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Sunshine letters | Kudos to the community

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North Tahoe School seventh-grade tea dance

Every year North Tahoe Middle School puts on the seventh-grade and#8220;Tea Dance,and#8221; which is taught in our physical education class. The students learn the salsa, merengue, waltz and swing. The event involves the students dressing in semi-formal attire, dancing with various partners, and sitting down to a nice meal, which involves table etiquette. The culmination of the event is a swing dance competition. This yearand#8217;s dance would not have been a success had it not been for GarWoods Restaurant. GarWoods sponsored the food and offered a memorable experience to our students. Thank you to the following people for making this year a success: Tom and Maurine Turner, Amy Grigsby, LLana Mador and Chef Beau Lindborg of GarWoods and the GarWoods staff, Janine Gallant, Anne Goldstone, Lenay LaFerriere, Camille Taylor, Dawn Baehr, Katie Joubert, Ingrid Bourke, Ulli White, Joe Perilli, Russ Hoffman and the amazing art he loaned for the day, Jan Mosley of the NTS Art Department for her beautiful murals, and Lena Meyers of the NTS Band Department and the amazing performances of the Jazz Band.

Also, NTS would like to congratulate Martin Barrera and Lizeth Andrade Razo for winning first place in the swing dance competiton, Freddy Leon and Mariana Mosqueda for taking second place and Camryn Turner and Carson Gracey for third place. Thank you again to everyone who was involved.

Sincerely,

NTS Physical Education Program

Sports Equipment Day

The Truckee Optimist Club would like to thank the following businesses who supported our and#8220;Optimist Sports Equipment Dayand#8221; which was held on Saturday, April 7 at Regional Park. The Glenshire General Store, AutoGlass Express Truckee, Mountain Home Center, Mountain Hardware and Sports and Truckee Sports Exchange all contributed space and assisted in the collection of sports equipment for the kids in Truckee. Approximately 50 area kids walked away from the event with sports equipment they would not have had it not been for the support of these businesses and the generous donations of equipment from the community. The Truckee Optimist Club has committed to this event as an annual program and will take donations throughout the year at AutoGlass Express Truckee.

Jon Traeger/Craig Fierro

Event Chairs

Thank You from The KidZone Museum for Community Support

Dear Friends of the Kid Zone Museum,

Thank you for all your generous donations in response to our recent call for support. Weand#8217;ve been joyfully overwhelmed by the support and kind letters on behalf of the Museum. We received $20,000 in donor contributions.

The KidZone Museum Board plans for a much needed campaign for a reserve fund to help us through future difficult situations. Already a supporter has donated $5,000 to begin matching funds for a reserve. Our goal and need is to raise $50,000 which would support museum operations for three months if needed. We plan to remain conservative with our current budget to help us reach this goal quickly.

Again, we are so thankful for everyone’s support. Your donations and kind words inspire the Museum staff to continue its hard work and to feel increasingly more passionate about being a part of such an innovative learning place for our children.

Sincerely,

Carol Meagher

Director, KidZone Museum

Open Gym FUNdraiser for Luis Manuel Gaitan was a huge success

One Friday night the Tahoe/Truckee village came together, enjoyed gymnastics and raised money to help a family we hold dear. To all of you who helped create three hours of solid Friday-Fun, you have earned a well-deserved Thank You! The warm-up and activities were fantastic! Thanks to our coaches Melissa Valentino, Lucia Lake, Julie Perez, Lynn Akers, Yasuko Saito, Liz Robinson and Marie Maurer for all the gymnastics fun!- Congratulations Coach Julie for winning the handstand contest. Austin, my friend and#8230; your flips were stellar. Christa, your back walkovers were lovely, proof that adult gymnasts ROCK. The kids had a BLAST. Parents were jazzed about the cause. Thank you Alex Herrera, Truckee Elementary PTO, for enthusiastically charging forward with this event and promoting in the schools. Thank you Eileen Driscoll-Norman, Community Liaison Truckee Elementary School, for advocating on behalf of the Gaitan family and fielding ALL those encouraging messages from parents wanting to work with Esther and her family. Thank you Sierra Sun for the write up in Wednesdayand#8217;s paper! Thank you Erin Robb, Truckee Elementary fourth-grade teacher and all teachers who spread the word in their classes and-in the community. Thank you to the entire Gaitan family for attending and greeting everyone who came in support. Your smiles were priceless. Thank you to the 100+ gymnasts (kids and adults) and parents who donated, cartwheeled and flipped for Luis. Dawn Rintala, thank you for shooting those awesome pictures. A big thank you to my family, especially my husband Howard, for inspiring the entire idea of a fundraiser for Luis, and my children Aaron an Grace who helped craft the signature poster for Luis and welcomed everyone in the gym Friday.

Your donations, coaching and awareness efforts resulted in $1,170 directly to the family for Luisand#8217;s medical expenses and Esther has some new clients for her cleaning business. Iand#8217;m extremely grateful to each of you and humbled by your generosity and enthusiasm. You make this smart, fun, athletic and caring community a fantastic place to live. Thank you.

Laura and Howard Bronstone

My Playground and NEW! Truckee Gymnastics


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