Datebook for March 13-19

Gary Linehan, The Union Democrat


Wholly H2O, an Oakland organization providing education and outreach on water conservation and water reuse, will present "Standing with the Watershed" through March in the RIM: River in Motion Center at Mountain Sage Nursery at 18653 Main St. in Groveland. An opening reception for the artists, including speakers and storytellers, will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The show includes student and professional artwork about the Rim Fire, forest and Tuolumne River watershed.

The Calaveras County Arts Council will present "ArtSpirit," its 17th annual juried high school art exhibit, Saturday through April 19 at 22 Main St. in San Andreas. A reception for the artists will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. Regular gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information, call 754-1774 or visit

Watercolors by Sandra Maurer of Murphys are featured during March at Deborah Marlene's at 8242 Main St. in Mokelumne Hill. A reception for the artist will be held from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday.

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.

"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 Edwin Kerr (1855-1897) through March. For more information, call 533-5507.

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.

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.

The Mother Lode Art Association will meet at 1 p.m. Monday, March 17, at the Tuolumne County Library in Sonora. The program will feature four Columbia College art student making presentations for the association's scholarship selection.


A musical tribute to folk singer, songwriter and social activist Pete Seeger will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday at the First Congregational Church at the corner of Algiers and Church streets in Murphys. The event will be conducted as an open microphone. All are welcome to participate. Seeger died Jan. 27 at age 94. For more information, call

Sanders Lamont at 890-3172 or email .

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.


MYACT, Mountain Youth and Community Theatre, will present its 2014 "Taste of Musical Theatre Dinner Show" at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 12:30 p.m. Sunday at the Webster Theatre at 14372 Cuesta Court, off Tuolumne Road east of Sonora. A dinner of tri-tip and vegan chili will be served accompanied by a youth theater performance. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors $10, children 4 and under free, one per paying adult if dining. For reservations or more information, call 533-8633 or visit .

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

Sonora High School drum major Matt Howard will produce a "Student Follies" talent show for his senior project. Auditions will begin at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, in the Sonora High band room next to the pool on School Street. Any high school student in Tuolumne County may audition, including musicians, singers, dancers, comedians, poets, magicians and others. Groups are welcome. The talent show itself will be held at 7:30 p.m. April 19. The event is a fundraiser for Sonora High's Golden Regiment Band Boosters. For more information, contact Howard at 770-1022 or .


Mineral exploration consultant Richard J. Lundin will give a presentation on Table Mountain at tonight's meeting of the Tuolumne County Historical Society. Lundin's talk is titled "Strange Goings on under Table Mountain: A Personal History of the 'Early Man' Controversy." The group will meet at 7 p.m. at the Tuolumne County Library on Greenley Road in Sonora. Admission is free.

In honor of National Women's History Month, author JoAnn Levy will give a lecture on "Women Were 49'ers Too" from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the Angels Camp Museum at 753 S. Main St. Admission is $10. For more information, call 736-2963.

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 2014 Jamestown Run will take place Saturday, beginning at Jamestown School on Fifth Avenue in Jamestown. A two-mile run-walk will begin at 8 a.m., followed by a 10K race at 9:30 a.m. The run is open to the entire community, with all proceeds going to Jamestown School programs. The event goes on rain or shine. To register, visit or . For more information, call Jamestown School at 984-5217, ext. 101.

The Men's Fellowship at the First Congregational Church of Murphys will serve its annual Pancake Breakfast from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the church on the corner of Church and Algiers streets in Murphys. The menu will include ham, eggs, pancakes, orange juice, and tea or coffee. Tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for children under 10, available by calling 770-6583. Proceeds will be used for community and global outreach programs.

Murphys Irish Day, sponsored by the Murphys Business Association, will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in downtown Murphys, rain or shine. Crafts, music, dancing, food and a raffle for a trip for two to Ireland will be featured, along with a parade at 11 a.m. Admission is free. Parking and shuttle service are available at Ironstone Vineyards on Six Mile Road. For more information, call 728-8471 or visit .

A free traditional St. Patrick's Day Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner will be served from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Sonora United Methodist Church at 90 Yaney Ave. in Sonora. Parking is available behind the church on Upper Sunset Avenue. For more information, call the church office at 532-4850 or Lorraine Vogt at 536-1206.

A Spaghetti Dinner to benefit burn victim Frankie Verbeck will be held Saturday in the Manzanita Building at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora. Doors will open at 2 p.m., with dinner at 4 p.m. Live music, silent auction and prize drawings also will be featured. A $10 donation is requested. For more information, call Jeremy Crye at 694-5351 or Randy Saari at 352-0515.

The Adrienne Anderson School of Skating will present a benefit "Stage and Screen Revue on Ice" from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Long Barn Lodge. The show will feature skaters of all ages, from tots to advanced skaters from Stockton, performing to popular Hollywood and Broadway musicals. Admission is $5 per family, with additional donations accepted. All money collected will go directly to Mountain Mercy Project to help Dawn Wilk, a missionary working for the past two years in the Pemba area of Mozambique, helping mothers and babies who are severely malnourished and have other medical problems.

Sierra Waldorf School will present its 18th annual "Rites of Spring Auction" from 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday in the John Muir Building at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora. This year's theme is "By the Light of the Silvery Moon," a masquerade ball honoring the school's 25th anniversary. A silent auction will open at 5 p.m., with dinner by Barbara and Co. from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and dancing from 9 to 11 p.m. A no-host bar also will be available. Tickets are $50, available at the door. For reservations or more information, call 984-0454 or visit .

The 10th annual Sierra Nevada Film Festival will open at 5 p.m. Saturday at Black Bart Playhouse at 580 S. Algiers St. in Murphys. Advance tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students. Admission at the door will be $10 for adults and $6 for students. Proceeds will benefit Ebbetts Pass Forest Watch. For more information, visit

The Tuolumne Park and Recreation Economic Services District will sponsor a Prime Rib Dinner and Dance on Saturday at Tuolumne Veterans Memorial Hall. Doors will open at 5 p.m., with dinner served at 6:30 p.m. Live music will be provided by Swing Gitane. Beer and wine will be available and prize drawings will be held. Tickets are $35 and minimum age to attend is 21. For tickets or more information, call Cindy Wano at 928-1214 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.

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. For more information, call 728-8902.

The 154th annual Fireman's Dance will take place from 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday at the Sonora Opera Hall. Prize drawings and live music by the Crawford Perkes Band will be featured. Tickets are $10, available at the door.

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 Les Olson. 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. The dances are held on the third Sunday of each month. For more information, call 532-1859.

The Sonora Emblem Club will serve a traditional St. Patrick's Day Corned Beef Dinner on Monday, March 17, at the Sonora Elks Lodge. Doors will open at 5 p.m., with dinner served at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children under 12, available by calling Sona Dixon at 533-0156. Reservations are advised, although tickets will be available at the door as space allows.

Quail Hollow One Apartments will sponsor a Guest Speaker and Bingo for seniors from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, in the clubhouse at 20230 Grouse Way in Sonora. Admission is free and all seniors are welcome. For more information, call 533-1310.

The Central Sierra Audubon Society will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, at the Tuolumne CountyLibrary on Greenley Road in Sonora. Guest speaker will be Yosemite

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