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Tahoe Truckee community announcements

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TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. andamp;#8212;Content for briefs is selected from e-mail submissions to Community Editor Amy Edgett at aedgett@sierrasun.com. Visit http://www.sierrasun.com to submit events online. Please limit descriptions to 50 words. E-mail submissions may be 150-300 words. Items published in the print edition news space permitting. Find more anouncements at sierrasun.com.Sierra Sun to host Halloween mixerThe Sierra Sun will host a special joint North Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce and Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce Halloween Business Mixer Thursday, Oct. 27, 5-7 p.m., at 12315 Deerfield Drive (behind Chevron and Taco Bell) in Truckee. No RSVP is required.Attendees get in the Halloween spirit at this special networking event, with catering from Smokeyandamp;#8217;s Kitchen in Truckee and wine provided by Incline Spirits andamp; Cigars, along with a raffle and Halloween fun. Costumes encouraged.For more information call Kym Fabel, North Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce manager, at 530-581-8764 or kym@puretahoenorth.com. Take your business cards!Family Fun NightArts and crafts, costume contest, scavenger hunt, dinner from Taco Station. This is a free event open to all families in the community. Come dressed in your best costume, Oct. 28, 5-7 p.m., Truckee Elementary School Cafeteria, 11911 Donner Pass Road. Enter at east end of school. Call 530-587-2513 or visit http://truckeefrc.org/646302.Become a Read Up! Literacy/ESL tutor!Literacy volunteer opportunity. Take the Literacy/ESL Tutor Training Class, sponsored by the Read Up! Program of Nevada County, will be held in Truckee Thursday, Nov. 3, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Training and books are free to community volunteers interested in learning how to help a Truckee Read Up! student to improve her/his speaking, reading and/or writing skills. Literacy tutoring is a free service of Nevada County. It is also an enjoyable and productive way to give back to the community.To become a tutor, you must read, write and speak English well, be at least 18 years of age, available two-three hours per week, patient and flexible. You must have excellent communication skills and know how to listen.Contact Rolann Aronson, Truckee Read Up! coordinator, at 530-575-7030 for information. If you cannot attend this class but are sincerely interested in becoming a tutor, you can join other monthly tutor trainings.Boys andamp; Girls Club offers teen programsThe Boys andamp; Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe announces the Teen Center is open Monday through Friday until 7 p.m. to seventh graders and up with computers, TVs, video games, books, a pool table, and tons of board games. Open gym is held Wednesdays and Fridays 6-7 p.m. In addition, there is free tutoring and a quiet space for homework. The Bandamp;G Club introduced a homework rewards program called Smart Start where students can earn points for doing homework or other educational activities and games. Lots of cool prizes such as an IPod Shuffle and a Vans gift certificate.The Boys and Girls Club is a nonprofit organization that provides a safe environment for youth after school and helps all youth live up to their full potential at 8125 Steelhead Ave., Kings Beach. Membership for the club is $50 for the year (scholarships are available).Trick-or-Treat for UNICEFOn Halloween night, students will once again trick-or-treat for more than their own benefit andamp;#8230; they will also carry orange collection boxes and seek donations to support UNICEF. Last year, hundreds of dollars were raised to help UNICEF provide emergency services, immunizations, education, better nutrition and safe water to less fortunate children in more than 150 countries. The 60-year-old Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF program gives children the opportunity to learn about the difficulties many children face and help make a difference in the lives of others. Thanks to the community for encouraging and supporting this Truckee tradition.Fireside Pizza Company and Rubicon Pizza BistroLocal Hero Appreciation NightsFireside Pizza Company in Squaw Valley and Rubicon Pizza Bistro at Northstar are proud to announce the return of local hero appreciation nights every Thursday in until Thanksgiving. Local teachers, police officers, firefighters, nurses and paramedics are welcome to enjoy a free entre of their choice. Local hero appreciation night is an opportunity for Fireside Pizza and Rubicon Pizza to recognize and give back to the people who serve the North Tahoe Truckee community on a daily basis. Since 2003, each fall and spring his restaurants have offered the communityandamp;#8217;s public servants his gratitude by serving them a free meal. The restaurants kindly ask local heroes enjoy their meal sitting down in the restaurant, bring proof of employment and tip on the full amount.Scouts raising funds for campTahoe City Boy Scout Troop 266 is sending six of their boys to one of the four National Boy Scout High Adventure camps next June. These High School age scouts will have the privilege of spending a week at the Florida Sea Base Camp. To help raise funding for the trip the scouts are offering to stack wood for people in our community, in return for a donation toward their trip. If you need help preparing for the winter, call Alex Barton at 530-581-2643 or Zach Kriston at 530-525-6251.Tahoe Mountain Resorts Foundation grant cycleTahoe Mountain Resorts Foundation will be accepting 2012 grant submissions from local 503 (c) (3) nonprofit organizations through 5 p.m. Oct. 31, 2011. Organizations must be headquartered and serve the geographic area Truckee, Donner Summit, Squaw Valley and North Shore of Lake Tahoe to receive consideration. Grant applications will then be reviewed by the TMR Foundation Grants Committee who will announce the awards in January 2012.Grant forms must be completed along with some general financial information. A copy of the application and other submission details can be found at http://www.tmrfoundation.com or e-mail questions to info@tmrfoundation.com.To date, Tahoe Mountain Resorts Foundation has awarded approximately $1.2 million to local organizations representing educational, cultural, environmental and charitable pursuits. In 2011, $141,000 was awarded to 18 area nonprofits. Retire your flag, honor veterans,participate in Wreaths Across AmericaIt is time to check your American flag. Veteranandamp;#8217;s Day (formerly andamp;#8220;Armistice Dayandamp;#8221;) is less than a month away. Now that Truckeeandamp;#8217;s andamp;#8220;Eagleandamp;#8221; has been placed in storage during the downtown beautification project, this yearandamp;#8217;s Veteranandamp;#8217;s Day ceremony will be conducted at the andamp;#8220;Vetandamp;#8217;s Buildingandamp;#8221; on High Street, next to the Balancing Rock. All veterans and anyone wanting to honor military members who have given to our freedoms, are asked to arrive by 10:55 a.m. on Nov. 11. There will be a presentation of The Colors by members of the Tahoe Truckee Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol. Bring your American flag to the ceremony and give to CAP members for proper retirement. The CAP will also take donations to the Wreaths Across American Program. Wreaths will be placed on veteran gravesites Dec. 10 at all National Cemeteries at precisely noon, Eastern Time (9 a.m. here). The public is invited to attend the ceremony at Fernley, Nev. andamp;#8212; our closest National Cemetery. For more information about the local CAP, please visit http://www.cap-ttcs.org. Fly your flag on Veteranandamp;#8217;s Day, Nov. 11. Flags may be purchased at ACE (Mountain) Hardware. If you are interested in flag etiquette, visit http://www.aflag.com/flag_holidays.asp.You can drop your flag to be retired, in the bin inside the Truckee Tahoe Airport Terminal Building, or either of Donner Lake Realtyandamp;#8217;s Offices. College essay assistance at Clever MindsWriting the personal statement for college entrance requires time and effort. Itandamp;#8217;s not just a one and done draft situation. Considerable time needs to be put forth brainstorming, drafting, editing and revising. Essay writing is not just critical for college applications but itandamp;#8217;s an important life-long skill. Knowing the basics will help you get into college but it will also improve your success once youandamp;#8217;re there and even thereafter.If a student feels unsure of where to start or how to make their essay stand out from the others, Clever Minds provides this help. A teacher will work individually with students to ensure their essay takes a creative and non-cookie cutter approach to showing college admissions counselors the personal side of prospective students. Get ahead of the game! Donandamp;#8217;t wait until Nov. 29 to get started.Call Clever Minds, A Learning Center at 530-582-1707 or e-mail vicki@cleverminds.org.Holiday Wish Box needs volunteersGrant $25 holiday wishes for tenants at the Truckee Donner Senior Apartments this season. Contact Clarence – AS2 at 530-587-5152 or xmas.wish@hotmail.com. Clarence is having his halo polished before the holiday season, so deadline is running early. Wish list needs to be filled as soon as possible to put smiles on senior faces this Christmas.Dog Training ClassesSign up now for upcoming dog training classes at the Savvy Dog Training and Education Center. Find more information about all classes at http://www.thesavvydog.net or call 530-448-9808. Instructor Carla Brown, CPDT-KA is a Certified Pet Dog Trainer, a professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and a Canine Good Citizen Evaluator for the AKC. The Savvy Dog Training and Education Center is located at 11448 Deerfield Drive, C-1 in the Deerfield Plaza by Truckee Bagel in Truckee.