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Truckee Tahoe community announcements

Tahoe City Parade Road closureHwy. 28, or North Lake Boulevard in Tahoe City will be closed to traffic Saturday March from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. due to the Tahoe City SnowFest! Parade. No alternate routes are available.Twin Ridges student claims competition fierce in spelling beeTwin Ridges Home Study Charter School seventh grader Sam Zabell competed Wednesday in the California Central Valley Spelling Bee, tying for 10th place with 16 other students. andamp;#8220;Itandamp;#8217;s fierce. These people spell way better than I can!andamp;#8221; he told Capital Public Radio. The last two contestants in the duel went a historic 40 rounds, the longest ever in the 27-year competition sponsored by the Sacramento Bee. andamp;#8220;Sam is very competitive,andamp;#8221; said Zabellandamp;#8217;s mother Karen Sessler. andamp;#8220;Spelling becomes interesting to him this way.andamp;#8221; Zabell studied a Scripps spelling word list, a 1,200-word Spell It booklet and the dictionary. Sessler also emphasizes Latin and Greek root words in his education, taking apart and analyzing words. Itandamp;#8217;s an exercise in vocabulary building, as well. Zabell will head to the California State Bee in May, which is a separate contest. Seek the faithPlease send faith-based items, from special holiday services, potlucks, plays to after school programs to Community Editor Amy Edgett at Item should be 200-300 words and include the 5ws: Who, what when, where, why and how (contact information, phone number, website). Hi resolution photos with credit and identification also welcome. Remember to enter your event online at with a 50-75 word description.Dr. Seussandamp;#8217; Annual Birthday CelebrationBeloved childrenandamp;#8217;s author Dr. Seuss would be 105 this year and the party is on! Perhaps best known for andamp;#8220;The Cat in The Hat,andamp;#8221; Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel) authored and illustrated 44 childrenandamp;#8217;s books, introducing generations of children to the joy of reading. Join the annual birthday party Friday, March 5, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Boys andamp; Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe. The North Tahoe Family Resource Center and the Family Room of the Kings Beach Elementary will host. Families, caregivers and young children are invited for crafts, book reading and more.Free Winter Beach CarnivalTahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area will hold a free event Winter Beach Party, Saturday, March 6, from noon to 3 p.m. weather conditions permitting. Come to the Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area for some tropical fun, including live music, a bounce house, and beach-themed family games. Questions, please call 587-9444, ext. 0 or e-mail Breakfast senior benefitThe Monthly Pancake Breakfast fundraiser to benefit the Senior Meals program and the Meals on Wheels will be held on March 7, 8-11:30 a.m. in the dining room of the Truckee Donner Senior Apartments at 10040 Estates Drive in Truckee. This monthandamp;#8217;s sponsor is the Sunrise Rotary. Open to everyone! Adults $7, children: $3. Come early.Tahoe Maritime Museum opensThe Tahoe Maritime Museum, 5205 West Lake Blvd., is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Memorial Day Weekend. Tours, crafts and activities include a raft building contest (prizes for each entry), learning about fish native to Lake Tahoe and a build your own fish mobile or a pirate scavenger hunt challenge. Movie showing of andamp;#8220;Robinson Crusoeandamp;#8221; Sunday, March 28, 3-5 p.m. Hot chocolate and popcorn will be served by the fireplace. $5 admission. Free for Museum Members and children under 12. Call 525-WAKE (9253) or visit plan for infrastructure and transportation Drop by a community workshop Monday, March 8, 3-6 p.m. at the Tahoe City PUD to help the NLTRA and Placer County review and update the 2010-2015 Infrastructure and Transportation Integrated Work Plan. The Work Plan establishes the highest priorities for bike trails, shuttle systems, bus shelters, mile markets, wayfinding signage and more, and provides project descriptions, estimates funding requirements, identifies project and funding partners, and suggests time frames for completion. Call Ron Treabess at 581-8735.Girls on the Run andamp;#8212; Sierras to hold andamp;#8220;Love Our Girlsandamp;#8221; fundraiserGirls on the Run andamp;#8211; Sierras is extending an invitation to the community for its andamp;#8220;Love our Girlsandamp;#8221; fundraising event on Tuesday, March 9 at The Cedar House in Truckee, 6-8 p.m. Open to those interested in supporting or learning more about the organization. andamp;#8220;Love our Girlsandamp;#8221; is the culminating event of a series of informational gatherings, which have brought a first-hand understanding of what this much-needed self-esteem and healthy living program is doing for the young women in the community. Join Girls on the Run for a night of wine, hors dandamp;#8217;oeuvres and giving. Contact Jennifer at 587-1690.Free tax preparationThe free AARP Tax Aide Program will be offered in Truckee, targeting middle and low income tax payers, especially seniors 60 years plus, at the Family Resource Center of Truckee and Sierra Senior Services. Sessions will be March 12 and 27; April 7 and 10. Each appointment will take 45 minutes. Call the Family Resource Center of Truckee at 587-2513. Seniors who would like taxes prepared at the Sierra Senior Services, please call 550-7600. Appointments will be scheduled for 16 and 30; April 13. Clients need to bring the following items: Last yearandamp;#8217;s tax return, W-2s and 1099s, Social Security and brokerage statements, Social Security card or ITIN number, picture ID and birth certificate for dependents if ITINandamp;#8217;s are needed. Girls Scouts make life sweeter for service overseasGirl Scout cookie season is underway. Local Girl Scouts will continue last yearandamp;#8217;s fundraising drive to send cookies overseas to local service men and women. Last year family and friends registered a total of 18 men and women who were serving to receive cookies. The Girl Scouts sent each close to 100 boxes to share with their respective units. Needless to say, they were overjoyed and their spirits were lifted. If you know someone in the community who is, or will be, serving overseas in the spring of 2010, or if you would like to help with a donation, please contact Bonnie Dodge, Sierra Tahoe Service Unit Product Manager, at 583-3946. Your donations are fully tax-deductible.Spirit Gallery to host art and benefitSpirit Gallery is proud to announce the exhibition of paintings by Plein Air Local artist Andy Skaff at The Lodge restaurant in Tahoe Donner. Skaffandamp;#8217;s Impressionistic representations of our Sierra landscapes are simply stunning! andamp;#8211; and they are displayed for all to see at The Lodge Restaurant, 12850 Northwoods Boulevard in Truckee. Spirit Gallery is also hosting a fundraiser for Kushal, a local nonprofit that is changing the lives of orphans in Nepal, Saturday, March 6, from 3-6 p.m. at Spirit Gallery, across from Jax on the Trax in Truckee. Enjoy some refreshments and shop Nepalandamp;#8217;s native treasures like jewelry and singing bowls. Spirit Gallery, 1009 West River St. in Truckee, 587-0948, a bowl to Stone SoupStone Soup is open every Sunday through March 14, 5-7:30 p.m. at the Church Street Community Arts Center. Stone Soup is a celebration of food and community. A group of dedicated volunteers initiated it last year to help address hunger and isolation in the community due to dramatic changes in the economy. They strived to create a space for andamp;#8220;coming together,andamp;#8221; where everyone was welcome to share food, friends, family, conversation, support or just a bowl of soup with great bread and music. The kitchen is open and operating under the administrative umbrella of Project MANA and a partnership with the Truckee Donner Parks and Recreation District, which provides use of the Community Arts Center. Help celebrate good food and great community.Make homemade cards for our troopsOur nationandamp;#8217;s armed forces deployed in the Middle East canandamp;#8217;t just stop into a drug store to buy a greeting card to send to their family. So Auntie Joan Stamping is going to make 600 handmade cards for them! Auntie Joan organized and assembled all the necessary supplies to make 300 Motherandamp;#8217;s Day and 300 Fatherandamp;#8217;s Day cards. Everyone is invited to help and show their support of our troops in this very personal way, Saturday, March 20, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Cedar House Sports Hotel, 10918 Brockway Road, Truckee. No crafting experience is necessary. Itandamp;#8217;s fun and easy to make cards by hand. Children over age 5 are welcome. Call (530) 582-2080, 12219 Business Park Drive, Suite 14, Truckee,