FLOURISH IN THE GREAT OUTDOORS, OF COURSE!
1. Delight in the evening air under the full moon: Oct. 18, Nov. 17, Dec. 17.
2. Hike the celebrated Mt. Judah Loop: 1,700 ft elevation gain and two peaks in five and half miles.
3. Catch up with a friend over a relaxing walk in the Martis Creek Wildlife Area.
4. Hike the Donner Lake Rim Trail.
5. Mountain biker? Challenge yourself at Hole in the Ground.
6. Go fishing! Catch a Rainbow, Brown or Kokanee - fishing licenses and advice are available at Mountain Hardware & Sports).
7. Climb a rock face.
8. Learn to rock climb with National Ski Training & Climbing Center.
9. Go backpacking! Take in spectacular sunsets and fall asleep under the stars at Paradise Lake. Too chilly? Take in the incredible views on a Castle Peak day hike.
10. Shred on concrete. Visit Truckee’s Skatepark.
11. Hike or bike Sawtooth Trail Ridge.
12. Slow down. Pick up the Historic Downtown Truckee Walking Map at the California Welcome Center in the Train Depot and stroll through little ‘ole Truckee
13. Join Walktober, the free wellness program hosted by the Tahoe Center for Health and Sports Performance. Walktober encourages 10,000 steps a day and includes informative weekly e-mails and raffles. Stop by TCHSP located at 10710 Donner Pass Road, to register.
14. Soar over spectacular scenery. Take a glider ride!
15. Hike to Martis Peak from the trail head just south of Brockway Summit off of Highway 267.
16. Tee it up! Golf with your buddies or the ladies.
17. Play disk golf: Truckee Regional Park or Sierra College.
18. Bag a peak.
19. Learn to fly fish.
20. Join Tahoe Trips & Trails for an endurance hike (Oct. 19).
21. Create your own adventure! Find ideas on the Sierra Geotourism map.
FEED YOUR CREATIVITY
1. Astounding lake and mountain views beckon. Write or sketch in your journal or get lost in a great book.
2. Host a fall harvest themed dinner party.
3. Find inspiration at Arts in Wellness.
4. Explore your potential with Tangled Roots Writing.
5. Visit the Carmel Gallery.
6. Draft a Haiku based on something you see in Truckee today.
7. Take a glass fusing class at T Potts Pottery. Visit truckeepottery.com.
8. Check out the artwork on display at the Truckee Airport.
9. Host a pumpkin carving and seasoned pumpkin seed gathering with friends.
11. Enroll in one of Sierra College, Tahoe-Truckee’s semester long drawing, design, painting or ceramics classes. Enrollment begins on Nov. 20 and spring semester begins on Jan. 27. Visit
12. Bike or drive up Old Highway 40 for great views of Donner Lake.
13. Take photos.
IMMERSE YOURSELF IN LOCAL CULTURE
1. Give back! Truckee River Day on Oct. 20 features outdoor restoration projects from 9 and 11 a.m. After volunteering, enjoy live music, entertainment, Lahontan cutthroat trout release and delicious bites at the River Fair at Granite Flat Campground from 1 to 4 p.m. Advance registration required.
2. Read Nona McGlashan’s “Give me a Mountain Meadow,” a captivating account of Charles Fayette McGlashan, Truckee’s dynamic lawyer and editor who publicized the story of the Donner Party and played a huge role in the town’s history. The book is available from the Truckee Donner Historical Society.
3. Immerse yourself in Donner Summit history: Markers along old Highway 40 identify sites such as where Native Americans and the first wagon trains crossed as well as the route of the first transcontinental railroad and the Lincoln Highway. The 20-mile museum includes 29 interpretive signs from Eagle Lakes (Interstate 80 exit 164) to Rainbow Bridge. Each sign includes historical photographs and tells a good story.
4. Be wowed by the talented, internationally recognized Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company performing live at Truckee High School, on Oct. 18. Already booked? Save the date for Story Pirates on Nov. 8 or Cedric Watson and Dirk Powell on Dec. 13. Visit artsfortheschools.org for details and tickets (just $15).
5. Visit Truckee Library.
6. Bundle up for a late afternoon of bocce and refreshments at the Truckee River Winery.
7. Sip and give during The Pour House’s weekly $5 Thursday wine tastings.
8. Dance with locals at the annual Pink Party at the Bar of America (Oct. 18).
9. Tune into 101.5 for the latest local news and events.
10. Ditch the home theater. Catch a movie at the cozy Northstar Village Cinema.
11. Gain insights on green building practices during Truckee’s annual Green Building Tour on Oct. 26.
12. Discuss an interesting article from the Sierra Sun or Moonshine Ink.
13. Catch a Truckee High School football game.
14. Vacation without even traveling! Enjoy a staycation at the Cedar House Sport Hotel, Truckee’s year round base camp for adventure.
DELIGHT IN CULINARY ARTS
1. Meet me for lunch at my favorite lunch spot - The Red Truck Café at the Truckee Airport!
2. Completely unwind at Stella. Enjoy a delicious dinner in the most intimate and relaxing venue in town – One October menu highlight includes the Louisiana Surf and Turf comprised of frog leg lollipops, sautéed crawfish and popcorn grits.
3. Savor the best coffee - and coffee art - in town at the CoffeeBar on Jibboom Street.
4. Catch up with a friend or make a new one over a craft beer at Mellow Fellow.
5. Dragonfly offers 50 percent off the dinner menu every evening in November so whether you are a resident or passing through, enjoy Local's Appreciation Month. Reservations (530) 587-0557.
6. Fuel up at the Taco Station.
7. Treat yourself to one of the best sandwiches in town at the Full Belly Deli.
8. Ward off a cold or simply nourish your taste buds from the made-to-order juice bar at New Moon Natural Foods.
9. Enjoy a slice or two of authentic New York style pizza at Best Pies.
10. Enjoy vegetarian chili with all the fixings and a cornbread muffin at Wild Cherries.
11. Enroll in a Friday evening hands-on cooking class at Manzanita.
12. Take pleasure in a St. Germaine cocktail over live tunes at Moody’s Bistro Bar & Beats.
13. Enjoy the Paesano special (or any dish) at Pianeta.
14. Splurge for a bite at Trokay.
15. Meet some locals over Grand Marnier French Toast at Smokey’s.
16. Head to Squeeze In for mimosas and brunch.
17. Enjoy a Cesar Salad overlooking historic downtown Truckee from Cottonwood.
18. Indulge in Chef Marty Carlton’s new dinner menu at Marty’s Café – coming soon!
19. Enjoy deals from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Bar of America.
20. Host a beer tasting at home with a handful of brews from the massive 400 choices at Tahoe Mountain Brewery Artisanal Bottle Shop.
21. Split two giant cupcakes at Tahoe Cakery.
22. Bring your favorite bottle of wine for No Corkage Tuesdays at The Lodge.
23. Burger, sweet potato fries and a thick milkshake at Burger Me. Yum.
24. Bake an apple pie.
PAMPER YOUR MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT
1. “Find your inner child and play!” shares artist Nancy Lopez, founder of Truckee-Tahoe’s annual Trails & Vistas art hikes.
2. Dance with InnerRhythms. Visit innerrhythms.org.
3. Strengthen. Enroll in a pre-season training regimen with Rebel Fitness Academy or studio of choice.
4. Breathe, stretch, reach new heights: Namaste Holistic Healing and Yoga Center, Studio Tahoe, Tahoe Yoga & Wellness Center or Tahoe Mountain Martial Arts & Yoga.
5. Strengthen at The Bar Effect.
6. Embrace a new furry family member. The Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe hosts Adoption Days every Friday and Saturday from noon to 3 p.m.
7. Peruse the lending library and community workshops at For Goodness Sake. Visit goodnesssake.org.
8. Let your body be your guide and teacher. Bend, twirl and shift your weight with a respectful group of dancers every (or any) Friday night.
9. Discover intriguing staff picks at Bookshelf.
10. Participate in Sierra College Insights, a no-cost, alcohol-free evening program located on the Tahoe-Truckee campus. Upcoming programs include hands-on printmaking on Nov. 15 and “Unexpected encounters in Nepal” on Jan. 31. Reservations (530) 550-2290.
11. Indulge with an autumn-inspired massage or facial at the Ritz-Carlton Spa, Lake Tahoe.
EXTRA FUN WITH CHILDREN
1. Identify trees along the Nature Trail and check out the Pioneer Monument in Donner Memorial State Park.
2. Enjoy West End Beach before all the days of autumn slip by.
3. Hike the family and dog friendly trails to Negro Canyon Overlook in Tahoe Donner.
4. Plan a special weekend meal including foraged pine nuts!
5. Test your ability to go with the flow at the Pump Track off Highway 267. Visit facebook.com/truckeebikepark.
6. Visit the KidZone Museum (especially geared for ages 2 to 5). Visit kidzonemuseum.org.
7. Collect pinecones and, after baking for 30 minutes at 200 degrees, decorate with gold spray paint and creative touches or collect pine needle, bark, lichen and whatever piques your interest for a nature art project at home.
8. Take a workshop at the Kindred Art and Folk Institute. Visit kindredtruckee.org.
9. Celebrate Halloween with the downtown Truckee parade and Trick or Treating at the Community Art Center (6 p.m. on Oct. 25).
10. Not-So-Scary Haunted House in Tahoe Donner offers fun for little ones from 5 to 8 p.m. Cost: $2 children and free for parents (also Oct. 25).
11. Catch a free Friday night movie at the Northwoods Clubhouse.
BEGIN (AND FINISH) HOLIDAY SHOPPING!
1. Discover great gifts ad stocking stuffers for everyone on your list!
2. Spread the word about Truckee with any gift from California 89 or a treat from Sweets Handmade Candies.
3. Find children’s books and adorable outfits at the Tree House.
4. Find deals on climbing and disc golf gear at the Sports Exchange on West River Street.
5. Treat yourself to something original. My picks for not to miss shops in historic downtown Truckee include Riverside Studios, Bespoke, Carmel Gallery and Glasforms Glassblowing.
6. Find a great deal for yourself at one of the local consignment or thrift shops: Mountain Kids, Echo Blue and Tahoe Forest Hospital Hospice Thrift Store.
7. Stroll Historic Downtown Truckee during First Fridays, a time when many shops offer extended hours and refreshments from 5 to 8 p.m.: Nov. 1, Dec. 6, Jan. 3 (First Friday of every month).
A version of "101 Fun Fall Things to do in Truckee" appeared in the October 17 issue of The Weekly magazine.
Excerpt from "How digital platforms are changing the way science reporters find & tell stories"
NASA’s many social media products point to an uncomfortable new reality for reporters: the space agency doesn’t really need them to break news.
“We have an obligation to authentically share NASA on social media,” Jason Townsend, deputy social media manager for NASA, said in an email interview. “When we have news — a big discovery or mission activities — we will be covering it on social media. We know that many reporters follow us and get their information directly from social media instead of waiting for it to show up on the wire.”
NASA now has accounts on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, YouTube and Flickr, through which the agency can tell followers about the latest discovery, or share interesting content in general. It’s its own media outlet.
READ FULL ARTICLE BY Taylor Miller Thomas
Working with talented individuals that do everything from educating youth and adults to planning, designing and engineering to running and operating year round hospitality businesses to orchestrating annual sell out events, we have our hands in many projects and our brains tuned into different tools, sources and resources.
Sometimes it's fun to sit back and relax. We did just that in brainstorming our services and strengths using one of our favorite word play sites, wordle.net. Check out this post from The Whiteboard Blog for similar resources, and have fun!