Mountain Times: Lots of events going on and#8211;-and some paid parking thoughts | SierraSun.com

Mountain Times: Lots of events going on and#8211;-and some paid parking thoughts

Norm and Alan Nicholls
Special to the Sun

If you missed the wildflowers in the spring as I did, you have a second chance at a spectacular display of nature’s beauty and#8230; in the high country.

We are currently in the middle of our annual camping vacation at Kidd Lake on Donner Summit. The wildflowers are abundant and the beauty breathtaking. Seems like the higher you get, the better it is. The late snow melt has created a lot of moisture to support the late season growth of wild flowers.

I remember a hike 10 years ago behind Castle Peak that I took near the middle of August. There were still patches of snow and seasonal creeks which supported huge patches of Lupine, Indian Paint Brush, and other gorgeous flowers. Some of the Lupine were nearly as high as my shoulders. This year might just provide a replay of that late season floral spectacle! So get out there and enjoy, but don’t forget your sun block and mosquito repellent, and take lots of water with you.

On Sunday morning when I drove down from camp, I noticed the tent city at the track by the old Sierra Mountain Middle School. The 24-hour and#8220;Relay for Lifeand#8221; was winding down and I was quite moved to see all the participants gathering around for the final ceremonies. This is a wonderful event which involves so many people and so much love. Congratulations to all the participants and to those who made generous donations to support the fight against cancer.

Now what? … I see the Town of Truckee is considering a new committee on downtown parking. According to last week’s Sierra Sun article, and#8220;Town staff has proposed an ad hoc group to review options for parking, that could include a former parking commission member, representatives from the Truckee Downtown Merchants Association, Chamber of Commerce, two town council members and and#8216;potentially’ a member of the public.and#8221;

Come on guys and gals, this has become an extremely hot issue here in town and the public needs to be very much involved in this process … not just a and#8216;potential’ member of the community. I try not to be too political in this column, but I am going to cry foul if there is not more community involvement in this next stage of decision making, which should include the possibility of doing away with the parking plan completely.

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Thanks to all of you who attended the 20th Annual Cannibal Cruise Car Show at Regional Park. The Optimist Club is still crunching the numbers from this fundraiser that supports activities, programs, grants and scholarships for the youth in our area. Remember our children are our most important asset and the future of our society.

On Saturday, Aug. 7, the and#8220;Tahoe Truckee Excellence in Education Foundationand#8221; in partnership with the and#8220;Tahoe Sierra Board of Realtorsand#8221; and and#8220;Martis Campand#8221; will be holding the 2010 Martis Camp Home Tour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Spend the day exploring six remarkable one-of-a-kind custom homes at Martis Camp and help raise money to benefit local schools. Discover many of the latest trends and creative ideas in luxury home building as envisioned by several of the region’s premiere architects, builders, designers and landscapers. Tickets for the tour are $35 in advance, $40 the day of the event. Tickets are available for purchase at Dickson Realty, Coldwell Banker, Keller Williams, Prudential Realty and Tahoe Mountain Resorts. For further information, go to http://www.martiscamp.com. See you there!

Pickeball??? … 50-year resident and regular reader of our column, John Sproehnle and his wife Jean, will be doing a demonstration of pickleball at the Truckee Regional Park on the basketball court from 9 to 11:30 a.m. this Saturday.

and#8220;Pickleball is America’s fastest growing sport,and#8221; said Sproehnle, and#8220;and is a combination of tennis, pingpong, badminton and paddle tennis. It is played on a badminton sized court using a whiffle ball, a pingpong-like paddle, and a low net. Just bring out your athletic shoes on Saturday and we will guarantee to have you playing in 15 minutes.and#8221; Sounds like fun and#8230; call John or Jean at 583-4196 with your questions.

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