North Tahoe-Truckee community briefs: Week of Dec. 14, 2015

Truckee Community Christmas donation deadline is today

Truckee Community Christmas is accepting toy, food and coat donations through Wednesday, Dec. 16. Collection bins can be found all over town for toy donations. Coats can be donated at Church of the Mountains in downtown Truckee, Mountain Hardware, Starbucks and Tahoe Forest Church on Hirschdale Road.

Food items are being collected at local grocery stores. Look for the red, square Truckee Community Christmas logo, which marks items that go to local families in need.

To make an online donation, find out where collection bins are located, how to volunteer and more, visit For questions, call 530-587-2757.

Tahoe Mountain Sports Community Appreciation Day

Tahoe Mountain Sports will host a Community Appreciation Day on Wednesday, Dec. 16, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Events include one-day-only sales, brand giveaways, free gifts with purchase, and a Spin-To-Win style outlet sale.

Customers also are encouraged to bring in any lightly used winter clothing for donation to the “Winter Warmth and Wellness” charity drive. Items will be passed along to those in need of warm clothing in the coming months.

A kids’ activity station, light holiday refreshments, and samples from Clif Bar, Honey Stinger and Tahoe Trail Bar will be available, among other promotions.

Tahoe Mountain Sports is a family owned and operated outdoor adventure store located in the Safeway Shopping Center in Truckee. Visit to learn more.

‘Make Your Vision a Reality’ workshop Friday

Do you have great ideas but difficulty executing them? Do you set goals and struggle with follow through? Is change tough for you? Consider attending the “Make Your Vision a Reality” workshop scheduled for 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 18, at For Goodness Sake in Truckee.

Tina Lensing, MSW, LICSW will run the workshop, meant to help you to set realistic goals, explore barriers and create committed action toward your vision. Visit to learn more about Lensing, who is a life and business coach.

This event is free. All are invited to donate within their means, with a suggested donation of $20. Call 530-550-8981 or email

Community Chorus Sing-Along Caroling Party is Sunday

Enjoy singing your favorite Christmas carols while sipping hot chocolate and sampling holiday treats with the Truckee Tahoe Community Chorus for its Christmas Caroling Party on Sunday, Dec. 20, from 2-4 p.m. at the Community Arts Center on Church Street in Truckee.

Wear your ugliest sweater or your most festive outfit and win a prize. Delight in the sounds of the Youth Chorus and the sights of the Truckee Dance Factory. If you dare, learn to sing harmony on “Jingle Bells” or “We Wish You A Merry Christmas.” Visit

North Tahoe Arts seeks new board members

North Tahoe Arts is looking for a few people to join our Board of Directors. This is a great opportunity to help shape the future of NTA to expand and enhance our visual arts programs within the North Tahoe/Truckee area.

NTA’s board members volunteer their time and typically get involved in one or more aspects of the organization. If you are passionate about the arts and want to make a difference, consider joining NTA’s board. For information, visit, or contact Pam Sutton, Board President, at 775-830-8388,, or Kellie Cutler, Executive Director, at 530-581-2787,

Fire Tech I class at Sierra College

Fire Tech I, a prerequisite for the Sierra College Fire Academy, will be offered spring semester at Sierra College in Truckee. The class provides an overview of fire service and fire protection. Topics include career opportunities, fire loss analysis, function of public and private fire protection services and laws and regulations, as well as fire service nomenclature and basic fire chemistry and physics.

Students who succeed in the class will understand state certification requirements and will examine the evolution of fire protection and how fire losses have effected modern fire service. The class is offered from 6:16 to 9:20 p.m. Tuesdays (spring semester is from Jan. 25 to May 20). For information and to register, visit or visit campus at 11001 College Trail in Truckee.

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