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May 29, 2012
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Aim High applications due

Parent orientation announced

Aim High, a summer program designed to support and inspire middle school students over the summer is coming to Truckee Tahoe. The foundation of Aim High is an intensive, engaging and challenging five-week summer school program for current fifth and sixth grade students. Middle school is a crucial juncture and Aim High’s purpose is to reach students and propel them towards success in high school and college. A typical day at Aim High consists of math, science, humanities and issues and choices, plus many extra-curricular activities such as sports, art and field trips. Classes are small, and taught by two teachers, giving students the chance to learn and excel over the summer months. Students are required to attend every day of the program. Applications are available online at and are Wednesday, May 30. Location: Kings Beach Elementary, July 2-Aug. 3, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Free program. Transportation will be provided from Truckee and Tahoe City to and from daily. Parent Orientation Night is Wednesday, June 27. Email Katie Jamison at for information.

Student documentary “Geology of California”

The film “Geology of California, 4,500,000,000 years in the making” is a documentary short that explores the forces that shape California, May 30, 6:30 p.m., The Resort at Squaw Creek, Alpine Room A-B.

The photography, scripts, interview questions, artwork, graphics, and editing were done by the 24 sixth grade students of Sierra Expeditionary Learning School in Truckee. Students partnered with for post-production and have submitted the film to more than a dozen international film festivals. The students are inviting the Tahoe Truckee community to the public premiere of this extraordinary work, Wednesday, May 30, at the Squaw Valley Conference Center.

View the film trailer at Call 402-936-0684 or visit

Weekend Escape Poetry workshop

Poetry workshop with Tangled Roots Writing this Saturday at For Goodness Sake 1-4 p.m. There is still room in this playful workshop. Explore different techniques in writing poetry using prompts that help discover new material. The writing techniques improve any genre and type of writing. Even if you’ve never written poetry, or understood poetry, you will learn how poetry communicates and find inspiration to write your own in this three-hour workshop. No experience necessary. Be prepared to write. Cost is $35. Call Karen Terrey, MFA, 530-386-3901 to sign up.

Twenty-first annual Summit Clean-up

The Annual Summit Cleanup is a 21-year old homegrown event that has become a springtime tradition on Donner Summit. Every year, dozens of volunteers come together to protect the rugged beauty and fragile environment of Donner Summit by clearing away the post-winter debris that clutters local walkways and waterways. Donner Summit Area Association will sponsor this year’s Annual Summit Cleanup. On June 2, DSAA members, neighbors and friends will meet at the Soda Springs General Store to get cleanup assignments from longtime Cleanup organizers, Nancy Latimer and Supervisor Jennifer Montgomery. Volunteers will spend the morning combing the Summit, picking up trash that will be hauled away in dumpsters graciously donated by Tahoe Truckee Sierra Disposal. Safety vests and trash bags are donated by CalTrans. The Soda Springs General Store donates trash bags and water. DSAA’s after-party is always at an undisclosed location and is a festive start to the summer season. Everyone welcome! Hats, sunscreen and work gloves are recommended. DSAA will host an appreciation lunch afterward.

Land Ethic Leaders

Workshop June 1-3

In his classic book “A Sand County Almanac,” Aldo Leopold set forth his most enduring idea: the land ethic.

The Aldo Leopold Foundation, Sagehen Creek Field Station and the Northern Sierra Partnership are pleased this year to offer the Land Ethic Leaders Workshop at Sagehen Creek Field Station from Friday, June 1 through Sunday June 3, 2012. To register for the Land Ethic Leaders Workshop June 1-3, visit or contact Jeannine Richards at or 608-355-0279, ext. 25. To inquire about scholarship eligibility, please contact Greg Jones at Sierra Business Council: 530-582-4800, ext. 18 or email Greg at

California Naturalist training

California Naturalist is a new certification program developed by the University of California Cooperative Extension. Aspiring naturalists enroll in a 40-hour course that combines classroom and field experience in science, problem-solving, communication training and community service. Students are taught by noted specialists.

From June 8-Aug. 10, University of California, Berkeley’s Sagehen Creek Field Station near Truckee, will provide one of the first offerings of this new program. The course runs for 10 weeks of Friday evening classes, with three Saturday field trips. The course fee is $350. This includes the course instruction, PDF textbook, graduation certificate, U.C. registration with California Naturalist and website support. Get more information and download a registration form at

June in Bloom

Wildlife Shelter’s Annual Fundraiser

Wildlife Shelter, Inc. is having its annual fundraising event on Sunday, June 10 at Sunnyside Resort Restaurant from 11:30-4 p.m. Tickets are $50 in advance or $55 at the door. This includes a buffet luncheon, a visit with “Wild Things” from Weimar and a lively auction plus flowers galore. For info or tickets, contact 530-546-1211.

Truckee Wolverine Boosters

enroll in car donation program

The Truckee Wolverine Boosters, which supports the art, academic and athletic programs at Truckee High School, is pleased to announce they have now partnered with “The Car Program” of Rancho Cordova to accept donated vehicles to support the Boosters’ various programs.

If you have a vehicle you are thinking of trading or selling, even one that does not run, consider donating it to the Boosters’ Donate a Car Program. There is free, next-day towing and the vehicle does not need to run or pass current inspections. The donation is tax deductible and the process is easy.

Simply call The Car Program seven days a week at 800-240-0160. They will arrange to pick up the vehicle and 70 percent of the proceeds will be returned to the Boosters to help them help the students at Truckee High School.

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated May 29, 2012 07:53PM Published May 29, 2012 07:52PM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.