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.

Ooooohhhhh!   It’s just around the corner! The month of spooks and chills. And here in Truckee, that means laughs, too. Truckee’s Haunted Historical Tour will once again hit the streets of the old downtown area for a rip roarin’ good time this October 13th and 14th!  Do you have your tickets yet?

 A fundraiser for local non-profit, Trails and Vistas, the Historical Haunted Tour gives guests a taste of Truckee’s darker past and lets them experience the Wild West in Truckee’s oldest and ghostly buildings, some of which are not generally open to the public, such as the Masonic Lodge.
Our actors love having a ball dressing up in historical garb and create a character that makes guests wonder what the evening has in store for them! The tour takes full creative license to ensure the guests are thoroughly entertained, occasionally harassed, and sometimes doted upon.

The funds raised from the Historical Haunted Tour allows Trails and Vistas to continue to provide Arts in Nature field trips to over 300 third graders from the Truckee and Lake Tahoe area. These interactive field trips let students participate in environmental education, visual art, poetry, storytelling, creative movement with a musician, and learn about the natural history. No student is denied because of the lack of funds. For some students, this is the first time they visit Sand Harbor State Park, where the field trips are held, and experience its environmental beauty. Their teachers incorporate many of the themes and activities from the field trip day into their class curriculum throughout the rest of the year. This year’s biggest hit was Sean Cummings, the bagpiper, who led the students from one station to the next and explained all of the history of his costume and his instrument.

2014-hhtTrails & Vistas mission is to create community by celebrating the arts in nature.
Haunted Historical Tour tickets are on sale now and they always sell out. Get yours today!

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