Truckee Tahoe community announcements

Art and music and wine combine for a Meet the Artists opening reception at North Tahoe ARTS (NTA) in Tahoe City, June 5, from 4 to 7 p.m. Seven artists are featured in the Corison Loft in the ART of Food Exhibit and Deb Rose’s andamp;#8220;Nouveau Pageandamp;#8221; is showing the Main Gallery. andamp;#8220;My favorite subjects are the ocean, Lake Tahoe, boats and Sierra landscapes,andamp;#8221; says Rose. Shows through June 28. Johnny Bias will entertain, Rominger West will pour and appetizers will be served. The sale of art helps provide funding for Kids Art Saturdays and programs offered through NTA. Visit or call 581-2787.

Fabulous First Friday is here again! Go to Brickelltown from 4 to 8 p.m. on June 5. In Riverside Studios the theme is GRASS, pottery, leather goodness, photos, paintings and more. Drake andamp; LuLu’s Art Shed will be hosting an open reception with oil paintings by Kathryn Hutter. Sample Fair andamp; Green’s fair trade yumables. The Feather’s Edge will knock your socks off with off the hook eco-gifts. Quartet Minus One will rock the house. Thirst quenching beverages, tasty snacks and more than 20 local artists. Check it out, it’s free.

America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride participants will ride clockwise around Lake Tahoe. Traffic will be delayed on north-bound Hwy 89, Emerald Bay Road from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. at Spring Creek Tract. Southbound Hwy 89 will remain open. The remaining roadways will be open. Motorists are asked to share the roadway and plan a little more time to get to their destinations.

On June 7, two dogs rescued from the infamous Michael Vick Bad Newz Kennels will be andamp;#8220;pets of honorandamp;#8221; at the Sixth Annual Truckee Duckee Derbee andamp; Dogs in Duds Contest at the River Ranch Lodge.The Truckee Duckee Derbee rubber duck races benefit the Humane Society of Truckee/Tahoe, and the afternoon’s festivities include live music on the outdoor patio, a BBQ, drink and food specials, a fabulous raffle and the hilarious Dogs in Duds K-9 costume contest. The TDD pre-race party starts at 2 p.m. with live music and the andamp;#8220;Dogs in Dudsandamp;#8221; at 3 p.m. The Derbee starts at 4 p.m. For information visit or call 581-0181.

Girls on the Run will be looking for volunteers to help run their andamp;#8220;New Balance Girls on the Run 5k Fun Runandamp;#8221; event on June 7, from 9 a.m. to noon at the River View Sports Park, 12200 Joerger Drive. Whether you help with registration and goody-bag hand out, flip burgers, be a andamp;#8220;clapperandamp;#8221; or andamp;#8220;huggerandamp;#8221; at the finish line your support is needed and appreciated. Encourage others to register and participate in the event whether they are walkers, joggers or runners.E-mail, phone 583-5616 or visit

The Annual Tahoe Arts Festival, an Italian street painting art and cultural event will return to the Tahoe Biltmore Lodge andamp; Casino, July 11 and 12. Local and regional artists are invited to participate and transform the Biltmore andamp;#8220;Piazzaandamp;#8221; into a romantic setting of old world Italian charm. Participation is free. The Tahoe Arts Festival will also provide artists with booth space at a discounted rate in the Artist’s Marketplace. Call 583-5605.

Pickleball is a hybrid of tennis, badminton, tennis and ping pong. It is played on a badminton-size court with a low net, wiffle-balls and a ping-pong-like paddle.A very low impact sport which is easy on older joints, but popular with young folks. Free classes are offered Thursday through Sunday from 9 to 11 a.m. Playing andamp;#8220;Americaandamp;#8217;s fastest growing sportandamp;#8221; within 15 minutes. Equipment is supplied. Athletic shoes are required. First left off Squaw Valley Road in the lower parking lot, behind the andamp;#8220;Tower of Signs.” Call John or Jean at 583-4196.

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