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Holiday Hope: Adopt a Family

The North Tahoe Family Resource Center, Tahoe SAFE Alliance and the Placer County Sheriffand#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 donorand#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.

Ride-brokering service expands reach to Lake Tahoe

Zimride, a ride-sharing service that allows private drivers with open seats in their vehicles to rent them to passengers in need of a lift, said last week itand#8217;s created a route to link San Francisco and Lake Tahoe.

Zimride got its start on college campuses and with private businesses by hooking up commuters with passengers. Last month the San Francisco-based company created its first public route and#8212; San Francisco to Los Angeles and#8212; and the success of that route led to the expansion, co-founder John Zimmer says.

Currently, about 100 drivers are offering between 250 to 300 seats each week on the route to Southern California, Zimmer says. Cost per seat averages between $35 and $40.

and#8220;That is the equivalent of six or seven full coach busses of people doing ride-sharing,and#8221; Zimmer says.

Drivers and passengers find ride-sharing availability by joining the Zimride Web site (zimride.com). Drivers set a fee for the empty seats in their vehicles, but Zimride suggests a fare of $25 to $30 for the Lake Tahoe route.

The service currently is free to drivers and passengers, Zimmer says, with the goal of creating enough ridership through the site to add a surcharge of $3 or so on each fare booked. Rides can start from anywhere in the Bay Area, Zimmer notes, and the new route is a natural fit for the thousands of Bay Area residents who head to Northern California resorts to ski or snowboard.

Free LED holiday lights to customers

If you have strands of old holiday lights, swap them out for free energy efficient LED (light emitting diode) holiday lights at the Truckee Donner Public Utility District. The swap-out begins on Monday, Nov. 28 at the TDPUD office, 11570 Donner Pass Road, Truckee.

Customers are asked to bring in a copy of their TDPUD electric bill along with up to three strands of old incandescent holiday lights and the TDPUD will replace them with either one 66-foot or three 23-foot white or multicolor LED lights. These energy-efficient holiday lights save up to 98 percent on energy costs versus the old-style incandescent lights.

This yearand#8217;s LED Holiday Light Exchange program also includes other free light bulbs (CFLand#8217;s) and information on the districtand#8217;s energy and water savings programs. Customers should visit the TDPUD soon; the LED Holiday Light Exchange program is only available while supplies last. For more information call 530-582-3931 or visit http://www.tdpud.org.

Clear Capital going strong

Despite the uncertain economy and job market, Clear Capital is flourishing as it provides valuation data and assessments to the largest U.S. banks, investment firms and other financial organizations. The company has hired more than 100 new employees in 2011 with an average staff growth rate of 22 percent over the last five years. Clear Capital hopes to fill another 20 positions with its main office headquartered in Truckee (additional locations include Roseville, Calif., Dallas, Texas and Charlotte, N.C.) and is actively seeking new applicants from the Lake Tahoe/Truckee community. Visit http://www.clearcapital.com/company/careers.cfm. Clear Capital has more than 10 years of success and 100 percent profitably as a premium provider of data and solutions for real estate asset valuation, investment and risk assessment. Its revenues have grown more than 27 percent per year on average since 2005.

Truckee Ice Skating Rink Open

The Truckee Ice Rink offers great family fun at affordable prices. New this year and#8212; a heated party room! Public skating, skate rentals, party rentals, broomball rentals, a snack bar, group and private lessons, adult drop in and league hockey, all on the best ice around. Sit by the bonfire and listen to the music under overhead lights, just 1/2 mile south of Downtown Truckee in the Regional Park. Open daily during holiday periods and weekends at noon. Open Wednesday-Fridays at 3 p.m. after the Thanksgiving holidays. Adults skate for only $5 (district residents), and children for $3. Non residents $6 and skate rentals for $2. Season passes available. Figure skating, ice dancing, broomball and hockey leagues and classes booking now. Call 530-582-7720 for more info.

Jazz on Sunday

Join Cabin Fever and Truckee High School music students for New Orleans jazz every Sunday in Downtown Truckee in front of Best Pies, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., throughout the year weather permitting. Proceeds to benefit the jazz program at Truckee High. For information, contact Cabin Fever 530-448-1298 jsweetcabinfever@gmail.com.

North Tahoe Commercial Chamber Mixer

North Tahoe Commercial, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 5-7 p.m., The Rock, 11197 Brockway Road, Ste. 5, Truckee. Located in the suite adjacent to Fifty Fifty Brewing in the central courtyard. Youand#8217;re invited to a very special event, and#8220;The Rock Holiday Launch Mixer!and#8221;

North Tahoe Commercial along with businesses at The Rock will be hosting multiple open houses with drinks and great food. Join them for a fun way to kick off the holiday season! good food, good people, great raffle gifts. Bring your business cards. See you there!

Gallery Keoki VIP event

Share shoulder season cheer before the holiday season Nov. 30, 5-7 p.m., at Gallery Keoki, 1850 South Village Road, Olympic Valley. Framed inventory and gift items will be 20-40 percent off, with North Lake Tahoe Chamber members receiving and additional 10 percent off. Hors dand#8217;oeuvres and beverages provided, music by Tuck Wilson.


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