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Content for briefs is selected from e-mail submissions to Community Editor Amy Edgett at E-mail for print submissions may be 150 words. Items published in the print edition news space permitting.

Costello opens real estate firm

Nancy Costello has started her own real estate firm, Tahoe Truckee Brokers. As the Broker-Owner, Nancy will continue to offer clients the same trustworthy service as she has since 1999. Nancy would like to thank all those who have contributed to her success and helped build her business. She looks forward to making her client’s dreams come true. Contact her at 530-426-5005 or

CATT announces membership orientation

The Contractors Association of Truckee Tahoe (CATT) announces a Membership Orientation for prospective members, new members, and existing CATT members. This orientation will be held on Thursday, April 4, 4 p.m. at the CATT Office located at 12313 Soaring Way, Ste.1G in Truckee. Light appetizers will be served.

The Membership Orientation is open to all design and building professionals who want to maximize their promotional efforts while also being kept up to date on the latest local building codes, fees, remodel trends, and more. Learn about CATT benefits and services and how to get the most out of a CATT membership. Current CATT members are also encouraged to attend. Meet CATT Board Members and Committee Chairs, and find out how the membership dollars are spent.

New members that join CATT by April 5 will be entered into a drawing to win an iPad Mini (valued at $459).

Call Kim Cross at 530-550-9999 or for information. Visit CATT online at

Silicon Mountain Meeting with Bryan

Allegretto, Partner and Forecaster for

The Silicon Mountain Group, a network of technology professionals who live and work in the Tahoe-Truckee area, announces Bryan Allegretto, Partner and Forecaster for, will speak about Snow Sport Specific Weather Forecasting.

Bryan will give an overview of the niche and the evolution of ski resort weather forecasting, specifically the start of Tahoe Weather Discussion and how it became If you’re interested in snow forecasts, Internet marketing, and business forecasting based on the weather, join the presentation. The meeting will be on Monday, April 8, 6-8 p.m. at Pizza on the Hill in Tahoe Donner at 11509 Northwoods Blvd., Truckee. A $5 fee includes pizza and soft drinks. Before and after the discussion, there will be time for networking with other technology people who live and work in the Tahoe-Truckee region.

This month’s event is co-sponsored by and

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Tahoe Donner to host SuperTour event

Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Center has been chosen to be a host venue for the United States Ski & Snowboard Association (USSA) SuperTour Finals, a Nordic Olympic qualifying cross country race series taking place April 4-11.

The United States Ski & Snowboard Association (USSA) SuperTour Finals and U.S. Distance Nationals are the premier cross country ski races in the United States. The event is held annually each spring and features more than 200 of the most talented cross country skiers in the world.

Among the featured elite athletes scheduled to make an appearance is Kikkan Randall of the U.S. Ski Team. Randall placed third in the overall FIS Cross Country World Cup rankings this season, the first American woman in history ever to do so. Jessie Diggins, also of the U.S. Ski Team, is scheduled to compete. Diggins and Randall took first in the team sprint at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships last month, the first World Championship gold medal in U.S. Nordic skiing history. Liz Stephen, another U.S. Ski Team member, will also race in the SuperTour Finals. Stephen is currently ranked 20th in the cross country overall and 15th in distance.

Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Center will host race events for the Tahoe SuperTour Finals, along with Auburn Ski Club and Sugar Bowl. In addition, Tahoe Donner will present an array of community events.

Other events coming up at Tahoe Donner include inspirational and sports-related seminars, live music, barbecues and specialized clinics.

Racing begins on April 4. Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Center will host the women’s Classic 15- and 30-kilometer on Wednesday, April 10 and the men’s Classic 20- and 50-kilometer on Thursday, April 11.

For more information, visit, or call 530-587-9484.

Construction Law/ Mechanics Lien Workshop

Tuesday, April 9, 6-7:30 p.m., Truckee Donner P.U.D. at 11570 Donner Pass Road, Truckee. Presented by attorney Jim Porter, Porter Simon. New mechanics lien law alert: As of July 1, 2012, the most sweeping changes to California’s mechanics lien laws in more than 50 years went into effect. Changes include new lien release forms (upon payment), new design professional lien, new preliminary 20-day notice, other revised notices and methods of service. Get the new forms, as well as the completely revised mechanics lien form and method of service required as of Jan. 1, 2011. And: Construction contracts, SB 800 construction defect warranty, prompt payment codes, how to deal with nit-picking owners, etc. A timely seminar for contractors, subs, suppliers and owners.

Free, no reservations, but seating is limited.

For more information call Jim Porter at 530-587-2002 or e-mail This Seminar is a service of the Tahoe Truckee Bar Association (TTBA) and the Contractors Association of Truckee Tahoe (CATT). Donations to TTBA Scholarship Fund appreciated.

Dig out your Dining for Schools Card

Tahoe Truckee Excellence in Education Foundation’s Dining for Schools cards, which give diners a discount at select Tahoe Truckee area restaurants, are valid at all participating restaurants, Sunday-Thursday, April 7 through June 13. Dining for Schools cards are valid for 50 percent off entrees at participating Truckee and North Shore restaurants. Cards cost $45 each and entitle the purchaser to unlimited use during the specified program dates. The cards are available at Porters Sport, Save Mart and Safeway (Truckee and Kings Beach), Mountain Hardware and online at

Excellence in Education salutes the restaurants that annually help make this program a great success. Bar of America, Blue Agave, Caliente, Cottonwood, Christy Hill, Dining Room at Sugar Bowl, Dockside 700 Wine Bar and Grill, Dragonfly, El Toro Bravo, Fifty-Fifty Brewing Co., Fireside Pizza, Gar Woods Grill & Pier on the Lake, Graham’s at Squaw Valley, Jake’s on the Lake, Jason’s Beachside Grille, JAX at the Tracks, Las Panchitas, Mamasake, Manzanita at the Ritz-Carlton, Mikuni Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar, Moody’s Bistro Bar and Beats, Pianeta, Pizza on the Hill, PJ’s at Gray’s Crossing, PlumpJack Café, Rainbow Lodge, River Grill, River Ranch, Rocker@Squaw, Rosie’s Café, Rubicon Pizza, Sandy’s Pub at Squaw Creek, Summit Restaurant at Soda Springs, Stella at the Cedar House, Sunnyside, Six Peaks Grille at Squaw Creek, The Soule Domain, Twenty-Two Bistro & Bar, The Lodge at Tahoe Donner, Village Pizzeria, West Shore Café, Wolfdale’s and Zano’s.

Quarter Mania to support seniors

Quarter mania is a fun-filled afternoon of entertainment and bargains. It is best described as an auction meets “pick-a-prize”.

Purchase your “bidding” paddle(s) at the door and bring a bucket of quarters to bid on some wonderful items up for auction. You “bid” the number of quarters (typically one to five) assigned to the item you want.

If your paddle number is drawn … you win! Raffle tickets will also be available for amazing prizes. Sunday, April 21, 1 p.m. doors open and preview items, 2 p.m. auction starts at the Rideout Community Center, 740 Timberland Lane, Tahoe City. RSVP to Sarah Deardorff at 530-550-760o or Bring a guest and get a free raffle ticket. Vendors to include AVON, Gold Canyon Candles, Jafra, Pampered Chef, Premiere Jewelry, Sierra Trinkets & Treasures and Wildtree.

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