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EDH man to pedal across country

By: Don Chaddock, The Telegraph
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Lee Wiegand hopes to raise awareness of the AIDS epidemic in Africa by using pedal power. Lee plans to ride his bicycle from San Francisco to Annapolis, Maryland over 10 days with 14 other riders. Trailing him will be his team’s support driver (and his wife), Kristen. He plans to start the 3,000-mile journey on June 7 and participate in nightly celebrations and fundraisers for the nonprofit group, Christ’s Hope International. According to Lee, the group mostly assists orphans in South Africa who are suffering from AIDS. The group also promotes “AIDS awareness and supports prevention,” according the group. For more information, visit christhopeusa.org and look up “Ride for Hope.” HEROES IN EDH At 1:30 p.m. today (Wednesday, June 3), there will be an ice cream social at the El Dorado Hills Fire Station 85 at 1050 Wilson Blvd. But, while you’re there for the ice cream, there is also a message — donate your organs. Folsom Fire Chief Dan Haverty, who donated part of his liver to recently retired Bishop William Weigand, will be there along with EDH Battalion Chief Brad Ballenger to tout the state’s organ donation registry at donateLIFEcalifornia.org. Like Folsom’s Fire Department, EDH’s will now sport bumperstickers with a pink dot to remind folks to donate tissue and organs when signing up for or renewing a driver license. Elizabeth and Chris Garcia say they are gratified El Dorado Hills is participating in the bumper sticker program. Heck, Chris is walking around today thanks to an organ donor. “Every time the public sees the pink dot, it’s one more reminder of the opportunity we all have to give life. The fact that my husband, Chris, is alive today is testament to that selfless act of love. It gives us renewed belief in our local government agencies to see the El Dorado Hills Fire Department support this program. (They are) life-savers doing even more to save lives,” Elizabeth said. “It makes us even more proud to be a part of this community.” Haverty said many people die waiting for organ transplants. “More than 100,000 people are on the national waitlist for a life-saving transplant,” he said. “Twenty one thousand of them live in California. One third will die waiting. California is the 40th state in the nation to finally have a registry, which became connected to the DMV for the first time in July 2006, replacing the pink ‘sticky’ dot with a permanent dot on driver licenses.” To learn more, visit donateLIFEcalifornia.org. Volunteers recognized The giant “mega-mixer” held recently at the Food Bank of El Dorado County was a smashing success. The effort was a collaboration with El Dorado County, El Dorado Hills and Shingle Springs/Cameron Park chambers of commerce along with Strauss Food Service. More than 200 attended the soiree, sampling appetizers by Strauss, SaveMart, Raley’s, Sequoia Restaurant, Old Town Grill, Divine Desserts and others. I’m told the band Trainwreck provided live music. Lyle Davis and Art Patterson were recognized as Food Bank Volunteers of the Year for their outstanding contribution to the Food Bank’s efforts. “Lyle and Art do an outstanding job. We are very grateful for their efforts,” said Bob Davis, Food Bank director. “Our hard working volunteers, staff and partners are the backbone of the Food Bank, making sure that food support is provided to those in need,” said Jan Wilcox, vice-chair for the Food Bank. The Partner Charity of the Year award went to House of Prayer Full Gospel Church and Donor of the Year was presented to El Dorado County Association of Realtors. I’m also told that all award winners received special recognition from the State of California through Assemblywoman Alyson Huber’s office. HOLLYWOOD IN FOLSOM In 1977, there was a little movie called “Star Wars” that sparked a major revolution in studio science fiction films, marketing and toy tie-ins. The film franchise also made Modesto-boy George Lucas very rich. Later that same year, the first “reel” spoof of the sci-fi blockbuster hit screens. From 4:30 to 8 p.m. on June 5, director Ernie Fosselius will be at Stage Nine, 705 Sutter Street, to sign copies of the 30th anniversary edition DVD of “Hardware Wars.” The film will be shown the night before at 5:30 and 8 p.m. at the Crest Theatre, 1013 K St. in Sacramento. “On Thursday, they are doing two shows at the Crest Theater and then they’re coming up here to meet, greet and autograph copies of the DVD,” said Mike Jimena, Stage Nine owner. “We’ll have a reception here (at the Folsom store).” For more information, visit afcinema.net. Don Chaddock may be reached at donc@goldcountrymedia.com.