North Tahoe-Truckee community briefs, week of Sept. 7, 2015 |

North Tahoe-Truckee community briefs, week of Sept. 7, 2015

Creative writing workshops on tap

Tangled Roots Writing is offering a trio of new community workshops, which are detailed below. Visit or call Karen Terrey, MFA, at 530-386-3901 for more information, including location:

Tuesday Night Creative Writing Workshop: Sept. 15 to Oct. 27 (no class 10/13). Do you wish you wrote more? Want to feel more creative? the class will teach craft, technique and prompts for fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Connect with a community and improve your writing practice. Cost: $140.

The Heart of the Matter Writing Workshop for Essay, Memoir, and Magazine Writing: Sept. 17, Oct. 8, Nov. 5 and Dec. 3. This workshop is deadline- and goal-oriented to complete a project for publication. In this small, focused group workshop, you meet monthly from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Work with an editor. Limited enrollment. Cost: $220 4 month series.

Technique and Finesse Fiction Workshop: Sept. 24, Oct. 22, Nov. 19 and Dec. 10. This workshop is deadline- and goal-oriented to help you move a project toward completion. Small, focused workshop meets from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Work with an editor. Cost: $220

Science or Prophecy?

Sierra College Insights will present “Science or Prophecy: The Catch-22 of the American Science Adviser” with English professor Lyndah Walsh from 7-8:15 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 11. Free refreshments sponsored by Truckee Starbucks will be served from 6:30-7 p.m.

“Rachel Carson, Carl Sagan and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change were all put in a curious double-bind as a result of public advocacy,” explains Dr. Walsh who teaches writing classes at the University of Nevada, Reno. “They were expected to speak with certainty about uncertain matters. To cope with this dilemma, they all resorted to an ancient template for manufacturing certainty in crisis prophecy. But of course, this strategy created problems for their scientific reputations, and it continues to complicate our science-policymaking in the U.S.”

Dr. Walsh will address key controversies in the history of American science policymaking, and identify a thread that runs through all of them namely, the tendency to treat scientists as prophets.

Space is limited to the first 60 people who RSVP. Visit to reserve a seat. Sierra College is located at 11001 College Trail in Truckee.

Trails & Vistas seeks volunteers for Sept. 12, 19 events

Trails & Vistas is looking for a few more volunteers for the Art Hikes on Sept. 12 at Spooner Summit and Sept. 19 at Donner Summit.

Volunteers can act as a trail leader, caboose, or base camp helper. Volunteers on Sept. 12 will receive a complimentary ticket to the World Concert at Sand Harbor that evening.

Volunteers on Sept. 19 are invited to an after party on the deck of Donner Ski Ranch with live music by Ian Ethan.

Reach out to if you are interested in volunteering.

The theme of this year’s hikes, “Finding Beauty,” will inspire attendees along a guided path past live music, art, storytelling, and dance performances. The two hikes will each feature 10 installations spread along an approximately three-mile route.

Local and regional artists have been commissioned to create original works for the hikes, incorporating the scenery and natural environment of their particular location along the path. More information and tickets are available at

Tickets on sale now for Truckee wine walk

The 12th annual Downtown Truckee Wine, Walk & Shop is slated for Saturday, Oct. 3, from noon to 4 p.m.

The event brings crowds of locals and visitors to enjoy gourmet food and wine while wandering through the boutique downtown shops.

For $40 ($45 day of) per ticket, attendees receive a commemorative wine glass, an event program and map to participating venues, and five tickets for food tastings (additional food tickets may be purchased for $2 per ticket).

Tickets are now available at This year’s event is also in need of volunteers. Contact Melissa at 530-448-9351 to sign up.

Dining for Schools cards now on sale

Dine for 50 percent off at 45 North Tahoe and Truckee restaurants and help raise money to support Tahoe-Truckee schools when you purchase a Tahoe Truckee Excellence in Education Foundation Dining for Schools Card for $50.

The card is non-transferable but may be used an unlimited number of times at any participating restaurant during the valid period. Cards are valid Sunday through Thursday only, (holidays excluded) Sunday, Sept. 13, through Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015; and Sunday, April 17, through Thursday, June 16, 2016.

Several restaurants offer an extended period from Sunday, Jan. 3 through Thursday, April 7, 2016.

The cards are on sale now at Safeway (Truckee and Kings Beach), Save Mart (Truckee and Tahoe City), Mountain Hardware and Sports (Truckee), The Store (Tahoe City) and online at Please call 530-550-7984 for inquiries.

Jewish Holy Day services at North Tahoe

Join the North Tahoe Hebrew Congregation next week and Rabbi Beth Beyer at the upcoming High Holy Day Services: Days of celebration, reflection, and the start of the Jewish New Year of 5776. NTHC, located in Tahoe Vista, will join again with Temple Beth Or from Reno for these services.

Rosh Hashanah services begin Sunday, Sept. 13 at 7 pm.. Morning Services begin Monday, Sept. 14, at 10 a.m., ending with Tashlich on Lake Tahoe at the Tahoe Vista Pier. Children’s service (for pre-readers and early readers) is Monday at 2 p.m.

Second Day Rosh Hashanah services will be held at the Tahoe Vista Pier on Wednesday, Sept. 15, at 10 a.m.

Yom Kippur begins Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. with Kol Nidre. Feel free to come between 6 and 7 p.m. to light a Yikzor candle in memory of a loved one. Morning services are Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 10 a.m. Children’s services are at 2 p.m., with afternoon Services/Yizkor/Mincha/Neilah starting at 5 p.m. All are welcome to stay for the Break the Fast, which follows services.

The North Tahoe Hebrew Congregation has a year-round schedule of services, celebrations, education and community events. NTHC is located at 7000 Latone Ave., Tahoe Vista For more information, visit or call 530-546-0895.

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