Courtesy Tahoe Institute for Natural Science | John Adamski

Help count the mighty Eagle
The Tahoe Institute for Natural Science is coordinating the 37th annual mid-winter Bald Eagle count on Jan. 13 from 9 a.m. to noon and volunteers are needed to help with 26 stations around Tahoe. | RSVP

Meeting for solutions
Beginning the week of Jan. 23, Truckee Chamber of Commerce will launch Business Speaks!, a program for communication between business owners in Truckee. Eleven distinct “Base Camp” areas within Truckee will be hubs for business owners to come together to discuss how to address issues facing Truckee.
All business owners, including home-based businesses, are invited to attend a meeting in the Base Camp business area where his or her business is physically located. However, attendance at any meeting that is convenient is welcome. All meetings are inclusive; and participants don’t need to be a chamber member to attend. Meetings will last 90 minutes and will be professionally facilitated in a format designed to allow participants to speak candidly to foster conversation that can lead to creative solutions. | RSVP

Help kids stay warm
South Lake Fire Rescue is hosting a Coats for Kids drive until Jan. 31, 2018. Drop off gently used or new coats to Fire Station No. 1 at 1252 Ski Run Blvd. or Fire Station No. 3 at 2101 Lake Tahoe Blvd. All donations will be distributed to children within South Lake Tahoe. | (530) 307-9596 or

Ski for education
Skiing for Schools discount lift tickets are on sale now. Ticket holders can enjoy flexibility in terms of when lift tickets can be used, because resorts offer validity throughout the season to get on the slopes, save money and contribute to the success of local students. Participating resorts include Homewood, Northstar California, Tahoe Donner Downhill, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, Tahoe Cross Country and Tahoe Donner Cross Country.
Tickets are not available for purchase at the resorts, but may be pre-purchased online or in person at Tahoe Dave’s ski shops. Trail passes for Tahoe XC are also available at Alpenglow in Tahoe City and Paco’s in Truckee. A limited number of tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are non-refundable. |

Tree-recycling options
Incline Village General Improvement District offers free holiday tree recycling for Incline Village/Crystal Bay residential customers until Jan. 12. Waste management will collect clean trees, curbside on service day. The maximum tree length is 3 feet; cut larger trees down to 3-foot lengths. Trees should be cleaned of decorations, nails and tree stands. Trees placed curbside any other time are considered excess trash and will be subject to extra charges/violations. Cleaned trees of any size can be dropped off at Preston Field through Jan. 29. | (775) 832-1203

Volunteers needed outdoors
U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit is looking for volunteers to assist with the Winter Trek and Ski with a Ranger conservation education programs at Heavenly Mountain Resort from January through March. The Winter Trek program is for individuals who can volunteer a minimum of four hours per day, one day per week. Volunteers should be able to snowshoe for 90 minutes at an elevation of 9,100 feet without difficulty and present a fire and forest ecology program to fifth-grade students. Snowshoes are provided.
Ski with a Ranger program is for individuals who can volunteer a minimum of four hours per day, one day per week. Volunteers should be an intermediate level skier or snowboarder and be able to follow and guide others on a one-hour pre-determined route. A Heavenly Mountain Resort pass is not required, but volunteers must provide his or her equipment.
All volunteers should be comfortable speaking to large groups. Reliable transportation to the transit center in Stateline, Nev., is required and volunteers must be able to attend a mandatory training session in early January. For more information, contact Reanna Suela at for Winter Trek, or Jaclyn Tain at for Ski with a Ranger.

No blackout dates
Tahoe SAFE Alliance is hosting its annual Ski Days Fundraiser. Vail Resorts and Northstar have donated all-day lift tickets through an EpicPromise grant to support child survivors of abuse in North Tahoe and Truckee. Tickets are valid at any Vail-operated ski resort: Northstar, Heavenly, Kirkwood, Vail, Breckenridge, Beaver Creek, Keystone, Park City, Afton Alps, Mt. Brighton and Wilmot. There are no restrictions or blackout dates. Tickets are $120 and are good until April 15. |

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. 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. 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. |

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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