Your news makes the 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.TTUSD board to adopt two-year school calendar March 7At the Feb. 15 board meeting, Tahoe Truckee Unified School District (TTUSD) trustees reviewed several school calendar scenarios for start dates, end dates, and vacations. Last spring, TTUSD sought public input through a school calendar survey. According to Steve Dickinson, assistant superintendent of finance, results showed it was fairly unanimous five days for Thanksgiving was not preferred, and while it was split down the middle regarding whether to have a full week for Ski Skate Week, the message was clear everyone wants a week off for Spring Break. Administrators created calendar scenarios for both 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 to be considered by the trustees. Full survey results can be viewed online at www.ttusd.org/calendarsurveyresults.The board will vote to adopt calendars at the next board meeting, Wednesday, March 7, in the TTUSD Board Room at the district offices in Truckee, the public portion of which starts at 5:30 p.m.V-Day Performance Tahoe SAFE Alliance is thrilled to once again participate in the V-Day Worldwide Campaign and offer a production of Eve Ensler’s award-winning play, The Vagina Monologues, March 9 and 10, Community Arts Center, Church Street in Truckee. Doors at 7 p.m., production at 7:30 p.m. The play, which hasn’t been performed in North Lake Tahoe since 2008, plays an important role in Tahoe SAFE’s ongoing efforts to raise awareness and money to help end violence in relationships, families and the community. They believe Vagina Monologues has the ability to change lives and is an important vehicle to empower and emphasize self-confidence to women and young girls. Tickets are on sale at www.tahoesafealliance.org. Cost is $20 student and $25 general admission.A+ Preschool Preview DayA+ Preschool invites all perspective preschool children and their parents to participate in their annual A+ Preschool Preview Day, Monday, March 12 or Thursday, March 15, 10:30-11:30 a.m., for the current and 2012-13 school year. A+ is an educational preschool for 3 and 4 year olds. Their goal is to prepare children for kindergarten. Full day and half day options are available at 390 Fairway Drive, Tahoe City. For more information, call Nell Jackson at 530-583-1534. Visit www.tahoeministries.com.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 email@example.com or call 530-587-1776. Turn around time is approximately six weeks.Rotary Club of Truckee Crab andamp; Pasta FeedThe Rotary Club of Truckee presents the 19th Annual Crab andamp; Pasta Feed on Saturday, March 24, 5 p.m. at the Community Recreation Center at the Pioneer Roundabout in Truckee. Cost is $40 for adults and $20 for children 16 and under. This year’s event benefits Sierra Expeditionary Learning School. Contact Steve Randall at 530-582-7720 for more information or to purchase tickets. Tickets may also be purchased from any Truckee Rotarian.Divorce mediationA creative alternative to litigated divorceCan divorce actually be accomplished with creativity, compassion and love? Yes! Sierra Agape Center now offers divorce mediation on a sliding fee basis beginning at $100 per hour. Kimball C. Pier, LMFT is a licensed Marriage and Family therapist with advanced divorce mediation certification and 10 years of experience in divorce and family mediation. Mediation is an alternative to attorney litigated divorce and can create opportunities for couples to work through the process without permanent damage to a future relationship as parents. Research shows even though divorce is difficult for children, they adjust more quickly and with diminished negative effects when parents are able to co-parent with respect and good will toward one another. The cost of a mediator is far less expensive than hiring attorneys to represent each party. Please visit www.sierraagape.com and click the mediation tab or call 530-414-1885.Bessie Minor Charitable Fund grants announcedThe Bessie Minor Charitable Fund announced it is accepting grant applications from nonprofit organizations in the Truckee Tahoe area. Grants will be awarded to programs that promote literacy, reading and writing skills and programs in the arts, languages and sciences. Applications will be accepted until April 1, 2012 and decisions will be made by May 1, 2012. The Fund will consider applications for grants requesting a minimum of $500 and a maximum of $2,500.The Bessie Minor Charitable Fund awards grants to programs that provide direct service to help with the implementation or expansion of literacy programs for children who are below grade level or experiencing difficulty reading; to develop reading and writing skills at all age levels; and, to develop programs in the arts, languages and sciences for preschool, primary and secondary school-aged children.The Fund prefers to consider grants for programs instead of straight technology grants. Grants are made only to nonprofit organizations certified as tax exempt. More information is available on the Fund's website, www.bessieminor.org.The Bessie Minor Charitable Fund was formed by the owners and founder of Swift Communications, which owns and operates the Sierra Sun, www.sierrasun.com and North Lake Tahoe Bonanza, www.tahoebonanza.com.
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