Plans are already in place for activities and special events in the foothills next month.
A free workshop by the Mariposa Master Gardeners will be held in Greeley Hill from 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 11. Master gardener Betty Massey will present “Nurturing the Soil” at the Senior Center Annex, 10340 Fiske Road. Register by email at email@example.com or by calling (209) 966-2417.
Maxwell Norton, farm adviser, will demonstrate how to correctly prune fruit trees to maintain structural soundness and to encourage growth of quality fruit.
The workshop will be held at 3185 River Haven Drive in Mariposa County. Preregistration is advised. Go to cemariposa.ucanr.edu for more information about the workshops and for directions.
Training includes park etiquette and rules, history lectures and costuming guidelines. Costumed interpreters are needed at Columbia to educate visitors through exhibits, re-enactments and special events.
Fully trained docents are required to give eight hours a month. Shifts vary depending on positions and seasons.
The park will hold five training sessions beginning the last weekend of January. The application deadline is Jan. 15, 2014. For an application, call (209) 588-9128 or visit the museum. See www.visitcolumbiacalifornia.com for details.
The screening will take place at 5, 6 and 7 p.m. at the YExplore/Cole Video Gallery at 1 E. Linoberg St. in Sonora. For details, call (209) 532-2787.
This event is on the calendar as part of the Yosemite Anniversary celebration. It is being promoted by the National Park Service and Yosemite Conservancy.
Alonzo Fields served as the White House chief butler for 21 years, from the presidencies of Hoover to Eisenhower. He was the first black American to hold the position. The performance embodies the thoughts and feelings of the distinguished staff member during the Depression and World War II.
The play will be performed Jan. 9-26. Stage 3 is at 208 S. Green St. in downtown Sonora. Go to www.stage3.org or call (209) 536-1778 for information about the performance schedule and ticket reservations.www.mercedcommunityservices.com