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Social Scene | Commemorative Torch Relay runs from Sugar Pine Point to Squaw Valley

Vicki Kahn
Special to the Sun
Photo courtesy Marguerite Sprague

The Olympic flame traveled in style last Friday from Sugar Pine Point State Park through Tahoe City to Heritage Plaza, on to the mouth of Alpine Meadows, and ended up at the Village at Squaw Valley. Many turned out to catch a glimpse of the relay runners and the Olympic torch as it made its way to Squaw Valley for the opening of the Olympic Heritage Celebration and fireworks display that evening. Many former Olympians, lots of athletic locals and notables had the privilege of participating in the commemorative relay.

Starting out the relay at Sugar Pine Point was Meeks Bay Fire Chief John Pang. Others carrying the torch included Laura Vaughan, Wendy Ackerman, Garret Driller, Missy Sandeman, Robert Frohlich, Colleen Conners-Pace, Marianne Zerebko, Jeff Murphy, Jackie Clark, Ron Treabess, Floyd Bedbury, Bill Briner, Bill Bowness, Nancy Cushing, Penny Pitou, Beverly Anderson, Melissa Dimino, John Campbell, Dale Kretzer, Glen Jobe, Greg Jones, Bill Hudson, Jeff Hamilton, Tamara McKinney, Starr Walton, Sandra Poulsen, Babette Haueisen and Jonny Moseley.

There is still a variety of Olympic Heritage Celebration events scheduled through Sunday, Jan. 17. After a 3 p.m. skating exhibition of future Olympic skaters Friday, Jan 15, Olympic gold medalist Peggy Fleming will host a 4 p.m. and#8220;skate and tasteand#8221; event and#8212; a tasting of wines from the Fleming Jenkins Winery (her husband Dr. Greg Jenkins is the winemaker) at the Resort at Squaw Creek’s rink, followed by a winemaker’s dinner at the Resort’s Six Peaks Grille. Call 581-6621 for dinner reservations. Also races and additional exhibitions are planned at various locations this weekend. Visit

If you haven’t stopped by the new Community Center in Truckee to check it out, mark your calendar for Saturday, Jan. 30 for the annual Sierra Senior Services Meals Program’s benefit spaghetti feed and bingo night. A delicious Italian feast will be prepared by Moody’s Bistro, The Ritz-Carlton in Northstar and the Cottonwood. Appetizers, dinner, dessert and coffee cost $20. A no host bar opens at 5 p.m. followed by dinner at 6 p.m. Proceeds from the event benefit North Tahoe and Truckee area seniors and home bound and disabled adults who rely on freshly cooked hot meals seven days a week which are provided by the area’s Meals on Wheels volunteers.

After dinner the fun begins with poppin’ bingo balls. Raffle prizes and a silent auction round out the fun-filled event. For tickets and more info call 550-7600.

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