Lake Wildwood – Save money and lend help |

Lake Wildwood – Save money and lend help

Participating Curves fitness centers collected over 4,000 tons of food in the sixth Annual Nationwide Food Drive last year.

This year, the Penn Valley Curves, a 30-Minute fitness and weight loss center in the shopping center across from Lake Wildwood, will participate for the second year. Local resident and owner Nancy Sanders says that this is a good way to help our local Interfaith Food Bank and to encourage women to start a regular exercise program close to home.

With a health care background, Nancy opened Penn Valley Curves almost two years ago. According to Nancy, more than 500 of her members live in LWW including the manager, Patti Shaw, and employees Shari Antonucci and Sherry Leasure. All four ladies are excited about the “food raiser” and encourage anyone interested to bring in a bag of groceries the week of March 7 and their new member service fee will be waived.

Members of the fitness center range in age from 12 to 90 and seem to have a great time while getting in shape. LWW resident Betsy Hatten says that, “Since working out at the Penn Valley Curves, I have lowered by blood pressure and noticed my buttons don’t pop off my clothing!” Jean Winn shares that “After exercising at Curves, I felt stronger and more energetic. I took one month off over the holidays and I experienced a dramatic decrease in strength and energy.” Suzi Wallace likes that, “I can work out at any Curves, anywhere. It fits perfectly into my lifestyle!” So, ladies, what are you waiting for? This seems like a great way to help a good cause and to get in shape while saving a few dollars on the new member fee.

Speaking of exercise, it is time to gear up for the fifth annual Penn Valley Daffodil Run on Sunday, April 10. This event is co-sponsored by the Penn Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary Club of Penn Valley and the Penn Valley Lions Club. Race Director and LWW resident Joan Bumpus is the nonstop energy behind this event and is quick to point out that there will be T-shirts, trophies, lots of refreshments, and a great time. There will be a free one-mile run for kids at 8:30 a.m. The 5K Run/Walk and the 10k Run will start at 8:45. To participate, call Joan at 432-9102.

Last year’s race had more than 300 entries, including 70 participants from the Penn Valley area. The winners of the 5K run were Gretchen Horstman from Nevada City and Kurt Lua from Loomis. 10K winners were Kim Enos from Roseville and Kurt Grahl from Lincoln. While this is a Northern California event, it would be nice to see a local runner receive a trophy.

To help the local schools, sign up in support of either Ready Springs or Pleasant Valley School. One of the two schools can win the new $500 prize for the most “school” participants in the 5K/10K races. Walkers are encouraged to join and you can still help one of the schools by entering the 5K Run/Walk.

If the weather cooperates, it will be a beautiful day for runners and spectators with daffodils lining both sides of Penn Valley Drive. Besides trophies and a prize for the school with the most participants, $600 will be given to the Penn Valley Daffodil Planting Program for even more daffodils next year. The three program sponsors will share the remaining proceeds to be used for their individual community projects.


Got a tip about someone or something in Lake Wildwood? Contact Shirl Mendonca at 432-3787 or via e-mail.

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