Igo Rallies For One Of Its Own

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Igo Store owner Tom Schlenker has been at the center of the Igo community for many years. His one-stop shop IS the middle of town, and he personally is right there for every fundraiser and good cause. Now he could use a hand.

Schlenker’s 33-year-old daughter, Krista, has been diagnosed with several forms of cancer. The prognosis is not good. Tom needs to get back and forth from Igo to Krista’s home in Colorado to visit with and help care for his only child. But as anyone who has traveled lately knows, airline tickets cost a bundle these days.

So the community that Tom Schlenker has helped so often in the past is rallying to assist him with travel costs. A group of local residents has scheduled a fundraising spaghetti dinner for this Saturday, March 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Igo Inn.

“He does so much for this community,” said Annette Vowell, a six-year Igo resident who is helping coordinate the event. “He does fundraisers for the school, whatever they need. He helps out with the church. He helps so many people.”

Organizers first considered having the event at the Igo Store. However, if you’ve ever been inside the building store, you know that it’s just a little cramped. Instead, said Vowell, organizers were fortunate enough to have Igo Inn owner Chris Bennor open her refurbished building for the event. (You may remember that Chris’s husband, Rich, died only days before the couple was scheduled to open a restaurant at the Igo Inn last summer.)

Saturday’s event includes a homemade spaghetti dinner, an art auction, a local craft and book sale, and a no-host bar. Proceeds will go into a travel fund for Schlenker. Ticket sales have been a little slow thus far, Vowell said, but organizers are hoping to see at least 100 of their friends on Saturday evening. Tickets will be available at the door, and you may eat at the Inn or take out. For additional information, contact Annette Vowell at 396-2659.

• Are carrots really better than French fries? Find out for yourself at Lean-N-Green Day from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday at Redding City Hall. This is the first of several events sponsored by Shasta Coalition for Activity and Nutrition to mark “National Nutrition Month,” which is intended to help people eat better and become more physically active. Wednesday’s event will include interactive booths and kids activities. For details, call 224-4355 or visit www.healthyshasta.org.

• Usually when you donate blood, you get a cookie or a can of soda pop. But if you donate during Anderson Rotary’s blood drive, you get a plate of meatballs! That’s right, donate a pint of red during the BloodSource blood drive from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the Frontier Senior Center, and you’ll get a coupon good for penne marinara with meatballs from Round Table Pizza. The Senior Center is at 2081 Frontier Trail, in Anderson. To donate, contact Jay Davis at 356-4042.

• Shasta Land Trust’s annual Wildways kickoff party last Saturday sure felt like a big success. (Full disclosure: I played a very minor, worker bee part in the event). The size of the crowd was up this year, the local art auction was loaded with great works that people took home at decent prices, the fiesta decorations were definitely festive, and everyone loved the band, Scott Joss and the Sidemen. If you didn’t get to the kickoff party but would still like to attend one of the Wildways organized hikes or other events, visit the land trust website, www.shastalandtrust.org.

shigley-mugshot Paul Shigley is editor of California Planning & Development Report, a frequent contributor to Planning magazine and co-author of Guide to California Planning, a reference book and college text. He lives in Centerville. Paul Shigley can be reached at pauls.anewscafe@gmail.com.

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has been a professional journalist since 1987. For 12 years, he served as editor or senior editor of California Planning & Development Report, a statewide trade publication for land use planners, real estate development professionals and attorneys. Prior to that, he worked as a reporter or editor at newspapers in Redding, Grass Valley, Napa and Calistoga. Shigley's work also has appeared in the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Planning magazine, Governing magazine, California Law Week, National Speed Sport News and elsewhere. In addition, he is co-author of Guide to California Planning, a college text and reference book, and is currently working on a book for the American Planning Association about the Bay Delta and California water resources. A graduate of California State University, Sacramento, Shigley has contributed to A News Cafe since 2009. He and his wife, Dana, live in western Shasta County.
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4 Responses

  1. Avatar Canda says:

    Good stuff, Paul. Thanks for including the link to healthyshasta. I enjoyed it! My thoughts and prayers are with Krista, Tom, and his family.

  2. Avatar SJ says:

    Thank you, Paul, for letting folks know about the spaghetti dinner in Igo. Tom has given a lot of support to the community. During the 2008 fires, his help to evacuees was immeasurable. Igo is a generous and supportive community, and I'm sure there will be a good turn out at the spaghetti dinner.

  3. Avatar Paul Shigley says:

    Here's an update regarding Wednesday's blood drive: Not only will donors get a Round Table couple, they'll also get a free dinner from the Anderson Rotary. Tacos and a whole smoked pig are on the menu.

    Mmmmmm. I love pork.

  4. Avatar Annette says:

    Paul,

    Thank you for posting our dinner in Igo on Saturday. I have already received calls from people who care and are willing to donate. Your column is most appreciated in not just this but many other articles. Keep up the good work.

    Annette