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TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Content for briefs is selected from e-mail submissions to Community Editor Amy Edgett at E-mail for print submissions may be 150 words. Items published in the print edition news space permitting.

Equestrian Mixer

Please join Truckee Donner Horsemen Association for an equestrian mixer at Zano’s Restaurant on Thursday, April 18, 5-7 p.m. Enjoy appetizers and learn more about the club and its plans for the 2013 riding season. All equestrians and people who love horses who want to participate in and preserve the equestrian community in the Truckee Tahoe area are invited. For more details call Mary Blocher at 530-913-5940 and access the website at

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.

Quarter Mania to support seniors

Quarter mania is a fun-filled afternoon of entertainment and bargains. It is best described as an auction meets “pick-a-prize”.

Purchase your “bidding” paddle(s) at the door and bring a bucket of quarters to bid on some wonderful items up for auction. You “bid” the number of quarters (typically one to five) assigned to the item you want.

If your paddle number is drawn … you win! Raffle tickets will also be available for amazing prizes. Sunday, April 21, 1 p.m. doors open and preview items, 2 p.m. auction starts at the Rideout Community Center, 740 Timberland Lane, Tahoe City. RSVP to Sarah Deardorff at 530-550-760o or Bring a guest and get a free raffle ticket. Vendors to include AVON, Gold Canyon Candles, Jafra, Pampered Chef, Premiere Jewelry, Sierra Trinkets & Treasures and Wildtree.

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 spark your 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 is $35 per student ($30 for members of NTA). Material list will be provided upon sign up.

Trout Unlimited Announces Youth Trout Camp

Trout Unlimited of California has announced its second annual Sierra Trout Camp July 6-7, 2013 at the UC Berkeley Sagehen Creek Field Station.

The camp is designed to give kids an awareness, appreciation and understanding of the importance of our nation’s aquatic resources with an emphasis on conservation, protection and restoration of cold water ecosystems.

Sierra Trout Camp is designed to give kids an awareness, appreciation and understanding of the importance of our nation’s aquatic resources with an emphasis on conservation, protection and restoration of cold water ecosystems. Participants will learn how to fish and tie their own flies. They will also learn about stream ecology, cutthroat trout restoration, stream physics and chemistry, fishing etiquette and aquatic entomology.

Girls and boys 9 to 11 years of age are eligible to apply. Trout Unlimited will accept a total of 15 participants. Applications are now being accepted and must be submitted no later than April 31, 2013. For more information, contact Adam Butler with Trout Unlimited at 760-920-8667 or at

Excellence In Education Golfing For Schools cards to go on sale

Dust off the clubs and prepare to purchase your Excellence in Education Foundation Golfing for Schools Card going on sale Saturday, May 4.

The $295 transferable cards are valid for 18-holes of play at seven of North Tahoe and Truckee’s premiere golf courses including: Coyote Moon, Northstar, Old Greenwood, Resort at Squaw Creek, Tahoe City, Tahoe Donner and Gray’s Crossing. Some restrictions do apply; visit for details.

“If you were to pay for 18-holes of golf at each course independently, you could easily spend over $500,” said Laura Abbey Brown, executive director of the Foundation. “So not only are the cards a terrific deal, golfers are also helping support local Tahoe Truckee schools.”

The Golfing for Schools program is a primary fundraising program of the Tahoe Truckee Excellence in Education Foundation, a private, nonprofit organization that enhances public education within the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District.

Cards may be purchased at Porters Sports in Truckee and online at There is an eight card per person purchase limit. A limited number of passes are available and cards will be sold on a first come, first serve basis. Purchase your card on May 4 and be entered into a drawing for a twosome of golf at Schaffer’s Mill or Ponderosa Golf Course. Call Excellence in Education at 530-550-7984 or visit for more information.

Monday Night Creative Writing Workshop

A fun and supportive generative writing workshop for writers, artists, and anyone who wants to be more creative. Writing techniques and prompts for fiction, memoir, and poetry. A six-week kick in the butt for your writing life! Connect with a community and improve your writing practice. Tea and chocolate provided. Monday nights from 6 to 8 p.m. Cost is $140, to be held in downtown Truckee. Taught by Karen Terrey, MFA, English professor and writing coach. Contact Karen Terrey at 530-386-3901 or email Next session is April 29 -June 3. Visit

Art And The Environment: The Art Of The Anthropocene

Join UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center for its monthly lecture series featuring “The Art of the Anthropocene.” Presented by William L. Fox, Director of the Center for Art + Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art, April 18, 5:30 p.m. no-host bar. Presentation begins at 6 p.m., Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences, 291 Country Club Drive, Incline Village. Cost: $5 donation suggested.

Fox is the Director of the Center for Art and Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno. Fox’s presentation will be an illustrated journey of art made during the Anthropocene, an informal geologic chronological term that serves to mark the evidence and extent of human activities that have had a significant global impact on the Earth’s ecosystems. The artwork ranges from landscape painting to earthworks and beyond.

In the 1790s a beginning of understanding, through exploration and science, the Earth is a set of interrelated physical systems. By the 1990s we began to understand how profoundly we had perturbed those systems. Artists have made work all along in response to our evolving sense of living in the Anthropocene, the epoch from 1790 onwards that is defined by an increasing consumption of fossil fuels. At first artists sought to represent the systems of the world; now they want to change them.

UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center (TERC) hosts science lectures each month with experts in topics pertinent to the region. For additional information, visit or contact Heather Segale at 775-881-7562 or

Tahoe Safe Alliance announces cell phone recycling

Community members are invited to contribute to a cleaner environment and support a great cause. Tahoe SAFE Alliance will collect old cell phones at the 2013 Tahoe Truckee Earth Day Festival on April 20 at the Village at Squaw Valley. All proceeds from the cell phone recycling program benefit Tahoe SAFE Alliance programs and support the agency’s mission of reducing the incidence and trauma of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse in North Lake Tahoe and Truckee communities. For more information visit or call 775-298-0010.

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?

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. Bar of America, Blue Agave, Caliente, Cottonwood, Christy Hill, Dining Room at Sugar Bowl, Dockside 700 Wine Bar and Grill, Dragonfly, El Toro Bravo, Fifty-Fifty Brewing Co., Fireside Pizza, Gar Woods Grill & Pier on the Lake, Graham’s at Squaw Valley, Jake’s on the Lake, Jason’s Beachside Grille, JAX at the Tracks, Las Panchitas, Mamasake, Manzanita at the Ritz-Carlton, Mikuni Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar, Moody’s Bistro Bar and Beats, Pianeta, Pizza on the Hill, PJ’s at Gray’s Crossing, PlumpJack Café, Rainbow Lodge, River Grill, River Ranch, Rocker@Squaw, Rosie’s Café, Rubicon Pizza, Sandy’s Pub at Squaw Creek, Summit Restaurant at Soda Springs, Stella at the Cedar House, Sunnyside, Six Peaks Grille at Squaw Creek, The Soule Domain, Twenty-Two Bistro & Bar, The Lodge at Tahoe Donner, Village Pizzeria, West Shore Café, Wolfdale’s and Zano’s.

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.

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.

Tahoe Fund Announces million dollar Founders Circle Campaign Goal

The Tahoe Fund, a nonprofit dedicated to funding environmental improvement projects in the Tahoe Basin, announced a million dollar fundraising goal for its Founders Circle campaign. Launched by the organization’s board of directors to provide a sustainable foundation for future growth and service to the Tahoe environment, the Founders Circle ( campaign has raised more than $850,000 in multi-year pledges and donations for the Tahoe Fund since May 2011. The board of directors recently voted to keep the campaign open until the one million dollar goal is achieved. Since its founding in 2010, the Tahoe Fund has raised awareness of the need for more funding for critical environmental improvement projects around the Basin.

Donations of any amount are welcome by the Tahoe Fund. Founders Circle membership is open to supporterspledging $5,000 or more. Information is available at or by emailing

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.

Toastmasters in Tahoe City

Fridays, 7 a.m., 380 N. Lake Blvd., North Tahoe Arts building, Tahoe City. Learn how to think on your feet and express yourself in front of group. Get those butterflies in your stomach to fly in formation. Visit

Plumas-Sierra Cattlewomen’s

to present “A Taste of Spring”

In September of 1966 Plumas-Sierra Cattlewomen’s organization was formed by a group of ranchers wives who wanted to be more involved in the Cattle industry. They focus efforts on Beef Promotion and Ag in the Classroom, offering an annual Quilt raffle, which funds annual Scholarships.

PSCW made their first brand quilt in 1977. The annual quilt raffle raises money for scholarships to local students in Plumas and Sierra Counties. The quilt is hand made with hand embroidered local registered brands from local counties.

PSCW started out as “Cowbells’” and adopted Cattlewomen in 1988 to be consistent with the California Cattlewomen.

The “A Taste of Spring” dinner will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2013. Social hour will begin at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m. The fun, evening event “A Taste of Spring” will be held at the Calpine Community Center, 103 County Road, Calpine, Calif. The menu will include beef Burgundy, spring mix salad, mashed potatoes, carrots, fresh baked rolls, fresh fruit dessert, and cookies. There will be a raffle for themed baskets, live music, and the 2013 Quilt tickets will be available for sale. Cost is $12.50 per adult and $6 per child. For information and tickets call Paula at 530-994-3610 or Karen at 530-993-1655.

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