Pay no attention to the flyers circulating regarding the upcoming Dragonfly Dinner and Art Auction, scheduled for Friday, Oct. 15. While it is being touted as the eighth annual event, KidZone Museum Director Carol Meagher wrote to say it is actually the ninth annual, ‘Folks just lost track of the many years of support Dragonfly’s Billy McCullough [and his wife] Phebe Bell have been supporting the KidZone Museum- almost as long as Dragonfly Cuisine has been open (10 years).’

The event, complete with local live music, food, and wine donations, includes an exclusive locals art auction that showcases original art from our neighborhood artists. The items range from metal sculptures by Mountain Forge artisans, pottery by Riverside Studios, and photography by Carmel Gallery. According to Meagher, ‘Many of our local starving artists donate to this event every year because they want to help support the museum and the creative arts programming that is offered to children.’

Every year KidZone partners with another local nonprofit; this year’s chosen partner is the new Truckee charter school, Sierra Expeditionary Learning School. Although the school is under the wing of the school system, it’s hard for a new school to set up a fundraising event in their first year, and many other schools already have events scheduled. Proceeds from the event will be split evenly between the two organizations. Meagher hopes to raise at least $6,000. ‘In the past we have made as much as $8,000 but with the economy it’s hard,’ said Meagher. ‘We’ve changed the event to Friday night this year, hopefully that will help.’ 

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KidZone will provide childcare during the event at the museum; cost is $5 per child and will be staffed by museum and school volunteers. Tickets for the event cost $55 per person and include teaser, appetizer, entrée, and dessert. Fundraising dollars in 2010 will go towards helping the museum install a natural outdoor play space and continue operating their outreach to low-income children. Support also allows partners from Tahoe Women Services, Sierra Teen Education Parenting Program, Early Head Start, and North Lake Family Resource Center to visit the museum free of charge with their clients.

Reservations are recommended for the event. Dragonfly, (530) 587-0557, dragonflycuisine.com, kidzonemuseum.org, truckeecharterschool.org

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