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Lake Tahoe Climbing Shoe Demo
Alpenglow Sports of Tahoe City is proud to announce the new and improved Lake Tahoe Climbing Shoe Demo Event. Climbing enthusiasts may test climbing footwear from industry leaders Evolv, Scarpa, La Sportiva, 5.10, and Mad Rock, Aug. 18-19 on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe.
On Saturday, Aug. 18, Alpenglow will meet participants for a free community bouldering session with representatives from Evolv, Scarpa, La Sportiva, 5.10, and Mad Rock. Refreshments will be provided and climbers of all ability levels are encouraged to participate. Meet at Alpenglow at 10 a.m. to carpool. Bring individual equipment if possible, including bouldering pads.
Sunday, Aug. 19 Alpenglow will have the full arsenal of free demo shoes for community members. Only valid for the day and a deposit and ID required.
All participants will be entered in a raffle to win a pair of climbing shoes as well as a crash pad from Mad Rock. Call Alpenglow Sports 530-583-6917 with questions.
Children’s Safety Fair
The North Tahoe Family Resource Center is hosting the Children’s Safety Fair, Aug. 18, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Community House, 8321 Steelhead Ave. in Kings Beach, a day fun while focusing on health, safety and well being of young children while they tour emergency vehicles meeting firefighters, police officers, and other safety personnel. There will be car seat inspections and installations as well as the sale of low cost car seats. Please call to make an appointment for car seats or if you have questions at 530-546-0952 or visit www.northtahoefrc.org.
Celebrate Tahoe Truckee Reads
Meet Clifford the Big Red Dog and hear all about the big ideas our team has for readers in the community. Tahoe Truckee Reads and Clifford the Big Red Dog will hand out free children’s books at your local concert this week to celebrate the outstanding achievement. Friday, Aug. 17 at Music on the Beach in Kings Beach; Sunday, Aug. 19 at Concerts at Commons Beach in Tahoe City; and Wednesday, Aug. 22 at Music in the Park in Truckee. Volunteers are needed. If you can make it one of those nights and help show Clifford around or hand out books please email email@example.com, or call Tahoe Truckee Reads at 530-587-1776.
Fishing Around Lake Tahoe, Part 2
Saturday, Aug. 18, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Tahoe City Field Station (Historic Hatchery), 2400 Lake Forest Road, Tahoe City.
Go to the UC Davis Tahoe City Field Station for fly-casting instruction, tying demonstrations, and discuss how and where to fish in and around Lake Tahoe. Young, old and families are welcome. For more information, contact Heather Segale at 775-881-7562 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://terc.ucdavis.edu/calendar/.
Midsummer Night’s Jam
at Center for Spiritual Living
Join the best and the brightest local musicians for an evening of music and fun, Aug. 19, 7 p.m. The second annual Midsummer Night’s Jam is being held at the Center for Spiritual Living, 700 North Lake Blvd., upstairs at the Tahoe City Marina, and offers spectacular views of Lake Tahoe. This concert is a fundraiser for the Center, and features a wide range of music genres including jazz, blues, rock, classical and world music — something for everyone. Dancing is encouraged! Refreshments are available for purchase.
Tickets are available at the Center for Spiritual Living, 530-583-5117 and are $12.50 in advance, $15 at the door. Tickets can also be reserved with Lily Egan at email@example.com.
Performers are Donna Axton, Kali Dobson, Robert Drake, Todd Holway, Stephen Jacobs, Sue Jesch, Mark Johnson, Helene Larson, Cecile Richards, Emily Tessmer, Nick Tolotti, and Tuck Wilson.
Lahontan Cutthroat Trout:
California’s Last Native Lake Population at Independence Lake
Aug. 22, 6 p.m. (no host bar begins at 5:30 p.m.), Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences, 291 Country Club Drive, Incline Village, Nev.
Considered North America’s largest inland trout, the Lahontan cutthroat trout once occurred throughout the Truckee River system. This spectacular fish was, however, most numerous and reached its largest size (record 41 lbs.) in the Truckee River basin lakes. Unfortunately, by the 1940s the world-famous Lahontan cutthroat trout had almost disappeared from the Truckee River system. Overfishing, disease, habitat alteration, and nonnative species all contributed to its demise. Today, only one native self-reproducing population of Lahontan cutthroat persists in the entire Truckee River Basin, the Independence Lake Lahontan cutthroat. This talk focuses on research and habitat management to preserve the Independence Lake Lahontan cutthroat, and on the likelihood of the population’s survival.
Gary Scoppettone is Section Chief of the Reno Field Station of the Western Fisheries Research Center, U.S. Geological Survey. The Reno Field Station conducts research on federally listed threatened and endangered fishes in California, Nevada, and Oregon. Research topics include population dynamics, life history, interspecific interactions, and invasive species control. Gary has 13 published papers pertaining to the Truckee River system’s federally listed fishes (Lahontan cutthroat trout and cui-ui).
Twilight Wanderings at Pine Lodge
Sierra State Parks Foundation and California State Parks announce a rare opportunity to experience “behind the scenes” at Pine Lodge, the Ehrman Mansion, at Sugar Pine Point State Park on Friday, Aug. 31, 5- 8 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person with proceeds earmarked to provide critically needed funds for maintenance and repairs at Pine Lodge. Planned projects include an electrical system upgrade, lathe and plaster repair, window repairs and more.
“This is the first event of its kind,” said Heidi Doyle, interpretive manager for Sugar Pine Point State Park. “Guests will view never seen locations, such as the Children’s House. We’re very excited to partner with Sierra State Parks Foundation for this special evening.”
Guests will be treated to after-hours tours starting between 5 and 5:30 p.m. These leisurely tours will visit areas not normally viewed by the public such as the Children’s House and the mansion’s third floor servants’ quarters. Following the tour, wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served on the front porch. Guests will enjoy their food and drink while relaxing on the porch or strolling through the living room listening to piano music. Docents will be on hand to answer questions and chat with attendees.
Space is limited and reservations are required. Call the Sierra State Parks Foundation office at 530-583-9911.
High speeds, illegal passing puts
Caltrans workers at risk
Excessive speeds and illegal passing in narrow travel lanes between Emigrant Gap and Rainbow on Interstate 80 has the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and the Gold Run California Highway Patrol (CHP) concerned for construction worker’s and motorist safety through the Emigrant Gap project area.
The Emigrant Gap construction zone is an 11-mile stretch with narrow 11-foot lanes, a full foot more narrow than usual. Drivers are speeding and passing illegally through this construction zone, creating a dangerous working environment for Caltrans workers. Drivers save only an average of one minute and 50 seconds by speeding through this construction zone. Caltrans is warning drivers they are subject to double fines, increased insurance rates, and the possibility of killing themselves and others.
Caltrans and CHP are prepared to act before a fatality occurs. In the last 10 days there have been seven collisions in the Emigrant Gap construction zone. The scarcely two minutes drivers save by speeding isn’t worth the consequences of injury, damage, and extensive traffic back-ups and delays.