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Community briefs for North Lake Tahoe and Truckee

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Community Blood Drive

Tahoe City Community Blood Drive at North Tahoe Fire, sponsored by the Tahoe City Rotary Club, will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 13, at North Tahoe Fire Station 51, 222 Fairway Drive, Tahoe City. No appointments necessary, walk ins welcome. Eat and drink plenty of fluids before donating and please take a photo ID. Yes, you do save lives! Visit

Donate through Sept. 30 and score a California T-shirt from MyBloodSource rewards.

Whitney Wednesday at Regional Park concert

The Whitney Wednesday events continue Wednesday, Aug. 13, as Friends of FightHardy sponsor the Summer Music Series at Truckee River Regional Park from 6:30-9 p.m. Please share the music and time with friends supporting Whitney Hardy’s recovery from an accident in February. Baaron Von Rimmel and Friends will be play a mix of jazz, rock and blues. Donations will be accepted throughout the evening and a poster with healing wishes will be available to sign for Whitney.

Community art workshop

Arts in Wellness and Trails & Vistas present a community art project at a private residence along the Truckee River on Aug. 14, 4-7:30 p.m. Create art work for Trails & Vistas upcoming art hikes and world concert and keep one piece for yourself. No experience is necessary. All levels and ages, including children, teens and adults, are invited. The address is 10051 Riverside Drive in Truckee. Suggested donation is $5. RSVP by calling Arts in Wellness at 530-277-3669.

See ‘Healing the Blind’ clips

On Thursday, Aug. 14, 8:30 p.m. at the Resort at Squaw Creek Dr. Matt Oliva, world-renowned cataract surgeon and director of the Himalayan Cataract Project for Ethiopia, will show documentary movie clips by Truckee filmmaker, Eric Perlman, “Vision: Healing The Blind in Ethiopia” and speak about healing the blind by the tens of thousands in Ethiopia and the farthest reaches of the third world.

Admission is free and the public is welcome.

La piccola scuola Italiana

Monday, Sept. 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, Sept. 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 call maestro Anna at 530-587-6054. Cost is $185 for each course and the book “Italian Now” may be purchased through

Family Resource Center fund drive

Join the Family Resource Center of Truckee in supporting your community, friends and neighbors during the summer fund drive. For $10 per entry, you will be eligible for: Grand prize a $1,000 shopping spree at Truckee Hometown Sears; first prize a Weber Spirit 310 barbecue grill valued at $500, donated by Mountain Hardware & Sports; and second prize a $99 Apple TV donated by the Bailey Family.

Tickets are available at Truckee Hometown Sears, Mountain Hardware & Sports, Stone’s Tires, AutoGlass Express Truckee, Paco’s Truckee Bike and Ski, Sunrise Rotary of Truckee at Truckee Thursdays.

Visit FRCT at for more information about programs and services. The Resource Center is located at 11695 Donner Pass Road, Truckee. Call 530-587-2513.

Tahoe Donner archery tournament

Due to the popularity of our weekly archery clinics we are hosting a special tournament at the archery range at the Northwoods Clubhouse for all archery enthusiasts to show off their skills Aug. 16, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Go in costume to bring out your inner Katniss Everdeen from Hunger Games or Princess Merida from the movie Brave, or channel your inner Robin Hood! Tahoe Donner staff will be in costume to help set the mood.

The tournament will be run as single elimination with the winner of each round advancing in winners’ brackets. Four different groups will compete based on age and gender: boys 7-14, boys 15 and older, girls 7-14 and girls 15 and older. Prizes will be awarded in each division as well as for most number of bull’s-eyes and best costume. Contact the Rec Hut for more information at 530-587-9413.

Stargazing party at Martis Creek Lake

A Martis Creek Lake Stargazing Party will be presented by the Astronomical Society of Nevada on Saturday, Aug. 16, 8:30 p.m. off Highway 267.

Meet at the amphitheatre in the middle of the campground — please park outside of the campground and walk in. After a short presentation, stroll down to the knoll on the lake where telescopes will be set up.

For questions or handicapped accommodations call 530-587-8113.

Empty Museum Party

Sierra State Parks Foundation will present a celebration of Truckee’s pioneer heritage with an Empty Museum Party, featuring the new Donner Visitor Center under construction at Donner Memorial State Park. The building is complete and ready for the party before the exhibits arrive.

On Saturday, Aug. 16, 6 p.m., the evening will start with facility tours and exhibit previews. A fully catered chuck wagon dinner will be provided. Washoe tribe members will perform a spiritual dedication. Richard Blair will entertain. Take a turn at square dancing in your favorite pioneer costume and enter the “Get in the Pioneer Spirit” costume contest.

Tickets are available first come, first available for $45. Purchase online at

Kids Rodeo Day

Truckee Donner Horsemen Association invites all area children to its annual Truckee Pro Rodeo Kids Day on Friday, Aug. 22, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at McIver Arena, 10500 Brockway Road, Truckee. It is a free fun-filled day featuring games, horses, local service agencies, the rodeo clown, a performance by the Truckee Donner Horsemen drill team, a free lunch for children and much more.

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