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Truckee Tahoe community announcements

Holiday Food and Clothing ProjectVolunteers are needed 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, at North Tahoe Event Center to organize and display winter clothing and childrenandamp;#8217;s books. From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, volunteers are needed to help with the distribution. To make donations: Checks should be payable to NTHC Holiday Food and Clothing Project. Mail to: Holiday Food and Clothing Project, North Tahoe Hebrew Congregation, P.O. Box 201, Tahoe Vista, CA 96148. To donate winter clothing and childrenandamp;#8217;s books, drop the items in the donation barrels in the North Tahoe Hebrew Congregation Temple lobby at 7000 Latone Blvd. in Tahoe Vista.Needed are winter coats, boots, hats, gloves and snowsuits in good condition Volunteers may call Barb Cohen at 546-2560 or Norm Sussman at (775) 830-4374. Any individuals or families that would like to sign up to receive food can fill out a simple application at PDQ Market in Tahoma, Sunnyside Market, Baptist Church in Tahoe City, Tahoe Womenandamp;#8217;s Services, Family Resource Center, Boys and Girls Club or the Event Center in Kings Beach. If you need help with this process, call 584-5855.Solve the mystery of the dying fishFrom 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 30, at the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences on the Sierra Nevada College Campus, fourth through sixth grade students are invited to conduct scientific experiments and figure out which suspect is responsible for poisoning water and wildlife. Through hands-on activities, students will learn about environmental issues facing Lake Tahoe such as water clarity, sediment run off, acid rain, wildlife populations, oil pollution, water pollution and environmental solutions. RSVP required to attend to mjfarka@ucdavis.educ or call (775) 832-1673, ext. 7483.Youth Science Institute accepting applicantsHigh school students interested in science can apply for the Youth Science Institute program by Dec. 30. This after-school program will be offered from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday evenings at the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences on the Sierra Nevada College campus, Jan. 27 through May 26. Students grades nine through 11 need a minimum GPA of 3.0 and a commitment to the program. Tuition is $250. Partial and full scholarships available. The deadline for applications is Dec. 30. Send applications to Megan Farka at or call (775) 881-7560, ext. 7483.Spiritual Adventure in the Snow booksigningandamp;#8220;Spiritual Adventures in the Snow: Skiing and Snowboarding as Renewal for your Soulandamp;#8221; is a fun and adventurous look at the deeply profound experience, the rhythms of snow sports as renewal for mind, body and spirit. Tahoe locals who are featured in the book include: Paul Arthur (author of the foreword; Squaw Valley Junior Olympic coach to Tamara McKinney and first coach to Shane McConkey), Tina Basich (U.S. Snowboarding champion and founder of Boarding for Breast Cancer), Evan Strong (adaptive snowboarder and two-time national superpipe champion), Alex Heyman (training coordinator for the Mountain Sports Learning Center at Sugar Bowl), and Bill Seline (local mountain guide, avalanche instructor and paramedic) as well as several local ski resorts. Kristin Krone (Olympic skier and owner of Wild Cherries in Truckee) offers an endorsement on the cover.Attend the Dec. 18 book reading and signing at The Bookshelf at Hooligan Rock, Truckee, from 5:30-7 p.m.Skiing for Schools program kicks offDiscounted lift tickets benefit schools, skiers and snowboarders and the fun begins with Excellence in Educationandamp;#8217;s first Ski for Schools day Dec. 19 at Sugar Bowl. Participating resorts offer special discounted lift tickets and the opportunity to support education. The proceeds from your lift ticket purchase go directly to the Excellence in Education Foundation, which provides enhanced educational opportunities for local students. Tickets are $25 each and available at Porters Sports in Truckee, Tahoe City and Incline Village. Great Snow, Great Price, Great Cause! Visit Donner Downhill Ski Area ribbon cutting ceremonyVisit the Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area on Sunday, Dec. 20 at 10 a.m. for a ribbon cutting ceremony and customer appreciation day celebrating the newly remodeled Rental Shop, Snowflakes Room and Ticket and Lesson sales area. Complimentary mimosas and Danish pastries will be served while supplies last. Everyone skis for $5. A great deal that canandamp;#8217;t be beat. For more information, call 587-9444 or visit Milton Heifetz receptionThe Carmel Gallery is pleased to host a reception for sculptor Milton Heifetz on Sunday, Dec. 27 from 4 to 6 p.m. Dr. Heifetzandamp;#8217;s bronze and marble sculptures are inspired by the graceful forms and gestures of birds. Milton David Heifetz is the former Chairman of the Dept. of Neurosurgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where he practiced medicine for 40 years. He has served as a visiting professor of neurosurgery and of ethics and at Harvard University Medical School, a visiting scholar of ethics at Oxford University, and an adjunct lecturer at Boston College Law School. Dr. Heifetz began sculpting in 1945. His bronze and marble sculptures can be found in many private collections. Please join the Carmel Gallery for this opportunity to meet a true andamp;#8220;Renaissance Manandamp;#8221; and hear him discuss his artistic process. RSVP to an Olympic Gala teamThe Olympic Heritage Committee will hold a Legends Gala to honor all Olympians and introduce the Olympic Heritage Museum, Jan. 17, 2010. Interested individuals are needed to form a Gala celebration committee. Responsibilities will include garnering sponsorships, investigating venues, lining up entertainment and more. Attend the first committee meeting, Oct. 13. For information, please e-mail Gillian Poulsen at emergency servicesVeterinary Emergency of Truckee with Dr. Kristi Whitten is available Friday from 6 p.m. through Saturday 8:30 a.m., Saturday from 6 p.m. through Monday 8:30 a.m. and holidays at the Donner Truckee Veterinary Hospital, 9701 Highway 267 in Truckee. Phone 587-0881 for information.

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