Needed: Carnation Donations

In years past, local florists and other donors have contributed the pink carnations that Nor-Cal Think Pink gives out with its Think Pink bags each year to raise awareness of breast cancer prevention.

Not this year. Because of the economy, struggling florists had to bow out. So Nor-Cal Think Pink will need to buy the carnations.

Forty-thousand of them. By Oct. 15, which is when the group marks Breast Cancer Awareness Day and distributes the bags full of information.

This week, Nor-Cal Think Pink put out an emergency call for donations to pay for the flowers. If you’d like to help, send an e-mail to the Carnation Committee chair, Michael Russo, at

  • Hurray for my favorite team, the Pittsburgh Steelers, who managed to pull out a 13-10 overtime win over the Tennessee Titans in the NFL season opener Thursday night. Ben Roethlisberger was magnificent in the two-minute drill, but the Steelers need a running game. Oh, Jerome Bettis, how we miss ye.
  • Shasta Senior Nutrition Programs offers fall classes for senior citizens, starting on Monday. The classes include various computer classes that meet once a week for eight weeks at 100 Mercy Oaks Drive in Redding. Available for the first time is a “family history” class that will help seniors who want to build family trees or record their personal histories. For more info, call 226-3060.
  • Did you see what celebrities Nicole Richie and Joel Madden named their new son? Sparrow James Midnight Madden. I kid you not. Click here.
  • What I’m Listening To: “Electric Dirt” by Levon Helm, a terrific country/rock album that’s surprisingly soulful and bluesy. The song “Growing Trade” should be the anthem for pot farmers everywhere, and I defy you to sit still through “Stuff You Gotta Watch” or “When I Go Away.”

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Steve Brewer

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