Mountain Times: Fill ’em up – and time for fun |

Mountain Times: Fill ’em up – and time for fun

Norm and Alan Nicholls
Special to the Sun

TRUCKEE/TAHOE, Calif. – Although this has been an extremely difficult winter for many, and too long for many others, it is exciting to see the rivers running deep and the lakes and reservoirs filling up. It has been a long time since we have seen this amount of run-off, and it was needed.

So far it has been an orderly run-off, with little or no flooding. There is still a tremendous amount of snow in the upper elevations. I imagine some high country hiking and biking trails will be impassable this year, but for those of you who are into boating, rafting and kayaking … these could be the best water recreation conditions in a long time.

Excellent effort: I just wish to thank once again Carol Chaplin of the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority and Andy Chapman of the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association who co-chaired the Lake Tahoe Amgen Organizing Committee. Their effort, along with that of their committee members, organizers, local municipalities, businesses and hundreds of volunteers in securing stages 1 and 2 of the Amgen Tour of California, was an outstanding showing of cooperation and unity in the entire Lake Tahoe/Truckee area.

Lots to do: Now that it appears that spring is finally upon us (with summer not too far behind), it is time for community and fundraising events. Following are just a few of the events scheduled in the next month:

Thursday evening (May 26): “The Purple Party” at “Zano’s Restaurant” is the kick off event for the American Cancer Society’s “Relay for Life of Truckee-Tahoe” annual fundraiser. 5:30 to 8 p.m. Call Zoe Richards, 530-320-6982, or Katie Geresy 530-559-9124 for details. The actual “Relay for Life” will be held at the Truckee High School track on July 16-17.

This weekend: Saturday and Sunday (May 28, 29) 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the “Truckee Home Building Show” (including the Regional Green Building Symposium, and Sierra Recreation Expo) at Truckee High School. Admission $6. Check the Sierra Sun for a 2-for-1 ad! Visit or call 530-587-3477.

Also Truckee Little League will hold its annual Rummage Sale over the Memorial Day weekend at the Truckee Donner Public Utility District parking lot on Donner Pass Road. Call 530-584-1142 for info and how you can contribute your “stuff.”

June 4 (Saturday): Both Tahoe City and Truckee will be holding their annual “Clean Up Days.” In Tahoe City, the bag pick-up (9 a.m.) and afternoon events will be at Commons Beach. In Truckee (Truckee Day), there will be various locations to pick up your bags, and the annual block party at Truckee Regional Park will begin at noon. Check for info.

Saturday, June 11: Truckee Optimist Club’s 6th Annual Brew Fest, Truckee Regional Park, from 1 to 5 p.m. Specialty brews from Northern California and Nevada breweries. Music by the “Dead Winter Carpenters.” Presale tickets $25, $30 at the gate. Call 530-582-9062 with questions or Proceeds go directly to programs, sponsorships, grants and scholarships for the youth of the Truckee/Tahoe area.

Sunday, June 12, Truckee Duckee Derbee, 2 to 5 p.m. at River Ranch. The proceeds of this event go to the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe. For info:

Sunday, June 19 (Father’s Day): 2nd Annual Truckee Rib Fest will be held at Citizen’s Bank Plaza from 1 to 6 p.m. According to Charlie Riley of Sears Hometown Store, last year’s event sold out quickly so plans are being made for twice as many ribs and a great crowd. Proceeds of this event benefit the Truckee High School Athletic Booster Club.

Sunday, June 26: 3rd Annual Truckee Chili Cookoff, sponsored by Truckee Sunrise Rotary, will be held at Truckee Regional Park. For details go to

Norm and Alan Nicholls of the Nicholls Real Estate Group are associated with Dickson Realty at 11500 Donner Pass Rd. in Truckee.

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