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The Tahoe Donner Golf Course opens all 18 holes on August 19 for the remainder of the season. Green fees will return to their original board-approved 2005 season rates. Contact Director of Golf Bill Winfield at 587-9443, ext. 4 for more information.Mark Wellman Celebrity Golf Challenge Disabled Sports USA Far West has teamed up with accomplished adaptive sports athlete Mark Wellman as well as the Tahoe Donner Golf Course to create the Mark Wellman Celebrity Golf Challenge, raising money for Disabled Sports USA Far West. This inaugural event brings celebrities and Olympians to Truckee for a fundraising banquet Sept. 8 followed by a golf tournament, awards ceremony and barbecue on Sept. 9. Soldiers disabled in the Iraq war will be guests of honor at the event, and will participate in a three-day sports camp prior to the event with DSUSAFW, where they will be introduced to a number of activities including climbing, biking, kayaking and possibly golf.Some of the participating celebrities include KPIX-TV CBS news anchor Ken Bastida, former San Francisco 49er Gordy Ceresino, U.S. Olympic Team skiers Tamara McKinney, Kristen Krone and Hans Standteiner, Olympic Gold medalist swimmers Jeff Float and Debbie Meyer and others. Ticket sales are open to the public, with all proceeds going to Disabled Sports USA Far West. Donors for the event will receive recognition for their contributions and will be paired up with a celebrity for the tournament.All proceeds go to Disabled Sports USA Far West. For sponsorship or participation information, contact Mark Wellman or Carole Praxmarer at No Limits: 582-1135, or Doug Pringle of DSUSAFW at (916) 722-6447.Northstar hikingNorthstar-at-Tahoe is offering a one-and-a-half mile (round-trip) self-guided nature hike starting at the top of the Village Express chairlift. This trail, perfect for families and nature enthusiasts, winds itself through the forest heading east to Sawmill Lake. Along the trail, guests can use a brochure to read about the 17 designated plant and wildlife areas. There are many different species of trees and wildflowers along the trail, as well as possible wildlife sightings.For a cardio workout, guests can begin at the top of Vista Express and hike back down to the Northstar Village, or for a leisurely stroll they can explore mid-mountain and take the lift back down to the Village while enjoying a bird’s eye-view of Martis Valley below.The cost for lift-accessed hiking at Northstar is $15 for adults and $10 for children. Lifts run Sunday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information about the resort or any of its summer activities, visit http://www.NorthstarAtTahoe.com or call 1-800-GO-NORTH.Tennis at Northstar The Northstar open Tennis Tournament is returning to the Northstar Recreation Center Sept. 9-11. The deadline to sign up is Aug. 29. The more than 30-year-old event is for men, women and mixed NTRP levels 2-7 singles and doubles. There will be a lunch party, T-shirts, trophies, prize money and more. For details and entry forms, visit http://www.northstartennis.com or call 562-0321.Ride the Tahoe Sierra CenturyThe third annual Tahoe Sierra Century – a bicycle tour of the Lake Tahoe, Truckee and Donner Summit areas, with proceeds benefiting the North Tahoe Middle and High School music programs – will take place Sept. 24. Cyclists may choose from a 100, 60 or 30-mile route. The ride begins and ends at The Village at Squaw Valley and culminates with a pizza/pasta dinner and live jazz provided by school bands. Fees for single riders are $45, and will increase after Sept. 15. For additional fee information, ride details, accommodations and more, visit http://www.tahoesierracentury.com.Silver State MarathonA field of more than 700 runners is expected to compete at the 29th running of the Silver State Marathon Sunday, Aug. 21 at the Bowers Mansion Regional Park. The park is located on the west side of Washoe Valley, 10 miles north of Carson City and 18 miles south of Reno. Events include a 10k walk, 10k run, half marathon and a marathon. The marathon starts at 6 a.m, the half-marathon and 10k run start at 8 a.m. and the 10k walk starts at 8:10 a.m. Entry fees before Aug.1 are $60 for the marathon, $45 for the half-marathon and $30 for the 10k run and walk. Between Aug. 1 and Aug. 18 prices are $70 for the marathon, $50 for the half-marathon and $35 for the 10k run and walk. There is no race day registration. Entry forms are available at http://www.silverstatestriders.com. Call (775) 851-8369 for more information.Help Fight MS on a bike The National Multiple Sclerosis Society will hold its 2005 Reno-Tahoe MS 150 Bike Tour on Sept. 10 and 11 at Graeagle mountain lake region, located about 40 minutes north of Reno-Tahoe. The tour raises money for MS research and local programs while increasing awareness of MS.For more information or to register as a rider, donor or volunteer, or for more information about the programs for persons with MS and/or their caregivers, call (775) 329-7180 or visit http://www.nationalmssociety.org/nvn. Emigrant Trails Bike TrekThe 19th Annual Emigrant Trails Bike Trek, the American Lung Association of Sacramento-Emigrant Trails,’ top fund raiser, will take place Sept. 9 through 11 in the Tahoe-Donner area. This year’s event features three days of cycling through the Tahoe-Donner area with camping at Donner Memorial State Park. A minimum donation of $395 is required to participate. The event begins at Cisco Grove Campground and RV Park, then follows by a 25-mile ride to Donner Memorial State Park and concludes back at Cisco Grove with a finale barbecue. Various routes will be available for the second day, ranging from 10 to 50 miles.Prospective Trekkers can register online at http://www.saclung.org or by calling Tony at (916) 444-5900. For further information, contact Kori Titus: (916) 444-5900 or e-mail ktitus@saclung.org.Horse camp Children and young adults to the age of 17 can learn and improve horseback riding skills and knowledge this summer at one of Northstar-at-Tahoe’s five-day horse camps. Riders will learn about horse behavior, grooming, how to tack up safely, types of tack and feeding, and each day includes at least two-hours of riding. Campers need to be in fit condition, bring layered clothing, boots or sturdy shoes, sunscreen and a snack each day. Camps run Monday through Friday, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and will be held Aug. 29-Sept. 2. The cost is $300 per session, and a $50 deposit is required to reserve a space. Call 562-2480 or visit http://www.northstarattahoe.com. For information about special lodging rates, which starts at $45 a night, call 1-800-GO-NORTH.Guided Rim Trail hikesIf you ever wanted to go hiking but did not known where to go, the Tahoe Rim Trail Association has the solution for you. Thanks to trained guides, there are a number of hiking options for people of a variety of levels and abilities. For more information, check out the guided hike Web site at http://www.tahoerimtrail.org/guidedhikes.htm and then contact the guides you would like to go hiking with.Co-ed soccer leagueTruckee AYSO will be having a soccer league for boys and girls ages 14 to 19 from mid-August until Nov. 6.Eligible birthdates to play are Aug. 1, 1986 to July 31, 1991. If not on file, players will need to provide a copy of a birth certificate.Contact Jeanie McCarthy at 587-4841, or sign up online at http://www.eayso.orgChix with StixThe women at the Tahoe City Golf Course are at it again this summer with their weekly nine-hole scramble on Thursday mornings, beginning no later than 8:45 a.m. to set up teams for a 9 a.m. tee time. Chix With Stix requires an NCGA Handicap in order for scores to count, however, golfers can play just for fun until establishing one. In addition, this year the club will play an 18-hole tournament the last Thursday of each month. The tournament schedule will culminate with the Club Championship on Sept. 29. Membership dues for Chix With Stix are $25 with the entire amount put toward winnings in the Club Championship Tournament. For non-members of the Tahoe City Golf Course, greens fees for the nine-hole scrambles are $15 with everyone paying a $5 entry fee. On 18-hole tournament days, the non-member greens fees are just $25 with each player contributing a $10 entry fee. All entry fees are paid back to the participants in the form of gift certificates redeemable at the Tahoe City Golf Course. For questions or to sign up contact Pat Tidey at 546-4170 or Donna Lura at 583-1073.


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