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Fourth annual trails training this week

Join the Tahoe Rim Trail Association and partners for the fourth annual Trails and Outdoor Leadership Workshop at Washoe County's Galena Creek Park.

Each year, local trails organizations and agencies gather to train trail crews and volunteers in the art and science of trails at our nationally recognized workshop.

The weekend kicks off with a trail design and layout workshop, followed by two days of construction seminars. Courses are available for basic trail building, advanced trail theory and design and crew leadership. The weekend is an excellent way to network with local trail volunteers and professionals and learn how trails are planned, constructed and maintained.

Training is supported through the Nevada State Parks Recreational Trails Program, and participants pay a fee of $65 for three days or $50 for two days to cover instruction, park lodging, food, training materials and transportation to class sites.

Local and regional trails organizations will have information booths, and evening activities will include a backcountry camp demonstration and tool display.

To participate, register online at www.tahoerimtrail.org or call Ben Storrud at 298-0239. Participants must bring long-sleeved shirts, long pants, boots and work gloves.

The Tahoe Rim Trail Association will provide hard hats and all trail building and maintenance tools.

For more information about how to become a Tahoe Rim Trail member or volunteer, contact the Tahoe Rim Trail Association at info@tahoerimtrail.org or 298-0012, or visit the Web site at www.tahoerimtrail.org.

The Tahoe Rim Trail Association is a nonprofit organization, which works to enhance, expand, and promote the Tahoe Rim Trail system.

Bike rack database created for Carson

Jeff Moser of bikecarson.com, posted an update on bike racks:

"One of the things that holds me back from running errands on bicycle, is the uncertainty of secure bicycle parking at the destination. I've been to many businesses around town several times, but most of the time I forget to take notice if there is secure bicycle parking.

"Muscle Powered's Dan Allison has created a Carson City Bicycle Rack Database to help take the guess work out of bicycle rack availability! I was curious about two locations I like to go, Safeway and Trader Joe's. I found both easily in the database, with pictures of the rack location. This resource will definitely help me with my goal of using the bicycle more for everyday errands.

"The Carson City Bicycle Rack Database can be accessed on the Bike Carson Resources Page. The database is an ongoing project, so give Dan your feedback when visiting the database."

Sierra-at-Tahoe hosts spring events

The Salsa Showdown

in West Bowl

Contestants bring two cups of their homemade salsa to the Baja Grill in West Bowl by noon Saturday to be tasted and judged.

If someone is crowned Salsa King or Queen, he or she could be skiing for free in 2009-10.

A taco-eating contest will also take place, along with pinata fun, food and drink specials and live mariachi band. Festivities last from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Easter Sunday Fun Day

The Easter activities last from 11 a.m. to noon, and include an Easter egg hunt, sack hop race, egg toss and Chubby Bunny contest.

Dog Days of Spring and the Inaugural Tahoe Basin Professional Ski Patrol Olympics

The event starts at 10 a.m. Sunday and includes probe javelin, dog search with CALSTAR, team cascade beacon search and toboggan pond skimming.

All profits from the fundraiser will be split among the families of Chris Trethaway, Bob Tara and Andrew Entin, who recently died.

Foot race to benefit CASA

The Put Your Best Foot Forward run and walk brings people of all ages and backgrounds together, walking and running in support of Court Appointed Special Advocates of Carson City.

The race will be 8:30 a.m. May 2 at Long Ranch Park in West Carson City.

In Nevada, CASA volunteers primarily serve as guardian ad litem advocating for children taken into care by the state through a child welfare court case.

The CASA of Carson City run and walk will be timed, has categories for different ages and has a 5k route. The event is limited to 300 participants.

Visit casaofcc.org for more information.

Escape from Prison Hill and relay coming soon

The annual Escape from Prison Hill half-marathon will be 7 a.m. April 25 at the Silver Saddle Ranch.

This hallmark half-marathon is an excellent way for those wishing to experience the taste of ultra-marathoning without the added distance. The course offers exceptional views of the Carson River Valley and eastern Sierra.

For more information, go to www.tahoemtnmilers.org.

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