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Truckee Tahoe Community Briefs

Homewood Mountain Resort and the Sierra Avalanche Center will host the North Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce Mixer Thursday, Jan. 22 from 5 to 7 p.m. The mixer will be held at the resort’s South Lodge located at 105 Tahoe Ski Bowl Way in Homewood.

Chamber mixer attendees will enjoy beer from Mt. Tallac Brewing Company and a selection of regional wines. They’ll also have an opportunity to learn more about their local avalanche center, along with winter specials at Homewood Mountain Resort.

For more information about the mixer, call Kym Fabel, North Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce manager, at 581-8764 or

For more information about the NLTRA, visit For details about the North Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce, visit

Tahoe Lake Preschool is pleased to announce openings Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for 3 and 4 year olds. They offer small class sizes and a developmentally appropriate program through hands-on experiences that build skills in reading, math, science, art, physical and social development. Placer County Office of Education Child Development Services operates the program with grants from the California Department of Education. Space is available for income- eligible children on a sliding scale and for fee-based children at $25 a session half day, $35 full day, which includes snack and lunch. Located on site at Tahoe Lake Elementary School. Call Elisa Tauber 583-3010 ext. 4433.

Join Squaw Valley Institute Thursday, Jan. 22 at PlumpJack for a discussion about the Future of Our Forests given by Sugar Pine Foundation founder John Pickett and Executive Director Maria Mircheva.

The Sugar Pine Foundation is a non-profit that is restoring sugar pines and western white pines in the Tahoe basin. White pines are being devastated by a non-native rust introduced into North America around 1910. The group has located more than 30 sugar pines resistant to the fungus and has planted more than 2,000 resistant sugar pine seedlings in the Tahoe basin. The Sugar Pine Foundation is now looking to expand its operations to the entire Sierra Nevada.

John Pickett is the founder of the Sugar Pine Foundation and operations manager for the Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team. Governor Schwarzenegger appointed Pickett to the California Nevada Tahoe Basin Fire Commission in 2007. Maria Mircheva is the Executive Director of the Sugar Pine Foundation, with a Masters in Environmental Science and Management from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Check out our forests’ future at the PlumpJack Conference Center, Jan. 22. At 6:30 p.m. socialize at no host bar, 7 p.m. presentation, $10 donation to Squaw Valley Institute requested. Children and students with I.D. are free. For more information, visit or call 581-4138.

Truckee High School Band students will raise money during the 8th annual telethon Saturday, Jan. 24, from 3 to 9 p.m. on public access stations 6 and 24. The telethon includes live performances and concerts. Proceeds will benefit the Band Tour.

On the tour, the band plays for veterans’ hospitals, convalescent hospitals, children’s hospitals and elementary schools to inspire memories in the old and passion in the young.

“What we are doing on tour is a profoundly important community service that few organizations would be capable of accomplishing,” said Truckee High Senior Shawn Conway. “We tap into lost memories and help bring a smile to the faces of those less fortunate than us. That means just as much as dollar bills.”

The band hopes to raise $8,000 by putting on the annual telethon.

Truckee High Senior Taylor Morfett said, “Not only do we give back to the community but we get a chance to bond with each other and create timeless memories.”

Donate to the Truckee High Band by calling 582-2777 during the telethon or visit

As a ski resort, our connection to the environment is clear. As skiers and snowboarders, and as an industry, we will be adversely affected if the world’s population is unable to quickly reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. It is our responsibility to do our part to minimize the consequences of global climate change and keep winter cool.

Please join us on Saturday, Jan. 31 for the first Sugar Bowl Environmental Awareness Day. Events and activities throughout the day will include a collaborative art project, sustainable food and beverage options and an exciting addition to our terrain park. The day will culminate with a group photo at 3:50 p.m. at the base of the Judah Lift, to show our support for reducing the concentration of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere to 350 parts per million.

Carpool, use public transportation, or purchase SkiGreen carbon offsets to be entered to win exciting prizes. For information call 426-6708 or visit

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