Truckee Tahoe community announcements
The free AARP Tax Aide Program will be offered in Truckee, for middle and low income tax payers, and seniors 60 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 to schedule an appointment. Seniors who would like taxes prepared at Sierra Senior Services, call 550-7600. Appointments 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.
Join the Tahoe Rim Trail Association for free guided snowshoe treks every Saturday through the end of March. Discover fitness and social benefits of the easy-to-learn sport of snowshoeing. Great for all abilities and children older than 10. Saturday, Jan. 30, Martis Peak, eight miles, moderate- advanced, Martis Peak Road, 10 a.m.; Saturday, Jan. 30, Full Moon Snowshoe Trek, Tahoe Meadows, two-three miles, easy, for TRTA members only, Tahoe Meadows, 6:30 p.m. Sign up in advance (775) 298-0012, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.tahoerimtrail.org.
A community service in Panama, sponsored by AFS USA student exchange program, is for students 13-15 years old, but sophomores turning 16 shortly may be considered. Groups of six to 10 students will be placed in the same community to improve conditions in primary schools. Participants will earn 30 plus hours of community service. Karen Hutchinson, Spanish teacher at Truckee High School will chaperone. Afternoon activities include dancing lessons, cooking or learning about a new culture. Cost will be approximately $2,270 including airfare. A fundraising opportunity to help defer costs is in the works. The student will live with a host family. Attend a parent/student meeting Feb. 4, from 6 to 7 p.m., Truckee High School, room 215. Dates are July 4-22.
A fundraiser will be held for the 2010 SnowFest! Thursday, Feb. 4 from 5:30-7 p.m. at the North Tahoe Event Center, 8318 N. Lake Blvd., Kings Beach. Food and beverages, a raffle drawing, beads and entertainment round out the festivities. Cost is $20 per person at the door, cash or checks only, please. Call 583-7167 for information. SnowFest of North Lake Tahoe/Truckee also invites you to be a 2010 Festival sponsor or patron. and#8220;The Happiest Time at Tahoeand#8221; is this year’s theme. Events kick off March 5 with opening ceremonies, torchlight parade and fireworks at Squaw Valley USA. The fun continues through March 14. Visit http://www.tahoesnowfestival.com.
The Incline Village/Crystal Bay Republican Women’s group is meeting at The Chateau on Tuesday, Feb. 9. Social begins at 11:30 a.m. with lunch at noon. Cost is $25 and the speaker will be Dr. Robin Titus, prominent northern Nevada physician, will speak on health care legislation and the Nevada U.S. Senate race. All reservations should be made by Thursday, Feb. 4. RSVP by e-mail to Kathi Congistre at email@example.com or by telephone to Donna Kwachak at (775) 833-2788.
Tahoe Women’s Services Father/Daughter Dance will be held from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5 at the Tahoe Biltmore. Tickets are available online at http://www.tahoewomenservices.org and at the Tahoe Women’s Services offices in Truckee, Incline Village and Kings Beach and Bella Vita in Tahoe City. For information, call (775) 298-0010. All proceeds will benefit TWS.
The 26th Annual Crab and Pasta Feed (all you can eat) will start at 5 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6, at the North Tahoe Event Center in Kings Beach. The Crab and Pasta Feed is the major fundraiser for Incline High School. For the last 25 years, it has bridged the school funding gap. Tickets are $50 per person or a table for eight is $400. The event includes a silent auction, raffle and live auction. To view auction items or to bid visit http://www.purplewave.com. The event sells out fast. Tickets are available at the Potlatch or contact Kathy Long, Kathyklong@yahoo.com or call (775) 833-1429.
Diamond Peak’s Last Tracks event begins Feb. 6. Take the last chairlift up to the mid-mountain Snowflake Lodge and enjoy wine tasting and appetizers before skiing or snowboarding down a freshly groomed run at sunset. Tickets for Last Tracks are at Guest Services at 2:30 p.m., and Last Tracks begins at 4 p.m. Must be 21 or older and ski/snowboard at an intermediate level. Last Tracks tickets cost $29. A Last Tracks Season Pass is available for $200 to attend every Last Tracks event.
Tahoe Lake School, 375 Grove St., Tahoe City, is collecting pennies to support the Pennies for Peace program. This is the program from Greg Mortenson’s book and#8220;Three Cups of Tea,and#8221; that collects money to build schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Educated young people are much less likely to espouse radical ideas. This penny drive allows everyone to easily contribute to a more peaceful place. Empty your change jars and check between those couch cushions and take your pennies to the Tahoe Lake office through Feb. 12.
Girl Scout cookie season is underway. Local Girl Scouts will continue last yearand#8217;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.