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North Tahoe Visitor Center to kick off First Friday events
The North Lake Tahoe Chamber/CVB/Resort Association will kick off its free Friday Fridays "Getting to Know the Basin Better" Friday, Jan. 4 with the Sierra Avalanche Center, 5:30-7 p.m., at the North Lake Tahoe Visitors Center, 100 North Lake Blvd. in Tahoe City.
The Sierra Avalanche Center will discuss how they evaluate avalanche danger, how to use their website to assist those planning to ski and board in the backcountry and how the public can support the center's efforts.
It's all part of First Fridays, the first Friday of each month, that profiles speakers knowledgeable about the Lake Tahoe Basin. Mark your calendar for Friday, Feb. 1, the most romantic month of the year, when Lake Tahoe writer Mark McLaughlin weaves tales of love about the Sierra Nevada.
To learn more about First Fridays or for additional information, contact North Lake Tahoe Visitors Center Manager Kym Fabel at 530-581-6900.
For more information about the North Lake Tahoe Chamber/CVB/Resort Association, visit www.nltra.org.
Parasol AmeriCorps Service Project
Let Us Help You!
Do you want to accomplish something impactful for the community but might not have the time and/or resources necessary to carry out your vision? Let the Parasol AmeriCorps team help you plan and implement a program. Parasol AmeriCorps members are stationed at many North Lake Tahoe agencies. This service project will bring all 17 Parasol AmeriCorps members together for one common cause to create a significant positive change in the community. Complete an application for the Parasol AmeriCorps team to help with a program or event that will make a positive impact on North Lake Tahoe community members. Strong project proposals will address a community need, state the project's plans, goals, and objectives, and provide opportunities for AmeriCorps members' growth and development.
Submit your application by Monday, Jan. 7. Find the application along with a detailed description at www.parasol.org on the "AmeriCorps" section. Do not hesitate to direct any questions regarding the application process to the AmeriCorps Program Director Allison Eybel at email@example.com.
Discuss bus pass fare
The Transportation Department of the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District will be presenting a range of options for bus pass fare increase at the regular business meeting of the board of trustees.
The District Food Service department will also be presenting options for a possible fee increase for the school lunch program.
The public is invited to attend and comment on the proposed fee increase to the transportation and food service departments.
The meeting will be held at the district office, 11603 Donner Pass Road, on Jan. 9, at 5:30 p.m.
Truckee High School Drama Club
to present "Life and other Disasters"
Life can sometimes be hard. It presents us with challenges we must overcome and lessons we must learn. The Truckee High School Drama Club explores these issues in their winter production, "Life and Other Disasters," opening in January. The show is a collection of scenes, monologues, and poems chosen by the students to highlight the twists and turns life can throw at us.
The show will be presented over three days, Jan. 10-12. Shows will be at 7 p.m. each day with a special matinee performance at 2 p.m. on Jan. 12. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students. Tickets are available at the Truckee Donner Community Recreation Center and at the door. Tickets can be purchased with cash or local check, but no credit cards will be accepted.
The Drama Club will sell refreshments during intermission and raffle tickets will be on sale for a wide variety of items donated by local businesses, including jewelry, gift cards and certificates, and more.
Due to some mature themes in this production, it is recommended for mature audiences only.
Global warming presentation
by Nobel Prize team winner
Chris Field, a 2007 Nobel Prize team winner and lead author of the study on the effects of global climate change will be the keynote speaker at Tahoe South's Operation Sierra Storm Meteorologist Conference, Jan 10.
Field was the co-chair for Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) which shared the 2007 Peace Prize with former Vice President Al Gore. He's the director of the Department of Global Ecology, Carnegie Institution for Science at Stanford University and a 2009 Heinz Award recipient, recognizing extraordinary environmental achievement. -
Endorsed by the National Weather Service and American Meteorological Society, the three-day conference combines ongoing education, topical and newsworthy discussions, networking opportunities and live broadcasts from news affiliates throughout the West Coast. Attendees include television meteorologists.
This year's conference will examine current and future climate change expectations, policy matters, Hurricane Sandy and avalanche forecasting, awareness and safety.
Field was part of the Nobel Prize winning team that assessed the scientific, technical, environmental, economic and social aspects of the vulnerability (sensitivity and adaptability) to climate change and the negative and positive consequences for ecological systems, socio-economic sectors and human health, with an emphasis on regional and cross-sectoral issues.
Speakers include Rebecca Anderson, principal scientist, who will present research conducted from Arctic and Antarctica ice core drilling; Andy Anderson, Sierra Avalanche Center; and Bob Roberts, president and CEO of California Ski Industry Association.
Field's presentation will be open to the public, Thursday, Jan. 10, 8-9:30 a.m. at Harveys Cabaret Theater. Limited free seating available, with RSVP required by 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7 at www.surveymonkey.com/s/SLT_OSS_RSVP.
Little Truckee River Working Group meeting announced
The Sierra County Fire Safe and Watershed Council invites you to attend the annual Little Truckee River Working Group Meeting on Wednesday Jan. 9, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at the U.S. Forest Service Sierraville Ranger Station Conference Room. The meeting will provide an information exchange on current and planned natural resource work within the Little Truckee River watershed, including oral and poster presentations. Featured speakers include Perry Norris, Truckee Donner Land Trust; Beth Christman and Jeannette Halderman, Truckee River Watershed Council; Teresa Crimmens, Tahoe RCD, Paul Honeywell, U.S. Geological Survey; Quentin Youngblood, U.S. Forest Service, Christopher Fichtel, The Nature Conservancy; and Lynn Nolan, South Tahoe Public Utilities District.
A poster session featuring presentations by Ken Cawley, consulting hydrologist, Christopher Fichtel of The Nature Conservancy, Deborah Urich U. S. Forest Service Fisheries Biologist, and Patrick Stone of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and Tahoe-Truckee Fisheries Coalition will be held during the meeting. Meeting attendees will be encouraged to review the posters and discuss the project details.
Lunch will be provided by the Feather River Chapter of Trout Unlimited with donations welcomed. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP and receive further details, including an agenda with presentation titles. Note, in the event of stormy weather, the meeting will be rescheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 16.
Myanmar, presented by Dr. Toni Neubauer
Myanmar is the largest country in Southeast Asia - twice as large as Vietnam and approximately the size of Great Britain and France combined. Within the borders are as many as 135 nationalities each with their own languages and dialects. The history of Myanmar dates back before the time of Buddha in the fifth century BC., yet today Myanmar is a country caught in a time warp, isolated from the rest of the world for more than 30 years, and leaping precipitously into modernity.
At the same time, Myanmar is a magical country where people kiss by sniffing, there are eight days in a week, and the major unit of currency has been determined by astrology! Fairy tale pagodas of pink and blue dot the landscape, people cover their face with white powder from tree bark and clouds and mist cast a romantic tropical haze.
Join Toni Neubauer, president of Myths and Mountains to learn more about this very special destination. Neubauer "speaks five languages, holds a doctorate in educational administration as well as a masters in French literature, and has visited 57 countries around the world. For more than 20 years, Toni has traveled within Asia and Southesast Asia, getting to know the people and their way of life."
Thursday, Jan. 31, 4 p.m. at the Incline Village Library, 845 Alder Ave., Incline Village, Nev. For more information visit www.washoecountylibrary.us.
Calling fiber and textile artists
The Truckee Public Arts Commission's winter exhibit at the TDRPD's Community Recreation Center will feature fiber and textile media. Artists of all ages will be considered for display. Quilters are also encouraged to apply. Submissions due Jan. 16, 2012. Guidelines and entry forms are available in the "Latest News" section at www.tdrpd.com. An opening reception will be held on Feb. 1, 5-7 p.m. at Community Recreation Center.
Go to college in Truckee!
Sierra College offers career and technical training, associate degrees and is ranked first in Northern California for transfers to four-year universities. Since its founding in 1936, Sierra College has focused on quality instruction, and the Tahoe-Truckee campus is especially proud of the stellar teaching staff including award-winning educators.
This is the time of year to apply for Sierra College, Tahoe-Truckee spring classes. The online application deadline is Jan. 5, 2013. There are more than 60 spring offerings including general education as well as accounting, business, Mechatronics, administration of justice, emergency medical technician training (EMT), early childhood education, psychology, ceramics, drawing, painting, human and personal development. Classes begin the week of Jan. 28 and end May 25. Tuition is $46 per unit (most classes are three units). Current Tahoe Truckee Unified School District high school students enroll for just $1 a unit plus the cost of books, materials and parking ($30).
For a complete class schedule, select the class schedule link on the Sierra College web site at sierracollege.edu. For more information visit 11001 College Trail in Truckee, go to sierracollege.edu or call 530-550-2225. Sierra College Truckee campus is also on Facebook.
Tahoe SAFE Alliance announces
Father Daughter Dance tickets on sale
Calling all fathers, grandfathers and uncles: get ready to dance the night away with that special little girl in your life. Tahoe SAFE Alliance announces tickets are on sale for the 4th Annual Father Daughter Dance on Friday Feb. 8, 6-9 p.m. at Tahoe Biltmore Hotel in Crystal Bay, Nev.
Entertainment will feature dancing, snacks, activity stations for all ages, portraits by Danielle Hankinson Photography and an opportunity to purchase a live action photo flipbook keepsake. This event is an opportunity for fathers to spend a memorable night with their daughters and leave with souvenirs that will always bring back lasting and cherished memories.
Tickets are $25 per father/daughter couple ($30 at the door) and $5 per additional child. Purchase tickets online at www.tahoesafealliance.org. Scholarships are available for families in need. The Tahoe Biltmore invites you to enjoy a special prix fixe dinner 4:30-6:30 p.m. Reservations can be at 775-833-6724.
Sponsored by Dress the Party, Tahoe Forest Hospital District, North Tahoe Bonanza, Sierra Sun, and The Weekly.
Truckee gets more HD TV channels
Suddenlink announced it added new high-definition (HD) channels to its TV lineup in Truckee, as well as new digital channels in standard format.
Suddenlink also has changed its lineup, moving related channels nearer each other for easier navigation. Customers received new TV lineup cards by mail.
Twenty new HD channels include: Sacramento broadcast stations KQCA HD (MNT), KVIE HD (PBS) and KMAX HD (CW), as well as Comcast Sports Net California HD, C-SPAN HD, TV Land HD, The Hub HD, OWN HD, BBC America HD, GSN HD, MTV2 HD, SWRV HD, Gol TV HD, HBO Comedy HD, Starz Comedy HD, Showtime HD, Hallmark Movie Channel HD, HSN HD, QVC HD and iN DEMAND HD, which offers pay-per-view programming.
New digital channels in standard format include: Boomerang, Hallmark Movie Channel, Lifetime Television, Starz Comedy, mtvU, SWRV and KTXL DT Antenna TV.
Visit suddenlink.com, call 866-269-4386 or drop by the Truckee store at 10607 W. River St. during normal office hours.