Truckee Tahoe community announcements
Your news makesthe Sierra Sun shineContent for briefs is selected from e-mail submissions to Community Editor Amy Edgett at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit http://www.sierrasun.com to submit events online. Please limit descriptions to 50 words. E-mail submissions may be 150-300 words. Items published in the print edition news space permitting.A+ Cleaning Supports Truckee HighSchool Band March TourThis February and March, A+ Cleaning, a Truckee business providing residential, commercial and construction cleaning services, will donate a dollar of every billable hour to the Truckee High School Bandsandamp;#8217; fundraising efforts for its Northern California March tour March 16-19. The bands will be hosted to a concert by the California State University Fresnoandamp;#8217;s Wind Ensemble, then perform at Shinersandamp;#8217; Hospital for Children, Mather Veteransandamp;#8217; Clinic and Bruceville Terrace Convalescentsandamp;#8217; Hospital in Sacramento, the California Home for Veterans in Yountville, Sierra College in Rocklin and several other adult living facilities, veterans halls and public schools in Auburn, Elk Grove, and Foresthill. Says band director Dave Green, andamp;#8220;Too see these folks light up when these fresh-faced kids perform big band and show tunes from their long ago teenage years is a beautiful thing. This year we will also be including a medley of service marches for our veterans in the audience, some of whom served in World War II.andamp;#8221; To schedule an appointment with A+ Cleaning and help get Truckee High Schoolandamp;#8217;s award-winning band on the road phone 530-414-8850.Mardi Gras Dance Social Friday Feb. 24All active adults 50 and older are invited to dance the afternoon away to the Catahoula Mardi Gras Band live at the Community Arts Center at 10046 Church St., Truckee. Doors open for free admission at 1 p.m. Dancing from 1:30-4 p.m. Refreshments, socializing, spare dance partners and fun, all in a celebration of good music and the season. Bring your friends, invite your neighbors and house guests. For more information call Sierra Senior Services at 530-550-7600. If you need transportation, provided by Truckee-Donner Recreation andamp; Parks District, please reserve it by Thursday, Feb. 23 at 530-550-7600. Tahoe Maritime Museum teacher open houseCalling all educators, the Tahoe Maritime Museum is hosting a free open house Saturday, Feb. 25, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Teachers and educators may speak with the Museumandamp;#8217;s education specialist about benefits of a Tahoe Maritime Museum trip. All grade level teachers are welcome and a special tour to fit your groupandamp;#8217;s needs can be arranged. The Tahoe Maritime Museum is located at 5205 West Lake Blvd. in Homewood adjacent to the ski area parking lot. Please visit http://www.tahoemaritimemuseum.org. Artists Call for April Exhibit at North Tahoe ArtsThe title is andamp;#8220;A Childandamp;#8217;s World.andamp;#8221; This exhibit targets the expressions of a childandamp;#8217;s world through different mediums of art. This should and can include; original artwork, wooden furniture and toys, sculpture, fabric art/clothing, story books. Deadline is March 16. An application is available at http://www.northtahoearts.com.You may email your application and three images of your artwork to email@example.com or mail your application to North Tahoe Arts, P.O. Box 6354, Tahoe City, CA 96145 with a CD of your artwork. Call for information 530-581-2787.Mardi Gras Dance Social Friday Feb. 24All active adults 50 and older are invited to dance the afternoon away to the Catahoula Mardi Gras Band live at the Community Arts Center at 10046 Church St., Truckee. Doors open for free admission at 1 p.m. Dancing from 1:30-4 p.m. Refreshments, socializing, spare dance partners and fun, all in a celebration of good music and the season. Bring your friends, invite your neighbors and house guests. For more information call Sierra Senior Services at 530-550-7600. If you need transportation, provided by Truckee-Donner Recreation andamp; Parks District, please reserve it by Thursday, Feb. 23 at 530-550-7600.Grants available from Lahontan Community FoundationMarch 2, 2012 is the closing date for grant applications to be considered for funding during the 2012 Lahontan Community Foundation grant cycle. A total of $80,000 will be granted. Grants typically are in the range of $5,000-$10,000. Lahontan Community Foundation is generally broad-based in its funding interests and will accept applications in the following areas of interest: Arts and culture and civic life; education and youth development; environment, recreation, animal welfare and health and human services. The application is an online process at http://www.ttcf.net or for information contact them via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 530-587-1776. Turn around time is approximately six weeks.Divorce mediationA creative alternative to litigated divorceCan divorce actually be accomplished with creativity, compassion and love? Yes! Sierra Agape Center now offers divorce mediation on a sliding fee basis beginning at $100 per hour. Kimball C. Pier, LMFT is a licensed Marriage and Family therapist with advanced divorce mediation certification and 10 years of experience in divorce and family mediation. Mediation is an alternative to attorney litigated divorce and can create opportunities for couples to work through the process without permanent damage to a future relationship as parents. When people can negotiate productively and decide for themselves how they will divide property and allocate resources; how they will co-parent and make decisions cooperatively, the potential for emotional harm to everyone, especially children, is greatly reduced. Research shows even though divorce is difficult for children, they adjust more quickly and with diminished negative effects when parents are able to co-parent with respect and good will toward one another. And the cost of a mediator is far less expensive than hiring attorneys to represent each party. Please visit http://www.sierraagape.com and click the mediation tab or call 530-414-1885.Monday Night writing workshopsDo you know what you want to say but donandamp;#8217;t know how to say it? Do you wish you felt more creative and wrote more often? The next Monday Night Creative Writing Workshop series starts March 5 and runs through April 16 (no class April 9). This workshop is a kick in the butt for your creative juices. Improve your writing practice, generate new material, learn tips for technique, and connect with a writing community. Youandamp;#8217;ll find inspiration and motivation in this fun group. Monday nights, 6:30-8 p.m. cost is $100, http://www.karenaterrey.blogspot.com or call Karen at 530-386-3901 for more information or to sign up.Bessie Minor Charitable Fund grants announcedThe Bessie Minor Charitable Fund announced it is accepting grant applications from nonprofit organizations in the Truckee Tahoe area. Grants will be awarded to programs that promote literacy, reading and writing skills and programs in the arts, languages and sciences. Applications will be accepted until April 1, 2012 and decisions will be made by May 1, 2012. The Fund will consider applications for grants requesting a minimum of $500 and a maximum of $2,500.The Fund prefers to consider grants for programs instead of straight technology grants. Grants are made only to nonprofit organizations certified as tax exempt. More information is available on the Fund’s website, http://www.bessieminor.org.The Bessie Minor Charitable Fund was formed by the owners and founder of Swift Communications, which owns and operates the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza and http://www.tahoebonanza.com.Mother/Son Laser TagThe Father/Daughter dance was a wonderful event and many beautiful Father/Daughter combos enjoyed the evening. Now itandamp;#8217;s time for those mothers to ditch the fathers, grab their sons, and join an evening of Laser Tag and more. This exciting evening will feature many activities for the Mother/Son duos as well as some super fun Laser Tag. Cost is $25 per couple and $5 for each additional son. Snacks and beverages will be provided while a pizza dinner will be available for purchase, Friday, March 9, 6-8:30 p.m. at Rideout. Tickets are available at The Store, in the Cobblestone, Rideout, and other locations. Be sure to purchase your ticket soon as this may sell out fast. For more information on upcoming programs and events contact the Recreation Office at 530-583-3440. Rideout Community Center is located at 780 Timberland Road, Tahoe City.Scouts raising funds for campTahoe City Boy Scout Troop 266 is sending six of their boys to one of the four National Boy Scout High Adventure camps next June. These high school age scouts will have the privilege of spending a week at the Florida Sea Base Camp. To help raise funding for the trip the scouts are offering to stack wood for people in our community, in return for a donation toward their trip. If you need help preparing for the winter, call Alex Barton at 530-581-2643 or Zach Kriston at 530-525-6251.