Community Briefs: Sustainable seafood dinner; |

Community Briefs: Sustainable seafood dinner;

Sustainable seafood dinner; a treat for the mind and palate

A night of education and superb sustainably harvested seafood is slated for Wednesday, Nov. 5 at Dragonfly. A complimentary, informative discussion on the importance of sustainable seafood will be presented at 5:30 p.m. Immediately following, diners can order an array of seafood entrees created from fish that has been harvested in a responsible manner and then skillfully prepared by Chef Billy McCullough.

Karim Machi of Clean Fish, an industry leader in global seafood sustainability located in the Bay Area, will join Dragonfly chef and owner Billy McCullough in a discussion explaining the thinking behind sustainably harvested seafood. This discourse will provide tips on how to enjoy seafood, while helping to preserve our ocean’s resources. The discussion will touch on how fish are caught, what fish to avoid, why sustainable seafood is crucial to the health of the oceans, and what questions consumers should ask when purchasing seafood.

Highlights of the dinner will include menu options such as Loch Duart Salmon, Scottish Farm Raised Halibut, Laughing Bird Prawns and CleanFish’s newest product, New Zealand Blue Abalone.

A portion of the proceeds from Dragonfly’s Sustainable Seafood Dinner will benefit Slow Food Lake Tahoe, an organization that promotes eating healthy food produced in an earth-friendly way. Seating is limited and reservations are highly recommended.

Dragonfly is located upstairs at 10118 Donner Pass Road, right in the heart of downtown Truckee. Dinner is served from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. For reservations, call Dragonfly at 587-0557.

Dragonfly hosts Porter Simon as guest chefs

Dragonfly will host Porter and Simon and their husbands, Jim and Jim, for a post-election Guest Chef evening, Friday, Nov. 7. Marianne Porter will slave away in the kitchen, while Jim and Jim and Martha (Simon) will schmooze guests in the dining room.

This high-powered team will lend their expertise to the culinary creations produced in the Dragonfly kitchen. Diners will be offered a one-time only Bail Out Special (All You Can Swallow) which includes delectable menu items.

From the bar: The Sarracuda. From the kitchen: Jam Sandwich (by request only!), Lawyer’s Shark Fin Soup, Seared Pepper Crusted Kobe Flank Steak with Snow Pea-Pearl Onion Stir Fry, and more. Top it off with Double Chocolate Brownie with Coconut Ice Cream.

Enjoy the full Porter Simon Prix Fixe Menu which includes soup, appetizer, entree, and dessert for $58. All Porter Simon Guest Chef menu items will be offered a la carte. Reservations are recommended, as guest chef evenings usually fill the house. Call Dragonfly at 587-0557 to reserve your table for this special evening.

In one end and out the other

KidZone Museum will host a worm-composting workshop for the whole family on Saturday, Nov. 1 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. In this hands-on workshop, instructor Kerry Stendell will teach how to set up a worm bin, how to care for worms, troubleshooting tips, and how to harvest worm castings.

The workshop is $5 per family, which includes a home composting starter kit. All ages are welcome and pre-registration is required.

KidZone Museum is located at 11711 Donner Pass Road. For more information contact KidZone at 530-587-KIDS (5437).

Local kids trick-or-treating for a cause

Get your spare change ready. This Halloween you are likely to get children trick-or-treating for more than candy. Local elementary and middle school students have taken on the challenge of trick-or-treating for UNICEF. They will carry small orange boxes to collect change you have to donate to needy children around the world.

“This program introduces children to the idea they can make a difference to less fortunate children by volunteering in service to others,” wrote Amanda Friedrichsen from the Glenshire PTO. Celebrating 58 years of “trick-or-treating for a cause,” UNICEF provides food, clean water, immunizations and access to education to kids around the globe. Look for the little orange boxes on Halloween and help Truckee kids help impoverished kids throughout the world.

Going once, going twice, going xc skiing

Far West Nordic announces its “season kick-off” auction/raffle fundraiser extravaganza Saturday, Nov. 1, 6 p.m., Mt. Judah Lodge at Sugar Bowl. The auction and raffle prizes promise to be some of the best in the 23-year history, with ski equipment and outdoor gear, plus great prizes from XC ski areas, bike shops, local restaurants and lots of gear and goodies. Headlining the prizes is the dream ski package from Salomon, Swix and Fischer. This is Far West Nordic’s largest fundraiser for its Junior Nordic programs. Tickets are available from local Junior racers, or contact the Far West Office or 587-0304. Auction prize updates will be available on our website at, so check it out! Call 587-0304.

Raising the flag for veterans

Honor veterans All veterans and citizens are invited to a flag-raising ceremony to honor veterans on Monday, Nov. 10 at 11 a.m. at the Placer County Sheriff Department’s North Lake Tahoe Station.

Members of the Sheriff’s honor guard and mounted units will be taking part in the ceremony. The 50-year-old flag pole in front of the Sheriff’s Department was recently restored to its original condition and will serve as the centerpiece for the flag-raising ceremony.

Sheriff’s dispatcher Cheryl Zuccaro will sing the national anthem. For more information, call (530) 581-6300.

Truckee Community Christmas Gears Up

It may not quite feel like the holiday season is upon us, but the folks involved with the Truckee Community Christmas effort are already gearing up to help several hundred less fortunate local families and individuals. Celebrating their fifteenth year of existence as an umbrella organization, Truckee Community Christmas collaborates with a number of local groups and businesses collecting and distributing food, toy, and clothing donations.

The general consensus among board members is this year’s tough economic climate will make securing donations a greater challenge than in years past. Volunteers and donations are needed and there are many ways to help.

Food: contact Lynn Richardson at 582-2422. Toys: call Alissa Just at 587-6681, ext. 11 or (530) 906-4284. Coats: call Mindy Harrington at 582-4752. Seniors: contact Patti Bena at 587-4550. Contributions can be mailed to Truckee Community Christmas, P.O. Box 2955, Truckee, CA 96160. All donations are tax deductible.

For general information call the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce at 587-2757.

Women, it’s your wellness weekend

The 18th Annual Women’s Wellness Weekend will be Nov. 8 and 9 at the Village at Squaw Valley. Reap the benefits of health and wellness workshops with informative information for women of all stages of life…something for everyone, friends, sisters, mothers, daughters, co workers, and more.

Saturday’s focus is disease prevention education specifically for women; balancing your life, stress reduction, mindful eating, natural solutions for mid-life hormonal changes, creativity and healing, skin care-looking great, breast health for women and osteoporosis.

Sunday’s focus will be a full health fair specifically for women with health screenings. Group exercise classes will be available, group hike (optional) Daughters are welcome on Sunday for a special “Girls on the Run” session…offered to girls age 6-14. Cost per person is $40, register online at or call (530) 587-3769.

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