Russian program seeking students |

Russian program seeking students

Dylan Silver
The track at the Community Sports Complex received new striping courtesy of TR4CK.
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Lake Tahoe Community College’s new Russian language class is looking for students. Participants in the class will be introduced to the culture and language of the Slavic country.

“It’s a beginning Russian class,” said instructor Maria Mircheva. “It’s an introduction to culture, language, pronunciation and alphabet.”

Starting on Sept. 23, Conversational Russian I runs through the fall quarter. Though the college has offered the class before, it has never had enough registrants to run.

With the Olympics in Russia early next year and the country recently in the news for a variety of issues, now is a particularly pertinent time to take Russian, Mircheva said.

“This class is perfect for people in the Winter Olympics, politics, international solutions to environmental problems, different cultures or high school language credits,” Mircheva said in a statement released by the college.

The class will host numerous local Russian speakers. They’ll also work with the Tahoe Baikal Institute, a nonprofit based in South Lake Tahoe which takes 20 or so students on an environmental exchange program to study Lake Baikal, the seventh largest lake in the world.

Community group stripes track

TR4CK or Track Restoration for Community and Kids re-striped and cleaned the Community Youth Sports Complex.

The track received new lines and numbers, which should last for another six years, according to a statement released by the group.

Throughout the summer, numerous events have been held at the complex, including South Tahoe High School football and soccer practice, Thursday night all-comers track meets, and a pole vault clinic. On Sept. 24, Lake Tahoe Unified School District will hold the annual sixth-grade Olympics at the venue.

Whittell students take on more testing

Whittell High School students charged into more Measures of Academic Progress testing this week. The reading and language tests were administered Monday and Tuesday at the school.

The goal of the testing is to provide educators with data to understand their students’ needs, according to the Northwest Evaluation Association, which develops the tests.

Adventurer to present on Arctic and Antarctic at college

South Lake Tahoe’s Todd Offenbacher will host a presentation on his recent travels to the Arctic and Antarctic 6:30 p.m., Sept. 13 in Duke Theatre at Lake Tahoe Community College. A $10 donation is recommended. All proceeds will go to the Sierra Avalanche Center and the American Safe Climbing Association.

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