Announcements for Truckee, Incline Village and North Shore areas

Sunshine Letter | Billy Dutton Uphill a huge success

April 24, 2014 — 

Billy Dutton Uphill a huge success

On April 13, 2014, 158 racers completed the grueling climb from the bottom of Squaw Valley to High Camp in the 25th Annual Billy Dutton Uphill race, held each year to honor the memory of long time Squaw Valley skier Billy Dutton.

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Health and wellness announcements for North Lake Tahoe and Truckee

April 24, 2014 — 

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Content is selected from e-mail submissions to Community Editor Amy Edgett at aedgett@sierrasun.com. Send the 5w’s: who, what, when, where and why, about 100-150 words.

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Community announcements for North Lake Tahoe and Truckee

April 24, 2014 — 

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Content for briefs is selected from e-mail submissions to Community Editor Amy Edgett at aedgett@sierrasun.com. To enter community events online, visit www.tahoedailytribune.com/NorthShore/nCommunityCalendar, for entertainment www.tahoe.com.

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North Lake Tahoe health and wellness announcements

April 23, 2014 — 

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Content for the weekly Health and Wellness section is selected from e-mail submissions to Bonanza editor Kevin MacMillan at kmacmillan@tahoebonanza.com. Please send the 5w’s: who, what, when, where and why, plus website and contact information.

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North Lake Tahoe community announcements

April 23, 2014 — 

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Content for the weekly community briefs section is selected from e-mail submissions to editor@tahoebonanza.com. Please include the 5w’s: who, what, when, where and why, website and contact information.

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Business announcements for North Lake Tahoe and Truckee

April 22, 2014 — 

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Content for briefs is selected from e-mail submissions to Community Editor Amy Edgett at aedgett@sierrasun.com.

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Community announcements for North Lake Tahoe and Truckee

April 17, 2014 — 

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Content for briefs is selected from e-mail submissions to Community Editor Amy Edgett at aedgett@sierrasun.com. To enter community events online, visit www.tahoedailytribune.com/NorthShore/nCommunityCalendar, for entertainment www.tahoe.com.

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Health and wellness announcements for North Lake Tahoe and Truckee

April 17, 2014 — 

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Content is selected from e-mail submissions to Community Editor Amy Edgett at aedgett@sierrasun.com. Send the 5w’s: who, what, when, where and why, about 100-150 words.

Learn more »

North Lake Tahoe community announcements

April 16, 2014 — 

INCLINE VILLAGE, NEV. — Content for the weekly community briefs section is selected from e-mail submissions to editor@tahoebonanza.com. Please include the 5w’s: who, what, when, where and why, website and contact information.

Saving Lake Tahoe

Acclaimed historian Michael Makley, author of the recently published “Saving Lake Tahoe,” will hold forth at the Mark Twain Cultural Center & Toccata Guttman Music Hall at 760 Mays, Incline Village on Saturday, April 19. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the talk begins at 7 p.m. Take a picnic dinner and beverage of choice or order from Bar Bar Bar, the Village Deli or Lupita’s. Tickets cost $15. Make reservations by calling 775-833-1835 or email mcavoylayne@gmail.com.

April 19 Shredding Party

Document Destruction Party. Tax season is over, winter has come to an end — let spring cleaning ensue! Time to get rid of your extra paperwork. Join Better Homes and Gardens MMRE at its Tahoe City office for beverages, appetizers and lots of shredding. Take your paperwork to the on site professional document destruction company. Invite your friends and family, Better Homes and Gardens, 950 North Lake Blvd., Ste. 12C, Tahoe City on Saturday, April 19, 3-6 p.m. Call 530-583-4004 for information.

Project MANA benefit dinner

You are invited to a special four-course dinner prepared by Chef Jean-Pierre Doignon. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Project MANA, your local hunger relief organization on Thursday, April 24, 6:30 p.m. Le Bistro Restaurant & Bar, 120 Country Club Drive, No. 29, Incline Village. Cost is $135 per person. Space is limited, secure your spot with an RSVP and ticket purchase by calling 775-298-0101 or visit www.eventbrite.com/e/le-bistro-event-tickets-11160301763. Password: Project MANA.

Incline Village Library news

Display cases: Watercolors by Jeane Ryan.Through April 26, Food for fines. Washoe County Library System partners with the Food Bank of Northern Nevada and Project MANA for annual “Food for Fines at the Library” event. Patrons take in one non-perishable food item for every overdue book or other item. These food items are especially needed: Canned meats, fish and peanut butter; macaroni & cheese and pasta meals; powdered milk, baby formula and baby food; complete meals in a can such as stew, chili, ravioli and hearty soups; canned fruits, juice and vegetables; dry cereal, oatmeal, rice and pasta. Food cannot be exchanged for lost or damaged library materials.

April 18, 2-4 p.m. Lifescapes. Writing program where seniors are given an opportunity to write and share their memoirs. New members are always welcome. Lifescapes is a project sponsored by the Washoe County Library System, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), and the Department of English, University of Nevada, Reno.

April 19, noon-2 p.m. Seniors to Seniors Computer Help. A group of tech-savvy seniors from Incline High School will be available to help you with your computer-related questions. Bring your laptop, tablet, phone, e-reader or other device and learn something new.

April 23, 4-4:45 p.m. Family Story Time. Children of all ages are welcome for stories, songs, games, and crafts.

Incline Village Library, open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., 845 Alder Ave., Incline Village, 775-832-4130.

Incline Village/Crystal Bay Republican Women’s Club

You are all invited to attend the 4th Annual Fundraiser Dinner at the Governor’s Mansion on Tuesday, May 13, 5-8 p.m. hosted by the Incline Village/Crystal Bay Republican Women’s Club. All proceeds will go for college scholarships for local high schools students.

Keynote speaker will be Dr. Tyrus W. Cobb, president of the National Security Forum of Northern Nevada. He also served as special assistant for national security affairs under President Ronald Reagan.

Cost is $50 per person/tables of 10 are $450. Your check is your reservation. Send checks to IV/CB Republican Women, P.O. Box 3009, Incline Village, NV 89450.

Volunteer Trails & Vistas

Trails & Vistas is an art hike created by people who love the blending of art in nature. Starting in 1994, the art hikes have grown and thrived through the energy of people who “give with their heads, hands and hearts,” said Nancy Tieken Lopez, creative and executive director of Trails & Vistas.

People with different talents volunteer for Trails & Vistas every year. Serve as an art hike storytelling guide, a greeter who welcomes visitors to the art hikes or world concert, volunteer during the Arts in Nature Field Trips for third grade students on Tuesday, Sept. 9 or help out in the largest fundraiser of the year, Truckee’s Historical Haunted Tour on Oct. 16 & 17.

E-mail paula@trailsandvistas.org no later than Thursday, May 1 if you have the passion, agility and time to be an art hike trail leader on Sept. 6 and 7 or tour guide on Oct. 16 or 17. If you would like to volunteer as a trail caboose, greeter, helper with event registration or set up, e-mail Paula and include your phone number, the event you would like to volunteer for (September Art Hikes or October Historical Tour) and volunteer role of interest.

All art hike guides and Historical Haunted Tour guides will be invited to a volunteer brunch on Sunday, May 18 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at The Cedar House Sport Hotel in Truckee.

Game and Soup Nights

Spring has sprung the grass has riz, I wonder where the flowers iz (with apologies to Ogden Nash)? Since it’s a tad warm for people to come in from the cold, you are simply invited to enjoy the last few weeks of Game and Soup Nights on Thursday. Meet at the North Tahoe Event Center, 5-7 p.m. from now through May 15. The event may get extended or changed for the summer months but that depends on attendance and how much interest we continue to get. Soup & Games night is an evening where anyone can come enjoy socializing, hot soup and sandwiches, and board games. Cribbage is popular, as is Yahtzee and there is usually a table with card games (sorry no betting allowed). Attendees get to take home left overs (if there are any) and admittance is by donation or free depending on your mood. Dress is casual and children are welcome with well behaved grown-ups.

Vegetarian offerings available. Sandwiches are lunch meat and cheese, just cheese and PB&J. Donations of dollars and food are gratefully accepted. If you are interested in volunteering swing by or call Meera at 775-230-1066.

North Lake Tahoe health and wellness announcements

April 16, 2014 — 

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Content for the weekly Health and Wellness section is selected from e-mail submissions to Bonanza editor Kevin MacMillan at kmacmillan@tahoebonanza.com. Please send the 5w’s: who, what, when, where and why, plus website and contact information.

Camp XTREME

Day camps, grades kindergarten through fifth. Experienced and responsible staff will lead campers on numerous exciting adventures. Campers will enjoy activities, which include swimming, arts and crafts, games, and more, through April 18. Visit www.inclinerecreation.com.

Reno 5k and 10k race to benefit Tahoe SAFE Alliance

Runners, walkers and families are invited to help raise money for of domestic violence on Saturday, April 19, at the Race to End Domestic Violence 5k and 10k and Safe & Healthy Homes Fair. Located at Idlewild Park in Reno, $10 of each race entry will benefit the Tahoe SAFE Alliance, an organization committed to ending the incidence and trauma of intimate partner/domestic violence, sexual violence and child abuse in North Lake Tahoe and Truckee.

Reno City Councilwoman Hillary Schieve will give the keynote address. Booths with information about community resources, food, music, games, face painting, and a bounce house will be free of charge to all attendees. After the races conclude, children under 12 can participate in a free fun run.

The fair will begin at 8 a.m. with the races starting at 9 a.m. The kid’s fun run will begin at 10:30 a.m. Race registration is $30 and participants can register at www.itsyourrace.com/event.aspx?id=255 until April 18. Same day registration is available until 8:30 a.m. on race day.

Early registrants can pick up their packets from 4 to 7 p.m. April 18 at Eclipse Pizza, 3950 Mayberry Drive, Reno. Registered participants will receive a 20 percent discount at Eclipse April 18 and 19 when they present their bib at the time of purchase.

Safe & Healthy Homes is a part of the Washoe County Domestic Violence Task Force.

Teen alcohol forum

Since 1987, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) celebrates the month of April as National Alcohol Awareness Month.

Join an interactive live telephone town hall forum “Keeping Our Teens Healthy and Drug Free.” The TT-FWDD Coalition will host this free telephone forum with experts from the North Tahoe/Truckee community on April 21, 7-8 p.m. This call is geared toward parents and community members to keep local youth safe from exposure of alcohol and drugs associated with summer and celebratory events.

Sign up at fwdd@ttcf.net.

Daylong meditation instruction

Wednesday, April 23, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Sundays, April 27 and May 18, noon-5 p.m., For Goodness Sake with Polly Ryan, MA.

Appropriate for beginning and advanced students. Focus on both seated and walking meditation: development of Shamatha (meditative quiescence) and Vipassana (meditative insight) through the exploration of techniques taught in the Satipatana (Four Foundations of Mindfulness) and Anipanasati (Mindfulness of Breathing) Sutras. Take a sack lunch for a 30-minute lunch break. Suggested donation: $40-60 per session. No one turned away for lack of funds. Also available by Web Ex. Register at FGS, 10157 Donner Pass Road in Truckee or call 530-550-8981.

Patient, family support volunteers needed

Tahoe Forest Hospice is offering a volunteer training in May for hospice patient and family support volunteers to help patients and families who live in Truckee, North Tahoe, Incline Village and the Sierra Valley. Volunteering is a great opportunity to help patients at end-of-life in your community. You can provide companionship and friendship; provide a break (respite) for caregivers; run errands and shopping; do other activities including reading, playing games, gardening and help with meals; hours are flexible. Training is a combination of online and in-person training at the Hospice Volunteer and Bereavement Center. The training is a total of 20 to 25 hours.

For details call or email Volunteer Coordinator Val Sutter at 530-582-3534 or vsutter@tfhd.com before May 15.

Overeaters Anonymous

Compulsive overeaters are invited to a new weekly meeting of Overeaters Anonymous. Overeaters Anonymous offers support, hope, and strength, at a new meeting in North Lake Tahoe, Mondays, 6-7 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 341 Village Blvd., Incline Village. Overeaters Anonymous (OA) is not a religious organization or a diet club. There are no dues, fees, or weigh-ins. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop eating compulsively. Members of OA range from the morbidly obese to the anorexic and bulimic. These individuals experience many different symptoms, and have various difficulties with food. What they have in common is the admission they were powerless over food and their lives had become unmanageable as a result. OA is a 12-step program, patterned after Alcoholics Anonymous. Participants work through the 12 steps with a sponsor. OA members maintain anonymity, which enables the group to offer unconditional acceptance and support for all. For more information visit www.oa.org, locally www.nnsi.oar2.org or call 775-745-6807.

Ritz-Carlton Wellness Weekend

Not just for women

Escape to the forest sanctuary where nature abounds, bringing water and the woods into balance and harmony through modern, results-oriented treatments at the Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe’s Wellness Weekend Retreat, May 16-18. This is a perfect retreat for both men and women, and a getaway for couples. This two-night package will include deluxe guest room accommodations for two guests, a welcome reception in The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Lake Tahoe, each guest’s choice of one featured Spring Spa Treatment per person, per stay, access to a series of wellness classes including sunrise yoga, guided hikes, fitness classes and the daily resort fee, which includes access to spa relaxation areas and more. Package starts at $389 per night with a two-night minimum stay exclusive of tax. The daily package rate is $159 per person for Saturday or Sunday (May 17 or 18) and includes one signature Spring Spa Treatment, choice of one fitness class and access to all of the Spa facilities and amenities for the day. For more information and reservations call 530-562-3000 or visit www.ritzcarlton.com/laketahoe.

Hike with Carmen

Carmen, your real estate consultant, shares her passion with the community by providing monthly, guided hikes and snowshoe trips of our beautiful backyard and its endless trail systems. Meet at 9 a.m. at the Peter Grubb Hut Trail Head Trail Head on Saturday, April 26. From Truckee take the Boreal exit off Interstate 80, turn right and go up the road until you reach the gate where you can park. It is also the “Castle Peak” trail head. Don’t forget the snowshoes — just in case! For more info call 530-550-5192. Visit www.CarmenCarr.com for the future hiking schedule as well as fun pictures.

Personal sports training

Incline Village Recreation Center offers individual sport instruction in volleyball, baseball, softball, basketball. Fees vary depending on sport focus. For more information about individual sport instruction, or to make an appointment call the Sports Office at 775-832-1322.

Aimee LaFayette joins Parasol board

April 16, 2014 — 

The Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Aimee LaFayette to its Board.

“We are extremely fortunate to have Aimee join Parasol’s board,” said David Hardie, board chairman. “As our Program Committee Chair, her personal knowledge of the local community and experience with nonprofit organizations will be strong assets to support Parasol’s growth in the Tahoe Region.”

Growing up in Incline Village, LaFayette started her academic pursuits at Incline Village Nursery School and continued through her graduation at Incline High School.

She graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and has a masters in Anthropology from the University of Nevada, Reno. Currently she is enrolled in UNR Doctoral Program of Anthropology.

LaFayette experienced how local nonprofit organizations make a difference for Tahoe as an AmeriCorps volunteer at Tahoe SAFE Alliance. She also formerly served as Parasol’s AmeriCorps Program Director.

“As an AmeriCorps volunteer, Aimee was very passionate about serving in the community,” said Claudia Andersen, CEO at Parasol. “Her knowledge and energy will help build strong relationships for Parasol.”

LaFayette and her husband Götz look forward to raising their family at Tahoe. Their daughter MacLean is already enjoying mountain life.

LaFayette also serves on the Sierra Nevada Horse Show Association and helps operate the local family business, Franktown Meadows Equestrian Facility. She coordinates and manages events, competitions and fundraisers including the annual Franktown Meadows Hunter Derby at the facility.

Jean Eick is the Communications Manager for the Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation.

Village Notes: What’s happening in Incline Village

April 16, 2014 — 

This weekend will bring many families and friends to Tahoe to celebrate Easter. This year the annual family egg hunt can be held without hiding eggs in the snow. Maybe a beach picnic can be part of the weekend activities as well.

Help Tahoe SAFE Alliance by supporting the Washoe County Domestic Violence Task Force Race to End Domestic Violence on Saturday, April 19, at Idlewild Park in Reno. Part of the proceeds will go to Tahoe SAFE Alliance.

It is a pet-friendly 5K and 10K race, plus a children’s fun run. Visit www.tahoesafealliance.org for more information.

Hear Michael Makley, author of just published “Saving Lake Tahoe,” at 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 19, at the Mark Twain Cultural Center & Toccata Guttman Music Hall. Purchase tickets by email mcavoylane@gmail.com or call 775-833-1835.

Earth Day is Tuesday, April 22. Lots of opportunities to celebrate around Tahoe the next couple of weekends. Do your part to support Earth Day by cleaning up in your own neighborhood and please dog owners help by cleaning up for your pets. Leaving the deposits in bags on someone else’s lawn is not cleaning up.

Incline Star Follies is next weekend. If you have not picked up tickets yet, run into Potlatch now as they are really selling fast. This annual event is one of Incline’s best and will be held at Incline High School Theater this year.

From 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 1, at the Holman Arts and Media Center located at 1008 Highway 28, participate in the Empty Bowls event. This annual event to fight international hunger benefits Project MANA, Meals on Wheels and the Deacon’s Food Closet. Choose a bowl created by local art students or instructors and keep the bowl after you enjoy a meal of soup and bread. Visit www.emptybowls.net for more information.

Tahoe Family Solutions will host its annual dinner at Big Water Grille at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 13. For tickets or information visit www.tahoefamily.org or call 775-298-0004.

Remember to Save the Date to participate in a very special hike with your dog on June 7.

The hike will be hosted by Natural Paws and benefit the Pet Network Humane Society and the Canine Rehabilitation Center & Sanctuary. For more information visit www.naturalpawsreno.com or call 775-853-3533.

Birthday’s to celebrate this week: Doris Spain on April 19; and Al Jurkonis, Betts Markle and Ed Gurowitz on April 20. Happy Birthday.

The best deal and steal this week is the annual Egg Hunt at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 19, at Incline Beach. The egg hunt takes place at exactly 11 a.m. and if you miss the starting time, you miss the egg hunt. It is over in a matter of minutes. For information call 775-832-1310 or stop at the Rec. Center.

As always send in your birthdays, anniversaries, and news, along with the best deals or steals you can find, to jeanmeick@aol.com.

Community announcements for North Lake Tahoe and Truckee

April 15, 2014 — 

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Content for briefs is selected from e-mail submissions to Community Editor Amy Edgett at aedgett@sierrasun.com. To enter community events online visit www.tahoedailytribune.com/NorthShore/nCommunityCalendar, for entertainment www.tahoe.com.

Positive Coaching Alliance to meet

The Positive Coaching Alliance will meet Wednesday, April 16 at the Truckee Tahoe Airport boardroom. Parents will meet 6-6:30 p.m. and coaches will meet 6:45-8:45 p.m. The live workshop is open to coaches and parents of all sports.

“Coaches and parents will learn how to influence our athletes with more positive reinforcement,” said Angelo Tenorio, Truckee-Donner Recreation & Park District’s youth sports coordinator. “Parents and coaches are role models, and this workshop will provide information about their potential impact on athletes’ self-confidence, motivation and character development.”

The Positive Coaching Alliance is a national non-profit which focuses on developing “Better Athletes, Better People” through positive athletic experiences.

Rep. McClintock’s office Truckee Veterans Forum

April 17, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Truckee-Tahoe Airport, Experimental Aircraft Association Building, 10356 Truckee Airport Road, Truckee.

Congressman Tom McClintock’s office is providing a forum for veterans’ service providers, American Legion and VFW representatives, and community program sponsors that assist active-duty military, wounded warriors, and military families.

Representatives of Veterans’ advocacy groups or related organizations are asked to contact Joel Scott at the Congressman’s Granite Bay office, 916-786-5560, if they wish to participate in the forum.

The forum will provide Veterans with the information they need to access the benefits they have earned. Representatives from Nevada County and Placer County Veterans Service Offices will join the Congressman’s staff to provide information on filing claims with the Veterans Benefits Administration.

April 19 Shredding Party

Document Destruction Party. Tax season is over, winter has come to an end — let spring cleaning ensue! Time to get rid of your extra paperwork. Join Better Homes and Gardens MMRE at its Tahoe City office for beverages, appetizers and lots of shredding. Take your paperwork to the on site professional document destruction company. Invite your friends and family, Better Homes and Gardens, 950 North Lake Blvd., Ste. 12C, Tahoe City on Saturday, April 19, 3-6 p.m. Call 530-583-4004 for information.

Alder Creek Middle School parent night

Incoming sixth-grade parents’ orientation, Tuesday, April 22, begins at 4:45 p.m. in the gym. Alder Creek Middle School will hold an informational parent focus night. Parents are invited to learn about the school and stay for the school’s Open House and barbecue. The Open House and barbecue starts at 5:15 p.m. and is sponsored by the Alder Creek PTO. For more information contact Alder Creek Middle School at 530-582-2750. Alder Creek Middle School is located at 10931 Alder Drive, Truckee.

Game and Soup Nights

Spring has sprung the grass has riz, I wonder where the flowers iz (with apologies to Ogden Nash)? Since it’s a tad warm for people to come in from the cold, you are simply invited to enjoy the last few weeks of Game and Soup Nights on Thursday. Meet at the North Tahoe Event Center, 5-7 p.m. from now through May 15. The event may get extended or changed for the summer months but that depends on attendance and how much interest we continue to get. Soup & Games night is an evening where anyone can come enjoy socializing, hot soup and sandwiches, and board games. Cribbage is popular, as is Yahtzee and there is usually a table with card games (sorry no betting allowed). Attendees get to take home left overs (if there are any) and admittance is by donation or free depending on your mood. Dress is casual and children are welcome with well behaved grown-ups.

Vegetarian offerings available. Sandwiches are lunch meat and cheese, just cheese and PB&J. Donations of dollars and food are gratefully accepted. If you are interested in volunteering swing by or call Meera at 775-230-1066.

Any literary Peeps out there?

Kings Beach Public Library is hosting a marshmallow Peep contest! Using Peeps, create a diorama based upon a book: examples include Frankenpeep, James and the Giant Peep, Where the Wild Peeps are. Judging will be held on Saturday, April 19. The winning entry receives a $20 gift certificate to the annual Friends of the Library Book sale on the Fourth of July weekend.

National Library Week is April 13-19. This year’s theme is “Lives change @ your library.” Do you have a story about how the library has impacted your life? Share what your library means to you and the KBL will share your stories with Placer County. While you’re visiting, grab a movie, book, CD or use the free WiFi and computers.

Join the online Book group! This month read “Zeitoun” by Dave Eggers, find it on Facebook at “Kings Beach Public Library Book Group.” Everyone is welcome.

The “ZIP” program is going strong! If KBL doesn’t carry the book or audiobook you want, they will buy it from Amazon and ship it to your house for free! You return it to at your convenience for the library’s Call Kings Beach or Tahoe City Library for more details.

Join our ongoing computer classes. April 24 Doug Greenwood of Alpensoftware will teach “Surf the Internet with Ease.” All levels are encouraged at free tech classes! Preschool storytime Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. and Crazy Craftime every Thursday at 11:30 a.m. Call the Kings Beach Library at 530-546-2021, or stop by 301 Secline St.

Teen Creative Writing Club

The Creative Writing Club just kicked off on Monday, April 14 and will be meeting every Monday from 3-4:30 p.m. until the school year ends — and possibly over summer — at the Family Resource Center of Truckee (near KidZone Museum on Donner Pass Road). The club is headed by Jackie McKinney, an AmeriCorps Volunteer and published writer. There will be two workshops a month from Karen Terry of Tangled Roots Writing. Break writer’s block, learn new skills, make new friends, and see where professional writing can take you.

Enjoy Dining for Schools discounts

It is spring and time to dig out your Dining for Schools card and enjoy one of your favorite local restaurants. Tahoe Truckee Excellence in Education Foundation’s Dining for Schools cards, which give diners a discount at select Tahoe Truckee area restaurants, are valid Sunday-Thursday through June 19. Dining for Schools cards provide 50 percent off entrees at all participating Truckee and North Shore restaurants. Cards cost $50 each and entitle the purchaser to unlimited use during the specified program dates. The cards are available at Save Mart (Truckee and Tahoe City) and Safeway (Truckee and Kings Beach), Mountain Hardware and online at www.ExinEd.org.

Business announcements for North Lake Tahoe and Truckee

April 15, 2014 — 

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Content for briefs is selected from e-mail submissions to Community Editor Amy Edgett at aedgett@sierrasun.com.

Call for special event grant funding applications

The North Lake Tahoe Resort Association announced $9,000 of grant funding available for special events taking place in the North Lake Tahoe region of Eastern Placer County. Most individual grants will fall within the $500 to $2,500 range.

All grant money is slated for marketing and public relations efforts to promote regional events. Preference will be given to events which encourage overnight stays.

All groups interested in receiving funds must fill out the special event grant application by April 16. After initial review, select applicants will be asked to give the Grant Funding Task Force a five-minute presentation on April 25, 2014. The presentation to the Board of Directors for approval will take place May 7, 2014 and funding notification to applicants will occur May 8, 2014.

Contact Judy Laverty at 530-581-8702 or at Judy@GoTahoeNorth.com.

Lawrence Realty launches new website

Lawrence Realty launched new online experience, LawrenceRealty.com, highlighting Squaw Valley and Martis Camp real estate and other Tahoe/Truckee properties. Created by the family-owned real estate firm, the site serves as a gateway to the real estate market with technological ease of use.

The new site features include property search tools, area information, videos and tools to make searches simple. Users can search for specific Squaw Valley real estate, browse listings according to community or launch their own customized property search. New LawrenceRealty.com is responsive, so it will automatically change shape to fit perfectly on desktop monitors, smartphones and tablets.

The website complements the Lawrence Realty award-winning iPhone App. The iPhone App contains the same up-to-date real estate listing information and search tools, but is able to leverage GPS technology to map properties relative to your current location. The iPhone App won “Best App” Award at the Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estates 18th Annual Fall Conference in Atlanta, Ga., in October 2013.

For more information visit www.LawrenceRealty.com.

One-Stop Business Center for professionals

Are you a professional who’s been laid off? Whether you’re interested in returning to school, learning a new industry, or relocating for a new opportunity, One-Stop Business and Career Center can connect you to a plan of action and results. Special funds are available.

The Truckee One-Stop Business & Career Center is positioned and funded to help professionals just like you. Contact Charlotte J. Hawley at 530-550-3015 or chawley@ncen.org.

Taylor wins heli-ski week

Chris Taylor of Kings Beach is headed for Cordova, Alaska, for a week of heli-skiing. Taylor won the all-expense paid week for himself and a friend in the 101.5/ Points North Heli-Adventures drawing March 28.

“I love you guys!” said the breathless Taylor when his name was chosen. “Can’t wait to go!”

Runner-up prizes included a CAT-Skiing adventure at Grand Targhee, won by Keith Leary, and $500 gift certificates to The Sports Exchange and Totally Board, won by Michael Farrauto and Simon Thompson-Mass.

Taylor’s name was chosen from 200 listeners, he’ll fly via Alaska Airlines to Cordova, where he’ll stay at the Orca Adventure Lodge, part of the Points North all-inclusive package. Visit www.alaskaheliski.com.

101.5 FM KTKE Truckee Tahoe Radio, is a locally-owned independent Triple-A format radio, broadcasting from studios in Truckee, visit www.TruckeeTahoeRadio.com.

Grizzly Ranch Investors acquires homesites

Grizzly Ranch Investors, LLC (GRI) recently acquired the remaining homesites and undeveloped land at Grizzly Ranch, a private gated community in Portola, Calif. GRI consists of Grizzly Ranch property owners, associates of property owners and members of the Founders investment group, a group of investors who originally acquired the community’s 1,040 acres and initiated development. Several GRI investors also acquired Grizzly Ranch Golf Club in 2012.

The Grizzly Ranch Community is built around the privately owned Grizzly Ranch Golf Club, which Golf Digest recently ranked the number one course in the Sierra Nevada and number 11 in California, offering public play.

To date, 240 homesites have been sold, and 45 homes have been built. The approved master plan provides for up to an additional 87 residential sites on 425 acres.

Grizzly Ranch Investor homesites will not be offered for sale in the near term. The Grizzly Ranch Sales/Information office plans to be open summer 2014. For more information visit www.grizzlyranch.com.

Tahoe Donner names Weizer head golf pro

Tahoe Donner welcomes Rob Weizer as PGA head golf professional at the Tahoe Donner Golf Course. With more than 20 years of professional experience, Weizer joins the team from Auburn Valley Golf Club where he served as the director of golf.

As head golf professional, Weizer will be responsible for the implementation, administration, policies and fiscal practices of the golf course operations. Weizer will ensure Tahoe Donner’s Golf Course delivers a superior level of customer service by a knowledgeable and professional staff. Additionally, Weizer will see to it that Tahoe Donner offers excellent golf instruction and clinic programs that meet the needs of the community. He will also oversee group, club and tournament events to be sure they are well organized and run efficiently.

For more information visit tahoedonner.com or call 530-587-9400. ‘Like’ Tahoe Donner at facebook.com/tahoedonner and follow on Twitter @tahoedonner and Instagram @TahoeDonnerAssociation.

Community announcements for Truckee and North Lake Tahoe

April 10, 2014 — 

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Content for briefs is selected from e-mail submissions to Community Editor Amy Edgett at aedgett@sierrasun.com. Items are published news space permitting. To enter community events online, visit www.tahoedailytribune.com/NorthShore/nCommunityCalendar, for entertainment www.tahoe.com.

Retirement party for Ed Stuart

Celebrate the end of an era and the beginning new era. Ed Stuart will retire on April 30 after providing quality child care at Little Sprouts, 2810 Lake Forest Road, Tahoe City, for over 30 years.

Little Sprouts will continue to move forward under the direction of Erin Kirkpatrick. Please join the Little Sprouts “family” on Sunday, April 13, 4 p.m. at Wolfdale’s, 640 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City to celebrate the end of Ed’s long career and the beginning of the rest of his life. There will be a no host bar and appetizers. For more information call 530-583-7543.

Truckee Tahoe Republican Women’s Federation to meet

The Truckee Tahoe Republican Women’s Federation next general meeting and luncheon will be at the E.A.A. building at Truckee Airport on Tuesday, April 15. Social time is 11 a.m., meeting will start promptly at 11:15 a.m. Lunch will be catered and the cost is $20.

President and Co-Founder of the Election Integrity Project Linda Paine will speak. Their purpose is to oversee and participate in the election process to ensure all votes are legally cast and accurately counted. Take items to donate to military troops such as snack foods, games, writing supplies, books and magazines, etc.

RSVP to Cheryl Stull at 530-587-2042, cherylastull@sbcglobal.net or Christine Madden 530-546-4543, madden@garlic.com by April 12. TTRWF will need an accurate head count for lunch. Remember TTRWF pays for each person counted as attending.

Any literary Peeps out there?

Kings Beach Public Library is hosting a marshmallow Peep contest. Using Peeps, create a diorama based upon a book: examples include Frankenpeep, James and the Giant Peep, Where the Wild Peeps are. Judging will be held on Saturday, April 19. The winning entry receives a $20 gift certificate to the annual Friends of the Library Book sale on the Fourth of July weekend.

National Library Week is April 13-19. This year’s theme is “Lives change @ your library.” Do you have a story about how the library has impacted your life? Share what your library means to you and the KBL will share your stories with Placer County.

Join the online Book group! This month read “Zeitoun” by Dave Eggers, find it on Facebook at “Kings Beach Public Library Book Group.” Everyone is welcome.

Ongoing computer class April 24 with Doug Greenwood of Alpensoftware will teach “Surf the Internet with Ease.” All levels are encouraged at free tech classes! Call the Kings Beach Library at 530-546-2021 or stop by 301 Secline St.

Rep. McClintock’s office Truckee Veterans Forum

April 17, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Truckee-Tahoe Airport, Experimental Aircraft Association Building, 10356 Truckee Airport Road, Truckee.

Congressman Tom McClintock’s office is providing a forum for veterans’ service providers, American Legion and VFW representatives and community program sponsors that assist active-duty military, wounded warrior and military families.

Representatives of Veterans’ advocacy groups or related organizations are asked to contact Joel Scott at 916-786-5560 if they wish to participate in the forum.

The forum will provide Veterans with the information they need to access the benefits they have earned. Representatives from Nevada County and Placer County Veterans Service Offices will join the Congressman’s staff to provide information on filing claims with the Veterans Benefits Administration.

Truckee River Watershed Council Lunch & Learn

Join the Truckee River Watershed Council Wednesday, April 23, Cedar House Sport Hotel, 10918 Brockway Road, Truckee for a River-Friendly Landscaping and Weed Warriors Lunch & Learn. Stay for the Weed Identification Workshop immediately following.

Free lunch for Lunch & Learn attendees. Learn how to help the Truckee River watershed through implementation of River-Friendly Landscaping measures (BMP’s). Receive weed identification materials and how to educate people and work in the watershed to identify, report and manage the spread of invasive weeds. Noon-1:30 p.m., Lunch & Learn; 1:30-3:30 p.m., Optional Weed Warriors Weed Identification Workshop

RSVP to Jeannette Halderman at jhalderman@truckeeriverwc.org or 530-550-8760.

Funding for Weed Warriors, sponsored by Truckee River Watershed Council, has been provided by the Martis Fund.

Calling “Made in Tahoe” participants

Enrollment is open for local businesses and talent to participate in the 2nd annual Made In Tahoe Festival. The two-day event in The Village at Squaw Valley will showcase businesses, artisans, product designers, nonprofit organizations and performers May 24-25, with 4,000 visitors expected.

Booths are $50 for nonprofits. Booths start at $200 for other businesses.

Fill out an application at squaw.com/things-to-do/events-calendar/made-tahoe-festival by April 30. Consideration and booth locations for participating vendors will be based on a first-come/first-served basis.

For more information, please contact Caroline Ross at 530-584-6267 or cross@squawvnc.com.

Project MANA and Feinstein Foundation million dollar challenge

For the 17th year, the Feinstein Foundation has established a challenge grant in the amount of $1,000,000 to assist anti-hunger organizations like Project MANA raise money to fight hunger. During March and April all financial contributions and donations of food count toward the challenge. This year, MANA’s goal is to raise $40,000!

Every dollar and every pound of food (tallied at $1 per pound) contributed to Project MANA through April 30 increases its share off challenge funds.

How can you help? Make a donation, host a food drive or drop off your non-perishable food donation at the Incline Village office.

To make your gift on-line visit or more information about the Feinstein Foundation Challenge visit www.feinsteinfoundation.org. Join this exciting challenge campaign.

Mural Summit for Veterans Hall

Truckee Public Art Commission is pleased to pass along this announcement from the Friends of the Veterans Hall: You are invited to attend and participate in the “Mural Summit,” May 1, 7-9 p.m. at the Vets Hall in Truckee. The goal is to create a world-class historical flow mural on the inside walls of the venerable Hall. A truly exciting Public Arts Project. Input, participation, interested muralists, grant writers and so forth needed.

Health and wellness announcements for Truckee and North Lake Tahoe

April 10, 2014 — 

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Content is selected from e-mail submissions to Community Editor Amy Edgett at aedgett@sierrasun.com. Send the 5w’s: who, what, when, where and why, about 100-150 words.

Raja Yoga Refreshed

A mental yoga class now offered by Truckee-Donner Recreation and Park District. Dr. Diane Kern, marriage and family therapist, registered yoga instructor and former college professor will integrate a simple mental yoga with cutting-edge science from consciousness studies.

Mobilize mind power to heal yourself and enhance your performance in all endeavors. This is not a physical yoga so no mats needed. Your mind is working on your behalf 24/7. Learn to work with it, not against it, Tuesdays, April 15, May 13 and June 19, 6:30-8 p.m., Community Recreation Center, 8924 Donner Pass Road, Truckee. Cost: $25 for one class, $60 for early registration for all three (recommended). Call 530-582-7720 or visit www.rajayogarefreshed.com to sign up.

Endurance Training Program

Pre-summer training with an eight-week course designed to help athletes (of all levels) pre-train for summer sports. Benefits include: VO2 test to determine your heart rate zones; pre- and post-class functional assessment; supervised strength and power circuit training; individualized daily workout plan; educational seminars. April 14-June 5, Mondays and Thursdays, 5:15-6:15 p.m. Cost is $225. Limited to 10 participants. Call 530-587-3769 to register. Taught by Certified Personal Trainer Lynette Talbott. Class is open to all ability levels. Tahoe Center for Health and Sports Performance, 10710 Donner Pass Road, Truckee.

Teen alcohol forum

Since 1987, the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) celebrates the month of April as National Alcohol Awareness Month.

Join an interactive live telephone town hall forum “Keeping Our Teens Healthy and Drug Free.” The TT-FWDD Coalition will host this free telephone forum with experts from the North Tahoe/Truckee community on April 21, 7-8 p.m. This call is geared toward parents and community members to keep local youth safe from exposure of alcohol and drugs associated with summer and celebratory events.

Locally registered voters will automatically receive a call on their home phone that evening. If you are not a registered voter, only have a cell phone or want to call in, sign up at fwdd@ttcf.net.

Daylong meditation instruction

Wednesday, April 23, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Sundays, April 27 and May 18, noon-5 p.m., For Goodness Sake with Polly Ryan, MA. Appropriate for beginning and advanced students. Focus on both seated and walking meditation: development of Shamatha (meditative quiescence) and Vipassana (meditative insight) through the exploration of techniques taught in the Satipatana (four foundations of mindfulness) and Anipanasati (mindfulness of breathing) Sutras. Take a sack lunch for a 30-minute lunch break. Suggested donation: $40-60 per session. No one turned away for lack of funds. Also available by Web Ex. Register at FGS, 10157 Donner Pass Road in Truckee or call 530-550-8981.

Hike with Carmen

Carmen, your real estate consultant, shares her passion with the community by providing monthly, guided hikes and snowshoe trips of our beautiful backyard and its endless trail systems. Meet at 9 a.m. at the Peter Grubb Hut Trail Head Trail Head on Saturday, April 26. From Truckee take the Boreal exit off Interstate 80, turn right and go up the road until you reach the gate where you can park. It is also the “Castle Peak” trail head. Don’t forget the snowshoes — just in case! For more info call 530-550-5192. Visit www.CarmenCarr.com for the future hiking schedule as well as fun pictures.

Prescription Drug Take-back Day

April 26, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Gateway Shopping Center, 11290 Donner Pass Road, Truckee and “Old” Tahoe City Fire Station, 300 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City.

Free medication take back day. Drop off unneeded or expired prescription and over-the-counter medications safely, effectively, and anonymously, at this event. (Please mark out personal info on Rx bottles). Help protect the water supply by not flushing medications. Help protect the community as some may be abusing drugs taken from the medicine cabinets of family and friends. If you can’t make this event, utilize permanent Rx Drug Bins located at the Truckee Police Department and Placer County Sherrif Office, Tahoe Station, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. A collaborative effort of the TT-FWDD Coalition, Placer County Sheriff, Placer and Nevada County Health and Human Services, Truckee Police Department, Tahoe Forest Hospital District, Safeway Stores, water quality and waste management, town of Truckee, and the DEA.

For more info email Devin.bradley@co.nevada.ca.us or visit www.ttfwdd.com.

Be a Red Cross volunteer

Are you looking for a way to meet new people and give back to your local community? Become a volunteer with the American Red Cross. Join the monthly meeting and find out how you can become part of the Red Cross team.

Meetings are the second Wednesday of each month. The next meeting will be held at the Truckee Tahoe Airport on Wednesday, May 14, 5:30-7:30 p.m. For more information contact Emergency Services Coordinator Tami Martin at 916-709-3416 or Tami.Martin@redcross.org.

Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe Wellness Weekend

Escape to the forest sanctuary where nature abounds, bringing water and the woods into balance and harmony through modern, results-oriented treatments at the Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe’s Wellness Weekend Retreat, May 16-18. This two-night package will include deluxe guest room accommodations for two guests, a welcome reception in The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Lake Tahoe, each guest’s choice of one featured Spring Spa Treatment per person, per stay, access to a series of wellness classes including sunrise yoga, guided hikes, fitness classes and the daily resort fee, which includes access to spa relaxation areas and more. Package starts at $389 per night with a two-night minimum stay exclusive of tax. For more information and reservations call 530-562-3000 or visit www.ritzcarlton.com/laketahoe.

Sunshine Letter | Thanks for the pancake support

April 10, 2014 — 

KINGS BEACH, Calif. — Thanks for the pancake support

The North Tahoe Public Utility District would like to give a big shout out to our sponsors for their generous donations to our SnowFest! Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser:

Stohlgren Brothers, Inc., Jason’s Beachside Grille, Habeger Produce, Old Post Office Café, Coffee Connexion, Las Panchitas, Liberty Utilities, The Log Cabin, Bella Affair Catering, Print Art/Sierra Mail, North Tahoe Event Center, Safeway in Kings Beach, Sysco and North Shore Hardware.

Thank you!

North Tahoe Public Utility District

Village Notes: What’s happening in Incline Village

April 9, 2014 — 

I know this will not be everyone’s favorite reminder, but Tax Day is happening on Tuesday, and it is the last day for doggy visits to Ski Beach. But if you have already finished filing the dreaded tax information go enjoy spring at Tahoe.

At 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 15, the North Tahoe Hebrew Congregation will hold its annual Passover Mountain Seder at Granlibakken Resort in Tahoe City. Reservations need to be made by April 10 to Ernie Grossman at 530-550-0570 or ernestgrossman@sbcglobal.net or Rose at rlorenstein@gmail.com in order to attend.

The Tahoe Nevada Chapter of AAUW will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Non-Profit Center. This month’s speaker is Pamela Miller, World History and Government teacher at Incline High School. She will share experiences from an exchange visit to Indonesia and her Indonesian hostess, Umi Safari will be joining the presentation. RSVP no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, April 14, to Kelly at kellyaauw@gmail.com or 775-762-0463.

It is time for the Incline Star Follies. Tickets are now on sale at Potlatch and they are selling fast. This annual event is one of Incline’s best and will be held at Incline High School Theater this year.

At 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 19, at the Mark Twain Cultural Center & Toccata Guttman Music Hall hear Michael Makley, author of just published, “Saving Lake Tahoe.” To purchase tickets email mcavoylane@gmail.com or call 775-833-1835.

The Empty Bowls event will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 1, at the Holman Arts and Media Center located at 1008 Highway 28. This annual event to fight international hunger benefits Project MANA, Meals on Wheels and the Deacon’s Food Closet. Choose a bowl created by local art students or instructors and keep the bowl after you enjoy a meal of soup and bread. Visit www.emptybowls.net for more information.

At 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 13, Tahoe Family Solutions will host its annual dinner at Big Water Grille. For tickets or information visit www.tahoefamily.org or call 775-298-0004.

Congratulations to Susan Herron for completing the Santa Anita Derby Day 5K walk last Saturday to raise money for the humane treatment of retired race horses. And also for participating in the National MS Society walk around the Rose Bowl on Sunday to help raise $1 million for MS to support her nephew. Way to walk Susan.

We had local two bowling teams competing in the Battle of the Houses last weekend: Team Smevik and Team Wilburg. Even though the trophy will not be at Bowl Incline, they gave it a good shot. Good job bowlers.

Happy anniversary to Jim Glazier and Millie Szerman on April 15.

I have a couple of birthdays that did not get into last week’s column. Happy belated birthday to Bill Black and Robin Smith on April 6. Other birthdays to celebrate: Gerry Eick on April 13; John Paganelli on April 14; Incline’s Mr. Chocolate, Aaron Zendner, on April 15, and Allen Ferris on April 17. Happy Birthday!

The best deal and steal this week is the annual Underwater Egg Hunt at the Incline Village Recreation Center pool starting at noon on Saturday, April 12. For information call 775-832-1310 or stop at the Rec. Center.

As always send in your birthdays, anniversaries, and news, along with the best deals or steals you can find, to jeanmeick@aol.com.

North Lake Tahoe community announcements

April 9, 2014 — 

TAHOE, Calif. — Content for the weekly community briefs section is selected from e-mail submissions to editor@tahoebonanza.com. Please include the 5w’s: who, what, when, where and why, website and contact information.

Incline Village Library news

Display cases: Watercolors by Jeane Ryan.Through April 26, Food for fines. Washoe County Library System partners with the Food Bank of Northern Nevada and Project MANA for annual “Food for Fines at the Library” event. Patrons take in one non-perishable food item for every overdue book or other item. These food items are especially needed: Canned meats, fish and peanut butter; macaroni and cheese and pasta meals; powdered milk, baby formula and baby food; complete meals in a can such as stew, chili, ravioli and hearty soups; canned fruits, juice and vegetables; dry cereal, oatmeal, rice and pasta. Food cannot be exchanged for lost or damaged library materials.

April 10, 6:30-8 p.m. War on Debt. With Dani Johnson’s free one-hour long video course, War On Debt, its viewers, young and old will gain power over their finances and begin their personal journey of debt free living. Local nurse, Amy Woods, hosts this presentation and will share how she has benefited from this video and will be available for Q and A.

April 16, 4-5 p.m. Easter Story Time. Hop on over to your library for a fun time celebrating Easter Holiday. There will be stories, crafts, and an Easter egg hunt.

April 18, 2-4 p.m. Lifescapes. Writing program where seniors are given an opportunity to write and share their memoirs. New members are always welcome. Lifescapes is a project sponsored by the Washoe County Library System, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), and the Department of English, University of Nevada, Reno.

April 19, noon-2 p.m. Seniors to Seniors Computer Help. A group of tech-savvy seniors from Incline High School will be available to help you with your computer-related questions. Take your laptop, tablet, phone, e-reader or other device and learn something new.

April 23, 4-4:45 p.m. Family Story Time. Children of all ages are welcome for stories, songs, games, and crafts.

Incline Village Library, open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., 845 Alder Ave., Incline Village, 775-832-4130.

Tenebrae worship service

St. Francis of Assisi Choir, “The Seven Last Days” a Tenebrae service, Friday, April 11, 5 p.m. on St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 701 Mt. Rose Hwy., Incline Village.

Enhance the Lenten journey through music and scripture.

Join a deeply moving and meaningful Tenebrae worship service as St. Francis of Assisi choir and guest musicians present “The Seven Last Days.” This 30-minute work by composer Joel Raney features narratives, choral anthems and the lighting and extinguishing of candles, leading a journey depicting each of the events of Christ’s last days as described in the book of Matthew. This service will be held in lieu of The Stations of the Cross and will be followed by the Knights of Columbus Friday Fish Fry. All are welcome!

For more information visit www.sftahoe.org or contact Lynne Cibulsky, music liturgy and media publications director at LynneC@sftahoe.org or 775-831-0490.

AAUW to meet

The Tahoe Nevada Chapter of American Association of University Women (AAUW) meets the third Wednesday of every month for dinner at the Parasol Building located at 948 Incline Way, Incline Village. This meeting is open to the public. Cost of the dinner, catered by Gina and Jim Poulos of Crosby’s, is $30 per person. There is a social hour from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., with dinner and program from 6:30 to 8:30. AAUW is a nonprofit organization with a focus on advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.

This month’s AAUW meeting will take place on Wednesday, April 16. This month’s speaker is Pamela Miller, who teaches world history and government at Incline High School. Last summer she participated in an international fellowship program hosted by the U.S. State Department. She will share her experiences from her exchange visit to Indonesia. Pam’s hostess, Umi Safari from Java, Indonesia will join the presentation. This promises to be a rare opportunity to hear about the state of women and education in Indonesia.

To RSVP for the dinner e-mail Kelly Neville at kellyaauw@gmail.com or call 775-762-0463 by no later than 5 p.m., Monday, April 14.

Saving Lake Tahoe

Acclaimed historian Michael Makley, author of the recently published “Saving Lake Tahoe,” will hold forth at the Mark Twain Cultural Center & Toccata Guttman Music Hall at 760 Mays, Incline Village on Saturday, April 19. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the talk begins at 7 p.m. Take a picnic dinner and beverage of choice or order from Bar Bar Bar, the Village Deli or Lupita’s. Tickets cost $15. Make reservations by calling 775-833-1835 or email mcavoylayne@gmail.com.

Project MANA benefit dinner

You are invited to a special four-course dinner prepared by Chef Jean-Pierre Doignon. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Project MANA, your local hunger relief organization on Thursday, April 24, 6:30 p.m. Le Bistro Restaurant & Bar, 120 Country Club Drive, No. 29, Incline Village. Cost is $135 per person. Space is limited, secure your spot with an RSVP and ticket purchase by calling 775-298-0101 or visit www.eventbrite.com/e/le-bistro-event-tickets-11160301763. Password: Project MANA.

Inspirational cinema — You Can Heal Your Life

This month’s inspirational cinema features, “You Can Heal Your Life, The Movie,” on Sunday, April 27, at 6 p.m., at the Center for Spiritual Living Tahoe-Truckee, 700 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, above the marina.

This entertaining and inspirational movie by author and teacher Louise L. Hay gives penetrating insights into Louise’s fascinating personal story; and shows how her views on self-esteem, abundance, and the metaphysical causes behind physical ailments were developed, plus reveals how she applied these concepts to her own emotional, spiritual, and professional life.

A number of luminaries in the fields of self-help, philosophy, health, spirituality, and “New Thought” join Louise, giving their take on success, happiness, and the myriad ways in which people can heal their own lives. Take your friends and family and share an inspirational and fun evening together. Short discussion will follow the movie. Love donations accepted. For more information call 530-581-5117.

Adding an art museum

The Mark Twain Cultural Center & Toccata Guttman Music Hall announces the addition of an art museum. Lake Tahoe artists will fill the center with fine art that can be purchased for a small fortune. Each exhibit will stay up for three months, starting the first of April, All Fools Day, that day upon which we are all reminded of what we are on the other 364 days of the year. All local artists are invited to participate. Of course premium space will be allocated to portraits or busts of Mark Twain. Email McAvoy Layne, mcavoylayne@gmail.com or call 775-833-1835.

Henceforth the center will be known worldwide as “The Mark Twain Cultural Center - Art Museum & Toccata Guttman Music Hall.”

Preschool program at TCF

Tahoe’s Connection for Families (TCF) annnounced a new program designed specifically for preschool-aged children and their parents, offering a Spanish-English bilingual language and culture class and open gym playtime for preschoolers ages 3-5. Join Spanish language and culture class on Mondays, 3-4:30 p.m., and open gym playtime in TCF’s 1,700-square-foot gym and wheel room Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 3-5 p.m. Parents or caregivers must accompany their child(ren). One Monday per month, TCF Director Laurean Meyer will offer a parenting education class for parents and caregivers with topics on childhood development topics specific to preschool ages. Class size is limited to 12 children. Tuition varies with enrollment options, call 775-832-8230 for more information or to enroll.

Learn more at www.tcfkids.org.

North Lake Tahoe health and wellness announcements

April 9, 2014 — 

TAHOE, Calif.— Content for the weekly Health and Wellness section is selected from e-mail submissions to Bonanza editor Kevin MacMillan at kmacmillan@tahoebonanza.com. Please send the 5w’s: who, what, when, where and why, plus website and contact information.

Endurance Training Program

Pre-summer training with an eight-week course designed to help athletes (of all levels) pre-train for summer sports. Benefits include: VO2 test to determine your heart rate zones; pre- and post-class functional assessment; supervised strength and power circuit training; individualized daily workout plan; educational seminars: Understanding Training Periodization (April 14, 5:15 p.m.) and Understanding Your VO2 Test (April 21, 5:15 p.m.). Course runs April 14-June 5, Mondays and Thursdays, 5:15-6:15 p.m. Cost is $225. Limited to 10 participants. Call 530-587-3769 to register. Taught by Certified Personal Trainer Lynette Talbott. Class is open to all ability levels. Tahoe Center for Health and Sports Performance, 10710 Donner Pass Road, Truckee.

Overeaters Anonymous

Compulsive overeaters are invited to a new weekly meeting of Overeaters Anonymous, which began on April 7. Overeaters Anonymous offers support, hope and strength at a new meeting in North Lake Tahoe, Mondays, 6-7 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 341 Village Blvd., Incline Village. Overeaters Anonymous (OA) is not a religious organization or a diet club. OA is a worldwide fellowship, with more than 7,000 meetings in approximately 80 countries. There are no dues, fees, or weigh-ins. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop eating compulsively. Members of OA range from the morbidly obese to the anorexic and bulimic. These individuals experience many different symptoms, and have various difficulties with food. What they have in common is the admission they are powerless over food and their lives had become unmanageable as a result. OA members work together to recover from compulsive eating. OA is a 12-step program, patterned after Alcoholics Anonymous. Participants work through the 12 steps with a sponsor. Weekly meetings offer group support and welcome anyone who might be in need of help. OA members maintain anonymity, which enables the group to offer unconditional acceptance and support for all. For more information visit www.oa.org, locally www.nnsi.oar2.org or call 775-745-6807.

Affordable lab screenings

A simple way to start taking charge of your health. Affordable lab tests and screenings each month at two convenient locations, the Tahoe Forest Laboratory Draw Station in Truckee, Calif. and Incline Village Community Hospital in Incline Village. No appointment is necessary. Regular physical exams by your healthcare provider and screening tests are an important part of preventive healthcare.

Incline Village Community Hospital, 880 Alder Ave., Incline Village. Second Friday of the month, 8-9 a.m., April 11, May 9, June 13, July 11, Aug. 8, Sept. 12, Oct. 10, Nov. 14, and Dec. 12. For more information call 775-833-4100.

Tahoe Forest Laboratory Draw Station, 10956 Donner Pass Road, Ste. 230, Truckee, Calif., inside the Medical Office Building. Second Wednesday of the month, 7-9 a.m., April 9, May 14, June 11, July 9, Aug. 13, Sept. 10, Oct. 8, Nov. 12, and Dec. 10. For more information call 530-582-3277.

Salsa — again

Starting April 16 on Wednesdays from 7:30-8:45 p.m. Salsa (novice-level), a very popular energetic Latin dance with crisp turns and sharp moves! It originated in New York with strong influences from Latin America, particularly Cuba and Puerto Rico. Novice Salsa is fun and fast … but not too fast! The goal of novice-level dancing is to become comfortable with basic dance fundamentals, then apply them to a style of dance.

Register: Incline Village Parks and Recreation Department at 980 Incline Way.

New member orientation

If you are a new member to the Incline Village Recreation Center, sign up for a complimentary “get acquainted” orientation. New members will receive a facility tour, an overview of the fitness/weight room, and some helpful program and class information. Call 775-832-1350 to make an appointment.

Daylong meditation instruction

Wednesday, April 23, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Sundays, April 27 and May 18, noon-5 p.m., For Goodness Sake Truckee, with Polly Ryan, MA.

Appropriate for beginning and advanced students. Focus on both seated and walking meditation: development of Shamatha (meditative quiescence) and Vipassana (meditative insight) through the exploration of techniques taught in the Satipatana (Four Foundations of Mindfulness) and Anipanasati (Mindfulness of Breathing) Sutras. Take a sack lunch for a 30-minute lunch break. Suggested donation: $40-60 per session. No one turned away for lack of funds. Also available by Web Ex. Register at FGS, call 530-550-8981.

Community announcements for North Lake Tahoe and Truckee

April 8, 2014 — 

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Content for briefs is selected from e-mail submissions to Community Editor Amy Edgett at aedgett@sierrasun.com. E-mail for print submissions may be 150 words. Items are published in the print edition news space permitting. To enter community events online, visit www.tahoedailytribune.com/NorthShore/nCommunityCalendar, for entertainment www.tahoe.com.

Game and Soup Nights

Spring has sprung the grass has riz, I wonder where the flowers iz (with apologies to Ogden Nash). Since we can’t suggest that people come in from the cold we are just inviting people to enjoy our last few weeks of Game and Soup Nights on Thursday, said Merra Beser. Meet at the North Tahoe Event Center, 8318 North Lake Blvd., Kings Beach, 5-7 p.m. now through May 15.

The event may get extended or changed for the summer months but that depends on attendance and how much interest continues.

Game & Soup Night is an evening where anyone may enjoy socializing, hot soup and sandwiches, and board games with friends. Cribbage is very popular, as is Yahtzee. There is usually a table with card games (sorry no betting allowed). Attendees get to take home left overs (if there are any) and admittance is by donation or free — depending on your mood. Dress is casual and children are welcome with well behaved grown-ups.

This week’s menu includes mushroom soup and turkey meatball soup, and there is usually a vegetarian offering. Sandwiches are lunch meat and cheese, just cheese and PB&J. Donations of dollars and food are gratefully accepted. If you are interested in volunteering simply drop by or call Meera at 775-230-1066.

Enjoy Dining for Schools discounts April 6-June 13

It is spring and time to dig out your Dining for Schools card and enjoy one of your favorite local restaurants. Tahoe Truckee Excellence in Education Foundation’s Dining for Schools cards, which give diners a discount at select Tahoe Truckee area restaurants, are valid Sunday-Thursday, April 6 through June 19, 2014.

Dining for Schools cards provide 50 percent off entrees at all participating Truckee and North Shore restaurants. Cards cost $50 each and entitle the purchaser to unlimited use during the specified program dates. The cards are available at Save Mart (Truckee and Tahoe City) and Safeway (Truckee and Kings Beach), Mountain Hardware and online at www.ExinEd.org.

Tree Top Co-ops and Forest Charter School informational meetings

Forest Charter School will hold prospective student informational meetings for the 2014/2015 school year for in the Pioneer Center on the first floor of the Sierra Building. Tree Top Co-op supports individualized learning styles through community engagement, a safe and positive school environment, interactive approaches to standards-based education. The small, site-based class sizes allow for creative instruction through thematic units, outdoor, and experiential education.

All meetings will be held from 5:30-6:30 p.m. General information meetings: Thursday, April 10, Tuesday, May 6, Wednesday, May 28.

Visit www.forestcharter.com and 530-550-7205.

Tahoe Truckee Flyfishers meeting

Tahoe Truckee Flyfishers will meet on Thursday, April 10 for a program on fly fishing and conventional angling for big fish in the blue water and freestone streams surrounding the Baranof Wilderness Lodge in Southeast Alaska. The lodge is owned by Mike and Sally Trotter; longtime Donner Summit residents. Captain Chris Maher will talk about the basic rigging methods and which flies to use for the five species of salmon, Dolly Varden, rockfish and halibut available at the lodge. He will share some stunning photography and describe living the dream in Alaska!

The meeting is free to attend and all are welcome – from beginner to expert fly fishers — on April 10, 6 p.m. at the Truckee Community Recreation Center. Contact TTFF at TTFlyfishers@gmail.com or visit www.TTFF.net for more information.

Retirement party for Ed Stuart

Celebrate the end of an era and the beginning new era. Ed Stuart will retire on April 30 after providing quality child care at Little Sprouts, 2810 Lake Forest Road, Tahoe City, for over 30 years.

Little Sprouts will continue to move forward under the direction of Erin Kirkpatrick. Erin will provide parents with her own “3E Program” stressing education, exercise, and empathy accompanied with competitive rates to make quality child care affordable to all families. Ed is thrilled to know Little Sprouts will continue to provide the community with caring and compassionate child care for the coming years.

Please join the Little Sprouts “family” on Sunday, April 13, 4 p.m. at Wolfdale’s, 640 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City to celebrate the end of Ed’s long career and the beginning of the rest of his life. There will be a no host bar and appetizers. For more information call 530-583-7543.

Rep. McClintock’s office Truckee Veterans Forum

April 17, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Truckee-Tahoe Airport, Experimental Aircraft Association Building, 10356 Truckee Airport Road, Truckee.

Congressman Tom McClintock’s office is providing a forum for veterans’ service providers, American Legion and VFW representatives, and community program sponsors that assist active-duty military, wounded warriors, and military families.

Representatives of Veterans’ advocacy groups or related organizations are asked to contact Joel Scott at the Congressman’s Granite Bay office, 916-786-5560, if they wish to participate in the forum.

The forum will provide Veterans with the information they need to access the benefits they have earned. Representatives from Nevada County and Placer County Veterans Service Offices will join the Congressman’s staff to provide information on filing claims with the Veterans Benefits Administration.

Creative Writing: Short Story

Do you want to write fiction? In this workshop develop and improve your short story writing by exploring process, character, plot, conflict, setting, time, point of view, and other literary elements through readings, in-class writing, and discussion. This intense four-week class includes group workshop of your writing for constructive feedback, with the goal of writing and revising a short story. Publishing venues will be targeted for anyone who wants to be held to a deadline!

Sierra College, Tahoe-Truckee Campus, 11001 College Trail, Truckee, April 30-May 21, Wednesdays, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost is $89.

Instructor Karen Terrey has a MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College. She teaches English as an Adjunct Professor at Lake Tahoe Community College, and works as a writing coach in Truckee. Her poems are published in various journals, including Sierra Nevada Review, Rhino, Meadow, Edge, WordRiot, Puerto Del Sol, and Wild Apples.

Pre-registration required at www.sccommed.org or 916-781-6280.

Village Notes: What’s happening in Incline Village

April 2, 2014 — 

Welcome April. This month is always filled with lots of fun at TahoeL the Dummy Downhill at Diamond Peak, Easter, Earth day, Incline Star Follies and don’t forget everyone’s favorite, Tax Day.

Mark Twain is hosting historian, author and speaker, Mark McLaughlin on Friday, April 4, at the Mark Twain Cultural Center and Toccata Guttman Music Hall. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the speaker begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are available by email at mcavoylayne@gmail.com or 775-833-1835.

The Diamond Peak Dummy Downhill is one of the best events of the year. The event begins with judging at 11: a.m. on Sunday, April 6, and once the judging is over, the fun begins. The Base Lodge Deck is the best spot to watch as the dummies compete.

A special fundraiser for WARF and the Northern Nevada Bulldog Rescue is in Reno from 1-3:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 6, at the Hacienda at 10580 N. McCarran Blvd. Tickets are now on sale. Visit facebook.com/events/276780262479508 for information.

The North Tahoe Hebrew Congregation will have its Passover Mountain Seder at 5:30 p.m. at Granlibakken Resort in Tahoe City. Reservations must be made by April 10 to Ernie Grossman ernestgrossman@sbcglobal.net or Rose at rlorenstein@gmail.com.

Another Mark Twain event happens when the doors open at 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 19, at the Mark Twain Cultural Center & Toccata Guttman Music Hall. Author of just published, Saving Lake Tahoe will be the guest speaker. To purchase tickets email mcavoylane@gmail.com or call 775-833-1835.

Tahoe Family Solutions annual dinner at Big Water Grille begins at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 13. This event sells out so be sure to get tickets now. For information visit www.tahoefamily.org or call 775-298-0004.

Save the date now. Participate on June 7 in a very special hike with your dog. This is hosted by Natural Paws and will benefit the Pet Network Humane Society and the Canine Rehabilitation Center & Sanctuary. For more information visit www.naturalpawsreno.com or call 775-853-3533.

No Birthdays to celebrate this week. I know someone celebrated a birthday early but we are not going to announce it until next week. Also, happy belated birthday on March 30 to Bonanza Sports Editor Sylas Wright.

The best deal and steal this week is at Raley’s. Once again they have some great specials and offer Something Extra points for the specials. Susan Herron found some great specials plus the Red Chili Pepper Boursin Cheese. I dare you to have just one cracker with the cheese on it.

As always send in your birthdays, anniversaries, and news, along with the best deals or steals you can find, to jeanmeick@aol.com.

Community announcements for North Lake Tahoe and Truckee

March 31, 2014 — 

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Content for briefs is selected from e-mail submissions to Community Editor Amy Edgett at aedgett@sierrasun.com. To enter community events online, visit www.tahoedailytribune.com/NorthShore/nCommunityCalendar, for entertainment www.tahoe.com.

TRWC Lunch & Learn

Are you a Truckee-area landscaper, landscape designer, in the nursery business, part of a maintenance crew or just curious about the Truckee River Watershed Council?

Join TRWC Wednesday, April 23, Cedar House Sport Hotel, 10918 Brockway Road, Truckee for a River-Friendly Landscaping and Weed Warriors Lunch & Learn. Stay for the Weed Identification Workshop immediately following.

Free lunch for Lunch & Learn attendees. Learn how to help the Truckee River watershed through implementation of River-Friendly Landscaping measures (BMP’s). Receive weed identification materials and how to educate people and work in the watershed to identify, report and manage the spread of invasive weeds. Noon-1:30 p.m., Lunch & Learn; 1:30-3:30 p.m., Optional Weed Warriors Weed Identification Workshop.

RSVP by April 5 to Jeannette Halderman at jhalderman@truckeeriverwc.org or 530-550-8760.

Funding for Weed Warriors, sponsored by Truckee River Watershed Council, has been provided by the Martis Fund.

Funding for River-Friendly Landscaping has been provided full or in part through an agreement with the State Water Resources Control Board and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under the Federal Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Program (Clean Water Act Section 319).

Spring it On!

Northstar’s annual Spring it On! Festival is scheduled for Saturday, April 5 and Sunday, April 6. The two-day spring celebration will offer family activities such as live music, complimentary balloon twisting and face painting for kids and kids-at-heart at The Lodge at Big Springs. In addition, Northstar will host live music every weekend throughout spring, as well as daily skating and the Ripperoo kids’ parade each Saturday afternoon — all in The Village at Northstar. Easter egg hunts and photos with the Easter bunny are scheduled for Sunday, April 20, as well.

Poetry reading

Join a free community event in honor of National Poetry Month with poet June Sylvester Saraceno.

She will read from her newly released book of poetry, “Of Dirt and Tar,” on Friday, April 4, 6-7 p.m. at Sierra College Tahoe-Truckee campus.

June Sylvester Saraceno is author of “Altars of Ordinary Light,” and a chapbook of prose poems “Mean Girl Trips,” in addition to her latest collection of “Dirt and Tar.” She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Bowling Green State University

Currently, she is English Program Chair at Sierra Nevada College where she directs the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and is faculty in the low-residency MFA program. She is founding editor of the Sierra Nevada Review.

Her work has appeared in Mead Magazine, Smartish Pace, Southwestern American Literature, Tar River Poetry, Word Riot and many other journals and anthologies.

Read more about “Of Dirt and Tar” at www.tahoedailytribune.com, search Saraceno.

Culinary Tour de France

Have you ever wanted to gain a deeper knowledge of French food, wines, and cooking techniques? Then Stella’s four part lunch-lecture series, “Culinary Tour de France,” is for you. Join Executive Chef Jacob Burton or a multi-course lunch lecture. Each lecture will focus on techniques, influences and food culture, complete with a dish and wine pairing constructed to showcase the unique nature of the specific French region being discussed.

April 12: Northern and Central France; Nord Pas de Calais, Picardie, Paris, Limousin, Auvergne

May 10: Western France; Normandy, Brittany, Loire Valley, Poistous Charente

June 14: Southern France; Aquitaine, Midi Pyrenees, Languedoc Roussillon, Phone Alps, Provence, Riviera

The educational sessions take place noon-2:30 p.m. The cost is $97 per person (plus tax) and an additional $33 per person for wine pairing.

For reservations call 530-582-5655 or email Stay@cedarhousesporthotel.com with “Culinary Tour De France” in the subject line.

Rep. McClintock’s office

Truckee Veterans Forum

April 17, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Truckee-Tahoe Airport, Experimental Aircraft Association Building, 10356 Truckee Airport Road, Truckee.

Congressman Tom McClintock’s office is providing a forum for veterans’ service providers, American Legion and VFW representatives, and community program sponsors that assist active-duty military, wounded warriors, and military families.

Representatives of Veterans’ advocacy groups or related organizations are asked to contact Joel Scott at the Congressman’s Granite Bay office, 916-786-5560, if they wish to participate in the forum.

The forum will provide Veterans with the information they need to access the benefits they have earned. Representatives from Nevada County and Placer County Veterans Service Offices will join the Congressman’s staff to provide information on filing claims with the Veterans Benefits Administration.

Tahoe Truckee Earth Day

The 2014 Tahoe Truckee Earth Day Festival will return to Squaw Valley on Saturday, April 19. The free community event takes place in The Village at Squaw Valley from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and gives kids and adults the opportunity to learn about recycling, composting, alternative energy, and sustainability through hands-on activities the whole family can enjoy.

At a diverse array of earth-friendly booths, participants can get dirty in the “composting zone,” explore new ways to recycle, learn about solar energy, and check out the “EarthCapades” — a series of environmental presentations designed to teach viewers ways to protect and preserve Earth’s natural resources.

The event also boasts live music, raffle prizes, a dance presentation, “Trashion” show, and free community recycling event to collect old or used household batteries.

T.A.R.T. will be offering free return bus services from the festival to North Lake Tahoe, Incline Village and Truckee.

The Tahoe Truckee Earth Day Festival is a “zero-waste” event. Food and biodegradable waste will be collected by volunteers and Incline Village General Improvement District’s (IVGID) Waste Not to be composted. In addition, all food vendors will use biodegradable take-out containers.

Visit tahoetruckeeearthday.com.

Call for volunteers

Trails & Vistas is an art hike created by people who love the blending of art in nature. Started in 1994, the art hikes have grown and thrived through the energy of volunteers. Current volunteer opportunities include being a storytelling guide on Sept. 6 or 7 and welcoming visitors to the Saturday evening concert on Sept. 6. Many people with different talents work with Trails & Vistas to organize the celebration of the environment through the arts. Trails & Vistas is a guided art-hike where the audience experiences performances and beautiful art installations along a two-mile trail. Each group consists of 30 hikers and is guided by a Trail Leader. Trails & Vistas blends walking in nature with artistic expression. Visit trailsandvistas.org to sign up to volunteer under the “Support us” tab. The first training session will take place in mid May 2014.

Sunshine Letter | BEARy nice event

March 30, 2014 — 

BEARy nice event

We have another SnowFest! under our belts and the BEAR League would like to thank all of the people who made our SnowFest! event “Paint the Bear” a complete success once again.

First, we would like to thank North Tahoe Arts for co-sponsoring the event with us again this year and to Wendy Cook and Kellie Cutler for the great organization. Second, sincere thanks to Mr. Jim Driscoll and his 1 p.m. woodworking class at Truckee High School for making the wooden bears the young artists had the pleasure of painting.

We could not have gotten it all done without the help of BEAR League members Marlene Prins, Kim Ferguson, Ted and Sherry Guzzi, Traelynn Ramsey-Neal, The Ferrall family, Karen Wagner who read to the children while they waited their turn to paint, and last but not least Christina Steele, our lovable bear.

The artists enjoyed apple juice and homemade bear-shaped cookies with a little chocolate thrown in for good measure while their parents took in the bear art that was displayed on the walls. Truly, we could not have done it without every one of these energetic volunteers and we are so grateful for their service. The event would have been nothing without the young people who enjoyed making the bears that now grace so many walls in their homes.

See you next year!

Kathy Davisson, event coordinator

Ann Bryant, executive director, BEAR League

Sunshine Letter | First-ever Community Night Out

March 30, 2014 — 

First-ever Community Night Out

Kings Beach Parents’ Co-op families are so proud of the awesome success of our first-ever Community Night Out!

The family friendly event raised important funds for our nonprofit preschool. We are so appreciative of all the community businesses for their auction and raffle donations. And the event would not have been possible without co-op members providing hours of volunteer time before and during the event.

The atmosphere was perfect – with the setting at The Chateau (thank you, IVGID!) and music by Bias & Dunn. The food from Jack Lyons at Men Wielding Fire was delicious. And thank you to Monty Webb from Jason’s for the linens.

The little ones had a blast in the children’s room! Oskar the Skulptor was a favorite with his balloon art, and Deborah Hakam did some beautiful and creative face painting.

A huge thank you to all of you who came out to join us. We will see you again next year!

Kings Beach Parents’ Co-op

Community announcements for North Lake Tahoe

March 30, 2014 — 

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Content for the weekly community briefs section is selected from e-mail submissions to editor@tahoebonanza.com. Please include the 5w’s: who, what, when, where and why, website and contact information.

Tenebrae worship service

St. Francis of Assisi Choir, “The Seven Last Days” a Tenebrae service, Friday, April 11, 5 p.m. on St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 701 Mt. Rose Hwy., Incline Village.

Enhance the Lenten journey through music and scripture.

Join a deeply moving and meaningful Tenebrae worship service as St. Francis of Assisi choir and guest musicians present “The Seven Last Days.” This 30-minute work by composer Joel Raney features narratives, choral anthems and the lighting and extinguishing of candles, leading us on a journey depicting each of the events of Christ’s last days as described in the book of Matthew. This service will be held in lieu of The Stations of the Cross and will be followed by the Knights of Columbus Friday Fish Fry. All are welcome!

For more information, visit www.sftahoe.org or contact Lynne Cibulsky, music liturgy and media publications director at LynneC@sftahoe.org or 775-831-0490.

Free tax preparation

Free preparation of federal and California tax returns is now available for households with income under $52,000.

This service helps people to receive all of the tax credits to which they are entitled. Through the April 15 filing deadline, tax preparation appointments are available Wednesdays and Thursdays, 4-8 p.m. and Saturday April 12, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. All appointments at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Non-Profit Center, 948 Incline Way, Incline Village, call Tahoe Family Solutions at 775-298-0004.

Tax returns are prepared by IRS-certified volunteers under the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program operated by Tahoe Family Solutions. VITA representatives are also available to meet with local businesses and other organizations to provide information about the free tax preparation services and answer questions.

If you would like to schedule a visit, contact Mike Smith at 775-830-2050 or via e-mail at msmithtahoe@gmail.com.

Incline Village Library news

Display cases: Watercolors by Jeane Ryan.Through April 26, Food for fines. Washoe County Library System partners with the Food Bank of Northern Nevada and Project MANA for annual “Food for Fines at the Library” event. Patrons take in one non-perishable food item for every overdue book or other item. Food cannot be exchanged for lost or damaged library materials. April 9, 4-5 p.m. Bruka’s Theater for Children. Professional local actors include their audience in the live (and always hilarious) theatrical production of a classic Grimm’s fairytale.

April 10, 6:30-8 p.m. War on Debt. With Dani Johnson’s free one-hour long video course, War On Debt, its viewers, young and old will gain power over their finances and begin their personal journey of debt free living. Local nurse, Amy Woods, hosts this presentation and will share how she has benefited from this video and will be available for Q and A.

April 16, 4-5 p.m. Easter Story Time. Hop on over to your library for a fun time celebrating Easter Holiday. There will be stories, crafts, and an Easter egg hunt.

April 18, 2-4 p.m. Lifescapes. Writing program where seniors are given an opportunity to write and share their memoirs. New members are always welcome. Lifescapes is a project sponsored by the Washoe County Library System, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), and the Department of English, University of Nevada, Reno.

April 19, noon-2 p.m. Seniors to Seniors Computer Help. A group of tech-savvy seniors from Incline High School will be available to help you with your computer-related questions. Take your laptop, tablet, phone, e-reader or other device and learn something new.

April 23, 4-4:45 p.m. Family Story Time. Children of all ages are welcome for stories, songs, games, and crafts.

Incline Village Library, open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., 845 Alder Ave., Incline Village, 775-832-4130.

Adding an art museum

The Mark Twain Cultural Center & Toccata Guttman Music Hall announces the addition of an art museum. Lake Tahoe artists will fill the center with fine art that can be purchased for a small fortune. Each exhibit will stay up for three months, which began the first of April, All Fools Day, that day upon which we are all reminded of what we are on the other 364 days of the year. All local artists are invited to participate. Of course premium space will be allocated to portraits or busts of Mark Twain. Email McAvoy Layne, mcavoylayne@gmail.com or call 775-833-1835.

Henceforth the center will be known worldwide as “The Mark Twain Cultural Center - Art Museum & Toccata Guttman Music Hall.”

New preschool aged program announced

Tahoe’s Connection for Families (TCF) annnounced a new program designed specifically for preschool-aged children and their parents. TCF will offer a Spanish-English bilingual language and culture class and open gym playtime for preschoolers ages 3-5. Join Spanish language and culture class on Mondays, 3-4:30 p.m., and open gym playtime in TCF’s 1,700-square-foot gym and wheel room Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 3-5 p.m. Parents or caregivers must accompany their child(ren).One Monday per month, TCF Director Laurean Meyer will offer a parenting education class for parents and caregivers with topics on childhood development topics specific to preschool ages. Class size is limited to 12 children. Tuition varies with enrollment options, call 775-832-8230 for more information or to enroll.

Learn more at www.tcfkids.org.

Liberty Utilities scholarships announced

Liberty Utilities again offers academic scholarships for eligible high school and college students within its service territory: South Tahoe High School, Loyalton High School, Douglas High School (students residing in Alpine County only), Coleville High School, North Tahoe High School and Portola High School, as well as Lake Tahoe Community College.

The six high school scholarships are $500 each (an increase from $250 each). High school seniors must have a minimum unweighted GPA of 2.5 and be accepted to an accredited four-year or two-year university or college or accredited vocational school. They also must have community service experience where they reside.

The Lake Tahoe Community College scholarship is $750 (an increase from $500).

Interested students should contact their school’s financial aid office or counselor to obtain an application. The individual schools have different deadlines, but all scholarships will be awarded starting mid-May through the end of June. Liberty Utilities representatives will attend the school’s awards ceremonies to present the scholarships.

Health and wellness announcements for North Lake Tahoe

March 30, 2014 — 

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Content for the weekly Health and Wellness section is selected from e-mail submissions to Bonanza editor Kevin MacMillan at kmacmillan@tahoebonanza.com. Please send the 5w’s: who, what, when, where and why, plus website and contact information.

Affordable lab screenings

A simple way to start taking charge of your health. Affordable lab tests and screenings each month at two convenient locations, the Tahoe Forest Laboratory Draw Station in Truckee, Calif. and Incline Village Community Hospital in Incline Village. No appointment is necessary. Regular physical exams by your healthcare provider and screening tests are an important part of preventive healthcare.

Incline Village Community Hospital, 880 Alder Ave., Incline Village. Second Friday of the month, 8-9 a.m., April 11, May 9, June 13, July 11, Aug. 8, Sept. 12, Oct. 10, Nov. 14, and Dec. 12. For more information call 775-833-4100.

Tahoe Forest Laboratory Draw Station, 10956 Donner Pass Road, Ste. 230, Truckee, Calif., inside the Medical Office Building. Second Wednesday of the month, 7-9 a.m., April 9, May 14, June 11, July 9, Aug. 13, Sept. 10, Oct. 8, Nov. 12, and Dec. 10. For more information call 530-582-3277.

Military Adaptive Winter Sports Camp, Ability Bash

Disabled Sports USA Far West announces Ability Celebration honoring injured military service men and women in North Lake Tahoe through April 5. Disabled Sports hosts 20 wounded warriors and their guests for a weeklon camp of adaptive skiing and snowboarding to support their therapy and reintegration into the community.

The 20th Annual Ability Bash Fundraiser will be held Friday April 4, Squaw Valley Conference Center (formerly the Olympic Village Inn). Dinner, dance and silent auction. An evening of celebration and tribute to these Service men and women who have sacrificed so much for our freedom.

Ability Challenge “FUN”draiser, Saturday, April 5 at Squaw Valley. The Ability Challenge is a social campaign building support for Disabled Sports USA Far West. Register your team today and get a day of skiing or riding at Squaw Valley to celebrate your success in raising $200 and more for Disabled Sports. Challenge team also gets lunch and a rockin’ après ski party. For every “mountain challenge” your team completes, receive a raffle ticket for prizes like skis and snowboards.

With over 90 chapters serving more than 60,000 people nationwide, Disabled Sports USA is the nation’s largest nonprofit, multi-sport and multi-disability organization. Visit www.disabledsports.net.

Season for Nonviolence Weekly Meetings

On Wednesdays, through April 9, 6-7 p.m. “Be the Change Visioning and Meditations” will be held at the Center for Spiritual Living Tahoe-Truckee, 700 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, above the Tahoe City Marina. Join ministerial student Maggie Wattle and to focus on and create a more peaceful, nonviolent existence for the world. This coincides with the annual Season for Peace and Nonviolence (www.64days.org). Love donation accepted.

“A Season for Nonviolence is a national 64-day educational, media, and grassroots campaign dedicated to demonstrating that nonviolence is a powerful way to heal, transform, and empower our lives and our communities. Inspired by the 50th and 30th memorial anniversaries of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., this international event honors their vision for an empowered, nonviolent world.” (www.64days.org). For more information call 530-581-5117.

Camp XTREME

Day camps, grades kindergarten through fifth. Experienced and responsible staff will lead campers on numerous exciting adventures. Campers will enjoy activities, which include swimming, arts and crafts, games, and more, April 14-18. Visit www.inclinerecreation.com.

Personal sports training

Incline Village Recreation Center offers individual sport instruction in volleyball, baseball, softball, basketball. Fees vary depending on sport focus. For more information about individual sport instruction, or to make an appointment call the Sports Office at 775-832-1322. Featured personal sport coache: volleyball, Tony Graeber, indoor and beach volleyball player and veteran coach of Incline Middle School and IVGID volleyball clinics.

Two new classes at Tahoe Yoga Institute

This month enjoy two new offerings at Tahoe Yoga Institute in Tahoe City: Iyengar Level 1-2 on Tuesdays, 9-10:30 a.m., with Deborah Lapkin and Core Fusion on Wednesdays, noon-1 p.m. with Madona Casini. Iyengar yoga focuses on technique, precision and alignment. Lapkin has been a fully certified Iyengar teacher since 2009, and has been practicing yoga since 1998. Casini is the owner of Tahoe Yoga Institute and is a trained fitness and Pilates instructor. Her Core Fusion is a Pilates core-based workout combined with gentle stretching and yoga followed by the use of rollers. Both classes can cater to all levels of flexibility and strength. Cost is $15 drop-in, with membership specials available. Tahoe Yoga Institute, 475 North Lake Blvd., Ste. 251, Tahoe City. Call 530-581-1005 or visit tahoeyogainstitute.com.

Community announcements for North Lake Tahoe and Truckee

March 30, 2014 — 

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Content for briefs is selected from e-mail submissions to Community Editor Amy Edgett at aedgett@sierrasun.com. E-mail for print submissions may be 150 words. Items are published in the print edition news space permitting. To enter community events online, visit www.tahoedailytribune.com/NorthShore/nCommunityCalendar, for entertainment www.tahoe.com.

Savvy Dog training classes

Upcoming Puppy Socialization and Basic Obedience/ Good Manners classes for adolescent and adult dogs are starting April 2 and 3. Find more information about all classes at www.thesavvydog.net or call Carla Brown at 530-448-9808. Classes are held at the town of Truckee/Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe Animal Shelter located at 10961 Stevens Lane.

Poetry reading

Join a free community event in honor of National Poetry Month with poet June Sylvester Saraceno.

She will read from her newly released book of poetry, “Of Dirt and Tar,” on Friday, April 4, 6-7 p.m. at Sierra College Tahoe-Truckee campus.

June Sylvester Saraceno is author of “Altars of Ordinary Light,” and a chapbook of prose poems “Mean Girl Trips,” in addition to her latest collection of “Dirt and Tar.” She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Bowling Green State University

Currently, she is English Program Chair at Sierra Nevada College where she directs the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and is faculty in the low-residency MFA program. She is founding editor of the Sierra Nevada Review.

Her work has appeared in Mead Magazine, Smartish Pace, Southwestern American Literature, Tar River Poetry, Word Riot and many other journals and anthologies.

Read more about “Of Dirt and Tar” at www.tahoedailytribune.com, search Saraceno.

Rep. McClintock’s office

Truckee Veterans Forum

April 17, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Truckee-Tahoe Airport, Experimental Aircraft Association Building, 10356 Truckee Airport Road, Truckee.

Congressman Tom McClintock’s office is providing a forum for veterans’ service providers, American Legion and VFW representatives, and community program sponsors that assist active-duty military, wounded warriors, and military families.

Representatives of veterans’ advocacy groups or related organizations are asked to contact Joel Scott at the Congressman’s Granite Bay office, 916-786-5560, to participate.

The forum will provide veterans with the information they need to access the benefits they have earned. Nevada County and Placer County Veterans Service Offices representatives will join the Congressman’s staff to provide information on filing claims with the Veterans Benefits Administration.

Old school Little League

Little League Baseball is celebrating it’s 75th Anniversary this season. Truckee Little League is looking for individuals who played during the first 10 seasons of Little League, 1961-1971. If you know of anyone, send us an email to info@truckeelittleleague.com. Include the player’s name, the year(s) they played and a photo if available.Little League would like to recognize these individuals during Opening Day celebrations on Saturday, April 26.

Tree Top Co-ops and Forest Charter School informational meetings

Forest Charter School will hold prospective student informational meetings for the 2014/2015 school year for in the Pioneer Center on the first floor of the Sierra Building. Tree Top Co-op supports individualized learning styles through community engagement, a safe and positive school environment, interactive approaches to standards-based education. The small, site-based class sizes allow for creative instruction through thematic units, outdoor, and experiential education.

All meetings will be held from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Fifth and sixth-grade meetings Tuesday, April 8. General information meetings: Thursday, April 10, Tuesday, May 6, Wednesday, May 28.

Visit www.forestcharter.com and 530-550-7205.

Nominate now for Linda Brown Fellows Awards & Star Awards

The Tahoe Truckee Excellence in Education Foundation is accepting nominations for the 2014/2015 Linda Brown Fellows Awards and the Star Awards. Linda Brown Fellows Award recipients each receive $2,000 to be used to enhance educational work within the district. In addition, both Linda Brown Fellows awards recipients and Star Award recipients receive $1,000 for their personal use.

The Fellows Program was created to help promote and acknowledge excellence in education. It was named in honor of Linda Brown, a longtime teacher in the school district and a past president of the Excellence in Education Foundation. The honor is presented to outstanding teachers and staff members who demonstrate originality, innovation and dedication.

The Star Award recognizes classified employees who positively impact the lives of the students by providing outstanding support in their positions. All certificated and classified employees in the TTUSD who are employed for at least 80 percent of the school year are eligible for the awards.

The Foundation is asking the community to help identify and celebrate more of these wonderful educators. Award nominations may come from parents and community members, as well as any TTUSD faculty or staff member.

Self-nominations or nominations from Excellence in Education board members will not be accepted. Nomination forms can be found at all district schools, the district office, or www.exined.org, and must be postmarked or hand delivered to the Excellence in Education office at 11071 Donner Pass Road in Truckee by Thursday, May 1, 2014.

The 2014-2015 recipients will be announced in the fall.

For more information call 530-550-7984 or visit exined.org.

Become an English tutor

You can help adults in Truckee improve their reading, writing, and speaking. Volunteer to become an English tutor with the Read Up! program, a free tutoring service based out of the Truckee Library. There will be a tutor training in March in Truckee for new tutor incumbents at a mutually convenient time. Books and training are provided. English tutoring is an enjoyable and productive opportunity to give back to the community. You must be at least 18 years of age. Contact Rolann Aronson, Truckee Read Up coordinator, at 530-575-7030 for more information.

Business announcements for North Lake Tahoe and Truckee

March 30, 2014 — 

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif.— Content for briefs is selected from e-mail submissions to Community Editor Amy Edgett at aedgett@sierrasun.com.

CATT invites you to a membership orientation

The Contractors Association of Truckee Tahoe (CATT) announced a Membership Orientation for prospective members, new members, and existing CATT members on Wednesday, April 2, 4 p.m. at the Hotel Truckee Tahoe, 11331 Brockway Road, Truckee. Light snacks will be served.

The Membership Orientation is open to all building contractors, specialty contractors, suppliers, and design professionals who work in the Truckee Tahoe area. The Orientation is geared to individuals and companies who want to maximize promotional efforts while being kept up to date on local building codes, fees, remodel trends, and more. Learn about CATT benefits and services and how to get the most out of a CATT membership. Current CATT members encouraged to attend. This is an opportunity to meet CAT Board Members and Committee Chairs, and find out how the membership dollars are spent.

For more information contact Kim Cross at 530-550-9999 or memberinfo@ca-tt.com. Visit CATT online at www.ca-tt.com.

Demystifying Solar Energy

The solar energy workshop will be held Thursday, April 3, 6 p.m. at the Tahoe Donner Club House with Mark Dickson, a NABCEP certified PV solar designer and installer and Simple Power, a division of Kelly Brothers Painting, Inc.

Topics to be covered will include what PV Solar is and how it works in simple terms; if PV Solar is the right solution for you; steps to take in your home or business to increase efficiency before installing a system; and current tax incentives and rebates available to residents and business owners who install PV Solar systems.

For more information call 530-550-0806, visit www.Kellybrotherspainting.com or email info@Kellybrotherspainting.com.

AT&T rolls out 4G

AT&T has expanded its 4G LTE network in Reno, bringing more customers the latest generation of wireless network technology. AT&T launched 4G LTE in Reno on Dec. 13, 2012 and the expanded coverage is part of its ongoing rollout across the market.

AT&T 4G LTE coverage now includes parts of Truckee and Grass Valley.

Open Counter web tool

The Town of Truckee has launched OpenCounter:Truckee. A web-based tool, OpenCounter helps start-up businesses interested in Truckee estimate the time, costs and processes necessary to set up shop.  Each year more than half a million new businesses are formed nationally. These employers are a key element to creating strong communities.

Truckee’s investment in OpenCounter is part of its overall strategy to encourage small business and local economic development. In January 2014, the Town Council approved two new economic development incentive programs: Economic Development Support Program and the Economic Development Fund Program. For more information visit www.townoftruckee.com or call 530-582-2914.

Nonprofit infographic workshop

If a picture is worth a thousand words, than an eye-catching and informative dashboard, map or infographic speaks volumes.

Nonprofits can create data visualization tools that effectively communicate their message to board members, executive directors, funders, staffers or volunteers.

The Center for Nonprofit Leadership of Nevada County is holding a “Dashboards, Maps and Infographics: Tools to Measure & Communicate” workshop from 8:30 a.m. to noon, Friday, April 11, 236 South Church St. in Grass Valley.

Many nonprofit officials “think it’s too complicated, too costly,” said Steve Monaghan, workshop presenter and Chief Information Officer for Nevada County. “But there are some simple things you can do.” Monaghan will answer questions and hold breakout sessions during the workshop.

Registration deadline is April 8. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. April 11. The cost is $45 for one or two CNL members registered from the same organization; $60 for non-members. Additional participants are $25 for the same member organization, and $35 for non-member organizations. The fee includes a continental breakfast.

Visit www.CNLSierra.org, www.facebook.com/NevadaCountyNonProfitLeadership and Twitter @NevCoNonprofits.

Business sponsorships available for Little League

North Tahoe Little League fields baseball teams from the West Shore to Incline Village. Consider becoming a business partner by sponsoring a team and/or displaying your company logo on a field banner. Home Run level sponsor ($450) has only your company name on uniforms, banner at chosen field, and team photo plaque. Triple level sponsor ($350) has shared company names on uniforms, banner at chosen field, and team photo plaque. Double level sponsor ($250) produces a large company logo banner displayed at the field if your choice. Single level sponsor ($150) displays your existing company logo banner at the field of your choice. In California contact Mark Sura, club-bigblue@hotmail.com, in Nevada contact Robyn Hugar, robynhugar@cloud.com.

Support 2014 Earth Day Festival

Consider becoming an Earth Day supporter by making a tax-deductible donation at a designated sponsorship level. Tahoe Truckee Earth Day is also open to event sponsors funding certain aspects of the event i.e. film festival, artwork, etc. Contact Steve at SAddison@squawvnc.com. The Tahoe Truckee Earth Day Festival is a volunteer run, nonprofit event to recognize, celebrate and promote the region’s unique beauty. Drop by the Village at Squaw Valley on April 19, 2014 for fun, live music and entertainment, and to learn how to preserve and protect our local and global natural resources.

Tax help for Eastern County

Nevada County Treasurer & Tax Collector Tina M. Vernon will set up office in the Truckee area to serve Eastern County residents during peak property tax season. This is the first time a seasonal office for the Treasurer & Tax Collector has been available on the Eastern side of the county. Second installments are due no later than April 10, 2014. The seasonal office will be located at the Truckee Sheriff Substation in District V Supervisor Anderson’s office at 10879 Donner Pass Road, Ste. A. Vernon will be available April 7-9, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., and is encouraging residents to come by and pay their property taxes, ask questions, or to just say “hello.” Payments can also be made by mail, postmarked no later than April 10, 2014 and sent to P.O. Box 128, Nevada City, CA 95959-0128 or made in person at the Nevada County Tax Collector’s Office, 950 Maidu Ave. in Nevada City. The office also offers payment by credit card or by virtual check at www.mynevadacounty.com/nc/ttc.

Call for special event grant funding applications

The North Lake Tahoe Resort Association announced $9,000 of grant funding available for special events taking place in the North Lake Tahoe region of Eastern Placer County. Most individual grants will fall within the $500 to $2,500 range.

All grant money is slated for marketing and public relations efforts to promote regional events. Preference will be given to events which encourage overnight stays.

All groups interested in receiving funds must fill out the special event grant application by April 16, 2014. After initial review, select applicants will be asked to give the Grant Funding Task Force a five-minute presentation on April 25, 2014. The presentation to the Board of Directors for approval will take place May 7, 2014 and funding notification to applicants will occur May 8, 2014.

For a copy of the application and more information contact Judy Laverty, the special events program manager for the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association, at 530-581-8702 or at Judy@GoTahoeNorth.com.

Community announcements for North Lake Tahoe and Truckee

March 27, 2014 — 

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Content for briefs is selected from e-mail submissions to Community Editor Amy Edgett at aedgett@sierrasun.com. To enter community events online, visit www.tahoedailytribune.com/NorthShore/nCommunityCalendar, for entertainment www.tahoe.com.

Tahoe’s Got Sole shoe drive ends March 28

“Think Kindness” challenged six schools in the Tahoe Truckee area to a “15 Days of Kindness” Challenge and Shoe Collection. For Goodness Sake will be a collection point for the shoe drive. Support this cause by takin extra shoes (flip-flops, high heels, boots, running shoes, etc.) to For Goodness Sake in downtown Truckee, North Tahoe High, Truckee High School, Incline High School and Sierra High.

For more information, visit www.tahoedailytribune.com, search “sole.”

Beer for Bike Racks event

A beer tasting fundraising event will benefit the Artistic Bike Rack Project on Friday, March 28, 5-8 p.m. New Moon Natural Foods in Truckee will feature brews from the Brewing Lair of Blairsden. 100 percent of your $10 entry goes directly to the Artistic Bike Rack Project. Drink great beer and support public art.

The Truckee Public Art Commission (TPAC), in cooperation with the Truckee-Donner Recreation & Parks District, sponsored a community designed bike rack competition. The goal is to support and encourage bicycling and provide a creative solution to bicycle parking: bike racks functioning as art. Design submissions were due March 14. Winning designs will be announced at the beer tasting event. For details contact tdrpd.art@gmail.com.

Drunken Monkey turns five

On Friday, March 28, 5 p.m. Truckee’s Drunken Monkey will celebrate it’s fifth anniversary with a day of food and drink specials for everyone. Call ahead to reserve a table if you have a group of six or more, or just drop by.

Drunken Monkey is located at The Rock in Truckee at 11253 Brockway Road, between Highway 267 and downtown Truckee. Open Tuesday through Sunday at 11:30 a.m., and Mondays at 5 p.m. For more info call Alicia Barr at 530-582-9755 or email alicia@drunkenmonkeysushi.com.

Truckee Tahoe AirFair & Family Festival T-shirt art contest

The Truckee Tahoe AirFair & Family Festival (TTAF&FF) is hosting a T-shirt art contest for students 18-years-old or younger. Interested candidates must design a T-shirt for the 2014 “Women in Aviation” theme. The winning design will be put on all 2014 commemorative T-shirts, and the winner will be awarded $500. The winner will be mentioned online, in media announcements and acknowledged at the pre-event honorary dinner and AirFair. Application and design submission deadline is March 31, 2014.

For additional information and to download an application visit www.truckeetahoeairfair.com, or call KidZone Museum at 530-587-KIDS (5437).

Savvy Dog training classes

Upcoming Puppy Socialization and Basic Obedience/ Good Manners classes for adolescent and adult dogs are starting April 2 and 3. Find more information about all classes at www.thesavvydog.net or call Carla Brown at 530-448-9808. Classes are held at the town of Truckee/Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe Animal Shelter located at 10961 Stevens Lane.

Tahoe Maritime calls for ‘boat ballet’ volunteers

The new exhibit is coming so it is time for a boat ballet! Get involved with Tahoe Maritime Museum’s newest exhibit, Ghost Ships, by helping Wednesday, April 2. Volunteers will help move boats out of the Museum so staff can start preparation for the new exhibit.

Volunteers meet at the museum in Homewood at 9:30 a.m. This is an all-day event and lunch will be provided. RSVP to Christine at 530-525-9253, ext. 104 or email christine@tahoemaritime.org.

Historical Haunted Tour casting call

Looking for actors, performers and storytellers to bring Truckee’s vibrant past to life. Sunshine Tahoe is now casting volunteers for Truckee’s October 2014 Historic Haunted Tour. This is an opportunity to showcase talents. If you can engage an audience and enjoy playing with people, if history and the arts are important to you and if you want to have a rip-roaring good and spooky time, this is a gig for you. Submit your resume and head shot to kira@catanzarocreations.com. Include a brief statement as to why the Historic Haunted Tour needs you. If you don’t have a head shot or resume, be creative! Actors must be at least 21 years old. The tour will take place on Oct. 16 and 17. Visit www.truckeehistorytour.org.

Project MANA and Feinstein Foundation million dollar challenge

For the 17th year, the Feinstein Foundation has established a challenge grant in the amount of $1,000,000 to assist anti-hunger organizations like Project MANA raise money to fight hunger. During March and April all financial contributions and donations of food count toward the challenge. This year, MANA’s goal is to raise $40,000!

Every dollar and every pound of food (tallied at $1 per pound) contributed to Project MANA through April 30 increases its share off challenge funds.

How can you help? Make a donation, host a food drive or drop off your non-perishable food donation at the Incline Village office.

To make your gift on-line visit or more information about the Feinstein Foundation Challenge visit www.feinsteinfoundation.org. Join this exciting challenge campaign!

Pancake breakfast to benefit seniors

The Monthly Pancake Breakfast fundraiser to benefit the Senior Meals program and the Meals on Wheels will be held on April 6, 8-11:30 a.m. in the Truckee Donner Senior Apartments dining room at 10040 Estates Drive in Truckee. The sponsor is the Truckee Soroptimist. Open to everyone! Adults $7, children $3. Come early.

Culinary Tour de France

Have you ever wanted to gain a deeper knowledge of French food, wines, and cooking techniques? Then Stella’s four part lunch-lecture series, “Culinary Tour de France,” is for you. Join Executive Chef Jacob Burton or a multi-course lunch lecture. Each lecture will focus on techniques, influences and food culture, complete with a dish and wine pairing constructed to showcase the unique nature of the specific French region being discussed.

April 12: Northern and Central France; Nord Pas de Calais, Picardie, Paris, Limousin, Auvergne

May 10: Western France; Normandy, Brittany, Loire Valley, Poistous Charente

June 14: Southern France; Aquitaine, Midi Pyrenees, Languedoc Roussillon, Phone Alps, Provence, Riviera

The educational sessions take place noon-2:30 p.m. The cost is $97 per person (plus tax) and an additional $33 per person for wine pairing.

For reservations call 530-582-5655 or email Stay@cedarhousesporthotel.com with “Culinary Tour De France” in the subject line.

Free defensible space advisory training

The Fire Safe Council of Nevada County (FSCNC) is offering a free two-day training session for their Defensible Space Advisor Program on April 2 and 3, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Station 84 in Nevada City. The first day of the session is classroom-style learning with instructors. No previous experience is necessary and the public is invited to learn more about fire safety in the Sierra Nevada.

Students will learn about implementing defensible space, vegetation models, wildfire behavior, forest health, firewise landscaping, homeowner’s insurance issues, emergency notifications, planning for evacuation and establishing Firewise Communities/US.

Featured speakers include Jeff Dunning with Allstate Insurance; Stephanie Wagner with UC Master Gardeners; David Ray, retired Fire Chief and Dennis Cassella, retired Emergency Services. The multi-media presentations include a dramatic short film of the evacuation of the Oakland-Berkeley Hills fire.

The second day will be a field environment where instructors will make specific recommendations on how to best mitigate wildfire for defensible space and forest health.

To enroll in the class or request a visit at your home, visit www.areyoufiresafe.com or contact the FSCNC at 530-272-1122.

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