Announcements

Astronomy walk
Michelle Witte of Tahoe Institute for Natural Science offers an astronomy walk at Tahoe Meadows off Mount Rose Highway on Feb. 23 as part of Alpenglow Sports Winter Mountain Festival from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wear warm clothes and a headlamp. | RSVP tinsweb.org


Be prepared
A Friends and Family CPR Class is offered on March 2 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Tahoe Forest Hospital Center for Health. Participants will learn to recognize when an infant or child needs rescue breathing, how to perform CPR, how to care for an infant who is choking and how to use an automatic external defibrillator. Participants will receive an infant/child CPR manual and have hands-on practice with an infant and child manikin. This class is appropriate for anyone who will be taking care of an infant or child, including parents and any caregivers. The cost is $25 per person or $30 per couple.
| Register (530) 587-3769 or wellness@tfhd.com

Cannabis Dialogue workshops offered
In order to address the changes brought with the legalization of marijuana, the Town of Truckee Town Council will be holding a series of workshops to discuss the town’s approach to marijuana regulations. The focus of these workshops will include discussions on indoor and outdoor cultivation, manufacturing and processing, taxation, retail and commercial uses and delivery services. These workshops are open to the public and opportunities to submit public comment will be made available. Workshops will be held in Town Hall Council Chambers from 6 to 8 p.m. on March 9, April 13 and May 11.
| Questions cannabis@townoftruckee.com

Ski Days benefits victims of abuse
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. | tahoesafealliance.org

Ice sculptors needed
Truckee River Winery’s 2018 Wine n’ Ice will take place on March 7. The event will benefit the Truckee River Watershed Foundation, a local nonprofit that identifies, coordinates, funds and implements restoration, prevention and monitoring projects for the watershed. Ten competitors will be given the chance to sculpt 300-pound blocks of ice into sculptures. This year’s carving competition will be centered around the Truckee River Watershed Council’s new motto: FORIVER! The top three contestants will win an assortment of prizes. The grand prize winner will receive a trophy and prizes. Participants must be age 18 and older and provide their own carving tools. Registration ends on Feb. 23; it’s $50 to the Chris Banovich Memorial Fund. Guests to the competition will enjoy Truckee River Winery’s award-winning wines, special treats from Mountain Valley Meats, beer from The Brewing Lair, a local DJ and many fun outdoor winter games. | truckeeriverwinery.com

Workshops for businesses
Tahoe Chamber presents Level Up workshops series to bring the latest business resources and topics to South Lake Tahoe. Tax Preparation Made Easy is on March 21. Do You Know SEO? is on April 18. Time Management: Work Smarter to Work Less is on May 16. Digital Reputation Management is on June 20. Sign up for all five workshops by Feb. 21 to receive a discount. Workshops are from noon to 1:30 p.m. and cost $10 each for chamber members and $20 each for non-chamber members. | tahoechamber.org

Free test kits
Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Elevated levels in your home could be hazardous to your health. IVGID Public Works is offering free radon test kits to Nevada residents until Feb. 28. They are at the Incline Village Recreation Center while supplies last. | (888) 723-6610 or radonnv.com

Input sought
Nevada State Historic Preservation Office is seeking public involvement in the development of a new Comprehensive Statewide Historic Preservation Plan that will identify goals that federal, state and local governments should accomplish in the coming years. Every eight years, the Preservation Office is required to produce a new statewide preservation plan to guide those efforts. Public input will help the office better understand the needs and desires of Nevadans on preservation issues and help establish priorities and goals. The current plan, which expires December 2019, can be found at shpo.nv.gov. The public is invited to take an online survey that will be available until May 31.

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. | exined.org

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.
| libertyutilities.com

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.
| tahoeplates.org

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. | Placer-alert.org

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.
| townoftruckee.com

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. | volunteer@projectmana.org 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. | tahoeunleashed.com

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 tdpud.org

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