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Community Briefs: Lights off!

On Saturday, March 28, Sierra College, Tahoe-Truckee Campus joins the World Wildlife Fund and asks you to participate in Earth Hour Turn Out Your Lights, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. (local time) to demonstrate concern about climate change, emphasize the commitment to find solutions and promote reduced energy use. More than 100 U.S. cities will team up with more than 1,500 cities, towns and villages in 80 other countries. To participate in this global statement, sign up at http://www.earthhourus.org/main.php and turn your lights out for Earth Hour.

Representing the Tahoe City Rotary Club, Kaleigh Deardorff, a Forest Charter School student, was awarded first place at the Rotary Area Speech Contest March 19 at the Parasol Center in Incline. Kaleigh spoke about Making Dreams Real. The contest featured high school speakers from Incline, Truckee and Tahoe City. Cash prizes and plaques were awarded to the top three finishers.Kaleigh will advance to the Rotary District 5190 Speech Contest at the Peppermill in Reno May 16. Rotary District 5190 is comprised of 53 Rotary Clubs from northeastern California to the eastern border of northern Nevada.

Hannah Hauserman is collecting gently used cocktail or prom dresses for North Tahoe High Schools Junior/Senior Prom at Coldwell Banker in The Cobblestone, Tahoe City. The dresses are a donation and will not be returned. For information, please contact Hannah at 583-3012.

Bodhi Tree Foundation and Squaw Valley Institute present an evening of photos and discussion about maternal-child health work in Nepal, Friday, March 27, at the PlumpJack Conference Center, Squaw Valley.Sarah Ferris is a registered nurse at Tahoe Forest Hospital. After a 16-day trek in the Annapurna Circuit in 2006, , Ferris created a nonprofit called Bodhi Tree Foundation to support and promote maternal-child health in district of Humla, Nepal. The group organized and funded a five-day training for 30 local women to learn about safe birthing and newborn care. They also distributed 300 clean delivery kits and childrens medicines. Doors open 6:30 with no host bar, program starts at 7 p.m., $10 donation to Squaw Valley Institute. No charge for children and students with ID. Call 581-4138 or visit squawvalleyinstitute.org.

Chris Hatton was crowned honorary mayor of Kings Beach at the second annual Joe King Poker Tournament, March 6 at the Tahoe Biltmore. Hatton narrowly beat Renz Robinson for the top spot and the grand prize. Other top 10 finalists include Wayne Cameron, Charlette Hachman, Dave Spitsen, Gary Lee, Todd Willard, Russ Sprenger, Brad Mettler and John Obradovich.The Texas Hold-em style tournament is one of many SnowFest activities organized by the North Tahoe Business Association.Hatton took home a 32 flat screen television and sat as mayor in the Kings Beach SnowFest parade the following day.

The Truckee Sunrise Rotary Club announced members Jim McVey and Scott Berry were named Paul Harris Fellows in appreciation of tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations between peoples of the world. Jim McVey is Senior Financial Analyst at the Tahoe Forest Health System. Scott Berry is the former Truckee Police Chief and currently provides security training for Christian missionaries and is a first-time grandfather. The Paul Harris Fellowship is named for Paul Harris, who founded Rotary with three business associates in Chicago in 1905.The Fellowship was established in 1957 to express appreciation for significant contributions to Rotary humanitarian and educational programs.For more information visit http://www.truckeesinroserotary.org.

Help protect open space and local wildlife April 2, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Squeeze In, 10060 Donner Pass Road, Downtown Truckee. Door prizes, Wildlife presentation, order breakfast, lunch or dinner, beer, wine and more from the popular menu! A percentage of meal purchases goes to SOS Glenshire. RSVPs requested by to kathyechols@sbcglobal.net or 587-4543. Bring your family andamp; friends. Visit http://www.sosglenshire.org for more info.

Help protect open space and local wildlife April 2, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Squeeze In, 10060 Donner Pass Road, Downtown Truckee. Door prizes, Wildlife presentation, order breakfast, lunch or dinner, beer, wine and more from the popular menu! A percentage of meal purchases goes to SOS Glenshire. RSVPs requested by to kathyechols@sbcglobal.net or 587-4543. Bring your family andamp; friends. Visit http://www.sosglenshire.org for more info.

The Monthly Pancake Breakfast fundraiser to benefit the Senior Meals program and the Meals on Wheels will be held on April 5 from 8 until 11:30 a.m. in the dining room of the Truckee Donner Senior Apartments, 10040 Estates Dr. in Truckee. This months sponsor is the Soroptimist. Chris Nelson and his Barber Shop Quartet OK Chorale will perform at 10 a.m. Open to everyone! Adults $7, children $3. Come early.