Mountain times: Summer, ribs, Father’s Day – a terrific community weekend |

Mountain times: Summer, ribs, Father’s Day – a terrific community weekend

Norm and Alan Nicholls
Special to the Sun

Whish!!! Spring gone, summer here … unbelievable. I still haven’t hooked up my irrigation system, and unfortunately it shows! But I’ll get to it, soon! I did, however, pack in as much work and fun as I could during the last weekend of spring.

Saturday morning I was up at 6:15 a.m. and headed outside to rake up pine needles. Within an hour I had loaded the back of Alan’s truck and made my first trip to the pine needle dump facility at Tahoe Donner. Thanks to “Tahoe Donner Association” and “Tahoe Truckee Sierra Disposal” for providing this service.

Then back to my house, then my office, to go through important papers that were not so important anymore. I had two very full boxes to take to the Town of Truckee Waste Recycling event. What a service! It would probably have taken me hours (and dozens of jams and expletives) to shred all the papers that the mobile shredders sucked right up. I also grabbed a couple of old keyboards to dump off at the e-waste station that was manned by the employees and volunteers of “Suddenlink.”

Thanks to the “Town of Truckee” and all the businesses and volunteers who make this annual recycling event possible. It would really be great if a hazardous liquids drop off could be added in the future. Might that be possible? Can’t hurt to ask.

I also accomplished a second load of pine needles, a hot shower to clean up and relieve my aches and pains, and was to the office for work by noon. Impressed? Then I showed homes to two sets of potential buyers, had a listing appointment with a couple I sold the home to 15 years ago. I ended the day falling asleep on the couch watching the U.S. Open.

Sunday morning I was up at 6 a.m. to begin the draft to this article so I could fit in all our plans for Father’s Day. I picked up a thatching machine from Truckee Rents and thatched what is left of my vole-riddled lawn. Alan came for a late breakfast then we proceeded to Squaw Valley to begin our bike ride from Squaw Valley to the Bridgetender and return. His friends Joe and Jen Harris and their three-and-a-half-year-old son, Zach, joined us for the bike ride and later at the Tahoe Donner Marina at Donner Lake where we joined good friends Ron and Kelly Wulff for a fabulous lamb BBQ.

Huge success: According to Charlie Riley of the Sears Hometown Store and cosponsor of Truckee’s First Annual Rib Cook Off, Sunday’s event “was an overwhelming success for a first year local event.” “It was a total sell out with over 500 tickets being sold and all the ribs were consumed before 3:00 p.m.” This is definitely another great event for our community and a percentage of the profits will go to “Relay for Life”, a very worthy cause.

First year winners: Both the Judge’s Choice and People’s Choice awards for best ribs went to “The Resort at Squaw Creek.” “Farmhouse Creations” was a close second. Plans are already under way for the second annual event next year.

From ribs to heart burn? The Truckee Sunrise Rotary Club will hold their 2nd Annual Chili Cookoff at 11 a.m. next Sunday, June 27, at the Truckee Regional Park. This community fundraiser will provide a day of family fun with chili tasting and non-stop entertainment. The area’s best chili cooks will compete for honors in several categories and will be judged by local dignitaries. All proceeds benefit Truckee-North Tahoe programs addressing the needs of youth, the economically disadvantaged and the elderly. We’ll see you there!

Mark your calendar: The Truckee Optimist Club will hold its 20th Annual Cannibal Cruise Classic Car Show July 9-11 at Regional Park. It is not too late to enter your special car (any class, any age), or be a vendor at the 3-day event. This year’s event will emphasize fun and entertainment for all ages. Call 582-9062 or go to for more info and event schedules. All proceeds go to support the youth in our area.

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

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