Tahoe Truckee community announcements

Alder Creek Middle School is excited to announce 48 of 113 English Learners with a GPA of 3.0 or higher for the second trimester of the 2008-09 school year were rewarded with a tour of UC Berkeley. Generous support and donation of the Cal Alumni group, Bears in the Woods and a grant from Excellence in Education enabled the trip.The students shadowed the Trenza and Hermanos Unidos student groups of UC Berkeley to motivate educational endeavors and understand the possibilities that exist.

Through the State of California’s Community Services Block Grant (CSBG), Nevada County’s Community Development Agency (CDA) is accepting andamp;#8220;Request for Fundingandamp;#8221; applications from non-profit agencies interested in providing social service programs to low-income residents.The applications are available at, or call Nevada County’s CDA-Housing Division at (530) 265-7254 for a digital application.Each funding award is limited to a maximum of $10,000 and must provide a social service need to income-qualified individuals.All non-profit agencies interested in applying for grant awards must do so by July 20, 2009 before 5 p.m. Funding awards will be announced by Oct. 31, 2009. All CSBG funding awards are contingent upon Federal, State and local funding sources maintaining their present value.

Bridget B. Kimmey, a junior from Tahoe City, was among the 683 students named to the Gonzaga University Dean’s list for spring semester 2009. Students must earn a 3.5 to 3.69 grade-point average to be listed.One of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the U.S., Gonzaga has grown and matured into one of the west’s premier universities. Gonzaga has a student enrollment of approximately 7,300 and offers 16 undergraduate degrees in 53 majors, 19 master’s programs, a Ph.D. program in leadership studies and a juris doctorate through the School of Law.

Jenny Jackson of Truckee received a bachelor degree from Centre College in Danville, Ky., during the College’s 186th Commencement exercise with a degree in economics. Jackson is the daughter of James and Christine Jackson of Truckee and is a graduate of North Tahoe High School. A record number of the Class of 2009 graduated summa cum laude, the highest level of academic distinction, and nearly 28 percent graduated with honors. Film and television producer Jerry Bruckheimer, and his wife, novelist, editor and preservation advocate Linda Bruckheimer, gave the commencement address.

Curator Laura Ponter will be at Spirits in Stone gallery signing copies of the celebrated book: Woven Wires, the art of modern Zulu wire weaving and sharing the historical journey of this growing craft-art of the Zulu people of South Africa, July 4 and 5, 11 a.m. at Spirits in Stone Gallery, Northstar Tahoe Resort, Truckee.View a breathtaking collection of museum-quality, hand-woven baskets from South Africa and Swaziland. Celebrate the Independence Day weekend at the Arts andamp; Crafts Festival at Northstar-at-Tahoe. This event brings together more than 60 artists and an assortment of collectibles.

McAvoy Layne presents andamp;#8220;Mark Twain’s Tales of Tahoeandamp;#8221; at Aspen Grove, July 6, July 20, Aug. 3, Aug. 10, Aug. 17, Aug. 31, and Sept. 7. Gate opens at 6 p.m. and the performance begins at 7 p.m. Bring a picnic dinner. Full bar open from 6 to 7 p.m. Tickets $22 in advance $25 at the gate. Tickets available at or call (775) 833-1835 for Information.

The Tahoe City Public Utility District Board voted to half pound a Dog Park in Tahoe City. The project would have been constructed this fall, however, due to the State of California’s budget shortfalls, possibly effecting the District’s Property Tax revenues, the project was cut. Board support staff and local community members are seeking $6,000 through grants and sponsorships for its construction. In Tahoe City residents and visitors alike d not have a welcoming place to exercise and socialize safely. The proposed Dog Park will offer such a place. For more information or to make a donation, please contact Alan Harry at the TCPUD, 587-3796 ext. 21.

The Truckee Tahoe Airport, in partnership with NetJets, plans to flight test a new noise abatement arrival procedure through July 1. Partnering closely with a primary customer, NetJets is providing a Cessna Citation for the flight test. The community may observe the test aircraft flying multiple passes over the airport and surrounding areas. The aircraft will be flying in accordance with FAA procedures for a test of this nature. Other than flying the specific evaluation procedure, the aircraft will be operating normally for this airport environment. The proposed procedure will potentially reduce noise impacts on the surrounding community while improving guidance for pilots arriving at the airport. The Airport Community Advisory Team, the Airport Board and NetJets are cooperating to find ways to minimize the impact of aviation operations while helping aviation customers meet business needs.

This free event will give attendees the opportunity to meet with more than 50 talented artists displaying a wide variety of handmade goods including oil paintings, ceramic vessels, jewelry and more, Friday, July 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, July 4 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, July 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit

A timeless sound will entertain the crowd at Dragonfly Restaurant and Sushi Bar, 10118 Donner Pass Road, Truckee as Todd Tanis performs for Acoustic Live Music Thursdays in conjunction with the Truckee Thursdays event, July 2 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tanis is a pianist, vocalist and composer who lives on Donner Summit and teaches aspiring musicians at Between the Notes in Truckee and Sugar Bowl Academy. His repertoire includes popular music that dates back to the 1920s incorporating his own twist of jazz, blues, swing and Latin styles. Call Dragonfly at 587-0557 or visit

It’s time to get the picnic blankets and low-back chairs out; the Music on the Beach concert series kicks off Thursday, July 2 at the Kings Beach State Recreation Area. The free series opens with Blues Monsters, a Tahoe and Reno-based group that has been voted the No. 1 blues band in North Lake Tahoe for seven years. The show starts at 6:30 p.m. and is presented by Reliable Services. andamp;#8220;The Blues Monsters are the perfect band to kick off this series,andamp;#8221; said Cheri Sprenger, executive director of the North Tahoe Business Association, which hosts the series. andamp;#8220;We’re expecting a big turnout since the first concert precedes July Fourth weekend.andamp;#8221; The series runs every Thursday, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. until Aug. 13. The lineup also includes Jelly Bread July 9, Momentum July 16, Loose Cannon on July 23, Downbeat July 30, Drinking with Clowns Aug. 8 and Izabella on Aug. 13. Search andamp;#8220;Kings Beach Musicandamp;#8221; in Facebook to become a fan of the music series. For more information call 546-9000.

Sugar Pine Point State Park and the Sierra State Parks Foundation want your help hosting the silver anniversary celebration of Living History Day at Pine Lodge. Re-enact life in the 1930s at the Ehrman Mansion at Sugar Pine Point State Park on July 25, 2009, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. People of all ages are needed to wear costumes and play roles of the Ehrman family members, guests and employees and to work in the children’s zone. Tell stories, make crafts and play games. Volunteers may serve as greeters, docents, actors, provide security for antique cars and classic boats or help set-up and break down venues. There is an assignment for any dependable volunteer. Get involved in the community and meet your neighbors. Contact Ranger Heidi Doyle at 525-9528 or Volunteer orientation Saturday, July 11 or Wednesday, July 15 at 4 p.m. at the Sugar Pine Point State Park Nature Center. House docents will attend a mansion rehearsal on Monday, July 20 at 5 p.m. Additional information is available at the Living History Day Web site,

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