Datebook for March 20-26

Gary Linehan, The Union Democrat /

Stage

Murphys Creek Theatre will open its 20th anniversary season with the Neil Simon comedy "Rumors" Friday through April 19 at the Black Bart Playhouse at 580 S. Algiers St. in Murphys. This will be a reprise of the first show the company ever produced. For reservations, call 728-8422 or visit www.murphyscreektheatre.org.

Footlight Theatre Company will present the musical "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown" Friday through March 30 at Angelo's Hall at 11209 State St. in Columbia State Historic Park. Performances will be given at 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. General admission is $20, $18 for students and seniors and $16 for children age 6 to 12. A family four pass for two adults and two children is available for $65. For tickets, call 728-8072 or visit www.footlighttheatre.org. A preview performance at 7 p.m. Thursday will benefit the Tuolumne County Humane Society. For preview tickets, call 984-5489.

Stage 3 Theatre Company will present "Park Your Car in Harvard Yard" at 7 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at 208 S. Green St. in downtown Sonora. For reservations, call 536-1778 or visit www.stage3.org.

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 www.sierrarep.org.

Art

Wholly H2O, an Oakland nonprofit organization providing education and outreach on water conservation and water reuse, will present "Standing with the Watershed" through mid-April in the RIM: River in Motion Center at Mountain Sage Nursery at 18653 Main St. in Groveland. Student and professional artwork regarding the Rim Fire, Stanislaus National Forest and Tuolumne River watershed are featured.

The Tuolumne County Arts Alliance will present "Finding Yourself," an exhibit of student self-portrait value collages, through Sunday 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 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.

The Calaveras County Arts Council will present "ArtSpirit," its 17th annual juried high school art exhitibit, through April 19 at 22 Main St. in San Andreas. 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 www.calaverasarts.org.

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.

Music

Rising country star Frankie Ballard will appear in concert at 8 p.m. today at the Black Oak Casino in Tuolumne. His hits include "Tell Me You Get Lonely," "A Buncha Girls" and "Helluva Life." The Straits, featuring former members of Dire Straits, will appear at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 26. Tickets to each show are $20, available at the Gift Basket inside the casino.

The St. James Concert Series will continue at 3 p.m. Sunday with a performance by the Femme Flutale and Piano Trio at the Red Church in Sonora. Tickets are $12 for adults, $5 for students under 18, available at Mountain Bookshop and Sonora Music or by calling 536-0825. For more information, visit www.sjconcertseries.org.

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.

A Drum Circle takes place from 4:30 to 6 p.m. each Sunday at the World Mercantile at 1267 S. Main St. in Angels Camp. Participants may bring their own drum or percussion instrument or borrow one there. Admission is free, with donations accepted. For more information, call 559-9936.

EVENTS

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.

"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. The readings take place on the third Friday of each month. For more information, call Denella Kimura at 532-6561.

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 American Civil War Association will present the "Battle of Knights Ferry" from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the covered bridge in Knights Ferry. Battle re-creations will take place at 1 and 4 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free, with a fee for parking in some areas. For more information, call Rob Orr at 577-4790 or Bob Preston at 925-321-2131 or visit www.acwa.org.

Twain Harte Horsemen will sponsor a Top Hand Poker Ride on Saturday at the end of Peoria Flat Road off O'Byrnes Ferry Road in Jamestown. The ride and poker hand costs $15 and the ride only is $5. High hand wins a buckle, second highest and low hand both win $25. A lunch of hot chili and bread will be available for $5 or riders can bring their own. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and riders start at 9 a.m. Horses and riders of all ages are welcome. No dogs are allowed. For more information or directions call John or Sandy Watts at 586-4841.

The Calaveras Gem and Mineral Society will host its 38th annual Calaveras Gem and Jewelry Show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Calaveras County Fairgrounds in Angels Camp. Vendors, demonstrations, barbecue, children's activities and auctions will be featured. A drawing also will be held for a black walnut jewelry case and mirror handmade by Tom Blake. Admission is $4, children 12 and under free. Parking is free.

Calaveras County Master Gardeners will host an Open Garden Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Demonstration Garden at 891 Mountain Ranch Road in San Andreas. Admission is free. A plant sale also will take place from 10 a.m. to noon. For more information, call 754-6777.

Jamestown Harley-Davidson will host its 18th annual Chili Cookoff on Saturday at 18275 Highway 108 in Jamestown. Entry is free to the first 25 chefs, with a $150 cash prize. Tasting will be available from noon to 3 p.m. for a $5 donation. Proceeds will go to charity. For more information, call 984-4888.

In conjunction with March as Women's History Month, the Tuolumne City Memorial Museum will present a program at 2 p.m. Saturday on the role women played in shaping the county's history. Research was done under the guidance of Charles Dyer, records manager for the county's Carlo De Ferrari Archive, who will discuss women miners and women's suffrage in Tuolumne County, along with giving a short explanation of the archive's mission. Other presenters will include Jean Rosasco, Cheryl Maddox, Dee Baumann and Isabelle Drown. Admission is free. The museum is at the corner of Carter and Bay streets in Tuolumne.

WATCH Resources Inc. will present its sixth annual Chinese Dinner and Auction on Saturday at the Sonora Opera Hall. Social hour will begin at 6 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. Live and silent auctions, dessert auction and prize drawings also will be held. Tickets are $35, available by calling 533-0510, ext. 101.

The Calaveras County Trivia Bee, sponsored by Calaveras County Friends of the Library, will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday at the San Andreas Community Center.Tickets are $25, including dinner and the contest. For more information, call 736-9606.

Al and Sunny Lockwood will sign copies of their new memoir, "Cruising Panama's Canal - Savoring 5,000 Nautical Miles and 500,000 Decadent Calories," from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Gold Country Roasters at 78 Scott St. in Murphys. For more information, call 728-8634.

The 14th annual Family Wellness Faire sponsored by Soroptimist International of Groveland will take place from 8 a.m. to noon Tuesday, March 25, in the Tenaya Elementary School gym. The event will offer free screenings for such things as bone density, hearing, vision, blood pressure, diabetes and chiropractic. Sonora Regional Medical Center also will offer a $25 blood chemistry panel that includes cholesterol, kidney function, thyroid, liver function and lipid panel. For more information, call Shirley Brasesco at 962-4815.

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.

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.

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.

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