Gary Linehan, The Union Democrat


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 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

Sierra Repertory Theatre will hold its first Directors Brunch on Sunday at the Black Oak Casino Hotel in Tuolumne. SRT Producing Director Dennis Jones and guest artists will talk about the staging of "Les Miserables," one of the biggest productions the theater has undertaken in its 35-year history. After the meal, guests will make their way to the East Sonora theater for the 2 p.m. show. Tickets are $80, $50 for season ticket holders, or $50 for brunch only. For reservations, call 532-0502, ext. 111, or email


Linda Abbott Trapp is the featured artist for April at Deborah Marlene's at 8242 Main St. in Mokelumne Hill. A reception for her will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday.

Sonora artist Patricia Cherry will be showcased through April at Hovey Winery Tasting Room at 350 Main St. in Murphys. A reception for her will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 728-9999.

The Tuolumne County Arts Alliance will present its 17th annual student art show, "Tuolumne County Celebration of the Arts in Schools," through April 21 at 251 S. Barretta St. on the historic Sonora Dome campus. Viewing hours are 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call 532-2787.

n 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.

"Art in the Library," a rotating exhibit at the Tuolumne County Library at 480 Greenley Road in Sonora, will showcase winning photographs in the Sonora Photo Club contest through April. For more information, call 533-5507.

Lisa Tebaldi and Susan Lea Hackett are the Mother Lode Art Association's featured artists for April. Their works can be seen in the front windows of Servente's at 64 S. Washington St. in 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 Deborah Marlene Kearney and Jan Alcalde through April in the Window Gallery at the Meadowmont Shopping Center in Arnold. Alcalde works in photography as well as floral and scenic watercolors. Kearney paints local scenery and florals in watercolor.


The Bo Bice Acoustic Trio will perform at 9 p.m. Friday at the Black Oak Casino in Tuolumne. Tickets are $10, available at the Gift Basket inside the casino. The Southern rock bank Blackberry Smoke will appear at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, as part of their "Fire in the Hole" tour. Tickets to this show are $20.

The 19th annual Todd Schroeder Young Artists Grant Concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Sonora High School auditorium. Reserved seat tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students, available by calling Nancie Weiser at 532-5511, ext. 112, at the school office and at the door. Performing with Schroeder this year will be Sam Harris, Kevin Fisher, Wendy Tuttle, Carrie Schroeder, Cate Schroeder, Julia Rose, Robyn Spangler, Alison Pelfrey, Amnesia and more. Proceeds will benefit grants for graduating Sonora High students wishing to pursue a career in the arts.

Stage 3 Theater will present Rod Harris and Friends at 6 p.m. Sunday at 208 S. Green St. in Sonora. Guests will include Krista White on piano and vocals, Johnny Valdes on guitar and vocals, Clinton Day on bass and vocals, David Hawkes on drums, Mario Flores on congas and the Vocal Jazz Quartet featuring Caroline Walsh, Sheryl Max, Andrea Hayesand Joel Acker. All seats are $15, available by calling 536-1778.

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.


The 13th annual Tuolumne County Volunteer Awards and Luncheon, sponsored by Sierra Nonprofit Services, will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Sonora Elks Lodge. For tickets, call 533-1093 or visit

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 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

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 Yosemite Highway 120 Chamber of Commerce will hold its first Flea Market of the season from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Mary Laveroni Community Park in Groveland. Admission is free for shoppers. The flea markets will be held on the first Saturday of each month through October.

Tuolumne County Master Gardeners will host an Open Garden Day from 10 a.m to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Demonstration Garden at 251 S. Barretta St. on the Cassina High School campus in Sonora. Information will be available on berry care and Maintenance, rock gardens, buffalo grass, composting and vermiculture. Admission is free. For more information, call 533-5912or email

A Spring Zumbathon to benefit the Resource Connection Calaveras Crisis Center will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday in the Mark Twain Elementary School gymnasium in Angels Camp. The event will include Zumba, music, prize drawings and more. Advance tickets are $10, available at Family 4 Fitness. Admission at the door will be $12.

Friends of the Tuolumne County Library will conduct their Spring Book Sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the Community Room of the Sonora main library on 480 Greenley Road. A preview sale for members will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday. Memberships will be accepted at the door to attend the preview. This year's sale will feature a large selection of books, CDs and sheet music. World War II books will have a special table. A large selection of children's books also will appear. For more information, call Ric Mannix at 694-0288.

Railtown 1897 State Historic Park in Jamestown will begin its 2014 steam train operating season on Saturday and Sunday. Grand opening festivities will take place both days and residents of Tuolumne, Calaveras and Mariposa counties can ride free with proof of residency. Trains will run hourly from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, call 984-3953 or visit

The Northern Mariposa County History Center will present "Stone Fences," a free lecture by Sharon Getchel and Twainhart Hill, at 3 p.m. Saturday at Lake Don Pedro Elementary School at 2411 Hidalgo St. in Don Pedro. The presentation, developed under the auspices of the Oakdale Cowboy Museum, tells the story of the stone fences and corrals that can be seen throughout the Central Sierra foothills, including who built them, how and why.

The High Country Mountain Derby Girls will compete Saturday at the High Country Sports Arena at 18960 Waylon Way near Standard. Doors will open at 3:30 p.m., with the Junior Hellcats taking on the Motown Misfits at 4 p.m. The adult bout will follow at 6 p.m. with the two home teams - the Hellcats and Gold Diggers - facing each other. Advance tickets for adults are $10, available at Jamestown Harley-Davidson, Togo's, Caffe Blossom, Sonora Creamery and online at Adult admission at the door will be $15. Children 5 to 12 are $5. For more information, call 588-0776.

A Crab Dinner to benefit the Sonora High School FFA Chapter will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Tuolumne County Sheriff's Posse Grounds on Rawhide Road in Jamestown. A silent auction and drawing for a handcrafted log bench also will be featured. Tickets are $35, available at Tractor Supply, Let 'Er Buck, Sonora Feed, Sonora High School, any Sonora FFA member or from FFA adviser Kristi Hill at The dinner, planned as an annual event, is the senior project of Sonora High School student Ariel Rudloff.

The Calaveras Mentoring Foundation will present "Spring Swing," a big band dance party to raise funds for its youth mentoring program, at 6 p.m. Saturday at Ironstone Vineyards in Murphys. It will feature a buffet dinner and dancing to Rod Harris and the Columbia Kicks Band. A live auction, treasure chest key raffle and live "jukebox" also will be featured. Tickets are $75. For more information, call 736-7706 or visit

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 La Grange Rodeo will begin at 8 a.m. Sunday at the arena at 30433 Yosemite Blvd. inLa Grange. Bull riding, bareback and saddle bronc riding, roping, steer wrestling and barrel racing will be featured along with rodeo clowns and a goat scramble for children 8 and under. The Rodeo Queen will be crowned at noon and the grand entry will start at 1 p.m. Tickets at the gate are $15 for adults, $10 for children 6 to 12, 5 and under free. For more information, call Neil Casey at 988-7079.

The Tuolumne County Sheriff's Posse will hold its eighth annual Cowgirl Luncheon and Fashion Show at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Sonora Opera Hall. Doors will open at noon. A silent auction and prize drawings also will be held. Tickets are $30, available by calling Jackie Campidonica at 928-5303 or 770-7513.

The Sierra Rock Garden Society will host its 2014 Spring Gala and Plant Sale at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, at Bel Giardino at 22890 Mt. Holly Lane, off North Airport Road in Columbia. Admission is free. Finger foods and beverages will be served. A plant sale and tours of the Bel Giardino gardens also will be featured. Marcia Tatroe of Denver will give a presentation on the many plants and methods that can be used to create a drought resistant rock garden and landscape at 7 p.m. For more information, call Val Myrick at 533-3193 or Sheila Deeg at 694-0140.

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.