Community briefsContent 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.Truckee Nov. 30 tree lighting postponed due to weatherAfter much consideration and discussion between Truckee Downtown Merchants Association, the schools, Rotary and town of Truckee, the Bud Fish tree lighting ceremony and children's tree decorating will be postponed until Friday, Dec. 7 due to the weather forecast. It was decided the event would not be safe with students decorating unsecured trees in high winds and heavy rain. Not to mention, it will be just plain miserable. The organizations will have the same event, Friday, Dec. 7, so save the date.However, the "Cocktail Bingo" event will be held at the downtown Community Arts Center Nov. 30, including a raffle and silent auction. All of the proceeds from the event will go toward the town's holiday lighting costs.Throughout the month of December, downtown merchants will host holiday events every Friday evening. Guests are invited to peruse the downtown shops from 5-8 p.m. on Dec. 7 for family night, Dec. 14 for girls' night out, and Dec. 21 for couples shopping. Visit www.HistoricTruckee.com.Glenshire Elementary School announces Santa's Breakfast8 a.m.-noon on Saturday, Dec. 1 at Glenshire Elementary School. Visit Santa and enjoy a pancake breakfast, choral performance, dancing, crafts, games, book fair and more at this annual community event and school fundraiser. Tickets at the door: $6 per person or $25 per family of five or more.Breakfast with Santa & Craft Bazaar 2012Snow has already made its presence felt and the holiday season is here! The Tahoe City Parks and Recreation Department is excited to announce its Second 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 your holiday festivities.The pancake breakfast will be served from 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.Tahoe Library Coalition to host holiday book saleSaturday, Dec. 1, noon-4 p.m., Incline Village Library, 845 Alder Ave., Incline Village. North Tahoe librarians representing kindergarten through 12th-grade schools, colleges and public libraries have created the Coalition in an effort to collaborate on cultural, literacy, and technology programs in the Tahoe Basin. The joint effort to support diverse community programming is supported by quarterly book sales. Shoppers will find a variety of adult, young adult, and children's books to purchase at heavily discounted prices. Coalition book sales are well attended, so come early for the best selection. For more information call the Incline Village Library at 775-832-4130 or the Kings Beach Library at 530-546-2021. Book donations are always welcome.Snowboarding Cinema at Moody'sMoody's Bistro Bar & Beats in downtown Truckee is excited to announce "Snowboarding Cinema," a video slide-show presentation by cinematographer Tim Manning of Burton Snowboards. The event will premiere on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 8 p.m."Snowboarding Cinema" is the next episode of Moody's "First Tuesday" event, a monthly artisan and outdoor sports focused slide-show series that highlights talented people and nonprofit organizations of the Truckee-Lake Tahoe community. Tim Manning's passion for filmmaking sprouted during the years when he competed professionally on K2's snowboarding global team. Manning's filming career began in 1999 with one of the leading snowboard film companies, Standard Films. In 2006 he joined forces with Burton Snowboards where he directs, edits and produces all media content. Tim Manning will share 30 minutes of his favorite, most creative and historical snowboarding video edits. Tim will chat about how it all started, his artistic vision, and what influences his inventive filmmaking fashion. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/242624205865192/. Fill a Little's wishBig Brothers Big Sisters has a "Little Wishing Tree" on display at Mountain Hardware through Dec. 14 that includes wish lists for the holidays from "Littles" - children in the BBBS program. For many Littles, this may be the only gift they receive for the holidays, so it will be special to them and their families. Go to Mountain Hardware, 11320 Donner Pass Road, Truckee. The Little Wishing Tree is near the check-out stands. Select a wish list ornament from the tree to sponsor. This will include three items, you will provide only one items! Place the bottom portion of the wish list, with your name and phone number included, into the locked box by the tree. Remember, purchase only one of the items. Drop the gift off to the Truckee office at 10075 Levon Ave., Ste. 201B, upstairs in the Court House Building, with the wish list attached by Dec. 14.If you would like to receive a receipt for your donation include your name and mailing address with the gift. Santa will hand them out at the Annual Holiday Party Dec. 16. Visit www.bigsofnc.org.Cabin Fever and Truckee Jazz Band to perform holiday musicThe group will perform holiday music in downtown Truckee weekends and some weekdays about noon-3 p.m. weather permitting, through the New Year. Donations will go toward the Truckee High School Jazz Band. Tuesday Morning Breakfast Club announces ski area extravaganza"Sunshine and Snow ... It's the Best," will be presented by keynote speaker Bob Roberts, executive director, California Ski Industry Association, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 7-9 a.m., West Shore Cafe, Homewood. Ski area presentations will include winter transportation, Donner Ski Ranch, Sugar Bowl, Royal Gorge, Northstar California, Mt. Rose, Granlibakken, Tahoe Cross Country, Tahoe XC Downtown Nordic Course, Sugar Pine Point State Park, Tahoe Donner Cross Country, Tahoe Donner Downhill, Boreal/Soda Springs, Diamond Peak, Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows and Homewood Mountain Resort. Sign in and payment is requested at the door with new options. There are some changes to payments for TMBC attendance. Quarterly billing via invoice from the NLT Chamber has been discontinued. November was the final month. Payments will now be taken at the door. December's meeting cost is $15.Beginning in January, there will be two payment options. Individual meetings will be $15 or you may purchase a full quarter during the months of January, April, July and October for $40. No credits will be given for missed meetings. If you have any questions regarding payment, please contact Kim Lambert at 530-581-8706.Funds generated in excess of costs are donated for educational programs. For more information on joining the Tuesday Morning Breakfast Club contact Deanna Frumenti, 530-581-8764 or Deanna@PureTahoeNorth.com.Party with the bearsThe BEAR League, James Harold Gallery and Hacienda Del Lago are welcoming everyone to the first Bear Holiday Party at the Boatworks Mall on Dec. 7, 6-8 p.m. This event is a fundraiser for the bears as well as an excellent chance to come in out of the cold and party with the community. The hosts will provide hot apple cider, munchies, music, wine and unique shopping opportunities for Christmas. Everyone is invited to take part in the silent auction, as well as the grand prize raffle - a full season pass for Homewood. Artist Katherine Anglin will be present and will unveil her beautiful oil painting of Sunny Bear. Limited edition prints on canvas will be available for sale. Tahoe Basics will present their new line of "Keep Tahoe Bear-able" clothing and gifts. Call BEAR League at 530-525-7297 for information.Annual Santa Fly-In announcedTake your kids to Santa's Annual Fly-In and holiday celebration at the Truckee Tahoe Airport on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 10 a.m. Watch Santa fly in on a small plane bringing holiday greetings to all. Join Santa and the fun in Hangar One with yummy treats, holiday kid-crafts and a letter-writing station direct to the North Pole. Santa will visit with each child and has gifts for all. This event is a gift to children and families from Tahoe Truckee Airport District, Tahoe Truckee Unified School District, Flying Doctors, First Five Nevada County, Family Resource Center of Truckee and Whole Treats Bakery. Call 530-582-2583 for information.Far West Nordic 2012 Season Kickoff PartyDec. 9, 5-8 p.m., Cottonwood Restaurant & Bar, 10142 Rue Hilltop Road, Truckee. Contact Far West Nordic at 530-852-0879 or email@example.com. 5-6 p.m. social hour with no-host bar; 6-7 p.m. dinner, three-course meal with choice of entre; 7-7:45 p.m. guest speaker Grant Korgan with audiovisual presentation; 7:45-8:15 p.m. questions and book signing.Grant's extraordinary achievements and universal message of survival has helped him to become a renowned and sought-after keynote speaker. While his own story is one of overcoming a significant challenge, Grant's message isn't about obstacles. It's about deciding what you want in life, focusing on what is working, and at all points choosing positivity through adversity - these are Grant's "3 Points of Possibility," the keys to meeting adversity head-on and overcoming it joyfully.Cost is $55 for Far West Nordic members and $65 for nonmembers.Group discount for a table of 10 Far West Nordic members $500. Tickets are available online and at Tahoe Posters (10095 W. River St., Truckee), and at Alpenglow Sports (415 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City)Raffle tickets can also be purchased at the door for some great prizes to help you get ready for the ski season.Truckee Optimist Club Christmas Tree SalesThe Truckee Optimist Club announces 2012 Christmas Tree Lot Sales 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 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 youths.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).SOS Sherpas are mentors who work closely with SOS youth for at least one season in the University program. Sherpas support their youth through five ride days and various service learning components and life skills workshops. Sherpas typically work 10-15 hours per month through early May. SOS is capable of compensating Sherpas with season passes or more, depending on their experience and commitment.SOS program coordinators serve as an extension of full time staff and oversee five-day Learn To Ride or Learn to Ski programs. Sessions typically take place over the course of five, 8-hour, consecutive weekend days, and consists of roughly 40 hours of work per session. Compensation varies.Visit www.sosoutreach.org. Fill out an application online by clicking on register for winter and selecting the volunteer application or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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