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Tahoe Truckee community announcements

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Content for briefs is selected from e-mail submissions to Community Editor Amy Edgett at aedgett@sierrasun.com and occasionally the online events calendar. Visit http://www.sierrasun.com to submit events online. Please limit descriptions to 50. E-mail submissions may be 150-300 words. Items published in the print edition news space permitting.

Lake of the Sky Garden Club has grant funds available for community-related garden projects in the North Lake Tahoe area. To obtain an application, call Emily Hatch, 530-582-8487, or e-mail jimxem@sbcglobal.net. Applications must be received by April 15, 2011.Lake of the Sky Garden Club is a nonprofit organization and member of National Garden Clubs, Inc., Pacific Region, and California Garden Clubs, Inc., Golden Foothills District. The club’s goals are to promote an interest in gardening, with particular emphasis on the problems at high altitude, to support charitable, educational and scientific works, as well as to initiate and participate in beautification and developmental gardening projects in the North Tahoe region.On Saturday, July 30, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Lake of the Sky will host their 23rd annual garden tour, the 2011 Truckee Garden Tour. Proceeds from this tour will fund scholarships to encourage study in landscaping, horticulture, forestry or environmental science and up to $6,000 in grants to local community projects. Past recipients have included Thunderbird Lodge, Tahoe City Historical Society, Watson Cabin, Gatekeeper’s Museum, Girl Scouts, Project MANA, as well as local schools and libraries.The club generally meets on the last Monday of the month from March through October. For a schedule and more information, visit http://www.lake-of-the-sky.org.

Lahontan Community Foundation (LCF) announced grant funds are available to the community. LCF’s mission is working together to improve the environment and quality of life within the Truckee-North Tahoe community. Primary areas of interest include: Arts, Culture and Civic Life; Education and Youth Development; Environment, Recreation, andamp; Animal Welfare; Health and Human Services. LCF has approximately $60,000 to distribute and is interested in grant proposals in the $5,000-$10,000 range. For the first time, applications will only be accepted online. For information e-mail Phebe Bell at phebe@ttcf.net or call 530-587-1776. Proposals are due by 5 p.m. March 4.

The Kings Beach United Methodist Women invite all (men and women) for a no-host Valentine luncheon, Saturday, Feb. 12, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., at Jason’s Restaurant in Kings Beach. The luncheon will honor Henry Vom Steeg, all of his acquaintances are invited to attend. Call the church office for reservations at 530-546-2290 no later than noon on Thursday, Feb. 10.

AARP Tax Aide volunteers are returning to the Family Resource Center of Truckee (FRCoT) again this year to prepare your Federal and State income tax returns at no cost to you. The program is primarily intended to serve seniors and the low/middle income taxpayer. Please call 530-587-2513 to make an appointment for the following dates: Feb. 11, 19, 25, March 5, 11, 19, 25 and April 2 and 8. Walk-ins are also welcome. Your tax returns will be electronically filed the same day. Receive your refund within two weeks with direct deposit. Please bring your spouse and all pertinent documents, including social security/ITIN cards, last year’s tax return, W-2s, 1099s and check book. Donations to the FRCoT are welcome.

Celebrate the creativity of 38 regional artists at the gala opening reception of Weather! a Juried Art Exhibit, Friday, Feb. 11, 5-7 p.m. at the Truckee Donner Recreation andamp; Park District Community Recreation Center, 8924 Donner Pass Road, Truckee. More than 60 weather-related artworks are on display. Cast your vote for the People’s Choice award. Enjoy appetizers, refreshments and music by Ed Platt and Antja Thompson. For more information call 530-582-7720 or visit http://www.tdrpd.org.

Support the North Tahoe High School Jazz Band for their annual tour and enjoy a fun filled evening of music by the Jazz Band, dancing, hors d’oeuvres, no host bar and silent auction. Semi-formal attire, 40s theme encouraged but not required, Granlibakken Resort Ballroom, Tahoe City, Feb. 11, 7 p.m., Call 530-412-3487 for information.

Community Education on the Sierra College Tahoe-Truckee Campus, 11001 College Trail, Truckee, offers a one day workshop on Humor and Popular Culture. Explore humor and popular culture and how it reflects and affects perspectives on: Developmental issues, gender, race, ethnicity, class, and group identity. Particular emphasis will be placed on the use of humor as catharsis for coping with difficulties (irritations, illness, death, tragedy). Students will also be encouraged to develop their own humor through the use of interactive exercises and presentations. Bring a sack lunch for break. Saturday, Feb. 12, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., cost $38, instructor, Bateman, Ph.D. To sign up visit sccommed.org.

What is happening on the lake bottom and what changes are being found in the plant and animal communities that inhabit deep areas of the lake? What is causing this change and how will it impact the overall health of the lake? Join Annie Caires in an exploration of the deepest areas of Lake Tahoe and learn about the biological community that lives within its abyss, March 1, 5:30 p.m., Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences, 291 Country Club Drive, Incline Village. Last summer her team of scientists and volunteers initiated a comprehensive investigation of the lake bottom. Looking for elusive native species, they found critters that live only in Lake Tahoe. Meet these interesting species and learn why they might be the andamp;#8220;canaries in the coal mineandamp;#8221; for the health of Lake Tahoe. Call 775-881-7560, ext. 7474 for information.