Your news make the Sierra Sun shineContent for briefs is selected from e-mail submissions to Community Editor Amy Edgett at email@example.com. Visit www.sierrasun.com to submit events online. Please limit descriptions to 50 words. E-mail submissions may be 150-300 words. Items published in the print edition news space permitting.Monday night writing workshopsDo you know what you want to say but don't know how to say it? Do you wish you felt more creative and wrote more often? The next Monday Night Creative Writing Workshop series starts March 5 and runs through April 16 (no class April 9). This workshop is a kick in the butt for your creative juices. Improve your writing practice, generate new material, learn tips for technique, and connect with a writing community. You'll find inspiration and motivation in this fun group. Monday nights, 6:30-8 p.m. cost is $100, www.karenaterrey.blogspot.com or call Karen at 530-386-3901 for more information or to sign up.Scholarship Essay ContestThe Nevada County Republican Party is pleased to announce its Ruth and Drew Bedwell Memorial Scholarship program for 2012. The Party annually awards a $1,500 scholarship to a Nevada County high school senior who submits the best essay on an assigned topic. The essay topic this year is: What do you think our U.S Constitution means when defining our freedom and limited government? Students should write an essay of approximately 1,000 words, typed, double-spaced, 12-point letters. Deadline date for submission of the essay is April 1. Interested students should contact their high school scholarship coordinator for further details.Truckee Tahoe Republican Women to meetThe Truckee Tahoe Republican Women Federated will hold their first evening meeting Tuesday, Feb. 21, at the Glenshire club house at 6 p.m. Cost is $15 per person. RSVP by Feb. 17 to Cheryl at 530-488-9134 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Business meeting will be followed by a speaker on Sierra winter safety.Rideout Ski Skate Adventure CampSki/Skate Week is right around the corner. Take advantage of this week-long program while your children are out of school. Daily trips, games, crafts, and more are all part of this week of fun and excitement. Ski/ Skate week is Feb. 21-24, 2012. Full session fees are $115 and $135 for non-district residents. Drop-in registrations will be taken based on availability beginning Feb. 13. For more information on upcoming programs and events or to register contact the Recreation Office at 530-583-3440. Rideout Community Center is located at 780 Timberland Road, Tahoe City.Be in the SnowFest! ParadeThe Tahoe City SnowFest! parade, scheduled for Saturday, March 3, is seeking entries. The 2012 SnowFest! theme, “The Largest Winter Carnival in the West,” allows participants to enter specialty units, fun and wacky floats, bands or drum corps, antique cars, a “Pray for Snow” drill team or any other creative units.Download an application at www.tahoesnowfestival.com, call 530-583-7167 or email email@example.com. Deadline for parade entry is Feb. 17, 2012.New to the parade this year will be the United States Air Force Rock Band from Travis Air Force Base.Parade entry fee is $40 or to be a parade sponsor is $75. The fee includes parade entry, announcer mention during the parade and inclusion in selected publicity. Soup andamp; Chili Showdown 2012Cold temperatures and early sunsets means its time for a warm evening along side friends, neighbors, and the Tahoe City Recreation Department. Join them for an evening of tasty soups, delicious chilis, and full stomachs!The “Soup and Chili Showdown” is going into its third year at the Rideout Community Center in Tahoe City and will take place Saturday, Feb. 25, 6-8:30 p.m. The Tahoe City Recreation Department invites all amateur and professional cooks to show off their culinary talent in this year's event which will feature a variety of different categories in both the soup and chili division. Entry into the friendly competition is free but pre-registration is required. For more information contact Shaun, recreation coordinator for the Tahoe City Recreation Department at 530-583-3440, ext. 14.Musical Theatre Class at InnerRhythms!Love acting? Love singing? Love musical theatre? InnerRhythms will begin a new class with singing and theatrical technique taught by Peggy Boelk, the well-known and exceptionally talented Truckee High School Theatre Director. This class will be held Tuesdays, 2:45-3:45 p.m. for middle school students and offers performance opportunities throughout the spring and summer for students in grades sixth-eighth. The first trial class is free.Contact InnerRhythms at firstname.lastname@example.org or 530-550-8464. All classes will be held at 12047 Donner Pass Road, Ste. B7, in Truckee's Citizen's Bank Plaza. Reserve a space at www.innerrhythms.org.Wildlife in Wild PlacesA Call to Artists for the month of March at North Tahoe Arts. This is an all medium encouraged exhibit with an all animal theme. The exhibit applicants will be juried in; please send three images of your work on a CD or e-mail to email@example.com. Please label your CD with your name and a self-stamped enveloped for its return. A non-refundable application fee of $20 is required for processing. Opening reception is Friday, March 3. Deadline for applications is Feb. 17, 2012. Please call North Tahoe Arts 530-581-2787 for details.