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Mark your calendars (or speak into your Google Assistant on your phone): The 10th annual Warford Walk for Wellness is set for Saturday, May 18, in Lancaster.

While the event bears my name and I lead the five-kilometer (3.1-mile) walk, the good folks over Antelope Valley Partners for Health do all the work.

The goal is simply to promote fitness — no race, no fundraising, no entry fee.

A nonprofit organization, the group’s mission is to “educate, strengthen and advocate for the community through services and partnerships, achieving optimal health and quality of life for all people living in the Antelope Valley.”

If you are free, we would love to see you on May 18, at Partners for Health headquarters, 44226 10th St. West in Lancaster (in the center where the Whole Wheatery is).

Registration starts at 8 a.m., with pre-walk stretching at 8:45, the walk at 9, and Zumba after the walk for those who wish to wind down with that popular exercise.

We do three laps of about one mile, so if anyone who isn’t up for the full 5K can do a shorter course.

Since I started teaching seven years ago, I don’t get out nearly as much as I used to, and the Warford Walk allows me to see many old friends and meet faithful readers.

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All the coverage of the death and memorial service for rapper Nipsey Hussle made those of us of a certain age think of the great Nipsey Russell.

Growing up in the 1960s, we spent a lot of time with comedian Julius “Nipsey” Russell — on our television screens. I loved the quiz shows, and Nipsey did many of the best ones: “To Tell the Truth,” “Match Game,” “Hollywood Squares.”

He was the first African-American regularly featured on quiz shows, and he always came across as immensely likeable.

He possessed a quick wit and a knack for creating clever, sometimes a tad risqué, poems.

Nipsey died in 2005 at age 87, or possibly age 82, as there was some controversy over the exact year of his birth in Georgia.

In any event, he must have inspired the late rapper as well, as he adopted the stage name Nipsey Hussle.

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Kudos to Fifth District Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger’s office for quick work in getting Little League snack bars reopened.

As reported by Valley Press columnist Brian Golden on Friday, an overzealous county health inspector had shut down all snack bars at all Little League fields in the entire county, essentially demanding they adopt the same standards as full-scale restaurants.

Of course, the leagues rely on snack bar revenue as a major portion of their fundraising, and most would be unable to survive without being able to sell hot dogs and pepper bellies and the like.

They were back in operation by Friday afternoon.

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The news last week that Democrats in Sacramento want to pass new taxes on soda, water, car batteries and myriad other items brought to mind Ronald Reagan’s famous quote:

“Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.”

William P. Warford’s column appears every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday.

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