Cool and practical ski town
Truckee was recently named as ‘One of 50 Best Places to Live’ in the April issue of Men’s Journal magazine. The men’s lifestyle magazine has a national circulation of over 700,000. The article states ‘Truckee might just be the coolest ski town anywhere’ and was featured as a Best Hideaway, ‘an outdoorsman’s paradise yet still a practical place to live.’

See the Kings of Cumbia and be one of 70,000 people
Nevada Hispanic Services will produce Cinco de Mayo for the second year on Victorian Square in downtown Sparks, Nevada on May 5 and 6. A variety of popular national and local entertainment with food, craft and informational booths will fill the streets along Sparks’ Victorian Avenue. The two-days of free entertainment will be headlined by ‘La Internacional Sonora Show’ with two shows each day at 1 p.m., and 5 p.m. Originally named ‘La Sonora Dinamita,’ the group adopted the name ‘La Internacional Sonora’ in 1993, and has become known as ‘The Kings of Cumbia.’ An estimated 60,000 people enjoyed the 2006 Cinco de Mayo event. Even more are expected to attend this year. Nevada Hispanic Services provides valuable resources, programs and education to assist the local Latino population. The event is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., on Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free to the public. Event details are listed at nhsreno.org.

Give another life to your old prom dresses
Clean out your closets and help a deserving high school girl at the same time! Prudential California Realty in Tahoe City and Truckee is collecting unused prom dresses for girls who can’t afford to buy them. Drop off as many dresses as you wish before May 15 at either of two Prudential California office locations: in Tahoe City in the Lighthouse Center, or in Truckee at 10800 Donner Pass Road, suite 101. Dresses need not be dry cleaned as Big Tree Cleaners in Tahoe City is generously donating dry cleaning. For info call Prudential California Realty at 583-4004, 587-3500 or Elaine Durazo at 530-386-0635.

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Be Part of the Clean Water Team, May 12
The 7th Annual Snapshot Day is a one-day volunteer-based event that takes a picture of one moment in time of our watersheds: Lake Tahoe and the Truckee River. Volunteer monitoring teams will go out to various monitoring sites to perform a stream walk (visual assessment), collect field data, grab samples and take photos. Streams will be field tested for dissolved oxygen, conductivity, pH, and temperature. To volunteer for North or South Shore Lake Tahoe contact Jaymee Willison, 530-544-2657 or jaymeeintahoe@yahoo.com. To volunteer for Middle Truckee River, Truckee contact Beth Christman, 530 550-8760 or bchristman@truckeeriverwc.org.

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