Gary Linehan, The Union Democrat


Sonora High School student Matt Howard will present "Student Follies" as his senior project at 7 p.m. Saturday in the school auditorium. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors. The talent show will host a variety of acts, including a dance crew, poem recitation, music and more. Guest performers will include the Brothers Strong and Co. The event is a fundraiser for the Sonora High's Golden Regiment Band Boosters. For more information, email or call 770-1022.

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" at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Black Bart Playhouse at 580 S. Algiers St. in Murphys. For reservations, call 728-8422 or visit

Footlight Theatre Company will hold auditions for its summer melodrama, "Song of the Lone Prairie, or Poem on the Range," beginning at 7 p.m. Monday, April 21, at Angelo's Hall in Columbia State Historic Park. Several roles are open. Performance dates are June 6 to 29. For more information, call 588-6441.


Summerville High School student Savannah Bailey will present a Classical Music Concert as her senior project at 7 p.m. Friday in the school theater in Tuolumne. Bailey, a vocalist, will perform along with students from throughout the community. Admission is free, with donations accepted to benefit the school music program. For more information, call 566-5053.

The Columbia Jazz Series will hold its season finale, "Big Band Goes Latin" with the Mario Flores Latin Jazz Band, at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Dogwood Theater on the Columbia College campus. Reserved seat tickets are $15, available at Mountain Bookshop, the Manzanita Book Store on campus and at the door.

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 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.

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 Mother Lode Art Association will meet at 1 p.m. Monday, April 21, at the Tuolumne County Library on Greenley Road in Sonora. The guest artist will be Kim Barrington, who will present a watercolor demonstration.


The Groveland Rotary Club will sponsor its 24th annual Easter Egg Hunt featuring free candy eggs and prizes on Saturday at Mary Laveroni Community Park. Children should arrive at 9 a.m. to line up by age bracket.

Christian Heights Church will hold an Easter Egg Hunt for children 12 and under at 10 a.m. Saturday on the athletic field at 13711 Joshua Way east of Sonora. Admission is free. For more information, call 532-7305.

The Tuolumne Park and Recreation District will sponsor an Easter Egg Hunt at 11 a.m. Saturday at Tuolumne Memorial Park. Admission is free. For more information, call 928-1214 or visit www.tuolumne

The Columbia Chamber of Commerca will sponsor its annual Columbia Victorian Easter Celebration on Sunday in Columbia State Historic Park. An egg hunt for ages 3 to 5 will begin at noon, followed by the Victorian Easter Parade at 12:30 p.m. Parade registration will start at 11 a.m. in front of theFallon Hotel. Children and pets are welcome and prizes will be awarded. After the parade, ages 6 to 8 will search for eggs at 1 p.m. and ages 9 to 12 will hunt at 1:30p.m.A golden egg will contain a special prize. Thaddeus E. Hare also will be present handing out fresh carrots. Children should bring their own Easter baskets. All events are free. For more information, call 536-1672 or visit

Ironstone Vineyards in Murphys will host free Easter Egg Hunts on Sunday. Ages 4 and under will start at 11:30 a.m., with ages 5 to 8 at noon and ages 9 to 12 at 12:30 p.m. Easter brunch also will be available. For more information, call 728-1251.

The Coulterville Community Club will sponsor "Easter in the Park," its free annual Easter egg hunt, from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday at Coulterville Park in Coulterville. Egg hunters must be from 1 to 10 years old. A special "little person area" also will be available for those 1 to 3 years. Children should bring their own basket or bag. For more information, call 878-3834 or email

The Twain Harte Rotary Club will sponsor an Easter Egg Hunt for children through sixth grade at 1 p.m. Sunday at Eproson Park in Twain Harte. An egg toss will follow the hunt and prizes will be awarded. Admission is free.


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. 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 Tuolumne County Library on Greenley Road in Sonora will show "Babe," a film about a young pig fighting to become a sheep herder, at 2 p.m. Saturday as the Family Movie Matinee for April. Admission is free. The movie, rated G, runs about 1 hour and 30 minutes. For more information, call 533-5507 or visit

The third annual Believe in the Cure 5K Walk-Run will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at Summerville High School as Erik Wold's senior project. Entry fee is $25 on race day. Registration will begin at 7:45 a.m. Entry forms can be found online at Proceeds will go toward medical expenses for the John and Cory Ellis family and will also be donated to the Sonora Regional Medical Center Cancer Patient Support Fund. For more information, call 768-7889 or email

Bicyclists from throughout Northern California and Nevada will journey to Murphys for the seventh annual "Mr. Frog's Wild Ride" on Saturday. Two routes, approximately 50K and 100K, will take place. Proceeds will benefit the Feeney Park Foundation for maintenance of the multi-use community park, where the ride begins and ends. The course opens at 7:30 a.m. and all riders must start by 9 a.m. Entry fee is $50 for the 50K and $60 for the 100K. Registration will begin at 7 a.m. and close at 9 a.m. For more information, visit

The third annual Spirit Mind Body Expo will take place Saturday in downtown Sonora. Activities will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Sonora Opera Hall at 250 S. Washington St. and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Stage 3 Theater at 208 S. Green St. Admission is free, with an optional raffle package available for $7. This year's event is being co-sponsored by the Unity Spiritual Center and Foothill Collaborative for Sustainability. For more information, call 532-6531 or 532-3965 or visit

The fifth annual "Who Let the Dogs Out in Twain Harte?" Parade and Family Day will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday. Parade registration starts at 10 a.m. There is a $5 entry fee that will be donated to the Humane Society of Tuolumne County. The parade will be followed by family friendly booths, demonstrations and activities.

Sonora High School students Nelli Taylor and Alli Oliver will sponsor a benefit for ReHorse Rescue Ranch in Jamestown as their senior project. The event will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Peppermill restaurant on Parrotts Ferry Road in Columbia. Pulled pork sandwiches, prize drawings, T-shirt sales and rescue horses will be featured. For more information, call 338-7719 or email

Sonora Cat Rescue will present its annual "Elegant to Sporty Fashion Show Luncheon" from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Twain Harte Golf Course Clubhouse at 22909 Meadow Lane in Twain Harte. The event will include outfits from Joan's Boutique, Banyan Tree, Sharon Malone Lingerie, Walk-in Closet, Trade Winds and Twain Harte Pharmacy Resort Wear. Lunch will be served along with desserts and a chocolate fountain.Live music, silent auction and prize drawings also will featured.Tickets are $25, available at Mountain Bookshop in The Junction shopping center, by calling Judith Rodan at 559-2406 or online at Proceeds will benefit the Sonora Cat Rescue spay and neuter fund. More than 1,000 cats were altered last year.

The Mother Lode Storytelling Guild will hold its monthly open microphone from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Angels Camp Mercantile at 1267 S. Main St. in Angels Camp. Admission is free, with donations accepted. This will be the guild's final meeting of the 2013-14 season. For more information, call 532-7697 or email

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. 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 Southern Tuolumne County Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m. Saturday at Groveland Community Hall. The program for April will be "The Great Flood of 1862," presented by President Robert Oakley. The winter of 1861-62 saw monsoonal rain of near biblical proportions with reports of 120 inches of rain in this area. The U.S. Geological Survey labeled it "ArkStorm, California's Other 'Big One.' " Admission is free.

The 10th annual Sierra Nevada Film Festival sponsored by Ebbetts Pass Forest Watch will continue on Saturday with a free screening at the Harlow Tasting Room at 403 Main St. in Murphys. Doors will open at 7 p.m. The film, "Tell It on the Mountain - Stories of the Pacific Crest Trail," will begin at sundown in the courtyard. For more information, 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 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. The meals are held on the third Sunday of each month. For more information, call 728-8902.

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.