Announcements for Truckee, Incline Village and North Shore areas

Village Notes: What’s happening in Incline Village

January 28, 2015 — 

It is only 48 days until spring, and we finally got to experience some April showers this week. The good news is that maybe we will have snow for the Fourth of July. It was great to actually see a little bit of snow this week, but what we really want is now covering New England.

This weekend is the Incline High Boosters annual Crab & Pasta Feed on Saturday, Jan. 31, at the Hyatt Regency Ballroom. Tickets might still be available if you visit www.inclinecrabfeed.com.

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Wedding announcement: Chris and Debbie Neddenriep

January 22, 2015 — 

Chris and Debbie Neddenriep of Carson City are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter Kristin to Peter Eliasen.

Peter is the son of Per Eliasen of Larkspur, Colorado, via Sorø, Denmark, and Marilyn Cross of Aurora, Colorado. On December 14, 2014, family and friends joined Peter & Kristin for a wedding celebration at Valhalla Tahoe.

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Village Notes: What’s happening in Incline Village

January 21, 2015 — 

The opportunity for precipitation is not in our forecast, so we will need to make the best of our outdoor activities. This weekend, enjoy Ullr Fest — this might be the best activity of the season. And if everyone asks, maybe the snow gods will smile on us and bring us snow!

McAvoy Layne presents Mark Twain’s Hawaii on Saturday, Jan. 24, at the Mark Twain Cultural Center & Toccata Guttman Music Hall in the Village Center. For Reservations email mcavoylayne@gmail.com or call 775-833-1835.

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Mastering the art of small talk

January 15, 2015 — 

Does the idea of walking into a mixer where you only know one person fill you with dread or fear? ,When you go to a business or committee meeting, do you wonder what you’re going to say after the obligatory, “hi, how are you?”

Small talk is the back and forth you have with strangers and acquaintances. Why is it important to hone this skill? People like to do business with those with whom they’ve established common ground.

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Bessie Minor Swift Foundation applications sought for Tahoe-Truckee nonprofits

January 14, 2015 — 

TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — The Bessie Minor Swift Foundation is accepting grant applications from nonprofit organizations throughout the North Tahoe-Incline Village-Truckee area.

Grants will be awarded to programs that promote literacy, reading and writing skills and programs in the arts, languages and sciences.

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Village Notes: What’s happening in Incline Village

January 14, 2015 — 

Prepare for the long weekend with lots of outdoor activities as the January thaw continues. Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and schools as well as some local businesses and offices will be closed. The post office, administration building for IVGID and Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation all will be closed.

The Tahoe Nevada Chapter of AAUW will hold its monthly meeting and dinner on Wednesday, Jan. 21, at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Non-Profit Center. Social hour is 5:30 to 6:30, with dinner and speaker Heather Segale, Education and Outreach Director of the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center. She will present a brief discussion of environmental issues and the “State of the Lake.” To RSVP, contact Kelly Neville at kellyaauw@gmail.com or 775-833-2299 no later than Monday, Jan. 19.

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Village Notes: What’s happening in Incline Village

January 7, 2015 — 

Put away the winter stuff and bring out the beach gear. It appears that we are in for an early January thaw, and it might be warm enough to enjoy a few beach days this weekend.

Let’s hope this is only a temporary trend and that winter will return.

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Kings Beach Library can help you with your resolutions

January 6, 2015 — 

Whether it’s patience, weight loss, money management or new hobbies, Kings Beach Library has several materials and upcoming classes to help locals achieve their New Year’s Resolution.

The library, stocked with books, DVDs, CDs, computers, WiFi and Tablets, offers free computer classes on Thursdays. The 2 p.m. Jan. 8 class features Carl Leblanc of Tahoe Tech Group, who will host a Q-and-A; anyone with technology questions is encouraged to attend.

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Lake Tahoe bald eagle survey Friday; dinner Thursday

January 5, 2015 — 

LAKE TAHOE — Ducks gather at the Tahoe Keys on the South Shore in the winter, which in turn attracts eagles.

With that, the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science, based in Incline Village, coordinates the Mid-Winter Bald Eagle Survey, which takes place Friday, Jan. 9.

The National Wildlife Federation initiated this survey in 1979.

From 9-12 p.m. Friday, volunteers are paired up and stationed at one of 26 vantage points around the lake, mostly clustered around the lakeshore.

Eagles counted during past surveys generally number around 15, according to a press release.

On Thursday, Jan. 8, interested volunteers can attend a dinner that includes a presentation on eagles given by Kirk Hardie of TINS (cost $15 per person, includes dinner, tax and gratuity, but not alcoholic beverages) at the Hacienda de la Sierra in Incline Village at 6:30 p.m.

Space is limited; RSVP to Ruby Lyon, 775-298-0066 or ruby@tinsweb.org if you’d like to attend.

Anyone interested in eagles is encouraged to attend. Attending does not commit you to the survey. Visit tinsweb.org to learn more.

$4K donation gets Tahoe-Truckee Meals on Wheels rolling in the snow

December 31, 2014 — 

TRUCKEE, Calif. — Sierra Senior Services’ Meals on Wheels vehicles are ready for snow, thanks to a grant from Truckee Noon Rotary and Rotary District 5190.

The District grant of $2,000 was matched by Truckee Noon Rotary Club, providing $4,000 for studded snow tires and mechanical repairs.

Meals on Wheels provides close to 35,000 meals to approximately 200 homebound seniors in Truckee, Donner Summit, Incline Village, Kings Beach and Tahoe City. Fifty volunteers deliver the meals and make safety contacts with the seniors.

“Our Club has been a longtime supporter of the Meals on Wheels program,” said Sherilyn M. Laughlin, president of Truckee Noon Rotary. “We are very pleased that together with the district grant we were able to improve the safety and reliability of these vehicles so that no senior in our community in need of a meal will go hungry.”

In addition to the tires and repairs, Rotarians are seeking ways to help maintain the cars by cleaning, and checking fluids and tire pressure.

“Sierra Senior Services is most grateful for this strong partnership that reflects living longer should not mean living less,” said Sarah Deardorff, Executive Director of Sierra Senior Services. “Thanks to the Rotary, seniors in our community can continue to feel valued, supported and involved.”

For information about volunteer opportunities, contact Sierra Senior Services at 530-550-7600.

Village Notes: What’s happening in Incline Village

December 31, 2014 — 

Happy New Year. May 2015 be good to Tahoe. The holidays are over, and it is time to settle into our winter activities, but let’s wait until the current cold snap is over.

Now is the time to pick up discounted all day lift tickets from Tahoe SAFE Alliance for Northstar, Heavenly and Kirkwood. Tickets will be available until the end of the 2014-2015 ski season at special prices. For information email dawnh@tahoesafealliance.org, call 775-298-0010, visit the Tahoe SAFE Alliance website at www.tahoesafealliance.org or stop at their office located in the Donald W. Reynolds Community Non-Profit Center.

Parasol’s AmeriCorps team is accepting applications for a community service project. The entire 11-member team will work together on a service project to benefit our community. To fill out an application before the Jan. 8 deadline or get more information, contact Kelly at kellyL@parasol.org or 775-298-0186.

Plan to attend the annual Ullr Fest activities scheduled for Jan. 23-25. The activities kick off Friday, Jan. 23, with a torchlight parade, bonfire and music. Always a perfect time to thank the snow Gods and pray for more snow! Visit www.dpsef.org for more information.

Tickets for the Incline High Boosters annual Crab & Pasta Feed on Saturday, Jan. 31, at the Hyatt Regency Ballroom are available. For more information about the event or to purchase tickets visit www.inclinecrabfeed.com.

The annual Father Daughter Dance is Feb. 6 at the Tahoe Biltmore. For information about this fun event. a collaboration between the Tahoe Biltmore and Tahoe SAFE Alliance, visit www.tahoesafealliance.org or call 775-298-0010.

Happy Anniversary to my husband Gerry. We are celebrating our 30th anniversary on Jan. 5.

The Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation wishes AmeriCorps Program Director Allison Eybel all the best as she moves on to a new career in teaching. We will miss you Allison!

No birthdays to celebrate this week! Go buy yourself a present at the after holiday sales.

The Deal or Steal this week is the IVGID Community Appreciation Week from Jan. 5 -11 at Diamond Peak. Residents can enjoy lots of perks. To see what is happening visit www.diamondpeak.com or call 775-832-1177.

As always send in your birthdays, anniversaries, and news, along with the best deals or steals you can find, no later than 5 p.m. on Tuesday to jeanmeick@aol.com.

Santa flies again at 10th annual Truckee airport event for kids

December 24, 2014 — 

TRUCKEE, Calif. — A huge thank you to the many organizations and volunteers who made this year’s Santa Fly-In to the Truckee Tahoe Airport on Dec. 13 a magical event for hundreds of children and families.

This annual collaboration, now in its 10th year, includes the Truckee Tahoe Airport District, Tahoe Truckee Unified School District, Nevada and Placer First 5, Flying Doctors, community businesses, Americorps from the Sierra Business Council, Boy Scouts and many community volunteers.

Children excitedly watched as Santa’s plane circled above the airport, landed and taxied in on the tarmac. An escort of fire trucks and police cars, with sirens blaring, accompanied Santa’s plane.

When Santa stepped out of the little plane, the crowd roared. Then, it was on to the hangar and holiday festivities, including arts and crafts, writing letters to Santa and enjoying yummy holiday treats.

It all culminated with children getting a very special visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, who gave each child a goodie bag containing books and gifts.

A special thank you to Santa and Mrs. Claus, as well as their local pilot, elves, reindeer and helpers: Barbara DeGraaf, Kriselda Bautista, Olivia Hara, Evan Pierce, Mayra Colmanera, Olivia Cushing, Lisa Fillat, Sayra Fillat, Gerald and Peggy Herrick, Rob Lober, Gay Veeh, Karen Williams, Miss Linda Grimes-Watkins, Ellie Hyatt, Denise Clark and Ann Penfield.

And, of course, huge gratitude to Mike Barrett and the amazing Truckee Tahoe Airport team! You are the best! Happy Holidays to all!

Ruth Jackson Hall is Early learning Coordinator with the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District.

Tahoe City PUD employees give back for the holidays

December 24, 2014 — 

The employees of the Tahoe City Public Utility District serve the community 365 days a year, providing safe and reliable drinking water, safe and efficient sewer services, and parks and recreation amenities.

But their commitment to the community extends beyond their daily jobs. For the past three years, the employees have teamed up with Project MANA and Tahoe Lake Elementary School to help those in need in our community.

This year, employees pooled their personal funds and resources and donated seven full dolly loads of food for Project MANA’s November food drive. Project MANA provides more than 27,000 services per year to individuals in North Tahoe and Truckee communities.

District employees also gave over $1,000 in clothes, accessories and other gifts through Tahoe Lake Elementary School staff to ensure two families in need were able to provide a magical holiday for their family.

The holiday gift effort yielded much needed shirts, jeans, sweaters, winter jackets, gloves, bicycles, helmets, toys and more.

“Our employees are phenomenal in their dedication and commitment to this community and how quickly they are willing to personally give back,” said Cindy Gustafson, General Manager of the TCPUD. “Helping others is what public service is all about and I am so proud to get to work with these incredible individuals.”

The TCPUD wishes everyone a happy holiday season and safe and prosperous new year.

This article was provided to the Sun by the Tahoe City Public Utility District. Visit tcpud.org to learn more.

Faith Factor: See ‘Mr. Banks’ at Inspirational Cinema

December 24, 2014 — 

This month’s inspirational cinema feature is “Saving Mr. Banks,” showing from 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 28, at the Center for Spiritual Living Tahoe-Truckee, 700 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, above the marina.

Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson bring to life the untold true story about the origins of one of the most treasured Disney classics of all time.

Determined to fulfill a promise, Walt Disney (Hanks) tries for 20 years to obtain the rights to author P.L. Travers’ beloved book. Walt pulls out all the stops, but the uncompromising Travers won’t budge.

Only when he reaches into his own complicated childhood does Walt discover the truth about the ghosts that haunt Travers, and together, they set Mary Poppins free.

A short discussion follows the movie. Gratitude donations accepted. For more information, call 530-581-5117.

Founded in 1986, the Center for Spiritual Living Tahoe-Truckee is a spiritual community dedicated to empowering individuals to discover an inner power that has the ability to transform their lives and make the world a better place.

With a variety of services available, such as classes, meditation, and special events, the center meets the needs of families, singles, children, adults, and seniors. Visit tahoecsl.org.

Village Notes: What’s happening in Incline Village

December 23, 2014 — 

Tahoe, I think we have a problem. The snow seems to want to dump everywhere except here. Santa, it is up to you now, please bring snow. It is all we want for Christmas at Tahoe, and it will make so many happy. Fill your sleigh and head our way please.

Tahoe SAFE Alliance has all day lift tickets for Northstar, Heavenly and Kirkwood from now until the end of the 2014-15 ski season at special prices. Blackout dates apply and tickets are limited. For information email dawnh@tahoesafealliance.org, call 775-298-0010 or visit the Tahoe SAFE Alliance website at www.tahoesafealliance.org or stop at their office located in the Donald W. Reynolds Community Non-Profit Center.

The Incline High Boosters annual Crab & Pasta Feed is Saturday, Jan. 31, at the Hyatt Regency Ballroom. They are still looking for some fun auction items for the event and you can purchase your tickets at www.inclinecrabfeed.com now.

Put the annual Father Daughter Dance on your calendar for Feb. 6 at the Tahoe Biltmore. This fun event is collaboration between the Tahoe Biltmore and Tahoe SAFE Alliance. For information visit www.tahoesafealliance.org or call 775-298-0010.

To all our readers, Happy Holidays and if you are traveling, please be safe. That is also true for New Year’s Eve. Plan now to have a designated driver. Happy New Year!

Happy Anniversary to Hal and Karin Paris on Dec. 29. Happy 40th Anniversary to Phil and Bobette (Bobi) Lerma on Dec. 30, and also Warren Kocmond and Janet Pahl. Congratulations!

Birthdays this week: Tanya Canino and Jim Dykstra on Dec. 29; Carol Johnson on Dec. 30; and Phyllis Farr on Dec. 31. Happy Birthday!

The Deal or Steal this week is the Flex Pass at Diamond Peak. The more you ski, the more you save. Visit www.diamondpeak.com to learn more and see current conditions.

As always send in your birthdays, anniversaries, and news, along with the best deals or steals you can find, no later than 5 p.m. on Tuesday to jeanmeick@aol.com.

SNC students donate 150 winter clothing items

December 23, 2014 — 

Students from Sierra Nevada College recently distributed more than 150 items of clothing to underprivileged families in the second annual Winter Warmth Drive.

For six weeks, donations were collected at five locations throughout Incline Village, including Raley’s, IV Coffee Lab, SNC and Tunnel Creek Cafe.

Residents of the community donated clean and gently used items, ranging from technical outerwear, warm puffys, beanies, blankets and winter wear for children.

All donations were given to families at the Project MANA food distribution on Wednesday, Dec. 17.

“This year was extremely successful as we gave away over 90 percent of all donations to families in need, all within about 30 minutes,” said recent SNC graduate Kelly Benson, who has managed the drive both years.

The students at SNC would like to thank the community partners who helped make the drive a reality, as well as those who volunteered time and supplies, and especially those who donated items.

“With the holiday season upon us, it is important to think about others and give back to our community and Incline has done a great job of that,” Benson said.

Locals step up again for many holiday donations

December 23, 2014 — 

It was truly a collaborative community effort that made this holiday season brighter for local children and families who are most in need.

Tahoe Family Solutions thanks the following organizations for their contributions of toys, household goods, hats, winter coats, and other warm winter items: Sierra Nevada Properties, Knitter’s Guild of Incline Village, NV Woodchucks, Western Surgical Group, 7-Eleven, Women at the Hyatt, Incline Community Business Association, Girls on the Run, St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, Lake Tahoe School, the Northern Nevada Confederation of Motorcycle Clubs, and many individual donors.

All items collected were distributed through either the Lake Tahoe School Giving Tree, Adopt a Family, the Winter Coat Distribution, or the Incline Community Toy Drive.

We truly appreciate the incredible support of the organizations and individuals who helped make holiday dreams come true for our local community members.

For information, contact Amy Guinan with TFS at 775-298-0205 or amyg@tahoefamily.org.

Register for the 2015 Tahoe Big Year bird count

December 23, 2014 — 

The Tahoe Big Year celebrates the hundreds of bird species that make the Tahoe region their home all year-round, during summer or winter, or while passing through to other destinations.

Beginning Jan. 1, participants will scour the Lake Tahoe region in search of as many species of birds as they can find during 2015.

Note that this event is not strictly a competition, but an opportunity for the entire community to learn about and experience the Tahoe region’s diverse bird community and rich birding opportunities.

We expect that for many participants of all ages, the Tahoe Big Year will be a gateway into the world of birding itself and a deeper appreciation of the region’s natural history.

The event is free and open to anyone, though TINS members (starting at $35/year) will enjoy additional perks during the Tahoe Big Year, including the opportunity to win prizes and participate in members-only outings.

Register by Jan. 1 for your chance to win a copy of the new Sibley Guide to Birds, Second Edition and a Patagonia fleece and base-layer to keep you warm while searching for Tahoe’s birds.

To register for Tahoe Big Year, or for more information, visit tahoebigyear.org.

This article was submitted by the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science, a member-supported nonprofit seeking to advance the natural history, conservation, and ecosystem knowledge of the Tahoe region through science, education, and outreach. Call 775-298-0060 or visit TINSweb.org to learn more.

North Tahoe children make a difference for the holidays

December 22, 2014 — 

This holiday season, children at Great Futures Early Learning Preschool Center not only collected food items for Project MANA, a local food bank for the North Lake Tahoe/Truckee area, but also with the American Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes program.

The goal, said Susan Perkins, the preschool’s director, was to teach students they can make a difference not only in the community, but also in the life of a soldier who may not be home for Christmas.

“What a successful adventure we had. The Boys and Girls Club joined in our quest in making a difference,” Perkins said. “They helped us collect food items, and the Kinder Club helped us make Christmas cards for the soldiers. Our students are learning how to become good citizens of their community.”

This September, the The Boys & Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe opened Great Futures, whic is open from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m., with class starting at 8:30 a.m., at Kings Beach Elementary, room M-11

For information, call Perkins at 530-546-4324.

Truckee art commission opens applications for ‘Rock’ theme

December 18, 2014 — 

The Truckee Public Art Commission has opened applications for its spring “rock” themed exhibit.

The upcoming exhibit will take place of the current “water” exhibit, which will continue to show within the halls of the Community Recreation Center for the next month, until January 2015.

TPAC hosts three exhibits each year with the Community Recreation Center, featuring well-known artists alongside aspiring artists of all ages.

The Rec Center is located at 8924 Donner Pass Road, Truckee across from the Pioneer Center roundabout.

TPAC is an organization that fosters community through curated seasonal exhibits and public art installations under the auspices of the Truckee-Donner Recreation & Park District.

For submission details, contact tdrpd.art@gmail.com.

Essential Oil of the Week for Tahoe-Truckee: Tarragon

December 18, 2014 — 

Just before I opened my laptop to type this, I reached for my precious bottle of Frankincense oil. Lightly sprinkling a few drops in my hand with some coconut oil, I rubbed the mixture onto the tops and bottoms of my feet.

This rich and sultry aroma reached up toward my nose bringing my mind, body and spirit into a harmoniously elevated space.

The origin of this incredibly powerful oil is the resin produced from a tree. Through steam distillation, the oil is extracted and bottled for everyday uses and ceremonial celebrations.

While it is truly a fantastic mood enhancer, this oil also has anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antifungal, anti-depressant, analgesic, diuretic, astringent and sedative properties.

It has been known to give anyone suffering from inflammatory bowel disease massive relief when taken internally.

Frankincense oil pairs wonderfully with rose oil; apply a few drops each to a carrier oil and smooth onto face and décolleté for an immediate glow. You can use the oil to clean minor cuts or take a drop or two in a veggie capsule for an immune boost.

This oil literally encourages the cells in our body to heal. When combined with peppermint and lavender essential oils, the trio calms stress and eases headaches.

As I have said before, any time you are using an essential oil of the burseraceae family, resinous trees and shrubs, the overall impression will have a grounding quality. These particular oils keep us rooted in the earth like a tree.

That type of energy can be very transformational for people looking to anchor themselves in a particular task or activity. While I do not like to name favorites, this just might be my most favorite essential oil.

Whenever I apply a few drops on a client during a treatment they always leave smiling and centered. Enjoy your next session with a bit of this ancient healing oil and meditate into bliss.

Sarah McCallum is a massage therapist at North Lake Massage & Skin Care in Tahoe Vista. Visit northlakemassage andskincare.com to learn more.

Village Notes: What’s happening in Incline Village

December 17, 2014 — 

At last a little of the white stuff to make it seem like winter might happen this year at Tahoe. Please keep it coming, as Diamond Peak will open this weekend. It will be a grand time out on the mountain, and fresh powder is always welcome.

With the new snow now is the perfect time to go to Sand Harbor and participate in the fun activities offered, including sleigh rides. For information, visit the Facebook Page for Sand Harbor, or call 775-588-2953 to find out what is happening.

At 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 22, at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Non-Profit Center is a community Menorah lighting with music and food for the annual Lake Tahoe-Incline Village Chanukah Party. For more information, visit www.chabadnorthernnevada.com or call 775-544-2593.

Remember Tahoe SAFE Alliance is offering all day lift tickets for Northstar, Heavenly and Kirkwood from now until the end of the 2014-15 ski season at special prices. Blackout dates apply, and tickets are limited. For information, email dawnh@tahoesafealliance.org, call 775-298-0010 or visit the Tahoe SAFE Alliance website at www.tahoesafealliance.org or stop at their office located in the Donald W. Reynolds Community Non-Profit Center.

The annual Father Daughter Dance will be on Feb. 6 at the Tahoe Biltmore. This fun event is collaboration between the Tahoe Biltmore and Tahoe SAFE Alliance. For information, visit www.tahoesafealliance.org or call 775-298-0010.

Welcome to the new Executive Director at Pet Network Humane Society, Jason Stipp. For more information, visit petnetwork.org or stop at the Pet Network.

Happy 40th Anniversary to Phil and Bobette (Bobi) Lerma.

Birthdays to celebrate this week: Wayne McClelland and Bailey Rector on Dec. 23, and Franny Bryan on Dec. 25. Happy Birthday!

The Deal or Steal this week is at Raley’s. They already have seasonal merchandise on sale and it is a great opportunity to save a trip down the hill. And as long as you are out shopping we have some great shops in our village to check out too.

As always send in your birthdays, anniversaries, and news, along with the best deals or steals you can find, no later than 5 p.m. on Tuesday to jeanmeick@aol.com.

Participate in Giving Tree Program at Lake Tahoe School

December 10, 2014 — 

Lake Tahoe School, in collaboration with Tahoe Family Solutions, is hosting the sixth annual Adopt-A-Family program with a ‘Giving Tree’ full of families’ wishes for the holidays.

TFS has chosen six families who are most at need during the holidays and asked for three wishes from each family member. These wishes are written on ornaments and hung on the Giving Tree in Lake Tahoe School lobby.

Wishes include clothing, shoes, jackets, blankets, pots and pans and other household necessities.

Most of the wishes are fulfilled by Lake Tahoe School parents, but other community members are welcome to choose an ornament, purchase a gift, and return the unwrapped present to the school by Dec. 17.

LTS students then wrap all of the gifts, and TFS distributes them to the families. Over the past five years, more than 240 wishes have been fulfilled through the Giving Tree Program.

For information, contact Leslie Blunden at TFS at 775-298-0204. Lake Tahoe School is located at 995 Tahoe Blvd. in Incline Village.

Village Notes: What’s happening in Incline Village

December 10, 2014 — 

Joy. Joy. Joy. That is exactly what the mood will be around Incline if the big winter storm predicted actually turns Tahoe into a winter wonderland. Bring it on we are ready.

The annual Brunch with Santa is Saturday, Dec. 13, at The Chateau. Hopefully he will not have any trouble finding a place to park his sleigh with all the new snow. Tickets are on sale for this collaborative event at Tahoe Family Solutions, the Potlatch and IVGID Rec. Center. For information, call Tahoe Family Solutions at 775-298-0004.

At 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 14, at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, attend the Tintabulations Handbell Ensemble Winter Concert. The concert, “Ring We Now of Christmas,” will be amazing!

The TFS Thrift Store in the Village Center upper level will host a huge sale on toys and serve cookies and hot chocolate On Sunday, Dec. 14 and Monday, Dec. 15. Great toy items for all the young ones on your list.

Tahoe SAFE Alliance is offering all day lift tickets for Northstar, Heavenly and Kirkwood from now until the end of the 2014-2015 ski season at special prices. Blackout dates apply and tickets are limited. For information, email dawnh@tahoesafealliance.org, call 775-298-0010 or visit the Tahoe SAFE Alliance website at www.tahoesafealliance.org or stop at their office located in the Donald W. Reynolds Community Non-Profit Center.

Visit Sand Harbor during the holidays for lots of fun activities including sleigh rides. For information, visit the Facebook for Sand Harbor or call 775-588-2953 to find out what is happening.

Save the date for the annual Father-Daughter Dance on Feb. 6 at the Tahoe Biltmore. This fun event is collaboration between the Tahoe Biltmore and Tahoe SAFE Alliance. For information, visit www.tahoesafealliance.org or call 775-298-0010.

Looks like we have only one birthday to celebrate this week: Sylvia Bachman on Dec. 12. Happy Birthday.

The Deal or Steal this week is to be sure you have all of your winter gear in the car before leaving home and that you stay inside and watch the blizzard. Prepare to have lots of hot chocolate moments and enjoy our winter wonderland.

As always send in your birthdays, anniversaries, and news, along with the best deals or steals you can find, no later than 5 p.m. on Tuesday to jeanmeick@aol.com.

Village Notes: What’s happening in Incline Village

December 3, 2014 — 

It is the season of fruitcake. Maybe if we host a fruitcake festival we will get people to visit Tahoe, and Mother Nature will be so embarrassed, the white blanket of snow will arrive. We could even host a fruitcake downhill instead of a dummy downhill. Go fruitcakes.

Historian Larry Schmidt will examine Intriguing Clues to Sam Clemens & Lake Tahoe at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6. This is at the Mark Twain Cultural Center and Toccata Guttman Music Hall in the Village Center. To make a reservation email mcavoylayne@gmail.com or call 775-833-1835.

Do not forget that Sunday, Dec. 7, is Pearl Harbor Day. Please take time to remember the 2,403 American military members who lost their lives.

The Tahoe Nevada Chapter of AAUW will hold its Holiday Dinner party on Wednesday, Dec. 10, at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Non-Profit Center. The Chapter will be collecting unwrapped children¹s books at the meeting. To RSVP, no later than Monday, Dec. 8, contact Kelly Neville at kellyaauw@gmail.com or call 775-833-2299.

There is still time to participate in activities at Sand Harbor during the Holidays. Sleigh rides begin this weekend. For information visit the Facebook Page for Sand Harbor or call 775-588-2953.

It’s almost time for the annual Brunch with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 13, at The Chateau. Tickets are on sale for this collaborative event at Tahoe Family Solutions, the Potlatch and IVGID Rec. Center. For information call Tahoe Family Solutions at 775-298-0004.

On Sunday, Dec. 14, and Monday, Dec. 15, the TFS Thrift Store located in the Village Center upper level will host a huge sale on toys and serve cookies and hot chocolate. Go shop and enjoy.

Incline resident Diane Martinez is hosting the Belly Button Bakery at her home. Join Mrs. Claus and have fun decorating your own Gingerbread House for the holidays. Gingerbread House, frosting and candies provided, ages 4 and up, $25 per child. The fundraising event is for supplies needed at Reynaldo Martinez Elementary School in North Las Vegas. It takes place Sunday, Dec. 14. Seatings are at 1 and 3 p.m., and reservations are required. Call 775-831-6661 or information.

Birthdays to celebrate this week: Mary Jurkonis on Dec. 2, Joanellen Slocumb on Dec. 4, Geri Yount on Dec. 5, and Sam Browder and Tom Lahey on Dec. 8. Happy Birthday.

The Deal or Steal this week is the annual Pray for Snow Party at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, at the Hacienda. Go enjoy live music, giveaways and great prices and of course dancing to please the snow gods. We need to work on the snow gods so let¹s see your best moves.

As always send in your birthdays, anniversaries, and news, along with the best deals or steals you can find, no later than 5 p.m. on Tuesday to jeanmeick@aol.com.

Prize winners from 2014 Bowl For Families event

December 3, 2014 — 

Tahoe Family Solutions held its fourth annual Bowl For Families fundraiser on Oct. 25, which raised over $30,000 to support TFS programs in counseling, camping and education.

“We are incredibly appreciative to our major sponsors: Bowl Incline, North Lake Tahoe Bonanza, and Diamonds by Shai; the 17 local business and individual lane sponsors; and all who attended,” TFS officials said in a press release.

Below is a list of this year’s prize winners:

GRAND PRIZE: A 14-carat white gold, 7-stone diamond journey necklace of 1.52 total carat weight, donated by Diamonds by Shai. Awarded to Stephanie Bosco.

MOST MONEY RAISED: $500 Visa Gift Card. Awarded to Jim Hammerel.

MOST SPONSORS TURNED IN: $250 Visa Gift Card. Awarded to Jeremy Schweitzer.

EARLY BIRD DRAWING: Gift Certificate to Incline Spirits and Cigars. Awarded to Cindy Ringwald.

MOST MONEY RAISED BY A 4 PERSON TEAM: Gift certificates from Bowl Incline for each bowler. Awarded to Diane and Richard Finegan.

HIGH GAME: A $200 gift certificate to the Big Water Grille. Awarded to Richard Williams.

LOW GAME: A Gift Certificate to Azarra’s Italian Restaurant. Awarded to Kate Stinchfield.

HIGH TEAM SCORE BY A 4-PERSON TEAM: Gift certificates to the Potlatch for each bowler. Awarded to Jeremy Schwietzer, Noelle Raihall, JT Galbraith and Chris LeBlanc.

For more information on TFS and Bowl For Families, contact Amy Guinan at amyg@tahoefamily.org or 775-298-0205.

Christmas Food Box applications available

November 26, 2014 — 

The Village Church in Incline is continuing its 20-plus-year tradition of Christmas food distribution serving North Lake Tahoe.

Each year, the church distributes 800-900 boxes, equalling 30,000-40,000 pounds of food to families in need. The church relies upon the community and local Raley’s supermarkets for donations.

Applications for a Christmas Food Box may be picked up at local community offices throughout Incline Village and Kings Beach and from the Village Church office, located at 736 McCourry Blvd., Incline Village, Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Applications are due before Wednesday, Dec. 17.

The annual community Food Box packing party will take place at the Village Church on Dec, 17 from 5:30-7 p.m.

Boxes will be distributed from the church on Saturday, Dec. 20, from 10 a.m. to noon. If you have questions, call the Village Church office at 775-831-0784.

Village Notes: What’s happening in Incline Village

November 26, 2014 — 

Happy Thanksgiving. Forget the Black Friday sales, avoid the traffic delays and enjoy Tahoe. Get out and enjoy the day and if you really feel the need to do some shopping try one of our local shops. Or just go enjoy one of our local restaurants for some fine refreshments.

In today’s newspaper, check out the non-profit Wish List. This is an easy way to do your holiday shopping and you will give a gift that will make a difference. Let the giving season begin.

Check out all of the activities at Sand Harbor during the Holidays this year. Participate in ranger talks and walks, crafts, Santa and more to come. For information, visit www.parks.nv.gov or the Facebook Page for Sand Harbor or call 775-831-0494.

At last, the annual Pray for Snow Party is almost here. The Hacienda hosts the 28th annual party at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5. It features live music, giveaways and great prices and of course dancing to please the snow gods. Everyone needs to make this happen.

At 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6, Twain Historian Larry Schmidt will examine Intriguing Clues to Sam Clemens & Lake Tahoe. This is at the Mark Twain Cultural Center and Toccata Guttman Music Hall in the Village Center. To make a reservation email mcavoylayne@gmail.com or call 775-833-1835.

“Sing We Now of Christmas,” a festival of lessons and carols, takes place Sunday, Dec. 7, at 1:30 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi church at 701 Mount Rose Highway in Incline. The festival is a service of song, scripture and prayer that dates to the late 19th century. The musical celebration will be followed by holiday refreshments and fellowship in the church hall. There is no charge for the event.

It is time for the annual Brunch with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 13, at The Chateau. Tickets are now on sale for this collaborative event from Tahoe Family Solutions, the Potlatch and IVGID Rec. Center. For information call Tahoe Family Solutions at 775-298-0004.

Birthdays to celebrate this week: David Hardie on Nov. 25, and Claudia Andersen and Danielle Zendner on Nov. 27. Happy Birthday.

The Deal or Steal this week is in Incline Village. Go out into the shops, pubs and restaurants and explore. Hidden treasures are everywhere and we will have a test on this information next week.

As always send in your birthdays, anniversaries, and news, along with the best deals or steals you can find, no later than 5 p.m. on Tuesday to jeanmeick@aol.com.

Tree of giving up at Glenshire General Store, Mountain Hardware

November 20, 2014 — 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County’s “Big Tree of Giving” — displaying gift tags with a “wish list” item for each one of the agency’s “Littles” — will be set up at Mountain Hardware and the Glenshire General Store from Friday Nov. 21, through Dec. 19.

“We like to make sure each of our ‘Littles’ has a gift under the tree during this holiday season,” explains Peggy Martin, Community Development Director. “We offer this giving opportunity to the community so our ‘Bigs,’ who give some much all year long to their ‘Littles,’ don’t feel obligated.”

Donations need to be returned to the Big Brothers Big Sisters office no later than Dec. 19 to make sure they are delivered to the child for the holiday season.

Cash donations to Big Brothers Big Sisters for gifts and match activities will also be accepted at Mountain Hardware in the donation box under the tree.

Or, those wishing to donate via credit card can do so online at bigsofnc.org through the PayPal link.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County and North Lake Tahoe is an affiliate member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, a national nonprofit dedicated to creating a volunteer base where every at-risk child and youth who needs and wants a mentor can be matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister. Visit bigsofnc.org to learn more.

Truckee motorcycle club donates $2K to Dave Richardson memorial fund

November 20, 2014 — 

The Truckee Crew M.C. (Motorcycle Club) held its 14th annual benefit party this past summer with another north lake loop Poker Run.

It started at El Toro Bravo restaurant in Truckee, then went to Squaw Valley; from there, it traveled to Pete & Peter’s in Tahoe City, to Brockway Golf Course in Kings Beach, back over Highway 267 to the Pastime Club in Truckee, and finally back to El Toro Bravo for lunch, raffle prizes, a live auction, and friendly mingling and greetings with one another on a beautiful sunny day in June.

This year’s run was a benefit for Dave Richardson’s family. Dave passed away in a tragic racing accident at Fernley Raceway on May 25, 2013.

He was known as a hard-working family man who had a wry sense of humor and a passion for cars and motorcycles. Crew M.C. raised and donated $2,000 to the Dave Richardson Memorial Fund from the event.

“This was a record high donation for the Crew M.C., and we wish to express are overwhelming gratitude to all of you out there that made this gift possible for Dave’s family,” said club vice president Craig Close (aka Lazzlo). “We are very proud of our members, prospects, volunteers, local sponsors, the Sierra Bible Church, the participating Motorcycle Clubs, enthusiasts, and locals who made our event the most successful one ever.”

Next year’s event will again take place on the first Saturday in June as it has for the past 14 years. Close said the group looks forward to another year of friendly mountain motorcycle fun with Crew M.C., where everyone is always welcome.

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