Community Briefs: NL Tahoe Resort Association, The UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center |

Community Briefs: NL Tahoe Resort Association, The UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center

The North Lake Tahoe Resort Association (NLTRA) is accepting applications for six open positions on its volunteer Marketing Committee for 2009.

The NLTRA Marketing Committee is made up of board members, six appointed lay (community) members and a Placer County CEO representative. Lay members are selected based on their relevant marketing experience, geographic area and industry representation.

New committee members will take their seat at the Jan. 27 committee meeting upon approval by the NLTRA Board of Directors at their Jan. 7 meeting.

Individuals interested for consideration need to submit a letter of interest and qualifications to Andy Chapman, Director of Tourism, by Monday, Dec. 29 via e-mail to

Are your kids out of school for the holidays? Are you looking for something fun and educational to do as a family? The UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center (TERC) will host free family science activity days from 1 to 5 p.m. on Dec. 30 and Jan. 2 at the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences on the Sierra Nevada College campus in Incline Village.

Visitors and locals alike are encouraged to bring their families (school age children) for hands-on educational activities, a 3-D visualization lab, educational movies, tours of the center and more. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Bring your curiosity and explore Lake Tahoe like you never have before.

For more information call (775) 881-7566. For more activities and programs TERC has to offer, visit

Northstar-at-Tahoe Skiing for Schools Day is Jan. 4. Special, pre-purchased lift tickets are only $25 per person. Purchase tickets in advance at all Porter’s locations (Truckee, Tahoe City, and Incline Village) or online at Tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis and will not be available at the resorts. The proceeds from your lift ticket purchase go directly to the Tahoe Truckee Excellence in Education Foundation, which provides enhanced educational opportunities for our local students. Visit

What would it be like to be the only permanent resident of Tahoe’s West Shore during the winter of 1904? Join our State Park Interpreter on a journey through the historic zone at Sugar Pine Point exploring our local history and signs of winter wildlife Dec. 27. This is a perfect afternoon activity for the entire family. Meet in the Day Use parking lot. Bring snowshoes and water. Journey begins at 3 p.m. There is a $7 parking fee, the program is free. Call 525-7982 for more information.

American Cancer Society and Tahoe Forest Hospital’s new Cancer Center will offer the “Look Good…Feel Better” program to Truckee/Tahoe residents. Guided by local volunteer cosmetologist Melody Meng, female cancer patients who participate in this class will learn how to use make-up and skin care techniques to overcome appearance-related effects of chemotherapy and radiation.

Located at the hospital’s Tahoe Center for Health and Sports Performance- upstairs conference room, Jan. 5, 2009 from 10 a.m. to noon.

To register or for additional information, please call 582-6450.

Thousands of dollars can be raised by for Tahoe Women’s Services (TWS). It’s simple, drop off your used cell phone, proceeds will be applied to much needed programs and services in our community.

“Donating a used, unwanted cell phone allows community members to donate to an important cause without reaching into their wallets,” stated Karen Carey, Executive Director of Tahoe Women’s Services. “With the hundreds of used cell phones sitting idly in our community, the fundraising potential is great.”

Tahoe Women’s Services has partnered with Shelter Alliance (, a Miramar, Fla. firm that specializes in the logistics and underwriting of fundraising programs through the collection and responsible recycling of used cellular phones. Shelter Alliance currently works with more than 2,000 social service organizations in 50 states and has contributedr $5,000,000 to participating organizations during business hours. Cell phone collection “drop boxes” are at the following locations:

Pablo’s Gallery and Frame Shop, Asanti Lakeside Fitness, New Moon Natural Foods, Sierra Family Services/TWS, Elevation Fitness, Tahoe Donner Trout Creek Recreation Center, Mountain Hardware and Sports, Tahoe Women’s Services (all locations), Java Hut and North Shore Ace Hardware.

TWS encourages businesses of all types to participate in this program. Please contact Karin Paris at (775) 298-0170.

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