Social Scene: Truckee’s Cole rubs shoulders with First Lady Michelle Obama |

Social Scene: Truckee’s Cole rubs shoulders with First Lady Michelle Obama

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Debbie Cole of Truckee, a regent of the University of California for the past two years, was fortunate enough to meet First Lady Michelle Obama last Saturday at the much publicized UC Merced graduation ceremony. Cole also attended a private reception with Obama in attendance prior to the ceremony that was held at the university’s new library. Despite sweltering 100 degree temperatures the First Lady was cool as a cucumber (under that heavy black robe) at the outdoor ceremony under a canopied stage (the audience wasn’t so lucky). Cole and partner Lisa Dobey spent the previous night in Modesto with a VIP group before being bused to Merced accompanied by a police motorcade.

Cole has attended inaugurations of new Chancellors at UC Merced, UCLA, and UC Riverside campuses, but the highlight of her tenure so far has been attending the graduation of UC Merced’s first four-year graduating class. Cole explained just how momentous the day was, “The students who planned and executed the successful campaign to bring the First Lady to the ceremony worked so very hard. Michelle Obama was truly touched by their efforts ” her sincerity in meeting those 18 students was overwhelming. Their joy at being in the same room with her was equally heartfelt. Then, the reaction of the crowd was thunderous. While meeting the First Lady was a personal honor, the positive effect her visit had on this small, new campus community is immeasurable. To top it all off, her speech was incredible! It will be years before the memory of this experience fades.”

The Tahoe Yoga Institute recently opened in the Cobblestone Mall, conveniently located in the center of Tahoe City. In addition to several different yoga disciplines, the institute also offers classes in Pilates, meditation, Tai Chi, and Chi Gong ” all recommended as beneficial for wellness. Owner and manager of the institute is Madona Casini, a trained fitness and Pilates instructor, who realizes the importance of finding balance in one’s life, especially during these stressful times. The teachers at the institute include many familiar faces including Casini, Lynne Gardner, Tammy Miller, Deborah Lapkin, Bill Folkman, and Eileen Cohen. Full monthly schedules are available at the Tahoe Yoga Institute’s studio in the Cobblestone or through contacting Madona Casini at

Saturday, June 13, The Town of Truckee is hosting an E-Waste Day. What is that, you ask? Well, you can bring all your old electronic products which have reached their useful life and are cluttering up your home, like unused computers, faxes, TVs, copiers and cell phones to the Truckee Town Hall parking lot at 10183 Truckee Airport Road on Saturday, June 13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Many of these products can be recycled, which is a good thing for our environment. For more info you can call Nichole Dorr, the queen of recycling at the Town of Truckee at 582-2909.

Also on June 13, local boy Aaron Wilson will be tearing it up over at the Crystal Bay Club with his comedy show fresh with all new material. Most nights Wilson can be found over at Jake’s on the Lake serving up delicious dishes from Chef Scott Yorkey along with gigantic slices of hula pie, but when not being a stand up waiter, he is a stand out comedian…

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