Tahoe-Truckee community briefs, week of Dec. 7, 2015 | SierraSun.com

Tahoe-Truckee community briefs, week of Dec. 7, 2015

Winter clothing, hygiene, diaper donations sought

Winter Warmth and Wellness continues to collect warm winter clothing, coats and health and hygiene items, diapers and paper goods for Truckee-North Tahoe families in need.

Volunteers are collecting items until Dec. 19, and the distribution will be at the North Tahoe Event Center in Kings Beach that day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., in conjunction with the Toys for Toys distribution for the California side of Lake Tahoe. Advance registration is requested. Volunteers are need from Dec. 14 through Dec. 20. Trucks and drivers are needed on Dec. 14, too. Please call Meera Beser at 775-230-1066 to donate items or to volunteer or to ask questions.

Truckee History Alive presentation set for Thursday

Lake Tahoe historian Mark McLaughlin will lead the discussion, "Exceptional California Emigrants & Women Pioneers who Traveled West in the 1840s" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, at the Truckee Veterans' Memorial Building at 10214 High St.

McLaughlin, an award-winning author will talk about early women pioneers in California. As a professional speaker, he has entertained and educated countless groups and conferences about Tahoe's cultural and environmental history, been a guest on NPR, and worked as a consultant with CNN, The History Channel, and The Weather Channel. Visit thestormking.com to learn more.

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Families sought for exchange students

International Fellowship is seeking local host families 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. The exchange students arrive from their home country shortly before school begins and return at the end of the school year or semester.

Each International Fellowship student is fully insured, brings his or her own personal spending money and expects to contribute to his or her share of household responsibilities, as well as being included in normal family activities and lifestyles. If people are interested in learning more, call 1-800-647-8839.

Holiday concert set for Dec. 15

Truckee High School bands, under the direction of Mr. Jesse Steele, will present a festive community concert on Tuesday, Dec. 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Truckee High School Theater. This free concert will include performances by the Symphonic Band, the Jazz Band, and a Jazz Combo group. Everyone is welcome to attend this family friendly evening.

Truckee Community Christmas drives in motion

The Truckee Community Christmas senior program and toy, food, and coat drives are all under way. 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. Recommended food lists can be found at the collection barrels placed near the front of your favorite grocery store. Look for the red, square Truckee Community Christmas logo, which marks items that directly go to local families in need. To make an online donation, find out where collection bins are located, how to volunteer and more, visit TruckeeCommunityChristmas.com. For questions, call 530-587-2757.

Auto Doctor to give away free car to family in need

The Auto Doctor in Truckee is once again celebrating the season of giving by giving away a car to a needy family. The Auto Doctor, together with Auto Glass Express and High Sierra Cruisers, has a 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee ready to driven away this Christmas.

If you know of a family that needs a helping hand and a little Christmas magic, email the Auto Doctor at theautodoctor@sbcglobal.net. Be sure to include the name of the family you are nominating, contact information for the family, your name and why you think they should receive this vehicle. Nominations will be taken until noon on Tuesday, Dec. 22; the winner will be contacted on Thursday, Dec. 31.

$12,000 in Chamber grants available

Event planners are invited to apply for the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce Event Grants Program between Dec. 1 and Jan. 8, 2016, for consideration of funding their new or recurring event to be held in Truckee during 2016. Total event funding pool is $12,000.

Event planners focused on bringing in out of market participants and spectators during shoulder season over typical soft dates in fall/winter/spring are qualified to apply for funds to cover marketing expenses. Event must be held within the town of Truckee limits and have a tourism draw that drives overnight lodging. Grant guidelines and application, as well as additional information, are available on TruckeeChamber.com.