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Wildflower Walks show early spring beauty

Grab your hiking boots and water bottle and head out to the Buttermilk Bend Trail at Bridgeport this weekend.

Barbara Pixley, coordinator of Wildflower Walks at Bridgeport and a Lake Wildwood resident, called to say that the flowers are early and the area is blanketed with a breathtaking array of poppies, lupine and other native wildflowers. The view from the trail is spectacular, especially when you are 100 feet above the river and looking down at the canyon. For those who have not yet had the pleasure of taking the 2-mile hike, there is a wonderful bench about halfway up that is dedicated to Laura Wilcox. It is a wonderful place to meditate, sit and have lunch, or just enjoy the view.

You can take the trail at your own pace or you can meet at the trailhead by the parking lot and join one of the docent-led walks at 11 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday through Memorial Day. Lake Wildwood residents leading the walks and placing wildflower signs along the trail include Nancy Chittenden, Diane Marten, Daphne Towns and Barbara Pixley.

If you are interested in helping out at Bridgeport, there are lots of ways to get involved. The activities at South Yuba River State Park vary and volunteers are always welcome. A new 8-week training program for docents started on March 5 and there’s still time to join the dozen who have already signed up. Classes are on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The volunteer opportunities include staffing the Visitors Center at Bridgeport or the history stations near the covered bridge and at the 49er crossing, working on the Living History Day or Ghosts of Bridgeport events, helping to maintain the trails, leading wildflower walks, or helping with educational school tours and gold panning demonstrations. Call 432-2546 for more information.

Besides coordinating the wildflower walks, Barbara Pixley is also chair of the History Station, and coordinator of exotic plant removal. Other Lake Wildwood residents who volunteer regularly include John and Ann Carius, Joyce Currie, Barbara Emery, Clint and Lori Gunderson, Pat and Bert Hall, Tom Hall, Tony Kampitch, Kitty Krogh, Carolyn Lashbrook, Dee Leach, Douglas and Laverne Leach, Herb and Mary Lindberg, Betty McCown, Steve Pauly, George and Donna Tilley, Caren Von Hagen and Howard Voshell. Some of these folks were members of the original docent class of 1993.

Do you remember the 2005 Calendar Girls calendar put out by the Lake Wildwood Art Club last October? Proceeds from the calendar help with local school art programs. On Wednesday, I accompanied LWW Art Club members Kathy Diamond and Mary Thielander, who presented the second check for $2,000 to Sharon Griffiths for her art program at Ready Springs School in Penn Valley. According to Sharon, if it weren’t for the art club, there would be no art classes at the lower grade levels. When we visited, there was a Kindergarten/First Grade art class going on and the children were eager to show off their work. The art club wants to continue their support so it will be fun to see what kind of fund-raiser they come up with next.

Mark your Calendar Girl calendars. There are only 5 weeks left to get in shape for the 5th Annual Penn Valley Daffodil Run on Sunday, April 10. Over 300 participants will join the 5K or 10K Runs. Call Joan Bumpus at 432-9102 for more information.


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

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