Send us your newsContent for briefs is selected from e-mail submissions to Community Editor Amy Edgett at email@example.com. 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.First Friday to hit downtown TruckeeJoin the “Piece March” July 6 in historic downtown Truckee for the First Friday bash. Merchants patriotic and full of history will give you a sweet historical treat.Riverside Studios will pass out organic lollipops from the local, family owned New Moon Natural Foods and wine will flow from the Pour House.An art opening with Michelle Murdock and a “piece” of goodness bundled into one evening in Downtown Truckee, July 6, 4-8 p.m.Vicki Asp to paint live at Art ObsessionsLandscape artist Vicki Asp will be painting “live” at Art Obsessions Gallery andamp; Wine Bar Saturday and Sunday, July 7 and 8, 2-6 p.m. She will share her methods and techniques used to capture the color and light she observes in the field, while putting the finishing touches on a painting of Martis Creek.Wine and appetizers will be served to compliment your art experience. Art Obsessions Gallery andamp; Wine Bar is located in downtown Truckee, 10052 Donner Pass Road. Gallery hours are Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Visit www.artobsessions.com or call 530-550-9688 for information.Evening by the Creek | Four local authors to readJoin the Kings Beach Library for a relaxing evening by Griff Creek, Wednesday, July 11, 7 p.m. Take a low-back chair and a picnic and enjoy the works of four local authors:Dave Antonucci will present an illustrated talk on his latest release “Fairest Picture-Mark Twain at Lake Tahoe.”Mark McLaughlin, renowned historian, will read from his selected works.Tim Hauserman, author of the “Tahoe Rim Trail Guide” plans to discuss snow types from his book “Cross Country Skiing in the Sierra Nevada.”Clare Foster (author) and Ann Riordan (illustrator) blend color and words to capture the beauty of Tahoe in their children’s book. All ages are welcome to this free event. This event is sponsored by the Kings Beach Friends of the Library. Kings Beach Library is located at 301 Secline St., Kings Beach.Volunteers needed Living History Day at Ehrman Mansion The California State Parks and the Sierra State Parks Foundation will host Living History Day at Pine Lodge, a celebration of the anniversary of the lodge also known as the Ehrman Mansion, at Sugar Pine Point State Park on July 28, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.Living history activities will include open house tours, a children’s activity zone, an antique car show and a wooden boats display. Refreshments will be available for purchase. All events are free, though there is a $10 parking fee.Organizers are looking community members to help put on this annual presentation. All ages are needed to wear costumes and play roles of the Ehrman family members, guests and employees. Helpers are also needed for the children’s zone that will include crafts, games, and activities. Or serve as a greeter, parking attendants facilities assistant, boathouse docent, crafters and raffle assistant. Contact Heidi Doyle at 530-583-3074.Volunteer orientations Sunday, July 15 at noon or Monday, July 23, 5 p.m. at the Sugar Pine Point State Park Nature Center. Visit www.laketahoelivinghistory.com.Free admission to KidZone Museum for active-duty military familiesThe KidZone Museum is participating as a “Blue Star Museum” and offers free admission this summer to active-duty military families through Labor Day, Sept. 5.The Blue Star Museum initiative was launched in 2010 and is led by the National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families, an organization supporting military families. One of its primary goals is to raise awareness of the challenges and strengths of military family life. The program currently features more than 1,300 museums nationwide. Museums include nature centers, children’s museums, fine art museums and history and science museums. In 2011, more than 500 museums joined.The free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card, or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card, including those stamped URW and DB. These include active duty military (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard), National Guard and Reserve members and up to five immediate family members. Visit www.nea.gov/national/bluestarmuseums/index2011.php.For summer programs and events at the KidZone Museum, 11711 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, visit kidzonemuseum.org.J.T. Holmes to appear at Squaw Valley Institute eventSquaw Valley Institute will bring Squaw Valley ski legend J.T. Holmes to PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn on Saturday, July 7, 7 p.m. to showcase footage from recent adventures and discuss how he carved out a career skiing, base-jumping and speed flying. Holmes, who has been profiled on the CBS program 60 Minutes, and has jumped off a skyscraper in Chicago during a scene in “Transformers III: Dark of the Moon,” will also give advice for those with little daredevils in the making. A no-host reception begins at 6:30 p.m. Go Pro, makers of wearable, waterproof video cameras, is the official sponsor of the event. A Go Pro camera will be given away during a raffle. Following the presentation, a question and answer session with Holmes will take place. Tickets are $10 for members and children under 18; tickets are $15 for general public. Members of the new Squaw Valley Institute/KidZone Museum Membership receive free admission. For more information, visit www.squawvalleyinstitute.org, or call 530-581-4138. Tahoe City Parks and Recreation Department upcoming programs and eventsSummer learning is fun at the TCPUD Parks and Recreation Department. Watershed Explorers July 9-13 and Junior Naturlist with S.W.E.P., July 23-27. These week-long day camps will give participants the opportunity to explore the outdoors with hands-on exploration and experimentation. Fees are $190 for residents and $199 for non residents. Kidscience Adventures is a fun and exciting science camp with hands-on experiments in flight, magnetism, gravity, rockets and more. The camp is held Monday through Friday July 30-Aug. 3, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Rideout Community Center in Tahoe City. Space is limited.For information on programs and events or to register, call 530-583-3440.Annual Donner Party Hike seeks guidesThe Truckee-Donner Chamber of Commerce is looking for volunteers to assist and guide this year’s 20th Annual Donner Party Hike that takes place Saturday, Oct. 13. The event participants choose from seven different hikes.Practice hikes take place July to September familiarizing volunteer guides with historic information and terrain. The event attracts hundreds of people to Truckee every year.Trained guides lead the event participants on hikes while providing the historic information which you may learn in training. The practice hikes range from 4-6 miles and from moderate to strenuous difficulty levels.Sponsors of the event include: Cedar House Sport Hotel, Donner Lake Village Resort, Donner Memorial State Park, Donner Summit Historical Society, Hampton Inn and Suites Tahoe-Truckee, Inn at Truckee, Larkspur Hotel Truckee-Tahoe, Northstar California, Sugar Bowl Ski Area, Town of Truckee, Truckee Donner Historical Society, Truckee Donner Lodge, U.S. Forest Service, and Wild Cherries Coffee House.If you are interested in volunteering, contact Truckee-Donner Chamber of Commerce by calling 530-587-8808 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.Take a hike with Volkssport and Trail TrekkersAmerican Volkssport Association (AVA) and Tahoe Trail Trekkers, Walk Event, July 21, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Registration at 64 acres parking area, Tahoe City. This is a free fun walk. All welcome. For AVA credit, $3. Hike 5km and 10km routes along Truckee River, then wind through William B. Layton Park and the newly completed Tahoe City Lakeside Trail. For info contact Diane Morrison at 530-546-2325, email@example.com or visit www.tahoetrailtrekkers.org.Fall Cornucopia, a photography call to artistsNorth Tahoe Arts has decided to showcase photography at this time of the year, when we starting thinking of cozy things; warm fires, knitted throws, soul and comfort foods, storing up for the winter ahead, harvest time, putting up special foods. This exhibit should be original photography that draws the viewer into their senses, which invokes warmth, the tastes and hungers of the harvest season. It can be a cornucopia of ideas. Deadline for application is Aug. 17, 2012. Applications available online at firstname.lastname@example.org.Start something “Big!”Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County and North Lake Tahoe is looking for mentors to serve at-risk youth in Truckee and North Tahoe. All it takes is an hour a week of your time to make a “Big” difference in a child’s life. There are currently 20 kids on the waitlist, mostly boys who are waiting for a caring adult to spend time with them. Call 530-587-7717, email email@example.com or visit www.bigsofnc.org for information.Tahoe City Cupcake Mountain Bike Ride What could be sweeter than mountain biking with the Chix before enjoying some delicious cupcakes from Sugar Pine Cakery? Burn off those calories pre-cupcake on the Tahoe Cross Country Center’s epic mountain bikes trails with the Tahoe Luna Chix. Meet at the Center, July 10, 5:30 p.m. Ride will depart at 5:40 p.m. Head out toward Painted Rock and the Tahoe Rim Trail. Get ready for some climbing and fun single track. For more information, visit our website at www.teamlunachix.com, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or find on Facebook.Lake of the Sky Garden TourLake of the Sky Garden Club is a nonprofit organization and member of National Garden Clubs, Inc., Pacific Region, and California Garden Clubs, Inc., Golden Foothills District. The club’s goals are to promote an interest in gardening, with particular emphasis on the problems at high altitude, to support charitable, educational, and scientific works, as well as to initiate and participate in beautification and developmental gardening projects in the North Tahoe region. On Saturday, July 28, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Lake of the Sky will host their 24th annual garden tour, the 2012 North Shore Garden Tour from Tahoe Vista to Tahoe City. Proceeds will fund scholarships to encourage study in landscaping, horticulture, forestry or environmental science and up to $6,000 in grants to local community projects. Past recipients have included Thunderbird Lodge, Tahoe City Historical Society, Watson Cabin, Gatekeeper’s Museum, Girl Scouts, Project MANA, as well as local schools and libraries.The club generally meets on the last Monday of the month from March through October. For a meeting schedule and more information, go to www.lake-of-the-sky.org.