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North Lake Tahoe Truckee community announcements

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Just Downstream: Water Culture & Water Governance at Pyramid Lake

UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center’s monthly lecture series continues with a presentation on water rights at Pyramid Lake on Thursday, Nov. 14, 6 p.m. at the Sierra Nevada College campus in Incline Village. Water is significant in shaping the social dynamics of communities, most especially in arid lands. Yet communities within the same watershed often have different interests, aesthetics, geographies and histories, many of which may connect back to the role of water. This is true along the Truckee River, whose 100+ mile course connects Lake Tahoe with Pyramid Lake. This presentation provides insight into the roles that water has for the Pyramid Lake Paiute Reservation, considering how it has shaped the tribe’s water culture and water governance. For more information or directions call 775-881-7566, or visit

Donner Lake Turkey Trot

ASC Training Center will host the 37th annual Donner Lake Turkey Trot run around Donner Lake on Saturday, Nov. 16. The 7-mile race begins with walkers starting at 9:30 a.m. from West End beach. At 10 a.m. kids can compete in the “Mashed Potato” mile that starts and finishes at West End beach. Turkey Trot runners start at 10:30 a.m. Pumpkin pies and Turkeys will be raffled and all kids in the Mashed Potato mile will be given awards.

The fundraiser supports ASC Training Center Junior Cross Country skiing programs. On-line pre-registration is $15 for adults, $10 age 18 and under, and $5 for the Mashed Potato mile at, closing 4 p.m. Runners can register at West End beach on race day, 9-10 a.m. Race day registration is $25 adults, $20 under age 18, and $10 for the Mashed Potato mile. The ASC Training Center and programs are open to everyone, with 20K of groomed cross-country ski trails. For more informatio visit, email or call 530-426-3313.

Beginning and Intermediate Italian

Join Anna Goodwin for Beginning or Intermediate Italian Classes beginning Nov. 18, 2013 at her home in Truckee. A proven building block program for interested students. Mondays, Beginning Italian, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Intermediate Italian, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost is $185 for the eight-week course, plus a $10 book from “Italian Now.” Call 530-587-6054 to discuss your interest.

Sign up for Sierra College spring classes

Sierra College, Tahoe-Truckee serves students throughout the North Lake Tahoe, West Shore and Truckee region. Registration for spring semester begins Nov. 20. All interested students can apply today. Classes begin Jan. 27 and the semester ends on May 24. Students can choose general education courses, AA degrees, transfer degrees and certificates in career and technical education. Signature programs include accounting, business administration, psychology, liberal arts, natural sciences, EMT training, administration of justice, human development (specifically early childhood) and Mechatronics.

The campus, located at 11001 College Trail in Truckee, delivers high quality education through exceptional educators and small class sizes. The cost is $46 per unit. All Tahoe Truckee Unified High School students are eligible to apply for the Academic Enrichment program to take Sierra College, Tahoe-Truckee classes for $1 a unit while they are still in high school. Student services include a learning resource library, tutoring, academic counseling, administration and faculty office hours. To learn more, visit in person or online at For the most up to date news, visit

AAUW scholarship announced

The Tahoe Nevada branch of the American Association of University Women announces the availability of a $1,000 scholarship for a Tahoe-Truckee local woman to attend an area university or community college. AAUW promotes equity for all women and girls, life-long education, and positive societal change.

To qualify for the scholarship, an applicant must have been out of school for a minimum of four years and possess a high school diploma or equivalent. The scholarship will be awarded based upon need and clear expression of goals for the future. To apply for the scholarship, send name, email and physical address, and phone number to AAUW, Scholarship Committee, P. O. Box 5465, Incline Village, NV 89450, and answer the following questions: When and where did you complete your high school education? Did you complete any college-level courses after high school? When and where? Why did you not continue with college at that time or after high school graduation? What evidence of financial need can you provide? What school do you plan to attend and have you been admitted? What course of study do you plan to follow and what do you plan to do with your education? The deadline for applications is Dec. 1, 2013.

Ice Rink to open Nov. 23

Adult hockey, coed broom ball, ice skating lessons, dancing and kids hockey skills are some programs available this winter at the Truckee-Donner Recreation & Park District’s Ice Rink at the Truckee River Regional Park, taught by experienced instructors. Public skating, skate rentals, a snack bar, group and private lessons for all age groups are also available. The outdoor setting is under tall pines, complete with bonfire, overhead lights and music.

Give your family a season pass for the Truckee Ice Rink this Christmas, $32 for a District child and $40 for a District adult. Skate as much as you like through March 3. Have a birthday party in the new warming hut for up to 12 kids for $25 for two hours. Hot chocolate included. Admission and skate rental not included. Call 530-582-7720 for more information.

For Follies’ sake

The 21st occasionally semi-annual Truckee Follies, a tasteless theatrical revue, is once again looking for writers, actors, singers, stagehands, props, wait staff, sponsors and advertisers. The Follies will be held at the same old location, with the same old cheap seats. They seek for new as well as the same old characters to help volunteer and have fun. All those interested contact Mitch Clarin (producer) at 530-308-9124 or or Aimee Schaller (co-director) at 530-448-6599 or

Astro Kids at Davis Observatory

Jack C. Davis Observatory at Western Nevada College is introducing a children’s astronomy program called Astro Kids on the first and third Saturday of each month, during the observatory’s Saturday night star parties. Visitors can also drop in to experience interactive astronomy through the TeleDOCS series, 7-9:30 p.m. on Nov. 16. Presented by WNC’s Dr. Thomas Herring and WNC students. “There will be some demonstrations and some interactive science exhibits,” Herring said. “The idea is that as people drop in, they can see something cool, try something cool and discuss the science with me and students.” In addition, visitors are welcome to view the stars through observatory telescopes when skies are clear. There is no charge. Prior notice for large groups of children is appreciated. Contact Fisher ahead of time at to ensure enough materials are available. Jack C. Davis Observatory is located at 2699 Van Patten Drive in Carson City.

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