Announcements for South Lake Tahoe and South Shore areas

Births

December 16, 2014 — 

Jensen

Madison Rose Jensen, a girl, born on Dec. 12 to Marc and Risa Jensen of South Lake Tahoe.

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Soroptimist international of Tahoe Sierra announces grant cycle

December 16, 2014 — 

Soroptimist International of Tahoe Sierra (SITS) is announced its 2015 Grant Cycle.

Soroptimist is a coined term meaning “Best for Women.” The mission statement of the Soroptimist International of Tahoe Sierra is to “Strengthen and enhance the lives of women and youth in our community and the world.”

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Holiday library hours

December 16, 2014 — 

The South Lake Tahoe Library will close at 5 p.m. on Dec. 24, and Dec. 31.

The library will be closed Dec. 25, Dec. 26, and Jan.1.

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Candy store supports cancer patients

December 16, 2014 — 

Karen Olson and Ken Currington selecting the perfect box of chocolates at the SLT Cancer League’s SEE’s Candy Store

Visit the South Lake Tahoe Cancer League SEE’s Candy Store. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily until Christmas .It is located in the Raley’s “Y” shopping center, three stores from Starbucks. All profits go directly to Tahoe residents battling with cancer.

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Train to be prepared in the wild

December 16, 2014 — 

The Tahoe Rim Trail Association is hosting a two-day Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course taught by the Wilderness Medicine Institute of NOLS. This course will provide a foundation of first-aid concepts critical to responding effectively to emergencies in a remote backcountry environment.

This hands-on training is designed to meet the needs of trip leaders, camp staff, outdoor enthusiasts and those working in remote locations. Classroom lectures and demonstrations are combined with realistic scenarios. Learning takes place both in the classroom and in outdoor settings regardless of weather conditions. Come prepared for wet, muddy, cold or hot environments.

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Auditions for LTCC performance are set

December 12, 2014 — 

The Theatre Arts Department at Lake Tahoe Community College is seeking men and women of various ages, types and ethnicities for its upcoming production of the dark comedy The Last Days of Judas Iscariot by Stephen Adly Guirgis. Auditions take place Jan.6 at 7 p.m. in LTCC’s Duke Theatre. Performances will take place March 13 through 22.

Set in a time-bending, darkly comic world between heaven and hell, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot re-examines the plight and fate of the New Testament’s most infamous and unexplained sinner. The action takes place in Hope, in a corner of Purgatory, and the cosmic court is in session when a defense attorney, outraged that Judas remains condemned for eternity, obtains a writ from God to force a retrial. Both the defense and prosecuting attorney (who, comically, has arrived from hell for the trial) bring in a number of colorful witnesses, including Judas’ mother, some street-talking saints, Sigmund Freud, Mother Teresa, and even a jaded Satan.

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Restaurant set to reopen

December 9, 2014 — 

Mirabelle Restaurant on Kingsbury Grade closed in September and will reopen on Dec. 19 with a new look and some new faces.

Kenneth Druley, chef, and Kathleen Pressey, dining room manager, purchased Mirabelle Restaurant from Chef Camille Schwartz and are reopening it with new energy and classic French cuisine.

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Births

December 9, 2014 — 

Casillas

Isaiah Moises Casillas, a boy, born on Dec. 8 to Moises Casillas and Brenda Suazo of South Lake Tahoe.

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Toy and pet food drive underway

December 9, 2014 — 

From now until Dec. 20, the annual toy and pet food drive is underway.

Help by putting a gift under the tree. Toys will be donated to benefit local children. Pet food donations will be donated to Douglas Animal Care and Services.

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Online tools available to connect students, grads with jobs

December 5, 2014 — 

A new, free website boasting an array of career-related services is being offered by Lake Tahoe Community College. Current students and graduates of LTCC can use a number of online tools there to find and apply for jobs, while local employers can use it to post jobs and search for qualified applicants.

The website, the result of a partnership between LTCC and College Central Network Services, offers job-hunters handy tools to help them create and post a resume, search for available jobs both locally and nationally, find career-related articles, videos and podcasts, and create an online portfolio to supplement their resumes. To access these services, job hunters must be current students of the college, or alumni.

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Group offers activities for widowers

December 5, 2014 — 

Widowed Persons Association of California (WPAC) provides a support group for widowed men and women of all ages. There is a wide-range of social activities available.

The group dines out, holds socials, and enjoys the outdoors.

Picnics are held every Wednesday during summer and hiking, biking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing are also a sampling of availble activities, along with trips, tours, theater and music.

Nevada residents are invited to join also.

For more information, call Rose at 530-542-4912.

TRYP offers events to promote networking

December 5, 2014 — 

Tahoe Regional Young Professionals (TRYP) wants to make sure the community continues to grow and prosper as one of our busiest times of the year quickly approaches. TRYP is offering multiple events where members and potential members can network and socialize.

The TRYP monthly South Shore networking mixer will be held Wednesday at Sushi Pier Lake Tahoe as part of its annual Shred for Sushi Rail Jam. All proceeds from the rail jam will benefit the local Boys & Girls Club. Dress warmly because the TRYP mixer will take place outside alongside the rail jam. The mixer is free for members and $10 for non-members, which includes appetizers and a drink.

Sign up at any of the TRYP events in person or at www.tahoetryp.org, or by email at TahoeTRYP@gmail.com. Annual memberships cost $40, which includes all of the benefits described above, in addition to professional workshops and other events. To stay up to date with developments, events, and opportunities visit www.facebook.com/TRYP and subscribe to the newsletter and blog at www.tahoetryp.org.

Winter Wine Walk scheduled

December 4, 2014 — 

The TahoeChamber and its members announce the annual Winter Wine Walk BAHM! (Business After Hours Mixer) on Dec. 11. The Winter Wine Walk combines shopping and sipping.

The BAHM! begins at Marriott Grand Residence Club where attendees receive passports to experience wine and food from participating stores in the shopping center. Participating businesses stamp attendees’ passports for a taste of El Dorado County Wine and appetizers while showcasing their products. Safe Ride vouchers will be available to BAHM! attendees.

The Winter Wine Walk BAHM! costs $10 for TahoeChamber members and $20 for non-members. Each ticket includes a passport, wine glass and raffle tickets for a chance to win prizes from local vendors. Tickets are available at http://bit.ly/1zVW8AS and at the event.

The meaning and history of the holiday

December 4, 2014 — 

What is the correct way to spell Channukah? The card shop has four different versions.

These are the problems of translating Hebrew to English. While not all Jewish people agree on a spelling, what is most essential is the meaning, knowing what Channukah is about and how its celebrated. It is also important to know the significance is of the food. Latkes and jelly donuts are no accident.

Though not mentioned in the Torah, Channukah is one of the most popular and recognizable holidays celebrated around the world. Chanukah is celebrated for eight days each year beginning on the 25th day of the Hebrew month Kislev. This is based on a lunar calendar and will therefore fall on a different date each year according to the calendar.

While some families celebrate Channukah by giving presents, all families will gather around the eight branch menorah, sometimes called a chanukiya, to hear and remember the story of the recapture of the temple and the miracle of the oil.

For many years Jewish people living under the rule of the Syrian king, Antiochus Epiphanes had to endure countless cruelties including prohibitions against all and any form of Jewish worship, until Mattathias, the priest of Modi’in and his five sons organized a small army and revolted.

Led by one of the sons — Judah, this small army grew until finally after three long, bitter years, the army, now called the Macabees, victoriously defeated the king to reclaim the right to religious freedom for all. They ran to their holy temple only to find their worst nightmares realized. Everywhere there were signs of desecration The final insult came when they found that the eight branched candelabrum, the menorah that was always to be burning, dark. They looked for special oil. It would take eight days to make new oil. They found only enough for one day.

Then, according to legend, a great miracle happened. The oil that was suppose to last for only one day, lasted eight full days. To help celebrate and remember this event, many interesting customs have developed.

At the heart of this holiday is the lighting of the menorah. Traditionally, on each night of Chanukah, one candle is lit. One candle the first night, two candles the second night and special prayers are said over the lights and songs are sung. After the lighting of the lights, children might play a game using a top called a dreidl. It is also a time for eating special foods fried in oil like potato pancakes called latkes and savganiot or jelly filled doughnuts.

Chanukkah is a Jewish holiday, but one need not be Jewish to enjoy it . Though Jewish in origin, its message that people have the right to practice their religion freely is universal.

Latkes, lattes and oil — Chanukah

December 4, 2014 — 

Celebrate the miracle of the oil with the Jewish Women’s Circle. Discover the miracle of the oil, and hear from experts in the field how to ignite the senses and enliven body through essential oils on Dec. 8 at 7:15 p.m.

“This is an amazing opportunity to learn something very unique and to have a great time,” said Shaina Richler, director of the Jewish Women’s Circle,”this is also an excellent time for Jewish Women in Lake Tahoe to get together.”

The Jewish Women’s circle is a group designed for the contemporary Jewish woman. The goal of The Women’s Circle is to unite all Jewish women in the area through events and activities.

The Woman’s Circle comprises women of diverse affiliations and backgrounds who join together to have a good time, to explore Jewish themes and to work together to create and enhance community projects. The Jewish Women’s Circle provides an opportunity to bring together women with divergent points of view, backgrounds and affiliations in an atmosphere of friendship, The program will be held at Chabad. Reserve in advance as supplies are limited.

For more information call Shaina at 530-314-7677 or email Shaina@JewishTahoe.com.

Clothing giveaway set for Dec. 13

December 4, 2014 — 

Dreda Dre’s fifth annual clothes giveaway will take place Dec.13 from noon to 5 p.m.

New and gently-used clothing, new and pre-owned skis, snowboards and toys for the holidays will be distributed. All ages are welcome.

There will be wrapping stations setup inside. Donations are gratefully accepted from now until Dec. 12 at The Buttermuffin located at 2540 Lake Tahoe Blvd.

Acceptable donations include: New and used clothing, free of profanity; all sports gear; new and used toys or gifts; Christmas lights and decorations.

Sponsors for the event include: Mountain Menace, The ButterMuffin, Savvy, Powder House, Tahoe Hemp Company, The Village, Raley’s and Uhaul.

The event is presented By Ghost Coast Music, with the message of “Hella Hope” at the Recreation Center located at 1180 Rufus Allen Blvd.

Clothing giveaway scheduled

December 2, 2014 — 

Dreda Dre’s fifth annual clothes giveaway will take place Dec.13 from noon to 5 p.m.

New and gently-used clothing, new and pre-owned skis, snowboards and toys for the holidays will be distributed. All ages are welcome.

There will be wrapping stations setup inside. Donations are gratefully accepted from now until Dec. 12 at The Buttermuffin located at 2540 Lake Tahoe Blvd.

Acceptable donations include: New and used clothing, free of profanity; all sports gear; new and used toys or gifts; Christmas lights and decorations.

Sponsors for the event include: Mountain Menace, The ButterMuffin, Savvy, Powder House, Tahoe Hemp Company, The Village, Raley’s and Uhaul.

The event is presented By Ghost Coast Music, with the message of “Hella Hope” at the Recreation Center located at 1180 Rufus Allen Blvd.

Births

December 2, 2014 — 

Camberos

Genesis Camberos, a girl, born on Nov.25 to Sergio Camberos and Adriana Gonzalez of South Lake Tahoe.

Estrada-Parra

Aron de Jesus Estrada-Parra, a boy, born on Nov.28 to Pedero Estrada and Sara Parra of South Lake Tahoe.

Miller

Wylder Eric Miller, a boy, born on Nov.30 to Shawn Miller and Rachel Rodriguez of South Lake Tahoe.

Tovar

Christian Jesus Tovar, a boy, born on Nov.30 to Oscar Tovar and Rosalba Godinez of South Lake Tahoe.

Zepeda

Alexander Daniel Zepeda, a boy, born on Nov.25 to Christian and Gloria Zepeda of South Lake Tahoe.

November 20, 2014 — 

Thanks to Heavenly

A special thanks to Heavenly Mountain Resort for allowing us to take two separate trips up the gondola with our Skilled Nursing residents this summer. We had a wonderful time from the beautiful ride up to the top, learning about the animals of the area and the history of the lake. A huge thank you to our special friends Jo Hearn and all of the other wonderful staff at Heavenly for hospitality, special stories and smiles. We are so thankful that Heavenly has allowed us to take this beautiful and fun trip for the past decade. You bring a smile to our faces and for many of our residents allowed us to have an adventure to tell their children and grandchildren about!

Maureen Froyum, Barton Skilled Nursing Activities Director

Thanks from Tahoe Senior Plaza

The Tahoe Senior Plaza Board of Directors, residents and staff would like to say Thanks to the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority & Century Golf for their continued support and concern for our residents. Thank you for helping us with our goals to help our residents have a special enhanced life while living at Tahoe Senior Plaza. Your help makes it possible for us to reach our goals each year and we appreciate you for this.

Shelia Cooper / Administrator

Kingsbury Grade Pavement Reconstruction Project

As we at the Nevada Department of Transportation and Q&D Construction complete the Kingsbury Grade Pavement Reconstruction Project, we want to thank community members and businesses for understanding and support. Originally scheduled to continue through next summer, the project has nearly completed this week; one season ahead of the schedule. This could not have been accomplished without the understanding of the community. Many know that Kingsbury Grade was closed to through traffic near the summit in May and once again in September and early October as we reconstructed the roadbed and made safety and other improvements. By closing the grade to through traffic for these time frames, we were able to greatly cut overall project length. While this construction schedule allowed the project to complete more quickly, we know the impact that important road projects like these can have on those living and working in the area. That is why we thank every resident, commuter and communitymember. Before construction began through completion, we had an opportunity to meet with residents, community and business leaders. This continued dialogue with the community helped us provide the most efficient, successful project for all. Working together, we were able to keep Kingsbury Grade during the Genoa Candy Dance. Thanks also to our partners at the Nevada Highway Patrol and Douglas County Sheriff for helping with public safety. The South Shore Transportation Management Association, South Shore Fire Protection District, TRPA and South Lake Tahoe resort association leaders, including the Ridge, were all partners in proving feedback, guidance and strategies to enhance the project. We thank everyone for their patience. The understanding of the entire community made it possible to provide an improved Kingsbury Grade that will connect Lake Tahoe and the Carson Valley for years to come. — Nevada Department of Transportation Project Manager Pedro Rodriguez

Pets of the Week

November 18, 2014 — 

These cuties are good dogs that have lived with cats and kids. We would like to keep them together, one adoption fee for both. They are house-trained, have really good manners and love to play. The owners lost their home and had to move in with parents and the parents landlord wouldn’t allow them. Legend is the white one and Owen is the brown one. They are 2 years old.

Come visit Owen and Legend 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 last week’s pet of the week: Spencer is still looking for his forever home. Remeber he comes with free training provided by Good Dog and the Lake Tahoe Humane Society.

Beauty salon to celebrate new ownership

November 11, 2014 — 

Tahoe Hair Company has a new owner, Corissa Welch, a newcomer to South Lake Tahoe with experience owning and operating a salon. She purchased the cabin that was converted into a salon. Tahoe Hair Company will hold a ribbon-cutting and grand opening at the salon on Nov. 19 at 4 p.m. Welch has more than 14 years of experience as a hair stylist and operated a business in Arizona with 360 clients. Welch offers services for all occasions, including weddings. Welch brought her knowledge to South Lake Tahoe in July when she moved from Arizona with her husband Ryan and their son Andrew to pursue their dream of living in Tahoe. “Tahoe is a place we have always wanted to live and it has been our goal to move here for a very long time,” Welch said. “It was hard for me to leave all my clients in Arizona, but that was something I was willing to sacrifice to move to this beautiful place.”

Light refreshments will be provided. Tahoe Hair Company is located at 2279 Lake Tahoe Blvd, Suite No. 1 in South Lake Tahoe. For information call 530-545-9716 or send an to email tahoehaircompany@gmail.com.

Driver safety class offered to seniors

November 7, 2014 — 

An AARP driver safety course is being offered to senior citizens on Nov. 15 from 9 a.m.to 1:30 p.m. The cost of the class is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members, payable at the start of the class. Payment covers the workbook and materials. Pre-registration is required.

Irvine Phillips will instruct the course. Those who complete the class should receive an auto insurance discount for three years. Participants will need to bring a pen or a pencil.

The class is sponsored by and will be held at Kahle Community Center located at 236 Kingsbury Grade in Stateline, Nev.

For more information or to sign up for the class, call 775-586-7271.

Veterans Day ceremony scheduled

November 7, 2014 — 

American Legion Post No. 795 will hold a Veterans Day ceremony on Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. The event is open to the public. Cake and coffee will be served following the ceremony. American Legion Post No. 795 is located at 2748 Lake Tahoe Blvd., in South Lake Tahoe. For more information call (530) 541-8788.

‘Leading Ladies’ to be performed at Lake Tahoe Community College

November 5, 2014 — 

The Theatre Arts Department at Lake Tahoe Community College will present the comedy “Leading Ladies” Nov. 14 through 23 in the Duke Theatre. Written by Ken Ludwig, this is described as a mixture of “Some Like It Hot” and Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night,” with a little Monty Python-style thrown in.

The Leading Ladies referenced in the play’s title are, two Shakespearean actors who are down on their luck and performing “Scenes from Shakespeare” on the Moose Lodge circuit in the Amish country of Pennsylvania. When they hear that an old lady in York, is about to die and leave her fortune to her two long-lost English nieces, they scheme to pass themselves off as the women and get their share of the cash.

Performances take place Nov. 14, 15, 20, 21 and 22 at 7:30 p.m., with Sunday matinees on Nov. 16 and 23 at 2 p.m. High school and college students with a current school identifications are invited to attend the show for free on Nov. 20, while seating is available.

Tickets cost $10 for general admission, $7 for seniors and groups of eight or more, and $5 for students with a valid student I.D. and children younger than 13. Tickets can be purchased in advance at LTCC’s Bookstore Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., and Friday 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. starting Nov. 3. The Duke Theatre Box Office will be open for ticket sales one hour before all performances. For more information about this production, call (530) 541-4660 ext. 207.

Pets of the Week

November 5, 2014 — 

We have an abundance of cute kittens. They all need homes so come on down and pick one or two out, or let them pick you. Come visit all the cute kittens 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 last weeks pet of the week. Cooper the cute blind pup still needs that special home.

Kudos & Kindness

October 24, 2014 — 

Live Violence Free

Thank you to all those in the community who attended the Live Violence Free Sunset Gala on Oct. 19. We were in awe of the level of support that resulted from our annual fundraiser. Your generosity will help us continue to build a safer community through education and advocacy to address domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse and basic needs.

We wholeheartedly thank you,

The Board and Staff of Live Violence Free

Soroptimist International groups make dreams come true

October 23, 2014 — 

Soroptimist International of Tahoe Sierra and Soroptimist International of South Lake Tahoe are collaborating to honor two women in the community with the “Live Your Dream” award.

Eligible applicants must be women who provide the primary financial support for their families, and are attending an undergraduate degree program or a vocational skills training program.

This award honors women who have faced a challenge such as poverty, domestic and sexual violence, divorce, the death of a spouse, or other life challenges, and had the courage and determination to turn their lives around.

Each recipient will receive a $2,000 cash award that they may use to offset any costs associated with their efforts to attain higher education or job skills including tuition, books, childcare and transportation.

Information and application forms are available on both club’s websites: http://sitahoesierra.org/ or http://sislt.org/. Contact: Pam Barrett at zippygirl1@att.net. Completed applications are due by Nov.15.

Halloween carnival scheduled

October 21, 2014 — 

Douglas County Parks and Recreation is hosting a Halloween Carnival at Kahle Community Center on Oct. 31, from 4 to 6:30 p.m.

The free-of-charge carnival is Open to all ages. Bring a trick-or-treat bag.

For more information, contact Kahle Community Center at 775-586-7271.

Spooky stories featured at library

October 21, 2014 — 

The Douglas County Public Library in Zephyr Cove on Oct. 29, at 6 p.m. will feature Tilly the Witch (aka Carol Nageotte) for spooky stories. Dress for Halloween.

Children will receive a Halloween treat to take home. Children age 4 and older will listen to Halloween stories from the library’s collection including a flashlight story. Tilly the Witch will end the program with her favorite poem, “Spider on the Floor.” The Douglas County Public Library is located at 233 Warrior Way. Visit douglas.lib.nv.us, or call 775-588-6411.

Libraries offer chance to win Kindle Fire

October 21, 2014 — 

The El Dorado County libraries provide a multitude of traditional and 21st century programs and tools to the public. There are six library branches in El Dorado County, which were visited by more than 610,000 people between July 2013 and July 2014, and approximately 34,000 people attended one of the 1,749 programs. More than 85,000 library card holders checked out 860,000 books during the same timeframe using their library card.

“We deliver an essential variety of services to the residents of El Dorado County, and we are proud to be a long-standing part of this incredible community,” said El Dorado County Library Director Jeanne Amos. “I invite everyone to visit one of our wonderful branches, meet our amazing team members and get or show your library card to be entered into a drawing to win a brand new Kindle Fire.”

The libraries recognize that knowledge and communication move at every speed and work hard to adapt services to best accommodate the ever-changing technological environment and the public they serve. People are now able to access the library electronically and download thousands of titles to any device connected to the Internet – in-person software instruction is available at all six libraries. Soon, the libraries will make iPads available for check out for people who are curious, but are without access to mobile tablets and apps. To assist in individual career advancement, their Learning Express database delivers practice tests in a variety of industries and fields. And for entertainment, a variety of DVDs - including new releases - are also available for check out for $1 dollar for three weeks.

The El Dorado County libraries also closely partner with the El Dorado County Office of Education (EDCOE), First 5 El Dorado and the school districts in El Dorado County to help enhance student reading skills and introduce them to the myriad of services available through the library. Some of the projects include a summer reading program, comprehensive field trips to the libraries, visits to schools, and teaching modules for students in upper elementary and middle school to help them in many different areas of education. For high school students, the library provides career modules to help them explore information regarding career choices including expected income levels.

“The work the libraries do for the children of El Dorado County is exemplary, and we are fortunate to work with such a talented and dedicated team who help bring reading to every child,” said El Dorado County Superintendent of Schools Jeremy M. Meyers. “The collaboration between education and various agencies like the libraries only increases the high-quality services we can provide for the members in our community.”

For more information regarding the libraries, visit http://www.eldoradolibrary.org/.

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