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Town Portrait 2000 will celebrate spirit of community

ERIN ROTH, Sierra Sun

Get ready to say “cheese.” Organizers hope as many as 12,000 Truckee residents will smile for the camera at the Truckee Town Portrait 2000 on Sunday, Sept. 17.

The event will take place at noon at the Old Mill site located off of the eastern end of Church Street, and a photographer will stand 80 feet in the air on a ladder supplied by the Truckee Fire District to shoot the photo. Downtown Truckee and Castle Peak will be in the background of the picture.

The Truckee-Donner Historical Society will hold the picture on reserve for anyone who would like to purchase a copy of it.

The event will be much more than a photo shoot, said Mayor Maia Schneider.

There will be booths set up by the local organizations who serve the town of Truckee. Food, entertainment, music, arts and crafts and many activities for children are scheduled, said Schneider.

“This is really a day to celebrate our town spirit,” Schneider said. “We have what a lot of communities don’t – a community. We’re going to celebrate who we are.”

And with the celebration comes much planning and organizing.

Chairpeople have been chosen for a children’s group, a photo team, site preparation, entertainment, advertising and food.

Ruth Hall, of the Sierra Nevada Children’s Center, said that Sierra Nevada Children’s Services, Truckee Family Connection, Sierra Nevada Children’s Museum, Children’s Collaborative of Tahoe-Truckee and Church of the Mountains Preschool will all be helping plan activities and events for children.

So far, Hall said, face painting and a snow cone machine have been planned for the event. The organizations will also provide information on the programs and services that they offer for families. Hall said that there will be information available on KidZone as well. Families can learn about the construction status of the development and find out how they can get involved, Hall said.

“Our goal for the Town Portrait is to make sure all of the children have something to do and have a good time,” Hall said. “We want to create space where small children will be comfortable and have fun, especially when there will be so many people.”

Tom Covey, the Public Works Director, is in charge of preparing the site for the photo shoot.

“The Old Mill site is paved but we have to remove weeds, debris and anything unsafe from the area,” Covey said.

Covey said other planning includes lining the areas in paint or chalk where people will be standing, setting up iron snow-poles to hang banners and mapping out the area for the best places to set up the booths. Covey is also organizing methods of transportation.

“There just isn’t enough space and parking for everyone to drive their own cars to the site,” Covey said. “We will have buses driving down all the main roads and through most of the neighborhoods to pick up people and take them to the site. There will also be parking lots set up so people can park their cars and take public transportation to the site.”

Covey said town buses, trolleys and TTUSD school buses will supply the transportation for Truckee residents.

Pastime Club owner Paul Covarelli is organizing entertainment for the event, and said that the entertainment will consist of local bands and entertainers only.

“We don’t want anyone from out of the area,” Covarelli said. “We only want local performers because this is a community event.”

Covarelli said that two bands have been scheduled to perform so far, and he is still looking for a few more. He said he would also like to plan entertainment between the bands but nothing has been scheduled yet.

Gary Botto of the Truckee Fire Protection District has been contacting local, non-profit organizations and anyone else interested to set up booths for food. He said that he is not yet sure how many food and beverage booths there will be or what will be served but he is in the planning process.

For information on the Truckee Town Portrait 2000, or to offer to help out with the planning or volunteer your time, call Maia Schneider at 587-4982.


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