Tahoe-Truckee community briefs, week of Nov. 2, 2015 | SierraSun.com

Tahoe-Truckee community briefs, week of Nov. 2, 2015

STEAM Fair is Thursday at Truckee High

Tahoe Truckee Unified School District's STEAM Fair (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) gives scholars the opportunity to see real life examples of what professionals in the STEAM fields do on a day-to-day basis. This year's event is on Thursday, Nov. 5, from 6-8 p.m. at Truckee High School. All students and their families are encouraged to attend.

There will be over 40 interactive booths including local and regional experts and representatives from colleges and the district's high school pathway programs. Each booth will provide hands-on, practical experiences for students to explore college and career options in STEAM fields.

TTUSD is offering free transportation from the lakeside schools for students and their parents. Details and sign-ups are available at each school office.

The STEAM Fair would not be possible without its dedicated volunteer committee and the generous sponsorships provided by the Rotary Club of Truckee, Tahoe Forest Hospital, the Optimist Club, Town of Truckee, Parallax, Excellence in Education and TTUSD. Visit ttusd.org for information.

Water quality talk Friday in Tahoe Vista

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Join Jacob Dickerman, North Tahoe Hebrew Congregation's most recent Bar Mitzvah, and guest speaker Brenda Gilbert, director of development at the Truckee River Watershed Council, for a discussion on how important water and the Truckee River are in the community.

Jacob will lead brief Friday, Nov. 6, evening services and then discuss his Bar Mitzvah services project, which had a focus on water. Attendees will also learn about water quality efforts at home with the Watershed Council, discussing what is being done to restore Truckee's streams and meadows and how residents can help our local rivers, meadows and wetlands.

Join NTHC at its temple in Tahoe Vista for potluck at 6 p.m., with brief services and the water/river talk at 7 p.m. All are welcome. Anyone with questions can contact Pam Dickerman at 650-906-4195 or pdickermn@yahoo.com; visit tahoetemple.org to learn more.

Local tax aid volunteers sought

The AARP is seeking volunteers in the Truckee/North Lake Tahoe area for its Tax Aide Program. Volunteers prepare federal and state income tax returns for seniors and low- and moderate-income taxpayers. The service is completely free of charge.

Volunteers receive free training on basic federal and state tax preparation. No previous experience is needed. Last year, volunteers helped over 300 taxpayers at sites in Truckee and Kings Beach. The local AARP group also has need for English/Spanish speakers to provide translation assistance to taxpayers.

For information, visit aarp.org/money/taxes/aarp_taxaide or contact taxesaarp@gmail.com.

Cowboy poetry event in Truckee

"Truckee History Alive," a collaboration of local history-minded organizations, is into its second year of unique, entertaining and history-based programming and will next week present "Cowboy Poetry and the Streets of Truckee," a program designed to bring to life the cowboy culture and Truckee's history in the "good old days."

Headlining the event will be Tony Argento, an ambassador of cowboy poetry, which has been around since the years following the Civil War. Its unique form continues to show that the cowboy and the American West is alive with stories and tales of elevated humor, patriotism and serious or sad verse.

In addition, the event will feature longtime local cowboy poet Dan Seaborg, who has performed at the Truckee Rodeo and many other venues. It takes place 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, at the Truckee Veterans' Memorial Building, 10214 High St. Suggested donation of $10 at the door. Contact Ruth Jackson Hall at ruthjacksonhall@gmail.com for information.

Truckee Police to host free alcohol, drug training

The Truckee Police Department is offering free educational training to businesses and organizations that have a license to sell alcohol.

As part of a grant from the State of California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control for 2014-15, the Truckee Police Department will offer LEAD (Licensee Education on Alcohol and Drugs) training from 1-5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 16, at Truckee Town Council Chambers, 10183 Truckee Airport Road.

The LEAD Program is a voluntary prevention and education program for retail licensees, their employees, and applicants. The curriculum is designed for licensees, managers, and employees.

To reserve a space, contact TPD Det. Sara Rodriguez at srodriguez@townoftruckee.com.