Are you the news?Content for briefs is selected from e-mail submissions to Community Editor Amy Edgett at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.sierrasun.com to submit events online. Please limit descriptions to 50 words. E-mail submissions may be 150-300 words. Items published in the print edition news space permitting.Truckee Donner Historical Society Old Jail Museum to openOn June 16, at noon will be the grand opening of the 2012 Special Exhibit: The Human Side of the 1952 Snowbound City of San Francisco Train Rescue at 10142 Jibboom St., Truckee.Truckee’s history centers on railroads, tourism and the “storm king.” The railroad stories are a common thread in the area’s history. The story of the 1952 snowbound City of San Francisco train is one of the monumental Sierra stories that captured the nation’s attention. Truckee played a key role in the rescue operations. The 2012 Truckee Old Jail Museum Exhibit highlights what became a successful rescue from participants in the rescue efforts and/or surviving family members.Museum hours are Saturday, Sunday and Holidays from June through September, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; and Thursday from June 21 through Aug. 23, 5-7 p.m. as part of the weekly festivities in downtown Truckee.Take Dad to Truckee RibFestIt’s time for ribs, rods and rock-n-roll at the Truckee Father’s Day RibFest andamp; BBQ, June 17, noon-4 p.m. at the Tri Counties Bank Plaza, 12047 Donner Pass Road, Truckee. The event promises to be an affordable, fun family event with mouth-watering barbecued ribs and other choices to suit everyone’s appetite. Better yet, fire up your grill and be the best darn rib cook of the day. There will be judges trophies for the winners, with two-year winner Resort at Squaw Creek’s Six Peaks Grille returning.There will be entertainment and activities including a beer garden, live music, kids corner, arts and craft concessions and a line up of classic cars.This event is in support of Truckee-Tahoe’s Relay for Life.Check out truckeeribfest.com or find them on Facebook!Bird WatchingJune 16, 8-10 a.m. at the UC Davis Tahoe City Field Station, 2400 Lake Forest Road, Tahoe City.Go birding with an expert. Kirk Hardie, co-executive director of the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science will lead a bird-watching walk on Saturday, June 16, ($5 donation suggested), beginning at the UC Davis Tahoe City Field Station. Binoculars are recommended. After the walk, the UC Davis Tahoe City Field Station will be open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. with a volunteer docent available for tours of the wetlands, stream restoration, and native plant demonstration gardens as well as opportunities to participate in citizen science projects for water quality monitoring, phenology monitoring, and bird watching.For information contact 775-881-7566, email@example.com or visit http://terc.ucdavis.edu.Salad Social LuncheonSaturday, June 23, 11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m., 11707 Northwoods Blvd., Truckee. Truckee Tahoe Republican Women Federated social luncheon. Please bring a salad or dessert to share. Any interested Republican women are welcome to attend. Please RSVP by Wednesday, June 20 to firstname.lastname@example.org or 530-587-1691.Free Planting Days and Mini-SeminarsJune 22-23, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., 4th Annual Free Planting Days and Mini-Seminars at Village Nursery, 10678 Donner Pass Road in Truckee. Free Planting: You buy the plants and pots (or bring up to three pots from home). Mike and Giselle here to plant them for you using premium Master Nursery Gardener’s Gold potting soils and bio-active, organic Gardner andamp; Bloome Fertilizers. Join the fun and create colorful baskets and planters to enjoy at home. Maximum pot size 18” in diameter; no window boxes or whiskey barrels please.Mini-Seminars: Don’t have the time for one of the Villager’s free Saturday or Wednesday seminars? There will be three mini-talks during the day on Friday, and five on Saturday. Kellogg Garden Products expert and friend Mike McLain and organic-gardening specialist and educator with Gardner andamp; Bloome, Gisele Schoniger, will both be on hand.Planting and mini-classes will be held at the Nursery. For more information call the Villager at 587-0771.Last day of schoolFree beach day Join Truckee Donner Recreation andamp; Park District on Tuesday, June 19, noon-4 p.m., for free admission to West End Beach at Donner Lake. Meet the kayak; SUP and SUP Yoga; and sailing instructors. Receive class demos, and free limited rental use of kayaks, SUPs and paddleboats. All watercraft use is free for that day. Go out and get on the water for a fun day at the beach. For more information call TDRPD at 530-582-7720.Trail Ribbon CuttingThe TCPUD invites you to the Lakeside Trail Ribbon Cutting andamp; Dedication Ceremony, Thursday, June 21, 2 p.m. at Jake’s on the Lake in Tahoe City. Take the Lakeside Trail Trivia Challenge any time between 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Pick up your trivia card at Jake’s and get out and enjoy the linked trails.Cruiser Rally in Tahoe CityDress up your favorite bike and cruise Tahoe City downtown in the inaugural Tahoe Teas Cruise, Thursday June 21. It’s all about fun, but they will “very seriously” judge the best decorated bike in junior (up to age 10) and big people (everyone else) divisions. Win some great prizes. Meet for registration at 6 p.m. at Jackpine parking lot on Jackpine Street. The cruise starts at 7 p.m. riding through downtown to Commons Beach. Cost: $10 donation requested. Prizes for best and most fun cruiser bike so put your imagination to work!Food, tea and beer, followed up with Adventure Sports Week – Movie Night in the park. Your $10 donation will go toward Biking for a Better World nonprofit organization.Casting clinicTruckee Tahoe Fly Fishers is putting Flycasting clinic in lieu of their June meeting. It will be held at June 21, 5 p.m. at the park behind the Fire Station on Donner Pass Road near the Truckee High School and adjourn at 7 p.m. to the Blue Coyote. The purpose is to tune up fly casting skills. People who want to attend should have their own rods, and lines. If someone wants to attend as a starter they can get outfitted at Mountain Hardware fishing department, see Tom or Steve, just across the street. Email Paul Warmerdam at email@example.com for information or visit www.ttff.net/calendar.html.“Let’s Get Linked” CelebrationSunday, June 24, 1 p.m., along the Tahoe City Lakeside Trail, downtown Tahoe City. Join the community before the first Concert at Commons Beach to create a human link on the new Lakeside trail. The link will be captured in video and aerial photography and you'll be part of history! All linked participants will receive a free water bottle, a free drink token for the concert and entry in a grand prize drawing to be held at the concert. Hosted by Tahoe City Public Utility District, Jake’s on the Lake, Auerbach Engineering Corp. and Landesign Group. Call 530-583-3796.Truckee Chili Cookoff is comingStir it up in Truckee with our 4th annual Chili Cook Off. The big chili pot once more rules the day at the Truckee Regional Park, June 24, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. There will be plenty of fun for the kids and adults alike. Join celebrity MC from KCRA - Teo Torres for chili, beer, hot dogs, and ice cream. Groove to the Deck Heads, Jo Mama and Drinking with Clowns. Unlimited chili testing is $15 for adults and $3 for kids 12 and under. The competitors are an assortment of culinary artists from restaurants, nonprofits and individuals. All proceeds go to Sunrise Rotary of Truckee to fund their mission of service to the community. Tickets are available around town, at Truckee Thursdays, the RibFest and day of event. Visit www.TruckeeChiliCookoff.org or contact Jeff Sparksworthy at 530-386-4275 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Lake of the Sky Garden Club MeetingLake of the Sky Garden Club will hold its monthly meeting Monday June 25, at Tahoe Tree Company (McBrides Nursery) on West Shore Boulevard and Granlibakken Road in Tahoe City.The social starts at 3:30 p.m. and the meeting is at 4 p.m. The speaker is Jeff Corbett, Daylily Hybridzer, who will have a PowerPoint presentation and slide show. Tickets will be on sale to members and non-members for the 2012 Lake of the Sky Garden Tour. The tour features 10 gardens this year including three lakefronts. This event is a sell out so get your tickets early. Cost is $20 for paid members and $25 for non members. Contact Rich Caravelli for ticket information and purchase at 530-583-4066 or email@example.com.