Free Wood Chipping
Ends Aug. 31  |  Put your cut tree limbs, bushes, and small trees out on the curb from now through the end of August, and the Truckee Fire Protection District will chip them for free by pre-arrangement. This program is aimed at reducing fire hazards by offering residents a free and green way of thinning vegetation and creating defensible space around their homes. Because of a lack of funding, this might be the last year for this no-cost program, so get rid of that dead wood now by stacking it on the curb and calling (530) 582-7850 to get your name on the list for chipping. Limbs need to be stacked neatly with the cut end facing the road, and rocks or other waste are not allowed.

History Lesson on Wheels
Daily  |  Tahoe Adventure Company is sponsoring a group ride for cyclists interested in taking a two-wheeled tour of local history. The ride starts off in downtown Truckee, highlighting the Wild West stories of the town. Riding along the Truckee River, bikers will learn about the significance of the railroad and the river to food transport in America and to the development of Truckee. Remnants of old settlements along the river are still visible. Cost is $70 per person ($80 w/lunch). Info: (4-person minimum)

Adopt a Stream
Saturday, Aug.11  |  Interested in a hands-on habitat lesson? The Truckee River Aquatic Monitoring group is looking for volunteers to join its experts for a morning (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) of collecting benthic macroinvertebrates (aka stream bugs). The group visits five Tahoe streams throughout the summer to collect biological samples and habitat data. Volunteers are invited to meet with staff in the lab during the winter months to identify and analyze the samples. Volunteers should be prepared to get wet and walk over uneven ground. Info: Truckee River Watershed Council, (530) 550-8760 (ext. 1)

Perseid Meteor Shower Campout
Monday, Aug. 13  |  Friends and families can camp under the stars and watch the night sky light up during the Perseid Meteor Shower at Squaw Valley’s High Camp, 8,200 feet elevation. After loading the Tram from 4:20 p.m. to 5:20 p.m. and then 
setting up camp on the mountaintop, there will be an informational briefing on telescopes. A meteor-shower viewing will begin at 10 p.m. In the morning campers will enjoy a continental breakfast from 6:45 to 7:30 a.m. before downloading on the Tram. Tickets are $79 for adults and $54 for kids. Info: (800) 403-0206

Tour Sierra College
Aug. 14 at 2 p.m. or Aug. 16 at noon  |  Join staff for a one-hour tour of the 70-acre campus. The college offers associate degrees, certificates, and technical education, and also features distance learning through online classes. The fall semester begins Aug. 20 and includes more than 50 courses, including core academics, personal development, psychology, art, yoga, and career training in fields such as business, health, and the administration of justice. In-state tuition is $46 per unit, and most classes are three or four units. Many credits earned at Sierra College can transfer to four-year colleges and universities. Info: 11001 College Trail, Truckee, (530) 550-2225,

Spooner Lake Stargazing
Saturday, Aug. 18  |  Summer stargazing is spectacular under the dark, clear skies of Spooner Lake. Enjoy a laser-guided tour of starry wonders from 8 to 10 p.m. with professional stargazer Gigi Giles. Delight in a unique and educational experience as you peer through high-powered telescopes and astronomical binoculars in the clear mountain air at an elevation of 7,000 feet. Meet at Spooner Lake Park at the intersection of State Route 28 and U.S. 50 at Lake Tahoe. No pets please. Info: (775) 749-5980

Art Fair
Saturday, Aug. 25  |  Gallery BLu SKY in Tahoe Vista is hosting a free community art fair from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. with free music on the deck of Spindleshanks American Bistro. The live lineup features acoustic artist Kriston Prater from noon till 1 p.m., and the West Coast funk band Terraplane from 1 to 4 p.m. Gallery owner TK Tsuji is inviting artists working in any medium to join. The venue can accommodate up to 20 artists sharing eight to 10 booths. The gallery requests a commission, but no booth fee. Info: 6883 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe Vista,, (831) 251-6845

A Children’s Book on Antarctica
Saturday, Sept. 1 and Thursday, Sept. 6  |  Tahoe photographer Keoki Flagg has a book coming out, a collection of photographs from his 2011 journey to Antarctica that’s as educational as it is beautiful. In “Snowcial: An Antarctic Social Network Story,” Flagg teamed up with author Chelsea Prince to recreate their two-week 2011 trip to the Antarctic Peninsula through the eyes of two imagined children. The fictionalized technique allows readers to travel onboard the Sea Adventurer from the tip of South America to the land of penguins and killer whales. Along the way, readers, both children and parents alike, will marvel at the details, which include facts about why ice is blue and how killer whales hunt. While the book will officially come to market on Sept. 15, Tahoe will be home to two exclusive pre-launch events. On Saturday, Sept. 1, from 4 to 7 p.m., Gallery Keoki hosts a book signing and Q&A. On Thursday, Sept. 6, from 5 to 7 p.m., the North Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce hosts a reception and book signing for Flagg at the North Lake Tahoe Visitors Center. Flagg is the Visitor Center’s featured artist of September. Info: Lynn Gibson, Gallery Keoki,, (530) 414-8500,

Food & Wine Festival
Sept. 1 to 9  |  Lake Tahoe’s gourmet event is back with an expanded program stretching from Kings Beach to the West Shore and Truckee. New this year will be a Labor Day barbecue with music at Homewood’s West Shore Café, the Alpen Wine Fest at the Village at Squaw Valley, and educational classes at Uncorked Wine Bar in its Tahoe City location. Meet, shop, cook, and dine with celebrity local chefs including Wolfdale’s owner Douglas Dale. Also new this year is a winemaker dinner at Soule Domain in Crystal Bay. The cozy cabin setting is home to the exquisite pairings of owner and Chef Charlie Soule with the award-winning wines of Mt. Vernon Winery, a previous winner at the Lake Tahoe Autumn Food and Wine Festival. Info:

Crisis Intervention Training: Men Wanted
Sept. 4 to Oct. 30  |  Tahoe SAFE Alliance is looking for volunteers, especially men, to help the agency in its mission to reduce the incidence and trauma of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse in our communities. All of the volunteers at Tahoe SAFE Alliance who work with clients must successfully complete the Crisis Intervention Training, which is offered twice a year. The 68-hour course will be held on a combination of Tuesday and Thursday evenings and three Saturdays in an eight-week period beginning Sept. 4. Graduates from this course are provided with a certificate of completion and are recognized as able to work in crisis intervention and peer counseling, including the 24-hour Community Help Line and the Safehouse Program. Info: Hayley Adamski,, (775) 298-0182