Adventure Risk Challenge presents a public poetry reading at Sagehen Creek Field Station |

Adventure Risk Challenge presents a public poetry reading at Sagehen Creek Field Station

On Thursday, July 30, at 7 p.m., the Adventure Risk Challenge program will host its sixth annual Public Poetry Reading at the Sagehen Creek Field Station.ARC is a UC Berkeley year-round leadership and literacy program for English Language Learner (ELL) youth, linking wilderness to academics, adventure to leadership, environmental science to literacy and confidence to activism.This event is open to the public, an incredible opportunity to visit UC Berkeley’s Sagehen Creek Field Station and support local youth. The ARC participants andamp;#8212; local high school English Language Learner students andamp;#8212; will share poems they wrote during the first two weeks of ARC’s 40-day summer immersion course. Their poems are raw and insightful.For many of these students, this is the first time they have written poems in English and the first opportunity to share deep emotions.ARC will host a pre-reading andamp;#8220;FriendRaiserandamp;#8221; reception open to the public starting at 6 p.m., catered by Moody’s. Members of ARC’s advisory council and director will be on hand to answer questions about the program or Sagehen Creek Field Station and connect people who are passionate about our local youth.For more information, please visit or call Jen Gurecki, director, at (530) 416-5682.

The beat goes on at Truckee Thursdays this week with musical guest The Renee Defields Band, July 30 from 5 to 9 p.m. The Farmers Market opens at 4 p.m., and event partner, the Town of Truckee Recycling Program, encourages community members to Go Green!Vendor booths, children’s arts and crafts and a bounce house complete the Kidzone. Learn to rock climb at the Sports Exchange on West River Street, taste wine at the Pour House on Jibboom Street, and check out For Goodness Sake’s music by Bensing andamp; Garmire, with local photographer Niobe Burden.Drop in to Brickelltown’s unique shops and enjoy the Tahoe Open Mic and green bikes. For information, visit

In the 1970s, stay-at-home-mom and budding writer Gabrielle Burton decided she would write a novel about Tamsen Donner, wife of Donner party leader George and mother of five.In order to research the Donners, she loaded up her five daughters (like Tamsen) and husband in the family station wagon, and drove from New York to California tracing the Donner Party route, stopping at trailside museums and monuments, interviewing people connected to the Donners and soaking up everything about the Donners’ journey. Upon returning home, Gabrielle tried and tried to write the novel about Tamsen; eventually she stopped trying and set her notes aside, only to revisit them much later and write a memoir/history book, which the University of Nebraska Press published this year.Not much later, she wrote her novel, which will be published next year.Burton will have a reading/signing at the Emigrant Trail Museum at Donner Memorial State Park, on Sunday, Aug. 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.She will read from her book, which contains all 17 of Tamsen Donners known letters, every hour on the hour.Donner Memorial State Park is located at 12593 Donner Pass Road, call 587-7892 for information.

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