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Get local at ‘Think Local First Week’

Tahoe and Truckee residents are known for wearing their “local” status like a badge of honor. Now, a Sierra Nevada business organization is working to educate residents on how locals can ensure Truckee and Tahoe communities stay something to be proud of, by buying locally and supporting local arts.

The Sierra Business Council kicks off a week of events that together make up the “Think Local First Festival” on Oct. 31.

Throughout the week, experts will talk about how local buying practices can effect everything from energy use to dining out.

The festival begins on October 31st from 12 to 5 p.m. with a costume party and open house at Sierra Business Council offices at 10116 Jibboom Street in Truckee. Enjoy mulled cider, seasonal treats, and activities while finding out more about who the business council is and what they do.

On Thursday evening features “Global Warming Solutions for America,” presented in Partnership with Truckee Donner Public Utility District and the Institute for Sustainability at Sierra College Truckee-Tahoe Campus. This event will focus on the current state of Global Climate Change and how conservation can be used by a community to combat the climate crisis.

A speaker from Sierra College will discuss global warming and Scott Terrell of TDPUD will give an overview of their Truckee conservation program. The event takes place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Truckee Donner Public Utility District board room. Free compact fluorescent light bulbs will be distributed to participants.

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On Saturday, November 3, Joe Coffee will host a party from noon to 4 p.m. featuring live music and speakers. The event includes a blood drive and a food drive courtesy of Project Mana and a warm coat drive for Tahoe Forest Hospice. Catch the raffle to win prizes from restaurants, shops, and resorts all around the North Tahoe-Truckee triangle. Food and beverages will be sold courtesy of Joe Coffee and the Sierra Business Council.

On Sunday at Moody’s Bistro and Lounge, Mark Estee will present “Get the Skinny on Cuts of Meat And the Philosophy of the Whole Hog,” a free informational seminar and tasting from 5-7 p.m.

On Monday Dragonfly will present “Sustainably Harvested, Local, West Coast Seafood ” What to eat, when to it eat, and why,” a free informational seminar and discussion from 5 to 7 p.m. featuring Head Chef Billy McCullough.

Many other restaurants will be participating in Think Local Week including Christy Hill in Tahoe City.

” Sun staff reports