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Tahoe Truckee Community Briefs

The monthly Pancake Breakfast fundraiser to benefit the Senior Meals program and the Meals on Wheels will be held on March 1 from 8 to 11:30 a.m. in the dining room of the Truckee Donner Senior Apartments at 10040 Estates Drive in Truckee. This months sponsor is the Sunrise Rotary Club. Open to everyone! Adults $7, children $3. Come early.

Sierra College will be offering a free course in snow and ice driving March 6 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Tahoe-Truckee campus. Everyone can benefit from the classes that stress techniques of acceleration, turning and braking to maintain control of the vehicle on winding mountain roads and in steep terrain. The instructor will also outline the hazards of front-wheel and four-wheel driving under adverse conditions.Each class is a first-come, first-served basis. No reservation is required. Call Diane Tomasello at (530) 550-2225 or Officer Steve Skeen, California Highway Patrol-Truckee Area at (530) 582-7570.

On selected days, the participating resorts are offering skiers and snowboarders special discounted lift tickets and the opportunity to support education. The proceeds from your lift ticket purchase go directly to the Tahoe Truckee Excellence in Education Foundation, which provides enhanced educational opportunities for our local students.Dates for 2009 Skiing For Schools:Sunday, March 15, Homewood Community Benefit Day. A special, $25 lift ticket will be available at Homewood. A portion of the proceeds will go to Excellence in Education. Call Homewood, (530) 525-2992 for details.Saturday, March 21, Sugar Bowl. Skiing for Schools Day. Special, pre-purchased lift tickets are only $25 per person. Purchase tickets in advance at all Porters locations (Truckee, Tahoe City and Incline Village). All sales are final. Sunday, April 5, Alpine Meadows Community Benefit Day. A special, $25 lift ticket will be available at Alpine this day. A portion of the proceeds will go to Excellence in Education. Call Alpine, (530) 583-4232 for details.Sunday, April 19, Squaw Valley USA. Skiing for Schools Day. Special, pre-purchased lift tickets $25 per person in advance at all Porters locations or online at http://www.ExinEd.org. All sales are final. Please call (530) 550-7984 or visit http://www.exined.org.

Lake of the Sky Garden Club has grant funds available for community-related garden projects. To obtain an application, call Lorrie Moore, (530) 587-6980. Applications must be received by April 15.Lake of the Sky Garden Club is a non-profit organization and member of National Garden Clubs, Inc., Pacific Region and California Garden Clubs, Inc., Golden Foothills District. The club generally meets on the last Monday of the month from March through October. The clubs goals are to promote an interest in gardening, with particular emphasis on the problems at high altitude, to support charitable, educational, and scientific works, as well as to initiate and participate in beautification and developmental gardening projects in the North Tahoe region. Past recipients have included Thunderbird Lodge, Tahoe City Historical Society, Watson Cabin, Gatekeepers Museum, Girl Scouts, Project MANA as well as local schools and libraries.For a meeting schedule and more information, go to http://www.lake-of-the-sky.org.

Sponsorship opportunities and tickets are now available for the Truckee Noon Rotarys infamous Crab and Pasta Feed Saturday, March 14, 2009 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Truckee Community Center. This annual event features Dungeness crab, a live auction with fantastic prizes and a chance to mingle with your community, friends and family. This year the live auction will be organized by and benefit the Family Resource Center, a local non-profit organization providing education and mobilizing resources to empower families and individuals to be self-sufficient and become contributing members of the community. Sponsorship opportunities are available to support this community benefit. The Rotary Club of Truckee is actively seeking $500 level sponsors to help off-set the cost of the crab for the dinner. All sponsors will receive recognition in upcoming press releases, advertisements and mentions at the event during the live auction. Tickets are $40 for adults and $20 for kids (under the age of 16) and can be purchased through a local Rotarian or by calling 550-2350. Mark your calendar for March 14 and plan to dine on delicious crab while supporting a worthwhile cause.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County (BBBSNC) will present an Info Night session on Monday, March 16, from 5:30 to 6 p.m. at Tahoe Womens Services offices, located at upstairs 12257 Business Park Dr., Unit 4 (in the airport business park) in Truckee.The half-hour informational session is perfect for anyone interested in hearing more about the local work of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County, and how to get involved.No commitment is required and families, teachers and agencies are encouraged to attend.BBBSNC staff will go over the process of becoming a Big and will discuss other ways to support this vital agency in our local community.To sign up, or for more information, please call Peggy Martin at 587-7717 or e-mail peggy@bigsofnc.org.BBBSNC recently expanded its mentoring programs to the Truckee and North Lake Tahoe region, including the communities of Kings Beach and Tahoe City. For more information, please see http://www.bigsofnc.org.

Beloved childrens author Dr. Seuss would be 104 this year and the party is on! Perhaps best known for The Cat in the Hat, Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel) authored and illustrated 44 childrens books, introducing generations of children to the joy of reading. Our community will be celebrating Seuss work at an annual birthday party on Wednesday, March 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the North Lake Tahoe Boys and Girls Club.The North Tahoe Family Resource Center is sponsoring this years event, and welcomes families, caregivers and young children to come for activities, crafts, book reading and more.For information call the North Tahoe Family Resource Center at 546-0952.

Who built Pine Lodge (AKA the Hellman-Ehrman Mansion) at Sugar Pine Point State Park? Frances Dinkelspiel, a direct descendent of Isaiah Hellman the man behind the mansion will talk about this remarkable Tahoe pioneer and her new book, Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman Created California on Saturday, March 28, 2009. Join the Sierra State Parks Foundation and the North Tahoe Hebrew Congregation as they co-host a bagel brunch and author talk at 11 a.m. at the temple that day, at 7000 Latone (off National Avenue) in Tahoe Vista. Cost is $25 per person for SSPF or NTHC members; $30 for non-members. This includes brunch. Books will be available for purchase and the author will be happy to sign them. Reservations requested by March 23, call SSPF at (530) 525-9460 or the Temple at (530) 546-0895, ext. 4. Proceeds will be shared between SSPFs Sugar Pine Point programs and Temple programs. Come learn about one of our regions most interesting pioneers, and his connections with the Dunsmuir House in Oakland and San Franciscos Hardly Simply Bluegrass Festival.Visit us on the web at http://www.sierrastateparks.org or call the North Tahoe Hebrew Congregation about programs and services at (530) 546-0895.

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