Gary Linehan, The Union Democrat


Symphony of the Sierra, conducted by Mic Harper, will perform at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Dogwood Theater on the Columbia College campus. Admission is free.

The Sonora Master Chorale, conducted by Ron Randall, will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Sonora and 3 p.m. Sunday at the First Congregational Church of Murphys. Selections will include songs by Rutter, Lauridsen, Bruckner, Stroope, Tchaikovsky, Verde, Bird and Puerling. Suggested donation is $10. For more information, call 533-0641.

The annual Tuolumne County Band Review in advance of the Mother Lode Roundup Parade will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, at Sonora High School. Admission is free.

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.


Studio 4 Dance Theater will present its spring showcase at 7 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday at the Bret Harte High School Theater in Angels Camp. This year's production will feature the ballet "Peter and the Wolf" plus new dances created by studio choreographers. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under. For more information, call 728-5347.

Stage 3 Theatre Company will present the new comedy "Becky's New Car" Friday through June 1 at 208 S. Green St. in Sonora. For reservations, call 536-1778 or visit A preview at 7 p.m. today will benefit the Sonora branch of the American Association of University Women. Wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served at 6 p.m. and during the intermission. Preview tickets are $25, available by calling Judy Borgquist at 532-6326.

Sierra Repertory Theatre will present the epic musical "Les Miserables" through Sunday in East Sonora. Curtain times are 7 p.m. Friday, 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For reservations, call 532-3120 or visit

Sierra Repertory Theatre will present the musical "A Second Helping: The Church Basement Ladies Sequel" 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


Peggy Huth is the featured artist for May at Deborah Marlene's at 8242 Main St. in Mokelumne Hill. A reception for her will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call 286-1387.

"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.

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

Arts of Bear Valley will display works by Deborah Marlene Kearney through May in the Window Gallery at the Meadowmont Shopping Center in Arnold. Kearney is a watercolorist who specializes in local scenery as well as florals.


The Mi-Wuk-Sugar Pine Fire Protection District Auxiliary will present its ninth annual Fashion Show at noon Friday at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church at 24176 Pine Lake Road in Sugar Pine. Fashions will be provided by Sharon Malone Lingerie, with a special feature dubbed "Grandma's Closet." Prize drawings also will be held. Tickets are $15, including a salad bar lunch. For tickets or more information, call 586-3979.

Summerville Parent Nursery School will host its second Spring Community Spaghetti Dinner from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Tuolumne Memorial Hall in Tuolumne. Dinner, dessert, balloon prizes, children's activities, silent auction and live music will be featured. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 3 to 12, available by calling 928-4288, at the school and at the door. Proceeds will go toward the continued operation of the nonprofit nursery school.

Omega Nu sorority will hold its 19th annual Upscale Rummage Sale on Friday and Saturday in the John Muir Building at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora. An advance sale and silent auction will take place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Friday. Admission to the preview is $20, including hors d'oeuvres and beverages. The sale will take place from 8:30 a.m to noon Saturday with free admission. Housewares, furniture, antiques, collectibles, women's and children's clothing, fine art, books, linens, jewelry and more will be available. Proceeds will go to local scholarships and charities. For more information, call Sue Kleinert at 532-7389 or Eileen Mannix at 586-1568.

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 Sonora. Signups for five-minute slots begin at 6:30 p.m. For more information, email

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

Jamestown United Methodist Church will hold its annual Plant and Yard Sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 18166 Seco St. in Jamestown, across from the historic church. All proceeds will go toward major repairs to the church building. For more information, call 984-4133.

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 Lake Tulloch Lions Club will present the 14th annual Hot Copper Car Show from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Copper Town Square in Copperopolis. Spectator admission is free. Food, prize drawings, vendors and face painting for children also will be featured. All proceeds will benefit the community through scholarships and other services. For more information, call Ron Massei at 785-1944 or Ken Osteen at 785-8933 or visit

The 54th annual Fireman's Muster will take place Saturday and Sunday in Columbia State Historic Park. An antique equipment promenade will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, followed by children's events and firefighter competitions until 5 p.m. Contests will continue Sunday. Admission is free. For more information, call 532-3772.

Sierra Waldorf School will hold its annual May Day Celebration from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the school at 19238 Rawhide Road in Jamestown. May Pole dancing, crafts and live musicwill be feature along with food at the Blue Iris Cafe. Admission and parking are free. For more information, call 984-0454.

The Mother Lode Roundup Queen Horsemanship competition will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora. Admission is free. The queen coronation pageant will follow at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Sonora Opera Hall. Admission is $10 at the door, including hors d'oeuvres and no-host bar.

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. The theme is "Kids Day in the Garden." Planting, flower arranging, face painting, refreshments and more will be featured along with summer vegetable garden planning. Admission is free.

Project Shine will offer high school prom gowns for free loan from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Patrick's Teen Center at 116 Bradford Ave. in Sonora. A refundable $20 deposit is required. For more information, call Margaret Smith at 352-0034. Project Shine and the Sonora Cosmetology School also will provide free hairdos and makeup on May 10 and May 17 at the teen center. For an appointment, call Connie Jacob at 533-2950.

The Young Ladies Institute will hold a Bunco Party and Luncheon on Saturday at St. Patrick's Parish Hall in Sonora. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $15 for Bunco and a tostada bar lunch. For more information, call Imelda Sheppard at 533-1354.

Model Trains will be running at the Tuolumne City Museum from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free. The museum is at the corner of Carter and Bay streets in Tuolumne.

Bodega del Sur Winery will hold its fourth annual Benefit Wine Release from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Garden in Murphys. The event will unveil the new "Valentina" red wine blend accompanied by a Latin influenced luncheon and music by Cosa Buena. A silent auction will also be included. Tickets are $45, available by calling 728-9030. Proceeds will benefit the Resource Connection Calaveras Crisis Center, a nonprofit organization assisting abused women and their children.

The Black Hat Foundation will hold its 23rd annual Black and White Charity Ball at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Black Oak Casino Hotel. Proceeds this year will benefit Tuolumne County Search and Rescue. The evening will include dinner by Seven Sisters, live and silent auctions and music by the Roger Garcia Trio. Tickets are $95 per person, available by calling 586-2562.

The Mark Twain Shrine Club will hold a Pig Roast on Saturday at the Masonic Hall at 384 Church St. in Murphys. Social hour will begin at 4 p.m., with dinner at 5:30 p.m. There also will be a no-host bar and numerous prize drawings.Proceeds will go to the Shriners Hospital for Children. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by calling 795-1464, 483-2381 or 736-0607.

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.

The La Grange Homecoming will take place from9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in downtown La Grange. The event will feature a yard sale, food, music and more. Admission is free. Lake Don Pedro author Veronika Paul also will be present signing her true travel adventure, "America: Final Destination." For more information, call 852-2476.

A Mother's Day Family Tea to benefit the nonprofit Randi Murray's Dance Studio will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Wilson Ranch at 18761 Railbed Road in Jamestown. Tickets are $45 per family of five, plus $5 for each additional child and $10 for each additional adult. The admission price includes a family portrait, entertainment, fashion show, Mother's Day gift and refreshments. Tickets are available at Mountain Bookshop, Sunbeams, at the door or by calling 743-2172.

The Calaveras Big Trees Association will present "Too Much Fun," a new fundraiser to support park educational programs, on Sunday at Calaveras Big Trees State Park. Participants will be offered a private guided walk through the North Grove of Giant Sequoiasat 2 p.m., followed by a concert by Mountain Melody women's chorus of Calaveras Countyat 4 p.m. Advance tickets are $25, including the $10 park entrance fee, available online at Tickets may be sold at the gate if available, but will not include the state park admission fee. For more information, call 795-3840.

The Sonora Emblem Club will hold a Cinco de Mayo Dinner and Dance on Monday, May 5, at the Sonora Elks Lodge. Doors will open at 5 p.m., with an enchilada dinner served at 6:30 p.m. Live music will be provided by Greg Brown Band. Tickets are $10, available by calling Sona Dixon at 533-0156.

The Sierra-Tuolumne Kennel Club will offer Puppy and Basic Obedience Classes starting Wednesday, May 7, at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora. Each class is $75 for a seven- week session. Rally obedience will also be offered on Wednesdays and agility on Thursdays for dogs having completed a basic obedience class. All types of dogs are welcome. For more information, class times or to register, call 536-0526 or 532-9118 or visit

The 18th annual Cruise Night will start at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, at The Junction shopping center. Classic cars, vintage music and prize drawings will be featured. Admission is free. The gatherings will continue on the first and third Wednesday of each month through October. For more information, call Margaret Davis at 533-3548 or email