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Last Chance: 2012 Tour of Novato

There's still time to take part in the annual cycling fundraiser for public schools as well as the FunFair.

When one of my sons was about 3 years old, he would repeatedly ask for another piggy-back ride or another go at being swung by his arms around and around or yet another chance at being flung high up in the air (and subsequently caught).

“Again! Again!” he’d scream. “One last time,” we’d say. And then, “This is the very last time.” Followed by, “This is the very, very last time.” Ultimately, we’d end up some time later with “This is the very, very, very last, last time.”

This is the very, very, very last, last time I’ll write about how you’re still able to take part in the Tour of Novato and FunFair on Saturday, May 5. You know what it’s all about: you register to ride or walk, and then you ride or walk. If you’re not much of a cyclist or a pedestrian for that matter, you can hang out at the FunFair carnival on Sherman Avenue in front of City Hall.

A really easy thing to do, right from the comfort of your own laptop or computer, is to sponsor one of the many walkers and riders. Find out more at the Tour’s homepage.

I’ll see you out there. I’ll be one of the crossing guards. Look for me in neon yellow.

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Have you been to yet? Want a great excuse to go? On Monday, May 14, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Chipolte will donate 50 percent of the proceeds from the purchase of every person who brings in one of the fliers I’ve uploaded. One entire half will go to . Now there’s a darn good reason to be one of the many Chipolte customers out there.

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There are loads of other opportunities out there that support the schools, individually and collectively. Looking for a place to give some of your gently used books, DVDs and audiobooks? Many of the schools run used book fairs and accept donations year-round. Burning through a lot of toner and ink at your home business or the office? Many of the schools and School Fuel collect used cartridges and turn them into cash.

If you have information on school fundraisers, send it to me at the Patch, and I’ll do my best to spread the word.

Sue McQuinn May 03, 2012 at 09:04 PM
Every Novato school has a designated goal and is participating in the Tour of Novato. Thank you School Fuel for coordinating this united fundraising effort!
Patty Maher May 03, 2012 at 09:43 PM
This just in from a P.V. "spy": We are having a blast with Tour of Novato at Pleasant Valley -- our principal and office manager are neck and neck and in an all out sprint to beat each other on donations. Lots of fun emails and sponsor comments going around! We are trying to rally and be the first place school (currently #2). We have the most riders (29) and trying to raise $10k.

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