The Giving Fund’s Winter Speaker Series is an opportunity for community members to come together, meet your neighbors and make new friends, all while learning about relevant local topics.

Each session begins promptly at 5:30PM at the Alder Creek Adventure Center.
Please note: The January 12 talk has been moved to the Alder Room at The Lodge Restaurant & Pub.

$5 per session or $20 for the entire series. Pre-registration is necessary. Limit 50 persons.

Masks and proof of vaccinations required.


2022 SCHEDULE + SPEAKERS

  • JANUARY 12 | MANAGING THE FOREST BEFORE AND AFTER WILDFIRES
    Susie Kocher, Forestry Advisor, UC Agriculture and Natural Resources

    Please note: This talk has been moved to the Alder Room at The Lodge Restaurant & Pub.
    As a registered forester Susie is a Forestry Advisor for the University of California Cooperative Extension program in South Lake Tahoe, where for the last 25 years her focus has been on healthy forests through forest management, thus reducing fire hazards.  She is a member of the Governor’s Forest Management Task Force.

  • JANUARY 26 | TRUCKEE IN THE MODERN ERA (1960-present)
    Dave DePuy, Museum of Truckee History Board Member

    Truckee has changed dramatically in the last 60 years.  This session addresses major changes the Truckee area and how these changes impact our community today.  Dave is a member of the Truckee-Donner and Donner Summit historical societies as well as the Museum of Truckee History.

  • FEBRUARY 9 | VALENTINES + CHOCOLATE + TRUFFLES
    Daniella Luchian, Sierra Bakehouse

    Daniella studied Baking and Pastry Arts at the Culinary Institute of America in New York. She has worked for Gary Danko’s Restaurant in San Francisco and The French Pastry School in Chicago. Daniella came to Truckee from the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Orlando and then Tahoe. She is the owner of Sierra Bakehouse, a commercial bakery in Truckee, which is open to the public on Friday mornings.

  • FEBRUARY 23 | THE ART OF GROOMING
    Per Hurtig, Tahoe Donner XC Groomer

    The son of a Swedish heavy equipment operator, Per is grooming for his 8th year at Tahoe Donner Cross Country and enjoys putting out the best product possible every night. He tries to ski the next morning to inspect his work and see if there is anything he can do to improve the grooming quality. Per rowed in a four-man team in the 1980 Olympics and still competes with the same team at the world masters level 40 years later.

  • MARCH 9 | JIBBOOM! JIBBOOM! JIBBOOM!
    Chaun Owens-Mortier, Truckee-Donner Historical Society

    Chaun has been a member of the TDHS since 2008, currently its Secretary-Treasurer and Archivist/Recorded for the Truckee Cemetery District.  Her presentation is an overall history of Truckee’s Red Light District, the women who lived and worked there and is meant to educate based on a non-judgmental story of the lifestyle and the role the ladies played in the building of the West.