Tahoe Truckee community announcements
Content for briefs is selected from e-mail submissions to Community Editor Amy Edgett at firstname.lastname@example.org, subject, community brief. Visit http://www.sierrasun.com to submit events online. Please limit online descriptions to 50 words. E-mail submissions may be 150-300 words. Items published in the print edition news space permitting.Open gym Friday Jan. 6My Playground and Truckee Gymnastics, serving the physical activity needs of children, offers an open gym, Jan. 6, 4-6 p.m. for ages 6 through teens and adults. Cost is $20 at the door; $5 for currently enrolled students. Coaches will be on hand for skill advice and safety at the new gym location, 11410 Deerfield Drive, Bldg. A-1, Truckee. Call 530-587-7404, e-mail email@example.com or visit http://www.truckeegymnastics.com.Parentandamp;#8217;s Day OutNeed a few hours off? Take your children to a TV-free, positive, engaged environment (activities, crafts, outdoor play) Jan. 7, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Kings Beach Parentsandamp;#8217; Co-op, 8082 Steelhead Ave., Kings Beach. All ages welcome. Cost is $30 for first child, $15 for siblings. Small healthy snacks provided, please bring lunch for your child. Babysitting provided by CPR/first aid certified and background checked Co-op parent volunteers. Call 530-546-7519 to reserve your spot.Snow parking rules in effect, snow or notThe Placer County Sheriffandamp;#8217;s Office and Placer County Parking Enforcement would like to remind residents and tourists about snow parking in the North Lake Tahoe area. Placer County Code 10.12.02 B. states andamp;#8220;it is unlawful to park on any public roadway, or on the shoulders of the roadway andamp;#8230; during the period commencing Nov. 1 of the year and continuing to the following May 1, except in areas specifically designated by signs to permit such parking. Another Placer County Code to consider is PCC 10.12.030 B which states andamp;#8220;parked on a roadway, blocking plow or emergency equipment,andamp;#8221; is unlawful.If your vehicle is parked on the roadway Nov. 1 to May 1, your vehicle may be cited and/or towed by the Placer County Sheriffandamp;#8217;s Office, Placer County Parking Enforcement or the California Highway Patrol. The snowstakes installed on the highway serve as a guide for Cal-Trans snow removal and not as a guideline for vehicles to park on the shoulder. This Placer County Code is in effect whether snow is on the roadway or not.If you have any questions, please contact Sgt. Helen Thomson at 530-581-6300.North Tahoe Fire District Christmas tree recyclingThe North Tahoe Fire Protection District in collaboration with North Tahoe PUD and the Tahoe City PUD are offering a post holiday, Christmas Tree Chipping Program. Residents are encouraged to drop off clean Christmas trees for recycling through Friday, Jan. 20, at 5 p.m.The drop off locations are Regional Park in Tahoe Vista, on National Avenue and the Tahoe City PUD lower parking lot on Fairway Drive in Tahoe City, just above the Chevron station going north from the andamp;#8220;Yandamp;#8221; on Highway 89. The drop off area will be designated with orange cones.All decorations, lights, tinsel, etc., must be removed from the trees. Wreaths, stumps and other green waste cannot be accepted. This program is an alternative to the landfill option.As a reminder, dried out Christmas trees pose a significant fire hazard and recycling is the right thing to do. Call the North Tahoe Fire Chipping Hotline at 530-546-4347.Family Pizza Night School FundraiserTake the family for an all-you-can-eat pizza and salad buffet, benefiting the Kings Beach Parents Co-Op at Tomaatoandamp;#8217;s Restaurant, 120 Country Club, Incline Village, Nev., Jan. 11, 5 p.m. All proceeds will be donated to the Co-Op. Cost is $15 adults, $10 5 to 12-year-olds and free under 5-years-old. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 530-546-7519 for information.The Kings Beach Parents Co-Op is a nonprofit school for children from preschool through fifth grade. The Co-Op educates children in a nurturing and sensory-rich environment, driven by licensed teachers and a dedicated network of parents.Free JazzerciseStart the New Year with a fun workout at Jazzercise! Two weeks free for new students. Great exercise program for all ages. Classes are held at the North Tahoe Event Center in Kings Beach, Monday through Saturday 8:45 a.m. and Tuesday and Thursday 5:30 p.m. For more information call Ginny at 530-546-7745.Monday Night Creative Writing WorkshopDo you like to write or wish you wrote more regularly? The Monday Night Creative Writing Workshop is a fun kick in the butt to revitalize your creative juices. Learn writing techniques and tips. Meet other writers and strengthen your writing practice. Play with language and meaning in longer writing prompts. Use the workshops to develop new material or to deepen a current writing project. Each workshop is different and involves much writing. The workshop meets for six Monday nights 6:30-8 p.m. in Downtown Truckee. Next session runs Jan. 9 through Feb. 27 (no classes Jan. 16 and Feb. 20). Cost is $100. Contact Karen Terrey at 530-386-3901 or at email@example.com.Karen Terrey, MFA, teaches English at Sierra Nevada College and is the poetry editor for Quay, a literary arts journal. To learn more see http://www.karenaterrey.blogspot.com.Poetry Out LoudTruckee High School will host a school-wide Poetry Out Loud recitation contest in the auditorium Friday, Jan. 13 at 3 p.m. It is the first round of a national recitation contest put on by National Endowment for the Arts. The student who wins at the national level wins a $20,000 scholarship. Find more information at http://www.poetryoutloud.org. Check out the impressive videos of previous contestants. resently there are 14 students signed up to compete.The winner, and two runners up will advance to the Placer County Regional Championships in Auburn, Calif. on Feb. 18.What happened to Tahoe National Park?The stirring saga to create Lake Tahoe National Park throws light on the career of Americaandamp;#8217;s most famous crusading conservationist, John Muir. Through slides, stories, and Muir’s own journals, relive his high-stakes alliances with timber barons, railroad moguls, and the titans of tourism and learn how the struggle to save Lake Tahoe changed the very nature of America itself from English professor Scott Lankford at Sierra Collegeandamp;#8217;s Experts and Insights Dean Lecture Series, Saturday, Jan. 14, 7:30 p.m.No cost. Visit http://www.sierracollege.edu. Reserve a seat at 530-550-2290.Winter Adventureswith Tahoe Adventure CompanyAre you an astronomy buff? Or a novice who wants to learn more about the skies above? Join a Star Tour Snowshoe Adventure with professional astronomer Tony Berendsen. Enjoy a sunset snowshoe tour complete with natural and human history discussions, followed by a Star Tour with Berendsen. Berendsen enlightens the crowd using his high aperture telescopes, poetry, and extensive knowledge. Hot drinks and snacks are served. Cost is $75 per person and the time is 4:30-8:30 p.m.2011-12 Star Tour Snowshoe DatesSaturday, Jan. 14, Orion on the RiseSaturday, Feb. 18, Taurus the Bull on HighSaturday, March 24, Regulus and Mars; war in the skyLooking for the perfect gift? The Gift of Adventure is a great way to share a unique experience with someone special and provides long-lasting memories. This holiday, gift an experience to someone special. Gift Certificates can be redeemed for Winter or Summer Adventures and Kayak/SUP rentals. Call 530-913-9212, e-mail LetsGo@TahoeAdventureCompany.com or visit http://www.TahoeAdventureCompany.com for more details or to purchase online.Whatandamp;#8217;s On Your Mind?Legal update for California business leaders and managersAs part of its Chamber EDucation program, the North Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce and the Sierra Human Resources Association (SHRA) is hosting a Legal Update for California Business Leaders and Managers seminar Tuesday, Jan. 17, 9 a.m.-noon, at Cedar House Sport Hotel, 10918 Brockway Road in Truckee. Deadline to register is Friday, Jan. 13.Registration fees (before Monday, Jan. 9) are $55 per person for chamber and SHRA members and $65 for nonmembers. Last-minute registration (after Jan. 9) is $60 for chamber and SHRA members and $70 for nonmembers.For more information and/or to register, contact Laura Moriarty of SHRA, at 530-573-0224 or Kym Fabel, North Lake Tahoe Chamber manager, at 530-581-8764. Attendees can also pay online at http://www.sierrahra.com.Recycle your Christmas tree in Truckee Tahoe Truckee Sierra Disposal will provide free curbside pickup of Christmas trees the week of Jan. 16-20. Trees must be cut into four foot segments and be clean of all decorations including tinsel, flocking, lights, stands and nails. Trees should be easily accessible and placed at curbside next to the trash. Free curbside pickup is for one week only. For more information, please call Tahoe Truckee Sierra Disposal at 530-583-0148. Free Christmas tree drop-off: New this year, Christmas trees may be dropped off for free recycling. Drop locations include the Tahoe Donner Northwoods Clubhouse, the Glenshire Clubhouse and the 101.5 Truckee Tahoe Radio station parking lot behind Smokeyandamp;#8217;s Kitchen at 12030 Donner Pass Road. Drop-off locations are available through Jan. 20. The dumpsters are for clean, undecorated trees only. Please do not place trash and or recycling in the bins. For additional information about trash and recycling in Truckee visit http://www.keeptruckeegreen.org.Film Viewing andamp; Discussionandamp;#8220;Nourish: Whatandamp;#8217;s the Story of Your Food?andamp;#8221;Slow Food Lake Tahoe in partnership with the Associated Students of Sierra College is hosting a film viewing and discussion of andamp;#8220;Nourish: Whatandamp;#8217;s the Story of Your Food?andamp;#8221; Tuesday, Jan. 17, 6-8 p.m. at the Sierra College Tahoe-Truckee Campus. Cost is suggested donation of $5.By providing a big-picture view, andamp;#8216;Nourishandamp;#8217; reveals the many ways that food connects to the environment, our health, and our communities. Most importantly, andamp;#8220;Nourishandamp;#8221; offers specific steps that individuals and groups can take to create a sustainable food future.”Join the short-film viewing and a lively discussion. To find out more about Slow Food Lake Tahoe visit slowfoodlaketahoe.org or search Slow Food Lake Tahoe on Facebook. Visit nourish.org to learn more about the film.andamp;#8220;An Artisan Januaryandamp;#8221;North Tahoe Arts invites you to join in celebrating the beginning of a new year at Lake Tahoe. Let the snow fall. The Artisan Shop artists will exhibit a special selection of work in the Main Gallery during the month of January. These artists live and work in the Lake Tahoe area and their art work reflects the beauty that is so wonderful, awe inspiring and totally unique in this beautiful region. Stop by Friday, Jan. 13 for the opening reception, 5-7 p.m. at North Tahoe Arts, 380 N. Lake Blvd., Tahoe City. Call 530-581-2787 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, visit http://www.northtahoearts.com.Mobility needs assessmentThe Town of Truckee is conducting a mobility needs assessment study that will identify potential mobility gaps for residents and visitors. Public outreach is an integral component, and opportunities for citizen involvement will be available throughout the study. Please visit the Facebook page (andamp;#8220;Town of Truckee Mobility Needs Studyandamp;#8221;) or contact Kristina Svensk at email@example.com for more information.Wildlife in Wild PlacesA call to artists goes out for the month of March at North Tahoe Arts. Be part of an all medium encouraged exhibit with an all animal theme. The exhibit applicants will be juried in; please send three images of your work on a CD or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Please label your CD with your name and a self-stamped enveloped for its return. A non-refundable application fee of $20 is required for processing. Opening reception is the second Friday of the month. North Tahoe Arts is located in downtown Tahoe City. Please call for details at 530-581-2787.Childrenandamp;#8217;s Youth Chorus A performance-based course designed for students ages 8-14 focuses on the fundamental skills and vocal techniques needed to perform in a vocal ensemble, Tuesdays, 4:30-5:30 p.m., beginning Jan. 24. Students will perform a variety of music throughout the class session. No experience is necessary. If youandamp;#8217;d like to enroll your child in the Childrenandamp;#8217;s Youth Chorus please contact Shauna Gilberti Righellis at 530-581-0618 or email@example.com. Visit http://www.tahoemusicinstitute.com for more information. Located at 2810 Lake Forest Road, Ste. M, Tahoe City.Sierra College hot cocoa socialStudents, friends and family members are invited to Sierra Collegeandamp;#8217;s Tahoe Truckee campus for a back to school social, Tuesday Jan. 31, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Meet faculty, talk to representatives from student clubs and learn about existing professional development and academic opportunities. Free. Visit http://www.sierracollege.edu or call 530-550-2225.Birthday party venues announcedTruckee Donner Recreation andamp; Parks District is accepting reservations for birthday parties at the climbing wall, ice rink, swim pool and ceramics venues for the year 2012. Book your childandamp;#8217;s party at one of these fun activities for a great birthday celebration. Call TDRPD at 530-582-7720 for more information.