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Mendonca: On the move at Lake Wildwood

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

Lake Wildwood is a very active community thanks to a Recreation Department that makes sure we have lots of indoor and outdoor activities to choose from including hiking and fitness classes.

The mile long LWW Hiking- Nature Trail is a great trail with kids or grandkids on a sunny day (kids might actually prefer rain and lots of puddles). Residents can find a map of the trail and trail parking at .

Monthly 3-6 mile hikes are over until spring so put this on your “to do” list for next year. Sponsored by the Rec Department, these hikes vary throughout the region and are free to participants.

The change in weather is good time to check out the indoor fitness programs at the LWW Community Center. The Rec Department currently has 12 drop-in programs each week, and instructor fees are reasonable; Zumba and Qigong are $4 per session, Yoga and Jazzercise are $8 per session, and Line Dancing is free.

Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays are Zumba, Yoga, and Qigong days. Hour long Zumba classes are held on each of those days starting at 10:30 a.m. A bit easier on the joints, Zumba Gold classes are from 8:30-9:20 a.m. on those same days. In addition, Yoga is offered on Wednesday and Fridays from 9-10:15 a.m., and Qigong is offered on Wednesday from 9:30-10:15 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday classes include Jazzercise on both days from 8:30-9:30 a.m. and Country Line Dancing from 1-2 p.m. Thursdays.

Come rain or shine, the easiest way to stay active in LWW is walking. With an 800-foot elevation change, there is a terrain for every ability level; for safety, LWW Security asks that we walk against traffic and keep dogs on leash at all times. Surrounded by beauty, many of our year-round walkers have the added joy of seeing the mountains, lake, and woods change with the seasons.

If you are not into hiking, fitness classes or walking, there are still lots of golf, tennis, pickle ball, bocce ball and basketball sports to keep you active during Fall and Winter in LWW.

Nevada County Food and Toy Run

The holidays are fast approaching so it is not too soon to talk about volunteering to help with the Nevada County Food and Toy Run coming up on Dec. 13. There is an opportunity to get involved in this great event and really feel the holiday spirit.

Hundreds of motorcycles will make their annual run through the streets of Nevada City and Grass Valley laden with toys on their way to the fairgrounds where needy local children and their families are waiting anxiously to receive toys and food. These children will then enter a large building flanked on each side by long tables covered with gifts. With their families, they are escorted to the age appropriate tables to select their toys before going to a connected building to visit with Santa and pick up their food. Those two buildings are large and need to be decorated with holiday cheer.

LWW residents Bob and Linda Campbell and their dedicated band of elves will be helping with set up on Friday afternoon, Dec. 12. Volunteers will also be needed on Saturday to thank the motorcycle riders as they dismount and drop off their gifts and then to escort families through the gift hall. Thanks to the LWW Social Committee, Santa’s Sleigh will be available for picture taking next to a large Christmas tree. If you are interested in helping with decorating, tree trimming, taking pictures, and/or helping children select toys, contact Linda Campbell at 432-3066 or at .

This is a very memorable day that is sure to get you in the holiday spirit. You can even wear that crazy Christmas hat that you love too much to part with.

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

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