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.Enjoy 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, Sept. 8. “Chops” from the San Francisco Bay Area will again perform at this 2nd annual fundraiser 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 or contact the WSA’s BOD President, Marynell Hartnett, at 530-913-0903.Dog Day in the ParkSaturday, Sept. 8, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., North Tahoe Regional Park, National Avenue, Tahoe Vista. Dog Day in the Park is free and open to all dogs, their owners and friends of dogs. Go to the Regional Park on National Avenue in Tahoe Vista on Saturday for a four-legged friends fundraiser including pet adoption, dog-themed carnival booths, demonstrations, vendors, a raffle with more than 50 great prizes, barbecue and more food, and terrific live music. Rabies vaccines will also be available for $6 and micro-chipping for $20. Raffle tickets are $5 or three for $10. You need not be present to win and all prizes are valued at $50 or more. Funds raised at Dog Day in the Park support the needs of pets in the North Lake Tahoe community. For more information e-mail dogdayinthepark.tahoe@gmail or call 530-546-4770.Family Fun at theCalpine MarketplaceThe 2nd annual Calpine Marketplace off Highway 89 and 70 in Sierra Valley. The Calpine Improvement Association is delighted to be sponsoring their 2nd annual Calpine Marketplace on Saturday, Sept. 8.In addition to a variety of vendors including arts/crafts; fine jewelry; contemporary artwork; fine wood work; fresh produce and home-sewn wearables, there will also be a barbecue, beer and wine garden.And, new this year, a mini classic car “Show andamp; Shine.” Fun and games for children will also be a part of the festivities!The Calpine Improvement Association proudly raises funds for their Community Scholarship and for the beautification of the Calpine Community Park and Community Center for all to enjoy.The Calpine Marketplace will open at 10 a.m. and close at 4 p.m. Need more information? Call Paula at 530-994-3610.Dog Day at West End BeachTruckee-Donner Recreation andamp; Park District will host a special event on Sept. 9 at West End Beach. Dogs are welcomed and encouraged 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 the paddle boards (with a person, of course), and there will be a large beach section where they may 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.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! Dishing up Paella and Flamencoto benefit Project MANA and Sierra SeniorsA collaboration between Project MANA and Sierra Senior Services brings a unique fundraising event to the Truckee area, “The Flavor of Spain, a Night of Paella and Flamenco.” The Martis Camp Family Barn will provide a gorgeous setting for the evening of Sunday, Sept. 9, 5-8 p.m., with flamenco guitar by Milton Merlos, hors d’oeuvres, sangria and the flair of a paella dinner prepared in a giant pan by chef Gerard and his staff. Music and flamenco dance top off the night with a performance by the Flamenco Society of San Jose. Project MANA is the area’s hunger relief agency that distributes emergency food for the homeless, families in need, children and single parents in the North and West Shores of Lake Tahoe, Truckee, and Incline Village, Nev. They provide services to more than 7,000 families per year. Sierra Senior Services provides hot meals to seniors through its Meals On Wheels program which serves about 24,000 meals annually in Truckee and North Lake Tahoe.The event is sponsored by the Martis Camp Community Foundation and Clear Capital. Music is sponsored by Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows. The event will include a silent auction and a “fund-a-need” program to help bridge the gap.Tickets can be purchased online at sierraseniors.org. Please call the office to arrange for pick up 530-550-7600 or 775-298-0008. Tickets cost $100.Squaw Valley Ski Team andSquaw Valley Academy open houseSquaw Valley Academy, 235, Squaw Valley Road, Olympic Valley, Sept. 9, noon-2 p.m. The Squaw Valley Ski Team and Squaw Valley Academy have worked closely to create an ideal educational option for competitive skiers. The program allows for daily training with the Squaw Valley or Alpine Meadows ski teams while attending Tahoe’s oldest college preparatory school. High-school aged alpine racers and their families are encouraged to attend. For more information contact Rand McKellar at 530-583-9393, ext. 107.Silicon Mountain Meeting with Lynn Barr,Chief Information Officer Tahoe-Forest HospitalThe Silicon Mountain Group, a network of Tahoe/Truckee area technology professionals is pleased to welcome Lynn Barr, chief information officer at Tahoe Forest Hospital, for a discussion on “Using Technology to Improve Your Health Care.”Lynn will share about the technology opportunities to improve health care in the community. The discussion with the Silicon Mountain group will focus on the topics of: Centralized IT services, telemedicine services and social media.The meeting will be on Monday, Sept. 10, 6-8 p.m. at the Pizza on the Hill in Tahoe Donner, 11509 Northwoods Blvd. A $5 fee includes pizza and soft drinks. Before and after the discussion, there will be time for networking. This month’s event is co-sponsored by Clear Capital (ClearCapital.com) and New Leaders (NewLeaders.com). RSVP TahoeSiliconMountain@gmail.com. You can also find the “Silicon Mountain” group on LinkedIn and Facebook.Bear committee meeting Monday, Sept. 10, 5 p.m., Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences, Rooms 139 and 141, 291 Country Club Drive, Incline Village. Join the Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners for the Bear Committee Meeting to discuss trash laws specific to Washoe, Carson and Douglas Counties in Nevada, and discuss potential solutions to perceived deficiencies in those laws. The Committee will hear a presentation of the “Bear Smart Community” program used to address bear-related conflicts in other communities. The Committee will take input from the public and discuss the potential for establishing a similar program in Nevada. A public comment period will allow an opportunity for members of the community to voice their ideas and concerns. Chamber to host California Employment Law seminarThe North Lake Tahoe Chamber/CVB/Resort Association in partnership with the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce and the Sierra Human Resources Association (SHRA) is hosting a “California Employment Law: Essentials for Business” course Friday, Sept. 14, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., at the Hampton Inn andamp; Suites, 11951 Hwy. 267, Truckee.The one-day course, offered in conjunction with the California State Council of the Society for Human Resource Management (CalSHRM), is designed for small business owners, office managers, department managers, supervisors and human resource professionals who are interested in being educated about the system of California employment laws. Topics that will be covered include leaves of absence and worker’s compensation, employee and labor relations, compensation and benefits, as well as health, safety and security.Registration fees are $199/person for SHRA and CalSHRM members, $229/person for chamber of commerce members and $249/person for nonmembers. Groups of four or more will receive a 10 percent discount.For more information and/or to register, contact Laura Moriarty of SHRA at 530-573-0224 or North Lake Tahoe Membership Manager Deanna Frumenti at 530-581-8764. Attendees can also pay online at www.sierrahra.com.For more information about the North Lake Tahoe Chamber/CVB/Resort Association, visit www.nltra.org.Dock Hop on the Water ShuttleLake Tahoe continues to boast environmentally friendly transportation (and a family fun attraction) with the launch of the North Lake Tahoe Water Shuttle in early August. The vessel carries 12 passengers, crew and up to eight bikes and is ideal for those taking public transit from one side of the region to the other. The program employs a paperless reservation system, with tickets booked ahead of time. Participating docks are West Shore Caf, Tahoe City Marina, Gar Woods Grill andamp; Pier and Captain Jon’s Restaurant in Tahoe Vista. One-way rates start at $10/adult and $7/child 10 years and younger. Visit www.northlaketahoewatershuttle.com/lake-tahoe-water-shuttle.Discussion about “God” How the different faith traditions define and view “God.” Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC) is organizing a panel discussion on “God” on Saturday, Sept. 8, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at its Meadowood Center, 5270 Neil Road, Reno, Nev., Room S320.Christian-Muslim-Hindu-Buddhist-Jewish-Atheist leaders will explain and discuss “God” and shall answer related questions. Rajan Zed, director of Interfaith Relations of Nevada Clergy Association, is the coordinator.Cost for “Perspectives on God” (CR102C) is $49.Pre-registration with TMCC preferred but walk-ins also welcome. Discount for seniors. Call 775-829-9010 or visit www.tmcc.edu/wdce/.Oxford Concise Dictionary of World Religions tries to define “God”: The absolute and real who is, than which nothing greater can be conceived, the unproduced Producer of all that is, without whom nothing that is could be or could remain in being.Excel Level ISept. 13, 6 p.m., Sierra College, Truckee Campus. Learn to use Excel to create spreadsheets and analyze data. Topics include navigating the worksheet, entering data, calculating with formulas, formatting and printing. Note: this is a beginner’s class for Microsoft Excel on PCs, Excel 2010 will be used in lab and is applicable to 2007 and 2010 users. Email email@example.com.Artists Reception “Bits andamp; Pieces”call for Holly Arts FestivalTahoe City, Sept. 14, 6 p.m., “Bits andamp; Pieces” — A sculpture and mosaic exploration. North Tahoe Arts is proud to feature six sculpture and mosaic artists whose body of work includes: glass, ceramics, wood, canvas, found objects and paint swatches. This is a wonderful exhibit and collection of mixed-media sculptural artwork. North Tahoe Arts is happy to host an artist reception Friday, Sept. 14, 5-7 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Open to the public. This exhibit runs until Monday, Oct. 1. Stop by North Tahoe Arts to see both galleries and visit the Artisan Shop. Call 530-581-2787 or visit www.northtahoearts.com.North Tahoe Arts invites artists and crafters alike to participate in this year’s Holly Arts Festival. This exhibit will run for the months of November and December 2012. All work must be original and holiday gift-giving related. You may download an application online or email for a schedule of important dates and information. Deadline is Friday, Sept. 28 by noon.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.