North Tahoe-Truckee community briefs: Week of Feb. 1, 2016 |

North Tahoe-Truckee community briefs: Week of Feb. 1, 2016

Bessie Minor Swift Foundation grant deadline nears

The Bessie Minor Swift Foundation is accepting grant applications from nonprofit organizations in Truckee-North Tahoe-Incline Village and its surrounding areas.

Applications will be accepted through Feb. 15 and recipients will be announced on May 2. The fund will consider applications for grants requesting a minimum of $500.00 and a maximum of $3,000.00.

The Bessie Minor Swift Foundation awards grants to organizations that provide direct service to help with the implementation or expansion of literacy programs for children who are below grade level or experiencing difficulty reading, and also to develop reading and writing skills at all age levels.

The Foundation supports programs in the arts, languages and sciences for preschool, primary and secondary school-aged children.

The Bessie Minor Swift Foundation was formed by the owners and founder of Swift Communications, which owns and operates the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza, Sierra Sun and

Bessie was born in Onaga, Kansas, on June 29, 1887. She was raised in Kansas City, Mo., and then moved to Blackburn, Mo., where she taught school in a one-room schoolhouse.

Phil recalls that the importance of education was reinforced throughout his upbringing not so much through statements or concrete expectations, but more through the example of his mother’s interest in English, reading, history and music.

More than $300,000 in grants has been awarded since 2008.

Visit to apply and to learn more about the foundation. Visit to learn more about Swift Communications.

Marty’s Café raises $350 for Arts for The Schools as part of Marty’s Mix

Marty’s Mix is a monthly fundraiser that was created by Chef Marty Carlton, owner of Marty’s Café in Truckee, to support the many local nonprofits in the Tahoe-Truckee area and to bring them the love they deserve.

As a cancer survivor himself, Marty specifically resonates with the work these nonprofits do.

Each month, Marty’s asks for a five-ingredient list of suggestions from its social media followers, and Marty chooses one list from which to make a special dish.

The winning list’s creator then chooses a local nonprofit to receive half the funds raised from the dish.

In January, it was Trini’s Frosted Flake French Toast, and Trini chose Arts For the Schools to receive the funds for the eighth (and most successful) Marty’s Mix.

Together, Marty’s and the community raised $350 for Arts for The Schools, which Marty donated in late January to AFtS Executive Director Eve McEneaney.

Visit to learn more about Marty’s Café, or to learn about Arts For the Schools.

Parents’ Night Out in Tahoe City, and a fundraiser through Sandy’s Pub

Parents’ Night Out will be held Friday, Feb. 5, from 6-10 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Tahoe City. Children ages birth-12 years of age are welcome. A donation of $10 per child per evening is requested. Please feed your children dinner before bringing them. This is a drop in program and no pre-registration is necessary. The church is located at 390 Fairway Drive in Tahoe City. For information, call the church at 530-583-1534 or visit

After you’ve dropped your children off at Parents’ Night Out, enjoy an adult evening of food, drinks, ice-skating and s’mores by the fire at Sandy’s Pub at the Resort at Squaw Creek, 4000 Squaw Creek Road. The ice skating rink will be open until 8 p.m weather permitting. Mention “A+” and 20 percent of your dinner sales will be donated to the A+ Program. Free valet parking with validation. 

NASA prep for Mars topic of Monday Tahoe Silicon Mountain meeting

Tahoe Silicon Mountain, a network of technology professionals who live and work in the Tahoe-Truckee area, on Monday, Feb. 8, welcomes Jamie Orr to present: “From Science Fiction to Fact: How NASA Is Preparing to Send Humans to Asteroids and Mars.”

NASA is developing the capabilities needed to send humans to an asteroid by 2025 and Mars in the 2030s – goals outlined in the bipartisan NASA Authorization Act of 2010 and in the U.S. National Space Policy.

Orr’s presentation will give a general overview of what it will take for stories like The Martian to go from science fiction to science fact.

Orr, co-founder & CEO of Tahoe Mountain Lab, teaches at Lake Tahoe Community College & Sierra Nevada College in physics, mathematics, chemistry, and green sustainable education. Orr earned an M.S. in experimental condensed matter physics studying the fabrication and characterization of magnetic nanostructures and a Ph.D in theoretical physics from UC Davis focusing on protein folding models associated with amyloid diseases.

The meeting will be from 6-8 p.m. at Pizza on the Hill in Tahoe Donner at 11509 Northwoods Blvd.

A $5 fee includes pizza and salad. You can learn more about Tahoe Mountain Lab at

The event will also be livestreamed at the Reno Collective and available online as it happens on YouTube:

Call for artists for second annual Truckee TOAST event

The Nevada County Arts Council this summer will present the second annual Truckee Open Art Studios Tour, also known as TOAST.

The opening Preview Exhibit and Artist Reception will take place July 12, with the Open Studio Tour following the weekends of July 15-17 and July 22-24.

The Truckee Open Art Studios Tour is intended for both professional and emerging artists who are actively producing high-quality work. Artists must reside, own a home/property, or have studio space within the boundaries of the Truckee-Donner Recreation and Park District. Entries are accepted in all visual art mediums except video, film, performance, and installation art.

Truckee Open Art Studios Tour is a juried art event, offering a unique opportunity for you to gain further recognition as an artist, open your studio doors to the public, and to show and sell your work. Early registration fees, at $300, end on Feb. 15; regular registration fees, $325, end Feb. 28. Late registration costs $375.

Please email for an application package and the complete registration guidelines.

12th annual Squaw Valley Prom set for Feb. 20

The nonprofit High Fives Foundation and CHARITYSMITH will present the 12th annual Squaw Valley Prom on Saturday, Feb. 20, at 8 p.m. at Squaw Valley’s Olympic House in Olympic Valley. This year’s prom is themed a Lu’Au, with guests Hula-ing their way through the night.

The Squaw Valley Prom is a high-energy event attracting 1,100 partygoers; this year, they’ll be grooving to the sounds of San Diego-based electro hiphop soul collective Vokab Kompany.

Tickets for the premier High Fives Foundation event of the season will be on sale through Feb. 20 or until they sell out at for $100 per couple and $200 stag (single). Only 1,100 tickets are available.

This year’s prom will feature world-class musical performers, a bigtruck Headwear “Sew-on-Site” store, Elevated Image photo booth, and video and entertainment from GoPro, as well as drink specials.

Visit to learn more.

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