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Smith: The streak continues for Virginia

Good luck keeping up with 78-year-old Sonoma County native Virginia Smith since a bucket list wish came true two weeks back and she gloved a foul ball at AT&T Park.

The '52 Ursuline High alum flew to NYC to talk about the catch on Bethenny Frankel's talk show. She about burst when Frankel told her she'll travel free to the first game of the 2013 World Series game, wherever it is.

And just before the Giants' Sunday afternoon home game against the Padres, she'll hurl the ceremonial first pitch.

“All nine of my children will be there,” Virginia said.

Now, about her lavish trip to Game 1 of the Series: With the Giants out, she would love to see the A's go as the American League champs.

But if that happens, her all-expenses-paid trip will be to — Oakland!

Virginia has a plan. If the A's make the Series, she'll ask Frankel's people if she can go instead to Game 3 at the home of the National League champion.

SHE HELD 20 BUCKS and a 15-month-old son when the young mother came into The Children's Closet, a consignment shop in Windsor.

She confided to owner Shauna Garcia that she's moved into a small apartment after leaving the shelter that became home when she fled an abusive relationship, and she owns almost nothing. She needed a high chair, but $20 wasn't enough for one.

So she chose a couple of playthings, and Garcia invited her to take them at no charge. The woman insisted on paying.

Garcia was so touched she posted a request on her shop's Facebook page for donations of clothing, furniture, housewares and food for her and her child.

“I'm just in awe of the response,” Garcia said. So far she's taken two pickup loads to the tearful mom, who said it's so hard to accept the help.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE and consequences such as this are on the minds of Sonoma County supervisors.

Madeleine O'Connell of the YWCA urged them to get behind what the Allstate Foundation calls its Purple Purse campaign.

The foundation will grant $10,000 to the local YWCA's quest against domestic violence if enough of us go onto purplepurse.com by Oct. 31 and enter our ZIP Code and the Purse Code, 01031.

SPIN & BLEND: Gracious, there will be so much to see and do — and eat! — at Saturday's noon to 4 p.m. grand-opening bash at the new, Brickway Boulevard home of Redwood Empire Food Bank.

I'm guessing the kids will be keenest for a turn at blending their own icy, fruity, healthy beverage by pedaling the Smoothie Bike. Me first.

Chris Smith is at 521-5211 and chris.smith@pressdemocrat.com.

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