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The North Lake Tahoe Resort Association and Northstar-at-Tahoe will implement a pilot ski shuttle program between Tahoe Vista Lodging Properties and Northstar starting Jan. 17. The program will be monitored for ridership and, if successful, may be implemented for the entire winter transit season next year.

The Northstar Ski shuttle will operate Saturdays and Sundays through Easter Sunday. On Martin Luther King Day, Monday, Jan. 19 and during Presidents’ Week the shuttle will operate Feb. 16 through Feb. 20.

The Northstar ski shuttle will provide a direct route for the many Tahoe Vista Lodging guests. Other transit options to Northstar from Tahoe Vista require transferring from one TART bus to another at Stateline. For a schedule visit http://www.LakeTahoeTransit.com, call Northstar Transportation at 562-3559 or Jan Colyer, TNT-TMA at 581-3922. Ride the Bus…it’s Good for Us!

With 13 avalanche fatalities in the United States this season, awareness and safety precautions while traveling in the backcountry are extremely important.

In an effort to help raise awareness and use of the Tahoe region’s only free daily avalanche forecast, Thin Air Motorsports has donated the use of two 2009 Polaris 800 Dragon snowmobiles to the Sierra Avalanche Center, a non-profit 501c3 organization formed to advise and educate backcountry travelers in the Tahoe region for use during the 2008/09-winter season.

The Truckee Rotary Foundation announces it is accepting grant requests within the Truckee community from individuals or unique projects that are not of a social nature and not funded by other organizations. Grant requests to support ongoing operations are discouraged. The Foundation attempts to focus on one-time grants with wide impact.

Grant requests should include a short description of the project or need, name, address, telephone number of contact person, e-mail address, the amount requested and a description of the impact of the grant. There is no formal application form. The Truckee Rotary foundation has $5,000 to donate for projects this year.

Applications are due by Jan. 23, 2009 and should be mailed to The Truckee Rotary Foundation, c/o Steve Randall, P.O. Box 3236, Truckee, CA 96160. Questions may be directed to Steve Randall at 582-7720.

The First 5 Placer Children and Families Commission is seeking four members for its Community Resource Committee (CRC).

The Children and Families Commission (CFC) is an autonomous self-governing commission appointed by the Placer County Board of Supervisors. Research has proven the brain develops most dramatically in the first five years of a child’s life. The primary purpose of the commission is to develop and implement a strategic plan for using First 5 funds for early childhood development and support for families with children prenatal through 5 years of age.

The Commission wishes to involve people from the community in decision-making roles and created the First 5 Community Resource Committee for this purpose. Parents and individuals who care for young children are encouraged to apply.

The Committee meets at least four times a year, sometimes as often as once a month for approximately two hours in Auburn. The term of membership is three years.

Please contact the First 5 staff at (530) 745-1413 or e-mail kruesel@placercoe.k12.ca.us. To find out more about the First 5 Placer Children and Families Commission and its network of children’s services log onto http://www.first5placer.org. Send applications to: Karen Ruesel, First 5 Placer, 365 Nevada Street, Auburn, CA 95603. E-mail: kruesel@placercoe.k12.ca.us. Fax: (530) 885-2041.

Applications must be physically received, not post marked, by Feb. 19, 2009 at 2 p.m. For general information about child well-being and for a list of community resources log onto our Network of Care for Kids web site at http://placer.networkofcare.org.

Do you remember the feeling of walking into a library, maybe as a child, maybe as an adult and realizing all of the books there were yours for the borrowing? Free? Now picture your Truckee library and visualize all it could be: cozy reading spaces and room for great events and programs. This vision could be a reality ” with your help!

The Truckee Library has a very small staff that is stretched thin providing core services. Our local Friends of the Library needs help. “A committee of the Friends was recently inspired by the support and energy of two long-time community leaders, Kim Bradley and Phebe Bell,” said Friends of the Truckee Library co-chair Ruth Hall. “Their involvement has taken us to a new level of energizing an expanded and diversified base of support for the Truckee Library.” Join the Friends on Wednesday, Jan. 21, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Sierra Mountain Community Education Center building (the old middle school on Donner Pass Road) for a facilitated brainstorming session and discussion about the public library. Babysitting will be available and refreshments will be served. Call the Library at 582-7846.

Truckee High School Band students will raise money during the 8th annual telethon Saturday, Jan. 24, from 3 to 9 p.m. on public access stations 6 and 24. The telethon includes live performances and concerts. Proceeds will benefit the Band Tour.

On the tour, the band plays for veterans’ hospitals, convalescent hospitals, children’s hospitals and elementary schools to inspire memories in the old and passion in the young.

“What we are doing on tour is a profoundly important community service that few organizations would be capable of accomplishing,” said Truckee High Senior Shawn Conway. “We tap into lost memories and help bring a smile to the faces of those less fortunate than us. That means just as much as dollar bills.”

The band hopes to raise $8,000 by putting on the annual telethon.

Truckee High Senior Taylor Morfett said, “Not only do we give back to the community but we get a chance to bond with each other and create timeless memories.”

Donate to the Truckee High Band by calling 582-2777 during the telethon or visit http://www.tempohigh.org.

Pancake Breakfast to Benefit Seniors

The Monthly Pancake Breakfast fundraiser to benefit the Senior Meals program and the Meals on Wheels will be held on Feb. 1 from 8 to 11:30 a.m. in the dining room of the Truckee Donner Senior Apartments at 10040 Estates Dr., Truckee. This month’s sponsor is Tahoe City Rotary Club. Open to everyone! Adults $7, children $3. Come early.


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