Soroptimist Wine and Restaurant Faire Fundraiser

Mark your calendars for the best summer kickoff event going!  Saturday June 3rd is the 43rd Annual Soroptimist Wine Tasting and Restaurant Faire.  This is the main fundraiser for our local Soroptimist chapter, Soroptimist International of Truckee-Donner, of which I’m a member.

It is the “oldest and best wine tasting around” , and supports our community by contributing funds raised towards Tahoe Truckee High School scholarships, youth education programs, families and children in need programs, senior programs, and many more. And of course, the organization dedicates 100% of the event proceeds towards these programs.

Soroptimist is an international volunteer organization for business and professional women, who work to improve the lives of women and girls in local communities and throughout the world.

Add wine and beer tastings, live music, a silent auction and 50/50 raffle, and culinary delights from local caterers and restaurants (some prepared on the spot!) to this fantastic setting, and who can resist?!  The silent auction items are worth thousands of dollars and the raffle offers three major prizes:  a $1000 Mountain Home Center Gift Certificate, A Squaw/Alpine Unlimited Ski Pass for 2017/18, and a Total Wine & More wine tasting event for 20, worth $500.  Tickets are $50 in advance and $55 at the door.  Tickets are being sold in advance at our office, 11836 Donner Pass Road, Truckee.  Other ticket venues are at the Chamber of Commerce downtown, and Truckee Physical Therapy in the Gateway Center. The event is held at the beautiful Coyote Moon Golf Course, 10685 Northwoods Boulevard in Truckee. 

You don’t have to be a golfer to enjoy and appreciate this lovely setting. It sits on 250 acres of granite outcroppings, tall pines, and Sierra views. It’s a delightful spot to spend an early summer evening. We hope to see YOU there!


It was a fabulous winter – and you can still ski the back country and Squaw and Alpine on in to June. But for most of our area, spring has sprung. Lawn mowers, instead of snow plows, are the sounds that will soon be filling the air. And NOW is the time to get your Golfing for Schools card. Most courses will be open between mid-May and mid-June. The cards are fully transferable and make great gifts – clients, Mother’s Day Father’s Day, graduation, etc. Just $325 affords you one round of 18 holes of play at seven area courses – Coyote Moon, Gray’s Crossing, Old Greenwood, Tahoe Donner, Resort at Squaw Creek, Northstar and Tahoe City.

Tahoe Truckee Excellence in Education Foundation is a non-profit foundation that enhances public education and strengthens the student learning experience within the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District. Each year, the Foundation partners with local businesses and the community to raise money and provide over $250,000 in classroom grants, resources, and partnerships to benefit students and teachers in a school district that encompasses 12 schools in a geographic area of 720 square miles. The 2016-17 school year marks the Foundation’s 30th year of supporting local educational efforts.

For more information or to purchase, follow the link above.  

Considering Cannabis

California voters last November approved Proposition 64, making it most populous state in the nation to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, and the largest market for marijuana products in the U.S.

To address the changes brought with the legalization of marijuana, the Town of Truckee Town Council will be holding a series of workshops to discuss the Town’s approach to marijuana regulations.

The focus of these workshops will include discussions on indoor and outdoor cultivation, manufacturing and processing, taxation, retail and commercial uses and delivery services.  Do we want to allow retail dispensaries in the town of Truckee?  If so, where should they be located and what should they look and feel like?  Do we want to impose a local tax on the sale of medical and nonmedical marijuana?  If so, how much should it be and what could those revenues be used to fund?

These workshops are open to the public and opportunities to submit public comment will be made available. Consider weighing in on this topic and being a part of the Town’s decision making for our future.  Once the workshops are wrapped up, Town staff will be working with the Planning Commission and Town Council—all during public hearings—to craft regulations addressing the legalization of marijuana.

Workshops will be held on the following dates in Town Hall Council Chambers (10183 Truckee Airport Road, Truckee, CA) from 6-8pm:

March 9th

  • Retail Dispensaries
  • Processing Facilities
  • Delivery Services


April 13th

  • Residential Cultivation
  • Commercial Cultivation

May 11th

  • Taxation
  • Personal Use and Possession

There was one workshop held in February where the topic was introduced and a voting exercise was held.  You can view the presentation from that night and see the voting results here.

If you wish to stay informed of cannabis-related items, check back regularly to the Town’s website page on this topic or email any questions to


Are we becoming a commuter community for full-time residents? A recent study found that 65% of the the homes in the Tahoe basin are sitting vacant.  When many of these homes are occupied, it’s for short-term or vacation rentals.  Many homeowners offset the carrying costs of their vacation homes via short term rentals, which, unlike a long term rental, still allow them to enjoy their home, as well. Airbnb and other short term rental sites report booming business. A brief check on Craigslist or Facebook and other social sites will demonstrate a serious lack of rentals for either full-time or seasonal employees.  

But what about those who want/need to work here and hope to live here, too?  Shockingly, the average cost of living in the Tahoe region is 10 times higher than the national average.  The affordable housing complexes all report zero vacancies and waiting times ranging from six months to two years. And single family homes are priced out of reach for many.  The lowest priced single “family” home in the Tahoe basin at the time of this writing, is a 584sf 1BR/1BA cabin, priced at $154,950, up on Donner Summit at Emigrant Gap.  Many of our area workers have had to opt to live in Reno, while still working here. There are some school district employees, for example, who commute daily from Loyalton, or even Fernley, NV.good_morning_truckee_-_january_10_2017_-_flyer_-_copy

Our area runs the risk of pricing itself out of reach for full-time residents, who work in the businesses that keep our tourist driven economy going. Recognizing these issues, the Community Collaborative of Tahoe Truckee (CCTT), hosted a housing conversation, moving local leaders to fund and plan a housing needs study.  The study brought together data from Truckee, Placer County, and Nevada County to paint a broad picture of the issues.

On January 10th, the Truckee Chamber of Commerce will host the “Good Morning, Truckee” monthly meeting, focusing on these issues.  Stacy Caldwell of the Community Foundation will present the survey results. 

Also on hand will be an executive from Airbnb to provide an overview of what Airbnb does, the growth in the company and industry, Airbnb’s role in the growing shared economy, an overview of their corporate philosophy, some things they are doing in communities that are concerned about the impact short term rentals are having on housing availability, and where the industry and Airbnb are headed.

Additionally, Ulrik Binzer, CEO and Founder of Host Compliance, the leading provider of short-term rental compliance monitoring and enforcement solutions to local governments, will be featured to speak about Host Compliance, what they do, what they have discovered in Truckee and compare it to other communities they are working with.

“Good Morning, Truckee” is a community forum to provide timely and relevant information on a variety of topics and create a networking opportunity and is open to the public – everyone is invited. It is held the second Tuesday of every month at Truckee Tahoe Airport from 7:00-8:30am. Ticket price for general public is $12; Truckee Chamber members $10 and includes a continental breakfast and raffle ticket.

Online registration is available.

A Wonderful Collision of Art & Nature

Local nonprofit, Trails & Vistas, brings artists, dancers, and musicians from all over the world to our area each year for a series of unforgettable events. Their mission is to create community by celebrating the arts and nature. They do this by collaborating with artists, poets, conservationists, educators, writers, as well as art and environmental nonprofits. Build a thriving rural culture that inspires arts activity, provides economic activity with ecotourism, builds pride of place, and inspires environmental awareness. Trails & Vistas partner organizations include the Truckee Donner Land Trust, the Nevada State Parks, the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Arts in Wellness, the KidZone Museum, InnerRhythms Dance Theater, North Tahoe Arts, and For Goodness Sake, to name a few.

The events are fundraisers for Trails and Vistas “Art in Nature” Field Trips for local third grade students. The field trip is an interactive art hike for 300+ California and Nevada students involving music, poetry, environmental studies, and visual art.  Arts education is often missing in the schools these days, yet it is an integral part of the human experience.  By combining it with fun, interactive outdoor activities, it is a valuable teaching tool.  As one participant said, “Thank you. I loved quieting our minds. I loved your music. I never knew we only had 1 percent of our water on the earth was drinkable water. I really loved sketching.” – Curtis, 3rd grader, Creekside School

Here’s a sampling of their upcoming events.  There’s sure to be one that catches your eye!

If you love food, wine, music and art, you’re in for a very special treat – also on July 15th. Trails and Vistas presents “Taste & Listen”. In this delicious conceptual piece, artist, Nancy Tieken Lopez, Executive Director and founder of Trails and Vista, invites the visitor to interact with culinary arts in a more sociable way, and blurs the distance between artist and viewer. You aren’t just listening to the music as a backdrop, but you are part of it””and are, in fact, making the art as you eat a delicious meal while you enjoy an evening with friends and new acquaintances. Join along with the artists, the Stella Kitchen Team as they feature spices and foods inspired by the music of India, Spain and Africa for an unforgettable meal and artistic experience.

Other summer events for Trails and Vistas include guided hikes showcasing the Truckee Donner Land Trust land acquisitions and open space trails in the summer months, with upcoming hikes at Webber Lake and Lacy Meadows on July 15th and the Independence Lake Preserve of August 12th, with kayaking available for participants.

Trails & Vistas celebrates Art, Earth and Sky with guided art hikes through the majestic natural scenery of the Sierra. Now in its 12th year, Trails & Vistas signature event is a guided art hike with dance, poetry, music, storytelling and environmental art with family, leisure and meditative hikes.  This year there will be two separate hikes and locations.  On September 10th, the hike will take place on the North Canyon Trail, in the Spooner Lake area on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe.  This is a new trail for the event, and it promises to be the best one yet.  The very next weekend, on September 18th, the hike will return to Donner Summit, just outside of Truckee, on yet another new trail and featuring different artists/installations than the previous weeks’ hike.

Artists from the first weekends hike at Spooner Lake will also perform at the World Concert that Saturday night the 10th, being held at the world renown Sand Harbor stage, home of the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival.  Trails & Vistas World Concert: A Peace Project of Truckee Tahoe will close out the world class Shakespeare at Lake Tahoe Encore Series with rhythms and beats with music styles from around the world.  The lineup includes local favorite Emily Tessmer, Peter Joseph Burt, Motoshi Kosako, Jessica Fichot, and headliner, Todo Mundo.

Lastly, as we enter the fall, a Truckee institution enters the scene, the Haunted Historical Tour.  Visitors from as far away as the east coast, the mid-west and LA, and as nearby as right here in Truckee/Tahoe, Reno, Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area become immersed in engaging tales performed by talented characters at six interesting historic sites in the downtown Truckee area.

Each year the highly anticipated performances take place in new featured haunts.  Writers skillfully weave together dramatic, downright haunting and funny stories inspired by times of yore, this Tour is complete with treats and tricks.  It’s rowdy fun and takes place on two October nights, the 13th and 14th.

From unforgettable Art Hikes, a World Concert, art workshops, to immersive arts-in-nature field trips for local students, Trails & Vistas embraces the magic of creativity in the Sierra.  There are so many options for you to join them in celebrating this special place.  You won’t be sorry!

Photo Courtesy of Jeff Engerbretson

Photo Courtesy of Jeff Engerbretson

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