Community briefsContent for briefs is selected from e-mail submissions to Community Editor Amy Edgett at email@example.com. Visit www.sierrasun.com to submit events online. Please limit descriptions to 50 words. E-mail submissions may be 150-300 words. Items published in the print edition news space permitting.Insights: Make a mugCeramics professor Melanie Frakes will delve into the slab method. Each participant designs his / her own mug. Open to all ages from mature teens to seniors at Sierra College, Tahoe-Truckee Campus, Oct. 12, 6:30 p.m. refreshments and socializing, 7 p.m. program, free with donations welcome.Please call 530-550-2290 to reserve a place. Sierra College Insights is an interactive educational monthly event series designed for inquisitive adults and teens. The next Sierra College Insights program is Circuit Basics and includes creating an LED flashlight with Claudio Bravo on Nov. 9.Visit www.facebook.com/SierraCollegeTahoeTruckee.Truckee High School Booster fundraiser announcedPlease join Truckee High Boosters for a night of fun and food at FiftyFifty Brewery on Oct. 16. Ten percent of all proceeds will be generously donated to the Booster Club. Truckee High Boosters support academics, the arts, and athletics. Reservations recommended, call FiftyFifty at 530-587-2337, located at 11197 Brockway Road, in The Rock commercial center in Truckee. Visit www.truckeeboosters.org for more information.Candidate's Forum and Monthly MeetingTuesday, Oct. 16, 11:30 a.m. at Zano's Restaurant. Local Republican candidates will speak, as well as brief monthly meeting business. Luncheon meeting, cost is $20. Truckee Tahoe Republican Women Federated. All interested Republicans are welcome. RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Phone 530-546-4543 or 530-448-9134. Location is 11401 Donner Pass Road, Truckee.Tahoe City Transit Centerribbon cutting event announcedPlacer County welcomes the public to attend the Oct. 22, ribbon cutting for the Tahoe City Transit Center located at 165 West Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, and invites citizens to see firsthand how the new facility will address local transportation needs. Dignitary presentations will begin at 3 p.m., followed by a facility tour and light refreshments.Preschool and kindergarten openings at Kings Beach Parents' Co-opKings Beach Parents' Co-op (KBPC) is a nonprofit preschool and kindergarten, caring for and educating children ages 2-6 years old. KBPC draws members from the North Shore of Lake Tahoe and Truckee who enjoy taking a more active role in their child's education. Parents and experienced, licensed teachers work together in small, multi-age classrooms to provide an innovative curriculum which nurtures the whole child. KBPC is committed to the social, emotional, and physical development of children through exploration and discovery, providing both indoor and outdoor learning experiences. The Kings Beach Parents' Coop currently has full time and part time openings. For additional information, please visit www.kingsbeachparentscoop.org or call 530-546-7519.Writing Workshop:Shaping and Revising your ProjectDo you have a writing project that needs a creative kick in the butt? Novel, collection of short stories, essays, memoir? This ongoing three-part workshop series will help develop your first draft into a refined piece through monthly feedback in a small dedicated group of writers while learning techniques for structuring and revising your book. Tips on project management, working with deadlines, and publishing. Call for more info, Tangled Roots Writing, 530-386-3901. Cost is $160. Next session: Oct. 21, Nov. 11, and Dec. 9, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.Monday Night Creative Writing Workshop A fun and supportive generative workshop. Craft, technique, and prompts for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. A six-week kick in the butt for your writing life! Connect with a community and improve your writing practice. Tea and chocolate provided. Monday nights Oct. 22-Dec. 3 (no class Nov. 19) 6-8 p.m. Cost is $140. Call for more info, Tangled Roots Writing, 530-386-3901.Trick-or-Treat for UNICEFGet your spare change ready. Glenshire Elementary students are trick-or-treating for UNICEF. On Halloween night, students will once again trick-or-treat for more than their own benefit ... they will also carry orange collection boxes and seek donations to support UNICEF. Last year, local students raised hundreds of dollars to help UNICEF provide emergency services, immunizations, education, better nutrition and safe water to less fortunate children in more than 150 countries. The 62 year-old "Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF" program gives local children the opportunity to learn about the difficulties many children face and to help make a difference in the lives of others. Thanks to our community for encouraging and supporting this Truckee tradition!Truckee Halloween ParadeTruckee Halloween Parade is coming on Friday, Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. for children of all ages, starting at the train station. Parade through Downtown to the Community Arts Center on Church Street for candy donated from Truckee businesses. For candy sponsorship participation, call Katie, Truckee-Donner Recreation & Park District at 530-550-4455.Leadership program planning announcedPlanning and recruitment has begun for the 2013 North Lake Tahoe Truckee Leadership program. This valuable program, celebrating it's 10th Anniversary in 2013, creates an opportunity for potential leaders to broaden their understanding of the region and its issues, challenges and opportunities, while developing and honing their leadership skills. Since 2004 the program has graduated more than 200 individuals. Learn more at the Annual Recruitment Breakfast on Thursday, Oct. 11, 8:30 a.m. at Rosie's Cafe in Tahoe City. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet alumni, program partners and other interested participants. Breakfast is $14, RSVP attendance to Cheri Sprenger, program coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about the program and how to become a supporter visit www.TahoeTruckeeleadership.com.Acrylic workshop to be hosted by Traci OwensArt Obsessions One Day Workshop. Acrylic workshop theme: Keeper of the Sacred Law. Sunday, Oct. 14, noon-4:30 p.m.Some AmerIndian tribes believe Crow was the keeper of the sacred law and could shape-shift. He protects the sacred writings of Great Spirit. Crow is an omen of transformation. The bird has been associated with the Ghost Dance movement of 1890. Crow has no sense of time and lives in the Void, having the ability to the past, present and future at the same time.Methods taught in workshop: Blending, dripping, incorporating design and tagging. As always, colors and design may vary from photo. Create your own Sacred Law. You will leave with a ready-to-hang piece of art for all to admire. Beginners welcome. Wear paint clothes. Art Obsessions, 10052 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, cost of $100 includes all materials. Additional $5 to taste five different delicious wines. Please RSVP to Tracy Owens at email@example.com. Upon receipt of RSVP payment is due no later than five days before workshop date. Payable to Traci Owens, sent to 802 Lincoln Way Auburn, CA 95603.Learn ItalianAnna Goodwin is a native-born Italian and has been teaching Italian for seven years in both Tahoe City and Truckee. Both Beginning Italian I and Intermediate Italian I will be taught at the Coffeebar in Truckee, Monday and Wednesday nights, 6:30 p.m. The cost is $185 for an eight-week session starting Nov. 12 for beginner and Nov. 14 for intermediate levels. A book will be needed: "Italian Now!" and can be purchased through Amazon.com for $10. In order to assimilate the Italian language in the most effective way, Goodwin has developed a unique method of teaching called the building a "casa" program. To sign up or for more information, contact Goodwin at 530-587-6054 or annagoodwin @suddenlink.net.North Tahoe Arts Center "Felt a Pumpkin" WorkshopSaturday, Oct. 20, 1-4 p.m. Introduction to the art of needle felting. $40/person ages 15 and up. For more information please contact Nancy Olson at 530-308-0028 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.Innovations Grant Workshop Series at Rideout FacilityWatercolor Workshop with Anke Haas, Thursday, Oct. 18, 5-8 p.m. and Friday, Oct. 19, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. A partnership with Arts For the Schools to provide Placer County residents age 13 and up an art workshop series focusing on the connection between art and overall well-being. For more info please call NTA at 530-581-2787 or email:email@example.com.Tahoe Mountain Resorts Foundation announces fall grant cycle deadlineTahoe Mountain Resorts Foundation will be accepting 2013 grant submissions from local nonprofit organizations through 5 p.m. on Oct. 31, 2012. Organizations must be headquartered and serve the geographic area Truckee, Donner Summit, Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows and North Shore of Lake Tahoe to receive consideration. Grant applications will then be reviewed by the TMR Foundation Grants Committee who will announce the awards in January 2013.Grant forms must be completed along with some general financial information. A copy of the application and other submission details can be found on-line at www.tmrfoundation.com or email questions to the Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org.To date, Tahoe Mountain Resorts Foundation has awarded approximately $1.35 million to local organizations representing educational, cultural, environmental and charitable pursuits. In 2012, $128,800 was awarded to 17 area nonprofits.SnowFest! Scarecrow Sprint and Stroll Following the success of last year's inaugural SnowFest! Scarecrow Sprint and Stroll, the event will return this year on Oct. 13 with a new location and format.Held as a fundraiser for SnowFest!, this year's event will start at Commons Beach in Tahoe City with four different races. Small children will be able to participate with a run around the Commons playground. Youth will run from Commons Beach to Christy Hill and back, or can participate with the adults in a 5k or 10k run on the newly completed Tahoe City Trail featuring views of the lake and surrounding area.SnowFest! is encouraging teams of friends, families, co-workers or non-profit organizations to come in costume for this zany event. Awards will be presented to race winners and for the best costumes.For more information or to register, go to www.bigblueadventure.com and click on the link to the Scarecrow Sprint and Stroll.Call the SnowFest! office at 530-583-7167 or email email@example.com.