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Holiday Break Camps in Tahoe City
The Tahoe City Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting a series of Holiday Camps, including winter break, ski and skate week, and spring break. These camps meet at Rideout Community Center in Tahoe City and include arts and crafts, games, field trip, and many other activities. Registrations are taken on a weekly basis as well as on a drop-in basis space permitting. Check in with the Recreation Office for more information on individual camps, visit www.tahoecitypud.com or email email@example.com.
Computer classes at Rideout
Rideout Community Center, Dec. 18, 6:30-8 p.m., taught by Robert Williams of Williams IT Solutions. Learn about desktop familiarity, Microsoft Explorer, where to find things in system (Advanced File Management), Internet browsers (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, etc.), problem solving, Windows applications. Take your laptop if you have one! Cost is $15 per class at 740 Timberland Lane, Tahoe City, call 530-583-3440 for information.
North Tahoe holiday giveaway
The North Tahoe Holiday Clothing and Household Necessities Giveaway Distribution will be on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2-6 p.m. at the North Tahoe Event Center in Kings Beach. Sign-up forms will be available at area nonprofit agencies and faith-based organizations. New and gently used clothing in good repair and clean and in any and all sizes is needed. This year, however, the food aspect will focus more on the non-food necessities of life such as toilet paper, diapers dish and laundry soap, tooth paste and more. A list of requested donations can be found online at tahoecommunitythanksgiving.blogspot.com. Hot soup, sandwiches coffee and hot chocolate will be available during the giveaway. For more information and to donate please call Meera at 775-230-1066. Donations may be dropped off at the Event Center between now and Dec. 21,2013.
Forever 18 Field of Dreams
Current events to support the Field of Dreams baseball field: Silent art auction for the month of December, Art Obsessions Art Gallery, 10052 Donner Pass Road (downtown Truckee). Bid on local art and items throughout the month. Fiesta Dinner, Dec. 20, 6-9 p.m., Community Art Center, 10046 Church St., Truckee, $5 each or $18 for a family. Forever 18 Raffle Prize Drawing, Dec. 20, 7 p.m., 10046 Church St., Truckee. For more information about the Field of Dreams fundraising effort, find them on www.facebook.com/groups/tthsfieldofdreamsbaseballfield.
Dog training classes
Start the new year off right! Puppy Socialization and Basic Obedience/ Good Manners classes start on Wednesday, Jan. 8 and Adolescent Obedience/Good Manners class starts on Thursday, Jan. 9. Find more information about all classes on-line at www.thesavvydog.net or call 530-448-9808. Instructor Carla Brown, CPDT is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and Canine Good Citizen Evaluator for the AKC. The Savvy Dog Training and Education Center is located at 11448 Deerfield Dr. C-1 in the Deerfield Plaza by Truckee Bagel in Truckee.
Truckee Library kicks off reading program
The Truckee Library to kicked off its annual Winter Reading Program for children ages 5 and up on Dec. 9. Designed not to interfere with school projects and reading, the winter reading program is more low-key than its summer counterpart. Participants are encouraged to read a total of five to 25 books during a three-month period, which includes the Christmas/New Year’s break and Truckee’s ski/skate week. The range of the number of books is designed to personalize the winter reading program. A 5-year-old just learning to read may select the 25 book goal, which would include mostly picture books and easy readers, while a 12-year-old may opt for a five-book goal if the titles she or he prefers are 500-page tomes.
The program will run through the end of February. All participants will receive a theme bookmark and reading record to track their progress. Upon completion of the program, those who reach their reading goal will be awarded with a special book of their choosing, a themed book bag and completion certificate along with an invitation to an exciting after-hours party at the library.
Sign up for the Truckee Library’s “Chill Out and READ!” winter reading program, an excellent antidote to the screen-intensive world of television, computers, smart phones and video games.
Spread literary cheer
Start sorting through those unused household books and put them to good use this holiday season. The Tahoe Truckee Unified School District is hosting an inaugural Winter Book Drive and seeking new and used (but still usable) English and Spanish books for all ages and all reading levels. Donated books will be distributed to Tahoe and Truckee residents in an effort to promote reading at home. Parents may drop books at Alder Creek Middle School, Glenshire Elementary, North Tahoe School, Tahoe Lake Elementary, Truckee Elementary, North Tahoe High School or Truckee High School. Community members may bring books by the district office located at 11603 Donner Pass Road, near Truckee High School. Gift-wrapped boxes will be set up for donations at all sites. To arrange for pickup of a larger-size book donation, or for more information, contact Jess Alb at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kings Beach Library Season of Giving
The winter coat drive is in full swing. Take clean, lightly used winter coats to the Tahoe City or Kings Beach public library. The clothes are handed out on a daily basis, so if you or someone you know needs a warm coat, stop by and grab one. All remaining items will be distributed at the North Tahoe Events Center in Kings Beach on Dec. 21.
Cloud computing is the buzz and expert Doug Greenwood will explain its use and benefits on Dec.19, 2-3 p.m.
Santa Claus will visit the library on Friday Dec. 20, 4-6 p.m. Enjoy cookies and cider, read some great Christmas stories, make a craft, and whisper to Santa your wishes.
Storytime is every Tuesday from 10:30-11 a.m. KBL also has free Wi-Fi and public computers available.
The Kings Beach Library is located at 301 Secline St. in Kings Beach. Call 530-546-2021 for information.
Calling Crab Feed nonprofit
The Rotary Club of Truckee is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations to host the live auction at the club’s 2014 Chris Matthew Crab Feed & Pasta Feed. The organization selected to operate the live auction will receive all proceeds raised from the auction. Previously, groups have earned from $4,000 to $14,000 for their causes. The event will be held on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at the Truckee Community Recreation Center. Rotary will provide the venue and the bidding audience. Potential candidates will be asked to present at the Rotary Club of Truckee board of directors meeting on Jan. 7, 2014 for final selection. All nonprofit groups interested in being considered must submit a letter to the Rotary Club of Truckee by Dec. 27, 2013. Letters should include the name of the nonprofit, a request for consideration, and an explanation of what the organization does for the community. The letter should also communicate to the Rotary board the organization’s capability to secure donated items and setup and run the live auction. If your organization is interested in being considered, please email your letter to Jason Hansford email@example.com.
For additional information visit www.truckeerotary.org.