North Tahoe-Truckee community briefs: week of Dec. 21, 2015 | SierraSun.com

North Tahoe-Truckee community briefs: week of Dec. 21, 2015

Deadline today, Dec. 23, for Sierra Avalanche Center Ski and Ride tickets

The nonprofit Sierra Avalanche Center is selling discount SAC Ski and Ride Day lift tickets at Sugar Bowl Resort for the 2015-16 season.

The center funds Know Before You Go youth avalanche education and provides a free daily backcountry avalanche advisory to inform winter recreation users about mountain weather and snow conditions.

Tickets are $60, good all season (non-holidays) at Sugar Bowl. Lift tickets must be purchased by Wednesday, Dec. 23, online atsierraavalanchecenter.org.

Pop up dinners this weekend at Stella

Stella at The Cedar House Sport Hotel recently launched dates and menus for its "pop up" winter dinner series. Stella Pop Ups are creative dining experiences featuring one menu and one seating (6 to 8:30 p.m.), and each course includes interesting information from Stella's knowledgeable kitchen team.

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Diners are encouraged to ask questions, join in conversations and savor the tasting menu. Each course is served at the same time with brief comments about ingredients or technique. Up next is the Aprés Ski Pop Up dinner offered Dec. 27, 28, 29 and Jan. 1 and 2.

All are open to the public. Stella Pop Ups are intimate (with less than three dozen seats) and reservations can be made at shop.cedarhousesporthotel.com. For information, visit the reservation page or call 530-582-5655.

Families sought for exchange students

International Fellowship is seeking local host families at Lake Tahoe and Truckee for international high school boys and girls. These students are 15 to 18 years of age and are coming to this area for the upcoming high school year or semester.

Exchange students arrive from their home country shortly before school begins and return at the end of the school year or semester. Anyone interested in information about becoming a host family should visit internationalfellowship.org or call toll free 1-800-647-8839.

Discount lift tickets to support Tahoe SAFE Alliance

Tahoe SAFE Alliance this week announced the sale of $106 lift tickets for Northstar, Heavenly and Kirkwood ski resorts, valid any day from now until the end of the 2015-16 ski season, representing a 20 percent savings over same-day lift tickets.

These tickets have no blackout dates or restrictions, so you can ski Christmas, New Year's, and President's Weekend. To purchase tickets go to tahoesafealliance.org or call 775-298-0010.

Vail Resorts, through an EpicPromise grant, donated lift tickets to support the mission of Tahoe SAFE Alliance. Money raised will support the Children's Program and positively affect child survivors of abuse. According to Tahoe SAFE Alliance, every $106 raised can provide four hours of counseling to one child.