Tahoe Truckee community announcements
Stop by Truckee’s Jax at the Tracks this Thursday, Feb. 4 at 7:30 p.m., for a free Karaoke night! Tunes from your favorite decade will be rocking this 1940’s diner. Draft PBR for two dollars and appetizer specials (try the bison sliders!) available. Jax, 10114 W. River St., 550-7450.
Ski Tahoe made a $5,000 donation to the Haiti Earthquake Response Fund to aid the victims of the Haiti earthquake. The rounded amount donated represents $10 per Mt. Rose employee on the 09/10 payroll. The devastating earthquakes that hit Haiti in January have resulted in more than 150,000 deaths, untold casualties and severe infrastructure damage. The Mt. Rose donation was made to OXFAM International. Mt. Rose hopes this donation will inspire other businesses to do the same. To make a donation, text and#8220;Haitiand#8221; to the number 90999 to donate $10 to the Red Cross (the amount is then added to the donor’s cell phone bill), or make a donation to the Oxfam Haiti Earthquake Response Fund at https://secure.oxfamamerica.org.
For Goodness Sake will host and#8220;Live Music for Haitiand#8221; on Saturday, Feb. 20, from 6:30-8 p.m. Pianist and singer Akiko (Colleen Akiko Jackson) and other local musicians will offer their talents to support emergency relief efforts in Haiti. Akiko worked in community development projects in Haiti during the late 80s and early 90s, co-founding a grassroots nonprofit with Americans and Haitians in 1990. All donations will be sent immediately to help in the aftermath of Haiti’s earthquake. Feel free to bring a snack to share. For Goodness Sake, 10157 Donner Pass Road, Downtown Truckee.
Join the North Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce at the Resort at Squaw Creek, Feb. 11 for an evening celebrating our community leaders. Help recognize those who help make a difference in our community. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (530) 581.8764 to make reservations prior to Feb. 4.
A fundraiser will be held for the 2010 SnowFest! Thursday, Feb. 4 from 5:30-7 p.m. at the North Tahoe Event Center, 8318 N. Lake Blvd., Kings Beach. Food and beverages, a raffle drawing, beads and entertainment round out the festivities. Cost is $20 per person at the door, cash or checks only, please. Call 583-7167 for information. SnowFest of North Lake Tahoe/Truckee also invites you to be a 2010 Festival sponsor or patron. and#8220;The Happiest Time at Tahoeand#8221; is this year’s theme. Events kick off March 5 with opening ceremonies, torchlight parade and fireworks at Squaw Valley USA. The fun continues through March 14. Visit http://www.tahoesnowfestival.com.
Girl Scout cookie season is underway. Local Girl Scouts will continue last year’s fundraising drive to send cookies overseas to local service men and women. Last year family and friends registered a total of 18 men and women who were serving to receive cookies. The Girl Scouts sent each close to 100 boxes to share with their respective units. Needless to say, they were overjoyed and their spirits were lifted. If you know someone in the community who is, or will be, serving overseas in the spring of 2010, or if you would like to help with a donation, please contact Bonnie Dodge, Sierra Tahoe Service Unit Product Manager, at 583-3946. Your donations are fully tax-deductible.
The Incline Village/Crystal Bay Republican Women’s group is meeting at The Chateau on Tuesday, Feb. 9. Social begins at 11:30 a.m. with lunch at noon. Cost is $25 and the speaker will be Dr. Robin Titus, prominent northern Nevada physician, will speak on health care legislation and the Nevada U.S. Senate race. All reservations should be made by Thursday, Feb. 4. RSVP by e-mail to Kathi Congistre at email@example.com or by telephone to Donna Kwachak at (775) 833-2788.
Tahoe Women’s Services Father/Daughter Dance will be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5 at the Tahoe Biltmore. Tickets are available online at http://www.tahoewomenservices.org and at the Tahoe Women’s Services offices in Truckee, Incline Village and Kings Beach and Bella Vita in Tahoe City. For information, call (775) 298-0010. All proceeds will benefit TWS.
A community service in Panama, sponsored by AFS USA student exchange program, is for students aged 13-15 years old, but sophomores turning 16 shortly may be considered. Groups of six to 10 students will be placed in the same community to work on improving conditions in local primary schools. Participants will earn 30 plus hours of community service. Karen Hutchinson, Spanish teacher at Truckee High School will chaperone. Afternoon activities include dancing lessons, cooking, or learning about a new culture. Cost will be approximately $2,270 including airfare. A fundraising opportunity will help defer costs. The student will live with a host family. Attend a parent/student meeting Feb. 4, from 6 to 7 p.m., Truckee High School, room 215. July 4-22, a small community in Panama.
The free AARP Tax Aide Program is being offered in Truckee, targeting middle and low income tax payers, especially seniors 60 years plus, at the Family Resource Center of Truckee and Sierra Senior Services. Sessions will be Feb. 12, 20, 26; March 12 and 27; April 7 and 10. Each appointment will take 45 minutes. Call the Family Resource Center of Truckee at 587-2513 for information and to schedule an appointment. Seniors who would like taxes prepared at the Sierra Senior Services, please call 550-7600. Appointments will be scheduled for Feb. 16; March 2, 16 and 30; April 13. Clients need to bring the following items: Last year’s tax return, W-2s and 1099s, Social Security and brokerage statements, Social Security card or ITIN number, picture ID and birth certificate for dependents if ITINand#8217;s are needed.
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