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‘She Is Safe’ brunch

Aug. 24, 10 a.m., St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, Incline Village. The issue of sex trafficking is one that affects women and girls here and around the world. Michele Rickett, president and founder of She Is Safe (www.SheIsSafe.org) will speak about “Setting the Captives Free,” and discuss action steps to take. Michele is a best-selling author of two books published by Intervarsity Press, “Daughters of Hope” and “Forgotten Girls.” She has traveled the world to establish effective partnerships with rescue and recovery centers that help women and girls in dire circumstances. The event will feature a brunch on the church patio at 10 a.m., followed by Michele’s talk. The brunch is $10 for individuals, $25 for families. For more information contact Millie Clarke at mclarke47@gmail.com.

Grace ‘Giving on Wheels’

Provides free food and clothing to those in the community who are in need. The trailer will be located at Sierra Tires in Kings Beach, on the corner of Highway 267 and North Tahoe Boulevard, Aug. 29, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Please stop by.

Nevada Virtual Academy

Families are back to school shopping, but there’s a group of Nevada students that haven’t given it a thought. Students at Nevada Virtual Academy (NVVA), including local students, are kicking back waiting for their school supplies to be delivered. A tuition-free, full-time online public charter school, NVVA sends students all the supplies they need at no cost to families. With NVVA’s highly individualized curriculum for each student, a back-to-school box could include a variety of items: geometry workbooks; petri dishes for hands-on science experiments; rock samples for a geology class; or materials for classes that are increasingly disappearing from some traditional schools, such as world languages and art.

NVVA offers Nevada students a choice to receive a customized and flexible education. Nevada Virtual Academy is fully accredited, serving students in grades kindergarten through 12 statewide. Visit http://www.k12.com/NVVA.

‘Around the World’ raffle

St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church is having an Around The World Raffle with four grand prizes: $1,000 in cash, $500 in cash, $500 San Francisco getaway with Fairmont Hotels and Resorts gift card, and a five-piece luggage set worth $500. There will be only 300 tickets sold for the “one-size-fits-all” fun and easy-to-use prizes. Ticket prices are $75 for the first ticket, with additional tickets costing $60. There will be a Happy Hour Drawing with bonus raffle for $1,000 plus in wines from around the world. The drawing is Saturday, Sept. 28 at Third Çreek Clubhouse, 929 Northwood Blvd., Incline Village. Only ticket-holders may attend the international drawing with food, wine and music from around the world. Ticket holders need not be present to win. For prize details visit http://www.TahoeEpiscopal.org, drop by St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 341 Village Blvd., Incline Village or call 775-831-1418.

Incline Village Library news

Display cases: Geotourism. This development program is designed to enrich the visitor experience while creating sustainable holistic prosperity for the region. Online Resource of the Month is Rocket Languages: Language learning online with your library card. Through Aug. 31, 2013 Summer Reading Program. “Dig Into Reading” for younger children, “Beneath the Surface” for teens, and “Groundbreaking Reads” for adults. Sign up at any public library. Readers keep track of their reading and earn rewards. Aug. 22, 7-8 p.m., local poet L.E. Hart will read poems from his book, “You’re There, I’m Here,” and he will discuss the self-publishing process. Aug. 28, 7-8 p.m., Author Sean Eagan is an experienced writer, producer and director. “Jay Hawk: The Assassin’s Lover” is his first novel and draws on Eagan’s experience in journalism and foreign relations. Sustainable Tahoe: The 8 Worlds of Tahoe. Join Jacquie Chandler, executive director of Sustainable Tahoe, for an overview of the Tahoe Expo. The 2013 Tahoe Expo will take place on Sept. 7 and 8. Visit http://www.washoecountylibrary.us. Incline Village Library, 845 Alder Ave., Incline Village, 775-832-4130.

Nevada Office of Veterans Services appoints new directors

With the announcement of Caleb Cage joining Governor Brian Sandoval’s office, the Governor appointed new directors for the Nevada Office of Veterans Services. Kat Miller, a retired colonel with 34 years of service in the United States Army, will step up from the Deputy Executive Director’s position to lead the agency. The NOVS Deputy Executive Director’s position will be filled by retired U.S. Air Force veteran Willette Gerald, who served as a non-commissioned officer from 1975-1995. With mission-focused employees, NOVS is responsible for the administration of two State Veterans Memorial Cemeteries, a State Veterans Home, and a State-wide Veterans Service Officer program. NOVS is instrumental in connecting Nevada’s veterans and their families with benefits and assistance from both the State and Federal government. For more information, call 866-630-VETS or visit http://www.veterans.nv.gov.

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