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Potluck for Ken Carr; lei making for graduates

Amy Roby

Ranchos resident Ken Carr is known as someone who selflessly gives to others and pours his heart into everything he does. A community potluck dinner will be held next Friday for Carr, who is in need of a heart transplant.

Carr and his wife, Joy, have lived in Gardnerville for nearly 40 years. They raised two daughters, Mica and Miranda, here. His professional life was dedicated to the students of Douglas County; he taught elementary school at Gardnerville and Scarselli, and finished his 32-year career as a middle school math teacher at Pau-Wa-Lu Middle School. In 2002, he was named Douglas County's Teacher of the Year.

For 20 years, Carr announced the Friday night football games at Douglas High. He has been an active volunteer in community theater and is a member of Trinity Lutheran Church.

Fellow Ranchos resident Davelyn Miyashiro organized the potluck to rally support around Carr and his family as they navigate this medical challenge.

"If there is anyone in the world that deserves a helping hand, it is Ken," she said. "Let this be our collective 'Bravo!' to an always-kind and considerate neighbor; one of our own."

The dinner will be held at Pau-Wa-Lu from 5-8 p.m. Friday, May 12. For an even distribution of dishes, Miyashiro asks those with a last name starting with A-J to bring a main dish, last name K-S to bring a side dish, and last name starting with T-Z to bring dessert.

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Monetary donations also are being accepted at http://www.generosity.com under "Ken Carr Heart Transplant," and at any Wells Fargo Bank under the "Ken Carr Medical Fund," routing number 321270742, checking account number 1399782828.

"It is with great humility and honor that Ken accepts any gifts from our close-knit community," said Miyashiro.

Questions about the potluck may be directed to Miyashiro at (775) 450-3873.

Lei making for grads

Miyashiro and her husband Rick invite the community to their home at 6 p.m. June 6 to make leis for graduating seniors from all area schools. Anyone who knows a graduating senior is invited to attend.

Family and friends wear the Hawaiian floral wreaths during the graduation ceremony and present leis to the graduates following commencement.

Hawaiian leis are given as a way to show love, honor, and regard.

"A lei represents a mother embracing her child and the child's arms around her neck," said Davelyn.

The Miyashiros supply all flowers and materials needed to make the leis as a gift and congratulations to all graduating seniors and their families.

RSVP's are requested as soon as possible and no later than May 15, to allow enough time to order the sweetly scented blossoms.

To reserve a spot, call (775) 450-3873 and leave a message with your name and phone number. Your call will be returned with directions and other event details.

Amy Roby can be reached at ranchosroundup@hotmail.com.