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Truckee Tahoe community announcements

Submit your holiday pictures

Show off your holiday spirit by uploading your photos from events this season at http://www.sierrasun.com/holidayevents. Some photos will be published in the print edition of the Sierra Sun. Please include event information, and have a great holiday season this year!

Family Winter Welcome Party

The River Ranch is hosting a party to welcome the arrival of winter with festivities for the whole family to enjoy Wednesday, Dec. 16. The North Lake Tahoe Jazz Ensemble will kick off the festivities from 6-6:30 p.m.

In celebration of winter, guests may warm up under the stars by one of the River Ranchand#8217;s new fire pits on the patio and children can roast their own marshmallows for a complimentary sand#8217;more.

The River Ranch will also be collecting toys for the Toys for Tots program sponsored by the Boys and Girls Club. Unwrapped toys collected for newborns through fifth grade will be distributed to local families on the North Shore in need. Children will be able to take home their Christmas craft making own creations.

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A special $9.95 holiday entree and childrenand#8217;s menu will be offered. Bring a toy and enjoy holiday cheer at the River Ranch, on Highway 89 and Alpine Meadows Road. Call 583-4264 or visit http://www.riverranchlodge.com.

Skiing for Schools program kicks off

Discounted lift tickets benefit schools, skiers and snowboarders and the fun begins with Excellence in Educationand#8217;s first Ski for Schools day Dec. 19 at Sugar Bowl. Participating resorts offer special discounted lift tickets and the opportunity to support education. The proceeds from your lift ticket purchase go directly to the Excellence in Education Foundation, which provides enhanced educational opportunities for local students. Tickets are $25 each and available at Porters Sports in Truckee, Tahoe City and Incline Village. Great Snow, Great Price, Great Cause! Visit http://www.exined.org.

Capturing acts of kindness

in Plumas Bank country

Kindness comes in many different styles, shapes and forms. Tell Plumas Bank your story about how kindness has touched your life or the lives of others in our community and the difference that one special person made.

Nominate a candidate for the Plumas Bank Kindness Award if he or she performs an Act of Kindness in our community through November 30, 2010. Plumas Bank will celebrate one person each month throughout 2010; and, on their 30th anniversary in December 2010 one lucky person will be drawn to win a $300 prize! For information visit http://www.plumasbank.com or your local branch.

Enrich your life with

Squaw Valley Institute

Looking to meet new people, support amazing cultural programs for your community and make a difference? Squaw Valley Institute is looking for volunteers to join its fundraising committee! This committee will work with the executive director and board of directors to develop and implement a fund raising strategy for 2010 and beyond. Join the first meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 30 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the new firehouse in Olympic Valley. Begin by discussing goals for 2010 and developing a fundraising strategy around them. Contact Erin Casey at erin@squawvalleyinstitute.org or call 581-4148.

A celebration of overcoming the odds

The North Tahoe Hebrew Congregation, 7000 Latone Blvd. in Tahoe Vista, continues to display the 12-foot by 12-foot section of AIDS Memorial Quilt.

Created in 1987, the quilt memorializes the life of a person who lost their life to AIDS. The timing is poignant, said Rabbi Anne Persin. and#8220;Hanukkah has a lot to do with people beating the odds and#8212; a small band of Israelites fighting against this huge army and surviving,and#8221; Persin said. and#8220;AIDS started out as this hopeless, hopeless illness and itand#8217;s come to a place where we are able to battle and beat the odds. Display hours are Wednesday, Dec. 16; 2 to 4 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 17; 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 18 (Services will be conducted in the synagogue from 6 to 7 p.m.); 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 20.

Call (530) 546-0895 or e-mail rabbi@tahoetemple.org for more information.

Spiritual Adventure

in the Snow booksigning

and#8220;Spiritual Adventures in the Snow: Skiing and Snowboarding as Renewal for your Souland#8221; is a fun and adventurous look at the deeply profound experience, the rhythms of snow sports as renewal for mind, body and spirit. Tahoe locals who are featured in the book include: Paul Arthur (author of the foreword; Squaw Valley Junior Olympic coach to Tamara McKinney and first coach to Shane McConkey), Tina Basich, Evan Strong (adaptive snowboarder and two-time national superpipe champion), Alex Heyman (training coordinator for the Mountain Sports Learning Center at Sugar Bowl), and Bill Seline (local mountain guide, avalanche instructor and paramedic) as well as several local ski resorts. Kristin Krone (Olympic skier and owner of Wild Cherries in Truckee) offers an endorsement on the cover.

Attend the Dec. 18 book reading and signing at The Bookshelf at Hooligan Rock, Truckee, from 5:30-7 p.m.