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Kiva Organization’s Julie Hanna to speak about crowdfunding

On April 4 at 7 p.m. at PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn, Squaw Valley Institute (SVI) will bring Julie Hanna to speak about the rapidly growing practice of micro-lending. At 6:30 p.m. a no-host bar will open for a pre-event reception. Tickets are $15 for general public and $10 for SVI members, with all proceeds going to Kiva. Tickets can be reserved at

Based in San Francisco, Julie Hanna is a repeat entrepreneur, board director, startup and venture advisor and angel investor. In August 2009, Julie was appointed Chair of the Board at Kiva, crowdfunding pioneer and the world’s largest micro-lending marketplace. Kiva has delivered $350-million in loans to more than 800,000 low-income entrepreneurs in 62 countries, was named Top 50 Website by Time and has been called the “hottest nonprofit on the planet” by Fortune. Kiva is a nonprofit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the internet and worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little at $25 to help create opportunity around the world.

This lecture is sponsored in part by Sierra Business Council. For more details visit

Are you interested in an aviation career?

The Experimental Aircraft Association of Truckee is sponsoring scholarship opportunities for students to attend a one week aviation oriented Summer Camp in Oshkosh, Wisc. Students desiring to attend will be given a full scholarship. All food, transportation and classes at the camp will be paid for by EAA Truckee. One half of your transportation to Wisconsin will be paid for by EAA Truckee.

Applicants will be required to submit a 400-600 word essay on why you are interested in a career in aviation and attend a short interview with the EAA Truckee Board of Directors. Space is quite limited and is filling fast. If you are interested, call Mike Abel at 775-831-1272 or 415-519-4471.

Do you know airlines need to hire 60,000 new pilots in the next 12 years to replace aging baby boomers who are required to retire at age 65?

Tahoe League for Charity hosts speakers monthly

At the March 11 meeting, Tahoe League for Charity featured Laura Brown, spokesperson for the Excellence in Education Foundation from the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District. She spoke on the district program, “Tahoe Truckee Reads,” a plan designed to attain third-grade reading level proficiency. TTUSD won a 2012 national All-American City Award for the plan to improve grade level reading, and will continue to focus on school readiness and school attendance initiatives. Serving several small towns and neighborhoods with individual communities feeding into one K-12 school district, it has less than 4,000 students within 720 square miles. Financed by advocacy groups, grants and foundation partnerships, TTUSD has set a path for school readiness and improved reading scores. The four-week Pre-K Readiness Camp, the Summer Reading Program, and the Five-week Aim High Program for middle school students have gained momentum with improved attendance and test scores.

The next Tahoe League of Charity meeting on Monday, April 8 will feature a speaker from Project MANA: “Making Adequate Nutrition Accessible.” It will be held at Jake’s on the Lake in Tahoe City. The cost is $17.50 for lunch, reservations necessary. Email Joanne Domingue at or call 530-525-1519, guests and non-members are welcome. For more information visit

Tree Top

Co-op & Forest Charter Info Meeting

Forest Charter School and Tree Top Co-op will hold an informational meeting for prospective 2013/14 fifth and six-grade students on Monday, April 15, 5-6 p.m. at Forest Charter School, in the Pioneer Center, across from Full Belly Deli, on the second floor of the Sierra Building. Tree Top Co-op supports individualized learning styles through community engagement, a safe and positive school environment, interactive approaches to standards-based education and nurturing instruction to increase the students’ love of learning. The small, site-based class size allows for creative instruction through thematic units, outdoor, and experiential education. Visit and 530-550-7205.

Dig out your Dining for Schools Card

Tahoe Truckee Excellence in Education Foundation’s Dining for Schools cards, which give diners a discount at select Tahoe Truckee area restaurants, are valid at all participating restaurants, Sunday-Thursday, April 7 through June 13. Dining for Schools cards are valid for 50 percent off entrees at participating Truckee and North Shore restaurants. Cards cost $45 each and entitle the purchaser to unlimited use during the specified program dates. The cards are available at Porters Sport, Save Mart and Safeway (Truckee and Kings Beach), Mountain Hardware and online at

Excellence in Education salutes the restaurants that annually help make this program a great success. The Tahoe Truckee Excellence in Education Foundation is a private, nonprofit organization that supports quality education with the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District.

Each year the Foundation raises money and provides grants, resources and partnerships to benefit students, teachers and the educational community as a whole.

Kings Beach Library celebrating new computers, classes

Spring into the Kings Beach Library and check out four brand new public use computers! The computers were funded by the very generous Friends of the Kings Beach Library. While visiting, plant the seed of summer fun by perusing our gardening and hiking books, wildflower identification guides and maps to plot your next adventure. KBL carries all the Tahoe Rim Trail sectional maps and as well as guidebooks. Pre-school storytime continues every Tuesday from 10:30-11 a.m. Join a zany time. The rotating art display features the fine watercolors of local artist Abby Meyer. National Library Week is April 14-21. Be sure to check out all the North Lake libraries for fun and informative events. Kings Beach Library is located at 301 Secline St. Call 530-546-2021 to sign up for computer classes or for more details.

Dog Training Classes at Savvy Dog Training and Education Center

Calling dogs of all ages! Puppy II — Adolescent Basic Manners classes are starting Monday, April 22 and Thursday, April 25. Puppy Socialization and Adult Manners/Basic Obedience classes start on Wednesday, April 24. Want to do something fun with your dog? Try “My Dog Can Do That!” — Teaching Tricks which begins on Monday, April 29. Find more information about all classes on-line at or call 530-448-9808. Instructor Carla Brown, CPDT is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and Canine Good Citizen Evaluator for the AKC. The Savvy Dog Training and Education Center is located at 11448 Deerfield Drive, C-1 in the Deerfield Plaza by Truckee Bagel in Truckee.

Become a volunteer Literacy/ESL tutor

Join Read Up!, the Nevada County Adult Literacy Program based at the Truckee Library. Tutors are dedicated community volunteers who wish to help interested students fine tune their reading, writing and speaking skills. Tutoring is a free service of Nevada County.

A free five-hour tutor training class will be provided at a convenient time for all new volunteers. Literacy/ESL tutoring is an enjoyable and productive way to give back to your community. To become a tutor, you must read, write and speak English well. For ESL tutoring, it would help if you had some knowledge of Spanish. You must be 18 years of age or older, be available two hours per week, be patient and flexible and have excellent communication skills plus know how to listen.

Contact Rolann Aronson, Truckee Read Up! Coordinator at 530-575-7030 for information.

Creative Writing: Exploring the Creative Process

What do you do to get creative? Do you wait for muses to deliver your inspiration (otherwise called procrastination)? Through fun writing prompts, lively discussions, and in-depth readings, this playful and productive class will open your mind to new approaches to your own creative process. We’ll experiment with catalysts for inspiration from the Surrealists and Oulipo to art and cross-genre works. This class is for all levels of writers looking to find new connections and infuse imagination into their writing.

Karen Terrey has an MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College. She teaches English as an Adjunct Professor at Lake Tahoe Community College, and works as a writing coach in Truckee through her business Tangled Roots Writing. Her poems are published in various journals, including Sierra Nevada Review, Rhino, Meadow, Edge, WordRiot, Puerto Del Sol, and Wild Apples. Thursdays, 6-8:30 p.m., April 4-25. Tuition: $89. Instructor: Karen Terrey, MFA. Location: Sierra College, Tahoe-Truckee campus.

For Sierra College class information or sign up call 916-781-6280 or email: or Terrey at 530-386-3901.

Support Project Grad “Safe & Sober Graduation”

The upcoming fundraiser Cut-N-Go, Cut-A-Thon & Bake Sale will be held Saturday, April 13, 8 a.m. until finished, at Hair For Today at the Glenshire Shopping Center. Cost is $15 pre-sell or $20 day of the event. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Hair for Today or Truckee High School. For more information please contact Kellie Baker at 530-582-9050, Sandee Lade at 530-587-3878 or email:

Beginning Guitar for adults announced

The Tahoe Music Institute is currently registering adult students for a beginning/early intermediate guitar class. The class, taught by Kerry Andras, is focused on learning the basics of playing guitar and covers topics such as tuning, chords, strumming, chord progressions, music theory, singing, folk and campfire songs. Classes meet Wednesday nights, 6-7 p.m. at the Tahoe Music Institute located at 2810 Lake Forest Road in Tahoe City. Call Shauna at 530-581-0618 or email for details or to register.

Eva’s Visual Travel Journal Workshop

In this workshop create a light-weight visual travel journal using a variety of techniques. First decorate the cover using collage, painting and lettering. Then treat the pages of the journal to break the spell of “the blank white page” which can seem so daunting. Explore a multitude of mediums and techniques including collage, watercolor, pen and ink to prepare a personal travel journal that will be sure to further spark you creativity and document your travels both near and far in a unique way. Friday, April 19, 4:30-7:30 p.m., Corison Loft, North Tahoe Arts, 380 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City. Cost: $35 per student ($30 for members of NTA). Material List will be provided upon signup.

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