Eighth-grade teacher Kevin Kannengeiser has been organizing the tournament for 37 years. Eight teams come from schools in Mountain View, San Francisco, San Jose, Los Altos, Atherton and Burlingame.
The tournament began in 1973 and was originally called the St. Nicholas Invitational Basketball Classic until 2008.
There will be three sets of games played over the three-day-tournament, and the snack bar will be open during each game. Proceeds from the snack bar support the eighth-grade activities.
During the tournament weekend the teams will all live and play together as St. Nicholas guests.
The hosting team's parents will provide a pancake breakfast Saturday, followed by Mass in the gym and an award ceremony on Sunday, Feb. 3.
Three-day passes are $15 for adults and $12 for children, which also come with a free surprise. One-day tickets are $6 for adults and $5 for children. Tickets are on sale at the school from Tuesday, Jan. 29, to Friday, Feb. 1, or at the door.
Free tax help
Free tax preparation services will be available for low-income families in the Mountain View area. The two Mountain View sites are San Antonio Place, at 210 San Antonio Cir., and St. Athanasius Church, 160 N Rengstorff Ave.
United Way Silicon Valley is working with multiple financial institutions, nonprofits and government agencies, including the Internal Revenue Service, to provide free tax services through its Earn It! Keep It! Save It! Program.
People who earn $51,000 or less in 2012 are eligible for free tax services and encouraged to wait for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistant sites to open later in the month, according to Carole Leigh Hutton, president and CEO of United Way Silicon Valley.
Trained, IRS-certified volunteers at Volunteer Income Tax Assistance sites throughout Santa Clara County provide all tax preparation services. For listings of all locations and more information, go to www.211scc.org.
Tax preparation services are offered in a number of languages, including English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese and Russian.