Holiday fun guide
The Optimists Club Christmas tree lot is now open in the parking lot of Longs Drugs. The lot is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day of the week except Sundays, when it will be open from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m. The lot will be selling trees until Dec. 24.Squaw Ski Patrol ball is Dec. 16The Squaw Valley Ski Patrol hosts their ninth annual Winter Solstice Snow Gods Ball Saturday, Dec. 16.This event raises funds that help sponsor avalanche education programs. Proceeds from the event go directly to the Squaw Valley Ski Patrol Avalanche Education Fund. The non-profit group is dedicated to increase avalanche awareness and education for both professionals and the general public in the Lake Tahoe area.The party begins at 7 p.m. at the Tahoe Biltmore Lodge/Casino in Crystal Bay. The San Francisco band Vinyl will play into the night. Tickets for the benefit sell for $30 at the door, $25 if purchased beforehand from a Squaw Valley ski patrol member or the Squaw Valley ski patrol office at 581-7260.Over $20,000 in prizes will be given away through a raffle, silent auction and door prizes. In years past, nearly every other person that enters the door has received some sort of door prize. Prizes include skis, snowboards, boots, bindings, ski clothing and Tahoe ski area lift tickets with grand prizes including two Squaw Valley season passes and a helicopter ski trip to Alaska.For more information about the Solstice Snow Gods Ball please call 581-7260.League to Save Tahoe holiday partyThe League to Save Lake Tahoe invites community members to a holiday celebration Wednesday, Dec. 13 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Lakehouse Mall, 600 N. Lake Tahoe Blvd. in Tahoe City.The League would like to thank volunteers and the community for their continued support. Visit the League’s North Shore office for refreshments and an evening of holiday card making. Card materials will be supplied, so bring your imagination. Children are especially encouraged to attend.For more information call (530) 584-1860.The mission of the League is the preservation and restoration of the magnificent natural attributes of the Tahoe Basin’s water forests, wildlife and landscape for the enjoyment of present and future generations.Chiropractic center presents annual food driveActive Family Chiropractic Center presents its third annual holiday food drive on Thursday, Dec. 14.Bring in a nonperishable food item in lieu of your regular adjustment fee and help those who are less fortunate. New practice members are welcome to participate. All food will go to Project M.A.N.A.For information, call 550-9111.BEAR league ornament availableThe BEAR League has made their 2000 ornament available for purchase. The ornament features a bear paw print with a small red enameled heart hand painted in the center. This limited edition ornament is available on lodgepole pine for $5.00 or on Big Tree wood for $7. All proceeds to benefit the educational programs of the BEAR League and the bear rehabilitation program through Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care.The BEAR League is a non-profit organization that supports and promotes education in the community so humans, bears and other wildlife may co-exist in harmony. Proceeds from donations, memberships and fund raising efforts support programs in schools and communities, literature, the 525-PAWS hotline service, aversion programs and many other projects.The BEAR League 2000 Ornament may be purchased at Tahoe Tree Company and Cabin Fever in Tahoe City, and Homewood Hardware in Homewood. For more information regarding the ornament please contact Kathy Tavernier at 530-525-6335. For more information regarding the BEAR League please contact 525-PAWS (7297).Cards benefit local art programsArts For the Schools presents their 12th limited edition holiday cards by Cathee van Rossem St. Clair entitled “Take Time To Dream.”Cathee van Rossem St. Clair is a Tahoe area artist who specializes in detailed miniature paintings using eggshells as canvases. She shares her talents with hundreds of local school children each year, using egg painting as a tool for learning the importance of caring in a fragile world.Cards may be purchased at these outlets:– Tahoe City: Frames by Ryrie, The Store, Snowflower, Tahoe Tree Company, Pogan Gallery, Bookshelf at Boatworks, Rainbow Bridge and New Moon Natural Foods.– Tahoe Vista: Vista Gallery (upstairs).– Kings Beach: North Tahoe Community Conference Center and La Petite Salon.– Incline Village: Arts Desire Artists of Tahoe, Art Attack, Rosemary’s Ribs, Pak Mail, Potlatch and Northern Light.– Truckee: Bookshelf at Hooligan Rocks, Musaic, Truckee Books, New Moon Natural Foods, Mail Boxes, Etc. and Four Season’s Flowers & Gifts.– South Shore: Reflection Eyewear.All proceeds from the sale of these cards are dedicated to bringing artists into the schools to share their time and skills with the region’s children.For more information, call Arts For the Schools at 548-4802.Rim Trail calendars make great giftsThe Tahoe Rim Trail is pleased to present their 2001 wall calendar available for order in time for the holiday season. The calendars cost $10 each with price breaks at 10, 20 and 50 and 100 copies. Not only do they make great gifts, they are also a daily reminder of the beauty you can see from the Tahoe Rim Trail. Tahoe locals as well as visitors find the scenes irresistible.Help support the Tahoe Rim Trail Association (TRTA), a non-profit organization, this season by ordering your own calendar and several for your business. Buy them as holiday gifts for out-of-town family members and friends. The proceeds help support the mission of the TRTA to build, promote and maintain a 150-mile rim trail system providing access to the beauty of the Lake Tahoe region. Michael McCurry of Reno produced the 2001 calendar with photos chosen from an annual contest. This year’s winners are Henry Egghart, Scott Sady, Mark Vollmer, Earl Skidmore and Larry Prosor. All of the photographs will inspire you to lace up your boots, hop on your mountain bike or grab the reins and find the closest trailhead. For more information on the photo contest for the 2002 calendar, contact the TRTA office at email@example.com or 775-588-0686.Please visit any of the following locations to purchase your 2001 Tahoe Rim Trail Calendars. Tahoe City: Alpenglow Sports, Chevron Gas Station, The Store. Truckee: Granite Chief, Mountain Hardware and Sports, Porters, Sierra Mountaineer, Truckee Bagels.For more information or to purchase your 2001 calendars, call or visit the Tahoe Rim Trail office which is located at 297 Kingsbury Grade in Stateline phone 775-588-0686. You may also order the calendar from the website at http://www.tahoerimtrail.org.Toys for Tots program launchesThis will be the 53rd year the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve “Toys for Tots Program” helps Christmas wishes come true for less fortunate children. Last year, Placer County Sheriffs Department, in collaboration with the U.S. Marine Corp., Homewood Mountain Resort, California Prudential Reality and other businesses in the North Tahoe area, gathered and distributed new toys for more than 600 children. This year we expect the need to at least equal that number.The Toys for Tots Program needs the assistance of the local community to meet our area needs. How can you help?–Contribute to Toys for Tots by dropping off toys at the following locations: California Prudential Realty (Dollar Hill, Tahoe City, and Truckee), Tahoe City Chiropractic, Rite Aid Pharmacy, Placer County Sheriff’s Department Kings Beach Service Center, Homewood Mountain Resort or participating businesses displaying official Toys For Tots Posters.–Hold a special private holiday party or a company event where participants donate toys or make financial contributions to Toys for Tots.–Call Kristen Mann or Annamaria Shannon at 581-6369 to arrange for pick up of collected toys or for more information.The Placer County Sheriff’s Department, the U.S. Marines, and other area businesses have been collaborating with the collection of toys for five years to connect needy children with Toys for Tots.Other sponsors include Reno Kiwanis Club, KOLO News Channel 8, and 92.9 “The Hawk” Radio Station, who have given us the opportunity to work together in a combined effort to provide a successful Toys for Tots Program in the North Shore area. For a child, the joy of receiving a new toy is reflected in the glow of their face. We hope that citizens and businesses of our community will again make this a very special holiday event for children.If you know of a family who needs assistance please contact the above number.
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