SaveFarmland organizers said author Mark Arax will be the featured speaker at a fundraising dinner for Measure C, the Save Farmland Initiative, Thursday, Sept. 30, at 6 p.m.
They also said that “musical stylings” by singer-songwriter Nancy Cassidy will form the backdrop in east Merced County.
The two were both raised in the Valley, according to a news release, and support Measure C because “they both have a deep love of their native land.” The event includes dinner with the $20 minimum requested donation to the campaign.
Arax is co-author of the best-selling “The King of California” and the author of “In My Father’s Name” as well as the award-winning “West of the West: Dreamers, Builders and Killers in the Golden State.” He is a former writer for the Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Times Magazine and Boston Globe.
Cassidy is a singer/songwriter whose career includes a song beamed up to astronauts during a shuttle flight and a song covered by Bruce Springsteen on a benefit tape for the Pediatric Aids Foundation.
The Save Farmland Initiative is Measure C on the Nov. 2 ballot in Merced County. If approved by a majority of voters, citizens will gain final say any time agricultural land outside city limits is rezoned for residential use, the news release said.
For more information about attending the Sept. 30 event, call (209) 722-0912 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.