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May 9, 2012
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Content for the weekly community briefs section is selected from e-mail submissions to and occasionally information on the Bonanza’s online calendar. To publish information online go to and locate the calendar section on the right side. Click on “submit an event” and follow the instructions. Please keep descriptions to 50-75 words.

Incline and Spanish Springs Library hours changing

Beginning Monday May 7, Incline Village Library at 845 Alder Ave. and Spanish Springs Library at 7100A Pyramid Lake Highway changed public hours in response to reduced staffing levels.

The new hours for the Incline Village Library will be Tuesday through Thursday from 1-6 p.m. and Friday through Saturday noon – 5 p.m.

On Wednesday evenings the 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Spanish Springs Library drive-up service will no longer be available.

Contact the Incline Village Library directly at 775-832-4130, or the Spanish Springs Library directly at 775-424-1800 or visit

Lake Tahoe School’s Scholarship Competition Announced

Lake Tahoe School is conducting its second annual scholarship competition. Students new to Lake Tahoe School entering fifth through eighth grades may take a comprehensive exam to compete for an academic scholarship Saturday, May 12, 9 a.m.-noon. One prize of $10,000 toward tuition will be awarded to the winner, who will be announced by May 18. Registration for this examination is open through May 10. Tours and interviews will follow the examination. Lake Tahoe School, 995 Tahoe Blvd., Incline Village. RSVP by Thursday, May 10, to Director of Admissions Charlie White at 775-831-5828, ext. 304.

Tuition award is given to the winner of this competition, provided he/she meets all other admission criteria prior to Aug. 15, 2012. Visit

Lake Tahoe School’s Annual Yard Sale announced

Lake Tahoe School will host its annual yard sale May 12, 8 a.m.-noon. This year, all proceeds will benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Foundation. This event is sponsored by the Lake Tahoe School Student Council. Contact Sean Farnan at 775-831-5828 or email Visit

Baby Sign Language Class to Begin

Tahoe’s Connection for Families is offering a six-week Baby Sign Language Class starting Tuesday, May 15 at noon. The class is 45 minutes and costs $75. This class is designed for families with children under 1-year-old and is held in the infant room. Stop in at 754 Mays Blvd., Ste. 12 in the Village Center or call TCF at 775-832-8230 to sign up. Tahoe’s Connection for Families is a nonprofit organization and is the North Shore’s only early childhood development and parenting center. Visit to learn more.

AAUW Scholarships announced

The Tahoe Nevada Branch of AAUW is accepting applications for small scholarships to local women who are going back to school to pursue a degree. Applications need to include a hardship letter and financial documentation. The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is a nationwide network of women committed to equity for women and girls through advocacy, education and research. The Tahoe Nevada Branch is located in Incline Village and has provided scholarships each year by raising funds through their involvement in Golf Fore Education. In the past these scholarships have gone to local high school girls in need of financial assistance. The Incline organization is now expanding their focus on education for women in the area as well. For more information call Jan Horan at 775-831-5186 or email

Defensible Space Chipping Services Announced

The North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District is gearing up for defensible space evaluations, tree marking and chipping services for the 2012 season.

Defensible space evaluations and Chipping services will begin May 16, 2012. The Fire District will notify folks who have requested chipping services prior to visiting their homes.

Please note, it is mandatory the checklist items on the Defensible Space Checklist are completed prior to obtaining a tree removal permit.

To request a defensible space evaluation or chipping service call 775-831-0351, ext. 8118 and leave your name, phone number, address and service requested. You may also sign up on-line at, go to ‘wildfire risk reduction’, then ‘defensible space’.

Connecting our Communities

What’s in store for the SR28 corridor?

Incline Village residents, parents, and students are invited to an open house, May 16, 5:30-7 p.m. at the Incline Village Library. Get updates on East Shore Express, North Demonstration Bikeway and other plans to improve safety

Join he Nevada Department of Transportation, Nevada Division of State Parks, Nevada Highway Patrol, Washoe County Sheriff’s Office and Washoe County School District for information and refreshments. Call 775-589-5500 for directions and more details or visit

MOAA-Incline Veterans Club Military Banquet

Guest speaker Col. Bud Anderson WWII Triple Ace Pilot at the Carson Nugget, May 25, 5:30 p.m. Complimentary dinner for active and prospective members. RSVP to, prospective members may email

Incline Village Library news

Summer Reading Program: Dream Big — Read. Children and teens who read and keep a reading log for 15 days will receive a free book when they sign up for this program at the library. They may finish multiple logs to win multiple books through Aug. 31. Wednesday, May 16, 4-5 p.m. Story Time. Friday, May 18, 2-4 p.m. Lifescapes. Wednesday, May 23, 4-5 p.m. Story Time. Saturday, May 26 through Friday, June 8, all day early voting for the primary. Incline Village Library, 845 Alder Ave., Incline Village, 775-832-4130,

Trail Construction and Crew Leader Training

Join the Tahoe Rim Trail Association for the Seventh Annual Trail Construction and Crew Leader Workshop at Washoe County’s Galena Creek Regional Park May 18-20. Participants may choose from the following courses: Trail Design and Layout, Fundamentals of Trail Construction, Crew Leadership and Advanced Trail Theory. Network with trail volunteers and professionals and learn how to plan, construct and maintain trails. This training is partially grant funded by the Nevada Recreational Trails Program and the Humboldt Toiyabe National Forest and supported by Washoe County Regional Parks and Open Space. Participants pay a fee of $150 (Friday, Saturday and Sunday), $100 (Saturday and Sunday) or $50 (Friday) to cover instruction, park lodging, food, training materials and transportation to class sites. Discounts are available for TRTA members and volunteers. For more information and registration visit or contact Teresa Crimmens at 775-298-0232 or

Outdoor Leadership and Guide Training

Join the Tahoe Rim Trail Association for the Fourth Annual Outdoor Leadership and Guide Training at Granlibakken Lodge and Conference Center in Tahoe City, Calif., May 18-20. This training is no longer just for guides, as all participants will discover sessions that will increase their confidence and competence in the outdoors. Regional professionals, along with experienced Tahoe Rim Trail guides will lead workshops in Outdoor Leadership, Risk Management, Trip Planning, Leave No Trace and more. The weekend offers opportunities to network with professional and volunteer guides, as well as participants who share in common pursuits and passions. This training is partially grant funded by the Nevada Recreational Trails Program and the Tahoe Mountain Resorts Foundation. Participants pay a fee of $250 which includes lodging (Friday and Saturday), all meals, three days of training, parking, training materials and conference center facilities. Many other price packages available including locals packages which do not include lodging. Discounts are available for current TRTA guides. Visit or contact Jaime Souza at 775-298-0231 or

Register for the 2012 Tahoe Science Conference

Environmental Restoration in a Changing Climate

The Tahoe Science Consortium and Sierra Nevada College will host the 2012 Tahoe Science Conference May 22-24, 2012 on the Sierra Nevada College campus in Incline Village. The theme of the conference will be “Environmental Restoration in a Changing Climate.” Lake Tahoe and many other high alpine lakes around the world are being increasingly stressed by climatic changes and urban development. Compounding these factors are economic stresses on government agencies, communities, the environmental community and the public. The 2012 Tahoe Science Conference will encourage creative dialogue among scientists, artists, environmental managers, public officials, and the general public about how to protect high alpine ecosystems under changing environmental and social climates.

The registration fee covers all program activities Tuesday through Thursday, including parking, conference materials, panel discussions, hosted breaks and meals, and the Poster Reception May 23, 2012.

Download a PDF registration form at

Contact Tina Triplett, executive director, NWRA at 775-473-5473 or Visit

Announcing Lake Tahoe Basin

Wildfire Awareness Week

The third annual Lake Tahoe Basin Wildfire Awareness Week will be held May 26-June 3, themed “Wildfire Survival: Your Home, Your Responsibility.” The focus will be to promote homeowner and resident actions that reduce the risk from wildfire to homes and communities. It takes coordinated effort between individuals and local agencies to prepare a community to survive wildfire.

Tahoe Basin property owners are encouraged to take responsibility for preparing homes in advance to survive a wildfire by joining in Wildfire Awareness Week activities. For information on activities, how to upgrade homes or create defensible space in the Tahoe Basin see Living with Fire website at or contact Susie Kocher at 530-542-2571 or

Bocce Sunset Socials

Ski Beach, Incline Village, Wednesdays, May 30-Aug. 29, 4 p.m. Adults and seniors, immerse yourself in the best parts of Italian culture: Family, friends, wine, music, and Bocce! No previous experience necessary. An IVGID pass or punch card is required to gain access to Ski Beach. Please inquire and pre-register by calling 775-832-1310.

Land Ethic Leaders Program June 1-3

Presented in partnership between Aldo Leopold Foundation, Northern Sierra Partnership and Sagehen Creek Field Station. In his classic book A Sand County Almanac, Aldo Leopold set forth his most enduring idea, the “land ethic,” which he articulated as a shift from seeing humans as “conqueror of the land-community to plain member and citizen.” The Land Ethic Leaders program is based on exactly this idea: To enable community leaders across the country to find and create opportunities for rich and productive dialogue about humanity’s relationships to land.

The workshop fee is $350, including all meals, lodging, program materials, and a public screening license and kit for Green Fire ($150 value). Northern Sierra Training (at Sagehen Creek Field Station), June 1-3. Program begins Friday evening and ends Sunday afternoon. Visit To register or contact Jeannine Richards at or 608-355-0279, ext. 25 for more information.

Tahoe’s Connection for Families Garage Sale

Tahoe’s Connection for Families is holding its inaugural garage sale, Saturday, June 2, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Village Shopping Center location. Help TCF raise money for infant and toddler programs and enrichment classes by donating your household items in nice condition (no mattresses or cribs please). Donations are being accepted now through Wednesday, May 30 at the old “Artists at Tahoe” building, located on the lower level of the Village Center next to Arts, 9 a.m.-noon Monday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday.

For more information or if you need help with large items, email or call 775-832-8230. Check out to learn more.

Nevada veterans writing project goes regional

The Nevada Veterans Writing Project takes on a regional scope in June of 2012 by expanding to invite veterans from surrounding states. The Veterans Writing Conference will be held June 1-2 in Las Vegas with invitations being extended to veterans and family members in Nevada, Arizona, California and Utah.

Promoted by the Nevada Office of Veterans Services (NOVS), the two-day meeting will allow attendees access to experienced and well published authors who are part of the veteran and military community.

The conference is scheduled to be held at New York New York Hotel Casino located on the Las Vegas Strip. Hotel reservations are suggested.

There are no fees to attend the conference other than attendees paying for their own hotel reservations and food costs. More information and registration can be made at

55+ Conversation Cafe

Join IVGID Senior Programs for the next Conversation Cafe. Lively discussion, interesting people and good food make this the most talked about senior activity in the Village. A nutritious continental breakfast is served for $2 per person. Participant suggested topics and volunteer moderators are subject to change. Thursdays through June 9, 10 a.m., Aspen Grove Community Center, 960 Lakeshore Blvd., Incline Village. Visit

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated May 9, 2012 06:59PM Published May 9, 2012 06:57PM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.