News briefs: South Shore film fest returns, free talk at Lake Tahoe Community College and more |

News briefs: South Shore film fest returns, free talk at Lake Tahoe Community College and more


Wild & Scenic Film Festival, featuring award-winning environmental and adventure films that incite local activism, will return to South Lake Tahoe in March.

Presented by the Sierra Nevada Alliance, South Tahoe Earth Day Committee and Patagonia Lake Tahoe, the film festival will take place on Thursday, March 31, at the MontBleu Showroom. Films will inspire and entertain with outdoor adventures, environmental battles and people working to make a difference.

“We’ll be featuring adventure films with powerful environmental messages,” said Lynn Baumgartner, Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps partnership program director at the Sierra Nevada Alliance. “The films highlight the beauty of the places we love and raise awareness of the threats to our mountains, lakes, rivers, meadows, streams and wildlife.”

Along with the films, this year’s festival will feature local filmmaker Mike Weir, a VIP backstage reception, silent auction, giveaways, and beer and wine. Festival attendees will be able to talk with Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps Partnership Members about environmental issues affecting the Sierra Nevada. It will be a zero-waste event, with recycling and composting.

Advance tickets are $12 for Sierra Nevada Alliance members, $15 for non-members and $10 for students. Tickets can be purchased at and at Patagonia South Lake Tahoe. Tickets will be available at MontBleu the night of the show for $20. Doors open at 6 p.m., films start at 7 p.m.

For more information, contact Shannon Domina at 530-542-4546 or, or visit


The South Lake Tahoe Library will host its first LEGO Robotics Club, where children ages 10-14 will build and program robots.

This program will run for five sessions — March 19 and 26, April 9, 16 and 30 — from 10-11:30 a.m.

The library requests that students attend all five sessions to learn the steps of building and programing the robots. Space is limited and registration is required.

Register at the library by Wednesday, March 16, or by calling 530-573-3185. The LEGO Robotics Club is sponsored by the El Dorado Community Foundation and the Friends of the Library, and it is not associated with the official LEGO Club.


The Lake Tahoe Community College Foundation’s Speaker Spotlight Series continues Wednesday, March 2, at 6 p.m. in the Aspen Room. Renewable energy expert Dr. Eric Munsing will present “Cars that run on sunshine: Making electricity greener.” This is a free event, and the entire community is welcome to attend.

Munsing will talk about the opportunities and challenges facing California in the state’s effort to reach its climate change goals. Renewable energy and electric vehicles are considered to be two important energy solutions, but both present many technical challenges for our aging electrical grid. Munsing will discuss how the electricity system is being adjusted to allow for a cleaner, greener future.

Munsing is currently a researcher in the energy, civil infrastructure and climate group at UC Berkeley. The group is studying complex systems with feedback loops between environmental, technological and societal input. The group is specifically focusing on engineering California’s infrastructure to meet the demands of a low-carbon energy system.

The LTCC Foundation’s Speaker Spotlight Series brings faculty and academic experts from LTCC and other colleges and universities to South Lake Tahoe to share their knowledge and experiences with local students, and to encourage youth to pursue careers in the fields of science, technology and math.

For more information, contact the foundation’s executive director Nancy Harrison at 530-541-4660, ext. 245, or send an email to

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