Announcements for Truckee, Incline Village and North Shore areas

Village Notes: What’s happening in Incline Village

March 4, 2015 — 

What a wonderful surprise to have a real snow event, complete with power outages. Tahoe is back! Let March madness continue as we spring forward this weekend.

Yes, it is time to give up an hour of sleep overnight Saturday so you can see more daylight. Remember to set your clocks ahead one hour when you get up Sunday morning, March 8.

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Tahoe Donner donates kitchen equipment to Urban Roots

February 26, 2015 — 

Tahoe Donner Association recently partnered with Urban Roots in Reno to offer $12,000 in refrigeration units to the nonprofit.

“We believe in actively participating in our community and neighboring areas through multiple facets including municipal enrichment,” Tahoe Donner Capital Projects Manager Forrest Huisman said in a statement. “Urban Roots, which exemplifies community outreach is an organization we are proud to support.”

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Village Notes; What’s happening in Incline Village

February 25, 2015 — 

Don’t be fooled by the strange reports that winter is really going to make an appearance in Tahoe. It is a trick to keep us off the beach, and I suggest we all go to the beach and enjoy. Of course March is almost here, so we could see a miracle March.

Saturday, Feb. 28, is the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science scotch tasting. If you did not make reservations and still want to attend, contact Kirk Hardie at kirk@tinsweb.org or 775-298-0065. I know the deadline for purchasing tickets was earlier this week, but you can always ask.

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Village Notes: What’s happening in Incline Village

February 18, 2015 — 

We are only 29 days away from spring. We might as well look forward to counting down the end of winter and to seeing our spring flowers early this year. I am sure the flowers are confused as to when to bloom so it will be wait and see for our gardens.

The Tahoe Institute for Natural Science is offering a scotch tasting at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 28. The tasting will include five scotches along with a four course dinner from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Non-Profit Center. For more information, contact Kirk Hardie at kirk@tinsweb.org or 775-298-0065, or visit www.tinsweb.org to make reservations.

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CATT holding membership orientation

February 16, 2015 — 

The Contractors Association of Truckee Tahoe will host a membership orientation for prospective, new and existing members on Thursday, Feb. 26, at 4 p.m. at the Truckee Tahoe Airport Community Room, 10356 Truckee Airport Road in Truckee. Light appetizers will be served.

The orientation is open to building contractors, specialty contractors, suppliers and design professionals who work in the Truckee-Tahoe area.

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Kings Beach Elementary uses $5K grant to upgrade water fountains

February 16, 2015 — 

Kings Beach Elementary recently won a $5,000 grant from the Lowe’s Toolbox for Education program.

The funds have been used to replace two existing water fountains. The new fountains also serve as water bottle fillers.

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Upcoming events scheduled at Incline Village Library

February 11, 2015 — 

Below are upcoming events scheduled at the Incline Village Library, located at 845 Alder Avenue.

Hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The library is closed Sunday and Monday.

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St. Francis church in Incline to host crab feed

February 11, 2015 — 

The Knights of Columbus of St. Francis Catholic Community invite Incline Village residents to a community crab feed at 6:15 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21.

The event will take place in the church hall at St. Francis of Assisi at 701 Mount Rose Highway in Incline Village.

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$50K in grants available for Tahoe nonprofits through Parasol

February 11, 2015 — 

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — The Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation is pleased to announce its 2015 Community Fund Grant Cycle.

Parasol will again award up to $50,000 of unrestricted grant funding from its Community Fund to nonprofits that directly serve the Tahoe Basin.

Letters of interest from eligible nonprofits must be received by Friday, March 6. Organizations submitting letters of interest must be recognized by the IRS as a tax-exempt organization that has held its tax-exempt status for two years or more; be incorporated in Nevada or California and in good standing; and directly serve the Tahoe Basin in one of the following program areas: Arts, Culture & Heritage, Community Leadership/Support, Education & Youth, Environment or Social Services.

Organizations that have received a Community Fund Grant from Parasol in the last two years will not be eligible for this grant cycle.

Visit www.parasol.org/communityfundgrants for the complete list of eligibility requirements, more information about the Letter of Interest and supplemental materials.

Village Notes: What’s happening in Incline Village

February 11, 2015 — 

It certainly is nice to see snowflakes really can fall at Tahoe. Now we need Tahoe on the snow train that is going to Boston every day.

At least everyone should be able to get out and about to celebrate Valentine’s Day on Saturday and Presidents Day on Monday. The snow at Diamond Peak is amazing. Go enjoy our mountain.

Celebrate Mardi Gras From 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 17, at the Sierra Verde Sale Showroom in the Village Center by participating in the Easel and Wine event. RSVP to reserve your canvas at www.easelandwine.com or call 775-831-2623.

The Tahoe Nevada Chapter of American Association of University Women will have its monthly dinner Wednesday, Feb. 18, at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Non-Profit Center. Allison Edwards, Business Development Director of the Reno American Heart Association, will share information on cardiovascular disease, and how women can prevent it. To RSVP, contact Kelly Neville at kellyaauw@gmail.com or 775-833-2299 no later than Monday, Feb. 16.

Celebrate the Chinese New Year from 3-7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28, at Patterson Hall at Sierra Nevada College. For information about the event call 775-833-6465.

Don’t forget the annual Snow Fest Bunco girls night out event is from 6-9 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4, at the Tahoe Event Center in Kings Beach. Amazing items in the silent auction and raffle supporting the Gene Upshaw Memorial Cancer Treatment Center, WARF (the Wylie Animal Rescue Foundation) and COTA (the Children’s Organ Transplant Association) for 12-year-old Tahoe resident Bode Everest. Tickets available online at the Tahoe Forest Hospital’s website (www.tfhd.com). For more information or to donate to this event, please contact Carol King at 530-546-7542.

Make your reservations now for the Project MANA fundraiser from 6:30-9:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 5. Enjoy a four course dinner by Chef Jean-Pierre Doignon at Le Bistro.Space is limited and this will sell out quickly. Reservations can be made at 775-298-0008 or heidia@projectmana.org.

Tahoe Family Solutions will present Nando Parrado on Monday, Aug. 10, during the Monday night performances at the Shakespeare venue at Sand Harbor. Tickets will be available for purchase in March. Visit www.tahoefamily.org for updates or contact Elyse Gut at cheshire54@aol.com or call 214-906-5454.

Thank you to the The North Tahoe Community Health Care Auxiliary. The organization presented the Washoe County Sheriff’s department with a $1,000 donation for Marine 9. Way to go! Anyone interested in making donations for Marine 9 can contact Lt. Jeff Clark at the Incline substation at 775-832-4104.

Happy Birthday to Holly Lefkowitz on Feb.15.

The Deal or Steal this week is to visit www.laketahoemarkets.com and check out the winter market box program. It’s almost like having the farmers market in your own home.

As always send in your birthdays, anniversaries and news, along with the best deals or steals you can find, before 5 p.m. on Tuesday to jeanmeick@aol.com.

Upcoming events scheduled at Incline Village Library

February 4, 2015 — 

Below are upcoming events scheduled at the Incline Village Library, located at 845 Alder Avenue.

Hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The library is closed Sunday and Monday.

Display cases: The photographic and textile work of Annie Mac Horton called “The Keepers” will be on display through February. Inspired by Johannes Vermeer she uses star, natural and studio light to capture her images. Annie Mac also designs and creates digital works along with a line of hoods and mittens to keep everyone warm while shooting the night sky.

D.I.Y. Valentine’s Day Creation Station, through Feb. 13: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Bring your talent and imagination and make a gift for someone special. We will have a craft station set up with supplies and materials to create Valentine’s Day cards, gifts, bookmarks or anything you can imagine.

Thursday, Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26: 11:15 to 11:45 a.m. Toddler Story Time. Stories, puppets, music and movement for children 6 months to 3 years. Siblings welcome!

Friday, Fev, 6, 20: 2 to 4 p.m. Lifescapes. Writing program where Seniors are given an opportunity to write and share their memoirs. New members are always welcome. Lifescapes is a project sponsored by the Washoe County Library System, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), and the Department of English, University of Nevada, Reno.

Friday, Feb. 6: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Family Movie Night. “The Princess Bride.” Bring the family and enjoy this beloved classic fairy tale. Popcorn and water will be served. Pillows, blankets, and your own beverages are encouraged!

Saturday, Feb. 7: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Take Your Child to the Library Day. Help raise community awareness about the importance of the library in the life of a child while enjoying the vast library services and programs we offer for children and families. All children who come in will receive a free book.

Wednesday, Feb. 11: 4 to 4:45 p.m. Valentine’s Day Story Time. Celebrate the holiday dedicated to love with stories, treats and crafts.

Thursday, Feb. 12: 4 to 5 p.m. Paws 2 Read. Reading program for children of all ages proudly presented by Paws 4 Love. Friendly dogs lend a loving, non-judgmental ear to beginning readers. After reading to a gentle dog, children receive a free book.

This article was submitted to the Bonanza by Incline Village Library. Visit washoecountylibrary.us to learn more.

Village Notes: What’s happening in Incline Village

February 4, 2015 — 

Well we had surprise showers this week, so maybe we will have a surprise snowstorm too. I guess we can always watch the snow fall in Boston; it seems like that happens everyday.

This Friday, Feb. 6, is the Father Daughter Dance at the Tahoe Biltmore. The event is a collaboration between the Tahoe Biltmore and Tahoe SAFE Alliance. You must purchase your tickets before noon on Friday. Feb. 5. For information, visit tahoesafealliance.org or call 775-298-0010.

If you want to get out and about and dance a bit, local band Under the Radar is playing tonight, Feb. 5, at Rookies.

From 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17, at the Sierra Verde Sale Showroom in the Village Center, participate in the “Mardi Gras” painting event. Please RSVP to reserve your canvas at www.easelandwine.com or call 775-831-2623.

The annual SnowFest! Bunco girls night out event is from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, at the Tahoe Event Center in Kings Beach. The ladies have collected some amazing items for the silent auction and raffle. All proceeds will go to the Gene Upshaw Memorial Cancer Treatment Center, WARF (the Wylie Animal Rescue Foundation) and COTA (the Children’s Organ Transplant Association) for 12-year-old Tahoe resident Bode Everest. Tickets can be purchased online at the Tahoe Forest Hospital’s website (www.tfhd.com). For information, please contact Carol King at 530-546-7542.

From 6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday, March 5, Project MANA will host another foodie event. The dinner will be four courses from Chef Jean-Pierre Doignon at Le Bistro. Space is limited and this will sell out quickly, so make reservations now at 775-298-0008 or heidia@projectmana.org.

Birthdays to celebrate this week: Connie Skidmore on Feb. 5, Shelia Leijon and Mikie Whitaker on Feb. 10; and Susan Herron on Feb. 11. Happy Birthday.

The Deal or Steal this week is to go find some wonderful handmade treasures for Valentine’s Day from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8 at Handmade At The Lake, next door to Wildflower Café. Stop and see great jewelry and other handmade items and enjoy a little bubbly and chocolate.

As always send in your birthdays, anniversaries and news, along with the best deals or steals you can find, before 5 p.m. on Tuesday to jeanmeick@aol.com.

Celebration of life: Matthew G. Reeder

February 3, 2015 — 

A Memorial and Celebration of Life for Matthew G. Reeder, who died Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, will take place Wednesday, Feb. 4, from 3-4 p.m. at Northstar California Resort.

The Memorial Service will take place at Schaffer’s Camp at the top of Zephyr Express. Guests will be provided complimentary foot passenger tickets to ride Big Springs and Zephyr gondolas; a 2:30 p.m. arrival is recommended to allow for gondola travel.

Afterward, a reception will take place from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at TC’s Pub in The Village at Northstar.

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.

Up next is the annual Father Daughter Dance at the Tahoe Biltmore on Feb. 6, a collaboration between the Tahoe Biltmore and Tahoe SAFE Alliance. For information or to purchase tickets visit www.tahoesafealliance.org or call 775-298-0010.

Tickets are still available for the scotch tasting fundraiser for Tahoe Institute for Natural Science at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 28. The scotch tasting will include five scotches and a four course dinner from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Donald W.. Reynolds Community Non-Profit Center. For more information, contact Kirk Hardie at kirk@tinsweb.org or 775-298-0065. Visit www.tinsweb.org to make reservations.

Save the date of Monday, Aug. 10, for the Tahoe Family Solutions Nando Parrado presentation during the Monday night performances at the Shakespeare venue at Sand Harbor. Tickets will be available for purchase in March so mark your calendars now to visit www.tahoefamily.org for updates. For more information, contact Elyse Gut at cheshire54@aol.com or call 214-906-5454.

Hooray! We have birthdays to celebrate this week. Happy birthday to Kelly Larson on Feb. 1 and Aimee LaFayette on February 4.

As for anniversaries, send a note of congratulations to North Lake Tahoe Bonanza/Sierra Sun Sports Editor Sylas Wright, who celebrates his 10th anniversary this Friday working for the newspapers’ parent company, Swift Communications.

The Deal or Steal this week is a super workout by Kaia Fit Incline from 9 to 10 a.m. on Super Bowl Sunday at Incline Middle School Gym to raise awareness for American Heart Month. Your donation will benefit Go Red for Women and you will receive swag. For information, call 775-901-1585.

As always send in your birthdays, anniversaries and news, along with the best deals or steals you can find, before 5 p.m. on Tuesday to jeanmeick@aol.com.

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.

Peter is a 2009 graduate of the Colorado School of Mines with a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering, and is also completing an MBA at University of Nevada, Reno while working at Alcoa (previously Viking Metallurgical) in Verdi, Nevada.

Kristin graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2011 with a BS/MS degree in Biotechnology and works as a chemist for Carson City wastewater treatment plant. We praise God for the good things he had done!

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.

Feb. 6 is the annual Father Daughter Dance at the Tahoe Biltmore. For information or to purchase tickets, visit tahoesafealliance.org or call 775-298-0010.

Join the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science for Scotch tasting on Saturday, Feb. 28. The Scotch tasting will include five scotches and a four-course dinner from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Donald W.. Reynolds Community Non-Profit Center. For information, contact Kirk Hardie at kirk@tinsweb.org or 775-298-0065, and visit tinsweb.org to make reservations.

Save the date of Monday, Aug. 10. Tahoe Family Solutions will present Nando Parrado during the Monday night performances at the Shakespeare venue at Sand Harbor. Tickets will not be available for purchase until March so mark your calendars now to visit tahoefamily.org for updates. For information, contact Elyse Gut at cheshire54@aol.com or call 214-906-5454.

I did not receive one birthday this week, but did have several mention to me that I “forgot” to mention their birthday. It is up to friends and relatives to send me this information. Do not disappoint your friends — send me the information!

The Deal or Steal this week is the huge bash that is going to happen at the Hacienda on Thursday, Jan. 29. It is the 29th anniversary at the Hacienda and will feature unbelievable prices and nonstop fun. Go celebrate!

As always send in your birthdays, anniversaries and news, along with the best deals or steals you can find, before 5 p.m. on Tuesday to jeanmeick@aol.com.

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.

A good networker is looking to foster relationships and build a community.

And while this form of communication may be “small,” it’s really a big deal when it comes to your personal and professional success, and your overall happiness.

Join the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce for a “brown bag” gathering when Membership Manager Melody Rebbeck will share tips to help you start, and keep a conversation going.

The free event is from noon to 1:30 p.m. at For Goodness Sake, 10157 Donner Pass Road, Truckee. Visit truckeechamber.com to learn more.

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.

Applications will be accepted through Feb. 15, and recipients will be announced on May 1. The Fund will consider applications for grants requesting a minimum of $500 and a maximum of $3,000.

The Bessie Minor Swift Foundation awards grants to organizations that provide direct service to help with the implementation of expansion of literacy programs for children who are below grade level or experiencing difficulty reading, and also to develop reading and writing skills at all age levels.

Further, the Foundation supports programs in the arts, languages and sciences for preschool, primary and secondary school-aged children.

The Foundation prefers to consider grants for programs instead of grants strictly for technology. The Foundation also prefers to award grants to organizations that do not have access to large fundraising budgets and are local in nature.

Bessie Minor Swift was mother of Philip Swift, the founder of Swift Communications, which owns and operates the Sierra Sun, North Lake Tahoe Bonanza and www.tahoedailytribune.com.

Bessie was born in Onaga, Kansas, on June 29, 1887. She was raised in Kansas City, Mo., and then moved to Blackburn, Mo., where she taught school in a one-room schoolhouse.

Phil recalls that the importance of education was reinforced throughout his upbringing not so much through statements or concrete expectations, but more through the example of his mother’s interest in English, reading, history and music.

More than $234,000 in grants has been awarded by the Foundation since 2008.

Visit bessieminorswift.org to apply and to learn more about the foundation. Visit swiftcom.com to learn more about Swift Communications.

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.

The annual Ullr Fest activities will kick off on Friday, Jan. 23, with a torchlight parade, bonfire and music. Visit www.dpsef.org for more information.

On Saturday, Jan. 24, at the Mark Twain Cultural Center & Toccata Guttman Music Hall, McAvoy Layne presents Mark Twain’s Hawaii. Reservations can be made at mcavoylayne@gmail.com or call 775-833-1835.

If you do not have tickets yet for the Incline High Boosters annual Crab & Pasta Feed on Saturday, Jan. 31, at the Hyatt Regency Ballroom, act fast, as this event is very popular. To purchase tickets or for more information about the event, visit www.inclinecrabfeed.com.

On Feb. 6, the Tahoe Biltmore is hosting the annual Father Daughter Dance. This is a collaboration between the Tahoe Biltmore and Tahoe SAFE Alliance. For information or to purchase tickets, visit www.tahoesafealliance.org or call 775-298-0010.

Save the date for scotch tasting at 6:30 p.m, on Saturday, Feb. 28. Tahoe Institute for Natural Science is hosting a tasting of five scotches and a four-course dinner from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Donald W.. Reynolds Community Non-Profit Center. For more information, contact Kirk Hardie at kirk@tinsweb.org or 775-298-0065. Visit www.tinswe.org to make reservations.

Another date to Save is Monday, Aug. 10. Tahoe Family Solutions will present Nando Parrado on the Shakespeare Stage at Sand Harbor. Tickets will not be available for purchase until March so mark your calendars now. Visit www.tahoefamily.org for updates and additional information.

A big Tahoe welcome to Aidan, Damian and Benji Ashworth and their Mom and Dad. Enjoy the long weekend break in Tahoe.

Birthdays to celebrate this week: Penelope Nelson on Jan 18 and JoAn Hagy on Jan 19. Happy Birthday!

The Deal or Steal this week is to go up to the Tahoe Meadows area and find the snow. It is great to enjoy some winter fun in the snow in the meadows since we have nothing down in the village. Go enjoy.

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

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.

We need the snow to start cooperating for the annual Ullr Fest activities scheduled for Jan. 23-25. The activities will kick off on Friday, Jan. 23, with a torchlight parade, bonfire and music. We need to let the snow Gods know that this is an event to celebrate snow! Visit www.dpsef.org for more information.

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

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

We have the following birthdays to celebrate this week: Cindy McClelland on Jan. 11, Karen Kuehnis on Jan. 12, and Chet Curtis and Candace Healy on Jan 14. Happy Birthday!

The Deal or Steal this week is to remember it is the flu season. If still need to get a flu shot, they are available at the North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District, Incline Village Community Hospital and Raley’s.

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.

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.

On Tuesday, Jan. 13, the library will host a “Bridge Basics” session, taught by master player Julie Ginocchio. Residents are encouraged to come gain a basic understanding of the card game.

On Thursday, Jan. 15, the library will host another “Understanding your iPhone” session, and on Jan. 22, Doug Greenwood will teach a class on Microsoft Office: “How to create business cards, greeting cards and fliers.”

Beginning in February, the library will offer an “Introduction to Computers” series in Spanish. Visit the library at 301 Secline Street in Kings Beach, or call 530-546-2021 for information.

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.

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