Action-packed July in store for Lake Wildwood |

Action-packed July in store for Lake Wildwood

The Union photo/John Hart
John R. Hart | The Union

July is action-packed in Lake Wildwood. The swimming pool complex has been remodeled and expanded and is open for all to enjoy.

In addition, the parks are looking beautiful, so it is a great time to gather with family and friends for a picnic, sand volleyball or a special event under one of the pavilions. And let’s not forget the lake — for swimming, boating, water skiing or fishing, or just take a cooler and have a picnic while watching the sunset.

The really big event is the annual July Fourth celebration. This is a true Norman Rockwell day over at Commodore Park, so plan to come early and stay late. There will be bike and boat parades, a ski show, games for kids, bingo, music and barbeque and other treats for sale. Top off the day with fireworks out over the lake.

Thursday, July 16, is Wildwood’s 24th annual Ice Cream Social and the second year to include an old-fashioned talent show. If you were there last year, you got to see demure Holly Bennett get up in her sexy T-shirt to mime a song … it was hilarious! You won’t want to miss a repeat performance from her. There will be a karaoke machine available, and the stage is open for musicians, singers, comedians, dramatic artists, etc. Call Recreation Committee members Joe Teborek at 530-432-3710 or Victor Simon at 530-205-9752 to sign up for talent auditions … and get ready to “strut your stuff”! Sundaes will be served, and the talent show will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 27, is the LWW annual meeting. Special activities, including a free barbecue lunch and the annual LWW Art Club show, start at 10 a.m. at Commodore Park followed by the formal meeting at 1:30 p.m. Three new board members will be announced from a slate that includes Mark Bailey, Betsy Ballard, Fernando de la Torre, Alice Siudzinski and Paul Towne. Ballots must be returned to the association office by 5 p.m. Friday, July 26, to be counted.

One big highlight of the meeting is the annual Citizen of the Year Award. Based on community nominations, one member of our community will be recognized for going above and beyond the call of duty by generously giving of their time, talents and skills to make our community such a wonderful place to live. Nominations include persons who have worked on a LWW committee or special task force, given exceptional service to the community, and/or persons who have made valuable contributions to Nevada County nonprofits. I hope to see you there.

On a totally different note, I want to give a big shout-out to Bob over at the Penn Valley Pony Express Mailbox store (530-432-2091). Recently, I lost someone very dear to me and, seven days later, lost my beloved pet of 15 years.

Needless to say, I was a mess, but I had a memorial to prepare and photo boards to make. Bob was a big help. He took a combination of very old black-and-white photos, discolored ones and email prints and came up with suggestions and ideas to make my photo boards look great and to make my project easier. Bob is also a notary. He can pack and ship just about anything, can help you transfer old slides, movies or videos to DVD and has a wide selection of office and school supplies. This is definitely a business we want to support and keep in Penn Valley.

Got a tip about someone or something in Lake Wildwood or Penn Valley? Contact Shirl Mendonca at

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