Tahoe Truckee community announcements

Staff report

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. – Content for briefs is selected from e-mail submissions to Community Editor Amy Edgett at Visit to upload events for the online calendar. Please limit descriptions to 50 words. E-mail for print submissions may be 150-300 words. Items published in the print edition news space permitting.

North Tahoe First Friday rescheduled for Wednesday

The North Lake Tahoe Chamber/CVB/Resort Association kicks off its free Friday Fridays “Getting to Know the Basin Better” has been rescheduled to Wednesday, Jan. 9, with the Sierra Avalanche Center, 5:30-7 p.m., at the North Lake Tahoe Visitors Center, 100 North Lake Blvd. in Tahoe City.

The Sierra Avalanche Center will discuss how they evaluate avalanche danger, how to use their website to assist planning to ski and board in the backcountry and how the public can support the center’s efforts.

It’s all part of First Fridays, the first Friday of each month, that profiles speakers knowledgeable about the Lake Tahoe Basin. Mark you calendar for Friday, Feb. 1, when Lake Tahoe writer Mark McLaughlin weaves tales of love about the Sierra Nevada.

To learn more about First Fridays or for additional information, contact North Lake Tahoe Visitors Center Manager Kym Fabel at 530-581-6900.

Discuss bus pass fare

The Transportation Department of the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District will be presenting a range of options for bus pass fare increase at the regular business meeting of the board of trustees.

The District Food Service department will also present options for a possible fee increase for the school lunch program.

The public is invited to attend and comment on the proposed fee increase to the transportation and food service departments.

The meeting will be held at the district office, 11603 Donner Pass Road, on Jan. 9, at 5:30 p.m.

Little Truckee River Working Group Meeting

The Sierra County Fire Safe and Watershed Council invites you to attend the annual Little Truckee River Working Group Meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at the U.S. Forest Service Sierraville Ranger Station Conference Room. The meeting will provide an information exchange on current and planned natural resource work within the Little Truckee River watershed, including oral and poster presentations. Featured speakers include Perry Norris, Truckee Donner Land Trust; Beth Christman and Jeannette Halderman, Truckee River Watershed Council; Teresa Crimmens, Tahoe RCD, Paul Honeywell, U.S. Geological Survey; Quentin Youngblood, U.S. Forest Service, Christopher Fichtel, The Nature Conservancy; and Lynn Nolan, South Tahoe Public Utilities District.

Meeting attendees will be encouraged to review posters and discuss the project details.

Lunch will be provided by the Feather River Chapter of Trout Unlimited with donations welcomed. RSVP to for details and agenda. In the event of stormy weather, the meeting will be rescheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 16.

Get educated!

Apply for Sierra College, Tahoe-Truckee spring classes in classes this week. There are more than 60 spring offerings including drawing, watercolor painting, accounting, business, Mechatronics, administration of justice, emergency medical technician training, (EMT), economics, psychology, ceramics, human and personal development. Classes begin the week of Jan. 28 and end May 25. Tuition is $46 per unit (most classes are three units). Current Tahoe Truckee Unified School District high school students in grades ninth to 12 enroll for $1 a unit plus the cost of books, materials and parking ($30).

Sierra College offers career and technical training, associate degrees and is ranked first in Northern California for transfers to four-year universities. Since its founding in 1936, Sierra College has focused on quality instruction, and the Tahoe-Truckee campus is especially proud of the stellar teaching staff including award-winning educators. For a complete class schedule, select the class schedule link on the Sierra College web site at For more information visit 11001 College Trail in Truckee, go to or call 530-550-2225. Sierra College Truckee campus is also on Facebook.

Olympic Heritage Week to kick off Jan. 12

During the winter of 1960, athletes from around the world came to Lake Tahoe to participate in the Winter Olympic Games. The biathlon and cross-country events were held in what is now Sugar Pine Point State Park on the West Shore. On Saturday, Jan. 12 through Monday, Jan. 21, participants can join park staff, the West Shore Business Association and the Sierra State Parks Foundation in the celebration of snow heritage. Scheduled events include an all-ages, beginners, modified biathlon event; snowshoe hikes; and Opening Ceremonies. Visit

Did you know Tahoe “back in the day?”

The Tahoe Maritime Museum is gearing up for its upcoming exhibit, Tahoe Escape: Surviving the Great Depression. The new exhibit will look at the different strategies people around the lake and country employed to help survive this difficult decade. It will feature four classic boats from the museum’s collection, archival footage from the National Archives, and newly developed interactive displays. Perhaps most exciting is the plan to incorporate oral histories from people who lived in or visited Tahoe during the 1930s.

Commenting on this all-inclusive approach curator Christine Shook said, “We’re really trying to tell a cohesive story of what life was like in the 1930s, and in order to do that we need to listen to the voices from all walks of life: rich and poor, visitors and residents. Unfortunately, a lot of these stories aren’t found in the historical records. If people weren’t part of a large business transaction or doing something illegal then their stories aren’t preserved.”

The Tahoe Maritime Museum is putting a call out to the public. Do you know someone who lived in or frequented Lake Tahoe during the 1930s? Would they be willing to sit down and be interviewed for the upcoming exhibit? If so, contact Shook at or 530-525-9253, ext. 104.

Truckee High School Drama Club to present

“Life and other Disasters”

Life can sometimes be hard. It presents us with challenges we must overcome and lessons we must learn. The Truckee High School Drama Club explores these issues in their winter production, “Life and Other Disasters,” opening in January. The show is a collection of scenes, monologues, and poems chosen by the students to highlight the twists and turns life can throw at us.

The show will be presented over three days, Jan. 10-12. Shows will be at 7 p.m. each day with a special matinee performance at 2 p.m. on Jan. 12. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students. Tickets are available at the Truckee Donner Community Recreation Center and at the door. Tickets can be purchased with cash or local check, but no credit cards will be accepted.

The Drama Club will sell refreshments during intermission and raffle tickets will be on sale for a wide variety of items donated by local businesses, including jewelry, gift cards and certificates, and more.

Due to some mature themes in this production, it is recommended for mature audiences only.

Truckee Elementary to host Shred ‘n Shake

Friday, Jan. 11, 5-9 p.m. Shred ‘n Shake Fundraiser for Truckee Elementary. Mark Friday, Jan. 11 in your calendar for the Truckee Elementary PTO’s double feature of entertainment for the whole family.-

First on tap will be a showing of Teton Gravity Research’s feature ski and snowboard film for 2012, “The Dream Factory,” displayed in HD on the big screen in the TES cafeteria accompanied by high-quality sound for an immersive ski experience. Big thanks to TGR and TES’ own Daron Rahlves for making this showing possible.

Follow up The Dream Factory with a Family Dance Night. Bring the whole crew … students and families of all Tahoe/Truckee elementary schools are welcome! Food will be served.

Cost is $10 per person or $20 per family. All proceeds go to the Truckee Elementary PTO to help fund educational programs and tools for students.

Children must be accompanied by a parent or adult chaperone.

For a preview of “The Dream Factory,” check out TGR’s trailer. Visit

“Heart Art”:

Call to Artists for February Show

North Tahoe Arts invites you to submit two- or three-dimensional art for a show celebrating art that is about, for, and from the heart. Open to all fine art media, including painting, photography, sculpture, jewelry, functional art and craft. The jury may consider other media, such as poetry and music, so let us know if you have ideas. Submission deadline: Jan. 22, installation Jan. 30 with show Jan. 31 through 15 March 2013.

Eligibility requirements: Artwork must be framed and ready to hang, or balanced to stand. Artwork must be original, done by the artist. Application fee is $20; participation fee is an additional $40. Jury will need three 4 x 6-inch photos of artwork or a CD and corresponding inventory sheet with prices, medium, and dimensions. The commission schedule will be 70/30 percent for members and 60/40 percent for non-members. Download entry Form at or contact: North Tahoe Arts in Tahoe City at 530-581-ARTS.

“What the Truckee Airport means to the local economy” essay contest

The Truckee-Tahoe Chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA No. 1073) EAA Chapter 1073 will award three scholarships to individuals who turn in the best essay about “What the Truckee Airport means to the local economy,” 250 words or less. The chapter will award the winning individuals with a scholarship to attend Young Eagles Camp at Oshkosh, Wisc. in the summer of 2013. The award will be made to three different age groups, one for ages 12 or 13, one for ages 14 or 15 and one for 16 through 18. The dates of the camps are June 6-20, June 28 through July 3, and July 23-31. The due date for the turn in of the essays is Feb. 1, 2013. They can be turned in at the Truckee Airport front desk, or mailed to EAA Chapter 1073, 10356 Truckee Airport Road, Truckee, CA, Box 8. Interested individuals should visit for additional information about the camps and what the children will learn while in attendance.

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