Announcements for South Lake Tahoe and South Shore areas

Pet of the week

September 2, 2014 — 

Bandit is a lovable 8-year-old Saint Bernard who acts like he’s 2. She loves to cuddle and play with our big dogs (especially young ones) but is better off in a home with no small children or small animals. Come visit Bandit out 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.

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Cocktail creations for a cause set

September 2, 2014 — 

Samples of cocktail creations made by local mixologists will be featured at the fifth annual Signature Cocktail Contest hosted by the Barton Foundation, the contest will take place Sept. 24 at Riva Grill from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

The mixologists, who many will recognize as area bartenders, will combine Tahoe Vodka, mixers, and creativity to craft concoctions. Attendees then vote for the “Best Cocktail” and “Most Congenial Bartender.” The winning cocktail will be featured at the foundation’s Gala fundraiser in December.

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Candidate forum for city council race set

August 22, 2014 — 

Seven candidates are vying for three open seats for South Lake Tahoe City Council in the November General Election.There will be an opportunity to hear from the candidates at a City Council Candidates Forum presented by the TahoeChamber at Lake Tahoe Golf Course on Sept. 10 from 5 to 7 p.m.

All seven candidates have been invited to participate in the forum. Candidates include incumbents Brooke Laine, Angela Swanson, and Tom Davis, as well as challengers Wendy David, Matt Palacio and Austin Sass. Former City Council member Bruce Grego is also a candidate. Candidate questions will be moderated by representatives of TahoeChamber’s Candidate Endorsement Committee, representing more than 660 members and 8,000 jobs in the community. Many of the questions will revolve around principles in the Tahoe Future 2020 South Shore Community Vision, a platform adopted by the Chamber Board of Directors. Questions will also be solicited from the audience.

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Tyler Turnipseed Named Chief of Law Enforcement for NDOW

August 21, 2014 — 

Tyler Turnipseed was named Chief Game Warden for the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) Monday. He is the fifth Chief Game Warden in NDOW’s history, a position that oversees all game wardens in Nevada. Game wardens enforce wildlife and boating safety laws across the state, in rural areas and on Nevada’s waterways.

Turnipseed is relocating to Reno from Winnemucca where he spent 10 years as the sole game warden for the community.

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Grant cycle opens

August 14, 2014 — 

Lake Tahoe Educational Foundation is now accepting applications for its fall grant cycle. Applications are available online on the organization’s website www.ltedf.org and are due Sept. 26.

To provide more opportunities to apply, the nonprofit foundation that supports educational enrichment programs for the Lake Tahoe Unified School District opened the grant cycle to two applications periods, fall and spring. The foundation provides $40,000 to $60,000 annually in enrichment grants. The money is raised through Snow Sports week in February, an annual mail solicitation and through the group’s signature fundraiser in October the Food Fest.

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New doc joins Tahoe Sports Medicine

August 14, 2014 — 

New Physician Joins Tahoe Sports Medicine

Barton Health is pleased to announce that Alison Ganong, MD will be joining Tahoe Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in September.

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Pet of the week

July 29, 2014 — 

Some thing a little different this week, we have five Russian Hamsters. There is a mom and four babies that are ready to leave her. They are very friendly and well-handled. All are females and their adoption fee is only $5 Come check them out 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.

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Pet of the Week

July 15, 2014 — 

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What’s Cookin’ at Callie’s Cabin: Mini no-bake cheesecakes for summer

June 19, 2014 — 

Bring it on! Summer is here this weekend. What better way to celebrate the new season than with cheesecake and seasonal fruit? There’s no need to slave over a hot stove or buy those pre-packaged larger cheesecakes with frozen fruit on top. It’s time to do it yourself and give this dessert a fresh twist in the comfort of your kitchen.

Cheesecake comes in a variety of forms. Baked New York cheesecake includes sour cream but is dense and dry. Philadelphia Cream Cheese makes a creamy and light French cheesecake. No eggs are used in the unbaked (refrigerated) cheesecake, and it can be sweetened with sugar and topped with fruit.

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El Dorado County Fair offers healthier options

June 6, 2014 — 

This year’s El Dorado County Fair on June 12-15 in Placerville will offer a variety of healthy foods along with fair classics.

The fair issued a healthy challenge to concessionaires. YoDots, sweet potato fries, iced tea, salads, roasted corn on the cob and all-natural frozen bananas are just a few of the foods offered this year through the fair’s new Healthy Challenge.

“We put a call out to all of our food concessionaires asking them to participate in a challenge — to create delicious tasting, healthy food that fair-goers can enjoy,” said Jody Gray, the fair’s CEO. “Of course hot dogs and cotton candy and all the other fair food staples aren’t going anywhere — kids and adults alike love those and look forward to them all year,” she added.

Items offered at the fair that are a result of the healthy challenge are: 100 percent crushed fruit smoothies from Pony Espresso; all natural, high protein, one-third the sugar ice cream from Wende’s Hit & Miss Ole Fashion Ice Cream; Slush Puppies and YoDots offered by Whitings Food Concessions; chocolate dipped strawberries and frozen bananas from Lynn’s Udder D-lite; old fashioned soda made with pure cane sugar (no high fructose corn syrup) from Wild Bills Soda; unsweetened iced tea made by The Lemonade Yard; roasted corn on the cob from Anna Co.; juice boxes from Duffy’s Hot Dogs; salad offered by Full Life Fellowship; smoothies by Jamba Juice; sweet potato fries by T’s Concessions; creole vegetarian red beans and rice by Louisiana Backyard BBQ.

Concessionaires selected as favorites by an adults’ panel and children’s panel will earn the right to display a Best of Show ribbon. Save Mart will provide free healthy food sampling at the Plaza.

Children age 4-12 are invited to get a healthy start to Kid’s Day with a 1K run or walk before gates open for the day on June 12. El Dorado County Office of Education will provide pedometers for the first 500 participants to register.

Check-in for the run is at 9:30 a.m. in the Plaza by the Green Gate. Run time is at 10:30 a.m., with younger runners starting first. Walking and wheelchairs are allowed on the course.

Fair admission and the event are free for participants. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and must submit a signed application. Fair admission is required for all adult companions and children over the age of 12.

For more information, applications and waivers, go to eldoradocountyfair.org, or go to the fair office from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays through June 11 and from 9 a.m. to 9:25 a.m. on June 12.

Valhalla gears up for summer of events

June 5, 2014 — 

Valhalla Tahoe is very proud to be part of the legacy of Lake Tahoe through its mission to provide the community with diverse arts programming and to preserve Valhalla’s history. We hope to pass along our passion to you through the Valhalla Art, Music and Theatre Festival!

Everyone agrees that Tahoe is one of the most beautiful places in the world. It is true today and it was true in the early part of the 20th century when the Tahoe Basin underwent considerable development and grew into the bustling destination resort area for tourists and home to so many passionate locals. The families who built and occupied the great estates that now make up the Tallac Historic Site lived in grand style on the shores of Lake Tahoe.

Today these wonderful old houses are owned and managed by the Forest Service. At Valhalla (the Heller Estate), the non-profit organization, Valhalla Tahoe, manages the site and attends to its historic preservation using funds generated by the Valhalla Art, Music and Theatre Festival, an annual summer-long festival featuring world-class live music, theatre, film, comedy improv and visual arts.

The Valhalla Art, Music and Theatre Festival is a world-class arts festival set on one of the most beautiful properties in all of Tahoe. This year the festival has something to offer everyone from kids to grandparents, from music lovers to theater buffs, from artists to art admirers, Valhalla has put together a truly diverse program of concerts, plays, comedy, film, workshops and displays from June 25–Aug. 18.

Kicking of the festival on June 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Boathouse Theatre will be a Blues and American Roots music concert featuring, world renowned and award winning recording artist, songwriter, guitar master, one-man-band, from Austin, Texas, Ray Bonneville, plus very special guests Lance Canales and the Flood. Opening night is not to be missed!

On July 1, South Tahoe favorites the Alan Miller Trio will entertain with local, homegrown jazz. Then for the holiday weekend, James Garner’s Tribute to Johnny Cash will amaze concert-goers with a skillful and entertaining tribute to “the Man in Black.” The MT Wallets will perform a free concert on the lawn on July 6. By popular demand, comedy improve is back on July 8. Then, the amazing Joe Craven is coming to Valhalla on July 9. Joe is well known across Northern California and indeed around the world for being able to play music on pretty much any earthly object. He has a passion for music so contagious audiences go wild. He and his daughter Hattie Craven will host a family friendly workshop in the afternoon designed to engage people of all skill levels (even those with no musical experience at all!) and Joe and Hattie will give a concert that evening.

And that’s just the first weeks of the festival. The second half of July and August are jam packed with events. Hopefully, you are curious and inspired to come out and be part of the Valhalla Art, Music and Theatre Festival this summer. Come out and enjoy this historic property we’ve worked so hard to preserve and improve and take in a concert or a play in our beautiful Boathouse Theatre or out on the Grand Lawn. Our board, staff and small army of enthusiastic volunteers will be delighted to see you. See you at Valhalla this summer!

Information about the festival and Valhalla Tahoe is at www.valhallatahoe.com, or call 530-541-4975.

Evangeline Elston is the Valhalla Art, Music and Theatre Festival director.

South Shore in brief

June 5, 2014 — 

Screening of mental illness documentary set

El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency, Mental Health Division and the South Lake Tahoe Collaborative in partnership with the Community Resource Center in Placerville will host a screening of “A New State of Mind: Ending the Stigma of Mental Illness,” a documentary narrated by award-winning actress Glenn Close, at 8 p.m. June 11 at Lake Tahoe Community College Board Room.

The documentary tells the stories of everyday Californians who have lived with a mental illness, shattering myths as it highlights their hope, resilience and recovery. It was produced as part of a comprehensive statewide effort to increase the number of people who seek early help for mental challenges by reducing stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness.

After the screening of the hour-long documentary, attendees will have the opportunity to hear from a panel of local stakeholders and access information about community resources and learn how they can make a difference in their families and community. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, go to EachMindMatters.org.

Ceramic artist visits LTCC Friday & Saturday

Lake Tahoe Community College Art Club will host San Jose artist Avery Palmer, who will talk about his work and provide demonstrations on Friday and Saturday.

Palmer will present slides and talk about his ceramic sculptures, paintings and drawings at 6 p.m. Friday in F101. The lecture is open to the public.

Palmer will demonstrate ceramic building and texturing techniques and surface painting applications from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday in F104. The demonstration is open to currently enrolled Lake Tahoe Community College students, staff and faculty.

The presentations are part of the LTCC Art Club Visiting Artist Series and is funded through student fundraising activities and donations. Space is limited for both presentations.

For more information about Palmer and his artwork, visit averypalmerart.com. For more about the club, contact Colleen Sidey at ccsidey@mail.ltcc.edu, or find LTCC Art Club on Facebook.

Smackdown bull riding event set for Saturday

Bodines Casino’s second Smackdown Bull Riding series will bring 30 bull riders and bulls to Fuji Park Arena, located at Carson City Fairgrounds on Old Clear Creek Road, on Saturday.

Bulls will be brought in by Souza’s Bucking Bulls of Merced, Calif. The Mutton Busters will be featured, and there will be food, games for children, music, motorcycle and quad barrel racing and women’s wild cow riding.

Event sponsors are Bodines Casino, Carson City Tourism Bureau, Carson City Chamber of Commerce, Dick Campagni’s Capital Ford, Tractor Supply, FM 102.5 - Cowboy Country, Carson Valley Inn, Sportsman’s Warehouse and Les Schwab Tires.

Tickets cost $10 in advance and $15 at the event and are available at Bodines Casino or Carson Valley Inn. For more information, call 775-783-6629.

Kid’s free fishing derby is Saturday

South Lake Tahoe Optimist Club will hold the Dale Sayer Annual Kid’s Free Fishing Derby for children up to age 14 from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at Sawmill Pond.

The pond will be stocked, and there will be prizes and hot dogs.

Volunteer cleanup this Saturday

Help kick off the Tahoe Bike Challenge and join us for a bike trail cleanup on Saturday, June 7, 10 a.m.-noon, followed by lunch. Meet at 9:45 a.m. at one of three South Lake Tahoe locations to pick up litter and pull invasive weeds from areas around our bike paths. Afterwards, we will have a lunch celebration at the League to Save Lake Tahoe office, 2608 Lake Tahoe Blvd..

All ages are welcome and it is free to attend. No technical skills required. Be sure to bring your sunscreen, reusable water bottle and gloves if you have them.

Bike to the event and receive a raffle ticket for one of many raffle prizes.

RSVP at http://clean-tahoe.org/bike-path-cleanup. For more info, contact Catherine at catherine@clean-tahoe.org or (530) 544-4210. Hope to see you there.

The event is sponsored by Sierra Nevada Alliance, League to Save Lake Tahoe, Clean Tahoe Program, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, Lake Tahoe Bicycle Coalition, California Tahoe Conservancy, South Tahoe Refuse, and Heavenly Resort.

Annual yard sale, silent auction Saturday

Moose Lodge #1632, at 961 Eloise Ave., will hold its third annual yard sale and silent auction from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The sale offers antiques and a silent auction of items, including two tickets to the Giants vs. LA game and two tickets to the Giants vs. Pirates game, behind home plate in San Francisco (parking is included).

All proceeds benefit the local Moose Lodge and Moose charities.

Moose Lodge holds yard sale and silent auction

Moose Lodge #1632 is holding its third annual yard sale and silent auction on Saturday, June 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 961 Eloise Avenue, next to Liberty Energy.

Many quality items, antiques, and a silent auction including two tickets to the Giants vs. LA game and two tickets to the Giants vs. Pirates game, behind home plate in San Francisco (parking included).

All proceeds benefit the local Moose Lodge and Moose Charities.

Benefit concert set for Sunday

The Back Forty Bluegrass band will return this year for Friends of Hope Valley’s benefit concert on June 8 at Sorensen’s Resort on Highway 88 in Hope Valley.

The event offers music, food from Sorensen’s Café and performances from The Ten Dollar Pony, Larry Nair and Beth Oliverto.

Sorensen’s Resort will match the funds raised. The cost is $10.

For more information, call 530-694-1701, or go to friendsofhopevalley.org.

Scholarships awarded to outstanding students

Two funds at Placer Community Foundation, the Richard and Doris Sayles Family Scholarship Fund and the Larry D. Mitchell Memorial Scholarship Fund, recently awarded scholarships to outstanding high school seniors.

The Richard and Doris Sayles Family Scholarship Fund at Placer Community Foundation annually awards scholarships to former Newcastle Elementary School students who are pursuing higher education. Jenna Jordan and Tannah Jabusch from Del Oro High School received scholarships presented by Mary Sayles, the daughter of the foundation’s namesakes, Doris and Richard Sayles. Both women plan to pursue careers in careers in nursing.

The Larry D. Mitchell Memorial Scholarship Fund at Placer Community Foundation distributed two $1,000 scholarships to Molly Foster of Analy High School and Zachary Stelzer of Placer Union High School District.

For more information, go to placercf.org, or call 530-885-4920.

Save a pet fundraiser June 14

The Lake Tahoe Humane Society and SPCA is holding the second annual “Save a pet” fundraiser barbecue on June 14 to benefit the Aussie and Hooter Fund and the Humane Society.

The event runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Kiwanis Gazebo in Bijou Park, 1099 Al Tahoe Blvd.. The event is free but donations are accepted. There will be live music, a raffle and rummage sale, a police K-9 unit demonstration, and a talk about wolves. All dogs must be on leash. Call 530-542-2857 for information or visit www.LakeTahoeHumaneSociety.org.

Oil, watercolor painting classes start June 17

Oil and watercolor painting classes instructed by Teri Sweeney will resume June 17 at the Tahoe Art League Art Center, 3062 Lake Tahoe Blvd.

The upcoming class will be a four-week session in which students will paint a bear in the forest. A photo reference and a drawing will be provided so students can transfer the image to their watercolor paper or oil canvas. Demonstrations of techniques in oil and watercolor will be provided, as well as step by step instruction.

The classes will be from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays. The four-week session costs $100 per person. A list of materials will be provided, and materials will be available to use in class for a one-time fee of $15.

Sweeney is a nationally recognized artist who has participated in various shows throughout the west, including the CM Russell Auction in Great Falls, Mont., and Cowgirl Up! in Wickenburg, Ariz. Her work can be seen at www.tsart.org.

For more information or to register, call Sweeney at 775-790-9261, or send an email to terisweeneyart@hotmail.com.

Search and rescue benefit at Riva Grill

Riva Grill’s 9th Annual Deck Opening Party and Search and Rescue Benefit will be held June 18. Join us for Wet Woody Wednesday to kick off summer in style! $20 donation at the door benefits El Dorado Search and Rescue and gets you our best summer buffet from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.. Enjoy live music, $3 off Tahoe Blue Vodka drinks and a stand-up paddle board raffle give-away at 9 p.m. from Search and Rescue.

Annual EcoSummit set for June 21-22

Mountain Sage in Groveland will host its annual Sierra EcoSummit on June 21 and 22. This year’s summit will strongly focus on water and drought and will feature UC Berkeley’s Lynn Ingram, author of “The West Without Water.”

The family-friendly event kicks off on June 21 with 30 free seminars about science, land practices, community building, farming, local foods, health and entertainment. The event also offers food, artists and yoga. Blue grass and country band Willie Tea and the Good Luck Fellas will perform after the seminars.

The event continues on Sunday, June 22, with workshops for greywater system installation, composting toilets, rainwater collection and more. Registration is required for all Sunday workshops.

For more information, go to sierraecosummit.org.

South Tahoe grad honored at Whitman College

South Tahoe High School graduate Jack Percival, of Stateline, recently received the “Pat Bender Award of Excellence for Student Advocacy” from the Associated Students of Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington.

The student senate voted to honor Percival, a sophomore, with the award for his outstanding performance promoting student issues at the campus.

He also received “Outstanding Leadership” certificates for his work as ASWC vice-president, Student Affairs Committee chair and as a member of the Board of Trustees Enrollment Committee and the General Studies Committee for the 2013-14 academic year.

Percival graduated from STHS in 2012. He served as student body president and LTUSD Board of Trustees student representative his senior year.

Optimists hold ‘Day in Paradise’ June 21

The South Lake Tahoe Optimist Club will host its 11th annual Day in Paradise from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 21 at Tahoe Paradise Park in Meyers.

The event starts with a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., followed by a car and truck show and duck races. There will be free games and prizes for children and a barbecue with hot dogs and hamburgers. The second annual rib cook-off will take place outside the Beer & Wine Garden with live music by Deep Fried Mojo from 2 to 7 p.m.

All proceeds benefit local youth organizations. For information about duck tickets, car and truck show entries or the rib cook-off, call 530-541-4700.

Summer Camp at Zephyr Point

Looking for a fun-filled, life-changing summer camp experience for your child? If so, check out Camp Zephyr. We are a Christian camp focused on providing a safe place for children to meet new friends, experience adventure, and to engage in unforgettable activities such as archery, field sports, water games, beach activities, arts & crafts, exploring, low-ropes challenge course, and much more.

We have designed summer camp programs for youth and children entering 1st-12th grades, beginning June 30 and running through Aug. 15. For 1st-5th grade campers, we offer a day camp program (9 a.m.-4 p.m.) for $125 per week, with options for early drop-off, late pick-up, and bus transportation for additional fees. For 6th–12th grade campers, we provide a 5-night camp with meals and accommodations included for $295 per week. For more information and to register for camp, please visit our website www.zephyrpoint.org. If you have any questions or would like assistance with registration please call our camp coordinator, Timothy Plummer, at 775-588-6759 ext. 107.

Friends of the Library offers free summer programs

June 5, 2014 — 

Following is a schedule Friends of the Library’s free summer programs at the South Lake Tahoe Library.

Fourteen musicians from Reno’s Tintabulations will play traditional folk, jazz and classic rock songs during a hand bell concert at 3 p.m. June 14.

Grammy nominee and author Linda Chorney will be featured in an evening of music, reading and storytelling for adults at 6 p.m. June 17.

Author, speaker and photographer Mark McLaughlin will give a multimedia presentation about his book “The Donner Party: Weathering the Storm” at 6 p.m. June 18. The book chronicles weather conditions and storm events in Northern California and the mountains during the winter of 1847. A book sale and signing will follow.

Roger Rosenberger will present wildflowers from around the world in “Wildflowers: Here and There” at 6 p.m. June 25.

Music on the Lawn presents Sean Cummings’ Scottish Highland bagpipe at 6 p.m. July 23. Attendees are welcome to bring a picnic.

Author Todd Borg will talk about his twelfth book in the Owen McKenna mystery series at 6:30 p.m. July 30. A book sale and signing will follow.

Crazy Club authors Christie Higman Rassuchine and Robyn Lindner will host a children’s reading session of “Larry’s Lucky Charm” at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 2. Participants are sought for the Tall Pines Talent Show; children are invited to wear participate in a costume contest and talent show. Snacks and prizes will be provided.

Author Arlene Morgan will talk about the writing process and her new novel “Roots of the Vines” at 6 p.m. Aug. 6. A questions-and-answer session and book-signing will follow. Books cost $15; 20 percent of the evening’s proceeds benefit Friends of the Library.

Author Mary Jo Sonntag will present “If You Live to Get There: Tracing Westward Expansion through 120 Years of Family Letters,” which tells the story of the Phillips family’s westward migration from Vermont to Northern California, at 6 p.m. Aug. 13.

Hundreds of new and used titles will be available at a book sale at 10 a.m. Aug. 16. Friends of the Library members will be admitted an hour early. The group accepts new members anytime, including on the morning of the sale. The Alan Miller Trio will perform in the afternoon on the lawn.

Erline Christopherson, the first woman to complete a lengthwise swim of Lake Tahoe, will talk about the record-setting day in 1962 with videos, photos and stories at 6 p.m. Aug. 20.

What’s Cookin’ at Callie’s Cabin:

June 5, 2014 — 

June is here and so are no-cook and lighter recipes with pizazz. While I do love the four seasons of Tahoe, summer in the kitchen can be hot. I find myself turning to cold salads with vegetables. Salads don’t have to be boring rabbit food. One of my favorite dishes is the tostada minus beans. This time around, I’m giving a Mexican tostada salad a twist from the Mediterranean for a sentimental reason (or two).

Lately, I’ve been experiencing the European-linked dream that I’ve had hundreds of times. I find myself back in San Carlos on the San Francisco Bay Area peninsula in a Mediterranean-style bungalow. The landlord, an 80-something woman with European roots, was my best friend; I was her confidante-restaurant buddy. One night at our Italian restaurant of choice, I ordered my black tea (as folks in Ireland do), and nibbled on French bread dipped in olive oil (like Italians do). The entrée was a shrimp salad that I munched on as I listened to tales of her European romantic travels as a harpist. It was her gift of storytelling and secrets — and after dinner purchasing a much-needed computer and printer for me and my budding writing career that made this dinner unforgettable and left me longing to visit Europe.

So it’s no surprise that my last book tour took me back to San Carlos. Sadly, the eatery was closed. The 14 bungalows (once filled with European tenants) were replaced by a condo building. My friend, almost 100, had passed. I returned to Lake Tahoe with bittersweet thoughts knowing she was a link to me being an author of a book series based on a European diet and lifestyle.

Mediterranean Tostada

Tostada shells:

2 large flour tortillas

Extra virgin olive oil

Black pepper and sea salt to taste

Salad:

1 ½ cups organic mixed baby greens, washed

½ cup tomatoes, sliced

1/8 cup red onion, diced

½ cup feta, crumbled or provolone cheese, shredded

½ cup black olives. sliced

6 ounces albacore tuna or cooked shrimp

Extra virgin olive oil and red wine vinegar with pepper to taste

Lime or lemon (for garnish)

Place tortillas snug on top of an upside down cupcake tin. Brush lightly with olive oil. Bake at 400 degrees for several minutes till golden brown. Remove shaped tortilla “bowls” from oven, set aside. In a large bowl. combine lettuce, tomatoes, onion, cheese, olives and fish. Drizzle oil and vinegar, pepper on top, mix. Place salad mixture in tostadas and plate. Garnish with citrus slices. Serves two. (Double recipe for four.)

This colorful salad is fail proof. The tostada shells are rustic looking and delicious when warm. Break fresh French bread or slice it and dip in warm olive oil or pats of European style butter. Herbal tea (hot or iced) completes the meal. For dessert, dish up seasonal sweet blueberries (they’re priced right now!) and a dollop of real whipped cream. This pre-summer meal was a treat because on Monday I renewed my passport so I can get my first taste of the Mediterranean this season.

Motto: Feed your soul and spirit. Live and eat each day as though it’s your last day on Earth because we all have expiration dates.

Cal Orey, M.A. is an author and journalist. Her books include “The Healing Powers” series (Vinegar, Olive Oil, Chocolate, Honey, and Coffee) published by Kensington. Her website is www.calorey.com.

Kudos & Kindness: Thanks to Maddi’s Friesian Ranch

June 3, 2014 — 

Maddi’s Friesian Ranch. The Gardnerville establishment is the No. 1 breeder of Friesian’s in the United States. The name conjures images of glistening, coal-black horses with luxuriant manes and high-stepping, powerful gaits. The non-profit Between Horses and Humans would like to foster another image for Maddi’s: one of overwhelming generosity and community spirit.

Between Horses and Humans works to pair young people who have emotional and behavioral issues with horses in a structured and supportive environment. We believe that children learn good work habits and develop new skills for working with horses, other people and themselves.

Between Horses and Humans faced a serious problem of space to grow and expand. That was when Ruth Page and Greg Walsh, who own Maddi’s Friesian Ranch, stepped up. They offered their ranch and extensive facilities as our home base to provide more services to more children.

“Lives Changed, Hearts Healed” — that is the motto of our organization. The kindness, openness and contributions from Ruth and Greg, from their barn manager Stephanie Keplar and their support staff, have helped immensely to change children’s lives and heal their hearts. We invite others in the community to thank them and join us in our future work.

There is a lot of great information at Maddi’s Friesian Ranch and Between Horses and Humans websites: www.maddisfriesianranch.com and www.betweenhorsesandhumans.org.

Donna Leandro

Volunteer, Between Horses and Humans

Kudos & Kindness: Thanks for donations

June 3, 2014 — 

I want to thank everyone at The Lodge at Kingsbury Crossing for their unselfish donations for Hooters obituary. I put it out as a request on Saturday and by Sunday, they had pulled together all I needed, short of $39.

My deepest gratitude also includes Peggy Cocores, from the Tribune, who so generously not only paid the balance needed, but also extra to upgrade the obituary.

Words cannot express the deepest and heartfelt gratitude to give so unselfishly and lovingly from the heart. My deepest love and honor to all of you.

Rose Denner-Welechenko

South Lake Tahoe

Kudos & Kindness: Girls empowerment retreat held

June 3, 2014 — 

On Friday, May 30, Live Violence Free, in collaboration with South Tahoe Middle School and Soroptimist International of Tahoe Sierra, held the annual Girls Empowerment Retreat for 33 middle school girls, grades 6-8.

The retreat included self-defense training from Escobar Training Grounds, self-love and sisterhood workshop by Soul 2 Soul, health and nutrition education, arts and crafts and a documentary activity about the importance of education. The participants received pizza thanks to the generosity of MacDuff’s Public House and a gift bag thanks to Barton Women’s Health.

The girls engaged in self-reflection, group activities, leadership building, and practiced supporting one another. This event was only made possible due to strong community collaboration and enthusiasm to support the upcoming generation of leaders. Thank you to those who participated and donated!

Hannah Greenstreet

Prevention educator, Live Violence Free

Kudos & Kindness: Overdue thanks to Aspen Hollow Nursery

June 3, 2014 — 

I would like to send out a long overdue thank you to John Fellows and all his wonderful and hard working crew from Aspen Hollow Nursery for the beautiful job they did on landscaping my yard. After I rebuilt my home after losing it to the Angora fire seven years ago, John and his crew came in and worked their magic. I now have such a beautiful yard that I truly enjoy spending time in. It has matured nicely and I couldn’t have ever dreamed that I would have a yard so beautiful. From the bottom of my heart I am so proud and grateful for all that you did.

Yours Truly,

Lori (Herman) Turle

South Lake Tahoe

Scott Helmer benefit concert for Tahoe Dream Foundation

June 4, 2014 — 

Scott Helmer is holding a live benefit concert for Tahoe Dream Foundation, a nonprofit that supports local child care centers and needy families, at The American Legion Post 795, 2748 Lake Tahoe Blvd., on Friday, June 13, at 7 p.m.. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Children five and under are free.

Helmer’s contagious, radio-friendly blend of rock and pop includes memorable guitar riffs, catchy sing-along choruses and lyrics that tell stories of love, pain and starting over. These songs, co-written and recorded with his photographer/musician brother, Rich Helmer, have also crossed over to fans of Country & Americana. He has opened up for legendary acts like Heart, Eddie Money, 3 Doors Down and Big Country.

Tahoe Dream Foundation will use the money raised for its assistance programs. Also, the foundation is raising money to help local motel owner Jerry Morey, the victim of an assault in January by one of his tenants. The attack resulted in more than $50,000 in medical bills and other expenses for Morey.

Tahoe Dream Foundation has also started a petition to help make sure the man responsible for the assault is prosecuted. For more information, go to justiceforjerry.blogspot.com or

http://www.change.org/petitions/justice-for-jerry-morey# .

Additional contact information: Tahoedreamfoundation@yahoo.com or www.Tahoedreamfoundation.org. Phone: 530-307-9602.

Births

May 30, 2014 — 

Ervin, Titan Flynn, a son, born May 20, 2014, to Gunnar and Jenna Ervin of South Lake Tahoe.

Lopez Cazares, Roberto, a son, born May 26, 2014, to Roberto and Socorro Lopez of South Lake Tahoe.

South Shore news in brief

May 30, 2014 — 

Plein air artists featured at fundraiser

Paint Tahoe Blue, a “paint-in” fundraiser where up to 20 local and regional plein air artists paint and then auction their pieces to guests, will be from 4 to 8 p.m. June 15 at Sand Harbor State Park, five miles south of Incline Village. The event will be at the group picnic area on the right just after entering the park. The auction will start at 7 p.m.

Half of the proceeds go to the artists; the other half benefits the Toiyabe Chapter of Sierra Club, whose contributions include allocation of funds to support conservation initiatives. Member from the Toiyabe Chapter and Great Basin Group will be on hand, and wine and refreshments will be served.

Huber receives Senior of the Year award

The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors presented the 2014 Senior of the Year award to Penelope “Penny” Huber at the Board of Supervisors Chambers held on May 20. The Senior of the Year award is presented to highlight the accomplishments and contributions of an active older adult living in El Dorado County.

Huber has lived in South Lake Tahoe for the over 30 years. She was recognized for her exceptional lead volunteerism at Barton Skilled Nursing Facility and her volunteer work; she contributes approximately 18-24 hours a week.

Huber was also honored for her volunteerism with the South Lake Tahoe Police Alzheimer’s Registry and Care Track Program, Family Caregiver Support Program, and South Lake Tahoe Police Department.

TRPA Board honors chiefs, marks awareness month

With record drought conditions in the West, the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Governing Board adopted a resolution supporting the 2014 Lake Tahoe Wildfire Awareness Month and gave recognition to two departing Lake Tahoe fire chiefs, Chief John Pang of Meeks Bay Fire Protection District and Division Chief Norb Szczurek of the North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District, at its meeting in Kings Beach, Calif.

Lake Tahoe fire agencies designated May 2014 as Wildfire Awareness Month in the Tahoe Basin and are encouraging homeowners this year to prepare their homes for wildfire with a focus on creating and sustaining Fire Adapted Communities. Residents of a Fire Adapted Community accept responsibility for living in a high fire-hazard area, work to create defensible space and reduce fuels around structures, and work with neighbors to integrate defensible space throughout neighborhoods.

The organization also presented an update and overview of catastrophic wildfire prevention efforts to date, including its support for homeowner defensible space and the effort to reduce forest fuels on more than 60,000 acres of land in the Tahoe Basin and announced Mary Huggins has been hired to run the agency’s tree removal permitting program.

For more information, call Jeff Cowen at 775-589-5278, or send an email to jcowen@trpa.org.

Students visit museum with BATS program

Eleven classes of elementary school children recently visited the Haldan Art Gallery on the Lake Tahoe Community College campus. The field trips were part of the Bringing Art to Schools program offered to students in grades K-5. The students viewed works of art by the LTCC Art Department faculty and staff. The exhibit included two and three-dimensional pieces. For many students, this was their first visit to a professional art gallery. In addition to the docent-led tour of the gallery, the students created their own works of art using photosensitive paper to make “sun prints.”

Bringing Art to Schools is a volunteer-run program providing art appreciation and activity to young students. It is funded by donations and grants. The field trips were sponsored by a grant from the El Dorado Community Foundation. For more information, go to www.batsart.org.

Registration open for summer sports camps

Lake Tahoe Community College and Tahoe Center for Orthopedics hold week-long summer sports camps that focus on improving children’s health, wellness and athletic performance. Children ages 7-13 can learn proper exercise techniques, team-building, sports-specific techniques and how to make healthy nutritional choices.

Session 1 is held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 23-27; Session 2 is held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 7-11 and Session 3 is held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 11-15. The cost is $185 per session. A 20 percent discount is offered for signing up for all three sessions.

To register, go to www.ltcc.edu/communityeducation, and click on “Community Education Classes,” or call 530-541-4660, ext. 717.

Two guided hikes planned on June 7

Explore Tahoe: An Urban Trailhead Visitor Center will host guided hikes in honor of American Hiking Society’s 22nd annual National Trails Day celebration at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. June 7.

Participants will be guided by Gavin Furman on a moderate hike through Van Sickle Bi State Park. The hike will highlight environmental and historic facts along the trail. Hikes begin and end at Explore Tahoe: An Urban Trailhead, located at the Heavenly Village transit center on Highway 50.

Hikers are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and bring water. Refreshments will be provided following each tour. The free hikes are open to ages 12 and over. For reservations, call 530-542-4637.

Survey available to improve library services

The Douglas County Public Library is conducting an online survey to find out how people use the library’s computers and Internet connection and how this service has made a positive impact on their lives. Information gathered will help the library improve its technology services and communicate the value of providing free access to computers and the Internet within the community.

The survey is anonymous, available in English and Spanish, and takes 10-15 minutes to complete. It can be accessed through June 14 from the library computers, or at douglas.lib.nv.us and Facebook/DouglasLibraryNV.

The Impact Survey is the result of a successful research initiative from the University of Washington with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. For more information, see the library information desk, or go to http://impactsurvey.org.

Scott Helmer benefit concert for Tahoe Dream Foundation

Scott Helmer is holding a live benefit concert for Tahoe Dream Foundation, a nonprofit that supports local child care centers and needy families, at The American Legion Post 795, 2748 Lake Tahoe Blvd., on Friday, June 13, at 7 p.m.. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Children five and under are free.

Helmer’s contagious, radio-friendly blend of rock and pop includes memorable guitar riffs, catchy sing-along choruses and lyrics that tell stories of love, pain and starting over. These songs, co-written and recorded with his photographer/musician brother, Rich Helmer, have also crossed over to fans of Country & Americana. He has opened up for legendary acts like Heart, Eddie Money, 3 Doors Down and Big Country.

Tahoe Dream Foundation will use the money raised for its assistance programs. Also, the foundation is raising money to help local motel owner Jerry Morey, the victim of an assault in January by one of his tenants. The attack resulted in more than $50,000 in medical bills and other expenses for Morey.

Tahoe Dream Foundation has also started a petition to help make sure the man responsible for the assault is prosecuted. For more information, go to justiceforjerry.blogspot.com or

http://www.change.org/petitions/justice-for-jerry-morey# .

Additional contact information: Tahoedreamfoundation@yahoo.com or www.Tahoedreamfoundation.org. Phone: 530-307-9602

Author featured June 13 at LTCC

As part of the Lake Tahoe Community College’s Writers’ Series, Bona Fide Books will launch award-winning author Ann Gelder’s “Bigfoot and the Baby” at 7 p.m. June 13.

The event is free and open to the public.

In Gelder’s debut novel, it’s 1986 and homemaker Jackie Majesky knows the world is ending. Apocalyptic portents — famine, war, the Chernobyl meltdown—have been piling up for months. Her comedian-cop husband and punk-rock daughter see nothing amiss, but her new baby, Mollie, won’t stop screaming. Jackie decides it’s up to her to save the world, and her hapless family, from damnation. She moves them to a domed city where they find a different kind of salvation.

Gelder has taught literature at Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley, and has worked as an online producer and marketing consultant. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Books will be available for signing and purchase. The event is free and open to the public.

Lake Tahoe Community College is located at 1 College Drive in South Lake Tahoe. For more information, email Kim Wyatt at editor@bonafidebooks.com, or go to www.bonafidebooks.com.

Tahoe Elks Lodge awards scholarships

Tahoe-Douglas Elks Lodge 2670 awarded eight $500. scholarships to South Tahoe High School Seniors at the Awards Program on Wednesday, May 28. The awards were presented by Roger Barragan, Trustee & Jeanne Barragan, Scholarship Committee member. The awards went to Chad Kaassamani, Ericka Crystal Rosas, Ryan Piazzo, JI Hyeon Pak, Adelaine Martinez, Kevin Herrera-Uribe, Shaina Aquino and Brittany Harper.

Story, brick building session set at Tahoe library

“Fizz, Boom, Read” is the theme for the Douglas County Public Library’s summer reading program. Duplo and Lego blocks will be provided at an all ages story and brick building session on June 13 at the Lake Tahoe branch library.

The brick builders will listen to a story and build from 11 a.m. to noon. Children can build their own creations from noon to 1 p.m. Families are invited to bring a sack lunch for an indoor picnic. Children five and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

The Douglas County Public Library Lake Tahoe branch is located at 233 Warrior Way in Zephyr Cove. For more information, call 775-588-6411, go to douglas.lib.nv.us, or find the library on Facebook and Twitter.

High Sierra holding monthly dance party

High Sierra Swing Dance Club presents its monthly dance party June 28 at the Brewery Arts Center’s Grand Ballroom, 449 W. King St., Carson City. At 6:30 p.m., Clay and Cullen Mitchell will teach jitterbug, a 1940s-style swing dance and simplified version of Lindy hop. This is in preparation for the Silver Dollar Car Classic Sock Hop at the Carson Nugget on July 26. Social dance is 7:30-10 p.m. Partners are not required. Lesson $7 for HSSDC and any swing dance club members or $10 for nonmembers; dance $7 for members of swing clubs and $10 for nonmembers. Free beginner lesson starts at 6:30 p.m. Join the club that night, and the dance is free. For information, go to www.highsierraSDC.org or call 775-629-9369.

Hands4Hope helps Food Bank of El Dorado County

CAMERON PARK – Hands4Hope – Youth Making a Difference, a youth-driven outreach organization based in El Dorado Hills, hosted its annual Food Blitz at Safeway in Cameron Park and Placerville collecting almost 500 pounds of nonperishable food, over $200 in Safeway gift cards and more than $350 in cash donations for the Food Bank of El Dorado County.

Food Bank Communications & Development Director Carey Fong says, “It is always rewarding to see our community’s youth band together to help collect food for our county’s at-risk population. Hands4Hope-Youth Making a Difference is a great partner to the Food Bank and we are delighted to be able to work with them during the spring and fall Food Blitz campaigns.”

Mikan Gosuico, Hands4Hope Outreach Coordinator said, “Hands4Hope is happy to contribute to feeding families in need through the Food Blitz. It’s always a popular event with our youth volunteers. We had individuals, Hands4Hope school clubs, friends, and families all come together to volunteer. It’s wonderful to see even the youngest members of our community recognizing the need and reaching out to make a positive difference.”

For more information on how you can give or get help, simply call 530-621-9950 or email info@foodbankedc.org.

Humane Society in new home

The Lake Tahoe Humane Society has purchased a property at 884 Emerald Bay Rd. for a new headquarters, in what the society terms a bold move that will save thousands of dollars in the long run and that will provide more space for temporary sheltering of Tahoe pets during wildfires or other emergencies.

The Humane Society said the transaction was “a huge undertaking” that involved many local professionals and business owners, including Cork & More, South Tahoe Stand Up Paddle, Best in Show, Tahoe’s Best Friends, Tahoe Production House, Sierra Veterinary Hospital, Alpine Animal Hospital and Round Hill, attorney Joe Tilson and financial advisor Wayne Omel. Craig Robinson of Keller Williams Realty represented the Lake Tahoe Humane Society on the purchase at a heavily discounted commission structure.

Also credited were directors for the Lake Tahoe Humane Society including Lorna Lefler, president; Sue Pritchett, treasurer; and the newest member Heidi Tredwell; Monique McIntyre with Coldwell Banker; and Judy Brown, past City Council member and former president of the Lake Tahoe Humane Society.

Pops concerts Monday and Wednesday

May 30, 2014 — 

Parents, students, and community members are invited to join us for two nights of amazing performances at the South Tahoe High School Pops Concerts on Monday and Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the TADA Theater.

On Monday night, the Vocal Pops Concert with the Glee Club and Chorale will perform their favorite songs from famous blockbuster movies. The Band & Orchestra Pops Concert will be held on Wednesday night with special “Dream” songs to be performed. Experience the world premiere of the first STHS commissioned piece, “The Lake in the Sky,” written by Alan Lee Silva.

Alan Lee Silva is a composer, arranger, and orchestrator whose credits include scores for the independent feature films Full Moon Fables and Eli’s Coming; orchestrations and arrangements for feature films Cinderella 3, Enough, and Lethal Weapon 4; television’s 7th Heaven, Brothers and Sisters, and Soul Collector; VH1.com’s The Misadventures of Bob Paparazzo, and Disney Cruise Line’s Twice Charmed.

Additional song and underscore credits include Tokyo Disney’s The Precious Treasures Of Agrabah, Cape Cod Step Out, and Meet and Kiss as well as Universal Studios Japan’s Beetlejuice Show and HuisTen Bosch Theme Park’s Eastern Odyssey. Silva lives in Culver City, CA, with his wife and two daughters.

Other original pieces written by the STHS Class of 2014 graduating seniors will be performed as well. These pieces include “What Stalks at Midnight,” written by Joseph Robles, and “Midnight Dream,” written by Bryan Arreola and Sara Ortega.

Tickets will be available at the door for $5. For further information, contact Casson Scowcroft at STHS 530-541-4111.

Gardens 4 A Healthy Tahoe awarded grant

May 29, 2014 — 

Fresh produce is making its way to South Lake Tahoe, thanks to community members working together as part of the Gardens 4 A Healthy Tahoe group recently created by the Human Health and Social Wellbeing working group of the Lake Tahoe Sustainability Collaborative.

The groups applied for and got a $20,000 Champions for Healthy Kids Grant through the General Mills Foundation. This year, the General Mills Foundation gave $1 million, distributed to 50 projects nationwide, dedicated to helping children gain nutrition education and developing healthy lifestyle habits.

Gardens 4 A Healthy Tahoe will be using the awarded $20,000 to assist in funding two gardening projects: the community garden being constructed at the South Tahoe Family Resource Center (FRC), next to Bijou School, and the Sierra House Growing Dome Project.

Hannah Greenstreet, co-chair of Gardens 4 A Healthy Tahoe and the Human Health and Social Wellbeing working group, said she’s thrilled to be able to move the two projects forward, adding, “This grant provides significant contributions to making our long-time plans a reality.”

The FRC community garden will showcase a variety of permaculture techniques that help increase productivity and extend this area’s short growing season. The grant will fund a permanent fence to protect the FRC garden as well as garden-related materials, seeds and soil. The Growing Dome is a 4-season geodesic greenhouse structure that uses a fish pond and passive solar design to heat itself. The structure enables students to engage in year-round growing opportunities – not otherwise possible here in Tahoe.

Groundbreaking for the FRC garden is scheduled Monday, 4-5 p.m., at the Family Resource Center. All community members are invited to celebrate South Lake Tahoe’s first community vegetable garden. The garden will be focused primarily on teaching students and families about nutrition and how to grow fresh food in a high-altitude climate. The gardens will help reinforce concepts imparted through the work team’s ongoing initiative to provide nutrition classes to all four elementary schools in the district. For more information about the garden and Gardens 4 A Healthy Tahoe, contact Hannah Greenstreet at greenstreethannah@gmail.com or the Family Resource Center at 530-542-0740.

What’s Cookin’ at Callie’s Cabin: Popcorn with a Taste of Summer

May 29, 2014 — 

The season for summer fun food is on its way. Let me introduce you to caramel popcorn, an all-American sweet treat created with popcorn and a sugary syrup to make the popped kernels caramelized. This snack food is chock-full of crunch (with nuts, all kinds) and deliciousness.

As a kid, I remember the original Cracker Jack box filled with caramel coated popcorn with a prize in each container. These days, you can find different gourmet brands in bags at stores, fairs, order via online, and candy shops. And I did just that one late spring day…

I headed to San Francisco for a Barnes and Noble book-signing for my vinegar book. Two dogs, one best friend and my sibling accompanied me on this trek. When I arrived at the bookstore, it was a rude awakening. Someone forgot to order books, customers were nowhere. I was disappointed. While my people and pets were having fun I was feeling like a failed author. On the way home we stopped at a candy shop in Placerville’s where I filled up on salt water taffy and caramel popcorn. It helped soothe my wounded ego. Once back on the South Shore, I learned someone dropped the ball but a large order of my AWOL book went back to press. This week I made caramel popcorn for old time’s sake.

Honey Lime Caramel Cashew Popcorn

5 cups whole grain lime and salt gourmet popped microwave popcorn

1/2 cup European style butter (melted)

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup honey

1 tablespoon 2% low-fat organic milk

3/4 cup cashews, halves, lightly salted

In a large bowl, combine perfectly popped popcorn (do not under or over cook) with a mixture of butter, sugar, honey and milk. Fold in nuts. Place on a parchment lined pan or cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for about 10 to 15 minutes. Turn once. Watch and when bubbly and toasted removed from oven. Cool. Keep in a sealed plastic container. The fridge is best for storing. Serves 4.

Caramel Coconut Peanut Popcorn

5 cups gourmet butter and sea salt microwave popcorn

¼ cup European style butter (melted)

¼ cup brown sugar

1/4 cup honey

¼ cup coconut

1 cup Spanish peanuts, shelled

½ cup dark chocolate chips (optional)

In a large bowl, combine popcorn with a mixture of butter, sugar and honey. Fold in coconut and nuts. Place on a parchment-lined pan or cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for about for about 10 to 15 minutes. Turn once. Watch and when bubbly and toasted remove from oven. Cool. Keep in sealed plastic container. The fridge is best. Serves 4.

The gooey cashew nut popcorn with a hint of lime and more butter and more sugar was my favorite, while the peanut kind was tasty but not as special. It is sweeter. Homemade caramel popcorn is a nice sugary spin on Cracker Jack, but to keep it good for you dish it up in small portions with iced tea or coffee. It’ll take you back to summer days of yesteryear and likely help to create new memories this year.

Motto: Sweet foods from the past can be enjoyed in the present especially if you give them a new twist from the heart and home.

Cal Orey, M.A. is an author and journalist. Her books include “The Healing Powers” series (Vinegar, Olive Oil, Chocolate, Honey, and Coffee) published by Kensington. Her website is www.calorey.com.

Elks award scholarships

May 29, 2014 — 

Tahoe-Douglas Elks Lodge 2670 awarded eight $500 scholarships to South Tahoe High School seniors at the Awards Program on May 28. The awards were presented by Trustee Roger Barragan and Jeanne Barragan, scholarship committee member. From left, Chad Kaassamani, Ericka Crystal Rosas, Ryan Piazzo, JI Hyeon Pak, Adelaine Martinez, Kevin Herrera-Uribe and Shaina Aquino. Not pictured is Brittany Harper.

Community cleanup

May 28, 2014 — 

Members of Temple Bat Yam, Lake Valley Fire Protection District and South Lake Tahoe Fire Department held a community cleanup day at the synagogue on May 18.

The collaboration supported Fire Adapted Communities, a national effort that prepares residents in fire-prone areas to survive wildfire; evacuate early, safely and effectively; and survive if trapped by wildfire.

To schedule a wildfire prevention effort, call South Lake Tahoe Fire Department at 530-542-6160.

South Shore news in brief

May 28, 2014 — 

Stateline man makes dean’s list at George Fox University

Allen McLeod, an engineering major from Stateline, earned dean’s list recognition at George Fox University after achieving a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher during the spring semester. McLeod is academically considered a senior based on the number of credits earned.

Plein air artists featured at fundraiser

Paint Tahoe Blue, a “paint-in” fundraiser where up to 20 local and regional plein air artists paint and then auction their pieces to guests, will be from 4 to 8 p.m. June 15 at Sand Harbor State Park, five miles south of Incline Village. The event will be at the group picnic area on the right just after entering the park. The auction will start at 7 p.m.

Half of the proceeds go to the artists; the other half benefits the Toiyabe Chapter of Sierra Club, whose contributions include allocation of funds to support conservation initiatives. Member from the Toiyabe Chapter and Great Basin Group will be on hand, and wine and refreshments will be served.

Grants available for Placer nonprofits

Placer Community Foundation is accepting grant applications from nonprofit organizations serving the western slope of Placer County for its Youth Development Program. Grants ranging from $3,000 to $5,000 will be awarded to nonprofits whose projects address the needs of under served youth ages 14-21.

The program is funded by the Giving Circle. Priority will be given to projects that serve economically disadvantaged youth and whose proposals support positive youth development demonstrating a meaningful impact for youth, leverage resources and/or demonstrate sustainability and include a reasonable project scope and budget. Past grantees include nonprofits such as Stand Up Placer, Child Advocates of Placer County, and Sierra Forever Families.

Placer Community Foundation will hold meetings to explain the grant process at 9 a.m. or 3:30 p.m. June 11 at its office. Registration is required by calling 530-885-4920.

Applications are due by noon on July 7 and are available with guidelines at placercf.org/grantmaking/youth-grantmaking_dev.

Waste disposal events planned

Heavenly Mountain Resort and Vail Resorts Echo partnered with several local organizations to provide residents with inexpensive and environmentally safe methods to dispose of many types of waste. The events assist in reducing the potentially hazardous effects of waste, including forest fire, chemical contamination, water and air pollution.

Community Clean Up Day, offered by the Clean Tahoe Program with funding from Vail Resort Echo, will run from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. May 31 at the South Tahoe Refuse Transfer Station, 2140 Ruth Ave.

The cost is $5 per vehicle for California residents and $10 for Nevada residents. Residential customers may also dispose of up to 20 gallons of hazardous household waste. Commercial loads will incur regular fees. Document shredding and disposal of computer monitors, TVs and up to nine tires will be free to California residents, with refrigerator disposal available at a reduced rate of $15. Dirt, concrete, asphalt, roofing and other construction materials will not be accepted at Community Clean Up Day.

Beginning May 24, Compost Your Combustibles will be available to Tahoe Douglas residents only at Heavenly’s Boulder Lodge parking lot seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Aug. 3. Pine needles, slash, and other vegetation will be accepted from Tahoe Douglas residents in loose form, without bags. Commercial dumping, rocks and material containing noxious weeds will not be accepted.

The organic debris collected by Compost Your Combustibles will be transported by South Tahoe Refuse & Recycling trucks to Full Circle Compost in Minden to be used as feedstock.

For more information or to volunteer, go to www.vailresortsecho.com.

Library’s summer reading program starts June 3

“Fizz, Boom, Read” is the theme of this year’s summer reading program for kids at the Douglas County Public Library.

Registration starts June 3 at the Minden and Zephyr Cove libraries; the program continues through July 31. Jordan the Science Wizard will present “Super Cool Chemistry” at 6:30 p.m. June 3 at the CVIC Hall in Minden as part of the program’s kick-off event. The Douglas County Library Foundation will host an ice cream social from 7:15 p.m. to 8 p.m.

To participate in the program, fill out a registration form at douglas.lib.nv.us and return the printed form to the library. For more information, see the library’s website, find it on Facebook, or call 775-782-9841.

Poll workers sought for June 3 primary

Sacramento and El Dorado county elections officials are seeking poll workers for the June 3 primary election.

Each statewide election requires a one-day workforce of 100,000 poll workers in more than 24,000 polling places across California. The average poll worker stipend is about $100 for the day’s work, though rates vary among counties.

Poll workers help safeguard ballots, remind voters about their rights, ensure voters with disabilities can exercise their right to vote and more, according to Secretary of State Deborah Bowen.

Bowen also said applicants with bilingual skills are especially needed in Sacramento County. Poll workers who are fluent in English and any of the following languages: Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog or Vietnamese are being recruited. El Dorado County Recorder-Clerk and Registrar of Voters Bill Schultz is looking for more English speakers who are fluent in Spanish or Tagalog.

Californians can serve as poll workers if they are registered voters or are legal permanent residents of the state; or are high-school students at least 16 years old with a grade-point average of 2.5 or higher .

To apply, call the Sacramento County elections office at 916-875-6451 or the El Dorado County elections office at 530-621-7480. For more information, go to www.sos.ca.gov/elections/pollworker.htm.

Wildflower walks set at Spooner Lake

A guided wildflower walk around Spooner Lake will be at 10 a.m. June 4, 7, 18 and 21.

Spooner Lake is home to over 100 species of wildflowers. Participants can learn plant names, uses and habitats. The wildflower portion of the trip is the first mile only. Visitors do not have to commit to the entire two-hour tour. Pets are not recommended. Children younger than 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Entry fees are waived for the event. Visitors who remain in the park after the walk are charged $8 per vehicle for Nevada residents and $10 per vehicle for residents of all other states.

For more information, call Bill Champion at 775-831-0494, ext. 224.

Registration open for summer sports camps

Lake Tahoe Community College and Tahoe Center for Orthopedics hold week-long summer sports camps that focus on improving children’s health, wellness and athletic performance. Children ages 7-13 can learn proper exercise techniques, team-building, sports-specific techniques and how to make healthy nutritional choices.

Session 1 is held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 23-27; Session 2 is held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 7-11 and Session 3 is held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 11-15. The cost is $185 per session. A 20 percent discount is offered for signing up for all three sessions.

To register, go to www.ltcc.edu/communityeducation, and click on “Community Education Classes,” or call 530-541-4660, ext. 717.

Two guided hikes planned on June 7

Explore Tahoe: An Urban Trailhead Visitor Center will host guided hikes in honor of American Hiking Society’s 22nd annual National Trails Day celebration at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. June 7.

Participants will be guided by Gavin Furman on a moderate hike through Van Sickle Bi State Park. The hike will highlight environmental and historic facts along the trail. Hikes begin and end at Explore Tahoe: An Urban Trailhead, located at the Heavenly Village transit center on Highway 50.

Hikers are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and bring water. Refreshments will be provided following each tour. The free hikes are open to ages 12 and over. For reservations, call 530-542-4637.

Survey available to improve library services

The Douglas County Public Library is conducting an online survey to find out how people use the library’s computers and Internet connection and how this service has made a positive impact on their lives. Information gathered will help the library improve its technology services and communicate the value of providing free access to computers and the Internet within the community.

The survey is anonymous, available in English and Spanish, and takes 10-15 minutes to complete. It can be accessed through June 14 from the library computers, or at douglas.lib.nv.us and Facebook/DouglasLibraryNV.

The Impact Survey is the result of a successful research initiative from the University of Washington with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. For more information, see the library information desk, or go to http://impactsurvey.org.

Scott Helmer benefit concert for Tahoe Dream Foundation

Scott Helmer is holding a live benefit concert for Tahoe Dream Foundation, a nonprofit that supports local child care centers and needy families, at The American Legion Post 795, 2748 Lake Tahoe Blvd., on Friday, June 13, at 7 p.m.. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Children five and under are free.

Helmer’s contagious, radio-friendly blend of rock and pop includes memorable guitar riffs, catchy sing-along choruses and lyrics that tell stories of love, pain and starting over. These songs, co-written and recorded with his photographer/musician brother, Rich Helmer, have also crossed over to fans of Country & Americana. He has opened up for legendary acts like Heart, Eddie Money, 3 Doors Down and Big Country.

Tahoe Dream Foundation will use the money raised for its assistance programs. Also, the foundation is raising money to help local motel owner Jerry Morey, the victim of an assault in January by one of his tenants. The attack resulted in more than $50,000 in medical bills and other expenses for Morey.

Tahoe Dream Foundation has also started a petition to help make sure the man responsible for the assault is prosecuted. For more information, go to justiceforjerry.blogspot.com or

http://www.change.org/petitions/justice-for-jerry-morey# .

Additional contact information: Tahoedreamfoundation@yahoo.com or www.Tahoedreamfoundation.org . Phone: 530-307-9602

East Shore Express running this summer

May 28, 2014 — 

Tahoe Transportation District’s East Shore Express, a park-and-ride bus service from Incline Village to Sand Harbor, will continue summer operations for a third consecutive year due to a federal grant and Lake Tahoe license plate funds.

Tahoe Transportation District implemented the service to deal with traffic congestion, promote safety and reduce environmental impacts along Nevada’s State Route 28 corridor. More than 70 percent of the pollutants contributing to Lake Tahoe’s clarity loss come from the existing transportation systems and developed areas. Riding the bus can reduce emissions as well as road-use erosion, improving air and water quality.

Buses will operate from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., running every 20 minutes, May 31 to June 29 on weekends only. Daily operations begin June 30 and conclude Sept. 1.

Round-trip fare costs $3 per person and $1.50 for children 12 and under, seniors and disabled passengers. Fares include admission to Sand Harbor. Passengers transferring from Tahoe Area Regional Transit pay $1 with a transfer. The service utilizes a dedicated entrance to keep traffic moving and drops passengers at the Visitor’s Center near the main beach. Parking inside Sand Harbor is $10 per vehicle for Nevada residents and $12 for out-of-state motorists.

The East Shore Express loops from the old Incline Village Elementary School on the corner of Highway 28 and Southwood Boulevard to Sand Harbor. TART passengers are able to connect to the East Shore Express at the TART stop located east of Village Boulevard. The Washoe Regional Transportation Commission has also added a weekend route from Reno (Legends Outlet Mall) to Sand Harbor.

In its 2012 inaugural season, the East Shore Express shuttled 12,155 passengers between June and Labor Day. In 2013, there was a 15 percent increase with 13,981 riders. The service was initiated by the TTD in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, Nevada Division of State Parks, Nevada Department of Transportation, Nevada Highway Patrol and Washoe County School District. The Federal Transit Administration awarded Tahoe Transportation District $120,000 and Lake Tahoe License Plate Funds provided an additional $80,000 to cover costs for the East Shore Express to operate.

More than 1 million visitors recreate annually in the state Route 28 corridor, but with limited parking in many areas the situation has resulted in pedestrians crossing into busy travel lanes in both directions. In 2012, the Nevada Division of State Parks ended walk-in visitation. Drop-offs and parking are illegal along the highway at Sand Harbor. The no-parking zone extends about three-fourths of a mile in both directions from the park’s main entrance and parking there can result in a fine.

The East Shore Express is a component of the SR 28 Corridor Management Plan, a community-based action strategy to preserve and promote the unique characteristics of this National Scenic Byway. The plan includes 13 local, state and federal agencies in a cooperative effort to manage the corridor. It is designed to improve safety, access for emergency vehicles, alleviate congested roadways and reduce vehicle emissions.

For details on Tahoe Transportation District and its current projects, go to http://www.TahoeTransportation.org, or call 775-589-5500.

South Shore news in brief

May 28, 2014 — 

Tahoe Tony’s Jammin’ Jerky sets grand opening

Tahoe Tony’s Jammin’ Jerky will hold its grand opening celebration with live music by Martina Dayton and the Markleevillians from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday at 1649 Lucerne St. in Minden. The Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 3 p.m.

Tahoe Tony’s Jammin’ Jerky is a USDA inspected, small batch, artisan-style beef jerky manufacturer. The jerky, which is sliced, marinated, dehydrated and packaged on site, is cut thicker than most, and all four flavors have no added salt, monosodium glutamate or sodium nitrites.

Fajitas, beer, wine and margaritas will be available at the grand opening.

Owner Tony Pearl and his wife, Brooke Luckey, have lived in Gardnerville for 16 years and started the company almost two years ago. For more information, call 775-392-0858, send an email to Brooke@Tahoetonys.com, or find the company on Facebook. To see the jerky-making process via webcam, go to Tahoetonys.com.

Blood drive planned for June 12

United Blood Services and RE/MAX Realty will hold a blood drive in support of Kristine Johnson Gunsch from noon to 3:15 p.m. June 12 at Re/Max Realty, 2568 Lake Tahoe Blvd.

Volunteer donors are needed on a continual basis in order to maintain the community blood supply at all times. Volunteer blood donors must be at least 16 years of age, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be in good health. Additional height/weight requirements apply to donors 22 and younger. Donors who are 16 must have signed permission from a parent or guardian.

To make an appointment, go to www.Bloodhero.com, click “donate blood” and use sponsor code: REALTY, or call Tess or Jesse at 530-541-0200.

All presenting eligible donors from June 1 through Sept. 6 will be entered into a drawing to win a 2014 Toyota Corolla four-door sedan. For more information, go to www.UnitedBloodServices.org.

Poll workers sought for June 3 primary

Sacramento and El Dorado county elections officials are seeking poll workers for the June 3 primary election.

Each statewide election requires a one-day workforce of 100,000 poll workers in more than 24,000 polling places across California. The average poll worker stipend is about $100 for the day’s work, though rates vary among counties.

Poll workers help safeguard ballots, remind voters about their rights, ensure voters with disabilities can exercise their right to vote and more, according to Secretary of State Deborah Bowen.

Bowen also said applicants with bilingual skills are especially needed in Sacramento County. Poll workers who are fluent in English and any of the following languages: Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog or Vietnamese are being recruited. El Dorado County Recorder-Clerk and Registrar of Voters Bill Schultz is looking for more English speakers who are fluent in Spanish or Tagalog.

Californians can serve as poll workers if they are registered voters or are legal permanent residents of the state; or are high-school students at least 16 years old with a grade-point average of 2.5 or higher .

To apply, call the Sacramento County elections office at 916-875-6451 or the El Dorado County elections office at 530-621-7480. For more information, go to www.sos.ca.gov/elections/pollworker.htm.

Wildflower walks set at Spooner Lake

A guided wildflower walk around Spooner Lake will be at 10 a.m. June 4, 7, 18 and 21.

Spooner Lake is home to over 100 species of wildflowers. Participants can learn plant names, uses and habitats. The wildflower portion of the trip is the first mile only. Visitors do not have to commit to the entire two-hour tour. Pets are not recommended. Children younger than 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Entry fees are waived for the event. Visitors who remain in the park after the walk are charged $8 per vehicle for Nevada residents and $10 per vehicle for residents of all other states.

For more information, call Bill Champion at 775-831-0494, ext. 224.

‘Bricks for Kids’ benefits Boys & Girls Club

The Boys & Girls Club of Lake Tahoe started construction to install Bricks for Kids, a fundraiser to keep the club operational, on the front entryway of its main site, at 1100 Lyons Ave. in South Lake Tahoe.

The Boys & Girls Club was established in South Lake Tahoe in 1991 by a group of community leaders who saw the need for a program that would provide a safe and positive place for youth to spend their out-of-school time. The program has grown to two sites with 800 registered members ages 5-18. These members visit the club more than 43,000 times a year.

Local Boys & Girls Clubs are each responsible for their own financial sustainability and funding. The Lake Tahoe Club is funded by a combination of federal, state, private and business grants, membership and program fees and fundraising events.

To order a brick for a business or family, go to https://bgclt.engravedbricks.com. For more information, go to www.bgclt.org.

Registration open for summer sports camps

Lake Tahoe Community College and Tahoe Center for Orthopedics hold week-long summer sports camps that focus on improving children’s health, wellness and athletic performance. Children ages 7-13 can learn proper exercise techniques, team-building, sports-specific techniques and how to make healthy nutritional choices.

Session 1 is held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 23-27; Session 2 is held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 7-11 and Session 3 is held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 11-15. The cost is $185 per session. A 20 percent discount is offered for signing up for all three sessions.

To register, go to www.ltcc.edu/communityeducation, and click on “Community Education Classes,” or call 530-541-4660, ext. 717.

Two guided hikes planned on June 7

Explore Tahoe: An Urban Trailhead Visitor Center will host guided hikes in honor of American Hiking Society’s 22nd annual National Trails Day celebration at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. June 7.

Participants will be guided by Gavin Furman on a moderate hike through Van Sickle Bi State Park. The hike will highlight environmental and historic facts along the trail. Hikes begin and end at Explore Tahoe: An Urban Trailhead, located at the Heavenly Village transit center on Highway 50.

Hikers are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and bring water. Refreshments will be provided following each tour. The free hikes are open to ages 12 and over. For reservations, call 530-542-4637.

Survey available to improve library services

The Douglas County Public Library is conducting an online survey to find out how people use the library’s computers and Internet connection and how this service has made a positive impact on their lives. Information gathered will help the library improve its technology services and communicate the value of providing free access to computers and the Internet within the community.

The survey is anonymous, available in English and Spanish, and takes 10-15 minutes to complete. It can be accessed through June 14 from the library computers, or at douglas.lib.nv.us and Facebook/DouglasLibraryNV.

The Impact Survey is the result of a successful research initiative from the University of Washington with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. For more information, see the library information desk, or go to http://impactsurvey.org.

Scott Helmer benefit concert for Tahoe Dream Foundation

Scott Helmer is holding a live benefit concert for Tahoe Dream Foundation, a nonprofit that supports local child care centers and needy families, at The American Legion Post 795, 2748 Lake Tahoe Blvd., on Friday, June 13, at 7 p.m.. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Children five and under are free.

Helmer’s contagious, radio-friendly blend of rock and pop includes memorable guitar riffs, catchy sing-along choruses and lyrics that tell stories of love, pain and starting over. These songs, co-written and recorded with his photographer/musician brother, Rich Helmer, have also crossed over to fans of Country & Americana. He has opened up for legendary acts like Heart, Eddie Money, 3 Doors Down and Big Country.

Tahoe Dream Foundation will use the money raised for its assistance programs. Also, the foundation is raising money to help local motel owner Jerry Morey, the victim of an assault in January by one of his tenants. The attack resulted in more than $50,000 in medical bills and other expenses for Morey.

Tahoe Dream Foundation has also started a petition to help make sure the man responsible for the assault is prosecuted. For more information, go to justiceforjerry.blogspot.com or

http://www.change.org/petitions/justice-for-jerry-morey# .

Additional contact information: Tahoedreamfoundation@yahoo.com or www.Tahoedreamfoundation.org. Phone: 530-307-9602

High Sierra holding monthly dance party

High Sierra Swing Dance Club presents its monthly dance party June 28 at the Brewery Arts Center’s Grand Ballroom, 449 W. King St., Carson City. At 6:30 p.m., Clay and Cullen Mitchell will teach jitterbug, a 1940s-style swing dance and simplified version of Lindy hop. This is in preparation for the Silver Dollar Car Classic Sock Hop at the Carson Nugget on July 26. Social dance is 7:30-10 p.m. Partners are not required. Lesson $7 for HSSDC and any swing dance club members or $10 for nonmembers; dance $7 for members of swing clubs and $10 for nonmembers. Free beginner lesson starts at 6:30 p.m. Join the club that night, and the dance is free. For information, go to www.highsierraSDC.org or call 775-629-9369.

Tahoe Elks Lodge awards scholarships

Tahoe-Douglas Elks Lodge 2670 awarded eight $500. scholarships to South Tahoe High School Seniors at the Awards Program on Wednesday, May 28. The awards were presented by Roger Barragan, Trustee & Jeanne Barragan, Scholarship Committee member. The awards went to Chad Kaassamani, Ericka Crystal Rosas, Ryan Piazzo, JI Hyeon Pak, Adelaine Martinez, Kevin Herrera-Uribe, Shaina Aquino and Brittany Harper.

Hands4Hope helps Food Bank of El Dorado County

CAMERON PARK – Hands4Hope – Youth Making a Difference, a youth-driven outreach organization based in El Dorado Hills, hosted its annual Food Blitz at Safeway in Cameron Park and Placerville collecting almost 500 pounds of nonperishable food, over $200 in Safeway gift cards and more than $350 in cash donations for the Food Bank of El Dorado County.

Food Bank Communications & Development Director Carey Fong says, “It is always rewarding to see our community’s youth band together to help collect food for our county’s at-risk population. Hands4Hope-Youth Making a Difference is a great partner to the Food Bank and we are delighted to be able to work with them during the spring and fall Food Blitz campaigns.”

Mikan Gosuico, Hands4Hope Outreach Coordinator said, “Hands4Hope is happy to contribute to feeding families in need through the Food Blitz. It’s always a popular event with our youth volunteers. We had individuals, Hands4Hope school clubs, friends, and families all come together to volunteer. It’s wonderful to see even the youngest members of our community recognizing the need and reaching out to make a positive difference.”

For more information on how you can give or get help, simply call 530-621-9950 or email info@foodbankedc.org.

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