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.Teddy Bear DriveA Teddy Bear Drive has been organized for Newtown, Conn. Take teddies, dollies, and other snugglies to St. Nicholas' Episcopal Church, 855 West Lake Blvd., Tahoe City to be shipped Friday, Dec. 21. Drop off items before the 21st.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, please visit www.TruckeeCommunityChristmas.com. The Community is also invited to come and wrap the toys on Thursday, Dec. 20, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and Friday, Dec. 21, 9-11 a.m. at the Sierra Mountain Community Education Center (formerly Sierra Mountain Middle School). For more information email email@example.com or call Alissa Just at 530-587-6681, ext. 11. Holiday fun at the Kings Beach LibrarySanta will drop by the Kings Beach Library on Saturday Dec. 22. Come by and make a craft, listen to a reading of "Twas the Night Before Christmas" and play Spin the Dreidel. Activities are from 2-3 p.m., and Santa will be there at 2:30 p.m. Help Project MANA feed the hungry by taking non-perishable food for the donation bin. Technology classes continue the second and fourth Thursday of each month. Sign up for the "Hour with the Expert" series on the second Thursday with Carl Leblanc of Tahoe Tech Group, 2-3 p.m. Learn a specific skill on the fourth Thursday, 2-3 p.m. with Doug Greenwood of Alpensoftware. Doug's next class is "Email Explained" on Dec. 27. Call the library to sign-up.Pre-school Storytime is changing to Tuesdays beginning in January. The first one is on Jan. 8, 10:30-11 a.m. Books, songs, feltboard and more!Kings Beach Library is located at 301 Secline St. in Kings Beach. Call 530-546-2021.Anonymous donor to match North Tahoe Arts donationsNorth Tahoe Arts (NTA) is receiving an extra-special gift of generosity this holiday season. An anonymous donor has offered to match every donation that NTA receives through Dec. 31, 2012."We are looking for people to support us at this time who recognize the value of having an art center with visual arts programming for all ages in the North Lake Tahoe community," said Kellie Cutler, executive director, North Tahoe Arts.North Tahoe Arts, located in Tahoe City for more than 24 years, supports the arts with events such as the ARTour, Kids Art Camps and numerous art openings.To donate and take part in the Matching Gift Campaign visit www.northtahoearts.com and click on the "donate" tab at the top right of the page. Donations are also welcome by mail. Please make check out to North Tahoe Arts and send to P.O. Box 6354, Tahoe City, CA 96145. For more information call 530-581-2787.Ski and Ride for $40 or lessto benefit local schoolsTake advantage of discounted lift tickets and support local education when you pre-purchase Skiing for Schools lift tickets to participating resorts. Upcoming Skiing for Schools days include: Royal Gorge, $15 trail pass valid any one day Dec. 17-23; Northstar California, $40 lift ticket valid any one day Jan. 6-11; Tahoe Donner Cross Country, $15 trail pass valid any one day Jan. 6-11; Homewood Mountain Resort, $35 lift ticket valid any one day Jan. 13-18; Tahoe Donner Ski Area, $25 lift ticket valid any one day Jan. 27-Feb. 1; Tahoe Cross County, $15 trail pass valid any one day Jan. 27-Feb. 1; Resort at Squaw Creek, $15 trail pass valid any one day from Feb. 3-9; Sugar Bowl, $35 lift ticket valid any one day March 23-29; Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows, $35 lift ticket valid any one day at either resort from April 7 through end of season.Downhill resort tickets may be purchased the week prior to the designated dates at Porters Sports in Truckee and Tahoe Dave's in Tahoe City, Truckee and Kings Beach. Cross-country resort tickets may be purchased the week prior to the designated dates at Paco's in Truckee and Alpenglow in Tahoe City. A limited number of tickets are sold on a first come, first served basis and will not be available at the resorts the day of the event. Check and cash are payment only. Tickets are not refundable. Proceeds from each lift ticket purchase goes directly to the Excellence in Education Foundation, which provides enhanced educational opportunities to local Tahoe Truckee area students. For more information and updates visit www.exined.org.Ice Skating Rink passes for ChristmasGive your family a season pass for the Truckee Ice Rink this Christmas. Cost is $32 for a Truckee-Donner Recreation & Park District child and $40 for a District adult. Skate as much as you like through March 3. Have a Birthday party in the new warming hut for up to 12 children for $25 an hour. Hot chocolate included. Admission and skate rental not included. Call 530-582-7720 for more info.Cabin Fever and Truckee Jazz Bandto 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. Go to college!Sierra College offers career and technical training, associate degrees and is ranked first in Northern California for transfers to four-year universities. Since its founding in 1936, Sierra College has focused on quality instruction, and the Tahoe-Truckee campus is especially proud of the stellar teaching staff including award-winning educators.This is the time of year to apply for Sierra College, Tahoe-Truckee spring classes. The online application deadline is Jan. 5, 2013. There are more than 60 spring offerings including general education as well as accounting, business, Mechatronics, administration of justice, emergency medical technician training (EMT), early childhood education, psychology, ceramics, drawing, painting, human and personal development. Classes begin the week of Jan. 28 and end May 25. Tuition is $46 per unit (most classes are three units). Current Tahoe Truckee Unified School District high school students enroll for just $1 a unit plus the cost of books, materials and parking ($30).For a complete class schedule, select the class schedule link on the Sierra College web site at sierracollege.edu. For more information visit 11001 College Trail in Truckee, go to sierracollege.edu or call 530-550-2225. Sierra College Truckee campus is also on Facebook.
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