TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. - Content for briefs is selected from e-mail submissions to Community Editor Amy Edgett at email@example.com. Visit www.sierrasun.com to submit events for the online calendar. Please limit descriptions to 50 words. E-mail for print submissions may be 150-300 words. Items published in the print edition news space permitting.Romantic meeting place? The Kings Beach Library!Rendezvous at the library with your loved one on Valentine's Day. Sit by the creek and read the romantic poets. Plan the perfect meal aided by their diverse cookbook selection. Perhaps you would like to plan a romantic get-away? The library's vast collection of guidebooks will help you find the perfect escape. Other monthly events include twice monthly free Technology classes taught by Carl Leblanc of Tahoe Tech Group and Doug Greenwood of Alpensoftware. The weekly pre-school Storytime is held Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. The ongoing silent auction always has interesting items for bid and this month there is "Guess the number of Hearts in the Jar" contest. Don't worry - it's candy. Kings Beach Library offers free reading/writing tutoring for adults. Please call 530-546-2021 or stop by for details at 301 Secline Street in Kings Beach.Dead Winter Carpenters to play Creekside Charter benefit Feb. 15Popular local band Dead Winter Carpenters will play a show Friday, Feb. 15 at Sawtooth Ridge Cafe (formerly Humpty's) in Tahoe City to benefit Creekside Charter School. This is the second year running that Dead Winter Carpenters will team up with Creekside Charter School for a benefit concert. Doors open at 8 p.m. and show begins at 9 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance and are available at both New Moon locations and Sugar Pine Cakery in Lake Forest. Show is open to the public 21 years of age and older.Bookshelf Stores, Inc. finds new home in TruckeeAfter more than 20 years in the Gateway Center, Bookshelf Stores has moved! In order to serve the local and wider communities of Truckee and the Tahoe basin, Bookshelf opened its doors in the Westgate Center, three doors down from Wild Cherries.Owner Deborah Lane gratefully acknowledges the support the Bookshelf has experienced in the community: "In this changing marketplace for books, it is gratifying to serve customers who want to hold a book in their hands, turn pages, read with a child, and perhaps share a favorite with another reader."In order to stay relevant and competitive when there are so many choices, Bookshelf offers the Kobo e-reader and sells e-books online at www.bookshelfstores.com. Additionally, books can be ordered from the website 24/7 for in-store pick up or to be shipped. The friendly and knowledgeable staff is happy to place special orders, and Bookshelf delivers pre-paid orders to Tahoe City weekly. And they now offer a used book program. Drop in and ask about the details. Many thanks to the loyal customers and volunteers who helped with the herculean efforts of moving a bookstore. Even though it was only two blocks down the road, it may as well have been 200 miles.Visit the Bookshelf at its happy new home in the Westgate Center at 11429 Donner Pass Road, Ste. 2, or call 530-582-0515.Being for the Benefit of Mr. KiseMonday, Feb. 18, 4-7 p.m. Proceeds of this fundraiser go to help longtime local friend and Jake's manager Mike Kise offset medical expenses. For a $25 donation, enjoy a buffet of some of Mike Kise's favorite foods: fried chicken, venison, duck, boar, fish, and more. Drink specials, live exhibition painting by artist Michael Heltebrake, silent auction, and raffle. Buy raffle tickets at Jake's, need not be present to win. Cash or check donations for Mike Kise accepted and appreciated. Jake's On The Lake is located at 780 North Lake Blvd., Boatworks Mall, Tahoe City. Call 530-583-0188 www.jakestahoe.com.Ann M. Sura, N.D. to speak at AAUW meetingThe Tahoe Nevada Chapter of American Association of University Women (AAUW) meets third Wednesdays for dinner at the Parasol Building located at 948 Incline Way, Incline Village, Nev. This meeting is open to the public. Cost of the dinner, catered by Gina and Jim Poulos of Crosby's, is $26 per person with a social hour 5:30 to 6:30 and dinner and program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. AAUW is a nonprofit organization with a focus on advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. Feb. 20 will feature Ann M. Sura, a naturopathic doctor and manager of NaturalMed Natural Family Medicine in Kings Beach. Dr. Sura has a Bachelor's in Science from Regents University, New York, and a Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Ariz. She practices in women's health care, endocrinology and nutrition. To RSVP e-mail Cindy Frei at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Barbara Fitzpatrick at 775-832-6977 by no later than Monday, Feb. 18.Bessie Minor Swift Foundation targets literacy efforts in Truckee The Bessie Minor Swift Foundation announced it is accepting grant applications from nonprofit organizations in the Tahoe Truckee area. Grants will be awarded to programs that promote literacy, reading and writing skills and programs in the arts, languages and sciences. Applications will be accepted until March 1, 2013 and decisions will be made by May 1, 2013. The Fund will consider applications for grants requesting a minimum of $500 and a maximum of $2,500. The Bessie Minor Swift Foundation awards grants to organizations that provide direct service to help with the implementation of expansion of literacy programs for children who are below grade level or experiencing difficulty reading, and to develop reading and writing skills at all age levels. Further, the Foundation supports programs in the arts, languages and sciences for preschool, primary and secondary school-aged children. More than $125,000 in grants has been awarded since 2008. The Foundation prefers to consider grants for programs instead of grants strictly for technology. The Foundation also prefers to award grants to organizations that do not have access to large fundraising budgets and are local in nature. Grants are made only to nonprofit organizations certified as tax exempt. More information is available at www.bessieminorswift.org.Tahoe Truckee Flyfishers to meetTahoe Truckee Flyfishers will hold their general meeting Feb. 21 at the Truckee Community Recreation Center, 8924 Donner Pass Road, Truckee.The speaker will be Dan Le Count with a presentation on alternative species fishing in the Tahoe-Truckee area, discussing fish such as smallmouth, carp, and lake trout - fish other than rainbow, brooks and browns. This should be a very interesting presentation. Also, the Basic Skills class will be on leader construction and selection. The Tahoe Truckee Fly Fishers is a nonprofit sportsman group dedicated to promoting the sport of fly fishing and protecting the trout rich waters of the North Lake Tahoe area. Visit www.ttff.net.Aloha Tuesday to benefit SOS OutreachJake's On The Lake in Tahoe City is hosting Aloha Tuesdays, a Hawaiian-themed apres ski party March 5 starting at 4:30 p.m. Happy hour food and drinks are offered until 6:30 p.m. and specials on Mai Tais and Hawaiian pu-pu menu is offered until 8 p.m. Purchase raffle tickets to directly support SOS Outreach and a chance to win Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows ski resorts lift tickets, gear, and other cool prizes from sponsors like Breeze Ski Shop, Mountain Hardware, and many others. You don't need to be present to win, but you must stop by to purchase your raffle tickets.Jake's On The Lake is located at 780 North Lake Blvd. inside the Boatworks Mall. Citizen Police Academy to begin March 26The Truckee Police Department is pleased to announce the return of the Citizen Police Academy. The Citizen Police Academy provides community members with an inside look at the Truckee Police Department. This eight-week academy is designed to provide citizens with an overview of the police department's functions and operational procedures. The first class begins Tuesday, March 26, and will meet in the evening from 6-9 p.m. for eight consecutive weeks. Citizens interested in the Citizen Police Academy must be at least 16 years of age, have no prior felony or serious misdemeanor convictions and live in the town of Truckee (Parent/guardian approval needed if under 18 years of age).Truckee PD welcomes you to share an insight into the activity and issues within the community and the complexity of law enforcement demands to satisfy those issues. To apply, pick up a brochure at the front desk of the Truckee Police Department or call Officer Lisa Madden at 530-550-2330.Truckee Rotary Community Foundation seeks projectsThe Truckee Rotary Community Foundation is looking for community projects or needs to bestow their annual donation upon. This year the foundation has $4,000 to donate for various projects. The Truckee Rotary Community Foundation provides funds for worthy individuals, organizations or projects within the greater Truckee community. The donated funds are generated from interest and profits made from investments during the year. The foundation looks for unique projects or individuals not of a social nature or being funded by other organizations.Any organization and/or individual who knows of a project or a need may submit an application by writing to the Truckee Rotary Community Foundation, c/o Steve Randall at P.O. Box 3236, Truckee, CA 96160 or by email email@example.com. Applications should include: a short description of the project or need; amount requested; the name or contact person; telephone number and e-mail address. There is no formal application. Any questions should be directed to Steve Randall at 530-582-7720. Application deadline is Monday, Feb. 25, 2013.Soup & Chili Showdown 2013 calling all cooksIt's time for a warm evening with friends, neighbors, and the Tahoe City Recreation Department. The Tahoe City Recreation Department invites all amateur and professional cooks to show off their culinary talent in this year's Soup & Chili Showdown on Friday, March 15 at Rideout Community Center, 6-8 p.m. Entry into the friendly competition is free, but pre-registration is required by Friday, March 1, 2013. This year's event will feature a variety of different categories in both the soup and chili division, along with raffle prizes. For more information or to register contact the Tahoe City Recreation office at 530-583-3440.Trout Unlimited announces Youth Trout CampTrout Unlimited of California has announced its second annual Sierra Trout Camp July 6-7, 2013 at the UC Berkeley Sagehen Creek Field Station.The camp is designed to give kids an awareness, appreciation and understanding of the importance of our nation's aquatic resources with an emphasis on conservation, protection and restoration of cold water ecosystems.Sierra Trout Camp is designed to give kids an awareness, appreciation and understanding of the importance of our nation's aquatic resources with an emphasis on conservation, protection and restoration of cold water ecosystems. Participants will learn how to fish and tie their own flies. They will also learn about stream ecology, cutthroat trout restoration, stream physics and chemistry, fishing etiquette and aquatic entomology.Girls and boys 9 to 11 years of age are eligible to apply. Trout Unlimited will accept a total of 15 participants. Applications are now being accepted and must be submitted no later than April 31, 2013. For more information, contact Adam Butler with Trout Unlimited at 760-920-8667 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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