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Tahoe Truckee Sunshine Letters

The UC Berkeley Adventure Risk Challenge Program would like to thank the Tahoe/Truckee community for their support of our second annual Food for Thought Tamale Dinner. On March 13, more than 100 community members honored the voices of local youth andamp;#8212; Gabriel Marquez, Gaby Garcia, Wendy Olivas, Roxana Cabrera, Eddy Lopez, Daniel Mara and Zulema Medina andamp;#8212; who courageously shared their perspectives through digital stories on the importance of attending college, teen pregnancy, Latino involvement in Advanced Placement courses, personal identity, transportation issues, and domestic violence.The ARC program instills the values of service and stewardship through community involvement, and our model aims to transform our community through our youth by building the confidence and capacity of each and every participant. This event would not have been possible without the ARC participantsandamp;#8217; leadership, integrity, hard work and commitment to their community. This year the Tamale Dinner was an official event of the SnowFest! Celebration, and Roxana Cabrera, a graduate of our 2009 summer immersion, was crowned the 2010 SnowFest! Queen because she truly believes that if she embraces all of the opportunities presented to her, and if she works to create opportunities for others, she will have the power to transform the world in which we live. Finally, ARC also would like to thank the Garcia, Marquez, Oliveras, Olivas, and Mara families for cooking the delicious food at the dinner, as well as the Boys andamp; Girls Club, Fireside Pizza, Twenty-Two Bistro, the StartHaus, and IRIE Rafting for their contributions to the event. For more information and to view the youthandamp;#8217;s digital stories, visit http://www.arcprogram.org.andamp;#8212; Jennifer Gurecki

The 2010 Kings Beach Winter Fun SnowFest Parade March 13, was another grand success. First we would like to thank Mother Nature for the bluebird powder day! We are pleased to provide our community with this great slice of SnowFest! and would like to thank the sponsors who help make it happen: Rotary Club of Tahoe City, North Tahoe Public Utility District, Jasonandamp;#8217;s Beachside Grille, Dr. Karen Kucharski, Karenandamp;#8217;s Playskool, Lake Tahoe Specialty Stove andamp; Fireplace, Rainbow Doorways, Taneva Auto Parts, Ferrari’s Crown Motel, Mourelatos Lakeshore Resort and Tahoe Daveandamp;#8217;s. Also, we are honored to thank Chris and Darin Talbot along with Steve Risko for being outstanding emceeandamp;#8217;s, John and Pat Evans for loaning us their deck and for serving as parade judges with Placer County District 5 supervisor Jennifer Montgomery and Meghan Brennan. Huge thanks to all of the volunteers who helped with parade staging, directing traffic, closing roads and keeping children safe. Special thanks to Dan LaPlante and Peter Kraatz from Placer County to the students of North Tahoe Middle School who came out to help clean up.Was that sailboat andamp;#8220;floatingandamp;#8221; through town cool or what? Did Tahoe Tessie shake your hand? We sincerely hope everyone made out with plenty of beads and fun memories.We had a blast creating SnowFest! fun and frolic, and hope you did, too! Sincerely, North Tahoe Business Association

I wish to thank all of the community for supporting Tahoe Youth Ballet in its spring performance. Unfortunately an oversight occurred on my behalf and I neglected to thank Emerald Dragon Productions as sponsors at our Diamond Circle level. Organizations such as Emerald Dragon and individual donors are what enable an arts organization such as Tahoe Youth Ballet to not only survive, but to offer professional-level performances to our community with extremely talented, local young dancers. My sincerest apologies to the ladies and gentlemen of Emerald Dragon Productions for this oversight andamp;#8212; I extend my thanks to them and to the efforts of all donors and volunteers once again for making our esteemed performances possible.andamp;#8212; Christin Hanna

I wanted to thank all of the community who came out to hunt for eggs in the snow at the beach. Our annual Easter Egg Hunt was a great success. My favorite part was the adorable little girls in frilly Easter dresses with snow pants underneath. I wanted to also thank all of the local businesses that helped make the egg hunt a great success. These businesses donated items for the golden egg hunt. Thank you to: The Store, Clearwater Spa, Crest Caf, Alpine Meadows Ski Resort, Sunnyside Restaurant, Tahoe House, Porterandamp;#8217;s, Alpine Antiquer, Stony Ridge-Uncommon Kitchen, Saw Tooth Ridge Caf, Granlibakken, Squaw Valley Sports Shop, Sassafras, Daves, Rosies, Fine N Funky, West Side Pizza, Tahoe CIty Kayak, All Fired Up, Geared for Games, Tahoe Shoe and Clothing, Sports Tahoe, Wolfdales, and Coffee Connexion. See you all next year!andamp;#8212; Ashley HallRecreation Coordinator for Tahoe City Department of Parks andamp; Recreation