Announcements for South Lake Tahoe and South Shore areas

Nominate businesses for Blue Ribbon awards

September 18, 2014 — 

TahoeChamber is now accepting nominations for the seventh annual Blue Ribbon awards, a program that recognizes exceptional businesses in the South Shore.

The awards focus on businesses and individuals that have made significant contributions to the South Shore economy and community through programs, exceptional customer service and entrepreneurship.

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Hard Rock announces new chef

September 18, 2014 — 

The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe announces the recent hire of Jonathan Snyder as executive chef. After nearly 20 years in Las Vegas, Snyder brings his culinary talents to South Lake Tahoe. As executive chef, Snyder will oversee development of the food and beverage offerings at each of the property¹s four restaurant and bar concepts.

Raised in South Lake Tahoe working in the kitchen of his family¹s restaurant, Snyder is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of American in New York. His accomplishments include opening the Bellagio¹s acclaimed Prime Steakhouse alongside French chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, where Snyder played a key role in developing the pre-opening menu, in addition to food production and kitchen management. During Snyder¹s tenure at Prime Steakhouse, the restaurant received top reviews and is widely recognized as one of the best steakhouses in America, receiving the coveted AAA Four Diamond award for quality of food and service.

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High Holiday services open to all

September 18, 2014 — 

On Sept. 24, the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah will commence and continue through Sept. 26.

The Chabad Jewish Center of Lake Tahoe will host a full High Holiday services schedule including a Rosh Hashanah dinner (RSVP required for the dinner). “Our services will be warm, friendly and traditional,” according to Rabbi Mordey Richler, the director of the center. The services will take place at 1898 Venice Drive in South Lake Tahoe.

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Measure F workshop to be held

September 16, 2014 — 

A Measure F workshop will take place at Lake Tahoe Community College (LTCC). This workshop is hosted by LTCC Superintendent/President Kindred Murillo on Sept. 18 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Aspen/Board Room at Lake Tahoe Community College and will discuss how bond money will be used, as well as review the ballot question, highlight oversight/accountability measures and answer questions.

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Bread & Broth to hold 25th year anniversary celebration

September 16, 2014 — 

Bread & Broth will celebrate 25 years of service by honoring volunteers, donors and sponsors and community members in South Lake Tahoe on Oct. 5 at Celio Ranch from noon to 4 p.m.

The organization has served more than 125,000 hot, nutritious meals to those in need. To honor and celebrate all those who have contributed to Bread & Broth’s success, an afternoon community gathering featuring a country/Western themed fair and then dinner at 1 p.m. with barbecued chicken, fish, potato salad, baked beans, coleslaw, green salad, dessert, snacks, lemonade and a no-host beer and wine bar.

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Oktoberfest to celebrate 20th year

September 12, 2014 — 

Beers, brats, and music are on tap at Camp Richardson on Oct. 4 and 5, as Oktoberfest returns to the shores of Lake Tahoe. Now in its 20th year the annual event will showcase seven different autumn-themed brews ranging from Drake’s Hefeweizen to Ninkasi Total Domination IPA.

Camp Richardson offers the family dog, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Activities include an owner and dog dress-up contest, German food and desserts, craft booths, face painting, pumpkin patch, bouncy house, bungee platform, live music featuring the polka styling’s of the Gruber Family Band, and beer and wine garden. There will be shaved ice Sun Runners and added salad choices and chicken. And for those who can’t get enough of good suds there are Ninkasi Total Domination IPA infused bratwurst. People interested in testing their capacity can sign up for the sausage eating contest by 1:30 p.m. at the pumpkin patch on Saturday. The showdown will take place at 3 p.m. on the main stage. Lederhosen are optional, but encouraged.

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B&B celebrates quarter-of-a-century

September 11, 2014 — 

The South Lake Tahoe community is celebrating 25 years with “A Country Affair” to be held at Celio Ranch on Oct. 5 from noon to 4 p.m., with activities, food, live music, and raffles and a silent auction.

Tahoe Sport Fishing will host a fishing event from 7 to 11 a.m. for 45 guests. Tahoe Sport Fishing will donate its crew, bait and tackle, fuel, and fishing boats for the event. Participants will embark on a fishing excursion where all catches from the day will be donated to Bread & Broth. The fishermen/women will be asked to donate $20, which will include the cost of the day fishing license and $5 toward refreshments that will be included on the boat.

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NDOW hiring game wardens

September 11, 2014 — 

The Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) has seven openings for entry level game wardens, most of which are in rural Nevada duty stations. This is the largest recruitment of game wardens in NDOW’s history.

“The agency has experienced several retirements and some turnover in the last few years,” said Tyler Turnipseed, Chief Game Warden at NDOW.

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Remembrance ceremony scheduled

September 9, 2014 — 

The American Legion Post 795, located at 2748 Lake Tahoe Blvd., will be hosting a Patriot Day observance on Thursday at 11 a.m. South Lake Tahoe Fire Chief Jeff Meston and South Lake Tahoe Police Chief Brian Uhler will speak on the role of emergency personnel and the sacrifices made on that day. The public is welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served after the service.

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Pet of the Week

September 9, 2014 — 

Patches is an adorable mama kitty, she is only a year old and just got through taking care of her babies, also at the shelter. Kittens are so adoptable, but the moms are not as easy to find homes for, so please consider Patches. She is such a sweet kitty. Come visit her 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.

Update: Bandit last week’s Pet Of The Week found his forever home!

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Students donate art

September 9, 2014 — 

Four South Lake Tahoe elementary school students donated their art to be auctioned at the Lake Tahoe Educational Foundation Fall Food Fest fundraiser to be held on Oct. 11. The foundation provides grants that support educational programs in the Lake Tahoe Unified School District. The art was created during the “Bringing Art to School (BATS)” program last year. The artwork was prepared for auction by Marcus Ashley Fine Arts Gallery.

Donated were, “Pink Flower” by Devon Sukha, fifth grade; “Landscape” by Tabatha Guebard, fourth grade; “Music & Art” by Diego Uribe, fifth grade; and “Cityscape” by Dillon Breckenridge, second grade. Each student received a color photocopy of their artwork and a certification of appreciation for their donation from BATS.

BATS provides art appreciation and hands-on art experiences to more than 1,500 students in grades Kindergarten to fifth, through its volunteers who visit their classroom five times each year. Visit the website at for more information or to become a volunteer.

BATS has recently become a program of the El Dorado Arts Council, a non-profit organization that supports and encourages artistic expression enriching the lives of those in the county.

Students to learn about agriculture

September 9, 2014 — 

More than 500 third- and fourth-grade students from local elementary schools will attend the second annual Tahoe Farm Day, held on Sept. 16. This all day field trip at Camp Richardson teaches students about the wide diversity of regional agriculture. Volunteer presenters will bring topics alive for students through creative, interactive activities that feature regionally grown fruits and vegetables. They will teach concepts of healthy eating and nutrition.

Learning demonstrations topics will include bees, local fruit and vegetable crops, nutrition, soils, worm composting, watersheds, water use, pest management, and farm animals, including horses, goats, and chickens.

Tahoe Farm Day (TFD) is hosted by Ag in the Classroom in partnership with Tahoe Resource Conservation District, Lake Tahoe Unified School District, and the El Dorado County Farm Bureau. Tahoe Farm Day learning activities are developed to meet California state standards for third- and fourth-grade curriculum.

Sign-ups underway for religious education program

September 9, 2014 — 

Saint Theresa’s Parish Religious Education program provides opportunities for faith enrichment and spiritual formation for all students in grades preschool through high school.

Sign ups began Sept. 9 and continue to Sept. 11 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the parish center located on the corner of Lyons Avenue and Rufus Allen Boulevard. Classes begin the week of Oct. 6. For more information contact the Director of Religious Education, Danette Winslow at 530-544-4788 or

Nonprofits to benefit from Fall Festival and Chili Cook-Off

September 9, 2014 — 

The third annual Fall Festival and Chili Cook-Off will offer opportunities for the community to support several local nonprofit organizations. The event will be held on Sept. 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Recreation Complex on Rufus Allen Boulevard.

South Tahoe Refuse has donated a drawing prize of a Crock Pot and a certificate for the use of a dumpster. Tickets may be purchased at the event, with the proceeds donated to Bread & Broth, a local volunteer organization that offers hot meals to those in need.

The Lion’s Club is an international service organization with a membership of 1.35 million members. This organization is perhaps best known for collecting and redistributing eyeglasses to those who cannot afford to purchase glasses. Bring old eyeglasses to donate at the event.

The South Tahoe Cancer League helps the community members with rides to medical treatment or grants to help with living expenses. All money raised in the community is used to help locals.

The American Legion Post No. 795 and the Auxiliary will be available to answer questions about services for veterans and their families. The Post helps veterans with needs for medicine, food, living expenses and transportation. The Auxiliary also sponsors a Daisy Scout Troop.

“Christmas Cheer All Year,” will have a barrel available for donations of non-perishable food items or new toys. Golden Bear Events will give an extra door prize ticket to anyone who brings a donation for “Christmas Cheer.”

A drawing prize basket with a Christmas theme will be offered by the Lake Tahoe Senior Center, with the proceeds going to support activities and events for senior citizens.

The Lake Tahoe Humane Society helps domestic animals and will be at the event offering information. It has also entered the Chili Cook-Off. Come and buy a bowl and vote for a favorite chili. Admission to the event is free-of-charge, and will feature live entertainment, vendors, free door prizes, fun for children, and more. For more information, call JoAnn at 544-7412 or visit the website at

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.

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.

Last year’s “Sierra Sunset,” made by Erick Martinez from Riva Grill, received the most votes by attendees. His first-place mix combined Tahoe Blue Vodka, raspberries, basil, Cointreau, sweet and sour, lemonade and soda water. Heavenly’s Dan Orr created a “Mr. and Mrs. Claus,” and was recognized as “Most Congenial Bartender.”

All proceeds from the event will benefit the Barton Foundation’s community health and wellness grants and programs. Riva Grill will provide appetizers and live music will be performed by Jesse Kalin.

Attendees must be 21 or older. Tickets can be purchased for $35 in advance and $40 on the day of the event. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call (530) 543-5784. Riva Grill is located at 900 Ski Run Blvd. in South Lake Tahoe.

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.

The forum is free-of-charge and open to the community.

The Tahoe Regional Young Professionals will host its monthly mixer following the forum, also at Lake Tahoe Golf Course.

Lake Tahoe Golf Course is located at 2500 Emerald Bay Road in South Lake Tahoe. For more information, contact TahoeChamber by phone at (775) 588-1728 or by email at To view the Tahoe Future Vision 2020 South Shore Community Vision document, please visit

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.

“We’re excited to promote such a well-respected game warden into the chief’s job,” said NDOW Director Tony Wasley. “With over 16 years of experience as a Nevada Game Warden, he has demonstrated excellence as a wildlife enforcement professional.”

Turnipseed started his career with NDOW as a college intern in 1992 in Elko, three weeks after graduating high school in Minden, Nev. He holds a Bachelor of Science in biology with an option in fish and wildlife management from Montana State University, Bozeman. Turnipseed became a game warden in August 1998 and during his career has worked in every region of the state and in many of NDOW’s divisions.

His commitment to wildlife resources and enforcement is evident in his specialized training in areas such as wildlife field forensics, hunting related shooting incidents and boating collision investigation and reconstruction.

As part of a new attempt to better reach the community and sportsmen, Turnipseed will be tweeting out public information on twitter under the handle of @Chief_GW_NV.

“We’d like to better use technology to reach out to the sporting public and to help identify and stop wildlife crime,” Turnipseed said.

Turnipseed is replacing former Chief Game Warden Rob Buonamici who retired earlier this year after he spent more than a decade in the job and nearly 35 years as a Game Warden for NDOW.

The Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) protects, restores and manages fish and wildlife, and promotes fishing, hunting, and boating safety. NDOW’s wildlife and habitat conservation efforts are primarily funded by sportsmen’s license and conservation fees and a federal surcharge on hunting and fishing gear. Support wildlife and habitat conservation in Nevada by purchasing a hunting, fishing, or combination license. Facebook, Twitter or visit

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 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.

Programs funded during the spring grant cycle included district wide programs such as Farm Day, Wonders of Water, Outdoor Explore, and Children’s Forest. The foundation is a public, non-profit organization run by a 26 member volunteer board and operates with no administrative costs. The spring due date for grant applications is March 6, 2015.

Food Fest takes place Oct. 11 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at Harrah’s Convention Center. Tickets will be available at all school district sites in September.

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.

Dr. Ganong is a board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation physician. She specializes in interventional sports medicine and spine care. This includes traditional and alternative treatments and the non-operative management of sports or occupational related orthopedic and spine injuries.

³We are proud and delighted that Dr. Ganong has come on board with Barton Health,² says Chris Proctor, the director of Barton¹s Tahoe Center for Orthopedics. ³She has an outstanding reputation in her field and is committed to serving the growing number and variety of sports medicine needs in our community.²

Dr. Ganong is a Tahoe native and most recently practiced as a Sports Medicine and Spine Physiatrist at North Tahoe Orthopedics. She attended the University of Nevada School of Medicine in Reno and completed her residency at the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento.

³It is always my goal to get patients back out and doing what they love,² says Dr. Ganong. ³I am determined to make an accurate diagnosis and work closely with the patient and other medical providers involved to formulate an appropriate and effective treatment plan.²

Dr. Ganong is an active physician on and off the clock. She has worked as a team physician for the US Ski Team and was co-medical director of Ironman Lake Tahoe. Dr. Ganong has lectured at multiple conferences and recently was on the faculty for the American Medical Society of Sports Medicine annual musculoskeletal ultrasound course. She is an avid downhill and Nordic skier, triathlete, and outdoor enthusiast.

Dr. Ganong will be starting her practice September 3, but Barton staff are currently available to make appointments for her. She will be splitting her time between seeing patients at TOSM on Third Street in South Lake Tahoe and the TOSM office in Incline Village, Nev.

To make an appointment with Dr. Ganong, please call (530) 541-3100. For a comprehensive list of Dr. Ganong¹s medical services, please visit

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.

July 22, 2014 — 

Pet of the Week

July 15, 2014 — 

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.

Years ago, during my starving student days in San Jose I recall one day I put together a no-bake cheesecake. In a modest upstairs apartment nestled by trees, I didn’t have a blender, mixer or ramekins (nor did I know what these little white dishes are). I spread the lumpy mixture into a rectangle shaped metal ice cube tray and popped it into the fridge.

Later that night during the heat wave, friends paid me a visit. I mentioned I made cheesecake. They said, “Can we have a slice?” I dodged the question because although it was semi-edible it wasn’t pretty. They persisted and I answered, “It’s not perfect.” But they didn’t care. I dished up rectangles of the semi-firm “cheesecake” and placed each one on graham cracker squares and served them on paper napkins. It was doable but my culinary skills have morphed through the years.

Callie’s French-Style Mini Cheesecakes

Graham Cracker Crust

7 graham crackers, very fine (use a blender)

¼ cup granulated sugar

¼ cup European style butter, melted

In a bowl, mix cracker crumbs, sugar and butter. Press mixture firmly against the bottom and sides of 3 or 4 buttered ramekin dishes. (You can also bake mini cheesecakes in cupcake pans with liners.) Bake 10 to 12 minutes in a 350 degree oven. Set aside. If there is extra, it makes a nice garnish.


1 cup whipped cream cheese

½ cup sour cream

½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract

¼ cup granulated sugar (or less if you prefer)

½ cup whipped cream (I used extra creamy Cool Whip)

In a mixing bowl, blend cream cheese and sour cream. Add vanilla and sugar. Once there are no lumps, fold in whipped cream. Put into graham cracker lined dishes. Place in refrigerator (I used the freezer) till firm for a few hours before serving. Take a knife and circle each cheesecake along the sides of the dishes. Place plate over top; turn back over onto dessert plates (graham cracker crust on the bottom). Serves 3 or 4.


Mix a bit of sour cream with confectioners’ sugar for a nice consistency. Spread lightly on top of cheesecakes. Garnish with fresh fruit, sliced (peaches, blueberries, strawberries). Instead of a glazed fruit topping, try enjoying sweet fruit solo (I used juicy yellow peaches) and there’s no need for more sugar. You can also use leftover cookie crust.

Mini cheesecakes, like these, are easy to make, and a welcome on warm days. They have a nice appeal to the palate as well as fun to plate in many ways, including chocolate shavings, nuts, a dollop of whipped cream or simply as is. Because they are rich, less is more. They freeze nicely. Not only are they perfect for one but can be a nice sophisticated dessert for family and friends.

Motto: It’s the season to savor cold foods and enjoy the heat out of the kitchen.

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 .

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, 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, 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

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 For more about the club, contact Colleen Sidey at, 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 For more info, contact Catherine at 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

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, 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

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

For more information or to register, call Sweeney at 775-790-9261, or send an email to

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

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 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


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

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: and

Donna Leandro

Volunteer, Between Horses and Humans

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