Tour de Poway Needs Volunteers

Bikes will hit the streets on Sunday, Sept. 30.

A combined effort of several North County Kiwanis Clubs, this year’s Tour de Poway is set for Sunday, Sept. 30. Five biking courses will range in length from 100 miles to 62, 50, 26 and 18 miles, depending on your degree of endurance. Money raised will benefit the various children’s charities supported by Kiwanis. In addition, all registered riders will be entered in a raffle to win a new iPad.

You can also purchase raffle tickets online with proceeds being donated to the San Diego ALS Association. There will be well-stocked aid stations along the routes as well as ride support, route sheet and free drink coupon. Volunteers are needed to help man the routes. Visit the race’s website for more info and to register.


What started 40 years ago as a small group with a big dream, the Poway Rodeo has become a huge event. The rodeo, with this year’s theme A Brand Above the Rest, is set for Sept. 28 and 29. It takes a lot of help to make it run smoothly. Volunteers are needed both days to direct traffic, assist vendors, provide hospitality, greet guests and coordinate events. Visit the rodeo’s web site to sign up, buy tickets and get all the info.

Benefiting from this year’s Poway Rodeo are the Tough Enough To Wear Pink breast cancer research and awareness program at Palomar Health, Women’s Health Connection and Resource Center, FFA, California High School Rodeo Association and REINS.


A large atta-boy! (and girl) for The Boys and Girls Club of Oceanside, which introduced a new program last February designed by specialists to provide community-based options so adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities can learn and grow. The program is called Real Options for Adults with Disabilities, or R.O.A.D. It provides a wide range of curriculum and activities so these adults can become more independent, active and productive in their community. They can learn to make appropriate lifestyle choices, develop communication, social and vocational skills, and explore life’s challenges with the skills they learn.

The Boys and Girls Club reports great gains have been made since the start of the R.O.A.D program in the personal lives of these disabled adults and in building new friendships. One project has been cleaning up the grounds of the Veterans Association of North County building at Mission Road in Oceanside, and now efforts are under way to raise $1.1 million so the 10,000 square-foot building can provide a daily place for them, many of whom are veterans, to go and socialize.


The non-profit North County Solutions for Change, which has helped families permanently solve homelessness since 1999, is hosting a fundraiser Sept. 22, 6:00 p.m. at La Costa Resort & Spa. Keynote speaker for the event is former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Solutions President and CEO Chris Megison invites everyone to hear one of the landmark leaders of our time while helping to support the cause. During his term in office some 640,000 New Yorkers were moved from welfare to dignity and crime was reduced by 56 percent. The former mayor is also widely acknowledged for his extraordinary leadership during the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Individual tickets for the event are $250 a plate, $2,500 for a table of 10. Table sponsorships are available. For more details phone Solutions for Change at (760) 941-6545, ext. 320.


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