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Squaw Valley Institute enters 9th season with outstanding schedule and a new executive director

Squaw Valley Instituteand#8217;s outstanding selection of speakers brings residents, visitors and friends together from Truckee to North Lake Tahoe to Incline Village as the organization enters itand#8217;s ninth year of programming.

The Institute fills a unique niche in North Tahoe evidenced by upcoming feature events such as Khaled Hosseini, author of and#8220;The Kite Runnerand#8221; at the Resort at Squaw Creek on April 10 to well-known Michael Pollan author of and#8220;Botany of Desireand#8221; and and#8220;Omnivoreand#8217;s Dilemmaand#8221; who will be presenting Nov. 13. Local authors and adventurers are also celebrated in the well-attended Extraordinary Locals series that runs throughout the year.

The Institute’s Board of Directors hired North Tahoe resident Nicole Cheslock as the organizationand#8217;s new Executive Director to continue the great momentum and support the Institute has attracted. Officially launched in March 2002, the Institute has grown leaps and bounds since its early days of programming in Olympic Valley. With two dozen events taking place this year alone, the spring season will make you laugh, make you think, pull at your heartstrings and entice guests to come back for more. Event host sponsors include the Resort at Squaw Creek, Cedar House Sport Hotel in Truckee and Tahoe Environmental Research Center at Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village, NV.

Cheslock is eager to build on the momentum created by staff and volunteers. and#8220;The Instituteand#8217;s recent well attended and sold-out events plus the solid foundation laid by a phenomenal team made up of our Board of Directors, staff and volunteers make this an especially exciting time to join the Institute,and#8221; said Cheslock. and#8220;There are unlimited possibilities for our continued growth and success and I encourage residents to come to our upcoming presentations and invite them to get more involved with year-round arts and culture programming in our communities.and#8221;

Cheslock moved to Truckee from San Francisco in 2004. She has more than a decade of professional experience working in both the for and non-profit arenas and participated in North Tahoeand#8217;s Leadership Program in 2009. Cheslock holds a masters degree from Stanford Universityand#8217;s Graduate School of Education and specializes in communications, outreach and program sustainability.

For the complete list of 2010 events, visit the Institute online and download the newly released program at http://www.squawvalleyinstitute.org.

April 10: Author Khaled Hosseini, Humanitarian and author Thousand

Splendid Suns, Kite Runner

April 29: Invisible Children – incredible evening, incredible film, http://www.invisiblechildren.com/theMovement/resources.

May 10: Bill Fink, Across Russia on Trans-Siberian Rail Road

May 13: Phil Caterino, Lake Tahoeand#8217;s Future: Underwater a disturbing new world

June 17: Elizabeth Carmel, Changing Ray of Light: Portraits of Sierra Nevada with co-authors Geoff Schladow and Robert Coats

Aug. 5: Camille Cusumano, Tango: A journey to happiness

Sept. 23: Socially Responsible Investing Panel

Sept. 30: A Sense of Place: Travel writers on craft, lives, inspiration

Nov. 13: An Evening with Michael Pollan, Author Botany of Desire,

Omnivoreand#8217;s Dilemma, In Defense of Food, Food Rules

Squaw Valley Institute offers year round programming that brings together residents, visitors and friends with engaging and enlightening artistic, cultural and educational events. Events take place throughout the North Lake Tahoe region from the Cedar House Sport Hotel in Truckee to the Resort at Squaw Creek to the Tahoe Environmental Research Center and Hyatt in Incline Village. For more information, call 581-4138 and visit the Institute online at http://www.squawvalleyinstitute.org.