Bears Garden Florist has new owners

Bears Garden Florist in The Junction shopping center has new owners.

Scott and Candy Barry, of Sonora, took over the business on Oct. 1.

The couple has been in business in the Mother Lode since 1988, when they bought the McDonald’s in The Junction, which they owned for 15 years.

The store’s offerings will remain mostly unchanged, but it will offer boutineers and corsages to Summerville High School students for prom, which it was unable to do in past years.

The store is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

For more information, call (209) 588-2727.

Community Awards Gala set Nov. 16

The 96th annual Community Awards Gala will be held Nov. 16 at The Hotel at Black Oak Casino Resort in Tuolumne.

Social hour will begin at 5:30 p.m., and dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m.

Cost to attend is $65 per person or $500 for a table of eight through Friday and $75 per person after.

To RSVP, call (209) 532-4212, email, or go online to

The event is organized by the Tuolumne County Chamber of Commerce.

Town Hall Meetings offer networking opportunities

The Sonora Chamber of Commerce hosts Town Hall Meetings on the fourth Wednesday of each month.

The meetings are hosted by the chamber with cooperation with the City of Sonora and offer networking opportunities for local business people and community organizations, as well as an opportunity to discuss various city issues and activities. Meetings are held from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the Sonora City Council chambers, 94 N. Washington St.

For more information, call Shirley Sarno at (209) 694-4405.

Title Company collecting for fire victims

Placer Title Company, which has offices in Angels Camp and Arnold, will host a supply drive for those displaced by October’s fires in Northern California.

The company will collect donations at its sites in Angels Camp (210 S. Main St.), Arnold (1111 Dunbar Road) and Jackson (11321 Prospect Drive, No. 1).

New, unopened donations will be accepted between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

Items needed include non-perishable, ready to eat foods; baby food and formula; toiletries; toilet paper; undergarments (all ages and sizes); diapers (adult, baby and toddler); wipes; cases of water; air purification masks.

Items needed for animals include bedding, disposable baking pans (for litter), small dishes, sheets to cover cages, cages (all sizes) and pet food.

Placer Title staff will deliver donations to the Yuba-Sutter Fairgrounds Evacuation Center in Yuba City and the Sonoma County Fairgrounds Evacuation Center in Santa Rosa.