Truckee Reads ‘The Tipping Point’
May 10
How does change happen in our community? Join the town for a book discussion on ‘The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference,’ by Malcolm Gladwell. Learn about epidemics of past, present and future change in our town, with a panel of local agents of change, including Candy Blesse (educator who shifted outdoor ed focus to our local environment); Mayumi Elegado (co-founder of Moonshine Ink); Scott Terrell (TDPUD’s Conservation Ambassador); Stephanie Olivieri (activist for community, environment, and local business); and Gary Romano (local organic farmer). Sponsored by the Friends of the Truckee Library and Sierra College’s Institute for Sustainability. Appetizers from Florian’s and a no-host wine bar.
A $5 donation is requested. From 5 to 7:30 p.m. 10046 Church Street, Truckee, 530-582-7846.

Bike-to-Work Week
May 12 to 16
Lake Tahoe commuters will have a chance to hop on their bicycles and get some fresh air and exercise while commuting to work during National Bike-to-Work Month. The Lake Tahoe Bicycle Coalition and the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency are collaborating with other organizations and agencies around the Lake to bring the third annual Bike-to-Work Challenge to the Basin. Individuals and workplace-based teams join in friendly competition to see who can inspire the most employees to ride to work. The Challenge also highlights those who ride the most miles and who gain the most elevation during their ride to work. ‘Last year 200 participants rode almost 7,000 miles. That kept the equivalent of about 6,300 pounds of carbon dioxide out of Tahoe’s atmosphere. This year we hope to double our mileage with even more participants,’ said Ty Polastri, President of the Lake Tahoe Bicycle Coalition. Volunteer Bike-to-Work organizers have been planning activities, including Bike Fix-It Booths at North and South Shore Earth Days, coffee stops, tee shirts, and donations for a daily drawing for participants. tahoebike.org, 775-588-4547 ext. 204.

Get To Know Your Neighbor
May 15
Join Conscious Community Network members and other caring citizens to learn how you can participate in – or create your own – Neighbor Week events. Now in its third year, Get To Know Your Neighbor Day has expanded to Get To Know Your Neighbor Week (Saturday, June 21, through Monday, June 30). Find out how you can get involved, hear inspirational stories from those who participated in last year’s events, and get helpful hints on creating a stronger, safer, more caring community. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., 1100 Moana Lane, Moana Nursery, Reno, Nevada, istmereno.org, 775-721-3287.

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Truckee Tahoe Airport District Photo Contest
Through November 16
The Airport District has designed a photo contest to commemorate its fiftieth anniversary. ‘Connect’ will provide the opportunity for the Airport and its community to do just that. Photographers are invited to submit images that illustrate what it means to be connected to the Truckee-Tahoe community. Six winners will be selected throughout the year, as determined by a public online voting process. Each will receive a $100 dining voucher to a Truckee-Tahoe restaurant and recognition on the airport’s website. Contest rules and schedules at TruckeeTahoeAirport.com, or call 530-587-4540.

Woodcutting Season Opens
Firewood permits for the Tahoe National Forest (TNF) can be purchased beginning on Thursday, May 1, on the west side of the TNF and May 15 on the east side of the Forest. Permits cost $15 per cord, with a 2-cord minimum and an annual 10-cord maximum per household. Permits allow removal of dead and down wood within TNF boundaries unless otherwise signed. Transportation load tickets will be issued. For regulations and to determine what areas are open for cutting and fire danger, call the woodcutting hotline for the Ranger District where you plan to cut wood. Obtain permits at all Ranger Stations, the Forest Headquarters, or by mail. Applications for mail-in permits can be found online at fs.fed.us/r5/tahoe.
• Forest Headquarters – 631 Coyote Street, Nevada City, 530-265-4531, Woodcutting Hotline 530-478-6253.
• Sierraville Ranger District – 317 South Lincoln (Highway 89,) 530-994-3401 ext. 0, Woodcutting Hotline 530-994-3401 ext. 4.
• Truckee Ranger District – 9646 Donner Pass Road, 530-587-3558, Woodcutting Hotline 530-587-2158.

Welcome Aboard
May 24
(See feature story in this edition) Celebrate the new Tahoe Maritime Museum in Homewood at the Grand Opening. The incredible new building celebrates the rich maritime history of Lake Tahoe, and offers insights into the life and times of twentieth century Tahoe. The collection of historic wooden boats and maritime artifacts and a hands-on children’s area are not to be missed. Kids’ activities include knot tying, boat building, watercolor painting and more. Guided tours. Free. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., 5205 West Lake Boulevard, Homewood, tahoemaratimemuseum.org, 530-525-9253.

Take a Gamble for the Kids
May 31
Tickets are now on sale for the KidZone Museum’s sixth annual fundraiser Texas Hold ’Em Poker Competition and Dinner.
Enjoy a rip-roaring evening of gambling, entertainment, gourmet Texas BBQ, music, and over $10,000 in silent auction donations & prizes. Professional dealers will lead the poker competition in one of the most popular gambling games in the world, Texas Hold ‘Em. If gambling isn’t your thing, try your luck on the mechanical bull or some authentic calf ropin’. The evening will be filled with live music, magic and dancing. All of this fun supports the kids of our community and helps to build a bridge to a new facility. 5 to 11:30 p.m. at the Olympic Village Inn in Squaw Valley. Tickets are $85 for tournament play, $60 for non-tournament play, and a reserved gambling table for ten people is $1,000. Cost includes dinner and fun. Tickets available online at kidzonemuseum.org, or at 11711 Donner Pass Road, 530-587-KIDS (5437).

World’s Largest Coffee Break
May 10
Fair and Green: Gifts with Conscience hosts World Fair Trade Day. Help Fair Traders in North America celebrate the day and try to break the world record – in the Guinness Book – for the largest coffee break. (Most people gathered for coffee at one time.) Bring Your Own Mug to the Fair Trade Coffee Break (tea & hot cocoa will be served too) and get a raffle ticket for great fair trade prizes. Learn more about Fair Trade and how it helps farmers around the world. Kids art contest – Recycled, Reclaimed, and Found Objects. 11:30 a.m. fair-and-green.com, 10382 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, 530-582-0908.

Sand Harbor Spring Paddle
May 17
Join members of the Lake Tahoe Water Trail for their first kayaking event this year. Be at the Sand Harbor Boat Ramp for a 9 a.m. launch.  The flotilla will head south for an hour, then return to a BBQ at the park. Learn about the geology and participate in Coast Guard clinics on boating safety. Bring your own equipment or call to arrange rentals. $20 per person includes lunch and parking. $15 for kids under 15.  Kids under 5 are free. R.S.V.P. by May15. Niobe.burden@gmail.com, 530-543-3001.

Trail Building
May16 through 18
Join the Tahoe Rim Trail Association for the Third Annual Trail Building and Crew Leadership Training. Learn how to design, build, and maintain trails with instructors from agencies and non-profit trails organizations in and around the Lake Tahoe area. Participating organizations include the Sierra Front Recreation Coalition, Tahoe Rim Trail Association, Carson Valley Trails Association, Pacific Crest Trail Association, Truckee Meadows Trails Association, Truckee Trails Foundation, Truckee Donner Land Trust, Nevada State Parks, Washoe County Parks, California State Parks, and the U.S. Forest Service. After participating in this program, participants will have the opportunity to work with many trails groups and agencies in building and maintaining trails around the Lake Tahoe area. Program held at Galena Creek Park. The cost is $65 and includes instruction, lodging, food, training materials, and transportation to work sites. Register at tahoerimtrail.org, 775-298-0239.

Black Rock Rendezvous
May 23 to 26
Celebrate the Black Rock Desert/High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area with three days of tours, workshops, demonstrations, hikes, music, camping, and more at the Fourth Annual Black Rock Rendezvous. This weekend inspires stewardship within the region, while providing insight to its rich history and modern-day use. Saturday night, the Nevada Outdoor School hosts a BBQ dinner and campfire, ‘Tales From the Trail,’ with noted experts on the region providing wit and history. Sunday tours follow five distinct tracks: Historical, Hot Springs, Geology, Playa Land Use, and Soldier Meadows/High Rock Canyon. Planned demonstrations include rocket launches, cultural site stewardship, horsemanship, and land sailing. A kids’ camp will entertain the young ones. Later, join friends at Cassidy Mine for the annual dinner and live music under the stars. All attendees should come prepared for Leave-No-Trace camping. Lodging is also available in Gerlach. There is no cost to participate or attend. blackrockrendezvous.com, 775-557-2900.

SpeakEasy Night
June 14
Rapidly becoming Truckee’s social event of the year, The Truckee Sunrise Rotary Club’s third SpeakEasy Night will be held at The Lodge at Sugar Bowl.
The evening features a ‘Roaring ‘20s’ theme with dancing to live music by The Shotgun
Wedding Quintet and Jazz Mafia. In addition to ‘gambling’ in the back room,
a Martini Bar, a Bathtub Gin Bar, a raffle, and both live and silent auctions, there
will be a fine dinner by The Inn at Sugar Bowl. Most party-goers don period
costumes. This event is their primary fund-raiser, and proceeds will go to fund the club’s charitable activities in the area, including support for seniors, dictionaries for Truckee’s third graders, college scholarships, and more. Tickets are $50 per person, including dinner, and are available from Kathy Bender at California Land Title, 530-587-4677, Sara Taddo at Truckee Donner Land Trust, 530-582-4711, or any Sunrise Rotarian.

Golfing for Schools
Excellence in Education’s 2008 Golfing for Schools Card is on sale at Porter’s Sports in Truckee. The transferable passes cost $450 and provide 18 holes of play at seven premiere North Tahoe and Truckee area golf courses, including Coyote Moon, Northstar-at-Tahoe, Old Brockway, Old Greenwood, Resort at Squaw Creek, Tahoe City, and Tahoe Donner. Some restrictions apply. Proceeds benefit local public education programs through the Tahoe Truckee Excellence in Education Foundation. exined.org.

Early Season Local’s Special
Through June 15
Tahoe locals receive a 20 percent discount for any fly fishing lesson at the Resort at Squaw Creek’s on-site Fly Fishing Center. Federation of Fly Fishers Certified Casting Instructor Matt Heron leads a variety of classes for all abilities, from first-timers to the experienced angler. The Center, which is part of the Resort at Squaw Creek’s High Altitude Adventures, features private, stocked ponds. Equipment is provided.  Reservations recommended 530-583-6300 x6631.

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