Announcements for Truckee, Incline Village and North Shore areas

Community announcements for North Lake Tahoe and Truckee

April 15, 2014 — 

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Content for briefs is selected from e-mail submissions to Community Editor Amy Edgett at aedgett@sierrasun.com. To enter community events online visit www.tahoedailytribune.com/NorthShore/nCommunityCalendar, for entertainment www.tahoe.com.

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Business announcements for North Lake Tahoe and Truckee

April 15, 2014 — 

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Content for briefs is selected from e-mail submissions to Community Editor Amy Edgett at aedgett@sierrasun.com.

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Community announcements for Truckee and North Lake Tahoe

April 10, 2014 — 

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Content for briefs is selected from e-mail submissions to Community Editor Amy Edgett at aedgett@sierrasun.com. Items are published news space permitting. To enter community events online, visit www.tahoedailytribune.com/NorthShore/nCommunityCalendar, for entertainment www.tahoe.com.

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Health and wellness announcements for Truckee and North Lake Tahoe

April 10, 2014 — 

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Content is selected from e-mail submissions to Community Editor Amy Edgett at aedgett@sierrasun.com. Send the 5w’s: who, what, when, where and why, about 100-150 words.

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Sunshine Letter | Thanks for the pancake support

April 10, 2014 — 

KINGS BEACH, Calif. — Thanks for the pancake support

The North Tahoe Public Utility District would like to give a big shout out to our sponsors for their generous donations to our SnowFest! Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser:

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Village Notes: What’s happening in Incline Village

April 9, 2014 — 

I know this will not be everyone’s favorite reminder, but Tax Day is happening on Tuesday, and it is the last day for doggy visits to Ski Beach. But if you have already finished filing the dreaded tax information go enjoy spring at Tahoe.

At 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 15, the North Tahoe Hebrew Congregation will hold its annual Passover Mountain Seder at Granlibakken Resort in Tahoe City. Reservations need to be made by April 10 to Ernie Grossman at 530-550-0570 or ernestgrossman@sbcglobal.net or Rose at rlorenstein@gmail.com in order to attend.

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North Lake Tahoe community announcements

April 9, 2014 — 

TAHOE, Calif. — Content for the weekly community briefs section is selected from e-mail submissions to editor@tahoebonanza.com. Please include the 5w’s: who, what, when, where and why, website and contact information.

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North Lake Tahoe health and wellness announcements

April 9, 2014 — 

TAHOE, Calif.— Content for the weekly Health and Wellness section is selected from e-mail submissions to Bonanza editor Kevin MacMillan at kmacmillan@tahoebonanza.com. Please send the 5w’s: who, what, when, where and why, plus website and contact information.

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Community announcements for North Lake Tahoe and Truckee

April 8, 2014 — 

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Content for briefs is selected from e-mail submissions to Community Editor Amy Edgett at aedgett@sierrasun.com. E-mail for print submissions may be 150 words. Items are published in the print edition news space permitting. To enter community events online, visit www.tahoedailytribune.com/NorthShore/nCommunityCalendar, for entertainment www.tahoe.com.

Game and Soup Nights

Spring has sprung the grass has riz, I wonder where the flowers iz (with apologies to Ogden Nash). Since we can’t suggest that people come in from the cold we are just inviting people to enjoy our last few weeks of Game and Soup Nights on Thursday, said Merra Beser. Meet at the North Tahoe Event Center, 8318 North Lake Blvd., Kings Beach, 5-7 p.m. now through May 15.

The event may get extended or changed for the summer months but that depends on attendance and how much interest continues.

Game & Soup Night is an evening where anyone may enjoy socializing, hot soup and sandwiches, and board games with friends. Cribbage is very popular, as is Yahtzee. There is usually a table with card games (sorry no betting allowed). Attendees get to take home left overs (if there are any) and admittance is by donation or free — depending on your mood. Dress is casual and children are welcome with well behaved grown-ups.

This week’s menu includes mushroom soup and turkey meatball soup, and there is usually a vegetarian offering. Sandwiches are lunch meat and cheese, just cheese and PB&J. Donations of dollars and food are gratefully accepted. If you are interested in volunteering simply drop by or call Meera at 775-230-1066.

Enjoy Dining for Schools discounts April 6-June 13

It is spring and time to dig out your Dining for Schools card and enjoy one of your favorite local restaurants. Tahoe Truckee Excellence in Education Foundation’s Dining for Schools cards, which give diners a discount at select Tahoe Truckee area restaurants, are valid Sunday-Thursday, April 6 through June 19, 2014.

Dining for Schools cards provide 50 percent off entrees at all participating Truckee and North Shore restaurants. Cards cost $50 each and entitle the purchaser to unlimited use during the specified program dates. The cards are available at Save Mart (Truckee and Tahoe City) and Safeway (Truckee and Kings Beach), Mountain Hardware and online at www.ExinEd.org.

Tree Top Co-ops and Forest Charter School informational meetings

Forest Charter School will hold prospective student informational meetings for the 2014/2015 school year for in the Pioneer Center on the first floor of the Sierra Building. Tree Top Co-op supports individualized learning styles through community engagement, a safe and positive school environment, interactive approaches to standards-based education. The small, site-based class sizes allow for creative instruction through thematic units, outdoor, and experiential education.

All meetings will be held from 5:30-6:30 p.m. General information meetings: Thursday, April 10, Tuesday, May 6, Wednesday, May 28.

Visit www.forestcharter.com and 530-550-7205.

Tahoe Truckee Flyfishers meeting

Tahoe Truckee Flyfishers will meet on Thursday, April 10 for a program on fly fishing and conventional angling for big fish in the blue water and freestone streams surrounding the Baranof Wilderness Lodge in Southeast Alaska. The lodge is owned by Mike and Sally Trotter; longtime Donner Summit residents. Captain Chris Maher will talk about the basic rigging methods and which flies to use for the five species of salmon, Dolly Varden, rockfish and halibut available at the lodge. He will share some stunning photography and describe living the dream in Alaska!

The meeting is free to attend and all are welcome – from beginner to expert fly fishers — on April 10, 6 p.m. at the Truckee Community Recreation Center. Contact TTFF at TTFlyfishers@gmail.com or visit www.TTFF.net for more information.

Retirement party for Ed Stuart

Celebrate the end of an era and the beginning new era. Ed Stuart will retire on April 30 after providing quality child care at Little Sprouts, 2810 Lake Forest Road, Tahoe City, for over 30 years.

Little Sprouts will continue to move forward under the direction of Erin Kirkpatrick. Erin will provide parents with her own “3E Program” stressing education, exercise, and empathy accompanied with competitive rates to make quality child care affordable to all families. Ed is thrilled to know Little Sprouts will continue to provide the community with caring and compassionate child care for the coming years.

Please join the Little Sprouts “family” on Sunday, April 13, 4 p.m. at Wolfdale’s, 640 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City to celebrate the end of Ed’s long career and the beginning of the rest of his life. There will be a no host bar and appetizers. For more information call 530-583-7543.

Rep. McClintock’s office Truckee Veterans Forum

April 17, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Truckee-Tahoe Airport, Experimental Aircraft Association Building, 10356 Truckee Airport Road, Truckee.

Congressman Tom McClintock’s office is providing a forum for veterans’ service providers, American Legion and VFW representatives, and community program sponsors that assist active-duty military, wounded warriors, and military families.

Representatives of Veterans’ advocacy groups or related organizations are asked to contact Joel Scott at the Congressman’s Granite Bay office, 916-786-5560, if they wish to participate in the forum.

The forum will provide Veterans with the information they need to access the benefits they have earned. Representatives from Nevada County and Placer County Veterans Service Offices will join the Congressman’s staff to provide information on filing claims with the Veterans Benefits Administration.

Creative Writing: Short Story

Do you want to write fiction? In this workshop develop and improve your short story writing by exploring process, character, plot, conflict, setting, time, point of view, and other literary elements through readings, in-class writing, and discussion. This intense four-week class includes group workshop of your writing for constructive feedback, with the goal of writing and revising a short story. Publishing venues will be targeted for anyone who wants to be held to a deadline!

Sierra College, Tahoe-Truckee Campus, 11001 College Trail, Truckee, April 30-May 21, Wednesdays, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost is $89.

Instructor Karen Terrey has a MFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College. She teaches English as an Adjunct Professor at Lake Tahoe Community College, and works as a writing coach in Truckee. Her poems are published in various journals, including Sierra Nevada Review, Rhino, Meadow, Edge, WordRiot, Puerto Del Sol, and Wild Apples.

Pre-registration required at www.sccommed.org or 916-781-6280.

Village Notes: What’s happening in Incline Village

April 2, 2014 — 

Welcome April. This month is always filled with lots of fun at TahoeL the Dummy Downhill at Diamond Peak, Easter, Earth day, Incline Star Follies and don’t forget everyone’s favorite, Tax Day.

Mark Twain is hosting historian, author and speaker, Mark McLaughlin on Friday, April 4, at the Mark Twain Cultural Center and Toccata Guttman Music Hall. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the speaker begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are available by email at mcavoylayne@gmail.com or 775-833-1835.

The Diamond Peak Dummy Downhill is one of the best events of the year. The event begins with judging at 11: a.m. on Sunday, April 6, and once the judging is over, the fun begins. The Base Lodge Deck is the best spot to watch as the dummies compete.

A special fundraiser for WARF and the Northern Nevada Bulldog Rescue is in Reno from 1-3:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 6, at the Hacienda at 10580 N. McCarran Blvd. Tickets are now on sale. Visit facebook.com/events/276780262479508 for information.

The North Tahoe Hebrew Congregation will have its Passover Mountain Seder at 5:30 p.m. at Granlibakken Resort in Tahoe City. Reservations must be made by April 10 to Ernie Grossman ernestgrossman@sbcglobal.net or Rose at rlorenstein@gmail.com.

Another Mark Twain event happens when the doors open at 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 19, at the Mark Twain Cultural Center & Toccata Guttman Music Hall. Author of just published, Saving Lake Tahoe will be the guest speaker. To purchase tickets email mcavoylane@gmail.com or call 775-833-1835.

Tahoe Family Solutions annual dinner at Big Water Grille begins at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 13. This event sells out so be sure to get tickets now. For information visit www.tahoefamily.org or call 775-298-0004.

Save the date now. Participate on June 7 in a very special hike with your dog. This is hosted by Natural Paws and will benefit the Pet Network Humane Society and the Canine Rehabilitation Center & Sanctuary. For more information visit www.naturalpawsreno.com or call 775-853-3533.

No Birthdays to celebrate this week. I know someone celebrated a birthday early but we are not going to announce it until next week. Also, happy belated birthday on March 30 to Bonanza Sports Editor Sylas Wright.

The best deal and steal this week is at Raley’s. Once again they have some great specials and offer Something Extra points for the specials. Susan Herron found some great specials plus the Red Chili Pepper Boursin Cheese. I dare you to have just one cracker with the cheese on it.

As always send in your birthdays, anniversaries, and news, along with the best deals or steals you can find, to jeanmeick@aol.com.

Community announcements for North Lake Tahoe and Truckee

March 31, 2014 — 

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Content for briefs is selected from e-mail submissions to Community Editor Amy Edgett at aedgett@sierrasun.com. To enter community events online, visit www.tahoedailytribune.com/NorthShore/nCommunityCalendar, for entertainment www.tahoe.com.

TRWC Lunch & Learn

Are you a Truckee-area landscaper, landscape designer, in the nursery business, part of a maintenance crew or just curious about the Truckee River Watershed Council?

Join TRWC Wednesday, April 23, Cedar House Sport Hotel, 10918 Brockway Road, Truckee for a River-Friendly Landscaping and Weed Warriors Lunch & Learn. Stay for the Weed Identification Workshop immediately following.

Free lunch for Lunch & Learn attendees. Learn how to help the Truckee River watershed through implementation of River-Friendly Landscaping measures (BMP’s). Receive weed identification materials and how to educate people and work in the watershed to identify, report and manage the spread of invasive weeds. Noon-1:30 p.m., Lunch & Learn; 1:30-3:30 p.m., Optional Weed Warriors Weed Identification Workshop.

RSVP by April 5 to Jeannette Halderman at jhalderman@truckeeriverwc.org or 530-550-8760.

Funding for Weed Warriors, sponsored by Truckee River Watershed Council, has been provided by the Martis Fund.

Funding for River-Friendly Landscaping has been provided full or in part through an agreement with the State Water Resources Control Board and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under the Federal Nonpoint Source Pollution Control Program (Clean Water Act Section 319).

Spring it On!

Northstar’s annual Spring it On! Festival is scheduled for Saturday, April 5 and Sunday, April 6. The two-day spring celebration will offer family activities such as live music, complimentary balloon twisting and face painting for kids and kids-at-heart at The Lodge at Big Springs. In addition, Northstar will host live music every weekend throughout spring, as well as daily skating and the Ripperoo kids’ parade each Saturday afternoon — all in The Village at Northstar. Easter egg hunts and photos with the Easter bunny are scheduled for Sunday, April 20, as well.

Poetry reading

Join a free community event in honor of National Poetry Month with poet June Sylvester Saraceno.

She will read from her newly released book of poetry, “Of Dirt and Tar,” on Friday, April 4, 6-7 p.m. at Sierra College Tahoe-Truckee campus.

June Sylvester Saraceno is author of “Altars of Ordinary Light,” and a chapbook of prose poems “Mean Girl Trips,” in addition to her latest collection of “Dirt and Tar.” She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Bowling Green State University

Currently, she is English Program Chair at Sierra Nevada College where she directs the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and is faculty in the low-residency MFA program. She is founding editor of the Sierra Nevada Review.

Her work has appeared in Mead Magazine, Smartish Pace, Southwestern American Literature, Tar River Poetry, Word Riot and many other journals and anthologies.

Read more about “Of Dirt and Tar” at www.tahoedailytribune.com, search Saraceno.

Culinary Tour de France

Have you ever wanted to gain a deeper knowledge of French food, wines, and cooking techniques? Then Stella’s four part lunch-lecture series, “Culinary Tour de France,” is for you. Join Executive Chef Jacob Burton or a multi-course lunch lecture. Each lecture will focus on techniques, influences and food culture, complete with a dish and wine pairing constructed to showcase the unique nature of the specific French region being discussed.

April 12: Northern and Central France; Nord Pas de Calais, Picardie, Paris, Limousin, Auvergne

May 10: Western France; Normandy, Brittany, Loire Valley, Poistous Charente

June 14: Southern France; Aquitaine, Midi Pyrenees, Languedoc Roussillon, Phone Alps, Provence, Riviera

The educational sessions take place noon-2:30 p.m. The cost is $97 per person (plus tax) and an additional $33 per person for wine pairing.

For reservations call 530-582-5655 or email Stay@cedarhousesporthotel.com with “Culinary Tour De France” in the subject line.

Rep. McClintock’s office

Truckee Veterans Forum

April 17, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Truckee-Tahoe Airport, Experimental Aircraft Association Building, 10356 Truckee Airport Road, Truckee.

Congressman Tom McClintock’s office is providing a forum for veterans’ service providers, American Legion and VFW representatives, and community program sponsors that assist active-duty military, wounded warriors, and military families.

Representatives of Veterans’ advocacy groups or related organizations are asked to contact Joel Scott at the Congressman’s Granite Bay office, 916-786-5560, if they wish to participate in the forum.

The forum will provide Veterans with the information they need to access the benefits they have earned. Representatives from Nevada County and Placer County Veterans Service Offices will join the Congressman’s staff to provide information on filing claims with the Veterans Benefits Administration.

Tahoe Truckee Earth Day

The 2014 Tahoe Truckee Earth Day Festival will return to Squaw Valley on Saturday, April 19. The free community event takes place in The Village at Squaw Valley from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and gives kids and adults the opportunity to learn about recycling, composting, alternative energy, and sustainability through hands-on activities the whole family can enjoy.

At a diverse array of earth-friendly booths, participants can get dirty in the “composting zone,” explore new ways to recycle, learn about solar energy, and check out the “EarthCapades” — a series of environmental presentations designed to teach viewers ways to protect and preserve Earth’s natural resources.

The event also boasts live music, raffle prizes, a dance presentation, “Trashion” show, and free community recycling event to collect old or used household batteries.

T.A.R.T. will be offering free return bus services from the festival to North Lake Tahoe, Incline Village and Truckee.

The Tahoe Truckee Earth Day Festival is a “zero-waste” event. Food and biodegradable waste will be collected by volunteers and Incline Village General Improvement District’s (IVGID) Waste Not to be composted. In addition, all food vendors will use biodegradable take-out containers.

Visit tahoetruckeeearthday.com.

Call for volunteers

Trails & Vistas is an art hike created by people who love the blending of art in nature. Started in 1994, the art hikes have grown and thrived through the energy of volunteers. Current volunteer opportunities include being a storytelling guide on Sept. 6 or 7 and welcoming visitors to the Saturday evening concert on Sept. 6. Many people with different talents work with Trails & Vistas to organize the celebration of the environment through the arts. Trails & Vistas is a guided art-hike where the audience experiences performances and beautiful art installations along a two-mile trail. Each group consists of 30 hikers and is guided by a Trail Leader. Trails & Vistas blends walking in nature with artistic expression. Visit trailsandvistas.org to sign up to volunteer under the “Support us” tab. The first training session will take place in mid May 2014.

Sunshine Letter | BEARy nice event

March 30, 2014 — 

BEARy nice event

We have another SnowFest! under our belts and the BEAR League would like to thank all of the people who made our SnowFest! event “Paint the Bear” a complete success once again.

First, we would like to thank North Tahoe Arts for co-sponsoring the event with us again this year and to Wendy Cook and Kellie Cutler for the great organization. Second, sincere thanks to Mr. Jim Driscoll and his 1 p.m. woodworking class at Truckee High School for making the wooden bears the young artists had the pleasure of painting.

We could not have gotten it all done without the help of BEAR League members Marlene Prins, Kim Ferguson, Ted and Sherry Guzzi, Traelynn Ramsey-Neal, The Ferrall family, Karen Wagner who read to the children while they waited their turn to paint, and last but not least Christina Steele, our lovable bear.

The artists enjoyed apple juice and homemade bear-shaped cookies with a little chocolate thrown in for good measure while their parents took in the bear art that was displayed on the walls. Truly, we could not have done it without every one of these energetic volunteers and we are so grateful for their service. The event would have been nothing without the young people who enjoyed making the bears that now grace so many walls in their homes.

See you next year!

Kathy Davisson, event coordinator

Ann Bryant, executive director, BEAR League

Sunshine Letter | First-ever Community Night Out

March 30, 2014 — 

First-ever Community Night Out

Kings Beach Parents’ Co-op families are so proud of the awesome success of our first-ever Community Night Out!

The family friendly event raised important funds for our nonprofit preschool. We are so appreciative of all the community businesses for their auction and raffle donations. And the event would not have been possible without co-op members providing hours of volunteer time before and during the event.

The atmosphere was perfect – with the setting at The Chateau (thank you, IVGID!) and music by Bias & Dunn. The food from Jack Lyons at Men Wielding Fire was delicious. And thank you to Monty Webb from Jason’s for the linens.

The little ones had a blast in the children’s room! Oskar the Skulptor was a favorite with his balloon art, and Deborah Hakam did some beautiful and creative face painting.

A huge thank you to all of you who came out to join us. We will see you again next year!

Kings Beach Parents’ Co-op

Community announcements for North Lake Tahoe

March 30, 2014 — 

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Content for the weekly community briefs section is selected from e-mail submissions to editor@tahoebonanza.com. Please include the 5w’s: who, what, when, where and why, website and contact information.

Tenebrae worship service

St. Francis of Assisi Choir, “The Seven Last Days” a Tenebrae service, Friday, April 11, 5 p.m. on St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 701 Mt. Rose Hwy., Incline Village.

Enhance the Lenten journey through music and scripture.

Join a deeply moving and meaningful Tenebrae worship service as St. Francis of Assisi choir and guest musicians present “The Seven Last Days.” This 30-minute work by composer Joel Raney features narratives, choral anthems and the lighting and extinguishing of candles, leading us on a journey depicting each of the events of Christ’s last days as described in the book of Matthew. This service will be held in lieu of The Stations of the Cross and will be followed by the Knights of Columbus Friday Fish Fry. All are welcome!

For more information, visit www.sftahoe.org or contact Lynne Cibulsky, music liturgy and media publications director at LynneC@sftahoe.org or 775-831-0490.

Free tax preparation

Free preparation of federal and California tax returns is now available for households with income under $52,000.

This service helps people to receive all of the tax credits to which they are entitled. Through the April 15 filing deadline, tax preparation appointments are available Wednesdays and Thursdays, 4-8 p.m. and Saturday April 12, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. All appointments at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Non-Profit Center, 948 Incline Way, Incline Village, call Tahoe Family Solutions at 775-298-0004.

Tax returns are prepared by IRS-certified volunteers under the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program operated by Tahoe Family Solutions. VITA representatives are also available to meet with local businesses and other organizations to provide information about the free tax preparation services and answer questions.

If you would like to schedule a visit, contact Mike Smith at 775-830-2050 or via e-mail at msmithtahoe@gmail.com.

Incline Village Library news

Display cases: Watercolors by Jeane Ryan.Through April 26, Food for fines. Washoe County Library System partners with the Food Bank of Northern Nevada and Project MANA for annual “Food for Fines at the Library” event. Patrons take in one non-perishable food item for every overdue book or other item. Food cannot be exchanged for lost or damaged library materials. April 9, 4-5 p.m. Bruka’s Theater for Children. Professional local actors include their audience in the live (and always hilarious) theatrical production of a classic Grimm’s fairytale.

April 10, 6:30-8 p.m. War on Debt. With Dani Johnson’s free one-hour long video course, War On Debt, its viewers, young and old will gain power over their finances and begin their personal journey of debt free living. Local nurse, Amy Woods, hosts this presentation and will share how she has benefited from this video and will be available for Q and A.

April 16, 4-5 p.m. Easter Story Time. Hop on over to your library for a fun time celebrating Easter Holiday. There will be stories, crafts, and an Easter egg hunt.

April 18, 2-4 p.m. Lifescapes. Writing program where seniors are given an opportunity to write and share their memoirs. New members are always welcome. Lifescapes is a project sponsored by the Washoe County Library System, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), and the Department of English, University of Nevada, Reno.

April 19, noon-2 p.m. Seniors to Seniors Computer Help. A group of tech-savvy seniors from Incline High School will be available to help you with your computer-related questions. Take your laptop, tablet, phone, e-reader or other device and learn something new.

April 23, 4-4:45 p.m. Family Story Time. Children of all ages are welcome for stories, songs, games, and crafts.

Incline Village Library, open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., 845 Alder Ave., Incline Village, 775-832-4130.

Adding an art museum

The Mark Twain Cultural Center & Toccata Guttman Music Hall announces the addition of an art museum. Lake Tahoe artists will fill the center with fine art that can be purchased for a small fortune. Each exhibit will stay up for three months, which began the first of April, All Fools Day, that day upon which we are all reminded of what we are on the other 364 days of the year. All local artists are invited to participate. Of course premium space will be allocated to portraits or busts of Mark Twain. Email McAvoy Layne, mcavoylayne@gmail.com or call 775-833-1835.

Henceforth the center will be known worldwide as “The Mark Twain Cultural Center - Art Museum & Toccata Guttman Music Hall.”

New preschool aged program announced

Tahoe’s Connection for Families (TCF) annnounced a new program designed specifically for preschool-aged children and their parents. TCF will offer a Spanish-English bilingual language and culture class and open gym playtime for preschoolers ages 3-5. Join Spanish language and culture class on Mondays, 3-4:30 p.m., and open gym playtime in TCF’s 1,700-square-foot gym and wheel room Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 3-5 p.m. Parents or caregivers must accompany their child(ren).One Monday per month, TCF Director Laurean Meyer will offer a parenting education class for parents and caregivers with topics on childhood development topics specific to preschool ages. Class size is limited to 12 children. Tuition varies with enrollment options, call 775-832-8230 for more information or to enroll.

Learn more at www.tcfkids.org.

Liberty Utilities scholarships announced

Liberty Utilities again offers academic scholarships for eligible high school and college students within its service territory: South Tahoe High School, Loyalton High School, Douglas High School (students residing in Alpine County only), Coleville High School, North Tahoe High School and Portola High School, as well as Lake Tahoe Community College.

The six high school scholarships are $500 each (an increase from $250 each). High school seniors must have a minimum unweighted GPA of 2.5 and be accepted to an accredited four-year or two-year university or college or accredited vocational school. They also must have community service experience where they reside.

The Lake Tahoe Community College scholarship is $750 (an increase from $500).

Interested students should contact their school’s financial aid office or counselor to obtain an application. The individual schools have different deadlines, but all scholarships will be awarded starting mid-May through the end of June. Liberty Utilities representatives will attend the school’s awards ceremonies to present the scholarships.

Health and wellness announcements for North Lake Tahoe

March 30, 2014 — 

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Content for the weekly Health and Wellness section is selected from e-mail submissions to Bonanza editor Kevin MacMillan at kmacmillan@tahoebonanza.com. Please send the 5w’s: who, what, when, where and why, plus website and contact information.

Affordable lab screenings

A simple way to start taking charge of your health. Affordable lab tests and screenings each month at two convenient locations, the Tahoe Forest Laboratory Draw Station in Truckee, Calif. and Incline Village Community Hospital in Incline Village. No appointment is necessary. Regular physical exams by your healthcare provider and screening tests are an important part of preventive healthcare.

Incline Village Community Hospital, 880 Alder Ave., Incline Village. Second Friday of the month, 8-9 a.m., April 11, May 9, June 13, July 11, Aug. 8, Sept. 12, Oct. 10, Nov. 14, and Dec. 12. For more information call 775-833-4100.

Tahoe Forest Laboratory Draw Station, 10956 Donner Pass Road, Ste. 230, Truckee, Calif., inside the Medical Office Building. Second Wednesday of the month, 7-9 a.m., April 9, May 14, June 11, July 9, Aug. 13, Sept. 10, Oct. 8, Nov. 12, and Dec. 10. For more information call 530-582-3277.

Military Adaptive Winter Sports Camp, Ability Bash

Disabled Sports USA Far West announces Ability Celebration honoring injured military service men and women in North Lake Tahoe through April 5. Disabled Sports hosts 20 wounded warriors and their guests for a weeklon camp of adaptive skiing and snowboarding to support their therapy and reintegration into the community.

The 20th Annual Ability Bash Fundraiser will be held Friday April 4, Squaw Valley Conference Center (formerly the Olympic Village Inn). Dinner, dance and silent auction. An evening of celebration and tribute to these Service men and women who have sacrificed so much for our freedom.

Ability Challenge “FUN”draiser, Saturday, April 5 at Squaw Valley. The Ability Challenge is a social campaign building support for Disabled Sports USA Far West. Register your team today and get a day of skiing or riding at Squaw Valley to celebrate your success in raising $200 and more for Disabled Sports. Challenge team also gets lunch and a rockin’ après ski party. For every “mountain challenge” your team completes, receive a raffle ticket for prizes like skis and snowboards.

With over 90 chapters serving more than 60,000 people nationwide, Disabled Sports USA is the nation’s largest nonprofit, multi-sport and multi-disability organization. Visit www.disabledsports.net.

Season for Nonviolence Weekly Meetings

On Wednesdays, through April 9, 6-7 p.m. “Be the Change Visioning and Meditations” will be held at the Center for Spiritual Living Tahoe-Truckee, 700 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, above the Tahoe City Marina. Join ministerial student Maggie Wattle and to focus on and create a more peaceful, nonviolent existence for the world. This coincides with the annual Season for Peace and Nonviolence (www.64days.org). Love donation accepted.

“A Season for Nonviolence is a national 64-day educational, media, and grassroots campaign dedicated to demonstrating that nonviolence is a powerful way to heal, transform, and empower our lives and our communities. Inspired by the 50th and 30th memorial anniversaries of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., this international event honors their vision for an empowered, nonviolent world.” (www.64days.org). For more information call 530-581-5117.

Camp XTREME

Day camps, grades kindergarten through fifth. Experienced and responsible staff will lead campers on numerous exciting adventures. Campers will enjoy activities, which include swimming, arts and crafts, games, and more, April 14-18. Visit www.inclinerecreation.com.

Personal sports training

Incline Village Recreation Center offers individual sport instruction in volleyball, baseball, softball, basketball. Fees vary depending on sport focus. For more information about individual sport instruction, or to make an appointment call the Sports Office at 775-832-1322. Featured personal sport coache: volleyball, Tony Graeber, indoor and beach volleyball player and veteran coach of Incline Middle School and IVGID volleyball clinics.

Two new classes at Tahoe Yoga Institute

This month enjoy two new offerings at Tahoe Yoga Institute in Tahoe City: Iyengar Level 1-2 on Tuesdays, 9-10:30 a.m., with Deborah Lapkin and Core Fusion on Wednesdays, noon-1 p.m. with Madona Casini. Iyengar yoga focuses on technique, precision and alignment. Lapkin has been a fully certified Iyengar teacher since 2009, and has been practicing yoga since 1998. Casini is the owner of Tahoe Yoga Institute and is a trained fitness and Pilates instructor. Her Core Fusion is a Pilates core-based workout combined with gentle stretching and yoga followed by the use of rollers. Both classes can cater to all levels of flexibility and strength. Cost is $15 drop-in, with membership specials available. Tahoe Yoga Institute, 475 North Lake Blvd., Ste. 251, Tahoe City. Call 530-581-1005 or visit tahoeyogainstitute.com.

Community announcements for North Lake Tahoe and Truckee

March 30, 2014 — 

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Content for briefs is selected from e-mail submissions to Community Editor Amy Edgett at aedgett@sierrasun.com. E-mail for print submissions may be 150 words. Items are published in the print edition news space permitting. To enter community events online, visit www.tahoedailytribune.com/NorthShore/nCommunityCalendar, for entertainment www.tahoe.com.

Savvy Dog training classes

Upcoming Puppy Socialization and Basic Obedience/ Good Manners classes for adolescent and adult dogs are starting April 2 and 3. Find more information about all classes at www.thesavvydog.net or call Carla Brown at 530-448-9808. Classes are held at the town of Truckee/Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe Animal Shelter located at 10961 Stevens Lane.

Poetry reading

Join a free community event in honor of National Poetry Month with poet June Sylvester Saraceno.

She will read from her newly released book of poetry, “Of Dirt and Tar,” on Friday, April 4, 6-7 p.m. at Sierra College Tahoe-Truckee campus.

June Sylvester Saraceno is author of “Altars of Ordinary Light,” and a chapbook of prose poems “Mean Girl Trips,” in addition to her latest collection of “Dirt and Tar.” She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Bowling Green State University

Currently, she is English Program Chair at Sierra Nevada College where she directs the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and is faculty in the low-residency MFA program. She is founding editor of the Sierra Nevada Review.

Her work has appeared in Mead Magazine, Smartish Pace, Southwestern American Literature, Tar River Poetry, Word Riot and many other journals and anthologies.

Read more about “Of Dirt and Tar” at www.tahoedailytribune.com, search Saraceno.

Rep. McClintock’s office

Truckee Veterans Forum

April 17, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Truckee-Tahoe Airport, Experimental Aircraft Association Building, 10356 Truckee Airport Road, Truckee.

Congressman Tom McClintock’s office is providing a forum for veterans’ service providers, American Legion and VFW representatives, and community program sponsors that assist active-duty military, wounded warriors, and military families.

Representatives of veterans’ advocacy groups or related organizations are asked to contact Joel Scott at the Congressman’s Granite Bay office, 916-786-5560, to participate.

The forum will provide veterans with the information they need to access the benefits they have earned. Nevada County and Placer County Veterans Service Offices representatives will join the Congressman’s staff to provide information on filing claims with the Veterans Benefits Administration.

Old school Little League

Little League Baseball is celebrating it’s 75th Anniversary this season. Truckee Little League is looking for individuals who played during the first 10 seasons of Little League, 1961-1971. If you know of anyone, send us an email to info@truckeelittleleague.com. Include the player’s name, the year(s) they played and a photo if available.Little League would like to recognize these individuals during Opening Day celebrations on Saturday, April 26.

Tree Top Co-ops and Forest Charter School informational meetings

Forest Charter School will hold prospective student informational meetings for the 2014/2015 school year for in the Pioneer Center on the first floor of the Sierra Building. Tree Top Co-op supports individualized learning styles through community engagement, a safe and positive school environment, interactive approaches to standards-based education. The small, site-based class sizes allow for creative instruction through thematic units, outdoor, and experiential education.

All meetings will be held from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Fifth and sixth-grade meetings Tuesday, April 8. General information meetings: Thursday, April 10, Tuesday, May 6, Wednesday, May 28.

Visit www.forestcharter.com and 530-550-7205.

Nominate now for Linda Brown Fellows Awards & Star Awards

The Tahoe Truckee Excellence in Education Foundation is accepting nominations for the 2014/2015 Linda Brown Fellows Awards and the Star Awards. Linda Brown Fellows Award recipients each receive $2,000 to be used to enhance educational work within the district. In addition, both Linda Brown Fellows awards recipients and Star Award recipients receive $1,000 for their personal use.

The Fellows Program was created to help promote and acknowledge excellence in education. It was named in honor of Linda Brown, a longtime teacher in the school district and a past president of the Excellence in Education Foundation. The honor is presented to outstanding teachers and staff members who demonstrate originality, innovation and dedication.

The Star Award recognizes classified employees who positively impact the lives of the students by providing outstanding support in their positions. All certificated and classified employees in the TTUSD who are employed for at least 80 percent of the school year are eligible for the awards.

The Foundation is asking the community to help identify and celebrate more of these wonderful educators. Award nominations may come from parents and community members, as well as any TTUSD faculty or staff member.

Self-nominations or nominations from Excellence in Education board members will not be accepted. Nomination forms can be found at all district schools, the district office, or www.exined.org, and must be postmarked or hand delivered to the Excellence in Education office at 11071 Donner Pass Road in Truckee by Thursday, May 1, 2014.

The 2014-2015 recipients will be announced in the fall.

For more information call 530-550-7984 or visit exined.org.

Become an English tutor

You can help adults in Truckee improve their reading, writing, and speaking. Volunteer to become an English tutor with the Read Up! program, a free tutoring service based out of the Truckee Library. There will be a tutor training in March in Truckee for new tutor incumbents at a mutually convenient time. Books and training are provided. English tutoring is an enjoyable and productive opportunity to give back to the community. You must be at least 18 years of age. Contact Rolann Aronson, Truckee Read Up coordinator, at 530-575-7030 for more information.

Business announcements for North Lake Tahoe and Truckee

March 30, 2014 — 

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif.— Content for briefs is selected from e-mail submissions to Community Editor Amy Edgett at aedgett@sierrasun.com.

CATT invites you to a membership orientation

The Contractors Association of Truckee Tahoe (CATT) announced a Membership Orientation for prospective members, new members, and existing CATT members on Wednesday, April 2, 4 p.m. at the Hotel Truckee Tahoe, 11331 Brockway Road, Truckee. Light snacks will be served.

The Membership Orientation is open to all building contractors, specialty contractors, suppliers, and design professionals who work in the Truckee Tahoe area. The Orientation is geared to individuals and companies who want to maximize promotional efforts while being kept up to date on local building codes, fees, remodel trends, and more. Learn about CATT benefits and services and how to get the most out of a CATT membership. Current CATT members encouraged to attend. This is an opportunity to meet CAT Board Members and Committee Chairs, and find out how the membership dollars are spent.

For more information contact Kim Cross at 530-550-9999 or memberinfo@ca-tt.com. Visit CATT online at www.ca-tt.com.

Demystifying Solar Energy

The solar energy workshop will be held Thursday, April 3, 6 p.m. at the Tahoe Donner Club House with Mark Dickson, a NABCEP certified PV solar designer and installer and Simple Power, a division of Kelly Brothers Painting, Inc.

Topics to be covered will include what PV Solar is and how it works in simple terms; if PV Solar is the right solution for you; steps to take in your home or business to increase efficiency before installing a system; and current tax incentives and rebates available to residents and business owners who install PV Solar systems.

For more information call 530-550-0806, visit www.Kellybrotherspainting.com or email info@Kellybrotherspainting.com.

AT&T rolls out 4G

AT&T has expanded its 4G LTE network in Reno, bringing more customers the latest generation of wireless network technology. AT&T launched 4G LTE in Reno on Dec. 13, 2012 and the expanded coverage is part of its ongoing rollout across the market.

AT&T 4G LTE coverage now includes parts of Truckee and Grass Valley.

Open Counter web tool

The Town of Truckee has launched OpenCounter:Truckee. A web-based tool, OpenCounter helps start-up businesses interested in Truckee estimate the time, costs and processes necessary to set up shop.  Each year more than half a million new businesses are formed nationally. These employers are a key element to creating strong communities.

Truckee’s investment in OpenCounter is part of its overall strategy to encourage small business and local economic development. In January 2014, the Town Council approved two new economic development incentive programs: Economic Development Support Program and the Economic Development Fund Program. For more information visit www.townoftruckee.com or call 530-582-2914.

Nonprofit infographic workshop

If a picture is worth a thousand words, than an eye-catching and informative dashboard, map or infographic speaks volumes.

Nonprofits can create data visualization tools that effectively communicate their message to board members, executive directors, funders, staffers or volunteers.

The Center for Nonprofit Leadership of Nevada County is holding a “Dashboards, Maps and Infographics: Tools to Measure & Communicate” workshop from 8:30 a.m. to noon, Friday, April 11, 236 South Church St. in Grass Valley.

Many nonprofit officials “think it’s too complicated, too costly,” said Steve Monaghan, workshop presenter and Chief Information Officer for Nevada County. “But there are some simple things you can do.” Monaghan will answer questions and hold breakout sessions during the workshop.

Registration deadline is April 8. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. April 11. The cost is $45 for one or two CNL members registered from the same organization; $60 for non-members. Additional participants are $25 for the same member organization, and $35 for non-member organizations. The fee includes a continental breakfast.

Visit www.CNLSierra.org, www.facebook.com/NevadaCountyNonProfitLeadership and Twitter @NevCoNonprofits.

Business sponsorships available for Little League

North Tahoe Little League fields baseball teams from the West Shore to Incline Village. Consider becoming a business partner by sponsoring a team and/or displaying your company logo on a field banner. Home Run level sponsor ($450) has only your company name on uniforms, banner at chosen field, and team photo plaque. Triple level sponsor ($350) has shared company names on uniforms, banner at chosen field, and team photo plaque. Double level sponsor ($250) produces a large company logo banner displayed at the field if your choice. Single level sponsor ($150) displays your existing company logo banner at the field of your choice. In California contact Mark Sura, club-bigblue@hotmail.com, in Nevada contact Robyn Hugar, robynhugar@cloud.com.

Support 2014 Earth Day Festival

Consider becoming an Earth Day supporter by making a tax-deductible donation at a designated sponsorship level. Tahoe Truckee Earth Day is also open to event sponsors funding certain aspects of the event i.e. film festival, artwork, etc. Contact Steve at SAddison@squawvnc.com. The Tahoe Truckee Earth Day Festival is a volunteer run, nonprofit event to recognize, celebrate and promote the region’s unique beauty. Drop by the Village at Squaw Valley on April 19, 2014 for fun, live music and entertainment, and to learn how to preserve and protect our local and global natural resources.

Tax help for Eastern County

Nevada County Treasurer & Tax Collector Tina M. Vernon will set up office in the Truckee area to serve Eastern County residents during peak property tax season. This is the first time a seasonal office for the Treasurer & Tax Collector has been available on the Eastern side of the county. Second installments are due no later than April 10, 2014. The seasonal office will be located at the Truckee Sheriff Substation in District V Supervisor Anderson’s office at 10879 Donner Pass Road, Ste. A. Vernon will be available April 7-9, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., and is encouraging residents to come by and pay their property taxes, ask questions, or to just say “hello.” Payments can also be made by mail, postmarked no later than April 10, 2014 and sent to P.O. Box 128, Nevada City, CA 95959-0128 or made in person at the Nevada County Tax Collector’s Office, 950 Maidu Ave. in Nevada City. The office also offers payment by credit card or by virtual check at www.mynevadacounty.com/nc/ttc.

Call for special event grant funding applications

The North Lake Tahoe Resort Association announced $9,000 of grant funding available for special events taking place in the North Lake Tahoe region of Eastern Placer County. Most individual grants will fall within the $500 to $2,500 range.

All grant money is slated for marketing and public relations efforts to promote regional events. Preference will be given to events which encourage overnight stays.

All groups interested in receiving funds must fill out the special event grant application by April 16, 2014. After initial review, select applicants will be asked to give the Grant Funding Task Force a five-minute presentation on April 25, 2014. The presentation to the Board of Directors for approval will take place May 7, 2014 and funding notification to applicants will occur May 8, 2014.

For a copy of the application and more information contact Judy Laverty, the special events program manager for the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association, at 530-581-8702 or at Judy@GoTahoeNorth.com.

Community announcements for North Lake Tahoe and Truckee

March 27, 2014 — 

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Content for briefs is selected from e-mail submissions to Community Editor Amy Edgett at aedgett@sierrasun.com. To enter community events online, visit www.tahoedailytribune.com/NorthShore/nCommunityCalendar, for entertainment www.tahoe.com.

Tahoe’s Got Sole shoe drive ends March 28

“Think Kindness” challenged six schools in the Tahoe Truckee area to a “15 Days of Kindness” Challenge and Shoe Collection. For Goodness Sake will be a collection point for the shoe drive. Support this cause by takin extra shoes (flip-flops, high heels, boots, running shoes, etc.) to For Goodness Sake in downtown Truckee, North Tahoe High, Truckee High School, Incline High School and Sierra High.

For more information, visit www.tahoedailytribune.com, search “sole.”

Beer for Bike Racks event

A beer tasting fundraising event will benefit the Artistic Bike Rack Project on Friday, March 28, 5-8 p.m. New Moon Natural Foods in Truckee will feature brews from the Brewing Lair of Blairsden. 100 percent of your $10 entry goes directly to the Artistic Bike Rack Project. Drink great beer and support public art.

The Truckee Public Art Commission (TPAC), in cooperation with the Truckee-Donner Recreation & Parks District, sponsored a community designed bike rack competition. The goal is to support and encourage bicycling and provide a creative solution to bicycle parking: bike racks functioning as art. Design submissions were due March 14. Winning designs will be announced at the beer tasting event. For details contact tdrpd.art@gmail.com.

Drunken Monkey turns five

On Friday, March 28, 5 p.m. Truckee’s Drunken Monkey will celebrate it’s fifth anniversary with a day of food and drink specials for everyone. Call ahead to reserve a table if you have a group of six or more, or just drop by.

Drunken Monkey is located at The Rock in Truckee at 11253 Brockway Road, between Highway 267 and downtown Truckee. Open Tuesday through Sunday at 11:30 a.m., and Mondays at 5 p.m. For more info call Alicia Barr at 530-582-9755 or email alicia@drunkenmonkeysushi.com.

Truckee Tahoe AirFair & Family Festival T-shirt art contest

The Truckee Tahoe AirFair & Family Festival (TTAF&FF) is hosting a T-shirt art contest for students 18-years-old or younger. Interested candidates must design a T-shirt for the 2014 “Women in Aviation” theme. The winning design will be put on all 2014 commemorative T-shirts, and the winner will be awarded $500. The winner will be mentioned online, in media announcements and acknowledged at the pre-event honorary dinner and AirFair. Application and design submission deadline is March 31, 2014.

For additional information and to download an application visit www.truckeetahoeairfair.com, or call KidZone Museum at 530-587-KIDS (5437).

Savvy Dog training classes

Upcoming Puppy Socialization and Basic Obedience/ Good Manners classes for adolescent and adult dogs are starting April 2 and 3. Find more information about all classes at www.thesavvydog.net or call Carla Brown at 530-448-9808. Classes are held at the town of Truckee/Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe Animal Shelter located at 10961 Stevens Lane.

Tahoe Maritime calls for ‘boat ballet’ volunteers

The new exhibit is coming so it is time for a boat ballet! Get involved with Tahoe Maritime Museum’s newest exhibit, Ghost Ships, by helping Wednesday, April 2. Volunteers will help move boats out of the Museum so staff can start preparation for the new exhibit.

Volunteers meet at the museum in Homewood at 9:30 a.m. This is an all-day event and lunch will be provided. RSVP to Christine at 530-525-9253, ext. 104 or email christine@tahoemaritime.org.

Historical Haunted Tour casting call

Looking for actors, performers and storytellers to bring Truckee’s vibrant past to life. Sunshine Tahoe is now casting volunteers for Truckee’s October 2014 Historic Haunted Tour. This is an opportunity to showcase talents. If you can engage an audience and enjoy playing with people, if history and the arts are important to you and if you want to have a rip-roaring good and spooky time, this is a gig for you. Submit your resume and head shot to kira@catanzarocreations.com. Include a brief statement as to why the Historic Haunted Tour needs you. If you don’t have a head shot or resume, be creative! Actors must be at least 21 years old. The tour will take place on Oct. 16 and 17. Visit www.truckeehistorytour.org.

Project MANA and Feinstein Foundation million dollar challenge

For the 17th year, the Feinstein Foundation has established a challenge grant in the amount of $1,000,000 to assist anti-hunger organizations like Project MANA raise money to fight hunger. During March and April all financial contributions and donations of food count toward the challenge. This year, MANA’s goal is to raise $40,000!

Every dollar and every pound of food (tallied at $1 per pound) contributed to Project MANA through April 30 increases its share off challenge funds.

How can you help? Make a donation, host a food drive or drop off your non-perishable food donation at the Incline Village office.

To make your gift on-line visit or more information about the Feinstein Foundation Challenge visit www.feinsteinfoundation.org. Join this exciting challenge campaign!

Pancake breakfast to benefit seniors

The Monthly Pancake Breakfast fundraiser to benefit the Senior Meals program and the Meals on Wheels will be held on April 6, 8-11:30 a.m. in the Truckee Donner Senior Apartments dining room at 10040 Estates Drive in Truckee. The sponsor is the Truckee Soroptimist. Open to everyone! Adults $7, children $3. Come early.

Culinary Tour de France

Have you ever wanted to gain a deeper knowledge of French food, wines, and cooking techniques? Then Stella’s four part lunch-lecture series, “Culinary Tour de France,” is for you. Join Executive Chef Jacob Burton or a multi-course lunch lecture. Each lecture will focus on techniques, influences and food culture, complete with a dish and wine pairing constructed to showcase the unique nature of the specific French region being discussed.

April 12: Northern and Central France; Nord Pas de Calais, Picardie, Paris, Limousin, Auvergne

May 10: Western France; Normandy, Brittany, Loire Valley, Poistous Charente

June 14: Southern France; Aquitaine, Midi Pyrenees, Languedoc Roussillon, Phone Alps, Provence, Riviera

The educational sessions take place noon-2:30 p.m. The cost is $97 per person (plus tax) and an additional $33 per person for wine pairing.

For reservations call 530-582-5655 or email Stay@cedarhousesporthotel.com with “Culinary Tour De France” in the subject line.

Free defensible space advisory training

The Fire Safe Council of Nevada County (FSCNC) is offering a free two-day training session for their Defensible Space Advisor Program on April 2 and 3, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Station 84 in Nevada City. The first day of the session is classroom-style learning with instructors. No previous experience is necessary and the public is invited to learn more about fire safety in the Sierra Nevada.

Students will learn about implementing defensible space, vegetation models, wildfire behavior, forest health, firewise landscaping, homeowner’s insurance issues, emergency notifications, planning for evacuation and establishing Firewise Communities/US.

Featured speakers include Jeff Dunning with Allstate Insurance; Stephanie Wagner with UC Master Gardeners; David Ray, retired Fire Chief and Dennis Cassella, retired Emergency Services. The multi-media presentations include a dramatic short film of the evacuation of the Oakland-Berkeley Hills fire.

The second day will be a field environment where instructors will make specific recommendations on how to best mitigate wildfire for defensible space and forest health.

To enroll in the class or request a visit at your home, visit www.areyoufiresafe.com or contact the FSCNC at 530-272-1122.

Health and wellness announcements for North Lake Tahoe and Truckee

March 27, 2014 — 

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Content is selected from e-mail submissions to Community Editor Amy Edgett at aedgett@sierrasun.com. Send the 5w’s: who, what, when, where and why, about 100-150 words.

“When the Iron Bird Flies” movie and discussion

Friday, March 28, 6:30-8:30 p.m., For Goodness Sake, 10157 Donner Pass Road, Truckee.

For Goodness Sake and Truckee Tara Mandala Sangha will present a screening of “When the Iron Bird Flies” in anticipation of Lama Tsultrim Allione’s upcoming visit and teaching on April 9 at the Cedar House Sport Hotel. This up-close and personal journey follows the path of a great spiritual tradition, from the caves of Tibet to the mainstream of Western culture. The film tackles provocative exchanges between Buddhist practitioners and scholars and Western scientists, psychologists, and educators. Lama Tsultrim Allione is one of the leaders at the forefront of the emergence of Buddhism in the West. Call 530-550-8981 to register. Learn more at www.goodnesssake.org.

Military Adaptive Winter Sports Camp, Ability Bash

Disabled Sports USA Far West announces Ability Celebration honoring injured military service men and women in North Lake Tahoe April 1-5. Disabled Sports hosts 20 wounded warriors and their guests for a week-long camp of adaptive skiing and snowboarding to support their therapy and reintegration into the community.

The 20th Annual Ability Bash Fundraiser will be held Friday April 4, Squaw Valley Conference Center (formerly the Olympic Village Inn). Dinner, dance and silent auction. An evening of celebration and tribute to these Service men and women who have sacrificed so much for our freedom.

Ability Challenge “FUN”draiser, Saturday, April 5 at Squaw Valley. The Ability Challenge is a social campaign building support for Disabled Sports USA Far West. Register your team today and get a day of skiing or riding at Squaw Valley to celebrate your success in raising $200 and more for Disabled Sports. Challenge team also gets lunch and a rockin’ après ski party. For every “mountain challenge” your team completes, receive a raffle ticket for prizes like skis and snowboards.

With over 90 chapters serving more than 60,000 people nationwide, Disabled Sports USA is the nation’s largest nonprofit, multi-sport and multi-disability organization. Visit www.disabledsports.net.

Two new classes at Tahoe Yoga Institute

This month enjoy two new offerings at Tahoe Yoga Institute in Tahoe City: Lyengar Level 1-2 on Tuesdays, 9-10:30 a.m., with Deborah Lapkin and Core Fusion on Wednesdays, noon-1 p.m. with Madona Casini. Iyengar yoga focuses on technique, precision and alignment. Lapkin has been a fully certified Lyengar teacher since 2009, and has been practicing yoga since 1998. Casini is the owner of Tahoe Yoga Institute and is a trained fitness and Pilates instructor. Her Core Fusion is a Pilates core-based workout combined with gentle stretching and yoga followed by the use of rollers. Both classes can cater to all levels of flexibility and strength. Cost is $15 drop-in, with membership specials available. Tahoe Yoga Institute, 475 North Lake Blvd., Ste. 251, Tahoe City. Call 530-581-1005 or visit tahoeyogainstitute.com.

SKINNY Ski-A-Thon

Trails under the KT-22 Chairlift will be abuzz with philanthropic-minded skiers and riders on Monday, March 31, at Squaw Valley. The SKINNY Ski-A-Thon will benefit the High Fives Foundation at Squaw Valley

Participants will complete as many laps as possible on the KT-22 Chairlift on “skinny” skis with a waist of 70 millimeters or less. This event, presented by Arcade Belt Co., is a coordinated campaign to increase the reach of the High Fives Foundation. The SKINNY Ski-A-Thon is designed for all involved to have fun and enjoy the outdoors while raising money for each completed lap as well as flat donations in the name of philanthropy.

In addition to the great prizing for participants in the SKINNY Ski-A-Thon from supporters such as GoPro, K2, Smith Optics, POC and FlyLow Gear, there will be pizza from Fireside Pizza Co., Zico Coconut Water, as well as samples from Cabot Cheese, Vermont Peanut Butter and popchips. Additionally, everyone who raises $1 (or more) will go home with a limited edition SKINNY Ski-A-Thon event T-shirt.

Register and pledge at www.skinnyski.highfivesfoundation.org.

Sign up for girls softball, volunteer

Girls softball, a program for second through ninth-grade girls hosted by the Truckee-Donner Recreation & Park District, starts April 7t. Sign-up now at the Community Recreation Center at 8924 Donner Pass Road in Truckee. Registration is $75 for the season. Volunteer coaches needed.

Spring break lifeguard certification class

With summer employment openings around the corner, a lifeguard certification is the first step in securing a sun-filled summer job. The Truckee-Donner Recreation & Park District (TDRPD) is pleased to offer the only American Red Cross lifeguard class in the area that also teaches first-aid training, oxygen administration and waterfront skills. With this extra training, lifeguards gain the confidence and skills to work responsibly at lakefronts and community pools.

Classes run during spring break from March 31-April 5 at 11725 Donner Pass Road (behind the Tahoe-Truckee High School). Cost is $220. Must be 15 years of age and able to swim 550 yards on first day of class. Contact Amanda at 530-582-2361. To register, call 530-582-7720.

Hike with Carmen

Carmen, your real estate consultant, shares her passion with the community by providing monthly, guided hikes and snowshoe trips of our beautiful backyard and its endless trail systems. Meet at 9 a.m. at the Peter Grubb Hut Trail Head Trail Head on Saturday, April 26. From Truckee take the Boreal exit off Interstate 80, turn right and go up the road until you reach the gate where you can park. It is also the “Castle Peak” trail head. Don’t forget the snowshoes — just in case! For more info call 530-550-5192. Visit www.CarmenCarr.com for the future hiking schedule as well as fun pictures.

Prescription Drug Take-back Day

April 26, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Gateway Shopping Center, 11290 Donner Pass Road, Truckee and “Old” Tahoe City Fire Station, 300 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City.

Free medication take back day. Drop off unneeded or expired prescription and over-the-counter medications safely, effectively, and anonymously, at this event. (Please mark out personal info on Rx bottles). Help protect the water supply by not flushing medications. Help protect the community as some may be abusing drugs taken from the medicine cabinets of family and friends. If you can’t make this event, utilize permanent Rx Drug Bins located at the Truckee Police Department and Placer County Sherrif Office, Tahoe Station, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. A collaborative effort of the TT-FWDD Coalition, Placer County Sheriff, Placer and Nevada County Health and Human Services, Truckee Police Department, Tahoe Forest Hospital District, Safeway Stores, water quality and waste management, town of Truckee, and the DEA.

For more info email Devin.bradley@co.nevada.ca.us or visit www.ttfwdd.com.

North Lake Tahoe health and wellness announcements

March 26, 2014 — 

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Content for the weekly Health and Wellness section is selected from e-mail submissions to Bonanza editor Kevin MacMillan at kmacmillan@tahoebonanza.com. Please send the 5w’s: who, what, when, where and why, plus website and contact information.

Spring break lifeguard certification class

With summer employment openings around the corner, a lifeguard certification is the first step in securing a sun-filled summer job. The Truckee-Donner Recreation & Park District (TDRPD) will offer an American Red Cross lifeguard class that also teaches first-aid training, oxygen administration and waterfront skills. With this extra training, lifeguards gain the confidence and skills to work responsibly at lakefronts and community pools.

Classes run during spring break from March 31-April 5 at 11725 Donner Pass Road (behind the Tahoe-Truckee High School). Cost is $220. Must be 15 years of age and able to swim 550 yards on first day of class. Contact Amanda at 530-582-2361. To register, call 530-582-7720.

Camp XTREME

Day camps, grades kindergarten through fifth. Experienced and responsible staff will lead campers on numerous exciting adventures. Campers will enjoy activities, which include swimming, arts and crafts, games, and more, April 14-18. Visit www.inclinerecreation.com.

Personal sports training

Incline Village Recreation Center offers individual sport instruction in volleyball, baseball, soccer, softball, basketball. Fees vary depending on sport focus. For more information about individual sport instruction, or to make an appointment call the Sports Office at 775-832-1322. Featured personal sport coaches: volleyball, Tony Graeber, indoor and beach volleyball player and veteran coach of Incline Middle School and IVGID volleyball clinics; soccer, Mike Simon, former indoor and outdoor professional soccer player, 25 years coaching experience, including SNC and Reno team ranked nationally; softball, Kelly Thompson, former outstanding high school/adult travel team player and head coach for Incline varsity softball.

Loving Solutions and Parent Project

Empowering parents of strong willed children, classes are ongoing, call the North Tahoe Family Resource Center for information of to sign up at 530-546-0952. Loving Solutions is a seven-week program offering parents a concrete framework for working with children pre-school through 12 years of age. Parent Project is a 10-week program offer parents a concrete framework for working with children 10 to 18, plus young adults. Program will help you: Identify ideals, rules, and tools for the family; learn techniques and strategies to bring about positive behavior change in your child; respond appropriately to children’s choices; learn about the purpose of time outs and how to use them; structure concrete solutions for challenging situations; improve communication skills within the entire family; understand more about ADHD/ADD; learn how to appropriately respond to emotional children; and recognize and support success. Contact class facilitator Kim Jennings at 530-412-0401 or for classes in Spanish contact Patricia Sarmiento at 530-546-0227.

The North Tahoe Family Resource Center is located at 8321 Steelhead Ave. in Kings Beach. Visit www.northtahoefrc.org.

Affordable lab screenings

A simple way to start taking charge of your health. Affordable lab tests and screenings each month at two convenient locations, the Tahoe Forest Laboratory Draw Station in Truckee, Calif. and Incline Village Community Hospital in Incline Village. No appointment is necessary. Regular physical exams by your healthcare provider and screening tests are an important part of preventive healthcare.

Incline Village Community Hospital, 880 Alder Ave., Incline Village. Second Friday of the month, 8-9 a.m., April 11, May 9, June 13, July 11, Aug. 8, Sept. 12, Oct. 10, Nov. 14, and Dec. 12. For more information call 775-833-4100.

Tahoe Forest Laboratory Draw Station, 10956 Donner Pass Road, Ste. 230, Truckee, Calif., inside the Medical Office Building. Second Wednesday of the month, 7-9 a.m., April 9, May 14, June 11, July 9, Aug. 13, Sept. 10, Oct. 8, Nov. 12, and Dec. 10. For more information call 530-582-3277.

Prescription Drug Take-back Day

April 26, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Gateway Shopping Center, 11290 Donner Pass Road, Truckee and “Old” Tahoe City Fire Station, 300 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City.

Free medication take back day. Drop off unneeded or expired prescription and over-the-counter medications safely, effectively, and anonymously, at this event. (Please mark out personal info on Rx bottles). Help protect the water supply by not flushing medications. Help protect the community as some may be abusing drugs taken from the medicine cabinets of family and friends. If you can’t make this event, utilize permanent Rx Drug Bins located at the Truckee Police Department and Placer County Sherrif Office, Tahoe Station, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. A collaborative effort of the TT-FWDD Coalition, Placer County Sheriff, Placer and Nevada County Health and Human Services, Truckee Police Department, Tahoe Forest Hospital District, Safeway Stores, water quality and waste management, town of Truckee, and the DEA.

For more info email Devin.bradley@co.nevada.ca.us or visit www.ttfwdd.com.

Veteran suicide prevention

It is topic mostly ignored and avoided. Nevada has one of the highest suicide rates in the country among veterans, both men and women. If you or someone you know is in crisis, please call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Information from the Nevada Office of Veteran Services.

North Lake Tahoe community announcements

March 26, 2014 — 

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Content for the weekly community briefs section is selected from e-mail submissions to editor@tahoebonanza.com. Please include the 5w’s: who, what, when, where and why, website and contact information.

NV150 musical celebration

Celebrate Nevada’s 150th birthday with “Mark Twain & Shiloh The Sesquicentennial Show” at The Mark Twain Cultural Center & Toccata Guttman Music Hall, 760 Mays, Incline Village, on Saturday, March 29. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the trouble begins at 7 p.m.

Take a picnic dinner and beverage of choice or order from Bar Bar Bar, the Village Deli or Lupita’s. Tickets cost $20. Make reservations by calling 775-833-1835.

Preschool program at Tahoe’s Connection for Families

Tahoe’s Connection for Families (TCF) announced a new program designed specifically for preschool-aged children and their parents. Starting on Monday, March 17, TCF will offer a Spanish-English bilingual language and culture class and open gym playtime for preschoolers ages 3-5. Join Spanish language and culture class on Mondays, 3-4:30 p.m., and open gym playtime in TCF’s 1,700-square-foot gym and wheel room Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 3-5 p.m. Parents or caregivers must accompany their child(ren).One Monday per month, TCF Director Laurean Meyer will offer a parenting education class for parents and caregivers with topics on childhood development topics specific to preschool ages. Class size is limited to 12 children. Tuition varies with enrollment options, call 775-832-8230 for more information or to enroll.

Learn more at www.tcfkids.org.

Liberty Utilities scholarships announced

Liberty Utilities again offers academic scholarships for eligible high school and college students within its service territory: South Tahoe High School, Loyalton High School, Douglas High School (students residing in Alpine County only), Coleville High School, North Tahoe High School and Portola High School, as well as Lake Tahoe Community College.

The six high school scholarships are $500 each (an increase from $250 each). High school seniors must have a minimum unweighted GPA of 2.5 and be accepted to an accredited four-year or two-year university or college or accredited vocational school. They also must have community service experience where they reside.

The Lake Tahoe Community College scholarship is $750 (an increase from $500).

Interested students should contact their school’s financial aid office or counselor to obtain an application. The individual schools have different deadlines, but all scholarships will be awarded starting mid-May through the end of June. Liberty Utilities representatives will attend the school’s awards ceremonies to present the scholarships.

Incline Village Library news

Display cases: Watercolors by Jeane Ryan. March 31-April 26, Food for fines. Washoe County Library System partners with the Food Bank of Northern Nevada and Project MANA for annual “Food for Fines at the Library” event. Patrons take in one non-perishable food item for every overdue book or other item. Food cannot be exchanged for lost or damaged library materials. April 1, Library Snapshot Day. How many books are checked out? How many people receive help finding a job? Doing their taxes or homework? Snapshot Day collects statistics, photos and stories to prove the value of libraries to decision-makers and increase public awareness.

April 1, 4-6 p.m. Edible Book Festival. An Edible Book Festival is a creative culinary celebration of the book. Using food as the supplies, creators base their food creation off of a book using a literal or tongue-in-cheek theme. Examples include: literally green eggs and ham, and tongue-in-cheek Lord of the Fries. More examples at: http://books2eat.com.

April 2 and 23, 4-4:45 p.m. Family Story Time. Children of all ages are welcome for stories, songs, games, and crafts. April 4 and 18, 2-4 p.m. Lifescapes. Writing program where seniors are given an opportunity to write and share their memoirs. New members are always welcome. Lifescapes is a project sponsored by the Washoe County Library System, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), and the Department of English, University of Nevada, Reno.

April 9, 4-5 p.m. Bruka’s Theater for Children. Professional local actors include their audience in the live (and always hilarious) theatrical production of a classic Grimm’s fairytale.

April 10, 6:30-8 p.m. War on Debt. With Dani Johnson’s free one-hour long video course, War On Debt, its viewers, young and old will gain power over their finances and begin their personal journey of debt free living. Local nurse, Amy Woods, hosts this presentation and will share how she has benefited from this video and will be available for Q and A.

Incline Village Library, open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., 845 Alder Ave., Incline Village, 775-832-4130.

Tenebrae worship service

St. Francis of Assisi Choir, “The Seven Last Days” a Tenebrae service, Friday, April 11, 5 p.m. on St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 701 Mt. Rose Hwy., Incline Village.

Enhance the Lenten journey through music and scripture.

Join a deeply moving and meaningful Tenebrae worship service as St. Francis of Assisi choir and guest musicians present “The Seven Last Days.” This 30-minute work by composer Joel Raney features narratives, choral anthems and the lighting and extinguishing of candles, leading us on a journey depicting each of the events of Christ’s last days as described in the book of Matthew. This service will be held in lieu of The Stations of the Cross and will be followed by the Knights of Columbus Friday Fish Fry. All are welcome!

For more information, visit www.sftahoe.org or contact Lynne Cibulsky, music liturgy and media publications director at LynneC@sftahoe.org or 775-831-0490.

Free tax preparation

Free preparation of federal and California tax returns is now available for households with income under $52,000.

This service helps people to receive all of the tax credits to which they are entitled. Through the April 15 filing deadline, tax preparation appointments are available Wednesdays and Thursdays, 4-8 p.m. and Saturday April 12, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. All appointments at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Non-Profit Center, 948 Incline Way, Incline Village, call Tahoe Family Solutions at 775-298-0004.

Tax returns are prepared by IRS-certified volunteers under the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program operated by Tahoe Family Solutions. VITA representatives are also available to meet with local businesses and other organizations to provide information about the free tax preparation services and answer questions.

If you would like to schedule a visit, contact Mike Smith at 775-830-2050 or via e-mail at msmithtahoe@gmail.com.

Village Notes: What’s happening in Incline Village

March 26, 2014 — 

Of course, the spring celebrations begin and winter decides to make an appearance. Now all of our spring flowers will look like frozen popsicles. Thank you Mother Nature. But my guess is you can just move the golf clubs into the closet for a week or so and our flowers are probably going to survive.

Winter did arrive in time for Tahoe SAFE Alliance to enjoy ski days. The annual Ski Days at Sugar Bowl begins on Sunday, March 30, and continues through Friday, April 4. Purchase a ticket before 5 p.m. Friday, March 28, at www.tahoesafealliance.org or call 775-298-0010.

Incline Elementary School has been celebrating “Reading is a Window to the World” all week long. What a great event and thank you to all of the teachers, assistants and students.

Learn more about Nevada with Mark Twain and Shiloh at the Sesquicentennial Show at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 29, at the Mark Twain Cultural Center & Toccata Guttman Music Hall in the Village Center. For tickets email mcavoylayne@gmail.com or call 775-833-1835.

WARF and the Northern Nevada Bulldog Rescue will hold a special fundraiser in Reno from 1-3:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 6, at the Hacienda at 10580 N. McCarran Blvd. Tickets are now on sale. Visit facebook.com/events/276780262479508 for information.

The annual dinner at Big Water Grille for Tahoe Family Solutions begins at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 13. This event sells out so be sure to get tickets now. For information visit www.tahoefamily.org or call 775-298-0004.

Save the Date of June 7 for a very special hike with your dog. This is hosted by Natural Paws and will benefit the Pet Network Humane Society and the Canine Rehabilitation Center & Sanctuary. For more information visit www.naturalpawsreno.com or call 775-853-3533.

Oh yes, the bowling crew is up to something and I just need to find out what. I did hear about a Battle of the House tournament on April 6 but what happens in the lanes stays in the lanes. I think someone needs to be a snitch.

Birthdays to celebrate this week: Deborah Hackett on March 27 and Natalie Tiras on March 29. Happy Birthday!

The best deal and steal this week is at the Incline Village Library. Starting in April, the library will be offering everything from Food for Fines to the Edible Book Festival. To learn more about the many free events offered stop at the library, visit www.washoecounty.us/library/events or call 775-832-4130.

As always send in your birthdays, anniversaries, and news, along with the best deals or steals you can find, to jeanmeick@aol.com.

Booker T. Jones visits Tahoe-Incline Rotary

March 26, 2014 — 

Booker T. Jones recently spoke at the breakfast meeting of the Rotary Club of Tahoe-Incline regarding his development as a musician.

Jones was frontman for Booker T. and the M.G.’s, who had hits like “Green Onions” and “Hang ‘Em High,” among others. Since, Jones has continued writing, playing, producing, recording and touring. In June, 2013, he released his 10th album, “Sound The Alarm.”

Jones was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992 and into the Musicians Hall of Fame in 2007. He was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007. He and his wife recently moved to Incline Village.

Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders who provide humanitarian service and help to build goodwill and peace in their communities and throughout the world.

The Rotary Club of Tahoe-Incline meets every Thursday at 7 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe. Learn more at www.tahoeinclinerotary.org.

Community announcements for North Lake Tahoe and Truckee

March 25, 2014 — 

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Content for briefs is selected from e-mail submissions to Community Editor Amy Edgett at aedgett@sierrasun.com. To enter community events online, visit www.tahoedailytribune.com/NorthShore/nCommunityCalendar, for entertainment www.tahoe.com.

Twin Ridges Kindergarten Round Up

Twin Ridges Home Study Charter School will host a Kindergarten Round Up on March 26, 10 a.m.-noon at the Community Arts Center, 10046 Church St. in Truckee. View sample curriculum, talk with teachers, sign up for 2014-2015 school year. Children are invited to join in cowboy crafts.

For more information contact Jessica Fowler at 530-550-8673 or visit www.trhs.us.

Meet Capt. Sutter at Truckee’s History Alive!

The Truckee Library, the Friends of the Truckee Library, and the Truckee Donner Historical Society announced Swiss emigrant and early settler Capt. John A. Sutter will visit to talk about his early days in California. Join David Fenimore as Capt. Sutter on Thursday, March 27 at 7 p.m. at the Veteran’s Hall in Truckee. Carpooling is encouraged, and a $10 donation is suggested.

Capt. Sutter’s visit will be followed by the appearances of Virginia Reed Murphy on June 27, and the old mountain man Caleb Greenwood on Sept. 18, for continuation of the Truckee’s History Alive! series.

Contact the Truckee Library at 530-582-7846 for more information.

Hearts for Arts fundraiser

Arts For the Schools is pleased to announce this year’s Hearts for Arts event. This year’s musical performing act is the Joe Craven Trio with special guest Hattie Craven on Friday March 28, 7-9 p.m., at the Community Arts Center, 10046 Church St. in Truckee. A free taco bar will be open from 6-7 p.m. A no host beer and wine bar will be open 6-9 p.m. (or until concert ends). Admission is $25 and includes food and music. Tickets can be purchased online at http://artsfortheschools.org/events/13_14_community.shtml or by calling 530-582-8278.

Tree Top Co-ops and Forest Charter School informational meetings

Forest Charter School will hold prospective student informational meetings for the 2014/2015 school year for in the Pioneer Center on the first floor of the Sierra Building. Tree Top Co-op supports individualized learning styles through community engagement, a safe and positive school environment, interactive approaches to standards-based education. The small, site-based class sizes allow for creative instruction through thematic units, outdoor, and experiential education.

All meetings will be held from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Fifth and sixth-grade meeting on Tuesday, April 8. General information meetings: Thursday, April 10, Tuesday, May 6, Wednesday May 28.

Visit www.forestcharter.com and 530-550-7205.

Truckee Library Spanish Storytime

The Truckee Library will host a bilingual storytime every last Saturday of the month. Story reader Reyna Sanchez-Lopez will present lively books and activities to introduce children to the wonders of reading and the treasure of books at the Library. Sing songs, learn rhymes, hear stories, and get library cards for yourself and your children.

Truckee resident Reyna Sanchez-Lopez has worked as an instructor of independent living skills to the disabled, as an advisor to the Nevada County Library Literacy Service concerning health education, and she may have greeted you at KidZone Museum.

Spanish Storytime will run 10:30-11 a.m. The programs are best for children ages 3 to 6, but all are welcome.

Old school Little League

Little League Baseball is celebrating it’s 75th Anniversary this season. Truckee Little League is looking for individuals who played during the first 10 seasons of Little League, 1961-1971. If you know of anyone, send an email to info@truckeelittleleague.com. Include the player’s name, the year(s) they played and a photo if available. Little League would like to recognize these individuals during Opening Day celebrations on Saturday, April 26.

Nominate now for Linda Brown Fellows Awards & Star Awards

The Tahoe Truckee Excellence in Education Foundation is accepting nominations for the 2014/2015 Linda Brown Fellows Awards and the Star Awards. Linda Brown Fellows Award recipients each receive $2,000 to be used to enhance educational work within the district. In addition, both Linda Brown Fellows awards recipients and Star Award recipients receive $1,000 for their personal use.

The Fellows Program was created to help promote and acknowledge excellence in education. It was named in honor of Linda Brown, a longtime teacher in the school district and a past president of the Excellence in Education Foundation. The honor is presented to outstanding teachers and staff members who demonstrate originality, innovation and dedication.

The Star Award recognizes classified employees who positively impact the lives of the students by providing outstanding support in their positions. All certificated and classified employees in the TTUSD who are employed for at least 80 percent of the school year are eligible for the awards.

The Foundation is asking the community to help identify and celebrate more of these wonderful educators. Award nominations may come from parents and community members, as well as any TTUSD faculty or staff member.

Self-nominations or nominations from Excellence in Education board members will not be accepted. Nomination forms can be found at all district schools, the district office, or www.exined.org, and must be postmarked or hand delivered to the Excellence in Education office at 11071 Donner Pass Road in Truckee by Thursday, May 1, 2014.

The 2014-2015 recipients will be announced in the fall.

For more information call 530-550-7984 or visit exined.org.

Become an English tutor

You can help adults in Truckee improve their reading, writing, and speaking. Volunteer to become an English tutor with the Read Up! program, a free tutoring service based out of the Truckee Library. There will be a tutor training in March in Truckee for new tutor incumbents at a mutually convenient time. Books and training are provided. English tutoring is an enjoyable and productive opportunity to give back to the community. You must be at least 18 years of age. Contact Rolann Aronson, Truckee Read Up coordinator, at 530-575-7030 for more information.

Business announcements for North Lake Tahoe and Truckee

March 25, 2014 — 

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Content for briefs is selected from e-mail submissions to Community Editor Amy Edgett at aedgett@sierrasun.com.

Drunken Monkey turns five

On Friday, March 28, 5 p.m. Truckee’s Drunken Monkey will celebrate it’s fifth anniversary with a day of food and drink specials for everyone. Call ahead to reserve a table if you have a group of six or more, or just drop by.

Drunken Monkey is located at The Rock in Truckee at 11253 Brockway Road, between Highway 267 and downtown Truckee. Open Tuesday through Sunday at 11:30 a.m., and Mondays at 5 p.m. For more info call Alicia Barr at 530-582-9755 or email alicia@drunkenmonkeysushi.com.

Business sponsorships available for Little League

North Tahoe Little League fields baseball teams from the West Shore to Incline Village, Nev. Consider becoming a business partner. Sponsor a team and/or display your company logo on a field banner. Home Run level sponsor ($450) has only your company name on uniforms, banner at chosen field, and team photo plaque. Triple level sponsor ($350) has shared company names on uniforms, banner at chosen field, and team photo plaque. Double level sponsor ($250) produces a large company logo banner displayed at the field if your choice. Single level sponsor ($150) displays your existing company logo banner at the field of your choice. In California contact Mark Sura, club-bigblue@hotmail.com, in Nevada contact Robyn Hugar, robynhugar@cloud.com.

Support 2014 Earth Day Festival

Consider becoming an Earth Day supporter by making a tax-deductible donation at a designated sponsorship level. Tahoe Truckee Earth Day is also open to event sponsors funding certain aspects of the event i.e. film festival, artwork, etc. Contact Steve at SAddison@squawvnc.com. The Tahoe Truckee Earth Day Festival is a volunteer run, nonprofit event to recognize, celebrate and promote the region’s beauty. Drop by the Village at Squaw Valley on April 19, for fun, live music and entertainment, and to learn how to preserve and protect local and global natural resources.

CATT invites you to a membership orientation

The Contractors Association of Truckee Tahoe (CATT) announced a Membership Orientation for prospective members, new members, and existing CATT members on Wednesday, April 2, 4 p.m. at the Hotel Truckee Tahoe, 11331 Brockway Road, Truckee. Light snacks will be served.

The Membership Orientation is open to all building contractors, specialty contractors, suppliers, and design professionals who work in the Truckee Tahoe area. The Orientation is geared to individuals and companies who want to maximize promotional efforts while being kept up to date on local building codes, fees, remodel trends, and more. Current CATT members encouraged to attend. Meet CAT Board Members and Committee Chairs, and find out how the membership dollars are spent.

Contact Kim Cross at 530-550-9999 or memberinfo@ca-tt.com. Visit CATT online at www.ca-tt.com.

Demystifying Solar Energy

The solar energy workshop will be held Thursday, April 3, 6 p.m. at the Tahoe Donner Club House with Mark Dickson, a NABCEP certified PV solar designer and installer and Simple Power, a division of Kelly Brothers Painting, Inc.

Topics to be covered will include what PV Solar is and how it works in simple terms; if PV Solar is the right solution for you; steps to take in your home or business to increase efficiency before installing a system; and current tax incentives and rebates available to residents and business owners who install PV Solar systems.

For more information call 530-550-0806, visit www.Kellybrotherspainting.com or email info@Kellybrotherspainting.com.

Tax help for Eastern Nevada County

Nevada County Treasurer & Tax Collector Tina M. Vernon will set up office at the Truckee Sheriff Substation in District V Supervisor Anderson’s office at 10879 Donner Pass Road, Ste. A, to serve Eastern County residents during peak property tax season. This is the first time a seasonal office for the Treasurer & Tax Collector has been available on the Eastern side of the county. Second installments are due no later than April 10, 2014. The seasonal office will be located Vernon will be available April 7-9, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., and is encouraging residents pay property taxes, ask questions, or say “hello.” Payments can also be made by mail, postmarked by April 10, to P.O. Box 128, Nevada City, CA 95959-0128 or made in person at the Nevada County Tax Collector’s Office, 950 Maidu Ave. in Nevada City. The office also offers payment by credit card or by virtual check at www.mynevadacounty.com/nc/ttc.

Call for special event grant funding applications

The North Lake Tahoe Resort Association announced $9,000 of grant funding available for special events taking place in the North Lake Tahoe region of Eastern Placer County. Most individual grants will fall within the $500 to $2,500 range.

All grant money is slated for marketing and public relations efforts to promote regional events. Preference will be given to events which encourage overnight stays.

All groups interested in receiving funds must fill out the special event grant application by April 16, 2014. After initial review, select applicants will be asked to give the Grant Funding Task Force a five-minute presentation on April 25, 2014. The presentation to the Board of Directors for approval will take place May 7, 2014 and funding notification to applicants will occur May 8, 2014.

For a copy of the application and more information contact Judy Laverty, the special events program manager for the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association, at 530-581-8702 or at Judy@GoTahoeNorth.com.

North Lake Tahoe and Truckee community announcements

March 20, 2014 — 

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Content for briefs is selected from e-mail submissions to Community Editor Amy Edgett at aedgett@sierrasun.com, subject community brief. To enter community events online, visit www.tahoedailytribune.com/NorthShore/nCommunityCalendar, for entertainment www.tahoe.com.

Family Fun Night

Friday, March 21, 5 -7 p.m. at Truckee Elementary School. The Family Resource Center of Truckee invites kids of all ages and families to join the FRC for Family Fun Night. The cafeteria will be transformed into the “Magic Tree House” with activities that include crafts, science experiments, readings from the Magic Tree House Book Series and lots of story-related fun. A family dinner will be provided and all activities are free.

To learn more about “Magic Tree House” visit www.magictreehouse.com. Call 530-587-2513 for more information.

Ski for Schools

Take advantage of discounted lift tickets and support local education when you pre-purchase Skiing for Schools lift tickets to participating resorts. Upcoming Skiing for Schools days include: Sugar Bowl, $40 lift tickets valid any one day March 22-28; Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows $40 lift ticket valid any one day from April 6 to the end of the 2014 season.

Lift tickets may be purchased the week prior to the valid dates Tahoe Dave’s ski shops. A limited number of tickets are sold on a first come, first served basis and will not be available at the resorts the day of the event. Tickets are not refundable.

The proceeds from each lift ticket purchase goes directly to the Excellence in Education Foundation, which provides enhanced educational opportunities to Tahoe/Truckee area students.

For more information and updates visit www.exined.org.

Yurt dinner to support SWEP

Support Sierra Watershed Education Partnerships March 21 and 22, 6-9 p.m. with chef Doug Baer of Uncommon Kitchen.

Cost is $70 per adult, to be held at the Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area, 925 Country Club Drive, Tahoe City. Call 530-583-5475 to make your reservation.

Volunteers needed to help serve at these events. This is fun way to support SWEP, and experience the magic of the yurt dinners.

Please contact Julia Worster at julia@4swep.org to sign up.

Visit www.4swep.org.

Tahoe Basin Community Job Fair

The community has embraced upcoming job fairs to facilitate year-round economic sustainability for Tahoe Truckee community members. The “Tahoe Basin Community Job Fair” series is designed to aid in the development of year-round sustainable employment. According to Ceci Chourre with the Professional Ski & Snowboard Instructors Association, the remaining Squaw Valley event will bring businesses with thousands of summer job openings. Chourre said support by businesses is incredible, find them at the job fair March 25 at Squaw Valley Conference Center from 4-7 p.m.

At the Lake Tahoe Sustainability Workforce Roundtable, the economic-education-cultural segment identified the need to assist transitioning winter resort employees into complimenting jobs off-season.

Finding the Heart poetry workshop

Tangled Roots Writing invites you to discover the heart of your writing. Learn the tools of experience and language needed to evoke emotion.

No experience or ability in poetry necessary — only fascination on March 24, 6-8:30 p.m. in downtown Truckee. Cost is $40.

Karen Terrey, MFA, is a business and creative writing coach in Truckee and offers workshops, editing, and coaching through her business Tangled Roots Writing for children and adults. To learn more about Karen’s services and efforts to build community in Lake Tahoe, see her blog at www.karenaterrey.blogspot.com and “like” Tangled Roots Writing on Facebook. Call 530-386-3901 for more info.

Beer for bike racks

A beer tasting fundraising event will benefit the Artistic Bike Rack Project on Friday, March 28, 5-8 p.m. New Moon Natural Foods in Truckee will feature brews from the Brewing Lair of Blairsden, with 100 percent of your $10 entry going directly to the Artistic Bike Rack Project. Drink great beer and support public art.

The Truckee Public Art Commission (TPAC), in cooperation with the Truckee-Donner Recreation & Parks District, sponsored a community designed bike rack competition. The goal is to support and encourage bicycling and provide a creative solution to bicycle parking: bike racks functioning as art. Design submissions were due March 14. Winning designs will be announced at the beer tasting event. For details contact tdrpd.art@gmail.com.

Truckee Tahoe AirFair & Family Festival T-shirt art contest

The Truckee Tahoe AirFair & Family Festival (TTAF&FF) is hosting a T-shirt art contest for students 18-years-old or younger. Interested candidates must design a T-shirt for the 2014 “Women in Aviation” theme. The winning design will be put on all 2014 commemorative T-shirts, and the winner will be awarded $500. The winner will be mentioned online, in media announcements and acknowledged at the pre-event honorary dinner and AirFair. Application and design submission deadline is March 31, 2014.

The free Truckee Tahoe AirFair & Family Festival is funded by the Truckee Tahoe Airport. All proceeds from sponsorships, vendor booth sales, T-shirts sales and other incidentals go to Truckee North Lake Tahoe youth for educational, sports, and arts programs, scholarships and supplies. These monies also help toward the operational costs for free flights for the kids on Sunday, July 13 and KidZone Museum. The event is put on by volunteers from the nonprofit organizations: Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Chapter 1073, Truckee Optimist Club and KidZone Museum.

For additional information and to download an application visit www.truckeetahoeairfair.com, or call KidZone Museum at 530-587-KIDS (5437).

Weekly Al-Anon meetings in Truckee

Are you concerned about someone’s drinking? Get help. Weekly Al-Anon meetings in Truckee are held Monday, 7-8 p.m., Church of the Mountains, 10069 Church St., Truckee and Wednesday, 6:30-7:30 p.m., 10157 Donner Pass Road, Truckee. Your anonymity is protected at all times. For other meetings in area call 775-348-7103 (English) or 775-384-4485 (Espanol) or visit www.al-anon.alateen.org.

North Lake Tahoe health and wellness announcements

March 20, 2014 — 

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Content is selected from e-mail submissions to Community Editor Amy Edgett at aedgett@sierrasun.com. Send the 5w’s: who, what, when, where and why, about 100-150 words.

Free lecture, food tasting

Learn how you can support your health and reduce your risk of colorectal cancer by joining Tahoe Forest Health System for a free lecture and food tasting on Friday, March 21 at noon in the Community Room at Incline Village Community Hospital, or Monday, March 24 at 5:30 p.m. in the Eskridge Conference Room at Tahoe Forest Hospital. Dr. Charles Zipkin, MD, and Betsy Taylor, RD, will share the benefits of screening and prevention with cooking tips and delicious cancer prevention foods.

CrossFit honors fallen hero

CrossFit Avalanche and Crossfit Blizzard held a workout fundraiser in honor of Truckee’s fallen Naval officer Brian Collins. The community came together to show their support with dozens of attendees turning out to raise a generous contribution, which has been donated to the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe.

Brian Collins’ name will join others on the HSTT’s new animal shelter lobby Heroes wall, signifying his love of animals and a generous contribution donated in his name.

Tahoe Truckee residents and supporters of the HSTT are encouraged to consider making a contribution in remembrance of a beloved family member or pet. Gifts will go directly toward helping homeless animals.

Squaw Valley Prom raises $30,000

More than 1,000 attendees enjoyed a world-class music line-up at the party of the year on Saturday, Feb. 22, benefiting the High Fives Non-Profit Foundation and CHARITYSMITH. This year’s event featured entertainment, a chance to be in a GoPro video edit, a Bigtruck Headwear “Sew on Site” store, a Bending Branch photo booth — all in an elegant setting produced by Crux Events.

The High Fives Foundation has assisted 56 athletes from 18 states in eight respective funding categories: living expenses, insurance, travel, health, healing network, adaptive equipment, winter equipment, programs and stoke (positive energy, outlook and attitude). Visit www.highfivesfoundation.org. CHARITYSMITH has set up more than 100 memorial funds toward scholarships, grants and support community projects. Visit www.charitysmith.org.

Spring break lifeguard certification class

With summer employment openings around the corner, a lifeguard certification is the first step in securing a sun-filled summer job. The Truckee-Donner Recreation & Park District (TDRPD) is pleased to offer the only American Red Cross lifeguard class in the area that also teaches first-aid training, oxygen administration and waterfront skills. With this extra training, lifeguards gain the confidence and skills to work responsibly at lakefronts and community pools.

Classes run during spring break from March 31-April 5 at 11725 Donner Pass Road (behind the Tahoe-Truckee High School). Cost is $220. Must be 15 years of age and able to swim 550 yards on first day of class. Contact Amanda at 530-582-2361. To register, call 530-582-7720.

Sierra Conscious Dance

A collective of DJ’s and dance facilitators offer intentional dance for authentic and creative expression. Conscious dance develops a direct body-spirit connection. Let your body be your guide and teacher. No dance experience or partner necessary.

This is a drug-alcohol free environment without observers or conversation, where dancers feel safe to explore their boundaries. A variety of experiences during the dance may be a fun workout, a good connection with other people, release of stress and tension, an overall sense of well-being, insights or revelations about personal issues, opening of the heart, transcendental experiences, and a feeling of ecstasy and divine oneness. Dance barefoot in loose clothing.

Every Friday 7-9 p.m. at InnerRythms Dance Centre in Truckee. Every Sunday 5:30-7:30 p.m. at The River School Farm in Reno. Visit www.SierraConsciousDance.com.

Truckee Jazzercise

Join a fun and powerfully effective 60-minute total body workout that combines dance based cardio, strength training, and stretching. All routines are choreographed to today’s popular music … start dancing yourself fit today! Classes are held Monday through Saturday from 9-10 a.m. at the Community Recreation Center in Truckee.

New student offer: First month $35 with two additional weeks free. Please mention you saw it in the Sierra Sun! Drop in cost is $10.

For more information call Karen Aulwurm at 925-286-5316.

Volunteer with Disabled Sports

Disable Sports Far West USA is looking for energetic, outgoing people to be on their special events team. Disabled Sports’ programs provide breakthrough moments and opportunities for success for people with disabilities. Opportunities running through April 5, including preparing for the Ability BASH auction and banquet at Squaw Valley on April 4, Wild Winter Wednesdays, Aloha Tuesdays at Jake’s on the Lake, and Fish Taco Night at Sunnyside Resort.

Contact Mary Roll at 530-581-4161, ext. 205, mary@disabledsports.net.

Be the act of kindness

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, in conjunction with the North Tahoe Family Resource Center of Kings Beach, will join together to give back to the community and is asking for donations for those who are less fortunate.

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate will accept clothing, food, financial contributions and grocery/gift cards at both Tahoe City and Truckee offices through May 8, 2014. No donation is too small. Be the change you want to see in the world!

For more information contact Lexie Poulsen at 530-583-4004. Donation drop off locations: Truckee BHG Office, 10044 Donner Pass Road, No. 101, next to Bar of America in downtown Truckee; Tahoe City BHG, 950 North Lake Blvd., Ste. 12, next to Coffee Connexion in Tahoe City.

North Lake Tahoe community announcements

March 19, 2014 — 

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Content for the weekly Health and Wellness section is selected from e-mail submissions to Bonanza editor Kevin MacMillan at kmacmillan@tahoebonanza.com. Please send the 5w’s: who, what, when, where and why, plus website and contact information.

Free lecture, food tasting

Learn how you can support your health and reduce your risk of colorectal cancer by joining us for a free lecture and food tasting on Friday, March 21 at noon in the Community Room at Incline Village Community Hospital, or Monday, March 24 at 5:30 p.m. in the Eskridge Conference Room at Tahoe Forest Hospital. Dr. Charles Zipkin, MD, and Betsy Taylor, RD, will share the benefits of screening and prevention with cooking tips and delicious cancer prevention foods.

Tahoe SAFE Alliance seeks volunteers; announces training

Tahoe SAFE Alliance announced the schedule for its eight-week Crisis Intervention Training, an intensive 68-hour course being held on a combination of evenings and Saturdays, beginning April 8 at the D.W. Reynolds’s Non-Profit Center in Incline Village.

Topics covered during the training include the basics of domestic violence and sexual assault, cultural diversity, substance abuse, legal issues of domestic violence and sexual abuse, acquaintance rape, child abuse, suicide, peer counseling and crisis intervention techniques.

Graduates are provided with a certificate of completion and recognized as able to work in Crisis Intervention and Peer Counseling. Volunteers at Tahoe SAFE Alliance who work with clients must successfully complete the Crisis Intervention Training. The full calendar and volunteer application are available at http://tahoesafealliance.org/help-us/volunteer. Apply by March 21.

For more information call Jessica Brown, crisis advocacy manager at 775-298-0182 or Jessica@tahoesafealliance.org.

Be the act of kindness

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, in conjunction with the North Tahoe Family Resource Center of Kings Beach, will join together to give back to the community and is asking for donations for those who are less fortunate.

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate will accept clothing, food, financial contributions and grocery/gift cards at both Tahoe City and Truckee offices through May 8, 2014. No donation is too small. Be the change you want to see in the world!

For more information contact Lexie Poulsen at 530-583-4004. Donation drop off locations: Truckee BHG Office, 10044 Donner Pass Road, No. 101, next to Bar of America in downtown Truckee; Tahoe City BHG, 950 North Lake Blvd., Ste. 12, next to Coffee Connexion in Tahoe City.

Climbing competition

High Altitude Fitness to host the first Regional SCS Competition followed by a locals climbing competition: Tahoe Top-Out. High Altitude Fitness will host this season’s first Sport Climbing Series (SCS) competition in the Northern California region on March 22, 10 a.m.; the youth competition will be followed by a local competition at 4 p.m. Compete for a chance to win cash and prizes. Winnings: $1,500 cash purse; first $450, second $200, third $100. (Male and female open categories). Registration for the SCS Competition is at 9 a.m.; $25. Awards take place at 2 p.m.

Registration for Tahoe Top-Out is at 3 p.m.; $16 (free for members). Climbing begins at 4 p.m. and awards are after 7 p.m.

Souper Wagon food truck will sell hot soups and sandwiches. High Altitude will sell raffle tickets; proceeds will increase cash winnings and also support Team FLASH. Located at 880 Northwood Blvd., Incline Village, visit http://highaltitudefit.net or call 775-831-4212 for information.

Affordable lab screenings

Affordable lab tests and screenings each month at the Tahoe Forest Laboratory Draw Station in Truckee, Calif. and Incline Village Community Hospital in Incline Village. No appointment is necessary. Regular physical exams by your healthcare provider and screening tests are an important part of preventive healthcare.

Tahoe Forest Laboratory Draw Station, 10956 Donner Pass Road, Ste. 230, Truckee, Calif., inside the Medical Office Building. Second Wednesday of the month, 7-9 a.m., April 9, May 14, June 11, July 9, Aug. 13, Sept. 10, Oct. 8, Nov. 12, and Dec. 10. For more information call 530-582-3277.

Incline Village Community Hospital, 880 Alder Ave., Incline Village. Second Friday of the month, 8-9 a.m., April 11, May 9, June 13, July 11, Aug. 8, Sept. 12, Oct. 10, Nov. 14, and Dec. 12. For more information call 775-833-4100.

Complete blood count (without differential) $12; comprehensive metabolic panel (fasting required) $28; lipid panel (fasting required) $33; Vitamin D, 25 hydroxy $42; hemoglobin A1C $27; TSH, thyroid stimulating hormone $32; PSA, prostate specific antigen $83.

Patients should fast for 10-12 hours prior to lab test. This service is a low cost laboratory screening that is not necessarily reimbursable by your insurance company. Photo ID is required. Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted.

Tests are available to individuals 18 years or older.

Patient and family support volunteers needed

Tahoe Forest Hospice is offering a volunteer training in April for hospice patient and family support volunteers to help patients and families who live in Truckee, North Tahoe, Incline Village and the Sierra Valley. Volunteering is an opportunity to help patients at end-of-life in your community:

Provide companionship and friendship

Provide a break (respite) for caregivers

Errands and shopping

Other activities including reading, playing games, gardening and help with meals

Flexible hours

Training is a combination of online and in-person training at the Hospice Volunteer and Bereavement Center. The training is a total of 20 to 25 hours. For details contact Volunteer Coordinator Val Sutter at 530-582-3534 or vsutter@tfhd.com.

Weight Watchers meeting changes

Weight Watchers members and guests in the North Lake Tahoe Region, please be advised the weekly Wednesday night meeting held at the Tahoe Biltmore Hotel has temporarily closed and will reopen as a seasonal meeting from April to October (tentative).

Weight Watcher members are invited to attend meetings in Truckee, Zephyr Cove (Round Hill), Reno and Carson City. All meeting times and location addresses can be found on www.weightwatchers.com. Type in your zip code to find the most convenient location. You may also call 1-800-651-6000.

When the Weight Watcher meetings resume in North Lake Tahoe a notice will be posted in the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza. Postcards will also be mailed out to current North Lake Tahoe WW members.

Loving Solutions and Parent Project

Empowering parents of strong willed children, classes are ongoing, call the North Tahoe Family Resource Center for information of to sign up at 530-546-0952. Loving Solutions is a seven-week program offering parents a concrete framework for working with children pre-school through 12 years of age. Parent Project is a 10-week program offer parents a concrete framework for working with children 10 to 18, plus young adults. Program will help you: Identify ideals, rules, and tools for the family; learn techniques and strategies to bring about positive behavior change in your child; respond appropriately to children’s choices; learn about the purpose of time outs and how to use them; structure concrete solutions for challenging situations; improve communication skills within the entire family; understand more about ADHD/ADD; learn how to appropriately respond to emotional children; and recognize and support success. Contact class facilitator Kim Jennings at 530-412-0401 or for classes in Spanish contact Patricia Sarmiento at 530-546-0227.

The North Tahoe Family Resource Center is located at 8321 Steelhead Ave. in Kings Beach. Visit www.northtahoefrc.org.

Season for Nonviolence Weekly Meetings

On Wednesdays, through April 9, 6-7 p.m. “Be the Change Visioning and Meditations” will be held at the Center for Spiritual Living Tahoe-Truckee, 700 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, above the Tahoe City Marina. Join ministerial student Maggie Wattle and to focus on and create a more peaceful, nonviolent existence for the world. This coincides with the annual Season for Peace and Nonviolence (www.64days.org). Love donation accepted.

“A Season for Nonviolence is a national 64-day educational, media, and grassroots campaign dedicated to demonstrating that nonviolence is a powerful way to heal, transform, and empower our lives and our communities. Inspired by the 50th and 30th memorial anniversaries of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., this international event honors their vision for an empowered, nonviolent world.” (www.64days.org). For more information call 530-581-5117.

North Lake Tahoe community announcements

March 19, 2014 — 

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Content for the weekly community briefs section is selected from e-mail submissions to editor@tahoebonanza.com. Please include the 5w’s: who, what, when, where and why, website and contact information.

Boys & Girls Club Dr. Seuss event

Thursday, March 20, 5-7 p.m. “Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss.” All are welcome to celebrate. A fun evening of readings, activities and a movie! Sponsored by North Tahoe Family Resource Center, Placer County First 5 and the Boys & Girls Club. Call 530-546-0952 for more information.

“Gold Rush Trail” author to speak

Noted historian and author of “Gold Rush Trail” Frank Tortorich will hold forth at the Mark Twain Cultural Center & Toccata Guttman Music Hall, 760 Mays Blvd., Incline Village on Friday, March 21. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the talk begins at 7 p.m.

Take a picnic dinner and beverage of choice or order from Bar Bar Bar, the Village Deli or Lupita’s.

Tickets cost $15 — for reservations call 775-833-1835 or email mcavoylayne@gmail.com.

“Happy” screening announced

On Sunday, March 23, at 6 p.m. “Happy” will screen at the Center for Spiritual Living Tahoe-Truckee, 700 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, above the marina.

“Happy,” from Academy Award nominated director Roko Belic, takes a journey from the swamps of Louisiana to the slums of Kolkata in search of what really makes people happy. Combining real life stories and interviews with leading scientists in happiness research, “Happy” explores the secrets behind a valued emotion. Short discussion will follow the movie. Donations accepted.

“Happy” is presented as part of the Center for Spiritual Living’s Inspirational Cinema program, which continues on the third Sunday of every month through June: March 23, April 27, May 18, and June 22. For information call 530-581-5117.

Tahoe Basin Community Job Fair

The “Tahoe Basin Community Job Fair” series is designed to aid in the development of year-round sustainable employment. According to Ceci Chourre with the Professional Ski & Snowboard Instructors Association, the remaining Squaw Valley event will bring businesses with thousands of summer job openings. Chourre said support by businesses is incredible, find them at the job fair March 25 at Squaw Valley Conference Center from 4-7 p.m.

At the Lake Tahoe Sustainability Workforce Roundtable, the economic-education-cultural segment identified the need to assist transitioning winter resort employees into complimenting jobs off-season.

From there, Harrah’s/Harvey’s Hotel and Casino, which hosted a fair March 18; Professional Ski Instructors Association & Association of Snowboard Instructors of CA/NV (PSIA/AASI-W); and Squaw Valley took up the torch to make these spring community fairs a reality.

New preschool aged program announced

Tahoe’s Connection for Families (TCF) annnounced a new program designed specifically for preschool-aged children and their parents. TCF will offer a Spanish-English bilingual language and culture class and open gym playtime for preschoolers ages 3-5. Join Spanish language and culture class on Mondays, 3-4:30 p.m., and open gym playtime in TCF’s 1,700-square-foot gym and wheel room Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 3-5 p.m. Parents or caregivers must accompany their child(ren).One Monday per month, TCF Director Laurean Meyer will offer a parenting education class for parents and caregivers with topics on childhood development topics specific to preschool ages. Class size is limited to 12 children. Tuition varies with enrollment options, call 775-832-8230 for more information or to enroll. Learn more at www.tcfkids.org.

Liberty Utilities scholarships announced

Liberty Utilities again offers academic scholarships for eligible high school and college students within its service territory: South Tahoe High School, Loyalton High School, Douglas High School (students residing in Alpine County only), Coleville High School, North Tahoe High School and Portola High School, as well as Lake Tahoe Community College.

The six high school scholarships are $500 each (an increase from $250 each). High school seniors must have a minimum unweighted GPA of 2.5 and be accepted to an accredited four-year or two-year university or college or accredited vocational school. They also must have community service experience where they reside.

The Lake Tahoe Community College scholarship is $750 (an increase from $500).

Interested students should contact their school’s financial aid office or counselor to obtain an application. The individual schools have different deadlines, but all scholarships will be awarded starting mid-May through the end of June. Liberty Utilities representatives will attend the school’s awards ceremonies to present the scholarships.

Free tax preparation

Free preparation of federal and California tax returns is now available for households with income under $52,000.

This service helps people to receive all of the tax credits to which they are entitled. Through the April 15 filing deadline, tax preparation appointments are available Wednesdays and Thursdays, 4-8 p.m. and Saturday April 12, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. All appointments at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Non-Profit Center, 948 Incline Way, Incline Village, call Tahoe Family Solutions at 775-298-0004.

Tax returns are prepared by IRS-certified volunteers under the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program operated by Tahoe Family Solutions. VITA representatives are also available to meet with local businesses and other organizations to provide information about the free tax preparation services and answer questions.

If you would like to schedule a visit, contact Mike Smith at 775-830-2050 or via e-mail at msmithtahoe@gmail.com.

Village Notes: What’s happening in Incline Village

March 19, 2014 — 

Goodbye cruel winter, thanks for nothing. It is nice and refreshing, however, to see the spring flowers starting to appear around the village and beach days are always on the schedule of events. I know Amelia Black is enjoying her daffodils already, and Maggie Browder has some lovely crocus plants in bloom.

If you do want to enjoy what we have for snow plan to attend the Diamond Peak Ski Team’s 13th Annual Diamond Cup Challenge on Sunday, March 23. Go to www.dpsef.org to register for the race and for more information.

To learn more about the great state of Nevada, attend a talk by historian and author Frank Tortorich at 7 p.m. Friday, March 21, at the Mark Twain Cultural Center & Toccata Guttman Music Hall in the Village Center. For tickets and reservations, email mcavoylayne@gmail.com or call 775-833-1835.

The community is invited to Incline Elementary School at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, to attend the special event Reading is a Window to the World. Enjoy student performances, a potluck dinner, games and awards. Bring a dish for the potluck that represents a window to the world. This is one event in the school wide celebration of reading and writing for the IES Nevada Reading Week March 24-28. For information contact Incline Elementary School at 775-832-4250.

To support WARF and the Northern Nevada Bulldog Rescue attend a special fundraiser in Reno from 1-3:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 6, at the Hacienda at 10580 N. McCarran Blvd. Tickets will go on sale on March 15. Visit facebook.com/events/276780262479508 for information.

The Tahoe Family Solutions annual dinner at Big Water Grille begins at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 13. This event sells out so be sure to get tickets now. For information visit www.tahoefamily.org or call 775-298-0004.

We have lots of birthdays to celebrate this week: Kevin Weiss on March 19; Briana Barraza and Mary Blanchette on March 22; Jim Brockman and Mary O’Donnell on March 23; Kristina Hill on March 24; and Deborah Hackett on March 27. Happy Birthday!

The best deal and steal this week is at 11 a.m. on Sunday, March 23 at the North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District Main Station on Tanager. Learn about becoming a Fire Adapted Community. RSVP to 775-833-8129.

As always send in your birthdays, anniversaries, and news, along with the best deals or steals you can find, to jeanmeick@aol.com.

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