Community briefsContent for briefs is selected from e-mail submissions to Community Editor Amy Edgett at email@example.com. Visit www.sierrasun.com to events for the online calendar. Please limit descriptions to 50 words. E-mail for print submissions may be 150-300 words. Items published in the print edition news space permitting.NTPUD announces project completion ceremonyThe North Tahoe Public Utility District would like to invite all residents and partners to a Project Completion Ceremony on Friday, Oct. 26, 2 p.m. at the North Tahoe Event Center, 8318 North Lake Blvd. in Tahoe Vista. A short presentation will take place about 2:30 p.m. This event will celebrate the completion of the Tahoe Vista Recreation Area parking lot, the Secline Sewer Pump Station and the Zone 1 Water Tank and the construction season. Possible burn announcedIf CalFire has permission to burn on Friday Oct. 26, approximately 40 piles in the common area between Chinquapin and the homes on Edgewood Drive (Dollar Point area) will be ignited, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The piles are located below the houses between 160 and 150 Edgewood. All of the piles are surrounded by approximately 10 inches of snow and are approximately 3 to 6 feet in diameter and 4 feet tall. Far West Nordic Auction, Raffle and PartyIt's that time again for the 27th Annual Far West Nordic Auction, Raffle and Party, Saturday, Oct. 27 at the Olympic Village Lodge, Squaw Valley. The Party begins at 6 p.m. with a wide assortment of raffle, live auction and silent auction prizes. Win a dream ski package, dinner at your favorite restaurant, resort tickets, art, chocolate, and clothes, to name a few. Enjoy good company for a great cause. Pasta dinner, great wine and beer. Cost is $30, visit Farwestnordic.org.Think Pink PartySport pink and help raise money for local cancer patients at the 8th Annual Truckee Pink Party Fundraiser hosted by Tahoe Forest Health System Foundation. The theme for this year's Pink Party is "50 Shades of Pink," on Friday, Oct. 26 at Moody's Bistro, Bar & Beats in downtown Truckee. There are two ticket options: "Lighter Shade of Pink Party," 6-8 p.m., costs $50 per person and includes live music, appetizers, wine bar with a rare chance to purchase some of California's exclusive wines sold by the glass. Admission to the "Laters, Baby" party, beginning at 8 p.m. includes pizza and salad buffet until 10 p.m., music by DJ the Silver boom Box Thief until 2 a.m., two free door prize drawings, and a costume contest with prizes for best male and female costume. Tickets are $25 in advance and $35 at the door. For tickets and information, go to www.truckeepinkparty.com or call 530-582-6277.No doctor's order is necessary for a screening; follow-up breast care is available. To schedule an appointment, call 530-582-6510. A limited number of free exams and mammograms are available through Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation. Call 530-582-3277 for eligibility details."Almost Somewhere" readingTruckee-Award-winning local author Suzanne Roberts will give a reading from her new backpacking memoir "Almost Somewhere: Twenty-Eight Days on the John Muir Trail" (University of Nebraska Press, 2012) at the Bookshelf in Truckee in the Gateway Center on Friday, Oct. 26, 6 p.m. The reading will be followed by a question and answer and booksigning session. Free and open to all.Showcase your business at the Winter ExpoShowcase your business to new and returning customers at the North Lake Tahoe Chamber/CVB/Resort Association's 2012 Winter Expo Thursday, Nov. 15, 4-8 p.m., at The Olympic Valley Lodge, 1909 Chamonix Place in Olympic Valley. Registration deadline is Nov. 2.The benefits of exhibiting at the 2012 Winter Expo are many and include marketing and advertising opportunities in all mediums, as well as the opportunity to meet hundreds of potential customers face-to-face so they can experience your product or service firsthand. Exhibitors will also be able to answer questions, overcome objections and close the sale right on the spot. This event is geared to highlight all of the activities, gear and services available in North Lake Tahoe for the winter season.The expo offers free admission and free parking for attendees. New to this annual event is a Winter Fashion Show. There will also be exceptional food and door prizes. According to the North Lake Tahoe Chamber/CVB/Resort Association, 50 exhibitors are expected.Winter Expo Promotional Packages are $1,000 for the Media Blitz, $650 for the Marketing Savvy and $400 for the Get Noticed Package. Booth Only Rates are $300 for an exterior booth, $250 for an interior booth and $199 for a nonprofit booth. Registration fees include 6-foot table, two chairs, table linen, skirting and signage.For more information call Membership Manager Deanna Frumenti at 530-581-8764 or email at firstname.lastname@example.orgD. Mark Brown appointment announcedD. Mark Brown, D.C., Truckee Town Councilman was recently appointed as the Chairman of the Administrative Services Policy Committee of the League of California Cities for 2012. The League of California Cities was established in 1898 as a nonprofit statewide association that advocates for cities with the state and federal governments and provides education and training services to elected and appointed city officials. They represent 468 cities within California. The Committee on Administrative Services reviews election law and administration, insurance and tort reform, open meeting law, (the Brown Act), the Public Records Act, the Political Reform Act and other conflict of interest laws. There are more than 80 people appointed to the committee from all 16 districts within the state as well as from caucuses within the League of California Cities. Dr. Brown is finishing his third year of his second term on the Truckee Town Council. He also sits on the Nevada County Hazardous and Solid Waste Commission and is a Board Member of Future Without Drug Dependence. He has practiced chiropractic for 30 years in Irvine, Calif. and Truckee. His current office is located at 10250 Donner Pass Road, Truckee.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.Community Festival and Pumpkin PatchSaturday, Oct. 27, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Rideout Community Center, 740 Timberland Lane, Tahoe City. All inclusive activity bracelets $10, pumpkin prices vary, $3-$7.Take the whole family for a fantastic time at the annual Community Festival and Pumpkin Patch. Many local community groups will be on hand with fun activities as well as selling lunch and snacks! Kids will surely be entertained with carnival games, pony rides, hay rides, jumping in the bounce house, face paint and much more. Back for a third year is the very popular "giant pumpkin seed" hunt on the playground. Contact Shaun Chilktowsky with any questions at 530-583-3440, ext. 14, or email email@example.com.Holiday Hope announcedHoliday Hope, the North Lake Family Resource Center and Tahoe SAFE Alliance sponsored program, provides help for North Lake Tahoe area families who face economic challenges, job loss or unexpected hardships. You can participate by adopting a family and providing clothing, toys, and food to create a happy holiday season for them. Groups of friends or co-workers can join together and adopt a family. You choose the family size, amount of your donation, and the gifts that you will buy from the family's list of needs. Last year, 94 local families were given hope during a holiday season when they otherwise would have gone without. Please open your heart and become a donor for this worthy cause. Become a part of Holiday Hope 2012 by calling Ana Liz Servin-Bancroft at the North Lake Family Resource Center, 530-546-0952. She will be happy to give you more details and match you with a family.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.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.2nd Annual Lake Tahoe Community Thanksgiving CelebrationNorth Tahoe Event Center, 8318 North Lake Blvd., Kings Beach, 2-6:30 p.m. To volunteer or for more information call Meera 775-230-1066 or email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Admission is free but a donation of one or more of the following is welcome: One new, unwrapped toy; packaged or canned non-perishable food; donation of $2 per person, $5 per family; potluck dish to share; or volunteer for the event.No one turned away for lack of admission. Food, fun, friendship, live music, dancing, kid's corner and more.This is not a fundraiser for any organization but it is a FUN-raiser for the community!Free yard waste drop offTruckee Residents may drop-off up to 6 yards, approximately 40 bags, of yard waste free through Nov. 10 at the Eastern Regional Landfill, Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. (closed Sundays). Proof of residency is required so bring your local ID or an ID with a utility bill. Participants must upload their own yard waste. If the yard waste is transported in bags, participants will be required to unload the bags. In addition, the curbside collection of green bags continues. Keep in mind only four bags are picked up each week. If you have a large pile of bags it may be to your advantage to drop them off for free at the Eastern Regional Landfill. Green bags covered in snow will be left. To receive curbside pickup, green bags must be accessible, tied and weighing no more than 40 lbs. each.