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INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Content for the weekly community briefs section is selected from e-mail submissions to editor@tahoebonanza.com. Please include the 5w's: who, what, when, where and why, website and contact information.

Mark Twain's 178th Birthday

Come Celebrate Mark Twain's 178th birthday with McAvoy Layne, the Ghost of Mark Twain and Squeek Steele at the piano on Saturday, Nov. 30 at the Mark Twain Cultural Center & Toccata Guttman Music Hall, 760 Mays Blvd., No. 10, Incline Center, Incline Village. Doors Open at 6 p.m., the trouble begins at 7.

Take a picnic basket with your favorite beverage or order from Bar Bar Bar, Lupita's or the Village Deli. Tickets $20 cash or check, make reservations at 775-833-1835 or mcavoylayne@gmail.com.

Umpqua Bank launches giving campaign

Umpqua Bank kicked off its "Help Us Give" campaign, inviting its Facebook community to help decide which 20 nonprofit groups and schools should receive $2,500 grants from the company's $50,000 Good Deed Fund generated in October.

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"Help Us Give" culminates Umpqua's Good Deed campaign, which took place in October, during which the company encouraged customers and communities to join in giving back through simple good deeds. For every pledge, Umpqua added $10 to its Good Deed Fund, and the community responded, pledging 5,058 good deeds in stores and on Facebook to create a $50,580 fund.

Between now and Monday, Dec. 2, community members can nominate a nonprofit organization or school deserving of a Good Deed Fund grant at facebook.com/umpquabank. The winners will be announced the second week of December. Grants will be given to qualified, community nominated organizations and schools where Umpqua Bank associates have a presence. For grant guidelines and eligible recipients, visit http://bit.ly/I1ZhJV.

TRPA taking nominations for Lake Spirit Awards

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) is taking nominations for the Lake Spirit Awards, honoring real people making real progress at protecting Lake Tahoe. Members of the public are encouraged to nominate members of the community who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to protect the beauty and clarity of the Lake. TRPA introduced the Lake Spirit Awards in 2011. In addition, nominations are also open in the agency representative/environmental scientist category. A North Shore and South Shore winner will be selected in each category.

Make Lake Spirit Awards nominations at http://www.trpa.org through Monday, Dec. 2. Award winners will be announced at TRPA's Governing Board meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 18.

Incline Village Library news

Dec. 1-30, Display areas and art cases: Remembering the Assassination of John F. Kennedy. Dec. 4, 4-5 p.m., Story Time. Children of all ages are welcome for stories, songs, games, and crafts. Dec. 6 and 20, 2-4 p.m., Lifescapes. Writing program where seniors write and share their memories. Dec. 7, 3-4 p.m., NorthStar Chamber Players present: "Woodwind Quintet Concert." Enjoy selections from "The Nutcracker," Christmas carols and other seasonal music. Dec. 11, 4-4:45 p.m., Hanukkah Story Time and Party. Light the candles and spin the dreidel at this event celebrating the "Festival of Lights." Read stories, play games and eat traditional Hanukkah treats. All ages welcome. Dec. 18, 4-4:45 p.m., Christmas Story Time and Party with stories, songs and crafts of the season, plus a special visit with Santa. Take home a decoration to enjoy with your family. All ages welcome.

 Incline Village Library, open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., 845 Alder Ave., Incline Village, 775-832-4130.

Chess Club

Ages 9 years to adult, free drop in chess club Sundays, 9:30-11 a.m., Incline Recreation Center Lobby. Tournament chess sets provided. A chess coach will be available. Please call to reserve your space today 775-832-1310 or go to the Recreation Center at 980 Incline Way, Incline Village.

Parasol AmeriCorps Team wants community project

Last spring the Parasol AmeriCorps team selected a service project that made such an impact it received national recognition. IES Rocks! A Day of Dirt, Service and Community educated students at Incline Elementary School about teamwork, community service and the different roles they play in the community.

The 2013-2014 AmeriCorps team is ready to plan and implement another community service project to address an unmet need. The project needs to bring all 16 Parasol AmeriCorps members together for one common cause to create a significant positive change. If you have a service project in mind, fill out an application and recommend the project by Friday, Jan. 3, 2014.

The application is available at http://www.parasol.org by clicking on the AmeriCorps button, then click Service Project Application on that page. Contact Parasol's AmeriCorps Program Director Allison Eybel at allisone@parasol.org or 775-298-0186 for more information. The project will be selected on Jan. 20, 2014.

AAUW scholarship announced

The Tahoe Nevada branch of the American Association of University Women announces the availability of a $1,000 scholarship for a Tahoe-Truckee local woman to attend an area university or community college. To qualify an applicant must have been out of school for a minimum of four years and possess a high school diploma or equivalent. The scholarship will be awarded based upon need and clear expression of goals for the future. To apply for the scholarship, send name, email and physical address, and phone number to AAUW, Scholarship Committee, P. O. Box 5465, Incline Village, NV 89450, and answer the following questions: When and where did you complete your high school education? Did you complete any college-level courses after high school? When and where? Why did you not continue with college at that time or after high school graduation? What evidence of financial need can you provide? What school do you plan to attend and have you been admitted? What course of study do you plan to follow and what do you plan to do with your education? The deadline for applications is Dec. 1, 2013.

Winter Wildlife Survival Strategies

Thursday, Dec. 5, 5:30 p.m. No-host bar. Presentation begins at 6 p.m. at the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences, 291 Country Club Drive, Incline Village, on the campus of Sierra Nevada College. Cost: $5 suggested donation. Have you ever wondered what Tahoe's animals do for the winter? Do Tahoe's bears really hibernate? Exactly what is hibernation, anyway? Where do the frogs go? What about the birds, squirrels, and insects? Will Richardson will present an overview of the strategies used by Tahoe wildlife for enduring Sierra Nevada winters, and highlight examples of how they are employed.

Will received his doctorate in ecology, evolution, and conservation biology from the University of Nevada, Reno, where he studied bird communities in Sierra Nevada aspen habitats. He is the co-founder of the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science (TINS), a member-supported nonprofit organization seeking to advance the natural history, conservation, and ecosystem knowledge of the Tahoe region through science, education, and outreach.

For more information or directions call 775-881-7566 or visit http://terc.ucdavis.edu/calendar/.

Help young readers

Are you looking to make a difference? Incline Middle School is looking for people like you to help with its one-on-one reading program. All you need is a half hour per week and a desire to help a child become a better reader. Reading is Monday through Friday, with the exception of Wednesdays, 11:49 a.m.-12:22 p.m. If you are interested, call Liz Harrell at 775-832-4220 or email lharrell@washoeschools.net.

Brunch with Santa Claus

Join in the fun on Saturday, Dec. 14 for a festive brunch with Santa, Mrs. Claus, and his elves. Held at the Chateau at Incline Village, this family event features many fun activities including a delicious brunch, a magic show, arts and crafts, raffle prizes, a photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus and much more. This community event is presented by the Tahoe Family Solutions in collaboration with IVGID. For ticket sales and information, call 775-298-0004. Reservations recommended.

Community Leadership Club

Meets on Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m.-noon, in room 213 at Incline High School, pizza is provided!

Looking for community service activities to graduate? The Community Leadership Club is a great opportunity for students to get involved, gain leadership skills and experience, while earning volunteer hours. As members of the CLC, formerly Youth Advisory Council, students will be direct volunteers for IVGID Parks and Recreation. At meetings students will brainstorm, plan and implement fun, recreational events and programs for their peers. Students will receive community service hours for attending meetings, hosting events, and volunteering for fun events in the community.

Double Eagle Court new Nevada Area Council headquarters

The Boy Scouts of America- Nevada Area Council has opened the doors to its new headquarters at 500 Double Eagle Court in Reno. The Nevada Area Council is geographically the second largest Scouting council in the United States, serving 23 counties throughout northeastern California, and northern Nevada.

The new Scouting Resource Center has staked its claim at a fitting location — Double Eagle Court. This renovated building will now be home to the Webster Scouting Resource Center, Arthur M. Smith Jr. Regional Conference Center, and the Ron Krump Trading Post. The council's office and store were previously located on Wells Avenue.

The Nevada Area Council will be commemorating the grand opening of its headquarters with a holiday open house on Dec. 17, 5-7 p.m. Along with a unique opening ceremony, the open house will include tours, a grand opening sale in the Scout store and refreshments. The public is invited to attend.

Additionally, the Nevada Area Council will host the second annual Good Scout Lunch on Dec. 16, noon-1:30 p.m. The event will honor Ranson Webster, T. J. Day, Ron Krump, and Arthur M. Smith Jr., whose contributions were instrumental in funding the new center. In support, the council is encouraging Scouts across the region to wear their uniforms on the day of the event. Last year's lunch honored Mayor Bob Cashell, a longtime supporter of Scouting. Attendees will include members of the community, as well as Eagle Scouts of all ages and adult volunteers involved with the Boy Scouts of America. The public is invited to attend.

For information visit http://www.callingallscouts.com. For more information on the Nevada Area Council, visit http://www.scouter.org or call 775-787-1111.

With the addition of their new facility, the Nevada Area Council looks forward to continuing to carry on the morals and traditions that founded the organization more than 100 years ago.