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.Tahoe Truckee Fly Fishers General MeetingThe Tahoe Truckee Flyfishers meeting will be held Thursday, Sept. 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Community Recreation Center near the Pioneer Roundabout on Donner Pass Road. All are welcome and they will have a special presentation by Jon Baiocchi of Baiocchi’s Troutfitters who will give a presentation on Fly Fishing Eagle Lake and other waters in the Feather River area.Celebrate International Peace Day Don’t miss the 2nd annual Peace Day Celebration in the Truckee Regional Park organized by the Truckee Tahoe Peace Project. Recognizing International Peace Day on Sept. 21, 3-7 p.m., this family community event includes music, raffles, entertainment and exhibits for all ages. Join this free event featuring many creative activities focusing on a central theme of peace; Hoola hoping, face painting, playing in a labyrinth or writing a peace poem. Rocking music by Emily Tessmer and her band and performances by SELS chorus, Glenshire Elementary and InnerRhythms Dance studio. Also visit the Truckee Community Garden and exhibits by local nonprofits who contribute so much to our community! Drug, tobacco and alcohol free.Many thanks go to Carmen Carr, Truckee Donner Recreation and Park District, For Goodness Sake, Tahoe Safe Alliance, and Trails and Vistas for their support of Peace Day.9th Annual Basket Weavers GatheringNative basket weavers from California and Nevada will gather at the Gatekeeper’s Museum in Tahoe City for the 9th Annual Basket Weavers Gathering the weekend of Sept. 22-23, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. This event, open to the public, features Native American weavers and artisans demonstrating the tradition of basket weaving and other traditional arts. Cost is $10/person.Spanish language classes begin week of Sept. 23 Adventure Travel Institute (ATI) Spanish classes for high beginner, intermediate, low advanced, and advanced students start the week of Sept. 23 in Truckee and Tahoe City. During the past 20 years Latin American expert Henry Wilds, has taught Spanish to hundreds of local people. Classes are designed to offer a casual, fun, and effective path to learning Spanish. For information about ATI Spanish classes and unique affordable trips to Latin America, contact email@example.com, visit www.adventuretravelinstitute.com or call 530-318-1506.Public Utility District Candidate ForumThe Tahoe City Downtown Association is proud to host a Public Utility District Candidate Forum on Monday, Sept. 24, 5-7 p.m. in the PUD Boardroom, 221 Fairway Drive, Tahoe City. This will be a terrific opportunity for voters to hear from each of the candidates, engage in discussion and get your questions answered. Candidates For Tahoe City Public Utility District: Judy Friedman, incumbent; Ron Treabess, incumbent; Kevin Fenley; Eric Henrikson, incumbent; and Kay Williams. If you’d like to meet the candidates up close and personal, this is your chance. Truckee Tahoe Republican Women informational meetingAn informational meeting on ballot propositions by Truckee Tahoe Republican Women will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 11:30 a.m. at 12978 Dulzura Street, Truckee. The speaker will be the group’s advocate at the state capital, Allison Olson, who will go over the many propositions on the November ballot. Bring potluck lunch to share. All interested are welcome. RSVP to 530-587-2042 or firstname.lastname@example.org.After school pottery wheel throwingT Pots Pottery, 11012 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, Wednesdays, 3:45 p.m.. Four-week wheel throwing class for kids 7-years-old and up. Work on the basics and progress from there with fun, creative projects. No experience needed, returning students will learn new techniques and use more clay. Call 530-550-7822 visit http://truckeepottery.com/kids-classes/kids-wheel/.Kindred Community Days announcedJoin Kindred Art and Folk Institute on Sept. 30, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for the first Kindred Community Day at 10015 Palisades Drive, Ste. A4, Truckee. Create a mindful project that families or individuals may do at their own pace the last Sunday of each month.September will feature scarecrow building using old clothes, burlap sacks, straw, paints and embellishments to make a scarecrow sure to keep your garden safe and act as an ambassador to autumn. Cost is $10 and includes everything you need to make this great fall friend.Free activities include music, games, crafts and face painting.The incredible community inspires Kindred, this inspiration is what Kindred is all about. They look forward to sharing it with you.For more information visit kindredtruckee.org or like them on Facebook for the most up-to-date information on all Kindred happenings.Holiday Hope announcedIn the Lake Tahoe area, we are surrounded by the beauty of nature. However, the nature of our predominantly vacation based economy leaves some families going without during the holidays. You can be part of the solution to this problem. Holiday Hope, the North Lake Family Resource Center and Tahoe SAFE Alliance sponsored program, provides help for North Lake Tahoe area families who face economic challenges, job loss or unexpected hardships. You can participate by adopting a family and providing clothing, toys, and food to create a happy holiday season for them. Groups of friends or co-workers can join together and adopt a family. You choose the family size, amount of your donation, and the gifts that you will buy from the family's list of needs. Last year, 94 local families were given hope during a holiday season when they otherwise would have gone without. Please open your heart and become a donor for this worthy cause. Become a part of Holiday Hope 2012 by calling Ana Liz Servin-Bancroft at the North Lake Family Resource Center, 530-546-0952. She will be happy to give you more details and match you with a family.Chamber to host “When Generations Collide” workshop The Sierra Human Resources Association is presenting “When Generations Collide, Why We are the Way We are, Celebrating Our Differences at Work” on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 9 a.m.-noon at Esterly Hall, 336 Crown Point Circle in Grass Valley in partnership with the Regional Chambers of Nevada County. For the first time in history four generations are working side by side. Is it possible that each older generation believes the up and coming generation has a slacker work ethic? It surprises many managers that 90 percent of 18 to 24-year-olds feel that listening to an iPod while working improves their level of job satisfaction and productivity. Now that the Millennial Generation has been in the workforce for several years, patterns have come to light that have managers scrambling to handle unforeseen and unusual challenges that can have interesting consequences. Find out how to communicate, motivate, retain, coach and counsel the different generations in the workplace.For online registration visit www.sierrahra.com. The cost is $39 for SHRA and SHRM members, $49 for Nevada County Chamber members (which includes Truckee Donner Chamber) and $59 for non-members. Seating is limited.According to SHRA Co-President, Laura Moriarty, SPHR, “The Foothills Region will serve as an important local voice, providing leadership on key business and workplace issues and helping to improve the practice of human resource management within our membership and within the community.” Visit www.sierrahra.com, call Laura Moriarty at 530-573-0224 or Christine Hoxsie at One Stop Business andamp; Career Center at 530-265-7093.Locomotive 844 to take Truckee by steamUnion Pacific steam engine will come through Truckee celebrating the railroad’s 150th birthday. Locomotive 844 is expected to leave Sparks Sept. 27 at 8 a.m. and arrive in Truckee around 9:30 a.m. It should be there for approximately a half hour before continuing over Donner Summit to a weekend showing at the California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento. Steam Locomotive No. 844 is the last steam locomotive built for Union Pacific Railroad. It was delivered in 1944. A high-speed passenger engine, it pulled such widely known trains as the Overland Limited, Los Angeles Limited, Portland Rose and Challenger (www.up.com). Updates will be posted on the Truckee Donner Railroad Society website at truckeedonnerrailroadsociety.com.River-friendly landscaping rebates availableWhat’s on your fall project list? Don’t forget the Truckee River Watershed Council can provide you with a free site evaluation for potential soil erosion sources. Often, simple soil erosion abatement measures can make a marked difference in the amount of sediment flowing from our yards that ultimately pollutes the creeks and streams in our watershed. Let them help you create a plan for your property and support your efforts with a rebate of up to $400, while funds last!To sign up for your free site evaluation, call or email Andy Otto, email@example.com or 530-550-8760.Youth Chorus announcedThe Tahoe Music Institute Youth Chorus, directed by Stephanie Fountaine, is currently enrolling students for its fall session. The chorus is open to children ages 8-14 and meets on Tuesdays, 4:30-5:30 p.m., 2810 Lake Forest Road, Tahoe City. No singing experience is required. Classes start Sept. 18. Go to www.tahoemusicinstitute.com or call 530-581-0618 for more information.Tahoe Mountain Resorts Foundation announces fall grant cycle deadlineTahoe Mountain Resorts Foundation will be accepting 2013 grant submissions from local nonprofit organizations through 5 p.m. on Oct. 31, 2012. Organizations must be headquartered and serve the geographic area Truckee, Donner Summit, Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows and North Shore of Lake Tahoe to receive consideration. Grant applications will then be reviewed by the TMR Foundation Grants Committee who will announce the awards in January 2013.Grant forms must be completed along with some general financial information. A copy of the application and other submission details can be found on-line at www.tmrfoundation.com or email questions to the Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org.To date, Tahoe Mountain Resorts Foundation has awarded approximately $1.35 million to local organizations representing educational, cultural, environmental and charitable pursuits. In 2012, $128,800 was awarded to 17 area nonprofits. O.O.T.M. coach training for adultsThurs., Sept. 27, 5:30-8 p.m. at Alder Creek Middle School. Mandatory for all OOTM coaches. Learn how coaches support student teams. Parents and teachers welcome who want to know more. Open to all adults. Child care provided if requested (must RSVP so food and supplies may be planned).RSVP to: Leisa Peterson at 530-448-1558 or email@example.comOdyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. They then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state, and World level. Thousands of teams from throughout the U.S. and from about 25 other countries participate in the program. Last year more than 14 teams competed from the Tahoe Truckee area.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 Truckee’s 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” section of the Rec Department’s website: 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.Musical Mystery Experience at Donner SummitMeet at Donner Ski Ranch to be taken to the mystery location, Sept. 23, 1:30 p.m. Rootstock Percussion and the Sacramento Philharmonic Brass Ensemble perform at a mystery location with unique acoustics, followed by a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception at Sugar Bowl’s Lake Mary. Email info@DonnerSummitAreaAssociation or call 916-708-5394.Education and entertainmentat the Kings Beach LibrarySeptember 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.Kings Beach Library is promoting technological literacy. Please come to our free tech classes and tell everyone you know! Computer literacy is akin to general literacy in the 21st century.Community Festival and Pumpkin PatchSaturday, Oct. 27, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Rideout Community Center, 740 Timberland Lane, Tahoe City. All inclusive activity bracelets $10, pumpkin prices vary, $3-$7.Take the whole family for a fantastic time at the annual Community Festival and Pumpkin Patch. Many local community groups will be on hand with fun activities as well as selling lunch and snacks! Kids will surely be entertained with carnival games, pony rides, hay rides, jumping in the bounce house, face paint and much more. Back for a third year is the very popular “giant pumpkin seed” hunt on the playground. Contact Shaun Chilktowsky with any questions at 530-583-3440, ext. 14, or email email@example.com.InnerRhythms dance class registration openInnerRhythms fall schedule and class registration is open to all students ages 3-adults. Classes will be offered in multiple levels of ballet, Hip-Hop choreography, Hip-Hop breakin’, jazz, and contemporary dance. MiniRhythms classes are open for 3-6-year-olds including Mini’s Hip-Hop plus new classes in MiniRhythms Music with new instructor Stephanie McMullin. Additional new classes this season include three new tap dance classes with new instructor Connor DiNapoli and boys technique with Padma Rothchild. InnerRhythms also offers five different performance companies this season (by audition only): InnerRhythms Dance Theatre, RhythMatriX, The Breaks, Pulse, and Paradiddle.Classes will fill quickly, register soon to guarantee a space. The 2012-13 season begins with new studio management software from MindBody. Enrollment and class descriptions are available at www.innerrhythms.org. Classes will be held at 12047 Donner Pass Road, Suite B7, in Truckee. For information email firstname.lastname@example.org or 530-550-8464.