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“We Are Community” Project

“We Are Community” Project

The “We Are Community” project  launched on May 12, 2020. Its goal is to help bring awareness to the Truckee community and demonstrate the impacts of COVID-19 on small businesses, which have been hit hard due to the shutdown. Small businesses are adapting their business models as they prepare to overcome the challenging weeks and months ahead. This project is a labor of love by photographer and local environmental advocate,

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Ryan Fowler Offers Bike Tour Adventures for All Abilities

Ryan Fowler Offers Bike Tour Adventures for All Abilities

Established by Ryan Fowler in 2014, Dirt Gypsy Adventures set out to blend adventure, active travel and trail exploration for all abilities with a variety of mountain bike tours across the Western US. Dirt Gypsy Adventures is North Lake Tahoe’s four-season outfitter and guide service for all things bike-related. Their Truckee-based operation offers single and multi-day guided tours, summer trailhead shuttle service throughout the Basin,

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Local Businesses Provide Protective Gear & Supplies

Local Businesses Provide Protective Gear & Supplies

From face masks, face shields, disinfectants, sanitizer, cleaning supplies, signs, to gloves – some local businesses have changed their focus or are providing additional options to provide protective supplies and gear for Truckee-Tahoe when supplies have otherwise been scarce. Changing gears has benefited the community through donations and allowed them to retain some staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. Mountain Hardware & Sports and our Truckee grocery stores and pharmacies have also been valued resources.

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Truckee Seniors Recognized in Downtown with Individual Banners

Truckee Seniors Recognized in Downtown with Individual Banners

Parents and the broader community have come together to make and install banners to celebrate graduating seniors from Truckee High School and Sierra High School. These banners are hung on poles in the downtown Truckee area starting at the roundabout near Burger Me and extending to downtown and into the Railyard Project. We hope you can visit this area to celebrate the seniors and the community spirit that made this project happen! 

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Portrait Photography by Amber Ezell Photography

Portrait Photography by Amber Ezell Photography

Amber Ezell is a portrait photographer specializing in headshots, personal branding, families, weddings, and boudoir. Her style is expressive and natural, and she has an eye for capturing emotion. In addition to providing a luxury level of service, Amber’s passion for her work comes through with breathtaking imagery.

Shoots take place outdoors at a location of choice, at home for a lifestyle-inspired shoot,

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Meet Truckee’s Newest Dentist, Jason Baldwin, DDS

Meet Truckee’s Newest Dentist, Jason Baldwin, DDS

Options for improving your smile and dental health have recently increased with the addition of Baldwin, DDS, on Donner Pass Rd. in downtown Truckee.  Dr. Jason Baldwin is a graduate of the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry. He has maintained an ongoing commitment to advanced education and training in all aspects of dentistry. Dr. Baldwin was voted one of the top dentists in the Bay Area where he practiced for 15 years. 

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Big Life Artist – Barbara Glynn Prodaniuk

Big Life Artist – Barbara Glynn Prodaniuk

Barbara Glynn Prodaniuk saw her first potter at work during a grade school field trip and desperately wanted to
try it. Though she was unable to convince him to let her try it that day, she promised herself that she would someday find a way to do it, and she did. Barbara’s love affair with clay really began in college and no doubt will continue for the rest of her life.

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150 Year Truckee-Donner Transcontinental Railroad Anniversary

150 Year Truckee-Donner Transcontinental Railroad Anniversary

150 years ago, on May 10, 1869 the Transcontinental Railroad was completed, forever changing the landscape of the Truckee-Donner Summit area. This sesquicentennial of the Transcontinental Railroad marks the spanning of the continent with rails and a revolution to this area and the country. The railroad brought both freight and travelers to Truckee, helped create our local lumber and ice industries, and brought writers and artists to capture the beauty of the area.

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Steampunk Clothing Indi-Designer Judi Morales

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Steampunk Clothing Indi-Designer Judi Morales

Truckee Art and Culture Judi Morales

Judi Morales is an artist, burner, steampunk indi-designer, and an instructor of upcycled sewing and encaustic painting. She volunteers at non-profits such as the Truckee Roundhouse, Friends of Black Rock High Rock, Crews with Obtainium Works, and the Steampunk makers of the Neverwas Haul art car – a three-story Victorian house on wheels.

In a process artistic called steampunk clothing indie-design, Judi repurposes obtainium (materials obtained that are not new),

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Local Artists Team Up to Introduce Forest ⇌ Fire Interpretive Exhibition

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Local Artists Team Up to Introduce Forest ⇌ Fire Interpretive Exhibition

Michael Llewellyn Forest Fire

Local Artists Sara Smith and Michael Llewellyn will team up at this July 18th Truckee Thursdays street fair in Historic Downtown Truckee to introduce FOREST⇌FIRE, an interpretive exhibition opening at the Truckee Recreation Center in October 2020.

As one of 18 California artists to be featured in the exhibition, Sara will be creating Forest Home,

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