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Community announcements for North Lake Tahoe and Truckee

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Content for briefs is selected from e-mail submissions to Community Editor Amy Edgett at To enter community events online, visit, for entertainment

Swing onto Tahoe Gal

The Sierra State Parks Foundation invites you to attend a fun-filled, first-time event, on Saturday, Oct. 4, 4-6:30 p.m. on the Tahoe Gal.

A “star-studded” evening will blend comedy, elegance and ogling famous West Shore sites on a paddleboat excursion and cocktail party along Tahoe’s West Shore “Hollywood style.”

Walk the red carpet to board the boat at 4 p.m. sharp, receive a glass of champagne. This fundraiser will help restore the historic marine railing system at the south boathouse at Sugar Pine Point State Park. SSPF has secured a $40,000 matching grant for this project.

The evening includes the satirical humor of your tour guide, long-time resident, Ed Miller.

The champagne will continue to flow as you enjoy the jazz saxophone of Remmel Wilson and 1950’s Hollywood-inspired appetizers and a signature martini. “Tahoe Elegant” attire is strongly encouraged. A “parks experience” live auction will be held. Ticket price is $75 per person. Purchase tickets at or by calling 530-583-9911.

Gear up for Community Thanksgiving

Egad! It’s that time again. Time to plan and organize the 4th Annual Tahoe Community Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is on Thursday Nov. 27, at the North Tahoe Event Center at 8318 North Lake Blvd. has once again graciously offered their facility for the event. Although it’s not quite that time, it is time for the Volunteer Orientation meeting. Anyone who thinks they want to be part of the planning and implementation is welcome to attend this meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 7, 6-7 p.m. Bring your ideas and your thinking caps. Snacks will be available. Call Meera 775-230-1066 with questions or for more information.

Truckee Tahoe Republican Women Federated to meet

Truckee Tahoe Republican Women Federated will hold its monthly meeting Tuesday, Oct. 7, 11:15 a.m. in the EAA building, Truckee Tahoe Airport. A luncheon catered by Little Red Truck will cost $20. Hear Republican candidates for Truckee Town Council, Tahoe Forest Hospital Board and explanation of statewide ballot propositions. All interested Republicans are invited. RSVP to or call 530-587-2042.

Bunnies, Beatles and Birds!

The Nevada County Fish And Wildlife Commission, Oct. 7, 7 p.m. Board Room, Truckee Sanitary District, 12304 Joeger Road.

Dr. T. Will Richardson, co-founder and co-executive director of the Tahoe institute for Natural Science (TINS) will speak about research focusing on:

Montane rabbits: The Truckee/Tahoe area has three species of rabbits and hares that occupy a critical link in the food web between vegetation and medium to large predators. Richardson

will tell us about TINS’s research work on white-tailed jackrabbits and snowshoe hares.

Tiger beetles: TINS had a unique opportunity to study the ecology of tiger beetles living along the shores of Lake Tahoe. Will will discuss the the results of that pilot study and the collaboration with a Russian biologist that led to the study.

Swainson’s Thrush: Swainson’s Thrush have become alarmingly rare throughout the Sierra Nevada. Will will describe TINS’s research to determine the breeding range, breeding success, survivorship, wintering ranges and migratory routes for Swainson Thrush populations in the Sierra Nevada. TINS began deploying optical geo-locators on territorial thrushes during the summer of 2014 to help answer research questions.

For info email

La piccola scuola Italiana

Monday, Oct. 8, 6:30-8:30 p.m. for eight consecutive weeks. Join a lively Beginning Italian to develop vocabulary and a solid foundation in the present tense, past tense and future tense. Incorporate conversation, traditions, geography and culture.

Wednesday, Sept. 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m. for eight consecutive weeks. Join Intermediate Italian I and continue the development of the Italian vocabulary, grammar and conversation.

Friday, Oct. 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m. for eight consecutive weeks. Join Advanced Italian and develop solid conversation utilizing all your grammar with today’s happenings in Italy. Read and write articles and stories.

For any questions and directions call maestro Anna at 530-587-6054. Cost is $185 for each course and the book “Italian Now” may be purchased through

Meet Laura Dekker

Squaw Valley Institute (SVI) Alchemist Speaker Series will present Laura Dekker with opening by Logan LaPlante, Oct. 11.

The first 14-year-old girl who sailed around the world solo will inspire with her story of adventure, bravery and leadership in the face of adversity. Opening the presentation will be

local competitive skier and SVI Kids alumni Logan LaPlante, who’s recent Ted X talk has been viewed over 6 million times. Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children (ages 9 and under as well as SVI members are free).

Event to be held in the Resort at Squaw Creek Alpine Ballroom. Doors open 5 p..m, event 6 p.m. with questions and answers to follow. Resort at Squaw Creek is offering a 10 percent discount on food and beverage in all restaurants for attendees.

For tickets and event details visit or call 530-581-4138.

Family values: Some insights from the rest of life

UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center invites the community to take a different approach to family values in a public presentation led by Dr. Rick Grosberg. The program will begin at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 16 at the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences, 291 Country Club Drive in Incline Village.

Families are an arena where conflicts of interest arise between males and females, parents and offspring, and among siblings. Family members may often die for each other, but given the right circumstances they will also harm each other. What are the basic rules that govern whether individuals should harm or help each other? In this talk, Grosberg considers this question using an evolutionary foundation from research on the family dynamics of snails, seahorses, ants, birds and bees.

Grosberg is a professor of evolution and ecology at UC Davis and is the founding director of the Coastal and Marine Sciences Institute at the Bodega Marine Laboratory. His research focuses on how species of marine invertebrates, ants and fungi use competition and cooperation to maintain genetic variety. Grosberg previously served as the director of the Center for Population Biology and in 2010 won the UC Davis Prize for Teaching and Scholarly Achievement.

For more information or directions call 775-881-7566, or visit

Gold Country Reciprocity Bureau to meet

On Oct. 18, P.E.O. the Gold Country Reciprocity Bureau will host their annual Fall Craft Fair and meeting at the Sierra Pines United Methodist Church in Auburn. Coffee is at 9:30 a.m., and the meeting is at 10 a.m. The philanthropic educational organization, founded in 1869, has six local chapters in Nevada and Placer Counties. Each chapter will display items for sale.

They benefit their scholarship funds, which provide scholarships to local women for college and continuing college education. For 145 years, the P.E.O sisterhood has strived to advance equity for women and girls through advocacy education, philanthropy and research. Over 88,000 women have benefited from P.E.O.’s educational scholarships, loans, awards and projects. For information, visit