South Shore news in brief
May 30, 2014
Plein air artists featured at fundraiser
Paint Tahoe Blue, a "paint-in" fundraiser where up to 20 local and regional plein air artists paint and then auction their pieces to guests, will be from 4 to 8 p.m. June 15 at Sand Harbor State Park, five miles south of Incline Village. The event will be at the group picnic area on the right just after entering the park. The auction will start at 7 p.m.
Half of the proceeds go to the artists; the other half benefits the Toiyabe Chapter of Sierra Club, whose contributions include allocation of funds to support conservation initiatives. Member from the Toiyabe Chapter and Great Basin Group will be on hand, and wine and refreshments will be served.
Huber receives Senior of the Year award
The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors presented the 2014 Senior of the Year award to Penelope "Penny" Huber at the Board of Supervisors Chambers held on May 20. The Senior of the Year award is presented to highlight the accomplishments and contributions of an active older adult living in El Dorado County.
Huber has lived in South Lake Tahoe for the over 30 years. She was recognized for her exceptional lead volunteerism at Barton Skilled Nursing Facility and her volunteer work; she contributes approximately 18-24 hours a week.
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Huber was also honored for her volunteerism with the South Lake Tahoe Police Alzheimer's Registry and Care Track Program, Family Caregiver Support Program, and South Lake Tahoe Police Department.
TRPA Board honors chiefs, marks awareness month
With record drought conditions in the West, the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Governing Board adopted a resolution supporting the 2014 Lake Tahoe Wildfire Awareness Month and gave recognition to two departing Lake Tahoe fire chiefs, Chief John Pang of Meeks Bay Fire Protection District and Division Chief Norb Szczurek of the North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District, at its meeting in Kings Beach, Calif.
Lake Tahoe fire agencies designated May 2014 as Wildfire Awareness Month in the Tahoe Basin and are encouraging homeowners this year to prepare their homes for wildfire with a focus on creating and sustaining Fire Adapted Communities. Residents of a Fire Adapted Community accept responsibility for living in a high fire-hazard area, work to create defensible space and reduce fuels around structures, and work with neighbors to integrate defensible space throughout neighborhoods.
The organization also presented an update and overview of catastrophic wildfire prevention efforts to date, including its support for homeowner defensible space and the effort to reduce forest fuels on more than 60,000 acres of land in the Tahoe Basin and announced Mary Huggins has been hired to run the agency's tree removal permitting program.
For more information, call Jeff Cowen at 775-589-5278, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students visit museum with BATS program
Eleven classes of elementary school children recently visited the Haldan Art Gallery on the Lake Tahoe Community College campus. The field trips were part of the Bringing Art to Schools program offered to students in grades K-5. The students viewed works of art by the LTCC Art Department faculty and staff. The exhibit included two and three-dimensional pieces. For many students, this was their first visit to a professional art gallery. In addition to the docent-led tour of the gallery, the students created their own works of art using photosensitive paper to make "sun prints."
Bringing Art to Schools is a volunteer-run program providing art appreciation and activity to young students. It is funded by donations and grants. The field trips were sponsored by a grant from the El Dorado Community Foundation. For more information, go to http://www.batsart.org.
Registration open for summer sports camps
Lake Tahoe Community College and Tahoe Center for Orthopedics hold week-long summer sports camps that focus on improving children's health, wellness and athletic performance. Children ages 7-13 can learn proper exercise techniques, team-building, sports-specific techniques and how to make healthy nutritional choices.
Session 1 is held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 23-27; Session 2 is held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 7-11 and Session 3 is held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 11-15. The cost is $185 per session. A 20 percent discount is offered for signing up for all three sessions.
To register, go to http://www.ltcc.edu/communityeducation, and click on "Community Education Classes," or call 530-541-4660, ext. 717.
Two guided hikes planned on June 7
Explore Tahoe: An Urban Trailhead Visitor Center will host guided hikes in honor of American Hiking Society's 22nd annual National Trails Day celebration at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. June 7.
Participants will be guided by Gavin Furman on a moderate hike through Van Sickle Bi State Park. The hike will highlight environmental and historic facts along the trail. Hikes begin and end at Explore Tahoe: An Urban Trailhead, located at the Heavenly Village transit center on Highway 50.
Hikers are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and bring water. Refreshments will be provided following each tour. The free hikes are open to ages 12 and over. For reservations, call 530-542-4637.
Survey available to improve library services
The Douglas County Public Library is conducting an online survey to find out how people use the library's computers and Internet connection and how this service has made a positive impact on their lives. Information gathered will help the library improve its technology services and communicate the value of providing free access to computers and the Internet within the community.
The survey is anonymous, available in English and Spanish, and takes 10-15 minutes to complete. It can be accessed through June 14 from the library computers, or at douglas.lib.nv.us and Facebook/DouglasLibraryNV.
The Impact Survey is the result of a successful research initiative from the University of Washington with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. For more information, see the library information desk, or go to http://impactsurvey.org.
Scott Helmer benefit concert for Tahoe Dream Foundation
Scott Helmer is holding a live benefit concert for Tahoe Dream Foundation, a nonprofit that supports local child care centers and needy families, at The American Legion Post 795, 2748 Lake Tahoe Blvd., on Friday, June 13, at 7 p.m.. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Children five and under are free.
Helmer's contagious, radio-friendly blend of rock and pop includes memorable guitar riffs, catchy sing-along choruses and lyrics that tell stories of love, pain and starting over. These songs, co-written and recorded with his photographer/musician brother, Rich Helmer, have also crossed over to fans of Country & Americana. He has opened up for legendary acts like Heart, Eddie Money, 3 Doors Down and Big Country.
Tahoe Dream Foundation will use the money raised for its assistance programs. Also, the foundation is raising money to help local motel owner Jerry Morey, the victim of an assault in January by one of his tenants. The attack resulted in more than $50,000 in medical bills and other expenses for Morey.
Tahoe Dream Foundation has also started a petition to help make sure the man responsible for the assault is prosecuted. For more information, go to justiceforjerry.blogspot.com or
Author featured June 13 at LTCC
As part of the Lake Tahoe Community College's Writers' Series, Bona Fide Books will launch award-winning author Ann Gelder's "Bigfoot and the Baby" at 7 p.m. June 13.
The event is free and open to the public.
In Gelder's debut novel, it's 1986 and homemaker Jackie Majesky knows the world is ending. Apocalyptic portents — famine, war, the Chernobyl meltdown—have been piling up for months. Her comedian-cop husband and punk-rock daughter see nothing amiss, but her new baby, Mollie, won't stop screaming. Jackie decides it's up to her to save the world, and her hapless family, from damnation. She moves them to a domed city where they find a different kind of salvation.
Gelder has taught literature at Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley, and has worked as an online producer and marketing consultant. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Books will be available for signing and purchase. The event is free and open to the public.
Tahoe Elks Lodge awards scholarships
Tahoe-Douglas Elks Lodge 2670 awarded eight $500. scholarships to South Tahoe High School Seniors at the Awards Program on Wednesday, May 28. The awards were presented by Roger Barragan, Trustee & Jeanne Barragan, Scholarship Committee member. The awards went to Chad Kaassamani, Ericka Crystal Rosas, Ryan Piazzo, JI Hyeon Pak, Adelaine Martinez, Kevin Herrera-Uribe, Shaina Aquino and Brittany Harper.
Story, brick building session set at Tahoe library
"Fizz, Boom, Read" is the theme for the Douglas County Public Library's summer reading program. Duplo and Lego blocks will be provided at an all ages story and brick building session on June 13 at the Lake Tahoe branch library.
The brick builders will listen to a story and build from 11 a.m. to noon. Children can build their own creations from noon to 1 p.m. Families are invited to bring a sack lunch for an indoor picnic. Children five and younger must be accompanied by an adult.
The Douglas County Public Library Lake Tahoe branch is located at 233 Warrior Way in Zephyr Cove. For more information, call 775-588-6411, go to douglas.lib.nv.us, or find the library on Facebook and Twitter.
High Sierra holding monthly dance party
High Sierra Swing Dance Club presents its monthly dance party June 28 at the Brewery Arts Center's Grand Ballroom, 449 W. King St., Carson City. At 6:30 p.m., Clay and Cullen Mitchell will teach jitterbug, a 1940s-style swing dance and simplified version of Lindy hop. This is in preparation for the Silver Dollar Car Classic Sock Hop at the Carson Nugget on July 26. Social dance is 7:30-10 p.m. Partners are not required. Lesson $7 for HSSDC and any swing dance club members or $10 for nonmembers; dance $7 for members of swing clubs and $10 for nonmembers. Free beginner lesson starts at 6:30 p.m. Join the club that night, and the dance is free. For information, go to http://www.highsierraSDC.org or call 775-629-9369.
Hands4Hope helps Food Bank of El Dorado County
CAMERON PARK – Hands4Hope – Youth Making a Difference, a youth-driven outreach organization based in El Dorado Hills, hosted its annual Food Blitz at Safeway in Cameron Park and Placerville collecting almost 500 pounds of nonperishable food, over $200 in Safeway gift cards and more than $350 in cash donations for the Food Bank of El Dorado County.
Food Bank Communications & Development Director Carey Fong says, "It is always rewarding to see our community's youth band together to help collect food for our county's at-risk population. Hands4Hope-Youth Making a Difference is a great partner to the Food Bank and we are delighted to be able to work with them during the spring and fall Food Blitz campaigns."
Mikan Gosuico, Hands4Hope Outreach Coordinator said, "Hands4Hope is happy to contribute to feeding families in need through the Food Blitz. It's always a popular event with our youth volunteers. We had individuals, Hands4Hope school clubs, friends, and families all come together to volunteer. It's wonderful to see even the youngest members of our community recognizing the need and reaching out to make a positive difference."
For more information on how you can give or get help, simply call 530-621-9950 or email email@example.com.
Humane Society in new home
The Lake Tahoe Humane Society has purchased a property at 884 Emerald Bay Rd. for a new headquarters, in what the society terms a bold move that will save thousands of dollars in the long run and that will provide more space for temporary sheltering of Tahoe pets during wildfires or other emergencies.
The Humane Society said the transaction was "a huge undertaking" that involved many local professionals and business owners, including Cork & More, South Tahoe Stand Up Paddle, Best in Show, Tahoe's Best Friends, Tahoe Production House, Sierra Veterinary Hospital, Alpine Animal Hospital and Round Hill, attorney Joe Tilson and financial advisor Wayne Omel. Craig Robinson of Keller Williams Realty represented the Lake Tahoe Humane Society on the purchase at a heavily discounted commission structure.
Also credited were directors for the Lake Tahoe Humane Society including Lorna Lefler, president; Sue Pritchett, treasurer; and the newest member Heidi Tredwell; Monique McIntyre with Coldwell Banker; and Judy Brown, past City Council member and former president of the Lake Tahoe Humane Society.