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Community Briefs: Toys for Tots, Children’s Tree Decorating

You can be a secret Santa ” take an unwrapped toy for less fortunate local children to the “Toys for Tots” kick-off party on Wednesday, Dec. 3, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Coldwell Banker Cobblestone Office, 475 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City.

Bring a new, unwrapped gift valued at $20 or more and receive a complimentary, midweek, non-holiday lift ticket to one of three local ski areas; Northstar-at-Tahoe, Alpine Meadows or Homewood Mountain. Tickets are limited ” stop by early.

Santa will be on hand with candy canes. Hot cocoa and cider, yummy goodies, wine and cheese round out the festivities. Live music will be provided by the North Tahoe High School Jazz Ensemble.

Coldwell Banker offices will be collecting toys through Dec. 14, 2008, 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.

For more info contact Elaine Durazo or Kristina Mattson at 583-5581.

Historic downtown kicks off the holiday celebrations with the annual Children’s Tree Decorating and Lighting Dec. 4 from 4 to 6 p.m.

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Local elementary school students decorate festive evergreens that adorn the downtown for the remainder of the year. Cider and cookies will be served from 4 to 8 p.m. and carolers will sing holiday music. Santa will greet the children with candy canes and cheer.

Festivities continue each Thursday, Friday and Saturday during December with the Truckee Holiday Passport for Savings, with businesses open until 8 p.m. for your shopping convenience. Area businesses are offering coupons and discounts redeemable with the passport, which can be picked up free at the Truckee Donner Visitor Center, 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.

Special evenings include Ladies Night, Dec. 11, with free gift wrapping, champagne and hors d’ oeuvres. Men’s Night, Dec. 18, with free gift wrapping, beer, wine and snacks.

Celebrate the holidays with great savings and holiday spirit in Historic Downtown Truckee. Think local. Be local. Buy local. Give local. For more information, please call the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce at 587-2757.