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Mountain Times: A true sense of community

Norm and Alan NichollsSpecial to the Sun

TRUCKEE/TAHOE, Calif. andamp;#8212;What a great feeling. Despite some light rain and dreary weather, hundreds of Truckee and Lake Tahoe residents and other volunteers turned out to make Saturdayandamp;#8217;s clean-up day a huge success.As I was listening to the rainfall on my metal roof the night before, I was concerned as to the turnout for the annual clean-up events. All that changed when I pulled into the parking lot at Dickson Realty, one of the many check-in stations in Truckee. There were already a dozen or so people working their way down Donner Pass Road and there was probably another 20 at the check-in desk getting their assignments, garbage bags, tickets to the community block party and BBQ, and a free T-shirt.According to Anna Grahn-Nilsson, the station captain, approximately 70 people showed up at her station including a large group from andamp;#8220;Sierra Bible Churchandamp;#8221; headed by Jamie Brimer.Nearly 600 lunches were served at the BBQ at Truckee Regional Park. Despite the inclement weather, friends and neighbors had a great time, and enjoyed the music provided by Paul Cavarelli and andamp;#8220;Jo Mama.andamp;#8221; Thanks to all the organizers and sponsors.Coining a phrase from one of the original founders of andamp;#8220;Truckee Clean Up Day,andamp;#8221; Maia Schneider: Truckee and Lake Tahoe andamp;#8220;did truly sparkleandamp;#8221; on Saturday. Well done!Some Truckee and North Tahoe residents andamp;#8220;ran the tableandamp;#8221; so to speak, and also attended the 37th Annual Soroptimist Wine andamp; Restaurant Faire Fundraiser, at andamp;#8220;Coyote Moon Golf Courseandamp;#8221; on Saturday night. The turn-out was excellent and all attendees had a wonderful evening. All proceeds will go to fund local school scholarships, youth education, women and senior programs.So whatandamp;#8217;s next??? andamp;#8220;Knock on wood,andamp;#8221; the forecast for next weekend appears to be clear and sunny at last. And, just in time for high school graduation ceremonies and two fun outdoor community fundraising events.Congratulations to all graduating Truckee and North Lake Tahoe students and to their families and friends that have supported them through their growing years. Also thank you to the individuals and organizations who have generously donated money, in the form of scholarships and grants, to help support many of these graduates toward their educational and vocational goals. Our graduates are well prepared to spread their wings thanks to their educational opportunities and the support of our local communities!Saturday, the Truckee Optimist Clubandamp;#8217;s 6th Annual Brew Fest will be held at Truckee Regional Park, from 1 to 5 p.m. There will be specialty brews from Northern California and Nevada breweries, music by the andamp;#8220;Dead Winter Carpenters,andamp;#8221; a silent auction, and BBQ favorites including brats and sausages. Presale tickets are now available for $25 at andamp;#8220;Truckee Book and Bean,andamp;#8221; andamp;#8220;Dickson Realty,andamp;#8221; and andamp;#8220;The Auto Doctor.andamp;#8221; Designated drivers are admitted for free, taxis will be available and overnight parking is allowed. Call 582-9062 with questions or http://www.truckeeoptimist.com. Proceeds go directly to programs, sponsorships, grants and scholarships for the youth of the Truckee/Tahoe area.On Sunday the andamp;#8220;Truckee Duckee Derbeeandamp;#8221; will be held at The River Ranch from 2 to 5 p.m. Live music, possibly the fastest Duckee Derbee ever, a fantastic raffle, cold beers and dogs galore round out this fabulous, family afternoon. There will also be a andamp;#8220;Dogz in Dudzandamp;#8221; contest and the announcement of this yearandamp;#8217;s andamp;#8220;Pet of Honor.andamp;#8221; This fundraiser benefits the Tahoe Truckee Humane Society and proceeds go to help homeless pets in our community. For further information call 587-5948 or email info@HSTT.org.The following weekend there are two more local fundraisers planned for Fatherandamp;#8217;s Day, Sunday, June 19: The andamp;#8220;First Annual Truckee River Downhillandamp;#8221; raft, kayak, and boat race, and the andamp;#8220;Second Annual Truckee Rib Fest.andamp;#8221; Check the Sierra Sun for more information.Alan and Norm Nicholls of the Nicholls Real Estate group are affiliated with Dickson Realty at 11500 Donner Pass Road in Truckee.