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Truckee Tahoe community announcements

Donate unwanted prescription eyeglasses to the Lions Recycle for Sight program until Jan. 31. Truckee Lions Club will be collecting used prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses as part of a recycling program throughout the State of Nevada for distribution in developing countries where eye care is often unaffordable and inaccessible. Collection boxes are at Dr. Camp’s office in the Truckee Medical Building, Dr. Evan’s office in the Safeway Shopping Center, Sierra Senior Services in the community dining room and Town Hall in the administrative office section. The glasses will be shipped to the Lions Eyeglass Recycling Center where they will be cleaned, categorized by prescription and prepared for distribution by Lions and other groups.

The Truckee Rotary Foundation is looking for community projects or needs for their annual donation, which is $4,000 this year. The Truckee Rotary Foundation provides funds for worthy individuals, organizations or projects within the greater Truckee community. The foundation looks for unique projects or individuals that are not of a social nature or being funded by other organizations. Submit an application by writing to the Truckee Rotary Foundation, c/o Steve Randall at P.O. Box 3236, Truckee, CA 96160. Applications should include a short description of the project or need, amount requested, contact person, telephone number and e-mail address. There is no formal application. Questions should be directed to Steve Randall at 582-7720. Application deadline is Friday, Jan. 29, 2010.

Girl Scout cookie season is underway. Local Girl Scouts will continue last year’s fundraising drive to send cookies overseas to local service men and women. Last year family and friends registered a total of 18 men and women who were serving to receive cookies. The Girl Scouts sent each close to 100 boxes to share with their respective units. Needless to say, they were overjoyed and their spirits were lifted. If you know someone in the community who is, or will be, serving overseas in the spring of 2010, or if you would like to help with a donation, please contact Bonnie Dodge, Sierra Tahoe Service Unit Product Manager, at 583-3946. Your donations are fully tax-deductible.

Stone Soup is open again every Sunday from Jan. 24 through March 14, 5 to 7:30 p.m. at The and#8220;Old Rec Centerand#8221; in downtown Truckee, now the and#8220;Community Arts Center.and#8221; Stone Soup, at its simplest, is a celebration of food and community. A group of dedicated volunteers initiated it last year as an attempt to help address the hunger and isolation in the community due to dramatic changes in the economy. They strived to create a space for and#8220;coming together,and#8221; where everyone was welcome to share food, friends, family, conversation, support, or just a bowl of soup with great bread and music. The kitchen is open again and operating as a project under the administrative umbrella of Project MANA and a wonderful partnership with the Truckee Donner Parks and Recreation District who provides use of the Community Arts Center. Help celebrate good food and great community.

The free AARP Tax Aide Program is being offered in Truckee, targeting middle and low income tax payers, especially seniors 60 years plus, at the Family Resource Center of Truckee and Sierra Senior Services. Sessions will be Feb. 12, 20, 26; March 12 and 27; April 7 and 10. Each appointment will take 45 minutes. Call the Family Resource Center of Truckee at 587-2513 for information and to schedule an appointment. Seniors who would like taxes prepared at the Sierra Senior Services, please call 550-7600. Appointments will be scheduled for Feb. 16; March 2, 16 and 30; April 13. Clients need to bring the following items: Last year’s tax return, W-2s and 1099s, Social Security and brokerage statements, Social Security card or ITIN number, picture ID and birth certificate for dependents if ITIN’s are needed.

The offices of Gregory J. Diaz, County Clerk-Recorder Nevada County, would like to announce a recording fee increase. Pursuant to SB 676 a statutory increase for recording fees will take effect on Feb. 16, 2010. The new fee is as follows: $14 for recording the first page of each document and $3 for each additional page. Please do not hesitate to contact the office with any questions at (530) 265-1221.

The Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards recognize young Californians who have distinguished themselves as leaders and initiated community service projects that impact their communities in meaningful ways. Any teacher, civic leader, non family member or the teen may nominate a California resident between 13 and 19 years old for a $36,000. Nomination forms are available at, call (415) 512-6432, or e-mail Deadline is Feb. 19. Teens must self-identify as Jewish, though their community service projects can benefit the general community.

The board of Slow Food Lake Tahoe cordially invites you to its first potluck and general meeting of 2010 Thursday, Jan. 28 at the Cedar House Sport Hotel in Truckee from 4 to 7 p.m. The meeting will feature a talk by Gary Romano, owner of Sierra Valley Farms, on his involvement with the new UC Davis documentary and#8220;Is Sustainable Attainable?and#8221; Chris Kerston of Chaffin Family Orchards is tentatively scheduled to talk about the goats he raises for meat and may bring a goat dish to share.

The theme of the potluck is and#8220;winter,and#8221; so please bring a dish that features foods that are currently seasonal in Northern California/Nevada. SFLT members, friends and children are welcome. For more information, contact Susan Brumm at or 582-7498.

The Tahoe Wildlife Forum is from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28, at the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences. The films begin at 6 p.m. and the community forum/panel discussion will follow. and#8220;Bears of Sequoiaand#8221; and and#8220;American Coyote and#8212; Still Wild at Heartand#8221; give excellent overviews of wild animal natural behavior and the impacts associated with human/animal/urban interface issues.

A panel discussion will follow and the lineup includes: Wayne Yarbrough of the Washoe County Sheriffand#8217;s Office, Paul Dankowski of Nevada Department of Wildlife, Carl Lackey of Nevada Department of Wildlife, Madonna Dunbar Incline Village General Improvement District resource conservationist, Rebecca Sawyer Williams IVGID resource conservation technician, Ann Bryant director of the BEAR League and Cheryl Millman director of the Lake Tahoe Wildlife Center. The event is hosted by the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences, the Parasol Environment Team and IVGID Waste Not Programs.

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