North Tahoe-Truckee community briefs: Week of Jan. 25, 2016 | SierraSun.com

North Tahoe-Truckee community briefs: Week of Jan. 25, 2016

7th annual Father Daughter Dance set for Friday

Tahoe SAFE Alliance announces tickets are on sale for the seventh annual Father Daughter Dance, scheduled for Friday, Jan. 29, at the Tahoe Biltmore. Sorry ladies, but this event is for young girls and the special men in their lives. Guests will enjoy DJ music and dancing, cake and snacks, and activity stations for all ages.

A keepsake portrait is available for purchase by Danielle Hankinson Photography and a souvenir Flipbook by Action Flipbooks. Last year's event played host to nearly 600 father daughter couples and was a sold out event, so get your tickets early.

Tickets are $30 for a father/daughter couple and $5 for each additional child in advance at tahoesafealliance.org. Scholarships are available for families in need. Please call 775-298-0010 or visit tahoesafealliance.org to learn more.

Kings Beach SnowFest! parade seeks entries, sponsors

The annual Kings Beach SnowFest! Parade is scheduled to take place on Saturday, March 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Highway 28 in downtown Kings Beach.

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The event is produced by the North Tahoe Business Association. Last year's parade was attended by an estimated 1,000 spectators and featured 26 entertaining entries from art bikes, music, animals, kids and more. This year, the parade will be filled with past participants as well as several new entries and surprises. Businesses, nonprofit organizations, clubs and groups are encouraged to participate. Parade entry forms are due by Monday, Feb. 15.

Groups can also be a sponsor of the parade. For sponsorship forms and information about cost and benefits, visit northtahoebusiness.org. For maximum marketing/sponsorship benefits, forms should be completed and submitted by Monday, Feb. 15.

Volunteers also are needed to assist with parade line-up, crowd/traffic control, and act as road and driveway blockers. Call NTBA staff at 530-546-9000 to secure your volunteer assignment; they're available on first-come, first serve basis. For a full schedule of SnowFest! events for 2016, visit tahoesnowfestival.com.

Las Cafeteras performance set for Feb. 12 at Truckee Arts Center

Arts For The Schools is bringing Las Cafeteras to Truckee's Community Arts Center for its next performance in the onSTAGE series on Friday, Feb. 12, at 7 p.m.

Las Cafeteras seamlessly fuses traditional Afro-Mexican music from Veracruz, Mexico, with modern rhythms and lyrically rich storytelling to create a fresh urban folk sound from the streets of East Los Angeles.

Their eclectic instrumentation includes jaranas, a requinto, a donkey jawbone, a West Africa descended bass instrument called the Marimbol, cajón, and a wooden platform called the Tarima used to dance Zapateado.

Las Cafeteras members dance effortlessly across musical borders playing infectious shows with bands such as Mexican icons Café Tacuba and Lila Downs, Colombian superstar Juanes, Los Lobos, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, and most recently with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra.

Tickets are on sale at artsfortheschools.org and at both New Moon Natural Foods locations in Truckee and Tahoe City.

Gar Woods, Bar of America owner raising money for Tahoe Fund

Tom Turner, owner of the Tahoe Restaurant Collection that includes Gar Woods Grill & Pier (Carnelian Bay), Riva Grill on the Lake (South Lake Tahoe), Caliente Southwest South (Kings Beach), and Bar of America (Truckee), this summer rolled out a program that allows guests at his restaurants to add a monetary donation on their bills to the Tahoe Fund to help support environmental improvement projects around Tahoe.

The Tahoe Fund, founded in 2010, is a nonprofit dedicated to restoring and improving the Tahoe environment through private support of environmental improvement projects.

The donation program has gotten off to a great start, raising more than $8,000 in just its first few months, according to a press release earlier this month from the Tahoe Fund.

The program has also allowed Turner to raise much-needed funds for other local causes, like the Gar Woods Labor Day Fireworks display, which supports our local high school teams.

To learn more about the Tahoe Restaurant Collection and its signature Wet Woody drinks, visit wetwoody.com. To learn more about the Tahoe Fund, visit tahoefund.org.

'Snow Drawings' art coming to Truckee

The Truckee Public Art Commission and the U.C. Berkeley Sagehen Creek Field Station invite the local 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 http://www.sonja-hinrichsen.com to see previous projects and learn more about the artists.

Sign-ups are encouraged; send your name with "Snow Drawings" in the subject line to robie.tpac@gmail.com for Saturday and Sunday events.

Community Chöd healing sessions at For Goodness Sake

Community Chöd offerings featuring Polly Ryan, MA, MFT, began this year and will take place on a weekly basis at For Goodness Sake in Truckee, most Wednesdays through June, from 9-10:30 a.m.

Chöd, a Tibetan word that literally means "to cut," is a wonderful and powerful practice for these difficult times. The practice brings understanding to the root of our pain and offers a concrete method for the healing of addictions, traumas, and other "demons" in both our inner and outer worlds. It is a unique blend of the Tibetan Shamanic traditions and the Buddhist principles of compassion and emptiness.

This centuries-old practice is sung in Tibetan by the chodpa(s) while recipients relax on the floor. Healing comes when fear, fixation, and self-clinging are cut through. The offerings are open to all, and they also are available online.

For more info, call 530-550-8981 or email info@goodnesssake.org. Suggested donation is $12 to $15 per session, or please give within your means.

Shakespeare First Folio goes viral

The next edition of Sierra College Insights is set for Friday, Feb. 12, doors at 6:30 p.m., at the Truckee campus of Sierra College.

There, University of Nevada, Reno, English Professor Eric Rasmussen will discuss his authentication of a newly discovered Shakespeare First Folio.

The 1623 edition of "Shakespeare's Comedies, Histories and Tragedies" is known as the First Folio. "Shakespeare First Folio: A Descriptive Catalogue" is based on two decades of research.

Colleagues Anthony James West and Rasmussen located 232 surviving copies of the book ­— a remarkable 72 more than were recorded in Sidney Lee's census over a century ago.

Rasmussen's talk on Feb. 12 will provide details. Online reservations are encouraged: sierracollege.ticketleap.com/erasmussen