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Ride Napa Valley announces Rock the Ride Napa, an inaugural benefit bike ride and walk for gun violence prevention.

The event, in support of two non-profit organizations: Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense and Giffords, will take place Saturday, June 30, in Yountville starting at the Yountville Community Center, 6516 Washington St., and ending at Yountville Park, 2900 Lincoln Ave.

Participants can choose to walk or ride to show their support. Rep. Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, is planning to ride the 25-mile route.

Thompson, who was named chair of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force in the House of Representatives, is committed to mobilizing communities and demanding action to end gun violence. Other notable special guests include Congressman Dan Kildee, Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, Supervisor Ryan Gregory, and Yountville Mayor John Dunbar.

In addition to the 25-mile ride, Rock the Ride offers a 10-mile ride on the Napa Valley Vine Trail and a 3-mile walk in Yountville.

All events start shortly after 8 a.m.

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“Our goal is to have both cyclists and walkers come out to learn and listen to our local and national leaders, and educate our community on ways to prevent gun violence,” said host and Event Director Rebecca Kotch.

The ride and walk will be followed by burritos and bubbles in the park and a silent auction. Key event partners include Congressman Jared Huffman, State Sen. Bill Dodd, Trinchero Family Estate, Frog’s Leap Winery and Staglin Family Vineyards.

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Kevin has been city editor since September 2010. He joined the Register in 1973 as a reporter. He covered Napa City Hall and assorted other beats over the years. Kevin has been writing his Napa Journal column on Sundays since 1989.