Gary Linehan, The Union Democrat


Summerville High School and the Connections Visual and Performing Arts Academy will present "I Never Saw Another Butterfly," a drama about youths held in a World War II concentration camp, today through Saturday in the school theater in Tuolumne. Curtain times are 7 p.m. each day, with an additional matinee at 2 p.m. Saturday. Tickets for the evening showings are $10 general admission, $8 for students and senior citizens. Matinee tickets are $8 general and $6 for students and seniors, available at the door.

Stage 3 Theatre Company will present "Park Your Car in Harvard Yard" through Sunday, 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

Sierra Repertory Theatre will open its 35th season with "Les Miserables" on Saturday. The hit musical based on Victor Hugo's epic tale in 19th century France will play through May 4 in East Sonora. Opening night will include a gala dinner before the show and champagne and desserts with the cast afterwards. Gala tickets are already sold out. For show reservations, call 532-3120 or visit


Ironstone Vineyards will present its 17th annual Spring Obsession Art Show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 1894 Six Mile Road in Murphys. This year's theme is "An Obsession with Daffodils & Tulips." Admission is free. For more information, call 728-1251 or visit

The Tuolumne County Arts Alliance will present "Finding Yourself," an exhibit of student self-portrait value collages, through March 23 at the Arts Alliance Gallery at Stage 3 Theatre in Sonora. A reception for the artists will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at 208 S. Green St.

Watercolors by Murphys artist Bambi Papais will be featured through March at Hovey Winery Tasting Room at 350 Main St. in Murphys. A reception for her will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 728-9999.

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

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. March will feature pen and ink drawings of Yosemite and Mother Lode scenes by California native Benjamin Edwen Kerr (1855-1897). For more information, call 533-5507.

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." Artists for March will be Marilyn Richards, who paints local scenery and flowers in acrylics, and Jan Alcalde, who works in photography as well a floral and scenic watercolors.

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. Lisa Tebaldi and Susan Lea Hackett will be the featured artists for March and April.


The 35th annual Columbia College Vocal Jazz Festivalwill take place Friday and Saturday in the Dogwood Theater on campus. Featured artists will include Barbara Morrison, Don Shelton and Elaine Gibbs, with concerts at 7 p.m. Friday and 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday. Reserved seat tickets are $22, available at Mountain Bookshop and the college's Manzanita Book Store. For more information, call 588-5211. For tickets by phone through Friday afternoon, call 588-5126.

The Crossing Kind will appear in a free concert at 6 p.m. Saturday at Creekside Community Church at 13650 Bergel Road, off Phoenix Lake Road in East Sonora. The group has opened for Brandon Heath, the Afters, Point of Grace, Big Daddy Weave, Chris August, Stellar Kart and Phil Joel and is on tour this month with Jason Gray. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call 532-3205.

A concert to benefit Calaveras County native Rosendo Rojas, who is suffering from a rare form of brain cancer, will take place Saturday at the World Mercantile at 1267 S. Main St. in downtown Angels Camp. An open mic will begin at 6 p.m., followed by Teddy Rendazzo at 7:15 p.m. and Plan B at 8 p.m. Suggested donation is $5. Food will be available. Silent auction and prize drawings also will be included. For more information, contact Chrys Mollett at 736-0210 or

Christian country music artist Peter Lewis Whitebird will perform in a free concert at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Country Cowboy Church at 14888 Peaceful Valley Rd in East Sonora. His cousin "Bubba Burks" also will make an appearance and share some new stories. For more information, call the church at 588-1056.

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 Tuolumne Group of the Sierra Club will meet at 7 p.m. today in the Tuolumne Utilities District Board Room at 18885 Nugget Blvd. east of Sonora. Guest speaker Bart O'Brien will talk about "Adventuring in the Public Lands of the American West." He has explored popular national parks like Yellowstone, Bryce, Capitol Reef, Arches, and the Grand Canyon, climbed peaks in Sequoia, Kings Canyon, and Grand Teton National Parks, and ascended cliffs in Yosemite, Zion, and Joshua Tree. The show will also include trips to national monuments such as Devil's Tower, Natural Bridges, and Navajo, and some exploration of BLM lands in southern Utah and the Red Rocks National Recreation Area outside of Las Vegas. The public is welcome at no charge.

The Angels Camp Museum will present "Love California: State Flag History," featuring a brown bag lunch and talk, from noon to 1 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $12, including a brown bag lunch from Camps Restaurant, museum admission and talk. Reservations are required by today and may be made by calling Kim Arth at 736-2963. The museum is at 753 S. Main St. in Angels Camp.

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 second annual Friends of the Fairgrounds Sports Expo will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora. Hunting, fishing and outdoor supplies, demonstrations, children's activities, food and drinks will be featured. Admission is $10, children 10 and under free. Parking is free. For more information, call Shelley Truelock at 988-89328.

Tuolumne County Master Gardeners will host an Open Garden Day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the demonstration garden at at 251 S. Barretta St. on the Cassina High School campus in Sonora. Program topics will include water conservation, grape care and maintenance, spring vegetable garden planning and seed starting. Admission is free. For more information, call 533-5912 or533-5695.

Ironstone Vineyards in Murphys will host a free Appraisal Clinic from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. A representative of Holabird Western Americana will focus on mining, railroad, saloon and military memorabilia. For more information, call 728-1251, ext. 47.

The history of the Yosemite Lumber Company and its successor, the Yosemite Sugar Pine Lumber Company, will be the focus of a presentation at 3 p.m. Saturday at Lake Don Pedro Elementary School at 2411 Hidalgo St. Admission is free. This will be the first of four presentations that comprise the Northern Mariposa County History Center's 2014 Spring Lecture Series. Guest speaker Jack Burgess has a wealth of photos and movies in his personal collection and has promised to share many of his stills as well as a professionally produced movie about the logging operation. The program will cover all aspects of the lumber company's operation, from harvesting and transporting the timber up a steep incline to the top of Trumbull Peak, operations there, then hauling the loaded log cars to the mill at Merced Falls and operations there. He will focus on the period beginning around 1924 until the operations ceased in 1942.

The 65th annual Hornitos Enchilada Dinner will take place from 3:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Stag Hall in Hornitos in northwestern Mariposa County. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children. Entertainment will be provided by the Hacienda Valencia Spanish dancing horses and Sol Del Valle, a young dance group with Mariachi music, at 5 p.m. Craft vendors also will be present. Proceeds will benefit the charitable and community projects of the Hornitos Patron Club. For more information, call 376-2320.

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.

Summerville High School's Jacob Kulik will hold a Shooting Match on Sunday at the Mother Lode Gun Club for his senior project that will benefit the M1 for Veterans Program. There will be a barbecue and prize drawing following the match. The cost is $25 per entry, including lunch. Vintage rifles like the M14 or M1 Garand can be used. Registration for the 50-shot match begins at 8 a.m. with shooting at 9 a.m. The goal of the M1 for Vets Program is to give transitioning combat wounded veterans an opportunity to get back on the rifle range to participate in shooting competitions and compete nationally. Kulik is a member of the California Grizzlies Junior Rifle team. For more information, email Kulik at

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.

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.