Sunshine letters | Tahoe Truckee community kudos |

Sunshine letters | Tahoe Truckee community kudos

Courtesy photoThe Sierra Crest Dental team served 77 residents during Dentistry from the Heart.

Community shout-out!

The Kings Beach Library Summer reading program has wound down, but what a success it was! We had 82 children, teens and adults setting reading goals and earning prizes, and an estimated 400 people attended our assorted events. Libraries work hard to encourage children to read throughout the summer to prevent the “summer slide.” Studies show that motivated readers actually gain skills during the summer instead of falling back. As with most things, we couldn’t have run successful programming without the support of a fabulous community. The Friends of the Kings Beach Library generously funded prizes for reading goals achieved and for the wonderful programs that the library hosted: Wild Things, Brian Scott Magic and The Musical Robots. Dave Antonnuci, Mark McLaughlin, Tim Hauserman, Clair Foster and Ann Riordan donated their time to read from their works in our relaxing and informative “Evening By the Creek.” Char Pit graciously and generously donated the grand prize coupons for delectable ice cream cones, and parents and care-givers encouraged their readers and made sure children could get to the library to select books and pick up prizes. Thanks to everyone who donated time, energy and funding. It takes a village!

– Kings Beach Library

Truckee Tahoe Airport flies as venue

My wife and I were lamenting several months ago about where to hold a wedding reception for our two sons. Kevin Smith, general manager of the Truckee Tahoe Airport, overheard our plight and offered the community room at the new airport building. We checked out the airport and were very impressed with the facility and all it had to offer. On a Saturday we held the reception and it was a great event. The airport personnel were outstanding. Everyone was more than friendly and willing to help when asked. The facility is beautiful and it was great to have planes taking off and landing in the background of this joyous occasion. One of our sons and his bride had their pictures taken next to an airplane to the delight of the owner/pilot.

If you haven’t been to the new airport building, you need to visit. My family and friends were more than impressed. We wish to extend our heart-felt thanks to Kevin Smith, the airport personnel, and the Truckee Tahoe Airport for an unforgettable experience. The airport is a great asset to our community.

– Sheryl and Gary Lewis, Truckee

Zawadisha Fund says thanks

The Zawadisha Fund would like to thank the local Tahoe/Truckee businesses whose contributions this past summer have significantly and positively impacted our work and lives of the women we serve. Rayona Sharpnack, the CEO of The Institute for Women’s Leadership, convened a one-day women’s leadership workshop on our behalf, helping to build the capacity of local professionals. Through their July Donation Day, IRIE Rafting Company exposed young people and families to the excitement and challenge of whitewater rafting, while at the same time supporting our work. They both have continuously demonstrated their commitment to building community, both locally and globally, and we are grateful for their generosity. To learn more about The Zawadisha Fund and our partnerships with local businesses, please visit

Thank you to Noontime Rotary

The Family Resource Center of Truckee is grateful to Truckee Noontime Rotary for their support in the creation of a quality book collection to be housed at the Family Reading Room at Truckee Elementary. This library for children birth to 5-years-old will create the foundation for activities to benefit language and reading development and help them be ready for kindergarten. We are proud to be a partner of Rotary in their ongoing literacy activities that bring a love of books and reading to our youngest community children. With the leadership of early childhood literacy advocate, Dianne Fix, Rotary volunteers read storybooks to the children at Truckee State Preschool every week and hundreds of books find their way to the hands and homes of low-income children. Fostering a love of reading and building the vocabularies of young children are significant strategies for future academic success.

– Ruth Jackson Hall, Early Learning Consultant

Family Resource Center of Truckee

Tahoe Institute for Natural Science

On behalf of the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science (TINS), we would like to thank everybody that made Guitar Strings vs. Chicken Wings event a massive success! We extend a hearty congratulations to Metal Echo and Auld Dubliner for winning the Best Band and Best Combined Score categories and to the Cornice Cantina for taking the Best Wings prize. Thanks to Guitar Center for the raffle guitar, all the venues and bands for bringing the tasty flavors and sounds, our volunteers for their hard work, and all the participants for helping us raise $2,300 towards TINS’ education programs. We owe an especially large debt of gratitude to the Squaw Village Neighborhood Company for organizing and hosting the event. Thank you all, and we hope to see you again next year!

– Will Richardson and Kirk Hardie, co-executive director

Tahoe Institute for Natural Science

Dentistry from the Heart spreads smiles

On Sept. 28, Sierra Crest Dental held our second annual Dentistry from the Heart free dental day. Dentistry from the Heart started as a way to give back and support our community.

We are pleased to announce that we surpassed last year’s event with the help of Dr. Robert Colpitts, Dr. Mark L. Zila, Dr. Dan Martin, Dr. Terry Rust their staffs, and may other volunteers. We were able to treat 77 people from the community and provided $29,000 of free dental care.

We want to thank the many volunteers that made this event possible.

– Sierra Crest Dental

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