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Pair of experts talking about plant health during May 2 Ripon Garden Club meeting
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RIPON — Julie Silva and Heidi Clark - the Wednesday, May 2, Ripon Garden Club’s 10 a.m. meeting speakers - have deep roots in knowledge of plants and related subjects. The meeting takes place at the American Legion Hall, 206 Stockton Ave.

Clark has been in the retail garden business since 1992, over twenty years of experience. As a department manager at Hischier’s, she gained expertise in house plants and insect prevention along with an in-depth knowledge of all plant material and products. Since 2005 Clark has been the department manager of Schemper’s Ace Hardware garden department. 

Silva spent time in a retail nursery setting as a department manager at both Hischier’s and Schemper’s then moved to wholesale plant sales. Over 10 years of plant sales gave Silva a wide variety of knowledge and expertise. Currently Silva works for the California Department of Agriculture, Animal Health. CDFA’s mission is to maintain the health and safety of our food supply and animals.

For more information call Anita Floyd at 599-3359 or Michele Bartels at  599-2675.


Senior fellowship potluck on April 23

RIPON — The Ripon Senior Fellowship Potluck will be held on Monday, April 23, at 6 p.m. at the Ripon Senior Center at 433 S. Wilma.

Participants bring their own table service and bring a hot dish, salad or dessert. They  ask that you bring a good size portion so that there will be food for everyone. For those who would like to come and are unable to prepare a dish, you are also welcome to attend.

There will be a container on the front table for donations.

The program will be presented by Ed Hoogeveen, who will be presenting pictures of his travels.

Ripon Soroptimist golf tourney May 7

RIPON — The Soroptimist International of Ripon will have its 14th annual Golf Tournament on May 7 at Spring Creek Golf and Country Club. 

The format will be four-person men, women or co-ed team, Texas scramble.  Registration will begin at 11  a.m. with tee-off at 12:30 p.m. There will be a hole-in-one contest, a putting contest, and a mystery hole, as well as a ball-drop contest with a maximum of 300 tickets sold for $10 each, with a $1,000 cash prize.  Non-golfers are encouraged to purchase tickets also. 

Tournament registration is $130 per golfer.  Registration includes lunch, green fee, cart, ‘tee bag’ gifts, course refreshments, and awards dinner following the golf game. 

Businesses sponsoring a foursome for $520 will receive a professionally printed sign placed on a tee box, or a business may sponsor for $100 and receive a sign on a tee box.  Registration can be made online at, or by contacting Shirley Jorgensen at 254-2204, or Dawn Krebbs at 573-0770.

The golf tournament is an annual fund-raising event with proceeds used toward awards and scholarships, as well as for Color the Skies, Relay for Life, Children’s Hospital Central California, Campaign against domestic violence, and sex trafficking, and the annual Almond Blossom Queen Contest.