Gary Linehan, The Union Democrat


The Tuolumne County Elementary School Honor Music Festival will take place at 7 p.m. Friday in the Sonora High School auditorium. Fifth- through eighth-grade music students will join forces to give full band and choir performances. Admission is free.

The Mother Lode Community Chorus Festival, directed by John Carter, will begin at 7 p.m. Friday at Calvary Chapel at 19889 Soulsbyville Road in Soulsbyville, showcasing five choruses from three counties. Admission is free. For more information, call 588-5214.

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.


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 present the epic musical "Les Miserables" through Sunday, May 4, in East Sonora. Curtain times are 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, as well as selected Thursdays. For reservations, call 532-3120 or visit

The 12th annual "For Adult Ears Only" storytelling concert will take place from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Monday, March 10, at Stage 3 Theatre at 208 S. Green St. in Sonora. Guest artist will be nationally acclaimed storyteller and singer-songwriter Kim Weitkamp, with Cynthia Restivo and B.Z. Smith as masters of ceremony. Tickets are $20, including dessert. Proceeds will benefit the Iota Epsilon Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma and the Mother Lode Storytelling Guild in support of family literacy programs in the Sierra foothills. For more information, call 532-7697 or email


Second Saturday Art Night will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday in downtown Sonora. Participating art galleries, shops and restaurants will host a variety of art displays, music and refreshments. Admission is free. For more information, call 532-7697 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. For more information, call 532-2787.

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

Arts of Bear Valley will display works by Jan Alcalde and Marilyn Richards through March in the Window Gallery at the Meadowmont Shopping Center in Arnold. Richards paints local scenery and flowers in acrylics. Alcalde works in photography as well as floral and scenic watercolors.

Lisa Tebaldi and Susan Lea Hackett are the Mother Lode Art Association's featured artists for March and April. Their works can be seen in the front windows of Servente's at 64 S. Washington St. in downtown Sonora.


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.

Girl's Night Out, an evening of food and fashion to benefit the Angels Camp Public Pool at Bret Harte High School, will take place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday at Ironstone Vineyards in Murphys. Admission is $10. For more information, call 736-8321 or email

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 28th annual Sonora Celtic Faire, celebrating the cultures of Ireland, Scotland, Cornwall and Wales, will take place Friday through Sunday at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora. The event will include five stages of Celtic music along with a jousting tournament, living history performers, Celtic vendors, Scottish Highland Games, bagpipe bands, clans, Irish dogs, Irish and Scottish dancers, jugglers, magicians, fire-eaters and more, including a fire breathing dragon. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets Friday are $10 for adults and $5 for students with ID. Admission Saturday is $22 in advance or $25 at the gate. Sunday admission is $18 in advance or $20 at the gate. Children 6 to 12 are $10 at the gate, ages 5 and under free. A kickoff party will start at 7 p.m. Friday for $15. An all-event pass is available for $50. For more information, call 800-446-1333 or visit

The Murphys Senior Center will present Big Band Murphys from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $50, including hors d'oeuvres and a professional photo portrait. A no-host bar will be available and a silent auction will be held. Dress is casual. All proceeds will help fund senior center programs. For reservations or more information, call 728-1672.

The Sonora Lions Club will hold a Food Drive from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday in front of the Safeway, Save Mart, Price Co. and Grocery Outlet grocery stores. Donations will go to Interfaith Community Social Services. For more information, call Jim Gormely at 532-6515.

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

"Dog Day Afternoon," including a St. Patrick's Day dog parade and costume contest, will take place from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Copperopolis Town Square. Pet portraits and prize drawings also will be featured. Proceeds will benefit the Calaveras County Humane Society. For more information, call 785-9700.

"Ski, Ride and Play for Habitat" will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Dodge Ridge Ski Area in Pinecrest. Activities will include a Vertical Feet Challenge Ski-a-Thon for all ages and abilities, snowshoe obstacle course, silliest hat competition and awards ceremony at 1:30 p.m., followed by "Taste of Tuolumne" from 3 to 5 p.m., featuring food, wine and beer tasting for $20 and live music by Uplands Drive. All of the day's proceeds will benefit Habitat for Humanity of Tuolumne County. For more information, call Betsy Harden at 536-0970. To register for the snow events, visit

The ITSA Film Festival will sponsor a one-day "Back to Nature Festival" in conjunction with the Columbia College Forestry and Natural Resources Club from 3 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Dogwood Theater on the college campus. This festival will highlight wildlife, water issues, state parks, Yosemite National Park, hiking the John Muir Trail and more. Admission is free, with donations benefiting the Natural Resources Club.

TuCARE, the Tuolumne County Alliance for Resources and Environment, will hold its annual "Pot O' Gold Dinner and Auction" on Saturday at the Sonora Elks Lodge. Guest speaker will Bruce Vincent, a third-generation logger from Libby, Mont. He also is president of Communities for a Great Northwest, executive director of Provider Pals and co-owner of Environomics. Doors will open at 5 p.m., with dinner and awards at 6:30 p.m. and the speaker at 8 p.m. Live and silent auctions also will be featured. Tickets are $40 and must be purchased in advance. For more information, call 586-7816.

The second annual "Badges and Hoops" benefit for Northern California Special Olympics will take place Saturday at Summerville High School in Tuolumne. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., with four basketball games from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., featuring Special Olympians, Summerville faculty, local law enforcement officers and firefighters. Admission is $5. For more information, call 588-9078.

The eighth annual Support Our Senior Center benefit dinner will take place Saturday at the Town Hall in San Andreas. The event will begin with a no-host bar at 6 p.m. A tri-tip dinner will be served at 7 p.m., followed by a silent auction and prize drawings. Entertainment will be provided by Danny Elzig. Tickets are $30, available by calling 754-3967.

Mount Calvary Lutheran Church will serve a Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner 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.

The 14th Tuolumne County Trivia Bee will take place Saturday at the Sonora Opera Hall. Doors will open at 5 p.m. Tickets are $15, available at all library branches and at the door. Proceeds will benefit Adult Literacy Services at the Tuolumne County Library. For more information, call Lynn McCormick at 694-2727.

The Calaveras County chapter of the California Youth Connection will present a Masquerade Ball from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday at Ironstone Vineyards at 1894 Six Mile Road in Murphys. Food, dancing, silent auction, prize drawings and presentations will be featured. Advance tickets are $55 each or $90 per couple. Tickets are the door will be $60 each or $100 per couple. Proceeds will benefit local foster youth. For tickets or more information, call Jason Lowe at 470-7091 or Ed Iturralde at 470-7744.

Daylight Saving Time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday.

La Grange Odd Fellows and Rebekahs 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 to order, coffee and orange juice will be served for $6. The meals are held on the second Sunday of each month. For more information, call 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. The meals are held on the second Sunday of each month. Proceeds go toward museum maintenance. For more information, call 878-3015.

The Mother Lode Volkswagen Club will host its 11th annual Spring VW Get Together from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday in the Black Bart Playhouse parking lot on Algiers Street in Murphys. Barbecue, VW displays, swap meet and prize drawings will be featured. Admission is free. For more information, visit or call 728-5242.

The Calaveras County Arts Council will present the Lily Cai Chinese Dance Company as part of the "Ovations" performing arts series at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Dr. Elliott Smart Performing Arts Center at Bret Harte High School at 323 Highway 49 in Angels Camp. Tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for youths 18 and younger, available at or by calling 754-1774.

The Sonora Regional Medical Center Foundation will sponsor "Dinner With a Doc" at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at Camps Restaurant in Angels Camp. Guest chef will be Dr. Danny Anderson. Tickets are $50, available by calling 536-5029. Proceeds will benefit Hospice of the Sierra.