Land Trust featured on TVThe Truckee Donner Land Trust is featured this week on Channel 6’s “Truckee Talks.” Hosted by Maia Schneider, guests are Kathleen Ritchie, Truckee Donner Land Trust’s board president, and Perry Norris, executive director.Ritchie and Norris will discuss the Truckee Donner Land Trust’s accomplishments and current projects.The show will air Dec. 21-27 daily: Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday at 10:30 a.m., and Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 6 p.m.The Truckee Donner Land Trust is a local grassroots organization with over 1,200 members dedicated to preserving open space, scenic, recreational and historic lands in the North Lake Tahoe/Truckee Region.KITUS returns with new production”In a world where a country searches for its king, but its people search for love one woman rises above the rest, as a man, opening all their hearts to a love they never knew.” From the creators of “Punch ‘n’ Cookies” and “The Devil and Ivan” comes “L’Ecole De Malatete” or “The School of Headaches,” written and performed by the Knights of Indulgence Theatre United States.Performances will be Jan. 6 and 7 at the Truckee Community Center on Church Street at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 adults, $7 students and seniors, and will be available at the door. The play contains adult themes. For further information, call (530) 587-KITX.Grant applications availableTruckee Tahoe Community Foundation will be granting funds in March 2001. Applications are available at the Foundation office at 10185 Truckee Airport Rd. or by calling 587-1776. It is not necessary to be incorporated as a nonprofit to apply.The foundation areas of interest are arts and culture; civic and public benefit; education, environment, conservation, and animal welfare; health and human services; recreation; and youth development. The application is simple and technical assistance with grant writing is available.Funds are distributed in the Tahoe Truckee region and have ranged from $1,000 to $5,000. Feb. 15 is the deadline for submission. Decisions on funding are made by the board of directors.New Baby and Me classesTwo Truckee Baby & Me eight-week sessions will be offered on Wednesday afternoons and Saturday mornings beginning in January 2001. The Wednesday classes will begin on Jan. 17 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. The Saturday classes will begin on Jan. 13 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. The site for the classes will be announced at a later date. These informative and interactive sessions offered by instructor Cindy Maciel will cost $40 and are open to parents and their infants under 12 months old. There are scholarships available for those who can’t afford the fee, through the Children’s Collaborative of Tahoe Truckee. Enrollment is limited; preregistration is encouraged. For more information or to register, call Sierra Nevada Children’s Services at 587-5960.Grant funding available through ChamberApplications for special event grant funding for the year 2000 are now available through the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce.If your organization is having a tourism producing event, here is a way to receive funds for promotional coverage. A total of $5,000 is available for allocation this year. Both non-profit and for-profit event producers are eligible to apply for funding.Events must be held in or around Truckee, and applications must include a description of the event, a budgetary breakdown of the event, local economic impact of the event, a media and advertising plan, and other specifics. In order to receive funding, each applicant must show proof of insurance and prepare an accounting of all money allocated. Criteria for the events include tourism draw, overnight accommodations attributed to the event, time of the year the event is held, and out-of-area promotional and media campaigns.Once applications are received, the Chamber’s Tourism Committee will rate them on a variety of criteria to decide on the recipients.Applications are available and can be picked up at the Chamber office at 10065 Donner Pass Road in the Depot, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Completed applications must be returned to the Chamber office by Friday, Jan. 5, no later than 5 p.m. Call the Chamber office at 587-2757 for information.Pet food drive is underwayThe Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe is kicking off its annual pet food drive. Barrels are located at Albertson’s, Long’s, Mickey’s Pet Stop, Safeway, Rite-Aid and Gateway Pets. Our wish list includes dog and cat food (both wet and dry), kitty litter, dog chews and cookies, cat beds and toys, leashes and collars. The Humane Society is a non-profit organization that helps Truckee’s unwanted animals until they can find good permanent homes. Our goal is to build a shelter to house and care for these animals. Until that time Truckee’s homeless pets are cared for in foster homes and kennels. For more information please call 587-5948.Guides for blind skiers neededShare your love of cross country skiing with blind skiers. Experienced cross country skiers are needed to become guides.A free guide training clinic is provided by Sierra Regional Ski for Light. Guides are taught how to describe terrain and trails as they ski with their sight impaired partners. Ski for Light offers three-day weekend and single day ski trips during which guides and blind skiers ski in pairs. It’s fun and a wonderful opportunity to meet a bunch of really nice and motivated people.Part I Training will be Saturday Jan. 6, 7-9 p.m. at Northwoods Clubhouse in Tahoe Donner.Part II Training will be Sunday Jan. 7, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Tahoe Donner Cross Country Centre.For information, contact: Barney 587-1892 or Lin 550-9504.Preschool classes at Children’s MuseumSierra Nevada Children’s Museum has announced a schedule of December classes at the museum, located at 11400 Donner Pass Road.Artist Nina Ski hosts Preschool Enrichment “KidArt” classes for children ages 2 to 5 from 10 to 11 a.m. every Wednesday and Friday with parent participation. Class fees are $5 per class.– Friday, Dec. 22: Bread dough handprint gift– Wednesday, Dec. 27: Design photo album cover – bring photographs and inexpensive blank photo album– Friday, Dec. 29: Collage KidArt with parent participationIn addition, there will be two adult printmaking classes offered at the Children’s Museum on Saturday, Dec. 9 and Dec. 23 from 7 to 9 p.m. Cost is $15.Other adult classes may be offered after the date of this release. For additional information regarding classes, workshops, or other events please call Sierra Nevada Children’s Museum at 587-KIDS or Nina Ski, art coordinator at 587-2650.Prepare for winter with local stickerTruckee, North Lake Tahoe and Reno residents, employees and property owners are eligible to purchase a “Local Sticker” that assists westbound access on Interstate 80 between Reno and Truckee-Tahoe during winter storm periods.The sticker also assists Donner Summit residents with access on Old Highway 40 during winter road closures.The Local Sticker Program is permitted by the California Highway Patrol and the California Department of Transportation and administered by the non-profit transportation partnership the Truckee North Tahoe Transportation Management Association.”As more people choose to commute between Truckee-Tahoe and Reno, the Local Sticker Program becomes a more valuable tool,” TNT/TMA Executive Director Jennifer Merchant said.”The windshield sticker eliminates shuffling through paperwork in your glove box to prove the residency CHP mandates to access Truckee-Tahoe during winter storms,” she said.Available at the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce in Truckee, Lake Tahoe Incline Village/Crystal Bay Visitors Center in Incline Village and the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association Visitor Information Center in Tahoe City, stickers are $7 each. They are valid for as long as you own the car and must be placed on the lower left-hand corner of the windshield.To purchase a sticker, current California or Nevada vehicle registration showing a Truckee, Donner Summit, eastern Placer County or Washoe County address must be presented. Second homeowners may show a current property tax statement.Reno residents may purchase a sticker by presenting current Nevada vehicle registration and a recent paycheck stub from a Truckee-North Tahoe area employer.For additional program information, call the TNT/TMA at 581-3922.Coupon book on saleTruckee Friends of the Library is once again selling the Entertainment Book 2001 for the Reno/Lake Tahoe area. Each book contains hundreds of coupons for dining (including local restaurants like Wong’s, Cafe Meridian, El Toro Bravo and Taco Station), shopping, sports and more. Coupons are valid through Nov. 1, 2001.The books are only $20 this year with a portion of these proceeds going to fund Friends of the Library. The books are available through Truckee Library, Bookshelf at Hooligan Rocks or Kelly Wulff at Boice Countryside Realtors.

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