Your news makesthe Sierra Sun shineContent for briefs is selected from e-mail submissions to Community Editor Amy Edgett at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.Help Aim High reach its goalThanks to significant contributions from in and out of the area, Tahoe Truckee Aim High administrators are confident they will reach their March 1 fundraising goal to launch the program for Tahoe Truckee Unified School District (TTUSD) this summer. One more reception will be held before the organization’s March 1 fundraising deadline. Queen of Hearts members Lisa Krueger and Nancy Gisko are hosting the event Feb. 29 at the Cedar House Sports Hotel in Truckee, 5:30-7 p.m. Alec Lee, executive director of Aim High, a five-week summer enrichment program for under-resourced middle school students and Dr. Rob Leri, TTUSD’s new superintendent will be present. For more information email Nancy at email@example.com. To donate or for more information visit www.ttcf.net. For information about Aim High, visit http://www.aimhigh.org/ Tahoe Maritime Museum teacher open houseCalling all educators, the Tahoe Maritime Museum is hosting a free open house Saturday, Feb. 25, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Teachers and educators may speak with the Museum’s education specialist about benefits of a Tahoe Maritime Museum trip. All grade level teachers are welcome and a special tour to fit your group’s needs can be arranged. The Tahoe Maritime Museum is located at 5205 West Lake Blvd. in Homewood adjacent to the ski area parking lot. Please visit www.tahoemaritimemuseum.org.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 chilies, 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. For more information contact Shaun, recreation coordinator for the Tahoe City Recreation Department at 530-583-3440, ext. 14.You’re invited to the SnowFest! Kick-off Party!Join the fun and celebrate the Largest Winter Carnival in the West, Thursday March 1, 5-8 p.m. at Gar Woods in Carnelian Bay. A $25 donation includes complimentary appetizers and hosted drinks, graciously donated by Tom Turner and his incredible staff at Gar Woods. Large raffle and live music by The Drunken Neighbors! beads, buttons, bling and tons of fun. SnowFest! North Lake Tahoe runs March 2-11, 2012. Some events include Opening night ceremonies at Squaw Valley with a torchlight parade, fireworks and laser show, Polar Bear Swim and the Tahoe City Parade. New this year the Rhalves Banzai Tour. Visit www.tahoesnowfest.com for full schedule.Grants available from Lahontan Community FoundationMarch 2, 2012 is the closing date for grant applications to be considered for funding during the 2012 Lahontan Community Foundation grant cycle. A total of $80,000 will be granted. Grants typically are in the range of $5,000-$10,000. Lahontan Community Foundation is generally broad-based in its funding interests and will accept applications in the following areas of interest: Arts and culture and civic life; education and youth development; environment, recreation, animal welfare and health and human services. The application is an online process at www.ttcf.net or for information contact them via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 530-587-1776. Turn around time is approximately six weeks.Mother/Son Laser TagThe Father/Daughter dance was a wonderful event and many beautiful Father/Daughter combos enjoyed the evening. Now it’s time for those mothers to ditch the fathers, grab their sons, and join an evening of laser tag and more. This exciting evening will feature many activities for the Mother/Son duos as well as some super fun laser tag. Cost is $25 per couple and $5 for each additional son. Snacks and beverages will be provided while a pizza dinner will be available for purchase, Friday, March 9, 6-8:30 p.m. at Rideout. Tickets are available at The Store, in the Cobblestone, Rideout, and other locations. Be sure to purchase your ticket soon as this may sell out fast. For more information on upcoming programs and events contact the Recreation Office at 530-583-3440. Rideout Community Center is located at 780 Timberland Road, Tahoe City.Turtleneck Tuesdays at NorthstarEnjoy your favorite grooves from the 70s and 80s while you skate ’round the 9,000 square-foot rink. Join Northstar California for Turtleneck Tuesdays every Tuesday through March 20, 6-9 p.m. on the ice skating rink in The Village.While you’re there, take advantage of the warm outdoor fire pits and enjoy a drink and s’mores from the Cabana Bars.It’s free to skate. If you need rentals they will be available for $5 a pair. Call 800-466-6784 for information.Trail Construction and Crew Leader Training Join the Tahoe Rim Trail Association for the Seventh Annual Trail Construction and Crew Leader Workshop at Washoe County’s Galena Creek Regional Park May 18-20. Participants may choose from the following courses: Trail Design and Layout, Fundamentals of Trail Construction, Crew Leadership and Advanced Trail Theory. Network with trail volunteers and professionals and learn how to plan, construct and maintain trails. This training is partially grant funded by the Nevada Recreational Trails Program and the Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest and supported by Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space. Participants pay a fee of $150 (Friday, Saturday and Sunday), $100 (Saturday and Sunday) or $50 (Friday) to cover instruction, park lodging, food, training materials and transportation to class sites. Discounts are available for TRTA members and volunteers. For more information and registration visit www.tahoerimtrail.org/trailstraining.php or contact Teresa Crimmens at 775-298-0232 or email@example.com. Outdoor Leadership andamp; Guide Training, May 18-20Join the Tahoe Rim Trail Association for the 4th Annual Outdoor Leadership and Guide Training at Granlibakken Lodge and Conference Center in Tahoe City, Calif., May 18-20. This training is no longer just for guides, as all participants will discover sessions that will increase their confidence and competence in the outdoors. Regional professionals, along with experienced Tahoe Rim Trail guides will lead workshops in Outdoor Leadership, Risk Management, Trip Planning, Leave No Trace and much more! The weekend offers many opportunities to network with professional and volunteer guides, as well as participants who share in common pursuits and passions. This training is partially grant funded by the Nevada Recreational Trails Program and the Tahoe Mountain Resorts Foundation. Participants pay a fee of $250 which includes lodging (Friday and Saturday), all meals, three days of training, parking, training materials, and conference center facilities. However, there are many other price packages available, including Locals Packages which do not include lodging. Discounts are available for current TRTA guides. For more information and registration materials, visit www.tahoerimtrail.org/guidetraining.php or contact Jaime Souza at 775-298-0231 or firstname.lastname@example.org.