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Teens comment on calendar

Proceeds planned for new playground
By: Bridget Jones, Journal Staff Writer
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Auburn youth said Monday a Recreation and Parks District calendar isn’t really for them, but might be attractive to their parents. The Auburn Area Recreation and Parks District is selling its “Full Bounty of Placer County, The Good Guyz of Auburn” 15-month calendar. The calendar features 15 men and one woman who are well known in the Auburn community. Each man is pictured displaying some kind of hobby or interest. The participants include Councilman Mike Holmes, Supervisor Jim Holmes, ARD Director Gordon Ainsleigh, Earle and Linda Eisley, Sheriff Ed Bonner, Councilman Dr. Bill Kirby, Harvey Roper and more. The district printed 1,000 calendars for $5 each and is selling them for $9.99 at various locations in town including Book Haven, Carpe Vino, Roper’s Jewelers, Uptown Signs, the Auburn Police Department, Auburn Chamber of Commerce and more. Proceeds from the calendar are scheduled to go toward a new Americans with Disabilities Act accessible playground at Recreation Park. An arsonist partially damaged the current play equipment in August. ARD funds and a grant are also scheduled to help pay for the playground. Jim Ferris, a director on the recreation district board, said although the calendar was inspired by a mostly-nude calendar, having Auburn men pose nude was never OK’d by the district. “The idea of the calendar was inspired by a calendar that came out of the Midwest where the gentlemen were posed in a way that would imply they were unclothed,” Ferris said. “ARD decided that wasn’t appropriate.” The district has sold a couple hundred calendars so far, but hopes to sell them all by the end of the holidays, Ferris said. “We haven’t sold as many as we certainly hoped to, and as a result of that … we have decided to reduce the price across the board from $14.99 to $9.99,” he said. Placer High sophomore Savannah Bruce, 15, said she thinks the calendar is entertaining, but not something she would buy. “It’s funny because you just look at it, and they are all old, but they are all lively looking,” Savannah said. “I think it’s cool, because they are known around town. A lot of people know them. I think my mom would buy it. I don’t really use calendars that much, but my mom uses calendars. If it was in a teacher’s room I would probably look through it.” Savannah pointed out that Ainsleigh looked very lively on the front cover of the calendar. Ainsleigh is pictured swinging from the side of monkey bars in a playground. “(The calendar) is enticing,” she said. Junior Jordan Roper, 16, said he only knew of three of the men in the calendar, but thought it was a good creation. “I think my parents would definitely buy it, because that’s a good cause to support,” Roper said. Senior Kyler Ransol, 18, said he knows of most of the men in the calendar, but thinks some of the pictures are confusing. “I don’t use a calendar, but my parents would probably buy it,” Ransol said. Sophomore Brittany Bonitata, 15, said she thought the calendar was funny and that a lot of people would buy it if they knew about the cause. Shelle Parsons, owner of the The Book Haven on Lincoln Way said although the calendar is somewhat confusing, she enjoys the photograph of Placer High Football Coach Joey Montoya, because of his interaction with a fiery backdrop. “Mostly (the calendar) is pretty silly, and it’s actually hard to figure out who is who,” Parsons said. “I actually really like the picture of the football coach.” Montoya is the youngest person featured in the calendar. Linda Robinson, president of the Auburn Downtown Business Association, said she liked the calendar. “I thought it was great,” Robinson said. “I thought it was a whole lot different than it was originally announced to be. You can see it’s all done in fun.” Reach Bridget Jones at bridgetj@goldcountrymedia.com