Union Democrat staff

Business panel

The Angels Camp Business Association will have a panel on "Tips for Increasing Holiday Retail Sales" on Monday, Nov. 14. Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. with the program at 6 p.m. at Camps Restaurant in Greenhorn Creek. The panel will discuss use of window and in-shop displays, appealing merchandise, customer service, packaging, store layout, knowledge of their customers' wants and needs, curb appeal and continuous change to increase sales and repeat visits.

The panel is Diane Fullaway, co-owner of Calaveras Lumber; Chris Gomez, manager of the Ironstone Winery gift shop and Heritage Museum and Tey Cross, owner of Cooper House and former Gump's San Francisco corporate services manager.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, call 736-1333.

Computer classes

Free computer classes are being offered at Mother Lode Job Training and the Amador Tuolumne Community Action Agency Office in Sonora.

Classes will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. at Mother Lode Job Training, 19890 Cedar Road North, Sonora, and from 2 to 4 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Thursdays, and noon to 2 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m. Saturdays at ATCAA, 427 N. Highway 49, Sonora.

These classes, which are comprised of three two-hour sessions, will teach participants how to use a computer and the Internet. At the end of the classes, participants will be able to use e-mail and explore what the Internet has to offer.

For more information or to sign-up for these classes, call Bob Ingalls at 866-325-3222, ext. 244, Mother Lode Job Connection at 588-1150, or ATCAA at 533-1397.


The third annual American Association of University Women's Speech Trek Contest will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Sonora Hills Club House, Sonora.

Tuolumne County high school students will give five-minute speeches on the topic, "Bullying … So What," competing for cash prizes of up to $150.

A DVD of the first place winner will be sent to the AAUW State Speech Trek Contest Committee for consideration to compete at the state level in April for a chance to win the $1,000 first place prize.

For more information, call Elise Bruno at 533-1345 or go to aauwsonora.org.

Arnold SIRs

The Arnold SIRs will have a lunch meeting at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 15 at the Snow Flake Lodge, 225 Blue Lake Springs Drive, Arnold.

Guest speaker David Baugher Ebbetts Pass Fire District Chief, will talk about cold and snow rescue.

The cost of lunch is $14.50.

For more information, call Norm Friborg at 795-1740.

'Fire and Ice'

"Fire and Ice: A Benefit for Antarctica" is coming to Camp Tuolumne Trails in Groveland on Friday.

The event will raise money for Oceanites, a nonprofit organization that conducts scientific research on the wildlife and environment of Antarctica, as well as Camp Tuolumne Trails, which caters to children with special medical needs.

Guests will enjoy dinner and dessert, live music by Amnesia, and a special fire dance show by Mountain Mischief.

Jamestown resident Mike Morris is raising money for Oceanites for the opportunity to run a marathon on the world's coldest continent next year.

The fundraising benefit will feature a door prize and silent auction as well as a beer and wine bar. Doors open for music and no-host beverages at 5 p.m., with dinner served at 7 p.m.

Tickets, including food and entertainment, are $50 per person, available at Mountain Sage in Groveland, Mountain Bookshop in East Sonora or by calling Morris at 728-7172.

Camp Tuolumne Trails is at 22988 Ferretti Road.

Harley shop donates $3K

Jamestown Harley-Davidson donated $1,000 each to the Jamestown Elementary School Band and the Jamestown Family Resource Center. The motorcycle dealership also donated $500 each to ATCAA Food Bank and the Humane Society of Tuolumne County.

Jamestown Elementary will use the money to purchase new instruments, while the Family Resource Center will help children at risk of abuse, neglect, school failure and substance abuse. The food bank services more than 55,000 households in five foothill counties, and the Humane Society helps find homes for companion animals and works to end animal overpopulation.

Jamestown Harley-Davidson is a factory-authorized dealership and full service department that has been in business for the past 16 years. The company organizes and supports more than a dozen nonprofit events a year.