Community Briefs: Brickelltown Contest, Toys For Tots, Fine Gift for Foodies | SierraSun.com

Community Briefs: Brickelltown Contest, Toys For Tots, Fine Gift for Foodies

The Brickelltown Courtyard merchants announce a Christmas Stocking Contest for Friday, Dec. 5. No rules, no entry fees just make a stocking and there will be prizes from Fair andamp; Green Gifts with Conscience, Riverside Studios, Drake andamp; Lulus Art Shed and The Feathers Edge Finery. All stockings will be donated to the Truckee Community Christmas. So, knit, sew, patch, recycle a stocking and enter it during the 2nd Annual Brickelltown Christmas First Friday. Join us every Friday in December (5, 12, 19) from 4 to 8 p.m. to celebrate the season with local art, fair trade and seasonal refreshments and snacks. Donations accepted for infants and teenagers during the Friday events for Truckee Community Christmas. We also need carolers and welcome non-profits and student organizations to participate in the holiday celebrations. Contact Heidi at 582-0908 for more details.

SnowBomb and Squaw Valley USA respectfully announce the Second Annual Coogan Kelly Memorial Rail Jam Saturday, Nov. 29. A year ago, the Tahoe/Truckee and snowboarding communities lost a rising star when Charles Coogan Kelly was slain at a party in Reno, Nev. Coogan was a successful competitor on the rail jam and snowboard competition circuit around Tahoe. SnowBomb will donate all competitor registration fees to the Coogan Kelly Foundation, which raises money for the Coogan Kelly Scholarship awarded to aspiring snowboarders to help advance their careers. The Coogan Kelly Memorial Rail Jam is open to riders of all ages, talents, mens and womens ski and snowboard divisions. Registration is at 9 a.m., practice at 11 a.m., competition at 1 p.m.More information on the Coogan Kelly Memorial Rail Jam is available on http://www.snowbomb.com and http://www.squaw.com. Contributions to the Coogan Kelly Foundation can be sent to: Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation, c/o The Coogan Kelly Foundation, PO Box 366, Truckee, CA 96160.

The Truckee Optimist Club will be selling Christmas trees this holiday season with a selection of locally cut Red Firs as well as Noble and Grand fir trees shipped to from a grower in Oregon.Our lot will be in our usual location at the Crossroads Shopping Center at the corner of Highway 89 and Deerfield Drive. Tree sales will begin on Saturday, Nov. 29 and will conclude on Tuesday, Dec. 23 (or once the last tree is sold). Visit http://www.truckeeoptimistclub.com for hours.The tree lot is manned by Truckee Optimist Club members, school youth and teams that benefit from the proceeds, and other community volunteers. All profits from the sales of the trees are included in the Truckee Optimist Club annual budget of nearly $50,000, which goes directly to youth activities (both educational and recreational), scholarships, and grants for Truckee youth. If you have any questions, please call Norm Justesen at 559-1466.

Applications for tourism event grant funding for 2009 are available through the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce.A total of $10,000 is available for allocation. Both non-profit and for-profit event producers are eligible. Events must be held within Truckee town limits. Criteria for the events include tourism draw, overnight accommodations attributed to the event, time of the year the event is held, and out-of-area promotional and media campaigns.The Chambers Tourism Committee will rate applications on a variety of criteria to decide on the recipients. Pick up an application at the Chamber office, 10065 Donner Pass Road in the Depot, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Completed applications must be returned to the Chamber office by Friday, Dec. 12, 2008, no later than 5 p.m. Call 587-2757 for more information.

Truckee Donner Historical Society will host its annual Christmas at the Cabin event on Saturday, Dec. 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. Everyone is invited to join at the Research Cabin for light refreshments, holiday treats and good cheer. The Society has made changes to their Research Library and this is an opportunity to stop by and see this valuable resource which is available to our community. Local history books and vintage photo reproductions from the extensive collection will be sold.A donation from former owners of the Donner Trading Post, Dan and Laura Horman, makes affordable jewelry for sale. Stop by the open house event, at 10115 Donner Trail Road on the west end of Meadow Park behind the Truckee Donner PUD and do some holiday gift shopping. For additional information contact TDHS at 582-0983 or info@truckeehistory.org.

The Truckee Tahoe Community Chorus at Sierra College, now in its seventh season, will present two holiday concerts at 4 p.m. Dec. 6 at Truckee High School Theater, and Dec. 7 at the Resort at Squaw Creek, Olympic Valley. , The featured choral composition is the Gloria, by noted contemporary English composer John Rutter. This work, conducted by Susan K. Horst, features brass, organ and percussion. Other contemporary composers included on the program are Morton Lauridsen and Eric Whitacre, with an entertaining line-up of holiday pieces.The audience will be invited to join the chorus in singing traditional carols. The chorus is directed by co-conductors Susan K. Horst and Chris Nelson. The Community Chorus is pleased to share the festive holiday spirit with the community. The 60-member chorus is sponsored by Sierra College, Truckee. Concerts are co-sponsored by Squaw Valley Institute and the Resort at Squaw Creek. For tickets and information, visit http://www.truckeecommunitychorus.com. and http://www.squawvalleyinstitute.org or call (808) 651-8397.

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You can be a secret Santa by bringing an unwrapped toy for less fortunate local children. Join the fun at a Toys for Tots kick off party on Wednesday, Dec. 3 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Coldwell Banker Cobblestone Office located at 475 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City. Those bearing a new, unwrapped gift of a value of $20 or more will receive a complimentary, midweek, non-holiday lift ticket to one of three local ski areas; Northstar-at-Tahoe, Alpine Meadows or Homewood. Tickets are limited. Santa will be on hand with candy canes, or have hot cocoa and cider, yummy goodies, wine and cheese. Live music will be provided by the North Tahoe High School Jazz Ensemble.Coldwell Banker offices will be collecting toys through Dec. 14, Monday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the following locations: 475 N. Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, 583-5581; 531 N. Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, 583-2800; 12068 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, 587-7474; 10095 Dorchester Dr., Glenshire, 587-6051. Contact Elaine Durazo or Kristina Mattson at 583-5581.

Drop by the Tahoe Biltmore Thursday, Dec. 11 from 5 to 7 p.m. for an evening of light hors doeuvres, wine or beer and a holiday raffle. Great prizes to be had including a one week vacation, season pass to Northstar-at-Tahoe and great gift certificates. No host cocktails available. One more opportunity to enjoy a little holiday cheer!

Looking 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.

Truckee and North Lake Tahoe residents, employees and property owners are eligible to purchase a Local Sticker, which assists westbound access on Interstate 80 between Reno and Truckee-Tahoe during winter storm periods. The sticker also assists Donner Summit residents with access on Old Highway 40 during winter road closures. Stickers are $10 each and are available at the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce and North Tahoe Visitor Centers in Incline Village and Tahoe City. They are valid for the life of your windshield and must be permanently placed on the lower left-hand corner of the windshield. For information call the TNT/TMA at 581-3922.