Celebrate all sweet things
The Genoa Candy Dance on Sept. 23 and 24 is a town-wide candy and craft festival. It features more than 300 exhibitors and 3,000 pounds of homemade candy. Enjoy the small-town spirit as you explore this sweet and indulgent festival. Local volunteers began hand-making divinity, fudge, peanut brittle and other deliciousness.
Candy Central is a Santa’s workshop atmosphere, full of ribbons and bows, plastic bags, scales and price tags. The Candy Dance is in Genoa Town Park from 4:30 to 10 p.m. The dinner will be catered by Carson City BBQ and musical entertainment will be supplied by Mo’z Motley Blues. | Tickets (775) 782-8696 or genoanevada.org
Drop off paints
PaintCare is holding a special drop-off event to make it easier for households and businesses in the area to recycle unwanted house paint, stain and varnish. In addition, mattresses and box springs will also be accepted. It will be at the Truckee Tahoe Airport from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sept. 23 Only households and businesses in California can participate in the paint drop off. For more information about dropping off mattresses, visit byebyemattress.com or call (855) 700-9973. For guidelines on what paints and how much can be accepted, visit paintcare.org/california.
Make the sun work for you
Liberty Utilities will host a free Solar for Homeowners and Small Businesses Workshop on Sept. 23 from 1 to 2 p.m. at El Dorado County Library in South Lake Tahoe. Utility representatives will be available to discuss various aspects of installing and using solar energy for both residential and small business facilities. Anyone can attend, but only Liberty Utilities customers are eligible to apply for the Solar Incentive Program that provides cash incentives to offset the cost of installing solar panels on their home or small business; schools within Liberty’s service territory are also eligible. Representatives will discuss energy-efficiency options available, including free energy audits to identify ways homeowners and businesses can save on both energy use and costs. Reservations are not required, but arrive early to get a seat. | libertyutilities.com
Toxic patterns erased
For Goodness Sake hosts the following. Kirtan with Leeds Davis is on Sept. 22 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Kirtan is singing and meditation with harmonium accompaniment. After a period of chanting with deeper and deeper attention and devotion, participants will sit in meditation, absorbing and internalizing the chant’s affirmation.
Building Relationships Using Compassionate Communication with Lisbeth Bickett is on Sept. 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Forge stronger connections using efficient and effective conversation skills to promote peace in your life. In this interactive workshop discover and work with the nonviolent communication process developed by Marshall Rosenberg, a practice based on the idea that humans share the same basic needs. | goodnesssake.org
Inspiring above all
South Yuba River Citizen’s League is accepting film submissions for its Wild and Scenic Film Festival that will be held Jan. 11 to 15, 2018. The festival showcases environmental and adventure films that illustrate the earth’s beauty, the challenges facing the planet and the work communities are doing to protect the environment. Through these films, Wild & Scenic Film Festival both informs people about the state of the world and inspires them to take action.
Environmental and adventure films, including documentaries, animation, shorts, features and narratives that are entertaining, educational and above all inspirational are being considered. Submissions will be accepted until Sept. 25. Details and submission requirements are online. | wildandscenicfilmfestival.org
Get the word out cheaply
Tahoe City Downtown Association and North Lake Chamber will host a seminar, Marketing: Your Business on a Budget, on Sept. 29 from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at North Tahoe PUD. This workshop is led by Melissa Forziat, a small business strategic marketing coach and event manager, with a background in marketing and planning roles at the 2006/2010 Olympic Winter Games and Rugby World Cup. It is free for chamber members and $20 for non-members. Seating is limited. | Pre-register Facebook North Lake Tahoe Chamber
Sit less, walk more
Walktober is a free, month-long, fitness challenge to take 10,000 steps a day every day in October. Everyone can participate in this community challenge presented by Tahoe Forest Health Systems Wellness Neighborhood. It is to inspire community members to become more active and get more exercise. It is also a way to win prizes, such as snowshoes from Tahoe Mountain Sports and gift certificates. There is a weekly raffle drawing for all active participants. Register at tfhd.com/walking. | (530) 550-6730 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Douglas County Flu Vaccinations for the public are on Oct. 10 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at Fire Station 23 in Zephyr Cove. Nev. Bring insurance card; most Medicaid, Medicare and private insurance companies can be billed or pay $25. | (775) 283-7906
Workshop for business
Tahoe Chamber’s Level UP workshop series are every third Wednesday of the month from 12 to 1:30 p.m. On Oct. 18 is Sales Secrets: Turn Prospects into Clients. On Nov. 15 is Become a WordPress Pro. On Dec. 6 is Customer Service Refresher. The cost is $10 for chamber members and $20 for nonmembers. Bring a lunch. | Register tahoechamber.org
Monthly first aid offered
First Aid CPR and AED Certification for Adult, Child and Infant is taught by Tessa Waldron at Truckee Donner Community Recreation Center for all ages. The session class is from 6 to 8 p.m., costs $77 and includes a $27 American Red Cross Certification fee. Classes are offered on the first Friday of the month starting on Nov. 3 and ending May 4, 2018. |
Sugar pine campaign
Tahoe Fund announced a campaign to raise $36,000 to support a project to improve forest health in the Tahoe Basin. Due to drought and bark-beetle infestations, tree mortality more than doubled from 35,000 in 2015 to 72,000 in 2016, despite the record-breaking snowfall this past winter. Tahoe Fund is partnering with scientists at U.C Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center to help repopulate the hardest hit areas along the North Shore with native sugar pine trees.
Scientists plan to collect seeds from more than 100 different sugar pine trees around Tahoe. Over the course of the next year, they will grow these seeds into 10,000 seedlings that will be distributed to public agencies to be planted along the North Shore in both California and Nevada. The program also includes distribution of thousands of seedlings to private homeowners. The Sugar Pine Reforestation Project is one of the Tahoe Fund’s Signature Projects for 2017. | tahoefund.org
Tahoe Fund announced that it has accepted a challenge issued by the Tahoe Water Suppliers Association to raise more than $26,000 to help purchase 175 bottom barrier mats that will be used to kill aquatic invasive weeds around the lake. The current inventory of bottom barriers is 1.6 acres short of the maximum 5 acres of coverage permitted for Tahoe. Every dollar the Tahoe Fund raises will be matched by the Tahoe Water Suppliers Association.
Aquatic invasive plants negatively impact the water quality around the shoreline of Lake Tahoe. With the full inventory of mats, more aquatic invasive weeds will be removed and the water quality will improve. | tahoefund.org/donate
Sign up for mobile emergency alert
Placer County residents may register mobile phones for Placer Alert, the county’s state-of-the-art, emergency, mass-notification system. | placer-alert.org
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. | townoftruckee.com
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. | email@example.com or (775) 298-0107
Get rid of green waste
Eastern Regional Materials Recovery Facility will be accepting free green waste drop-offs Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Oct. 31. Participants are allowed multiple trips for a cumulative total of 6 yards. | ntfire.net/green-waste-disposal
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. | tahoefund.org
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
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. | tahoeunleashed.com
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 tdpud.org
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