Courtesy Tahoe Institute for Natural Science

Bring your binoculars
Village Green Bird Walks with Tahoe Institute for Natural Science will be held every Thursday from May 4 to June 8 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. in Incline Village, Nev. Enjoy a leisurely stroll observing birds, identifying songs, calls and field marks. Open to birders of all experiences. Meet at Aspen Grove parking lot. | (775) 298-0067 or

Moving forward
Mountain Housing Council of Tahoe Truckee announces a Community Housing Event on April 29 from 8 to 11 a.m. at Truckee High School. The event will bring community stakeholders together to celebrate efforts in co-creating the community infrastructure necessary to serve regional housing issues. |

The parks are coming
The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit will begin opening recreational facilities, weather and snow conditions permitting. Before recreation sites can be opened to the public, crews and staff have to clean up the sites, remove safety hazards and wait for the danger of a freeze to pass before turning on water systems. There is no parking, trash removal or restroom facilities available until the openings. |

Learn defense
Tahoe SAFE Alliance offers free self-defense classes in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The classes for ages 11 and older are from Charles Gracie Team Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. They will be held at 10975 Pioneer Trail #2, on April 21 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and on April 22 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Donations to Tahoe SAFE Alliance will be accepted. | RSVP

Members’ perks
Truckee Chamber of Commerce invites prospective members, new members and existing members to the monthly Membership 101 gathering on April 26 from 8 to 9 a.m. in the train depot. Hear about the chamber’s initiatives, learn about member benefits, exchange ideas and talk about how the chamber can support the business community. Stay afterwards to learn how chamber members can create a free business page at | (530) 587-8808

Get walking
Tahoe Forest Health System’s Wellness Neighborhood presents the Community Walking Challenge starting May 1. This free, month-long, fitness challenge is to take 10,000 steps a day every day. All ages can participate. There are prizes and weekly raffle drawings for participants who get at least 10,000 steps per day. | Register

Customer Service seminar
Join Laura Moriarty of Tahoe Training Partners for a customer service workshop on May 4 from 8 to 10 a.m. to get ready for a busy summer at the Tahoe City Public Utility District board room. Plus, get a sneak peak of a new customer service video series specific to North Lake Tahoe businesses.

The seminar is free for members of the Tahoe City Downtown Association, North Tahoe Business Association or the North Lake Tahoe Chamber and $20 cash only for nonmembers. |, or

Silver ties a must
High Fives Foundation’s Silver Tie Gala is on May 5 at Dolan Lexus in Reno, Nev. The event will celebrate the accomplishments of the foundation and name the annual Community Fives Awards recipients. There will be cocktails, appetizers, dinner from Mark Estee, dessert, music, documentaries  and an awards presentation. Tickets are $250. |

Weeding through the changes
Due to the passage of Proposition 64 in the November 2016 state election, the use of nonmedical, aka recreational, marijuana has been legalized. The Town of Truckee Town Council is holding a workshop to discuss the town’s approach to marijuana regulations at Town Hall from 6 to 8 p.m. on May 11. |

It’s all good
For Goodness Sake presents Kirtan with Leeds Davis on April 21 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Kirtan is singing and meditation. With harmonium accompaniment, participants will chant together several spiritualized songs and then sit in meditation. |

A fast fundraiser
Did you know that more than 3,000 people in the North Tahoe/Truckee community do not always know where their next meal is coming from? Project MANA has developed a fundraising campaign called Fight Hunger Fast. It’s a 24-hour fast to raise $50,000 for hunger relief locally by providing 160,000 meals.

During the month of April, community members will conduct a juice or water fast for a 24-hour period, to demonstrate solidarity with, and create awareness for, their neighbors who experience food insecurity. Fasters will also enlist sponsors to financially support their efforts to raise funds for Project MANA. | (775) 298-4161 or

Affordable, reliable transportation
The Senior Transportation Program includes regular transportation opportunities for shopping, errands, outings and medical or personal appointments. This door-to-door, reliable, affordable, service provides alternating trips to Reno and Carson City on Tuesdays and to local destinations in Incline Village, Crystal Bay and Kings Beach on Wednesdays. Truckee is on the third Wednesday of the month. The regular weekly fee is $5. | RSVP (775) 832-1310

Walk for free
Volunteers are needed for the Tahoe City Wine Walk on June 17. There are a number of shifts to choose from: early, first, second and flex shifts at different times throughout the day. Volunteers receive one free $40 ticket to the walk. |

Honoring fallen firefighter
The Tahoe Fund is seeking donations to fund $9,000 for memorial signs designating a portion of Highway 50 from Mount Ralston Road to Echo Summit as the Firefighter Michael “Mikey” Hallenbeck Memorial Highway. Hallenbeck, a 21-year-old ski lift operator and wildland firefighter on the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, died while fighting the Sierra Fire in August 2015. |

Watch where you park
Winter parking restrictions around the greater North Lake Tahoe area are in effect until May 1. Parking along roadway shoulders during this time is prohibited.

When parking in downtown areas, visitors are encouraged to use designated public parking lots. County officials also advise renters with vacation homes to alert their tenants of seasonal parking restrictions. Illegally parked vehicles may be ticketed and fined or towed, if necessary. |

Volunteer for food bank
Project MANA seeks volunteers to help sort and organize donated food items for distribution. Some tasks require heavy lifting and physical activity. Volunteer time slots are from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, Monday and Tuesday mornings for an hour, Tuesday and Wednesdays from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., and Monday through Friday in the morning. Volunteers must complete a monthly training to learn more about Project MANA programs and policies. | or (775) 298-0107

Help buy beacons
The Meyers Community Foundation is seeking donations to raise $1,000 to pay for the Beacon Basin program and is asking the community to get involved. The Beacon Basin program offers avalanche transceiver practice and training at the Lake Valley Fire Protection District station in Meyers along with free air-canister refills for back-country airbags.

The Meyers Community Foundation and Sierra Avalanche Center have donated most funds for the Beacon Basin equipment. Those interested in donating to the program may visit | (530) 577-3737 or

Get a driver’s discount
This AARP Safe Driver Course will adjust driving to age-related changes in vision, hearing and reaction time. Course completion will result in insurance discounts from all Nevada-based insurance companies. The course is offered on June 7 or Sept. 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Aspen Grove in Incline Village, Nev. The fee is $20 for non-AARP members and $15 for AARP members. |

On your marque
Tickets are on sale now for the 45th annual Lake Tahoe Concours d’Elegance, which will be held at Obexer’s Boat Company in Homewood, is from Aug. 11 to 12. The show, presented by the Tahoe Yacht Club Foundation, benefits a variety of Lake Tahoe maritime nonprofit groups. Each year a Marque Classes, selected by a panel of nationally recognized classic-boat experts and judges, is designed to bring a unique element and theme to the show. The show is accepting boat applications with early registration rates ending May 31. |

Sign up for mobile emergency alert
Placer County residents may register mobile phones for Placer Alert, the county’s new state-of-the-art, emergency, mass-notification system. |

Police offer equipment registry
Truckee Police Department offers a ski, snowboard and bicycle registration program to help in identifying and recovering lost or stolen skis, snowboards and bicycles. |

Run (sort of) wild and free
Tahoe Unleashed Dog Park is just past the entrance to the North Tahoe Regional Park in Tahoe Vista. An information kiosk is on the left of the parking lot at the top of the first hill past the gate. Tahoe Unleashed currently offers two fenced, off-leash areas: one for small dogs and one for large dogs.

Fundraising continues for a third off-leash area called, The Outback, an enclosed 1-acre parcel of wild land for dogs of all sizes and their owners. Frequent dog park users and visitors are encouraged to support efforts by ordering a personalized plaque and adopting a portion of the dog fence. |

Conservation programs help businesses
Truckee Donner Public Utility District has a suite of conservation programs available to qualifying business or commercial customers. These programs help save energy and water and minimize related operating expenses. Many programs are free or offset the costs of a project resulting in a return on investment.

The Commercial Lighting Rebate Program pays up to one-third of project costs to upgrade to high-efficiency lighting. The Business Green Partners Program provides free energy- and water-saving measures including screw-in LED and CFL light bulbs. The Commercial Refrigeration Program provides free energy-efficient refrigeration controls, motors, case lighting and infiltration barriers after a comprehensive refrigeration energy audit and proposal from Truckee Donner PUD’s installation contractor. | (530) 582-3963 or

Small business help offered
The Small Business Development Center offers consulting services to existing and pre-venture small businesses in the Truckee area. Statistics show that 90 percent of businesses with current business plans can realize goals, while 85 percent of businesses that fail do not have a business plan. Consulting services are offered at no cost. | (877) 853-9093