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WINDSOR, CA. ~ The 2013 Walk Now for Autism Speaks will take place at Windsor Town Green in Windsor, CA on April 13th. Registration starts at 9 am and the less then one-mile walk begins at 10:30 am. This free event includes activities for kids and a family resource fair. Walk Now for Autism Speaks is a fun-filled, family friendly event and is our single most powerful force to fund vital research that will lead us to the answers we need. Experience the power of thousands united by a single cause by joining Walk Now for Autism Speaks. Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disorder in the U.S. – we need more volunteers to join our fight. Whether this is your first walk or your 10th, take the first step and register today. You will not only raise funds, but you will become a part of a fun and sup- portive family-focused commu- nity.

Powered by volunteers and families with loved ones on

the autism spectrum, this suc- cessful grass roots fund raising effort not only generates vital funds for autism research but also raises awareness about the increasing prevalence of autism and the need for increased research funding to combat this complex disorder.

Autism Speaks is dedicated to increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders, to funding research into the causes, preven- tion and treatments for autism, and to advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Bob Wright is Senior Advisor at Lee Equity Partners and served as vice chairman, General Electric,

and chief

executive officer of NBC for more than twenty years.

To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit

Rosa Plain, and its oak wood- lands, meadows, wetlands and springs are habitat for a variety of wildlife. "Taylor Mountain is another incredible addi- tion to the permanently pre- served natural resources of Sonoma County," said Board of Supervisors and Open District Space District Chair David Rabbitt. "This acquisi- tion demonstrates our coun- ty's commitment to ensuring future generations can enjoy Sonoma County in the way previous generations have and that we are being responsible stewards of the land. The fore- sight of the voters to invest in the District is seen today as Taylor Mountain is protected for all time."

Since 2010, the public has had limited use of Taylor Mountain through an interim- access program provided by the District and coordinated by the nonprofit


tion group LandPaths. Those who attended a free orienta- tion received a permit to use the property for hiking, biking

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and horseback riding. The site now has 4 miles of dirt trails along two routes, one of which leads up the moun- tain.

A recently completed master plan for the property suggests the eventual develop- ment of 17 miles of primar- ily multi-use trails along with low-impact campsites, picnic sites, a visitor center and other recreation amenities closer to its urban boundaries. Regional Parks soon will

begin construction of the park’s

first phase along

Petaluma Hill Road. Work will include trails, a natural play course, picnic areas, rest- rooms and equestrian facili- ties, which will be accessed from a parking lot to be con- structed south of Yolanda Avenue. The work is funded by a $750,000 state grant and completion is expected by summer of 2014. Additional trails and features will be added to the park as funding becomes available. Parking is free for Regional

Park members and $7 for non- members. Visitors should note that existing trails are limited to pedestrians only during the winter, and one or both routes may be temporarily closed because of wet conditions. In keeping with the site’s agri- cultural history and resource management goals, cattle grazing will continue on the property after the park opens.

For more information, contact Regional Parks at 707-565-2041.

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ister, visit www.redwoodcu. org/academy or call RCU at (707) 576-5259 to reserve your seat. Space is limited, so students are encouraged to register early.


Credit Union is committed to financial education for our Members and communities, and we strongly believe that money management skills learned at a young age are beneficial for a lifetime,” said Brett Martinez, President & CEO of RCU. Martinez is a strong supporter of financial literacy, and maintains that money management is an essential life skill that should be required in public school coursework. “Ultimately, we hope to see financial manage- ment skills made a manda- tory part of the state’s high school economics curriculum, and we are pleased to see that some schools are already looking at ways to incorporate financial literacy as a gradu- ation requirement,” Martinez added.

So far, nearly 300 stu-

dents have graduated from RCU’s Financial Academies since they were introduced in 2009, and the program has received positive response from students, parents, educa- tors and legislators. RCU also offers adult financial literacy and outreach programs, and hosts a variety of free educa- tional seminars and events for Members and the community throughout the year.

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