TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. - Content for briefs is selected from e-mail submissions to Community Editor Amy Edgett at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.Help Todd gather glassesTodd Lemma, Jr. from the Custom Learning Academy is collecting glasses for One Sight, an organization that donates eyewear and sun protection world wide. Please drop off your unwanted glasses to the Custom Learning Academy in Tahoe Donner, The KidZone Museum, Plumas Bank, CoffeeBar, or the Unique Boutique by Nov. 16.Dog Training Classes atSavvy Dog Training and Education CenterCalling dogs of all ages! Puppy Socialization and Adult Manners/Basic Obedience classes are starting Wednesday Nov. 14. Puppy II Basic Manners for older pups starts Thursday, Nov. 15. Find more information about all classes on-line at www.thesavvydog.net or call 530-448-9808. Instructor Carla Brown, CPDT is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and Canine Good Citizen Evaluator for the AKC. The Savvy Dog Training and Education Center is located at 11448 Deerfield Drive, C-1 in the Deerfield Plaza by Truckee Bagel in Truckee.Learn Italian with AnnaAnna Goodwin is a native-born Italian and has been teaching Italian for seven years in Tahoe City and Truckee. Both Beginning Italian I and Intermediate Italian I will be taught at the Coffeebar in Truckee, Monday and Wednesday nights, 6:30 p.m. The cost is $185 for an eight-week session. Beginner began Nov. 12; 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 email@example.com.Kindred essential oil workshopOn Wednesday, Nov. 14, Denise Kowal of Tahoe Naturals will join Kindred for a session focused on using natural botanicals and pure essential oils, 10015 Palisades Drive, Ste. A4, Truckee, Martis Village Complex. Students will learn the process of making lotion/lip balms with each student choosing their own essential oils. Students will home their custom creation to enjoy. Includes healthy snacks. Students will need to bring a water bottle for all sessions and a sack lunch for full day sessions.Pre-registration is required to have supplies available.For more information and registration call Kindred at 530-205-7336, email firstname.lastname@example.org, visit www.kindredtruckee.org or like them on Facebook.Sugar Bowl announces early openingA recent winter storm that surprised mountain operators with significantly more snow than originally forecasted has allowed mountain crews to ready the mountain for opening weekend. Sugar Bowl announced they will open the 2012/13 ski season with weekend operations on Nov. 17 and 18, offering 1,500 vertical feet of top-to-bottom skiing and riding off the Disney, Nob Hill, Christmas Tree and Lincoln Express Chairlifts. Access to the mountain will be via the Village Gondola, operating 6 a.m.-6 p.m., with Village-side operations only. Village food and beverage will be operational, and Village Tickets will be open to accommodate ticketing and pass needs. Special Tickets will also be open on the Mt. Judah side to assist with any season pass purchase and/or fulfillment needs. Lift tickets will be $80/day. Current operating plans call for a midweek resort closure, reopening Nov. 22-25. Visit www.sugarbowl.com for operational updates (including opening plans for Royal Gorge Cross Country Resort, also available on www.royalgorge.com). Call 530-426-9000.Mindful Movie Mondays at Sawtooth Ridge CafeEvery Monday a different independent film will be show on a wide variety of topics. Doors at 7 p.m. with the film beginning at beginning at 7:30 p.m.Nov. 19, "The Awakening;" Nov. 26, "Black Whole;" Dec. 3, "2012 A Return to One;" Dec. 10, "Beyond 2012;" and Dec. 17, "Save Our Mountain Towns." Updates to come after the holiday break.Socializing is strongly encouraged before and after each film. The event is free and open to the public. A full bar menu and dessert will be available purchase. Visit Sawtooth Ridge Cafe on Facebook for a full schedule of movies and request the showing of a independent film.Sawtooth Ridge Cafe is located at 877 N. Lake Tahoe Blvd. in Tahoe City. Call 530-583-2880 or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SawtoothRidgeCafe.Learning, loving and sharing at the Kings Beach LibraryThursday Nov. 15, 2-3 p.m. Doug Greenwood of Alpensoftware will teach a computer class entitled "Getting the most out of your time Online." Learn how to find what you want quickly, explore some fun websites and learn a bit about social networking. Please call to reserve a spot at 530-546-2021. Become an Adult Literacy Coach. Make a difference in someone's life. Help adults achieve their goals by strengthening their reading skills. Placer County Adult Literacy Services will provide training, then match you with a learner and provide the materials for success. You may help your student with reading, writing or GED preparation. You could also help someone find a new job or start a career. Training is Saturday, Nov. 17, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Please call 530-546-2021 to sign up. Join the Library Book Group. This month's book is "Roughing It" by Mark Twain. Meet to discuss the book on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2 p.m. at the Library. Every Thursday, come snow or sun, Kings Beach Library hosts "Preschool Storytime," 10:30-11 a.m. In a lively, silly and casual environment work on multi-sensory pre-literacy skills. Read books, sing songs, learn nursery rhymes, and do a fun and easy craft. Kings Beach Library, 301 Secline St., Kings Beach, 530-546-2021.Truckee High School Project GraduationTV raffle announcedWin a 51" Samsung Flat Screen HDTV and help support a safe, supervised, and sober graduation night for the 2013 senior class.The prize was generously donated by Charlie and Nancy Riley, owners of the Truckee Sears Hometown Store. Purchase $10 tickets at Truckee Sears Hometown Store, Renewal Dermatology and Laser, The Office Boss, Glow Salon, and Dickson Realty.The drawing will be held Nov. 30, 2012 at the Downtown Truckee Tree Lighting Ceremony at the train station.For more information contact Mary Corley at 775-815-0324 or email@example.com.Truckee Optimist Club Christmas Tree SalesThe Truckee Optimist Club announces 2012 Christmas Tree Lot and sales Nov. 25-Dec. 23 at the Truckee Crossroads Shopping Center, corner Highway 89 and Deerfield Drive. All profits go directly to youth activities, programs, and scholarships for the youth of Truckee. There will be a very nice selection of locally cut Red Firs (silvertips) as well as Noble and Grand fir trees shipped from the club's grower in Oregon.Tree sales will begin on Sunday, Nov. 25 and will conclude on Sunday, Dec. 23 (or once the last tree is sold). Visit www.TruckeeOptimist.com for hours of operation or call 530-559-1466.The tree lot is manned by Truckee Optimist Club members, youth from schools and teams that benefit from the proceeds, and by other community volunteers. All profits are included in the Truckee Optimist Club annual budget of nearly $50,000, which goes directly to youth activities (both educational and recreational), major scholarships, and grants for Truckee Youth.Breakfast with Santa & Craft Bazaar 2012Snow has already made its presence felt and the holiday season is approaching fast. The Tahoe City Parks and Recreation Department is excited to announce its 2nd annual Breakfast with Santa & Craft Bazaar at Rideout Community Center, Saturday, Dec. 1, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. This family event, co-sponsored by the Tahoe City Rotary Club, will be a warm addition to holiday festivities.The pancake breakfast will be served 8:30-10:30 a.m. with the Craft Bazaar running until 12:30 p.m. There will be photo opportunities, letters to Santa, craft projects, and of course, Santa with a sack full of gifts for the kids! Be sure to bring your check book to get a jump start on the holiday shopping. Price is $3 if you register in advance and $5 at the door.For more information or to register contact Shaun, Recreation Coordinator for the Tahoe City Parks & Recreation Department, at 530-583-3440.SVPOA Fall Mixer to discuss development plansThe Squaw Valley Property Owners Association invites members and guests to a Fall Mixer on Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Resort at Squaw Creek to hear the latest about the Squaw Valley Village Development plans.Jennifer Montgomery, Placer County Supervisor, will discuss the Development Plan from a supervisor's point of view. Alex Fisch, the county planner responsible for the development project, will discuss steps involved in the project implementation. Comments or concerns which are addressed to Jennifer or Alex before and during the gathering will be included in the public comments on the NOP. Chevis Hosea, manager of the development, will also be available to answer questions concerning the project. There is no cost for SVPOA members to attend the Mixer. Cost for non-members is $10. A social hour, 5-6 p.m., will precede the presentation, 6-7 p.m.Free introductory piano lessonsTahoe Music Institute is offering free lessons to introduce students to the Simply Music piano program, taught by Stephanie Fountaine. Introductory sessions will be held on Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m. Sessions are open to students of all ages, and no previous musical experience is necessary. Tahoe Music Institute is located at 2810 Lake Forest Road in Tahoe City. Call Shauna at 530-581-0618 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to register. Limited seats available.