Community Briefs: Christmas at the Cabin, Remembering Coogan Kelly |

Community Briefs: Christmas at the Cabin, Remembering Coogan Kelly

The Truckee Donner Historical Society (TDHS) is hosting its annual Christmas at the Cabin, Saturday, Dec. 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. Light refreshments, holiday treats and good cheer will be served. Local history books, historic photos and vintage jewelry will be available for purchase to assist with your holiday shopping. Please make this holiday event an opportunity to stop by and see the changes made to TDHS’s valuable historical resource library, which is available to the community. Come one, come all to celebrate this joyous season. Call 582-0893 for information. The Historic Gateway Cabin is located in Meadow Park, behind Plumas Bank at 10115 Donner Trail Road, Truckee.

Have an arts and culture junkie on your list this holiday season? Give the gift of theatre with gift certificates for the 2009 season of the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival. Staged within a white sand amphitheater and surrounded by the deep blue waters of Lake Tahoe, the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival presents Shakespeare under the stars during its 37th season – an annual summer tradition. Featuring gourmet food and drink provided by Shakespeare’s Kitchen and nightly wine tastings, the Festival is an excellent opportunity to share quality time with friends and family. Gift certificates, offered in any denomination, are available by calling (888) 32-SHOWS (888-327-4697). Visit

The Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe presents Annual Santa Paws Pet Photos on Saturday, Nov. 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Tails by the Lake in the Village at Squaw Valley. Photos will be taken by professional photographer Michael Tedesco. The sitting fee is $20 with a variety of photo pricing and specials available that day. Every participant will receive a free gift bag from Tails by the Lake featuring doggie goodies. Visit or call 583-WAGS.

Tahoe Women’s Services (TWS) invites all skiers and snowboarders to ski Sugarbowl Ski Resort for just $25 on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008 to benefit Tahoe Women’s Services. Sugarbowl has generously donated 1,000 tickets with 100 percent of the ticket proceeds to benefit TWS, a community-based organization providing direct services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse and other individuals in crisis.

In California, TWS serves the Truckee community in Nevada County and several Placer County communities along the north shore of Lake Tahoe region. In Nevada, TWS serves the Incline Village and Crystal Bay communities. All information and services are available in English and Spanish.

Tickets are available for purchase online now at or call (775) 298-0182. Tickets will be available for pick-up the day of the event at will-call at Sugarbowl. Tickets must be purchased prior to the event and can only be used on Dec. 13, 2008. For additional information on the Tahoe Women’s Services Sugarbowl Ski Day contact Erin Everett at or visit

SnowBomb and Squaw Valley USA respectfully announce the Second Annual Coogan Kelly Memorial Rail Jam, to take place 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. In its second year, the Coogan Kelly Memorial Rail Jam is a tribute to Coogan, a passionate snowboarder and friend.

In his memory, SnowBomb will donate all competitor registration fees to the Coogan Kelly Foundation, which raises money for the Coogan Kelly Scholarship, awarded each year to young aspiring snowboarders to help advance their careers. The Coogan Kelly Memorial Rail Jam is open to riders of all ages and talents and consists of both men’s and women’s ski and snowboard divisions. Registration is at 9 a.m., practice starts at 11 am, and the competition will begin at 1 p.m. Entry fee for all riders is $10 and helmets are mandatory for all competitors. If time allows a special Best Trick Jam Session will follow the competition.

The Coogan Kelly Memorial Rail Jam is free for spectators, scheduled to take place on Searchlight near the base of the mountain. Contributions to the foundation can be sent to: Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation, c/o The Coogan Kelly Foundation, PO Box 366, Truckee, CA 96160. Visit and for information.

The holiday season approaches, and those involved with the Truckee Community Christmas are gearing up to help several hundred less fortunate local families and individuals. Celebrating their 15th year as an umbrella organization, Truckee Community Christmas collaborates with a number of local groups and businesses collecting and distributing food, toy, and clothing donations. Volunteers and donations are needed. Lend a helping hand for the following:

Food: Food collection barrels will appear at local grocery stores the weekend after Thanksgiving (Nov. 28). Suggested food lists for seniors and families are available at the food barrel locations. Cash and gift card donations are gratefully accepted. Contact Lynn Richardson at 582-2422.

Toys: Toy collection barrels will be placed around town the first week in December. Drop in a new unwrapped toy at all Bank of the West locations, U.S. Bank, Citizens Bank, Plumas Bank, Safeway, Save Mart, Longs, Rite-Aid, Truckee Travel, Porter Simon Law Office, Sierra Sun, Truckee Elementary, Glenshire Elementary, Truckee High School and various real estate offices.. Call Alissa Just at 587-6681, ext. 11 or (530) 906-4284.

Coats: The central drop-off point for gently used coats (no holes or broken zippers please) is located at the Church of the Mountains, on Church Street in downtown Truckee. For more information call Mindy Harrington at 582-4752.

Adopt-A-Senior: Reach out and help area seniors. Many are homebound and appreciate the extra assistance they receive from our caring community. Donors are directed to provide necessities according to wish lists that seniors complete. Contact Patti Bena at 587-4550.

Packing, sorting and distribution: At the helm, coordinating collection, wrapping, sorting and distribution, Pat Callahan and Joan Hartwell will once again team up at the former Sierra Mountain Community Education Center, which will serve as command central during the week of Dec.15. All donations must be received-prior to Friday, Dec. 19.

Contributions by check can be mailed to Truckee Community Christmas, P.O. Box 2955, Truckee, CA 96160. All donations are tax deductible. For general information about any component of Truckee Community Christmas, call the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce at 587-2757.

Next month the TCDA membership will be voting, in accordance with the by-laws, for the 2009 Board of Directors.

There are six seats to fill and two incumbents running again (Maja Thaler and Lolly Kupec). We are hoping you would like to run for one of them.

The seats to be filled are designated as follows: up to two of the seats are reserved for restaurateurs, one for the real estate profession, one for professional services, one retail seat, and at least one at large seat. To be a candidate you merely need enthusiasm and passion about Tahoe City, and a willingness to attend a couple of meetings a month. You must also be a voting member of TCDA in good standing (i.e. your 2008 membership dues were paid, or a new member).

If you are interested in running, please submit a short candidate’s statement via email to TCDA. Include your name, phone number, business or profession, and why you are interested in serving on our Board by next Monday Nov. 24 at

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