Gary Linehan, The Union Democrat


Mother Lode Christian School will present "The Agape League," its spring musical featuring the kindergarten through eighth grade choir, preschool performance, third grade recorders and fourth through eighth grade Cougar Band, at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Rex Heath Gym at 18393 Gardner Ave. in Tuolumne. The inspirational play was written by former Mother Lode Christian School student and teacher Daniel Semsen, a 2013 Dove Award winner, and his wife, Christy Semson, a 2013 Dove Award nominee. Laura Brinegar directs. Admission is free. For more information, call 928-4126.

The Pine Cone Players will present "As the Stomach Turns," a combination of traditional melodrama and musical extravaganza, at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Groveland Community Hall. Advance tickets are $10, available at Hotel Charlotte, Dori's Tea Cottage, Yosemite Bank and Marijke's Hair in Groveland. Admission will be $12 at the door. For more information, call 962-6535.

Sierra Repertory Theatre will present the musical "A Second Helping: The Church Basement Ladies Sequel" Friday through June 8 at the Fallon House Theater in Columbia State Historic Park. Curtain times are 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. For reservations, call 532-3120 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. Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday. For reservations, call 532-3120 or visit


The Columbia College Community Chorus, in its final concerts directed by John Carter, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Matthew Lutheran Church at 13880 Joshua Way in Sonora. The program will include music by Rachmaninoff, Mozart, Handel and Brahms, plus an audience sing-along and closing medley from "The Music Man." Advance tickets for adults are $10, available at Sonora Music, Mountain Bookshop, Murphys Music and Manzanita Book Store. Admission at the door will be $12. Children 12 and under are $5. For more information, call 586-5965.

The St. James Concert Series will conclude its 2013-14 season with a performance by pianist Rudolf Budginas at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Country Cowboy Church on Peaceful Valley Road in East Sonora. Tickets are $20 for adults, $5 for students under 18, available at Mountain Bookshop and Sonora Music or by calling 536-0825. For more information, visit

The Petroglyphe Gallery in Mokelumne Hill will open its 2014 concert series with a performance by flutist Viviana Guzman at 4 p.m. Sunday. Wine and light appetizers will be served at 3:30 p.m. in the gallery at 8317 Main St. Tickets are $21 in advance or $23 at the door if available. For more information, call 286-1387.

The Sonora Community 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 Greater Good Gallery and Jamestown Harley-Davidson will present "Road Art," an exhibition of motorcycle themed art, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at 18275 Highway 108 in Jamestown. The public is welcome at no charge. For more information, call 743-9498 or 984-4888.

The Calaveras County Arts Council will present "My Favorite Spring" through June 21 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, call754-1774 or visit

"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 is a watercolorist who specializes in local scenery as well as florals.


The Sierra Club will present the Emmy Award winning film "Counting Sheep," about endangered bighorn sheep in the Sierra Nevada and their protected predators, mountain lions,at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Tuolumne Utilities District board room at 18885 Nugget Blvd., off Tuolumne Road east of Sonora. Refreshments will be served and admission is free.

A Local Authors Fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the Tuolumne County Library at 480 Greenley Road in Sonora. Sponsored by the Friends of the Tuolumne County Library, the fair will feature more than 25 local authors covering fiction, non-fiction, local history, family history, biography, children's, poetry, true adventure, military, self-help and more. Authors also will give readings from their books. Admission is free. For more information call 694-2727 or email

The Calaveras Sexual Assault Response Team will hold its annual Tri-Tip and Chicken Dinner from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday at San Andreas Town Hall. Proceeds will be used for operating expenses, including medication for victims of assault and equipment and training for the team. Dinner will be accompanied by live music by Plan B and a no-host bar. For more information call, 754-1300 or 754-6330.

The Sonora Sunrise Rotary Club will present "Celebrities Serving Dinner" on Friday in the Four Winds Ballroom at the Black Oak Casino Resort in Tuolumne. Guest waiters will serve dinner catered by Seven Sisters restaurant to raise money for Big Dreams, a nonprofit organization hoping to build a universally accessible playground at Tuolumne Memorial Park. Academy Award nominee Stuart Whitman will be the honorary celebrity waiter. Doors will open at 6 p.m. for hors d'oeuvres and live music by Swing Gitane. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. Tickets are $100, including wine and $25 in free slot machine play, and must be purchased in advance. For reservations, call 586-4802 or email For more information, 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 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.

Mind Matters will host its third annual Walk/Run for Autism Awareness on Saturday in Murphys. Registration for the "Off the Beaten Path" 2.5-mile walk or run begins at 8 a.m. The 5-mile race will begin at 9 a.m. at Murphys Community Park. Entry fee is $25. Awards will be handed out for 5-mile runners by male and female age groups. Registration forms are available online at For more information, call 728-2184.

The Calaveras Air Faire will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Calaveras County Airport at 3600 Carol Kennedy Road in San Andreas. The fly-in and open house will include breakfast, tri-tip barbecue, bratwurst, aircraft and classic car displays, performance by the Calaveras Community Band and radio control aircraft demonstrations. Admission is free. Airplane rides will be available for $10 for adults and $5 for children. For more information, call 736-2501 or email

Pilots in Chapter 1337 of the Experimental Aviation Association will host Young Eagles Day, offering free rides in conventional private airplanes to youth ages 8 to 17, from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Columbia Airport. Parents must attend and sign a release form. For more information, call Ed Sunday, Young Eagles Day coordinator, at 743-6350 or visit

Infant-Child Enrichment Services will present the 30th annual ICES Children's Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora. Children's activities, parenting information and entertainment by Mountain Motion will be featured. Admission is free, with lunch available for $2. For more information, call 533-0377 or visit

The Sierra Foothills chapter of the California Native Plant Society will hold its Spring Native Plant Sale from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Calaveras County Water District at 120 Toma Court in San Andreas. Tours of the CCWD's newly landscaped garden also will be featured. For more information, email Stephanie Garcia at or Judy Dean at

The Central Sierra Audubon Society will hold a Birdhouse Sale from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in conjunction with the California Native Plant Society's spring plant sale in San Andreas. Houses for bats, owls, bluebirds and other small bird species will be offered as well as bird feeders, books and T-shirts. The birdhouses have been built by members of the Audubon Society. Proceeds help fund the society's scholarships for natural science students.

The second annual Coulterville Heritage Rose Walking Tour will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Northern Mariposa County History Center at 10301 Highway 49 in Coulterville. Some of Coulterville's roses have been here since the town was founded in 1850, with the roots carefully transported from Europe right along with the original settlers. Museum guides and Master Gardeners will share their knowledge of these historic flowers. Refreshments will follow at the museum. There is no charge, but reservations are requested by calling the museum at 878-3015.

The City of Sonora will hold its 19th annual Sonora Spring Festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in downtown Sonora. The family event is free to the public. Musicians will include G.J. Katz, Kelly Flynn, Koya, Driftwood Dave and the Devil Mountain Boys, along with chalk art, 4-H goats, Hardluck Lin, Tuolumne County Time Travelers, bug zoo, looney balloons, hair and fashion show, motorcycle display, recycling craft projects, vendors, "Fun on Wheels" van and more. For more information, call Sheala Wilkinson at 532-7725.

The Mountain Ranch Community Club will host a "Retro Fashion Show" featuring clothing dating back to the early 1940s at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Mountain Ranch Community Hall at 8049 Washington St. in Mountain Ranch. The grand finale will be more than a dozen modeled bridal gowns. All garments will be for sale. Tickets are $20, including a gourmet lunch and door prize ticket. Those who wear an Easter bonnet can join the hat parade and win first or second prize. Reservations are required and may be made by calling 754-5360.

Model Trains will roll through the Tuolumne City Museum from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and again Saturday and Sunday, May 2 and 3. Admission is free. The museum is at the corner of Carter and Bay streets in Tuolumne.

The Columbia Fire District will present its third annual Spaghetti Dinner from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Columbia Fire Station at 11328 Jackson St. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children under 12, available at the fire station, Jack Douglass Saloon and Columbia Mercantile. Proceeds will go toward safety gear and lifesaving equipment for the fire district. For more information, call 532-3772.

The Tuolumne County Sheriff's Posse will hold its annual Great Steak Barbecue from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the posse headquarters on Rawhide Road in Jamestown. Tickets are $15, available at the door. Hot dogs for children under 12 will be available for $3. The annual rifle and shotgun raffle also will be featured. For more information, call 928-5303 or visit

Soroptimist International of Sonora will host "Wine and Star Gazing" from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Gianelli Vineyards at 12581 Algerine Road in Jamestown. Wine tasting, hors d'oeuvres and live music by Potluck will be featured. Local astronomer Denise Combs will then guide guests through a viewing of constellations and deep space objects. Participants should sure to bring a flashlight, and a telescope if available. Tickets are $30 and must be purchased in advance. For more information, call Carol Norwood at 532-6218 or email Proceeds will benefit the club's scholarship programs for Sonora and Cassina high schools and Columbia College.

The 23rd annual Gold Country Peddler's Faire, sponsored by the Knights Ferry History and Museum Associates, will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday near the covered bridge in Knights Ferry. Antiques, collectibles, handmade crafts, ice cream and more will be featured. Admission is free. A pancake breakfast at the Odd Fellows Hall also will be served from 8 a.m. to noon. For more information, call Gayle Higgins at 480-3602 or 881-3243.

The 17th annual Calaveras County Earth Day Celebration will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Utica Park in Angels Camp. The theme of this year's' event is "Rain Dance." The festival, sponsored by the Blue Mountain Coalition for Youth and Families and the Calaveras Greens, will feature music, crafts, belly dancers, speakers and information booths. The keynote speaker will be peace activist and California gubernatorial candidate Cindy Sheehan. Performers will include Clan Dyken, Somer Moon, Billie Shields, Goldy Different, Dyecoustica, Two Dollar Shoe, the Co-motion Dancers and Sonora Community Drum Circle. Admission is free. For more information, call 293-4379 or 795-6536.

The Humane Society of Tuolumne County will hold its annual spring fund-raiser from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Sonora Elks Lodge. The theme this year is "Casino Roarrral." There will be silent and live auctions and catered food. Tickets are $30, or $25 for Humane Society members. For more information, visit

The Angels Camp Business Association will present its eighth annual "Taste of Calaveras" food and wine tasting from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at Camps Restaurant in Angels Camp. Live music and local artists at work also will be featured. Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 at the door, including a commemorative etched wine glass, putting contest on the golf course and silent auction. Advance tickets are available at Camps, Middleton's and the Calaveras Visitors Bureau or by calling 736-1333.

Quail Hollow One Apartments will present Nutrionist Gretchen Birtwhistle and Bingo for Seniors from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, in the clubhouse at 20230 Grouse Way in Sonora. All seniors age 55 and over are welcome and admission is free. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 533-1310.

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.