COMMUNITY BRIEFS: Walkathon, College Night, Meet the Candidates, Blood Drive, Martis Plein Air | SierraSun.com

COMMUNITY BRIEFS: Walkathon, College Night, Meet the Candidates, Blood Drive, Martis Plein Air

Every year Truckee Elementary students take great pride in earning funds by walking laps around the school grounds. The annual Walk-a-thon will be held Friday, Oct. 10. All grades, kindergarten through fifth, request donations from friends and relatives. The money earned by the children goes directly back to their class and is are used for field trips, special art supplies and purchases of educational materials.

This event is a wonderful community-building occasion. The fifth grade students kick off the “Walk” with a banner-breaking dash. KTRK provides music. Parents, teachers and students cheer. Consider donating if a Truckee Elementary student makes a request.

Join Slow Food Lake Tahoe for a personal journey into the farmer in all of us.

Lamenting his family’s loss of connection with the natural world, filmmaker Richard Power Hoffmann joined a local organic farm and documented his experiences with the community-supported organization as he himself transformed from consumer to grower. The fascinating result, “Fridays at the Farm,” uses nearly 20,000 still images to create time-lapse and macro photography sequences that reveal Hoffmann’s personal journey in a powerful, one-of-a-kind visual experience.

This inspiring film will be followed by a produce showcase from local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) providers. Stop by For Goodness Sake in downtown Truckee for a film and an opportunity to connect with local producers Oct. 8, 6 to 9 p.m. Contact Jennifer at jbossin@gmail.com to reserve your space.

Sierra College and the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District are sponsoring a College Night Tuesday, Oct. 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Truckee High School cafeteria. More than 35 colleges and universities from California and Nevada will be available to answer questions about programs, degrees offered, campus life, projected expense, dorm opportunities and sports programs and other areas of interest.

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This evening is an opportunity for parents and students to explore programs and universities, narrowing future visitations and travel time.

Last year more than 500 people attended this event. Students grades eight through 12 are encouraged to attend to begin or solidify their college search. Support College Night to assure colleges and universities will return. Please call Cindy Flores at Sierra College 550-7538 for information.

Submissions of fine art, fine craft and holiday decor for a juried two month show. Local and regional artists are invited to participate in expressions of winter as well as the many holidays associated with this season. Open to all fine art media, sculpture, and functional or wearable arts. Creativity and artistry in gifts, ornaments and seasonal decor is encouraged. Entry deadline is Oct. 10.

Applications are available at http://www.northtahoearts.com or call 581-2787 for more information. The show is titled Art and Ornaments, A Celebration of Winter and will run Nov. 15, 2008 to Jan. 12, 2009.

Local Tahoe business owner and father of three, Heath Spencer needs your help. Heath was recently involved in an unfortunate motocross accident and suffered significant injuries including three fractured vertebrae, two fractured ribs and a fractured hip in four places requiring surgery.

Due to a previous major ski injury the insurance industry has “blacklisted” Heath and he has been unable to obtain medical insurance. The unfortunate reality is that medical bills are already pilling up. This is where the community can help.

There will be a fundraiser Oct. 12, or make a tax deductible donation to Heath Spencer. Please make your check to: Tahoe Christian Center with Heath Spencer Benefit in the memo line or on the envelope for your cash donation. Mail to: Heath Spencer Benefit c/o Tahoe Christian Center, P.O. Box 885, Tahoe City, CA 96145. Or call 583-4656.

Or choose to buy tickets for Heath Spencer Benefit Raffle, with more than 30 very cool prizes, including a $200 gift certificate from Lucky Seven Tattoo, a pleasure cruise for four on the Wild Goose II, two one-hour massages from Balance Holistic Health and more. Call Chris McConnell at 546-4235 for information about tickets and the benefit.

Schools are back in session, summer is a memory and local blood drives continue in full swing this October. Patients who are missing delightful autumn changes and Halloween displays while they battle cancer, injuries, burns, and blood disorders are counting on blood donors. Every community member can contribute to a safe and plentiful blood supply by donating blood, or if unable to donate, volunteering, educate and/or encourage others who are able. Yes, you do save lives. Donating blood is safe, easy and takes about an hour.

Details: Tahoe City Community Blood Drive, Wednesday, Oct. 8, noon to 6 p.m., Tahoe City Fire Station, 300 N. Lake Blvd.

To learn more about BloodSource visit http://www.bloodsource.org or call (866) 822-5663.

The Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a “Meet the Candidates” night Thursday, Oct. 9 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Coyote Moon Clubhouse. This evening will provide a public forum for Truckee Town Council candidates to briefly discuss their platform on the many critical issues facing Truckee. In addition, the Committees (pro and con) for Measure U (School Tax) and Measure V (Road Tax) will be presenting their positions on the ballot measures.

The evening will begin by allowing 30 minutes to network and talk one-to-one with candidates and ballot measure committee representatives. The presentations will begin with Measure U. Next up will be the Truckee Town Council candidates. Each candidate will be given approximately five minutes to state their position on issues and solicit endorsement. The evening will then focus on Measure V. The evening closes with a 30-minute block to time to allow the public an opportunity to speak individually with candidates and ballot measure committee representatives.

“The Chamber is pleased to offer this opportunity for the public to visit one-on-one with the candidates and ballot measure committees to ask questions, voice their opinions, and get to know the issues,” says Lynn Saunders President/CEO of the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce.

In addition to this evening, the Chamber is teaming up with several local organizations to provide live forums for Town Council, Placer County Board of Supervisors, Tahoe Truckee Unified School District, and Truckee Donner Public Utilities District. These evenings will be held at the Truckee Town Hall, televised on TTCTV Channel 24 and also streamed live on the web.

“We wanted to offer the public a variety of formats and opportunities to learn about candidates and ballot measures. Some people may prefer to watch debates on television, while some may not receive cable broadcasts or want the opportunity to discuss their concerns in person,” explains Saunders.

No RSVP is required, for more information contact the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce at 587-8808.

The Truckee Sunrise Rotary Club will continue it’s tradition of hosting a forum for Truckee Town Council candidates. The forum will be held as part of the club’s regular meeting at Donner Lake Kitchen, 13710 Donner Pass Road, at 7 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 14. Breakfast will be available. “This forum is reflective of the dedication to the community of the Truckee Sunrise Rotary Club,” commented Jeff Sparksworthy, Club president. “The format will allow interested Truckee voters to hear from and question the candidates in an informal setting.”

Candidates Jeremiah Frank, Joan Jones, Jamie Brimer and incumbents Barbara Green and Josh Susman will present their qualifications and answer questions from the attendees. On Tuesday, Oct. 28, candidates for the Airport Board will appear in a similar forum.

Excellent results for Excellence in Education

The Tahoe Truckee Excellence in Education Foundation is pleased to announce that the 2008 Golfing For Schools card was a huge success raising over $89,000. Excellence in Education gives many thanks to the seven magnificent golf courses in the Truckee and North Tahoe area that participate in this program. Golfing for Schools is an annual fundraiser providing one of the greatest sources of revenue for the Foundation. Each golf card purchased entitles the bearer to a round of golf at seven of the area’s premiere golf courses. Participating this year are Coyote Moon, Northstar-at-Tahoe, Old Brockway, Old Greenwood, Resort at Squaw Creek, Tahoe City Golf Course and Tahoe Donner. Excellence in Education extends a special thank you as well to Porters Sports for serving as the purchasing outlet for this and other fundraising programs. Thank you golf courses and community for your ongoing support!

The Tahoe Truckee Excellence in Education Foundation is a private, non-profit organization supporting excellence in local schools by creating a partnership between the business community and our children’s future. The Foundation raises money and provides grants, resources and partnerships to benefit students and teachers grades Kindergarten through 12. The primary fundraising programs ” Skiing for Schools, Dining for Schools and Golfing for Schools ” are completely underwritten by local business partners.

Now in its second year, Seasons of Martis Plein Air event will take place at Northstar at Tahoe. Featuring a number of Lake Tahoe-based artists as well as artists from up and down California and Northern Nevada, those selected painted in locations throughout the Martis Valley area of Truckee-Tahoe.

The Village at Northstar will again serve as host to the annual Seasons of Martis Plein Air exhibition and art sale. An evening private preview, cocktail reception, silent auction and sale will take place Oct. 4 from 6:30 to 9 p.m., with the public exhibition and sale of all work scheduled to take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 5. Tickets for the reception and auction are available for $65, and can be purchased online through the http://www.northtahoearts.com. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

Local artists invited to participate in the event include Andrew Bolam of the Bolam Gallery in Truckee, Michele DeBraganca and Diane Hub of Tahoe City, Randall Stauss of Carnelian Bay, and Andy Skaff of Tahoma.

This year, noted artists Craig Mitchell and Zee Zee Mott, and noted art historian and the Director of the Irvine Museum, Jean Stern, will serve as judges for the event. In addition, Stern will host a presentation that is open to the public on Saturday, Oct. 4 at 10:30 a.m. in the Village at Northstar themed “100 Years of Plein Air Painting in California.”

For more information about the Seasons of Martis Plein Air Event, visit http://www.northtahoearts.com.

Interested in combining outdoor adventure with public service? Attend the season kick-off meeting of the Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue Team, Monday Oct, 6, 6 p.m. at the Granlibbaken Ski Hut in Tahoe City.

Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue is the area’s primary resource for locating lost skiers and hikers and responding to backcountry emergencies of all kinds. Attend the meeting to learn more about how to volunteer and what skills are required. There are many ways to contribute to the team and diverse skills are always needed, including backcountry skiing, first aid, snowmobiling, public outreach and education and communications skills.

During the past 30 years the team has rescued hundreds of backcountry travelers and educated thousands of local students about mountain safety. Come to the meeting to introduce yourself and meet other members. In the words of a long-time Tahoe Nordic veteran, “We promise long hours, hard work, challenging conditions, and the most rewarding thing you’ll ever do in the mountains.”

For information, visit http://www.tahoenordicsar.com.

A plentiful supply of the flu shot vaccine is available from health care providers and local retail establishments

“A bout with seasonal flu can leave you or your family members feeling miserable with fever, cough, runny nose and muscle pain and unable to go to school or work,” said Dr. Mark Starr, DVM, MPVM, Director of the Placer County Community Health and Clinics Division. “Getting a flu shot is an excellent way to reduce your chances of getting the flu. Seasonal flu can be a very serious disease for those at greatest risk, and on average 35,000 Americans die of seasonal flu each year.”

Visit http://www.placer.ca.gov for information or call the county’s flu hotline (530) 889-7161. Flu shots are usually $20. The cost may be reduced based on income (sliding fee scale). There is no charge to MediCare members with Part B who can show their MediCare cards and who are not enrolled in an HMO plan.

Here is a list of flu shot clinics sponsored by Placer County Health and Human Services:

Tuesday, Oct. 14, 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the North Tahoe Fire Protection District Station, 288 North Shore Blvd., Kings Beach.

Tuesday, Oct. 14, 1:30 to 4 p.m. at the North Tahoe Fire Protection District Station, 300 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City.

The Tahoe Truckee Excellence in Education Foundation is pleased to announce the 2008 Golfing For Schools card was a huge success, raising more than $89,000. Excellence in Education gives many thanks to the seven magnificent golf courses in the Truckee and North Tahoe area that participate in this program. Golfing for Schools is an annual fundraiser providing one of the greatest sources of revenue for the foundation. Each golf card purchased entitles the bearer to a round of golf at seven of the area’s premiere golf courses. Participating this year are Coyote Moon, Northstar-at-Tahoe, Old Brockway, Old Greenwood, Resort at Squaw Creek, Tahoe City Golf Course and Tahoe Donner. Excellence in Education extends a special thank you as well to Porters Sports for serving as the purchasing outlet for this and other fundraising programs. Thank you golf courses and community for your ongoing support!

The Tahoe Truckee Excellence in Education Foundation is a private, non-profit organization supporting excellence in local schools by creating a partnership between the business community and our children’s future.

The Foundation raises money and provides grants, resources and partnerships to benefit students and teachers grades kindergarten through 12. The primary fundraising programs ” Skiing for Schools, Dining for Schools and Golfing for Schools ” are completely underwritten by local business partners.