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Marge in charge

Sun City woman chairs Holiday Boutique once again
By: Bob Magnetti, The Press-Tribune
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Chairing a fund-raising event for 10 straight years can get old, but it hasn't dimmed the enthusiasm of Marge LaRoche, who has hand-guided the annual Sun City Roseville annual Holiday Boutique since its inception. The boutique, now in its 10th year, is scheduled Nov. 5 at Sun City's Timber Creek Lodge. It will feature handmade items from 35 Sun City Roseville crafters, along with a bake sale and breakfast and lunch café. Proceeds from the boutique go to Placer Extends a Caring Environment for Families (PEACE), a shelter for women and children, and the Salvation Army.
Where: Timber Creek Lodge,
Sun City Roseville
When: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.,
Saturday, Nov. 5
Admission: Free
LaRoche, one of the initial members of the sponsoring Sun City Roseville Needle Arts Club, organized Holiday Boutique 10 years ago. "Someone mentioned we should have a craft show. I got stuck with the job," she said. "I had put on bridal shows, so it wasn't too hard." And despite the work of putting on the show every year, LaRoche doesn't sound like she's ready to retire just yet. However, this year she is taking it a little easier. "This is the first year of not having a table of my own," LaRoche said. "I was just feeling lazy this year." Among the handmade items will be the Opportunity Quilt, which will be auctioned at 10 p.m. The quilt is the combined product of Kathy Druge, Terry Salentine, Paula Lavin, Gail Harris, Lucy Riley and Jeanne Truax, and is a centerpiece for the show. All proceeds from the auction will be donated by the makers. LaRoche has a lot of help in staging the boutique, principally from Sharon Donaldson, who handles the "computer work" such as press releases and promotional items and Pam Rehm, who runs the café. Volunteers on the day of the event work as cashiers, baggers at the tables and man the bake sale. - Bob Magnetti can be reached at bobm@ goldcountrymedia.com.