At Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC), choose from online or in-person classes, including noncredit personal enrichment and professional development classes. Whether you want to enroll in an art, outdoors or health career training, you’ll find something of interest among the hundreds of courses offered this fall through EPIC (Educational Programs Inspiring the Community).

Interactive online classes include everything from belly dancing to zen meditation. In-person classes include, but are not limited to, the arts, sports, food, career development, health and wellness, gardening, computers and software, and language and culture. Get the full picture from the TMCC online course guide. Note that classes may or may not provide academic credit toward degree programs, and, as such, may or may not satisfy enrollment requirements for financial aid, scholarships, veterans’ benefits or status as an international student.

Course registration is easy. You can register online, call (775) 829-9010, or in person at 5270 Neil Road, #216 (just across from Meadowood Mall), weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Have you ever tried to find a public park in the Truckee Meadows that had certain features matching your interests? Maybe you want to shoot some hoops, go for a trail walk, take the kids to a nice playground – you can find out which parks have amenities like these and lots more with the new “Truckee Meadows Parks Project” from the Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation.

The searchable database lets you explore and search the approximately 200 parks in Reno, Sparks and Washoe County. You can learn about park history, biodiversity, and amenities while exploring parks online. You will not only learn about parks you have never heard of, you will be inspired to get out and visit some new places.

A beautiful place to retreat from the heat is Sand Harbor Beach and State Park, just south of Incline Village on the north shore of Lake Tahoe.

Amenities include sandy beaches, a boat launch, picnicking, group use areas, hiking, watercraft rentals and tours, and restrooms. The Sand Harbor visitor center has a gift shop, area information, and displays about Lake Tahoe. During the summer months, there is a food concession, snack bar, and shaded seating area. Note that it is possible some of these facilities may be periodically closed due to the coronavirus considerations.

Sand Harbor is a popular place in the summer, especially on weekends when the parking lot fills early (by 9 a.m.). Be sure to read about the parking situation and getting to Sand Harbor via the East Shore Express from Incline Village. The parking fee is payable by cash only during summer. Note that parking is not allowed on Highway 28 adjacent to the park and walk-in access is not permitted.

The Tahoe East Shore Trail (opened on June 28, 2019) provides a link between the Tunnel Creek Café in Incline Village and Sand Harbor.

In July and August, the annual Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival takes place at Sand Harbor. The Festival offers a special treat by featuring plays by the Bard along with other shows and activities on the shores of Lake Tahoe.