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September 12, 2013

Change in weather won’t put damper on Valley, Sierra foothills activities

As temperatures cool down this month there’s still much to do in Central California and the Sierra foothills communities.

As temperatures cool down this month, there’s still much to do in Central California and the Sierra foothills communities.

The Bands for the Band Musicfest will be held at Mariposa County Park on Saturday from noon to 6 p.m.

Moon in Leo, The Jespersons, African Drum Ensemble, Cheyenne Hernandez and others will perform at this Sierra Foothill Charter School fundraiser. Performances by students are also on the program. Food and beverages will be available for purchase, and a silent auction will take place.

Proceeds will benefit the school’s band program. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for kids.

Donations are being accepted of unused band instruments, which will be collected at this event. The Mariposa County High School Grizzly Band Boosters plan to refurbish the instruments and give them to students in need. Call Chivonne at (559) 676-9926 for details.

“Bridges of Yosemite” is the title of this month’s History Talk at the Mariposa Museum and History Center. Join Pam Pederson, local artist and author, for her presentation Sept. 22 at 2p.m.

While painting scenes in the Yosemite region, Pederson felt a growing fondness for the bridges depicted on her canvases. Her book “Old World Bridges” is the result of her research and includes her artwork.

Following the talk, signed copies of the book will be available for purchase. Refreshments will be served.

The museum is at 5119 Jessie St. For more information, call (209) 966-2924.

Coulterville’s annual CoyoteFest will start at 10 a.m. Sept. 28. On Main Street, there will be a parade and car show. Live music will be featured throughout the day at various spots around town. And the Northern Mariposa County History Center will be open for tours.

At the park visitors can expect to see Old West cowboy shootouts re-enacted by the Claim Jumpers. Gold panning, games, booths, a dunk tank and raffles will provide entertainment for young and old.

Of course, the coyote howling contest is the highlight of this event.

Space is still available for individuals and organizations interested in getting involved. Call (209) 878-3015 for details, or visit

Back to School 1861 Night takes place in Columbia’s Historic State Park on Sept. 21 from 5 to 8 p.m. At the town’s schoolhouse a costumed docent will teach a lesson, and tours will be given. Visitors can play old-fashioned games, listen to period music and take turns at the crank to make ice cream.

For the event unlike any other, Columbia’s St. Charles Saloon is sponsoring a Poison Oak Show on September 28. It’s sort of like a flower show, except that all entries must include the noxious plant. Categories are open for not only arrangements, but recipes, photographs and rashes. Call (209)533-4656 for details.

For more information about Columbia’s events see

The Sierra Quilt Guild, Sierra Needle Artists and Mother Lode Weavers and Spinners are hosting the 24th annual Quilts and Threads Show. Nearly 300 quilts will be displayed on the weekend of Sept. 21 and 22 at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Tickets are $6 in advance per day, or $7 at the door. A drawing will be held for the opportunity quilt made by guild members.

To see a listing of all Tuolumne County’s events, including music, art, antiques, the farmers market and Elvis in Groveland, visit

Vista Ranch & Cellars is the location for this year’s gala benefit for Hinds Hospice of Merced on Friday, Sept. 27. The master of ceremonies will be Merced County District Attorney Larry Morse. Merced Mayor Stan Thurston will attend as a special guest.

Guests will be treated to fine dining and classic French varietal wines, while enjoying great entertainment. This event begins at 6 p.m.

Lyat Silveira, community relations coordinator, is excited to have enough volunteers but says seating is limited. For tickets, call Hinds Hospice at (209) 383-3123 or register online at

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

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