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Carnival planned to buy computers for Carson Valley care center

by Mellisa Murphy

Carson Valley Residential Care Center is hosting a carnival fund-raiser on Saturday, June 24, to purchase three computers and a printer for residents.

“One 92-year-old resident has been typing letters on a manual typewriter,” said Activity Director Michelle Souza. “But her vision is failing, and she has a hard time reading the small text.”

With increased font sizes available in Microsoft Works programs, and the aid of a monitor, the resident will be able to read her letters more easily, Souza said.

“The hand-eye coordination needed for typing on a computer with a monitor will also be therapeutic for stroke victims who have lost such skills,” she said.

Working in collaboration with Nanosecond, Inc., a local Internet company, which will provide E-mail services, and ComputerCorps, which will be furnishing the hardware, Souza has set an $800 goal for the fund-raiser.

The assisted living facility in the Gardnerville Ranchos currently houses 43 residents, several of whom are interested in using computers.

CVRCC’s decision to provide its residents with computers adds to its existing program of activities and opportunities. The center posts an activities calendar, announcing trips to Lake Tahoe, movies, concerts, exercise classes and swimming, and also gives its residents the ability to contribute to the community.

Residents Gloria Bargas and Liddell Stewart volunteer at the Carson Valley Community Food Closet, and CVRCC provides them with transportation.

“All the people who work here are kind and pleasant, not nasty or uncaring,” said Peggy Pintler, CVRCC’s original resident. “My family lives very close, and they visit me often. I’m lucky to have found such a wonderful place.”

Carson Valley Middle School and WNCC computer tech teacher Jennifer Norman plans to volunteer her services to CVRCC in the form of one-on-one computer aid for the seniors. Norman has worked with a student leadership class at CVRCC over the past year, visiting residents with every other month.

“After watching CNN, and seeing teen-agers doing such destructive, irresponsible things, the seniors at CVRCC needed to know that young people were capable of being thoughtful and constructive,” Norman said.

The “American Country Carnival” at the center will feature 13 games, including ring toss, bingo, baseball throw, horseshoe pitch and face painting. Arts and crafts vendors will also have an opportunity to rent spaces, and birdhouse builder Justin Thran will be selling his work at the event, donating the full proceeds to CVRCC.

Souza encouraged anyone interested in volunteering for the carnival to do so. Facility residents will be working the booths, but will only be available at one to two hour intervals due to health reasons.

The free carnival will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets for the games are 50 cents each at the door or presale at 12 for $5. Food will be sold by Carson Valley Sertoma, with profits donated to the project. Carson Valley Residential Care Center is located at 1189 Kimmerling Road in the Gardnerville Ranchos. For information, call 265-1400.