Send us your newsContent 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.First Friday in TruckeeIn the spirit of community, the Truckee Downtown Merchants Association will host its “First Friday” Aug. 3, 5-8 p.m. in downtown Truckee. All are welcome and encouraged to attend this free community event. This Friday’s theme is “Local Inspiration,” and participating businesses will showcase art, products, designers, activities/demos, music, drinks and eats with a local flare. Participating businesses will include Riverside Studios; White Buffalo; Mo, Jo andamp; Zoe; Bespoke; Lorien Powers Studio Jewelry; Gratitudes Gifts andamp; Home Dcor; the Pour House; and more. All participating merchants and eateries will display “First Friday” flags. Free parking will be available downtown after 5 p.m. TDMA's First Friday festivities will continue to take place each month throughout the year in downtown Truckee. Visit www.facebook.com/FirstFridaysTruckee or email email@example.com.First Tuesday Breakfast ClubGranlibakken Conference Center, buffet breakfast open at 7 a.m. The agenda for the Aug. 7 meeting is on the move, Creekside’s new home, Creekside Cooperative Charter School is growing and relocating with Vince Sosnkowski, Camile Taylor, and Mark Gogolewski; Meet Dr. Rob, a look at Tahoe Truckee USD through the eyes of its new superintendent, Dr. Rob Leri, Superintendent, TTUSD; Wow! Designated an All American City, Excellence in Education helps Tahoe/Truckee receive the All American City award with Laura Abbey Brown, Executive Director, Excellence in Education Foundation; with other stump speeches and announcements. Sign in and payment is requested at the door, cost is $15 per meeting or $36 a quarter. For more information on joining the Tuesday Morning Breakfast Club contact Deanna Frumenti at 530-581-8764 or Deanna@PureTahoeNorth.comSave on Cross roads Car Wash with parking receiptTake your downtown Truckee parking receipt to Cross Roads Car Wash and the company will credit your parking fee toward a car wash.“Many locals informed me they don’t like paying for parking,” said owner Mark Lowenstern of Cross Roads Car Wash in Truckee. “I decided to help them out by reimbursing their parking fees. The initial response has been great and local residents really appreciate the program we’re offering.”Locals can receive up to $2 credit toward an ultimate, supreme or deluxe wash or one dollar credit for a basic wash.The program is part of Cross Roads Car Wash’s “We Love Locals” campaign, celebrating 25 years in business. Look for other upcoming promotions on the company website or at Cross Roads, a 2010 nominee for Truckee’s “Green Business of the Year.”Exterior car wash hours are from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sundays. Cross Roads Car Wash is located at 11382 Deerfield Drive next to McDonald’s in Truckee. For more information, click to the company website at www.crossroadscarwash.com.Women Empowering WomenPlease join a laughter-filled morning Monday, Aug. 6, 10-11:30 a.m. at Sierra College, 11001 College Trail, Truckee in room 225.Comedy can be viewed as a diagnostic tool for the investigation of enduring questions about the human condition. Humor has a critical purpose (what’s wrong?). Humor has a cohesive function (we’re all in this together), as well as a divisive effect (you’re not one of us). And, it serves a coping function (we’ll make it through). Dr. Bateman will take an entertaining, multi-media approach to laughing, and leave the audience with new thoughts and many smiles. Dr. Kim Bateman is known for an engaging and entertaining teaching style. Her skills have earned her teaching awards at both Sierra Nevada and Sierra colleges. Her approach draws from both interdisciplinary and depth psychological perspectives and her signature courses include “Death and Dying,” and “Ecopsychology.” Dr. Bateman currently serves as the Dean of the Tahoe-Truckee Campus of Sierra College.Please RSVP so we may plan for enough seating to Martha at 530-587-4429 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.The Friends of Kings Beach Library host Wild Things Wednesday, Aug. 8 at 2:30 p.m. Meet exotic animals and learn their habits and habitats. Wild Things, Inc. was founded in 1987 for the explicit purpose of housing and caring for displaced wildlife and educating the public with a message of conservation and appreciation for natural wonders. Kings Beach Library, 301 Secline St., Kings Beach. Call 530-546-2021 for more information.New high school program meetingParents and incoming freshman are invited to an informational meeting about a new high school program being launched by Tahoe Truckee Unified School District and Cold Stream Alternative. This educational option is for families looking for an alternative to the traditional high school program that offers academic rigor and scheduling flexibility. Students enrolled in this program have access to co-curricular activities and classes at the district high schools and classes for dual credit at Sierra College. Enrollment is limited. The meeting will be held at Sierra High School at 11661 Donner Pass Road in Truckee at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 8. For information, call Jane Loomis at Sierra High School at 530-582-2640. Meeks Bay Annual Book andamp; Bake Sale The Meeks Bay Fire Ladies Auxiliary will hold its Annual Book andamp; Bake Sale Sunday, Aug. 12, at Mariani Plaza (“Downtown Tahoma” where the Post Office is located) on Highway 89.The sale, which runs from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., will feature a variety of home-baked goods featuring cookies, breads, muffins and more from some of the areas best home-bakers. There will also be a large selection of paperback books including fiction, non-fiction, mystery, romance, sci-fi, cookbooks, war/adventure, kids books, and more.Money raised by the Ladies Auxiliary at this, and other events, is donated to the Meeks Bay Fire District for the purchase of much needed equipment. The Auxiliary has been a major funding source for the District for years.Donations are most welcome Just drop off books or home baked goods at the Fire District Headquarters on Highway 89 in Meeks Bay prior to the sale.For additional information on this event, or the Meeks Bay Ladies Auxiliary, call Carol Endicott at 530-525-1970.1940s Placer High Picnic announcedA 1940s reunion picnic will be held on Saturday, Aug. 25, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Auburn Recreation Park. All 1940s alumni and guests are invited to attend. All reservations must be received no later than Aug. 10, 2012. Cost $20 per person. Call 530-885-3538 for reservation forms and additional information.Weekly Al-Anon meetings in TruckeeAre you concerned about someone’s drinking? Get help. Weekly Al-Anon meetings in Truckee are held Monday, 7-8 p.m., Church of the Mountains, 10069 Church St., Truckee and Wednesday, 6:30-7:30 p.m., 10157 Donner Pass Road, Truckee. Your anonymity is protected at all times. For other meetings in area call 775-348-7103 (English) or 775-384-4485 (Espanol) or visit www.al-anon.alateen.org.Squaw Valley offers free summertram tickets to active duty militarySquaw Valley will offer free Aerial Tram tickets to active duty members of the military this summer seven days a week, including holidays. Show proof of active duty status to Squaw Valley’s Tickets and Season Pass Center to redeem their Tram tickets. Once at High Camp, guests may enjoy mountaintop activities such as paintball, roller skating, hiking, disc golf, swimming and poolside dining (some activities require additional tickets). Visit squaw.com.