Around Town: What’s happening in the area this week
Editor’s note: “Around Town briefs” are run in chronological order by date. More immediate events will always get priority over ones two or three months away. If you have a question about submitting a brief, call 587-6061.Northstar presents gourmet dinnerIn collaboration with Buehler Vineyards, Northstar-at-Tahoe’s Timbercreek Restaurant presents an evening of gourmet food and wine with the Winemaker’s Dinner series on Thursday, Aug. 24. Timbercreek’s award-winning culinary team and Buehler Vineyards will present a mouthwatering five-course food and wine celebration starting at 6 p.m.Northstar’s Executive Chef Christopher Banovich and Buehler Vineyards Owner Winemaker John P. Buehler, Jr. will introduce the evening with hors d’oeuvres and 1998 Reserve Russian River Chardonnay. Guests will then enjoy Smoked Salmon and Scallop Terrine with Meyer Lemon served with 1998 Russian River Chardonnay, and Pheasant Confit Salad served with 1997 Estate Zinfandel. The main course, Grill Sampler Entree of Venice, Pork Tenderloin, and Pheasant Breast will be paired with 1996 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. Completing the menu is a Trilogy of Ripened Bleu Cheeses served with 1997 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. The cost is $75 per person and space is limited. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 530-562-2250.Northstar-at-Tahoe is located off Highway 267, just six miles from the north shore of Lake Tahoe. For more information on Northstar-at-Tahoe, call 800-GO-NORTH or visit http://www.skinorthstar.com.TAMA to hold auditions Aug. 31Truckee Alliance for the Musical Arts, (T.A.M.A.) is holding auditions for its upcoming “Opry at the Cottonwood,” a country show, Thursday, Aug. 31 at 7 p.m. at the Truckee High School auditorium.”What we’re looking for specifically is banjos, fiddles, dobros and traditional instruments much more than the vocalists,” said TAMA President Merri McKee. “We also are looking for bass players.”TAMA will also be holding a general meeting on Sept. 7 at 7:30 p.m. upstairs at OB’s Pub. Everybody is welcome. Major agenda items will include a look at T.A.M.A. membership qualifications.For details, call Merri McKee at 587-9082.Summer Music Festival continuesThe 18th Annual Lake Tahoe Summer Music Festival continues its stellar season through Sept. 2. Here are upcoming events:Sat., Aug. 26, 7 p.m. – Chamber Ensemble at Sierra Nevada College, Incline Village.Wed., Aug. 30, 7:30 p.m. -Slide Mountain Boys, Bluegrass at Sugar Pine PointSat., Sept. 2, 7 p.m. – American Salute at Sand HarborTickets: On-line at http://www.tahoemusic.org – By phone (530) 583-3101 By mail: LTSMF Tickets, P.O. Box 62, Tahoe City, CA 96145Brews & Blues at fairgrounds”Brews and Blues”, the 11th annual microbrew tasting bash at Nevada County Fairgrounds is taking place down in Grass Valley on Sat., Aug. 26 from 3 to 7 p.m.”The two thousand plus people who came out last year weren’t disappointed. We expect at least that many people this year,” said Al DeVico, Music in the Mountains (MIM) Event Chairperson.This MIM fund raiser promises as many as 35 microbreweries offering over 90 beers to sample. The $15 ticket ($18 at the gate) gets unlimited tasting privileges and a souvenir tasting glass to drink from. Designated drivers get in for $6 or free with purchase of 4 participant tickets – so don’t leave home without one.Bob Mora and the Third Degree Blues Band will keep the party hoppin’ with high-energy original blues compositions as well as songs by blues legends and masters.For more information call 530-265-6124 or 800-218-2188.Music in the Mountains (MIM) is a vibrant non-profit organization dedicated to the presentation of high-quality musical performances. MIM hosts an annual Young Musicians’ Competition, presents in-school performances for children, actively supports area Arts Educators, and stimulates young audiences with free admission to its outdoor concerts for anyone under the age of 18. Outstanding artists are presented in Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter Holiday Festivals, with wide-ranging concerts including Jazz, Big Band, Pops and the Classics. For details, call 530-265-6173 or visit http://www.musicinthemountains.orgCancer support group meetsWECARE, a cancer support group, will meet at Tahoe Forest Hospital in the dietary conference room on Aug. 28 at 5 p.m.This group was established by cancer survivors to offer support, educate and share ideas. We invite all those touched by cancer, their families and their friends to attend these monthly meetings. Some evenings we will have speakers and others will be a time to tell our stories. This meeting will be a story support meeting.For information please call Jay O’Hanlon at (530) 550-1424.Truckee artist spotlightedCarolyn Sesko of Truckee is the featured artist for the month of September at the North Tahoe Art Center’s upstairs gallery. Her one-person show features contemporary paintings in acrylic on canvas and mixed media collage. The opening reception for this show is Sept. 1 from 5 to 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend and meet the artist.Sesko’s studio has been featured on the Tahoe ARTour for the last six years. Her artwork can be found locally in residences all over the Reno and Tahoe area. Recently, she completed a commission of 19 paintings for the Washoe Medical Center Pediatrics Unit.For details, call (530) 581-2787.Free concert Sept. 2Skillet – with its faithful followers called “panheads” – tops a line-up of bands performing free during a musicfest on the Saturday of Labor Day Weekend at Truckee Regional Park in Truckee. The outdoor amphitheater at the park is the venue for six hours worth of bands, including The Kry, Bleach, Skypark and Johnny Q. Public.The free Sierra Summer Harvest concert will be held from 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, seating on the lawn at the park, located on Highway 267.This last year, Skillet released its third album, “Invincible.” The electro-industrial rock of this alternative band is just one of the many bands performing during this event. Anyone with an ear to hear is welcome to the free concert.Alpen Wine Fest to be held at SquawCelebrate the end of the summer with a little fun and fund-raising for the Jimmie Heuga Center during the 11th Annual Alpen Wine Fest at PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn on Sunday, Sept. 3 from 2 to 5 p.m.Co-hosted by PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn and Squaw Valley Ski Corp, the popular event features wine tasting, a silent auction and a raffle. Admission is $25 and includes a souvenir wine glass, unlimited wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres. Taste some of the finest wines in California from over 30 premiere vineyards and wineries and sample creations from PlumpJack’s skilled chefs while enjoying the comfortable atmosphere and mountain views.Auction items include collector and rare bottles of wine, art, weekend vacation packages, cruises, plus meals and merchandise from local restaurants and retailers. All proceeds directly benefit the Jimmie Heuga Center by helping to provide scholarships for people to attend the Heuga Centers various Multiple Sclerosis medical programs.Founded in 1984, the Jimmie Heuga Center is a scientific research organization dedicated to helping those with multiple sclerosis reclaim a sense of control in their lives through specially developed health and wellness programs.For those interested in donating an item for auction, or volunteering, please contact Roland Medel at 510-205-4285. For additional information about the Heuga Center medical programs, scholarships or to make a charitable donation, call 888-DOIT4MS (888-364-8467).Sept. 8 is early voter deadlineNevada County voters can receive voter information early and save local tax dollars by registering now for the Nov. 7, 2000 General Election.Voters who are registered by Friday, Sept. 8 will receive their State Voter Information Pamphlets several weeks earlier than voters who register after the 60-day deadline. In addition, voters who register by Sept. 8 will save local tax dollars, because the Secretary of State will pay to mail State Voter Information Pamphlets, instead of Nevada County Elections Office paying those mailing costs in a supplemental mailing just before the election.You must re-register if you move, change your political party or change your name. Voter Registration Cards are available at county government offices, local post offices, Chambers of Commerce, libraries and more than 100 locations across Nevada County. The final deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 7 General Election is Oct. 10.Railroad Days set for Sept. 9-10Truckee Railroad Days will return this year on Sept. 9-10. Chair Alan Harry is seeking volunteers for all aspects of the event from Parade Committee to the Chili Cook-off. The National Handcar Races will be back as well.Those interested in volunteering should call Harry at 582-3951.Swing dance class to begin againLet the good times roll and learn the Lindy Hop dance to the latest sounds of the Big Band beat with swing dance instructors Rob and Jeanie McCarthy.The class, offered through the Truckee-Donner Recreation and Park District, will teach the basics so dancers can progress to the hottest moves. Couples, singles, drop-ins, and any age are welcome. Classes will be held in the Tahoe-Truckee High School cafeteria on Tuesday evenings from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 12 to Oct. 3. Dancers are encouraged to dress casual and wear comfortable shoes. The cost for the four week session is $50 per couple, $30 for singles; drop-ins are $10 for adults and $5 for students.The McCarthys have been competition dancers for more than 17 years.For information, call the TDRPD at 582-7720.Ride for Recovery held Sept. 16-17Nevada County Substance Abuse Treatment and Recovery (NCSA) is seeking volunteers to help with its third annual Ride for Recovery.The event will be held Sept. 16 and 17 at the Robie Equestrian Park and will feature a 12-mile horseback ride, fun events and prizes and a chuckwagon lunch. Proceeds go toward providing counseling services for low-income individuals in the Tahoe-Truckee area in need of substance abuse treatment. If you would like to volunteer or to find out more about the event, call Alison at 587-8194.Sponsor Ducks now availableThe Truckee Sunrise Rotary Club has announced that Sponsor Ducks for its 6th Annual Duck Races are now available.A Sponsor Duck is a large plastic duck (actually, a decoy) which may be purchased by a local business or individual for $100. The decorated Sponsor Duck competes in a beauty contest as well as a race down the river. The sponsor gets publicity for their firm or themselves and the winner is commemorated with a handsome plaque.The 6th annual Truckee Sunrise Rotary Club Duck Races will take place on Saturday, Sept. 23 beginning at 11 a.m. at the Truckee Regional Park.Sponsor Ducks for $100 and individual racing ducks for $5 or five for $20 may be adopted from any Truckee Sunrise Rotary Club member. Look for them around the community. Call Jim Damiani at 550-9900 or Julie or Mark Kincheloe at 582-5409 for tickets and information.Pollworkers neededPollworkers are needed in the Truckee area to serve during the Nov. 7 general election.The Polling Place Precinct Board, comprised of an inspector and at least three judges, provides correct ballots and instructions so that Nevada County registered voters living within that precinct may exercise their most prestigious right – the right to vote.Inspectors earn $85 for their work, which consists of attending a training class and coordinating activities at the polling place. Judges work at the polling place under the direction of the Inspector and earn $70. Pollworkers serve from 6:30 a.m. on election day until 8:30 or 9 p.m.Pollworkers must be registered voters. For information, contact the Nevada County Elections office at (888) 395-1298, toll-free from the Truckee area.Oliver Fund seeks supportA fund has been set up at Bank of the West for those wishing to donate to the continued care of Forrest Oliver, a former student at Tahoe-Truckee High School.Forrest attempted suicide on March 30, 2000 after struggling with depression for over a year. He has been a student of Tahoe-Truckee Unified School District for 10 years, although he is currently a resident/student at Island View TRC in Utah. His parents are seeking help in paying for his education and counseling at Island View.Contact the Gateway Branch of Bank of the West for information on how to donate money to the Forrest Oliver Fund.Breast cancer patients wantedWould you like to share your opinions about current breast cancer treatment? Would you like to know your risks for getting breast cancer? and How you would make a choice about your treatment options? We are seeking women who are age 50 and older to participate in a 60-90 minute confidential interview. You will receive financial compensation.Eligibility:- 50 years or older- No diagnosis of breast cancer- Meet risk criteria- Willing to be interviewed for 1 hour- African-American and Spanish speaking Latinas encouraged to participateParticipants are not required to take any medications.Your involvement in this interview process will provide valuable information on how women decide about breast cancer treatment options. This project is conducted by UC Davis Medical Center, Department of Family Medicine in conjunction with the Health Education Council.If you meet the eligibility requirements and would like to participate in an interview, please contact Janet Keyzer, RN at (916)734-8392, and leave a message which includes your name and phone number.Truckee River Day is Oct. 15The fifth annual Truckee River Day is set for Oct. 15. In celebration of the river, Truckee River Day is designed as a family event to increase awareness of conditions affecting watershed health and to provide hands-on involvement in river restoration. It’s a chance to learn firsthand about the Truckee River watershed by planting seedlings, re-vegetating banks, building rock stairways, and just plain cleaning up the trash and debris that has collected over time. The highlight of the day is watching several hundred children release Cutthroat Trout into the river.Specialists in the areas of archaeology, history, wildlife, plant ecology, fishing and geology will be on hand to lead groups in special projects. Participants will get a first-hand look at the environmental health of the river, and track progress through this group effort. Sponsored by the Truckee River Habitat Restoration Group and the National Forest Foundation, the event drew 800 volunteers last year.The event is free. All volunteers receive a free Truckee River Day t-shirt if they register by Oct. 1.High school reunion planned Sept. 22The class of 1960 invites graduates from 1955 to 1965 to gather for a “Grand” Reunion Sept. 22 to 24 at Squaw Valley.On Friday, there will be a special dinner just for the class of 1960. Graduates from 1955 to 1965 will gather on Saturday night, Sept. 23, for a “grand reunion” with music, dancing, food, beverages and socializing.For details call Sam Medford at (415) 434-4830.
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