Union Democrat staff

Free workshop

A free workshop on strategies to reduce workers' compensation costs, significant injuries and illnesses will be presented by the University of California, Berkeley, on Sept. 2 in Stockton.

The workshop will introduce small business owners, managers and supervisors to health and safety training resource materials and provide them with strategies for strengthening their health and safety programs.

It is designed for janitorial services, restaurants and other small businesses.

It will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Northeastern California Small Business Development Center of San Joaquin Delta College, 56 S. Lincoln St., Stockton.

Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP at 954-5089.

New business

Blue World Photos and Botanicals has moved. It is now located at 38 S. Stewart St., behind Mountain Laurel Florist in Sonora.

The business, which opened in October 2008, sells photographs and homemade bath products such as the bath cupcakes. Christine Tuohy is the owner.


hotels open

The Fallon and City hotels in Columbia State Historic Park are now open for reservations through the California State Parks ReserveAmerica system, said the park's concessions specialist, Peggy Harwell.

The new concession operator, Briggs Hospitality, offers three cottages for rent, as well, for the first time. They are one, two and three bedroom cottages with old-fashioned themes and full kitchens.

To make reservations, visit www.ReserveAmerica.com or call 800-444-7275. To see photos and accommodations, visit www.CityHotel.com.

Donate supplies

Staples and DoSomething.org are having their Third annual Staples/ DoSomething 101 National School Supplies Drive.

Through Sept. 18. school supplies dropped off at Staples on Sanguinetti Road will be donated to Crayons to Calculators, which provides disadvantaged youths with school supplies.

Staples customers can also donate $1 at the store, with all of the proceeds going to help Sonora students.

New business

The Copper Valley Trail Company opened on July 17 in Copperopolis.

The store serves as a booking and check-in point for guided horseback rides that leave from either Sawmill Lake or the Copper Valley Ranch. Additionally, the store is able to book other treks in conjunction with other pack stations in the area.

Western-themed gifts and souvenirs can be purchased at the Copper Valley Trail Company, along with horse tack. Pony rides for children are also available.

The store is located in the Copperopolis Town Square, at 403 Town Square Road.

For more information, call owner Mike Toberer at 785-9801 or visit www.coppervalleytrail.com.