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A Cornucopia of Fall Fundraisers

Bats (of the softball variety) and pumpkins, plus pizza and car washes and dinners honoring veterans are all coming down the pike.

My two youngest kids and I made our way over to Harvest Market on Sunday and each cherry-picked — or should I call it gourd-picked — a prime pumpkin from quite a selection. It’s definitely fall by the calendar’s reckoning, regardless of the summery weather we’re enjoying right now, and that means it’s time to deck out the house to scare the bejesus out of unsuspecting trick-or-treaters in just a couple weeks.

You want to know the best part? The pumpkins cost a less-than-ghoulish sum of $5, and all proceeds go to the schools. Is that not enough to get you there for a pumpkin (or two)? You’ll get $5 off your next shopping trip there. See the flier I’ve uploaded for more details.

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The Olive and San Jose/Novato High teams are going to battle with their bats — the softball kind not the vampire kind — at the School Fuel Women’s Softball Championship Friday, Oct. 17, under the lights at San Marin High School’s Gary Gates Field. The championship game starts at 6:30 p.m. It’s all to raise funds for the school, and to give the women bragging rights for the next year. Come out and enjoy a dog or turkey burger and cheer on a bunch of good sports.

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Sunday, Oct. 21, is the day to get your car washed at Marin Coffee Roasters Co. Come by between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., and Novato High students will wash your car, donating all proceeds to the family of Hailey Ratliff, the Sinaloa seventh grader who died on Sept. 27.

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Looking for something to do after the Novato Swarm and Stampede Cross Country Invitational at COM's Indian Valley Campus on Friday, Oct. 26? Look no further than Red Boy Pizza in Ignacio. Throughout the day, dine in or take out and mention Loma Verde, and a portion of your bill will be donated back to the school. No flier needed.

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The annual Vets and Cadets Dinner, with its dual purpose of honoring local Marin veterans and raising funds to support the JROTC program at Novato High, is Thursday, Nov. 15, at Marin Catholic High School in Kentfield. You can purchase tickets at the Building Better Citizens for America website or by contacting the JROTC at 314-5429. All veterans and active-duty members attend for free. If you have items to donate to the silent auction or if you’d like to donate so a vet can attend, please visit the website or call the folks at JROTC.

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Have a fundraiser you want to promote? Shoot me an email at patty.maher.patch@gmail.com, and I’ll happily include it in my next round-up of fundraisers.

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