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TIFF recruits volunteers

Tahoe City – The Tahoe International Film Festival, a local non-profit organization, is looking for volunteers to be an integral part of the 2001 festival. While many exciting volunteer positions are still available, the current focus is to recruit committee heads. These leaders will be a fundamental element of the fifth annual event. As a TIFF volunteer or committee head, you will have the chance to donate your valued energy, time and enthusiasm to one of the year’s most inspiring events.

There are many perks involved when becoming a TIFF volunteer. In addition to select film screenings, a commemorative T-shirt and an exclusive closing party, volunteers will also be awarded special all-access status to Local’s Day events Tuesday, Oct. 2. Many volunteer positions are waiting to be filled including: filmmaker liaison, lodging planner, office or Web assistant, ticket sales, transportation, hospitality support and student internships for class credit.

The TIFF committee heads will receive added benefits for their extra commitment. Committee heads will receive a Crystal Pass providing admission to all films and forums by dedicating 30 hours of time prior to the opening of the festival. An Emerald Pass will be granted after 40 pre-event hours are contributed. The Emerald Pass provides entrance to all films and forums, attendance to the Cal Neva Opening Night Comedy Jam, as well as the Filmmakers’ Celebration.

The festival will be held Sept. 27 through Oct. 2, 2001. The following dates have been set for upcoming volunteer meetings: July 19, Aug. 16 and Sept. 13. This is a great chance to support your community and participate in a noteworthy event. To volunteer or receive more information, contact Dana Tanner, volunteer coordinator, at 583-5616 or the TIFF office at 583-FEST. More details can be found on the TIFF Web site at

Writers’ conference held in July

The 32nd Annual Squaw Valley Community of Writers will convene again this summer with workshops in poetry, fiction and screenwriting.

In July, the internationally renowned Poetry Workshop, directed by Pulitzer Prize winning poet, Galway Kinnell, will meet for a week. Poetry participants (only 65 were admitted out of 300 whom applied) will write new poems and meet each day in workshop and talks on craft.

On Thursday, July 26, at 8 p.m. The Squaw Valley Community of Writers will be presenting the five staff poets of this year’s workshops for an extraordinary evening of poetry readings.

Lucille Clifton, Brenda Hillman, Li-Young Lee, Galway Kinnell and Sharon Olds will read from their published and unpublished work, including poems written in Squaw Valley. Tickets cost $12, $5 for students. Call or E-mail to reserve tickets.

Members of the public may also be interested in events presented by the Community or Writers in conjunction with the Writers Workshop in Fiction and Nonfiction. Many events – readings, panels, discussions of the craft and the business of writing – are open to the public and free of charge. For more information, call 581-5200, E-mail: or visit

TFH Auxiliary seeks volunteers

The Tahoe Forest Hospital Auxiliary has an urgent need for volunteers to help staff the gift shop and ambulatory surgery reception, to coordinate student volunteers, and to perform general clerical functions.

Anyone with a few hours to spare is encouraged to apply. Students over 15 years of age will find this an excellent opportunity to fulfill community service requirements and to give back to the Truckee/North Tahoe Community. Each volunteer will be placed in the department where he or she is the best fit and any commitment of time will be greatly appreciated.

The Tahoe Forest Hospital Auxiliary, founded in 1977, operates The Gift Tree gift shop and The Corridor Gallery, provides volunteer support for the hospital staff, and conducts school tours.

For additional information regarding the Auxiliary, contact Colleen Iden, Membership or Carol Leamy, President at 582-3571.

Old Truckee Jail Museum open

The Truckee Donner Historical Society Old Jail Museum will be open to the public 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday through Sept. 9.

A sign that will have the jail hours will be place in the window this year so that people will know when the Old Jail will be open.

If you are interested in volunteering at the Old Jail, call 587-1343.

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