Chinese New Year celebration a success |

Chinese New Year celebration a success

I hope you had a chance to join the wonderful Chinese New Year celebration last Friday night at the Pleasant Valley School Gym.

It was the brainchild of Lulu Rosprim, a native of mainland China who moved to the United States from Shanghai 10 years ago. Lulu has lived in LWW for eight years and wanted to give the children of Pleasant Valley School a closer look at Asian culture. With the help of Shari Antonucci, Gina Flores and parent volunteers, they helped the students put on an authentic Chinese dinner complete with an arched Chinese entry, Chinese and Japanese lanterns, Chinese costumes for the student servers and taiko drumming.

It looked like a sell-out and all proceeds went to help the Arts Enrichment and Track and Field programs at the school. Watch for this event next year.

If all that snow last week makes you want to sit by a warm fire and pull out your sewing basket, consider joining the LWW Quilting Club on the forth Monday of every month when they work on a special quilt for Project Linus. The nonprofit group wants to provide a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized or otherwise in need through gifts of new, handmade blankets lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers.”

This group meets at 1 p.m. at the Marina Recreation Center under the guidance of Ginny Cope. You do not have to be a member of the Quilting Club to join them, and they would love to have your participation on this very special project.

Speaking of the beautiful snowfall, it seems a little odd to be writing about wildflower walks. My friend, Barbara Pixley, called to say the spring flowers are almost ready to burst open at Bridgeport. With the crazy weather, it is hard to say just how long the color will last. A true gift from nature, you won’t want to miss this breathtaking array of golden poppies, blue lupine and redbud dancing with other native wildflowers alongside the rush of the Yuba River.

Barbara, a Lake Wildwood resident and coordinator of the wildflower walks at Bridgeport, has been leading spring walks along the river for 14 years. Other LWW residents involved in this program include Nancy Chittenden, Pat Hall, Toni Halloran, Laverne Leach, Diane Marten, Judy McAuliffe, Betty McCown and Daphne Towns.

Explore the area on your own or learn all about the native flowers and trees by joining one of these dedicated volunteers on a docent-led walk on the Buttermilk Bend Trail. Starting March 17, these walks will be held every Saturday and Sunday through May. Meet at 11 a.m. at the north parking lot just beyond the covered bridge.

While you are there, be sure to visit the historic interpretive center that is evolving inside the old barn near the historic bridge.

Private group walks are available during the week and can be arranged by calling Barbara at 432-9350.

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