Tahoe-Truckee community briefs: Week of Nov. 9, 2015 | SierraSun.com

Tahoe-Truckee community briefs: Week of Nov. 9, 2015

Local cadets raising funds for Wreaths Across America

Cadets of the Tahoe-Truckee Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol are collecting money for sponsorship of wreaths for the Wreaths Across America program. The program's goal is to make sure all veterans' graves at national cemeteries have a wreath placed on it at the holidays.

The cadets will be at Truckee Safeway on Nov. 14-15, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please stop by to drop off your change. If you are interested in sponsoring a wreath, please contact Erin LeFevers at elefevers@hotmail.com. The cadets will then participate in placing the wreaths at the national cemetery in Fernley on Dec. 12.

Free paper shredding event Friday in Tahoe City

The Rotary Club of Tahoe City will sponsor a free paper-shredding event on Friday, Nov. 13, in the Tahoe City Post Office parking lot in the Lighthouse Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

As a protection against identity theft, consumers are urged to shred anything containing financial information, account numbers, PINs, birthdays or Social Security numbers. Organizations and individuals who have documents that need shredding can drop them off a no cost.

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Visit tahoecityrotary.org to learn more.

Tahoe XC hosting 17th annual ski swap this Saturday

Tahoe Cross Country, aka Tahoe XC, will hold its annual cross country ski swap on Saturday, Nov. 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 pm. at the ski area located about 2 miles east of Tahoe City on Dollar Hill, at 925 Country Club Drive.

The annual swap is a perfect opportunity for anyone interested in getting started, or getting some new gear for cross country skate-skiing, striding and snowshoeing.

Used and new equipment can be found for all ages, abilities and interests, including both skate and classic skis, boots, clothing, poles, accessories, snowshoes and telemark gear, kids' sleds, and much more. Factory reps, retailers and athletes will be on hand to help you select the right stuff for your needs.

If you plan on selling equipment, drop it by Tahoe XC on Friday, Nov. 13, between 3-8 p.m.. A raffle is held throughout the day to win a Tahoe XC Season Pass.

For more information, call 583-5475 or visit www.tahoexc.org.

'A Buddhist Life' with Venerable Geshe Lobsang Tsultrim Sunday in Truckee

For Goodness Sake Truckee is hosting Venerable Geshe Lobsang Tsultrim, who will be speaking on "A Buddhist Life," on Sunday, Nov. 15, from 2-4 p.m. at For Goodness Sake in Truckee.

Geshe Lobsang Tsultrim (Geshe-la) is a Tibetan Buddhist monk of the Gelupa order born near Amdo the eastern region of Tibet. "Geshe" is a degree that is earned after many years of intensive study and completing the highest-level exams at monastic institutions of higher learning.

Geshe-la will speak about his life in Tibet and escape to India, his advanced education and his art, and how Buddhism has informed and grounded his life. Application of Buddhist principles for living meaningfully will be illustrated through the sharing of his story. We are invited to explore these principles and apply them to our own lives.

This event is free. All are invited to donate within their means, with a suggested donation of $10 to $20. Call 530-550-8981 or email info@goodnesssake.org to register.

'Gratitude Works' event next week in Incline

The UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center in Incline Village will host Dr. Robert Emmons, the world's leading scientific expert on gratitude, on Tuesday, Nov. 17. Learn how gratitude heals, energizes, and transforms lives.

Emmons is a Professor of Psychology at UC Davis. His research on gratitude and happiness has been featured in dozens of popular media outlets including the New York Times, USA Today, U.S. News and World Report, Newsweek, Time, NPR, and PBS.

The program will begin at 6 p.m. with refreshments and no-host bar from 5:30-6 p.m. at 291 Country Club Drive in Incline Village on the campus of Sierra Nevada College. Seating is open at 5:30 p.m. to guests who have pre-registered; open seating starts at 5:50 p.m., and the program begins at 6:00 p.m. A $5 suggested donation will be collected at the door.

Due to high attendance at past TERC lectures, pre-registration is required. For more information or directions, call 775-881-7566, or visit tahoe.ucdavis.edu/events.

Cadets sought for Truckee Civil Air Patrol

Interested in a program that offers young people ages 12-18 a place to learn aerospace, search and rescue skills, leadership skills, character development and the value of giving back to one's community, while also being able to go flying? That program is CAP—Civil Air Patrol. CAP has three missions: emergency services (search and rescue), the cadet program and aerospace education (Mission to Mars camp offered during the summer through the Truckee-Donner Recreation & Parks District).

CAP introduces cadets to Air Force perspectives on leadership through classroom instruction, mentoring, and hands-on learning. CAP inspires in youth a love of aviation, space and technology. Cadets study the fundamentals of aerospace science in the classroom and experience flight first-hand in CAP aircraft.

Once cadets reach a certain rank, they are then eligible for attending national cadet programs, which include week long camps in engineering in Alabama, international cadet exchange and earning one's pilot's license. Cadets also take part in state level activities; encampments and wing conferences — where cadets from the state meet, plan activities, set goals for the wing, as well as compete in various activities like model aircraft building and public speaking.

Locally, the cadet program of the Tahoe-Truckee Composite Squadron is open to boys and girls ages 12-18. Meetings are held weekly on Thursdays at Truckee Tahoe Airport from 6-8 p.m. For information, contact Lt. Erin LeFevers, Deputy Commander of Cadets. at elefevers@hotmail.com, or visit cap-ttcs.org.