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Ski Butlers streamlines reservation process
Ski Butlers has launched a new website, focused on making the ski rental process even easier for the customer.
“Our new website features the latest technology with the most simple and cleanest user interface we could create,” said Bryn Carey, president of Ski Butlers. Features include a streamlined reservation process, online store, customer account storage and a Live Chat for instant answers to customer’s questions.
Visit the new website at www.skibutlers.com.
Shop Local contest underway
Partake in the seventh annual Shop Local Contest through New Year’s Day for a chance to win $4,000 in prizes, including a $300 Tahoe Dave’s Skis and Boards gift certificate, Diamond Peak season pass, Homewood Mountain Resort season pass, Tahoe Value pass or a Gold Tahoe Super Pass.
You must have a Shop Local Contest Card to participate. For every $25 you spend at participating retailers in Tahoe City, Kings Beach, Incline Village, Squaw Valley and the Village at Northstar, you’ll receive a sticker on your card.
When four stickers are collected, the card is eligible to win. Multiple entries are allowed. Cards will be available at businesses throughout North Lake Tahoe. Turn in your contest card(s) by Jan. 10, 2014, at the locations or mailing address listed on the card to be entered into the prize drawing. Visit www.ShopLocalNorthTahoe.com for more info.
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.
Silence for the Soul
On two Saturdays, from 3 to 7 p.m.— Dec. 21 for Advent/Winter Solstice and Jan. 11 for Epiphany — you are invited to “Silence for the Soul” serenity workshops at St. Patrick’s, 341 Village Blvd., Incline Village, (www.TahoeEpiscopal.org).
Over these four hours, you’ll be gently guided in and out of traditional Christian meditative practices, in silence and candlelight: centering prayer, walking meditation, Lectio Divina, and times for guided and personal meditation. Instruction will be brief and simple; a soup and bread dinner will conclude the time together.
Attend one or both workshops at no cost and to bring your own journal, texts, or meditation aids. Presence for the full four hours is requested, as coming and going will interrupt the collective energy we create. Soft, comfortable, warm clothing is suggested.
If you’d like to receive this experience — to unwrap the beauty of silence and the light of Christ’s peace — please RSVP in advance to 530-546-7824, email@example.com or just show up. Your gift will be waiting for you.
A Hipster’s Carol
Tintabulations, a community handbell ensemble from Reno, Nev., will present their annual Christmas concert, this year entitled “A Hipster’s Carol.” This concert will be joyfully performed at the Center for Spiritual Living Tahoe-Truckee, 700 North Lake Blvd., above the Tahoe City Marina in Tahoe City, Dec. 22 at 3 p.m. Suggested donation is $10. Clad in their trademark green Converse shoes, this hour-long concert will feature unique arrangements of everyone’s favorite carols performed on 120 bells and chimes.
The entire concert is narrated with an original poem about one man’s quest to find his own meaning of the holiday season. From upbeat songs like “Ding Dong, Merrily on High” to dramatic versions of “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” and “The First Noel,” this concert puts even the toughest Grinch in the holiday spirit.
Holly Arts Winter Celebration
Through Dec. 30, Holly Arts, a Winter Celebration. North Tahoe Arts offers an ARTisan Shop and two galleries filled with fine art and handcrafted work perfect for your holiday gift giving. North Tahoe Arts is located at 380 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City. ARTisan Shop and gallery hours are 11 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, closed Tuesdays. The shop and galleries will be open Tuesday, Dec. 24, call 530-581-2787 or visit www.northtahoearts.com for information.
Holiday festivities at Northstar California
Dec. 21 - 24 Live music in the Village and Santa will be in a different Village location each day noon-2:30 p.m. to take pictures with kids. Kids can write letters to Santa in various locations in the Village. Letters will be special-delivered to Santa in time for Christmas. Visit http://www.northstarcalifornia.com/info/calendar/calendarevent.holiday_festivities.item.asp.
Homewood and Santa team up for 2013-14 pass contest
Dec. 21, Ski with Santa, Homewood Mountain Resort. Santa will be tearing up the mountain on his new Christmas skis, handing out candy, and taking pictures with the kids in front of beautiful Lake Tahoe. Find Santa and take a picture with him and tag #skihomewood on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter to be entered into a drawing to win a 2013-14 season pass. Call 530-584-6839 or visit www.skihomewood.com.
Tahoe Escape: Surviving the Great Depression
Sat Dec. 21, “Tahoe Escape: Surviving the Great Depression” public exhibit opening at Tahoe Maritime Museum, Homewood. Archival footage, 1930s boats, and oral histories tell the tale how many escaped from their fears to our Lake Tahoe community in this decade of hardships and uncertainty.
Solstice Party at West Shore Cafe
Saturday, Dec. 21, 5 p.m.
Enjoy our winter solstice food and drink specials at the West Shore Cafe in Homewood on Lake Tahoe. Call 530-525-5200 or visit www.westshorecafe.com.
Santa, carolers at Squaw and Alpine
Skiers and riders will find Santa at both Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows this holiday season! Spot Santa on the slopes of Squaw Valley and in the Village Dec. 21-24. At Alpine Meadows, families can meet Santa Dec. 22-24. The Great Basin Carolers will be in The Village at Squaw Valley from 4 to 7 p.m. Dec. 21-24 and Dec. 26.
Santa to hit Sugar Bowl
Ski with Santa and his elves at Sugar Bowl Resort, Tuesday Dec. 24 and Wednesday, Dec. 25, visit www.sugarbowl.com.
Breakfast with Santa
Dec. 25, Christmas Day Pancake Breakfast with Santa, Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area. Breakfast starts at 10 a.m., followed by a half day of skiing and riding with Santa. The ski lifts will open at 11:30 a.m. Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area, 11603 Snowpeak Way, Truckee, 530-587-9444, www.tahoedonner.com/downhill-ski.
On mountain stocking hunt
Skiers and riders can search for treat-filled stockings on the slopes Dec. 26, 9 a.m. at Squaw. The On Mountain Stocking Hunt begins off the Shirley, Gold Coast and Squaw Creek chairlifts, weather and conditions permitting. All skiers and riders are welcome to participate. Alpine Meadows will also have a 9 a.m. Stocking Hunt off of the Roundhouse, Hotwheels and Meadow chairlifts, weather and conditions permitting.
Holiday break camps
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. For more information on individual camps, visit www.tahoecitypud.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Roller Derby Night in Kings Beach
Sierra Regional Roller Derby will host an evening of drink specials, games, and sharing their love of roller derby with the North Tahoe community on Dec. 28 at the Mellow Fellow in Kings Beach.
The ladies of SRRD are looking to expand the organization. Information will be provided to those interested in skating, officiating, or just cheering them on while they take over the Northern California women’s flat track roller derby scene.
The festivities begin at 8 p.m. at 9980 North Lake Blvd. A raffle drawing with fantastic prizes from local businesses will be held at 10 p.m.
Sierra Regional Roller Derby is a new, inclusive roller derby league with a goal of uniting the region’s skaters as well as bringing the sport of roller derby to the Truckee – North Tahoe area. For more information email email@example.com or visit www.sierraregionalrollerderby.com.
Dec. 31, Torchlight Parade on New Year’s Eve at Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area. Fun event for intermediate skiers and riders ages 10 or older who can ski or ride unassisted. Arrive early to secure a spot in the parade. A DJ and snacks will be provided in the bar area prior to the parade. Sign-ups are from 4:30-5:45 p.m. with a chair loading time at 6:15 p.m. This is a free event. Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area, 11603 Snowpeak Way, Truckee, 530-587-9444, www.tahoedonner.com/downhill-ski.
Skiing for Schools
Take advantage of discounted lift tickets while supporting local education with the pre-purchase of Skiing for Schools lift tickets and trail passes. This season’s Skiing for Schools days include:
Sugar Bowl, $40 lift tickets valid Dec. 20; Tahoe Donner Cross Country, $15 trail pass valid any one day Jan. 5-10; Homewood Mountain Resort, $40 lift ticket valid any one day from Jan. 12-17; Tahoe Cross County, $15 trail pass valid any one day Jan. 26-31; Tahoe Donner Ski Area, $30 lift ticket valid any one day from Jan. 26-31; Northstar California, $60 lift ticket valid any one day from Feb. 2-7; Royal Gorge, $15 trail pass valid any one day from March 1-7; Sugar Bowl, $40 lift ticket valid any one day from March 22-28; Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows, $40 lift ticket valid any one day at either resort from April 6-end of the 2013-2014 winter season.
Downhill resort tickets may be purchased the week prior at Porters Sports in Truckee and Tahoe Dave’s in Tahoe City, Truckee and Kings Beach. Cross-country resort trail passes 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 and will not be available for purchase at the resorts. Check and cash payment are preferred. Credit cards accepted at Tahoe Dave’s. Tickets are non-refundable.
The proceeds from each lift ticket purchase directly support the Excellence in Education Foundation. For more information visit www.exined.org.
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. Each year a local nonprofit organization runs the live auction at the Rotary Club of Truckee Crab & 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 located at 8924 Donner Pass Road. 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
For additional information visit www.truckeerotary.org.
Kings Beach Library Season of Giving
Be a reading PAL! Placer Adult Literacy Service (PALS) is a county wide program offering adults reading assistance since 1985. PALS provides tools to change lives by giving reading, writing and basic math skills needed to earn a living and engage fully in the community. To become a “learner” in the program, one should be over 16 years of age, out of school, able to speak English well enough to request services, perform an assessment and communicate with a reading coach, and commit to meeting with their coach on a regular basis. The service is free, confidential, one-on-one, learner centered, and goal oriented. Contact Anne Greenwood at the Kings Beach Library at 530-546-2021.
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.
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.
Truckee Tahoe AirFair & Family Festival T-shirt art contest
The Truckee Tahoe AirFair & Family Festival (TTAF&FF) is hosting a T-shirt art contest for students 18-years-old or younger. Interested candidates must design a T-shirt for the 2014 “Women in Aviation” theme. The winning design will be put on all 2014 commemorative T-shirts, and the winner will be awarded $500. The winner will be mentioned online, in media announcements and acknowledged at the pre-event honorary dinner and AirFair. Application and design submission deadline is March 31, 2014.
For information and to download an application visit www.truckeetahoeairfair.com, or call KidZone Museum at 530-587-KIDS (5437).
World Peace Meditation and Breakfast
Dec. 31, 4 a.m. Held at the Center for Spiritual Living Tahoe-Truckee, 700 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City. Join members of the community with the world community knowing as we meditate, share, and pray together we bring peace into the world. Meditation is at 4 a.m.; breakfast at 5 a.m. Come in your pajamas if you like.
New Year’s Day Retreat
Jan. 1, all day, held at the Center for Spiritual Living Tahoe-Truckee, 700 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City. Release the old and bring in the New Year in this fun, deep, and profound experience with Rev. Liz Luoma and their Spiritual Community, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Take a potluck dish to share, blankets, pillows, paper/journal, pen, and your beverage. Sign up today at 530-581-5117. Cost: Love donation plus $10 materials fee.