Datebook for June 5-11

Gary Linehan, The Union Democrat


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

National headliner Del Van Dyke will perform standup comedy at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Camp's Restaurant at 676 McCauley Ranch Road in Angels Camp. Also featured will be Bob Johnston and master of ceremonies Sandra Risser. Tickets are $20 or $50 for the show and dinner. For reservations, call 736-8133.


The fifth annual Singing Rails Railroad Music Festival, honoring the folklore, tradition and music of the railroad, will take place Saturday at Railtown 1897 State Park in Jamestown. A music contest will be held from noon to 5 p.m., with contestants competing for cash prizes in two categories, vocal and instrumental. The Box Car Willie award also will be presented for the best vocally generated train sound. Contestants may pre-register online at The Wailin' Woodys will perform at 6 p.m. Admission is $5, including state park entry fee. Those who pay for a train ride also get admission to the festival.

The Hamlet Harmoneers, a nonprofit group of ukulele, guitar, harmonica and piano students, will hold its second open session from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday outdoors at the Ponderosa Mobile Home Park at 21850 Belleview Road east of Sonora. Guests should bring their instrument, a chair and music stand if available. A playbook of songs is available for use and optional purchase. A hot barbecue also will be available at noon. Participants are welcome to bring something to cook and a salad, chips or cookies to share. For more information, call Steve Moore at 768-9040.

The Sonora Bach Festival will present "Opera Pops," a fundraising concert, at 3 p.m. Sunday at a private mountaintop home in East Sonora. Singers from the Gold Country will perform opera favorites by Mozart, Puccini, Mendelssohn and more.Guest artist will be internationally-known tenor Ric Campero, a past winner in the Regional Metropolitan Opera competition. Music will be followed by port and refreshments. Tickets are $30, available by calling356-8880.

Concerts in the Park, sponsored by the Tuolumne Park and Recreation District, will feature the Hills Brothers Band from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 11, in Tuolumne Memorial Park. Admission is free. The concerts will continue each Wednesday through Sept. 24 in conjunction with the Tuolumne Village Market. For more information, call 928-1214.

The Calaveras County Arts Council will open its 23rd annual Music in the Parks summer concert series with a performance by Snap Jackson and the Knock on Wood Players from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 11, at Copperopolis Town Square. The free concerts will continue each Wednesday through Aug. 13 at various locations throughout Calaveras County. For more information, call 754-1774 or visit

Country music star Ty Herndon, who has scored a total of 17 singles on the Billboard charts, will perform at 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 11, at the Black Oak Casino in Tuolumne. Tickets are $20, available at the Gift Basket inside the casino or by calling 928-9300, ext. 6508. Minimum age to attend is 21.

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.

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. All ages are welcome and no experience is necessary. Admission is free, with donations accepted. For more information, call 559-9936.


Paintings by Sherrie Palmer will be featured through June at Deborah Marlene's art gallery at 8242 Main St. in Mokelumne Hill. A reception for her will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 753-8507.

Oil paintings by Janette Jones will be showcased through June at the Hovey Winery Tasting Room at 350 Main St. in Murphys. A reception for her will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday, with complimentary appetizers. For more information, call 728-9999.

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


The Angels Camp Farmers Market will open Friday and continue from 5 p.m. to dusk each Friday through Sept. 26 at Utica Park in Angels Camp. Fresh produce, prepared food, crafts, beer and wine will be featured. Live music this week will be provided by Rick Moore. Admission is free. The market is hosted by the Angels Camp Business Association. For more information, call Candy Myers at 559-5195 or Anne Forrest at 559-4781.

Manzanita Writers Press will present "A Spring Affair," a fundraising dinner and dance party, on Friday at the Leger Hotel in Mokelumne Hill. No-host cocktails will begin at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 6:30 p.m. and music by Cantamos from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. A silent auction, prize drawings and preview of the group's new book, "Wine, Cheese and Chocolate, A Taste of Literary Elegance," also will be featured. Tickets are $45, available by calling 890-3922 or 754-0577 or by email at Proceeds will go toward publication of the new book.

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 downtown Sonora. Signups for five-minute slots begin at 6:30 p.m. The readings are held on the first Friday of each month. For more information, email .

The Sonora Certified Farmers Market will continue from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the corner of Stewart and Theall streets in downtown Sonora. Fresh and organic fruits and vegetables are available along with plants and flowers, honey, pastries, olive oil, cheese, jams, handmade items and more. Live music also is featured. Admission is free. The markets will be held each Saturday through Oct. 18. For more information, call 532-7725.

The Groveland Farmers Market will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through September at Mountain Sage Nursery at 18653 Main St. in Groveland. Locally grown produce, fresh bread, arts and crafts, home-made preserves, nuts, fresh eggs, dried fruit, fresh flowers, organic teas and coffees and live entertainment are featured. Admission is free.

n 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 Promotion Club of Jamestown will sponsor the Jamestown Antique Faire from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in downtown Jamestown. Main Street will be closed and filled with vendors of antiques and collectibles. Spectator admission is free. New this year is wine tasting from noon to 3 p.m. in Rocca Park. For more information, call 996-0147 or email .

Christian Berets will sponsor the third annual Mi-Wuk You Run to benefit special needs children and adults from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Christian Berets Camp in Mi-Wuk Village. Entry fees are $15 for a one-mile fun run, $25 for a 5K trail run and free for a special needs half mile race. A barbecue lunch is included for all registered participants and available for $6 for others. Bounce house, face painting and games also will be featured. For more information, call race directors Joel and Kara McGaffee at 840-2924 or visit

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 flea markets are held on the first Saturday of each month through October.

The Copperopolis Community Center will host the annual Copperopolis Homecoming Celebration from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in Copperopolis. The event will include a pancake breakfast, fire safety demonstrations, children's events and Charlie Stone Homecoming Parade at 11 a.m. Admission is free. For general information, call Sandy Rollings at 785-4081. For parade entries, call Belva Bristol at 785-2373.

The Twain Harte Rotary Club will sponsor its first Royal Flush Crapper Derby from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Eproson Park in Twain Harte. More than 20 rolling outhouses will compete for a chance to attend the national finals in Virginia City, Nev., in October. Craft vendors also will be present all day and Chains Required will provide live music from 5 to 8 p.m. Spectator admission is free. For entry forms or more information, call Terry Northcutt at 481-5790 or Jeannie Frankenstein at 352-1753 or visit . Proceeds will benefit the music program at Twain Harte Elementary School.

Tuolumne County Master Gardeners will host an Open Garden Day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at 251 S. Barretta St. on the Cassina High School campus in Sonora. Water-wise vegetable gardening and fire safety will be this month's seminar topics. Admission is free. For more information, call the Tuolumne County Master Gardener Hotline at 533-5912oremail

Mount Calvary Lutheran Church will hold a 50th Anniversary Celebration from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday at 24176 Pine Lake Drive in Sugar Pine. A free barbecue and family activities will be featured. For more information, call 586-3616.

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. The meals are held on the second Sunday of each month. 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. The meals are held on the second Sunday of each month. For more information, call 878-3015.

Tuolumne County Master Gardeners will hold their 19th annual Garden Tour and Smart Water Expo from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Two Sonora gardens will be featured along with a "Smart Water" presentation and tour of the demonstration garden at Cassina High School at 251 Barretta St. in Sonora. Tickets are $10, available at Columbia Nursery, J.S. West Hardware, Nature's Whole Food Depot, the Nest, Antiques Etc., the University of California Cooperative Extension office, by phone at 533-5695 and online at The tour is the group's largest fundraiser and the money raised is used for garden beautification and education projects throughout the county.

The Calaveras Genealogy Society will host its summer social, "Touring the Calaveras County Museum," from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, June 10, atthe museumat 30 N. Main St. in San Andreas. Karen Nicholson of the Calaveras County Historical Society will lead a tour of the old Government Center, Hall of Records and Jail Yard. Admission is free. A no-host lunch will follow at the Pickle Patch at 57 W. St. Charles St. For more information, call 754-1325 or visit .

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.

The Tuolumne Village Market will take place from 4 p.m. to dusk Wednesday, June 11, at Tuolumne Memorial Park. Fresh produce is available along with prepared food, handmade items, live music and more. Admission is free. The markets will continue each Wednesday through Sept. 24. For more information, call 928-4351.

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.

"Story Time" for children takes place at 11 a.m. Wednesdays at the Calaveras County Library at 891 Mountain Ranch Road in San Andreas. The Murphys Volunteer Library presents story time at 10:30 a.m. every Tuesday. The Angels Camp Branch Library at 426 N. Main St. presents story time at 10:30 a.m. each Friday. Story time at the Copperopolis branch at 60 Copper Cove Drive takes place at noon Wednesdays.

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