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North Lake Tahoe and Truckee community announcements

Content for briefs is selected from e-mail submissions to Community Editor Amy Edgett at To enter community events online, visit, for entertainment

Sierra College Insights

Hear the untold story of black pulp publishing and learn how the most popular African American fiction in history transformed black literature, hip-hop music and contemporary American culture in the Sept. 12 Sierra College Insights presentation by UNR English professor Dr. Justin Gifford, titled “Pimping Fictions: The Untold Story of Black Pulp Publishing.” Dr. Gifford will speak about 1960s African-American crime literature and share highlights from his research. There will be complimentary refreshments sponsored by Starbucks at 6:30 p.m. followed by the program from 7 to 8:15 p.m. Attendance is free and reservations are highly encouraged. Visit

Railroad Society to offer kid’s train rides

The Truckee Donner Railroad Society, in partnership with the Truckee-Donner Recreation & Park District, will unveil its new kids riding train in Regional Park on Sunday, Sept. 14. A ribbon cutting ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by train rides from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Suggested donation is $2.

The three train cars, owned and operated by the TDRS, are powered by a “switcher” engine and accommodate up to 10 riders. Each ride takes three loops around the track, which winds around the playground area of the Truckee River Regional Park, located off Estates Drive on Brockway Road. The train will also run from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Sept. 28, Oct. 11 and 25.

Truckee Tahoe Republican Women to meet

Time again for the Truckee Tahoe Republican Women Federated general meeting and luncheon on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 11:15 a.m. at the E.A.A. building at the airport. Meeting will start promptly at 11:30 a.m. Lunch will be catered by Red Truck on the Runway and cost $20.

Featured guest speaker will be California Federation of Republican Women advocate Allison Olson. She will address important November ballot propositions. Also speaking will be TTRWF member Carla Embertson and CFRW Northern Division President, about the RNC Women’s Summit, covering the “14 in 14 Victory” strategy.

Please RSVP for luncheon by Friday, Sept. 12 to, 530-587-2042,, or 530-546-4543.

Big Blue Bayou to benefit senior nutrition programs

Sierra Senior Services will hold its third annual Martis Camp fall fundraiser, Big Blue Bayou, on Sept. 14, 4-8 p.m. at the Lookout Lodge. This New Orleans theme will include special cuisine, food demonstrations a silent auction as well as music and dancing. The dinner is Cajun style with a cooking demonstration by Chef Shaun King, with dessert and demonstration by Ron Allen Catering.

Tickets cost $80 and can be picked up at Sierra Senior Services, 10040 Estates Drive in Truckee or purchased at Seating is limited, resort casual wear advised for outdoor seating.

Event proceeds will benefit the Meals on Wheels and Senior Nutrition Programs, bringing hot, nutritious daily meals to seniors. Despite the reduction from federal funding this year, the service experienced a 25 percent increase of meals served. By donating to this fundraiser, you will help keep Meals on Wheels rolling.

For more information visit or call 530-550-7600.

Climate change and resource management presentation

The Tahoe Chapter of the California Native Plant Society (CNPS) with the Tahoe Institute of Natural Science (TINS) will present Hugh D Safford, USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region, Vallejo, Calif. and Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy, University of California, Davis. Safford will address climate change, forests and fire in the Sierra Nevada and implications for resource management. The climate in California has been warming and is projected to warm much more before the end of the current century. The Sierra Nevada snowpack is diminishing, and warmer, drier summers, coupled with the legacies of a century of sometimes misguided human management, are leading to a notable increase in wildfire activity and, in some cases, wildfire severity.

Safford will summarize trends in climatic change from the past, present, and projected future, and discuss how these interact with wildfire and other disturbances and stressors to influence terrestrial ecosystems. Focus will be principally on vegetation, plant diversity, and a few key animal species, but effects on other factors like carbon, water, and soil will also be outlined. In conclusion, Safford will discuss implications of these trends for resource management in the Sierra Nevada.

Join the free event at Tahoe Tree Company, 401 West Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 7 p.m. “Gates” open at 6 p.m. for picnicking and socializing. Take your own picnic meal and beverage and meet folks from TINS and CNPS.

Jump into high-altitude gardening

Learn techniques to grow fresh produce in Tahoe’s challenging climate.

This hands-on, three-hour clinic will cover garden tips and tricks that local gardener SunMie Won has experimented with over years of trial and error. Cover best placement, how to cover and protect, irrigation, improving soil and an introduction to cold frame design and construction.

What are cold frames? Small, DIY structures that can be placed over planter beds. They protect plants from inclement weather and extend growing seasons using passive solar techniques.

SunMie’s backyard farming and gardening techniques were recently covered in a local documentary, “Elevate Tahoe” as well as a story in Moonshine Ink.

Visit SunMie Won’s backyard in Prosser Lakeview, 10563 E. Alder Creek Road on Saturday, Sept. 20, 9 a.m.-noon.

Cost is $20 per person, sign up online at What to take: compass.

Introducing SVI monthly movie night

Squaw Valley Institute is introducing a Monthly Movie Night Series, which will host it’s partnership with the Tahoe Art Haus Cinema, on Sept. 20.

Catch “Wild Reverence” The Plight of the American Steelhead. Director Shane Anderson embarks on a quest to begin a movement to reenact real change not only for the steelhead but for all ecosystems. The film debut will have showings at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. with a director question and answer session to follow.

Visit for tickets and information.

Dining for School card on sale

Help raise money to support Tahoe Truckee schools with the Tahoe Truckee Excellence in Education Foundation Dining for Schools Card. Purchase a card for $50 to receive 50 percent off a dinner entrée at 43 North Tahoe and Truckee restaurants. New this year, the Foundation welcomes Truckee Tavern & Grill and CB’s Pizza and Grill to the program.

The non-transferable card may be used an unlimited number of times at participating restaurants, valid Sunday through Thursday, (holidays excluded) through Dec. 18, 2014 and April 12 through June 18, 2015. Several restaurants offer an extended period Jan. 4 through April 2.

The cards will be on sale starting Sept. 1 at Mountain Hardware in Truckee, Save Mart (Truckee and Tahoe City), Safeway (Truckee & Kings Beach), The Store in Tahoe City and online at Please call 530-550-7984 or visit for inquiries.

The Dining for Schools program is one of the Foundation’s primary fundraising programs contributing more than $40,000 annually to the organization’s giving programs.

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