North Tahoe-Truckee community briefs: Week of Feb. 15, 2016 |

North Tahoe-Truckee community briefs: Week of Feb. 15, 2016

Hockey Weekend Across America in Truckee

Hockey Weekend Across America will take place Feb. 19-21. Wear your favorite hockey jerseys to work or school on Friday, Feb. 19. Then, celebrate throughout the weekend by heading to the Truckee Donner Parks and Recreation Ice rink.

On Saturday, Feb. 20, enjoy ice skating, raffle, games, hamburgers and hot dogs, and live music from 1-3 p.m. Then, on Sunday, Feb. 21, participate in pickup games for all skill levels from 8 a.m. until noon. The event will serve as a fundraiser for the Truckee Tahoe Ice Rink Project. Visit to learn more.

Free college planning events on tap in Tahoe Vista

Tahoe Expedition Academy is presenting three college-planning events for the Tahoe, Truckee and Incline communities. All events are free and open to students and families of all grade levels (pre-K to 11th).

The first event is Monday Feb. 22, from 6-7 p.m. about affording out of state colleges/Western University Exchange (WUE) and Financial Aid, presented by TEA College Counseling and Loretta Klosterman, Admissions Counselor, Colorado Mesa University. The other events are scheduled for March 30 and April 27; all presentations will take place at North Tahoe Hebrew Congregation, 7000 Latone Ave., Tahoe Vista.

For information, contact Katy Watts, College Counselor, at Tahoe Expedition Academy at

‘Snow Drawings’ art this weekend

The Truckee Public Art Commission and the U.C. Berkeley Sagehen Creek Field Station invite the community to join artist Sonja Hinrichsen in creating a landscape-scale work of art.

“Snow Drawings” is an ongoing environmental art project in which the artist draws designs into fresh snow on open fields. Using snowshoes, the artist “draws” in fresh snow to create elaborate environmental designs; completed projects are ephemeral and last only until the next snowfall. Snow Drawings started in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains and have been seen in New York’s Hudson Valley, Denali National Park, and the French Alps.

On Friday, Feb. 19, Hinrichsen will show slides from previous projects and describing her process and approach. Then, on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 20-21, Sonja will work with volunteers to create snow drawings in the meadows of the Sagehen Creek Field Station.

Friday’s event takes place at the TDRPD Community Arts Center (10046 Church St., Truckee). Doors open at 5 p.m., and the 1-hour presentation will begin at 5:30. Visit to see previous projects and learn more about the artists.

CATT Membership Orientation set for next week

The Contractors Association of Truckee Tahoe is hosting a Membership Orientation for prospective members, new members and existing members on Tuesday, Feb. 23, starting at 4 p.m. at the Truckee Tahoe Airport Community Room, 10356 Truckee Airport Road in Truckee. Light appetizers will be served.

The Membership Orientation is open to all building contractors, specialty contractors, suppliers, and design professionals who work in the Truckee-Tahoe area. It is geared to those individuals and companies who want to maximize their promotional efforts while also being kept up to date on the latest local building codes, fees, product trends and more. Learn about CATT features, benefits and services and how to get the most out of a CATT membership.

Questions should be directed to Membership & Event Manager Peg Friesen at 530-550-9999 or Visit CATT online at

Truckee Chamber Membership 101 set for next week

The Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce invites prospective members, new members, and existing members to Membership 101 orientation on Wednesday, Feb. 24, from 8-9 a.m., in the California Welcome Center in downtown Truckee at 10065 Donner Pass Road.

This fun interactive hour over coffee from Dark Horse Coffee Roasters and light snacks provided by Save Mart allows an opportunity to visit with other Chamber members, staff and a board member. Learn about member benefits, exchange ideas, and have a chance for conversation about how the Chamber can best support your business and the business community.

For information, contact the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce at 530-587-8808, email or visit

Spring Musikgarten Series starts soon

The Spring Musikgarten Series of six classes with Rita Whitaker-Haun begins Saturday, March 5, at the Family Resource Center of Truckee office at 11695 Donner Pass Road, Truckee.

Rita is an exceptional teacher who brings a wealth of experience from a career teaching music to children and as a cellist for the Reno Philharmonic.

Musikgarten is a research-based, early childhood music education model that helps infants, toddlers and children develop a deep love of music and the ability to express it. Materials include CDs of the songs sung in class, age-appropriate instruments and parent guidebooks. These home materials reinforce lessons and involve the whole family in the fun.

Registration fee is $72 for both the infant (newborn to 15 months) and toddler (16 months to 3 years) courses. There is an additional materials fee, depending on the age of the child. Scholarships are available.

To register online, go to the FRCOT Website and click on “Musikgarten.” You may also register at the Family Resource Center or through regular mail. Spaces are limited, so please register early. For more info, visit or leave a message at 530-587-2513, ext. 110.

Prescribed fire open house next week

The Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team is partnering with sixth-graders at Tahoe Expedition Academy to hold a community open house about prescribed fire on Wednesday, Feb. 24, in Tahoe Vista. There, people can learn more about the critical role prescribed fire plays in improving forest health and reducing wildfire risk for Lake Tahoe communities. Food and beverages will be provided.

At the open house, people can meet and speak with fire managers in the Lake Tahoe Basin and learn how agencies decide when and where prescribed fire operations take place. People can also learn more about important steps they can take on their own properties to reduce wildfire risk and improve public preparedness, such as creating defensible space and preparing an evacuation plan.

The open house will include stations for people to learn more about fire weather forecasting, smoke dispersal, fire behavior modeling, and how agencies test vegetation moisture before burning. Attendees can also see before and after photos of prescribed burns, maps of upcoming project locations, and sign up for prescribed fire notifications.

Shelly Robertson’s sixth-graders at TEA are helping to host the open house and will share their knowledge about wildfire and prescribed fire operations.

The free event is from 5:30-7 p.m. at North Tahoe Hebrew Congregation, 7000 Latone Ave., Tahoe Vista. Visit to learn more.

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