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Fall birding
Lahontan Audubon Society and Tahoe Institute for Science host a birding trip to Taylor Creek in South Lake Tahoe on Oct. 15 at 8:30 a.m. Join an easy, half-day bird walk along a nature trail, with Kokanee salmon spawning and fall colors. | RSVP

Fix it again
Town of Truckee and Truckee Roundhouse are hosting the second Fixit Clinic on Oct. 14 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Truckee Roundhouse. Fixit Clinic is a free, all-ages activity that offers the opportunity to repair broken household items rather than throwing them away. With help from expert coaches, this do-it-together event teaches and guides participants to disassemble, troubleshoot and repair broken items. Bring clothing, electronics, appliances, bikes, wooden furniture or other small household items needing repair. Fixit supplies and expert coaches will be on hand. Snacks will be provided. All participants will be entered in a raffle for a free month’s membership to Truckee Roundhouse. |

Doggie models needed
Pet Network Humane Society of Incline Village announces a calendar photo contest, “Show Us Your Pets.” Any type of pet is acceptable — dogs, cats, bunnies, birds, etc— but no people. Pet Network Humane Society will use the photos for promotion of the calendars on its Web site, social media or for fundraising purposes. Use high-quality, high-resolution digital photos. The fee is $20 per entry. Complete the entry form with the required information and payment, then e-mail the pet’s photo to Entries are due by Nov. 15. All proceeds go to the Pet Network Humane Society. |

Spirituality explored
For Goodness Sake hosts a number of workshops. Learn to Pray and Heal: A Spiritual Adventure with Nate Frederick is on Oct. 13 at 6:30 p.m. If you have no experience with spirituality or religion, can you still pray and be healed? Frederick says, yes, because prayer and healing are natural to us and a willingness to see things in a new, more spiritual way, has an effect — on everyone. Frederick is a member of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship and a spiritual adventurer who’s traveled the globe sharing healing insights.
RISE to Success: 15 Minutes/Day to Program Your Brain for Positive Results with Patrice Lynn is on Oct. 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. In RISE — repetition, images, sound, emotion —you will learn that what you imagine will come to pass; your emotional vibration will attract like vibrations. People, events and circumstances will come into your life as a direct result.
Realize Your Soul Purpose – Discovering the Spiritual Map of Your Life with Numerology, an Interactive and Informative Workshop by Rachel Jana Allen Flower is on Oct. 27 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Using 22 characters of the Hebrew alphabet to match the sounds of your birth name, your Soul Contract is decoded. Participants will receive a printout of their birth chart and recommendations for applying their numbers. Call Rachel at (415) 827-2623 with birth name so she can prepare a chart. |

Workshop for business
Tahoe Chamber’s Level UP workshop series are every third Wednesday of the month from noon 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

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. |

Welcome mats
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. |

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. |

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. |

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

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. |

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. |

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. |

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


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