Sierra foothills alive with special events in coming weeks

09/26/2013 12:21 AM

09/26/2013 11:41 PM

The sound of history will be heard on the Wesley pipe organ at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Mariposa on Sunday.

Tony Imperatrice is the guest musician for this free recital at 2 p.m. Originally from Fresno he began his music studies at the age of 5. Imperatrice is known in the Central Valley for his one-man show, “Confessions of a Church Organist.”

The church is at Bullion and Second streets. A free-will offering will be taken. The concert is just one of many events coming up in the Sierra foothills in the coming weeks:

• A call to artists has been given. Applications are being accepted from those interested in participating in Sierra Art Trails’ special winter exhibit, “Gatherings.” The deadline for submissions is Oct. 20. Applications may be downloaded at

Artists using any medium are invited to apply. Submitted works must have been completed within the past three years. Visit the website or call (559) 658-8844 for more information.

• Home improvement ideas galore will delight homeowners at the Outdoor Home and Garden Show on Oct. 5. The Mariposa County Contractors Association provides inspiration and innovation from the experts at this 24th annual event. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Mariposa County Fairgrounds, visitors can wander from booth to booth, getting ideas and finding ways to beautify their nests.

In conjunction with the home show, the Friends of the Fairgrounds will hold its annual flea market there from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission and parking to both events are free.

• October is National Arts and Humanities Month. As part of the Celebrate Arts weekend, the Tuolumne County Arts Alliance has planned what staff and members hope will become an annual event: The Sonora Plein Air Festival and Youth Arts Fair.

Scheduled for Oct. 5-6, artists and artisans from the foothills and Bay Area will give demonstrations and lead hands-on workshops. Music, storytelling and poetry, plus ceramics and photography will be featured. Guests will enjoy performances by the Fratello Marionettes.

The festival will be held at the historic Dome Campus overlooking town. Exhibit hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.

At a benefit reception Saturday evening, food and wine will accompany live and silent auctions,raffles, music and dancing. The reception will be from 5 to 8 p.m. at the opera hall, 250 S. Washington St., Sonora. Tickets cost $35 each and are available at the Arts Alliance office and the downtown Umpqua Bank. For more information, go to or call (209) 532-2787.

• A series of free digital photography workshops for senior citizens will be held through the fall and winter, sponsored by the Mariposa County Arts Council Inc. In the four-week classes students will learn artistic elements of photography. All equipment will be provided. No prior photography experience is required. Call (209) 966-3155 or email for details.
• The Mariposa Master Gardener program is sponsoring a propagation workshop next month. Advance registration is required. Master gardeners Helen Willoughby-Peck and Stephanie Means will conduct two free workshops focused on planting seeds and starting new plants from plant cuttings. All attendees will receive a packet of seeds and a starter pack of six new plants. In Midpines the Oct. 19 workshop will be from 10 a.m. to noon at the community hall, 6364-A Highway 140. The workshop in Don Pedro will be Oct. 26 at the elementary school, 2411 Hidalgo Road, also from 10 a.m. to noon. Register at or call (209)966-2417.

Debbie Croft writes about life in the foothill communities. She can be reached at

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