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Boys & Girls Club Dr. Seuss event
Thursday, March 20, 5-7 p.m. “Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss.” All are welcome to celebrate. A fun evening of readings, activities and a movie! Sponsored by North Tahoe Family Resource Center, Placer County First 5 and the Boys & Girls Club. Call 530-546-0952 for more information.
“Gold Rush Trail” author to speak
Noted historian and author of “Gold Rush Trail” Frank Tortorich will hold forth at the Mark Twain Cultural Center & Toccata Guttman Music Hall, 760 Mays Blvd., Incline Village on Friday, March 21. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the talk begins at 7 p.m.
Take a picnic dinner and beverage of choice or order from Bar Bar Bar, the Village Deli or Lupita’s.
Tickets cost $15 — for reservations call 775-833-1835 or email email@example.com.
“Happy” screening announced
On Sunday, March 23, at 6 p.m. “Happy” will screen at the Center for Spiritual Living Tahoe-Truckee, 700 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, above the marina.
“Happy,” from Academy Award nominated director Roko Belic, takes a journey from the swamps of Louisiana to the slums of Kolkata in search of what really makes people happy. Combining real life stories and interviews with leading scientists in happiness research, “Happy” explores the secrets behind a valued emotion. Short discussion will follow the movie. Donations accepted.
“Happy” is presented as part of the Center for Spiritual Living’s Inspirational Cinema program, which continues on the third Sunday of every month through June: March 23, April 27, May 18, and June 22. For information call 530-581-5117.
Tahoe Basin Community Job Fair
The “Tahoe Basin Community Job Fair” series is designed to aid in the development of year-round sustainable employment. According to Ceci Chourre with the Professional Ski & Snowboard Instructors Association, the remaining Squaw Valley event will bring businesses with thousands of summer job openings. Chourre said support by businesses is incredible, find them at the job fair March 25 at Squaw Valley Conference Center from 4-7 p.m.
At the Lake Tahoe Sustainability Workforce Roundtable, the economic-education-cultural segment identified the need to assist transitioning winter resort employees into complimenting jobs off-season.
From there, Harrah’s/Harvey’s Hotel and Casino, which hosted a fair March 18; Professional Ski Instructors Association & Association of Snowboard Instructors of CA/NV (PSIA/AASI-W); and Squaw Valley took up the torch to make these spring community fairs a reality.
New preschool aged program announced
Tahoe’s Connection for Families (TCF) annnounced a new program designed specifically for preschool-aged children and their parents. TCF will offer a Spanish-English bilingual language and culture class and open gym playtime for preschoolers ages 3-5. Join Spanish language and culture class on Mondays, 3-4:30 p.m., and open gym playtime in TCF’s 1,700-square-foot gym and wheel room Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 3-5 p.m. Parents or caregivers must accompany their child(ren).One Monday per month, TCF Director Laurean Meyer will offer a parenting education class for parents and caregivers with topics on childhood development topics specific to preschool ages. Class size is limited to 12 children. Tuition varies with enrollment options, call 775-832-8230 for more information or to enroll. Learn more at www.tcfkids.org.
Liberty Utilities scholarships announced
Liberty Utilities again offers academic scholarships for eligible high school and college students within its service territory: South Tahoe High School, Loyalton High School, Douglas High School (students residing in Alpine County only), Coleville High School, North Tahoe High School and Portola High School, as well as Lake Tahoe Community College.
The six high school scholarships are $500 each (an increase from $250 each). High school seniors must have a minimum unweighted GPA of 2.5 and be accepted to an accredited four-year or two-year university or college or accredited vocational school. They also must have community service experience where they reside.
The Lake Tahoe Community College scholarship is $750 (an increase from $500).
Interested students should contact their school’s financial aid office or counselor to obtain an application. The individual schools have different deadlines, but all scholarships will be awarded starting mid-May through the end of June. Liberty Utilities representatives will attend the school’s awards ceremonies to present the scholarships.
Free tax preparation
Free preparation of federal and California tax returns is now available for households with income under $52,000.
This service helps people to receive all of the tax credits to which they are entitled. Through the April 15 filing deadline, tax preparation appointments are available Wednesdays and Thursdays, 4-8 p.m. and Saturday April 12, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. All appointments at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Non-Profit Center, 948 Incline Way, Incline Village, call Tahoe Family Solutions at 775-298-0004.
Tax returns are prepared by IRS-certified volunteers under the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program operated by Tahoe Family Solutions. VITA representatives are also available to meet with local businesses and other organizations to provide information about the free tax preparation services and answer questions.
If you would like to schedule a visit, contact Mike Smith at 775-830-2050 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.