Announcements for Truckee, Incline Village and North Shore areas

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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Truckee Christmas tree sales begin next weekend

November 20, 2014 — 

The Truckee Optimist Club will once again be selling Christmas Trees this holiday season.

There will be a large selection of locally cut Red firs (silver tips), as well as Noble, Nordman and Grand fir trees shipped from the club’s grower in Oregon.

Tree sales will begin Saturday, Nov. 29, and will conclude Tuesday, Dec. 23 (or once the last tree is sold).

The tree lot — at the Truckee Crossroads Shopping Center, at the corner of Highway 89 and Deerfield Drive — will be manned by Truckee Optimist Club members, youth from local schools and teams that benefit from the proceeds, and by other community volunteers.

All profits from tree sales are included in the Truckee Optimist Club annual budget of nearly $50,000, which goes directly to youth activities (both educational and recreational), major scholarships and grants for Truckee youth.

Check the club website at www.TruckeeOptimist.com for hours of operation or call 530-559-1466 for more information.

Village Notes: What’s happening in our community

November 19, 2014 — 

Let the snow celebrations begin. We could make it make it happen now at Tahoe if everyone cooperates, and the weather service promised we “have a chance.” Think big Tahoe. White is the preferred color.

There is still time to help Project MANA provide a Thanksgiving meal for those in need in our community. Canned goods and frozen turkeys can be dropped off at the Project MANA office in the DWR Center. Monetary donations and volunteers are also needed so call or stop at the office.

The Kings Beach Community Thanksgiving Celebration is Thursday, Nov. 27, at the North Tahoe Event Center. Anyone interested in helping at the event should call Meera Beser at 775-230-1066.

Sand Harbor is celebrating the holidays this year with activities for the whole family. Included on the list: 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.

Congratulations to Yogi Thomas on the Hole-in-one at the Championship Course on October 21. Way to go.

Congratulations to Kirk and Lindsay Hardie and of course big brother Fletcher. They are celebrating the arrival of Edith Ann on Nov. 12.

I have two anniversary shout outs this week. Wayne and Cindy McClelland on Nov. 25 and Mark and Susan Herron on Nov. 26. Congratulations!

Birthdays to celebrate this week: Carla Priester on Nov. 13, Ronnie and Dave Rector on Nov. 21, and Barb Collier on Nov. 24. Happy Birthday.

The Deal or Steal this week is at Raley’s from 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 25. Enjoy live music, boutique wines and appetizers and support Wylie Animal Rescue Foundation (WARF).

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.

Make your gifts matter this season with a giving card

November 12, 2014 — 

As we begin the season of giving, the Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation invites you to make all of your gifts matter with a Parasol Giving Card.

Giving Cards are much like retail gift cards, but with a charitable twist. When your recipient redeems their card online, they simply select the charity they would like to support — anywhere in the US.

Giving Cards are available in values of $25, $50, $75 and $100, but the real value is far greater than any other gift you give during the giving season or at any time of the year.

By purchasing a Giving Card for someone, you are creating a culture of giving and sharing the gratification that only comes from helping others. Each Giving Card you purchase is completely tax deductible.

Giving cards are available not only to celebrate the holidays, the winter season and of course Tahoe, but also many other occasions. You select a design to match your gift — Thank You, Happy Birthday, Congratulations and more.

Businesses may also want to take advantage of our custom Giving Cards program as they make wonderful gifts for clients, employees or business partners. The recipient can select to support any 501(c)3 public charity, school or faith-based organization in good standing in the country.

“With the gift of a Giving Card, everyone can be a donor,” said Claudia Andersen, CEO at Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation. “Support good works, inspire others and give someone a reason to celebrate by sharing a Giving Card this season.”

To learn more or to purchase a giving card visit parasol.org or stop by the Parasol office located in the Donald W. Reynolds Community Non-Profit Center, 948 Incline Way, Incline Village.

Jean Eick is the Communications Manager for the Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation.

Village Notes: What’s happening in Incline Village

November 12, 2014 — 

Yes, we are enjoying some great beach days, but Thanksgiving is around the corner, and we need a white blanket on the ground. Let’s start with the pray for snow parties at the beach as it is time to have a real snowstorm and not the teasers. Bring it on!

If you want to help Project MANA provide a Thanksgiving meal for those in need in our community, please be sure to make your food. Canned goods and frozen turkeys can be dropped off at the Project MANA office in the DWR Center. Monetary donations and volunteers are also needed.

Participate in Mark Twain’s 179th Birthday Celebration at the Mark Twain Cultural Center and Toccata Guttman Music Hall in the Village Center on Saturday, Nov. 15. The incomparable Squeek Steel will be at the piano. To make a reservation, email mcavoylayne@gmail.com or call 775-833-1835.

On Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 5:30 p.m. the Tahoe Nevada Chapter of AAUW will host its monthly meeting at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Non-Profit Center. The featured speaker for the meeting is Danielle Rees, Executive Director of Girls on the Run-Sierras. This is also a collection of non-perishable food items for Project MANA. To RSVP, please contact Kelly Neville at kellyaauw@gmail.com or call 775-762-0463 by no later than Monday, Nov. 17.

 Head over to Raley’s to enjoy live music, boutique wines and appetizers.from 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 25, and to support Wylie Animal Rescue Foundation (WARF).

Thursday, Nov. 27, at the North Tahoe Event Center is the Kings Beach Community Thanksgiving Celebration. Anyone interested in helping at the event or volunteering should call Meera Beser at 775-230-1066.

A huge Thank You from all of the bowlers last week at the Veterans Fundraiser Tournament to the Incline High JROTC crew: Joe Prater, Oliver Larson, Victor Herrera and Abraham Morales, led by 1st Sgt. Charles Porter. And Thank You to Stephanie Gansberg for singing our national anthem. What an amazing voice! And of course the last Thank You is to all of the bowlers that turned out for this event.

Bruce Simonian will be doing a couple of upcoming book signings for “Pursuit of Vengeance.” From 8-11a.m. on Friday, Nov. 28, and Saturday, Nov. 29, at Starbucks, and from 3-4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 29, at the Bookshelf in Truckee.

Birthdays to celebrate this week: Ron Birmingham and Katie Ferrall on Nov. 14, and Kim Casselberry and Zander Wallpe on Nov. 20. Happy Birthday.

The Deal or Steal this week is from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 15 — attend the International Games Day at the Incline Library. Board games are provided along with refreshments and it is free.

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.

CHP, Save Mart partner to hand out free candy

November 6, 2014 — 

Rain and snow couldn’t stop the Truckee branch of the California Highway Patrol and Save Mart from bringing Halloween smiles.

CHP and Save Mart supermarkets in Truckee partnered this year to help bring Halloween treats to the town’s children on a rain-soaked Oct. 31.

Save Mart graciously donated a large amount of candy and treats to be handed out by CHP officers.

This is the third year that Save Mart has been the sole donation source for CHP and the annual candy giveaway/pedestrian safety booth in the Gateway Center at Halloween.

CHP personnel who helped hand out candy include Sgt. Randy Fisher, Officer Pete Mann and Melissa Martin, as well as the CHP Truckee Senior Volunteer Squad of Jerry Blakely, Dick Grundy, Pat McDonough Manuel Ezquerro and Judy Feldhausen.

“The CHP and the children of Truckee again want to thank Save Mart for their continued support of Halloween fun in Truckee,” Mann said.

In related news, residents can join Officer Mann on Nov. 14 and Nov. 22 at Save Mart in Truckee for the second annual Turkey Drive.

“We will be ’stuffing’ a patrol car full of turkeys and all the fixings to benefit the less fortunate in our area over the holidays,” Mann said. “All food and donations will be given to a local charity.”

Visit chp.ca.gov to learn more about CHP.

Village Notes: Tahoe chocolate fest, Veterans Day closures on tap

November 5, 2014 — 

November has arrived and of course that means we are just one month away from the holidays, prepare now for your escape!

Saturday, Nov. 8, is the annual Tahoe Chocolate & Wine Festival, a fundraiser for Tahoe SAFE Alliance. If you are interested in attending call 775-298-0010 to see if tickets are still available.

Also on Saturday, join the Bee Inclined Quilters from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Incline Village Library, 845 Alder Avenue, for free quilting demonstrations, various quilts and quilted items for sale, along with an outstanding bake sale. All proceeds will be used to purchase materials for future community or charity quilts. For more information call 775-831-4874.

Tuesday, Nov. 11, is Veterans Day and a great chance for everyone to say “Thank You” to one of the many veterans in our community. Keep in mind that many businesses, schools and offices will be closed on Tuesday including the IVGID administration building and the Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation. Also, no mail is delivered on Veteran’ Day.

On Saturday, Nov. 15, participate in Mark Twain’s 179th Birthday Celebration at the Mark Twain Cultural Center and Toccata Guttman Music Hall in the Village Center. The incomparable Squeek Steel will be at the piano. To make a reservation visit mcavoylayne@gmail.com or call 775-833-1835.

Now is the time to help Project MANA feed those in need in our community for Thanksgiving. Last year almost 600 families received Thanksgiving meals from Project MANA. For $50, Project MANA can provide a wonderful holiday meal for a family. To help, as a volunteer, to drop off canned items, frozen turkeys or monetary donations visit wwwprojectmana.org or stop at their office located in the DWR Center.

Stop by Raley’s from 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 25, to enjoy live music, boutique wines and appetizers. This will be a benefit to support Wylie Animal Rescue Foundation (WARF).

The Kings Beach Community Thanksgiving Celebration will be Thursday, Nov. 27, at the North Tahoe Event Center. Anyone interested in helping at the event or volunteering should call Meera Beser at 775-230-1066.

Happy Anniversary to Ed and Emy Gurowitz on Nov. 20.

No birthdays to celebrate this week but that does not mean you cannot eat cupcakes. Enjoy.

The Deal or Steal this week is on Sunday, Nov. 9, at Bowl Incline. Starting at noon is a 9-pin no tap tournament to benefit the Bowlers to Veterans Link which provides entertainment for veterans locally and across the country. Walk-ins are welcome. Need more information call 775-772-2210.

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.

Truckee nonprofit hosting ‘Are Cravings a Weakness?’ talk Friday

November 4, 2014 — 

For Goodness Sake in Truckee is hosting a presentation, “Are Cravings a Weakness?”, from 6:30-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7.

Jenna Granger, a health coach, wellness educator, and Art of Living leacher living in the Tahoe area, will lead the discussion.

“So many of us live in a world that is taken over by food. We crave chocolate, coffee, sugar, ice cream, chips, french fries, alcohol .... and often we find ourselves giving in to these desires,” Granger said. “Even when we know we may not feel our best when we do. So why do we have these cravings? What are they trying to tell us?”

During Friday’s talk, attendees will understand how to decipher their own cravings by exploring the “5 Major Causes of Cravings,” Granger said.

“And you will leave with three things that you can start doing right away that will support you in finding your balance with your diet and lifestyle,” she said.

There will be time for questions and answers. Call 530-550-8981 to register. To learn more about For Goodness Sake, a Truckee nonprofit, visit goodnesssake.org/.

Village Notes: What’s happening in our community

October 29, 2014 — 

Please, please be sure to drive carefully tonight, Thursday, Oct. 30, on Incline Way, Highway 28 and Country Club Drive. Our annual community Halloween Extravaganza, the Trail of Treats and Terror, is happening at the DWR Center, IVGID Recreation Center, Lake Tahoe School and Sierra Nevada College. And, Friday night, watch for trick-or-treaters in the Country Club area neighborhoods.

Also remember Nevada Day is on Friday and many businesses and agencies, including the IVGID administration building and the Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation, will be closed. Visit www.nevadaday.com for information on the parade Saturday in Carson City and other events. Sunday morning catch another hour of sleep as we fall back to normal time.

Also, in lieu of Nevada Day, there will be no North Lake Tahoe Bonanza Community Meeting this Friday — the meeting will resume at its normal time, 9-10 a.m., on Friday, Nov. 7, at the Bonanza building at 925 Tahoe Blvd.

Don’t forget to get a raffle ticket from Girls on the Run-Sierras before the Gold Ski Pass Raffle drawing at 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 31. Purchase a ticket and you could win this amazing pass or one of the other great prizes. For information stop at the Girls on the Run office in the DWR Center or call 775-298-0280.

Tickets are now on sale for the annual Tahoe Chocolate & Wine Festival. This is a fundraiser for Tahoe SAFE Alliance on Saturday, Nov. 8 at the Hyatt Grand Ballroom. For information visit www.tahoesafealliance.org or call 775-298-0010.

Project MANA needs help feeding those in need in our community for Thanksgiving. Last year almost 600 families received Thanksgiving meals from Project MANA. For $50, Project MANA can provide a wonderful holiday meal for a family. To help, as a volunteer, to drop off canned items or monetary donations visit wwwprojectmana.org or stop at their office located in the DWR Center.

The Tahoe Community Thanksgiving Celebration in Kings Beach is on Thursday, Nov. 27, at the North Tahoe Event Center. Anyone interested in helping at the event or volunteering should call Meera Beser at 775-230-1066.

Congratulations to Rhonda Brockelsby and Mike Zets. They were married on October 4.

Happy Anniversary to Don and Marcie Johnson on Nov. 5.

One birthday to celebrate this week: Geno Menchetti on Nov. 1. Happy Birthday Geno.

The Deal or Steal this week is to stop over at the Incline Village Recreation Center and check out all of the new improvements. And, sign up to move your exercise program indoors!

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.

Locals gather to christen Kings Beach Community House

October 23, 2014 — 

Braving the low temperatures, more than 100 community members gathered Monday evening to celebrate and appreciate the opening of Community House, a Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation project.

Community House is a bright new spot in Kings Beach that provides services, in an integrated way, to families and individuals in need.

Tahoe SAFE Alliance, Project MANA and the North Tahoe Family Resource Center, as well as other local services, are proud to share offices at the new Community House, located on the corner of Bear and Trout streets in Kings Beach.

“This truly was a community effort,” states Stacy Caldwell, CEO of the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation. “The gathering on Monday brought together volunteers, donors, public agencies, community members and neighbors. It was a time to celebrate how our region creates unique solutions to our unique challenges.”

For more information, visit ttcf.net.

Second annual Tahoe City Grill Fest rewards foodies

October 23, 2014 — 

North Tahoe residents and visitors came out in force to enjoy great BBQ and pick their favorites from some of the area’s best grill masters at the second annual Tahoe City Grill Fest on Oct. 11

Fragrant aromas rising from the grills on a gorgeous fall day at the lake made for a great day of food and fun and music.

Grill masters from Tahoe City and Truckee competed for a variety of honors. Big Blue Q was the day’s big winner, taking home plaques for Best Ribs and Best Tri-Tip. Jake’s On The Lake won Best Chicken for the second year in a row, and Dockside 700 won the “Tahoe Open” category with their lamb chops.

The coveted Peoples’ Choice award was shared by Moe’s Original BBQ and Big Blue Q.

The North Tahoe Grill Society was thrilled with the turnout.

“It was another tasty and fun day for our guests and participants at the Grill Fest. We enjoyed seeing all the happy faces and sticky fingers,” Dave “DR” Richardson from Dockside 700. “Our Grill Masters fought hard for the judging honors, and it was great to have the Peoples’ Choice award as well. We really appreciated all the volunteer help, without which the event could not happen.”

The team from Smokey’s Kitchen came over from Truckee to add a welcome regional flavor to the BBQ smackdown. Look for more grill masters from around the area to join next year’s event.

This year’s Grill Fest marked a new partnership between the North Tahoe Grilling Society and the Tahoe Nordic Search & Rescue Team.

“The Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue Team is honored to have been selected as the non-profit partner for the 2014 Tahoe City Grill Fest,” said, Chris McConnell, president of Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue. “The North Tahoe Grilling Society’s generosity helps make our mission of saving lives easier by helping the team purchase much needed new gear with their donation.”

The North Tahoe Grill Society is already planning next year’s event, tentatively slated for Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015.

The Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue team was conceived in 1976 as a response to the death of a boy lost off the backside of Northstar-At-Tahoe ski area during a blizzard. There was, at the time, no organized backcountry ski team to help search for the boy.

Desperate phone calls to some local Nordic skiers produced a search party that eventually located the youth, but only after it was too late. This group of skiers, along with the boy’s father, who today still remains on the Nordic team, learned there was an important void to be filled. Thus, the Tahoe Nordic Search & Rescue Team was born.

Thirty-nine years later the all-volunteer non-profit team has rescued over 500 individuals and responded to over 300 calls for help. Based in the North Lake Tahoe/Truckee area, the Team has matured considerably after these many years but the goals remain the same: Conducting fast, safe rescues and educating the public on winter safety. Visit tahoenordicsar.com to learn more.

This article was submitted to the Sun by the North Tahoe Grilling Society, which is an affiliation between local caterers and restaurants dedicated to serving authentic barbecue at regional events. Members pride themselves on delivering tasty food and fun to residents and visitors alike, while competing for best-of-breed honors.

Incline nonprofit awards 4 scholarships for 2014

October 22, 2014 — 

As a result of our successful fundraiser in 2013, OverAchievers — a Nevada 501c3 nonprofit based in Incline Village — awarded a total of four scholarships in 2014.

The recipients are recent graduates of Incline, Reno and Carson high schools. The recipients have demonstrated their excellence in academics, a significant community service contribution, and the ability to overcome challenging circumstances to succeed.

Each scholarship is valued at $1,000. The 2014 recipients are:

Chloe Breider (Incline, 2011): Currently attending Wellesley College in Massachusetts majoring in Economics and Finance.

Jeffrey Mitchell (Incline, 2010): Currently attending the University of Nevada Reno majoring in Mechanical Engineering and Business.

Ania Calvillo-Mason (Reno, 2014): Currently attending the University of Nevada Reno.

Dustin Dutcher (Carson, 2014): Currently attending the University of Nevada Reno majoring in Biochemistry and Microbiology.

The OverAchievers Scholarship Fund provides scholarships to Northern Nevada High School graduates for continuing university, college or trade school education.

We host one fundraiser per year to support our scholarship fund. The 2015 fundraiser is a three-day golf tournament scheduled for Aug. 20-23 in Reno/Lake Tahoe.

If you are interested in being a participant or sponsor please visit our website www.overachievers.info and click on the “Registration and Donation” tab.

This story was provided to the Bonanza by OverAchievers.

Veterans Club hosts inaugural military ball

October 22, 2014 — 

Polished brass, medals, awards, and countless years worth of collective military accomplishments were amassed at the Tahoe Grand Ballroom at the Chateau on Oct. 9, thanks to the efforts of the Incline Village/Crystal Bay Veterans Club.

Under the auspices of the IVGID Parks & Recreation Department-Senior Programs, the IV/CB Veterans Club hosted the first “Military Ball,” an evening of dinner, dancing and entertainment for the entire community including local veterans, dignitaries and military supporters, with more than 130 in attendance.

The event honored veterans from World War II and the Korean War with food, music, and activities reflective of the era.

Master of Ceremonies, Col. Steve Price, USAF (ret), provided expert navigation through the various programs.

Special attention to evening details included themed dinner fare of meatloaf, mashed potatoes, peas and carrots with a side of S.O.S. and biscuits, prepared excellently by IVGID’s Food and Beverage crew led by Chef Bill Vandenburg Jr.

Decorations added to the atmosphere and included war memorabilia gleaned from personal collections, olive drab cans of commemorative Spam, and plenty of red, white, and blue.

Attendees were treated to a slide show, clips from famous Bob Hope military shows, door prizes, dance contests including Jitterbug, Swing and Waltz, and a drawing for the raffle prize of two nights and three days at the Manchester Grand Hyatt – San Diego with airfare provided by Southwest Airlines.

A 92nd birthday tribute was given to club patriarch, Harry Vanderlinder, recognizing his military contributions as an Air Force aviator.

The planning for next year’s Military Ball is already in the works, with a focus on paying tribute to all Vietnam-era veterans.

Next year, IV/CB Veterans Club President Bob Wheeler assures that preliminary plans will spotlight music from the 50s, 60s and 70s, period decorations and food, plus special recognition of all veterans of Vietnam duty.

This article was provided to the Bonanza by the Incline Village General Improvement District. Visit ivgid.org to learn more.

Village Notes: What’s happening in Incline Village

October 22, 2014 — 

What are we waiting for? Now is the time for pray for snow parties. We have everyone ready to hit the slopes and just need something white to fall on.

Let’s get out and do a village pray for snow event at the beach this weekend — the weather might just cooperate if we ask.

Girls on the Run – Sierras wants everyone ready for ski season. They have a Gold Ski Pass Raffle drawing at 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 31. To participate just purchase a raffle ticket as soon as possible and you could win this amazing pass or one of the other prizes. For information stop at the Girls on the Run office in the DWR Center or call 775-298-0280.

Oh my goodness, everyone is talking about the amazing Incline Village/Crystal Bay Veterans Club Military Ball and party that happened on Oct. 9 at The Chateau. And if you missed out you can attend the next one as they are already planning one for next year. A Save the Date will come later. Some of our local veterans can really make the moves on the dance floor too!

This Saturday, Oct. 25, is the annual Tahoe Family Solutions bowl-a-thon. I hear it will be a packed house so stop and cheer on your favorite team or make a donation to TFS. For information, call 775-298-0004.

Are you ready for the annual Trail of Treats and Terror from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 30? This annual community event includes the Donald W. Reynolds Community Non-Profit Center, the Incline Village Recreation Center, Lake Tahoe School and Sierra Nevada College. Volunteers are always needed to help at this event, so please contact Allison at allisone@parasol.org or call 775-298-0186 to volunteer.

The annual Tahoe Chocolate & Wine Festival fundraiser for Tahoe SAFE Alliance is just around the corner. The event is on Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Hyatt Grand Ballroom. For information visit www.tahoesafealliance.org or call 775-298-0010.

Thanksgiving is only a month away and Project MANA needs help feeding those in need in our community for Thanksgiving. For $50, Project MANA can provide a wonderful holiday meal for a family.

Last year almost 600 families received Thanksgiving meals from Project MANA. To help, as a volunteer, to drop off canned items or monetary donations visit wwwprojectmana.org or stop at their office located in the DWR Center.

Mark your calendars to attend the Tahoe Community Thanksgiving Celebration in Kings Beach on Thursday, Nov. 27, at the North Tahoe Event Center. Anyone interested in helping at the event or volunteering should call Meera Beser at 775-230-1066.

Only one birthday to celebrate this week: Happy Birthday to Judge Alan Tiras on Oct. 24.

The Deal or Steal this week is to celebrate the end of the season with a game of golf or just stop at the Grille in The Chateau for lunch or cocktails. They will only be open for a short time yet. 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.

Family in running for $30K cafeteria makeover at Glenshire Elementary

October 21, 2014 — 

The Scherfenberg family, residents of Truckee, have entered the Ben’s Beginners Cooking Contest, a program sponsored by Uncle Ben’s that encourages children to make healthier choices by getting them interested in cooking at an early age.

Parents with children in kindergarten through eighth grade were asked to submit a home video that showed the family in the kitchen introducing a rice-based dish they prepared and discussing their experience cooking together.

The contest received hundreds of entries from families across the United States. In an effort to help the Scherfenberg family strengthen their score, they are asking the community to vote for their videos, titled “Rice Muffins” and “Uncle Bens Cheesy Gooey Rice.”

If selected as one of the five grand prize winners, the Scherfenberg family will receive $15,000 cash prize, and a $30,000 cafeteria makeover for Glenshire Elementary School.

Individuals can view contest videos through Oct. 29, and vote for their favorite by visiting UncleBens.com or www.Facebook.com/UncleBens and searching for the videos.

Individuals are encouraged to vote once per 24 hours.

Tahoe League for Charity hosts David C. Antonucci

October 21, 2014 — 

On Oct. 2, members of Tahoe League for Charity held a fundraising dinner at Petra’s at Northstar Village.

Twenty-eight members and spouses were in attendance to enjoy a delicious meal and signature wines followed by a marshmallow roast and s’mores indulgence around the patio fire-pit.

TLC appreciates the fine fare and excellent service provided by Petra, a landmark Mediterranean bistro that has become a local favorite.

The Oct. 13 TLC meeting was held at Jakes on the Lake in Tahoe City, featuring Dave C. Antonucci, local author of “Snowballs Chance: The Story of the 1960 Winter Olympics” and “Fairest Picture: Mark Twain at Lake Tahoe.”

“Snowball’s Chance” describes a wide range of details on the Olympics, presented with a slide show showing Walt Disney’s creative influence on the Squaw Valley site with ski sculptures and music.

This was the first Olympics to ever have musical opening and closing ceremonies, an Olympic Athlete’s Village, use of composite skis for downhill racing, to have a computer to tabulate scores, a biathlon, and the first to be broadcast live throughout the country.

In his second book, “Fairest Picture,” Antonucchi gives a detailed account of the adventures and experiences of Mark Twain as a tourist at Lake Tahoe. He includes all known Mark Twain quotations about The Lake with interpretation and context.

The TLC’s Nov. 10 meeting will be held at Sunnyside Lodge and Restaurant at 11:30 a.m. There, TLC will be distributing a total of $4,000 to eight grant recipients — awarding $500 to each.

For reservations, contact Ellen Magnani at gilmagnani@aol.com. Lunch is $17 and open to all members and their guests.

Linda Schwoob is Publicity Chair for the Tahoe League for Charity. Visit tahoeleagueforcharity.org to learn more.

Upcoming events at the Incline Library

October 15, 2014 — 

Below is a list of events happening in the coming days Incline Village Library, as provided by Washoe County. Visit washoecounty.us/library to learn more:

Chamber of Commerce Networking Event: 4-5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16

North Lake Tahoe Chamber: Coffee and Chocolate. Take a break and amp up your business and your productivity for the rest of the day. Meet other locals in the business community, make new contacts and develop lasting relationships for your business.

 

Incline Village Meeting Room Open House: 5-7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16

Looking for a place to meet-up? Need a space to collaborate, brainstorm, cowork, or co-create? The Incline Village Library may have just what you need in its re-visioned meeting room. The room includes multiple mobile, configurable furnishings, mobile white boards, 60 chairs for presentations or events, 80-inch HD/3D smart TV with surround sound, free wifi, extended counter space, sink, microwave, coffee/tea pots and refrigerator.

 

Lifescapes: 2-4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17

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.

Village Notes: What’s happening in Incline Village

October 15, 2014 — 

It is the season for power outages. Prepare now for a long winter and stock up with flashlights and battery-powered items — please, though, be very careful with candles. As we move into the next season at Tahoe, it is always good to be ready with your vehicle too. Be sure you have all your chains, etc. in the vehicle as winter is just around the corner.

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17 at the IVGID Recreation Center participate in the fall community blood drive. Call Cherry Barney at 775-832-5058 or visit www.bloodhero.com to set up an appointment. Walk ins are welcome.

Celebrate Nevada’s 150th birthday with Mark Twain and Shiloh. This will be a musical sesquicentennial show at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18 at the Mark Twain Cultural Center and Toccata Guttman Music H. For reservations email mcavoylayne@gmail.com or call 775-833-1835.

Join the fun at the annual Tahoe Family Solutions Bowl-a-thon Saturday, Oct. 25, a fundraiser for TFS. Put together a bowling team for work, neighbors or friends and have a great time no matter what your skill level might be. For information call 775-298-0004.

The annual Trail of Treats and Terror is Thursday, Oct. 30. This annual community event includes the Donald W. Reynolds Community Non-Profit Center, the Incline Village Recreation Center, Lake Tahoe School and Sierra Nevada College. Volunteers are always needed to help at this event, please contact Allison at allisone@parasol.org or call 775-298-0186 to volunteer.

Don’t forget, the adult Halloween extravaganza, the annual Creepers Ball at the Crystal Bay Casino is Friday, Oct. 31. Tickets are on sale now.

Attend the annual Tahoe Chocolate & Wine Festival, fundraiser for Tahoe SAFE Alliance on Saturday, Nov. 8 at the Hyatt Grand Ballroom. For information visit www.tahoesafealliance.org or call 775-298-0010.

The Tahoe Community Thanksgiving Celebration in Kings Beach is Thursday, Nov. 27, at the North Tahoe Event Center. Anyone interested in helping or for more information should call Meera Beser at 775-230-1066.

Birthdays to celebrate this week: Rhonda Brockelsby on Oct. 18; and Sierra Sun Community Editor Amy Edgett, Connie Nowlin and Chuck Swing on Oct. 21. Happy Birthday!

The Deal or Steal this week is to attend the annual Incline Village Nursery School Pumpkin Patch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at Preston Field. For more information contact IVNS at 775-831-4040.

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.

Reach donors this holiday season with 2014 Wish List

October 15, 2014 — 

The Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation invite residents and nonprofits to participate in our annual Non-Profit Wish List.

For the past 10 years, our Wish List has been directly connecting donors to local nonprofits during the holiday giving season.

To participate, simply provide us with information about your programs and services and we promote your organization basin-wide for free.

Beginning in November, our Wish List will be published in local newspapers, posted on our website and sent out to our fund holders.

In order to be included in the 2014 Non-Profit Wish List, you must be a 501(c)3 public charity, school or faith-based organization in good standing and serve the Lake Tahoe Basin.

The following information must be emailed to Jean Eick, Parasol communications director, at jeane@parasol.org no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 24, to be considered the for the Wish List:

Name of your nonprofit.

Mission statement.

Briefly describe what a donation for each of the following amounts will provide at your nonprofit: $25, $50, $100, $500 and $1,000.

For example: A donation of $25 will provide one hour of crisis counseling at ...

How can donations be made to your nonprofit? If by check, name to put on check; if by credit card, where to do this (on your website or by calling); if in person, where to drop off.

Who to contact at your nonprofit for more information. Name, phone number and email.

Website address.

Attach a copy of the organization’s IRS tax determination letter to the email.

This article was submitted to the Bonanza by the Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation. Visit parasol.org to learn more.

AAUW Tahoe Nevada announces matching grant program

October 13, 2014 — 

A matching grant program of up to $10,000 was recently offered to the Tahoe Nevada chapter of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) by the Geri and Stuart Yount Family Courage Sans Peur Foundation.

In order to attain these funds, the chapter must match donations from any source by Jan. 31, 2015. The monies will benefit the AAUW’s Scholarship Fund.

The mission of the Courage Sans Peur Foundation is to encourage healthy families and to empower deserving children to become contributing members of society.

“The AAUW Scholarship Fund fits our mission perfectly,” said Mrs. Yount, “and that is why we have chosen to support it. AAUW helps deserving women in our community to achieve their higher education goals. Our family is proud to support this endeavor.”

For many years, AAUW Tahoe Nevada has raised funds in order to provide college scholarships for local high school graduates.

In 2014, AAUW Scholarships were awarded to two local graduates as well as to a local woman returning to college/trade school.

Future plans include participation in Math Camp or other Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)-themed events for local middle school-age girls.

The AAUW Scholarship Committee continues to be impressed by the high caliber of young women who apply. AAUW scholarships are renewable, and if the recipient remains academically qualified, will be re-awarded each year.

All community members are encouraged to support local women in achieving their potential through higher education by helping the AAUW Tahoe Nevada meet the $10,000 goal.

The AAUW Tahoe Nevada Branch is a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation registered with the Nevada Secretary of State.

Contributions may be sent to AAUW Tahoe Nevada, P.O. Box 5465, Incline Village, NV, 89450.

To arrange other means of making your contribution or for questions involving an account fund transfer, please contact the AAUW Tahoe Nevada chapter Treasurer, Sandra Cloninger, at scloninger@sierranevada.edu.

North Lake Tahoe and Truckee health and wellness announcements

October 9, 2014 — 

TRUCKEE/TAHOE, Calif. — Content is selected from e-mail submissions to Community Editor Amy Edgett at aedgett@sierrasun.com. Send the 5w’s: who, what, when, where and why, about 100-150 words.

2014 Bowl For Kids

A Tribute to Big Brother Jamie Schou

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County is looking for bowlers and sponsors for the 2014 Bowl For Kids Sake Challenge (BFKS), held at Bowl Incline, 920 Southwood Blvd, Incline Village, Oct. 18, 3-8 p.m. The Beach Bowl-Catching the Mentoring Wave gives teams an opportunity to dress up in beach attire. This year’s event is a tribute to Jamie Schou, a Big who passed away this last year. He was instrumental in the success of Bowl for Kids Sake, and a Big Brother to his Little Brother, Sam, for five years. “When they were matched, Sam was 8 years old, and really small and quiet. He had moved to the U.S. with his mom from Russia, and was still getting used to a new environment,” said Peggy Martin, community development director for BBBS in Truckee. “Jamie really made a difference in his life, even when Jamie was diagnosed with cancer. He was a huge supporter of Bowl for Kids’ Sake because he truly believed that mentoring made a difference and had a positive impact in kid’s lives.”

Each team is made up of a maximum of five bowlers, with a minimum donation of $25 per bowler, which includes shoes and billiards. Teams can choose from three different bowling times, each an hour and 15 minutes long. There will be prizes for the top fundraiser, best team costume, and a silent auction. All funds raised support mentoring programs for North Shore Lake Tahoe and Truckee youth.

For more information call 530-587-7717, email peggy@bigsofnc.org or visit www.bigsofnc.org.

ABS 16 Local Competition

High Altitude Fitness is sponsoring a climbing competition Saturday, Oct. 11. Registration 9 a.m., climbing begins 10 a.m., finals at 3 p.m. Prizes and raffle for all divisions!

Registration $25, pre-register online at Highaltitudefit.net. Bake Sale by HAF Kid’s Climbing Club. Lunch available. High Altitude Fitness is located at 880 Northwood Blvd., Incline Village, Nev. Call 775-831-4212 for information.

Community Wellness Day

Lake Tahoe Wellness Center is presenting a Community Wellness Day on Saturday, Oct. 11, 4-7 p.m.

Showing appreciation for the community and desiring to promote health within it, the Wellness Center plans to provide free demo classes, ranging from yoga to Thai Chi to aerial silks.

There will also be nutritious food, fun for the kids and raffle prizes. Proceeds from raffle go to the Boys & Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe.

All this will be punctuated by a live fire performance at 7 p.m. by Root Elements Entertainment.

LTWC is located on the corner of Wolf and Speckled in Kings Beach.

Call 530-546-8201 with any questions, or visit laketahoewellnesscenter.com or www.facebook.com/events/1494452174126256.

Healing crystal singing bowls

Healing crystal singing bowls with Jaz and Kalina, Sunday, Oct. 12, noon. Jaz and Kalina come to Tahoe from Hawaii to bring a multi-sensory experience, which is quite different from other crystal bowl performances. They are alchemists, calling forth the mystical tones of the sacred crystal singing bowls, divine source and all the senses to gently wash away stress, tension and dis-ease. Rediscover deep peace, healing, harmony and are restored to balance, wholeness and oneness. Vital life force energy, creativity and joy begin to course through your being again! Tickets: $15 prepaid, $20 at door. Call the Center at 530-581-5117, 700 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, above the Marina.

Village Notes: What’s happening in Incline Village

October 8, 2014 — 

October brings so much to Tahoe with beautiful colors mixed into the forests — and of course the hope for fresh white snow. Yes, it is time for the pray for snow parties. The earlier the better this year. Bring it on.

Bears, bears everywhere. It is time to take care of our neighborhood bears and be sure that everyone helps to keep them away from trouble. Please, please watch your neighborhoods to be sure trash is not available but also that other food items are not left in cars or garages. They are hungry and we need to protect them.

On Friday, Oct. 10, enjoy Matthew Axton, Donna Axton and Ed Platt at the Mark Twain Cultural Center & Toccata Guttman Music Hall in the Village Center. Reservations at mcavoylayne@gmail.com or 775-833-1835.

On Saturday, participate in the annual Worldwide Photo Walk. Local photograph Jim Markle will lead the Incline Village walk. To participate all you need to do is visit www.worldwidephotowalk.com, find Incline Village, and sign up for the free walk. If you want more info, contact Jim at 775-815-5856.

And this weekend is the annual October Extravaganza in the Village Center. The event begins at noon on Saturday, Oct. 11, and features food, drinks, crafters and non-profits. Easel and Wine will be hosting a couple of art parties during the event. The first one begins at noon. The nonprofit beneficiary of Oktoberfest is Tahoe Family Solutions. Bring friends and spend the afternoon listening to music and enjoying a great community event. And drop off donations for Rhonda’s annual coat drive at Bar Bar Bar.

TRPA and the Washoe County Health District, Air Quality Management Division and UNR’s Business Environmental Program want to help local Incline residents keep our air clean. They are offering rebates to eligible homeowners in Incline to swap-out old wood stoves. To learn more, visit www.unrbep.org or call 775-834-3674.

The Republican Women’s Luncheon on Tuesday, Oct. 14, at The Chateau features guest speaker Mark Amodei, US Congressman. He will address important issues for Nevada residents and answer questions. To RSVP, contact Lorri Waldman at memormL@aol.com or call 775-831-8039.

On Wednesday, Oct. 15, join the Tahoe Nevada Chapter of AAUW for its monthly dinner and program at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Non-Profit Center. The program is a Chautauqua presentation by Dianna Maria de Borges, based on the life of Sarah Winnemucca. RSVP for the dinner and program no later than Monday, Oct. 13, to kellyaauw@gmail.com or call 775-762-0463.

The annual Tahoe Family Solutions Bowl-a-thon is Saturday, Oct. 25, and this popular event is a fundraiser for TFS. It also features lots of local celebrities bowling, and is a good time no matter what your skill level might be. For information, call 775-298-0004.

Plan now for costumes for the kids at the annual Trail of Treats and Terror. The community Halloween Extravaganza will be Thursday, Oct. 30, and the trail includes the Donald W. Reynolds Community Non-Profit Center, Incline Village Recreation Center, Lake Tahoe School and Sierra Nevada College. To volunteer, contact Allison at allisone@parasol.org or call 775-298-0186.

Plan now to participate, volunteer or attend the Tahoe Community Thanksgiving Celebration in Kings Beach on Thursday, Nov. 27, at the North Tahoe Event Center. For more information call Meera Beser at 775-230-1066.

Happy 11th Anniversary to Janna and Matt Rager on Oct. 17. Congratulations!

Birthdays to celebrate this week: Ashley Rager on Oct. 14, Cookie Steinberg on Oct. 16, Jim Glazier on Oct. 17, and Rhonda Brockelsby on Oct. 18. Happy Birthday!

The Deal or Steal this week is to attend the annual Dog Days of Fall at 10 a.m. Saturday at Burnt Cedar Pool. It is a pool party for Incline Village dogs and provides great entertainment. For information contact Pet Network Humane Society at 775-832-4404.

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.

North Lake Tahoe and Truckee community announcements

October 2, 2014 — 

Content for briefs is selected from e-mail submissions to Community Editor Amy Edgett at aedgett@sierrasun.com. To enter community events online, visit www.tahoedailytribune.com/NorthShore/nCommunityCalendar, for entertainment www.tahoe.com.

Parents’ Night Out

Parents’ Night Out will be held this Friday, Oct. 3, 6-10 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 390 Fairway Drive, Tahoe City. This is a child care program for children ages birth-12 years of age. You can drop in and pick up any time between 6-10 p.m. A donation of $10 per child per evening is requested. All are welcome. Activities include: Recreation, Bible story, craft, music and a movie. Please feed your children dinner before taking them. This is a drop-in program and no pre-registration is necessary. Call 530-583-1534 or visit www.tahoeministries.com.

My Morning Out

My Morning Out is held weekly each Tuesday morning 9 a.m.-noon at the First Baptist Church, 390 Fairway Drive in Tahoe City. This is a child care program for children ages birth-5 years old. A donation of $10 per child per session is requested. This is a drop-in program and no pre-registration is necessary. Call 530-583-1534 or visit www.tahoeministries.com.

Arts In Wellness fall creative groups

Step into a meaningful world of authentic fullness through original creative expression and celebrate yourself as a creative Divine spirit. Sharing during the “check-in” is confidential and in the interest of time and focus, supportive group affirmation kept to a minimum. The group is closed after the second week. Kings Beach Creative Group meets at the Kings Beach Community House, Mondays, 6-8:30 p.m., Oct. 6 to Dec. 22. Following “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron.

Facilitated by Jennifer Schiessl, Arts In Wellness board member. Truckee Creative Group will meet at For Goodness Sake, Thursdays, 9-11:30 a.m., Oct. 9 to Jan. 22 following “The Prosperous Heart” by Julia Cameron. Facilitated by Susie Alexander, Arts In Wellness founder and executive director.

To register, visit artsinwellness.org.

Truckee Tahoe Republican Women Federated to meet

Truckee Tahoe Republican Women Federated will hold its monthly meeting Tuesday, Oct. 7, 11:15 a.m. in the EAA building, Truckee Tahoe Airport. A luncheon catered by Little Red Truck will cost $20. Hear Republican candidates for Truckee Town Council, Tahoe Forest Hospital Board and explanation of statewide ballot propositions. All interested Republicans are invited. RSVP to cherylastull@sbcglobal.net or call 530-587-2042.

Bunnies, Beatles and Birds!

The Nevada County Fish And Wildlife Commission, Oct. 7, 7 p.m. Board Room, Truckee Sanitary District, 12304 Joeger Road.

Dr. T. Will Richardson, co-founder and co-executive director of the Tahoe institute for Natural Science (TINS) will speak about research focusing on:

Montane rabbits: The Truckee/Tahoe area has three species of rabbits and hares that occupy a critical link in the food web between vegetation and medium to large predators. Richardson

will tell us about TINS’s research work on white-tailed jackrabbits and snowshoe hares.

Tiger beetles: TINS had a unique opportunity to study the ecology of tiger beetles living along the shores of Lake Tahoe. Will will discuss the the results of that pilot study and the collaboration with a Russian biologist that led to the study.

Swainson’s Thrush: Swainson’s Thrush have become alarmingly rare throughout the Sierra Nevada. Will will describe TINS’s research to determine the breeding range, breeding success, survivorship, wintering ranges and migratory routes for Swainson Thrush populations in the Sierra Nevada. TINS began deploying optical geo-locators on territorial thrushes during the summer of 2014 to help answer research questions.

For info email rwbutler338@att.net.

La piccola scuola Italiana

Monday, Oct. 8, 6:30-8:30 p.m. for eight consecutive weeks. Join a lively Beginning Italian to develop vocabulary and a solid foundation in the present tense, past tense and future tense. Incorporate conversation, traditions, geography and culture.

Wednesday, Sept. 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m. for eight consecutive weeks. Join Intermediate Italian I and continue the development of the Italian vocabulary, grammar and conversation.

Friday, Oct. 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m. for eight consecutive weeks. Join Advanced Italian and develop solid conversation utilizing all your grammar with today’s happenings in Italy. Read and write articles and stories.

For any questions and directions call maestro Anna at 530-587-6054. Cost is $185 for each course and the book “Italian Now” may be purchased through amazon.com.

‘Water’ opening reception

A water-themed exhibit of community art is coming to the Community Recreation center. WATER features paintings, drawings, photography and sculpture. The opening reception on Friday, Oct. 10, 5-7 p.m., will feature art, live music, and refreshments. The show will be on display from October 2014 through January 2015.

Register for Truckee River Day

Time to grab gloves, shovels and boots and take family and friends to the 19th annual Truckee River Day on Sunday, Oct. 19. Volunteers may choose from half or full day restoration projects with different levels of difficulty.

There will be 12-15 projects, which start at 9 a.m. or 11 a.m. and finish between 2 and 3 p.m.

The River Fair will be from 1 to 4 p.m. at Granite Flat Campground. This community event is presented in partnership with Sierra Watershed Education Partnerships. The fair features environmental activities and the annual fish release at 3 p.m. Food will be provided by Northstar California. Everyone is invited to the fair even if you’re not involved in restoration projects.

To participate visit TruckeeRiverWC.org. The deadline for registration is Friday, Oct. 10.

Chocolate, Wine and Roses

Since 1988, chocolate and wine fans throughout Tahoe, Truckee and beyond have supported Tahoe SAFE Alliance by attending the Tahoe Chocolate & Wine Festival. Tickets are on sale now for this important fundraiser and this year attendees will be in for a real treat.

Two of the most notable changes this year are the addition of a wine walk and tableside chocolate tasting. The 26th Annual Tahoe Chocolate & Wine Festival will be held Nov. 8, 5:30-10 p.m. at Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Grand Ballroom. Tickets are on sale now and are $125 in advance and $150 at the door. Tables of 10 are available for $1,250. Ticket sales, sponsorship, and event information are available at www.tahoechocolatefestival.org or by calling 775-298-0010.

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