Doll showcase open house
slated for Sunday

An open house of Claudia Smith’s Antique and Vintage Doll Showcase will benefit Sonora Regional Medical Center’s new Cancer Center.

The open house will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at 18495 Railbed Road in Jamestown.

Dolls are primarily of French and German origin from the late 1880s to early 1900s.

Appetizers, coffee, tea and lemonade will be served. Children are welcome if accompanied by an adult.

Proceeds will be donated in the name of Smith’s husband, Rodney W. Smith, who recently died of cancer.

The Mother Lode Doll Study Club is assisting with the event.

For more information, call Smith at (209) 743-7379.

Fiber artists meet June 10

The Studio 49 Fiber Arts Group will meet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 10 at the Tuolumne County Library, 480 Greenley Road in Sonora.

Anyone interested in spinning, weaving, knitting, crocheting —anything related to the fiber arts — are welcome.

For more information, go online to, or call (209) 533-0593.

Fabric dyeing topic for quilt guild

The Sierra Quilt Guild will host an informational talk and slideshow on fabric dyeing and the use of color on June 12 by fabric artist Joy-Lily.

Her talk, “Dyeing to Tell You,” will include information on which dyes work best, how to use them safely, how to dye fabrics in a washing machine, how to mix colors, two methods to approach creativity, where color trends come from and where color dyes originated.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Tuolumne County Senior Center, 540 Greenley Road in Sonora.

For more information about the guild, go online to

Weavers, spinners meet June 13

The Mother Lode Weavers and Spinners Guild will meet at 10 a.m. June 13 at the Clubhouse at Rambling Hills Estates, 23732 Parrotts Ferry Road in Columbia.

Visitors are welcome.

For more information about the guild, go online to

Giant pumpkins
will be awarded in October

Farms of Tuolumne County will sponsor its first Pumpkin and Zucchini Weigh-In in October and is encouraging gardeners to plant seeds in early may.

The weigh-in will be held Oct. 21 at Hurst Ranch on Highway 108 in Jamestown. The ranch will open at 10 am., and weigh-ins will begin at 10:30 a.m.

Three cash prizes will be awarded — $200, $100 and $50 for pumpkin winners, and $100, $50 and $25 for zucchini winners.

FOTC has Farmer John seeds for giant pumpkins available for $2 for three seeds — one package per family on a first-come, first-served basis. The seeds have the potential to produce huge pumpkins that will require extra care to even transport them to the event, stated a press release. They can be purchased at Nature’s Whole Food Depot, 19073 Standard Road, Standard; Community Thrift Shop, 797 W. Stockton Road, Sonora; or University of California Cooperative Extension, 52 N. Washington Street, Sonora.

Any seeds can be used.

To download pumpkin planting and growing instructions, go online to www.TCFarms.Org and click on “News” article FOTC Pumpkin and Zucchini Weigh-In. For more information, contact info@TCFarms.Org.

In 2016 and 2017, Farms of Tuolumne County awarded FFA ambassadors from Don Pedro, Sonora and Summerville high schools grant money to help fund a trip to Australia in March 2017. Ambassadors will assist local groups there to establish an FFA.