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Holiday Briefs

Christmas Caroling Friday

The 15th annual downtown Christmas caroling celebration will be held Friday starting at 5:30 p.m. Meet at OB’s restaurant.

Locals and visitors alike are welcome at the caroling, where the singers will tour downtown, visiting all the open stores and spreading Christmas song and cheer.

“Last year we had an excellent turnout,” said Sharine Drake, who has coordinated the event for the last 11 years. “I think we had about 25 people.”

“The kids always enjoy it DEwe do sing a lot of the children’s Christmas carols that they know so well,” she added.

Don’t worry if you’re not a professional singer D the main thing is to bring your Christmas spirit, Drake said.

“People don’t need to have a great voice or anything,” she said. “We sing from the heart. It’s just to have fun and bring Christmas cheer.”

Participants should be sure to dress warmly. If there is a severe snowstorm, the event will be cancelled.

For more information call Sharine at 582-1312.

Christmas church services

The following churches notified the Sierra Sun about their special Christmas services planned this coming week:

— Truckee Christian Church Assembly of God and Truckee Lutheran/Presbyterian Church will be holding a combined Christmas service Sunday, Dec. 23 at 9 a.m. All are welcome; the church is located on Highway 267. 587-4237.

— Northstar-at-Tahoe will be holding a candlelight Christmas Eve service Monday at 7 p.m. in the Chapparral Room of the Clocktower Building at Northstar.

— Church of the Mountains United Methodist Church will be hosting Christmas Eve services Monday at 6:30 p.m. (family service) and 9 p.m. (candlelight service). The church is located on 10069 Church St.

— Assumption Catholic Church; Christmas Eve services at 5 p.m., 7 p.m. (Family mass), 9 p.m. (in Spanish) and Midnight Mass. Christmas Day services at 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. Located across from Truckee Tahoe Lumber Co. yard. 587-3595

— Calvary Chapel of Truckee: Christmas Eve service at 8 p.m. in the Truckee High School auditorium. 587-1711

— Seventh Day Adventist Church: A service at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 22. Located 1/2 mile south of Truckee of Highway 267. 587-5067

— Sierra Bible Church: Services on Sunday, December 23 at 8 and 10:30 a.m. Located across from the Truckee-Tahoe Airport Inn. 587-6025

— Christmas Eve services at the Squaw Valley Chapel, UCC/DOC, located at 440 Squaw Peak Road (behind Plumpjacks) in Squaw Valley will be held on Monday, Dec. 24 at 5 p.m., 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. Communion will be celebrated at the 11 p.m. service. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call (530) 581-4011, or 583-9553.

Santa at Tahoe Donner

After a hard night of dropping gifts off around the world, Santa has decided to head to the Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area.

On Christmas Day from noon to 2 p.m. Santa will be handing out goodies while experiencing some great skiing and snowboarding. Come join Santa for a half-day of fun. lifts open at noon and run until 4 p.m. Tickets are only $15 for adults and $7 for children 7-12 years of age.

For further details call Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area at (530) 587-9444 ext. 110.

Squaw Valley holiday fun

Santa Claus skiing and snowboarding, Christmas Carols, a festive Christmas Eve torchlight parade and more are all part of the Yuletide fun for guests visiting Squaw Valley USA.

The UC Berkeley Marching Band joins the holiday fun this season with three special musical performances on Saturday, Dec. 22. Rallies will take place in the Base Village at approximately 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. and at Gold Coast at noon.

On Dec. 23 and 24 the Base Village comes alive with the sound of music as members of the Sierra Nevada College Choir perform a selection of holiday favorites from 3:30 to 6 p.m. each afternoon.

The excitement comes to a crescendo at dusk on Christmas Eve, as guests are treated to a special torchlight parade. The evening begins at 6 p.m. at the base of KT-22, with holiday music as the Squaw Valley Ski School descends the slopes of Exhibition in a beautiful procession of lights.

Holiday religious services will take place at the Queen of the Snows on Dec. 24 at 10 p.m. and again on Dec. 25 at noon.

The Squaw Valley Chapel will also conduct services on Dec. 24 at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., before and after the torchlight parade.

For more information about Squaw Valley’s holiday festivities call 530-583-6985 or visit

Ho Ho Homewood toy drive ends Friday

Homewood Mountain Resort will host its eleventh annual Ho Ho Homewood Toy Drive on Friday, Dec. 21.

Guests who donate a new, unwrapped toy enjoy a fantastic day of powder skiing for just $9.

Skiers may pick up their discounted ski coupon early by dropping off a new, unwrapped toy at Prudential Realty branch offices in Tahoe City and Truckee.

The Truckee office is located in the Gateway East Professional Building at 10800 Donner Pass Rd., Suite 101, 587-3500.

The new Tahoe City office is located at 950 NorthLake Blvd., in the Lighthouse Building next to the Post Office, 583-4004.

The coupons will be available at these locations until Friday.

Coupons will also be available at Homewood Mountain Resort on Friday.

For more information, please call HMR at (530) 525-2992 or check out their Web site at

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