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Weekend Life

October is Breast Health Awareness Month, a national initiative to create awareness of early detection and prevention of breast cancer. If you’ve never had a mammogram or have not had one in over a year, Tahoe Forest Hospital recommends calling now for an appointment and to take advantage of the special offer during Breast Health Awareness Month. Women scheduling mammograms during October will receive a complimentary one week pass to the fitness center at the Tahoe Center for Health and Sports Performance.

The Briner Imaging Center, located in the western addition of Tahoe Forest Hospital on Pine Avenue, offers state-of-the-art digital mammography for every patient. Follow up care is available through local physicians.

Physician referrals are not necessary to schedule a mammogram, and most insurance plans are accepted. Call Tahoe Forest Hospital at 582-6510 and mention the Breast Health Month offer to receive the fitness center pass.

TCDA presents Scarecrows on Parade. Take the time to walk town and vote for your five favorite scarecrows. These scarecrows have been made by the local businesses and the youth of Tahoe City. The winner gets a $25 gift card (just in time for Christmas shopping) Ballots are available at Geared for Games, The Store, TCDA, and the Tahoe City Visitors Center. It is also available on the TCDA website: http://www.visittahoecity.com.

Those items under the sink and in the garage that classify as HHW need to be properly disposed of to prevent threats to public health and the environment.

Not sure if what you have classifies? Look for these key words: toxic, flammable, combustible, explosive, corrosive or otherwise dangerous.

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Disposing of HHW is free to residents living within the TTSD service area (Truckee, Tahoe City to Kings Beach and the West Shore). Schedule a free appointment at 583-0148 for Oct. 11 and Nov. 8. It is illegal to dispose of these materials in your garbage. Limit per visit: 50 gallons or 125 pounds.

Transport liquids in a spill/leak-proof container. Keep hazardous products in their original containers with label securely attached and readable. Store waste in a cool, dry place and out of reach of children.

Whenever possible, find non-toxic alternatives to products that are known to be toxic, flammable, combustible, explosive, corrosive, or otherwise dangerous. Remember, if a product says danger, caution, warning or poison it is HHW. To download Nevada County’s Choose Again Booklet, visit http://www.nevadacountyrecycles.com.

Commercial HHW disposal days on the following Fridays: Oct. 10 and Nov. 7. Call (530) 583-0148 for your appointment.

If your business generates no more than a total of 27 gallons or 220 pounds of hazardous waste (including used oil) per month, then you are considered to be a special class of small business called a Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator.

Tahoe Truckee Sierra Disposal provides hazardous waste collection service for “Small Quantity Generator” businesses by appointment only at (530) 583-0148.

Join the TCDA, NTBA, American Association of University Women, and the Sierra Sun as we co-host a Candidate’s Night Wednesday Oct. 15 in Kings Beach. Candidates will be discussing issues and answering questions provided by the community through the Sierra Sun. The forum will start at 5:30 p.m. at the North Tahoe Conference Center and candidates have been invited from the following races: US Representative, 4th Congressional District, State Senator, 1st Senate District, Placer County Supervisor, District 5, Placer County Board of Education, Sierra Community College, Tahoe Truckee Unified School District, Truckee Tahoe Airport, North Tahoe Fire Protection District, Tahoe City Public Utility District, and the North Tahoe Public Utility District. Please remember to vote on Nov. 4! For more information contact TCDA at (530) 583-3348 or tcda@visittahoecity.com.

Local professional artists from Arts For the Schools, Riverside Studios and the community will come together at KidZone Museum to teach middle school students creative art techniques. All Art Jam events will take place on Friday nights from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Each event will have a different theme and pizza will be provided. Cost is $20 per person, $15 for each additional sibling. Call KidZone for reservations 587-KIDS (5437).

The next few sessions are: Oct. 10, Teacher: Brooke Bishop, Dia de los Muertos, Multi-media posters, Oct. 24, Nov. 2 and Dec. 19, Teacher: Aimee Had. Mixed Media ART. Friday Night Art Jam continues throughout the school year.

Kelly Atchley, TCDA’s current executive director, is moving from Tahoe in December. Are you the next great executive director to fill her shoes? The job is dynamic, rewarding and offers a great view of Lake Tahoe everyday. For more information and how to apply visit http://www.visittahoecity.com or call Kelly at 583-3348.

Deadwood Revival, a popular musical trio will be returning to Cottonwood Restaurant on Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. to benefit Truckee Trails Foundation. Last year’s show was a sellout and the Cottonwood rafters were shaking under all the dancing.

Deadwood Revival is “on the leading edge of the resurgence and revitalized interest in old-time music” wrote Joe Ross of Bluegrass Now. “You can tell from the first note they are crowd-pleasers,” according to Frank Gutch, Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange. They are known for sweet harmonies, great guitar and banjo and high spirited music. Their music has been described as old-time, eclectic folk, blues and classic country in style.

To host this special event, Cottonwood will be set up with bistro seating in the main dining room. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for dinner and seating for the show. Reservations are strongly suggested at (530) 587-5711. Admission is $20 if you are a 2008 Truckee Trails Member (visit http://www.truckeetrails.org or join at the door), or $25 for on-members.

The Truckee Trails Foundation is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide the Truckee area with a network of safe, walkways, trails and bike paths for fun, adventure and alternative transportation.

A Celebration of Winter Nov. 15 to Jan. 12

North Tahoe Arts requests submissions of fine art, craft and holiday decor for a juried two month show. Local and regional artists are invited to participate in expressions of winter including the many holidays associated with this season. Open to all fine art media, including photography, sculpture, functional art and craft. Creativity and artistry in gifts, ornaments and seasonal decor is encouraged. To be included in most publicity opportunities, the deadline is Oct. 10. Otherwise, the deadline is Oct. 29.

Applications available at http://www.northtahoearts.com or call 581-2787.

Caltrans sent notice final shoulder work and road paving on Highway 89 between Tahoe City and Alpine Meadows is expected to cause traffic delays of up to 30 minutes, Monday through Thursday, Oct. 13 through 16. Caltrans expects additional work may need to be done during the week of Oct. 20. Crews will work as long as the temperature allows each day and evening. The highway will be open to traffic with no work being done on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Caltrans suggests drivers consider alternative plans including the use of Highway 267 when possible.

Bring your 3 to 5-year-old child to the Tahoe City Library for free story time, offered twice weekly, 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays and 10:30 a.m. Thursdays. The Tahoe City Library is located downstairs at 740 North Lake Blvd. (under El Dorado Savings). For more information call (530) 583-3382.

Fresh produce, fish and flowers!

Only two more farmers markets left at the Farmers Market at Commons Beach. Operating Thursday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Oct. 16, the Farmers Market provides great home-grown and organic produce, meats, cheeses and more. If you are driving to the market please be respectful of the businesses in town and park in designated or public parking lots. And stop by the TCDA table for information about the happenings in town.

New boat inspection, launch rules at Lake Tahoe

Starting Nov. 1 all Lake Tahoe boat ramps and launches will be required to be closed whenever a qualified aquatic invasive species inspector is not available. This includes the Lake Forest Boat ramp and private marinas used for docking in the Tahoe City area.

The new rules approved by the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) also require vessels launching at the lake be decontaminated if inspectors determine they are at risk of introducing invasive species such as the quagga or zebra mussel or other species into Lake Tahoe. These mollusks have invaded lakes across the nation, including the west, with serious environmental and economic consequences. They are carried overland between water bodies via watercraft that are not adequately cleaned, drained and dried.

TRPA is working with agency partners, the boating community, marinas and other ramp/launch owners and operators to develop an implementation and finance plan for this program. The ultimate goal is to inspect every boat that enters the lakes of the Tahoe Basin while not curtailing access or impacting businesses dependent on boating activities.

TRPA is also working to mobilize more volunteers. For more information contact Dennis Oliver/TRPA at (775) 589-5235, or email doliver@trpa.org .

Completed your Labor Day Survey?

This year Tahoe City celebrated its 5th Annual Labor Day Sidewalk sale. In addition to both local and regional advertising about the event live music in Heritage Plaza was added on Saturday afternoon. Tahoe City partnered with the Bear League for their 10th anniversary celebration in Heritage Plaza on Sunday. Of course there was the Sunday Concert at Commons Beach. How do you feel about the Labor Day weekend? Please take a moment to visit http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=yyinEfCE9_2btFOLDB6JTbtQ_3d_3d.

Soroptimist offer awards

Soroptimist International of Truckee-Donner is again offering two awards. The first is their annual Woman’s Opportunity Award. The award of $1700 assists a woman who must enter the workforce or upgrade her employment status. This award enables her to offset cost associated with her efforts to attain higher education or additional skills and training. Applicants must be a woman from Truckee with primary financial responsibility for supporting her family (including children, spouse, siblings and/or parents); attending or have been accepted to a vocational/skills training program, or an undergraduate degree program; and have financial need.

The second award, the Violet Richardson Award, is for a young Truckee woman, between the ages of 14-17, who makes the community and world a better place through volunteer efforts such as fighting drugs, crime and violence; cleaning up the environment; and working to end discrimination and poverty. A $250 award to the winner along with a matching $250 contribution made in honor of the winner to her volunteer organization will be given. As a volunteer service organization for business and professional women, Soroptimist believes by acknowledging young women’s volunteer involvement now, they will grow up to be vital, active members of the community. Applications are available at Tahoe Truckee and Sierra High Schools or by contacting Lorna Leyton at (530) 587-0826. The due date is Dec. 1, 2008.

Both club level winners will then become eligible candidates to participate in regional and federation level programs with finalist awards ranging from $1,000 to $10,000.

Capture fall in watercolors

Watercolors By Jan Foss is offering a two-day Fall Watercolor Workshop on Oct. 17 and 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The first day attendees will paint a fall bouquet in the wet-in-wet style to get a soft, loose look. The second day beautiful yellow aspen trees are models for using a spray bottle, creating the wonderful textures of fall foliage. A wide variety of techniques unique to watercolor will be covered. Perfect for the absolute beginner or experienced painters who want to try something new. Call Jan at (775) 833-1144 to register. Class will be held at 120 Country Club Dr., #120, Incline Village.