Tahoe School of Music Becomes A Nonprofit

Truckee’s Tahoe School of Music converted to a nonprofit on Sept. 7 to better serve the community. The organization currently provides services for Truckee Elementary, Truckee Donner Park and Recreation District, Sierra Expeditionary Learning School, Tahoe Expedition Academy, and Forest Charter School. It also offers private and group lessons at its location at 10038 Meadow Wy, Suite E, in Truckee, and has an on-site recording studio and rehearsal space.

“Our goal has always been to provide musical opportunities for children and adults of all ages in the Tahoe-Truckee area, regardless of financial situation,” said Tahoe School of Music founder and Executive Director Ben Martin. “We think this new status will better support our core values and mission statement.”

Martin is a long-time local performer and music supporter who embraces a casual but thorough teaching style. The music school is currently accepting tax deductible donations to help purchase a building, upgrade the recital room, purchase a piano, upgrade the recording studio, and provide scholarship funds. Info: info@tahoemusic.net, (530) 584-1234, tahoemusic.net

Truckee Sports Exchange Names General Manager

The Truckee Sports Exchange recently promoted long-time employee Rob Cavallo to general manager. Cavallo has played a key role in the growth of Truckee Sports Exchange over the past six years as an employee and manager.

The Sports Exchange has also recently become home to mountain bike guide service Tahoe Mountain Guides and cycling shop Cyclepaths. Cavallo realized the need for a better ski and snowboard service department in the Sports Exchange and worked to develop a state-of-the-art tuning shop, buying new Wintersteiger tuning equipment and renovating the tuning shop.

Cavallo studied business at the University of Nevada Reno and lives with his wife in Glenshire. Info: truckeesportsexchange.com

Gary Davis Group Gets Magazine Cover

The work of Tahoe City architecture and engineering firm Gary Davis Group was recently featured as the cover story in Residential Design + Build, a nationally distributed design and construction magazine. The publication has a circulation of 40,000.

The article focuses on the collaborative efforts of principal architect Todd Mather, general contractor Mike Buffington and property owner Brian Casey and how they conquered the many topographical and regulatory challenges of designing and building a home on an exceptional slope in Tahoe City. Among other anecdotes of the design process, Mather described how he and his design and engineering team successfully navigated the arduous permitting processes.

The story features photos of the completed home, including stunning lake views, by Truckee-based photographer Ethan Rohloff. Info: garydavisgroup.com/news

Truckee Interior Design Studio Recognized by Mountain Living

Aspen Leaf Interiors, a Truckee interior design studio, was recently named one of the 125 most talented and influential designers in the West by Mountain Living magazine.

Aspen Leaf describes its design approach as unique and personal. Each design is individually tailored to each client, and not one design is ever replicated. Their design objective is to create eclectic rooms that focus on the client’s taste. Designs vary from rustic to contemporary to modern. Aspen Leaf has been in operation in Tahoe/Truckee since 2004. Info: aspenleafinteriors.com

Chamber Announces New Truckee Websites

The Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce recently announced the launch of two distinct websites: Truckee.com, a site dedicated to tourism, and TruckeeChamber.com, a site dedicated to business. Both sites provide improved opportunities to promote business and the community.

These websites, with links between the tourism and business site, were created in collaboration with CLM Design.

La Galleria Opens Its Doors for Donations

Brooke and Chad Bentley, Truckee residents and the owners of La Galleria, are proud to announce that they will be partnering again for the second year in a row with the Truckee Community Christmas program. The partnership will help collect non-perishable food donations during the months of November and December by offering a discount for people who make a donation at the store.

The Truckee Community Christmas has been coordinating holiday efforts for more than 25 years and has become a critical organization in helping approximately 300 Truckee families in need each year. The foundation is managed by a group of board members and several volunteers who oversee a variety of nonprofit groups by coordinating the collection of food, toys, and clothing. La Galleria will provide a 15 percent discount coupon for people who bring in a non-perishable food donation. Info: 10112 Donner Pass Rd, truckeecommunitychristmas.com

Truckee’s Gateway Urgent Care Offers BOTOX

Dr. Dennis Chez, medical director of Gateway Urgent Care in Truckee, has recently become certified in aesthetic medicine for primary care physicians. Dr. Chez, in addition to offering acute care medicine and general family health care, is now offering non-surgical cosmetic procedures including BOTOX® Cosmetic injections and dermal fillers including Restylane and Juvederm.

A BOTOX® Cosmetic procedure typically takes about 30 minutes or less at Gateway Urgent Care, and there is no “downtime” after the procedure.

Gateway Urgent Care is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends during busy holiday periods. Info: (530) 582-2070, gatewayurgentcare.com

Truckee Brewery Brings Home International Gold

Truckee’s FiftyFifty Brewing Co. recently took home top honors at one of the world’s most prestigious beer competitions.

The 2012 European Beer Star Awards awarded the Gold Medal in the Wood and Barrel-Aged Strong Beer category to Eclipse Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout Grand Cru from FiftyFifty. In addition to the Gold, FiftyFifty was honored with the Bronze Medal for its Iced Eclipse in the Ultra Strong Beer category.

The European Beer Star is one of the most recognized beer competitions in the world, committed to the traditional European art of brewing. The competition evaluates the beers on the basis of purely sensory criteria. Judging was done by an international expert panel at the Doemens Brewing Academy in Gräfelfing near Munich, Germany with more than 100 beer and brewery experts from all over the globe.

In addition to being available for purchase at the brewery, this year Eclipse will be distributed across the globe, including San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Portland, Denver, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Boston, and Japan. Info: alicia@fiftyfiftybrewing.com, (530) 587-BEER, fiftyfiftybrewing.com