Downtown Truckee Thursdays celebrates its fourth summer of fun |

Downtown Truckee Thursdays celebrates its fourth summer of fun

Special to the SunTRUCKEE, Calif. andamp;#8212; Pencil it into your planner and remind local friends: Itandamp;#8217;s time to get your Downtown Truckee Thursdays groove on beginning June 16 and continuing through Aug. 25, 5-9 p.m. andamp;#8220;Downtown Truckee Thursdays is just what the doctor ordered to shake those winter blues and embrace another great Truckee summer,andamp;#8221; said event organizer Andy Mond, adding the event is one week longer this year. Each week features a nonprofit partner and free parking starting at 5 p.m.Now in its fourth year, Truckee Thursdays is a feel-good event that beckons the community to enjoy exuberant downtown summertime energy with childrenandamp;#8217;s activities, live music, art, the Foothills Farmers Market, a beer garden and vendors of all ilk.Event planner Mond says the first week of the series will feature some added attractions including Truckeeandamp;#8217;s own Donner Party 2.0, a finalist in the Red Bull Creation Challenge, displaying their fire breathing grandfather clock invention. As part of their contest entry, the team described themselves as andamp;#8220;a ragtag group of skiers, metal artists, photographers, computer programmers, and enginerds from Lake Tahoe who like to tame fire and electricity and warp them with our hands into thought provoking and awe inspiring works of participatory art!andamp;#8221;Also new this year is Downtown Truckee Thursdays T-shirt design contest. Popular local artist Sara Zimmerman provided a fanciful rendition of the event which will grace 2011 logo garb. Zimmermanandamp;#8217;s design will be printed on event T-shirts which will be on sale throughout the summer at the Info Tent inside the beer garden. andamp;#8220;Bring your appetite, your dancing shoes and your giving spirit,andamp;#8221; said Mond.Nonprofit partner KidZone Museum, will offer kid-friendly activities including a bounce house, arts and crafts and much more.Last year the event garnered more than 10,000 attendees and organizers expect a significant increase. The summer-long eventandamp;#8217;s top sponsors include DBI/Coors as the beer garden sponsor, Squaw Valley USA as the main stage sponsor, Alpine Meadows/Homewood as the kidsandamp;#8217; area sponsor, HP Small Business Solutions and Lake Tahoe Online. Additionally, funding has been provided by the Town of Truckee, Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce, Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation and the Truckee Noon Rotary Club. Helping to get the word out about the event include media partners KTKE 101.5, the Sierra Sun, Moonshine Ink, The Weekly, KVMR 105.1, Tahoe TV, Suddenlink and Charter Media.For more information visit or andamp;#8220;Likeandamp;#8221; on Facebook.andamp;#8212; Submitted to

June 16: Canyon Springs, Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada, Dead Winter CarpentersJune 23: Dickson Realty, Truckee River Watershed Council, One Track MindJune 30: AAA, Relay for Life, Buster BlueJuly 7: SnowBomb, SiGBA, Headphone Union (formerly known as SubjekttoChange)July 14: Bar of America at Pacific Crest Grill, High Fives Non-Profit Foundation, Drop TheoryJuly 21: Clever Minds, Arts for the Schools, Quartet Minus One Plus SomeJuly 28: The Cooking Gallery, Truckee Trails Foundation, Fearless ChickenAug. 4: White Buffalo and Mo, Jo andamp; Zoe, Adventure Risk Challenge, Emily Tessmer BandAug. 11: Burger Me!, Girls on the Run Sierras, Jo MamaAug. 18: Gratitudes/La Galleria, Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe, Jelly BreadAug. 25: Thin Air Motorsports, Truckee High Booster Club, Mamaandamp;#8217;s Cookinandamp;#8217;

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