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Truckee Tahoe Community Briefs

The closing date for Truckee Tahoe Community Foundations (TTCF) Nature Fund grant applications approaches. Get your request in before Jan 16, 2009 for a project to conserve wildlife, lands, waters and air quality of the Truckee, North Tahoe and Donner Summit regions while creating opportunities for enjoyment of the outdoors. Desired outcomes include healthy lands, waters and air; vibrant fish and wildlife populations; available open space; educated aware and appreciative community members.The TTCF suggest activities such as acquiring lands or building trails, environmental education or restoration work. The issue should be clear and of high priority to the community. For a complete listing and guidelines or application please visit, drop by the TTCF office, 11071 Donner Pass Road or telephone 587-1776.

Join the Squaw Valley Institute on Thursday, Jan. 22 at PlumpJack for a discussion on the Future of Our Forests given by Sugar Pine Foundation founder John Pickett and Executive Director Maria Mircheva. Global warming, invasive species and other human influences are having profound effects on the health of Sierra Nevada forests. The forests of the Sierra Nevada support a diverse wildlife population, clean the air and store water into the dry summer months. Changes to the forest ecosystem now threaten the very foundation of the biodiversity that visitors to the Sierra Nevada enjoy. However, there are a number of groups who are implementing forest restoration projects. The sharp divide between environmentalists and loggers is evaporating. While the threats to Sierra Nevada forests are real and the scope of the problem is large, there are also reasons to be optimistic about the future forests of the Sierra Nevada.The Sugar Pine Foundation is a non-profit that is restoring sugar pines and western white pines in the Tahoe basin. White pines are being devastated by a non-native rust introduced into North America around 1910. The group has located more than 30 sugar pines resistant to the fungus and has planted more than 2,000 resistant sugar pine seedlings in the Tahoe basin. The Sugar Pine Foundation is now looking to expand its operations to the entire Sierra Nevada.

The Family Resource Center (FRC) of Truckee would like to extend an invitation to all families to join us on Friday, Jan. 9, 2009 for Family Fun Night from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. This special evening will provide all who come with a hot delicious meal from Zanos, fun board games for all to play and the competitive sport of Dodge Ball for those who wish to melt away the extra calories. This is a great opportunity for those families feeling the economic pinch of the holidays. Everything is free, though donations are always graciously accepted. In addition, anyone who is still in the giving mood may wish to sponsor one of our Family Fun Nights to maintain and preserve the essence of community spirit. These nights allow for social interaction and a stress release from the daily grind of work and bills. We encourage anyone needing to de-stress to come on over to meet, greet, and play with your community friends. For further information or to make an advance reservation please call 587-2513. The FRC is located at the Sierra Mountain Education Center behind the Truckee Fire Department.

The Tahoe Hospice Thrift stores help seasonal workers make a home and stay warm. Shop at the Hospice Thrift Stores located in Truckee and Kings Beach to find gently used items at a great price with extended Friday hours open until 7:30 p.m. Seasonal workers can find everything from skiwear to household items, to set up temporary winter homes or stay warm with coats, gloves, hats, blankets all at thrift store prices.Heres the scoop:Truckee Hospice Gift and Thrift10026 Meadow Way (across from the 7-11)(530) 582-4947Monday through Thursday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.Kings Beach Hospice Gift and Thrift8611 North Lake Blvd.(530) 546-5494Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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