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Community announcements for North Lake Tahoe

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Content for the weekly community briefs section is selected from e-mail submissions to Please include the 5w’s: who, what, when, where and why, website and contact information.

Music in the Castle

Concert pianist Dr. David Nelson will be joined by John Metros on the violin for the first ever public concert to be held at Vikingsholm, featuring the custom five-legged Steinway piano commissioned by the home’s original owner in 1929. Guests meet at Bliss State Park on Friday, July 11 and drive into Emerald Bay. A wine and hors d’oeuvres reception follows the concert, making for a memorable evening. Limited tickets are purchased by contacting 530-583-9911.

Face painters wanted

Are you an artist and enjoy drawing? Want to face paint at the Truckee Tahoe AirShow and Family Festival Saturday, July 12 for a 9 a.m.-5 p.m. shift? Email or call 530-587-KIDS if you want to help out and have fun.

Where’s McCleod? Giveaway Summer Series

Join the Tahoe Rim Trail Association for its second giveaway day July 12, 8:30 a.m.-noon, as part of the “Where’s McCleod? Giveaway Summer Series,” hosted at challenge site #4 location in Meiss Meadow located off of Carson Pass. Take on one of six challenge hikes and get goodies from Tahoe Rim Trail Challenge sponsors. Free giveaway surprises from sponsor Squeeze In, photo opps with trail mascot McLeod the Marmot. Not a Tahoe Rim Trail Challenger? Learn more at and enroll today.

Truckee Tahoe AirShow & Family Festival

The Saturday, July 12 event will include free admission, free parking, aerobatics, parachute demonstrations, static aircraft displays, Vendor Village, Kids’ Fun Zone, food court, beer garden, helicopter rides for a cost, radio activated planes, free speaker forums and free flights for ages 8-17 on Sunday, July 13. Sign-ups for free flights take place Saturday at the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Building.

The pre-event Friday, July 11 Honorary Dinner at the Airport will feature keynote speaker Wagstaff, with a presentation on women in aviation and short video. Dinner cost is $50 per person. Tickets are on sale at the Truckee Tahoe Airport or online at

The Truckee Tahoe Airport District is the “Golden Wings” sponsor. Proceeds benefit Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 1073, KidZone Museum and Truckee Optimist Club. Visit

Sierra Sotheby’s International Realty recognized

Jean Merkelbach of Sotheby’s International Realty announced she was recognized on the The Wall Street Journal and REAL Trends, Inc.’s The Thousand, a summary of the top 1,000 independent real estate agents and teams in the United States.

The REAL Trends 1000 is broken into four sections: The top 250 real estate agents each by transaction sides, transaction volume, teams by transaction sides and teams by transaction volume. Sierra Sotheby’s International Realty’s Jean Merkelbach was ranked among the top 250 agents for extraordinary sales achievements in 2013.

The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 15,000 independent sales associates located in approximately 700 offices in 54 countries and territories worldwide. Each office is independently owned and operated.

For more information, visit, search #SierraSIR on Twitter, “Like” on Facebook, or call Squaw Valley at 530-581-1800; Incline Village at 775-832-4900; Zephyr Cove at 775-588-7710, South Lake Tahoe at 530-494-7600; and Tahoe Donner at 530-587-3505.

Volunteer for Mt. Houghton Trail Building Kickoff Celebration

The Tahoe Rim Trail Association is building a new trail to Mt. Houghton Summit from the Tahoe Rim Trail. Help kick off this project by joining Mt. Houghton’s first volunteer trail building day on July 19. TRTA will provide lunch to pre-registered volunteers thanks sponsors The Clif Bar Family Foundation and National Environmental Education Foundation.

This trail construction project protects Tahoe Draba, a species that grows above 8,000 ft. along the peaks of Lake Tahoe. The TRTA will create a single trail to Mt. Houghton that will keep users from damaging critical Tahoe Draba habitat.

Meet at the Mt. Rose Summit parking lot then carpool up to Relay Ridge. Arrive no later than 9 a.m. Participants should be back to vehicles by 4 p.m. No experience necessary. TRTA has follow up workdays scheduled on Thursdays and Saturdays until Oct. 11.

Register online at or contact amyt@tahoerimtrailassociation or call 775-298-4492.

For more information email or call 775-298-4485. The Tahoe Rim Trail Association, founded in 1981, is a non-profit organization, which works to enhance, expand, and promote the Tahoe Rim Trail system.

Nevada Department of Veterans Services license plates

The “Pick Your Plate” advertising campaign was launched in early June to raise awareness and encourage more veterans to switch over to a veteran license plate for their vehicles. The DMV has 21 plates for veterans and family members, which can be viewed at A portion of the purchase funds the Veteran Gift Account. Other plates include veteran plates for women, coast guard, disabled veterans and others.

Ancient Future duet

Ancient Future on Friday, July 25, 7 p.m. Suggested donation: $20 for adults. Sierra Nevada Guitar Festival, St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 341 Village Blvd., Incline Village.

This duet version of the pioneering world fusion music group Ancient Future features scalloped fretboard guitarist Matthew Montfort and santurist Mariah Parker. Equally at home on folk, new acoustic, Americana, and world music bills, this duet plays material with Celtic, Latin American, Indian, Arabic, Spanish, Eastern European and American folk themes. The program features music from Ancient Future’s broad repertoire.

High school exchange students seek host families

Visiting students ages 15-18 from Germany, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand and more seek host families for the 2014-2015 academic school year. Host families are needed for fall semester and full school year.

Host families (traditional families, singles, empty nesters, etc.) serve as mentors and a home base for their student. Visiting students participate as active members of the family and integrate into their host’s daily routines and traditions. Hosting an international student is a way to explore a new culture and promote a sense of lifelong learning and adventure.

iE-USA, the sponsoring program, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting education and understanding through intercultural and academic exchange. Contact Dawn Green at, 208-447-8118. Host families may review prospective student profiles online at Families interested in hosting this year must apply by Aug. 15, 2014.

Cruise with Captain Bucko

Folks who never get onto the lake or only cruise to Emerald Bay miss most of Tahoe’s treasures. “Captain Bucko’s Onboard Cruising Guide” by historian and resident Roger Huff enables boaters to take their own “self-guided tours.” It contains: answers to frequently asked questions, captivating stories, local legends, and guides to Tahoe’s must-see points of interest, marine facilities and boater-friendly restaurants. Also included are safety tips, emergency contact information, nautical rules of the road, boat handling and common weather bulletins, all offered in a fun-to-read format with color photos and sprinkled with Bucko’s wry boating humor.

Do you know: in what Bill the lion liked to ride, tips for surviving in cold water, the legends of Eagle Rock, where the lake’s deepest point is at, what made the Bear Slides, how to make a distress call, wake management laws, or the rules of navigation in narrow channels? If not, purchase the guide book at The Bookshelf in Truckee; Obexer’s Boat Co. in Homewood; The Gatekeeper’s Museum in Tahoe City; Sierra Boat in Carnelian Bay and The Potlach in Incline.

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