will hold its 19th annual Banquet and Auction on Saturday at the Sonora Elks Lodge. No-host cocktails will be served at 5 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m. and the auction and prize drawings at 8 p.m. Tickets are $60 each or $85 per couple, including foundation membership. Proceeds will help raise funds to restore deer habitat lost in the Rim Fire. For more information, call 743-5922, 984-0358 or 532-0819.

The Sonora Alano Club will host its 20th annual Crab Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. This clean and sober event will be held at 19421 Village Drive in East Sonora. Tickets are $25 for Alano members and $30 for the general public.For more information, call 532-9838 or 985-1778.

The Groveland Hotel will present its "Winter Magic" dinner-theater series finale at 7 p.m. Saturday at 18767 Main St. in Groveland. The evening will feature the return of Robert Baxt, who has appeared at Hollywood's Magic Castle as both magician and master of ceremonies. Admission is $10 plus dinner. For reservations or more information, call 962-4000 or 800-273-3314 or visit

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.

The Sonora Wedding Faire will take place from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora. More than 40 vendors will be present and admission is free. A bridal fashion show will begin at 2 p.m. For more information, call 532-0868 or visit

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. For more information, call 532-1859.

Quail Hollow One Apartments will sponsor a presentation by Catholic Charities followed by Bingo for Seniors from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, in the clubhouse at 20230 Grouse Way in Sonora. Admission is free and all seniors are welcome. For more information, call 533-1310.

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.