Community Briefs: Rasing the Flag, Ski Swap, Carmen’s Hikes |

Community Briefs: Rasing the Flag, Ski Swap, Carmen’s Hikes

Raising the flag in honorAll are invited to a flag-raising ceremony to honor veterans on Monday, Nov. 10 at 11 a.m. at the Placer County Sheriff Departments North Lake Tahoe Station. Members of the Sheriffs honor guard and mounted units will be taking part in the ceremony. The 50-year-old flag pole in front of the Sheriffs Department was recently restored to its original condition and will serve as the centerpiece for the flag-raising ceremony.Sheriffs dispatcher Cheryl Zuccaro will sing the national anthem. The North Tahoe High School Jazz Band will play from 11 a.m. to noon. For more information, call 581-6300.Shop or sell for Rideout Community CenterSell your crafts or pick up presents at Rideout Community Centers Holiday Craft bazaar. A maximum of 20 eight foot tables or booths will be available for individuals and groups to rent. Vendor fee is $49 per table. Contact Ashley Hall for more information at 583-3440 ext. 14. Mark your calendar for Saturday, Dec. 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is free to shoppers.Hiking monthly with Carmen Carmen, your real estate consultant, 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 Frog Lake Overlook trailhead on Sunday, Nov. 16. From Truckee take the Boreal exit off Interstate 80, turn left and go under the overpass turn left again and head down the frontage road to the PCT trailhead. From there head 1/4 mile down the trail and join the Pacific Crest Trail, follow it under the highway. Visit for the future hiking schedule as well as fun pictures or call 550-5192. Ski swap funds Strider Glider programThe 9th annual Tahoe Cross Country Ski Swap at Tahoe XC in Tahoe City, scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., is the largest swap in the region dedicated to Nordic sports: skate skiing, striding, snowshoes, telemark and backcountry. Clothing and accessories too. Free admission and the lowest commission around on sold items, only 15 percent. Register your sale items Friday Nov. 14 from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tahoe Cross Country is located at 925 Country Club Dr., Tahoe City.This event is a fundraiser for the Tahoe Cross Country Ski Education Association, a non-profit providing free and affordable ski programs to youth and adults in our community. The Strider Glider after school ski program is bigger than ever, with close to 170 children in the community learning a healthy sport they will enjoy for a lifetime. Run primarily by volunteers, the eight-week program for children 4 to 10 has grown consistently, with help from local support and donations from individuals and community organizations. Call 583-5475 or visit for information.Give the gift of hopeEvery year North Lake Tahoe residents show they care during the holidays. Neighbors share their time, energy, and kindness with children and families in need of help during the holidays. The Holiday Hope Program could not function without the compassion and generosity of its donors. Tahoe Womens Services (TWS) and the North Tahoe Family Resource Center (NTFRC) are teaming up again this year to serve families, working together to reach as many families in need as possible and eliminate duplication of services. They are seeking donors and adoptive families for their holiday program through Monday, Nov. 24. The deadline assures families can be matched in a timely manner, allowing gifts to arrive in time for the holidays. The Holiday Hope Program is as an opportunity to give back to the community and an effective way to help local families in need. If you would like to adopt an individual or family, please contact Cecilia and Jessica at TWS at 546-7804, or Amy and Ana at NTFRC at 546-0952.Interested in juvenile delinquency prevention?If you have an interest in juvenile justice and delinquency prevention, consider attending the meetings of the court-appointed panel of residents who help oversee the countys juvenile justice process.The 15-member Placer County Juvenile Justice/Delinquency Prevention Commission holds open forums on the third Thursday of the month at 5:30 p.m. in Auburn at the Placer County Health and Human Services office, Childrens System of Care, at 11716 Enterprise Dr. and welcomes the participation of community members and parents. This months meeting will be held on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008.Send goods to soldiersCollin Love is a local young man currently serving his second tour of duty in Iraq. In conversations with his family, a friend learned there are small items our troops can really use. In response to that Parise De Jean decided to put together a program called Goods for Services to help our troops. Most of the items can be found at warehouse stores such as Costco or Sams Club. Food items are best in individual packaging and should be something that wont melt, non chocolate. Here are a few suggestions: Baby wipes (the refill packages work well), drink mixes, double AA batteries, socks, toothpaste, tooth brushes and floss, hand sanitizer, chapstick, foot powder, razors, hand lotion, sun screen, wipes for glasses, Q-tips, playing cards, DVDs, crossword puzzles, magazines, books, writing paper and pens and international phone cards.Cash donations for shipping costs or a sponsor to cover those costs. Can be delivered to any Plumas Bank or to Century 21 Tahoe Resort Properties and should be made out to Goods for Services. Donations are a charitable contribution, tax ID #26-3437722.Show your appreciation by dropping off a few small items until Nov. 26 at Century 21 Tahoe Resort Properties, 11008 Donner Pass Road (at the Gateway Shopping Center) in Truckee. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week. Goods will be boxed up and shipped the first week in December. Contact Parise De Jean, Century 21 Tahoe Resort Properties (530) 386-3770.Non-profit groups needed to host Crab FeedThe Truckee Noon Rotary Club is accepting applications from non-profit organizations to host the silent auction at next years annual Crab and Pasta Feed. This is a great opportunity for local non-profit organizations, but they must act now. The deadline to apply is Dec. 31, 2008.Each year the Truckee Rotary selects a local non-profit to run the silent auction at the annual Crab and Pasta Feed. The organization selected will receive all proceeds raised. Previously, groups have earned anywhere from $4,000 to $10,000. The event will be held on March 14, 2008 at the Truckee Community Center, where Rotary will provide both the venue and bidding audience. Potential candidates will be asked to present at the Truckee Rotary board of directors meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2008 for final selection. All interested non-profit groups must submit a letter to the Truckee Rotary board by Dec. 31. Letters should include the name of the non-profit organization, a request for consideration, and an explanation of what the organization does for the community. The letter should also communicate to the Rotary the organizations capability to secure donated items and set up and run the silent auction. If your organization is interested in being considered, please mail your letter to Jody Poe, 16241 Edinburgh Dr., Truckee CA 96161, fax to (530) 579-3203, or e-mail to For additional information visit smart snow smartDean Cummings is going to present Be Snow Smart at the Granite Chief in Truckee, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. This will be a free seminar for any age, providing practical information on all mountain protocols and techniques while traveling in the mountains. This presentation is made possible by the North America Outdoor Institute, a nonprofit organization started in 2004 based out of Wasilla, Alaska and H2O Heli guides. This program is not just for your average resort goer, but for snowshoers, snowmobilers and canyon drivers alike. This will change the way you interpret the mountains and increase awareness, safety, performance and ability. See you there. Call (801) 942-9776 for information.Visit the Gatekeeper’s Museum all winterAre you looking for a great winter activity for your family? The Gatekeepers Museum will remain open through April on weekends from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Gatekeepers Museum is a reconstruction of the original Gatekeepers Cabin home of the water master who controlled the flow of water out of Lake Tahoe. It now showcases Tahoe history, from its Native inhabitants through the logging era and the establishment of the tourism industry at Lake Tahoe. Exhibits include Native American baskets, resort memorabilia, historical photographs, clothing, oral histories, maps, newspapers and artifacts. In 1992, the collections were expanded by the donation of over 800 Native American baskets, pottery, artifacts, clothing and jewelry from the personal collection Marion Steinbach. For more information call 583-1762 or visit Museum admission is $3 adults, $2 seniors, $1 children (Kids 5 and under andamp; Museum members are free). Located lakeside, just south of the Y in Tahoe City. New Carmel Gallery opening partyYou are invited to a Grand Opening Party and Holiday Open House at the Carmel Gallerys new building, located at 9940 Donner Pass Road in Truckee. This new building is located on the same property as the current gallery, but fronts onto Donner Pass Road instead of Church Street. Olof Carmel spent the last two years designing, drafting and constructing the new building. The grand opening event will be from 3 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 20, and will feature wine tasting from the Truckee River Winery, live music, special offers, and door prizes. We are very excited about offering an expanded selection of our fine art prints, including new works not previously available. With the large 2600 square foot space, we will also have room to showcase woodwork and sculpture by selected artisans, along with a wonderful selection of Wabi Sabi art and antiques, available for the first time in the Truckee /Tahoe region.Grab some joe from fire AuxiliaryThe Meeks Bay Fire Ladies Auxiliary is raising funds again this holiday season with sales of Sees Candies and gourmet coffee roasted right here on the North Shore by Tahoe Citys Coffee Connexion. Six blends of coffee are available in one pound holiday bags for $9/lb.Sierra Sunrise A full bodied coffee blended from three of Coffee Connexions most popular beans.House Blend A combination of French and Vienna RoastsDouble French A favorite among breakfast housesTahoe Delight A favorite blend of Italian Roast Colombian SupremoOrganic Rainforest Blended with jungle coffee and organic French RoastDecaffeinated Vienna A special after dinner coffee with more body and aroma than you would expect from decaffeinatedThe acclaimed Meeks Bay Fire Ladies Auxiliary Cookbook is also on sale with recipes from local chefs. It makes a terrific holiday gift! To place an order for coffee, candy, or the cookbook, contact Patti at 525-7029. Orders will be collected Wednesday Nov. 26. Coffee and candy deliveries will be the second week of December.Funds collected by the Meeks Bay Fire Ladies Auxiliary are donated to the Meeks Bay Fire District for the purchase of equipment. The Auxiliary has been a major funding source for the district for years.

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