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INCLINE VILLAGE, NEV. — Content for the weekly community briefs section is selected from e-mail submissions to editor@tahoebonanza.com. Please include the 5w’s: who, what, when, where and why, website and contact information.

114th annual Christmas Bird Count

Join novice and expert birders alike for the South Lake Tahoe Christmas Bird Count (CBC), Dec. 14, sponsored by the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science (TINS). The Christmas Bird Count, begun in 1900, is widely regarded as the largest and oldest citizen science project in the world.

The CBC makes a valuable contribution to conservation, collecting critical data on bird population trends and building a database. The Audubon Society and other organizations use the CBC database to assess the health of bird populations — and to help guide conservation action.

At day’s end, the group will reconvene for pizza and refreshments and tally totals. Fair weather folks may keep track of birds at their feeders. Participation is free, but please RSVP to 775-298-0066 or email robin@TINSweb.org. Event held barring significant weather.

Brunch with Santa Claus

Join in the fun on Saturday, Dec. 14 for a festive brunch with Santa, Mrs. Claus, and his elves. Held at the Chateau at Incline Village, this family event features many fun activities including a delicious brunch, a magic show, arts and crafts, raffle prizes, a photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus and much more. This community event is presented by the Tahoe Family Solutions in collaboration with IVGID. For ticket sales and information, call 775-298-0004. Reservations recommended.

Holiday music with Shiloh

Warm up for Christmas with the music of Shiloh. Tim Gorelangton and Julie Machado will offer a lighthearted evening of acoustic holiday music mixed with blues and bluegrass on Saturday, Dec. 14 at the Mark Twain Cultural Center & Toccata Guttman Music Hall, 760 Mays Blvd., Incline Village. Take a picnic basket and favorite beverage or order from Bar Bar Bar, Lupita’s or the Village Deli. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., the music begins at seven. Cost is $20, reservations at 775-833-1835.

Feed the hungry

In the spirit of Pope Francis’s message to help feed the hungry, St. Francis of Assisi, 701 Mt. Rose Highway in Incline Village, is hosting a Christmas Carol Sing-A-Long in the church, Dec. 15, 1:30 p.m. 100 percent of the proceeds will go toward feeding the hungry in North Lake Tahoe. Suggested donation: $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 5 to 17, children under 5 are free. Checks can be made to St. Francis – Feed the Hungry.

This is a great opportunity to share the joy of Christmas through song and to donate to a worthy cause. Invite your family and friends — the entire community is welcome!

There will be a coffee and cookie reception in the Parish Hall following the singing. Please take a plate of Christmas cookies to share.

AAUW to meet

The Tahoe Nevada Chapter of American Association of University Women meets the third Wednesday of every month for dinner at the Parasol Building located at 948 Incline Way, Incline Village. This meeting is open to the public. Cost of the dinner, which is catered by Gina and Jim Poulos of Crosby’s, is $30 per person. AAUW is a nonprofit organization with a focus on advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.

This month’s AAUW meeting, the annual Holiday Social, will be held on Dec. 18. It will include a social hour from 5:30-6:30 p.m. with dinner following. AAUW will collect children’s books and new unwrapped toys for Tahoe Family Solutions at this meeting. To RSVP e-mail barbeaauw@gmail.com or call Barbara Pulver at 989-859-4860 by no later than Dec. 16.

Nevada Area Council headquarters grand opening

The Boy Scouts of America- Nevada Area Council has opened the doors to its new headquarters at 500 Double Eagle Court in Reno. The Nevada Area Council is geographically the second largest Scouting council in the United States, serving 23 counties throughout northeastern California and northern Nevada.

This renovated building will be home to the Webster Scouting Resource Center, Arthur M. Smith Jr. Regional Conference Center, and the Ron Krump Trading Post.

The Nevada Area Council will commemorate the grand opening with a holiday open house on Dec. 17, 5-7 p.m. with an opening ceremony, tours, a Scout store sale and refreshments. The public is invited to attend.

Additionally, the Nevada Area Council will host the second annual Good Scout Lunch on Dec. 16, noon-1:30 p.m. The event will honor Ranson Webster, T. J. Day, Ron Krump, and Arthur M. Smith Jr. Visit http://www.callingallscouts.com, http://www.scouter.org or call 775-787-1111.

Incline Village Library news

Dec. 1-30, Display areas and art cases: Remembering the Assassination of John F. Kennedy. Dec. 11, 4-4:45 p.m., Hanukkah Story Time and Party. Light the candles and spin the dreidel at this event celebrating the “Festival of Lights.” Read stories, play games and eat traditional Hanukkah treats. All ages welcome. Dec. 18, 4-4:45 p.m., Christmas Story Time and Party with stories, songs and crafts of the season, plus a special visit with Santa. Take home a decoration to enjoy with your family. All ages welcome. Dec. 20, 2-4 p.m., Lifescapes. Writing program where seniors write and share their memories.

 Incline Village Library, open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., 845 Alder Ave., Incline Village, 775-832-4130.

Rotary Christmas tree lot open

The Rotary Club of Tahoe-Incline is selling Christmas trees in Incline Village. The tree lot is located in the Raley’s parking lot next to Rookies, and will be open until Dec. 23 (unless all trees are sold before then). It is open on Saturdays and Sundays, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays, noon-5:30 p.m. The lot is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Noble firs, grand firs and silver tip pines were recently delivered directly from the tree farms. Holiday wreaths and tree stands are also available.

The lot is staffed by Rotary Club of Tahoe-Incline volunteer members and is a major fundraiser for the Club’s service projects, including sponsorship of teen leadership training programs, college scholarships for IHS graduates, and donations to organizations such as the Science Expo, Boy Scout Troop 37, Project MANA, Tahoe Family Solutions, and the Boys & Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe.

Chess Club

Ages 9 years to adult, free drop in chess club Sundays, 9:30-11 a.m., Incline Recreation Center Lobby. Tournament chess sets provided. A chess coach will be available. Please call to reserve your space today 775-832-1310 or go to the Recreation Center at 980 Incline Way, Incline Village.


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