Community briefsContent for briefs is selected from e-mail submissions to Community Editor Amy Edgett at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.sierrasun.com/calendar 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.Ghost Walk in Tahoe City announcedThursday, Oct. 18, family-friendly ghosts from Tahoe's past will float in for a brief haunting of the Gatekeeper's Museum's Black Bear Forest!Although you can never be 100 percent certain with ghosts, Robert Watson, the Hermit of Emerald Bay, Dat So La Lee and Frank Sinatra are among those who said they plan to drift by that evening.Kids, you'll want to walk your parents through this spectre-filled stroll: the ghosts are friendly but sometimes grownups get scared anyway.The haunting is slated to start at 7:30 p.m. and the ghosts are expected to fade out about an hour later at 8:30 p.m. Visitors will enjoy refreshments after their spooky walk. The event is free of charge to the public. For more information, call 530-583-1762 or email email@example.com.Innovations Grant Workshop Series at Rideout FacilityWatercolor Workshop with Anke Haas, Thursday, Oct. 18, 5-8 p.m. and Friday, Oct. 19, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. A partnership with Arts For the Schools to provide Placer County residents ages 13 and up an art workshop series focusing on the connection between art and overall well-being. For more info please call NTA at 530-581-2787 or email:firstname.lastname@example.org.North Tahoe Arts Center "Felt a Pumpkin" WorkshopSaturday, Oct. 20, 1-4 p.m. Introduction to the art of needle felting. $40 per person ages 15 and up. For more information please contact Nancy Olson at 530-308-0028 or email email@example.com.Tahoe City Transit Centerribbon cutting event announcedPlacer County welcomes the public to attend the Oct. 22, ribbon cutting for the Tahoe City Transit Center located at 165 West Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, and invites citizens to see firsthand how the new facility will address local transportation needs. Dignitary presentations will begin at 3 p.m., followed by a facility tour and light refreshments.Nonprofits, be on Parasol's wish listParasol's annual Wish List will be published in local newspapers as well as listed on their website beginning in November. In order to be included on the wish list, Parasol needs the following information no later than Nov. 10, 2012.1. Name of nonprofit2. What a donation in the amount of $25, $50, $100, $500 or $1,000 will provide. For example: A donation of $25 will provide one hour of crisis counseling at (name of nonprofit). 3. How can Parasol donate to your nonprofit? If by check, name to put on check; if by credit card, where to do this (on your website or by calling); if in person, where to drop off.4. Nonprofit contact information for dontations. Name, phone number and email.5. Website address.Email above information to firstname.lastname@example.org by Nov. 10. Need more information? Call Jean Eick at 775-298-0184.Ace K-9 Academy to begin classesAce K-9 Academy will begin classes soon, sign up today! Group dog training focusing on basic skills (sit/come/stay/down etc.) using positive reinforcement and balanced training techniques. Have fun with your dog and create a better relationship with your dog. Classes are held on Mondays, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Rideout Community Center, 740 Timberland Lane, Tahoe City, cost is $155 for residents. Instructor: Sandra James, owner/trainer of Ace K-9 Academy, is an Animal Behavior College Certified Dog Trainer. A minimum of four students required to carry the class. Visit www.acek9z.com or www.tahoecitypud.com.Goblins real and imaginedKings Beach Library encourages all individuals whose computers seem to be housing goblins, otherwise know as spyware, spam, Trojan horses, and more, to come to the Oct. 25, 2-3 p.m. computer class: "Surfing the Internet Safely and Productively." Doug Greenwood of Alpensoftware and co-founder of Computer Medic, will explain how to keep your Internet browsing safe from lurking goblins and how to use effective search terms to get the results you desire.Help an adult become a better reader! Become a reading coach for English-speaking adults who desire to improve their reading skills and therefore empower themselves with effective resumes, an increased vocabulary and confidence to read diverse materials. An informational meeting will be held at the Kings Beach Library on Oct. 25, 5:30-7 p.m. Volunteer your time to strengthen the community!Stop by the library on Halloween before 6 p.m. for a ghoulish treat and Halloween fun. Also, enter the raffle to win a homemade sweet potato pie. Drawing on Oct. 31. Kings Beach Library, 301 Secline St., Kings Beach, 530-546-2021.Volunteer for youth outreach programSOS OUTREACH is looking for positive young adults to be Sherpas (youth mentors) and program coordinators for the winter season. SOS Outreach is an outdoor adventure based youth development organization. Their goal is to help build character, self-esteem, and leadership skills in at-risk youth through outdoor adventure sports. They provide multi-day programs that incorporate a set of core values (courage, discipline, integrity, wisdom, and compassion). Visit www.sosoutreach.org. Fill out an application online by clicking on register for winter and selecting the volunteer application or email email@example.com.Community Sugar Pine planting dayOct. 21, 1 p.m., Rideout Community Center, 740 Timberland Lane, Tahoe City. Help the Sugar Pine Foundation plant fungus-resistant sugar pine seedlings. Trees, tools and instruction and light snacks provided. Bring gloves and a shovel if you can. Family friendly event - take the children!Meet at Rideout Community Center and carpool to the planting site at Ward Creek. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, visit www.sugarpinefoundation.org.Family cross country enrollment happening nowNow enrolling for family cross-country weekend ski programs at the Auburn Ski Club, a community-based nonprofit ski facility next to the Boreal Ski Area on Donner Summit, Interstate 80, Castle Peak exit. A great deal for deal for low-cost, quality family, competitive Nordic programs and groomed ski trails. Saturday family program sessions are offered throughout the season, December through March. Need skis? No problem! Child and adult season rentals available for a nominal fee. Get out and get fit this winter. Visit auburnskiclub.com.Preschool and kindergarten openingsat Kings Beach Parents' Co-opKings Beach Parents' Co-op (KBPC) is a nonprofit preschool and kindergarten, caring for and educating children ages 2-6 years old. KBPC draws members from the North Shore of Lake Tahoe and Truckee who enjoy taking a more active role in their child's education. Parents and experienced, licensed teachers work together in small, multi-age classrooms to provide an innovative curriculum which nurtures the whole child. KBPC is committed to the social, emotional, and physical development of children through exploration and discovery, providing both indoor and outdoor learning experiences. The Kings Beach Parents' Coop currently has full and part-time openings. For additional information, please visit www.kingsbeachparentscoop.org or call 530-546-7519.Writing Workshop:Shaping and Revising your ProjectDo you have a writing project that needs a creative kick in the butt? Novel, collection of short stories, essays, memoir? This ongoing three-part workshop series will help develop your first draft into a refined piece through monthly feedback in a small dedicated group of writers while learning techniques for structuring and revising your book. Tips on project management, working with deadlines, and publishing. Call for more info, Tangled Roots Writing, 530-386-3901. Cost is $160. Next session: Oct. 21, Nov. 11, and Dec. 9, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.Trick-or-Treat for UNICEFGet your spare change ready. Glenshire Elementary students will be trick-or-treating for UNICEF. On Halloween night, students will once again trick-or-treat for more than their own benefit ... they will also carry orange collection boxes and seek donations to support UNICEF. Last year, local students raised hundreds of dollars to help UNICEF provide emergency services, immunizations, education, better nutrition and safe water to less fortunate children in more than 150 countries. The 62 year-old "Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF" program gives local children the opportunity to learn about the difficulties many children face and to help make a difference in the lives of others. Thanks to the community for encouraging and supporting this Truckee tradition!Truckee Halloween ParadeTruckee Halloween Parade is coming on Friday, Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. for children of all ages, starting at the train station. Parade through Downtown to the Community Arts Center on Church Street for candy donated from Truckee businesses. For candy sponsorship participation, call Katie, Truckee-Donner Recreation & Park District at 530-550-4455.Tahoe Mountain Resorts Foundationannounces fall grant cycle deadlineTahoe Mountain Resorts Foundation will be accepting 2013 grant submissions from local nonprofit organizations through 5 p.m. on Oct. 31, 2012. Organizations must be headquartered and serve the geographic area Truckee, Donner Summit, Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows and North Shore of Lake Tahoe to receive consideration. Grant applications will then be reviewed by the TMR Foundation Grants Committee who will announce the awards in January 2013.Grant forms must be completed along with some general financial information. A copy of the application and other submission details can be found on-line at www.tmrfoundation.com or email questions to the Foundation at email@example.com.To date, Tahoe Mountain Resorts Foundation has awarded approximately $1.35 million to local organizations representing educational, cultural, environmental and charitable pursuits. In 2012, $128,800 was awarded to 17 area nonprofits. Learn Italian with AnnaAnna Goodwin is a native-born Italian and has been teaching Italian for seven years in both Tahoe City and Truckee. Both Beginning Italian I and Intermediate Italian I will be taught at the Coffee Bar in Truckee, Monday and Wednesday nights, 6:30 p.m. The cost is $185 for an eight-week session starting Nov. 12 for beginner and Nov. 14 for intermediate levels. A book will be needed: "Italian Now!" and can be purchased through Amazon.com for $10. In order to assimilate the Italian language in the most effective way, Goodwin has developed a unique method of teaching called the building a "casa" program. To sign up or for more information, contact Goodwin at 530-587-6054 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Become an ESL/literacy tutorJoin Read Up!, the Nevada County Adult Literacy Program, based at the Truckee Library. Tutors are dedicated community volunteers who wish to help interested students realize their potential. Tutoring is a free service of Nevada County. A tutor training class will be provided at a convenient time for all new ESL/Literacy tutor applicants. Tutor training manuals are free to new literacy tutors.ESL/Literacy tutoring is an enjoyable and productive way to give back to your community. To become a tutor, you must read, write and speak English well. It is highly desirable you also have knowledge of another language, preferably Spanish. You must be 18 years of age or older, be available two hours per week, be patient and flexible and have excellent communication skills and know how to listen.If you would like to become a Read Up! tutor, please contact Rolann Aronson, Truckee Read Up! coordinator at 530-587-8806.
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