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New Year's Resolutions help at Kings Beach Library
Stop by to find books/movies on yoga, computers, healthful cooking, money management, learning a language, and more. If you can imagine it, the Kings Beach Library staff can find a resource to support it.
Their computer series continues on Thurs. Jan. 24 with Doug Greenwood of Alpensoftware. This month's theme is "Web Browsers Explained." Learn about different browsers and expand your knowledge of Internet searching.
Placer Adult Literacy Service is a free and confidential program geared to help adults better their reading skills. Work one-on-one with a reading coach at your convenience. Call the Kings Beach Library to find out about how this program can help strengthen reading skills.
Preschool Storytime is now on Tuesdays, 10:30-11 a.m. Join in songs, nursery rhymes, books and more. Kings Beach Library is located at 301 Secline St. in Kings Beach. Call 530-546-2021 for information.
Buy jewelry to support Wolverine Booster Club
The Truckee Wolverine Booster Club is partnering with Mary Meier to host a catalog party of Silpada Jewelry. Purchase high quality jewelry for your Valentine and 25 percent of your purchase will benefit students at Truckee High School. Party is open until Jan. 31. Check out the catalog at http://mysilpada.com/sites/public/content/jewelry/index.jsf or contact Mary Meier at 408-710-0187.
The Truckee Wolverine Booster Club also has Truckee Football state championship photographs for sale at www.truckeeboosters.org. You can own a piece of history with a picture of the team after win No. 36 (3-peat picture) or after winning the fourth state championship in a row (4-peat picture). All funds raised benefit the students of Truckee High School.
North Tahoe School to host National Geographic Bee
For the 25th year, the National Geographic Society is holding the National Geographic Bee for students in the fifth through eighth grades in thousands of schools across the United States. The 2013 Bee is sponsored by Google and will take place at North Tahoe School on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013. Twelve students will compete in front of their peers to determine the North Tahoe School winner, who will advance to the next level of competition through a written examination to determine state competitors. All school winners are eligible to win the national championship and its first prize, a $25,000 college scholarship, at the national competition May 20-22, 2013 in Washington, D.C.
Truckee High School announces Poetry Out Loud contest rescheduled
Truckee High School announces a school contest for Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest. The competition, presented in partnership with the Placer Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Poetry Foundation, is part of a national program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition. On Jan. 24 at 2 p.m. (originally Jan. 23 at 3:30 p.m.) at the THS auditorium, more than 15 students from Truckee High School will participate. The winner of this competition will advance to the regional Poetry Out Loud contest. The California State champion will advance to the Poetry Out Loud National Finals on April 29-30, 2013 in Washington, D.C., where $50,000 in awards and school stipends will be distributed. Attendance is free and open to the public. For further information, call Patrick Mooney at 530-582-2600, ext. 3307.
Truckee High School Band Telethon Jan. 26
On Saturday, Jan. 26, 3-9 p.m., the Truckee High School Band will hold their 13th Annual Telethon. Telethon is a fun-filled variety show hosted by band members and broadcast live on local cable channel 6 and 24 and streaming live at www.ttctv.org. The event raises funds to support music in the school, including the purchase and repair of instruments, scholarships to music camps, and band tour - a four-day event where the band plays at veterans homes, children's hospitals, senior centers, and elementary schools in the Truckee-Tahoe area as well as Reno and Sacramento. Donations to the band can be made during the Telethon by calling 530-582-2777 or by going to www.thsbands.com. Donations greater than $25 are eligible for a prize and allow the donator to challenge students to perform live during the event. All donations are tax deductible.
Extended Dates for Dining for Schools Deals
Several North Tahoe and Truckee restaurants honor Excellence in Education's Dining for Schools cards during the extended period through March 28 including Dining Room at the Lodge at Sugar Bowl, Graham's at Squaw Valley, Jake's on the Lake, Pizza on the Hill, Rainbow Lodge, Rosie's Cafe, Rocker@Squaw, Sandy's Pub at Squaw Creek, Six Peaks Grille at Squaw Creek, Sunnyside, Summit Restaurant at Soda Springs, The Lodge at Tahoe Donner, The Soule Domain and West Shore Cafe.
Dining for Schools cards are good for 50 percent off entrees, cost $50 each and entitle the purchaser to unlimited use April 7 through June 13, 2013 and the extended period. Purchase one at Porters Sports Truckee, Save Mart (Truckee and Tahoe City) and Safeway (Truckee and Kings Beach), Mountain Hardware and www.ExinEd.org. Call 530-550-7984 or visit www.ExinEd.org for inquiries.
Dads in Drag Fundraiser
Complimentary food, drink specials, live music by the King Steppers, a beautiful location at the Big Water Grille, and the best entertainment you'll find in Incline Village on Tuesday, Feb. 5. It's the annual Dads in Drag Fashion Show, a fundraiser for the Kings Beach Parents' Co-op. Take part in the Retro Prom Theme by coming dressed for the prom of your favorite era from the 1950s to the present - and beyond. The fun starts at 7 p.m. and continues until 10 p.m., with a silent auction and the not-to-be-missed fashion show. Cost is $50 per person or $90 per couple. Contact the Kings Beach Parents Co-op for more information and tickets at 530-546-7519, www.kingsbeachparentscoop.org.
Squaw/Alpine Pledges $25,000
to Truckee River Watershed Council
In 2012, Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows pledged $25,000 in financial support for the restoration and protection work of the Truckee River Watershed Council (TRWC). This pledge will be fulfilled by payments of $5,000 a year for five years.
"The Truckee River Watershed Council plays an important role in restoring and protecting the creeks, meadows, and wildlife habitat of our area," said Andy Wirth, President and CEO of Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows.
The five-year pledge increases TRWC's ability to tackle 50 priority projects. For example, last summer TRWC began construction in Coldstream Canyon. This project will increase wetland habitat by an acre and eliminate nearly 5 tons of eroded soil from the canyon. Other projects include the work on the main stem of the Truckee River, Martis Creek, and Gregory Creek in Negro Canyon.
"Many thanks to Squaw and Alpine for their support. We look forward to continuing working with them," says Lisa Wallace, executive director of TRWC.
Squaw Valley Village Development Plan
presentation rescheduled from December
A Squaw Valley event is scheduled on Jan. 26 for those who want to hear about the proposed Squaw Valley Village development. Jennifer Montgomery, Placer County supervisor, and Alex Fisch, county planner for the Squaw Valley Village Development, will present the process for approval of the development. Chevis Hosea, vice president of the Village Development at Squaw Valley, will discuss the current status of the proposed development plan. In addition, written comments to the county's NOP can be turned in to the county planners. The event, sponsored by the Squaw Valley Property Owners Association, is at the Olympic Village Lodge, 4-6 p.m. SVPOA members are free; others are $10. A no-host bar will be open after the presentations. All, especially those interested in the future of Squaw Valley, are urged to attend.
Project MANA announces Stone Soup
This season's Stone Soup, a weekly soup night in Truckee where everyone is invited to celebrate food, live music and community, is getting off to a late start. Slated to kick off Jan. 6, it will begin Jan. 27. Soup is prepared and served each Sunday evening through March 10, 5-7 p.m. at the Community Arts Center, 10046 Church St. in downtown Truckee. Take your own bowl and spoon and enjoy delicious soup and a good time. Donations are requested but not required.
This year Project MANA is spearheading efforts to find different groups of volunteers from the community to get involved in Stone Soup. If you or your organization is interested in preparing soup or volunteering on Sundays, contact Project MANA at 775-298-0008.
Call to Artists for February Show extended
North Tahoe Arts invites you to submit two- or three-dimensional art for a show celebrating art that is about, for, and from the heart. Open to all fine art media, including painting, photography, sculpture, jewelry, functional art and craft. The jury may consider other media, such as poetry and music, so let us know if you have ideas. Submission deadline: Jan. 25, installation Jan. 30 with show Jan. 31 through 15 March 2013.
Eligibility requirements: Artwork must be framed and ready to hang, or balanced to stand. Artwork must be original, done by the artist. Application fee is $20; participation fee is an additional $40. Jury will need three 4x6-inch photos of artwork or a CD and corresponding inventory sheet with prices, medium, and dimensions. The commission schedule will be 70/30 percent for members and 60/40 percent for non-members. Download entry Form at www.northtahoearts.com or contact: North Tahoe Arts in Tahoe City at 530-581-ARTS.
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 the area's 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 are available online at www.sierraseniors.org or at Sierra Senior Services, Plumas Bank and at the Community Recreation Center.
For more information, call 530-550-7600.
Tahoe Safe Alliance announces discounted Sugar Bowl lift tickets
The annual Tahoe SAFE Alliance Ski Day at Sugar Bowl is Sunday, Feb. 3. For more than 10 years Sugar Bowl has shown their support by donating all-day lift tickets to Tahoe SAFE Alliance. Sugar Bowl Ski Day tickets cost $35 - a huge savings. Enjoy some awesome skiing before the Super Bowl. Purchase your tickets at www.tahoesafealliance.org today! Tickets will be on sale until Friday, Feb. 1 or until supplies are gone.
Tickets will be available for pick-up only on Feb. 3 at Sugar Bowl's Mt. Judah Lodge. For additional information contact 775-298-0010 or email email@example.com. Tahoe SAFE Alliance is a nonprofit organization established in 1985 to reduce the incidence and trauma of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse in North Lake Tahoe and Truckee. Visit www.tahoesafealliance.org.
Beginning guitar class for adults
The Tahoe Music Institute offers an adult beginning guitar class. The class, taught by Kerry Andras of local band Sneaky Creatures, is focused on learning the basics of playing guitar and covers topics such as tuning, chords, strumming, chord progressions, music theory, singing, folk and campfire songs. Classes meet Wednesday nights from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Tahoe Music Institute located at 2810 Lake Forest Road in Tahoe City. Call Shauna at 530-581-0618 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for details or to register.