Union Democrat staff

New owners

Jake and Lulu's Pet Boutique is now under new ownership.

The boutique's new owner is Mary Barrett. She bought the business in May and had a grand reopening on May 28.

She has been in the retail business for 25 years and decided it was time for her own business.

She has lived in Sonora for 17 years. She is active in the Sierra-Tuolumne Kennel Club and dog rescue, is co-leader of the Tuolumne County 4-H Dog Project and raises, trains and competes with purebred dogs.

Visit the boutique at 87 S. Washington St., in downtown Sonora.

For more information about the boutique, call 532-7213.

Added seating

StuFFiT Ravioli & Gnocchi now has an open space for diners to dine-in and enjoy a hot lunch or early dinner. The restaurant is at 74 S. Washington St., Sonora.

The menu board has been moved to the wall, and tables and chairs are now where the counter and register use to be.

Seating capacity is now at eight, but should be at 19 when remodeling is complete. Seating is also available at the granite counter facing South Washington Street that was once used as the rolling station where all the ravioli was made.

The restaurant will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday and closed Monday and Tuesday in June.

For more information contact owner, Diana Moreci at 533-8511 or Diana@stuffitravioli.com.

New website

Sonora Hills has launched a new website to reflect the community's new look and logo.

It is a privately owned and operated community for active adults over the age of 55. It is located within walking distance of local shopping, medical centers, the library and is close to downtown Sonora.

Sonora Hills has a clubhouse, pool, activities and a travel group.

To visit the website or to see a complete list of available homes in the community, go to www.sonorahills.net.

For more information or to schedule a tour of the community, call 532-3600.


The Northeastern California Small Business Development Center will have a workshop on how to start and finance a business from 9 to 11 a.m. June 28 and July 26 at Mother Lode Job Training in San Andreas, 700 Mountain Ranch Road, Suite A.

Topics to be covered include general start-up and legal requirements, sources of finance, preparing a funding request and sources for free assistance with business planning and operation.

All workshop participants will receive a copy of the Calaveras Resource Guide.

The cost to attend the workshop is $20 per person.

For more information or to reserve a space, call Gillian Murphy at 954-5089.

Zucca Wines

Zucca Wines in Murphys is now offering free Wi-Fi.

The tasting room is open from noon to 5 p.m. seven days a week. It is also open from 5 to 8 p.m. throughout the summer for the Zucca After Hours Wine Bar.

The wine bar will feature a menu of wines by the glass or flights of wine with a complimentary small amuse-bouche plate. Live music will be featured on select nights.

For more information, call 684-3278 or go to www.zuccawines.com.

Photographer honored

Sonora photographer and Blue World Photos owner Christine Tuohy will have her photos displayed at the California State Fair, July 14 through 31 at Cal Expo, Sacramento.

Photo judging will take place July 15.

Her photo studio, Blue World Photos, is at 38 S. Stewart St., downtown Sonora. Several of her framed and unframed photos are for sale. Custom framing and photo restoration services are also offered.

For more information, contact Christine Tuohy at 533-3323 or e-mail her at christine@blueworldphotos.com.

Business Alliance

The Business Alliance of Tuolumne County will have three workshops throughout the year.

The first workshop will be a NxLevel Class Series from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday from Aug. 17 to Nov. 16 at the Tuolumne County Chamber of Commerce, 222 S. Shepherd St., Sonora.

The cost is $99 for the entire series.

The next round of workshops are Customer Service I on Aug. 24 and Sept. 14 and Customer Service II on Aug. 31 and Sept. 21.

All workshops will be held from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at the Sonora Fire Department, 201 S. Shepherd St., Sonora.

The cost is $20 per class.

The third workshop wil be a SCORE's Checklist and Planning for Going into Business workshops from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Sept. 8, Oct. 6 and Nov. 3 at the Tuolumne County Chamber of Commerce, 222 S. Shepherd St., Sonora.

Each workshop costs $30.

For more information or to register for any of the workshops, call 532-4212 or go to www.thebusinessalliance.net.

Farm workshops

The University of California Cooperative Extensions in Amador and Calaveras counties continue their small farm workshop series Friday, July 8, with "Maximizing Direct Market Appeal, Post-Harvest Handling for Direct Marketers, Value Added Processing for Small Growers."

The program runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., including lunch, at the Amador County Health and Human Service Building, 10877 Conductor Blvd., Sutter Creek. There is a $15 fee.

The class is for small-scale farmers who are directly marketing their products through farmers' markets or other outlets. It will cover how to improve and maximize direct market appeal, how to handle crops between harvest and sale and processing products to add additional value.

The workshop will be taught by Shermain Hardesty, Ph. D. and Marita Cantwell, Ph. D. Hardesty is the director of the UC Small Farm Program and Cooperative Extension Economist in the Department of Agriculture and Resource Economics at University of California, Davis. Cantwell is a Cooperative Extension Specialist in post-harvest physiology, handling and storage of intact and fresh cut vegetables.

For more information, e-mail skriletich@ucdavis.edu.

Register online by July 6 at http://ucce.ucdavis.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=6828.

Energy efficient lighting

The Mariposa County Fairgrounds, along with the Sierra Business Council, completed the installation of energy efficient lighting in April.

The new lighting is projected to save the facility $28,000 in energy costs over the next year.

Energy efficient lighting was installed in about 10 buildings, including assembly halls, kitchens, animal stalls, fairground areas and administrative offices.

"What the fairgrounds saves in utilities can be put to other costs in the budget to make sure this venue continues to stay open and available to its community," said Emily Williams, Energy Associate with the Sierra Business Council, in a press release.

For more information, call 966-2432.

Sierra Business Council

The Sierra Business Council has recently finished the first phase of the Green Communities program. The program works with community interns to perform greenhouse gas emissions inventories on Local Government Operations throughout the Sierra Nevada.

The program establishes a baseline to measure future progress against and develops an understanding of the emissions produced by various sources within the government.

Local governments can reduce green house gas emissions by increasing energy efficiency in facilities and vehicle fleets, utilizing renewable energy sources, reducing waste and conserving water.

"There are immense potential co-benefits resulting from the implementations of these measures that will lower energy bills, improve air quality, meanwhile demonstrating to state agencies such as the Air Resources Board that the jurisdiction is moving forward on state goals and recommendations," said Christina Prestella, Project Manager, in a press release. "Phase II will enable us to look at community-wide greenhouse gas emissions and take a snapshot of the larger systems view, preparing jurisdictions to set energy and climate planning targets and accurately measure progress."

For more information, call Christina Prestella at 530-582-4800 or go to www.sbcouncil.org/Projects/greencommunities.

New business owner

Sonora Blue Print & Copy Company is once again under the ownership of Paula Johansen.

She sold the business in October 2009 and bought it back in January 2011.

The business specializes in copies of architectural drawings and quality blueprints. It serves customers as far away as Sacramento, Fresno and the Bay Area because it is able to e-mail both large and small formatted plans to meet deadlines.

Other services are also available for local commercial businesses and non-profit organizations.

Johansen also specializes in working with small business owners, entrepreneurs and start-up businesses as well.

"We have a team approach," said Johansen in a press release. "I work with community organizations on their event flyers, banners, newsletters and the initial marketing pieces of a small business like business cards, letterheads and brochures. Kathleen Weston, my shop manager for 12 years, helps with these, but also takes on the large contracts that require more high-tech services."

For more information, call Paula Johansen or Kathleen Weston at 532-5223.

Institute accepting members

The Tuolumne County Business Networking Institute is accepting new members.

The largest networking group in the nation, the institute helps business owners connect and assists them in establishing new contacts and customers. It helps its members build and grow their businesses by word of mouth.

For more information, call Jan Dyer at 988-9075 or Candice Myers at 559-2780.

Free AAA mobile application

The American Automobile Association (AAA) has launched a free mobile application for iPhones and iPads to help drivers through the post-crash process of collecting information, photos and calling a tow truck.

The AAA Insurance app helps a driver gather important information about a crash needed to submit an insurance claim, like taking photos of the crash scene and damage to the vehicles and property, documenting vehicle models and people involved in the crash, documenting the crash location, identifying damage to the vehicles and documenting witness and police report details.

The app helps AAA insurance policy holders call police and emergency services, the AAA Emergency Roadside Assistance for a tow or the AAA Insurance claims department. It also allows users to store their AAA insurance company contact information, policy number, and drivers and vehicles on the policy. This information can be protected with a password. In addition, users can view a summary of the traffic crash details and e-mail a report straight from their iPhone.

You do not need to be a AAA Insurance customer to download or use the app.

To download the free application go to www.itunes.com/appstore/.

For more information about the AAA Insurance application, call 925-279-2400 or go to www.aaa.com/mobile.

Tuolumne County

Recreation Department

The Tuolumne County Recreation Department opened the Sonora and Twain Harte pools June 10.

The Columbia and Tuolumne pools remain closed because of construction.

The Sonora pool, at Sonora High School, is open Sunday through Friday. The Twain Harte Pool, 23075 Fuller Road, is open Monday through Saturday.

Recreational swim will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. at both pools. Lap swim will be held at the Sonora pool from noon to 1 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and aquatic fitness at the Twain Harte pool from 8:15 to 9:15 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The Sonora pool will have its family night from 6 to 9 p.m. Sundays, and the Twain Harte pool Fridays from 7:30 to 10 p.m. and Saturdays from 6 to 9 p.m.

Admission to both pools is $2 for children age three to 13, $2.25 for teens 14 to 17, $2.75 for adults 18 to 54 and $2 for seniors 55 and older. The family rate is $7.25, which includes two adults and five children. Aquatic fitness at the Twain Harte pool is $4.

Ticket books containing 25 admissions are $40 to $55 each and can be purchased at both pools or the Tuolumne County Recreation Department's main office.

For more information, call 533-5663.

Don Pedro pool lessons

The Don Pedro Pool will have swimming lessons Monday through July 1 and July 18 through July 22 Monday through Friday.

The cost is $28.75 per session.

Level I, II and III lessons will be held from 9 to 9:50 a.m. and 10 to 10:50 a.m.

Level IV, V and VI lessons will be held from 10 to 10:50 a.m.

Registration forms can be returned or mailed to the recreation department. Forms can also be turned in on the first day of each session at 8:30 a.m.

For more information, call 533-5663.