Help Toys for Tots
Help children in need by donating to Toys for Tots through Dec. 15 or 20, depending on locations. Drop off locations are located throughout North Lake Tahoe and Truckee. Visit the Web site for locations.

As well, there will be special events on Dec. 10 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Zano’s in Truckee with a buffet and live music, and on Dec. 16 at 2 p.m. during the Annual Crab Feed at Rookies in Incline Village, Nev. Admission to one new unwrapped toy per person or a cash donation.

Moody’s in Truckee is offering a glass of wine or dessert with a donation of a new, unwrapped toy of $15 to $20 in value through Dec. 19. |


Holiday Food & Toy Drive
The Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority and South Tahoe Refuse & Recycling Services are teaming up to make giving to Christmas Cheer easier than ever. The LTVA’s Drive and Drop for Christmas Cheer takes place until Dec. 9 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Drive through the Visitor Center parking lot at 3066 Highway 50, South Lake Tahoe, and drop donations of food or toys into the bins provided by South Tahoe Refuse & Recycling. Cash donations should be brought into the Visitor Center.

South Tahoe Refuse & Recycling Services is also having its annual Community Holiday Food & Toy Drive until Dec. 8. Leave canned/packaged food or toys curbside on the regular collection day or drop off at South Tahoe Refuse, 2140 Ruth Ave., during business hours. | (530) 541-5255.

Update holiday lights
Truckee Donner Public Utility District hosts the annual LED holiday light exchange while supplies last during regular business hours at the TDPUD office. Customers can bring in a copy of current TDPUD electric bill along with up to three strands of old, incandescent, holiday lights. TDPUD will replace them with up to 60 feet of white or multicolored LED lights. These energy-efficient holiday lights can save between 80 to 98 percent on energy costs versus the old-style, incandescent lights. Eligible customers can also receive other free LED light bulbs for home and information on the district’s energy- and water-savings programs. | (530) 587-3896 or

It takes a community
Truckee Community Christmas, a nonprofit organization, has provided food items, grocery store gift cards, toys and coats for more than 25 years to individuals and families during the holiday season. It depends on the generosity of locals and will benefit hundreds of Truckee families, teenage moms and their children, and low-income or homebound seniors.

Look for food collection barrels at Safeway and SaveMart. Collection bins for new, unwrapped toys can be found at banks, real estate offices, schools, homeowners’ association clubhouses and businesses around Truckee. Warm, clean, gently used winter coats can be dropped off at Church of the Mountains and Tahoe Forest Church. Gratitudes is coordinating senior gift donations.

In addition, help is needed to sort and pack donated items at the SELS school gym on Dec. 21 and 22. The food drive needs assistance from volunteers, too. Tax-deductible contribution checks can be mailed to Truckee Community Christmas, P.O. Box 2955, Truckee, CA 96160 or visit

Holiday giving
Resort at Squaw Creek is collecting canned food for Project MANA and Toys for Tots before the holidays. Until Dec. 16, guests who donate a canned good receive a voucher for a free hot chocolate from Sweet Potatoes Deli. Those who bring a new, unwrapped toy receive free valet parking for that day. Bring items to the front drive. Project MANA is a local nonprofit that provides emergency food for individuals, families and children in North Lake Tahoe and Truckee. |

Project ideas sought
Tahoe Fund has opened its online project submission portal for projects that will help solve the environmental challenges facing Lake Tahoe. Organizations are invited to submit project ideas by Jan. 31, 2018. Tahoe Fund seeks projects for its 2018 Signature and Premier Project Portfolios that will improve Lake Tahoe’s environment, reduce the risk of wildfire and address climate change by enhancing water quality, restoring watersheds, creating healthier forests, improving transportation and fostering outdoor recreation. The Tahoe Fund also seeks to build a greater sense of stewardship in the Tahoe Basin. Eligible projects must be able to demonstrate that any necessary environmental permits will be obtained, enjoy strong community support and have other sources of funding identified. |

New, improved for customers
Liberty Utilities has updated its Web site with an improved real-time outage map so customers have more information about unplanned and planned outages. The map will show if a crew has been dispatched or if it is assessing/working on the problem. Customers can also zoom in to see the outage area. Estimated restoration times will be shown, but customers should continually check for updates. Click on Emergencies & Outages. |

From license plates to lift tickets
“Plates for Powder” program is back until April 1, 2018. Individuals who purchase a new Lake Tahoe license plate in either California or Nevada can receive free lift tickets to one of the following resorts: Diamond Peak, Heavenly Valley, Homewood Mountain Resort, Kirkwood Mountain Resort, Northstar California, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, Tahoe Cross Country Ski Area and Tahoe City Winter Sports Park. Plate sales and renewal fees proceeds go to California Tahoe Conservancy and Nevada Division of State Lands to fund trails and watershed restoration projects. The Tahoe Fund, a nonprofit dedicated to raising money for environmental improvement projects, is organizing the program. Some restrictions apply. |

Monthly first aid offered
First Aid CPR and AED Certification for Adult, Child and Infant is taught by Tessa Waldron at Truckee Donner Community Recreation Center for all ages. The session class is from 6 to 8 p.m., costs $77 and includes a $27 American Red Cross Certification fee. Classes are offered on the first Friday of the month until May 4, 2018. |

Sign up for mobile emergency alert
Placer County residents may register mobile phones for Placer Alert, the county’s state-of-the-art, emergency, mass-notification system. |

Police offer equipment registry
Truckee Police Department offers a ski, snowboard and bicycle registration program to help in identifying and recovering lost or stolen skis, snowboards and bicycles. |

Volunteer for food bank
Project MANA seeks volunteers to help sort and organize donated food items for distribution. Some tasks require heavy lifting and physical activity. Volunteer time slots are from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, Monday and Tuesday mornings for an hour, Tuesday and Wednesdays from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., and Monday through Friday in the morning. Volunteers must complete a monthly training to learn more about Project MANA programs and policies. | or (775) 298-0107

Affordable, reliable transportation
The Senior Transportation Program includes regular transportation opportunities for shopping, errands, outings and medical or personal appointments. This door-to-door, reliable, affordable, service provides alternating trips to Reno and Carson City on Tuesdays and to local destinations in Incline Village, Crystal Bay and Kings Beach on Wednesdays. Truckee is on the third Wednesday of the month. The regular weekly fee is $5. | RSVP (775) 832-1310

Run (sort of) wild and free
Tahoe Unleashed Dog Park is just past the entrance to the North Tahoe Regional Park in Tahoe Vista. An information kiosk is on the left of the parking lot at the top of the first hill past the gate. Tahoe Unleashed currently offers two fenced, off-leash areas: one for small dogs and one for large dogs.
Fundraising continues for a third off-leash area called, The Outback, an enclosed 1-acre parcel of wild land for dogs of all sizes and their owners. Frequent dog park users and visitors are encouraged to support efforts by ordering a personalized plaque and adopting a portion of the dog fence. |

Conservation programs help businesses
Truckee Donner Public Utility District has a suite of conservation programs available to qualifying business or commercial customers. These programs help save energy and water and minimize related operating expenses. Many programs are free or offset the costs of a project resulting in a return on investment.

The Commercial Lighting Rebate Program pays up to one-third of project costs to upgrade to high-efficiency lighting. The Business Green Partners Program provides free energy- and water-saving measures including screw-in LED and CFL light bulbs. The Commercial Refrigeration Program provides free energy-efficient refrigeration controls, motors, case lighting and infiltration barriers after a comprehensive refrigeration energy audit and proposal from Truckee Donner PUD’s installation contractor. | (530) 582-3963 or

Small business help offered
The Small Business Development Center offers consulting services to existing and pre-venture small businesses in the Truckee area. Statistics show that 90 percent of businesses with current business plans can realize goals, while 85 percent of businesses that fail do not have a business plan. Consulting services are offered at no cost. | (877) 853-9093


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