Announcements for South Lake Tahoe and South Shore areas

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.

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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 douglasgop.org or call Headquarters at 775-782-4GOP (782-4467).

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South Lake Tahoe Births

March 31, 2015 — 

Aguirre

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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South Lake Tahoe Births

March 25, 2015 — 

Dame

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 www.edcgov.us/humanservices/index.asp. For more information, call 530-621-6255 or send an email to star.walker@edcgov.us. 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.

For more information, visit www.calhfa.ca.gov.

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.

Douglas County Republican Central Committee to hold monthly meeting at Elks Lodge in Gardnerville

March 3, 2015 — 

The Douglas County Republican Central Committee will hold its monthly meeting on March 12, at 7 p.m., with a social hour beginning at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Elks Lodge located at 1227 Kimmerling Road in Gardnerville. All Republicans are welcome. For information see douglasgop.org or call headquarters at 775-782-4GOP (782-4467).

Free fundraising seminar set

March 3, 2015 — 

The Lake Tahoe Golf Course is hosting a free-of-charge seminar about fundraising on Thursday evening. Networking and happy hour begin at 5:30 p.m. and the seminar takes place from 6 to 7 p.m.

The benefits of holding golf tournament fundraising events will be highlighted during the seminar.

Lake Tahoe Golf Course is located at 2500 Emerald Bay Road in South Lake Tahoe. For more information, visit www.golftournamentmanagement.com/seminars.html.

Boy Scouts honor adult leadership

February 27, 2015 — 

Pinenut District of Nevada’s Area Council of Boys Scouts of America takes time out every February to recognize its adult leadership. This leadership puts in untold hours to volunteer and provide Scouting programs to all ages of youth.

Honored at the District’s February Roundtable were: • Charter Partner of the Year Award, Kiwanis of Douglas County. Kiwanis is the new sponsor for Troop 495.

• Rookie Cub Leader, Linda Forbes. Forbes is dedicated to the Cub Scout program, providing ideas and suggestions.• Rookie Cubmaster, Rachel Smith. Smith stepped forward as Cubmaster and with her enthusiasm, her Pack has grown under her leadership.• Cub Leader, Jennifer Bobo. Bobo helps wherever there’s a need. She has served in many capacities from Cubs to Scouts.• Rookie Scout Leader, Ken Kruse. Kruse is Scoutmaster of Troop 33, has been a District Executive and has lead Order of the Arrow.

• Scout Leaders, Michelle Bowler and Pat Solberger. Bowler works behind the scenes in Troop 16, spearheads product sales, plans Courts of Honor and is the go-to person. • Solberger is dedicated to Troop 16 ensuring their activities, and goes the extra mile for Scouts to succeed.• Rookie Commissioner, James Thorne. Thorne has made a difference in the District, helped launch Crew 357 and held the District achieve Gold in commissioner service for Journey To Excellence.

• Commissioner, Alan Newberry. Newberry has served as a Roundtable Venturing/Varsity Commissioner and Unit Commissioner.• Distinguished Commissioner Award, Doug Ritchie. Ritchie, Unit Commissioner for 3 years, has been tops in unit visits: he made 100 out of 641 visits. Pinenut Spirit Awards: • Lindsay Christensen. Christensen launched the new STEM/NOVA program and its first-ever STEM/NOVA fair to benefit Scouts.• Susan Burns. Burns steps forward wherever needed including recruiting, Cub Scout events including Cub Day Camp.• Ben Kahue. Kahue provides a quality program for Pack 341. He has been in charge of the District Pinewood Derby.• Rich Whipple. Whipple has served as a Merit Badge Counselor, taught at the Merit Badge Fair. Golden Pinenuts Awards:• Lisa van Wagonen. Van Wagonen has served as both Cub Roundtable and Roundtable Commissioner, has boosted attendance and has trained dozens of Cub leaders.• Barbara Ford. Ford has coordinated District and Council events at the Western Nevada College. She helped with popcorn sales and the raising of more than $113,000.• Tosha Thorne. Thorne provides leadership at Cub Day Camp, Roundtable and other District events as well as with Pack 45.• Heather Jackson. Jackson has served Cub Day Camp committee for 3 years and attendance has increased.Wanda Beckman Pinenut Hall of Fame, Michael Henningsen. Henningsen has been a Cubmaster in Gardnerville with up to 150 Cub Scouts. He has served on the Committee, Scoutmaster, Assistant Scoutmaster and is now Charter Representative. Troop 495 has had many Eagle Scouts under his leadership. Henningsen also has served as a Merit Badge Counselor.

Zephyr Cove native makes Dean's List

February 27, 2015 — 

Tori Jimenez, a Zephyr Cove, Nev. native, received academic honors from Arizona State University by making the University’s Dean’s List for the Fall 2014 semester.

Undergraduate students who earn 12 or more graded semester hours during a semester in residence at ASU with a GPA of 3.50 or higher are eligible for the Dean’s List. A notation regarding Dean’s List achievement appears on the unofficial transcript.

Whittell High School artists score awards

February 25, 2015 — 

Whittell High School announced its winners this year for the prestigious Scholastic Art competition.

It is the 91st year of the Scholastic Art Awards, which is open to all students in seventh to 12th grades and is the longest running recognition program for young people in the United States.

Participants create and submit their best works of art, which are reviewed by a panel of art professionals for originality, technical skills and the emergence of a personal voice or vision.

In the Northern Nevada region 1,1319 works of art were reviewed and 509 will be awarded in a ceremony on March 21, at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno. Gold Key winners go on to the national competition.

Public meeting to be held regarding Echo Summit Bridge

February 24, 2015 — 

Join Caltrans for a public meeting to discuss the Echo Summit Bridge Replacement/Rehabilitation Project Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the South Lake Tahoe City Council Chambers, 1901 Airport Road.

The project proposes to rehabilitate or replace the Echo Summit Bridge on Highway 50 to address structural deficiencies caused by material wear in the supporting piers and on the bridge deck. Project alternatives include replacement or repair of the structure in addition to a no build alternative.

The Notice of Preparation (NOP) for the Environmental Impact Report for this project is available for public review and comment. The NOP can be viewed at the El Dorado County Library, 345 Fair Lane, Placerville, Calif. 95667; the South Lake Tahoe Library, 1000 Rufus Allen Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150; and also online at http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist3/Projects/3F350/prjindex.htm.

For more information, contact Project Manager Clark Peri at (916) 825-8168 or email: clark.peri@dot.ca.gov.

Utility district to hold workshop

February 19, 2015 — 

The South Tahoe Public Utility District Board of Directors will be holding a workshop on March 3, from 2 to 5 p.m. in the District Board Room located at 1275 Meadow Crest Drive in South Lake Tahoe. The purpose of the workshop is to review the proposed 2015-16 budget and 10-year financial plan for the district.

While a quorum of the District Board of Directors may be attending this workshop, there will be no action taking place on their behalf. A regular public Budget Board Meeting will be held the May 7 at 6 p.m. in the District Board Room. Public participation is encouraged for both meetings.

Dentist expands practice to Zephyr Cove

February 19, 2015 — 

Reno dentist John Bocchi recently expanded his dental practice Sierra Smiles to Zephyr Cove. The office now offers services to the entire South Shore community. Bocchi, Sierra Smiles staff and Tahoe Chamber will celebrate the clinic’s opening on Monday with a ribbon-cutting at 4 p.m.

Sierra Smiles offers a patient experience that includes complimentary paraffin hand waxes, warm towels and personal LED TVs with wireless headphones for movies, shows and relaxing music. Bocchi is a strong believer in gentle dentistry that aims to reduce stress or pain and implements this practice in his dental offices.

“Sierra Smiles is a different type of dental office,” Bocchi said. “Patients receive the highest quality dental care available and each patient’s visit is as relaxing as possible.”

Along with gentle dentistry, Sierra Smiles offers preventative, diagnostic, restorative and cosmetic dentistry in addition to general treatments.

Sierra Smiles is located at 308 Dorla Court in Zephyr Cove, Nev. For more information, visit www.smiletahoe.com or call (775) 588-8484.

Local woman to compete on game show

February 12, 2015 — 

A South Lake Tahoe woman, Amy Courneya, will be a contestant on Let’s Make a Deal on on CBS Feb. 19 (check local listings) as part of the Super Deal Week.

Tune in to cheer her on.

Attention: Reunion of 2nd Infantry Division veterans

February 12, 2015 — 

The California Branch of the 2nd Indianhead Division Association will hold its annual reunion in Fresno from April 10 to 12. For more information, contact George Sousa at geonlou@aol.com or (858) 350-5953 or call Duane Anderson at (916) 481-1751.

Pet of the Week: Baby

February 10, 2015 — 

Baby is a very sweet (a little shy), 8-year-old female cat. Her owner died and she is now very sad in the shelter and would love a new home. Baby is good with other mellow cats and with children. Come visit Baby 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.

Cheerfully chilly: Take the plunge or watch from the pier

February 10, 2015 — 

On Sunday, the Tahoe Keys Association will celebrate its third annual Tahoe Keys Polar Bear Plunge to benefit Christmas Cheer, a local food bank.

Low water level will not stop volunteers from plunging into the beautiful waters of Lake Tahoe at the beach in front of the Tahoe Keys Pavilion. Registration takes place from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. with the plunge at noon sharp.

Spectators and plunging contestants will be served warm drinks and appetizers. Prizes will be offered for the best costumes, (wearer’s choice) and for categories such as the “first head under water.” The South Lake Tahoe Fire Department will signal the start of the plunge with their siren.

Take the plunge or just watch from the pier. There is a requested cash donation of $25 per person to swim or sponsor a swimmer. Those who don’t want to brave the cold water can bring a donation of a nonperishable food item to the event to be a spectator.

“We are excited to make this happen again, to feed those in our community who are in need,” Allison Jones said. “Many companies either donate their time, their food or their staff. Last year, a local business brought 11 of their staff members to swim as a group! Many caring individuals donate their warmth for a few minutes, and the fire department donates time to make sure the swimmers are safe for the duration of the event.”

The bold, daring and caring should call Community Ink, Inc. at (530) 582-9012 for more information about how to participate in this cause, or visit www.CommunityInk.com to download sign up forms.

South Lake Tahoe Births

February 10, 2015 — 

Lei

Logan Yoliang Lei, a boy, born on Feb.4 to Jonathan Lei and Minmyo of Stateline Nev.

Mattos

Ava Monroe Mattos, a girl, born on Feb. 3 to Dale Mattos and Kayla Sosnove of South Lake Tahoe.

Skelly

Madison Lynne Skelly, a girl, born on Feb. 3 to Christopher and Kelly Skelly of South Lake Tahoe.

Fitness training for runners available

February 6, 2015 — 

Barton Health’s is offering“Train for an Event Fitness Challenge” from March to June.

“Whether you are just getting off the couch or a seasoned athlete, this program is designed to motivate you and make you game day ready for one of our local race events,” Krista Carson, Barton Health’s program coordinator said.

Fitness experts will provide the training, skills and workouts to prepare participants for the Rock Tahoe Half-Marathon or Burton Creek Trail Run. This includes sports performance clinics, individualized weekly workout plans, and training sessions.

The 16-week training challenge starts March 2 and runs through June 21. Barton Health’s certified coaches will lead six training sessions each week on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Sessions will focus on cardio and core workouts, speed and interval training, cross-training and distance walk and/or run sessions.

The training culminates with the Rock Tahoe Half-Marathon on June 20 or the Burton Creek Trail Run on June 21. Burton Creek options include a 6K, 12K, half-marathon, or 50K. The Rock Tahoe Half-Marathon will end at the Hard Rock Casino with a pool party.

All participants will receive a Barton Health tech shirt, unlimited access to training sessions and team discounts on event registration. Discounts are $15 off the Rock Tahoe Half-Marathon and 15 percent off any Burton Creek Trail Run.

This program costs $99. Barton employees may be eligible for a discount. For details or to register for the challenge, email Krista Carson at kcarson@bartonhealth.org or call 530-600-1958.

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