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Jazz festival this weekend

INCLINE VILLAGE – The second annual Lake Tahoe Jazz Festival offers families a rousing weekend. The event includes a Saturday morning parade, from 9:30 to 10:30 on Incline Way. Among special events scheduled are a Friday Night Swing Party, Sunday Gospel Breakfast and Sunday evening Tribute to America’s Greatest Generation. Festival bands will perform each day. Pass costs are as follows -One-day pass: $22 for Friday or Sunday; $32 for Saturday; three-day pass: $60. For more information, see laketahoejazzfestival.com. -Staff report Saturday morning get the kids up to watch the North Tahoe Lions Jazz Parade, starting at Incline Middle School at 9:30, and ending about an hour later on the upper soccer field of Village Green, across from the Incline Village Recreation Center. Children will see their big brothers and sisters in the Incline High School Jazz Band as well as cadets in the Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps in the parade – a first-time event for the festival. The featured band, the 60-piece Ophir Prison Band, is a parade in itself, as members clown around as they make their way down the street. The Parasol Community Foundation will have a float, and the North Tahoe Lions Club, which is staging the parade and is the organizing force behind the new event, also will participate. Clowns and other performers will join in the fun along the way, and when the parade ends, the Ophir Prison Band will take to the youth stage to perform the first set. School bands from the North Shore and Reno will play on this stage throughout the weekend, and a children’s favorite – the Amazing Harmonatras – will play twice each day. “At the end of their performance, there will be 20 kids on stage playing instruments,” said Bill Hoffman, executive director of the Incline Village/Crystal Bay Visitors Bureau.

Veterans wanted for parade

Veterans! We need you! Incline Village is in the process of planning and executing a three-day inaugural event titled “Red, White and Tahoe Blue.” The events will kick off July 2 with a parade starting at Incline Elementary School, Northwood campus. The parade will begin at 10 a.m., proceed through Incline Village, and end at the IVGID Recreation Center at 11:30 a.m. We intend to have several cars with veterans inside leading the South Shore parade contingent, followed by one or two floats capable of holding 24 members each, 12 on each side of the float with a maximum seating capacity of 48 if using two floats. For planning purposes we need to get a head count of those of you who will be available to participate in the parade. As this is the inaugural of this event, the “Red, White and Tahoe Blue” committee is preparing an “Inaugural Commemorative Program” featuring local veterans. Accordingly, the committee is reserving six full pages in the program to honor our veterans. They asked us to provide the following individual information: — A color or black and white photo — Service details — Name — Branch of service — Dates of service — Place(s) where you were stationed E-mail to Luv49er@charter.net and send a copy to edmadrigan@mac.com no later than May 1. If you plan to participate in the parade, e-mail Roger Leach at Luv49er@charter.net and he will e-mail you a complete list of events.

Kiwi captures XTERRA Lake Tahoe triathlon

Matt Backler was a long way from home Saturday. Yet he raced through the XTERRA Lake Tahoe triathlon course as if it were his backyard. The 33-year-old from Tauranga, New Zealand, claimed first place in the annual off-road triathlon, posting a time of 2 hours, 53 minutes, 43 seconds. Matthew Balzer, 32, of Reno, finished runner-up in 2:55:05, and Romolo Forcino, 42, of Oak Hills (Calif.) was third in 3:00:35. Julie Baker, 37, of Sonora was the first woman and 10th overall in a time of 3:15:31, while a couple of top local triathletes also contended for the women's win. Genevieve Evans of Carnelian Bay was second among women and 13th overall, in 3:16:23, and Kara LaPoint of Truckee placed third in the women's field and 14th overall, finishing in 3:17:30. The International triathlon began with a swim that included two 750-meter laps off the shore of Village Green in Incline Village, plus a 50-meter beach run. The race then sent participants on a scenic, 22-mile mountain bike ride up and over the Flume Trail before finishing with a 6-mile trail run. Truckee's Donatas Ereminas, 31, was the top male finisher from the Tahoe area, as he placed 20th in the field of 113 triathletes with a time of 3:25:37. Lee Collins, 36, of South Lake Tahoe was 27th in 3:33:35, Peter Hanson, 48, of Incline Village was 33rd in 3:39:57, and Leslie Shaw of South Lake Tahoe was 40th overall in 3:47:49. Among other local finishers, Andrew Ellis of Incline Village placed 44th in 3:50:27, Robert Kronkhyte of Tahoe City was 45th in 3:50:48, Dorea Shoemaker of Incline Village was 46th overall in 3:54:06, Chris Anderson of Carnelian Bay was 57th in 4:03:06, and Meghan Kelley of Crystal Bay was 60th overall in 4:03:56. In the sprint triathlon — which consisted of a 750-meter swim, the same 22-mile bike as the International triathlon and a 3-mile run — 24-year-old Andrew Jensen of Bend took the win in a time of 2:35:46. Marc Rancourt, 41, of Incline Village finished second in 2:48:22, Gregory Kenney, 47, of Carson City was third in 2:53:32 and Bradley Haag, 23, of Incline Village was fifth in 2:54:10. Kim Devine, 47, of Reno placed first among women and 13th overall in a time of 3:20:53. She was followed by Kristen Martin del Campo of Kings Beach, who was the second woman and 18th overall in 3:26:26, and Shannon Wilson of Reno, who was the third woman and 22nd overall in 3:31:35. Tim Racich of Incline Village was 16th in 3:23:02, Greg Flanders of Incline Village was 30th in 3:45:39, Kristen Morgan of Tahoe City was 37th overall in 4:10:37, and Incline Village's Duane Andrews (4:16:42) and James Blanc (4:20:51) were 38th and 39th, respectively. A total of 43 people finished the sprint triathlon. Find complete results at http://www.bigblueadventure.com and a photo gallery at http://www.lefrakphotography.com.

Many Special Olympics athletes hail from South Lake

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. – While celebrity skiers are a big part of the upcoming Special Olympics Celebrity Winterfest in Incline, the most important part are the Special Olympic athletes – and there are plenty of locals participating. Jacqui Gilpin, of Stateline, is a Tahoe native who learned to ski here. She trains regularly with her mother, Donna, and has been a regular at Winterfest for the past five years. Jacqui graduated from South Tahoe High School in June and is now attending Lake Tahoe Community College in South Lake Tahoe. Jacqui is one of the local athletes who will hit the slopes of Diamond Peak for the Special Olympics Celebrity Winterfest. “She loves skiing and we practice a couple of times a week,” Donna Gilpin said. “This will be her fifth time competing in Winterfest.” Another Tahoe local athlete is John Lahti of Tahoe City. Mary Lahti, John’s mother, said he works at Safeway, but still finds time to practice regularly and work out. He also assists with a scout troop and helps with the North Tahoe football team. John also is a North Tahoe High School graduate. Other athletes from the South Lake Tahoe area include Philip Sturgeon, Susie Enos and Michael Cotter. Some history Special Olympics was established in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, and the International Special Olympics took place in Incline Village in 1989, when 1,400 athletes competed in alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, figure and speed skating and even floor hockey. Incline Village embraced the Special Olympics by hosting the events at Ski Incline (now Diamond Peak), provided housing and conducting a parade and torchlight parade, said Incline resident Georgia McGregor. “The credit for bringing the Special Olympics to Incline goes to Marv and Jeannine Karnofsky,” McGregor said. McGregor was very involved in Incline’s International Special Olympics experience and coordinated housing at Woodstock Condominiums for the event. McGregor said it is now exciting to see the Celebrity Winterfest again bringing Special Olympic athletes to Incline. Today, Special Olympics, one of the largest and most successful sports and volunteer organizations in the world, has chapters in every state, as well as in more than 180 countries. It serves more than 2.25 million Special Olympics athletes worldwide. There are 47 Northern California counties and 11 Nevada counties with active Special Olympics programs. Each county program is accredited by Special Olympics Northern California and Nevada, and these programs serve more than 17,000 Special Olympics athletes. The programs conduct sports training and competition, administrative functions and fundraising year round. Athletes participating in Special Olympics events must meet the eligibility criteria of having an intellectual disability or a similar developmental disability and be at least eight years of age in order to compete. Activities at these events are for those of all ability levels, from the highly functioning to the severely challenged. All of the athletes receive year round opportunities to develop physical fitness and participate in Special Olympic events. The weekend for Winterfest in Incline is filled with events open for free to the entire community and will provide an opportunity to see celebrities competing along with the Special Olympic athletes. In addition to the free events, the community is invited to participate in all of the other activities from the Friday night events at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe to Sunday’s Plungefest at Hyatt Beach. The event is March 5-7, and is sponsored by the Hyatt and Diamond Peak. Andy Lauer Juliette Goodrich Thyme Lewis Tom McComas Rick Ravanello Ryan McPartlin Justin Melvey Ryan Merriman Joel David Moore Nicole Sullivan Tim Abell Michael Buie Scott Campbell Melissa Dimino Kevin Durand Tony Lopez Justin Melvey Debbie Meyer

Lake Tahoe July 4 festival to feature Reno Philharmonic

While most of the region is celebrating recent snowfall, the Red, White and Tahoe Blue Board of Directors is preparing for the seventh annual festival set for July 3-5 in Incline Village. "With more than 20 signature events planned to date, there's still a lot of work to be done to make this year's three-day celebration just as festive and meaningful as it has been in the past," said Jim Smith, chairman of the board. Although the events are always well-attended, arguably the most popular is the Star Spangled Fourth of July Fireworks off Incline and Ski beaches. This year, RWTB is partnering with the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra. Under the baton of Music Director Laura Jackson, the orchestra will present a concert on the Village Green — in tandem with the Friday, July 4, fireworks show — in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner. The performance will directly follow another new event for 2014, "Big Water & Wine," catered by Big Water Grille at Aspen Grove. "This is sure to be the event of the year," said Smith, who noted that an additional show at the Village Green for Saturday, July 5, is in the works. "We're working on a Grammy-award winning artist and hope to announce that concert lineup within a few weeks." Traditions will continue this summer with daily flag-raising and retirement ceremonies and several commemorative events, including a veterans tribute; a "Tahoe Salutes our Heroes" parade; traditional pancake breakfasts; the Community Fair; and the Rubber Ducky race, among others. We have two main goals this year — the first being our continued quest to secure donations to remain successful and sustain the future of Red White and Tahoe Blue; the second is to enhance each event with first-class customer service," Smith said. Tax deductible donations are welcome at any level and can be made by visiting http://www.redwhiteandtahoeblue.org. "One of the biggest goals of the committee is to raise funds to support the tremendous amount of volunteer efforts and events that are produced each year," said Incline resident and board member Tom Bruno. "One hundred percent of our $125,000 budget is funded by individual or corporate support. Our festival could not be what it is today without the support of donors." Since 2006, the annual Red, White and Tahoe Blue festival has brought together thousands of locals and visitors to celebrate veterans and share in the celebration of the America's independence with good-old fashioned, all-American fun. Over the past two years, the event has opened the eyes of some of America's top travel advisers. Red, White and Tahoe Blue was recently awarded the titles of "6th Best Fireworks in the Country" by http://www.aol.travel.com and the "Nation's #11 Overall Independence Day Celebration" by http://www.msntravel.com.

Tahoe research center for Incline Village

By Jack Carrerow Tribune News Service INCLINE VILLAGE – After 10 years of planning and just as many years of controversy over where to put it, a research center devoted entirely to the study of Lake Tahoe will be built in Incline Village. The Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences, a $24 million facility, will be housed at Sierra Nevada College, officials announced Wednesday. The facility will be funded by a combination of public and private institutions in California and Nevada, including the University of California, Davis, the Desert Research Institute and the RAND Corp. The facility will be a new epoch of international environmental research, planning and study of Lake Tahoe and other Alpine lakes and watersheds, officials said. It will house offices and laboratories of the UC Davis Tahoe Research Group and the Desert Research Institute, classrooms and conference center space for up to 300 people. The three-story, 45,000-square-foot building could be under construction as early as the summer of 2005. “This is a terrific outcome for the Tahoe Basin and all of us who love it,” said Charles Goldman, the UC Davis scientist who has been at the forefront of Tahoe studies for the past 44 years. “In this one place, we will be able to conduct the research needed to keep the lake healthy and blue, educate the next generation of Tahoe scientists, teach our children about the basin’s natural resources and inform the public officials who are charged with deciding the basin’s future,” Goldman said. SNC President Benjamin Solomon said the new facility is particularly suited to the college’s environmental sciences program and its emphasis on energy-efficient, “green” building methods. “The mission of SNC from its inception in 1969 was to build a campus using this technology, which is perfectly suited to the endangered environment of Lake Tahoe,” Solomon said. “We are genuinely pleased to have these ideas come to fruition in the new Tahoe Center.” Among other contributors to the center is the Desert Research Institute, a specialized research program of the University and Community College System of Nevada, with campuses in Reno and Las Vegas and studies worldwide. Its programs focus on air and water quality, the response of ecosystems to natural and human influences, global climate change and environmental sustainability. Officials of the RAND Corporation, a partner in the project, said the facility will allow for sound decision-making between science and public policy. The new center will allow RAND to meet its objectives and strengthen its ability to forge new policy research, officials said. UC Davis began studying Lake Tahoe when Goldman began his career there in 1959. Since 1975, Tahoe Research Group scientists have had to work in a crowded, leaky, unheated former fish hatchery near Tahoe City. Goldman referred to it as “doing world-class research in a Third World facility.” Assemblyman Tim Leslie, R-Tahoe City, led the fight against putting the center on public park land intended to allow beach access to Lake Tahoe. Leslie insisted the involved parties work to find another location besides Tahoe City. When informed of the compromise agreement, Leslie was pleased. “This is a victory for the people of Lake Tahoe, for scientific research and for California and Nevada,” Leslie said. “The research center is in a great location and it is perfectly positioned to help keep Tahoe clear, clean, blue and beautiful for future generations.” Funding for the project also came from worldwide donations of $13 million; $2.6 million from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and $2 million from the Thomas J. Long Foundation. A $750,000 appropriation proposed by Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., and supported by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., recently approved by Congress and the president. The architects for the project are Lundahl and Associates of Reno.

Incline Village Notes: Time to celebrate Fourth of July

Here comes our big summer weekend! Let the games begin as parking is going to be a challenge with so many areas of construction around the village and the beaches are much skinnier this year. Please stay safe and celebrate America. SNC’s Green Thumb Thursday class is from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 29, at the Demonstration Garden on the SNC campus. This is the popular Red, White and Blue Container Class. Attendees should bring their own 16-inch (max) shallow planting container to create a great decoration for the holiday. Visit http://www.demogarden.org to register. On Saturday, July 8, and Sunday, July 9, Dr. Andrea Marshall from South Africa, a National Geographic Explorer and BBCs “Queen of the Mantas,” is coming to Incline Village. As a guest of READ Global, she will be attending a VIP cocktail/dinner and a luncheon. Space is limited at both events. Visit http://www.READEvent.org or email travel@mythsandmountains.com or call (800) 670-6984 for information about the events. Easel and Wine is hosting a hike, wine taste and paint on Monday, July 10, at Snowflake Lodge. For information please contact Incline Village Recreation Center 775-832-1310. Join the Incline Village General Improvement District “At Work” Weight Watchers group at noon on Wednesday, July 12, at the IVGID Administration Building to learn about the Weight Watchers program. A new 12-week series begins on Wednesday, July 9. For information call Mary McCormick at 775-832-1100. Tickets are now available for the North Lake Tahoe Community Health Care Auxiliary’s annual Lobster Feed at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 13, at the Chateau. Space is limited; get your tickets early as this event does sell out. To purchase tickets, or for information, contact Nan Healy by email at nanhealy@gmailcom or call 775-832-0939 or 775-233-3651. The annual fashion show and luncheon fundraiser for The Women’s Club of North Lake Tahoe, Chic at the Chateau, is 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 2, at the Chateau. To purchase tickets contact Patricia Owens at 775-831-7887 or email frecklsown@aol.com or tickets can also be purchased at The Potlatch. On Sunday, Aug. 6, AAUW will hold a summer fundraiser at the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival to raise money for scholarships for Incline Village High School seniors. This event will include special reserved seats to the production of “The Hound of the Baskervilles” (a Sherlock Holmes mystery), appetizers, beverages, and a box dinner. Contact Millie Szerman at MillieSz746@gmail.com to purchase tickets and make seat selections. A couple of anniversaries to celebrate this week: Megan and Kevin Weiss celebrated their fifth anniversary on June 23. David and Jan’s Hardie will celebrate their anniversary on June 30. Happy anniversary! Birthdays to celebrate this week: Millie Szerman on July 2 and Maureen Dudley on July 5. Happy birthday! The Deal or Steal for this week is to attend the free pancake breakfast beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, July 1, at the NLTFPD Main Fire Station on Tanager. And that is followed by the free RWTB community parade. For more information on events see the schedule on http://www.redwhitetahoeblue.org or in today’s paper. As always send in your birthdays, anniversaries and news, along with the best deals or steals you can find, before 5 p.m. on Monday to jeanmeick@aol.com.

Tahoe market home sale prices jump 12%

The Lake Tahoe real estate market experienced increases in both average and median home prices during the first quarter of 2014. For Tahoe as a whole, which combines the East Shore, South Shore, Tahoe City and Incline Village/Crystal Bay markets, the volume of sales was down nine percent. Yet the median home price in Tahoe increased 12 percent and the average price climbed 11 percent to $876,611. The entire region has had record lows in inventory contributing to the decrease in units sold and volume sold. The one sector at Tahoe where the volume of sales increased, was at the ski resort communities of Northstar, Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows, by 39 percent. These figures are part of a quarterly report released by Lake Tahoe-based real estate company Chase International. Tahoe City saw sales volume jumped 48 percent over last year at this time, with $53,884,250 in volume sales recorded in 2014's first quarter. Tahoe City's average price increased a whopping 113 percent to $1,314,250, and the median price climbed 51%, from $417,000 last year to $630,000 during this year's first quarter. Incline Village showed an increase in average price of 23 percent, to $1,703,476. The number of units sold in South Shore over $1 million jumped by 100 percent. And the average price in South Shore increased by 20 percent, to $436,884. The East Shore market was down, due to several large sales that transpired in 2013 and a continued lack of inventory. "There continues to be an uptick of interest and sales in the market's upper end offerings," said Sue Lowe, corporate vice president for Chase International. "And in the under $1 million market, prices are continuing to climb." Lawrence Yun, chief economist for the National Association of Realtors notes that NAR's forecast for home sales is to be lower by five percent in the first half of this year versus the same period a year ago. However, Yun predicts that sales are projected to be two to three percent higher in the second half of the year, and home prices, because of a nationwide inventory shortage, will keep marching higher. The Truckee market posted some impressive gains with a sharp jump in median price of homes sold—up 29 percent to $635,000 and an average home price increase of 24 percent, to $858,304. However, Truckee sales volume over this time last year was down six percent. Chase International has 10 offices in the region. For more information about Chase International, visit http://www.chaseinternational.com.

Search for bear in Incline Village

INCLINE VILLAGE – Local and state officials are asking for the community’s help in locating a bear with a malfunctioning GPS collar. Wildlife experts have been tracking the bear’s activities with the collar, used to periodically take satellite readings of its location, but now believe the GPS unit’s battery pack has expired. The 450-pound male bear also has a green tag on its ear and has been spotted near the IVGID offices on Southwood Boulevard last week and in the rec center parking lot Wednesday night. “I’m relying on people living (in the area) to tell us where he is so we can respond and capture him,” Nevada Department of Wildlife biologist Carl Lackey said. Lackey said the bear has not been causing problems in the area other than getting into people’s trash. “It’s important to stress that he’s not a rogue bear – he just needs help getting his collar off,” said Domi Fellers, IVGID “waste not” program coordinator. If you see this bear, call the Nevada Department of Wildlife dispatch at (775) 688-1331 or the Washoe Country Sheriff’s Office at (775) 832-4111.

North Lake Tahoe-Truckee is chock-full of family friendly events, activities for Fourth of July

North Lake Tahoe is the most happening place to be this Fourth of July. To help organize your family plans, below is a list of celebrations offering activities all week long. 38th Annual July 3 Fireworks and Beach Party The highly anticipated, family friendly beach party brings food vendors, a beer, wine and mixed drink garden, and live music from the San Diego Marine’s Double Time Brass Band for all to enjoy. Fun, Independence Day activities include face painting, watermelon eating and sand castle building contests, and a raffle to win a standup paddleboard. Kids and adults alike will delight in playing at Kings Beach State Recreation Area during the free event until 9:30p.m., when the fireworks spectacular will begin. Preferred seating during the fireworks show is available for $20 per person. “Many are surprised to learn that fireworks cost approximately $1,000 per minute,” said Joy Doyle, executive director of the North Tahoe Business Association. “To offset the high cost, North Tahoe Business Association puts on a Beach Party as a fundraiser and invites everyone to attend and support the fireworks at this fun, community celebration.” If Kings Beach is on your radar this Independence Day, plan on celebrating Beach Party-style — the way the NTBA has done it since 1979. Where: North Tahoe Event Center, Kings Beach When: Monday, July 3 | 4-10 p.m. Online: http://www.northtahoebusiness.org Red, White and Tahoe Blue Celebration Red, White and Tahoe Blue has hosted a Fourth of July celebration beaming with community spirit for the past 10 years. After a kick-off Flag Raising Ceremony, festival highlights include an Independence Day parade, community fair, ice cream eating contest, pancake breakfasts, and several events honoring veterans and showcasing their skill. Adults will enjoy the wine and cheese tasting and performance by the TOCCATA Tahoe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus while there are plenty of fun activities for the kids like chalk drawing, a parachute and rescue demonstration hosted by veterans; there’s even a rubber duck race — all leading up to the Fireworks Extravaganza at 9:30 p.m. with the Marine Band of San Diego 2017. Chairman Tim Callicrate of the Red, White and Tahoe Blue Board said the organization’s volunteers and donors have been able to create wonderful community activation thanks to over 30,000 hours in work hours. He added that more than $1.5 million had been donated to showcase their fireworks, concerts, parades, veterans’ tributes, and community festivities over the past 10 years. Be sure to mark your calendar and swing by Incline Village from Saturday through Tuesday for fun activities the whole family will enjoy. Where: Incline Village When: Saturday, July 1 – Tuesday, July 4 Online: http://www.redwhitetahoeblue.com July Ginormous Fireworks Show and Family Beach Party 2017 marks 72 years that Tahoe City has been celebrating the Fourth of July with what has been hailed as one of America’s best fireworks displays. What better way to spend the day than on Commons Beach and in downtown Tahoe City eating good food, taking in gorgeous views, and ultimately basking in the glory of their largest and most dazzling fireworks show to date. “We’re one of the few lakeside destinations where you can watch the fireworks from the beach,” said executive director of the Tahoe City Downtown Association, JT Chevallier. “We encourage everyone to come out early and get their plans dialed in. Beware, it’s coming faster than you could ever think so make those plans now to be in Tahoe, you don’t want to be anywhere else.” Park the car and forget about it, Tahoe City has it all covered for a full day of activities, food and entertainment. Where: Tahoe City When: Tuesday, July 4 Online: http://www.visittahoecity.org Fourth of July Parade A Truckee tradition, the Fourth of July Parade, will hit the streets of historic Brickelltown district on Tuesday with their signature theme, “Truckee – Base Camp for a Big Life”. The parade’s grand marshall will be former town manager, Tony Lashbrook, who retired after 36 years in public service. President and CEO of the Truckee Chamber of Commerce, Lynn Saunders, said “The Truckee Chamber of Commerce has been producing the parade for decades. And while each year is different, the community spirit, fun time, and bit smiles are always the same. We often say it is the ‘quintessential display of small town Americana’. It is a true community event and celebration, and a favorite of locals and visitors alike. Kids who have grown up here and moved away often come back to enjoy this longtime favorite Truckee tradition.” Clear your schedules, there’s fun to be had before the parade even begins. From 7-10 a.m. guests are invited to the Truckee Fire Pancake Breakfast at Station 92. At 9:50 a.m. the celebration welcomes guests to participate in the fun wave of the Firecracker Mile — a 1-mile, gravity fed, fun downhill run for all ages and ability levels. Those looking for more of a challenge can pre-register for the elite wave at 9:40a.m. Whether you’re there for the pancakes, the fun run, or the parade — it’s sure to be a wonderful day in downtown Truckee. Where: Truckee When: Tuesday, July 4 | 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Online: http://www.chamber.truckee.com Fourth of July Pacific Fine Arts Festival North Lake Tahoe is full of incredible local talent that will be on display for you to enjoy over the course of four shopping-filled days — you’re sure to leave with some newfound treasures. “The reason this event is fun (is) because we’ve been doing it for six or seven years now at Homewood,” said co-director, Troy Mounier who runs the festival alongside his wife, Dana. “It’s really nice, people like to stop by during their vacation here up to the lake; in between bicycling or enjoying the water we get a lot of people who drive past and stop by, see the pieces the artists have and they end up going home with a nice gift or souvenir that they didn’t expect to have when they first came up.” This Independence Day, spend time at the artisan festival with a myriad of handcrafted wearables, ceramics, jewelry, woodwork, photography, furniture, paintings, and more. Where: Homewood Mountain Resort When: Saturday, July 1 – Tuesday, July 4 | 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Online: http://www.pacificfinearts.com Teamwork Makes the Dream Work Below are various community beach cleanup events. No Plastic Tahoe Beach Cleanup Tahoe Flow Arts Studio presents this cleanup effort following the fireworks show on July 3 in conjunction with the “No Plastic Tahoe.” Their initiative is to eventually eliminate the sale of single use plastic in the Tahoe basin. Bring the family to the Kings Beach Pier for a beach cleanup, followed by a BBQ potluck, games, lake fun, and more. Bags and gloves will be provided; please bring your own drink cups, utensils and reusable containers for food. When: Tuesday, July 4 | 8 a.m. Online: http://www.tahoeflowartsstudio.com Keep Tahoe Blue Beach Cleanups Help rid the shoreline of 1,500 pounds of leftover fireworks display alongside the League to Save Lake Tahoe. Garbage bags, dumpsters, and high fives will be provided along with hot coffee, snacks and raffle items for volunteers. The League will have cleanup sites set up at Commons Beach, Kings Beach, Kiva Beach, Nevada Beach, and Regan Beach. RSVP via email: events@keeptahoeblue.org. When: Wednesday, July 5 | 8:30 – 11 a.m. Online: http://www.keeptahoeblue.org Cassandra Walker is a features and entertainment reporter for the Sierra Sun. She can be reached at cwalker@sierrasun.com, 530-550-2654 or @snow1cass.