datebook for April 10-16

Gary Linehan, The Union Democrat


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

Mountain Youth and Community Theatre, MYACT, will hold open auditions for "Singing in the Rain" and "Aladdin Jr." from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, at the Webster Theater at 14372 Cuesta Court east of Sonora. Ages 10 and up are welcome, with teenagers especially needed. For more information, call 874-6408 or visit .


"Second Saturday Art Night" will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday in downtown Sonora. Art shows, music and refreshments will be featured at participanting galleries, shops and restaurants. Admission is free.

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.

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 May 15. 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.


"Reggae on the Mountain," featuring a pond skimming exhibition, microbrew festival and live music by A La Lune will take place from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Bear Valley Ski Area. Beer tasting is $15, including a commemorative pint glass and eight tastes. Brew Fest proceeds will benefit Sierra HOPE, offering AIDS and HIV services in Tuolumne, Calaveras and Amador counties. For more information, call 736-6792 or visit .

Sonora High School student Julianne Wright will present "Music to Their Ears," a benefit concert featuring local musicians, as her senior project at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the school auditorium. Performers will include the Columbia College Choir, directed by John Carter, plus Linda Carter, the Brothers Strong and Co., Will Kiel and Corbin Vincent. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults or $5 for students, senior citizens and children under 12, available by calling 352-8847 or588-0123, by email at and at the door. All ticket sales and additional donations will go to the African Children's Choir.

Two Concerts to benefit the music program at Summerville High School and Connections Visual and Performing Artd Academy in Tuolumne will be held Saturday and Sunday beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Stage 3 Theatre at 208 S. Green St. in downtown Sonora. Saturday's show is already sold out. The concerts are part of Kai Kellerman's senior project and will feature performances by Kai Kellerman, Aubreana Woodworth, Camille Berringer and Cyrena Scott - all former members of Summerville High's Jazz@8 Choir - with additional vocals and accompaniment by Jeff Johnson, Connections-Summerville music teacher and band director. The concert will feature selections from many genres, including folk, pop, gospel, rock and blues. Tickets for Sunday's concert are $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors, available by calling 533-9083, by email at or at the door subject to availability.

The San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers, featuring Alasdair Fraser, will lead an evening of singing, dancing and jamming at the Murphys Ceilidh from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Native Sons of the Golden West Hall on Main Street in Murphys. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children under 12, available at the door. All ages and levels are welcome. Snacks to share also are encouraged. For more information, call Siri Gilpin at 728-4438.

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.


"Cowboys and Their Ranches" is the topic of a lecture from 7 to 8 p.m. today at the Angels Camp Museum at 753 S. Main St. in Angels Camp. Guest speakers will be Nancy Whittle, Walter Valente, Bill Spence and Ken Mitchel, who will relate the history of their ranches, tell stories of life on the ranch and describe how ranching operations have changed over the years. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for refreshments. Admission is $10. For more information, call 736-2963 or visit

Big Oak Flat Odd Fellows and Rebekahs will hold a Craft Fair and Flea Market from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the lodge on Highway 120 in Big Oak Flat. Admission is free for shoppers. Proceeds will benefit continued maintenance of the 1851 building. For more information, call 962-5912.

The Sonora Smokepolers will hold their annual Spring Rendezvous, featuring black powder shooting and mountain man re-enactments, Friday through Sunday at Camp Six Bits in the Red Hills near Chinese Camp. Shooting begins at 8 a.m. each day and ends at noon Sunday. Spectator admission is free. Weekend camping available for $10. Traders Row, Sunday services and prize drawings also will be featured. For more information, call Floyd Pilchard at 559-6381 or Steve Bougher at 728-4219.

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.

Twain Harte Horsemen will hold a Barn Sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Bolton Feed at 20117 Highway 108 in East Sonora. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Summerville and Sonora High School College Scholarship Fund. Sale items will include horse tack, horse trailer, bass fishing boat, motorhome, saddles, bridles, halters, blankets, grooming tools, antiques, collectibles, refrigerator, art work, clothing, hats, boots, jewelry, tools, blacksmithing items, Singer power machine, free-standing cast iron wood stove, household items and more. For more information, call 586-4015.

TheCalifornia Department of Fish and Wildlifewill hostTrout Festat Moccasin Creek Hatchery from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 15300 Highway 49, at the junction of highways 49 and 120 in Moccasin. The festival will provide a hands-on opportunity for all ages to hone their fishing skills, learn about trout and the Moccasin hatchery.Activities will include knot tying, rigging, casting, cleaning fish, trout tasting, fish prints, trout touch pool, fly tying, dissection, aquatic insects, games, science activities and displays.All activities are free and all equipment is provided.Actual fishing is limited to children 15 years and under.

Railtown 1897 State Historic Park in Jamestown will sponsor a Wildflower Train pulled by the Sierra No. 3 steam locomotive at 4:30 p.m.Saturday. Another Wildflower Train will run on April 19. Tickets are $24 for adults, $10 for youth age 6 to 17, children 5 and under free.For more information, call 984-3953 or visit

The Ebbetts Pass Moose Lodge will host its annualchildren'sEaster Partyat 11 a.m. Saturday at the lodge on Blagen Road, across from White Pines Lake near Arnold. All children of the areaup to age 10are welcome. For more information, call 795-3112.

Mount Calvary Lutheran Church will serve a Salad Bar 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.

Friends of Rail Road Flat School will sponsor their annual Tiger Fest Dinner, featuring cuisine from India, on Saturday at Rail Road Flat Community Hall at 250 Rail Road Flat Road. Doors will open at 5 p.m. A three-course East Indian dinner prepared by Magali McGreevy and Bell Francisco will be served at 6 p.m. Live music, belly dancing and auction also will be featured. Tickets are $35 each or $60 per couple, $15 for ages 15 and under. A vegetarian option is available for $20. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available by phone at 754-3054 or email at Proceeds will benefit school programs that are no longer funded, including sports, arts, drama, gardening, sewing and more.

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. For more information, call Chris Stevenson at 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. For more information, call 878-3015.

The 38th annual Columbia Wine Tasting will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday in Columbia State Historic Park. Tickets are $60 as available. More than 60 wineries from throughout the state will be present. Hors d'oeuvres prepared by culinary students and local food purveyors also will be served. A silent auction also will be held. The event is organized by the Columbia College Foundation to support the Columbia College Culinary Arts Program. For reservations, go to or call 588-5089.

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 plus 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. For more information, call 532-1859.

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.

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.

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.

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