Tahoe-Truckee community briefs, week of Nov. 30, 2015 | SierraSun.com

Tahoe-Truckee community briefs, week of Nov. 30, 2015

Toys for Tots kickoff today to feature Santa Claus

The River Ranch Restaurant and Lodge, located at the corner of Highway 89 and Alpine Meadows Road between Tahoe City and Squaw Valley, will host the seventh annual Family Winter Welcome/Toys for Tots party on Wednesday, Dec. 2.

The River Ranch bar is open at 4:30 p.m. and dining room is open at 5:30 p.m. The North Tahoe High School Jazz Ensemble will be perform a free concert with traditional holiday music starting at 6 p.m. There will be free s'mores on the patio for kids, there will be home-made Christmas cookies for everyone, and Santa Claus will also be on hand.

During the evening, The River Ranch will offer food and drink discounts, and there will be a collection of new unwrapped toys for children from newborn to 17 years of age for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves Toys for Tots program. A free raffle ticket will be given to each person at the door when they arrive with a toy donation.

Visit tahoe-truckee.toysfortots.org or call The River Ranch at 530-583-4264 for information.

Free screening of all-female ski film Thursday in Truckee

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Tahoe Mountain Sports continues its Ladies Night sessions on Thursday, Dec. 3, with a free screening of "Pretty Faces,"an all-female ski and adventure sport film. The evening is presented by Patagonia and TMS, with all raffle proceeds and a portion of event-night store specials going to the nonprofit Tahoe Food Hub.

"Pretty Faces" was created by professional skier Lynsey Dyer to offer young girls role models and inspiration to explore the outdoors. The film also highlights the pioneer athletes of women's adventure sport while showcasing Mother Nature in all her glory.

Visit tahoefoodhub.org or tahoemountainsports.com to learn more.

Parents' Night Out Friday in Tahoe City

Parents' Night Out will be held this Friday, Dec. 4, from 6-10 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Tahoe City. Children ages birth to 12 years 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; 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.

Santa landing in Tahoma on Saturday

Santa Claus is coming to Lake Tahoe's West Shore on Saturday Dec. 6, at 6 p.m. at Marie Sluchak Community Park on Pine Street, located just off Highway 89 in Tahoma. The program will include Christmas caroling and free hot cocoa, cider and cookies. Santa will arrive by fire truck with presents for the children. All ages welcome.

Free parking for downtown Truckee's Festive Fridays

The Truckee Downtown Merchants Association, Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce and town of Truckee are partnering to offer Festive Fridays, set for Dec. 4, 11 and 18 in downtown Truckee. Festive Fridays are from 4-6 p.m. and will feature free parking, according to TDMA.

Come out and enjoy all that Historic Downtown Truckee has to offer. Shops will be open late and offering specials for the season, restaurants are waiting to tempt your taste buds, and the holiday lights are a perfect setting to get you in the holiday spirit. Visit historictruckee.com to learn more.

Truckee Library Winter Reading Program under way

The Truckee Library kicked off its annual Winter Reading Program for independent readers, ages 5-12, on Dec. 1. This winter¹s theme is "Pete the Cat — Reading is a Gift." Designed not to interfere with school reading and homework, the winter reading program is much more low-keyed than its summer counterpart.

Participants are encouraged to read a total of 10 chapter-length books over the three-month period of December-February. All participants receive a Pete the Cat reading log and bookmark. Upon completion, finishers will receive a certificate, a set of Pete the Cat trading cards, a Pete the Cat temporary tattoo and an invitation to a celebration party to be held in March.

Visit mynevadacounty.com/nc/library/Pages/TruckeeBranchLibrary.aspx to learn more.

Volunteer tutors sought

The Truckee Library's Read Up Literacy Program is seeking four enthusiastic, knowledgeable volunteer tutors who speak, read and write English well to give instruction to four adults who are interested in improving their reading comprehension, writing and communication skills.

A five hour literacy/ESL tutor training will be scheduled in December at a mutually convenient time. Tutor guides and student workbooks are provided free. Student meetings would last about 1 and a half hours per week. For information, call Rolann Aronson, Truckee Read Up Coordinator, at 530-575-7030.