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Women comfort kids through Project Linus

Project Linus has come to Penn Valley. Named after the blanket-toting character in Charles Schultz’s Peanuts comic strip, the main purpose of Project Linus has been to provide comfort through handmade security blankets to seriously ill and traumatized children from infants to young adults. The dynamic duo of Susan Piper and Lori Humphrey, both Lake Wildwood residents, have taken on the role of chapter coordinators for Nevada County.

These are two very active and committed women who are motivated to do something extra to help children. I met both women through an LWW Bunco group and can tell you that there is never a dull moment when either one or both of them are around. In addition to Project Linus, Susan is a driving force behind the Nevada County Food and Toy Run and the LWW Motorcycle Club. In addition, she is a custom cabinet designer and space planner in the Bay Area. Lori is the owner of Confectionately Yours candy store in downtown Grass Valley and takes a very active role in the annual charity auction at Forest Lake Christian School, which her two children attend. A natural springboard to Project Linus, Lori and Susan both find time to share a booth at Cornish Christmas, where Susan sells her hand-knit and crocheted scarves and Lori makes and sells hats and blankets.

On a national level, Project Linus has grown tremendously since its inception in 1995 and has delivered over 1 million blankets to children.



If you want to help and have fun at the same time, there are many opportunities to get involved locally. Call Susan at 432-7758 for more information or if you want to get started as a “blanketeer” or help with distribution or fund-raising plans.

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This Sunday is the Fifth Annual Penn Valley Daffodil Run. About 300 participants will join the 5K or 10K runs starting at 8:45 a.m. As a reminder, one lane of Spenceville Road will be closed off until 10:15 between Penn Valley Drive and Indian Springs Road. If you are a walker, you can register to join lots of other walkers in the 5K run/walk. Or just come out to enjoy the day and watch the 25 children that have already signed up for the 8:30 kids’ run.

There is still time to get involved by calling Joan Bumpus at 432-9102 for an application or more information. Last-minute planners can sign up between 7 and 8:15 on Sunday morning at Gateway Park. The late fee is $25 and includes an event T-shirt.

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Mark your calendars for Friday, April 15, to attend the Friends of Hospice 15th Annual Hearts and Flowers event at Miner’s Foundry. Lake Wildwood resident Saundra Mutascio is this year’s chair for the event, which includes a Wine Gala on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m., as well as a second Wine and Appetizer Party on Saturday from 4 until 7 p.m.

At this point, there are 42 artists whose work will be on display or who will be donating art items to the raffle. Artists from the LWW/Penn Valley area include Carolyn Cappello, Janis Lacy Ellison, Cheryl Gaskell Jenkins, Vera Moore, Floy Preslar, Linda Rainey, Ed Richer, Sondra N. Thompson, Christie Gurley and Marie Millikin.

There are many, many volunteers from throughout the county who are helping to make this event a success. The $3 donation includes a free raffle ticket, top-notch musical entertainment, art, wine, and the opportunity to mingle with friends and support a great cause.

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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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