Announcements for South Lake Tahoe and South Shore areas

Volunteers sought for STHS sober grad night

May 19, 2015 — 

The South Tahoe High School Sober Grad Night Committee is looking for volunteers. The event takes place June 5 at Heavenly Mountain Resort’s California Base Lodge from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m.

Volunteer opportunities Include moving decorations and supplies on May 29 and set up and decorating between May 30 and June 4. During the event from 8:30 p.m. to 4 a.m. there are shifts available at the following: Coat check , parking attendant, raffle prizes, giant tricycle races, laser tag, velcro wall, obstacle course, rat race inflatables, Twister, speed pitch and more. Experienced 21, craps and poker dealers are also needed along with after the event clean-up.

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South Lake Tahoe Births

May 19, 2015 — 


Malia May Cravens, a girl, born on May 12 to James and Belinda Cravens of South Lake Tahoe.

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Sierra Club to host forest supervisor

May 18, 2015 — 

The Tahoe Area Sierra Club will host Jeff Marsolais, the new forest supervisor of the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit LTBMU, at the next community meeting. Formerly LTBMU deputy supervisor, he now oversees the 154,000 acres around the Tahoe Basin. He will be speaking on a variety of issues, including recreation sustainability and landscape collaboration. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and comment in an open forum after the talk. Free and open to the public.

The event takes place May 28 at 7 p.m. at Unity at the Lake located at 1195 Rufus Allen Blvd. in South Lake Tahoe.

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Douglas County libraries feature heroes' stories for summer reading

May 15, 2015 — 

“Every hero has a story” is the theme of the Summer Reading Program for children at the Douglas County Public Libraries Registration starts on June 1 at the Minden and Zephyr Cove libraries. The program continues through July 31. Go to the library’s website and fill out a registration form. Bring the printed form to the library. Visit the library’s website for program information and sign up to receive email or text reminders.

For more information, visit or call 775-782-9841.

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Safe Rides to raffle classic camping setup

May 15, 2015 — 

Good Samaritans Safe Ride Program will kick off its annual raffle ticket sales at the car, truck and motorcycle show May 22 to 25 by the Heavenly Village Gondola.

The 30-year raffle package includes a restored 1957 Chevy Pickup, with a restored 1960 Cushman scooter in the back, pulling a 1963 Lil Loafer vintage Camper and all the camping stuff inside. One person will win all three vehicles and the winner need not be present to win.

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Chabad to dedicate new facility, Torah

May 14, 2015 — 

Rabbi Mordey and Shaina Richler founded the Chabad Jewish Center of Lake Tahoe in their home in 2013. On May 24, they will be joined by congregants as they inaugurate the center’s first permanent location above Ski Run Marina at 900 Ski Run Blvd. No. 201.

The 10 Commandments will be read from the congregation’s own Torah scroll, handwritten in Hebrew by an expert scribe over the course of a year. The new scroll, which contains the five Books of Moses, will be dedicated to the Alyshmerni family, honoring Elie and Siona Alyshmerni for investing in a proud Jewish tomorrow. The congregation will be joined by guest lecturer, Rabbi Mendel Simons of Los Angeles. The rabbi points to Chabad’s burgeoning programs as a primary reason for the move. In addition to being better situated to serve tourists staying in hotels near the waterfront, Richler said the new center will allow he and his wife to “greatly expand the scope of our programming. We will have lots of room for our very popular lecture series, women’s circle, Hebrew school, prayer services, and holiday programs.”

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Master Gardeners kick off season

May 14, 2015 — 

The UCCE Master Gardeners of Lake Tahoe, local volunteers working on behalf of the University of California Cooperative Extension in Davis, are kicking off the summer season with some fun and educational events.

Master Gardeners are specifically trained to provide research-based information to local gardeners to help them have success in all areas of horticulture in the Tahoe Basin. Whether it be growing vegetables, pest management, caring for perennials, or the pressing need to conserve water, the Master Gardeners of Lake Tahoe can help you with all kinds of challenges growers face.

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Local artist to display work

May 14, 2015 — 

Terry Easley, local artist, award-winning author, songwriter and photographer will be showing and offering signed prints May 23 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Elevation 6225 Sports located at 209 Kingsbury Grade in Stateline, Nev.

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Hike for the Humane society features variety of events

May 14, 2015 — 

On Saturday, the annual Harrah’s/Harvey’s Hike for the Humane Society will team up with the Action Adventure Expo in the back parking lot of Harrah’s from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission to the event is free, and a lunch will be available for purchase to benefit the Humane Society.

There will be an opportunity to meet Brandon Nelson and Cara Maria Sorobello of “The Challenge” series, and have photos taken with pets. A guided hike starts at 9:30 a.m.the cost is $10 for the hike and lunch and pets are welcome on leash.

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U.S. Coast Guard promotes recreational boating safety

May 14, 2015 — 

National Safe Boating Week starts Saturday and one of the many divisions of the United States Coast Guard that is responsible for boating safety is the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.

The Coast Guard goals for the Tahoe area include both safety and security issues. The Flotilla of the Auxiliary will have a minimum of two operational patrol boats and three of two-person crews; conduct safety and security patrols most summer weekends and on special holidays and events; conduct monthly boating summer classes for the boating public from June through August; conduct Vessel Safety Checks; and establish a marine radio network for the area.

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Religious statesman Zed to speak, hold workshop

May 14, 2015 — 

Unity at the Lake will present Rajan Zed as its guest speaker at its 10 a.m. Sunday Celebration. Zed will be sharing his experiences in the interfaith movement. Zed is a religious statesman who lives in Reno. He has taken up Hindu, interfaith, peace, environmental and other causes all over the world. He read the ground-breaking first Hindu opening prayer at the United States Senate in 2007.

Zed is one of the panelists for “On Faith,” an interactive conversation on religion produced jointly by Newsweek and He has been bestowed with World Interfaith Leader Award, Nevada Religious Unity Award, Positive Pluralism and Unity Prize, and other awards for interfaith dialogue. Following Unity’s morning Celebration, Zed will hold a workshop about “The Basics of Hinduism” from noon to 2 p.m. All are welcome. Suggested love offering for the workshop is $20, but no one will be turned away.

Unity at the Lake is located at 1195 Rufus Allen Blvd. For more information, call 530-544-2266.

Fire department to hold blood drive

May 12, 2015 — 

South Lake Tahoe Fire Department will host a blood drive on Friday open to all community members at Fire Station No. 3 located at 2101 Lake Tahoe Blvd.

The Blood Drive takes place from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. To schedule an appointment, contact Kim George at (530) 307-9596 or log on to, select “Donate Blood” and enter sponsor code: SLTF.

Free farmers market set

May 12, 2015 — 

The Food Bank of El Dorado County in partnership with California Emergency Food Link will hold a free farmers market in South Lake Tahoe at the American Legion Hall, located at 2748 Lake Tahoe Blvd. on May 27 from 10 to 11a.m. One allocation per household.

For information, visit or call 530-621-9950.

Kudos & Kindness

May 12, 2015 — 

Lights for awareness

Thanks so much to Jason B. at Encore Event Technologies for his support for Live Violence Free! April was Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and Jason was incredibly gracious in allowing us use of their beautiful LED lights. With those lights, our office was beautifully decorated as a blue beacon during the month of April, and we received so many good reviews. We never would have been able to transform our office in such a powerful way without the help of Encore Event Technologies.

Live Violence Free

South Lake Tahoe Births

May 12, 2015 — 


Elainah Rae DeSomers, a girl, born on May 6 to Raymond DeSomers and Kjeleena Hansen of South Lake Tahoe.

Gil Cano

Dylan Adrian Gil Cano, a boy, born on May 5 to Edgar Gil Rubio and Cleopatra Cano Beas of South Lake Tahoe.


Mia Zenaida Hancock, a girl, born on May 11 to Alec and Yesenia Hancock of South Lake Tahoe.


Kennedy Lea Dean Markoulis, a girl, born on May 8 to Christopher Markoulis and Jazmyn Dalton of South Lake Tahoe.


Penelope Opal Maxwell, a girl, born on May 6 to Robert Maxwell and Jennifer Wells of South Lake Tahoe.


Isabella Sophia Salazar, a girl, born on May 6 to Alejandro Salazar and Jodi Schmitz of South Lake Tahoe.


Daisy Valdez, a girl, born on May 7 to Raul Valdez and Veronica Lopez of South Lake Tahoe.

Former STHS Student's research published

May 12, 2015 — 

Boy Scout Spring Court of Honor held

May 12, 2015 — 

High school graduation dates and times announced

May 12, 2015 — 

With the school year wrapping up, graduation dates have been set for South Shore’s high schools.

George Whittell High School seniors will walk the aisle at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 30 at the high school gym, 240 Warrior Way, Zephyr Cove, Nev.

South Tahoe High School’s graduation will be held at 4 p.m. on June 5 at South Tahoe High School, 1735 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, Calif.

Mount Tallac High School’s graduation will be held at 11 a.m. on June 5 at Mount Tallac High, 1735 Lake Tahoe Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, Calif.

Pet of the Week: Mishka

May 12, 2015 — 

Mishka is about 6 years old and a very good dog. He has good manners and walks nicely on a leash. He does well with other dogs, but would like to meet yours before going home with someone as he can be a little bit bossy. Like most German Shepherds, he is a bit aloof at first, but once he bonds with someone he is very loyal. Mishka was found as a stray and his owners never looked for him. Come visit Mishka 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.

South Lake Tahoe Births

May 5, 2015 — 

Flores Aguilar

Damaris Channell Flores Aguilar, a girl, born on May 4 to Jose Flores and Priscila Aguilar of South Lake Tahoe.


Sebastian Honel Flores, a boy, born on May 4 to Honel Flores and Nelida Sandoval of South Lake Tahoe.


Kayah Elizabeth Fuller a girl, born on April 26 to Marchall and Jennifer Fuller of South Lake Tahoe.

Perez Correa

Aliyah Ysabel Perez Correa, a girl, born on May 2 to Luis Perez and Cecilia Correa of South Lake Tahoe.


Zienna Nai Gwen Saelee, a girl, born on April 29 to Yao and Stacie Saelee of South Lake Tahoe.


Journey Marie Woodcock, a girl, born April 24 to Travis and Christine Woodcock of South Lake Tahoe.

Fundraising event scheduled for Health 2 Humanity

May 5, 2015 — 

968 Park Hotel Pool will host a fundraising event on Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. for the nonprofit organization Health 2 Humanity. The event will include several features: live music by South Tahoe High School students and alumni, a guest speaker, and a silent auction. The evening will start with a jazz ensemble, then the guest speaker and will finish with a solo musician. The last 15 minutes will be dedicated to announcing the winners of the silent auction. Tickets for the event may be purchased at Grass Roots and Gaialicious for $10 each and will also be sold at the door.

Health 2 Humanity supplies soap products to Africa and Kenya. More information is available at

For more information about the event, visit

Republican committeeto hold monthly meeting

May 5, 2015 — 

The Douglas County Republican Central Committee will hold its monthly meeting on May 14, at 7 p.m., with a social hour beginning at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Elks Lodge located at 1227 Kimmerling Road in Gardnerville. All Republicans are welcome. For information see or call headquarters at 775-782-4GOP (782-4467).

South Lake Tahoe Births

April 28, 2015 — 


Vivia Keith Hernandez, a girl, born on April 24 to Chris and Brooke Hernandez of Stateline.


Dexter Tyberius Iverson-Lewis, a boy, born on April 9 to Cyleena Iverson and Russell Lewis of South Lake Tahoe.


Maya Itzayan Lopez-Jimenez, a girl, born on April 27 to Jose Lopez Silva and Alejandra Jimenez Ruelas of South Lake Tahoe.


Kooper Brian Martin, a boy, born on April 24 to Kory Martin and Jennifer Fox of South Lake Tahoe.


Greyson Thomas Peternell, a boy, born on April 22 to Michael Peternell and Nicole Bulos of South Lake Tahoe.

Events support Honor Flight

April 28, 2015 — 

On May 23, a car show fundraiser to benefit the Honor Flight and the Veterans Guesthouse at San Rafael Park, will take place all day in Reno.

On Memorial Day, May 25, there will be a pancake breakfast held from 7 to 11 a.m. as a fundraiser for Honor Flight Nevada. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Cancer League features guest speaker Journeyhawk

April 28, 2015 — 

The South Lake Tahoe Cancer League will hold a general meeting on April 30, at 11:30 a.m. at the Timbers Restaurant in the Lakeside Inn. The guest speaker will be Freedom Journeyhawk , who will discuss and demonstrate the ancient art of Tai Chi Qigong. Based on traditional Chinese medicine, Tai Chi and Qigong balance Internal energy for a healthy mind, body and spirit to promote longevity and overall wellness. These practices are suitable for all ages and states of health. All are welcome to learn about the health benefits of this healing practice. An all inclusive lunch is available for $13. For more information or to reserve a spot, call 530-573­-1703.

Kudos & Kindness

April 21, 2015 — 

Thanks to Tahoe firefighters, community

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

Our deepest gratitude,

Joan and Joe Truxler

Tahoe Arts Project

Tahoe Arts Project would like to extend a tremendous thank you to our Dancing with the Tahoe Stars participants and to the community for making our biggest fundraiser such an enormous success. The event was lively and entertaining and the audience amazing! The funds raised will enable TAP to continue to bring professional performing arts into the schools and community of South Lake Tahoe. A huge thank you to the ten couples who put so much time and energy into their dancing: Jenn Boyd and Josh Comprendio, Rita Wang and Jorge Orozco, Joe Laub and Robyn Lindner, Corinna Osborne and Adam Hopkins, Howie Nave and Michelle Langlois, Jason Collin and Rhonda Keen, Ginger Nicolay-Davis and Dino Elias, Paul Bruso and Catherine Arens, Martin Goldberg and Sarah Guzman and Lisa McDaniel and Sebastiani Romagnolo. You were all incredible! The event wouldn’t have been complete without our illustrious judges: Don Bosson, Joan Elias, Paul Middlebrook and Marcia Sarosik and of course the applause queen herself, Roberta Benvenuto. Thank you to MontBleu and their crew for hosting the event and to Dreu Murin and his team for producing such an unforgettable show. We had wonderful entertainment provided by Marcia Sarosik Dance Studio, Forever Dance Studio, S. Tahoe High School Drama Students and Dance Team, Drought Relief, Angie Zajac and Prestige Productions. Thank you to Lauren Lindley for the wonderful photos and thank you to Taylor Flynn for publishing them.

Peggy Blowney

Executive Director

Heavenly Ski Patrol gold

Robert Tara, a 24-year veteran ski patroller at Heavenly Ski Resort, died of heart attack in 2009 while riding the Mott chair lift. Robert Tara was affectionately known as “Big Bob” on the mountain and raised funds to help support the Special Olympics. Katelyn Tara, daughter of Big Bob is a Special Olympian here in Tahoe. In keeping the spirit and memory of Big Bob, the Heavenly Ski Patrol annually donates to Team Tahoe Special Olympics. Jeff Miller and the Heavenly Ski Patrol continues this tradition. This year the Heavenly Ski Patrol presented a $5,000 check to Team Tahoe Special Olympics on April 4. These annual donations added two additional sports-basketball and softball for our Tahoe athletes. Thank you Heavenly Ski Patrol for helping make this possible. Team Tahoe Special Olympians are few but mighty. Participating in a regional basketball tournament and bringing home silver medals, but the Gold Medal goes to the Heavenly Ski Patrol who gives back so generously to the community.

Team Tahoe Special Olympics

Tahoe Senior Plaza

Tahoe Senior Plaza residents and its board of directors would like to thank everyone who helped give our residents and friends a wonderful Easter brunch held at Tahoe Senior Plaza. A special thank you to American Century Golf for the funding to have this party, and another thank you to Coco Kelly for the mass production of her excellent Eggs Benedict. Tom Clarke, thank you for your awesome help. We thank you all.

Shelia Cooper

Administrator, Tahoe Senior Plaza

South Lake Tahoe Births

April 21, 2015 — 


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


Karter Ashton Dailey, a boy, born on April 16 to Kevin Dailey Jr. and Alakia Welch of South Lake Tahoe.


Warren Aaden Kirk V, a boy, born on April 17 to Warren and Holly Kirk of Gardnerville.


Avah Marie Madore, a girl, born on April 17 to Jesse and Kelsey Madore of South Lake Tahoe.


Kennefrey Domingo Salazar, a boy, born on April 16 to Kennefrey and Madelyn Salazar of South Lake Tahoe.


Madison Audrey Posey Trusso, a girl, born on April 17 to Ryan Trusso and Loisanne Lewis of South Lake Tahoe.


Jase Cobain Wassink, a boy, born on April 15 to Joshua and Raquell Wassink of Gardnerville.

Tourism forum offers comparisons, insights to Park City

April 16, 2015 — 

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

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

The cost is $10 for non-Chamber members and $5 for members.

Pet of the Week: Ruby

April 14, 2015 — 

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

Free yoga offered at Camp Richardson

April 14, 2015 — 

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

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

For more information, visit, or call 530-307-1005.

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