Holiday events around the town(s)
Toys for Tots event at SunnysideColdwell Banker Residential Brokerage, will celebrate its 25th consecutive year as a participant in the United States Marine Corps Reserveandamp;#8217;s Toys for Tots program, offering two kick off parties. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage is also inviting the public to its second Toys for Tots community party, Friday, Dec. 9, 4-9 p.m. at Sunnyside Resort and Lodge, 1850 West Lake Blvd., Tahoe City. Free appetizers, desserts, cocoa and refreshments will be served, live music will be provided by Sheldon Felich and Band, and Santa will be present for photos and to hand out candy canes. Entry to the event will be a donation of a new, unwrapped toy for a child up to 17 years of age. For full story, visit sierrasun.com.Resort at Squaw Creekandamp;#8217;s Magical MemoriesMagical Memories days will feature events such as breakfast with Santa, holiday concerts, caroling, children’s holiday crafts, an ice carving demonstration, Menorah Lighting, winter wonderland stories, moonlight snowshoe tours, snowman making contests, elf tuck-ins, movies for the kids, and ski film movie nights in Sandyandamp;#8217;s Pub. Major musical presentations are offered on Dec. 10 and 11 with a holiday performance by the Truckee Tahoe Community Chorus, and on Dec. 16 with Handelandamp;#8217;s Messiah performed by TOCCATA.On New Yearandamp;#8217;s Day, a legion of brave souls will greet 2012 with an icy splash into one of the resortandamp;#8217;s unheated swimming pools for the Polar Bear Plunge. Of course, the heated main swimming pool and hot tubs will offer a warm-up following the dip. Hot chocolate will be awaiting the participants afterward, and a prize.Resort chefs are creating holiday meals on Christmas Eve and New Yearandamp;#8217;s Eve; a family-friendly dinner and gala takes place on New Yearandamp;#8217;s Eve in the Grand Sierra Ballroom featuring dancing, a sparkling cider toast with balloon drop at 9 p.m. for children and an adult-oriented champagne toast at midnight.For reservations, call 800-401-9501 or visit http://www.visitsquawcreek.com.Carole Sesko Open Art StudioHoliday Show andamp; SaleCarole Sekso will open her studio for a Holiday Show andamp; Sale Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 10 and 11, noon-4 p.m. and by appointment. Created especially for the holiday season: mixed media paintings, embellished boxes and mirrors, small sculptures, art jewelry, bolo ties and mobiles at 10326 High St., Downtown Truckee. Call 530-587-7750 for information. Directions: from the downtown Truckee roundabout (near Interstate 80 Central Truckee exit), turn uphill onto High Street. First house on the left. Extra parking next door by Martis outlook.Pictures with Santa Dec. 10Mountain Hardware and Sports will host andamp;#8220;Santaandamp;#8217;s Workshopandamp;#8221; featuring free pictures with Santa Claus Saturday, Dec. 10, noon-2 p.m. Complimentary light refreshments and free knife sharpening will also be available during this time so you may get your cutlery ready for holiday feasts. No purchase is necessary! Get into the holiday spirit andamp;#8212; children and adults of all ages are welcome. Mountain Hardware and Sport is located at 11320 Donner Pass Road in Truckee. For more information, call 530-587-4844 or visit http://www.mountainhardwareandsports.com.Clearwater Day Spa holiday mixerClearwater Day Spa will host a mixer Monday, Dec. 12, at Clearwater Day Spa in Tahoe City. This event will be a holiday mixer and a benefit for Project MANA, 4-7 p.m. All are welcome to this event to enjoy cocktails, appetizers and exclusive offers at the spa!They will be accepting donations of canned foods and non-perishable items. All donations will be distributed to families in need throughout the holidays, as well as added to emergency bags to be apportioned to community members in need of food supplies through the winter months. Donations will be accepted at the spa through Dec. 18.Join in on the festivities to kick off Clearwater Day Spaandamp;#8217;s holiday mixer, offering exclusive sale items on massages, facials, and massage and facial packages, as well as gift boxes! Donandamp;#8217;t miss out on an opportunity to treat yourself or stock up on holiday gifts. Clearwater Day Spa, located at 690 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City. Call 530-583-3141 or visit http://clearwatertahoe.com.Holiday Warm Clothing and Book DriveDonate new or gently used warm clothing and childrenandamp;#8217;s books. The North Tahoe Hebrew Congregation has participated in a Holiday Food and Clothing Project with other congregations since 1989. Starting in 2001, the North Tahoe Hebrew Congregation took over directing and managing the event. Each year, on the Saturday before Christmas Eve, the event provides food, winter clothing and books to local families in need. Last year, the project supplied more than 26,000 pounds of food to more than 1,100 people. Warm clothing, particularly for children, and childrenandamp;#8217;s books are the focus of the project. This year, there will drop-off locations at the eLearning Cafe, Forever Rox, High Altitude Fitness, Incline Recreation Center and Starbucks in Incline Village, and Plumas Bank and Tahoe Expedition Academy in Kingandamp;#8217;s Beach. Tahoe Expedition Academy is partnering with the North Tahoe Hebrew Congregation to provide and monitor the barrels placed around at the drop off locations.Happy local holiday shoppingThe Shop Local Contest is happening now throughout Tahoe City, Kings Beach and Incline. The Tahoe City Downtown Association, North Tahoe Business Association and the Incline Community Business Association are hosting the 5th Annual Shop Local Contest through Jan. 3. New this year, two grand prizes are up for grabs; a $500 Tahoe Daveandamp;#8217;s Gift Certificate and a two-night stay at Shooting Star Bandamp;B, as well as many other great prizes. Pick up a free Shop Local Card at participating businesses. For every $20 spent, youandamp;#8217;ll receive a sticker. Cards with three or more stickers are entered to win. Cards with 13 or more stickers are entered into the Grand Prize drawing. The current list of participating businesses can be found at the following websites: http://www.visittahoecity.org, http://www.northtahoebusiness.org and http://www.visitinclinevillage.com. Turn in contest cards by Jan. 3, 2012 at the locations listed on the card to be entered to win.Giving trees to help those in needThere are many opportunities throughout Tahoe City to uplift families in need during this holiday season. Stop by a business with giving trees such as Mumboandamp;#8217;s Mountain Outfitters, A Sante Lakeside Fitness and Plumas Bank. Grab a tag from the tree and purchase the item as a gift for a local family in need. Drop off a new toy donation for Toys for Tots at Coldwell Banker or Plumas Bank. Plumas Bank is also a drop-off location for non-perishable food items for Project MANA. Every item donated will make a difference for someone in need in our community.Holiday Hope: Adopt a FamilyThe North Tahoe Family Resource Center, Tahoe SAFE Alliance and the Placer County Sheriffandamp;#8217;s Office are hoping to make a difference for families in the community this holiday season through the Holiday Hope Adopt-a-Family Program. Holiday Hope is a rewarding way to celebrate the spirit of giving through the holiday season. Last year, more than 100 families received meals, toys, and warm clothing through the program. With support from the community this holiday season, these organizations hope to again provide relief to families who face every day challenges, job loss, or unexpected hardships. Families can be adopted by a group of friends, business, family or individuals. Adopting a family will help provide warm clothing, food and toys to families that would otherwise go without. Each family is carefully paired with a donor or donor group and it is up to the donorandamp;#8217;s discretion as to how much to contribute. Gifts are due Dec. 16 and will be delivered to the family a week prior to the holidays. For more information about Holiday Hope or to adopt a family, please call Ana Liz Servin Bancroft at 530-546-0952 or Cecilia Morales at 530-546-7804.Holiday events at the Ritz-Carlton, Lake TahoeEnjoy festive celebrations and cherished traditions.All prices exclusive of applicable tax and gratuity. Reservations are required. Hall andamp; Roessler Cellars Winemakerandamp;#8217;s Dinner in Manzanita, Dec. 22, 7:30 p.m. Enjoy a five-course tasting menu designed by Chef de Cuisine, Jacob Ramos, paired with wine selections from Hall andamp; Roessler Cellars, $175 per person. Christmas Dinner in The Ritz-Carlton Ballroom, Dec. 25, seatings from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Celebrate a traditional Christmas Night Dinner at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe over an extravagant buffet of seasonal, culinary delights with sumptuous favorites for the entire family. Adults $95, children 4-10 $35, children under 4 complimentary. New Yearandamp;#8217;s Eve Dining in Manzanita, early seating, Dec. 31, 5-6:30 p.m. Enjoy the seasonal specialties of Chef de Cuisine, Jacob Ramos, on his featured a la carte menu. New Yearandamp;#8217;s Eve Celebration in Manzanita, Dec. 31, 8:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Ring in the New Year on this magical night with a four-course prix fixe tasting menu with a champagne toast, music, dancing, and party favors. $200 per guest. New Yearandamp;#8217;s Eve Dinner Buffet in the Pines Ballroom, Dec. 31, seatings 6-9 p.m.Celebrate the impending arrival of 2011 at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe over a sumptuous buffet of seasonal, culinary delights with favorites for the entire family. Adults $70, children 5-12 $20, children under 5 complimentary.A full listing of events is available at http://www.ritzcarlton.com/laketahoe. For reservations and more information call 530-562-3000.Northstar California and The Village at Northstar highlightsSleigh Rides in the Village at Northstar, Dec. 22 and 23, noon-3 p.m. Enjoy a sleigh ride through the Village at Northstar. Star Gazing Snowshoe Tour: Jupiter Rules the Night Sky, Dec. 27, 5 p.m. Take advantage of the Tahoe dark skis with star guide and poet Tony Berendsen. Tony will lead you through Northstarandamp;#8217;s snowshoe trails while chatting about the wonders of the sky and lead you back to the Cross Country Center for wine and hot cider around the fire pit. Adults $50, children 10-12, $30. Snowshoe rentals are available for $5.New Yearandamp;#8217;s Eve in The Village at Northstar, Dec. 31, 1-10 p.m. Events include a DJ on the Village Stage, 1-3 p.m.; Ripperroo Parade, 5 p.m.; An Evening with Led Zeppelin 2 – The Live Experience, 7-9 p.m. and a Fireworks Spectacular at 9 p.m.