North Tahoe-Truckee community briefs, week of Dec. 28, 2015 | SierraSun.com

North Tahoe-Truckee community briefs, week of Dec. 28, 2015

Free astrology classes set for Jan. 9 in Reno, Incline Village

Join astrologer and teacher Michele Hagan as she gives astrological insights for 2016 and offers practical tips to enhance your awareness, relationships, career, finances and everyday holistic health in the class, "Astrology Insights & Health Tips for 2016."

No astrology knowledge or experience is necessary to attend either session on Saturday, Jan. 9, at 11 a.m. to noon, Reno's North West Library, 2325 Robb Drive, Reno; and 2-3 p.m., Incline Village Library, 845 Alder Ave.

Both classes are free. To reserve your seat, visit http://www.healthastrologer.com and sign up to register for the class. The class is designed to be educational, interactive, fun and does not constitute medical or financial advice. Any questions, or for more information, call Hagan at 530-414-5566 or email healthastrologer@gmail.com.

Parent-child early learning classes begin next month in Truckee

The Family Resource Center of Truckee will host the following baby and early learning classes in the coming weeks and months:

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Baby and Me I: With Cindy Bansen, R.N., IBCLC. Fun, educational classes for parents and infants 3 months old to crawling. Organized activities, music, speakers and informal discussions weekly, begins Friday, Jan. 15, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the Family Resource Center of Truckee.

Baby and Me II: New series with Cindy Bansen for parents and infants 8-14 months old. Help baby experience life through touch, smell, sound and activities. Learn safe and effective parenting techniques for the older, more active baby. Share with other moms. Begins Tuesday, Jan. 12, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the FRC of Truckee

Baby Massage: With Linda MacKenzie-Parks, RN, BCI, CIMI. For parents and infants newborn to crawling. Promotes parent-child bonding, attachment and relaxation; helps infant health, circulation and digestion; and provides parenting skills and confidence. Begins Wednesday, Jan. 27, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the FRC of Truckee.

Toddler Gym Time: Free Play with exciting riding toys and big motor play equipment for parents and children 1 to 3 years old in the Big Gym at the TTUSD District Office. Drop-in Thursdays, 9:30 to 11 a.m., winter program begins Jan 7 and follows the TTUSD school schedule.

The Family Room at Truckee Elementary: Interactive play and learning with a focus on early literacy, includes crafts, music and more for parents and children 1 to 3 years old. Drop in on Mon-Wed-Fri from 10 a.m. to noon. Follows the TTUSD school schedule.

Visit truckeefrc.org to learn more and to register online. Or call the FRC at 530-587-2513 or email ruth@truckeefrc.org.

Free event with iFoster CEO coming Jan. 14 to Tahoe City AAUW luncheon

The North Tahoe AAUW branch will host a free event on Thursday, Jan. 14, at noon at the Tahoe City Yacht Club, called the "Soup Luncheon and iFoster program," featuring Serita Cox, co-founder and executive director of iFoster.

According to the AAUW, iFoster was launched to help the 3.3 million children living in foster and kinship care who, without proper support, grow up to be homeless, incarcerated, uneducated, and too often young parents themselves. Launched in October 2010, the iFoster community is supporting more than 1.8 million children across 50 states, and is growing by over 100,000 monthly. Further, iFoster provides life changing resources to help raise our most vulnerable children and youth.

For a preview of what this innovative program does, check out their webpage at www.iFoster.org.

This Soup Luncheon is kindly provided by the Gourmet Group. Visit northtahoe-ca.aauw.net to learn more about the North Tahoe AAUW branch.

Discount lift tickets support Tahoe SAFE Alliance

Tahoe SAFE Alliance last 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 New Year's Day 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.

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.