Thursday, June 13, 2013

Starlight Spectacular still on

Posted By on Thu, Jun 13, 2013 at 3:20 PM

Trails and Open Space Coalition Executive Director Susan Davies is sitting in an office brimming with her most precious things.

Like thousands of others, she has been pre-evacuated from her home, which is in Woodmoor. If the fire crosses Highway 83, her home could quickly be in the path of the flames. But even if that happens, Davies says, she'll be there for the annual Starlight Spectacular this weekend.

The moonlit bike ride is TOSC's biggest annual fundraiser, with over 1,200 riders already registered. It's a lighthearted cruise where participants often dress up in costume or string their bikes with colorful lights. So far, Davies says it appears the air quality will allow for the ride, and the emergency personnel needed say they will have no problem attending. If that changes, the ride could be cancelled — safety first — but Davies thinks that's unlikely.

“We’re going to do it," she says, "[But] of course like any organization that has something going on this weekend we’re a little on the fence.”

Davies says she decided to try to go forward with Starlight because she feels like taking part in a community-minded event is a lot better than "if we sit home and are sad."

“Talking together, grieving together, bicycling together — that’s a healthy thing to do,” she says.

Riders are encouraged to bring donations for Care and Share Food Bank to the ride.

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