Moms ride free at 8th annual poker run Saturday |
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Moms ride free at 8th annual poker run Saturday

The Gold Country Lions Club of Grass Valley together with Grocery Outlet and its three major sponsors Greenhorn Campground at Rollins Lake, Telestream and The Union newspaper will be hosting its eighth annual "Motorcycle Poker Run" Saturday. It features an 85-mile ride through the foothills of southwestern Nevada County, including Colfax. Approximately 175 riders are expected, and all motorcycles and scooters are welcome.

Registration will occur at the Higgins Diggins Lions Community Center on East Hacienda Drive and Magnolia Road, east of Lake of the Pines. The Higgins Diggins Lions Club will provide a no-host pancakes and eggs breakfast for a charge of $7.50. Riders will register ($25/person or $40/couple) at this location between 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Bring your mom, and she rides for free. Ride pins will be provided for all registrants on the day of the ride. Additional ride pins can be purchased for $5 each. Additional poker hands are available for $15.

Riders will travel on less-traveled, country roads and highways through green fields of wild flowers, ranchlands, vineyards and several small towns of the Gold Rush era. Along the way, expect to see long-horn cattle, llamas and a variety of other livestock. The ride will feature three of its poker hand stops in downtown Colfax, Western Gateway Park (Penn Valley) and the North San Juan Community Center.

The final destination is Greenhorn Campground at Rollins Lake off of Highway 174 at Greenhorn Access Road. Upon arrival, riders will pick their last poker card and will be treated to a tri-tip barbecue, raffle prizes, 50/50 drawing and the two grand prizes for the high and low poker hands. There will also be a silent auction that features, among other items, a two-night stay at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino, a one-night stay at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, a 14K pendant necklace from Utopian Stone, a season pass at Greenhorn campground and many other valuable items. Mad Dash will entertain participants with rock-and-roll oldies at the group picnic area.

The primary recipients of this year's proceeds will be donated to Sierra Services for the Blind and Gold Country Lions Wilderness Camp Ross Relles. Sierra Services for the Blind provides free, comprehensive, health programs consisting of counseling and educational support, social development and other community-based programs to assist blind and visually impaired individuals of all ages. Gold Country Lions Wilderness Camp provides an outdoor experience for deaf, sight-impaired and other special needs children. It is located on North Bloomfield Road next to Malakoff Diggins State Park in Nevada County. Lions Clubs International's primary mission is to support sight and hearing-impaired charities. Additional proceeds will be donated to other local charities.

This year's poker run is sponsored by more than 30 local businesses and many others that have donated raffle prizes ranging in value between $20 and $300. For information, contact Tom Parilo, ride chairman, at 530-265-6393 (day) or email at Ride applications may also be downloaded from