Shirl Mendonca: Lake Wildwood seeks help keeping an eye on the neighborhood |

Shirl Mendonca: Lake Wildwood seeks help keeping an eye on the neighborhood

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John R. Hart | The Union

Don’t you just love reading the police blotter in The Union every morning? Lake Wildwood doesn’t appear in there too often but it looks like our LWW security wants to be extra vigilant and has started a Neighborhood Watch Program. Quite a few residents are already on board but there is still time to get involved. Just drop your name, address, phone number and email at the security gate.

If you can’t commit, but just want a general update, feel free to attend the LWW security meetings held on the second Thursday of each month at 3 p.m. in the Dogwood Room; all members are invited to attend.

LWW Dog Club: This new club is off to a great start and meets on the third Wednesday at 4 p.m. in the Manzanita Room. Come a bit early and enjoy refreshments and get to know the other members. Even though we have CC&R guidelines requiring dogs be on leash at all times — even in your own yard unless they are in a dog run, and to pick up after your pets — we still have folks who think these rules don’t apply to them. The new dog club is focusing on more cooperation in these areas.

Volunteer: California Care Force could use your help. LWW could probably be considered the volunteer capital of the state … it seems that everyone in here is actively volunteering many hours a week on an internal committee, at the schools, and/or with a county non-profit. When someone sees a need, they find a way to help.

So I was not surprised to learn that Janet Reynolds and Kent Clark, both Lake Wildwood residents, are actively involved in the free medical, dental, and vision clinic being offered to county residents on Nov. 14-15. Janet and Kent are part of the local host group of concerned Nevada County citizens who contacted California Care Force (CCF), a 501(c) 3 organization that provides everything needed including vision exam equipment, dental equipment, tools, medicines, exam tables, and dental chairs, to determine feasibility of having a clinic here in the county. The executive director of CCF visited the county last fall to review venues and signed a contract to hold the clinic at the Grass Valley Vets Hall to serve upwards of 500 people each day.

It may seem early but this is a big undertaking and will require at least 250 volunteers on each of the two clinic days and another 50 volunteers on each of the two days needed for set up and one day needed for take down. Volunteers are needed for patient registration, volunteer registration, line control, runners, food service (including breakfast and lunch for over 300 volunteers), patient escorts, vision assistants, dental assistants, and primarily Spanish speaking interpreters. Volunteers will also be needed to assist the Grass Valley Police Department with parking needs and traffic.

If you can spare a few or many hours on either day of the clinic, you can easily register now at Your registration will be held until sometime this summer, when you will receive an email asking you to specifically sign up for the Grass Valley clinic. At that time, you can state your preference of day and times to work. To date, volunteers have provided over $6.8 million in free medical, dental and vision care at these clinics to date … it can’t be done without your help.

Any LWW clubs wanting to help can contact Janet by cell at 530-210-4476 or by email at The local group is also working to raise money to assist CCF with the $100,000 it will cost to run this clinic. Event donations to CCF are tax deductible.

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

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