Starry Night dinner
set for Saturday

The annual Starry Night Dinner in White will be held Saturday to benefit a universally accessible park in Tuolumne.

The Big Dreams event will be held from 5 to 9:30 p.m.. The location will be announced at 9 a.m. Saturday at

The evening will include live music performed by Uplands Drive, dancing, dinner provided by Mike’s Branding Iron, and beer and wine will be available for purchase. This is a 21-and-older event. Tickets cost $40 per person and are available at Mountain Bookshop in The Junction shopping center in East Sonora.

Guests are invited to wear white and should bring their own table service and a small white centerpiece.

Free admission Saturday at Angels Camp Museum

Admission to the Angels Camp Museum will be free on Saturday.

The museum, 753 S. Main St., in Angels Camp, will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will offer activities for the entire family including artisan demonstrations, a scavenger hunt for kids and gold panning for $5 in addition to its three acres of historical exhibits.

Neighborhood Potluck set in Twain Harte

The Twain Harte Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a Neighborhood Potluck in the Pines on Saturday at Eproson Park.

The event will start at 4 p.m. for potluck set-up, and Stompbox will perform live music from 6 to 8 p.m.

Plates, napkins, utensils, iced tea and water will be provided. Those whose last names begin with A-M should bring a salad to share; names beginning with N-Z, should bring dessert to share.

For more information, call (209) 586-4482 or email .

Perry to speak at genealogy meeting

Sonora City Historian Pat Perry will be guest speaker Monday at a meeting of the Tuolumne County Genealogical Society.

The meeting will begin at 2 p.m. in the Community Room of the Tuolumne County Library, 480 Greenley Road in Sonora.

Perry will give a PowerPoint presentation on Sonora’s Jewish community during the 1800s and early 1900s. She has done extensive research on many of the Jewish families who were important to Sonora’s history, and of those buried in the Jewish Cemetery. Through her research, Pat has been able to meet many descendants of Sonora’s Jewish families who have shared their stories and photographs.

Experienced members will be available at 1:30 p.m. Monday to provide assistance with genealogy questions or research problems.

Sonora SIR
meet Tuesday

The Sonora Sons in Retirement Branch 136 will meet at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Sonora Elks Lodge, 100 Elk Drive in Sonora.

Social time will begin at 11 a.m., and lunch will be served at noon.

Cost for lunch is $14.

Guest speaker will be SIR member Jeff Phillip and his wife, Robin, who will share their trip to the Kalahari plains of Batswana and Kruger National Park.

For more information, call Bill Lobdell at (209) 586-7145.

Apple TV subject
of SMUG meeting

An exploration of Apple TV and its many features will be the starting point of the monthly gathering of the Sierra Macintosh Users Group Tuesday in Arnold.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the assembly room of the Ebbetts Pass Fire District, 1037 Blagen Road, just off Highway 4.

Seth Summersett, a professional computer programmer and one of SMUG’s major experts, will make the presentation.

SMUG meetings are designed for dues-paying members, but anyone is welcome to attend to see if they would like to join the group. SMUG was founded in 1995 and is a nonprofit organization run completely by volunteers. It meets the second Tuesday of the month, January through November. Annual dues are $20 for an individual or couple payable at the first of the year.

For more information, go online to, or call (209) 795-3798 or (209) 728-9012.

Irish, Scottish clans subject of meeting

The history of the Irish and Scottish feudal clan systems will be the program topic at a meeting Tuesday of the Western Sierra Celtic Society.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at Murphys Irish Pub, 415 Main St., downtown Murphys.

Valley Springs resident Sarah Shaw, who is a Northern California representative of Clan Shaw, will discuss how clans were identified in Ireland and Scotland by the geological area from which they originated, with clan chiefs often owning large tracts of land, generally complete with a castle, stated a press release. Clan chiefs of an area often had groups of less affluent, sometimes loosely related families, known as septs, who looked to the clan chief as a leader and protector during the turmoil of the 12th and 13th centuries where skirmishes over territory were common, according to Shaw.

The cultural presentation will follow the 7 p.m. Irish-Scottish club’s general business meeting. Attendees can arrive early for a no-host Irish meal and a pint of ale.

For more information, go online to

Mele to speak
at Sierra SIR meeting

Tuolumne County Sheriff Jim Mele will be guest speaker Thursday at a meeting of the Sierra Sons in Retirement Branch 77.

Mele will discuss county law enforcement and the Sheriff’s Office’s cooperation with the Sonora Police Department, California Highway Patrol and local fire departments.

The event will begin with no-host cocktails at 11 a.m. followed by a roast beef buffet lunch (vegetarian option available upon request) at noon at the Sonora Elks Lodge, 100 Elk Drive in Sonora.

For more information about the group, call George Kellerman at (209) 533-9083.

ArtsHarvest dinner, dance slated Sept. 16

The Manzanita Writers Press will hold its annual ArtsHarvest Dinner Dance Party Sept. 16 at The Pickle Patch in San Andreas.

The event will run from 6 to 9 p.m. and will include a chicken tortellini dinner and dessert, music by Mumbo Gumbo, a no-host wine bar and a silent auction of art and items donated by local merchants.

For tickets, which cost $45 per person, contact Chrys Mollett at (209) 728-6171 or, or go online to

Historian to speak at meeting of Arnold SIR

Historian Dave Connery will be guest speaker Sept. 19 at a meeting of the Arnold Sons in Retirement Branch 152.

The event will begin at 11 a.m. at Snowflake Lodge, 2255 Blue Lake Springs Drive, in Arnold.

Connery, who is a docent at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park, grew up in a railroad family in Albany, New York, and came to California in 1965, after which he spent several weeks in the Sierra Mountains, where he got his first look at a Shay logging locomotive under steam, stated a press release. His interest in railroads continued to grow with many visits to the High Sierra and, upon his retirement from Pacific Telephone in 1991, he became a docent at Railtown 1897.

Cost for lunch is $16 per person.

For more information about the branch, contact Membership Director Kevin Andel at (209) 795-9119 or .

Centenarians sought
for annual honors

The Tuolumne County Commission on Aging is looking for names of the county’s oldest adults and of the county’s most active older volunteers.

The Commission on Oct. 4 will host its annual Centenarian Honors Luncheon at the Tuolumne County Senior Center on Greenley Road in Sonora. County residents who are 100 years old or older will be honored, and adults ages 96 to 99 will be recognized as members of the “University of Life,” stated a press release.

Anyone with information — name, address or phone number — of an older adult is asked to call Cathie Peacock at (209) 586-4802 by Sept. 22 so invitations can be sent out.

Host families sought for exchange students

Cultural Academic Student Exchange is looking for volunteer families to host international students participating in the organization’s second semester program.

CASE places students from over 25 countries for the semester-long program.

Nearly 200 students who participate in the CASE program have their own spending money, attend a local high school to learn more about the American cultures, make friends, participate in sports, student activities, volunteer in the local community and, most of all, become a lasting member of the community, stated a press release.

Anyone interested in hosting can contact CASE by calling either (951) 685-9321 or (209) 422-6145. For more information, go online to

Golden Regiment
35th anniversary celebration set Oct. 13

The Golden Regiment Band will celebrate its 35th anniversary during Sonora High School’s homecoming on Oct. 13.

The celebration will include dinner, a commemorative T-shirt, admission to the homecoming game, a window sticker and a chance at a door prize. Tickets cost $35 per person ($30 without dinner), and the deadline for reservations is Sept. 29.

Checks can be made payable to Sonora High Band Boosters and mailed to 430 N. Washington St., Sonora, CA 95370.

Regiment alumni and their families are welcome.

For more information or to RSVP, email Yvonne Denton at

Veterans meet
in Valley Springs

The Valley Springs Veterans Group hosts a meet-and-greet event on the second and fourth Thursday of each month.

The events are held from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Valley Springs Veterans Hall, 189 Pine Street, and provide an opportunity for the community and veterans to get to know each other.

For more information, call Frank Garza at (209) 483-3187 or email .

Free legal services offered by Interfaith

Interfaith Community Social Services will offer a legal advocacy program led by attorney Gregory J. Oliver.

The Interfaith Legal Services Program will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays at the Interfaith office, 18500 Striker Court, off Tuolumne Road in Sonora.

The program does not go to court for people and does not provide legal services which include, but are not limited to, living trusts, conservatorships, tax issues, family law and bankruptcy.

Drop-ins are welcome, but appointments are preferred by calling (209) 694-3481. Having an appointment will mean less wait time.

The program is free and offered to everyone regardless of age or income.

SPARROW Project offers free help to older adults

Older adults in the Mother Lode who feel lonely or isolated can find help through the Mother Lode Office of Catholic Charities’ SPARROW Project.

The project provides people 60 and older who are experiencing symptoms of depression 12 weeks of free in-home counseling or peer support through the UCSF-affiliated research project.

For more information, call (209) 532-7632.

Senior volunteers
sought for honors

Nominations of outstanding senior volunteers are being sought for the annual Senior Volunteer of the Year awards sponsored by the Tuolumne County Commission on Aging.

Nominees must be residents of Tuolumne County 60 or older and not a member of the Commission on Aging.

Nomination forms can be picked up at the Tuolumne County Senior Center, 540 Greenley Road in Sonora; Area 12 Agency on Aging on Standard Road; Interfaith Community Social Services on Striker Court off Tuolumne Road; or by calling (209) 586-4802.

Nominations are due by Oct. 31.

Volunteers will be recognized on Nov. 8 in the Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors chambers, 2 S. Green St., in Sonora.