Layne Van Noy
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October 17, 2012
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Community comes together for 'Pumpkin Patch Festival'

TAHOE CITY, Calif. - It's that time of year again, when the change of season is upon us, the kids are in school, football is in full swing and main street traffic is a little calmer. It's also that time of year when our sense of community regroups after sharing this beautiful place, which we are so lucky to call home, with thousands of others during the glorious summer days. The Tahoe City Parks and Recreation Department is gearing up for one of our favorite community events: The Pumpkin Patch Festival is happening on Saturday, Oct. 27 at Rideout Community Center, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

The Pumpkin Patch Festival is a great event that helps to create community. The Tahoe City Parks and Recreation Department creates that community through the people, parks and programs they offer. Community is a sense of belonging, ownership and common purpose that develops among people who live or work together as a social unit. Within Parks and Recreation, a community may be a neighborhood, fire district, a national park or nonprofit agency.

There are number of local groups and agencies that put in a lot of time and effort into making the Pumpkin Patch Festival a success. Present at this year's event will be: Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Tahoe Community Nursery School, North Tahoe Leadership Program, Humane Society, Tahoe Safe Alliance, Twin Ridges Home Study Charter School, and many more. Each organization will provide an activity or food such as baked goods, beverages, cotton candy, popcorn, and face painting.

This year's event will also include a haunted house, sponsored by The Mothers Club, while Men Welding Fire will cook up barbecue pulled pork sandwiches, hamburgers, and all the fixins for purchase. The traditional pumpkin seed hunt will take place at approximately 11:30 a.m., so don't miss out! You can also expect a variety of pumpkins from which to choose in the pumpkin patch, as well as carnival games like a ring toss, bounce house, and jousting competitions to keep the younguns entertained throughout the day.

So, special events such as this can bring out the best in a community, because it involves trust, cooperation and focuses on the greater good rather than individual benefits. It makes connections with residents to improve lives. It is this person-to-person contact that relieves the loneliness of senior citizens, reduces the stress and isolation of working adults, and inspires and teaches youth to become productive community members. Thus Parks and Recreation is the essential connection to people and their needs in the communities and settings that they serve.

It's Halloween time, come on out to this year's Pumpkin Patch Festival and get into the spirit with the community!

For more information on the program and services the Tahoe City Parks and Recreation has to offer contact the Office at 530-583-3440 ext. 11, 740 Timberland Lane, Tahoe City or visit us at www.tahoecitypud.com or www.facebook.com/tahoecityparksandrecreation.


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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Oct 17, 2012 07:45PM Published Oct 17, 2012 07:37PM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.