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North Lake Tahoe and Truckee community announcements

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Family Science Expo

Open to the public on March 19, 4-6 p.m. at Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences, 291 Country Club Drive, Incline Village. UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center (TERC), together with Tahoe

Expedition Academy, community partners, and sponsorship from the Rotary Club of Tahoe-Incline announce the ninth annual Science Expo on March 19, 2014. TERC invites children of all ages and their families to enjoy the Science Expo activities. Susie Scoops of Incline Village will provide ice cream and admission is free.

This year's Science Expo theme is Earth and Space Science. The event features dozens of hands-on, interactive science experiments, activities, and demonstrations emphasizing concepts in geology, climate and weather, and astronomy. In addition, this year's Science Expo will host planetarium shows with the Challenger Learning Center of Northern Nevada. Visitors have the option of viewing a short film at 3, 4, 5 and 6 p.m. Following each movie join Director Paul McFarlane for a guided tour of iPad apps to discover the planets, stars and NASA spacecraft. Seating for the planetarium is limited to approximately 10 adults and 10 kids per showing, on a first request basis at klpoole@ucdavis.edu or 775-881-7402.

For more information or directions call 775-881-7560 or visit http://tahoe.ucdavis.edu/calendar.

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Boys & Girls Club Dr. Seuss event

Thursday, March 20, 5-7 p.m. "Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss." All are welcome to celebrate. A fun evening of readings, activities and a movie! Sponsored by North Tahoe Family Resource Center, Placer County First 5 and the Boys & Girls Club. Call 530-546-0952 for more information.

Coffee and Conversation with TTUSD

Are you interested in finding out about the long-term plans that TTUSD is implementing to increase opportunities for students? Join Dr. Rob Leri, superintendent-chief learning officer for Tahoe Truckee Unified School District (TTUSD) on Thursday, March 20 at 6 p.m. for a discussion of the strategic district-wide plans for student success at the TTUSD Board Room, 11603 Donner Pass Road, Truckee.

This is your opportunity to give input for the future of the school district. Spanish translation and childcare will be provided.

Tahoe Truckee Flyfishers to meet

Tahoe Truckee Flyfishers will meet on Thursday, March 20, 6 p.m. at the Community Recreation Center in Truckee for a program on fishing the Middle Fork Feather River. Located an hour's drive north of Truckee, it is one of the first rivers to be designated as Wild & Scenic and considered by many outdoor authors to be the most beautiful river in the state of California. Guest speaker Jon Baiocchi will explain the three different zones managed by the U.S. Forest Service, access points, techniques, tactics, entomology, fly patterns, and the fish that inhabit the MFFR. The program features 130 slides plus detailed maps of the area.

The meeting is free to attend and all are welcome — from beginner to expert fly fishers.

Contact TTFF at TTFlyfishers@gmail.com or visit http://www.TTFF.net for more information.

Family Fun Night

Friday, March 21, 5 -7 p.m. at Truckee Elementary School. The Family Resource Center of Truckee invites kids of all ages and families to join the FRC for Family Fun Night. The cafeteria will be transformed into the "Magic Tree House" with activities that include crafts, science experiments, readings from the Magic Tree House Book Series and lots of story-related fun. A family dinner will be provided and all activities are free.

To learn more about "Magic Tree House" visit http://www.magictreehouse.com. Call 530-587-2513 for more information.

Yurt dinner to support SWEP

Support Sierra Watershed Education Partnerships March 21 and 22, 6-9 p.m. with chef Doug Baer of Uncommon Kitchen.

Cost is $70 per adult, to be held at the Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area, 925 Country Club Drive, Tahoe City. Call 530-583-5475 to make your reservation.

Volunteers needed to help serve at these events. This is fun way to support SWEP, and experience the magic of the yurt dinners.

Please contact Julia Worster at julia@4swep.org to sign up.

Visit http://www.4swep.org.

Liberty Utilities scholarships announced

Liberty Utilities again offers academic scholarships for eligible high school and college students within its service territory: South Tahoe High School, Loyalton High School, Douglas High School (students residing in Alpine County only), Coleville High School, North Tahoe High School and Portola High School, as well as Lake Tahoe Community College.

The six high school scholarships are $500 each (an increase from $250 each). High school seniors must have a minimum unweighted GPA of 2.5 and be accepted to an accredited four-year or two-year university or college or accredited vocational school. They also must have community service experience where they reside.

The Lake Tahoe Community College scholarship is $750 (an increase from $500).

Interested students should contact their school's financial aid office or counselor to obtain an application. The individual schools have different deadlines, but all scholarships will be awarded starting mid-May through the end of June. Liberty Utilities representatives will attend the school's awards ceremonies to present the scholarships.

Twin Ridges Kindergarten Round Up

Twin Ridges Home Study Charter School will host a Kindergarten Round Up on March 26, 10 a.m.-noon at the Community Arts Center, 10046 Church St. in Truckee. View sample curriculum, talk with teachers, sign up for 2014-2015 school year. Children are invited to join in cowboy crafts.

For more information contact Jessica Fowler at 530-550-8673 or visit http://www.trhs.us.

Finding the Heart poetry workshop

Tangled Roots Writing invites you to Discover the heart of your writing. Learn the tools of experience and language needed to evoke emotion.

No experience or ability in poetry necessary — only fascination on March 24 6-8:30 p.m. in downtown Truckee. Cost is $40.

Karen Terrey, MFA, is a business and creative writing coach in Truckee and offers workshops, editing, and coaching through her business Tangled Roots Writing for children and adults. To learn more about Karen's services and efforts to build community in Lake Tahoe, see her blog at http://www.karenaterrey.blogspot.com and "like" Tangled Roots Writing on Facebook. Call 530-386-3901 for more info.

Pampered Chef in support of Wolverine Boosters

The Truckee Wolverine Boosters Club and Leslie Dugger from Pampered Chef are running an online fundraising party to benefit Truckee High School students. Now until March 26 you may purchase Pampered Chef items at http://www.pamperedchef.biz/lesliedugger and choose Truckee Wolverine Booster as the host. Truckee Wolverine Boosters will receive 10-25 percent of all sales. An additional $5 will be donated for each party (bridal, cooking, catalog, Facebook, fundraiser) booked. Call Leslie to schedule before March 26 at 530-582-0703 or email chef_leslie@yahoo.com

Tree Top Co-ops and Forest Charter School informational meetings

Forest Charter School will hold prospective student informational meetings for the 2014/2015 school year for in the Pioneer Center on the first floor of the Sierra Building. Tree Top Co-op supports individualized learning styles through community engagement, a safe and positive school environment, interactive approaches to standards-based education. The small, site-based class sizes allow for creative instruction through thematic units, outdoor, and experiential education.

All meetings will be held from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tree Top kindergarten and first-grade meetings: Tuesday March 25; fifth and sixth-grade meetings: Monday, March 10 and Tuesday, April 8. General information meetings: Thursday, April 10, Tuesday, May 6, Wednesday May 28.

Visit http://www.forestcharter.com and 530-550-7205.

Become an English tutor

You can help adults in Truckee improve their reading, writing, and speaking. Volunteer to become an English tutor with the Read Up! program, a free tutoring service based out of the Truckee Library. There will be a tutor training in March in Truckee for new tutor incumbents at a mutually convenient time. Books and training are provided. English tutoring is an enjoyable and productive opportunity to give back to the community. You must be at least 18 years of age. Contact Rolann Aronson, Truckee Read Up coordinator, at 530-575-7030 for more information.