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."Within Reach"Movie and discussion on sustainable livingMeet Mandy and Ryan, an inspiring couple who set out on their bicycles in search of the undiscovered America: the America rooted in the principles lived hundreds of years ago: sharing, simpler living, respect, care for nature and each other. Over the course of nearly two years and 6,500 miles, they "bike-packed" around the USA to visit and film 100 sustainable communities for a feature length documentary film "Within Reach."On Friday Dec. 14, 6 p.m., For Goodness Sake in downtown Truckee will host a showing of "Within Reach" as well as discussion time with the filmmaker Mandy Creighton. Please call to register as space is limited at 530-550-8981 or visit www.goodnesssake.org, www.withinreachmovie.com.Gatekeeper's open late for tours, author presentationGatekeeper's Museum in Tahoe City will be open free to the public on Friday, Dec. 14, 5-8 p.m. In addition to free admission, four authors will be present at the museum that night signing books.Authors David Antonucci, "Snowball''s Chance, Fairest Picture;" Carol Jensen, "West Shore of Lake Tahoe;" Mark McLaughlin, "Longboards to Olympics, The Donner Party: Weathering the Storm," "Skiing at Lake Tahoe," "Western Train Adventures and Sierra Stories," volumes 1 and 2; and Robert Stewart, "Finding Sam Clemens Cove" and "The Gold Rush Letters of E. Allen Grosh and Hosea B. Grosh" will all be on hand inscribing books. Visitors will enjoy museum exhibits free of charge, as well as light refreshments. The museum store will be open for holiday shopping. Visit www.northtahoemuseums.org.Alaska Rendezvous Heli-Guides powder celebrationJoin Truckee-Tahoe's Independent Radio Station - 101.5FM and Alaska Rendezvous Heli-Guides for a powder celebration kicking off the region's only season-long heli-ski trip contest, featuring a showing of the new feature film "Because" by Two Plank Productions on Dec. 15 at the Truckee Community Recreation Center.Tickets are $12 (kids under 10 are free!) and are available at 101.5FM Studios, Sports Exchange, Totally Board, the Crest Cafe, New & Used Tahoe Sports, and Tahoe Mountain Sports! Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m.The evening is open to all ages and abilities. Two-plankers, knuckle-draggers, free-heelers, fruit-booters, and even tall-T's are encouraged to come out. 101.5FM will qualify 15 people for their annual heli-ski trip giveaway with Alaska Rendezvous Heli Guides, based in Valdez, Alaska. Get more information at www.truckeetahoeradio.com.Holiday ARTmart!Saturday, Dec. 15, 10 am.-4 p.m. at Kindred Art and Folk Institute, 10015 Palisades Drive, Ste. A4, Truckee. The day will offer something for everyone with work featured by local artists with holiday ornaments for sale on the Kindred tree. Kindred Artisan Shop embodies the lost art of craftsmanship. Find glass and metal jewelry, handcrafted clothing, toys, hand sewn hairpieces, bags, nature essences, bath and body products. There will be free "make and take" station to create a masterpiece, free henna tattoos, raffle (Kindred basket filled with items from featured artists and gift certificate for after school sessions) and wholesome treats!For more information visit www.kindredtruckee.org or like them on Facebook for the most up to date information on all Kindred happenings.Tahoe Dance Schoolto present The NutcrackerFriday, Dec. 14 and Saturday, Dec. 15, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 14, 3 p.m., Frank Sinatra Showroom at the Cal Neva LodgeGeneral admission: $13 per adults, $8 per students in advance, additional $2 per ticket at the door. Preferred seating: $18 (all ages). Tickets available at Coffee Connexion in Tahoe City, Sugar Pine Cakery in Lake Forest, and The Potlatch in Incline Village. Tahoe Dance School, under the direction of Dee Dee Terzian, will present its annual holiday performance at the Cal Neva. This marks the school's third presentation of the beloved holiday classic, featuring more than 150 local dancers and performers from throughout North Lake Tahoe.For additional information, please call 583-3367 or email email@example.com.Annual toy wrapping Dec. 20The Soroptimist International of Truckee Donner, in coordination with Truckee Community Christmas, is once again collecting new toys for Truckee families in need. Their signature red collection barrels can be found in many local businesses including Safeway and CVS. For a complete list of toy drop off sites visit www.TruckeeCommunityChristmas.com. The community is also invited to wrap the toys on Dec. 20, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and Dec. 21, 9-11 a.m. at the Sierra Mountain Community Education Center (formerly Sierra Mountain Middle School). For more information on the Toy Drive email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Alissa Just at 530-587-6681, ext. 11. You're invited to Town Holiday Partyat new Tahoe City Winter Sports ParkThe Tahoe City Public Utility District (TCPUD) recently announced its partnership with Tahoe XC and Duncan Golf Management to offer winter recreation at the Tahoe City Golf Course this season.Plans are to open the new "Tahoe City Winter Sports Park" on Saturday, Dec. 22 (weather permitting). Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, sledding and equipment rentals will be offered, as well as a restaurant, bar, outdoor fire pits, and dog friendly course. The Park will be open Friday-Monday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. with extended hours during the holiday periods. As part of the Grand Opening, the partners are on putting on a fun-filled, town holiday party on Sunday, Dec. 23 beginning at 4 p.m. at the Winter Sports Park. The event includes family fun and games, holiday activities, music, s'mores by the fire, a family-style dinner and silent auction. Santa will be stopping by to visit all the kids as well. Purchase dinner tickets in advance at 530-583-3796, adults $15 in advance or $20 at the door and kids, ages 5-13, are only $5 (kids under 5 are free!).TDPUD announces board member election resultsTahoe Donner Public Utility District is pleased to announce the winning candidates to sit on the TDPUD board for the next four year-term. The three open seats have gone to incumbent Joseph "Joe" R. Aguera, incumbent Jeff Bender, and new candidate Bob Ellis.Aguera has sat on the PUD Board of Directors for 25 years. The extent of Aguera's experience with the PUD and his collaborative efforts to maintain access to quality utilities and keeping rates low have proven successful during his 25 year tenure with the PUD. Bender has sat on the PUD Board of Directors for four years, and runs a professional mechanical engineering firm specializing in green building techniques. His passion for sustainable energy and fiscal responsibility falls in line with the objectives of the PUD. Ellis will serve on the TDPUD board for the first time, but he has served on several homeowner association boards. Ellis has a background in engineering and has been an active member of the Truckee community for the past 20 years, fulfilling multiple leadership positions in community organizations. The TDPUD is a nonprofit, publicly owned utility agency created in 1927 and overseen by a locally elected board of directors. TDPUD provides the greater Truckee area with reliable and high quality water and power services while guiding the community to conserve resources. For more information about the TDPUD, call 530-587-3896 or visit www.TDPUD.org.