Community announcements for Truckee and North Lake Tahoe |

Community announcements for Truckee and North Lake Tahoe

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Teen Creative Writing Club

The Creative Writing Club kicked off and will meet every Monday from 3-4:30 p.m. until the school year ends — and possibly over summer — at the Family Resource Center of Truckee (near KidZone Museum on Donner Pass Road). The club is headed by Jackie McKinney, an AmeriCorps volunteer and published writer. There will be two workshops a month from Karen Terry of Tangled Roots Writing. Break writer’s block, learn new skills, make new friends, and see where professional writing can take you.

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Poetry Slam at The Bookshelf

April is National Poetry Month. Take your creative mind and perform an original poem at the Poetry Prompt Slam at Bookshelf on Friday, April 25, 5-6:30 p.m. No need to prepare anything. A poetry prompt slam means everyone puts a word or phase in a hat and whichever one is chosen, you write a poem from and then perform it all in the same night. Experienced and inexperienced poets welcome.

ZIP on over to the library

Join the online Book group. This month read “Zeitoun” by Dave Eggers, find it on Facebook at “Kings Beach Public Library Book Group.” Everyone is welcome.

The “ZIP” program is going strong. If KBL doesn’t carry the book or audiobook you want, they will buy it from Amazon and ship it to your house for free. You return it to at your convenience for the library’s Call Kings Beach or Tahoe City Library for more details.

Join the ongoing computer classes. April 24 Doug Greenwood of Alpensoftware will teach “Surf the Internet with Ease.” All levels are encouraged at free tech classes. Preschool storytime Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. and Crazy Craftime every Thursday at 11:30 a.m. Call the Kings Beach Library at 530-546-2021 or stop by 301 Secline St.

Creative Writing: Short Story

Do you want to write fiction? In this fun workshop develop and improve short story writing by exploring process, character, plot, conflict, setting, time, point of view, and other literary elements through readings, in-class writing, and discussion. This intense four-week class includes group workshop for constructive feedback, with the goal of writing and revising a short story. Publishing venues will be targeted for your work.

Sierra College, Tahoe–Truckee Campus, 11001 College Trail, Truckee, April 30-May 21, Wednesdays, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost is $89.

Instructor Karen Terrey has a MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College. She teaches English as an Adjunct Professor at Lake Tahoe Community College, and works as a writing coach in Truckee. Her poems are published in various journals, including Sierra Nevada Review, Rhino, Meadow, Edge, WordRiot, Puerto Del Sol, and Wild Apples.

Pre-registration required at or 916-781-6280.

Pizza night to benefit nonprofit preschool

Take the family to an all-you-can-eat pizza and salad buffet benefiting the Kings Beach Parents’ Co-op. Family Pizza Night will be held Wednesday, April 30, 5-8 p.m. at Tomaato’s Restaurant in Incline Village.

Children 4 and under are free, children 5-12 are $10 and adults are $15. All proceeds will be donated to the Kings Beach Parents’ Co-op.

Kings Beach Parents’ Co-op is a nonprofit, parent-run cooperative preschool, caring for and educating children 2-5 years old. For more information on the co-op, visit

Child Development Conference

Parents and Educators of children birth to 6 are invited to attend the 14th Annual Child Development Conference at Truckee Elementary School on May 3, 8 a.m.-1:15 p.m. The conference features Jose-Luis Orozco, award-winning recording artist, author and educator. The event includes workshops and exhibits, continental breakfast, Mexican lunch, free child care, a grand raffle and take-home goody bags. The day will conclude with a bilingual family concert with sing-alongs, rhymes, movement and activities. Registration is $25 with scholarships available. For a conference brochure and registration call 530-582-2583 or email

A Taste of Spring

Plumas Sierra Cattle Women, 2nd Annual “A Taste of Spring” Dinner, will be held Saturday, May 3, at the Calpine Community Center, 5:30 p.m. Social Hour, 6:30 p.m. savory beef stroganoff dinner, live music, dancing, spring baskets drawings, $12 adult, $6 child. Contact Paula at 530-994-3610 or Karen 530-993-1655 for ticket information and sales.

Sixth annual student art show

Sierra College Tahoe-Truckee’s campus announces the sixth annual Student Art Show, featuring work in ceramics, digital arts, drawing, painting, and photography. Community members of all ages are invited to attend the festive opening celebration on Friday, May 2, 4:30-6:30 p.m., which will include refreshments and an interactive component. Award winners will be announced at 6 p.m. The artwork will be on display May 2-21.

Don’t miss this opportunity to visit the campus on the hill and see the great artwork by your friends, colleagues, and neighbors. For more information call 530-550-2225.

BGCNLT fundraising breakfast

World’s First Licensed Armless Pilot, Jessica Cox, to Speak at Boys and Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe’s Annual Breakfast. Jessica will speak to Club members and local youth who wish to attend at the Boys and Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe on May 9 at 4:30 p.m. All kids and families are welcome to this free event.

On May 10, 10-11:30 a.m. Jessica will speak at the Club’s annual fundraising breakfast in Hanger Alpha 9 at the Truckee Tahoe Airport. This is a free event, but donations will be solicited. Limited space is available, RSVP by calling 530-546-4324 or emailing by May 5.

Teen Open Mic and concert

The last Open Mic & Free Show of the school year will be at Coffeebar is Saturday, May 10, 6:30-9 p.m. There will be a local artist performing and hosting the event. Take your songs, your poems, stories, comedy and more while enjoying some great coffee! There will be a prize giveaway, including a secret Apple prize.

The Family Resource Center of Truckee seeks high school students as a Street Team to help promote events and activities. Get your community service hours. Continued volunteerism can help you not only gain experience, but gather references for future endeavors.

Contact Jackie McKinney, AmeriCorps Family Support Aide at the Family Resource Center of Truckee, 11695 Donner Pass Road at 530-587-2513, ext. 117 for more info.

Raising Backyard Chickens Workshop

Slow Food Lake Tahoe along with Board Member and Truckee River Sanctuary owner, Polly Triplat will present a Backyard Chicken Raising Workshop from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 10 at the Truckee River Sanctuary.

Find out if backyard chickens are for you; whether you may legally have hens in your town/city; and what it takes to keep them safe from predators. In addition, the workshop will cover basic coop design, feeding, handling and selection of cold hardy breeds. See a Sierra backyard flock first hand, with time for questions and the handling of hens.

The cost of the workshop is $6 for Slow Food Lake Tahoe members and $12 for the general public. Tickets may be purchased at

Boosters golf tournamment

The Truckee High Boosters Club is holding its 2nd annual golf tournament on Sunday, June 1 at The Golf Club at Gray’s Crossing. Entry fee is $125 per person. This four-person scramble event starts at 11 a.m. and will include range balls, putting contest, closest to pin and long drive prizes and a raffle afterwards. Contact Mike Merriman at 530-546-2079, email Boosters at or sign up on line at All proceeds benefit the Truckee Wolverine Boosters Club and the students of Truckee High School.


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