Truckee Insiders Guide Spring 2022

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Table of Contents FEATURES

SPRING 2022

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18 E-Bikes – The Hottest Thing on Two Wheels 20 Where the Wildflowers Grow 24 4th of July – Truckee Style

DEPARTMENTS

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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR Spring Is Here!

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WHAT’S HAPPENING Spring + Summer Events

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PLAY The Art of High Altitude Gardening

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EXPLORE Let the Music Play

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CREATE A BIG LIFE Exploring The Rock/Brockway Road Area

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THE HOW’S AND WHY’S OF TRUCKEE How Do I Get Rid of Yard Waste and Compost?

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BIG LIFE LOCALS Rylan Cordova Tom + Alissa Just

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30 Big Life Connections

24 ON THE COVER: Tom & Alissa Just, co-owners of Mountain Home Center. See their Big Life Local story on page 29. Photo by Daphne Hougard.

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Spring Is Here!

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Spring is a time when everything comes alive. You feel energetic and excited about the new season. It’s a time to head outdoors, soak up the warmth of the sun, get your hands dirty cleaning up and planting in your yard, and start enjoying more daylight and long days to play in this beautiful place we call home. Gardening, Composting, Yard Clean-up Spring means gardening – it can be relaxing, and is satisfying to gaze out to a garden full of flowers or pull your own vegetables from the ground. Gardening in altitude is different and fortunately we have several nurseries in our area that are experts in what grows well up here. Composting is great for your garden and the environment. Instead of dumping vegetable scraps, coffee grounds, and leaves in the trash, recycle them into a useful soil amendment. If you are not into composting at your house, there are several places in town to bring your compostables. As you start to clean up your yard and create your defensible space you might be thinking “what do I do with all these pine needles, branches and pine cones?” We’ve got all the insider info you need for your Spring gardening, composting and yard clean-up. E-Bikes Boom! As we shift from winter to summer sports there’s never been a better time to buy or rent an e-bike. Whether you’re a lifelong cyclist or a new rider, they can be a real game changer. Alison Pedley of the Truckee Trails Foundation shares some information about the e-bike boom, types of e-bikes and where you can ride them in Truckee.

The Hills Are Alive As the snow melts, we start to see the signs of spring when those funny-looking red snow flowers begin popping up. We head out to commune with nature as we hike and bike taking in the sights, sounds and smells of spring and watch the mountains come alive with vibrant colors of wildflowers. Learn some places you can go to take in these beauties. 4th of July – Truckee Style Independence Day means freedom. With what’s going on in the world, this year more than ever is a time to appreciate our right to life, liberty and happiness. Celebrate the privilege of being able to walk the streets without fear, express ourselves, and live life to the fullest with the belief that anything is possible if you work hard enough. Small town pride and community are front and center in Truckee on the 4th of July. From early morning to night, it’s a full day of enjoying our community, family, friends and neighbors. Check out how we celebrate “4th of July – Truckee Style” and plan to join in the fun. Big Life Connections The Truckee Chamber is here to help you discover new and exciting things about your community. Home is where you belong and feel like you’re part of the community. Head to Truckee.com/BigLifeConnections to sign up for our monthly e-newsletter with information about upcoming Big Life Connections events held throughout the year, community events, volunteer opportunities, ways to engage, be heard and make a difference in our community. It’s the best way to make Truckee Your Base Camp for a Big Life.

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An Insider’s Guide Spring 2022 EDITOR:

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SPRING + SUMMER EVENTS FROM MID-APRIL THRU JULY

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Truckee Bike Park Fundraiser

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Tahoe Truckee Earth Day Festival

APR 27–30

Truckee Follies

JULY 2

Truckee Brewfest

MAY 28+29

Made in Tahoe Festival

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JUNE 4

Truckee Day - Street Clean Up

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Soroptimist Wine & Restaurant Faire

Pancake Breakfast Firecracker Mile 4th of July Parade Festivities & Fireworks

BLUESDAYS SUMMER MUSIC SERIES

JUNE 5

Truckee Running Festival

JULY 16

Old Timers Picnic

June 14 – August 31

JUNE 24+25

Truckee Reggae Fest

JULY 16

Tevis Cup Ride

MUSIC IN THE PARK

JUNE 25+26

Western States 100-mile Endurance Run

JULY 23

Truckee Airshow & Family Festival

JULY 22–24

Truckee Antiques & Vintage Sale

JULY 23–24

Donner Lake Triathlon & Kids Triathlon

JULY 30

Ian Casey Foundation Golf Tournament

ONGOING EVENTS TRUCKEE THURSDAYS SUMMER STREET FESTIVAL

June 23 – August 11

Wednesdays (start date TBD)

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TRUCKEE CERTIFIED FARMERS MARKET

Maker Show 2022

Tuesdays, May 10 – October 18 TRUCKEE SATURDAY FARMERS MARKET

Saturdays (start date TBD) Scan to see all the events going on this spring + summer! FOR DETAILS AND COMPLETE LIST OF EVENTS: TRUCKEE.COM/EVENTS

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The Art of High Altitude Gardening

In Truckee we love our snow, but as soon as

the snow starts to melt, we get excited about spring’s beauty and the end of dirty berms. Our growing season is measured in weeks rather than months because of our alpine climate. Successful gardening in the high Sierra requires that you work with the local environment. The most important tools to ensure successful short-season gardening are appropriate selection of plant species and where you plant them. The right plants in the right locations can not only survive but thrive in Truckee. Most plants for sale are marked with a USDA Plant Hardiness Zone number: Truckee’s zone is mostly 6a or 6b. There are several microclimates in Truckee to consider. Tahoe Donner, Prosser, and Gray’s Crossing are at higher elevations with more trees, so the snow stays longer. In Olympic Heights, Glenshire, and some areas of Sierra Meadows and Martis Camp, there is less cover and often less snow, so you can often plant sooner and expect more full sun. Choosing a plant from the correct zone helps, but if you want the best garden and landscaping possible, it’s best to consult local gardening experts. Our local nurseries only carry plants that have been tested for mountain growing. We talked to two Eric(k)s - Eric Larusson, co-owner of Villager Nursery, and Erik Neu, owner of Rock & Rose Nursery & Landscape to get their tips for Truckee gardening and landscaping.

Both Villager Nursery and Rock & Rose open their outdoor nurseries in March, weather permitting. As you can imagine, it’s always a balance between carrying a wide variety of plants and keeping them alive until they are bought and planted. It’s a huge daily process to bring the plants back and forth from greenhouses. Because of potential for late-season snow, some advise not to plant annuals before Memorial Day. Spring temperatures and snowfall vary, but you can take a clue from what perennial plants and flowers are doing. If you see a lot of new buds, leaves and Crocus, Daffodils, and other bulbs coming up, it’s probably fine to plant annuals in April. Check the weather – if you see a deep freeze coming, it’s always a good idea to cover delicate plants and flowers for the night. A tarp set up loosely just above the plants works well or even garbage bags will do in a pinch. It’s also important to adjust your watering by seasons. In the spring, don’t water before sunrise because roots can freeze, but in the summer, watering in the morning is beneficial and can save water, particularly for lawns. Grass absorbs the water and takes it in throughout the day. Watering too much later in the day can produce mushrooms and root rot. Whether you are adding color and vegetation to your yard or completely revamping your landscape, Truckee has great resources to help you make your garden grow. An Insider’s Guide

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Erik Neu » Rock & Rose Some of Erik’s favorite plants for our area are ferns and hostas in low-light areas because of their “nice, deep green colors and different varieties.” He recommends gold flame and snow mound shrubs, and evergreen Jeffrey Pine, blue-green Colorado Spruce, Ponderosa, and cedars. “Kids and dogs particularly love grass. Kentucky blue grass mixes do well here and have a pleasant deep green color.” As the name implies, Rock & Rose carries a wide variety of decorative rock, natural mulches, and DG gravels. If you’re considering a landscape redesign, Erik recommends that you start a year before you want to implement it. It’s beneficial to see the land as a clean slate, free of snow. Experienced Truckee landscape designers take into account many factors, including the owner’s vision and their knowledge about local plants and placement in similar light and irrigation zones.

If you want to add color or variety to your yard, Eric tells clients and customers to walk around their neighborhoods and look for plants they like, especially at vacation rentals, because those landscapes generally have little care. It’s good to see the plants in your neighborhood that are suited to that microclimate. The Villager recommends planting wildflower mixes as soon as the earth becomes visible under the snow, even as early as February. In non-irrigated areas, mix the seeds with compost or potting soil and spread them widely. The Villager carries a large variety of hearty native plants, flowers, and trees. Flower beds should always be mulched on top with coarse compost or wood-chips to protect the soil from wind, sun, freeze-thaw, and to hold moisture, suppress weeds and provide a long-term source of fresh organic material that is constantly being formed at the base of the mulch.

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Eric Larusson » Villager Nursery

During the pandemic, hundreds of new greenhouses and cold-frame beds went up in Truckee as people had more time at home to grow their own vegetables and herbs – with mixed success. While some reveled in picking fresh lettuces to eat, others lamented, “I think each tomato ended up costing me $8!” The Villager Nursery supported these new local “farmers” with starters and tips. Eric said that he’s seen the popularity of vegetable gardening wax and wane over the years, but believes that it’s a great cultural trend. “We don’t all have to grow everything, but we all should grow something. We get a nature fix when we’re gardening and the thrill of harvesting herbs, greens or ripe veggies for a meal is rewarding.”

Community Garden Did you know Truckee has a Community Garden located

behind the baseball field in the Truckee River Regional Park on Brockway Road? One of Slow Food Lake Tahoe’s projects, it’s a perfect way to get involved in your community. On Harvest Mondays, pick veggies and herbs, wash, weigh, bundle and deliver to our local hunger relief organization, Sierra Community House. Workday Wednesdays tasks include watering plants, planting new seedlings, pruning plants or building frames. They also have numerous “Grow Your Own” workshops. You can even rent a garden bed or learn to build your own. To learn more, check out their website at www.slowfoodlaketahoe.org.

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Truckee’s prolific music

scene is abuzz with accomplished Truckee musicians and a steady stream of eclectic bands who are more than happy to visit Truckee-Tahoe for tour stops. The time that Paul McCartney showed up unexpectedly and played piano with a band at Moody’s Bistro Bar + Beats is legendary, but Moody’s still hosts nationally-touring jazz, Americana, and soul and rhythm and blues bands. The tables are cleared in front of the stage and the dance party can go all the way back to the cushy red booths. In fact, several Truckee bars and restaurants host live music every weekend starting around 8:00 pm and there is rarely a cover charge. Cottonwood, Bar of America, and Moody’s have live music and dancing most weekends, extending to include Thursday nights in the summer. You can also find live bands regularly at Alibi Ale Works, Truckee Brewing Co., Pastime Club, and RMU, and smaller groups or solo performers at Truckee Tavern. Alibi hosts an open stage night every Monday

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and a bluegrass open jam session Sunday evenings. Alibi’s lineup includes great rock, alternative country and bluegrass bands. RMU recently started a Monday night reggae night, and Dark House Coffee Roasters, The Good Wolf Brewery, FiftyFifty Brewing Co. and Donner Creek Brewing also occasionally feature live music. While the après ski music series at Olympic Village, Alpine, Homewood, Northstar Village ice rink, and Sugar Bowl are winding down, you can still find bands playing in the sun on the decks and DJs spinning music until sunset at Palisades Tahoe. The Made in Tahoe Festival in the Village at Palisades Tahoe May 28–29 features live music by local musicians both all day long. It’s hard to beat great music, friends, and food in Truckee’s beautiful outdoors. In addition to local bars, you can enjoy free music and dance almost every night of the week in the summer. Here’s a run-down of free weekly summer music in Truckee and North Tahoe:


PJ’s Summer Concert Series

Tuesdays, 5:30–7:30 pm Late June to August – PJ’s at Gray’s Crossing Enjoy an expansive meadow and Mount Rose range view at PJ’s weekly summer concert series. Grab a low-backed chair or blanket for the lawn, or secure a dining reservation up to seven days in advance. The music is free to all, with food and drinks available for purchase for guests out on the lawn. No outside food or beverages.

Bluesdays in the Village at Palisades Tahoe Tuesdays, 6:00–8:30 pm, mid-June through August This outdoor concert series features top blues musicians and an outdoor Blues bar with beer, wine and spirits as well as great grab-and-go food offerings from Village restaurants. A limited amount of seating is available and you can bring your own low back chair for a designated seating area.

Music in the Park

Wednesdays, 6:30–8:30 pm Mid-June through August, Truckee River Regional Park Amphitheater Music in the park on Wednesday nights is a long-time and beloved locals’ tradition. Young and old gather at the amphitheater at the Truckee River Regional Park to enjoy great music, share picnic dinners with friends, and dance. Produced by Truckee Donner Recreation and Park District with the help of sponsors, the full stage and sound system delivers excellent visuals and sound with a sand/fine gravel dance area providing plenty of room for everyone who wants to dance without blocking the view of the band for those sitting on the amphitheater lawn. You can bring your own food and drinks, but glass is discouraged. You’ll need to leave your four-legged friends at home.

Music on the Beach

Fridays, 6:00–8:30 pm, July through August, Kings Beach Recreational Park Start your summer weekends off right by listening and dancing to live music performances featuring a variety of genres on the beautiful North Shore of Lake Tahoe at Kings Beach. Food and beverage vendors on-site or you’re welcome to bring your own. These concerts are often less crowded with a more local fan base than the Tahoe City music series on Sunday. You can dance in the water and watch the sunset while enjoying great local music. No glass, no dogs.

Truckee Thursdays Music in the Beer Garden

Thursdays, 5:00–8:30 pm, mid-June through mid-August Meet your friends and neighbors for Truckee Thursdays and enjoy great music in the beer garden. Set up in the train station parking lot, the music is always a fun scene, with those aged 21 and older dancing in front of the band while others enjoy the music from the many artisan booths that line the street in the closed off downtown block. There is often a big group of dancing hula hooping kids and parents in the adjacent Flying A parking lot. The music and fun continues well into the night, with after parties and musical guests at Alibi, Moody’s, Pastime Club, Bar of America and more.

Concerts on the Beach in Tahoe City

Sundays, 4:00–7:00 pm, July through August At Commons Beach in Tahoe City, local, regional, and national performers delight Tahoe City audiences every Sunday afternoon. These Sunday concerts enjoy a large crowd, some via boats and paddle boards that float close to the shore and enjoy the music. Bring your friends and a blanket and be prepared to find parking up to several blocks away and walk. Local food and beverage vendors at the east end of the park or you’re welcome to bring your own.

Skating and Music at the Village at Northstar

Tuesdays & Fridays, TBD We can’t wait to hear Northstar’s summer music plans this year at their skating rink in the Village at Northstar. They host retro skating nights on Tuesdays, featuring live music or DJs cranking fun music from the ‘70s-‘90s. Rent or bring your own skates and enjoy skating and dancing to the music – whether you’re a beginner, hanging onto the rail that circles the rink or doing spins in the middle, it’s a great time for all. The rink has an adjacent outside bar and is surrounded by covered seating areas with cushy outdoor furniture and tables. You can order a delicious pizza from Rubicon and enjoy it between skating, or have fun watching the skating shenanigans. We’re thrilled to see the return of live music that’s been missing the past few years. Music adds vibrancy to communities, strengthens the sense of belonging, and connects us. Dance and music are two sides of the same coin. When we hear music, there seems to be an invisible force that drives us to sway to the beat. So dance the days and nights away and be sure to fit some of these music events into your summer schedule. An Insider’s Guide

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DISCOVER ALL OF TRUCKEE Exploring The Rock/ Brockway Road Area

The Rock and Brockway Road

area is conveniently located near the Sierra Meadows and Ponderosa neighborhoods. It’s easily accessed on bike or foot via a bike path alongside the Truckee River Regional Park and the Ponderosa Golf Course, where you’ll find golfers from kids to seniors on Truckee’s public course. This area boasts several eateries including Cottonwood with it’s beautiful deck and awesome view of downtown; Blue Coyote, a favorite local spot to get a beer, burger and watch the game; The Lifthouse Coffee, Thai Delicacy, FiftyFifty Brewing Co. and more. The Rock is a beautiful mixed space development that boasts eclectic local professional and service businesses including MWA Architecture, bigtruck brand, Sierra Sotheby’s International, Truckee Massage, Coupe Sixty-One Salon, Truckee Pediatric Dentistry, and Stealth Tahoe E-bikes, to name a few. The Rock’s parking lot is equipped with Tesla charging stations very near the Best Western Hotel and Mountain Home Center. Here are some highlights of just a few businesses in the area:

Mountain Home Center www.mountainhomecenter.com

Mountain Home Center, which opened in this location in 2005, is a premier showroom for fireplaces, stoves and hot tubs on the inside with an equally impressive outdoor showroom for patio furniture, umbrellas, barbecues and firepits. Mountain Home Center has 40 fireplaces to choose from and you can actually schedule a “test soak” in their hot tubs. An added perk, They offer full-service for their spas as well. More than 30 employees work with owners Tom and Alissa Just, who bought the business in 1989 (and have added partners since). They give back to the community by supporting many of Truckee-Tahoe’s nonprofits and are active participants in the Town’s General Plan Advisory Committee. Read Tom and Alissa Just’s Big Life Profile on page 29.

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Mountain Valley Meats

www.mountainvalleymeats.com

Truckee foodies rejoiced when Mountain Valley Meats opened its doors in 2013. They not only offer quality cuts of meat that were missing from the grocery stores, but a select array of appetizers and accompaniments that are curated personally by the owners and longtime chefs Brandon Uresky and Jessica Ledeboer. If you go in for a Nieman ranch shoulder pork or prime filet, you might find yourself also walking out with new potatoes, green beans, and artisan cheeses. Mountain Valley Meats is well known for their delicious small batch, house-made sausages. Some of their most popular flavors – Potsticker, Parmesan Pale Ale, and Habanero Honey Bourbon Chicken are regularly in the case and they also mix in a wide variety of flavors in the rotation, like Blue Cheese and Pear and Jalapeno Pineapple. Their butchers are always happy to give advice on best preparation. Surprise tip: They also carry the best fresh salsa in town!

Sierra Sotheby’s International Realty www.sierrasothebysrealty.com

With a beautiful new office looking out onto the greens of the Ponderosa Golf Course, Sierra Sotheby’s International Realty is centrally located to serve the newer developments along the State Route 267 corridor. There’s a chance that you have a connection with one of Sierra Sotheby’s many experienced agents: Sotheby’s realtor Denise Mix is a longtime Truckee Chamber ambassador; and Nick Pullen, an expert sailor, is owner of Lake Tahoe Sailing and takes families out on Lake Tahoe on a fantastic 33 foot sailboat – the Hobie 33. Last winter Sotheby’s supported the community by hosting a holiday wine exchange benefitting Truckee High School’s Project Grad, which provides a safe and sober experience for seniors on graduation night.

Stealth Tahoe Electric Recreation www.stealthtahoe.com

It may sound like a detective agency, but Stealth Tahoe is actually all about fun and one of Truckee’s original e-bike sources. As the name implies, they’re an authorized dealer for Stealth Electric Bikes and also carry several wheels that are made in California including OneWheel, Vintage Electric Bikes, Super 73, Intense Cycles, and more. Co-owners Aaron Vaceck and Anthony Zingaro cover everything you need to get out on an e-bike, from sales to parts and service. They also offer demos on almost every bike – you can even take a OneWheel for a spin. Read more about the e-bike boom on page 18.

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FiftyFifty Brewing Co. + Drunken Monkey Sushi www.fiftyfiftybrewing.com www.drunkenmonkeysushi.com

In a sharp turn from their executive roles at Hewlett-Packard, Andy and Alicia Barr moved to Truckee in 2006 and started FiftyFifty Brewing Co., a mountain town brewery and pub that creates extraordinary beers. In fact, they recently were awarded three Gold medals and a Silver in four separate categories of the Best of Craft Beer Awards. This medal tally tied FiftyFifty for the most golds awarded among the 482 craft brewers that took part. Their Truckee Craft Ventures food and beverage conglomerate focuses on epicurean experience and counts the popular sushi restaurant, Drunken Monkey, and a premium distillery, Old Trestle, among its brands and businesses. FiftyFifty and Drunken Monkey are located near each other with a common beautiful stone and garden courtyard that each utilize for outdoor dining. Fun fact: Alicia Barr was Truckee’s mayor in 2015-2016.

The Town of Truckee created an interesting video celebrating Truckee Leadership for Women’s History Month. Watch here!

Cedar House Sport Hotel Now Gravity Haus

https://gravityhaus.com/ www.cedarhousesporthotel.com Last December, owners Jeff and Patty Baird sold Cedar House Sport Hotel, that they beautifully designed and operated, to Gravity Haus, a growing national recreation/resort company that has similar aspirations as Jeff and Patty: To create a relaxing reprieve for travelers aiming to combine sports and adventure with their stay. Cedar House Sport Hotel is in the process of transitioning and is still welcoming Cedar House and Stella Restaurant customers as well as offering benefits to Gravity Haus members while undergoing a refresh to become Gravity Haus. Conceptualized by Denver-based entrepreneurs Jim and Alicia Deters, Gravity Haus membership offers members on-demand outdoor gear access, functional co-working spaces, a watering hole, home base to meet like-minded outdoor enthusiasts + community events, amenities, and a variety of expert-led group fitness and recovery programs. Continuing the Baird’s legacy, Gravity Haus also supports sustainable/green practices and being an active and engaged member of the Truckee-Tahoe community.


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town. Because they require less effort to pedal, e-bikes can also enable spouses and friends with different levels of fitness to ride together at the same speed. Even traditional cyclists may opt to use e-bikes as an environmentally sustainable alternative to automobile travel, where pedal-assist riding allows for an easier commute into town without showing up to the office in need of a shower. What’s more, the town of Truckee’s commitment to plowing some local bike paths in the wintertime is allowing for year-round commuting opportunities. Believe it or not, fitness is another reason for the popularity of e-bikes. One study published in the Transportation Research Interdisciplinary Perspectives journal found that people cycle at least twice as much when they own an e-bike, combatting criticism that e-bikes do not contribute to fitness. Riders may not work as hard as regular cyclists, but by biking longer and more frequently (such as commuting), they’re potentially getting more exercise overall.

Types of E-bikes

by Alison Pedley, Truckee Trails Foundation With a growing system of trails and bikeways in the Truckee region has come a corresponding increase in locals and visitors recreating and commuting on bicycles. This growth has magnified even more throughout the pandemic, when trails and bikeways represented one of the best options for COVID-safe recreation. In a town with challenging elevation gains throughout, the increase in e-bike riders has been particularly evident. Nationally, the most recent figures compiled by NPD, an American market research company, indicate a growth rate for electric bicycles of 240% in the 12 months leading up to July 2021, more than double the rate of traditional bikes. All signs indicate that these e-bikes are here to stay.

Why the Trend in E-bikes?

It may be that the increased ease of electric bicycles alone has resulted in the explosion of e-biking in Truckee. For those new to cycling, returning from a lengthy break from the sport, or with physical limitations making traditional cycling difficult, e-bikes remove a substantial hurdle: the large perceived effort of cycling in a mountain 18

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Anyone new to e-bikes may be understandably confused by the available options, but e-bikes are simply categorized into one of three types: Class 1, Class 2, and Class 3. Class 1 e-bikes offer “pedal assist” capability that can provide an extra boost when the rider is pedaling. The “assist” kicks off when the rider is coasting and if the bike reaches 20 miles per hour. Class 2 e-bikes are also limited to a top speed of 20 miles per hour, but they have a throttle that can be engaged to assist with mobility even if not pedaling (note: the throttle wears the battery down much faster than pedal-assist). Class 3 e-bikes can go up to 28 miles per hour and must have a speedometer, and may or may not have a throttle (though California does not allow throttles on Class 3 e-bikes). Class 1 e-bikes are currently dominating the market, with city/urban e-bikes more popular than mountain e-bikes, presumably due to the appeal of eco-friendly commuting.

Where to E-bike in Truckee

Although classes of e-bikes aren’t terribly complicated to understand, knowing where one can ride e-bikes can be more confusing. The 22 miles of paved bike paths managed by the town of Truckee, such as the Truckee River Legacy Trail and Trout Creek Trail, allow Class 1, Class 2, and Class 3 e-bikes.


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In the Tahoe National Forest, all classes of e-bikes are allowed wherever motorized vehicles are allowed, such as Forest Service fire roads and trails open to off-highway vehicles. However, a few non-motorized trails in the Truckee Ranger District of the Tahoe National Forest are now open to Class 1 e-bikes. These include the Big Chief Trail, Commemorative Overland Emigrant Trail, Donkeytown Trail (aka Jackass), and Sawtooth Trail. Currently, the Tahoe Donner Association only allows Class 1 e-bikes on fire service roads and doubletrack trails. Donner Memorial State Park does not currently allow e-bikes on their trails, but state park roads, including Coldstream Canyon, are open to all classes of e-bikes. Northstar Bike Park allows Class 1 e-bikes only.

E-bike Sharing Coming to Truckee!

Nationally, another reason for the surge in e-bike sales is the proliferation of e-bike sharing programs, primarily in urban areas. Often referred to as a “gateway drug” for e-bikes, e-bike sharing allows riders to try e-bikes before buying. And many times, once riders try an e-bike, they’re hooked! As a very positive move towards sustainable micro-mobility in our region, the town of Truckee will be unveiling an e-bike share program in summer 2022. Currently in negotiations with the preferred and most qualified vendor, the town is aiming to provide a minimum of 10 e-bike docking stations that will be strategically located around town, and at least 50 Class 1 Maximum Size: will 30beptquite simple: users will purchase a e-bikes.Font The process membership with the vendor, go to one of the e-bike stations, pick up a bike, and go! The bike can then be returned where it was picked up, or left at a different station in town. For more information on this exciting program, contact Alfred Knotts at the town of Truckee at aknotts@townoftruckee.com.

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renewal. This promises to generate approximately $3 million for trails and bikeways annually, making the potential for greatly enhanced opportunities for all modes of bicycling in our region extraordinary. Alison Pedley is the Executive Director of the Truckee Trails Foundation, a nonprofit that builds, maintains, and advocates for a world-class network of trails and bikeways for health, sustainability, and prosperity.

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Where the Wildflowers Grow One of the first flowers to emerge in the spring is the beautiful and unusual Snow Flower.

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and the temperature rises, the first wildflowers of spring begin to bloom. It’s an orchestra of colors from the bold, happy yellows of the first mule ears to the rich deep purples of Lupine. There are many places to hike or bike to be amazed by their beauty, most of which offer an abundance of wildflowers. The hills come alive with flowers, butterflies, and bees in spring.

What to look for: Wildflowers that bloom from April-June are abundant. One of the first flowers to emerge in the spring is the beautiful and unusual Snow Flower. This unique and most curious bright red plant pushes forth from the earth, often in clusters as the winter snow begins to melt. One of my favorite spring plants, the outer worldly alien Snow Flower, looks as if it popped straight out of a Dr. Seuss book. Spring is also the time for Wooly Mule’s Ears to bloom. The fuzzy leaves of this wildflower resemble a mule ear, and their cheerful yellow flower resembles a daisy. They create a delightful field of yellow wildflowers in the spring. The Arrowleaf Balsamroot (sunflower family) resembles the Wooly Mule Ear flower, but their leaves are pointy and long.


Wild Violets come in an array of purple, yellow and white colors. The beautiful purple Lupine can be found on almost any hike. One of the most beloved wildflowers, the rich deep purple flower can be found in meadows, along trails, and on the mountains. Fireweed, Columbine, Iris, Penstemon, and Pussypaws all surface in the spring. Look for the sunny western buttercup, which grows around wet meadows and along streambeds. The Truckee-Tahoe area is also home to several beautiful and stunning wild lilies, including the Sierra Tiger Lily, also known as the Alpine Lily, Mariposa Lily, and the Camas Lily. Medicinal wildflowers like Arnica, Yarrow, and Mullein (a wild looking plant that is excellent for respiratory issues) bloom in late June. In late May and early June, look for Indian Paintbrush. This wildflower indeed lives up to its name, painting the landscape with orange, reds and pinks. These wildflowers grow in moist mountain meadows and along trails throughout Truckee-Tahoe. The Columbine Monkshood is another wildflower that blooms in June. While the Sierra Gooseberry might not be considered a wildflower (it’s more of a shrub with flowers), the plant is extraordinary to explore. The Gooseberry blossoms in the late spring. The berry reminds me of a spiky alien creature from another world. They are a bit prickly and make fabulous jam and jelly. These are some of our favorite spring wildflowers that bloom in spring and never cease to create awe and joy outdoors in our natural playground.

A good reference to wildflowers is the Wildflowers of the High Sierra and John Muir Trail book by Elizabeth Wenk which includes photos and descriptions of approximately 300 species of wildflowers and flowering shrubs in the High Sierra.

Where to hike to find the flowers? There are many trails in our area and wildflowers grow almost everywhere. Here are some of our favorite places in Truckee and the nearby area to hike and witness wildflowers blooming in the spring.

SAGEHEN CREEK TRAIL

Sagehen Creek Trail is a relatively easy 5-mile out and back hike renowned for its wildflowers. The perfect spring hike, the trail meanders along the creek and opens into a large meadow with beautiful wildflowers. The trail ends at Stampede Reservoir, where more flowers can be viewed. To access the trailhead, take Highway 89 N, the turnout about 7 miles from Truckee. Parking is immediately on the right after the bridge over Sagehen Creek.

MOUNT JUDAH LOOP

Mount Judah Loop on Donner Summit is a lovely 5-mile hike with sweeping views and abundant wildflowers. Best to start early in the morning. It’s a moderate hike that begins on the Pacific Crest Trail and climbs up. Trailhead access via Old 40. Turn left at the Summit Haus and follow old Donner Summit Road.

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Webber Lake is the headwaters of the Little Truckee River, the largest single tributary of the Truckee River. Lower Lacey Meadow and Upper Lacey Meadow. Lacey Creek meanders through both meadows and feeds Webber Lake. From Hwy 89, about 17 miles north of Truckee, take Jackson Meadows Road west approximately 8 miles to the sign for Webber Lake. The trail begins at the trailhead at the west end of the lake.

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WEBBER LAKE AND LACEY MEADOWS

This hike is approximately six miles round-trip. It is moderately strenuous. The creek is running along the trail in the spring, and wildflowers dot the landscape. To access the trailhead, drive west on Old Highway 40 towards Donner Summit. The trailhead and parking area is on the left, roughly 1/3 of a mile from South Shore Drive. An Insider’s Guide

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TIPS ON WILDFLOWER HIKING

COLDSTREAM CANYON

Hike along the creek and witness the beauty of Coldstream Canyon through the forest where flora and fauna abound. The loop is about 4 miles. To access the trail turn onto Cold Stream Road and park at the end.

Respect the land like it’s your own – because it is! We’re all pretty like-minded around here, so in the spirit of “living like a local” here’s a few tips on how to be respectful of our pristine natural surroundings.

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DONNER LAKE RIM TRAIL GLACIER WAY

Sweeping views of Donner Lake, Castle Peak, and Johnson Canyon make this trail a lovely hike, with many wildflowers and wildlife. To access this section of the Donner Rim trail park at the Glacier Way trailhead in Tahoe Donner.

TAHOE DONNER

The wildflowers in Tahoe Donner are beautiful and plentiful. Mule Ears abound in the spring. One of my favorite hikes and bikes is down to Euer Valley. There are many wildflowers along the way. Access trails from the Tahoe Donner Adventure Center.

CARPENTER VALLEY

There are many trails and places to hike in Carpenter Valley. Snow Flowers are plentiful in the spring and are always fun to see peeking out after the snow melts. Hike in on the fire road. There are plenty of trails and wildflowers to be had. Access trails from Carpenter Valley Road off of Alder Creek Road.

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Bring a backpack, water, snacks and an extra layer of clothing. We all know how quickly it can get chilly. Use your backpack to “pack it in, pack it out.” It sounds so simple. But keeping our environment pristine and free from trash, toilet paper, and waste is critical. Make sure to take any garbage, wrappers, cans back out with you. There’s no such thing as the Poop Fairy. While one dog’s poop might not seem like it would hurt, when thousands of people are hiking along the same popular trails with their dogs it can really add up. Bring along poop bags and be sure to take them with you. It’s easy to forget the poop bag you placed along the trail “to pick up on your way back” – but please make that extra effort to remember it’s there. Of course, bring your camera or phone to capture that sea of colors in a field of wildflowers, or a close up shot of a breathtaking flower. Enjoy, photograph, but please refrain from picking the wildflowers (it actually is against the law). Wildflowers are fragile and many wilt and perish soon after being picked. Over the years, the repercussions of wildflower picking by unthinking people go far beyond the loss of the flowers themselves. A critical chain of events is triggered for years to come once wildflowers are lost. Leave only footprints, take only photographs.


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4TH OF JULY

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Fourth of July celebrations are arguably the best part of summer. They involve fireworks, parades, hot dogs, ice cream, swimming, and picnics, so really, what’s not to love? Small town USA means charming traditions, friendly people, and a way to celebrate being part of this great community. From dawn to night, it’s a full day of fun. Get ready to celebrate Independence Day – Truckee style!

Pancake Breakfast 7-10 am

Start your day by fueling up at the Annual 4th of July Pancake Breakfast put on by the Truckee Fire Protection District. Held in Station 92 (11473 Donner Pass Road next to Wild Cherries) from 7:00 to 10:00 am. The event is free (donations appreciated, but not required) and a great way to start your holiday. Who doesn’t love hot pancakes off the griddle with butter and maple syrup on a beautiful summer day? Sit side by side with friendly people laughing and joining in the camaraderie. Fire District logo merchandise available for purchase.

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Get in a bit of cardio burst before chilling out for the parade and a sunfilled day of barbecues, beer, and beach by doing the Firecracker Mile Fun Run. This is a one-mile “gravity-fed” fun event for all ages and abilities. The race starts at 9:45 am just before the parade at US Bank on Donner Pass Road and finishes downtown at the train depot in the heart of all the crowds. This is definitely a family, kid-friendly, dog-friendly event. Run, jog, quick or casual walk with baby in stroller – all work! Runners are encouraged to wear festive attire and are cheered on by thousands of parade spectators. This is a fundraiser for the Auburn Ski Club Training Center. Register online or go into Tahoe Mountain Sports in the Safeway Center. 24

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4th of July Parade

Truckee River Drill Team

A quintessential small town tradition, Truckee’s 4th of July parade is a must-attend event for many. Folding chairs are put out at people’s favorite spots at o-dark thirty that morning. The parade starts at 10:00 am in front of Wild Cherries and winds east with the last entry arriving downtown around noon. Booming music and announcers are located downtown and in front of Quality Automotive Servicing. The parade starts with the Tahoe-Truckee Cadet Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol’s presentation of the colors. Then let the party begin with a parade of fire trucks sounding their horns, police cars and their sirens, big rig trucks, classic cars, horses, local nonprofits and organization floats, the Sierra Highlanders Pipe Band with their swirling drumsticks and bagpipes, and more. It’s an exhilarating morning shared by locals and visitors alike. The parade is put on by the Truckee Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Town of Truckee.

The Truckee River Drill Team has been a crowd favorite in Truckee’s 4th of July Parade for many, many years. They have more trophies than they know what to do with! No matter how many times people have seen them, they look forward to it every year and ALWAYS laugh, smile and love watching them!! Their irreverent style, made-up “precision” moves, hodgepodge “uniforms” of Hawaiian boots, zinc oxide and Sorel boots is classic Truckee. Bill Palmer was the creative genius and driving force behind this long-time Truckee tradition. Back in 1986 Bill owned Sun ‘n Snow Sports (where The Backcountry is today) and with plenty of skis sitting in storage, the idea came to round up some Rotarians and create a “drill team” parade entry. It is a throw-back and homage to Truckee’s early days. Bill’s legacy continues on today and has been creating memories for parade attendees for over 35 years.

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“In 2005, the Truckee River Drill Team “took their show on the road” bringing the Truckee spirit to Chicago, Illinois marching in their “signature style” at the Rotary International Conference parade. Most of the Truckee River Drill Team and all the equipment went with the group on Amtrak from Truckee to Chicago. We were one of about 100 floats/teams in the parade down the Miracle Mile celebrating the 100th anniversary of Rotary. There were about 20 Rotarians in the group and it was the experience of a lifetime!” – PROUD ROTARIAN

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4th of July Memories

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Truckee owes a lot to Truckee Donner Recreation and Park District (TDRPD) General Manager Steve Randall for the 4th of July festivities we all enjoy. We recently had the opportunity to sit down with Steve to hear about the early days of 4th of July in Truckee.

4th of July Festivities and Fireworks at West End Beach 1:30-10:30 pm

Enjoy a full day 4th of July party at West End Beach, with fireworks at dusk. Spend the day with family, friends and the Truckee community with a day at the beach, listen and dance to music, play games, eat BBQ, and watch the fireworks. Gates to the beach open at 9:00 am, games and bands start at 1:30 pm, and fireworks are at 9:30 pm. Cost is $10 in advance only from the Truckee Donner Recreation and Park District (no tickets at the gate on July 4th). The West End Beach event is for Truckee residents and homeowners and you must show some proof to purchase tickets. Tickets are limited to 7 tickets per adult in the household. Donner Lake gets super busy on this day – the 37 public piers fill up really early as do the shoreline beaches. People watch the fireworks from their boats or kayaks – being sure to bring the proper lighting and safety gear. For less crowds head up Old Highway 40 toward Sugar Bowl and find a big granite rock to throw a blanket on and take in the fireworks over the lake. When fireworks are over, go westbound on Old Hwy 40 toward Soda Springs and take eastbound I-80 back to Truckee to avoid extended delays. Or head up to the Glacier Trail in Tahoe Donner for a short walk to a good vantage point – warm jackets and flashlights are a must.

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“I came here 37 years ago after being the first Recreation & Park Director for the town of Sausalito. I was there for 10 years before coming to Truckee. I’d produced the 4th of July parade and festivities in Sausalito and had the idea to do something similar in Truckee. I created a nonprofit group made up of various service clubs to put on 4th of July festivities. I was on the Truckee Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for six years during which time the Chamber produced the parade. 4th of July festivities used to even include a street dance downtown. About 20 years ago, the TDRPD took over the fireworks and 4th of July festivities at West End Beach and the Chamber continued as the producer of the parade. It’s all about community. 4th of July in Truckee is a hometown gathering – it brings back kids from college or those who have moved away – it really is a reunion of sorts. I’m passionate about creating events, activities, programs, and facilities that benefit our community that brings smiles and happiness to kids and adults.” – STEVE RANDALL

Firecracker Mile The Firecracker Mile Fun Run was first coordinated in 1988 by Peter Werbel as a way to have a fun event for kids and families on the 4th of July. The race has had up to 750 runners, but usually is in the 500–700 range. In the early 2000’s, the Auburn Ski Club (ASC) Training Center took over the event as they had the timing equipment and more capacity to manage the event. The ASC is a nonprofit dedicated to lifelong enjoyment of snow sports for families and athletes. There are many people in our community that need financial support to do winter sports. The Firecracker Mile proceeds help support athletes. The ASC also helps support the local Alpine, Nordic, and Snowboard High School Competitive League in order to keep costs low and keep more kids in the sport.


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Alibi Ale Works, Truckee Public House YEARS IN TRUCKEE 10 years ORIGINALLY FROM Littleton, Colorado WHY TRUCKEE I moved here because of the

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Alibi Ale Works opened their original brewery and tap room in Incline Village in 2014. Truckee Public House opened in 2017, and they opened their third location, Incline Public House, in 2019. Truckee Public House has an awesome outdoor seating area and offers great live music, Open Stage Mondays, Trivia and hosts several events benefitting local nonprofits. Check them out at the corner of Bridge & Jibboom Street.

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being able to ski, mountain bike and lots of other outdoor sports on a work day. It also means being part of an amazing community that works hard and plays hard.


The How’s and Why’s of Truckee How Do I Get Rid of Yard Waste?

How Can I Compost in Truckee?

As the snow melts, removing pine needles and other yard waste not only helps uncover budding plants and beautifies your property, but it is essential for defensible space and fire protection. The Town of Truckee and Tahoe Truckee Sierra Disposal (TTSD) make it easy to dispose of yard waste. There are several ways to get rid of yard waste:

Did you know there is free composting available year-round in Truckee? Composting not only saves room in your trash and eliminates smell, but keeps food waste out of the landfill, which can help prevent potent greenhouse gases from being released as it breaks down. Compost is used at regional facilities to nourish soil for local gardens. It’s handy to keep a little container on your counter or under your sink to collect food scraps and then dump them in a 5-gallon bucket with a lid in the garage or utility closet. Every composting program has different allowances. See below for do’s and don’ts:

DUMPSTER RENTAL: Did you know that for only $82 you can arrange for a one-week rental of a six-yard dumpster that TTSD drops off and picks up Wednesday-Wednesday? There is a limit of two dumpsters per household. Please only place yard trimmings (pine cones, pine needles, branches, grass clippings) and no bags in the dumpster. Reserve your dumpster well in advance before the rentals are completely booked for the season, which is between May and October. Reservations opened on April 4, 2022. Call TTSD at (530) 583-7800.

DROP-OFF EVENTS: You can bring full truckloads of yard waste to the Truckee Rodeo grounds in May and drop them off for free. See Truckee.com for dates.

SELF-HAUL: Drop-off up to six yards of yard waste for free annually at Eastern Regional Landfill from May to October. You will need to load, unload, and completely empty your bags and materials. Bring proof of residency with an ID and utility bill. You will receive an address-specific punch card to track yards dropped off upon your first visit.

GREEN CART PICKUP: Yard waste carts will be serviced from the beginning of May through the end of November, every other week, weather pending. Need another yard waste cart? Each household can have up to three waste carts. You may have heard about a new organic waste recycling law in California, called SB 1383. Please note that this law doesn’t apply to Truckee. We can’t collect food waste in yard waste carts. Contact TTSD to order green carts. Delivery fees may apply or a free pickup option may be available, including at Truckee Day on June 4th.

What Can Be Composted? • Food scraps ONLY! • Fruits/veggies • Flowers • Eggshells Keep Out of Our Compost: • Bags • Paper products • “Compostable” plastics • Cardboard • Pet feces/kitty litter

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There are three year-round drop off locations and the Community Garden in the Truckee River Regional Park accepts compost materials from May–October. The compost dropped off at the park goes directly into the Demonstration Garden that is harvested for our seniors and others in the community in need. TRUCKEE TOWN HALL 10183 Truckee Airport Rd. Dumpster located in the rear parking lot, near the cardboard dumpster. GLENSHIRE GENERAL STORE 10095 Dorchester Dr. Dumpster located near front driveway MOUNTAIN HARDWARE 11320 Donner Pass Rd. Dumpster located in rear of parking lot, near shipping and receiving ramp off Forest Lane. TRUCKEE COMMUNITY DEMONSTRATION GARDEN 10050 Brockway Rd. Park near the kid’s playground and walk west along the path

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specialty subcontractor YEARS IN TRUCKEE 30 years ORIGINALLY FROM Portland, Oregon WHY TRUCKEE Tom: I had never been to Truckee until I came

here as a Project Manager for a small construction outfit working on the Trout Creek Recreation Center being built in Tahoe Donner. When it burned down I found that I couldn’t leave! I remember saying to a friend during that time “there is something about this town.” It was the natural beauty, outdoor recreation, better quality of life and a great sense of community that lured me to stay. Alissa: Tom and I had worked together in the Central Valley and after he moved to Truckee, we lost touch. A couple years later, we reconnected and I fell in love with Truckee…and Tom. BIG LIFE Alissa: A Big Life means a balanced life… working hard, playing hard and giving back to the community that gives so much to us. Raising our children with that same mind set. Creating a welcoming community to both visitors and newcomers – those that are where we were 30 years ago. Tom: Being a part of a great community and giving back through volunteerism, donations, and memberships. Raising a family with an active lifestyle, getting outside, taking in the beautiful views and mountain peaks, and exploring the vast National Forest that surrounds us. And of course work hard – but not too much – to maintain a dynamic business with a great team of coworkers.

Mountain Home Center is the premier, awardwinning specialty retailer of fireplaces, stoves, spas and sauna, patio furniture, and other products for the home including firepits, patio heaters, bbqs, home décor, and saunas. Visit Tom and Alissa at their store on Brockway Road – you might end up with a gorgeous gas firepit just like this one!

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Connecting with others in your community is an important part of belonging. Making new friends and contacts helps you feel good, makes you feel like a part of the community, helps you discover new places and activities. It helps you put down roots. Big Life Connections is a program developed by the Truckee Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Town of Truckee to bring people together to make Truckee a strong, unique, and vibrant place to live.

The program is designed to: • Connect the community • Develop relationships • Encourage engagement, highlight volunteer opportunities • Connect with businesses and the people behind the business • Share Truckee’s character, culture, values – what it means to be a Truckee Local

An Evening with Scott Thompson Local Photographer

What participants have said: • What a fun gathering at Donner Lake. So nice to meet some of • • •

Truckee’s long-time locals, the mayor, other town council, hear their perspectives, and meet other new residents as well. Truckee Trivia! Super fun! We want more of this! I never knew Paul McCartney made a surprise performance in Truckee! Truckee has such a fascinating history – we really enjoyed the tour of the museums. The snowshoe tour was very informative and fun. These events are a great way to meet people, learn more about what the Town is doing, and stay civically engaged. Many thanks! Scott Thompson of Scott Shots Photography has lived in the Truckee-Tahoe area for many years and explored every nook and cranny. He’s out shooting non-stop and has captured some of the most magical moments. From landscapes, sunrise, sunset, downtown Truckee after a snowstorm, Donner Lake, Donner Summit – Scott captures it all and tells a beautiful story with each photograph. Learn more about Scott, some of his favorite places to shoot, how he decides what to shoot, and a presentation of some of his spectacular photographs. April 26, 2022 from 5:30-7:30 pm Truckee Town Hall To sign up to attend, visit Truckee.com.

Discover new things about your community while meeting new friends 1. SIGN UP.

Head to Truckee.com/ BigLifeConnections. Signing up with the program is free and you’ll then receive our newsletter with information about upcoming Big Life Connections events. You’ll also learn about community events, volunteer opportunities, ways to engage, be heard, and make a difference in your community. 30

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2. UTILIZE OUR RESOURCES.

Besides the Big Life Connections events, the Truckee Chamber website, Truckee.com, is full of information about our community, businesses and events. Visit our Facebook or Instagram pages to see timely information about what’s happening, local businesses, and community members.

3. ATTEND OUR BIG LIFE CONNECTIONS EVENTS.

Explore all that Truckee has to offer by attending our events held throughout the year. Build your personal and/ or professional network by connecting with like-minded people who share your interest in learning more about your community.

4. BE PART OF THE BIG LIFE CONNECTIONS COMMITTEE.

They are an energetic group, enthusiastic about living here and are full of ideas for our next Big Life Connections event. Get to know some people while planning our roster of upcoming events.


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