Gary Linehan, The Union Democrat


Footlight Theatre Company will present the musical "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown" at 7 p.m. today through Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Angelo's Hall at 11209 State St. in Columbia State Historic Park. General admission is $20, $18 for students and seniors and $16 for children age 6 to 12. A family pass for two adults and two children is available for $65. For reservations, call 728-8072 or

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

Murphys Creek Theatre will present the Neil Simon comedy "Rumors" through April 19 at the Black Bart Playhouse at 580 S. Algiers St. in Murphys. Curtain times at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. For reservations, call 728-8422 or visit

Sierra Repertory Theatre will hold auditions for all youth parts for its summer production of "The Sound of Music" from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, in East Sonora. An optional free pre-audition workshop for children ages 5 to 18 also will be held the day before, on Monday, March 31. No signup is necessary for either event. For more information, call SRT Education Director Ralph Krumins at 532-0502, ext. 123.


The Tuolumne County Arts Alliance will present its 17th annual student art show, "Tuolumne County Celebration of the Arts in Schools," through April 21. All Tuolumne County schools were invited to participate. A reception for the artists will be held Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. at 251 S. Barretta St. on the historic Sonora Dome campus. The reception also will include student performances in voice, piano, violin and poetry. Regular viewing hours are 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call 532-2787.

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 at18653 Main St. in Groveland. Student and professional artwork regarding the Rim Fire, Stanislaus National Forest and Tuolumne River watershed are featured.

Photographs by Tracy Barbutes of Groveland will be featured at the Book Nook, downstairs at the Groveland Library, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. 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. The April exhibit will showcase winning photographs in the Sonora Photo Club's recent contest. 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

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. Alcalde will return in April, along with Deborah Marlene Kearney, who paints local scenery and florals in watercolor.

Galerie Copper will celebrate its fourth anniversary with a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, at 145 Stone St. in Copperopolis Town Square. Refreshments, live music and announcementof the anniversary art contest winner will be featured. A silent auction also will be held to raise funds for free art classes forchildren and senior citizens. For more information, call 785-2050.


The Calaveras County Arts Council will present cowboy entertainer Dave Stamey 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 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 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.


Columbia State Historic Park will host a gold discovery birthday celebration from noon to 5 p.m. today.Activities commemorating the 164th anniversary of gold discovery in Columbia will include a speech in front of the park museum, cake and punch for visitors and additional buildings opened by costumed volunteers. Admission is free. For more information, call Danielle Gerhart at 532-7386.

The Angels Camp Museum will host Volunteer Orientation from 10:30 a.m. to noon Friday. Volunteers help preserve and interpret the museum's extensive collection of historical artifacts. The museum is seeking volunteers to help lead tours, conduct outreach, assist with grant writing, work on carpentry projects and scan historical photos. Benefits to becoming a volunteer include training, a complimentary museum membership and 10 percent off gift shop merchandise. The museum, at 753 S. Main St. in Angels Camp, is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Monday. Call 736-2963 for more information.

The Sonora Lions Club will host its annual Cioppino Dinner from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Sonora Elks Lodge. Tickets are $30, available by calling 591-3369, 694-8400 or 532-7601. Proceeds will benefit Lions Club sight and scholarship programs.

Chapter 391 of the Vietnam Veterans of America will present "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day" on Friday in the Willow Creek Lounge at Black Oak Casino in Tuolumne. The event is commemorate the service of Americans in Vietnam as declared by the State of California in 2011. The 2014 event will celebrate POWs and MIAs. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., with the program from 7 to 8 p.m. Guest speaker will be Mike O'Connor, a resident of Lincoln, who was held prisoner for more than five years in North Vietnam after his helicopter was shot down during the Tet Offensive in February 1968. Tickets, including light appetizers, are $15, available at the Tuolumne County Chamber of Commerce in Sonora, Gift Basket inside the casino, from Chapter 391 members or by calling Frank Smart at 559-1908. Proceeds will benefit VVA Chapter 391 and the chamber of commerce.

Sonora Ballroom Dancing will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday at the Aronos Club at 37 E. Elkin St. in 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 first Maj. Lucas Gruenther Memorial Fun Run will take place Saturday at Tuolumne Memorial Park in Tuolumne. The two-mile fun run, organized by Erin Cunha as her senior project, will begin at 9 a.m. Registration opens at 7 a.m. Entry fee is $25. All proceeds will go to the Lucas Gruenther Memorial Fund, in honor of the Summerville High School graduate and Air Force pilot who died in a plane crash last year. For more information, visit or email

The Calaveras Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the Calaveras Home and Garden Show from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Calaveras County Fairgrounds in Angels Camp. Admission is free. For information, call Mindy Miller Boyette at 754-5400.

"You're Getting' On My Nerves," a benefit concert for Sonora High School graduate Dusty Sutton to help with her battle against multiple sclerosis, will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Sonora Elks Lodge. Live performances will be given by the John Roman Jackson Trio, the LavaCats and the Risky Biscuits. Food, drinks, prize drawings, silent auction and bake sale also will be featured. Tickets are $10 at the door, children 12 and under free. All proceeds will go directly to Sutton to help with medical bills and treatments.

The third annual "Mountain Ranch Has Even More Talent" show will begin at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Mountain Ranch Town Hall. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children under 12, available at the door. All proceeds will benefit the Mountain Ranch Scholarship Fund. For more information, call 754-5543.

The Tuolumne County Library and all branches will be closed on Tuesday, April 1, for upgrading of the online automated catalog system. The online catalog will be unavailable both March 31 and April 1 for checking library accounts, placing holds, renewing items checked out or searching for library materials. The automated phone system will also be unavailable for renewals. However, the Tuolumne County Library website will be operating for access for program information. Call the Sonora main library at 533-5507 for additional information.

Story Time for children is held at 10:30 a.m. every Tuesday (except April 1), 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.