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Fall Festival brings community togetherOn Saturday, Oct. 27 the Tahoe City Parks and Recreation Department held their 4th annual Fall Festival and Pumpkin Patch and a success it was! On behalf of the Recreation Department, we thank all the participating organizations and volunteers from North Tahoe Middle School and Squaw Valley Academy that came out to support this great event. Community organizations that participated included Tahoe Community Nursery School, local Girl Scout and Boy Scout Troops, Tahoe Safe Alliance, Liberty Energy, North Tahoe Leadership Program, North Tahoe Family Resource Center, Twin Ridges Charter School, Creekside Cooperative Charter School, and Lake Tahoe School. Rancho Red Rock made the pony rides in the snow fun for all, the music was provided by DJ Retro, while the Tahoe Mother’s Club put on a great haunted house. The event wouldn’t have been complete without the creativity of Sean the Balloon Guy and stellar face painting by Giggles and Grin Face Paint. Thank you for your continuous support in making this a successful event year after year.Thanks to STEM Career Fair Supporters!On Oct. 25, 2012 more than 200 TTUSD and Incline High School students and their parents attended the first STEM Career Fair at Truckee High School. The goal of the evening program was to excite students to explore careers in science, technology, engineering and math by connecting students with professionals in these fields.More than 25 professionals volunteered to present their careers, give students hands-on opportunities, and answer questions about their education and jobs. The THS gym buzzed as the students held real brains in their hands, piloted their own plane on a flight simulator, and asked questions of the experts.The STEM Career Fair Partners for this event were Excellence in Education, International Soroptimist Club of Truckee-Donner, Norwegian Wood Construction, Rotary Club of Truckee, Sierra Watershed Education Partnerships, Tahoe Forest Hospital and Gene Upshaw Memorial Cancer Center, Tahoe Truckee Unified School District, and Truckee Optimist Club. The following agencies and businesses provided expert presenters, as well as retired professionals:Bender Engineering & Commissioning, Inc, GDG, Google, Learning Bridge of the Sierra, New Leaders, Martis Valley Consulting, MH Structural, MWA Inc, Sierra College, Sierra Nevada Society for Neuroscience, UNR, Sierra Nevada College, Sierra Watershed Educational Partnerships and THS Envirolution Club, retired neurosurgeon, retired systems engineer, retired veterinarian, retired science educator; Tahoe Donner Association, Tahoe Truckee Engineers’ Association, Tahoe Forest Hospital and Gene Upshaw Memorial Cancer Center, Tahoe Forest Hospital – Tahoe Institute for Rural Health Research, Tahoe Forest Physical Therapy, Truckee Meadows Community College, Truckee Tahoe Airport, UC Davis Center for Biophotonic Science and Technology, UC Davis Nutritional Biology Graduate Group, and URS Corporation.As coordinators of the STEM Career Fair, we want to give a huge thank you to the presenters and partners!We look forward to making this an annual event for Truckee and North Tahoe students.Thank you from the STEM Career Fair Coordinating Team,Amye Cole, Rachel Falk, Randy House, Donna Landeros, Larry Larson, and Greg McDougallNTFRC Day of the Dead a successFanning the flames of life, a fabulous crew of dead-faced people enjoyed the festivities on Friday, Nov. 2 at Hacienda del Lago for the North Tahoe Family Resource Center’s inaugural Day of the Dead party. It was a fun-filled night with fabulous music, face painting, sugar skull decorating, wild raffle prizes, and community spirits! We would especially like to thank everyone for making the trek to join us and the following individuals, businesses, and organizations for supporting a new North Shore tradition! Hacienda del Lago, Tahoe Dave’s, Squaw Valley, Hyatt Stillwater Spa, As You Wish, Bertha Tostado, Urban Angels, Patty & Judith, A Day in Your Life Photography, Michelle Castleberry, Alexandra Spounias, Bella Petunia, Gypsy Soul Glass, Zombee T’s, John Bergman – Print Art, Ms. Ann Donnelly’s students at Forest Charter School, Creekside Cooperative Charter School students, DJ N8tron, Dysfunction Junction, Moonshine Ink, Hacienda del Lago, Brockway Caf, Clever Minds, Michael Heltebrake, Lizzy Henesy, Lissa Beyer, Timea Vitus, and Carolyn Pretzer.
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