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Tahoe Truckee Harvest Festivals 2011

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Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.comHi Mom, I found one! No, two! Maybe three? The Tahoe City Harvest Festival and Pumpkin Patch will offer a bevy of activities, including, of course, a fine selection of those big orange squash.

Resort at Squaw Creek Harvest FestivalThe Resort at Squaw Creek will hold an October Harvest Festival, Oct. 14-23. Featuring bluegrass music, a grand pumpkin display, hay rides, pumpkin painting, snapping for apples, glow ball golf, autumn-themed spa treatments, harvest brew and bratwurst specials in Sandyandamp;#8217;s Pub and winemakerandamp;#8217;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 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 resortandamp;#8217;s signature restaurant, Six Peaks Grille, the winemakerandamp;#8217;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. Offered for $100 per person, plus tax and gratuity. The second winemakerandamp;#8217;s dinner features Trey Blankenship with Joseph Phelps Winery Saturday, Oct. 23. Blankenship will introduce the wineryandamp;#8217;s 2008 Napa Cabernet. The four-course gourmet dinner, begins with a market beet salad with goat cheese mousse, seasonal citrus, crispy shallot and beet vinaigrette. The winemakerandamp;#8217;s dinner is offered for $120 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Seating for the winemakerandamp;#8217;s dinners is limited. For reservations call 530-581-6615. In addition to the winemaker dinners, a three-course prix fixe dinner with wine will be offered in Six Peaks Grille for $40 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Sandyandamp;#8217;s Pub will offer a beer-braised bratwurst dinner with a pint of Shipyard Pumpkin Ale and crisp sauerkraut throughout the festival. From 5-7 p.m. Oct. 14 and 21, the Slide Mountain Band will entertain guests with bluegrass tunes. For lodging reservations, utilize promo code HARVRSC, and call 800-401-9501, or book online at http://www.visitsquawcreek.com.Truckee Elementaryandamp;#8217;s Pumpkin PatchFall is in the air, which means itandamp;#8217;s time for the annual Pumpkin Patch Festival at Truckee Elementary School. The whole family is invited for a goulish good time Saturday, Oct. 15, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.Admission is free but event activities cost between $1 to $4 apiece. In efforts to keep Truckee green, please take your own goodie bag. The Pumpkin Patch is one of Truckee Elementaryandamp;#8217;s largest fundraisers and every dollar raised directly benefits the classrooms.Event activities will include carnival games, pony rides, haunted house, a life-size maze, mini golf, andamp;#8220;slime the witch,andamp;#8221; Da de los Muertos table, cake walk and more.Pumpkins will be available to purchase, as will food and treats of all kinds.Costumes are encouraged. Please take part in one of Truckeeandamp;#8217;s greatest community events andamp;#8212; rain, snow or shine, the event still goes on but will be held inside if needed. Truckee Elementary is located at 11911 Donner Pass Road, Truckee. For more information e-mail amygleeson72@yahoo.com or visit http://te.ttusd.org.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 the 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.Tahoe City Harvest Festival and Pumpkin PatchThe Tahoe City PUD Parks and Recreation Department will hold its annual Harvest Festival and Pumpkin Patch Saturday, Oct. 22, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. This family event is the wrap up to the Tahoe City Downtown Associationandamp;#8217;s yearly Oktoberfest which is the backbone of the fall celebration in Tahoe City. Although there isnandamp;#8217;t much fall harvesting in the basin besides pine needles and firewood, Tahoe City will participate in a worldwide tradition.Join the Tahoe Mothers Club, Tahoe Community Nursery School, North Tahoe Family Resource Center, Kid Zone, Liberty Energy, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and others in a fun-filled afternoon with something exciting for everyone. The Harvest Festival and Pumpkin Patch is going into its fourth year at Rideout Community Center, 740 Timberland Lane, Tahoe City and The Tahoe City Recreation Department along with hosting associations have planned an event full of games, pony rides, arts and crafts, delicious food and much more. Men Wielding Fire will be have a fabulous barbecue lunch available for purchase. Also, back for the second year, is the very popular andamp;#8220;Pumpkin Seedandamp;#8221; hunt. All inclusive activity bracelets will be sold which will give you a free tour into the Haunted House which is in its inaugural year at the Harvest Festival.For more information on this event please contact Shaun Chilkotowsky, Recreation Coordinator for the TCPUD Recreation Department, at 530-583-3440, ext. 14.