Community Briefs: Halloween Parade, Job Fairs, Freestyle Scholarships and more | SierraSun.com

Community Briefs: Halloween Parade, Job Fairs, Freestyle Scholarships and more

The ghosts come marching inMark your calendar for Thursday, Oct. 30 when the Truckee-Donner Recreation andamp; Park District hosts the 3rd Annual Halloween Parade. The parade starts at the west end of the train station parking lot in Truckee at 6 p.m. and ends at the Community Center. More than 500 participants are expected in this years parade.Squaw Valley USA annual Winter Job FairSquaw Valley USAs annual Winter Job Fair offers a convenient way for job-seekers to explore various employment options and land a coveted mountain gig. Squaw Valley USA is a haven for anyone who loves winter sports. Squaw Valley employees reap the benefits of a complimentary season pass and access to 4,000 acres of terrain. The Winter Job Fair takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25. in the Olympic Village Lodge.Department managers will be on hand to interview perspective employees, and oftentimes offer jobs on the spot. Available positions include guest services staff, lift operators, ticket sellers, retail sales associates, parking attendants, ski and snowboard instructors, Squaw Kids instructors and sales staff, Cable Car and Funitel operators, reservation agents, ski and snowboard rental shop staff and many others.Anyone attending the job fair from out of town can stay at the Squaw Valley Hostel overnight for only $10.Applicants are encouraged to bring a resume and/or a completed application form. Call the Squaw Valley Personnel Office at 581-7112 or visit http://www.squaw.com/winter/jobs.Northstar- at-Tahoe Job Fair Walk-ins from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Open positions in almost every department, including transportation, lift operations, ski patrol, snowmaking, retail and day care. Seasonal part-time, seasonal full-time, weekend only, holiday only and other options available. Complimentary ski instructor training offered this year; no experience required. Housing opportunities also available. Early morning appointments between 8 and 10 a.m. by scheduling in advance at 562-3510. Applications available online, visit http://www.northstarattahoe.com.OV Freestyle Team offer scholarshipsThe Olympic Valley Freestyle/Freeride Team at Squaw Valley USA is offering eight scholarships to student athletes. The scholarship will be awarded to eight junior high and high school student athletes who aspire to become world-class freestyle or freeride skiers. Applicants should visit http://www.olympicvalleyfreestyle.com to submit an application by Nov. 2. The eight winners will be awarded complimentary full-program training and a season pass to Squaw Valley USA. Winners will be announced at the programs first fall meeting. Visit http://www.olympicvalleyfreestyle.com for more information.The Olympic Valley Freestyle/Freeride Foundation is a non-profit foundation providing coaching and resources to students and athletes interested in freestyle or freeride skiing at Squaw Valley USA.Biggest ski swap in townThe 44th Annual North Tahoe Ski andamp; Snowboard Swap is your ticket to affordable ski and snowboard gear. This huge ski swap offers loads of gear, including new and used skis, snowboards, boots and poles, clothing, helmets, goggles, kid’s stuff and much more. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 25, this event will be in both the North Tahoe Middle and High School gyms. For more information, please call 581-7050 ext 4344.Canine Carnival and Howl-oween Pet ParadeHave a howling good time at the Canine Carnival and Howl-oween Pet Parade Sunday, Oct. 26 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at The Rock in Truckee.This unique event is perfect for the whole family especially those tail-wagging members and the folks who love them. The afternoon kicks off with a pet costume parade led by a special guest. Everyone will gather in front of the MWA office at The Rock, just off Brockway Road, at 2 p.m. Costume contests will ensue with prizes for the best pet costume, best pet/owner combo and the best owner costume.Both four-legged and two-legged trick-or-treaters will be offered yummies at a variety of pet-friendly booths including Doggonecrazy and the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe. Interested businesses should call 550-2252 to participate. Professional photos will capture the picture-perfect-pet moment with the family. Hungry or thirsty folks will appreciate $2.25 pizza slices from Pelusos and $1 microbrews and glasses of wine (Toasted Head Chardonnay and Chalone Cabernet) from FiftyFifty Brewing Co.Therell also be dog biscuit decorating and balloon animals for the kids. All proceeds go to a great cause, as the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe is the non-profit beneficiary.This event is sponsored by The Rock multi-use center, 11197 Brockway Road. Call 550-2252.Light up a lifeJust a week-and-a-half left to participate in a global act of kindness this Halloween. The Gogain Group of Keller Williams Boice Realty, in cooperation with the Gift of Sight and Lions Clubs International, is again participating in this years Sight Night by collecting your used eyewear. The used glasses will be refurbished, recycled and hand delivered to underprivileged people around the world. And you can help in this worthwhile cause by donating your used prescription eyeglasses and non-prescription sunglasses. Big or small, chic or not, your eyewear could help someone in need to see the world more clearly. The Gogain Group will be accepting donations throughout the month of October and has set up the following four drop-off locations:Keller Williams Boice Realty, 11382 Northwoods Blvd., Tahoe Donners Trout Creek Fitness Center, 11509 Northwoods Blvd., Sierra Shades andamp; Optical, 10128 Donner Pass Road, Downtown Truckee, Keller Williams ONeal Brokers, 660 North Lake Blvd., in Tahoe City.Thank you for joining us in this act of kindness. For information visit http://www.givethegiftofsight.org or call Donna Gogain at 550-5164. Magic Moments change livesTogether, we are changing what it means to grow up in America. Volunteering just four hours a month can change a young person’s life. It’s simple, too. You and your Littl can share the kinds of activities you already like to do, such as: shooting hoops, playing a board game, going on a hike, enjoying a pizza, learning to cook Latin American dishes such as asopao from Puerto Rico or ropa vieja from Cuba.Join a brief and inspiring information session about the difference mentoring makes to the children in our community. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County is now serving Truckee and North Tahoe. Learn about the programs and the various ways to get involved. There are no expectations, simply help spread the word and tell a friend.Kings Beach session: Oct. 27, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Kings Beach Family Resource Center, 8321 Steel Head Ave. Contact Peggy or Dana at 587-7717, or email peggy@bigsofnc.org or dana@bigsofnc.org. Women only: Education, relaxation and rejuvenation Mark your calendars for the 18th annual Women’s Wellness Weekend Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 8 and 9. The weekend features two days of education, relaxation and rejuvenation designed especially for women in The Village at Squaw Valley. Women will find activities, health and wellness workshops and useful information geared toward all stages of life. The focus of Saturdays events are: disease prevention specifically for women; learning to create balance in your life, stress reduction, mindful eating, natural solutions for mid-life hormonal changes, creativity and healing, skin care, breast health for women and osteoporosis. Sundays focus will be a health fair offering health screenings specifically for women. Group exercise classes will be available, as well as an optional group hike. There will be special Girls on the Run activities available on Sunday for girls age 6-14. The cost is $40 per person. For more information call 587-3769 or to register go to http://www.regonline.com/2008www.Be preparedThe North Tahoe Fire Protection District mailed a newly developed Disaster Preparedness and Evacuation Guide to all residential property owners. The information, about emergency preparedness for events such as wildland fires, weather events and other disasters, is in a user-friendly format for easy reference. In addition to the guide, residents will receive Living With Fire, a DVD showing all the latest rules, regulations and how to make your property more resistant to fire. The District will be sending this information through local business organizations and service clubs. A Spanish language edition will be distributed later this year. Visiting the North Tahoe Fire website at http://www.NTFIRE.net or call North Tahoe Fire at 583-6913.Free storytime at Tahoe City LibraryBring your 3 to 5-year-old child to the Tahoe City Library for free story time. Story time is offered twice weekly; 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays and 10:30 a.m. Thursdays. The Tahoe City Library is located downstairs at 740 North Lake Blvd. Call 583-3382. TRPA holds community workshopsGet the latest information about the Lake Tahoe Regional Plan Update and see how your input is being put to use at community workshops. Through the Pathway Forum and the Place-Based Planning process, an extraordinary level of public involvement has been incorporated into the emerging Regional Plan Update for Lake Tahoe. The final product will be the blueprint to restore the Lake, improve the environmental health of the Basin, and revitalize our communities while maintaining our Tahoe character. Come join us for an update on the Plan and an opportunity to ask questions about where we go from here. The meetings will be held Oct. 28 from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Chateau, 955 Fairway Blvd., Incline Village, and Oct. 29 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the TRPA Admin Bldg., 128 Market St., Stateline, Nev. For information eamil doliver@trpa.org or call (775) 589-5235. New boat inspection, launch rules at Lake Tahoe Starting Nov. 1 all Lake Tahoe boat ramps and launches will be required to be closed when a qualified aquatic invasive species inspector is not available to inspect boats. This includes the Lake Forest Boat ramp and private marinas used for docking in the Tahoe City area. The new rules approved by TRPA also require vessels launching at the lake be decontaminated if inspectors determine they are at risk of introducing invasive species such as the quagga or zebra mussel or other species.These mollusks have invaded lakes across the nation, including the west, with serious environmental and economic consequences. They are carried overland between water bodies via watercraft that are not adequately cleaned, drained and dried. TRPA is working with agency partners, the boating community, marinas and other ramp/launch owners and operators to develop an implementation and finance plan for this program. The ultimate goal is to inspect every boat that enters the lakes of the Tahoe Basin while not curtailing access or impacting businesses dependant on boating activities. TRPA is also working to mobilize more volunteers to help ramp up the inspection program by the Nov. 1 implementation date. For more information contact Dennis Oliver/TRPA at (775) 589-5235, or email doliver@trpa.org . Jakes alpenglow dinners returnJoin Jakes on the Lake for their famous happy hour deals – cafe menu items and drinks specially priced Sunday through Friday, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. except during holiday periods. Jakes also offers Alpenglow Dinners, an early-bird dining room special 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday through Friday except holiday periods. As always Jakes offers live music on Fridays nights starting at 7 p.m. Oct. 24 is Sheldon Felich and Bud Worrell (acoustic folk rock). Located in the Boatworks Mall at 780 North Lake Blvd. Call 583-0188. Have a community voice in NLTRAConsistent with its adopted bylaws, the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association (NLTRA) has formally initiated the process for conducting the organizations annual Board of Directors Election. Three seats are up for election: At Large, Property Management/Real Estate and Ski Area. The deadline for filing as a candidate is Monday, Nov. 3. Ballots will be mailed to eligible voters Nov. 10, with a deadline to be received for tabulation of Dec. 2. Election results will be announced at the NLTRA Board Meeting Dec. 3.Newly elected Board members will take office in January 2009; re- elected Board members will continue to serve. Directors serve a term of three years. For more information contact NLTRA President and CEO Steve Teshara at 581-8739 or steve@PureTahoeNorth.com.