Community briefsContent 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.Beat for BearsBeats For Bears, a community drum circle facilitated by Liz Broscoe, will be held Sunday, Sept. 9 at Sand Harbor amphitheater, 1-3 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Sand Harbor State Park parking fees apply. For information, go to www.nobearhuntnv.net or call 775-291-7332. Celebrate the bears! Sierra College InsightsWalk in the woodsJoin Will Richardson, Ph.D. for an early evening nature walk at Sierra College, Tahoe-Truckee on Friday, Sept. 7. The program begins with socializing and refreshments at 6 p.m. followed by a walk on campus grounds at 6:30 p.m. Richardson is working on a book about the birds of the Lake Tahoe basin and has authored papers on chipmunks, butterflies, dragonflies, and his own discovery of the Tahoe basin’s second species of salamander. Richardson received his Ph.D. in ecology, evolution and conservation biology from the University of Nevada, Reno, studying bird communities in Sierra Nevada aspen habitats. Each month an academic expert facilitates a presentation on the Tahoe-Truckee campus located at 11001 College Trail in Truckee.The Walk in the Woods program is offered at no cost. Donations will be accepted and given directly to the speaker on the night of the event.RSVP by calling 530-550-2290 and leaving your name and phone number.Dog Day at the beachTDRPD is hosting a special event on Sept. 9 at West End Beach. For once, they are welcoming and encouraging dogs to come out to the beach and enjoy a summer day. Activities will include a dog expo, a “doggie” photo booth, a jump competition off the floating dock, as well as an agility course set up at the tennis courts. Dogs can take out paddle boards (with a person, of course), and there will be a large beach section that they can go off leash. Best of all, the cost is free to dogs-with participants just paying the beach admission of $4. Dog day events will run from noon-3 p.m., but everyone is welcome to stay after and enjoy the beach.Education and entertainmentat the Kings Beach LibraryHave an electronic reader (Kindle, Nook etc.) but are confounded by it? Want to download books for free from the library catalog? Come to the eBooks class taught by county expert and learn how to master it, Sept. 12, noon-2 p.m. Call KB Library at 530-546-2021 for details.Drop in computer help, second Tuesday of each month 2-3 p.m. Next one is Sept. 13. Bring your questions for expert Carl Leblanc of Tahoe Tech Group.September is the American Library Association’s “Sign-up for a Library Card” month. Kings Beach Library is working in conjunction with local schools to encourage children to use their local library to enhance their education. Free computer use, WiFi, tutoring and of course books. Any student who goes by the Kings Beach Library in September and gets a library card (parents must be present) will be entered into a raffle for a Kindle Fire eReader!Kings Beach Library is located at 301 Secline St. in Kings Beach. Call 530-546-2021.Seeing Sierra Nevada Uplift from SpaceTuesday, Sept. 11, 5:30 p.m. no-host bar; program begins 6 p.m., Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences, 291 Country Club Drive, Incline Village. Modern space geodesy has recently enabled the direct observation of slow geological processes that move and shape Earth’s surface, including plate tectonics and crustal strain accumulation that leads to earthquakes. More elusive has been the direct observation of active mountain growth, because GPS measurements have larger uncertainties in the vertical direction and mountain growth is typically very slow.The latest research using high-precision technologies indicates a relatively high vertical uplift rate for the Sierra Nevada, between 1 and 2 mm/year. Thus the modern Sierra Nevada uplift is still very active and consistent with theories that call for a relatively young mountain range.Presenter Bill Hammond is an associate professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, where he studies active deformation and dynamics of the Earth using space-based geodetic techniques. He works in the Nevada Geodetic Laboratory, which is a part of the Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology in the University’s College of Science. He and his family live in Truckee. For information, contact Heather Segale at 775-881-7562 or email@example.com or visit http://terc.ucdavis.edu/calendar/.Coast Guard Auxiliary elects newdeputy national commodore PacificThe national board of the Coast Guard Auxiliary has elected Commodore Angelo Perata to serve as the next deputy national commodore Pacific, Coast Guard Auxiliary for a two-year term beginning Nov. 1, 2012.Commodore Perata joined the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary in 1999 and currently serves as the District Commodore of 11 Northern. Perata is a ferry auditor, team coordination training facilitator, vessel examiner, aid to navigation verifier, instructor, coxswain and auxiliary operations specialist. He currently lives in Truckee.The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed volunteer component of the United States Coast Guard created by an Act of Congress in 1939. The Auxiliary supports the Coast Guard in nearly all of the service’s missions.Call for Burning Hearts Truckee Public Art Commission exhibitExhibit theme: What makes your heart sing and your passions burn? The Truckee Public Arts Commission’s fall exhibit at the Truckee Donner Recreation andamp; Parks District Community Recreation Center will feature the passions that make our community thrive.All media by artists of all ages will be considered for display: photography, painting, writing, poetry, digital media, quilting, sculpture, music, etc. Guidelines and entry forms are available in the “Latest News” at www.tdrpd.com. Burning Hearts, a juried community art exhibit, Oct. 5-Jan. 31, 2013. Opening Reception: Friday, Oct. 5, 5-7 p.m. Works in all media will be considered. Deadline: Friday, Sept. 21. Applications must be received by 5 p.m.Applications that are incomplete and/or do not follow submittal guidelines may be eliminated. Questions? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.Help Clean Lake Tahoe beachesAnnual Beach Cleanup DayJoin thousands of volunteers nationwide to help keep our waterways clean and blue on Sept. 15 for National Beach Cleanup Day. The League to Save Lake Tahoe will coordinate a cleanup at Kings Beach State Recreation Area from 9 a.m. to noon. The League welcomes volunteers of all ages and abilities. Other Tahoe-area organizations will also be coordinating cleanups along the lake’s shoreline and its tributaries.For more information or to sign up, contact Flavia Sordelet with the League to Save Lake Tahoe at 530-541-5388 or email@example.com.Nominate community leadersThe 2012 Annual Awards Dinner will be held Oct. 30 at the Resort at Squaw Creek. At that event, the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce will recognize leaders in the community for their commitment to Truckee’s economic vitality and quality of life. Please take a moment to nominate your peers for their important contributions. Your answers are confidential. Nominations must be received by Friday, Sept. 14 at www.zoomerang.com/Survey/U2P7DHWL2L6V.Sierra College selects vicepresident of administrative servicesFollowing an extensive national search, Sierra College is pleased to announce the hiring of Chris Yatooma as its new vice president of administrative services. He will provide strategic direction and oversee district-wide operations, including fiscal services, information technology and support services, security, and facilities. During this time of fiscal challenges, his extensive background in finance makes him uniquely suited to guide the district.Yatooma most recently served as the vice president of business services at San Joaquin Delta Community College District. Prior to joining San Joaquin Delta he was the director of fiscal services for the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office for 14 years. Chris also worked for the California Department of Finance as a budget analyst and as a legislative aide/director to U.S. House and Senate members in Washington D.C. In 1987 and 1988 Yatooma served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Philippines where he worked on a U.S. AID project. He earned a master’s in general administration from University of Maryland and a bachelor’s in political science/history from Wayne State University.Dining for School cards on saleDine for half off at more than 40 North Tahoe and Truckee restaurants and help raise money to support Tahoe Truckee schools when you purchase a Tahoe Truckee Excellence in Education Foundation Dining for Schools Card. Cards are on sale now. New this year, the Foundation welcomes PJ’s at Gray’s Crossing and Dockside 700 Wine Bar and Grill to the program. The Dining for Schools Card costs $50 and entitles the bearer to 50 percent off any individual dinner entree at each participating restaurant in the Truckee and North Tahoe area. The card is non-transferable but may be used an unlimited number of times at any participating restaurant during the valid period. Cards are valid Sunday through Thursday only, (holidays excluded) Sunday, Sept. 9 through Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 and Sunday, April 7 through Thursday, June 13, 2013. Several restaurants offer an extended period from Sunday, Jan. 6 through Thursday, March 28, 2013.The cards are available at Porters Sports in Truckee, Save Mart (Truckee and Tahoe City) and Safeway (Truckee and Kings Beach), Mountain Hardware and online at www.ExinEd.org. Please call 530-550-7984 or visit www.ExinEd.org for inquiries.Choo-Choo Club starting for ages 2-3This parent and child class is intended to help young children become comfortable in a school setting with an adult nearby. It will help ready them for preschool using a basic cognitive, seasonal, multicultural, and psychological curriculum, including some parental education. Each week will have a different theme with art, music, sign, and songs appropriate for young children as well as playtime and lots of fun. Starting Wednesday, Sept. 5, ongoing monthly. 9:30-11 a.m. Fee is $15 paid monthly, or $20 drop-ins. At the Community Recreation Center, 8924 Donner Pass Road. Call 530-582-7720.Big Band Jazz in the ParkJoin the West Shore Association to hear Big Band Jazz at Sugar Pine Point State Park’s Ehrman Mansion Saturday evening Sept. 8.Chops from the San Francisco Bay Area will again perform at this 2nd annual fund raiser to benefit the West Shore Association’s promotion of recreation, lodging, and commerce along Lake Tahoe’s “Magical West Shore.” Gates open for the free concert at 4 p.m., picnics encouraged! Remember forget low-backed chairs, blankets, and a flashlight. Music begins at 5 p.m. Wine will be available for purchase. Evenings under the stars at the park may be cool and for sure the Swing Era jazz will be! Parking $10 and no pets please. Donations gratefully accepted or may be mailed to the nonprofit West Shore Association at P.O. Box 844, Homewood, CA 96141. Visit www.TahoeWestShoreAssoc.com.