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North Lake Tahoe community announcements

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Parasol community fund grant cycle

Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation announced the Community Fund will award up to $50,000 in unrestricted grant funding to organizations that make an impact in the regional community. Eligibility requirements: directly serve the Tahoe Basin; be recognized by the IRS as a tax exempt agency, 501(c)(3) public charity, government agency, school and/or faith-based organization in good standing; be incorporated in Nevada or California and in good standing; provide quality programs and/or services in arts, culture and heritage; community leadership/support; education and youth; environment and social services. Please visit http://www.parasol.org/communityfundgrants to download the application.

Applications and required materials are due at the Parasol office no later than 4 p.m. March 14, 2014.

Purim festival

North Tahoe Hebrew Congregation (NTHC) will celebrate the festival of Purim on Sunday, March 16 4-7 p.m., with Purim services, a play from the Religious School, a family friendly carnival with games, crafts and a pick-a-prize raffle. There will also be a carnival-themed meal with kosher and veggie hotdogs and all the fixings and make-your-own Hamantaschen for dessert. Costumes are encouraged with everyone in costume receiving a two free raffle tickets.

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The entire community is welcome to this fun, family-friendly event. Jew and non-Jews alike are welcome to attend. Suggested contributions are $20 for the whole family or $5 per person made at the door. For questions or RSVP, contact Pam – pdickermn@yahoo.com 650-906-4195.

North Tahoe Hebrew Congregation is located at 7000 Latone Ave. in Tahoe Vista. Visit http://www.tahoetemple.org or call 530-546-0895 for information.

AAUW to meet

The Tahoe Nevada Chapter of American Association of University Women (AAUW) 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. There is a social hour 5:30-6:30 p.m. and dinner and program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. 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 will take place on Wednesday, March 19, with speaker Karen Carey, executive director of Tahoe SAFE Alliance. She will educate about the services her organization provides the community and how you can assist them with their mission. To RSVP e-mail Kelly Neville at kellyaauw@gmail.com or Barbara Pulver at barbeaauw@gmail.com or call 989-859-4860 by no later than Monday, March 17, at 5 p.m.

New preschool aged program announced

Tahoe's Connection for Families (TCF) annnounced a new program designed specifically for preschool-aged children and their parents. Starting on Monday, March 17, TCF will offer a Spanish-English bilingual language and culture class and open gym playtime for preschoolers ages 3-5. Join Spanish language and culture class on Mondays, 3-4:30 p.m., and open gym playtime in TCF's 1,700-square-foot gym and wheel room Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 3-5 p.m. Parents or caregivers must accompany their child(ren).One Monday per month, TCF Director Laurean Meyer will offer a parenting education class for parents and caregivers with topics on childhood development topics specific to preschool ages. Class size is limited to 12 children. Tuition varies with enrollment options, call 775-832-8230 for more information or to enroll.

Learn more at http://www.tcfkids.org.

Incline Village Library news

Display cases: Sculptures by Mark Ross. March 13, 6-7:30 p.m. The Help with Houses Series. Real Estate Professional, Anthony Biagi will present information on what you need to know about the foreclosure process or dealing with an underwater home. March 15, noon-2 p.m. Seniors to Seniors Computer Help. A group of tech-savvy seniors from Incline High School will be available to help you with your computer-related questions. Take your laptop, tablet, phone, e-reader or other device. March 18, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Veteran's Writing Workshop. Thought provoking writing and reading exercises to encourage all veterans, active and retired, to write about their experiences for their own benefit or to share. March 19 and 26, 4-4:45 p.m. Family Story Time. Children of all ages are welcome for stories, songs, games, and crafts! March 21, 2-4 p.m. Lifescapes. Writing program where seniors are given an opportunity to write and share their memoirs. March 21, 6-7 p.m. Sculptures by Mark Ross. Ross uses re-purposed local materials including wood, stone, metal and semi-precious stones to produce wildly creative small structures nestled in flowing wood sculptures. Ross will discuss his unique creations at this after-hours event.

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

"Gold Rush Trail" author to speak

Noted historian and author of "Gold Rush Trail" Frank Tortorich will hold forth at the Mark Twain Cultural Center & Toccata Guttman Music Hall, 760 Mays Blvd., Incline Village on Friday, March 21. Doors open at six and the talk begins at seven.

Take a picnic dinner and beverage of choice or order from Bar Bar Bar, the Village Deli or Lupita's.

Tickets $15, for reservations call 775-833-1835 or email mcavoylayne@gmail.com

Garden Club grants

Lake of the Sky Garden Club promotes an interest in gardening, with particular emphasis on the problems at high altitude, to support charitable, educational, and scientific works, as well as to initiate and participate in beautification and developmental gardening projects in the North Lake Tahoe region.

The money for these grants comes from the club's annual garden tour. On Saturday, July 26, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Lake of the Sky Garden Club will host their 26th annual garden tour, the West Shore Garden Tour. Proceeds will fund scholarships to encourage study in landscaping, horticulture, forestry or environmental science and up to $6,000 in grants to local community garden projects.

Lake of the Sky Garden Club has grant funds available for community related garden projects in the North Lake Tahoe area. To obtain an application, call Emily Hatch at 530-582-8487 or email her at jimxem@sbcglobal.net.

The club generally meets on the last Monday of the month from March through October. For a meeting schedule and more information, go to http://www.lake-of-the-sky.org or call President Patty Lomanto at 530-582-0726.

Free tax preparation

Free preparation of federal and California tax returns is now available for households with income under $52,000.

This service helps people to receive all of the tax credits to which they are entitled. Through the April 15 filing deadline, tax preparation appointments are available Wednesdays and Thursdays, 4-8 p.m. and Saturday April 12, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. All appointments at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Non-Profit Center, 948 Incline Way, Incline Village, call Tahoe Family Solutions at 775-298-0004.

Tax returns are prepared by IRS-certified volunteers under the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program operated by Tahoe Family Solutions. VITA representatives are also available to meet with local businesses and other organizations to provide information about the free tax preparation services and answer questions.

If you would like to schedule a visit, contact Mike Smith at 775-830-2050 or via e-mail at msmithtahoe@gmail.com.