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Rewards abound in the Truckee Lake Tahoe community

Monica Caldari
Special to the Sun

Family Fun Night

April 24, Sierra Mountain Community Education Center, Truckee

(Old Middle School, behind the fire station, 11603 Donner Pass Road)

5:30 – 6:15 p.m. board games and dinner

6:15 – 7:30 p.m. board games and dodgeball

Last month the Family Resource Center of Truckee (FRCoT) had a special Family Fun Night. It was hosted by a community member Delia Venegas who wanted to give back the way she feels she receives. She prepared enough crab and macaroni salad to feed more than 50 people! In addition, she brought family and friends to partake in and share this communal evening. She and her family have consistently enjoyed and been an integral part of Family Fun Night and other FRCoT activities. They become moments for all to play together, eat together and share with other members of the community in a meaningful and authentic way.

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That same evening Family Fun Night was endowed with the graceful attendance of local massage therapist Saskia. She decided it was an auspicious time to give back to the community by offering free chair massages. At the end of the night she noted the personal gratification gained in giving to those who work so hard yet rarely receive the power of healing touch in their lives.

The month of April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. Thankfully, another important agency of our community has decided to be a part of Family Fun Night. The Child Abuse Prevention Council will sponsor this month’s festivities Friday, April 24, at the Old Middle School in Truckee by providing the food, creating and organizing games (aided by the ever knowledgeable Truckee Parks and Recreation Center) and dispersing valuable information relating to child abuse prevention.

During these times of uncertainty and stress it is vital that we as community members acknowledge those individuals who strive to make the world a more humane and caring place. We must recognize those who find themselves struggling upstream, yet continue to devise a plan for the benefit of many.

With this in mind, I urge you to join your friends and neighbors for community activities such as Family Fun Night and Stone Soup to see what it means to truly play and work together. You might just realize that you gave more than you ever thought you had or you may find yourself on the receiving end of a gentle back and shoulder rub!