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What’s happening

Tahoe Daily Tribune Staff Reports

Tahoe Arts Project will present the Long Beach City College Studio Singers in a free concert at 7 p.m. Friday at the South Tahoe Middle School multipurpose room. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

Under the direction of Tom Dustman, the Studio Singers perform jazz style vocal arrangements. In past years they have performed for the Music Association of California Colleges, The American Choral Directors Association and the International Association of Jazz Educators.

More than 30 members of the Studio Singers will perform such songs as “This Masquerade,” “On Broadway” and “Come Fly With Me.”

“We are offering this concert for no charge as a way to thank the community of their support,” said Peggy Thompson, Tahoe Arts Project executive director.

Tahoe Arts Project is a nonprofit organization, whose mission is to provide cultural enrichment and diversity for the community through the arts and education with particular focus on the youth. For more information call (530) 542- 3632.

Hardrockers seek volunteers

The Tahoe Hardrockers, a local, nonprofit, volunteer organization, is organizing volunteers for trail-building season.

The season is from May 1 through Oct. 15, weather permitting. The organization seeks volunteers who can offer time, skills and hard work. In addition, donations of tools, equipment and safety gear, as well as food and snacks to feed crews, are being sought, along with donations of office supplies and T-shirts for crews. Cash donations help the group maintain and replace outdated equipment and enable the purchase of trail building materials.

People interested in volunteering may call 544-3254 call for more information.

Sheriff Explorers going to Vegas

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Department is sending 13 members of its Explorer Post to Las Vegas in July to participate in the 2004 Regional Exploring Conference. The trip is made possible in part by a donation from Elliot Ames Nevada Inc., Mortgage Company of Minden, Carson City and Reno, Nev.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Department Explorer Post comprises young adults, 14 to 24 years of age, who possess an interest in law enforcement or have a desire to enhance their community through volunteerism. Explorer members receive training and experience in the law enforcement field. Explorer members are instrumental in the various special programs, ceremonies and celebrations in the Carson Valley. They act in the capacity of Honor Guard for such activities as the Carson Valley Day parade or assisting with the parking situation at the Genoa Candy Dance.

While attending the 2004 Western Regional Explorer Conference in July the Explorers will participate and be graded in such competitions as crime scene investigations, suspicious person contacts, vehicle stops, traffic accident investigation and disturbing the peace calls.

Explorer Posts from all over the western United States will attend the conference. In past years the explorers have been very successful in bringing home numerous awards for their performances and the same level of success is expected this year.

The Explorer program, as is all of Douglas County Sheriff’s Department youth programs, is a priority with Sheriff Ron Pierini. He believes that the youth of the community hold the future and that every resource must be expended to ensure that they are able to grow and mature in a safe and enlightening environment. The Explorer Post, along with DARE, GREAT and Fighting Chance programs are aimed at that very achievement.

Anyone wishing to contribute to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Explorer Post may contact Deputy Chris Griffith, youth programs officer, at (775) 782-9900.

Free disease workshop

A free workshop for parents and professionals on health promotions and universal precautions for disease prevention for parents and child care providers will be conducted May 1. The workshop will take place from 10 a.m. to noon at the South Lake Tahoe Branch Library, 1000 Rufus Allen Blvd.

The event is possible through a post-adoption service collaboration between Lilliput Children’s Services and the El Dorado County Department of Social Services. To make a reservation and for more information call Karen Russell at (530) 295-2383.

Portuguese exhibit in Folsom

The Folsom History Museum is offering an extensive exhibit featuring the Portuguese population of the Sacramento area from the earliest immigration in the 1850s to the present. The exhibit will continue through July 18 at the museum, 823 Sutter Street in Folsom.

The exhibit features the day-to-day life and occupation of the immigrants, who were mostly from the Azores Islands as well as continental Portugal and Madeira. Highlighting the exhibit is the history of the Portuguese of Folsom, many of whom came to work in the gold fields and stayed to open small businesses. The Portuguese constituted the largest ethnic group in Folsom.

Since Portugal is a predominantly Catholic county, the immigrants brought with them their religious traditions and collective brotherhoods. Among the items on display will be a gown and an elaborate, hand-sewn cape similar to those still worn by the young women selected as queens during the traditional Holy Ghost celebrations, symbolic collars and medals of the leaders of the societies and early documents. A display of native costumes and musical instruments rounds out the exhibit.

Special thanks to sponsors, Kikkoman Foods Inc., Bob Holderness, in memory of his mother Eleanor Holderness, the Portuguese Historical and Cultural Society of Sacramento and the Folsom History Museum and its supporters.

The Folsom History Museum is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is $2 for adults, $1 for teens and children under 12 are free.

– Provided to the Tribune

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