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Motorcycle Food & Toy Run revs up for 21st year in Nevada County

Mark your calendars to watch the 21st annual Nevada County Food & Toy Run Saturday when hundreds of motorcyclists from throughout Northern California make their way from the Rood Center through Nevada City and Grass Valley and to the fairgrounds.

It is exhilarating to watch more than 1,000 biker “elves” decked out in holiday attire and laden with gifts for local children as they wind their way through our streets.

The Nevada County Toy Run is a nonprofit, charitable organization directly benefiting needy families right here in Nevada County. You can be part of the excitement by just attending the parade and cheering them on and/or by making your own donation.

For the 11th consecutive year, Lake Wildwood motorcycle enthusiasts will be collecting toys and donations in Penn Valley and participating in the ride. LWW residents can drop off new, unwrapped toys and non-perishable/canned food either at the Administration Office or at the North Gate through Friday. For other Penn Valley residents, the drop-off donation box is right outside the North Gate office. For additional information, please call Paul or Susan Piper (432-7758) or go to the Toy Run website at

Volunteers Bob and Linda Campbell have organized about 30 LWW folks to help Toy Run organizers with setup and decorations Friday evening prior to the event. On Saturday, they will be back to help greet the motorcycle riders at the fairgrounds and to help an estimated 300 needy families select toys and receive food. In the meantime, they are also busy helping the motorcycle group collect donations within LWW.

Are you ready for some holiday cheer? Thanks to Mo Baker and her team of elves from the LWW Social Committee, clubhouse decorations alone are enough to take your breath away and put you in the holiday spirit. Add a special Christmas music program and you have the makings of a magical evening.

On Dec. 13, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., there will be a special Christmas program in the clubhouse Cedar Room that is sure to delight all ages.

Joe Hammel, piano stylist, composer and educator and best known as “The Keeper of The Great American Songbook,” will be on hand for a sing-along and to tell the stories behind the writing of our favorite winter and holiday songs, including “Rudolf,” “Frosty,” “Jingle Bells” and “Silver Bells.” He will also be introducing his newest composition, “My Christmas Wish.” The Christmas program is a free community event sponsored by the Community Relations Committee. Doors open at 6 p.m.

To make a magical evening even more memorable, The Pine Room Restaurant, dressed up in its Christmas finery, will be preparing a special menu for children on this evening along with many of your favorite dishes. Reservations are suggested.

I feel so blessed to live in such a giving and creative community.

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