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.Guys Night Out announcedDowntown Truckee wraps up its December Fridays holiday festivities with "Guys Night Out" Friday, Dec. 21, 5-8 p.m. Gentlemen, grab your buddies to enjoy hearty grub and beer tastings while completing your holiday shopping. Find the perfect gift for your significant other, enjoy wine tastings, local artists, live music and special gift deals at various retailers. Confirmed participants include: Artisans Marketplace, Art Obsessions, Backstreet Boutique, Bespoke, Bluestone Jewelry and Wine, Cabona's, Cooking Gallery, Gratitudes Gifts and Home Dcor, Kalifornia Jean Bar, Kitsch, La Fleur Rouge, Lorien Powers Studio Jewelry, Mo, Jo & Zoe, Mountain Home Center, MTN Loot, Nox Fashions, Riverside Studios, Sipes Tahoe, Spirit Interior Design, The Pour House, and The Treehouse.Visit www.historictruckee.com/events, or www.facebook.com/HistoricTruckee.Donner Memorial State Park to host Holiday Open HouseThe Sierra State Parks Foundation and California State Parks invite you to an afternoon of free activities at the Donner Memorial State Park Museum in Truckee, Dec. 22, noon-5 p.m. All attendees will receive a free gift from the Sierra State Parks Foundation as thanks for your continued support of California State Parks. In addition, all Foundation members will receive a 20 percent discount on visitor center merchandise throughout the day.There is a State Park parking fee of $8 per vehicle. For more information, call the Donner Memorial Museum at 530-582-7892.Improved website for seniors, caregivers and professionalsIt can be difficult to find public services such as transportation, legal advice, and support for family caregivers. Area 4 Agency on Aging (A4AA) presents their newly redesigned website: www.a4aa.comFor almost 40 years, A4AA has contracted with fellow nonprofit organizations to provide federal, Older Americans Act (OAA) services to people age 60 and older. Meals on Wheels is the program people know best. Area 4 is the major funding source for Meals on Wheels, senior lunch sites and many other services in Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, Sierra, Sutter, Yolo and Yuba Counties.By law, OAA services are free to eligible seniors, regardless of income; although donations are encouraged. To learn more about services and for news, facts and event announcements visit www.a4aa.com.To speak to someone in person call your local Senior Information & Assistance program at 800-510-2020 or call the Area 4 office directly at 916-486-1876.Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe Pet PantryHelp the less fortunate in this holiday season by supporting the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe's Pet Pantry program. The economy continues to affect dogs, cats and people, forcing some families to give up their beloved pets for financial reasons. HSTT wants to help keep furry friends in their homes through the Pet Pantry program. With the slogan "Give what you can, take what you need," this program collects pet food and distributes it to needy families and their pets in the Truckee-Tahoe area.If you have extra food or want to donate some, collection barrels are available at the following locations: Safeway in Truckee and Kings Beach, Pet Station, and Scraps Dog Bakery in Truckee.Dog food will be handed out at the Humane Society Shelter every Saturday noon-2 p.m. at the old Truckee Corporation Yard, 10720 Riverview Drive, Truckee. If you are in need of pet food, call HSTT at 530-587-5948.Ski and Ride for $40 or less to 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 through Dec. 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.You're invited to Town Holiday Party at 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!).Nevada County furlough days coincide with holiday closingsNevada County wants to remind residents County offices will close Monday, Dec. 24 through Tuesday, Jan. 1, in observance of the December holidays and previously announced furlough days.Closures will not impact access to public-safety and other 24-hour operations. The following Departments will be open during designated furlough days: Departments of District Attorney, Sheriff, Probation, Public Works, Registrar of Voters, Clerk-Recorder, and Public Defender. The County encourages residents to plan ahead for needed services and to visit www.mynevadacounty.com for on-line services and for additional information on county departments.Nevada County apologizes for any inconvenience closures might cause to citizens who rely on County services. They look forward to serving you on Jan. 2, 2013.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 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.Truckee Optimist Club Christmas Tree SalesThe Truckee Optimist Club announces 2012 Christmas tree lot/sales through 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 (silver tips) 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.
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