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Dig out the bell bottoms and mini-skirts

by Linda Hiller

How often can you wear those old bell bottoms, peace signs and mini-skirts?

OK, bad examples – high schools are full of kids wearing those “new” fashion items.

But how often can you wear the love beads, granny glasses and go-go boots with the bell bottoms, peace sign and mini-skirt and not be immediately identified (due to a wrinkle or gray hair) as an authentic ’60s artifact?

Saturday, the Family Support Council of Douglas County will give you the opportunity to dust off these attic items and strut your glorious liberated self once more – this time for a worthy cause instead of for no good reason.

The dinner and dance fund-raiser, “Celebrating of the Music of the ’60s,” will be held at the Carson Valley Inn starting at 6 p.m and ending at 11 p.m. Rock’n’roll classics including tunes from the ’60s will be played by a Bay Area band, The Ravens.

Dinner will be prepared by Carson Valley Inn chefs and is scheduled to include such “groovy” foods as parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme potatoes, peace chicken and psychedelic pasta salad.

During the day Saturday, KGVM Radio, 99.3 FM, will broadcast 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from the lobby of the Carson Valley Inn in what station owner/manager Lloyd Higuera said is his 13th annual “Radio-thon” for the Family Support Council.

“We’ll be auctioning off a different set of items each hour and taking calls for each item,” Higuera said, explaining that the radio-thon works somewhat like a public television or radio fund-raiser, with different items up for bid each hour.

Auction items for the radio-thon include a wide variety of products and services – dinner at Abuela’s and a show at the Brewery Arts Center, a 12-cup coffee maker, chimney sweep service, carpet cleaning, and many other items and tickets to area shows, dinners and services.

A different honored guest will be on the air each hour of the radio-thon, Higuera said. Scheduled guests include comic Kat Simmons, Douglas County Sheriff Ron Pierini, Douglas County Commission Chairman Jacques Etchegoyhen, marketing consultant Suzy Stockdale and more.

During the radio-thon, bids can be called in to KGVM at 782-0943.

At the dinner dance, celebrants can partake of a raffle, silent auction and live auction emceed by District Court Judge Dave Gamble.

Items available will include a night at Embassy Suites and dinner at Friday’s Station, mountain bikes from Coast to Coast, a connection to the Internet and three months free from Nanosecond, a slot machine, landscaping packages, a wool rug from Winans, tickets to Disneyland, overnight lodging at Sorensen’s, golf packages, seven nights in Maui, a cruise to Ensenada and four tickets to a 49ers game with an overnight. Many more prizes and spectacular items will be up for grabs, according to one of the event’s organizers, Elaine McNeill, who is a board member with Family Support Council.

Raffle tickets will be available at the event and during the radio-thon beforehand.

Colorful baskets with either funky ’60s jewelry or one of 12 pieces of quality jewelry donated by Joyce’s Jewelry will be circulated among the guests, and each participant will draw one item to keep, McNeill said.

The Family Support Council is funded through donations and grants.

The non-profit private organization provides free parenting classes, prenatal classes for teens, a crisis telephone line, domestic violence education and counseling, victim mediation and support for victims of sexual assault.

“The amount of services that Family Support Council provides free to all the residents of Douglas County is staggering,” McNeill said. “The number of clients seen over the years has really grown.”

Higuera said when he first started doing the radio-thon for the group, funding was scarce.

“In the formative years, they were especially short on funds,” he said. “I did my first radio-thon in 1986 when they were the Douglas County Council for the Prevention of Family Abuse. Now, they’ve expanded their basic premise and they still do great work. They’re a great group.”

McNeill said the help from Higuera and KGVM has been steady over the years.

“Lloyd has been a fabulous supporter of Family Support Council and his generosity in doing this – with all the set-up behind the scenes that is required – has just been marvelous,” she said.

Saturday’s event is the biggest fund-raiser of the year. For many years, the council put on a Hearts and Flowers dinner dance each year. Three years ago they decided to switch to a themed dinner dance which could inspire costumes, starting with Mardi Gras the first year, followed by the Roaring ’20s and a Renaissance dance.

“When we came up with the ’60s theme this year, we decided to focus on the music and clothes, the peace and the tolerance of the era, not the negative aspects,” McNeill said. “It’s so fun to dress up and go to these events. There is such high energy – for a few hours you get to be in a different place and a different time. It’s a blast.”

District Court Judge Dave Gamble, known for his quick wit, will be the auctioneer for the evening’s silent auction.

“It seems like I’ve been doing this forever – seems like I was born doing it,” Gamble joked, referring to his return engagement for Family Support Council.

“I don’t know if I’ll dress up, though – I hated the ’60s,” he said. “I was at Stanford and we used to watch the riots. I definitely liked the music, though.”

If, like Gamble, you don’t plan to dress up or your ’60s garb was inadvertently discarded, period costumes are optional, organizers said.

Or, go ask a high school student where they buy their clothes and hit the stores.

Tickets sales have been “brisk,” McNeill said, but are still available at $40 each and can be purchased either through the Family Support Council, 782-8692, at the radio-thon Saturday or at the door at the Carson Valley Inn ballroom Saturday evening.

The Carson Valley Inn is located at 1627 Highway 395 in Minden.

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