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Christmas events

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Tree lighting ceremony Dec. 1

“Love Lights a Tree,” a Truckee tradition, will be held Friday, Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. at the Bud Fish Memorial Tree located in front of the depot in downtown Truckee.

The ceremony is sponsored by the Truckee Rotary Club and the American Cancer Society. Funds raised from this event will allow the American Cancer Society to continue to provide free services to cancer patients and their families in the Truckee area.

For a small donation to the American Cancer Society, a small ornament can be placed on the Bud Fish Memorial Tree with the name of the person to be honored. Singing of Christmas carols will be led by local choral groups. Hot cider will be served, and Santa Claus has been invited.

Bud Fish was a charter member of the Truckee Rotary Club and founder of the Rotary wood-cutting project that delivers firewood to senior citizens. As forest manager for Fibreboard Corporation, he furnished the downtown Christmas tree for many years. A tree was planted in his honor downtown in 1986, and a plaque was dedicated.

For more information, please call Bob Sutton of the Truckee Rotary Club at 587-4161.

Singles Christmas party Dec. 3

On Sunday, Dec. 3, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., The Tahoe Singles invite singles to their holiday season party and beautiful buffet dinner in the Martis Valley Grill at Northstar-at-Tahoe. The cost of this event is $37.50 and includes the dinner and a lift ticket to Northstar. Proceeds go to the “Filling Needs of the Community Project.” There are only 100 spaces available.

Reservations are on a first-come, first-serve basis. For info, directions and reservations, please call 587-2242.

Christmas at the Cabin coming

The Truckee-Donner Historical Society invites all to celebrate “Christmas at the Cabin” on Friday, Dec. 1 from 7 to 9 p.m. and on Saturday, Dec. 2 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Old Historical Gateway Cabin.

While visiting with old friends and making new acquaintances, we hope you will do some holiday shopping through our large selection of books, photos and videos. We will also have on display our latest historic photo reproductions, photos not previously in print before. These very large photos are mounted and perfect for framing to hang in that special room of your home or place of business. Orders for these wall-size photos will be taken.

Refreshments and libations will be served to satisfy your sweet tooth and wet your whistle. Directions to the cabin are easy. Take Donner Pass Road to Donner Trail Road (the Sierra Super Stop and PUD buildings are your corner landmarks), turn north and follow Meadow Park to the far end. The TDHS (second red) Cabin sits at the west end of Meadow Park. Don’t forget to bring your Christmas wish list.

Post Office holds Grinch reading

On Saturday, Dec. 2 at 2:30 p.m. there will be a reading by Dianne Fix of “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” at the Truckee Main Post Office, 10050 Bridge St. in Truckee.

All children are welcome to join us in the lobby for this fun. There will be refreshments served and the Grinch will be present. The USPS has a commitment to literacy and is partnering with First Book, a national nonprofit organization to give disadvantaged children the opportunity to read and own new books. We encourage our customers to send a child a book this holiday season.

College choir Christmas concert

The 70-voice Sierra Nevada College Concert Choir invites you to experience the masterwork Christmas oratorio “The Messiah” by G.F. Handel. Also included in the program are selections from Britten’s “A Ceremony of Carols,” many holiday favorites, plus an audience sing-a-long.

Performances will be held at the Cal Neva Lodge in Crystal Bay on Friday, Dec. 1 and Saturday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the door: $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students. For information, contact Sierra Nevada College at (775) 831-1314.

Kings Beach tree lighting Monday

Santa Claus will arrive by fire truck at the North Lake Tahoe Conference Center, Monday, Dec. 4 for the community tree lighting ceremony from 6 to 8 p.m.

The Boys and Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe honor choir will perform and the community is invited to join in Christmas Carols.

The North Tahoe Fire Protection District Engine 52 will deliver Santa to the tree lighting ceremony at the conference center, 8318 N. Lake Blvd., Kings Beach. Santa will officially light the tree.

“We’ll have hot chocolate and cookies and time for children to sit on Santa’s lap and get a candy cane,” said Dana Fraticelli, executive director of the Boys and Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe. “The event is free and everyone in the community is invited.”

A crafts table will be featured during the celebration for a “Holiday Tienda” (Holiday Store) featuring “kid-created” ceramic ware, toffeebark, wreaths, home-made candles and more. All proceeds for the holiday craft sale will go to the Boys and Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe.

The Boys and Girls Club provides programs in five major areas: education and career development, cultural, performing and literary arts, sports, fitness and recreation, health and life skills and character and leadership development.

For more information on the Boys and Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe or on the tree lighting ceremony, call 546-4324.

Hospice tree dedication Sunday

Tahoe Forest Hospice is hosting its Christmas Tree dedication ceremony at 2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 3.

The ceremony will feature the unveiling of this year’s memorial holiday ornaments. Etched on a beautiful glass ornament will be “Legacy of Life 2000” and the name of the person purchasers would like to honor.

Each individual has unique needs at the end of life and contributions will help support someone who may have needs above and beyond what can be provided by insurance and Medicare. Tahoe Forest Hospice makes it a policy to never turn away any terminally ill person who needs comfort directed medical care including pain management, medical equipment and supplies or professional and medical support.

Mail your request for an ornament to Tahoe Forest Hospice, 10121 Pine Ave., Truckee CA 96160. Ornaments are $25.

Sponsors can arrange to pick up their ornament after Jan. 3, 2001 by calling hospice at 582-3534.

Toys for Tots program launches

This will be the 53rd year the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve “Toys for Tots Program” helps Christmas wishes come true for less fortunate children. Last year, Placer County Sheriffs ‘Department, in collaboration with the U.S. Marine Corp., Homewood Mountain Resort, California Prudential Reality and other businesses in the North Tahoe area, gathered and distributed new toys for more than 600 children. This year we expect the need to at least equal that number.

The Toys for Tots Program needs the assistance of the local community to meet our area needs. How can you help?

— Contribute to Toys for Tots by dropping off toys at the following locations: California Prudential Realty (Dollar Hill, Tahoe City, and Truckee), Tahoe City Chiropractic, Rite Aid Pharmacy, Placer County Sheriff’s Department Kings Beach Service Center, Homewood Mountain Resort or participating businesses displaying official Toys For Tots posters.

— Hold a special private holiday party or a company event where participants donate toys or make financial contributions to Toys for Tots.

— Call Kristen Mann or Annamaria Shannon at 581-6369 to arrange for pick up of collected toys or for more information.

The Placer County Sheriff’s Department, the U.S. Marines, and other area businesses have been collaborating with the collection of toys for five years to connect needy children with Toys for Tots.

Other sponsors include Reno Kiwanis Club, KOLO News Channel 8, and 92.9 “The Hawk” Radio Station, who have given us the opportunity to work together in a combined effort to provide a successful Toys for Tots program in the North Shore area. For a child, the joy of receiving a new toy is reflected in the glow of their face. We hope that citizens and businesses of our community will again make this a very special holiday event for children.

If you know of a family who needs assistance please contact the above number.


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