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Little Truckee River Working Group Meeting
The Sierra County Fire Safe and Watershed Council invites you to attend the annual Little Truckee River Working Group Meeting on Wednesday Jan. 9, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at the U.S. Forest Service Sierraville Ranger Station Conference Room. The meeting will provide an information exchange on current and planned natural resource work within the Little Truckee River watershed, including oral and poster presentations. Featured speakers include Perry Norris, Truckee Donner Land Trust; Beth Christman and Jeannette Halderman, Truckee River Watershed Council; Teresa Crimmens, Tahoe RCD, Paul Honeywell, U.S. Geological Survey; Quentin Youngblood, U.S. Forest Service, Christopher Fichtel, The Nature Conservancy; and Lynn Nolan, South Tahoe Public Utilities District.
Meeting attendees will be encouraged to review posters and discuss the project details.
Lunch will be provided by the Feather River Chapter of Trout Unlimited with donations welcomed. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org for details and agenda. In the event of stormy weather, the meeting will be rescheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 16.
Truckee gets more HD TV channels
Suddenlink announced it added new high-definition (HD) channels to its TV lineup in Truckee, as well as new digital channels in standard format.
Suddenlink also has changed its lineup, moving related channels nearer each other for easier navigation. Customers received new TV lineup cards by mail.
Visit suddenlink.com, call 866-269-4386 or drop by the Truckee store at 10607 W. River St. during normal office hours for more information.
First Fridays at the Tahoe City Visitor Center
First Fridays is a new program at the Tahoe City Visitor Information Center, located at 100 North Lake Blvd. A variety of speakers will discuss topics so you "Get to know the basin better."
The first First Friday is scheduled for Jan. 4, 5:30-7 p.m., highlighting the Sierra Avalanche Center. Find out how to forecast avalanche danger; use the SAC website to know when it's safe to go into the backcountry; and how to support the SAC (i.e. participating in their ski ticket program with many of ski resorts).
Contact Kym Fabel with questions at Kym@PureTahoeNorth.com or 530-581-6900.
Grants available from Nature Fund and Martis Fund
Jan. 11, 2013 is the closing date for grant applications for funding during the joint 2013 Nature Fund - Martis Fund Grant Cycle at the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation. A total of $100,000 will be granted.
The Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation and the Martis Fund will again partner for the purposes of improving the regional natural environment. They encourage all eligible projects to consider applying for funding.
The purpose of the Nature Fund is to conserve the wildlife, lands, waters and air quality of the Truckee, North Tahoe and Donner Summit regions while creating opportunities for outdoor enjoyment. Desired outcomes include: Healthy lands, waters and air; vibrant fish and wildlife populations; available open space; educated, aware and appreciative community members.
The issue to be addressed through the project should be clear and of high priority to the community. Check out the application guidelines at www.ttcf.net. The Nature Fund has $40,000 to give away.
TTCF has partnered with the Martis Fund to offer an additional $60,000 in grants. The Martis Fund is committed to managing and restoring habitat and forest lands in the Martis Valley and the greater Eastern Placer County region. All activities and projects eligible for Martis Fund support must occur in Martis Valley or the greater Eastern Placer County region.
The application is an online process. Visit www.ttcf.net, email email@example.com or call 530-587-1776. The Grants Committee reviews each application, makes site visits to and/ or interviews each applicant. Turn-around time is approximately six weeks. Completed applications must be finished by 5 p.m. on Jan. 11, 2013.
12th Annual Truckee Bingo Night
and Spaghetti Dinner
Celebrate with Sierra Senior Services at the 12th Annual Truckee Bingo Night and Spaghetti Dinner - a perfect evening out for the family. This event benefits Truckee and North Tahoe area seniors, homebound, and disabled adults who rely on freshly cooked meals seven days a week provided by Meals on Wheels volunteers.
Join the fun-filled social event Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Truckee Community Recreation Center. Tickets are $20 each in advance. A no-host bar opens at 5 p.m. Dinner is served at 6 p.m. Enjoy a delicious Italian feast with dessert and coffee.
After dinner, bingo balls are poppin' 7-9 p.m. with 10 games for $10, followed by a $10 blackout game. Raffle prizes and a silent auction keep the evening stirring. Raffle prizes include a Calistoga Spa Package, Southwest Airlines tickets (two). Cost is $10 each or three for $20.
Tickets will be available online Jan. 4 at www.sierraseniors.org or at Sierra Senior Services, Plumas Bank and at the Community Recreation Center.
For more information call 530-550-7600.
Ski and Ride for $40 or less
to benefit local schools
Take 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: 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 information and updates visit www.exined.org.
2013 economic forecast slated
for Good Morning Truckee
Fiscal cliff? Economic growth? Recession? Global influences on the economy? Start 2013 off with a solid economic forecast from the well-respected and always interesting Thomas R. Harris, professor, Department of Economics at the University of Nevada, Reno.
Good Morning Truckee is open to the public - everyone is invited second Tuesdays at Truckee Tahoe Airport from 7-8:30 a.m. Price at the door for general public is $10; Truckee Donner Chamber members $8 and includes a continental breakfast.
Good Morning Truckee is presented by the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce in partnership with sponsors Tri Counties Bank, The Office BOSS, Sierra Sun, 101.5FM Truckee Tahoe Radio, Truckee Tahoe Airport District, and the Town of Truckee. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available.
Good Morning Truckee is a community forum presented by the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce to provide timely and relevant information on a variety of topics and create a networking opportunity
For information contact the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce at 530-587-8808 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nevada County furlough days
coincide with holiday closings
Nevada County wants to remind residents County offices be will closed 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.
Village Ice Skating Rink
Enjoy your favorite grooves from the 70s and 80s while you skate 'round the 9,000-square-foot rink at Northstar California for Turtleneck Tuesdays every Tuesday evening through March 19, 6-9 p.m. Take advantage of the outdoor fire pits and enjoy a drink and s'mores from the Cabana Bars. On Jan. 15, Feb. 12, and March 15 a face painter will be on site 6-8 p.m. Face painting is complimentary!
It's free to skate with rentals available for $10 a pair. Visit www.northstarattahoe.com.
Volunteer with Disabled Sports
Disabled Sports USA Far West is looking for event support volunteers for the 2013 Winter season in the Truckee/Tahoe area.
They are gearing up for the upcoming "Ability BASH" fundraiser on April 6 at the Olympic Village Lodge in Squaw Valley. The BASH is a banquet honoring 25 Wounded Warriors disabled in Iraq and Afghanistan who participate in a week-long winter sports camp with Disabled Sports.
Disabled Sports is in need of people to help with pre-event preparations and also people to help with event execution on the day and/or night of the BASH.
Mindful Movie Mondays
Lakeside Pizza, 850 North Lake Blvd., No. 21, Tahoe City, 6:30 p.m. Mindful Movie Mondays is an ongoing event at Lakeside Pizza. Every Monday a different independent film will be show on a wide variety of topics, beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Socializing is strongly encouraged before and after each film. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments and a full bar menu will be available.
Weekly Al-Anon meetings in Truckee
Are you concerned about someone's drinking? Get help. Weekly Al-Anon meetings in Truckee are held Monday, 7-8 p.m., Church of the Mountains, 10069 Church St., Truckee and Wednesday, 6:30-7:30 p.m., 10157 Donner Pass Road, Truckee. Your anonymity is protected at all times. For other meetings in area call 775-348-7103 (English) or 775-384-4485 (Espanol) or visit www.al-anon.alateen.org.