Datebook for May 15-21

Gary Linehan, The Union Democrat /

Stage

Stage 3 Theatre Company will present the comedy "Becky's New Car" through Sunday, June 1, at 208 S. Green St. in Sonora. Curtain times are 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. For reservations, call 536-1778 or visit www.stage3.org.

Sierra Repertory Theatre will present the musical "A Second Helping: The Church Basement Ladies Sequel" through Sunday, 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 www.sierrarep.org.

Music

The Pine Cone Singers, under the direction of new music director Ron Randall, will present their spring concert, "What a Wonderful World," Thursday through Sunday at the Evangelical Free Church on Ferretti Road in Groveland. Performances will be given at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Advance tickets are $10, available at Yosemite Bank, Hotel Charlotte, Dori's Tea Cottage and Marijke's. Admission at the door will be $12. Children under 13 are free. For more information, call Luke Sullivan at 962-5952.

The Tuolumne River Trust will present its 2014 Paddle to the Sea Concert and 30th anniversary Wild and Scenic Reunion on Saturday at Mountain Sage Nursery at 18653 Main St. in Groveland. Headline performers will be Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion, with Coyote Hill as opening act. Gates will open at 3 p.m., with music beginning at 4 p.m. Advance tickets are $20, available online at www.tuolumne.org or by calling 888-994-3344. Admission will be $25 at the gate. Children 12 and under are $10. n The Petroglyphe Gallery at 8317 Main St. in Mokelumne Hill will present cellist Erik Alvarez Urbina at 4 p.m. Sunday. Wine and light appetizers will be served at 3:30 p.m.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 Courthouse Square in downtown 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.

Art

The Mother Lode Art Association will meet at 1 p.m. Monday, May 19, at the Tuolumne County Library on Greenley Road in Sonora. Guest artist Heinie Hartwig will demonstrate oil painting.

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, call 754-1774 or visit www.calaverasarts.org.

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.

Carey McGrew and Vicki Fuentes are the Mother Lode Art Association's featured artists for May. Their works can be seen in the front windows of Servente's at 64 S. Washington St. in Sonora.

EVENTS

The 87th annual Calaveras County Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee will run Thursday through Sunday in Angels Camp. Attractions include carnival, rodeo, music, agricultural displays, home arts, livestock auction and Miss Calaveras Pageant. The International Frog Jump Finals start at 3 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call 736-2561 or visit www.frogtown.org.

The Murphys-Angels Lions Club will host "Classic Car Cruise Nights" from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Murphys Hotel at 457 Main St. in Murphys. Vintage vehicles, music and prize drawings will be featured. Admission is free. For more information, call Terry Costa at 728-9971.

The Tuolumne County Chamber of Commerce will sponsor its annual Golf Tournament at 11 a.m. Friday at Mountain Springs Golf Course in Sonora. All levels are welcome. Entry fee is $100, including green fees, cart, prizes and lunch. Registration begins at 10 a.m. For more information, call 532-4212 or visit www.tcchamber.com .

The eighth annual Connections Academy Film Festival will begin at 6 p.m. Friday in the Summerville High School Theater in Tuolumne. Tickets are $10 adults, $8 for students and senior citizens, available at the door.

"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.

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 High Country Mountain Derby Girls will host a two-day roller derby tournament, "Attack of the C Squads," on Saturday and Sunday at the High Country Sports Arena at 18960 Waylon Way near Standard. Teams from all over California will compete.Doors open at 6 a.m. both days. Bouts will take place from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10 per day for adults and $5 for children 5 to 12. Tickets are available online at www.brownpapertickets.com and at the door. For more information, call 588-0776 or visit www.hcmountainderbygirls.com .

The Sonora Certified Farmers Market will open for the season on Saturday at the corner of Stewart and Theall streets in downtown Sonora. The gatherings will continue from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. each Saturday through Oct. 18. Fresh and organic fruits and vegetables will be sold along with plants and flowers, honey, pastries, olive oil, cheese, jams, handmade items and more. Live entertainment also will be featured. For more information, call 532-7725 or visit www.sonoraca.com .

Operation: MOM will sponsor a Pancake Breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturdayat Applebee's restaurant in Sonora. Tickets are $7. Proceeds will help send "Little Touch of Home" packages to military service members in June. For more information, call Pat Padavana at523-8051.

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 Park and Recreation District will hold a Downtown Yard Sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Bay and Pine Streets in Tuolumne. Admission is free. For more information, call Cindy Wano at 928-1214.

Tuolumne County Master Gardeners will hold a Polystyrene Collection Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Waste Management Inc. on Microtronics Way, off Camage Avenue east of Sonora. Clean No. 6 polystyrene, also known as Styrofoam, will be accepted. Tape, tags and labels should be removed. No packing peanuts or food containers can be taken.

Independence Hall, a nonprofit community center at 1445 Blagen Road in Arnold, will hold a sale of furniture and household and office items from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. For more information, call Bob Harlow at 795-2168.

Project Shine and the Sonora Cosmetology School will offer free hairdos and makeup for high school proms on Saturday at the St. Patrick's Teen Center at 116 Bradford Ave. in Sonora. For an appointment, call Connie Jacob at 533-2950.

The Tuolumne County Recreation Department Youth Center will hold its second annual Youth Center Yard Sale from10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Jamestown Community Hall at 18250 Main St. in Jamestown. Proceeds will benefit youth centers in Jamestown, Groveland and Tuolumne. For more information, call 984-4188, 962-7263 or 928-4527. Donations are welcome but clothing items cannot be accepted. Food will be available for purchase.

"Celebrate Yosemite Past, Present & Future," a Yosemite Grant Act 150th anniversary event focusing on local youth, will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Groveland Community Hall on Main Street in Groveland. The event, sponsored by the Yosemite Highway 120 Chamber of Commerce, will feature live performances, a showing of the Ken Burns film "Yosemite: A Gathering of Spirit" and presentations by park, forest, river and nature experts. Doors will open at 10 a.m. and admission is free.

The Tuolumne County Historical Society will host its Historic Inns Tour from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Open for the tour will be the National Hotel, Victorian Gold B&B and Jamestown Hotel in Jamestown and the Sonora Inn, the Inn on Knowles Hill and Barretta Gardens Inn in Sonora. Tickets are $20, available at www.TCHistory.org or at the Tuolumne County Museum at 158 Bradford Ave. in Sonora. For more information, call Joe Sparagna at 533-8687.

Saddle Creek Garden Club at 1001 Saddle Creek Drive in Copperopolis, will sponsor its fourth annual Garden Tour from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Four gardens of varying sizes will be featured. Artwork will be on display and small plants will be for sale, along with live musical entertainment, prize drawings and wine, lemonade and hors d'oeuvres served in various gardens. All proceeds from the tour will benefit the Copperopolis Elementary School Gardens and Community Gardens, including the Copperopolis Post Office. Tickets are $10 and may be obtained from Pat Smith at 785-9692 or benpat@caltel.com, and at any of the garden locations. Maps will be available at the entrance to Saddle Creek Resort.

Friends of the Animal Community will hold their "Spring Garden Paw-ty" from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Sparks Ranch Resort on Tuolumne Road near Standard Park. The event will include appetizers, beer, wine and live and silent auctions. There will also be a pet and owner photo look-alike contest. Tickets are $40 each or $75 per couple, available at Dusty's Den, Mountain Bookshop and Tia's Tubs 'n Toys. Proceeds will benefit the organization's rescue and rehoming efforts. For more information, call 532-1294 or 768-3630.

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. For more information, call 532-6025.

Chispa Parlor 139 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. For more information, call 728-8902.

The 10th annual Golden Retriever Play Day will take place from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Eproson Park in Twain Harte. Suggested donation is $10 per family. Participants should bring their own lunch and chairs. Prize drawings and silent auction also will be featured. For more information, call Deborah and George Hart at 533-3336 or Jill Morgan at 334-3558.

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 lessons 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.

The Sierra Foothills Dance Club will present its fourth annual Sonora Ballroom Showcase from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Sonora Opera Hall. All levels of dancers welcome and studios from the throughout the region have been invited to participate. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Members of USA Dance members receive a $5 discount. For tickets or more information, call 533-2384 or visit www.sierrafoothillsdanceclub.com .

Western and Latin Line Dance Lessons are given at no charge from 2 to 3 p.m. every Wednesday at the Tuolumne County Senior Center at 540 Greenley Road in Sonora. All ages are welcome. For more information, call Arno Lascari at 588-8071.

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