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Lets Talk Turkey Project MANAs annual Thanksgiving distribution for families in need will take place Saturday, Nov. 22. Last year, 431 households were able to provide a Thanksgiving meal for their families, thanks to the generosity of our community. Because of the economy, Project MANA is expecting to serve even more families this year. Distributions in Truckee, Incline Village and Kings Beach include a frozen turkey and all the fixings for a traditional Thanksgiving meal. For $25 you can sponsor a family, donations of turkeys are also appreciated. For more information, please contact Project MANA today at 582-4079 or (775) 298-0008.Soroptimist Gets Ready for Annual AwardsSoroptimist International of Truckee-Donner is offering their annual Violet Richardson Award. This award will be presented to a young Truckee woman, between the ages of 14 17, who makes the community and world a better place through her volunteer efforts. A $250 award goes to the winner along with a matching $250 contribution made in honor of the winner to her volunteer organization. Earlier this year, Julianne Jahr (JJ) was the Violet Richardson Awards recipient. With the direction of Amor Mission, Julianne and 25 other students and chaperones traveled to Rosarita Beach, Mexico, to build a large home. The Amor Mission does not allow the use of power tools. In a matter of six short days, a house was built large enough for a church pastor, his wife and three children and a large multi-purpose room for church functions. Melissa Popnoe was another recipient of the Violet Richardson Award in 2006. A member of the Girl Scouts of Sierra Nevada Council, Melissa used her award to build a much needed sandbox at the Sierra High School Sierra Teen Education andamp; Parenting Programs play yard.Violet Richardson was the president of the first Soroptimist Club in 1921. She was a physical education teacher committed to creating opportunities for girls and young women. She lived her life accordingly, as an active volunteer in her community and a pioneer in the health and physical education field. Her motto, Its what you do that counts is certainly exemplified in Melissa and Julianne. Applications are available at Truckee and Sierra High School or by contacting Lorna Leyton at 587-0826. The due date for the completed applications is Dec. 1, 2008.Dining for schools card a fine gift for foodiesLooking for the perfect gift this holiday season? Consider a Dining for Schools card. A Dining for Schools card fits perfectly every time and benefits the giver and the local schools. The popular dining cards are currently on sale and can be used to receive 50 percent off entrees at 40 of North Tahoe and Truckees finest restaurants. The cards can be purchased for $45 and are available at all Porters Sport locations, Save Mart and Safeway locations (Truckee and Kings Beach), Mountain Hardware and online at http://www.exined.org. Please call 550-7984 for information.