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‘ZIP’ into the library!

Kings Beach and Tahoe City Library folks are excited about the Placer County “ZIP” program. If they don’t carry the book or audiobook you want, KBL will buy it from Amazon and ship it to your house — for free. You return it to KBL at your convenience and they add it to their collection. Call Kings Beach or Tahoe City Library for more details. On Jan. 23, Doug Greenwood of Alpensoftware will teach a class on computer basics. All levels encouraged at these free classes. Preschool storytime every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. A new year, new event is children’s Crazy Craftime every Thursday at 11:30 a.m.

Call for details to improve your English with the newly formed Saturday group class. Language Café meets every Monday at 6 p.m. at the Community House in Kings Beach. Work one-on-one to improve your English or Spanish. Call the Kings Beach Library at 530-546-2021 or stop by 301 Secline St. for more information on any of these events.

‘Come in Out of the Cold’

Everyone is invited to “Come in Out of the Cold” on Thursdays starting Jan. 23, 5-7 p.m. at the North Tahoe Event Center, 8318 North Lake Blvd., Kings Beach. Join community members for hot soup and sandwiches, and play classic board games with family and friends. Brought to you by Meera Beser, United for Action and Tahoe Neighborhood Table. Admission is a non-perishable food item for Project MANA, but no one will be turned away. Take your scrabble sets, cribbage, checkers, Parcheesi, dominoes or your favorite game. This family friendly, with some games for the kids — no alcohol please. Call Meera 775-230-1066 to donate, volunteer or ask questions. See you Thursdays!

Toastmaster invite to ‘Speak’ screening

‘Speak’ is a documentary film that follows six characters as they overcome life’s hurdles while participating in the largest speech contest in the world, the Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking. Funny, inspiring and moving, ‘Speak’ tells a story about hope, perseverance and transformation.

Truckee Talkers, Jibboomstreet and Blue Tahoe Toastmasters will host the film on Thursday, Jan. 23, 6:30 p.m. at the Truckee Donner Public Utility District, 11570 Donner Pass Road in Truckee. RSVP by calling 530-550-5192 or email

“Toastmasters International graciously gave us exclusive rights to do a documentary on the organization and the contest,” said Paul Galichia, ‘Speak’ co-director.“I have to say, sitting in a bakery in Great Falls, Montana at 5:30 in the morning, sub zero wind chill outside, two cameras, two people, a credit card with a $10,000 limit, watching a local speech contest … I was thinking that maybe this wasn’t the best idea after all. We continued for months, traveling thousands of miles to dozens of contests … by the time we met our finalists and went to Calgary, we knew we had fascinating characters from a totally original world. We knew we had a story. We had what we wanted. And, somewhat unexpectedly, our story had a point that we feel is universal and profound. The point of the film is this: every person has a voice that matters.”

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Truckee wetlands restoration project

Join the Truckee River Watershed Council for a presentation on the Truckee Wetlands restoration project on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 6-7:30 p.m. at the Cedar House Sport Hotel.

The Truckee Wetlands are a fragmented wetland complex starting at the Hilltop area near Cottonwood Restaurant, interrupted by Old Brockway Road and Estates Drive, re-starting near the Martis Valley Estates neighborhood, and eventually connecting to main stem of the Truckee River. The wetlands are not fully functioning, but can be reconnected to provide water quality and habitat benefits.

Learn more about the Truckee Wetlands and opportunities for restoration. Project design will be completed in 2014 and implementation is planned for 2015.

The public is welcome and encouraged. RSVP is required to Michele Prestowitz at 530-550-8760 ext. 4, or

Father/Daughter Dance at Biltmore

Calling all fathers, grandfathers and uncles: get ready to dance the night away with that special little girl in your life. Tahoe SAFE Alliance invites you to the 5th Annual Father Daughter Dance to be held Friday, Feb. 7, 6-9 p.m. at Tahoe Biltmore in Crystal Bay. Entertainment will feature dancing with DJ music, snacks, activity stations, portraits by Danielle Hankinson Photography, and an opportunity to purchase a live action photo flipbook keepsake! Fathers may spend a memorable night with their daughters and leave with souvenirs for lasting memories. Tickets are $25 per father/daughter couple ($30 at the door) and $5 per additional child available at Scholarships are available for families in need, call 775-298-0010.

The Tahoe Biltmore invites you to enjoy a special $39 prix fixe dinner at Bilti’s BBQ, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Reservations can be made by calling 775-833-6724.

Paper tickets are available for your daughters scrapbook. Call 775-298-0010 to get a physical ticket mailed.

The 5th Annual Father Daughter Dance is sponsored by Dress the Party, North Lake Tahoe Bonanza, Sierra Sun, and The Weekly.

Truckee Rotary Community Foundation seeks needy projects

The Truckee Rotary Community Foundation is looking for community projects or needs to bestow their annual donation upon. This year the foundation has $5,000 to donate for various projects. The Foundation provides funds for worthy individuals, organizations or projects within the greater Truckee community. The donated funds are generated from interest and profits made from investments during the year. The foundation looks for unique projects or individuals that are not of a social nature or being funded by other organizations.

Any organization and/or individual who knows of a project or a need may submit an application by writing to the Truckee Rotary Community Foundation, c/o Steve Randall at P.O. Box 3236, Truckee, CA 96160 or by email

Applications should include a short description of the project or need; amount requested; the name or contact person; telephone number and e-mail address. There is no formal application. Any questions should be directed to Steve Randall at 530-550-4443. Application deadline is Friday, Feb. 7.

Truckee Library Spanish Storytime

The Truckee Library will host a bilingual storytime every last Saturday of the month. Story reader Reyna Sanchez-Lopez will present lively books and activities to introduce children to the wonders of reading and the treasure of books at the Library. Sing songs, learn rhymes, hear stories, and get library cards for yourself and your children.

Truckee resident Reyna Sanchez-Lopez has worked as an instructor of independent living skills to the disabled, as an advisor to the Nevada County Library Literacy Service concerning health education, and you may have seen her greeting you at KidZone Museum. Spanish Storytime will run 10:30-11 a.m. The programs are best for children ages 3 to 6, but all are welcome.Cuentos en Español en la Biblioteca Truckee

Unase a nosotros en la Biblioteca de Truckee el último sábado de cada mes para leer historias bilingües. Reyna Sanchez-Lopez narrará libros y hará actividades divertidas para introducir a los niños al maravilloso mundo de la lectura y el tesoro de los libros en la biblioteca. Ven a cantar canciones, aprender rimas, escuchar historias, y obtener tarjetas de biblioteca para usted y sus hijos.

Reyna Sanchez-Lopez es residente de Truckee, ha trabajado como instructora enseñando conocimientos necesarios para la vida cotidiana a las personas con discapacidad. Como asesora del Servicio de Bibliotecas de la Alfabetización del Condado de Nevada ha impartido clases de educación de la salud. Es posible que la haya visto y saludado en el Kidzone museo.

Se leerán cuentos en español e inglés a las 10:30-11 a.m. El programa es apropiado para los niños de tres a seis años de edad, pero todos son bienvenidos.

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