Tahoe-Truckee community briefs, week of Aug. 31
Contemplative Prayer class series starts Thursday
Kings Beach United Methodist Church is offering a four class series on Contemplative Prayer, starting Thursday, Sept. 3. Please join the parish from 5-6 p.m. at the church at 8425 Dolly Varden Ave., Kings Beach. Call 530-546-2290 with questions. There is no fee for these classes.
Labor Day fireworks Sunday at Gar Woods
The annual Labor Day Fireworks Spectacular at Gar Woods Grill & Pier has raised more than $48,000 in the past two years.
This year’s fireworks show, at roughly 25 minutes long, is scheduled to blast off Sunday, Sept. 6, at 8:30 p.m. above Lake Tahoe off the shore from the Gar Woods beach in Carnelian Bay.
As always, 100 percent of donations to the show go directly to North Tahoe band Truckee area high school sports programs. People can donate to the fundraiser on their credit cards the next time they dine at Gar Woods, or at Caliente in Kings Beach or Bar of American in Truckee.
Visit GarWoods.com or call 530-546-3366 for information.
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 http://www.ExinEd.org. Please call 530-550-7984 for inquiries.
Become a high school equivalency tutor
For those who are forced to leave high school to support their families, taking the high school equivalency test to receive their high school diploma is an absolute requirement. This is the first step to a better life.
To become a high school equivalency test tutor for the Nevada County Read Up Program, based at the Truckee Library, one must speak, read and write English well. You can also help if you have an expertise in basic mathematics as well as algebra and geometry or have a working knowledge of the various sciences especially life science. A 5-hour literacy/ESL tutor training with special emphasis on the HiSET Exam, is provided to all new volunteer tutors. All of the tutor guides and student workbooks as well as the high school equivalency test special materials are free.
For more information, contact Rolann Aronson, Read Up Truckee Coordinator, at 530-587-8806.
Parents’ Night Out
Parents’ Night Out will be held this Friday, Sept. 4, from 6-10 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Tahoe City. Children ages birth-12 years of age are welcome. A donation of $10 per child per evening is requested.
Activities include: Bible story, craft, music, and a movie. Please feed your children dinner before bringing them. This is a drop in program and no pre-registration is necessary. The church is located at 390 Fairway Drive in Tahoe City. For more information call the church at 583-1534.
My Morning Out moving to Mondays
My Morning Out is moving to Mondays, beginning on Monday, Sept. 14, at the First Baptist Church of Tahoe City. Children ages birth through 5 are welcome. The program runs from 9 a.m. to noon. A donation of $10 per child per session is requested.
This is a drop in program and no pre-registration is necessary. The church is located at 390 Fairway Drive in Tahoe City. For more information call the church at 583-1534.
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. Expect to hear about and ask questions regarding the language used around DDT, nuclear proliferation, and climate change.
Space is limited to the first 60 people who RSVP. Visit sierracollege.ticketleap.com to reserve a seat. Sierra College is located at 11001 College Trail in Truckee.