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Women’s Club brings music to local classrooms

In Lake Wildwood, there is lots of interest in helping the local school children.

The LWW Women’s Club recently purchased complete music appreciation and listening curriculums for three elementary school classrooms. The Women’s Club spent over $1,000 to purchase these five-year programs which includes CDs and teacher’s guides. This was done in memory of the late Kathryn Copeland, an LWW resident who passed away last November after a long life filled with music, acting and a commitment to educating children.

For more information on these programs, contact Kathy Murphy at 432-7547.



The LWW Art Club is also focused on local school children. Over the years, they have supported art programs in the Penn Valley schools. From June 4 to 22, they are holding a silent Mini-Art Auction at the LWW Clubhouse to raise money for local art scholarships and to support art in the schools. With over 80 members in the club, each member is invited to donate an 8″ x 10″ or smaller piece of original “Mini-Art” for the auction. Bidding starts at $25 and will continue through June 22 at noon. Club artists include professional artists as well as “to be discovered” artists.

The art club will also show their original art at the LWW Annual Meeting on July 26 and at their Art in the Garden event in September. Art will be for sale at both events and 15 percent of the proceeds will go back to the club to help school children interested in art.




Lew Carton Istre, a LWW resident for the last seven years and a Nevada County resident for 32 years, is a pianist, artist and writer helping children interested in the arts. In 2001, he created the Joseph and Helen Balistreri Memorial Fund for the Fine Arts as a tribute to his grandparents who supported his own artistic interests throughout his childhood. Through the fund, art is sold and the proceeds are used for scholarships. Lew also uses his talents to mentor children with artistic interests.

Another group committed to our local school children is the Roots and Wings Educational Foundation started in 1989. LWW and Penn Valley volunteers help the foundation raise money for the schools and for teachers to help with programs the state cannot pay for. Their two major events include the Roots and Wings Wine Cruise on Aug. 16 and a golf tournament in the fall. August will be here before you know it and the Wine Cruise is a wonderful event; guests are transported by water taxi to various LWW lakefront homes to enjoy wines and light hors d’oeuvres in a beautiful setting.

On a different subject, mark your calendars for the opening of the growers market this Thursday across from the Penn Valley Post Office in the church parking lot. The market will run every Thursday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. through September. Stop by for fresh, local produce.

Got a tip about someone or something in Lake Wildwood? Contact Shirl Mendonca at shirlmendonca@gv.net.


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