South African food, art to be featured at Tahoe community dinner |

South African food, art to be featured at Tahoe community dinner

SNC Tahoe students work with South African school children during a previous trip.
Courtesy SNC Tahoe |

#HelmetsAreCool film screening Thursday

This Thursday, April 2, professional snowboarding star Danny Tomarkine will be at the SNC Tahoe campus in Incline Village for the screening of the short film #HelmetsAreCool.

The film, which stars Tomarkine, is about safety awareness both in on-mountain and off-mountain sports, and is sponsored by the athlete rehabilitation organization High Fives Fundation.

Click here to view the video.

SNC Tahoe Junior Andrew Clifton, who has been interning with High Fives for several months, has organized the screening to help get kids in the Lake Tahoe community thinking critically about safety on the mountain.

In addition to the 30-minute film, the event will feature comments from Tomarkine and Clifton as well as interactive activities, gear giveaways, and prizes.

The event is from 5-7 p.m. in TCES rooms 139/141 on the Incline Village campus and is free and open to the public.

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Sierra Nevada College students are hosting a community dinner, featuring South African food, art and photography, to raise funds to support schools, community gardens, and food programs in the Thorny Bush region of that country.

The dinner takes places from 5-8 p.m. Saturday, April 4, at the SNC Tahoe campus in Incline Village.

Accompanying the dinner is an exhibition at the Ron and Maureen Ashley Community Gallery, featuring student photography of Africa from previous trips.

The dinner is being organized independently by a group of SNC Tahoe students who are heading to Africa this summer for two weeks of service learning under the experienced guidance of distinguished faculty members Mary Lewellen and Ted Morse.

This year’s group is the eighth cohort of SNC students to spend a significant chunk of their summer in South Africa learning about the needs and realities of the country’s people through face-to-face collaboration, work and friendship.

One hundred percent of the proceeds of Saturday’s dinner will go directly to the South African community initiatives the students will assist, including an elephant awareness program, preschools, elementary schools, and community gardens for AIDS orphans.

“The culture shock that will be involved with going on this trip will really be an eye opener, not only for me, but for all the students involved,” explains Max Huff, a senior at SNC Tahoe. “I’m hoping the dinner gives more visibility to the issues we will experience on our trip, and reaches even more people in the community who may not have seen something like this before.”

Huff’s comment illustrates the way SNC Tahoe students embrace the opportunity for real-world, active learning experiences they know will transform them into empathetic leaders, effective problem solvers, and collaborative team players.

Previous participants have shared that the experience was life-changing.

“The best thing about my experience in Africa was being able to connect with people on a personal level, understand their lives and see where they come from,” said Henry Philips, who attended the South Africa Service Learning Trip last year. “It was really special to be able to touch someone not just for a moment but be with them and walk in their shoes for more than a day.”

Saturday’s event will also feature presentations from the students, and a silent action with South African art and related items donated by local businesses and friends.

Dinner will be served in Patterson Hall. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for children under 12. Limited tickets will be available at the door; for advance tickets, contact student Huff at 415-740-0665 or

The photography exhibition will be open from Saturday, April 4, through Friday, April 10, in the Ron and Maureen Ashley Community Gallery at the Holman Arts & Media Center.

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