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Vikingsholm: Conversation with History, June 26

Join a memorable evening at Emerald Bay State Park and the incomparable Vikingsholm Mansion. Leaving from DL Bliss State Park, you will be able to drive your own vehicle into Emerald Bay. Following a unique “behind-the-scenes” tour, guests will meet in the courtyard where wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Dr. Helen Smith will host an informal conversation about her experiences spending 14 summers at Vikingsholm as the guest of Lorna Knight, the owner and visionary behind Vikingsholm. Smith will present a signed copy of her book “Vikingsholm,” a guide she authored, to every guest. The DVD “Vikingsholm” will be available for sale. Tickets are $50 per person and space is limited. Call 530-583-9911 to reserve a spot or purchase tickets online at

Come Out & Play at Katie’s Playground

The Truckee Tahoe Airport District Board of Directors and staff invite you to join a Dedication and Ribbon Cutting for Katie’s Playground, commemorating the memory of Katie, Hannah and Wyatt Morrison.

Katie Morrison served as an Airport District Board Member and Airport Community Advisory Team member, contributing significantly to these efforts as well as many other initiatives in the community. Katie, Hannah and Wyatt passed away as the result of an aircraft accident in March of 2011. Her contribution to the Airport District as a Board member and Community Advisory Team member are acknowledged and appreciated. Her support and desire to construct a playground on the airport, providing a place for children to play and families to gather are well documented.

The $50,000 playground was built thanks to a partnership between the Truckee Tahoe Airport District and friends of the Morrison family. The playground has is already popular, where children playing and the excitement of aviation can mix perfectly. All are invited to attend the dedication, June 27, 2 p.m. at the Playground Area adjacent to Truckee Tahoe Airport Administration Building, 10356 Truckee Airport Road, Truckee.

Wildlife Shelter turns 25

Wildlife Shelter, Inc. (WSI) is celebrating 25 years of continuous community service this year. Join them and other WSI supporters at the annual June in Bloom celebration at the Tahoe City Golf Course.

The noon Critter Program will be at 1 p.m. with buffet luncheon and auction at 2:15 p.m. The Golf Tournament is set for Saturday, June 29, 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m.-ish. Tickets at the door are $40.

WSI is an educational outreach program through schools, summer bike trail talks, community organizations, clubs and individualized presentations. Discussions will fill the air about local wildlife behavior, physiology, and biology. They are available 24/7 for calls about local wildlife concerns and/or scheduling a program. Volunteer efforts assist displaced, orphaned, and injured wildlife and their finders with expert assistance in determining the best solution. WSI has provided $42,000 in college intern scholarships to date.

All proceeds will go directly to the support of this nonprofit’s scholarship fund, rescued exotic domestic animals’ support, and educational outreach programs. WSI is a volunteer organization. Visit or call 866-307-4216 for information or reservations.

Public readings from Squaw Valley Community of Writers

The 43rd Annual Squaw Valley Community of Writers will convene again this summer with workshops in poetry, fiction, nonfiction and screenwriting. In June, the internationally renowned Poetry Workshop will meet for a week. On Thursday, June 27, at 8 p.m. at The Olympic House, 1960 Squaw Valley Road in Squaw Valley, the Squaw Valley Community of Writers will present the five staff poets of this year’s workshops for an evening of poetry readings. Forrest Gander, Robert Hass, Brenda Hillman, and Evie Shockley will read from their published and unpublished work, including poems written in Squaw Valley just days before. Donate what you can! Suggested donation $15/$10 student, contact or 530-581-5200 for reservations.

Locals may also be interested in events presented by the Community of Writers in conjunction with Writers Workshops in Fiction and NonFiction. Many events, (readings, panels, discussions of the craft and the business of writing) are open to the public and free of charge. Visit

Kings Beach Library accepting donations

Friends of the Kings Beach Library cleaned out the library garage and are accepting donations for the Fourth of July book sale. Drop books during open hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Wednesday and Friday, 2-6 p.m. and Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Donations will be accepted during the book sale. Due to the long holiday weekend, the book sale will run July 3-6, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Help set up July 1 and 2, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and community members are invited to help. Enjoy games and face painting add to the book browsing fun July 4. All proceeds to benefit the Kings Beach Library 2013 remodel. Call 530-546-2021 for more information. Kings Beach Library, is located at 301 Secline St. in Kings Beach.

Friends, family and community

An account has been opened at Plumas Bank to accept donations in loving memory of Andrew Metlenko to assist his family through this difficult time. Please make checks payable to Laura and Michael Metlenko. Checks may be mailed to Plumas Bank, 11638 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA 96161. If you have questions, please call 530-587-4747, ext. 8701.

Thank you very much for your support and consideration.

InnerRhythms to present “The Golden Ticket”

InnerRhythms Dance Centre will celebrate their year-end with “The Golden Ticket,” a full production on stage at the Truckee High School theater on June 28 and 29, 7 p.m. and June 30, for a 2 p.m. matinee. “The Golden Ticket” showcases every studio dancer from minis to adults in an edgy performance inspired by Charlie & the Chocolate Factory. A cast of hundreds will dance onstage in full costume with choreography by talented instructors. Produced by Artistic Director Elizabeth Archer, this show is not to be missed!

Tickets are available at the Dance Centre or online at $15 for adults, $10 for students/seniors/veterans. For additional information, visit or call 530-550-8464.

Lovin’ Summer Writing Camp

A fun three-class series of generative inspirational workshop sessions. For all genres and all abilities. Don’t let the summer pass by once again without feeding your creative and writing life. Make this series a two-week intensive writing camp for yourself! $105 for all three or $40 each. A free hour of personal coaching is included if you sign up for all three dates. Mondays July 1, 8, and 15, 5:30-8:30 p.m. For more information visit or call Karen Terrey at 530-386-3901 or email

New Standards:

A Peek at the Future of Math, Language Arts, and Science Education

Wednesday, July 17, No-host bar opens 5:30 p.m. Presentation begins 6 p.m. at Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences, 291 Country Club Drive, Incline Village. Cost: $5 donation suggested.

Our education system is facing rapid, dramatic changes at both state and federal levels. What do the new standards mean for students, teachers, parents, and the nation? The adoption and implementation of new standards in math, language arts and eventually in science foreshadows significant changes for public school students across the nation. There are several key differences between the Common Core Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). This presentation will explore the similarities and differences between these and existing standards, focusing primarily on NGSS. Presenters Rick Pomeroy, Ph.D., UC Davis School of Education and Dr. David T. Crowther, a professor of Science Education at the University of Nevada. Visit or email

Sierra College summer session

High school students, new and ongoing college students and interested community members can enroll in Sierra College’s summer classes this week. Classes begin July and end by Aug. 3. Offerings on the Tahoe Truckee campus include Fundamentals of Public Speaking, Introduction to Composition, Critical Thinking and Writing about Literature, Western Civilization since 1715, History of the U.S. since 1865, World Religions and Elementary Statistic. Tuition is $46 per unit for California residents. There is no charge for the classes for current Tahoe Truckee Unified School District high school students. For more information stop by the campus in Truckee or visit

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