Gary Linehan, The Union Democrat


Sierra Repertory Theatre will present "The Sound of Music" through Sunday, Aug. 31, at the Fallon House Theater in Columbia State Historic Park. Friday performances begin at 7 p.m., Saturday evening shows begin at 8 p.m. and Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday matinees begin at 2 p.m. For reservations, call 532-3120 or visit

Murphys Creek Theatre will present the comedy "I Hate Hamlet" through Sunday, Aug. 31, at the Black Bart Playhouse at 580 S. Algiers St. in Murphys. Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays (except no show on Friday, Aug. 22) and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $20, available at 728-8422 or


Band of Hope will perform at 8 p.m. today at the Black Oak Casino in Tuolumne as part of the Notes for Notes fundraising series. Donations will benefit the Humane Society of Tuolumne County. Commander Cody and His Modern Day Airmen will appear at 9 p.m. Friday and the MoFo Party Band will play at 9 p.m. Saturday, Band on the Run, featuring former Moody Blues and Wings member Denny Laine, will appear at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20. Admission is free for ages 21 and over.

The 14th annual River Ranch Music Festival will take place Friday through Sunday at the River Ranch Campground in Tuolumne. Performers will include Major Powers, the Hot Dark, Alma, Rob I, Green Machine, A La Lune, Hoverkraft, Minor Birds and more. Weekend passes are $50. Day passes are $30. Children under 12 are free. For more information, visit

Ironstone Vineyards in Murphys will present Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members ZZ Top and Jeff Beck in concert at 7 p.m. Friday. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Tickets range from $48 for general admission lawn seating to $243 for VIP seating with buffet dinner. Reserved seats range from $78 to $153. Tickets are available at all Ticketmaster outlets. Lawn tickets also are available without a service charge at the Gift Basket inside Black Oak Casino.

Mountain Sage Nursery will present Incendio in concert on Saturday at 18653 Main St. in Groveland. Doors will open at 4 p.m., with Swing Gitane opening at 5 p.m. Adult tickets are $17 in advance, available at, or $20 at the door. Children's tickets are $6.

The Twain Harte Area Chamber of Commerce will continue its 2014 Concerts in the Pines series with jazz, rock and rhythm and blues by Chains Required from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Eproson Park in Twain Harte. This will be a special time because of the Twain Harte Rotary Club's annual deep pit barbecue. Concert admission is free. The shows will continue each Saturday through Aug. 30. For more information, call 586-4482.

The John Roman Jackson Trio will appear in concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at Stage 3 Theatre at 208 S. Green St. in Sonora, playing a variety of blues, Americana and originals. Tickets are $15, available by calling 536-1778.

The Asian Market and International Club of Jamestown will present a reggae concert starring the ISoulJahs from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora. Opening act will be Soul Medic. Advance tickets are $20, including international food, available by calling 984-2006. Concert only tickets are available for $15. All ages are welcome.

The Groveland Hotel at 18767 Main St. in Groveland will present Life in the Fast Lane, a tribute to the Eagles, at 8 p.m. Saturday as part of its 2014 Yosemite Courtyard Cabaret season. Tickets are $22. The dining room will open for optional dinners at 5:30 p.m. For reservations, call 962-4000 or visit

Concerts in the Park, sponsored by the Tuolumne Park and Recreation District, will present Coyote Hill from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, in Tuolumne Memorial Park. Admission is free. The concerts will continue each Wednesday through Sept. 24. For more information, call 928-1214.

The Sonora Community Drum Circle meets from 6 to 7:30 p.m. each Tuesday at Courthouse Square in 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.


The Greater Arnold Business Association will present the ninth annual Arnold Art, Wine and Music Festival from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday atthe CedarCenter at 1225 Oak Circle inArnold. Admission is free for daylong art viewing and live music by Bill Welles, the Sammy Leverone Trio and Cantamos from 3 to 8 p.m. Wine tasting will be available from 2 to 5 p.m. for $15. For more information, call 795-3530.

A reception for oil and watercolor artist Howard Rees will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the Petroglyphe Gallery at 8317 Main St. in Mokelumne Hill. Wine and light appetizers will be served. For more information, call 286-1387.

"Art in the Library," a rotating display at the Tuolumne County Library on Greenley Road in Sonora, features paintings by Beth Little during August and September. August's theme is portraits, with landscapes featured in September.

Arts of Bear Valley will continue its summer art show at Calaveras Big Trees State Park through Monday, Sept. 1. Works are on display from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is free. There is a $10 per car entry fee into the park.

The Tuolumne County Arts Alliance will present "Paper, Print and Painting," a new show by artist-in-residence Sarah Anne Graham, through Sept. 13 in the George Post Community Gallery at 251 S. Barretta St. on the historic Sonora Dome campus. For more information, call 532-2787.


The Angels Camp Farmers Market will take place from 5 p.m. to dusk Friday at Utica Park in Angels Camp. Fresh produce, crafts, beer, wine and live music are featured. Admission is free. For more information, call 559-5195 or 559-4781.

"Poetry Night," an open reading of original poetry and prose, will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday at Sonora Joe's Coffee Shoppe at 140 S. Washington St. in Sonora. Signups begin at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call Denella Kimura at 532-6561.

Sonora Ballroom Dancing meets from 7 to 10 p.m. every Friday at the Aronos Research Women's Club at 37 E. Elkin St. in Sonora. Admission is $7. Donations help support the Amador-Tuolumne County Action Agency. For more information, call 532-6901.

The Twain Harte Chamber of Commerce and Twain Harte Rotary Club will present the final Movies in the Pines screening of the summer from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday at Eproson Park. The film will be "The Smurfs 2." Admission is free. For more information, call 586-4482.

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. The markets will continue each Saturday through Oct. 18. For more information, call 532-7725.

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 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.

The Arnold Farmers Market will continue from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Saturday through September in the Cedar Center. For more information, call 795-7898.

Calaveras Big Tree State Park will hold its annual Family Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Featured activities will include live birds of prey, reptiles from all over California, park rangers, Smokey Bear, cocked hat bowling, carriage rides for $3, live music and more. Food sales will include a barbecue, ice cream, popcorn and baked goods. There is a $10 fee per vehicle to enter the park. For more information, call 795-3840 or visit

Columbia State Historic Park will present "History's Mysteries" at 10 a.m. Saturday. Park staff and costumed volunteers will stage a live re-enactment of the Gaherty-Jarvis shooting of 1856 and participants will help solve the real case. Guests will walk through the crime scene, interview witnesses and participate in the inquest. Tickets are $5 for adults and $1 for children. However, because of the violent nature of this event, parents may find it is not appropriate for children under 12. Space is limited and reservations are recommended by calling 588-9128.

Mother Lode Christian School will hold a 50th anniversary celebration from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 18393 Gardner Ave. in Tuolumne. A free barbecue will begin at noon. Bounce houses, school tours and music by school alumni also will be featured. For more information, call 928-4126.

The Angels-Murphys Rotary Club will hold its annual Shrimp and Pasta Dinner from 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Murphys Community Park. This year's dinner will be catered by the Murphys Hotel. Tickets are $40 for adults, $20 for children to age 12. Live music will be provided by Plan B. Wine, beer, silent auction and prize drawings also will be featured. For tickets or more information, call 736-3563 or visit

The Tuolumne City Memorial Museum will sponsor square dancing and barbecued tri-tip from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Tuolumne Veterans Memorial Hall. Tickets are $25 for adults and $12 for children under 12, available at the museum from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday or by calling 928-3300. Entertainment will be provided by the Twain Harte Twirlers, who will demonstrate square dancers as well as offering to teach steps to anyone interested. Prize drawings also will be held. Last year's museum fundraiser was cancelled due to the Rim Fire.

The Twain Harte Rotary Club will present its annual Deep Pit Barbecue from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Eproson Field in Twain Harte. Doors will open at 4 p.m. Silent auction, prize drawings, face painting, shaved ice, kettle corn and cake walk also will be featured. Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for children 4 to 10, available at the Sportsman in Twain Harte and at the door. Children 3 and under are free. Proceeds will benefit community service projects and scholarships. For more information, call 586-5448.

The Groveland Rotary Club will present its annual "Shrimp and Sausage Fest" at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Pine Mountain Lake Equestrian Center in Groveland. Doors will open at 5 p.m. There also will be a live auction, prize drawings and live music by Part Time. Tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under, available by calling Jim Thayer at 962-5007. Proceeds will benefit community projects including the new YARTS bus stop at Mary Laveroni Community Park and scholarships for Tioga High School seniors.

The Southern Tuolumne County Historical Society will host guest speaker Sharon Giacomazzi at 7 p.m. Saturday at Groveland Community Hall. She will give a historical perspective on Coulterville Road, the first road into Yosemite Valley. Admission is free. For more information, call 962-6970.

The Calaveras Ranger District of the Stanislaus National Forest will host Smokey Bear's 70th Birthday Party from 7 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Marmot Amphitheater at Lake Alpine. Visitors can meet Smokey Bear, learn about wildland firefighters, take part in a quiz show about fire prevention and hear music by the Forest Service Balladeers. Admission is free for all ages, with donations accepted.

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.

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.

A reception to meet Patrick Koepele, new executive director of the Tuolumne River Trust, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug.19, at Indigeny Reserve at 14679 Summers Lane in the Apple Valley area east of Sonora. The event will include free hard cider and brandy tastings. For reservations or more information, call 236-0330 or email

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

The 18th annual Cruise Night will start at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, 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

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.