Announcements for South Lake Tahoe and South Shore areas

Kudos & Kindness

April 21, 2015 — 

Thanks to Tahoe firefighters, community

We would like to extend our deepest gratitude to the Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District, the South Lake Tahoe Fire Department, all the fire departments on the north shore, and so many wonderful residents of Lake Tahoe for their generous outpouring of support for our nephew, Fire Capt. Pete Dern of Fresno. Weeks ago Pete led his fire fighting team onto the roof of a burning garage. Suddenly, the unimaginable happened. Pete fell through the roof of the garage into the inferno below. Pete’s fellow firefighters removed the garage door and, guided by Pete’s own voice, they found their way through the heavy smoke to locate him. Their rescue was heroic and life-changing. Currently, in critical condition with severe burns over 70 percent of his body, Pete’s new life has begun at the Leon S. Peters Burn Center at the Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno. Numerous surgeries are scheduled for Pete over the next several months. His family, including his very large firefighting family, stand beside Pete every single day. In turn, the outstanding nurses and support team at the hospital and the tireless Fresno Firefighters stand beside Pete’s wife and daughter every second of the day. The outpouring of support for Pete and his family has extended throughout California, Nevada, the entire U.S., and even internationally by kind-hearted and caring firefighters and citizens everywhere. To all of them, we say thank you! Most of all, we cannot thank our local Tahoe firefighters for the impressive support they have provided to Pete and our family. Their encouraging words, emails, and outreach have been tremendous and we are deeply thankful. We are so fortunate to be part of a community that has such admirable heroes among us.

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South Lake Tahoe Births

April 21, 2015 — 


Christopher Steven Coralles, a boy, born on April 14 to Diego Coralles, and Michelle Perry of South Lake Tahoe.

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Tourism forum offers comparisons, insights to Park City

April 16, 2015 — 

A tourism forum will be held on April 21 at Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel with special guest speakers Ken Fisher and Jonathan Weidenhamer from Park City. The forum will feature lessons learned from similar mountain towns and how the South Shore can distinguish itself as a world-class recreation destination. The forum will feature lessons learned from Tahoe Chamber’s trek to Park City, including a trek video that highlights how the South Shore can tackle its own challenges through Park City’s example.

It will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. and will be followed by mingle time with guest speakers and recreation professionals at a reception 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

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Pet of the Week: Ruby

April 14, 2015 — 

We have a very special Pet of the Week this week. Ruby is a wonderful 4-year-old female Pit who just loves people. But sadly, due to a not so good original home, she is scared of other animals and will randomly lash out at them. We desperately need to find a home for Ruby, if you have no pets and are looking for a super-great companion pup Ruby is for you! Please call the Lake Tahoe Humane Society directly if you’re interested in Ruby at 530-542-2857 (Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or 530-577-4521 (after hours 24/7 number).

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Free yoga offered at Camp Richardson

April 14, 2015 — 

Yoga with Lorilyn Haubrich and Camp Richardson Resort are teaming up to offer the South Shore community a chance to learn and practice yoga for free.

Haubrich will be teaching yoga on Tuesdays through June 1 from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. at the Camp Richardson Marina Boathouse, next to the Beacon Restaurant, at 1900 Jameson Beach Road.

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Spring meeting set for Tahoe Trail Trekkers

April 14, 2015 — 

The Tahoe Trail Trekkers will meet on April 22 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Mo’s Original BBQ (upstairs) located at 120 Grove St. in Tahoe City.

People can sign up to lead hikes and also volunteer for the AVA walk. This is not a potluck, but food can be purchased at Mo’s after the meeting.

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Republican womens club to hold luncheon

April 10, 2015 — 

The South Lake Tahoe Republican Women Federated held its first luncheon at The Cantina with 21 people in attendance. The Cantina supplied the group with picks from the menu with tea, coffee or soda. The tax and gratuity were included for $15. Anyone not wishing to eat could come to listen for a $5 cover charge and have coffee, tea or soda. The speaker Allison Olson, legislative advocate, has a degree in political science from University of California, Davis. She was the deputy finance director for McClintock for Congress campaign and interned with Wilson-Miller Communications in Sacramento tracking legislation for clients of that firm. She was also a fellow with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, as well as studying in Israel and Washington, D.C. with counter-terror experts. She spoke about California and engaged in a question-and-answer session. The next luncheon takes place on Tuesday at The Cantina in South Lake Tahoe from 11:30 a.m to 1 p.m. Judge Steven Bailey of El Dorado County Superior Court, Dept. 4, will speak about the effects of Proposition 47 and realignment.

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South Lake Tahoe Births

April 7, 2015 — 

Aguilar Vazquez

Liam Damian Aguilar Vazquez, a boy, born on April 6 to Carlos Aguilar and Dalia Vazquez of South Lake Tahoe.

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Pet of the Week: Forest

April 7, 2015 — 

Forest is 6 years old. He likes to play. He is very loving and does well with other pets. Come visit him at The El Dorado County Animal Services, 530-573-7925. For spay-neuter services and other support, call the Lake Tahoe Humane Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals at 530-542-2857. Last week’s pup, Jack, is still looking for his forever family.

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Senior center to host comedy show, potluck

April 6, 2015 — 

The public is invited to a potluck with entertainment on April 10. There will be a comedy routine by Jerry Cerwonka and original poetry by Ed Eikenberry. The program will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Those who attend the potluck, which begins at 5:30 p.m. are asked to bring plates and utensils, as well as either a salad, main dish, fruit, side dish or dessert for six- to eight- people. Call Sandra Stephens at 530-542-2034 to discuss food contributions to the potluck.

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Barton health surgery moves to new location

April 2, 2015 — 

Barton General Surgery has moved down the street. Formerly located with Barton Family Medicine on Third Street, the medical office has relocated to 2158 Jean Avenue, South Lake Tahoe.

The newer building has been remodeled to ease patient access. It has larger patient rooms and a ramp for wheelchair access. The office can also accommodate more patients with additional rooms and a larger waiting area.

Surgeons Kimberly Evans, M.D., and Gregory Eyre, M.D. will provide pre- and post-operative services at the new office. Both physicians are board-certified general surgeons through American Board of Surgery.

During the transition, the surgery office will be closed. The office will reopen in its new location on Tuesday.

Barton General Surgery is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. The office is closed on Fridays and major holidays. For more information visit or call 530-543-5691.

Art program for children to be held at library

April 2, 2015 — 

The South Lake Tahoe Library will be hosting an art program for children ages 8 to 13 years old. Children can join us for the first three Saturdays in May to learn about a famous artist and create their own artwork. Children will learn about pointillism, sculpture work and abstract expressionism. Space is limited so please sign up at the library or call to reserve a spot.

For additional information or to reserve a spot, please call the library at 530-573-3185. The South Lake Tahoe Library is located at 1000 Rufus Allen Blvd. in South Lake Tahoe.

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Lead training videos available to view

April 2, 2015 — 

Lead-safety instructors at Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC) have partnered with the city of South Lake Tahoe to provide bilingual instructional videos for families who are repairing or remodeling their homes.

“The lead in lead-based paint is a neurotoxin and even a very small amount can lead to serious health issues for children, adults and even household pets,” said Scott Alquist, program manager, TMCC Safety Center.

Alquist and Adalberto Rosas, a Spanish-speaking instructor at TMCC’s Safety Center, scripted and appeared in the videos that are published in both English and Spanish. The 11-minute instructional films are intended for residents of South Lake Tahoe who might be planning renovations to older structures that house children. Videos are available as a free DVD or accessed on

Lead Safety Tahoe is a federal program that helps families who own or rent a property keep children safe from lead hazards in building materials such as paint.

“We have been providing renovation, repair and painting certification classes through Lake Tahoe Community College for quite a few years now,” Alquist said. “the City of South Lake Tahoe received some grants to help pay for the folks in that area to attend our classes. The video was the city’s idea and was set up by ‘Lead Safe Tahoe,’ the office that was formed under those grants.”

The film details dangers present in lead, basic federal guidelines, and covers procedures that EPA-certified renovators typically employ. The instructors also explain containment, cleaning and disposal of lead-containing debris. Alquist and Rosas demonstrate proper removal of personal protective equipment (PPE) such as synthetic rubber gloves.

For more information, call 775-857-4958.

On the right track for Mother's Day

April 2, 2015 — 

The Virginia and Truckee Railroad will ride the rails on Mother’s Day weekend as the vintage diesel engines offers a chance to take a trip back to the Wild West.

These special edition train rides from Nevada’s capital, Carson City, to the 1860s boom-era mining town of Virginia City, will provide mothers with a long stem rose, Old West history, storytelling, shopping and dining in Virginia City to go along with the scenery. The train will run May 9 and and May 10.

Retracing the Comstock-era right-of-way, the train travels the same silver route paved by miners of that time.

Tickets cost $41 for adults, $38 for seniors and veterans and $25 for children ages 3 to 16. Toddlers and infants ride free on a parent’s lap. Tickets can be purchased online at or 877-724-5007. The train leaves the depot at 10 a.m. and returns at 4:15 p.m. with a stop in Virginia City, Nev.

Pet of the Week: Jacky

March 31, 2015 — 

Jacky is 4 years old and 60 pounds. He is housetrained and has great leash manners. He loves to sit by people and put his head on their laps. He would do best in a home with children older than12. He has lived with a cat and other dogs. He loves to hold conversations with people and will talk back when they talk to him. Come visit Jacky at The El Dorado County Animal Services or call 530-573-7925 for more information. For spay-neuter services and other support, call the Lake Tahoe Humane Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals at 530-542-2857. Update on Edward: Last week’s kitty is still looking for his forever home.

Douglas County GOP meeting scheduled

March 31, 2015 — 

The Douglas County Republican Central Committee will hold its monthly meeting on April 9 at 7 p.m., with a social hour beginning at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Elks Lodge, 1227 Kimmerling Road in Gardnerville. All Republicans are welcome. For information, visit or call Headquarters at 775-782-4GOP (782-4467).

South Lake Tahoe Births

March 31, 2015 — 


Sadie Bella Aguirre, a girl, born on March 28 to Christopher Aguirre and Sarah Osofsky of South Lake Tahoe.


Orion Christopher Bowen, a boy, born on March 27 to Quentin Bowen-Helbling and Miriam Petracek of South Lake Tahoe.

Tot Egg Hunt scheduled

March 26, 2015 — 

Kahle Community Center will be hosting an Egg Hunt for children ages infant to 6 on April 3. The hunt will begin at 11 a.m. sharp. The Tahoe Fire Association will be sponsoring the event and will have fire trucks at Kahle Community Center before the start of the event. Bring a basket to collect eggs. For more information, contact Kahle Community Center at 775-586-7271.

Cinco de Mayo celebration announced

March 25, 2015 — 

The South Lake Tahoe Family Resource Center (a non-profit public benefit agency) will hold its 12th annual Cinco de Mayo festival at Heavenly’s California Lodge on May 1 from 5 to 10 p.m.

An all-you-can-eat Mexican buffet, authentic live music, folkloric dancers, children’s activities, a no-host beer and wine bar and tequila tasting will be featured at the event. Tickets are on sale at the center for $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Children 6 to 12 years old will be admitted for $10 and children younger than 5 are admitted free. Buy tickets in advance at the Family Resource Center located at 3501 Spruce Ave., Suite B.

Dinner is served from 5 to 8 p.m. and dancing will begin at 8 p.m. Entrance to the event after 8 p.m. will cost $5 for those who only want to dance and enjoy the Mexican music. Call 530-542-0740 for more information.

Pet of the Week "Edward"

March 25, 2015 — 

Edward is a 4-year-old male cat. He came to the shelter very matted and had to be shaved into a Mohawk. He does well with other cats and dogs. Come visit Edward at The El Dorado County Animal Services or call for more information, 530-573-7925. For spay-neuter services and other support, call the Lake Tahoe Humane Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals at 530-542-2857.

South Lake Tahoe Births

March 25, 2015 — 


Aiden Sweet Dame, a boy, born on March19 to Justin Dame and Ebony Daughtery of Zephyr Cove Nev.


Anthony Joshua Kimball, a boy, born on March 17 to Joshua and Lena Kimball of Pollock Pines.


Connor Peter Kuligowski, a boy, born on March 17 to Michael Kuligowski and Agnieszka Zalewska of South Lake Tahoe.

Lopez Hernandez

Julian Lopez Hernandez, a boy, born on March 18 to Adan and Dalina Lopez of South Lake Tahoe.


Bailey Jean Lynfoot, a girl, born on March 23 to Paul Lynfoot and Raeanne Wilson of South Lake Tahoe.


Neymar Martinez, a boy, born on March 19 to Brian and Brenda Martinez of South Lake Tahoe.


Devin Gillian McStay, a girl, born on March 20 to Daniel and Sarah McStay of South Lake Tahoe.

Montoya Garcia

Victoria El-Al Montoya Garcia, a girl, born on March19 to Miguel Villa Montoya and Mayra Garcia Torres of South Lake Tahoe.

Ramos Carrillo

Mateo Israel Ramos Carrillo, a boy, born on March 23 to Alexander Ramos and Noeli Casillas Carrillo of South Lake Tahoe.


Jack Michael Schnoll, a boy, born on March 22 to David and Jessica Schnoll of Zephyr Cove, Nev.

Toro Villagrana

Nathan Isaiah Toro Villagrana, a boy, born on March 17 to Juan Toro and Andrea Villagrana-Hernandez of South Lake Tahoe.


Jeremiah Bryan Torres, a boy, born on March 22 to Sarah Anderson of South Lake Tahoe.


Elijah Jair Vazquez, a boy, born on March 21 to Omar Vazquez Arias and Veronica Rodriguez of Stateline, Nev.

Expo to feature 100 businesses

March 24, 2015 — 

Innovative South Shore businesses will exhibit at the “2015 Business Expo: Innovation in the Basin,” on Friday. The largest business and networking event of the year, Tahoe Chamber’s Business Expo includes 100 local businesses ranging from restaurants and resorts to recreation providers to retailers. The event includes food and drink tastings, giveaways and a new networking lounge sponsored by the City of South Lake Tahoe, Winters Construction Group and Red Carpet Events and Design. The Business Expo begins at 4:30 and continues until 8:30 p.m. at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe Convention Center. About 1,500 attendees are expected.

Easter Ham Bingo to take place

March 24, 2015 — 

On Saturday at 5 p.m. Easter Ham Bingo will take place at the South Lake Tahoe Recreation Center. Win an Easter ham and other prizes. No cover charge. There will be free coffee and popcorn available. Hot dogs and sodas are available for purchase. Bingo cards cost 25 cents per game to play. Proceeds benefit Mr. Matteucci’s fourth-grade class at Tahoe Valley School. Help send the students to Sutter’s Fort for a living history experience. Games continue until 8 p.m. Children and families welcome. Easter Ham Bingo is sponsored by Kiwanis Club of Tahoe Sierra.

Live dramatization of the Last Supper set

March 24, 2015 — 

Hope Lutheran Church will be presenting a living dramatization of The Last Supper based on the famous painting by Leonardo Da Vinci. David Foster will also be showing a PowerPoint of famous artists paintings of The Last Supper. Everyone is invited to attend this Maundy Thursday service on April 2 at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary.

Nominate for the annual Senior of the Year award

March 20, 2015 — 

Nominate an outstanding older adult or married couple 60 years old or older who have performed exemplary work in El Dorado County as a volunteer for the Senior of the Year Award. The annual Senior of the Year award will be presented by the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors on May 12 at the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors Chambers located at 330 Fair Lane in Placerville. The event is hosted by the El Dorado County Area Agency on Aging and the Commission on Aging.

Nominees must be El Dorado County residents with active community service within the last two years.

Nomination forms are available at the Placerville Senior Center or online at For more information, call 530-621-6255 or send an email to Submissions must be received by April 15.

Saint Theresa to host traditional Saint Patrick's feast

March 12, 2015 — 

Saint Theresa Church is holding its annual corned beef and cabbage dinner on Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m. in the parish Grace Hall at 1041 Lyons Ave. The proceeds from the dinner will benefit youth programs in the parish and be used to send students to the World Youth Day Conference. The Knights of Columbus will be preparing the traditional meal of corned beef, cabbage, carrots and potatoes. Cost is $7 for adults, and there is no charge for children younger than 12.

City supports shows

March 7, 2015 — 

At Tuesday’s City Council Meeting, the City of South Lake Tahoe awarded On Course Events with a five-year contract for the Live at Lakeview Summer Music Series.

As a Signature City Event Series, Live at Lakeview was awarded money and in-kind sponsorships to help the series remain viable. The multi-year contract includes waiving venue rental fees of $6,500 per season in addition to the $30,000-plus in-kind services from parks, streets, and public safety personnel. The city will also support the Thursday night concert series with a monetary sponsorship of $5,000 for the first year, and $2,500 per season for the remainder of the contract.

The lineup for South Lake Tahoe’s summer event will be released in June with the first concert of the series on June 25. On Course Events is seeking sponsors, vendors and volunteers to support the series.

Rental assistance program awarded millions

March 6, 2015 — 

The California Housing Finance Agency (CalHFA) and the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) announced that the state will receive nearly $12 million in additional funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to continue California’s Section 811 Project Rental Assistance program.

The Section 811 program is a collaborative effort between CalHFA, HCD, the California Department of Health Care Services, and the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee, and enables disabled individuals (age 18-61) to transition from nursing homes, other institutions, or homelessness into healthier supportive housing. The $12 million will be used to provide rental subsidies for approximately 283 households in Los Angeles County.

In February, California received recognition as the first state in the nation to move residents into apartments made possible by an earlier round of HUD Section 811 funding. The first residents transitioned from long-term care facilities into Garden Village apartments in Sacramento. The complex was renovated by Domus Development in 2014 to preserve affordable apartments for qualified residents whose annual incomes are below 30% of the area median income.

The residents served through this program will have access to an array of community-based services and supports that are flexible, individualized, and tailored to their needs. These include voluntary services and supports that help people with disabilities get and keep housing in community settings, as well as access to health care and behavioral services that support wellness, recovery, and community integration.

To qualify, residents must be eligible to receive community-based, long-term care services provided under Medi-Cal and be referred by a California Community Transitions coordinator or a Department of Developmental Services Regional Center. A referral process connects the patient with a property eligible to receive the funding. The outcome offers the patient independent living and the security of a permanent place to call home.

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Saint Paddy's potluck planned at senior center

March 6, 2015 — 

On March 13 there will be a Potluck with a Saint Patrick’s theme at the South Lake Tahoe Senior Center located at 3050 Lake Tahoe Blvd. in South Lake Tahoe. Singers will be Mary Stephens, Ethel Aubrey; guitarist: Tony and bass player Al Bello. There will also be a sing-a-long. The program starts at 6:30 p.m. Those attending the potluck, which begins at 5:30 p.m., are asked to bring their plates and utensils and either salad, main dish, fruit, side dish or dessert for six-to-eight people. Call Sandra Stephens (530) 542-2034 to discuss what dish to bring. Guests and others are invited to come and play 50-50 raffle for cash prizes. For more information about the program, call Arline at 530-545-1277.

Those interested in membership in South Lake Tahoe Senior Citizens, Inc., should call 530-542-6094 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon or 12:30 to 4 p.m.

Pet of the Week: Mondavi

March 3, 2015 — 

Mondavi is 1-year-old dog. He lost one of his back legs after he was hit by a car. He does not let that slow him down any and he loves to run and play. He loves other pets and an active home. Children older than 10 years old would be perfect for him. Come visit Mondavi at The El Dorado County Animal Services, 530-573-7925. For spay-neuter services and other support, call the Lake Tahoe Humane Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals at 530-542-2857.

Update on former Pets Of The Week: Two weeks ago Rusty was Pet of the Week. We are happy to report he found his forever home. Last week’s cats, Piper and Ella, still need a home.

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