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Are your current financial issues creating stress in your life or in your relationships? You are not alone. Sierra Family Services in Tahoe City will be offering a Financial Insight and Improvement group starting on Thursday, Feb. 19, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. It will run seven weeks.

Personal financial issues are among the top causes of family conflict. The program is oriented toward individuals and couples experiencing negative emotions or who are overwhelmed by current financial situations. Participants will learn basic family financial assessment and organizing skills to help develop more understanding and control. Participants will also explore how emotions drive both productive and destructive spending and saving habits, including such issues as taking on excessive debt, overspending and engaging in risky behaviors. The cost of the seven-week program is $140 for individuals and $210 for couples.

For more information please e-mail Karin Sable at karinsable@gmail.com. Call Sierra Family Services at 581-4084 to sign up.

We will not be discussing specific financial information. All participants’ specific financial issues will remain confidential.

Beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss would be 104 this year and the party is on! Perhaps best known for “The Cat in the Hat,” Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel) authored and illustrated 44 children’s books, introducing generations of children to the joy of reading. Our community will be celebrating Seuss’ work at an annual birthday party on Wednesday, March 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the North Lake Tahoe Boys and Girls Club.

The North Tahoe Family Resource Center is sponsoring this year’s event, and welcomes families, caregivers and young children to come for activities, crafts, book reading and more.

For information call the North Tahoe Family Resource Center at 546-0952.

The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival is holding local auditions, Saturday, Feb. 21, for its 2009 season performances Much Ado About Nothing and Measure for Measure, slated for July 11 through Aug. 23. Auditions will be held at University of Nevada, Redfield Proscenium Theatre, 1664 N. Virginia St.

Due to space and time limitations, the festival screens for all non-equity resumes before scheduling audition times. As the festival produces only Shakespeare plays, Shakespeare training is highly recommended. All non-equity actors without Shakespeare training will not be scheduled to audition.By union requirements, all equity actors who submit resumes for local auditions receive an audition slot. Actors may send resumes and head shots in advance to: Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, attention: Casting, 948 Incline Village Way, Incline Village, NV 89451. Numerous production positions, as well as acting and production internships are available. Visit http://www.laketahoeshakespeare.com for further information or contact Production Manager John Grüber, jgruber@tahoebard.com, (402) 203-3629 or (775) 298-0150.

Tickets are now available for the 37th annual Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival season at http://www.laketahoeshakespeare.com or (800) 74-SHOWS.

Four ski seasons ago, the Squaw Valley community banded together to throw a prom – not a high school prom, a ski town prom in which all proceeds went to charity. In its 5th year, the Squaw Valley Prom has made its mark as one of the premier parties in ski country. Even cooler than partying with Squaw’s finest: The proceeds from the prom go to the Lake Kip Memorial Fund that helps to assist individuals with spinal cord injury participate in outdoor sports. Prom 5, “Enchantment Under KT,” will go down at Squaw Valley’s Plaza Bar on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2009. Tickets are on sale now at http://www.squawvalleyprom.com.

After producing The Vagina Monologues for seven years Tahoe Women’s Services will debut a community based play, “My Name Ain’t Betty Crocker” written in part by Kathy Coudle King.

The new production is a dynamic combination of monologues, dances, and a one-act play, “My Name Ain’t Betty Crocker,” will be performed at 7 p.m. May 1 at North Tahoe High School’s theater.

“It will take the audience on an entertaining, educational journey through the powerful world of a survivor who experiences the shocking reality of violence and the inspirational strength in surviving,” said Tahoe Women’s Services Volunteer Coordinator Erin Everett.

“My Name Ain’t Betty Crocker,” tells the story of a woman who survives domestic abuse. The one-act plays follows her journey as she consults her mother, best friend and priest to find the strength to leave. The play is performed with both male and female actors.

“The monologues the actors perform bring a deeper understanding to the complicated world of abuse and the power to survive,” Everett said.

Because of the multi-gender cast, TWS is actively seeking male actors to audition for the performance. Auditions will be held 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Monday in Incline Village; 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday in Tahoe City and 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Feb. 13 in Truckee. All auditions will be cold reads of dramatic pieces and no experience is necessary. Actors must be older than 18. To schedule an audition appointment or find out more call Everett at (774) 298-0182.

A performance by Inner Rhythms Dance Theater will also complement the monologues in the play with inspirational themes, Everett said.

“These dances help Tahoe Women’s Services achieve one aspect of its mission, which is to reduce the incidence and trauma of domestic violence and sexual assault through education,” she said.

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