Think Local First Festival begins Wednesday | SierraSun.com

Think Local First Festival begins Wednesday

The unique natural and human elements of our mountain towns make these mountains home, and we want to celebrate it. What does it mean to think locally for our community, economy, and environment?The Think Local First Festival celebrates community giving, access to quality local food, thriving independent businesses, living sustainably, art, culture, and getting involved throughout the North Shore and Truckee. A local living economy supports the livelihood of all people, works in harmony with the environment, supports biological and cultural diversity, and fosters community life. Throughout the week of Oct. 31 (Halloween) through Nov. 6 several locally sponsored events are helping Sierra Business Council and the community to celebrate these things.The Festival starts on Oct. 31 from noon to 5 p.m. with a Costume Party and Open House at Sierra Business Council offices at 10116 Jibboom Street, Truckee. Enjoy mulled cider, seasonal treats, and activities to kick off Halloween and the Think Local First Festival. Drop by and find out more about the Sierra Business Council and its mission.Thursday evening features Global Warming Solutions for America, presented in Partnership with TDPUD and the Institute for Sustainability at Sierra College Truckee-Tahoe Campus. This event will focus on the current state of Global Climate Change and the available conservation methods that can be used by your community in order to mitigate the climate crisis . A speaker from Sierra College will discuss the current international global warming discourse, and Scott Terrell of TDPUD will give an overview of their active Truckee conservation program. 6:30-8 p.m. at the TDPUD Board Room. FREE compact fluorescent light bulbs will be distributed to participants.On Saturday, Nov. 3, events get underway at 10 a.m. at Fair andamp; Green with a showing of the film “Everything’s Cool,” about global warming. Afterward, everyone is invited to convene at Joe Coffee to celebrate all of our local events in style. The party features live music, inspirational speakers, and tons of information on how to think local first! Weve also included a blood drive, a food drive courtesy of Project MANA, and a warm coat drive for Tahoe Forest Hospice. Sponsors are raffling off fabulous prizes from restaurants, shops, and resorts all around the North Tahoe-Truckee triangle and invite the community to show up to support the event. Food and beverages will be sold courtesy of Joe Coffee and the Sierra Business Council.Sunday at Moodys 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 to 7 p.m.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. For more, visit the Sierra Business Council Web site: http://www.sbcouncil.org About Sierra Business CouncilThe Sierra Business Council is the only business organization serving the entire Sierra Nevada region. We are a nonprofit association of more than 700 businesses, agencies, and individual members committed to promoting a new perspective on regional wealth while emphasizing collaboration in planning and policy making. SBC’s mission is to secure the social, natural, and financial health of the Sierra Nevada for this and future generations. Our projects focus on community-based planning, conservation, leadership development, and sustainable business and development practices to build a sustainable future for the region. SBC is an innovative leader that provides communities the tools and models to develop livable towns and prosperous economies while maintaining our sense of place and protecting our natural resources. For more information on the Sierra Business Council, visit http://www.sbcouncil.org or call 582-4800.