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Take Project MANA survey

Project MANA is in the process of completing a community needs assessment which will address the food insecurity needs of the community. The information collected from the survey will assist MANA in determining its strategic plan goals for the next three years. Please complete the short survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/projectmana. The deadline to complete the survey is March 7, 2014.

Parent’s Night Out

Parents’ Night Out will be held Friday, March 7, 6-10 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Tahoe City. Children ages birth-12 years of age are welcome. A donation of $10 per child per evening is requested. Please feed your children dinner before taking the to the program. This is a drop-in program and no pre-registration is necessary. The church is located at 390 Fairway Drive in Tahoe City. For more information call the church at 530-583-1534, visit http://www.tahoeministries.com.

‘Turnip the Heat’ Tuesdays

On March 11 there will be a Community Soup Night, 6-8:30 p.m., at Coffeebar with soup by New Moon Natural Foods’ Crescent Café The dinner brings community together for an affordably priced meal made from fresh, sustainably grown ingredients. Cost is $5 for soup and bread. Raffle, music and drinks, also. A collaboration of four nonprofit organizations committed to creating a more food-focused community: Tahoe Food Hub, Slow Food Lake Tahoe, Project MANA, and Family Resource Center of Truckee.

Soup Night tokens will be distributed to clients of the Family Resource Center and Project MANA to ensure individuals and families in need receive warm meal at no charge. Visit tahoefoodhub.org.

Benefit Dinner for Kyle Adams

Kyle Adams, a 4-year-old Tahoma boy, was recently diagnosed with a serious illness and is at UC Davis Medical Center. To help the family offset his medical costs, Tahoe Community Nursery School, where Kyle is a student, is hosting a benefit dinner at Hacienda del Lago in Tahoe City on Wednesday, March 19, 5-7 p.m. Cost is $12/adults, $6/kids. Half of the night’s proceeds will go to Kyle, and there will be a raffle. Cash or check only.

Historical Haunted Tour casting call

Looking for actors, performers and storytellers to bring Truckee’s vibrant past to life. Sunshine Tahoe is now casting volunteers for Truckee’s October 2014 Historic Haunted Tour. This is an opportunity to showcase talents. If you can engage an audience and enjoy playing with people, if history and the arts are important to you and if you want to have a rip-roaring good and spooky time, this is a gig for you. Submit your resume and head shot to kira@catanzarocreations.com. Include a brief statement as to why the Historic Haunted Tour needs you. If you don’t have a head shot or resume, be creative! Actors must be at least 21 years old. The tour will take place on Thursday, Oct. 16 and Friday, Oct. 17. Visit http://www.truckeehistorytour.org.

Trashion Show Gala

The Trashion show gala fundraiser show takes the stage March 7, 6 p.m. at Truckee High School in the auditorium. Food and prizes will be available. Proceeds from the event will support the Envirolution Club trip to Washington, D.C. in April to attend and perform at the National Service Learning Conference. Tickets are $10/adults $7/students and can be purchased from a club member or at the door.

All ages youth concert

March 8, 5-9 p.m., Coffeebar, 10120 Jibboom St., Truckee. Enjoy live music and hit the open mic if you’re feeling a little brave. All ages welcome! Contact Jackie with questions, or if you and your band would like to play in upcoming shows, 530-587-2513, ext. 117.

Tree Top Co-ops and Forest Charter School informational meetings

Forest Charter School will hold prospective student informational meetings for the 2014/2015 school year for in the Pioneer Center on the first floor of the Sierra Building. Tree Top Co-op supports individualized learning styles through community engagement, a safe and positive school environment, interactive approaches to standards-based education. The small, site-based class sizes allow for creative instruction through thematic units, outdoor, and experiential education.

All meetings will be held from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tree Top kindergarten and first-grade meetings: Wednesday, March 12 and Tuesday March 25; fifth and sixth-grade meetings: Monday, March 10 and Tuesday, April 8. General information meetings: Thursday, April 10, Tuesday, May 6, Wednesday May 28.

Visit http://www.forestcharter.com and 530-550-7205.

The Cedar House, Stella Culinary Tour de France

Have you ever wanted to gain a deeper knowledge of French food, wines, and cooking techniques? Then Stella’s four part lunch-lecture series, “Culinary Tour de France,” is for you. Join Executive Chef Jacob Burton for a multi-course lunch lecture about techniques, influences and food culture, complete with a dish and wine pairing to showcase the specific French regions.

March 15: Eastern France; Alsace, Lorraine, Champagne, Burgundy, Franche Comte

April 12: Northern and Central France; Nord Pas de Calais, Picardie, Paris, Limousin, Auvergne

May 10: Western France; Normandy, Brittany, Loire Valley, Poistous Charente

June 14: Southern France; Aquitaine, Midi Pyrenees, Languedoc Roussillon, Phone Alps, Provence, Riviera

The educational sessions take place noon-2:30 p.m. The cost is $97 per person (plus tax) and an additional $33 per person for wine pairing.

For reservations call 530-582-5655 or email Stay@cedarhousesporthotel.com . with “Culinary Tour De France” in the subject line.

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