Grand Marshal hopefuls prepare for stretch run

CVD: Contest heads into final days as candidates push for donations.

From staff reports
   As the Conejo Valley Days grand marshal contest moves into its last week, candidates are shifting into high gear to win the title for their organizations.
   The final countdown will begin at 7 p.m. April 21 at the Holiday Inn, 495 N. Ventu Park Road, Newbury Park.
   The Elks Lodge candidate, "Tombstone Tony" Redburn, will continue to benefit from the sale of sandwiches at the Elks barbecue wagon. This Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m., the wagon will be at Pip's Place in the Park Oaks Shopping Center, located at the corner of Janss and Moorpark roads; and at the Sears' parking lot, 145 W. Hillcrest Drive.
   There will also be a wagon stationed at Carlson Building Center, 1432 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday.
   Redburns' big event will be the "Tombstone Tony" golf tournament Monday at Los Robles Golf Course. Registration begins at 8 a.m.
   The $75 fee includes a golf cart, barbecue diner and prizes to be awarded following the tournament. For reservations, call 496-2477.
   Arnie "Root'n Tooth'n" Rudman, the Kiwanis Club candidate, has several events planned, beginning with a wine auction at 7 p.m. tonight at the Plug Nickel restaurant, 717 Lakefield Road, Westlake Village. A $25 donation includes hors d'oeuvres.
   Rudman also has a golf tournament scheduled. His will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Sinaloa Golf Course, 980 Madera Road, in Simi Valley. The $30 donation includes lunch.
   His final event will be a comedy night beginning at 7 p.m. Monday at Los Robles Inn, 299 S. Moorpark Road. A $30 donation includes dinner.
   There will be a no-host bar. For more information, call 371-0126.
  For Westlake Optimist Club candidate "Lassoin' Lance" Winslow, the final week will consist of a nearly 1,000-mile bicycle ride the length of California.
   The candidate will begin his ride at the Oregon border on Sunday. He plans to finish six days later in Tijuana, Mexico.
   He hopes to ride 200 miles a day and earn $10,000 in pledges. So far the club has received $3,000 in pledges.
   One cent per mile amounts to a $9.80 donation for the ride. The club is seeking corporate sponsors to make Blue Star pledges of 10 cents a mile.
   Half of the proceeds from the ride will go to Conejo Valley Days and the Optimist Club. The other half will be used for scholarships for local children, Special Olympics and other youth activities, Winslow said.
  To make a pledge, call 1-800-879-TRUE.

Article reprinted from The Star, April 12, 1995.

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