Announcements for South Lake Tahoe and South Shore areas
Marcia Sarosik Dance Studio’s Lake Tahoe Shining Stars will perform “Twas the Night Before Christmas” Sunday at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe.
The production, based on the classic holiday poem, made its debut in 2006. Performances will take place in the South Shore Showroom and there are two showtimes available to accommodate its growing popularity.Learn more »
U.S. Forest Service fuels management crews began prescribed fire operations off of Highway 89 South near Luther Pass on Tuesday.
Crews will burn a 29-acre unit across the highway from the Luther Pass overflow campground and will burn as much as weather and conditions allow through the week, according to a press release from the Forest Service. In addition, crews were expected to begin prescribed fire operations on a small unit off Highway 28 on the East Shore of Lake Tahoe. Crews will burn about two acres on the east side of the highway between Secret and Skunk harbors near Bliss Pond. Operations here are expected to last through the day.Learn more »
Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority is hosting a Drive and Drop for Christmas Cheer through Saturday.
To donate food or a toy, drive through the Visitor Center parking lot at 3066 Highway 50 in South Lake Tahoe and drop them into the bins provided by South Tahoe Refuse. Bins will be available through Saturday, Dec. 14, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.Learn more »
A Jingle Jog will be held Sunday at Lakeview Commons.
The jog will begin at 10 a.m. at the commons, located at the corner of Lakeview Avenue and Highway 50. Awards will be given to participants wearing holiday-themed attire.Learn more »
The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit will begin accepting reservations for the 2014 Winter Trek Conservation Education program on Dec. 16.
Led by Forest Service rangers, the Winter Trek program offers fifth-graders an outdoor educational experience that takes place at 9,100 feet via the Gondola at Heavenly Mountain Resort. The program includes a snowshoe adventure, during which students will learn about the geology and ecology of the Lake Tahoe Basin, the adaptive behavior of Basin wildlife, how to look for signs of wildlife, and the importance of snow.Learn more »
Community workshops will be held Dec. 11 and 12 to discuss the role that outdoor recreation plays in enhancing tourism and community livability for the South Shore.
The workshops, put on by El Dorado County, Douglas County and the City of South Lake Tahoe, will give residents an opportunity to share their insights about parks, recreation, trails, events and programs, so that recreation opportunities can be improved in the future.Learn more »
Our Lady of Tahoe Catholic Church will host its Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Thursday.
Events will take place from 5:30-8 p.m. at the church, 1 Elks Point Road in Zephyr Cove. Holy Mass will begin at 5:30 p.m., an Aztec dance will be performed during the liturgy and music will be provided by a mariachi band. Aztec Dance performances will be done by Catalina Rodriguez’s Dancers along with the directors of Tahoe Dream Foundation, Amie Brown, Eric Brown and Brenda Sanchez.Learn more »
The Christmas fire truck schedule has begun to make its rounds at local neighborhoods.
The truck leaves station 2 at 5 p.m. each day and will stop at 8 p.m. The truck locations are subject to change due to bad weather or may not run in the case of an emergency, but they are usually on schedule, a press release stated. The truck appeared in the Keys/Venice neighborhood Tuesday.Learn more »
Dr. Lars Hansen, a Class of 2000 graduate of Whittell High School, has recently accepted a position at Oxford University, England.
Hansen joined Oxford’s Earth Sciences Department on Oct. 1 as a University Lecturer in mineralogy and petrology. He has a Ph.D. in geophysics from the University of Minnesota, and most recently finished a yearlong postdoctoral research position at Stanford University, where he studied the Earth’s mantle and crust. His new appointment involves establishing a research lab at Oxford (the Rock Rheology Lab) to study how rocks deform at the atomic scale and what impact deformation has on the mantle’s flow and on tectonic plates. The lab makes rocks from minerals found in the Earth’s crust and then deforms them under high pressures and temperatures to simulate the inner Earth’s materials and movements.Learn more »
Army Pvt. Jesus A. Valdivia has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.
During the nine weeks of training, the soldier received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, core values and traditions. Additional training included development of basic combat skills and battlefield operations and tactics, and experiencing use of various weapons and weapons defenses available to the infantry crewman.Learn more »
Coldwell Banker Select hosting pet food driveDecember 9, 2013 —
The Zephyr Cove office of Coldwell Banker Select is hosting a food drive for animals at Douglas County Animal Care and Services through Dec. 28.
Those who wish to donate can bring dry food or canned wet food to the office, which is located at 188 Highway 50 in Zephyr Cove, Nev. Brands such as Kirkland, Pedigree, Iams, Science Diet and Fancy Feast are preferred, but not required, according to a press release.
Douglas County Animal Care will also accept tax-deductible check donations. It will also host “easy drop-off” day on Dec. 14, when your donations will be personally unloaded for you. For more information, call 775-586-5200.
Stateline named HeartSafe communityDecember 6, 2013 —
Stateline was recently designated as one of the first HeartSafe communities.
The designation came from Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval during Heartsafe Communities Week.
According to Tahoe Douglas spokesman Eric Guevin, the designation means that the public has access to AEDs, there are people trained to use the AEDs and can perform CPR, which translates to a higher survival rate compared to areas without these skills.
“We are one of 4 communities in the State to achieve this goal and the Governor recognized these efforts,” Guevin stated in a press release. “We will have signs made that will be placed letting the public know that when the enter our District that are in a recognized Heartsafe area that met rigorous evaluation by this group and met American Heart Association and other criteria to meet best practice standards.”
TahoeChamber to host Winter Wine WalkDecember 6, 2013 —
TahoeChamber will host its Winter Wine Walk business after-hours mixer Dec. 12.
The mixer will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at The Shops at Heavenly Village. Guests are invited to visit participating shops in the Heavenly Village to taste wine, sample foods and shop for holiday gifts. Tickets cost $10 for members and $20 for prospective members. Buy tickets online at www.tahoechamber.org.
Fundraiser to be held for firefighterDecember 5, 2013 —
Tahoe Douglas Fire will host a fundraiser for one of its firefighters Friday, Nov. 6 at Himmel Haus.
Firefighter Kyle Van Mouwerik is battling Guillain Barre Syndrome.
“This is good guy that developed a sudden acute illness that left him paralyzed while working a wildland fire for us this summer,” Tahoe Douglas spokesman Eric Guevin said.
Tickets cost $25 in advance and $30 at the door and include dinner, beer and live music. Doors will open at 5 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6 p.m. Bratwurst and spaetzel are on the menu. For more information or to purchase tickets, call Michael Bartlett at 916-753-4225 or email@example.com or Jeff White at 775-781-7723. Himmel Haus Restaurant & Bar is located at 3819 Saddle Road in South Lake Tahoe.
Tribune hosts CASA giving treeDecember 4, 2013 —
CASA has stationed a holiday giving tree at the Tahoe Daily Tribune.
The trees have paper ornaments containing wish lists from children of various ages. Those who wish to make a donation can select a name from the tree and purchase a gift from the list. Unwrapped gifts must be dropped off at the CASA office in the courthouse at 1354 Johnson Blvd., by Dec. 13 or to the library, 1000 Rufus Allen Blvd., by Dec. 14. Gifts must be put in a bag with the ornament tag secured to it.
CASA volunteers will collect the gifts and wrap them before delivering them to children.
For information, contact Alexis at 530-573-3093.
Santa to appear at libraryDecember 4, 2013 —
Santa will make an appearance Saturday at the South Lake Tahoe library.
The event, which will begin at 10:30 a.m., will also include holiday stories, a sing-along to carols sung by the Blue Ribbon Choir, holiday crafts and refreshments.
Children can take a photo with Santa to take home.
The library is located at 1000 Rufus Allen Blvd.
Tahoe Choir to perform holiday concertsDecember 2, 2013 —
Tahoe Choir and the Lake Tahoe Community College Chorus will perform two holiday concerts this weekend in South Lake Tahoe.
The concerts are titled “For the Love of Music.” Choir Director Linda Mitchell has selected a range of music, including favorite classical and popular songs with traditional holiday music thrown in. Accompanied by pianist Salli Parker, Mitchell will lead the choir in singing “Wedding Cantata” by Daniel Pinkham, Felix Mendelssohn’s “He, Watching Over Israel,” the chorus from the one act opera “Amahl and the Night Visitors” by Gian-Carlo Menotti, along with a few other classical selections for the season. The choir will also perform “The Twelve Days After Christmas” and a few movements from P.D.Q. Bach’s “The Seasonings.” A select ensemble will perform traditional madrigal songs from the Renaissance.
Performances will be held Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at LTCC’s Duke Theater, 1 College Way, and Sunday at 3 p.m. at St. Theresa Catholic Church, 1041 Lyons Ave. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students and can be purchased at the door or in advance from a choir member. Children 5 and younger will be admitted free of charge.
Holiday bazaar to be held in MeyersDecember 2, 2013 —
The Zawadisha Fund and Bona Fide Books will host a holiday bazaar Saturday in Meyers.
Contemporary local artists, crafters and entrepreneurs will offer wares at the third annual Annual Zawadisha Holiday Bazaar. Items available for purchase will include housewares, linens and bags from Kenya, nourishing wellness and beauty products for everyday living from Zen Essentials, mixed media jewelry and gifts from Squirrelsnest Boutique, copper jewelry and sandblasted glassware from ReviveTahoe, lampwork glass bead and Japanese seed bead jewelry from Range of Light Designs, locally published books from Bona Fide Books, knitted and crocheted hairpieces, toys and bags by The Sonsie Lass, and imaginative, food-safe and lead-free highfired pottery by Sierra Clay Art. All vendor space fees benefit the Zawadisha Fund.
The bazaar will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Bona Fide Books,1069 Magua St. in Meyers.
For more information about the Zawadisha Fund, visit www.zawadisha.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Historical Society to present Holiday in HistoryDecember 2, 2013 —
The Lake Tahoe Historical Society will present its annual Holiday in History this weekend.
The free event will include refreshments, music, a Victorian tree, phone calls to Santa’s helpers at the North Pole, a tour of a 1930s log cabin, a bargain table and the museum shop.
The event will be held Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the museum, 3058 Lake Tahoe Blvd. For more information, call 530-541-5458 or visit laketahoemuseum.org
Tree lighting to be held in MeyersDecember 2, 2013 —
The third annual Meyers Tree Lighting will be held Friday from 5-7 p.m. in the Divided Sky/Downtown Café parking lot.
The Christmas fire truck and Santa, via the Cal Star helicopter, will return and music will be playing, according to a press release. Complimentary popcorn and hot cocoa will be served. The event is free and open to the public.
This year’s event is sponsored by the Meyers Community Foundation, formerly the Meyers Community Alliance, created to advocate for and promote and serve the needs of the Meyers residential and business communities by supporting the implementation of grassroots projects and those outlined in the Meyers Community Plan.
For more information about the event, contact Rene Brejc of the Meyers Community Foundation at 530-577-7111.
Senior center to host bingoDecember 2, 2013 —
South Lake Tahoe Senior Center will host Saturday Night Bingo Dec. 7.
Everyone 18 years old and older is invited to play. An early bird game will begin at 5:30 p.m.; and a regular game will be held at 6 p.m.
The event will be held at the South Lake Tahoe Senior Center, 3050 Lake Tahoe Blvd. Free refreshments will be provided to players.
For more information, call Karen at 530-541-1689.
Apprentice firefighter-paramedics sworn inDecember 2, 2013 —
The Lake Valley Fire Protection District swore in two new apprentice firefighter-paramedics during its Nov. 14 Board of Directors meeting. The new employees, Conner Alexander and Dustin La Chapelle, were given the oath of office by Board President Dave Huber and welcomed to the District during the standing-room only meeting. The apprentices will assume full duties as working firefighter-paramedics.
Conner Alexander was born in South Lake Tahoe and graduated from the Lake Tahoe Basin Fire Academy in 2007. He worked for the Fallen Leaf Fire Department before joining the ranks at Lake Valley.
Dustin La Chapelle has been in Tahoe since he was 6 and attended the fire academy at Butte College. Prior to being hired by Lake Valley he served at Pioneer Fire Protection District as a captain.
“We are pleased to welcome both Conner and Dustin to our family at Lake Valley,” Fire Chief Gareth Harris stated in a press release. “The addition of two experienced and local individuals is an exciting event for the District.”
MontBleu appoints general managerDecember 2, 2013 —
MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa appointed Stephen Ditchkus to be its general manager, the business announced Monday.
Ditchkus is a 25-year hotel and gaming industry veteran, who most recently served as chief operating officer at Lac Courte Oreilles Casino and Lodge, a 300-employee property in Hayward, Wisc., where he guided the resort to a nearly 80 percent income growth in slots, table games, food and beverage, bingo and lodging, a press release stated.
Ditchkus cites a commitment to personal customer service as key to promoting and positioning the property as a leading gaming, entertainment and dining venue in South Lake Tahoe. His plans are designed to complement Tahoe’s outdoor appeal with the property’s indoor amenities with an emphasis on gaming, the release stated. His gaming experience began at Lake Tahoe in 1988.
“Our plan is to combine the spectacular attractions of Lake Tahoe with the amenities of the property, with a focus on the gaming experience,” Ditchkus stated. “It’s a great time to be back in Tahoe with the destination moving forward with all its improvements for visitors and locals, alike.”
Accommodation Station announces new nameNovember 29, 2013 —
Accommodation Station has been renamed as Lake Tahoe Lodging Co., the business announced Tuesday.
The new look of the Lake Tahoe Lodging Company includes a re-designed website and logo, as well as fresh signage and several new properties. The company will maintain its repertoire of high-quality lodging, including slopeside condos, mountain chalets, cabins, and executive homes on the shores of South Lake Tahoe, a press release stated. Vacation rentals, seasonal leases, and long-term rentals are available with fully equipped kitchens, fireplaces and amenities such as pool tables and hot tubs, the release stated.
“The new Lake Tahoe Lodging Company brand takes a long-standing and well-respected South Lake Tahoe hospitality brand to a new level,” John Wagnon, senior director of Marketing at Heavenly and Kirkwood, stated in a press release. “Heavenly is proud to be associated with Lake Tahoe Lodging Company and welcome its guests to the great services Lake Tahoe Lodging Company provides.”
Lake Tahoe Lodging Company will continue to provide the same professional, reliable service that it has been known for since its inception in 1976, helping guests to enjoy South Lake Tahoe to its fullest potential. The new brand will maintain its partnership with Heavenly Mountain and Vail Resorts, the release stated.
New business statement: Tahoe Restaurant Delivery & MoreNovember 29, 2013 —
Tahoe Restaurant Delivery & More recently opened on the South Shore.
The business offers online ordering from local restaurants, cafes and stores. It is available to make deliveries seven days per week for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
To place an order, visit wwww.tahoerestaurantdelivery.com, view the menus, select items for delivery, and the business will take care of the rest.
“To the best of our ability all lunch and dinner orders shall be delivered within an hour,” a press release stated. “We also offer speciality grocery delivery from some of the finest stores Tahoe has to offer, including Overland Meats & Seafood and Sugar Pine Bakery.”
Tahoe Restaurant Delivery & More also offers delivery for customized large party venues such as a business meeting, wedding or holiday parties.
For information or to place an order, call 775-636-8556.
Hanukkah menorah lighting to take placeNovember 27, 2013 —
The Ski Run Marina and Chabad Jewish Center of Lake Tahoe invite the entire community to celebrate the Festival of Lights at a public Menorah lighting ceremony on Sunday at Ski Run Marina village.
Hanukkah, The Festival of Lights, for many of us brings back fond memories of childhood years and serves to renew our sense of identity. The Hanukkah lights provide us with warmth, joy, strength and inspiration. Such is the purpose of a community-wide celebration to be held at the ski run marina village this Hanukkah.
Following the kindling, the program will feature Hanukkah gifts, childrens activities and treats.
Hanukkah, a celebration for all time is highlighted by the kindling of the Menorah each night of the holiday. It is a holiday that enriches our lives with the light of tradition. In ancient times, our ancestors rededicated the temple in Jerusalem with the menorah. Today, we rededicate ourselves to making this world a better and brighter place.
Hanukkah also propagates the universal message that ultimately, good will prevail over evil, freedom over oppression and light over darkness.
In its Hanukkah outreach campaign, Chabad of Lake Tahoe and surrounding Communities joins thousands of Chabad centers across the globe that are staging similar public displays of the Menorah and its symbolic lights. From Australia to Africa, Columbia to Hong Kong, New York City’s ground zero to the White House lawn, hundreds of thousands will experience the joy of Hanukkah with Chabad.
Join Chabad in a public display of unity at this exciting Menorah Lighting Ceremony. Bring the kids and make this your special Hanukkah celebration.
The lighting will take place Dec. 1 at 4:30 p.m. at Ski Run Marina village, 900 Ski Run Blvd. No. 1 in South Lake Tahoe.
For more information, contact Chabad Jewish Center of Lake Tahoe at 530-314-7677 or Info@JewishTahoe.com.
What’s Cookin’ at Callie’s Cabin: The gift of cranberry orange-nut breadNovember 26, 2013 —
The other day, someone asked me if turkey dinner was part of my week.
My answer was, “I’m not sure.”
If by turkey dinner you mean cooking a big bird, making dressing, potatoes, greens and pecan pie, then the answer is no.
Which reminds me of a past Thanksgiving story.
I was a journalist living in the San Francisco Bay Area, on deadline writing three articles for a national women’s magazine. Unfortunately, it was raining cats and dogs and I caught a miserable cold. Like a trooper, I took my Brittany down the stairs of my rustic bungalow, outside into the pouring rain and into my garage-converted study. Working late into the night by candlelight amid intermittent power outages, I was interrupted by a light knock on the wooden door. It was Virginia, my landlord, an octogenarian woman who was my surrogate grandmother with European roots and a heart of gold.
In the hands of a short, plump woman with facial wrinkles of experience, she handed me a large bag. Inside it was a care package complete with roasted turkey from the deli, oranges, dried cranberries, walnuts, sore throat lozenges, and bottled water. I was moved and grateful for her generosity.
And thanks to the Good Samaritan, I finished each article and pleased my editor; I survived the cold. One week later my dear friend was home sick with a cold. She called me requesting a few wellness items at the store. Without hesitation, I whipped up a Cranberry Orange-Nut Bread and while it was baking, got the goods, including orange juice, cough syrup, and aspirin. When I delivered the bag of goods to my “Gran” she gave me a slight smile. No words needed. I got it. It was the gift of gratitude.
European-Style Cranberry Orange-Nut Bread
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (1/4 is for high altitude) (if preferred use half whole-wheat flour)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
Pinch of sea salt
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon orange zest
2/3 cup fresh premium orange juice (pulp, not concentrated)
3/4 cup low-fat buttermilk
1 organic brown egg
2 tablespoons European-style butter, soft
1 tablespoon walnut oil
1 tablespoon orange-flavored olive oil (I used blood orange)
1 cup fresh or dried cranberries, chopped (I used fresh and sprinkled with brown sugar)
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
Olive oil or extra butter for greasing loaf pan
If you prefer a drier bread, use dried cranberries and cut the orange juice to 1/2 cup.
In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients. Stir in honey, zest, juice, buttermilk, egg, butter, and oils. Fold in berries and nuts. Lightly grease (with olive oil or butter) in a 9-inch-by-5-inch loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees for about 50-60 minutes or until firm and golden brown. Cool. Slice. Serve with clover honey (lemon cream honey adds a nice kick) or butter. Serves approximately 12 slices.
This fruit-nut bread is a gift of good health. Both fruit and nuts go back to the beginning of time. The contrast of sweet and tart flavor from the fresh cranberries and citrus and meaty crunch of nuts is good and the moist texture is better. A slice of Cranberry Orange-Nut bread spread with honey and paired with a cup of hot black or green tea or gourmet coffee (cinnamon spice or French vanilla is nice for autumn) will boost your mental and physical powers. Simply use the burst of energy to recall who you’re thankful for and pay it forward.
Motto: Giving and receiving is what Thanksgiving is all about; the turkey dinner is trimmings.
— 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. The Healing Powers of Coffee is featured by the Good Cook Book Club, and the series is sold at Walmart stores nationwide. Currently, she’s writing the Olive Oil second edition. Her website is www.calorey.com.
Blood drive to be heldNovember 25, 2013 —
A blood drive will be held Monday, Dec. 5, at Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel.
Walk-ins are welcome. Blood drive participants will receive a parking validation for the Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel, formerly Embassy Suites Hotel Lake Tahoe, parking lot at the blood drive check in. The blood drive is sponsored by the Barton Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. BloodSource provides blood to Barton Memorial Hospital.
Donating blood takes about an hour. Donors must weigh at least 110 pounds, be at least 17 years old (16 with a signed BloodSource Parental consent form) and be generally healthy, according to a press release. There is no upper age limit for blood donations. Donors must bring a photo ID and should drink plenty of fluids before donating.
The drive will be held from noon to 6 p.m. on the first floor ballroom of the hotel, 4130 Lake Tahoe Blvd. For more information, visit www.bloodsource.org of contact Dan Kerr at 775-781-5343.
Deadline approaching for Soroptimist award applicationsNovember 25, 2013 —
Soroptimist International of Tahoe Sierra and South Lake Tahoe are now accepting applications for Women’s Opportunity, Violet Richardson and Ruby Awards.
The Women’s Opportunity Award is bestowed upon women in the community who provide primary financial support for their families, and who are enrolled in or have been accepted to a vocational/skills training program or undergraduate degree program. Each winner will receive $2,000 and eligibility to compete at the regional and national competitions.
The Violet Richardson Award is recognition for young women ages 14-17 engaged in volunteer action within our community or schools. The award is given to young women whose activities make the community and world a better place. This $100 award will go to eligible young women who have a passion for volunteerism which support women and/or youth in some capacity.
The Ruby Award honors women who have worked to improve the lives of women and/or youth through their professional and/or volunteer work. Awardees will receive a $150 donation for the nonprofit organization of their choice.
For instructions or to obtain an application, visit www.sitahoesierra.org or www.sislt.org. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Sunday. For information, contact Sandy Williams at email@example.com or 530-541-2844 or Pam Barrett at firstname.lastname@example.org or 530-545-3388.
Libraries to close for holidayNovember 25, 2013 —
The Douglas County Public Library branches in Minden and Zephyr Cove will be closed Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Both libraries will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 27. The Minden library will resume its regular schedule on Saturday at 10 a.m. The Zephyr Cove library will reopen on Saturday at 9 a.m.
For information, visit douglas.lib.nv.us or call 775-782-9841.