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Tahoe Truckee community announcements

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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.Looking for something differentto do at Lake Tahoe? Visit the UC Davis Thomas J. Long Foundation Science Education Center, Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences building on the Sierra Nevada College campus in Incline Village, Nev. Discover what makes Lake Tahoe so unique. Investigate local science and explore how research is being used to restore and protect Lake Tahoe. Guided tours include a virtual research vessel, virtual laboratory, 3-D visualization theater and green building tours.Check out the new 3-D movie andamp;#8220;Lake Tahoe in Depthandamp;#8221; (runtime 15 minutes 37 seconds).In less than one hour you can become an expert on environmental issues at Lake Tahoe. Even locals can learn something new!They are open regular hours Dec. 28 and 29, 1-5 p.m. and Jan. 3 through 6. They will be closed Dec. 24 through 27 and Dec. 30 through Jan. 2 for the holidays.Join them Jan. 5, 2 andamp;#8211; 5 p.m. for Family Science Day. There will be winter-themed science activities for kids ages 6 and up at 291 Country Club Drive inside the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences building on the campus of Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village, Nev.For more information, call 775-881-7566, e-mail tercinfo@ucdavis.edu or visit http://terc.ucdavis.edu/.Holiday festivities at NorthstarThe Village at Northstar will be festive for the holidays, complete with ice skating on the 9,000 square foot outdoor rink, live music daily on the Village Stage, and visits by Santa for the kids through Dec. 24, noon-2:30 p.m. One-horse sleigh rides will be offered Dec. 22 and 23, daily parades featuring Ripperoo, the Vail Resorts mascot, and other activities are scheduled throughout the season. Visit http://www.northstarattahoe.com.Be the Crab Feast nonprofitThe Truckee Noon Rotary Club is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations to host the live auction at the clubandamp;#8217;s 2012 Crab andamp; Pasta Feed.Each year a local nonprofit group runs the live auction at the Rotary Clubandamp;#8217;s Crab andamp; Pasta Feed. The organization selected to operate the live auction will receive all proceeds raised from the auction. Previously, groups have earned from $4,000 to $14,000 for their causes. The event will be held on Saturday, March 24, 2011 at the new Truckee Community Recreation Center. Rotary will provide the venue, the auctioneer and the bidding audience.Potential candidates will be asked to present at the Rotary Club of Truckee board of directors meeting on Jan. 3, 2012 for final selection. All nonprofit groups interested in being considered must submit a letter by Dec. 30, 2011. Letters should include the name of the nonprofit organization, a request for consideration, and an explanation of what the organization does for the community. The letter should also communicate to the board the organization’s capability to secure donated items and setup and run the live auction.If your organization is interested, please e-mail your letter to Adela Gonzalez del Valle at agdelvalle@gmail.com. For information call Adela at 530-587-2513 or visit http://www.truckeerotary.org.Winter Adventureswith Tahoe Adventure CompanyAre you an astronomy buff? Or a novice who wants to learn more about the skies above? Join a Star Tour Snowshoe Adventure with professional astronomer Tony Berendsen! Enjoy a sunset snowshoe tour complete with natural and human history discussions, followed by a Star Tour with Berendsen. Berendsen enlightens the crowd using his high aperture telescopes, poetry, and extensive knowledge. Hot drinks and snacks are served. Cost is $75 per person and the time is 4:30-8:30 p.m.2011-12 Star Tour Snowshoe DatesWednesday, Dec. 28, Crescent Moon in Aquarius Saturday, Jan. 14, Orion on the RiseSaturday, Feb. 18, Taurus the Bull on HighSaturday, March 24, Regulus and Mars; war in the skyLooking for the perfect gift? The Gift of Adventure is a great way to share a unique experience with someone special and provides long-lasting memories. This holiday, gift an experience to someone special. Gift certificates can be redeemed for winter or summer adventures and kayak/SUP rentals. Call 530-913-9212, e-mail LetsGo@TahoeAdventureCompany.com or visit http://www.TahoeAdventureCompany.com for more details or to purchase online. Become a Literacy TutorJoin Read Up!, the Nevada County Adult Literacy Program, based at the Truckee Library. Tutors are dedicated community volunteers who wish to help interested students realize their potential. Tutoring is a free service of Nevada County.The next tutor training class will be held on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011 at a convenient time for all new literacy tutor applicants. Tutor training manuals are provided free to new literacy tutors.Literacy tutoring is 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, be available two-three hours per week, be patient and flexible and have excellent communication skills and know how to listen.If you would like to become a Read Up! tutor, please contact Rolann Aronson, Truckee Read Up! Coordinator at 530-587-8806.Tahoe SAFE Alliance announces Sugar Bowl Ski Day The annual Tahoe SAFE Alliance Ski Day at Sugar Bowl is just around the corner. For more than 10 years Sugar Bowl has shown their support by donating all-day lift tickets to Tahoe SAFE Alliance. Sugar Bowl Ski Day tickets are priced at $35 providing ski enthusiasts with huge savings. Generously, your Sugar Bowl Ski Day tickets are valid Jan. 22 through Jan. 26, 2012. With Sugar Bowlandamp;#8217;s great terrain and easy-access you are guaranteed a fantastic time on the slopes, all the while, you are supporting a local nonprofit. Purchase your tickets at http://www.tahoesafealliance.org today!Tickets will be available for pick-up only Jan. 22 at will-call at Sugar Bowl. Tickets must be purchased before Jan. 20, 2011. Unlike years past, tickets are valid for five days. For additional information call 775-298-0010 or e-mail hayley@tahoesafealliance.org.Truckee Ice Skating Rink Open The Truckee Ice Rink offers great family fun at affordable prices. New this year andamp;#8212; a heated party room! Public skating, skate rentals, party rentals, broomball rentals, a snack bar, group and private lessons, adult drop in and league hockey, all on the best ice around. Sit by the bonfire and listen to the music under overhead lights, just 1/2 mile south of Downtown Truckee in the Regional Park. Open daily during holiday periods and weekends at noon. Open Wednesday-Fridays at 3 p.m. after the Thanksgiving holidays. Adults skate for only $5 (district residents), and children for $3. Non residents $6 and skate rentals for $2. Season passes available. Figure skating, ice dancing, broomball and hockey leagues and classes booking now. Call 530-582-7720 for more info.Holiday pet photo contestWhoandamp;#8217;s the best doggie? Who’s the prettiest kitty? Who’s the cutest hamster? And who doesnandamp;#8217;t like to dress his or her pet up in reindeer ears, Santa hats and elf outfits? Submit your silliest, most sumptuous, simply sensational holiday pet photo to the Sierra Sunandamp;#8217;s Facebook page for entry in the Holiday Pet Photo contest through Jan. 1, 2012. Visit http://www.facebook.com/SierraSun1 to upload your photo on our page. Get your friends and family to andamp;#8220;likeandamp;#8221; your image. First and second prizes will be awarded to the image with the most andamp;#8220;likes.andamp;#8221; Sierra Sun staff will vote for honorable mentions. First prize receives a $50 gift certificate from Barifot Mountain Photo.Winners will be announced in January. Select high resolution images will be printed in the Sierra Sun. The Holiday Pet Photo Contest is sponsored by Barifot Mountain Photo, offering Canon cameras and accessories, photo finishing, digital supplies, frames, albums and gifts at 351 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City. Visit Barifotphoto.com or call 530-583-5050.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.Truckee Masonic Lodge meetingThe Truckee Masonic Lodge holds its monthly meeting on the first Thursday of the month at 7 p.m., 10068 Donner Pass Road, Truckee. All Master Masons are cordially invited to attend. Please call WM R. Brooks Bloomfield for more info, 530-314-9026.Local male mentors neededBig Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County and North Lake Tahoe are seeking volunteers to mentor local youths. The commitment is generally one hour a week for a year, you set the time and place. Make a lifelong impact on a childandamp;#8217;s life while doing all the fun activities you love! The waitlist for boys to get a mentor in Truckee has more than 10 children and the waitlist for the girls in North Tahoe has six. Please call 530-587-7717, e-mail peggy@bigsofnc.org or visit http://www.bigsofnc.org.