Peace Day Sunday at Squaw Valley |

Peace Day Sunday at Squaw Valley

Emma Garrard/Sierra SunTaylor Briggs, 11, Sydney Lancaster, 12, T.J. Cornwell, 11, Garrett Driller, 11, and Nicole Phelan, 13, hold up a peace dove outside the Rideout Community Center Wednesday. Made from recycled materials and with a wingspan of more than 20 feet, the dove was made for International Day of Peace this Sunday.

Tahoe-area residents will participate in a peacemaking exercise Sunday, part of a global event inspired by the son of a Truckee resident.

Sponsored by Sierra Watershed Education Partnership, the peace procession will start at the Village at Squaw Valley and include local students flying giant peace doves. The Day of Peace event runs from 3 to 5 p.m.

“They are made of all recycled material like chicken wire, bike tire tubes, sticks and lots of duct tape,” said Nicole Deas of the Sierra Watershed Education Partnership.

Deas said the 15 middle school students in her Roots and Shoots program stayed busy the last two weeks making giant doves to fly at Sunday’s event.

Peace One Day, the film that inspired the Day of Peace celebration, will be shown at the event. British filmmaker Jeremy Gilley has local roots: Gilley’s mother, Wendy, worked and lived in Truckee for a number of years.

“The work he did made the International Day of Peace a fixed day,” said Laurie Martin, director of community youth development for the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District.

According to Deas, in 2001 Gilley assumed the role of the lead character in his film, who was on a quest for peace. She said Gilley was instrumental in the United Nations General Assembly unanimously adopting an annual day of global cease fire and nonviolence. The UN International Day of Peace was set for September 21 ” Peace Day.

The movie and the movement also inspired a school curriculum known as the Peace One Day Resource Pack, lessons that can be taught in the classroom.

The community youth developer said that Tahoe’s local district may soon get a taste of the peace lessons.

“We are interested in sharing the curriculum with our teachers,” Martin said.

Last year, 27.6 million people from 200 countries did something for Peace Day, according to Deas.

For more information, call Nicole Deas at 707-599-2502 or e-mail her at

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