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Tahoe Truckee Community Briefs

Peter Waldman joined Conde Nast Portfolio, a monthly business magazine that launched in May 2007, from the Wall Street Journal, where he worked as a writer and editor for 21 years. Waldman served as the Journal’s Middle East correspondent for six years, based in Jerusalem and Amman, Jordan, and as its Southern Asia correspondent for three years, based in Singapore.

Waldman will speak about the triumph of ideology and fanaticism over reason in the Middle East and Washington, Monday, March 9, at the PlumpJack Conference Center as part of the Squaw Valley Institute’s ongoing lecture series.

How did one of the most hopeful moments in the long struggle for the holy land morph, in just eight years, into one of the bloodiest? How did discussions of a lasting peace between Arabs and Jews turn into discussions of a nuclear exchange between Israel and Iran?

A $10 donation to Squaw Valley Institute, no charge for children or students with ID. For information or ticket purchase, visit www. squawvalleyinstitute.org or call 581-4138.

Hit the slopes Sunday, March 8, and help our local schools! Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area will be donating half of all lift ticket sale proceeds to the Glenshire and Truckee Elementary Parent-Teacher Organizations. The local PTO’s provide funding for critical programs such as after-school enrichment, field trips and Artists in Residence. Enjoy a great day of skiing, and remember to thank Tahoe Donner for supporting education.

Tahoe Donner features wide-open bowls, uncrowded slopes and great beginner terrain. Lifts are open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call (530) 587-9444.

World champion extreme big mountain skier, mountain biker and environmental activist Alison Gannett will present her ski adventure movie and slide show at Truckee High School Sunday, March 8 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. as a Junior Olympics opening ceremony. Gannett is the founder of Save Our Snow Foundation and The Office of Resource Efficiency. Her goal is to raise awareness of the problems and solutions to global warming, through action sports and media. She was named a Green All-Star by Outside Magazine in 2008 was a Global Cooling Solutions trainer for Al Gore’s Climate Project, and converted the first solar powered plug-in-hybrid SUV in the world. She has also won world freeskiing titles, was named Powder Magazine’s freeskier of the year and featured in MSP, TGR and Warren Miller ski movies. For more information go to alisongannett.com or call (530) 426-3313 ext. 100.