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Truckee Tahoe community announcements

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Your news makes the Sierra Sun shineContent for briefs is selected from e-mail submissions to Community Editor Amy Edgett at aedgett@sierrasun.com. 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.Queen of Hearts Grant goes to Special Friends ProgramThe Tahoe Truckee Unified School Districts Special Friends program is the proud recipient of a Queen of Hearts Grant for $10,000. Special Friends is a preventive/intervention program that has been in the district since 1989. Special Friends successfully addresses the shy child, school adjustment difficulties and various other behavioral and emotional issues. The program is funded in part by Measure A and the Queen of Hearts Grant will help to supplement the costs to continue the program for 2012 -2013. The funds will be shared by all TTUSD elementary schools. For information about the Queens, visit http://www.ttcf.net.Shared nonprofit facility considered for TruckeeOn April 10, 2012, nonprofit organizations and community members may learn about a plan to develop a nonprofit center in Truckee. The Contractors Association of Truckee Tahoe (CATT) is exploring the opportunity to develop the center to house CATTandamp;#8217;s offices and other organizations. Nonprofit centers are buildings that intentionally house more than one nonprofit organization for the purpose of creating economic efficiencies, increasing collaboration and better serving the community. The public meeting on Tuesday, April 10, 3-5 p.m., Truckee Donner Public Utility District Board Room, 11570 Donner Pass Road, Truckee will focus on the benefits and impacts a nonprofit center could have in the Truckee Tahoe region, as well as opportunities to partner with CATT on this project.The Nonprofit Centers Network, a national leader with more than a decade of experience in creating and operating nonprofit centers, will present the benefits of shared workspace and lessons learned from more than 200 successful nonprofit center models in operation across North America. Parking for the event is along Donner Pass Road. Please do not park in the TDPUD lot.To RSVP, contact Maria Martinez at mmartinez@tides.org or 415-561-6365.Community Education Classes at Sierra College Truckee TahoeCreative Writing: Tap Into Your Imagination (Terrey) will meet Thursday nights on April 26, May 6, 10, and 17, 6-8:30 p.m. at Sierra College in Truckee. Space is limited to 12 participants. A Mythological Guide to Death and Dying (Kim Bateman, Ph.D.) will meet on Saturday, April 14, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. This one day workshop will explore attitudes, beliefs and behaviors associated with death through worldwide folktales.Successful Mountain Gardening (Eric Larussen) will meet Saturday, April 14, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. This short course is aimed at all skill levels and covers high Sierra gardening methods, practices and resources.Photographing People (Billie Melchiori) will meet April 30-May 7, Monday evenings, 6-9 p.m. Explore techniques to transform the photographs youandamp;#8217;ve taken into expressive, meaningful portraits.Beginning Harmonica (Lynelle Tyler) will meet Saturday, April 14, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.Art as Therapy (Nina Ski) will meet Saturday, April 14, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.I Love Color! Painting with Pastels (Anke Hass) Wednesdays, April 11-April 25, 9:30 a.m.-noon.Computer classes will also be offered.Register by calling Sierra College at 530-550-2225, 916-781-6280 or online at http://www.sccommed.org.Free Tax Preparation availableMillions of workers could overlook a special federal tax credit because they donandamp;#8217;t know about it. As a result, they could miss out on up to $5,751 extra in their federal income tax refunds through the Earned Income Tax Credit, or EITC. Last year, on average, the credit boosted refunds for eligible workers by $2,100.Free preparation of federal and California tax returns is now available for households with income under $50,000. Tax returns are prepared by IRS certified volunteers under the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program hosted by Project MANA (Making Adequate Nutrition Accessible), the hunger relief organization serving North Lake Tahoe and Truckee. VITA volunteers are also available to meet with local businesses and organizations to provide information about the free tax preparation services and answer any questions. Call Project MANA at 775-298-0008 for an appointment.Wolverine Boosters electionThe Truckee Wolverine Boosters Club will hold their election to select the officers and directors for the 2012-2013 school year on April 10 at 6 p.m. in the high school library. Although there were nominations at the March meeting, the floor will be open for any member to make any other nominations or comments on those that have been nominated. Nominees to date are: President, Anne Delforge; vice president, Lou LaManna; secretary, Joanna McMullen; treasurer, Sharon Fereira; board positions, Sonya Retzlaff-Huggins, Beth Krug, Margi Englert and Christine Smith.Equestrian MixerPlease join Truckee Donner Horsemen Association for an equestrian mixer at Zanoandamp;#8217;s restaurant in Truckee on April 13, 5-7 p.m. Enjoy appetizers and learn more about the club and itandamp;#8217;s exciting plans for the 2012 riding season. All equestrians and people who love horses who want to participate in and preserve the equestrian community in the Truckee Tahoe area are invited. For more details call Mary Blocher at 530-913-5940 and or visit http://tdhorsemen.org.Shelter from the stormAssumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, in collaboration with other community organizations, opened the Food and Resource Support Center last fall in downtown Truckee to help people in need.The FRSC provides a hot meal every Thursday between noon and 2 p.m., with the cooking and serving of the meal rotating among members of Assumption Parish, the Lutheran/Presbyterian Church, and the Church of the Mountains. They are currently looking for other churches or organizations to participate in the rotation. Soon the FRSC will open a Clothing Closet for the distribution of used clothing in good condition. Donations of food and clothing can be brought to the FRSC during hours of operation. For monetary donations, please make checks payable to the Food and Resource Support Center and mail to the following: Food and Resource Support Center, c/o Assumption Parish, 10930 Alder Drive, Truckee, CA 96161.Miss Representation Documentary film screeningsJoin Parents for Public Schools of Truckee-North Tahoe, Inc. for local film screenings of andamp;#8220;Miss Representation.andamp;#8221; Students (advising 13 and older), parents and community members are all welcome. Tickets are free but please take a non-perishable food donation for Project MANA. Collection bins will be available at the screenings. For tickets you must visit http://www.eventbrite.com to register. A sell out is expected.The film will be followed by a panel discussion. Panelists include high school students, parents, a Tahoe SAFE Alliance representative and a school counselor. Film is sponsored by Soroptimist International of Truckee Donner. Refreshments will be provided by Tahoe Truckee Teachers Association.Dates and locations are Wednesday, April 11, 6 p.m., Truckee High School and Thursday, April 19, 6 p.m., North Tahoe High School.Kings Beach Library happeningsKings Beach Library Book group meets on the third Thursday of the month, 4-5 p.m. Spanish Preschool Storytime is the first Friday of the month at 3:30 p.m. Kings Beach Library is offering computer classes! The classes: April 12, 2 p.m., Computer Basics. What is this gadget and how do I use it? May 17, 2 p.m., email. How to manage all aspect of email including attaching photos and documents. June 14, 2 p.m., Surfing the Web. Get the most out of your Internet experience and avoid the pitfalls. All classes are free but are limited in size. Stop by the library to sign up, 301 Secline St., Kings Beach or call 530-546-2021. Also, explore Art in Public Places, on display: Watercolors by local artist Andrea Carabetta.Samples from Runway CafeRunway Cafe andamp; Catering, now open inside of the new airport community building, invites you to sample possible new menu items on Wednesdays and Fridays throughout April. Owner Amy Burke is working on an exciting new menu and wants your feedback on her recipes for rice bowls, Filipino-style breakfasts, lasagnas and burgers. Find out what she is sampling at http://www.runwaycafe.biz.