Community Briefs: Funds for events, Toys for Tots, Holiday Mixer |

Community Briefs: Funds for events, Toys for Tots, Holiday Mixer

Get funding for your Truckee event

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 nonprofit 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 Chamber’s 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.

Toys for Tots kicks off in Tahoe City

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.

Win a vacation at holiday mixer

Drop by the Tahoe Biltmore Thursday, Dec. 11, from 5 to 7 p.m., for an evening of light hors d’oeuvres, 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!

Locals ” keep on truckin’

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.

Santa arrives by airplane

Bring the family to the Truckee Tahoe Airport on Saturday, Dec. 6, 10 a.m. to noon to greet Santa as he flies in for his annual holiday visit. See Santa circle the airport in a small plane. Be on hand to greet him with a big Truckee-Tahoe welcome as he lands. Join Santa in the Airport Terminal building/ Runway Cafe after the landing for hot chocolate and yummy holiday treats. Santa will visit with each child and distribute holiday gifts.

This free event is a holiday gift from Truckee Tahoe Airport, Flying Doctors Runway Cafe, Treat Box and First Five Nevada County. For more info, call 582-2583.

Wherefore art thou gift cards?

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) 327-4697). Visit for more information.

Free skiing for honor students

Homewood’s Honor Roll incentive program rewards Truckee and Tahoe City high school honor roll students with free lift tickets, valid any day of the week. To qualify for free lift tickets students must either achieve a 3.75 grade point average or a 3.5 grade point average with perfect attendance.

The purpose of the program is to demonstrate by keeping sight of a goal, great rewards can be earned. Free skiing and snowboarding are great rewards for kids in our community.

Each report card quarter, area high schools will provide the Homewood special tickets window with a list of eligible students. A valid student I.D. must be presented upon each ticket redemption. Visit or call 525-2992 for more information about Homewood Mountain Resort.

Fine gift for foodies

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 Truckee’s 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 Please call 550-7984 for information.

Help homeless pets

Tails by the Lake is once again hosting the Animal Gift Giving Tree this holiday season through Dec. 25. Help support the local homeless dogs and cats in shelters by donating a collar, toy, treat or bed to a sheltered animal this holiday season. Bring your own gift or receive 25 percent off your purchase for donation at Tails by the Lake. All gifts will be given to the sheltered dogs and cats on Christmas Eve so they too can have a Happy HOWLiday.

Visit the Village at Squaw Valley and pick out an ornament on the Animal Gift Giving Tree, which represents the many homeless pets currently sheltered by the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe. Simply pick an ornament off the tree and help supply that pup or kitty with any item of your choice.

‘Buy local’ in Truckee Tahoe

Keep shopping dollars local this holiday season by supporting the more than 50 North Lake Tahoe businesses offering discounts, gifts, refreshments while shopping during the 2008 Shop Local Week, Dec. 1-7.

Shop Local Week will run in conjunction with the North Lake Tahoe Shop Local Contest, held Dec. 1-21. Pick up a Shop Local Contest Card at any participating merchant and receive a stamp for every $20 spent at a participating retailer. Returned cards will be entered into a raffle for prizes, including a kayak donated by Enviro-Rents, from North Tahoe businesses.

The North Tahoe Business Association and the Tahoe City Downtown Association have organized both events to encourage locals and visitors to shop in the North Lake Tahoe area.

For more information call 546-9000 or visit

In Truckee, downtown kicks off Passport to Savings Dec. 4, when elementary school students decorate festive evergreens, cider and cookies will be served and carolers will sing holiday music from 4 to 8 p.m. Santa will be on hand to greet the children with candy canes and cheer. Festivities continue each Thursday, Friday and Saturday during December with the Truckee Holiday Passport for Savings. Area businesses are offering coupons and discounts redeemable with the passport which can be picked up free at the Truckee Donner Visitor Center located at 10065 Donner Pass Road beginning Dec. 4. Participants are invited to enter a drawing that will be held on Jan. 1, 2009. Prizes include gift certificates from participating merchants.

Holiday cheer lights up Historic Cabin

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

Sing a song of Christmas

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 and or call (808) 651-8397.

Tahoe Dance School presents ‘The Nutcracker’

Dec. 5 and 6, 7 p.m. and Dec. 7, 3 p.m., North Tahoe High School Theatre

Enjoy Tahoe Dance School’s presentation of an American Holiday Tradition “The Nutcracker.” Watch Godfather Drosselmeyer and his dancing dolls, rascally Ratties battle heroic toy soldiers and the nutcracker prince take Clara on a journey through a forest of shimmering Snowflakes to The Land of The Sweets where they are greeted by the Christmas Tree Angels. The Sugar Plum Fairy with her swirling candy canes, gingerbread cookies and graceful flowers dance to the exquisite Tchaikovsky score of “The Nutcracker Suite.” Special ticket price of $5 for students at the Sunday performance. Net proceeds from the Sunday performance will be donated to Arts For The Schools. Ticket prices adults $15, students $8 in advance. $2 more at the door. Visit or call 582-8278.

Hike with Carmen

Carmen Carr shares her passion with the community by providing monthly, guided hikes and snowshoe trips of our beautiful backyard and its endless trail systems. Meet at 9 a.m. at the Peter Grubb hut trailhead on Saturday, Dec. 6. From Truckee take the Boreal exit off I-80, turn right and go up the road until you reach the gate where you can park. Visit for the hiking schedule and photos, or call 550-5192.

Dine Around in Downtown

Slow Food Lake Tahoe’s Dine-Around hits Old Truckee on Thursday, Dec. 4 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The Dine-Around is Slow Food Lake Tahoe’s biggest fundraiser and is a celebration of food and wine brought to you from local producers/farms.

The evening features Dragonfly, Moody’s Bistro, Pacific Crest Grille, Pianeta Ristorante and The Pour House. The Dine-Around was created to highlight what our local restaurants can chef up with local, seasonal fare, allowing participants to “dine-around” at each venue to enjoy an appetizer and wine pairing.

There will be plenty of time to linger at each of the five restaurants to savor the flavors of fresh, local food, and sip delicate, smooth wines.

Tickets for the event are on sale and available at The Pour House in downtown Truckee, 10075 Jibboom St. Tickets are $70 for Slow Food members and $80 for non-members. This price includes appetizers and wine tastes at all five locations.

“Heart Art”: Call to Artists for February Show

North Tahoe Arts (NTA) invites you to submit two- or three-dimensional art for a show celebrating art that is about, for, and from the heart. NTA aims to collaborate with the American Heart Association for this February group show. Open to all fine art media, including painting, photography, sculpture, jewelry, functional art and craft. The jury may consider other media, such as poetry and music, so let us know if you have ideas!

Submission deadline is Dec. 12, 2008. Download an entry form at or call 581-2787.

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