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Dear Editor,The Truckee-Donner Recreation andamp; Park District has completed our 35th Annual Easter Egg Hunt. More than 700 children collected more than 9,000 Easter Eggs, many filled with special prizes. The event, as always, was free to all. We would not have been able to host this event without the generous help from local businesses and organizations who donated prizes and candy to help fill the eggs.We would like to thank: McDonalds, The Rock and Dairy Queen for their donations for our special eggs. Thank you to Save Mart for donating candy for many of the eggs. Thank you to the Truckee Fire District for delivering the Easter Bunny. We would also like to thank Ale, Susan and Stephanie Randall and Lena Frenzer for volunteering for the event.A very special thanks top the Noon Rotary Club for sponsoring the 0 to 2, 3 to 4 and 5 to 7 age group eggs and to The Rock for sponsoring the 8 to 12 group. Your contributions help make Truckee a great place to live.Sincerely,Dan OGorman, Recreation Superintendent

Arts For the Schools extends its deepest appreciation to the Tahoe Truckee Excellence in Education Foundation, Lahontan Community Foundation, Tahoe Mountain Resorts Foundation and the Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation for supporting the artistic and cultural education of local children. Through grant support these foundations enable Arts For the Schools to continue its 25-year history of bringing quality art programs to schools throughout the N. Tahoe/Truckee region. The Artist-in-Residence Program and OnSTAGE Performance Series reach thousands of school children exposing them to the visual and performing arts giving lasting memories combined with a positive educational experience. Community performances also reach adult audiences with exceptional performances by internationally acclaimed artists in music, dance, drama and other art forms. Foundation support also demonstrates that as community partners we can give children a whole education because the study of the arts in its many forms is an essential part of achieving success in school.During these challenging economic times when arts groups across the nation are struggling to build support and maintain art and culture in their communities, Arts For the Schools appreciates more than ever this critical support which will make a long term impact in the lives of local children. Thank you!Sincerely,Melanie KauffmanExecutive DirectorArts For the Schools

On behalf of myself, my skier friends, and all other Squaw Valley seasons passholders, I’d like to thank Squaw Valley Ski Corp and Nancy Cushing for a fantastic seasons passholder party last weekend. I’ve been a passholder for some time and have attended past parties, but this years blew the rest out of the water. I was expecting the usual burgers and dogs, and was quite surprised when we were presented with crab cakes and sushi! The raffle and pool party that followed capped off a great day on the slopes. Thanks for a great winter season. I’m definitely going to be a Squaw passholder for life.

On Wednesday, April 8, the North Tahoe Middle School gymnasium was transformed into a New York city block. Sixth and seventh grade students were dressed in semi-formal attire ready to show the 100-plus parents their hard work from the last four months of learning ballroom dance. This event is something the middle school takes a lot of pride in and this year was exceptionally amazing. Thank you to all the parents who volunteered hours of hard work and time for the planning of this event. The students were in awe of seeing the gym transformed and the beautiful buffet. Thank you to all the parents who brought in food to feed 300 plus people. Without our supportive parents we would not be able to bring this event together at the magnitude it has been over the last few years. What an incredible job.Thank you!North Tahoe Middle School

Christ Life Church would like to thank the organizations and businesses that helped make Easter a joy for more than 500 Kings Beach and Tahoe Vista community members. We were able to provide 4,000 candy-filled plastic eggs, plus clowns, face painting, and other fun, on a beautiful Easter Sunday afternoon. Thanks to the Kings Beach United Methodist Church for allowing us to hold the event at their property. Thanks also to our cash and in-kind donors: The Wishing Well, Rainbow Doorways, and Mountain Sports. A special thanks to Carpenters Union Local #2035 (Kings Beach) for their VERY generous donation and support. We cant make this event happen without the support and generosity of the community. Thanks again to all who contributed. We look forward to doing it again next year!

The Tahoe Truckee Excellence in Education Foundation would like to thank the participating ski resorts and community for their support in another successful Skiing for Schools season. The program raised over $60,000 for the Foundations grants programs. The continued support of our ski area partners – Alpine Meadows, Homewood Resort, Northstar-at-Tahoe, Squaw Valley USA and Sugar Bowl make this program possible. On select winter dates the resorts contributed a portion of their revenues from the sale of special discounted tickets to the Tahoe Truckee Excellence in Education Foundation. Excellence in Education would also like to extend a special thanks to Porters Sports who serves as a ticket outlet for the benefit days. The Foundation hopes that the community recognizes the generosity of these companies and their commitment to improving our community through enhanced education.

We would like to thank everyone in the community who helped put on the 20th annual Billy Dutton Uphill at Squaw Valley USA. Everybody had such a great time. We dont know how we would have done it without you. You all know who you are. The money raised with the support of local merchants funds our Tahoe Nordic Race Scholarship Programs. And what a success this fundraiser has become! We hope to see you all again next year. Betty Walsh and LaVan Rassuchine


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