Pack club to host 18th annual fundraising dinner

Emigrant Basin Pack and Social Club will hold its 18th annual Scholarship Dinner Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Sonora Elks Lodge.

Doors will open at 5 p.m., and dinner will be served from 6 to 8 p.m. Dinner will include barrel-roasted pork, pesto pasta, salad, beans and garlic bread.

Tickets cost $25 per person, and 100 percent of proceeds will be returned to the community.

Dinner will be followed by live country music by The Mountain Fever Band with Keith Keenom.

For tickets or more information, call (209) 532-8283 or (209) 768-1126.

The Elks Lodge is at 100 Elk Drive in Sonora.

SMUG moving to Murphys library

The Sierra Macintosh Users Group will meet Feb. 12 in the Community Room at the Murphys Library, 480 Park Lane, adjacent to Murphys Park.

The meeting will be held from 2 to 4 p.m.

Because of iffy weather conditions in higher elevations, SMUG moves its meeting site from its regular Arnold location to Murphys for the winter months.

Members of the SMUG board will be on hand to answer a multitude of questions.

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 usually meets the second Tuesday of the month. Annual dues are $20 for an individual or couple, payable at the first of the year.

The organization exists to keep Apple users abreast of the latest developments and to address the nagging questions that arise from time to time. Its goal is to take the mystery out of computers and to enable members to take advantage of all the features their Mac products possess.

Artist’s work subject of TCHS meeting

Viola Siebe Sonntag, a local artist who did paintings of many historic buildings in Tuolumne County, will be the subject of a meeting Thursday, Feb. 14 of the Tuolumne County Historical Society.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of the Tuolumne County Library at 480 Greenley Road in Sonora. Admission is free, and refreshments will be served. Prints of Sonntag’s works will be offered for sale.

Thea Sonntag Harris will talk about her mother’s art and ties with Tuolumne County.

Liberty Institute to hold President’s Day Tea Party

The Liberty Institute USA will hold a President’s Day Tea Party Feb. 21 in Columbia.

The event will include tea, lunch and dessert; an appearance by “George and Martha Washington”; Colonial music; raffles and prizes.

Seating is limited to 30 people, and tax-deductible tickets cost $30 per person. Proceeds will be used to support American heritage literacy programs for children.

The event will be held at 2 p.m. at Columbia Kate’s Tea House, 22727 Columbia St.

Tickets can be purchased at Liberty Hall, 161 S. Washington St., Sonora; Columbia Kate’s; or online at

For more information about the institute, go online to