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Learn to Ski & Snowboard
Learn to ski and snowboard packages are being offered on Dec. 14 and 15 at Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows with beginner lift access, lesson and equipment rental for $49. Reservations for kids’ lessons ages 12 and younger are required at (530) 452-7225 Squaw or (800) 403-0206 Alpine. Adult walk-ins welcome or register squaw.com or skialpine.com.
Adopt-a-Family this holiday
Select an ornament from a special tree at the Lake Tahoe School in Incline Village until Dec. 20 to Adopt a Family for the holidays. Items requested are clothing items, and not toys. Return the item requested on the ornament unwrapped to the Lake Tahoe School no later than Dec. 20. Call (775) 831-5828 for information.
Join Holiday Hope Program
North Tahoe Family Resource Center in Kings Beach provides gifts and basic needs to families during the holidays. Each donor is matched with a family size of choice, and he or she can decide how much to contribute. To select a family, call Ana at (530) 546-0952.
Toys for Tots collections until Dec. 15
Toys are provided to children who might not otherwise receive a toy during the holiday season. Collection barrels for new unwrapped toys are located at local drop-off stations in Tahoe City and Truckee. Toys and monetary donations received in Tahoe City will be distributed in Tahoe City, and toys and monetary donations received in Truckee will be distributed in Truckee. Toy collection last until Dec. 15. New unwrapped toys also may be dropped off at one of the community parties listed on the Web site. For more information, call Elaine Durazo at (530) 386-0635.
Sign up for food distribution
The North Tahoe Holiday Food & Clothing Giveaway Distribution will be on Dec. 21 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the North Tahoe Event Center. Sign-up forms are available at area nonprofit agencies and faith-based organizations. As in years past, the focus of this program is new and gently used clothing in good repair, clean and in any and all sizes. This year, however the food aspect will focus more on the non-food necessities of life such as toilet paper, diapers dish and laundry soap, toothpaste and more. A list of requested donations can be found online at tahoecommunitythanksgiving.blogspot.com. Hot soup, sandwiches coffee and hot chocolate will be available during the giveaway. Donations may be dropped off at the Event Center until Dec. 21. For more information, call Meera at (775) 230-1066.
Christmas tree lot open
The Rotary Club of Tahoe-Incline is selling Christmas trees in the Raley’s parking lot next to Rookies to until Dec. 23 or until all of the trees are sold. The lot is open on Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and on Monday, Thursday and Friday from noon to 5:30 p.m. Holiday wreaths and tree stands also are available.
Boy Scout Troop 267 will be selling Christmas Trees next to Mountain Hardware in Truckee, and the Tahoe City Boy Scout Troop 266 will be selling trees in the Lighthouse Center.
The Truckee Optimist Club is selling trees at Crossroads Shoping Center until Dec. 23 or until the last tree is sold. The Boys & Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe also is selling trees from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily at 8680 North Lake Blvd. in Kings Beach.
Apply to leadership program
The North Lake Tahoe-Truckee Leadership Program is now accepting applications for the 2014 program. This program creates an opportunity for potential leaders to broaden his or her understanding of regional issues and opportunities, while developing and honing leadership skills.
The workshops will again be led by Shannon Beets, Vice President/Provost at Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village. Each workshop is integrated with one-half of the time spent on regional issues such as health and education, planning for the future and nonprofit advocacy; and one-half on leadership skill development such as collaboration, team basics and negotiation.
The program begins in January and ends with a May graduation. It includes five sessions, with optional days where participants will be out in the field getting a close-up view of issues, how various agencies work and the challenges facing our community.
Tuition fee for the Leadership Program is $750; $500 for nonprofit agencies. The fee covers all expenses of the program including meals and supplies. Partial scholarships are available. Deadline for applications is Dec. 16 and space is limited. For more information, visit the Web site or contact Lynn Saunders at the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce at (530) 587-8808 or firstname.lastname@example.org; Joy Doyle at the North Tahoe Business Association at (530) 546-9000 or email@example.com; or Sandy Evans Hall at the North Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce at (530) 581-8764 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kids’ winter programs offered
Tahoe City is offering Winter Break Camp at Rideout Community Center on Dec. 26 and 27, and from Dec. 30 to Jan. 3. Drop-ins are $40 or $35 for non-residents, with session fees available. Each day includes activities and field trips. For details, visit tahoecitypud.com or call (530) 583-3440.
The Truckee Community Recreation Center is offering a Holiday Swim Camp will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. from Dec. 31 to Jan. 3, excluding Jan. 1, at the Truckee Community Pool. This camp is open to children in grades 3 to 5 and costs $60.
During Winter Wonderland Days, children will spend two weeks of holiday activities including arts and crafts, games, baking, movies, outside play, swimming and ice-skating. Sign up for one day, one session or both sessions. Each day is from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Session one is Dec. 23 and 27 and session two is Dec. 30, 31 and Jan. and 3. The cost is $111 for session one and $148 for session two. Registration deadline is Dec. 20.
February Fun Days will take place 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Feb. 19 to 22. The cost is $148 for all four days. Registration deadline is Feb. 14.
Spring Fling Camp including swimming, crafts, cooking projects, games and a field trip will be from March 31 to April 4. The cost is $185. The field trip costs $41. Participants may sign up for a single day of any camps or programs for $37 per day.
Kidscape Spring Break Camp is a professional acting camp that will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily from March 31 to April 4. This camp is open to children ages 5 to 12 and costs $200. For more information on any of the programs, visit tdrpd.com.
Help needed to build baseball field
Nina Ski is asking for the community’s help in building a baseball field at Truckee Tahoe High School in memory of Andrew Metlenko, who was involved in a fatal car accident on June 11 while heading to Stampede for the Senior Bon Fire/camp out, just days before graduation.
In Andrew’s honor, his family has decided that they would like to donate the remaining of the funds that have graciously been donated to them. The initial plan was to purchase a scoreboard and raise enough money to purchase a movable backstop. This has grown into a complete field and integration of all sports in the district. Community support is needed in the form of donations, raffle prizes, fundraising ideas, volunteer hours and much more.
The group has booths are available at the Santa’s Closet on Dec. 14 and 15, raffle tickets are available for purchase and there will be a Fiesta Dinner on Dec. 20.
A nonprofit account has been set up with Good Tidings Foundation and donations may be made through the foundation under the memo Andrew Metlenko or Truckee Tahoe High School Baseball Field. For more information, visit the Facebook Group TT.H.S. “Field of Dreams” Baseball Field or call Ski at (530) 414-8715.
Shop Local, win prizes
Keep the holiday shopping dollars local and win prizes by participating in the 7th Annual Shop Local Contest. Shop through New Year’s Day for a chance to win $4,000 in prizes including a $300 Dave’s Skis and Boards gift certificate, Diamond Peak season pass, Homewood Mountain Resort season pass, Tahoe Value Pass or a Gold Tahoe Super Pass. Participants also have a chance to win other great prizes from local businesses.
Pick up a Shop Local Contest Card and start shopping. For every $25 spent at participating retailers in Tahoe City, Kings Beach, Incline Village, Squaw Valley and the Village at Northstar, shoppers will receive a sticker on the contest card. When four stickers are collected the contest card is eligible to win; multiple entries are allowed. Contest Cards are available at businesses throughout North Lake Tahoe. For a list of participating businesses, prizes and complete contest rules including no purchase necessary rules, visit shoplocalnorthtahoe.com. Turn in contest card(s) by Jan. 10 to be entered into the prize drawing.
Help Truckee Community Christmas
The Truckee Community Christmas nonprofit is again overseeing toy, food and coat drives that provide staples to local families and individuals before Christmas each year. Locals place donated items in collection barrels that are placed throughout the community through Dec. 18, and marked with the Truckee Community Christmas square red logo, can be assured that their contribution will stay in the community to help a local family in need. All collected goods are distributed to grateful recipients who have undergone a thorough application and review process. These individuals include low income families, teen moms and their babies, seniors who are homebound and other deserving area residents. To help, volunteer, make a donation or for locations of bins, visit truckeecommunitychristmas.com or call (530) 587-2757.
Food collection barrels will be placed in local grocery stores on the Saturday after Thanksgiving for donations of non-perishable food items.
New, unwrapped toys may be placed in collection bins at banks, real estate offices, schools, homeowners’ association clubhouses, and businesses around town.
Warm, clean, gently used winter coats may be dropped off at Church of the Mountains in downtown Truckee or at Sierra Bible Church on Brockway Road.
Donors also may provide necessities for area seniors, whose wishes are often easy to fulfill and whose gratitude is always abundant.
In addition to donations of goods and services, Truckee Community Christmas needs help sorting, packing and wrapping donated items at the Sierra Mountain Community Education Center on Donner Pass Road on Dec. 19 and 20. The food drive also needs assistance from volunteers.
Health screenings offered
Tahoe Forest Health Systems offers low cost health screenings. Tests include complete blood count, comprehensive metabolic panel, lipid panel, vitamin D, Hemoglobin A1C tests, thyroid and prostate. Tests are available at Incline Village Community Hospital from 8 to 9 a.m. on Dec. 13. Patients should fast for 10 to 12 hours before lab tests. Tests are available for individuals 18 years old and older. No appointment is necessary. For more information, call (530) 587-3769 or (775) 833-4100.
Free LED holiday lights offered
The Truckee Donner Public Utility District will again swap out old holiday lights for free energy efficient LED holiday lights at the Truckee Donner Public Utility District. Customers are asked to bring in a copy of a current TDPUD electric bill along with up to three strands of old incandescent holiday lights. The TDPUD will replace them with the choice of up to 60 feet of white or multicolor LED lights. These energy-efficient holiday lights can save over 90 percent on energy costs versus the old-style incandescent lights.
This year’s program also includes other free light bulbs (CFLs, 7-types) and information on the district’s energy and water savings programs. This program is only available while supplies last. For more information, call (530) 582-3931 or visit tdpud.org.
SnowFest queen candidates sought
Queen candidates are sponsored by a nonprofit organization that give back to the community through various programs. The queen candidate, and the sponsoring entity, raise money for the organization, and for SnowFest through raffle ticket sales. Each of the nonprofit organizations receive 50 percent of the money collected. SnowFest gathers the raffle prizes, pays all of the expenses and receives the remaining proceeds.
The Queen is chosen based on money raised, the results of an interview, an essay, GPA and a resume. The Queen receives a $500 scholarship upon her graduation from high school. Each member of her court receives a $100 scholarship upon graduation. The 2014 SnowFest Queen will be crowned at Opening Ceremonies at Squaw Valley on Feb. 28. Queen Candidates must be girls, 16 or older, who are students at any one of the local high schools in North Tahoe, Incline Village or Truckee. The deadline to enter the Queen Contest is Jan. 17. However, raffle tickets are available to sell now, so candidates are encouraged to sign up as early as possible. For more information, call (530) 583-7167 or e-mail email@example.com.
Members sought for Kiwanis Club
The Kiwanis’ Club of North Lake Tahoe is seeking members to join the nonprofit organization. The Kiwanis Club of North Lake Tahoe supports more than 30 organizations in the North Tahoe-Truckee region and have pumped more than $500,000 into the Tahoe-Truckee community in the past 10 years. Kiwanis Club helps provide scholarships to high school students, sponsor the Boys & Girls Club, helped pay for playground equipment at Commons Beach, support the summer concert series in Tahoe City, helped purchase grooming equipment for Sugar Pine Point State Park, support the Kings Beach Library, provide food and assistance to those in need such as the Tahoe Ministerial Association and Project MANA and much more.
Kiwanis is currently in the process of helping the Tahoe Cross Country Ski Education Association purchase a van to transport young Nordic athletes to events and for training. Kiwanis meetings are held the first Thursday of each month at noon in Rosie’s Café in Tahoe City. For more information, visit kiwanisnlt.org.
Flu shots available
Nevada County Public Health Department will be offering flu shots for $15 in Truckee at the Nevada County Joseph Center. Shots for adults will be offered every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon by appointment only. For details or to make an appointment, visit mynevadacounty.com.
As well, Incline Village Community Hospital will be offering $20 flu shots from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday in the emergency room with no appointment needed. Shots are available for ages 3 years and older. For details, call (775) 833-4100.
Volunteer for SnowFest!
SnowFest! 2014 planning is under way and moving into the New Year with a theme of “Bringing back the 80s.” There are large items on the agenda that need attention to execute such a large event in the North Lake Tahoe region, and it is critical to its success, for there to be a larger base of volunteers this year.
To pull off another successful SnowFest!, and with a limited staff, extra volunteers are needed for data entry, event recruiting, Truckee and Incline/Crystal Bay Ambassadors, Raffle Prize and Auction Coordinator, Parade Volunteers, Fundraiser party help, grant writers, and even a creative mind for further development. Any and all businesses and media/advertising companies that would like to volunteer some media or ad space, development or allow volunteer employees under the business name, there is an opportunity to receive sponsorships for a business in return. To volunteer, call (530) 583-7167 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Plates for Powder program offered
The Tahoe Fund is again launching the popular Plates for Powder promotion to drive sales of Lake Tahoe license plates. From now until April 1, individuals who purchase a new Lake Tahoe license plate in either California or Nevada can receive two free lift tickets to one of 11 Tahoe resorts participating in the program.
More than 96 percent of the funds raised through the plate sales go directly to the state agencies, the California Tahoe Conservancy and Nevada Division of State Lands, to fund hiking and biking trails and watershed restoration projects.
Current Tahoe plate owners can win free lift tickets throughout the winter season through the Plate Spotting promotion. A team of Plate Spotters will photograph Tahoe plates spotted around Lake Tahoe and the Bay Area. These plates are then eligible for the bimonthly drawing of two lift tickets. The public is invited to spot plates and upload photos to the Tahoe Fund Facebook page facebook.com/tahoe fund.
The resorts participating in the promotion include Alpine Meadows, Heavenly Valley, Homewood, Kirkwood, Diamond Peak, Northstar California, Sierra-at-Tahoe, Royal Gorge Cross Country, Squaw Valley, Sugar Bowl and Tahoe Cross Country. For more information on how to purchase a plate and redeem free tickets, visit tahoeplates.com.
Burger and a Bike Combo offered
JAX on the Tracks owner Bud Haley added an unusual item to the menu – a burger and a bike combo for $19,999 with proceeds going to the High Fives Foundation. The deal includes a 1-lb. stuffed bacon blue cheese burger and a one-of-a-kind El Bruto 127 custom, power chopper with an S&S motor. It boasts 140-horse power and 140 foot-pounds of torque, a Corbin seat and 9-inch rear tire. Haley is offering delivery anywhere in the continental United States. The bike is insured for $25,000 and Haley will donate $5,500 from the burger and a bike combo sale to the High Fives Foundation. For more information, call (530) 550-7450.
Submit photos of Tahoe City Golf Course
The Tahoe City Golf Course has been an important part of the Tahoe City community since 1917, and the Tahoe City Public Utility District is working with community members to create a photo history.
TCPUD is looking for any photographs the public may have of the Tahoe City Golf Course from 1917 to present. Hard copies of photographs are preferred and a caption to go along with it, but electronic copies can be sent, as well. TCPUD will scan each photograph received and return to its owner within two weeks of receipt. Any electronic submissions can be sent to email@example.com.
If you have any questions or historical information you would like to share, contact Kelli Twomey at (530) 583-3796, ext. 21.
TCDA seeks images, photographer
Tahoe City Downtown Association is looking for some help capturing great images for upcoming events. A volunteer amateur or professional photographer is needed to help at one or more of the events. TCDA also is looking for great images of past events, people enjoying Tahoe or some of the great scenery. Hi-resolution preferred. TCDA can share attribution within or near contributed images. For more information, call (530) 583-3348 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dog park funds sought
The North Tahoe Public Utility District Board of Directors has approved a dog park at the North Tahoe Regional Park in Tahoe Vista. Fundraising has begun for the park, which will encompass 1 to 2 acres. Community volunteers will provide labor and assist with ongoing maintenance. For more information, visit Dog Day in the Park at Tahoe on Facebook. Donations can be sent to Dog Day in the Park and sent to P. O. Box 183, Tahoe Vista, CA 96148, or dropped off at the Placer County Animal Shelter in Tahoe Vista. E-mail email@example.com for details.
Small business help offered
The Small Business Development Center offers consulting services to existing and pre-venture small businesses in the Truckee area. Statistics show that 90 percent of businesses with current business plans realize goals. Eighty-five percent of businesses that fail do not have a business plan. Consulting services are offered at no cost. Schedule an appointment by calling (877) 853-9093.
Truckee police offer equipment registry
The Truckee Police Department recently launched a ski, snowboard and bicycle registration program to help in identifying and recovering lost or stolen skis, snowboards and bicycles. Visit townoftruckee.com to register or visit the police department.
Act in musical theater
The TDRPD community theater is offering opportunities to act in the musical production “Oklahoma!” with direction and choreography by Courtney Simson and musical direction by Susan Horst. Casting is open to local adults and teens in grades 7 and older.
Chorus members also are being sought for a pre-show featuring choral medleys with songs from “The Lion King,” open to children in first to fifth grades and “Grease” open to children in grades six to 12. Auditions will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. on Feb. 6 and classes will be Thursdays from Feb. 13 to 27, March 6 to 27 April 10 and 17, and May 1 to 22. Choruses practice from 3:45 to 5:30 p.m. and “Oklahoma!” cast members practice from 5:45 to 8:30. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.