Markleeville puts out welcome mat |

Markleeville puts out welcome mat

Staff Report

As a member of the Markleeville community, Dierdre Wallace has her fingers in many pies.

She is an educator, running a reading recovery program at Diamond Valley School.

She is an activist, a business owner and, for the moment at least, the lead organizer for the town’s second annual Markleeville Faire.

In its second year, the event promises to be well-attended. Last year, the faire, though planned in a last-minute fashion was attended by nearly 1,000 people. Attendance this year is expected to be even higher.

The day-long festivities, sponsored by the Alpine County Arts Commission (Wallace is co-chairman), the Alpine County Chamber of Commerce and the Markleeville Merchants Association (she runs it), will feature arts and crafts booths, music by The Fiddletown Band, Living Picture Show and Night Hawks.

“I lived in Berkeley (Calif.) 13 years and was very active in civic organizations and local politics,” Wallace said, from the front half of her store, Wild Wools. “I swore when I moved I wasn’t going to do that again.”

But old habits die hard and despite her best efforts to stay uninvolved, Wallace and her little mountain community are welcoming everyone to come play with them.

There’s going to be something for everyone here next weekend,” Wallace said. “This is a real community activity with kids’ games and crafts and non-profit informational booths and, of course, the music – and a lady just called and there will be a trampoline exhibition.”

She also mentioned the ecology aspect of the creek work day, as well as the surplus sale hosted by Alpine County.

“Everyone has jumped in and it has become an event that combines so much,” she said.

Faire-goers will be offered a wide variety of food – everything from pizza, burgers, hot dogs and several barbecues – to beer and wine will be sold by local restaurants, including The Deli, M’s Coffee House, the J. Marklee Toll Station, Grover’s Corner, Rudden’s General Store, the Alpine Hotel Restaurant and Villa Gigli.

For booth sign-up or for further information, call (530) 694-0045.

Creek work day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Markleeville Creek Work Day 2001, a volunteer effort to “Care for the Creek,” will be Saturday, Oct. 6, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Alpine Community Park, in Markleeville next to the library.

It will be a day of good fun. Come ready to plant willows, cottonwoods and other native plants along the banks of the creek and the East Fork. New vegetation will help to slow stream bank erosion and keep water clean, cool and full of food for fish. The schedule is:

n 9 a.m., opening of events, including volunteer sign-in, a light breakfast and work site assignments

n 9:45 a.m., collect equipment and leave for work sites

n 10 a.m., begin work

n Noon, break for lunch

n 1 p.m., return to work sites to finish up and collect equipment

There will be activities for the kids, too.

n 9 a.m. to noon, supervised child care, paint a river rock

n 9:45 a.m., help place bat boxes

n 10:30 a.m., water conservation talk

n 11 a.m., discover the creek

For more information, contact Kim Hansen at the Alpine Resource Conservation District, 782-3661, or Phil Chang at the Sierra Nevada Alliance, (530) 542-4546.

Benefit surplus sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Woodfords

The Alpine County Family Support Council will hold a surplus sale Oct. 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Public Works parking lot at the corner of Diamond Valley Road and Highway 89 in Woodfords.

The items for sale include surplus desks, chairs, tables, cabinets, etc. from county offices. Revenue from the sale will help fund the Holiday Food and Toy Drive for needy children and families, which last year provided food baskets to 60 families and toys to 85 area children. Christmas baskets for men and women from Alpine County in the armed services overseas will also be funded by the sale.

Shoppers should take a truck because delivery and late pick-ups will not be available.