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Breaking the addiction with Noah Levine
Buddhism is a path to freedom from suffering. That suffering originates in the addictive quality of the mind and the habitual tendency to grasp at pleasure and push away pain. The Buddhist path offers a spiritual and psychological process of transformation that has proven to be a most effective treatment for the human addiction to thinking and all the suffering created with the mind.
Open to all levels of experience, this evening lecture with “Dharma Punk” Noah Levine will provide an opportunity to learn about how Buddhist meditation can help you break free of old ways of thinking.
North Tahoe High School Auditorium, July 13, 7-9 p.m. All are welcome, students are encouraged. First-come, first-serve basis, donations gratefully received. Call 530-550-8981 for information. Presented by Sierra Agape Center and For Goodness Sake, visit www.goodnesssake.org.
Villager Nursery free mountain gardening class
Mountain Native Plants, Naturalized Introductions and Wildflower Plantings free class at the Villager Nursery, 10678 Donner Pass Road, Truckee on July 14, 9:30-11 a.m. Join an informative session on how to choose the best and easiest native plants for many situations. Protect and enhance your existing native plant populations. Gather seed collecting tips and ideas for wild berry jellies and jams. Bring samples for identification after the class. Also, learn about a few of the historically important introduced species thriving in Truckee without care for more than a century. For information call 530-587-0771.
Campfire Programs at Donner Memorial State Park
Visitor Services Park Aide Eric Sage will give campfire talks on Saturday nights at 8 p.m. on various topics pertaining to the park’s cultural and natural resources, including the story of the Donner Party, local history, coexisting with black bears, and the extraordinary biological diversity of the Truckee-Tahoe area, July 14, 21 and 28.
Seasonal bear interpretive intern Kelly Leage will present bear informative campfire programs, Thursdays, July 19 and 26, 8:30-9:30 p.m. in the amphitheater next to the Michel’s Pond entrance. Appropriate for all ages. Bear activity booklets for ages 4-12 may be picked up at the kiosk. Kids will receive crayons and a bear aware whistle with every completed booklet. The campfire center is located just south of the Ridge Loop, across the main paved road to access the campground.
Skin care information evening
Mountain living can be harsh on the skin with arid summers and cold, dry winters. Dr. Haven Ritchie, owner of Sierra Cosmetic Laser and Spa, will host an information night to share the effects of Eminence Organic Skin Care. Eminence has a wide variety of cell regenerating products that, over time, will reduce signs of aging, lighten pigmentation and keep skin hydration balanced. This free “info night” event is slated for Tuesday, July 17, 5-7:30 p.m.
Sierra Cosmetic Laser is located at 10448 Donner Pass Road in Truckee. Visit sierracosmeticlaser.com, call 530-587-0198 or “Like” Sierra Cosmetic Laser and Spa on Facebook.
Gatekeeper’s speakers series tackles fly-fishing
The North Lake Tahoe Historical Society offers a Third Thursdays monthly speaker series at Gatekeeper’s Museum in Tahoe City July, August and September.
On Thursday, July 19, 6:30 p.m., famed fly-fishing guide Matt Heron (www.mattheronflyfishing.com) will reel in the audience with the appeal and adventure of fly fishing with the lecture “Take Me to the River: Fly Fishing and Why it’s Cool.” In the last portion of the program, Heron will offer a casting clinic to give attendees a hands-on experience. People of all experience levels will go away inspired by one of Tahoe’s renowned fly fishing guides. Visit northtahoemuseums.org or call 530-583-1762.
Free movie night at Squaw Valley
This summer, families can enjoy free outdoor movies under the peaks of Squaw Valley. Families and friends can snuggle up under the stars while enjoying new releases and family classics on the big screen, with a different movie showing every week. Blankets and warm clothes are recommended. Movies will start at 8:30 p.m. every Thursday in July and August (weather permitting) in the Events Plaza in The Village at Squaw Valley. July 19: “Hugo” (Rated PG). A Martin Scorsese picture. Set in the 1930s, an orphaned boy secretly lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station and looks after the clocks. He gets caught up in a mystery adventure when he attempts to repair a mechanical man.
Outdoor Movie Night with Mountain Area Preservation
Mountain Area Preservation and Truckee River Winery will host an outdoor movie series featuring environmental and recreational films. On July 19 view “The First 70” and “Rock the Boat” outside at the Truckee River Winery. “The First 70” is an inspiring journey through California to visit state parks slated to close due to budget cuts. Experience the beauty and history that may be lost forever, and meet the people who are working to preserve the places they love. “Rock the Boat” is a film about a controversial kayaking expedition down the cemented-in LA River, which looks at the transformation of Los Angeles. “Rock the Boat” is an exciting and adventurous movie for any outdoor enthusiast.
Movie nights start at 8 p.m. with movie screening at 8:30 p.m., ending before 10 p.m. Tickets are $20 online $25 at the door and include a beverage (beer or wine), popcorn, bocce ball and horseshoes. Bring beach blankets and warm clothes.
Buy tickets at www.mapf.org or call 530-582-6751 for more information.
‘Unwind and Revive’ and support of drug and alcohol prevention
July 20, 1-8 p.m. Unwind Salon in Truckee is hosting a benefit to support Tahoe-Truckee Future Without Drug Dependence’s youth drug and alcohol prevention efforts with a summer spa spritzer fundraiser. All services are buy donation and 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit TT-FWDD. Spa Menu includes: haircuts, special effects highlights, facial waxing, chair massages, nails and tanning booth.
Appointments encouraged at 530-582-9344 but walk-ins welcome. Live music and complimentary hors d’oeuvres and beverages.
This is a alcohol and drug-free, family-friendly event supporting a great cause. For more information contact Unwind or www.ttfwdd.com.
Announcing the 28th Annual BBQ and Tahoe Truckee Flyfishers Club fundraiser
Saturday, July 21, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Truckee River Regional Park, 10500 Brockway Road, Truckee. Cost $15 pre event, $20 at the door, kids 12 and under free!! Send checks made out to: Tahoe Truckee Fly Fishers, P.O. Box 1631, Truckee, CA 96160. Barbecue, silent auction, casting games, raffle, prizes. Agenda: 11 a.m., check in and social hour including casting practice and use of demo rods and reels; noon, view silent auction items and participate in casting skill games to include prizes; raffle tickets will be available for purchase as well; 1 p.m. barbecue lunch will be served (plank salmon and teriyaki chicken), soft drinks and water provided ; 2 p.m. close of silent auction and raffle results; 2:15 p.m. auction awards and results.
Contact Dick Gander at email@example.com for more information.
Annual Donner Party Hike seeks guides
The 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.
If you are interested in volunteering, contact Truckee-Donner Chamber of Commerce by calling 530-587-8808 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.