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Truckee Sing-A-Long Dec. 22Have a voice? Don’t have a voice? It doesn’t matter, for any and all are welcome to Truckee’s Annual Christmas Sing-A-Long, Friday, Dec. 22, starting at 5:30 p.m. in downtown Truckee.This yearly event brings together people of all ages and abilities to enjoy the holiday spirit. Organized this year by Steve Coniglio and Sharine Drake, the group will first assemble at O.B.’s Pub at 5:30, then wander through caroling to the open businesses and restaurants downtown.”Often the downtown merchants will hand out food and drink to the singers just to get us out of there,” said Coniglio. “It’s worth it just to get something for nothing out of those guys!””We never know how cold it’s going to be,” adds Drake, “so it’s always best to dress very warm.”Lyric sheets will be provided. For more information call 582-8040.Ski church services announcedTahoe Resort Ministries is sponsoring interdenominational church services beginning on Sunday, Dec. 17 at the following ski areas. The services will be held each week through Easter Sunday, April 15. The services last 15 to 20 minutes and all are welcome.1) Squaw Valley, 2 p.m., Top of Links2) Alpine Meadows, 2 p.m., Top of Roundhouse3) Northstar, 2 p.m., Top of Vista Express4) Homewood, 2 p.m., Top of Madden5) Diamond Peak, 2 p.m., Top of Lakeview Quad6) Mt. Rose, 2 p.m., Top of LakeviewBEAR league ornament offeredThe BEAR League has made its 2000 ornament available for purchase. The ornament features a bear paw print with a small red enameled heart hand painted in the center. This limited edition ornament is available on lodgepole pine for $5 or on Big Tree wood for $7. All proceeds benefit the educational programs of the BEAR League and the bear rehabilitation program through Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care.The BEAR League is a non-profit organization that supports and promotes education in the community so humans, bears and other wildlife may co-exist in harmony. Proceeds from donations, memberships and fund raising efforts support programs in schools and communities, literature, the 525-PAWS hotline service, aversion programs and many other projects.The BEAR League 2000 Ornament may be purchased at Tahoe Tree Company and Cabin Fever in Tahoe City, and Homewood Hardware in Homewood. For more information regarding the ornament please contact Kathy Tavernier at 530-525-6335. For more information regarding the BEAR League please contact 525-PAWS (7297).Squaw Valley plans holiday fun for allVisitors to Squaw Valley this holiday season will be treated to a variety of Yuletide fun including Santa Claus on skis, Christmas Carols and a Christmas Eve torchlight parade.Through the New Year, the holiday spirit comes alive with Squaw Valley’s annual Festival of Lights. The village sparkles as guests enjoy shopping and dining in a winter wonderland.Dec. 20-25 Santa visits Squaw Valley spreading holiday cheer. Catch jolly old St. Nick skiing and snowboarding around the mountain, skating at the Olympic Ice Pavilion, assisting with lessons, and entertaining kids at Childrens World.Dec. 23 and 24 the slopes will be alive with the sound of music when members of the Sierra Nevada Choir will perform a selection of holiday favorites for Squaw Valley’s guests.The holiday excitement comes to a crescendo at dusk on Christmas Eve, as guests are treated to an enormous torchlight parade and freestyle jump exhibition. The evening begins at 6 p.m. with an aerial extravaganza featuring members of Squaw Valleys Freestyle Team showing off some of their favorite flips and twists at the base of KT-22, offering easy walk-up spectator viewing. Then at 6:30 p.m. watch as the Squaw Valley Ski School descends the slopes of Exhibition in a beautiful procession of lights.Holiday religious services will take place at 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 and 7 p.m., before and after the torchlight parade.Round out the holiday week with Squaw Valley’s annual New Years Eve Celebration. Ski, snowboard and ice-skate until 9 p.m. and enjoy dinner at one of Squaw Valley’s many restaurants. The Resort at Squaw Creek’s Teen Gala will entertain guests ages 11-20 and the Childrens Party offers fun for kids ages 4-10. Revelers over the age of 21 have plenty to choose from. Dance and party the night away to one of two live bands at the Olympic House, check out the PlumpJack Millennium Lounge, featuring DJ Robio and DJ Christo or head on over to the Resort at Squaw Creek for the New Years Gala Under the Stars.For more information about Squaw Valley’s holiday festivities please call (530)583-6985 or visit http://www.squaw.com.Arts Cards are still availableArts For the Schools presents their 12th limited edition holiday cards by Cathee van Rossem St. Clair entitled “Take Time To Dream.”Cathee van Rossem St. Clair is a Tahoe area artist who specializes in detailed miniature paintings using eggshells as canvases. She shares her talents with hundreds of local school children each year, using egg painting as a tool for learning the importance of caring in a fragile world.Cards may be purchased at these outlets:– Tahoe City: Frames by Ryrie, The Store, Snowflower, Tahoe Tree Company, Pogan Gallery, Bookshelf at Boatworks, Rainbow Bridge and New Moon Natural Foods.– Tahoe Vista: Vista Gallery (upstairs).– Kings Beach: North Tahoe Community Conference Center and La Petite Salon.– Incline Village: Arts Desire Artists of Tahoe, Art Attack, Rosemary’s Ribs, Pak Mail, Potlatch and Northern Light.– Truckee: Bookshelf at Hooligan Rocks, Musaic, Truckee Books, New Moon Natural Foods, Mail Boxes, Etc. and Four Season’s Flowers & Gifts.– South Shore: Reflection Eyewear.All proceeds from the sale of these cards are dedicated to bringing artists into the schools to share their time and skills with the region’s children.For more information, call Arts For the Schools at 548-4802.TRT calendars make great giftsThe Tahoe Rim Trail Assocation is pleased to present its 2001 wall calendar available for order in time for the holiday season. The calendars cost $10 each with price breaks at 10, 20 and 50 and 100 copies. Not only do they make great gifts, they are also a daily reminder of the beauty you can see from the Tahoe Rim Trail. Tahoe locals as well as visitors find the scenes irresistible.Help support the Tahoe Rim Trail Association (TRTA), a non-profit organization, this season by ordering your own calendar and several for your business. Buy them as holiday gifts for out-of-town family members and friends. The proceeds help support the mission of the TRTA to build, promote and maintain a 150-mile rim trail system providing access to the beauty of the Lake Tahoe region. Michael McCurry of Reno produced the 2001 calendar with photos chosen from an annual contest. This year’s winners are Henry Egghart, Scott Sady, Mark Vollmer, Earl Skidmore and Larry Prosor. All of the photographs will inspire you to lace up your boots, hop on your mountain bike or grab the reins and find the closest trailhead. For more information on the photo contest for the 2002 calendar, contact the TRTA office at tahoerimtrail@aol.com or (775)588-0686.Please visit any of the following locations to purchase your 2001 Tahoe Rim Trail Calendars. Tahoe City: Alpenglow Sports, Chevron Gas Station, The Store. Truckee: Granite Chief, Mountain Hardware and Sports, Porters, Sierra Mountaineer, Truckee Bagels.For more information or to purchase your 2001 calendars, call or visit the Tahoe Rim Trail office which is located at 297 Kingsbury Grade in Stateline phone 775-588-0686. You may also order the calendar from the website at http://www.tahoerimtrail. org.Toys for Totslaunches programThis will be the 53rd year the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve “Toys for Tots Program” helps Christmas wishes come true for less fortunate children. Last year, Placer County Sheriffs Department, in collaboration with the U.S. Marine Corp., Homewood Mountain Resort, California Prudential Reality and other businesses in the North Tahoe area, gathered and distributed new toys for more than 600 children. This year we expect the need to at least equal that number.The Toys for Tots Program needs the assistance of the local community to meet our area needs. How can you help?–Contribute to Toys for Tots by dropping off toys at the following locations: California Prudential Realty (Dollar Hill, Tahoe City, and Truckee), Tahoe City Chiropractic, Rite Aid Pharmacy, Placer County Sheriff’s Department Kings Beach Service Center, Homewood Mountain Resort or participating businesses displaying official Toys For Tots Posters.–Hold a special private holiday party or a company event where participants donate toys or make financial contributions to Toys for Tots.–Call Kristen Mann or Annamaria Shannon at 581-6369 to arrange for pick up of collected toys or for more information.The Placer County Sheriff’s Department, the U.S. Marines, and other area businesses have been collaborating with the collection of toys for five years to connect needy children with Toys for Tots.Other sponsors include Reno Kiwanis Club, KOLO News Channel 8, and 92.9 “The Hawk” Radio Station, who have given us the opportunity to work together in a combined effort to provide a successful Toys for Tots Program in the North Shore area. For a child, the joy of receiving a new toy is reflected in the glow of their face. We hope that citizens and businesses of our community will again make this a very special holiday event for children.If you know of a family who needs assistance please contact the above number.


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