Alta Sierra Elementary School’s first casino night is this Saturday, February 23 at Alta Sierra Country Club. The event, which includes a live and silent auction,evolved from recent years’ wine tasting fundraisers to appeal to larger crowds.“We really wanted to make this a community gathering, as well as a fundraiser,” Katrina Paz, Alta Sierra Elementary parent teacher committee president, said. “This should be an evening of parents, friends and neighbors coming together for a night of fun while raising important funds for our school.” Tickets for the event cost $25 per person/$45 per couple and include appetizers, desserts, and $500 in chips. Prizes include tickets to Disneyland, artwork and photography, tickets to Sonoma Raceway, rounds of golf at the Resort at Squaw Creek, private catering, spa services, overnight stays at Atlantis Casino Resort, Truckee’s Cedar House Sport Hotel and the Grand Sierra Resort, the opportunity for a student to be a reporter for a day at The Union, one free year of after-school care, packages from Wolf Mountain Day Spa, fly-fishing lessons, and various gift certificates to local shops and restaurants. The festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. and childcare will be available with advance reservation. Funds raised that evening will go towards upgrading the computer lab, as well as field trips, assemblies, classroom equipment and supplies, art classes, library services, and music, sports, and recreational programs for more than 330 students. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 530-277-6288 or go to www.pleasantridge.k12.ca.us/altasierra/index.html.