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Get out and about for harvest happenings

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TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. andamp;#8212; Tahoe Donner to celebrate fallPumpkin carving, doggie dip, pony rides, face painting and beer gardenTahoe Donner will host its second annual Fall Festival Saturday, Oct. 8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on at Northwoods Clubhouse.andamp;#8220;The midweek weather in Truckee looks pretty grim, but the forecast for Saturday is for sunshine and comfortable temperatures,andamp;#8221; said Kirt Zimmer, marketing director for Tahoe Donner. andamp;#8220;This is a wonderful event for adults and children alike. My family really enjoyed it last year.andamp;#8221;The day starts off with a Fall Fun Run at 9 a.m. with two courses, a 1-mile loop and a 5 K path, on the driving range across from Trout Creek Recreation Center. The first 100 registrants will receive a T-shirt and goodie bag. Registration is $20 for adults and $15 for children (ages 12 and under) in advance, or $25 for adults and $20 for children the day of the event. Please visit tahoedonner.com to pre-register.The Festival Fun continues at the Northwoods Clubhouse with a variety of activities for kids, adults and even dogs! Kids can explore the maze, carve pumpkins, pop in the bounce house, enjoy face painting, bowling, archery, apple bobbing, pony rides and carnival games. Adults can sample seasonal beverages in the beer and wine garden while listening to live entertainment and perusing food and craft vendors. Bring your dog and enter him or her in the Doggy Dip, where all pups are invited to take the plunge into Northwoods Pool.Admission to the festival is free, but tickets for the rides and some of the activities are $1 each. Wristbands are available for $10 each and include five tickets and unlimited rides throughout the day. Visit tahoedonner.com.Tahoe City’s two-week harvest doins’The Tahoe City Downtown Association (TCDA) presents the 7th annual Tahoe City Harvest Festival, Saturday, Oct. 8, through Saturday, Oct. 22, with fun activities for the whole family.The Harvest Festival is now a two-week-long celebration which includes the Cobblestone Oktoberfest Oct. 8 and the Tahoe City Public Utility District Parks andamp; Recreation Department Pumpkin Patch Carnival Oct. 22 at Rideout Community Center.In addition to the traditional month-long Scarecrows-on-Parade that decorate downtown Tahoe City along North Lake Boulevard, there will be live music and restaurant specials throughout the Harvest Festival.Introducing a new Harvest Festival event this year which will benefit SnowFest! andamp;#8212; the SnowFest! Scarecrow Sprint andamp; Stroll, Oct. 8 beginning at 11 a.m. The fun run starts at River Ranch, at Highway 89 and Alpine Meadows Road, and continues to The Bridgetender, just south of Tahoe City on Highway 89 at Fanny Bridge. Costumes are encouraged.For more info about the SnowFest! Scarecrow Sprint andamp; Stroll and to pre-register for the andamp;#8220;runandamp;#8221; go to http://www.tahoesnowfestival.com.A Costume Contest will follow at the Cobblestone Oktoberfest celebration with activities for the family beginning at 1 p.m. Enjoy a live rock ‘n’ roll dance, a selection of seasonal brews, barbecue sausages and wieners, fresh-made fruit desserts and ice cream, and games and crafts for kids of all ages.To review a complete list of Harvest Festival events visit http://www.VisitTahoeCity.org.Harvest Festival at Resort at Squaw CreekWith autumn on the way, and brilliant fall colors around the corner at Lake Tahoe, Resort at Squaw Creek has announced plans for an October Harvest Festival, Oct. 14-23. Featuring bluegrass music, a grand pumpkin display, hayrides, pumpkin painting, snapping for apples, glow ball golf, autumn-themed spa treatments, harvest brew and bratwurst specials in Sandy’s Pub and winemaker’s dinners in Six Peaks Grille, the festival offers something for the entire family. A discounted andamp;#8220;Harvest Festival Getawayandamp;#8221; lodging rate of $139 per room, per night for a Deluxe Forest View Guestroom is available, subject to availability, Oct. 14-23, 2011. Taxes and resort fee are additional. Taking place Saturday, Oct. 15 in the private dining room in the resort’s signature restaurant, Six Peaks Grille, the winemaker’s dinner with Adobe Road features winemaker Michael Scorsone. The three-course menu, each course paired with a different wine selection, will be comprised of a first course of pan-seared scallops with wild mushroom duxelles, cockle broth and carrot foam. The main course will feature filet mignon with seared foie gras, arugula, potato rosti and huckleberry compote. For dessert, guests will enjoy California cheese, toast point, seasonal fruit and house jam. This exclusive dinner event is offered for $100 per person, plus tax and gratuity. The second winemaker’s dinner taking place during Resort at Squaw Creek’s Harvest Festival features Trey Blankenship with Joseph Phelps Winery on Saturday, Oct. 23. Seating for the winemaker’s dinners is limited. For reservations call 530-581-6615.Visit http://www.visitsquawcreek.com for more information.Truckee Elementary Pumpkin PatchOct. 15, Truckee Elementary, 11911 Donner Pass Road, 10 a.m.-2:30 pm. Free. Pumpkins for sale, a petting zoo, pony rides, haunted house, carnival games, a maze, food, and more. All proceeds go directly back to the classrooms. Call 530-448-6084. Bill Stevenson Fall Image show at Trokay CafeOn Oct. 15, 4-6 p.m., Vista Gallery and Framing will head from Tahoe Vista to Trokay Cafe in Truckee to celebrate fall featuring Truckee photographer Bill Stevenson.andamp;#8220;I’m captivated by the magnificence of the world’s great mountain ranges, deserts, and rivers. I’ve traveled and climbed as much as possible, camera in hand. Along the way I have photographed many great outdoor athletes pursuing their dreams in the mountains. The grand and inspirational, as well as the small and peaceful, are what informs my photography,andamp;#8221; said Stevenson. His images have appeared in National Geographic, Backpacker Magazine, and Outdoor Magazine, and the show will feature Truckee autumn images.The celebration of Truckee wouldn’t be complete without Truckee’s newest eatery, Trokay Cafe. Aptly named with the Paiute word for andamp;#8220;everything is all right,andamp;#8221; owners John and Nyna Weathersonn created an eatery where everything is definitely andamp;#8220;Trokayandamp;#8221; Trokay Cafe is a modern cafe, offering avant-garde cuisine and Northern California’s Blue Bottle coffee.Trokay Cafe will serve hors d’oeuvres and canaps during the event and will also offer a special event menu at 10115 Donner Pass Road, Ste. C, Truckee. Open daily starting at 6 a.m.Harvest Festival andamp; Chamber MixerThe UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center is hosting a Harvest Festival Chamber Mixer at the Historic Fish Hatchery just east of Tahoe City, Oct. 20, 5-7 p.m. This event is open to the public and appropriate for all ages. Enjoy fall-themed appetizers and sip on a cup of warm cider or hot mulled wine while you explore the restored historic building and interactive games in the Eriksson Education Center. Then take a seat for the Masters of the Night Bat Lecture, with Corky Quirk, immediately following the mixer at the Tahoe City Field Station/Historic Fish Hatchery, 2400 Lake Forest, Tahoe City. Quirk is a licensed bat conservationist and rehabilitator will discuss the harmful myths and misunderstandings that surround these animals. Participants learn the importance of bats in our environment and live native California bats will be presented for viewing and discussion. The bat is projected, via movie camera, onto the wall for all to view. Visit http://terc.ucdavis.edu/calendar/ for additional information.Harvest Festival andamp; MixerThe UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center is hosting a Harvest Festival Chamber Mixer at the Historic Fish Hatchery just east of Tahoe City, Oct. 20, 5-7 p.m. This event is open to the public and appropriate for all ages. Enjoy fall-themed appetizers and sip on a cup of warm cider or hot mulled wine while you explore the restored historic building and interactive games in the Eriksson Education Center. Then take a seat for the Masters of the Night Bat Lecture, with Corky Quirk, immediately following the mixer at the Tahoe City Field Station/Historic Fish Hatchery, 2400 Lake Forest, Tahoe City. Quirk is a licensed bat conservationist and rehabilitator will discuss the harmful myths and misunderstandings that surround these animals. Participants learn the importance of bats in our environment and live native California bats will be presented for viewing and discussion. The bat is projected, via movie camera, onto the wall for all to view. Visit http://terc.ucdavis.edu/calendar/ for additional information.