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Trick-or-treat in Gateway this Halloween

Once again, Halloween is approaching and the Gateway neighborhood is gearing up for another great year of “Safe Street.”

For those of you who are new to Truckee, Gateway has been the preferred neighborhood for trick-or-treating for three generations. As many as 1,000 children can come through the neighborhood in one night.

The Gateway Neighborhood is holding its third annual Candy Drive thanks to Safeway, Rite Aid, Albertsons and Longs. Please drop off four bags of candy at a barrel in your store of choice. The Gateway neighborhood will be welcoming trick-or-treaters from 5 to 8 p.m.

Residents need to register for distribution before Oct. 22 by calling (530) 587-0112. During these stressful times for our country, it is important to maintain our traditions and support the events that pull our town together.

Truckee River Day is Sunday

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This year’s Truckee River Day will be on Sunday, Oct. 14.

For the sixth year, the event will include hands-on activities and provide plenty of work for adult and children volunteers. New tasks for this year include “Backyard Trails” projects and some much-needed work in the Martis burn region.

Parents and children will have an opportunity to remove items that other people have left behind in our forests, trails, streams and reservoirs.

New activities will be offered from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Granite Flat Campground for kids of all ages.

The baby cutthroat trout will find new homes in the Truckee River when children release them at 4 p.m.

For more work project information and to register for a work project, log on to the Web site at geocities.com/trd2001 or call (530) 587-4509. Participants in events must preregister.

Entertainment Books for sale

Truckee Friends of the Library is once again selling “Entertainment Books” for the Reno/Lake Tahoe area.

Each book contains hundreds of two-for-one and 50 percent discounts on dining, travel, sports and more.

El Toro Bravo, Truckee Bagel Co., Gateway Deli are some of the Truckee restaurants included, and Atlantis Seafood/Steakhouse, Viaggio Italian Cuisine and Ichiban are just a few that are in the Reno/Tahoe area.

This edition is effective immediately and the coupons are valid through Nov. 1, 2002. The books are only $20 this year with a portion of the proceeds going to fund Friends of the Library.

The Books are for sale at the Truckee Library, the Bookshelf (Safeway Shopping Center), or from Kelly Wulff at Boice Countryside Realtors, 587-3505.

Make checks payable to Friends of the Library.

Women’s self-defense course

For any woman concerned about your safety or the safety and well-being of those you love, Tahoe Women’s Services is holding a two-part Women’s Self-defense Course.

The course will be held in Truckee on Mondays, Oct. 15 and 22 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. This low-impact class is appropriate for all women ages 14 and up. The class focuses on assertiveness, awareness and physical techniques.

Participants will learn to: be and act aware; project an attitude of confidence; set appropriate boundaries with people you know; create safety zones with strangers; use your voice and body language to escape threatening situations; use physical resistance when all else fails by practicing simple effective self-defense skills and make safe choices. Space is limited.

Please call the Prevention Program at (530) 546-7804 x 39 to sign up.

Fee is $35 and scholarships are available.

Republican club meeting Thursday

Truckee-Tahoe Republican Women, Federated have announced their featured speaker at their Oct. 18 meeting will be Kevin Nguyen, executive director of the American Civil Rights Coalition.

Nguyen will speak to the GOP women’s group about the Racial Privacy initiative, also known as RPI. He is working with affirmative action opponent Ward Connerly, who launched a ballot initiative in April to prohibit most government agencies from compiling racial data. All interested persons are encouraged to attend the luncheon meeting on Thursday, Oct. 18 at OB’s Restaurant. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. and the meeting concludes at 1 p.m. Cost is $10.

Please call your reservation in to Mary Quinn at 582-5806 or Mavis Bowes at 582-0149.

Adventure slide show Oct. 15

Join international river guides Marc Goddard and Lawrence Alvarez, co-founders of Bio-Bio Expeditions, for an unforgettable evening of slides, video and stories from river trips throughout the world.

The show, scheduled for Monday, Oct. 15, will feature images from the first commercial descent of the Cotahuasi canyon in Peru, the deepest and one of the most remote canyons in the world. The Cotahuasi is home to over 100 miles of continuous class 4 and 5 whitewater, set amid spectacular scenery and extensive Inca ruins, including artifact-filled tombs and tunnels.

The slide show begins at 7 p.m. in Cottonwood’s Fireplace Room. For more information, or for dinner reservations, please call Cottonwood at 587-5711 after 4 p.m.

First aid and CPR class

The Truckee Fire Department will conduct a layperson Medic First Aid/CPR class on Saturday, Oct. 27. The class will be held in the board room of the Truckee Donner PUD at 11570 Donner Pass Rd.

The class starts at 8:30 a.m. and will last approximately four to six hours. The cost for this class is $25 per student.

For more information, or to pre-register, contact the TFPD at 582-7850, or stop by the administration office at station 91 downtown during normal business hours.

Women’s support group forming

A new support group called “Truckee Women in Transition” for divorced, single and separated women is forming, and seeks members. The group’s solicitation asks women who are “going through a divorce or separation or have in the past,” or who find that “life and its chaotic energy is wearing you down,” to consider joining the new group. The group hopes to have its first meeting in October. For more information on Women in Transition, call Monica at 386-2449.

Lottery to benefit herb garden

A raffle for an Emerald Bay sightseeing cruise on the M.S. Dixie will help raise funds for materials so that the High Sierra Herb Garden Improvement project can continue.

Pamela Williams of Secret Garden Pond Service is volunteering her services and hoping to install the waterfall and small pond before winter frosts set in.

Next summer residents of the Truckee Donner Senior Apartments hope to enjoy beautiful and tranquil moments in the Herb Garden.

Raffle tickets are $1 each and available at Bud’s Sporting Goods, The Rock Garden, Trout Creek Landscape Supply and the Villager Nursery, or by calling (530) 582-8406 or 587-8595.

Volunteers needed for hospital auxiliary

The Auxiliary has an urgent need for volunteers to help staff the gift shop and ambulatory surgery reception, and to perform general clerical functions.

Anyone with a few hours to spare is encouraged to apply. Students over 15 years of age will find this an excellent opportunity to fulfill community service requirements and to give back to the Truckee/North Tahoe Community. Each volunteer will be placed in the department where he or she is the best fit and any commitment of time will be greatly appreciated.

The Tahoe Forest Hospital Auxiliary, founded in 1977, operates The Gift Tree gift shop and The Corridor Gallery, provides volunteer support for the hospital staff, and conducts school tours.

For additional information regarding the Auxiliary, contact Colleen Iden or Carol Ward, Membership or Sandy Gautschi, President at 530.582.3571.

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