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Quite the paw-ty for 5th annual Tahoe Teddy Bear Picnic

Kim Warren Holscher
Special to the Bonanza

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — On Sunday, May 31, many local families and visitors gathered for a "beary" good time at Aspen Grove for Tahoe's Connection for Families' fifth annual Tahoe Teddy Bear Picnic.

Early in the morning, many volunteers gathered to transform Aspen Grove into a kid's dream. Teddy bears sat comfortably on tables and the cool grass, as the picnic tables became stations with awesome, engaging activities.

Children were able to take their bears to a doctor for a check-up, celebrate bear birthdays at a Birthday Paw-ty and decorate cupcakes.

This year a kid construction site and village kept the children hammering and exploring several play houses. Bubbles were blown, Gak was made, wooden bears were painted, and much, much more.

"The picnic is a great way to celebrate what TCF does — bring together our community of young families and promote a healthy development for our children," said Emma Healy, associate director at TCF. "The event wouldn't be possible without the generosity and efforts from our sponsors and team of volunteers, especially Chairperson Maureen Kelly."

The event was a celebration of our children, bears, and our community. Amazing volunteers, dedicated staff, and the collaboration and support of community organizations made the event what it was!

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"It wasn't only adults volunteering at the event; Girl Scout Troup 223 and high school students came to help too." TCF Director Laurean Meyer stated. "It was powerful seeing so many individuals getting involved to make sure it was a great day for everyone. We are grateful!"

Tahoe's Connection for Families is a nonprofit in Incline Village that provides parenting education and early childhood development programs for families with infants and toddlers up to pre-school. For information, call 775-832-8230 or visit tcfkids.org.

Kim Warren Holscher is an Incline Village resident and parent.