Summer kickoff includes fund-raisers, salute to veterans and skiing finale |

Summer kickoff includes fund-raisers, salute to veterans and skiing finale

Memorial Day weekend is here, the starting point for the high season when Californians make their summer trek to vacation in the Truckee-Lake Tahoe area. It’s also spring-cleaning time, when residents toss out unwanted things. Several charity rummage sales and about 40 garage sales are happening in Truckee this weekend.Other events include a home show at Tahoe-Truckee High School, a free day for locals at Squaw Valley, an arts and crafts fair at Truckee River Regional Park, an ice cream social at the Richardson House and a 21-gun salute at Sierra Mountain Cemetery.Donner Lake’s West End Beach is opening temporarily for the holiday weekend, and most U.S. Forest Service campgrounds are opening this weekend. Although trails at higher elevations are still under snow, the warm weather is expected to draw high numbers of hikers and mountain bikers into the wilderness.Below is an unofficial list of Memorial Day weekend events in Truckee:Rummage Salesn Sierra High School will hold its second annual benefit rummage sale Saturday at the school.Proceeds benefit the Truckee Humane Society. The school is located at 11661 Donner Pass Road. For information, call 582-7685.n The Lions Club will hold its annual rummage sale Saturday and Sunday at the Truckee-Donner Public Utility District building, 11570 Donner Pass Road, across from the high school. The rummage sale starts at 9 a.m. each day.n The Camp Fire Boys and Girls first rummage sale will be Saturday at Truckee Elementary School from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.Toys, clothes, games, household items, furniture, tools, skis, computer printers, movies, electronics, TVs, Nintendo and Sega games will be available. More than 30 families are involved.For information, call Cheryl Baker, 582-0646.n The Sierra Meadows Flea Market will be Saturday from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Sierra Meadows Clubhouse, 10271 Martis Valley Road. For information, call 587-8647.21-gun saluteLocal veterans will perform a 21-gun salute in memory of those killed and not accounted for in wars fought by the United States. The salute will be Monday at 10 a.m. at Sierra Mountain Cemetery at the east end of Jibboom Street.Last Day to ski, free locals day at Squaw ValleyMemorial Day is the last day for skiing at Squaw Valley. Shirley Lake, Granite Chief and the beginner area will be open for skiing from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. All-day adult lift tickets is $29, $18 for half-day beginning at noon. Ages 12 and under, and 65 and over ski for $5.Truckee-Lake Tahoe residents with identification can enjoy a free day at High Camp Bath & Tennis Club for Locals’ Appreciation Day. Also free are cable car rides, use of the Swimming Lagoon & Spa (guests are encouraged to bring their own towels) and use of the Olympic Ice Pavilion. Bungee jumps are half price.The cable car will run from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. The pool and spa, ice rink and bungee jumping are open from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.For information, call 583-6985.Pancake breakfastTahoe-Truckee High School wrestlers are having a pancake breakfast at Mountain Hardware, 11320 Donner Pass Road, Sunday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Donations collected at the breakfast will raise money for the boys to attend the Gramby Summer Wrestling Camp in Farmville, Va. Raffle tickets will be sold for $5 or three for $10. Prizes include a weekend for two in Reno, a cord of wood and a four-hour yard cleanup by the wrestlers.For information, call Colleen Mendoza at 587-5225 or Nina Mroczkowski at 587-2650.Home Building and Energy ShowThe Truckee Home Building and Energy Show is Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Tahoe-Truckee High School. Bring your plans. Meet with building professionals and suppliers. Learn how to heat your home with heat out of the ground using a geothermal heat pump. Find out how many ways you can use gas in the house you plan to build. See the latest technology in energy efficient products for the home. A $1 donation at the door benefits Tahoe-Truckee High School, 11661 Donner Pass Road.For information, call 587-3477.Arts and crafts fairHeritage Area’s Association Arts and Crafts Fair is Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Truckee River Regional Park. The fair features more than 60 artists and craftspeople, and includes wooden frames, photography, pottery, stained glass, and clothing. Other mediums represented include watercolors, pen and ink, furniture, quilts, and fine costume jewelry.For information, call 546-2768.Ice cream social and historical chatThe Richardson House Bed and Breakfast Inn ice cream social and Truckee-Donner Historical Society’s Fireside Chat is Saturday starting at 6:30 p.m.Scoop up some ice cream and settle in for an informal historical chat with members of the historical society, who will tell some tales and answer questions about life in Truckee.Space for the Fireside Chat is limited and will be by reservation only. A $5 donation to The Truckee Donner Historical Society would be greatly appreciated. The Richardson House Bed and Breakfast Inn is located at the corner of High and Spring streets. For information, call 587-5388.Windows on HistoryA stroll through historic downtown Truckee is a stroll through the past. The Truckee-Donner Chamber of Commerce “Windows on History” program continues through the end of May.In celebration of Truckee’s vivid past, downtown merchants are displaying historical photos. Stroll down Commercial Row with its numerous shops and restaurants and take a peek into the past with the Windows on History display. Mural-size historical photographs of shops, characters and Truckee’s lifestyle will be on display throughout historic downtown.Guided tours of downtown exhibits are Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., with tours departing from the depot in Truckee. Events are free. For information, call 587-3466 or 587-8808.Donner Lake West End Beach OpenThe West End Beach of Donner Lake will be open Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The beach will close Monday evening and then reopen full time for the summer on Saturday, June 7. Beach fees are $2.50 per adult and $1.50 per child.CampgroundsAll but two U.S. Forest Service campgrounds in the area will be open by Memorial Day weekend. The Goose Meadow, Lower Little Truckee, Yuba Pass and Jackson Meadows campgrounds will open in June and July.Some campgrounds require reservations. Campground fees range from $8 to $12 a night, and $35 to $70 for group sites. For reservations, call (800) 280-CAMP. For campground information, call 587-3558. Many U.S. Forest Service trails are still covered in snow. The Boca Townsite and Donner Stumps interpretative trails are open, but wheelchair users should expect to deal with some storm damage.

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