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Truckee Tahoe community announcements

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

Some of the greatest things happen under conditions of adversity. Sierra Business Council is committed to solutions that create opportunity from those exact circumstances. Each year, they host an event to recognize and encourage leadership in the Sierra, honoring community members and leaders who demonstrate solutions to the region’s toughest challenges. If you know of a person, organization or collaborative team who has embodied this type of innovative thinking in the Sierra Nevada in 2010, please nominate today. Visit to download a nomination form. Nominations are due on Friday, March 4, 2011. Please contact for information.

On selected days, participating resorts are offering skiers and snowboarders discounted lift tickets and the opportunity to support education. The proceeds from your lift ticket purchase go directly to the Excellence in Education Foundation, which provides enhanced educational opportunities for local students. Check out Tahoe Donner Downhill Feb. 28 andamp;#8211; March 6, (ticket valid any one day during this period): Skiing for Schools Day. Special, pre-purchased lift tickets are only $25 per person. Limited quantity of tickets available on a first come, first served basis at the Truckee and Tahoe City Porters Sports locations. Visit

The Tahoe Truckee Fly Fishers has installed a new board for 2011: Tom Johns, president; Guy Perman, vice president; Larry Svelund, secretary/treasurer; Vicki Fenner, membership; Paul Dillon and Frank Pisciotta, conservation; John Marcacci and Stephan McLeod, at large and David Lass, past president. TTFF partners with Trout Unlimited, the Truckee Watershed Council and other agencies to conserve, restore and protect local waters. On Wednesday, March 2, The Tahoe Truckee Fly Fishers will hold their monthly meeting at the Cal-Neva in Crystal Bay, Nev. Mixer at 5:30 p.m. and meeting at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy a great educational program and a raffle for fishing items. For information on outings, meetings and projects, please visit

North American Ski Training Center (NASTC) is hosting a three-day camp at Squaw Valley, Feb. 24-26. Instruction provided by PSIA National Demo Team members and Chris Fellows (author of andamp;#8220;Total Skiingandamp;#8221; and director of NASTC). Focus on developing necessary skills to negotiate all types of terrain and conditions, mastering skill blending, and tactical options for skiing off-piste terrain. Open for intermediate to advanced skiers. Course includes three full days of instruction with personalized video feedback, tech talks, lift tickets and a group dinner. Contact NASTC at 530-582-4772 or

North Tahoe Arts, ARTour is an annual open studio event that attracts 2,000 visitors from the Bay Area, Reno, Nev. and other areas in California. Applications available now. Call 530-581-2787 or e-mail for more information.

Few things bring a community together better than food and music. Stone Soup, a weekly soup night in Truckee, melds this powerful combination into a special treat of homemade soup, friends, family, conversation, music, and most importantly community. Every Sunday, through March 27, a different volunteer group will chop, dice, and saut, then cook a huge pot of soup to share with anyone who walks in the door at the Community Arts Center, 10046 Church St., 5-7 p.m. Call Kaili Sanchez, 530-582-4079,

Fun for all ages. Only $2 each person for basketball, foosball, ping pong, air hockey, pool table, board games, puzzles, tot’s playroom through March 2. Computers, chess and wireless, exercise studio. Rideout is located at 740 Timberland Lane, Tahoe City, 1 mile south of Sunnyside, call 530-583-3440, ext. 10.

The Pacific Crest Trail Association and the Tahoe Rim Trail Association are very pleased to be presenting The National Geographic Film, America’s Wild Spaces: The Pacific Crest Trail, Feb. 25, 8 p.m., Lakeside Pizza, 850 N. Lake Blvd., (next to and behind the Safeway in Tahoe City. This hour-long film chronicles the peaks and valleys of this epic 2,650 mile long trail that stretches from Mexico to Canada, cutting through seven national parks and 24 national forests. Each year more than 300 backpackers attempt to complete the entirety of this grueling route, hiking through the states of California, Oregon, and Washington and experiencing elevations changes equal to that of 10 Mt. Everests. Visit Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Cold temperatures and snow on the ground means its time for a warm evening along side friends, neighbors, and the Tahoe City Recreation Department. Enjoy an evening of tasty soups, delicious chilis and full stomachs. The andamp;#8220;Soup and Chili Cook Offandamp;#8221; is going into its second year at the Rideout Community Center and will take place Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011. The Tahoe City Recreation Department invites all amateur and professional cooks to show off their culinary talent in this year’s event which will feature a variety of different categories in both the soup and chili division. Entry fee is $20 dollars per soup or chili with all proceeds benefiting the Tahoe City Recreation Departments Youth Scholarship Program. Entry is only $4 and the North Tahoe Historical Society will be on hand selling beer and wine. The doors will open at 5 p.m. and award winners will be announced at 8 p.m. For more information contact Shaun, Recreation Coordinator for the TCPUD Recreation Department at 530-583-3440, ext. 14.

What is happening on the lake bottom and what changes are being found in the plant and animal communities that inhabit deep areas of the lake? What is causing this change and how will it impact the overall health of the lake? Join Annie Caires in an exploration of the deepest areas of Lake Tahoe and learn about the biological community that lives within its abyss, March 1, 5:30 p.m., Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences, 291 Country Club Drive, Incline Village, Nev. This past summer her team of scientists and volunteers initiated a comprehensive investigation of the lake bottom. Looking for elusive native species, they found critters that live only in Lake Tahoe. Meet these interesting species and learn why they might be the andamp;#8220;canaries in the coal mineandamp;#8221; for the health of Lake Tahoe. Call 775-881-7560, ext. 7474 for information.

An additional screening of the hard-hitting education documentary andamp;#8220;Race To Nowhere” is scheduled for Tuesday, March 1, at the North Tahoe High School theater in Tahoe City, 6:30-9 p.m. Sponsored by the Excellence in Education Foundation, in partnership with Parents for Public Schools of Truckee-North Tahoe, Tahoe Truckee Education Association (TTEA) and the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District.The film is generating conversations in communities around the nation regarding education and galvanizing change. The film is rated PG-13 and runs 1 hour, 25 minutes. This event is free and open to the public but please register your attendance at For more information contact Excellence in Education, 530-550-7984, or Leisa Peterson at 530-448-1558,

Lecture by Mark McLaughlin. Residents and travelers in the Lake Tahoe region endure some of the most brutal winter storms in the world, March 3, 7 p.m., The Mark Twain Cultural Center, 760 Mays Blvd., Ste. 10, Incline Village, Nev. Snowfall measured in feet, wind gusts in excess of 180 mph, and wind chills far below zero conspire to wreak havoc on anyone caught unprepared. This lively 60-minute presentation by weather Historian Mark McLaughlin captures compelling stories and dramatic images that chronicle our dynamic past. Rampaging floods and destructive avalanches also play important roles in this zone of wild weather. How is climate change impacting this beautiful part of the world? Call 775-831-2820 or visit

Relive Mark Twain’s western experience as portrayed in andamp;#8220;Roughing Itandamp;#8221; by the Ghost of Twain, McAvoy Layne. Also featuring, andamp;#8220;1601,andamp;#8221; a ribald fireside conversation that will make a cast iron dog laugh. This is history and humor for the intellectual stomach. Located at The Mark Twain Cultural Center, 760 Mays Blvd., Ste. 10, Incline Village, March 4. Doors open at 6 p.m., the trouble begins at 7 p.m. Bring your own dinner and beverage. Comfortable chairs and tables provided. Call 775-831-2820 or visit for tickets.

Something fishy is happening at KidZone. Come help us decorate the new exhibit with aquatic critters made from reclaimed and recycled materials. Parents get a night out! KidZone Museum, 11711 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, March 4, 6 p.m. Call 530-587-KIDS (5437) or visit for additional dates.

Truckee High School Auditorium, March 4, 6 p.m. See the andamp;#8220;Trashion Showandamp;#8221; while supporting the Truckee High school Envirolution Clubandamp;#8217;s effort to attend the National Service Learning Conference, in Atlanta, Ga. this April. Entertainment, food, raffle, silent auction and more all for $10 adults and $6 students. Support Truckee High studentandamp;#8217;s to take their show on the road! Tickets can be purchased at Truckee High main office or contact club president for more information at The Envirolution Clubandamp;#8217;s Trashion show is a fashion show with stunning outfits made by the students themselves out of materials that send a message of hope for a greener future, through witty commentary and entertaining music. The Envirolution club is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering andamp; Mathematics) service learning project advised by SWEP (Sierra Watershed Education Partnerships). Visit

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