Welcoming Places Initiative Taking Customer Service and

					Creating Community

                     Welcoming Places Initiative:
        Taking Customer Service and Hospitality to the Next Level
      The Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce is partnering            engage with your business initially, and keep coming back for
with the North Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce and the                 more.
Community Collaborative of Tahoe Truckee in the design                       Providing excellent customer service, while important, is
and implementation of the new North Lake Tahoe-                                 simply not enough in this fast changing business
Truckee Welcoming Places Initiative.                                              world. What’s next? The answer is shifting from a
      Welcoming is the “initial and on-going interac-                               customer service focus to a Welcoming Places focus.
tions with people and environment that result in a                                   As businesses, non-profits and civic groups, if we
feeling of belonging and a willingness to engage.”                                  embrace the Welcoming Places movement, we will
Whatever your business, whether retail, non-profit                                 enhance quality and performance within our or-
or civic, you must engage with customers as a vital                              ganizations, increase customer and client satisfac-
part of your success.                                                           tion, and improve relations between other busi-
      Underneath all customer service strategies is one                     nesses, organizations and the general community.
fundamental goal: for your customer to feel welcome enough to
                                                                                                           See Welcoming Places, page 11

    First-Ever North Lake Tahoe                                         Night-time Downtown Shuttle
      Airport Shuttle Launches                                          Service to Operate in Truckee
      Getting to and from North Lake Tahoe-Truckee just got
                                                                                 This Winter
easier with the new North Lake Tahoe Express daily airport                Visitors who take the new North Lake Tahoe Express to
shuttle service. Service began November 15 and is available to        get from the Reno-Tahoe International Airport to Truckee will
and from North Lake Tahoe-Truckee and the Reno-Tahoe In-              now find it easy to get around without a car. Several Truckee
ternational Airport. To make reservations, call (866) 216-5222 or     lodging properties, Northstar-at-Tahoe, the Truckee Tahoe
book online at www.northlaketahoeexpress.com.                         Airport, and the Town of Truckee have formed a partnership
      Travelers can book reservations on 21-passenger shuttles        to fund a night-time downtown shuttle service this winter.
on one of three routes, which include stops at major lodging              The proposed hours of operation for the evening shuttle
properties. The red line serves Tahoe City and Squaw Valley, the      service are 6:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. (possibly midnight on
green line serves Tahoe Vista and Kings Beach, Northstar and          Friday and Saturday nights), seven days a week. The proposed
Truckee and the blue line serves Crystal Bay, Incline Village         route would run from Donner Lake Village Resort to
                                        See Airport Shuttle, page 6                                        See Night-time Shuttle, page 6

   •    The Importance of Shopping Local
        Annual Business Directory Deadline November 10th                                                 Vol. 22-No. 12
   •    Taking Customer Service To Challenges
        Be Prepared for Truckee’s Winter The Next Level – November 14th Workshop December, 2006
   •    Truckee Receives $4 Million to Support Affordable Housing Site
        Leadership Program Deadline November 22nd
                                                                       Meet New Members
                                                    These businesses have recently made an investment in their future, as well as the
 Our mission is to promote and develop              community, by joining the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce. We
    local business and tourism, while               congratulate them on their decision. Please patronize these businesses.
improving the community's quality of life.
                                                    Balance                                          saving you money because they do not
2006-07 Board of Directors
Darren Shaw, Chair                                        If you need balance in your hectic life    have a storefront. You will be totally pam-
Tahoe Donner Association                            and body, Balance is your answer! Valerie        pered and yet not have to pay a high price
Donna Morgan, Past Chair
                                                    Greaves, owner of Balance, can provide           for the service! Black Tie offers competi-
Booth Creek Ski Holdings                            numerous massage techniques to reduce or         tive pricing, early booking discounts, a
                                                    eliminate pain as well as revitalize you. Val-   Kids Rent Free program and a no-line,
Kappy Mann, Chair Elect
Coldwell Banker of Northern California              erie has had more than 1,100 hours of            hassle free guarantee. Call Adam at (866)
                                                    training in Asian as well as Western tech-       838-3SKI (3754) or (530) 550-1092.
Brent Cutler
The Sports Exchange                                 niques, she is a nationally certified body-
                                                    worker and is AMTA insured.                      Christy Curtis, Coldwell Banker
Peter Holzmeister
Truckee Donner Public Utility District                    Valerie wants to provide the appro-        Real Estate
                                                    priate technique for your specific needs               Christy Curtis wants you to take a
Jude M. Koenig
Attorney at Law
                                                    that include: neuromuscular, deep tissue,        HIKE with her! H.I.K.E. stands for Hon-
                                                    myofascial release, Shiatsu, Tuina, Chi Nei      esty, Integrity, Knowledge and Enthusiasm,
Laura Ryan                                          Tsang, Ayurvedic application, heated stone,
Best Western Truckee Tahoe Inn
                                                                                                     which are the qualities Christy provides to
                                                    aromatherapy, raindrop technique, primor-        every business client and personal en-
John Witney                                         dial sound meditation, Asian fire cupping        deavor. Christy has been involved in real
                                                    and Swedish massage. Whether you’ve              estate since 1980, and is currently a broker-
Shelly Wright                                       been injured, had a rough day, want to re-       associate with Coldwell Banker. Her goal is
Plumas Bank
                                                    lax at the end of a corporate golf event, or     to help people fulfill their lifestyle dreams.
Community Liaisons                                  give Balance as a wedding gift, contact Val-           A 25-year resident and avid skier and
Richard Anderson                                    erie at (530) 320-0191.                          hiker, Christy appreciates the quiet pace of
Town of Truckee                                                                                      life here as opposed to her hometown of
Andy Chapman                                        Black Tie Ski Rentals                            Los Angeles. She and her husband Paul
North Lake Tahoe Resort Association                       You will never have to lug ski or          love the sense of community that their
Jan Colyer                                          snowboard equipment on a trip, or stand in       children Kirsten and Ryan enjoy.
TNT/TMA                                             line at a ski rental store again thanks to             Christy’s degree in psychology from
Chamber Staff                                       Black Tie Ski Rentals. This rental ski and       the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a
Lynn Saunders                                       snowboard delivery service was launched in       California Life Teaching Credential are
President/CEO                                       2001. The service has been so well received      very helpful in assessing and understanding
Ruth Geresy                                         that by 2006/2007 it will be available in        her client’s needs. Christy is a founding
Executive Assistant                                 more than 14 top destination resorts in          member of Truckee’s Queen of Hearts and
Linda Pendleton                                     North America that include: Aspen/               President Elect for the Tahoe Sierra Board
Membership Manager                                  Snowmass, Alpine Meadows, Breckenridge,          of Realtors. Call Christy at (530) 587-2856.
Bonnie Ames                                         Big Sky, Crested Butte, Heavenly, Key-
Chamber Programs Coordinator                        stone, Moonlight Basin, Northstar, Park          Darin Talbot Entertainment
Helyn North                                         City, Steamboat Springs, Squaw Valley,                 Wonderful sounds, great talent, pro-
Visitor Services Representative                     Vail, and Whistler/Blackcomb.                    fessional and . . . he’s a local! Darin Talbot
Carol O’Brien                                             The team of Adam and Scott Kmitta,
Visitor Services Representative                     and Kyle Roybal deliver the equipment                               See New Members, page 10
Beverly Welch
Visitor Services Representative                                            Chamber Calendar
                  Truckee Tracks
is the monthly publication of the Truckee Donner
  Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber reserves
   the right to edit submissions as necessary for
                                                     Ambassadors Committee
                                                     Meeting – Tuesday, December
      space requirements. Send comments or           5, 11:30 a.m., O.B.’s
         submissions to info@truckee.com.
                                                     Tourism Committee
Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce                   Meeting – Wednesday,
10065 Donner Pass Road ● Truckee, CA 96161
                                                     December 13, 9:00 a.m., Best
                                                                                                                     From Truckee Donner
(530) 587-2757 ● (530) 587-2439 (fax)
info@truckee.com ● www.truckee.com                   Western Truckee Tahoe Inn                                       Chamber of Commerce

2    December 2006                                                  www.truckee.com                                                 530.587.2757
                                     Wednesday, December 6
                                         5:00-7:00 p.m.
                                   Hosted by: Truckee-Tahoe Kennels
                                        Where: 10960 West River Street

                                     Thursday, December 14
                                         5:30-7:30 p.m.
                                           Hosted by: Plumas Bank
                                         Where: 11638 Donner Pass Road

                                      Good Food, Good People, Great Raffle Gifts
                                       Bring your business cards. See you there

                                          Thank You Renewals
                                           Pacific Crest Grill                          Martis Valley Vacation Rentals
 20+ Years                                 Pianeta Ristorante                           Pine Ridge Properties - Heather Tone
 Sugar Bowl Ski Corp.                      Truckee Donner Horsemen / Championship       Ryan Group Architects
                                               Rodeo                                    Sierra State Parks Foundation
                                           Truckee Donner Railroad Society              Sierra Tahoe Computers
 15+ Years                                                                              Truckee Donner Recreation & Park District
 Employment Development Department                                                      Truckee Tahoe EAA 1073 Inc.
                                           2+ Years                                     Truckee Tahoe Mortuary
                                           A Rooter Man Sewer & Drain Cleaning
 10+ Years                                 Chalet View Lodge
 Treat Box Bakery                          Community Collaborative of Tahoe Truckee     1 Year
                                           Different People                             Alpen Engineering Inc
                                           Donner Crest, LLC                            Blue Sky Home Center - Bayard Langsdale
 5+ Years                                  Gallery Keoki                                Canine Country Pet Pals
 All Star Carpet Care                      Gravityhook Productions                      Dickson Realty Commercial Group
 Bar of America                            Heaven's Best Carpet & Upholstry Cleaning    Highland Home Inspection
 Bassett Flooring                          Images Salon and Beauty Supply               Mountain Home Designs
 Enterprise Rent-A-Car                     Jazzercize Truckee                           Norwegian Wood Construction
 Gratitudes Gifts and Home Decor           KVMR 89.5/105.1 FM
 Lightning Lock & Key                      Martis Valley Associates - Mary Lou Cooper

530.587.2757                                           www.truckee.com                                          December 2006       3
     Space Still Available in the 2007 North Lake                                                      Chamber Statistics
        Tahoe-Truckee Leadership Program
                                                                                                      The Chamber is Working For You
                                                essential in developing fresh ideas and
                                                perspectives.”                                     PHONE CALLS
                                                      The program runs for five-months,            November 2005 ............................. 1,076
                                                one full day a month. The day is inte-             December 2005 .............................. 1,133
                                                grated with approximately 1/3 of the               January 2006 ................................... 1,692
                                                time spent on regional issues and 2/3 on           February 2006................................. 1,758
                                                leadership skill development. The 2007             March 2006 ..................................... 1,736
                                                Leadership Program will begin January 31           April 2006 ....................................... 1,455
                                                and run through May 30. Workshops will             May 2006......................................... 1,641
                                                be held at various locations throughout            June 2006 ........................................ 1,882
                                                                                                   July 2006.......................................... 1,948
                                                the Truckee-Tahoe area.
Steve Frisch, Sierra Business Council, speaks                                                      August 2006.................................... 2,077
to class of 2006.                                     The tuition fee for the Leadership           September 2006.............................. 1,590
                                                Program is $750; some partial scholar-             October 2006.................................. 1,690
     A few spots are still available for the    ships will be available. Information about
North Lake Tahoe-Truckee Leadership             the program, sponsorships, and applica-            WRITTEN REQUESTS
Program. The program provides 25 of             tions can be found at www.truckee.com.
                                                                                                   November 2005 ................................ 681
the area’s emerging leaders to hone their             Space is limited and the program is          December 2005.......................... ....... 127
leadership skills, learn more about the         almost filled, so we encourage you to act          January 2006 ...................................... 505
region, develop a new network of peers,         quickly. For more information, contact             February 2006.................................... 433
and motivate individuals to become more         Lynn at the Chamber at (530) 587-2757              March 2006 ........................................ 739
involved in their communities.                  or e-mail lynn@truckee.com.                        April 2006 .......................................... 882
     Participants find the balance of                                                              May 2006......................................... 1,206
leadership skill development, timely                  The North Lake Tahoe-Truckee Leader-         June 2006 ........................................... 588
presentations on regional issues, getting       ship Program is a collaborative project of the     July 2006............................................. 460
to know community leaders and network-          Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce, North          August 2006.................................... 1,088
ing with other participants valuable and        Lake Tahoe Resort Association and the North        September 2006................................. 879
informative.                                    Tahoe Business Association, in conjunction with    October 2006..................................... 499
     “Effective leadership is a key ele-        Sacramento State University’s Center for Col-
ment in any successful community,” says         laborative Policy. The goal of the program is to   www.truckee.com VISITS
Lynn Saunders, President/CEO of the             provide people within the community with skills,   November 2005 ........................... 81,750
Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce.             confidence, and networking opportunities so that   December 2005...................... ...... 97,960
“Continually developing and encouraging         they may feel more comfortable taking on a lead-   January 2006 ................................. 96,710
                                                                                                   February 2006............................... 91,200
the participation of new leaders is             ership role within our community.
                                                                                                   March 2006 ................................. 103,480
                                                                                                   April 2006 ..................................... 78,660
                                                                                                   May 2006....................................... 83,240
                                                                                                   June 2006 ...................................... 92,560
               Deadline for Soroptimist                                                            July 2006...................................... 109,370
            Women’s Opportunity Awards Nears                                                       August 2006................................ 102,450
                                                                                                   September 2006............................ 90,260
                                                                                                   October 2006................................ 90,777
      Soroptimist International of              Award which is given to a young woman
Truckee-Donner is again offering their          between the ages of 14-17 because of her           VISITORS TO CHAMBER
annual awards. Two Women’s Opportu-             volunteer efforts to make her community
nity Awards are available this year for a       a better place by working to end discrimi-         November 2005 ............................. 3,105
                                                                                                   December 2005......................... ..... 3,753
total of $1500. This award is designed to       nation and poverty, fighting drugs, and/
                                                                                                   January 2006 ................................... 3,206
give a woman the resources she needs to         or crime and violence. A $250 award to             February 2006................................. 3,368
improve her education, skills and employ-       the winner along with a matching $250              March 2006 ..................................... 2,890
ment prospects. Eligible applicants must        donation will be given to the volunteer            April 2006 ....................................... 2,795
be women who provide the primary fi-            organization in the winner’s name.                 May 2006......................................... 3,161
nancial support for their families and who           Applications are due December 15th.           June 2006 ........................................ 3,960
are enrolled in or have been accepted to a      For more information, contact Nancy                July 2006.......................................... 4,920
vocations/skills training undergraduate         Davis at (530) 582-4271 or Lisa Swartz at          August 2006.................................... 5,075
program.                                        (530) 587-5303.                                    September 2006.............................. 3,901
      The second is the Violet Richardson                                                          October 2006.................................. 3,558

4     December 2006                                           www.truckee.com                                                                   530.587.2757
                                                                                             Truckee Community
                 The Community That Gives –                                                    Christmas Helps
               The Importance of Shopping Local                                              Hundreds of Families
                                                                                                 and Seniors
            A survey of local residents’      tribute to the community – and they
      shopping behavior, conducted by a       do so year-round in numerous ways                  It’s that time of year again when the
      group of the participants in the        both monetarily and with service.            familiar food and toy barrels appear
      North Tahoe-Truckee Leadership          Whatever you’re looking for, and             around town at area grocery stores and
      Program, showed that 50% of locals      whatever your budget, you’ll find            other businesses in preparation of gift giv-
      leave the Truckee/Lake Tahoe area       something unique and novel in any            ing to Truckee families in need. Truckee’s
      to shop on a monthly ba-                           one of Truckee’s shops.           Community Christmas program has been
      sis; 35% on a weekly basis;                        Whether it’s a book, home         running this project for many years and has
      and 15% twice a month.                             décor, clothing, sporting         helped hundreds of families and seniors at
      The survey also indicated                          goods, fine wines and spe-        Christmas time with foods, toys, gifts,
      that 57% of locals buy                             cialty foods or name              warm coats and food gift cards.
      their gas in Verdi/Reno.                           brands at value prices, you             The food barrels will be at Safeway
            Another study done                           know your shopping ex-            and Albertson’s Saturday and Sunday, De-
      by the Andersonville                               perience will be much             cember 2-3. Foods donated need to be
      Chamber of Commerce                                more pleasant than a day          nonperishable, and suggested foods lists
      (outside Chicago) indi-                            at the mall.                      can be found on the barrels for both fami-
      cated that for every $100 spent in 10         Don’t short-change your com-           lies and seniors. No home canned or baked
      locally owned shops, $73 stayed in      munity’s future… make an effort to           goods please. If you’d like to help, call
      the local economy. Money spent in       buy a holiday gift or two at the one-        Lynn Richardson at (530) 582-2422.
      local stores stayed local because em-   of-a-kind shops in Truckee.                        Toy barrels will be out on Monday,
      ployees were paid more, owners                Shopping and using local ser-          November 27th at Dickson Realty, Safeway,
      used more local goods and services      vices helps to keep our local econ-          Bank of the West, Bank of America, Pru-
      for their businesses and contributed    omy strong and develops a commu-             dential, Plumas Bank, Gateway Fire Sta-
      more to local charities.                nity with a brighter future.                 tion, Longs, Glenshire Elementary,
            So why shop local? So that                   Happy Holidays.                   Truckee Elementary, Porter●Simon, Alder
      local businesses can continue to con-                                                Creek Middle School and Coldwell Bank.
                                                                                           New, unwrapped toys are needed for chil-
                                                                                           dren newborn to 17 years of age. Please
                                                                                           contact Pat Greenlaw at (530) 550-2642 or
                                                                                           Pat Callahan (530) 587-4749 if you have
                Holiday Gift Idea… Discounted                                              any questions.
                                                                                                 Warm coats and children’s snow
               Downtown Parking “Smart Card”                                               clothes and boots can be dropped off at
                                                                                           the Church of the Mountains. The clothing
      The Town of Truckee’s dis-                   Truckee Donner Chamber of Com-          must be clean and in decent condition. For
counted parking program is underway                 merce, Squeeze In, Dragonfly,          more information call Mindy Harrington at
with the availability of the “Smart                 Gratitudes, Molly’s Cupboard, and      (530) 582-4752.
Card”. The cards, similar to a debit                   the White Buffalo. Some mer-              If you would like to participate in the
or phone card in that it is pre-                        chants are setting up programs     Adopt-a-Senior program and buy a specific
paid, gives card holders 15                              where card holders can buy        gift for a senior contact Patti Bena at (530)
percent more parking time                                items at a discount. For in-      587-4550. She has over 60 seniors to take
each time it is used. For in-                              stance, a restaurant might      care of.
stance, if you use the card to                              offer Smart Card holders a           Cash donations are always very wel-
buy an hour of parking, you’ll                               free meal after you’ve pur-   come to be used to buy food gift cards for
actually get 69 minutes of                                    chased so many meals at      the families and seniors, who can then get
parking for the price of one                                  their restaurant.            perishable food stuffs that they might oth-
hour. The card itself is free                                      Smart Cards are re-     erwise not be able to afford. Send contri-
and can be “loaded” with $10                                chargeable by going into a     butions to Truckee Community Christmas,
to $100. The card is used just                                participating store and      Inc., P.O. Box 2955, Truckee, CA, 96160.
like a credit card at the parking                             purchase or “reloading”            For general information about the
meter kiosks.                                                 the card with more           Truckee Community Christmas, contact
      The card is sold at the                                money.                        Pam McCarthy at (530) 587-2183.

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                                               Airport Shuttle, continued from page 1
                                               and the Summit Sierra Shopping Center          should be made at least four hours in
                                               in Reno. For a route map and specific          advance. The North Lake Tahoe Express
                                               lodging properties, click to                   is a service spearheaded by the Truckee
                                               www.northlaketahoeexpress.com.                 North Tahoe Transportation Manage-
                                                     Many properties on the North Lake        ment Association (TNT/TMA), a mem-
                                               Tahoe Express route are within walking         bership-based transportation advocacy
                                               distance to area ski resorts and pedestrian    organization in Tahoe City.
                                               villages. Other properties provide special
                                               skier shuttles to guests for skiing at
                                               nearby resorts. North Lake Tahoe Ex-
                                               press runs from 3:30 a.m. until 12 mid-
                                                     Fares are $35 per person one-way,
                                               $60 round trip. Discounts are available
  Town of Truckee to                           for groups of two or more and frequent-
 Install New Trash and                         user passes are available at a cost of $100
                                               for five trips, with additional trips at $15
 Recycling Containers                          each, when purchased at one time. One
      Downtown                                 way for 21 passengers (booked as a
                                               group) is $225 and $325 roundtrip, per-
                                               fect for corporations and non-profit or-
      The Town of Truckee was success-         ganizations holding meetings in North
ful in securing grant funds to replace all     Lake Tahoe.
the existing trash and recycling barrels on          Reservations are required and
Commercial Row with something more
functional (for downtown guests and the
trash company) and historically appropri-
ate. To assist in determining the best and     Night-time Shuttle, continued from page 1
most appropriate containers for the
downtown area, the Town is establishing
                                               Northstar-at-Tahoe. The service will be        business,” states Melody Rebbeck, Di-
a Commercial Row/Downtown Truckee
                                               provided at no cost to the rider. The          rector of Sales at the Best Western.
Recycling Task Force. The first meeting
                                               service is planned to launch December          “Groups are very impressed with what
is November 30th from 4:00-5:00 p.m. at
                                               14th and run through April 8, 2007.            we have to offer, but we always fell short
Town Hall.
                                                   Funding partners in the service in-        when discussing the transportation op-
      The $50,855 grant received is for 35
                                               clude the Best Western Truckee Tahoe           tions.” Group business often arrives on
units to contain both trash and recy-
                                               Inn, Cedar House Sport Hotel, Donner           Sundays and departs on Fridays, generat-
cling. Also contained within this figure is
                                               Lake Village Resort, Hampton Inn, Holi-        ing highly desirable mid-week business.
a small allocation for blue bags to stock
                                               day Inn Express, Northstar-at-Tahoe,                “We commend all the partners in
the containers as well as some funds for
                                               the Truckee Tahoe Airport, and the             this project that stepped up to the plate
                                               Town of Truckee. The Truckee North             to find a solution to fill a void that was
      The Task Force will meet and de-
                                               Tahoe Transportation Management As-            affecting business,” says Lynn Saunders,
cide the appropriate bins during Decem-
                                               sociation (TNT/TMA) was instrumental           President/CEO of the Truckee Donner
ber and January. The bins will be ordered
                                               in advocating for the service.                 Chamber of Commerce.
in February, and installation is scheduled
                                                   Downtown businesses are jumping                 For on-shuttle advertising opportu-
for May.
                                               in to support the service by purchasing        nities, contact Jan Colyer at TNT/TMA
      If you are interested in participating
                                               advertising that will appear inside the        at (530) 581-3922.
in this process, contact Nichole Dorr,
                                               shuttle. At press time, The Dragonfly
Recycling Coordinator with the Town of
                                               had signed up saying “It’s a wonderful
Truckee at ndorr@townoftruckee.com
                                               service… it will catch on.” Other busi-
or (530) 582-2909. Put on your creativity
                                               nesses expressed interest.
hat, ideas and concepts to help come up
                                                   “Being able to offer guests afford-
with the best containers.
                                               able, flexible public transportation is
                                               huge to our opportunities to book group

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                                Understanding and Being Prepared for
                                    Truckee’s Winter Challenges
                                                   Tamara Blanton of Truckee’s Public       get copies of the brochure or flyer,
                                              Works department explained “the most          contact Tamara Blanton at
                                              accurate road condition information can       tblanton@townoftruckee.com or call
                                              be found first on the Cal Trans website       (530) 582-7700.
                                              www.dot.ca.gov/dist3 (click on current
                                              chain control); next on the radio at 1610
                                              AM; then by calling 511 or (800) 427-                 Road Conditions
                                              7623 (inside of California) or (916) 445-
                                              7623. Information is updated in this or-              www.dot.ca.gov/dist3
                                              der.” Information can also be found on                (click on current chain control)
       The Town of Truckee has once           cable Channel 6 for road and weather
again produced a Winter Information           updates; Channel 28 for local and re-                 1610 AM
Guide brochure that contains important        gional weather; and local radio station
information that can assist locals and        KTKE 101.5 FM.
visitors alike to be prepared for the chal-        The Winter Information Guide is                  511 or (800) 427-7623
lenges winter can bring. The brochure         a valuable brochure great for leaving in
outlines the Town’s snow removal priori-      rental properties, to distribute to lodging        For Winter Information Guide
ties and guidelines; frequently asked         guests upon check-in or in the lobby, and      brochures, contact Tamara Blanton at
questions regarding road closures, snow       second homeowners. The Town has also           tblanton@townoftruckee.com or call
removal, emergency numbers and web-           produced a flyer that explains winter                     (530) 582-7700
sites.                                        parking protocol. If you would like to

530.587.2757                                               www.truckee.com                                       December 2006      7
                       Spotlight On Workforce/Affordable Housing

                        Town of Truckee Receives $4 Million to Support
                           Affordable Housing on Alder Drive Site
      The Town of Truckee was awarded         example of how local government              approval process.
$4 million to construct affordable            collaboration with non-profits (WHATT)             This $4 million grant comes on the
workforce housing at the corner of Alder      and the development community can            heels of the $1.5 million in Community
Drive and Highway 89 North, bringing          produce critically needed workforce          Development Block Grant funds the
the total grant amount Truckee has been       housing units,” said Truckee Mayor Beth      Town of Truckee received last year to
awarded since 1996 to over $10 million.       Ingalls.                                     provide infrastructure and road
      With the award of the $4 million, the        Last summer, WHATT, the Town of         improvements to the property. The
Town of Truckee, the Workforce                Truckee and PWC worked with the              infrastructure development, including a
Housing Association of Truckee-Tahoe          community to plan and design the             trail from Alder Drive to Donner Pass
(WHATT) and Pacific West                      affordable workforce housing                 Road, will begin in the spring and the
Communities, Inc. (PWC) will move             development for very-low income              construction of the 32-unit housing
forward with the development of Phase I       households. Phase one of the project,        development will follow in early summer
of Frishman Hollow, a 32-unit apartment       now dubbed Frishman Hollow, was              2007.
complex.                                      approved by the Planning Commission in             “We anticipate a coordinated effort
      “It takes multiple funding              August and includes eight four-plex          with construction activities this coming
mechanisms to build any affordable            buildings oriented towards generous          summer so we can deliver these much
housing development. The HOME                 open-space, community playgrounds and        needed housing units to the resident
Investment Partnership Program is very        picnic and gathering areas.           The    workforce of Truckee by summer 2008,”
competitive with over 35 communities          development is designed to accommodate       states Pacific West Communities
from all over California vying for the        a future phase of housing development,       President/CEO Caleb Roope.
funding. This now sets us up to go after      the size and type of which is yet to be            “With the Town of Truckee
the other funding we need for Phase one       determined.                                  successfully seeking more than $10
of Frishman Hollow,” stated Rachelle               Frishman Hollow will sit on the 9.5     million in grant funding and sponsoring
Pellissier, Executive Director of WHATT.      acre parcel located at the corner of Alder   over $50 million in housing bonds for
      The California Department of            Drive and Highway 89 North. The site is      workforce housing within the town limits
Housing and Community Development             bordered by the Alder Creek Middle           and neighboring region, the local
Loan and Grant Committee unanimously          School on the West, Coachland on the         community is well on its way to
voted to fund the request from Truckee,       South, Alder Drive on the North and          addressing the serious problem caused by
which was the only grant awarded to a         Highway 89 North on the East. This           a deficit of affordable workforce
community in the Sierra Nevada region.        property was donated to the Town of          housing,” stated Pellissier.
      “The Alder Drive Workforce              Truckee by East West Partners as part of
Housing project is an outstanding             the Gray’s Crossing Specific Plan

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8    December 2006                                           www.truckee.com                                             530.587.2757
                                         Labor Law Corner
                                                     by Patrick B. Sutton

               Proposed “No-Match” Regulations Would Affect All Employers
     The U.S. Department of Homeland             not regarded as official notice to the em-        and could be implemented in their pre-
Security (DHS) has proposed new regula-          ployer that an employee is not authorized         sent form with little advance notice to
tions that would require employers to            to work legally in the U.S.                       employers. Employers should be pre-
take certain steps when they receive a                However, under the new regulations           pared by making sure that an I-9 form is
“no-match” letter, or risk enforcement           proposed by DHS, employers would be               completed properly for every new em-
penalties for hiring illegal workers.            required to follow certain procedures –           ployee within three days of hire, and by
     The Social Security Administration          including making an effort to reconcile           watching for news of further develop-
(SSA) sends “no-match” letters to em-            the discrepancy and notifying SSA – or            ments on these important regulations.
ployers when SSA’s records show a mis-           risk penalties for knowingly hiring illegal
match between the Social Security num-           workers.                                                 Patrick Sutton, Esq. is with Rybicki &
ber provided by an employee and the                   The DHS has solicited public com-            Blevans, LLP based in Santa Rosa, a member
name or other information on record at           ments, which it is currently reviewing.           of the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce.
SSA. At present, a “no-match” letter is          The regulations are under consideration

                               Thanks to Pandora’s Auction Contributors
  Thank you to all our members who generously donated items valued at $16,374 to our annual Pandora’s Auction. Members’ bids raised $5,640 that
  will be used to implement a dynamic and proactive program of work in the upcoming year.

  Alpine Acupuncture                              Images Salon                                    Sierra Sun
  Auto Glass Express                              Inn at Truckee                                  Sitkoff/O’Neil Accountancy
  Bell Sports                                     Jay Lean Fine Properties                        SmallPond – A Design Studio
  Best Western Truckee Tahoe Inn                  Lake Tahoe Music Festival                       Snowbomb
  Blue Coyote Bar and Grill                       Marilyn’s Cat Walk                              Soar Truckee Inc.
  Body Incandescent                               Melody Rebbeck                                  Squeeze In
  Boomtown Hotel and Casino                       Molly’s Cupboard                                Suddenlink
  Bradbury’s                                      Moonshine Ink                                   Tahoe Adventure Company
  Cabona’s                                        Mountain Belles                                 Tahoe Mountain Club
  Carmel Studios                                  North Lake Tahoe Resort Association             Team Lamoreux, Lake Tahoe Mortgage
  Carol Fromson, Prudential Realtor               Northstar-at-Tahoe™                             Teichert Aggregates
  Cathy Harry, Broker                             Old Greenwood                                   Tributary Whitewater Tours
  Cedar House Sports Hotel                        Paco’s Truckee Bike and Ski                     The Auto & Tire Doctor
  Citizens Bank of Northern California            Pet Station                                     TIP Inc.
  Charter Media                                   Plumas Bank                                     Todd Aero
  Coyote Moon                                     Ponderosa Golf Course                           Truckee Donner Chamber
  Curves                                          Porters Sports                                  Truckee Rents
  Different People                                Precision Flooring                              Truckee River Associates
  Donner Lake Village                             Quality Automotive & Smog, Inc.                 Truckee River Winery
  Double Diamond Jewelry                          Resort at Squaw Creek                           Truckee-Tahoe Lumber
  Drooling Dog Bar BQ                             Richardson House                                Viking Carpet Care
  Event Masters                                   Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory                Wallace Promotions
  Framing Gallery                                 Round Table Pizza                               White Buffalo
  Gratitudes                                      Rubicon Technology Inc.
  Hampton Inn & SuitesTahoe/Truckee               Runway Café                                     Thanks to our Ambassadors for their
  Head Over Heels Body Works                      Shampoo Hair & Makeup Studio                    hard work on the auction!
  Holiday Inn Express - Truckee                   Sierra Mountain Mortgage

530.587.2757                                                 www.truckee.com                                                December 2006         9
New Members, continued from page 2
Entertainment has been heard and enjoyed          resentation Clinic-Top Honors and Top           lane, facials and chemical peels. A certified
in the Lake Tahoe, Truckee and Reno mar-          Oral Finalist, Appellate Advocacy. Her of-      trained medical doctor, Dr. Haven Ritchie,
ketplace for 10 years. Darin enjoys a reputa-     fice is located at 10833 Donner Pass Road,      or nurse specialist, Kim Tamietti treats each
tion that includes quality, integrity and hon-    #205 or call (530) 550-0529.                    client at a very personal level to ensure your
esty, which were all contributing factors for                                                     satisfaction.
having been voted twice the “Best Local           Mountain Home Properties                              Dr. Ritchie wants to take an active
Musician” in Tahoe Action Magazine.                      Whether you are in search of a posh      role in the business community and commit
      Whether you are booking a corporate         vacation rental or need someone to manage       to high standards of excellence as a
function, wedding, special event, club or         your ski lease home in Tahoe Donner or          company, in both the quality of services
resort event Darin Talbot Entertainment           the Truckee area, Mountain Home Proper-         provided and their professional business
will make it a memorable experience. For          ties is your unique service provider. Owners    practices. To book your treatment, stop
more information regarding your special           Noel and David Weber pamper their clients       by 10982 Donner Pass Road or call (530)
occasion, call (530) 550-7593.                    with a complimentary bottle of wine from        587-0198.
                                                  the Truckee River Winery upon arrival in
Dylan’s Delight, Inc.                             their vacation home, as well as a hand writ-    Stanford Alpine Chalet
      If you long for fun classics that in-       ten welcome note to each guest.                       Looking for a bed and breakfast loca-
clude antique toys and candy, then Dylan’s               Opting to provide the best service,      tion for a getaway for you, company com-
Delight located at 10087 West River Street        Noel and David limit the number of homes        ing into town, or do you need a conference
is your dream come true. Dylan’s Delight is       on their exclusive program in order to fo-      center for small groups such as business
a unique and fun store that recognizes that       cus on each homeowner’s specific needs          retreats, family reunions or weddings?
toys are an important part of history.            and desires for renting and managing their      Stanford Alpine Chalet, located just one-
Owner Claudia Tatum wants to ensure that          vacation property. There are critical details   quarter mile from Alpine Meadows Ski Re-
the classics stay alive, while also introducing   that must be addressed, not just making         sort at 1980 Chalet Road, Tahoe City, is
the new.                                          sure the heat and water are turned on, to       available with gourmet meals provided by
      Here you will find colorful walls,          maximize the rental value of the property       the onsite chef.
beautiful chandeliers, large displays of          and to help promote the home’s positive               The Stanford Alpine Chalet is named
candy, a huge marble display, stacks of           points. Contact the Webers at (530) 550-        one of the top 11 Great Ski Lodges by Ta-
wonderful books, antique toys, a photo            0331 for more information.                      hoe Quarterly Magazine and offers affordable
booth, music, puzzles, gifts and toys for all                                                     rates and special package opportunities.
ages. Dylan’s Delight recognizes that we are      PaperFlurrie.com                                Please note that there is no Stanford Uni-
all kids at heart, and that fun is a healthy            PaperFlurrie.com is an innovative         versity affiliation needed to use the facility,
element in our lives that should be nurtured      online scrapbooking store. Jennie Bousquet,     as they are open to the general public. To
and enjoyed. For more information call            who created this unique concept, offers         book your stay or if you have questions call
(530) 582-4770.                                   scrapbooking supplies and tools at great        Erin Ellis or Matt Sortier at (530) 583-1550.
                                                  prices, including major brands like Making-
Law Office of Alison Bermant                      Memories®, DCWV, and Eyelet Outlet.             Truckee Community Christmas, Inc.
      Some folks enjoy DIY (do it yourself),            Jennie makes it convenient for you to           Talk about perfect timing—Truckee
which is great when it comes to painting          shop from home and have the supplies            Community Christmas has joined the
and landscaping. However, when it comes           shipped right to your door, whether here in     Chamber, although the organization been a
to criminal defense law, you had better hire      Truckee or anywhere. And, if you think          part of the community for more than 20
a professional.                                   you’re not a creative person, or if you are     years and certified as a nonprofit in 1996.
      Attorney Alison Bermant is a dedi-          stuck in a creative rut, PaperFlurrie.com has   Truckee Community Christmas involves
cated criminal defense attorney. If you have      assembled kits of coordinating paper, card-     the whole community: service clubs, gro-
been charged with a crime, whether a DUI          stock, brads, and eyelets in several themes     cery stores, drug stores, businesses, real
(driving under the influence), a domestic         to help make your pages look polished and       estate offices, students, scouts, and high
dispute or a juvenile matter for your child,      stunning with little effort.                    school leadership classes, not to mention a
she can help you.                                       PaperFlurrie.com also hosts local         tremendous number of Truckee residents
      Alison is a 1999 graduate of the Uni-       scrapbooking parties. To attend or host a       who all pitch in to give a helping hand.
versity of the Pacific McGeorge School of         party and have the opportunity to use all             Recipients of the Christmas program
Law, J.D. She also received her B.A. in           of the tools and supplies to make beautiful     include, but are not limited to: the health
Journalism in 1992 from California State          scrapbook pages contact Jennie at               department, schools, Head Start, state
University, Chico. Currently she is a mem-        info@paperflurrie.com or 866-587-8930.          funded preschools, Tahoe Women’s Ser-
ber of: Placer County and Tahoe-Truckee                                                           vices, the local Family Resource Center and
Bar Associations; State Bar of California         Sierra Cosmetic Laser                           other agencies. These Santa Claus wannabes
and California Public Defenders Associa-                Sierra Cosmetic Laser provides aes-       find the families and work with folks to
tion. Alison is also the recipient of:            thetic medical services that include laser      establish a center to distribute the food, toy
McGeorge Scholarship Award; Parole Rep-           treatments, laser resurfacing, Botox, Testy-
                                                                                                                   See New Members, back page
10    December 2006                                                www.truckee.com                                                530.587.2757
                                   District Attorney INSF Check Program
     District Attorney Technical Ser-           contracted with American Corrective           Box 2748, Grass Valley, CA 95945-2748.
vices, dba Computer Support Services,           Counseling Services, Inc., ACCS to per-             If the INSF check or the total
has gone out of business and is in Chap-        form this service. ACCS will perform this     amount of INSF checks from any one
ter Seven Bankruptcy proceedings. Un-           service for cases that were not handled       check writer are greater than $500, the
fortunately, the Bankruptcy Trustee is          by CCS when they went out of business         matter should be referred directly to law
holding onto restitution payments in her        in July of 2006.                              enforcement instead of the check diver-
possession.                                           Until further notice, Bad Check         sion program.
     This is the firm that the Nevada           Crime reports can be obtained from the              For further information, call the
County District Attorney’s office had           Nevada County District Attorney’s of-         Nevada County District Attorney’s office
contracted with in past years to run its        fice. These forms can be completed and        at (530) 265-1301.
check diversion program.                        sent to the following address along with
     The District Attorney’s office has         the INSF check or checks: ACCS, P.O.

Welcoming Places, continued from page 1
      In this era of “customer-first” busi-     the heart of community, creating places       at Ruth@truckee.com or (530) 587-2757.
ness strategies, our Welcoming Places initia-   where all citizens feel included and have a   You can also contact Sarah Green
tive will be the cornerstone of our inten-      contribution to make. When business,          at the Community Collaborative
tion to welcome both visitors and local         non-profits and civic groups align around     of     Tahoe       Truckee         at
citizens in a way that keeps them coming        these strategies, powerful results happen.    sgreen@communitycollaborative.org or
back to our community for what they                   Want to learn more about the initia-    (530) 587-8322; or Kym Fabel at the
need.                                           tive and how you can become a Welcoming       North Lake Tahoe Chamber of Com-
      The Welcoming Places movement is          Place? Contact Ruth Geresy at the             merce at kym@puretahoenorth.com or
about every organization’s obligation to        Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce            (530) 581-8764.

530.587.2757                                               www.truckee.com                                          December 2006   11
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                                                 Members In The News

                     Moonshine Ink Now is Online                                                                         The Real Graphic
                                                                                                                         Source Upgrades
     Moonshine Ink, Truckee and North                       Moonshine Ink Online has the in-depth,                    Laminating Capabilities
Lake Tahoe’s monthly independent news                       independent reporting of the print edi-
source, is now online at                                    tion, plus reader comments, community                           The Real Graphic Source, a leader in
www.MoonshineInk.com. “We are really                        input and free classifieds. “It’s nice to                 graphic design and reproduction, is proud
happy to be able to get the word out to                     provide a forum for the community to                      to announce upgrades to their finishing
more people,” says Moonshine Ink                            post their items for sale or help wanted                  services with the addition of a 36-inch
owner/publisher Mayumi Elegado.                             ads,” says Moonshine Ink marketing                        laminator at their Truckee location, and the
“We’re really hoping this service can also                  director, Sara Zimmerman. Free classi-                    “mack daddy” 60-inch laminator at their
be a way to bring the community to-                         fieds can be entered online at the website                Grass Valley location. The Real Graphic
gether.”                                                    or      e-mailed         to      classi-                  Source specializes in large format graphic
     Launched formally November 18th,                       fieds@moonshineink.com.                                   reproduction, blueprinting and signage.
                                                                                                                            Laminating capabilities are endless
                                                                                                                      now – any length by up to 60-inches in
                                                                                                                      width and up to 1-inch thick. They even
                     For Goodness Sake Workshop                                                                       once preserved a 4-foot rattlesnake for a
                      Caters to the Holiday Spirit                                                                    science project!
                                                                                                                            From business card size to giant
      In the spirit of the holiday season,                  give and, as such, an ability to discover a               poster size, in a variety of materials includ-
this is a time for expressing gratitude and                 deepened sense of purpose, belonging and                  ing bond paper, matte, film, high-gloss
thanks. For Goodness Sake, Truckee’s                        participation in the community. Partici-                  photo, adhesive backed vinyl, backlit film,
spirituality center, is taking advantage of                 pants will learn how the idea of gift giving              heavy-coated clear film, semi-gloss photo,
this seasonal opportunity by hosting a spe-                 originated and was used in older cultures.                translucent bond, silk, tracing paper, vel-
cial workshop.                                              The workshop will also explain how to                     lum, and canvas.
      This holiday season, deepen the                       identify one’s core gifts and primary tal-
meaning of gift giving with the Core Gift
Workshop offered by For Goodness Sake,
                                                            ents. Thus, providing a mechanism to re-
                                                            flect upon and articulate life’s purpose.
                                                                                                                      High Sierra Home Care
December 2, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m..                          There are 20 spots available. For in-                  Expands Services
      This workshop introduces the con-                     formation or reservations, call (530) 550-
cept that each person has a unique gift to                  8981 or visit www.goodnesssake.org.                             Formerly known as High Sierra Win-
                                                                                                                      dow Washers, the new High Sierra Home
                                                                                                                      Care is ready to deliver a variety of cleaning
                                                                                                                      services to your home with affordability
  Recommend a New Member to the Chamber                                                                               and convenience top of mind. Owner and
                                                                                                                      longtime Tahoe local, Patrick Snow, saw a
          and get $25 hard cash.                                                                                      window of opportunity and decided to
                                                                                                                      increase his services as many of his clients
      These members earned their money!                                                                               were searching for comprehensive home
 Referee                                                                          New Member                          care.
 Joanna Walters, Sierra Cost Management...................................Giese Accounting & Tax                            “We’re pleased to serve the Truckee
 Ken Koeppe, 5 Star Performance Insulation..............................ElvrumKing Builders, Inc.,                    and North Shore communities, letting lo-
 Frank Rossbach, Glasform Glassblowing/ ................................Framing Gallery                               cals and visitors spend their free time en-
    Hacker Metal Sculptures                                                                                           joying the area and their families as op-
 Tamara Perlman, Coldwell Banker ...........................................Finn Jorgenson CMT Body                   posed to tedious hours cleaning,” says
                                                                                     Incandescent                     Snow.
 Melody Rebbeck, Best Western Truckee Tahoe Inn .................Fifty Fifty Brewing Company                                Expanding on his already established
 JR Mitchell, Mountain Forge .....................................................Carole Sesko Contemporary Art       track record of exemplary service, Snow
 Brinn Wellise, Switchback Public Relations + Marketing ..........High Sierra Home Care                               now offers a variety of home care necessi-
 Brinn Wellise, Switchback Public Relations + Marketing ........Aspen Leaf Interiors                                  ties. On top of window cleaning, High
 Brinn Wellise, Switchback Public Relations + Marketing ..........Granite IT                                          Sierra Home Care provides house cleaning,
 Ashley Holm, Coldwell Banker                                                     Coldwell Banker - Christie Curtis   snow removal, yard clean-up, staining/
                                                                                                                      painting, power washing, hot tub mainte-
        Call Linda at the Chamber for details (530) 587-2757
                                                                                                                      nance, rodent removal and more.

530.587.2757                                                                www.truckee.com                                                   December 2006      13

                                   Collaboration by the Party of Three
      What happens when you take three        rary Art, and the beginning of a new arts     vases are exchanged at least twice so that
artists from different genres and have        district in Truckee.” On the same night,      each artist adds something to every piece.
them work on the same canvas? Some-           the neighboring Truckee Co-Op Gallery         The only rule they must follow is to stick
thing worth celebrating! Truckee artists      will be having their grand opening party.     to the theme of the painting.
Carole Sesko, Eve Werner, and Sara                  Sesko, Werner, and Zimmerman                 “We were pushing outside of our
Zimmerman invite the public to attend a       began meeting weekly in July to critique      own comfort zones, so we weren’t sure if
reception and art show featuring their        each other’s artwork, share information,      there was going to be a cohesiveness to
new series of jointly created work titled     and inspire each other. The rapport that      each of the pieces,” says Zimmerman.
Collaboration.                                developed led them to try collaborating            Collaboration will be unveiled at an
      Collaboration is a show of sixteen      on work under the group name “Party of        opening reception December 7th, from
jointly created paintings and sculptures      3.”                                           5:00-8:00 p.m. at Carole Sesko Contem-
that will be on display from December 7             The collaborative work, Party of 3,     porary Art and Design, 10950 Industrial
through January 15 and then will travel to    developed a new method. First, they se-       Way, Building A, Suite 102 in Truckee.
venues out of the area. “We’re having the     lect a theme. Each member takes a can-        The show will run through January 15th.
reception to introduce people to our          vas to her studio and paints or collages      For more information, contact Carole
work together,” says Sesko. “We are also      along the theme. One week later, the art-     Sesko at (530) 587-7750.
celebrating the evolution of my studio        ists photograph their stage of the work
into a gallery, Carole Sesko Contempo-        and then exchange canvases. The can-

                                      The Ski Tour Debuts Winter 2007
      Skiers now have a professional tour     feel it is at its best,” said Zach Crist.     late-night entertainment – and turbo
and music festival to call their own. This    “With the creation of The Ski Tour we         charge it into a three-day cultural experi-
winter, The Ski Tour (TST) plays out at       now have a chance to showcase the rein-       ence for everyone who loves the moun-
four of America’s top resorts – Sun Val-      vention of skiing to the masses.”             tain lifestyle.”
ley, Idaho; Breckenridge Colorado; As-              In addition to the skiing competi-            The launch of TST comes at a piv-
pen/Snowmass, Colorado; and Squaw             tion, the BaseCamp Music Experience,          otal time for skiercross and skier halfpipe
Valley, California. The world’s best skiers   presented in conjunction with The Ski         as skiercross is expected to join snow-
will compete in skiercross or skier half-     Tour, will be the focal point of off-hill     board cross at the 2010 Olympics. TST
pipe competitions for $500,000 – the          entertainment at each of the tour stops.      founders want to see skier halfpipe fol-
largest purse in skiing – while a gigantic    BaseCamp will feature over 30 bands and       low suit. TST will put these sports into
concert venue will bring some of the na-      DJs.                                          the national limelight, helping to promote
tion’s biggest music acts to the heart of           Entertainment will include a head-      them as viable Olympic sports.
the mountains. All four events will be        line concert and an array of events                 For information, visit their website
nationally televised (in one-hour shows)      throughout the weekend, including street      at www.theskitour.com.
on network television.                        party bonfires, the Limelight Film Festi-
      TST will feature an international       val, rail jams, VIP and athlete parties,
field of world-class athletes, each having    locals bar parties, pro photo shootout
equal opportunity to win the single larg-     parties, teen rock & roll parties, fashion
est payout in the sport – $125,000 each       shows, and many more activities celebrat-
weekend. Athletes confirmed for the tour      ing mountain culture.
include Olympians Daron Rahlves, Eric               “Our goal with The Ski Tour is to
Schlopy, and Reggie Crist and X Games         broaden the market of people interested
medalists Tanner Hall, CR Johnson,            in skiing competition. But the way to do
Simon Dumont, and Zach Crist.                 that is to not just focus on the competi-
      “In recent years the sport of skiing    tion,” said TST co-founder Kipp Nelson.
has undergone radical change and pro-         “We’re going to take the entire ski ex-
gression. Skiing is back on the map and I     perience – from the first chair to après to

14   December 2006                                           www.truckee.com                                               530.587.2757
                           CALENDAR OF EVENTS DECEMBER
 1-25 Squaw Valley Festival of Lights, Squaw          15 collaborative paintings and sculptures           17 Pinball Rally, Northstar-at-Tahoe™. Free-
 Valley USA. Meander through Squaw Valley’s           www.carolesesko.com                                 style and rail jam events. 530-562-1010
 villages to shop, dine and enjoy the spirit of the
 holidays sparkling decorations and cheerful          9 Core Skiing, Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski        17 BAC Open League GS Race, Alpine Mead-
 activities. 530-583-6985                             Resort. Three hour clinic geared to tap into your   ows Ski Resort. 530-583-4232
                                                      body’s full potential, and get more efficiency
 1-31 Gallery of Gifts, North Tahoe Arts Center,      out of your efforts. 800-500-3871                   19 Noel Night, Northstar-at-Tahoe. Free ice
 Tahoe City. Holiday gifts and art for sale by                                                            skate rental & hot cocoa, shopping specials,
 local and regional artisians. 530-581-2787           9 BAC Clinic, Alpine Meadows Ski Resort. 530-       live music, caroling, photos with Santa. 530-
                                                      583-4232                                            562-1010
 1 Kick Off the Holiday Season Party, Tahoe Tree
 Company, Tahoe City. Enjoy appetizers, Truckee       9-10 Far West Open Series, Boreal Ski Resort.       23-25 Holiday Festivities, Northstar-at-Tahoe.
 River Wine, good cheer and specials on all our       Giant Slalom and Slalom Races. 530-426-             Santa, caroling, and live music in the Village
 Christmas gifts and decorations during the           3666                                                area. 530-562-1010
 hours of 4:00 - 8:00 p.m.
                                                      9-13 ASTC Early Season Jumpstart, Squaw             24 Kid’s Cookie Race on Christmas Eve, Royal
 1 Bud Fish Holiday Tree Lighting, Downtown           Valley USA. Season jumpstart levels 6-9.            Gorge Cross Country Ski Resort. Participants
 Truckee, 6:00 p.m.. Rotary Club of Truckee.          www.skiNASTC.COM or 530-582-4515                    are rewarded with cookies for their hard racing
 530-587-0493                                                                                             efforts on the fun course. Open to ages 4 to 12
                                                      10 Project MANA “Can Drive”, Tahoe Donner           years old, with activities starting at noon. Free
 2-3 Learn to Ski/Snowboard Weekend, Alpine           Cross Country Center. Bring a can of food for a     event. 800-500-3871
 Meadows Ski Resort. 530-583-4232                     free trail pass. 530-587-9484
                                                                                                          24 Kid’s Christmas Fun Race, Alpine Meadows
 3 Sierra Senior Services Pancake Breakfast,          10 Children’s Christmas Photos by Cheryl Ho-        Ski Resort. 530-583-4232
 Senior Center, off Brockway Road. 8:30-11:30         gan, Truckee Community Center, 10:00 a.m.-
 a.m. Adults: $5/Seniors: $3. Proceeds benefit        4:00 p.m.. Images can be viewed later that day      24 Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade, Squaw
 the seniors programs. 530-550-7600                   with a password where you can order prints and      Valley USA. Celebrate the holiday with this an-
                                                      Christmas/Holiday cards from the convenience        nual torchlight parade. 530-583-6985
 3 Children’s Christmas Photos by Cheryl Hogan,       of your own home. Orders are shipped directly
 Truckee Community Center, 10:00 a.m.-4:00            to your door. Call for more info.                   25 Kid’s Candy Cane Race, Royal Gorge Cross
 p.m. Images can be viewed later that day with a      www.cherylhogan.com 530-412-1239                    Country Ski Resort. The Fun Fest for kids contin-
 password where you can order prints and                                                                  ues on Christmas Day. Open to ages 4 to 12
 Christmas/Holiday cards from the convenience         10 Learn to Skate, Royal Gorge Cross Country        years old. Festivities start at noon. Free event.
 of your own home. Orders are shipped directly        Ski Resort. Substantial savings on lesson, trail    800-500-3871
 to your door. Call for more info.                    pass and ski rental package. 800-500-3871
                                                                                                          30 Free Demo Day, Tahoe Donner Cross Coun-
 www.cherylhogan.com 530-412-1239
                                                      10 BAC Dual GS, Alpine Meadows Ski Resort.          try Center. Try the latest XC ski equipment (trail
 3 Full Moon Snowshoe Tour, Northstar-at-             530-583-4232                                        pass required). 530-587-9484
 Tahoe™. Call for information or reservations.
                                                      12 Noel Night, Northstar-at-Tahoe™. Free ice        31 New Year’s Eve Fire & Ice Party, Northstar-
                                                      skate rental & hot cocoa, shopping specials,        at-Tahoe™. A party for everyone. Fireworks, live
 3 Sara Zimmerman's Art Show, Online Design           live music, caroling, photos with Santa. 530-       music, entertainment, food, drinks and fun.
 and Gallery, Incline Village. Art Show will have     562-1010                                            530-562-1010
 Sara Zimmerman's newest works.
                                                      13 Local’s Day, Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski       31 Kid’s Cookie Race, Royal Gorge Cross Coun-
                                                      Resort. Bring your local ID for discounted ski-     try Ski Resort. The Fun Fest for kids continues
 4 Learn to Stride, Royal Gorge Cross Country         ing. Trail passes are just $12 all day. 800-500-    on New Years Eve. Open to ages 4 to 12 years
 Ski Resort. Substantial savings on lesson, trail     3871                                                old. Festivities start at noon. Free event. 800-
 pass and ski rental package. Advanced reserva-                                                           500-3871
 tions are required for learning Diagonal or Skat-    16 BAC Open League GS Clinic, Alpine Mead-
                                                      ows Ski Resort. 530-583-4232                        31 New Year’s Eve Celebration, Squaw Valley
 ing techniques. 800-500-3871
                                                                                                          USA. Ski, snowboard, skate or snow tube and
 5 Noel Night, Northstar-at-TahoeTM. Free ice         16-18 NASTC Instructor Certification Training,      then celebrate the New Year with food, music
 skate rental & hot cocoa, shop specials, live        Sugar Bowl Ski Resort. Levels 7-9.                  and fun for revelers of all ages. Fun party at
 music, caroling, photos with Santa. 530-562-         www.skiNASTC.com 530-582-4515                       High Camp. 530-583-6985
 1010                                                 17 Learn to Downhill Cross Country Style Clinic,
 7 "Collaboration" Art Show, Carole Sesko             Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski Resort. A full
 Contemporary Art in Truckee. Unveiling of the        morning of instruction in downhill cross country
 collaborative works called “The Party of Three”.     technique. 800-500-3871

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New Members, continued from page 10
and coat drives. This is an entirely volunteer    youth group. The church’s objective is to         eating disorder symptoms, and give you a
organization and you will know those who          grow in faith, spiritual maturity and disciple-   plan for every day of the week for you to
help only by the twinkle in their eyes!           ship, and to reach to neighbors, visitors and     reach your goals. Give Curtis a call at (530)
     For more information contact Joan            the world. Pastor Hilton also teaches math        587-1341.
Hartwell at (530) 587-7945.                       and science at Alder Creek Middle School.
                                                  For more information call (530) 582-4243.         Unique Boutique — Viviane’s Vin-
Truckee Lutheran Presbyterian                                                                       tage and Vogue
Church                                            Truckee Sport Power Personal                             The Unique Boutique is an eclectic
      The Truckee Lutheran Presbyterian           Training                                          consignment boutique with a wonderful
Church has a dynamic new pastor, Ed Hil-                Do you dread the inevitable weight          variety that specializes in treasures from all
ton, whose congregation meets each Sunday         gain that seems to happen during the holi-        eras. It has been compared to shops in
in the former Sierra Mountain Middle              day season? Curtis Sückut owner of Truckee        Woodstock, New York, and Telegraph Ave-
School’s cafeteria. After all, they’re feeding    Sport Power Personal Training is a former         nue in San Francisco, yet is surprisingly
the congregation the Word and centering           pro triathlete, a top 10 overall ironman, and     affordable. Although locals have kept the
their worship on the Sacrament. Each ser-         a former overweight teenager. He was a            little shop a secret for 12 years, much to the
vice includes prayers, the sermon, Holy           Strength and Conditioning Specialist in the       owner Viviane Sabol’s delight the secret is
Communion and Children’s Song and Mes-            Bay Area and he recently moved to                 out. Unique Boutique was recently featured
sage, which are a blend of traditional            Truckee.                                          in JANE Magazine as "...one of the ten hip-
hymns, contemporary songs and ethnic/                   Regardless of your age or capabilities      pest consignment shops on the West
folk music.                                       Curtis has trained folks from 10–85 years         Coast"!
      Pastor Hilton, a native Californian,        and can design and implement programs for                Viviane offers her service as your per-
obtained his master’s degree in divinity and      any goal. Whether you want to gain a full         sonal shopper for your specific style. You'll
his teaching certificate from Princeton in        Division 1 athletic scholarship, get in shape     also find an accessory treasure trove of jew-
July. For the past few years the church had       to look and feel great, or eliminate chronic      elry, boas, long gloves, fun wigs, fishnets
various visiting pastors, and since the hiring    pain, his high energy sessions are focused        and other fun things. It's theme party cen-
of Pastor Hilton in August the congregation       and motivational.                                 tral whether looking for prom or wedding
has increased dramatically.                             Curtis designs programs associated          gowns, or vintage to vogue. Consignments
      Pastor Hilton is a member of Work-          with energy systems, joint angles, and inju-      accepted by appointment. Discover The
force Housing; his church is helping to           ries associated with various sports. He of-       Unique Boutique located at 10925 West
build a house in Grass Valley for Habitat         fers simple and effective nutritional guid-       River (behind the woodpiles), parking is
for Humanity; and he is starting a church         ance, he can recognize overtraining and           free or call (530) 582-8484.

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agenda by notifying the President / CEO ten (10) days prior to the meeting. Board meetings are held as noted in the Chamber calendar in this
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