Community briefs: Truckee Elementary pumpkin patch, Woman of Distinction, Friends for Fro and more |

Community briefs: Truckee Elementary pumpkin patch, Woman of Distinction, Friends for Fro and more

Take your lil’ goblin to the Pumpkin Patch

The annual Pumpkin Patch is coming to Truckee Elementary school on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This fun family event is filled with activities. Carnival games, mini golf, pony rides and more for children of all ages. Tasty treats like cotton candy and a barbecue will fill the tummy. This is a great place to buy your pumpkin, too! Admission is free, but activities cost 50¢ to a few dollars. All proceeds from the Pumpkin Patch go directly to benefit the students at Truckee Elementary School. Costumes are welcome ” ghosts, goblins and witches of all sizes are invited!

Tahoe community hosts In The Mood ~ Friends for Fro benefit

The In The Mood Benefit presented by Friends For Fro will be Sunday, Oct. 19 at the Alpine Meadows Ski Resort base lodge from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. Admission tickets are $60 per person or $100 per couple, and may be purchased at the door or in advance at Tahoe Dave’s Sport Shop (Truckee and Tahoe City locations), Alice’s Market at Squaw Valley, Wild Cherries Coffee Shop in Truckee, and Porter’s Tahoe (Truckee and Tahoe City locations). Dining ends at 7:30 p.m., with a discretionary donation requested.

One hundred percent of the proceeds from will be donated to Robert “Fro” Frohlich to provide financial assistance during his battle against cancer. Through his writing, award-winning author and journalist Robert “Fro” Frohlich has touched countless of people who love the Tahoe and Truckee area and the Sierra Nevada.

“Fro embodies the Tahoe/ski bum/creative personality,” said Squaw Valley Times publisher Bill Jensen. “College educated and creative, he forewent the traditional 9 to 5 career, to write, that’s what he loves to do. In a way, Fro is our own Hunter S. Thompson.”

In return, the local community is reaching out to support him during this great time of need. Dinner by 20 of the lake’s finest restaurants – including Christy Hill, Wolfdale’s, Grahams, Jakes on the Lake, Sunnyside, Moody’s Bistro, Dragonfly and Mamasake Sushi, up to five of the area’s most popular bands and images of outdoor adventure and culture captured by Keoki Flagg, Tom Day and Hank DeVre promise an exceptional evening to toast to Fro’s return to good health.

The Friends For Fro Benefit will host a raffle and silent auction not to be missed. Lift tickets, outdoor gear, season passes, vintage mountain memorabilia and more. Even a California Gold Pass (valid at 29 of California’s ski resorts) and a High Sierra Pass (valid for unrestricted skiing and riding at Mount Rose, Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows, Northstar-at-Tahoe, Heavenly, Sierra-at-Tahoe, and Kirkwood) will be a prize for a very lucky guest.

For more event information, please contact Bill Jensen (581-0181), Keoki Flagg (583-1404), or Rachael Woods (545-3311); or visit

Friday night art jam

Local professional artists from Arts For the Schools, Riverside Studios and the community will come together at KidZone Museum to teach middle school students creative art techniques. All Art Jam events will take place on Friday nights from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Each event will have a different theme and pizza will be provided. Cost is $20 per person, $15 for each additional sibling. Call KidZone for reservations 587-KIDS (5437).

The next few sessions are: Oct. 24, Nov. 2 and Dec. 19, teacher is Aimee Had. Mixed Media ART. Friday Night Art Jam continues throughout the school year.

Skiers needed for adaptive snowsports program

Disabled Sports USA Far West, located at Alpine Meadows Resort, is looking for volunteers to help teach people with disabilities learn how to downhill ski and snowboard. You must be a strong intermediate skier (or above) and have a desire to share the “mountain experience” with our students. Mandatory training is provided. Lift tickets are provided on your volunteer day. Details: Call Vanessa at (530) 581-4161 ext. 203.

Soroptimist to hold award reception

Soroptimist International of Truckee Donner honors a local woman annually who is worthy of special recognition for making outstanding contributions over a period of 10 years, with at least five of those years being directly in our community.

This year, the Woman of Distinction is Sandy Horn, to be honored at the 25th Annual Woman of Distinction Award Reception, Wednesday Oct. 22 at 6:30 p.m. at the Glenshire Clubhouse.

The recipient can either be actively engaged in a career or retired and recognized by her peers as being a woman of exemplary character and integrity. She has demonstrated leadership qualities and is an ideal “role model” for other women.

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Leslie Williams, 888-7780. Soroptimist is an international volunteer service organization for business and professional women who work to improve the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world.

Learn to protect yourself

Did you know every nine seconds in America a woman is physically abused? Did you also know teen dating violence is rapidly on the rise? More than one in four teenage girls in a relationship report enduring repeated verbal abuse and 1 in 5 teens who have been in a serious relationship report being hit, slapped or pushed by a partner.

The Prevention Program of Tahoe Women’s Services (TWS) believes knowledge is power. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). Become empowered and learn how to protect yourself in violent situations.

TWS and the Charles Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy of Truckee/Tahoe have collaborated to provide comprehensive self-defense classes. In a four hour Personal Safety and Empowerment course, learn to read your instincts, use assertive communication, role-play confrontational situations, use body-language and voice to prevent a situation from escalating, protect yourself using physical self-defense techniques and practice full-impact techniques. Statistics suggest that 85 percent of potential attacks can be prevented by an initial assertive response.

Physical self defense is not about fighting, it’s about staying safe and getting away. The next Personal Safety and Empowerment Seminar will be held in Tahoe City on Oct. 18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, please call TWS at 587-2787.

Kahn brothers are slated as guest chefs

Dragonfly restaurant will open its kitchen to guest chefs, Roger and David Kahn on Friday, Oct. 24. Roger Kahn will work the door greeting guests, while David slaves away in the kitchen creating some of his favorite culinary creations.

“Since we sold Porter’s six years ago, we’ve been diligently preparing for this big night at Dragonfly,” said David Kahn.

Combining his eclectic tastes with ingredients and dishes fit for high Sierra society, the Kahn brothers are sure to provide great entertainment for Dragonfly diners. The evening’s special menu includes:

Roger’s Robust Martini which includes a touch of Vicki’s vermouth, a big shot of Kettle One vodka, two cerebral looking olives (or a twist of fate if you prefer), shaken with lots of ice and Chutzpah!!

Salad from the Sea which includes Sea Scallop, Prawn, Ahi Tuna, Albacore, Avocado, Tomato, Basil, Watercress, Menlo Cup and Citrus Nouc Cham Dressing

Grilled Hawaiian Escolar Chive Mash Potatoes, Brocholini, Spicy Onion Rings

Grilled Pineapple, Green Curry Sauce

Fuji Apple Gillette dessert with Vanilla Ice Cream

The three-course meal which includes salad, entree and dessert is priced at $52. Each delectable item will appear on the specials menu and may also be ordered a la carte. Those who select the full guest chef menu will also receive a special treat infused with Kahn humor at the end of the evening. The full Dragonfly menu will be available. Reservations are recommended, as guest chef evenings usually become a fully booked event.

Call Dragonfly at 587-0557 to reserve your table for this special evening.

March against drugs

On Monday, Oct. 20, at 10 a.m., Alder Creek Middle School will be participating in a drug-free march to kick off Red Ribbon week. The march starts at the entrance to the Sierra Mountain Education Center (SMEC) and Sierra High. Please feel free to make a class banner or individual signs promoting a celebration of being drug, alcohol and tobacco free.

Last year was the inaugural Red Ribbon March and it was very successful. It took approximately 15 to 20 minutes to walk. Community members drove by and honked in support of this worthwhile cause.

As part of their Red Ribbon Week activities, Sierra High School students are selling memorial shirts in honor of a 14-year-old peer, Jesse Hernandez, who died from a drug overdose two weeks ago. Many students will be wearing the shirts in the march as well as selling the shirts to help raise funds for the family. For more information and/or to purchase shirts call: 582-2640, 546-7718 or (775) 745-6292.

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