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Sew shop defined by its Fabric and Finds

Even with less snow on the ground than usual for this time of year, winter marks a big season for Linda Spivak’s store Fabric and Finds. The South Lake Tahoe shop in the Pine Cone Plaza opened last March, and this is her first full winter – a time when people think of quilting, knitting and sewing as an inside activity as the temperature drops considerably. In Spivak’s case, she’s mainly the one doing the sewing – which the longtime local considers a lost art. She’s been sewing since she was young including making her own dresses. Today, Spivak says she still enjoys it. Many of her customers select a fabric – predominantly in cotton or silk earth tones for $10 or $15 a yard – and have her sew the item. She specializes in bedding and custom pillows with dressed-up buttons, and has directed her business toward the vacation-home rental and the interior design markets. “They don’t need to spend a lot of money. There are a lot of things you can do. You can take a fabric and coordinate it with things in the home,” she said. Spivak ran the Cloth Cottage for 12 years in Tahoe City and now splits her time between the fabric shop, Lake Tahoe Golf Course and a home cleaning business. Fabric and Finds, which can be reached at (530) 545-2818, is open Thursday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and by appointment.

Incline Village golf course re-opens as snow continues to evade Lake Tahoe

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. – As the weather forecast continues to show no snow in the near future for the Lake Tahoe region, officials announced Friday they have re-opened the Mountain Golf Course. The 18-hole, par-54 short course, operated by the Incline Village General Improvement District (which also runs Diamond Peak Ski Resort), will be open Wednesday-Sunday “until the snow flies,” according to a press release. First tee time each day is 10 a.m., and the course is walking only. Golf shop hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Here are the rates: • IVGID Picture Pass Holders: $10 • Non Picture Pass Holders: $20 • Pull Cart Rental (limited supply): $5 For information or to book a tee time, call the course at 775-832-1150. The driving range at the Championship Golf Course will also remain open until the snow flies, according to IVGID.

Disc golf course proposed for Incline Village

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. – The potential exists to add yet another activity to Incline Village’s already ample recreation portfolio. Indra Winquest, Incline Village General Improvement District parks superintendent, and local resident Art Cross made a proposal last week to the IVGID governing board to install an 18-hole disc golf course on district land. “I think this provides the district with a good opportunity to develop a community asset through a low-cost recreational opportunity,” Winquest said. “The project will be completely funded by private businesses and through donations at no cost to the district. We are simply asking for allocation for the land.” Winquest noted the proposal is preliminary and that he and Cross are working on a more detailed business plan to present to the board in late spring/early summer of 2011. The current proposal calls for the course to be installed on IVGID land near the Recreation Center and Tennis Center, with State Route 28 marking the northern border and Incline Way representing the southern border. The course will be designed to negate errant throws onto roadways, ball fields or tennis courts, Cross said; furthermore, no trees will be trimmed or cut, as the natural vegetation presents ideal challenges to disc golfers. The holes are strategically placed to minimize impact on stream zones, foliage and wetlands, and the course will not intrude on surrounding businesses or residences, Cross said. Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Spokesman Jeff Cowen said the agency is willing to work with IVGID, should it choose to pursue the idea next year. “We would not seek a large scale environmental review,” Cowen said. “Disc golf presents limited environmental impact compared to other recreational activities. We do need to look at it, though.” Needed equipment includes 18 metal baskets designed to catch the discs, 18 five by 10 foot tee pads made of recycled materials, signage with course descriptions and assorted construction materials, Winquest said. The cost to construct the course is estimated at $15,000-18,000, Cross said. Once built, annual maintenance costs will range from $1,000-1,500, said Winquest, who added that at the Zephyr Cove course there is a voluntary donation box, which usually garners enough funds to cover yearly maintenance. Fundraising efforts will be a collaborative effort between IVGID Parks and Recreation, the Incline Tahoe Foundation and the Incline Disc Golf Association. IVGID General Manager Bill Horn emphasized during the meeting that “if and when a disc golf course comes to Incline, it will have no impact on the Recreation Facility Fee.”

Incline Village to host Tahoe’s newest disc golf course

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. – The Lake Tahoe Basin features a wealth of recreational opportunities, particularly for those in search of an adrenaline rush. However, a more mellow outdoor sport has emerged in recent years and is steadily gaining in popularity at Tahoe. Disc golf – which applies the skills of throwing a Frisbee-type disc accurately to the principles and rules of golf – has a sect of passionate practitioners, as evidenced by the appearance of disc golf courses in South Lake Tahoe, Truckee, Tahoe Vista, Kirkwood – and a brand new course to be installed in Incline Village. “It’s a relaxing way to spend a couple hours,” said Indra Winquest, Incline Village General Improvement District superintendent of Parks and Recreation. During the July 27 meeting of the IVGID board of trustees, members unanimously OK’d the installation of a disc golf course on IVGID-owned property near the Recreation Center. “I wanted a course that was safe, had low environmental impact and was fun to play,” said Art Cross, an Incline resident who spearheaded the effort to bring course construction to fruition. “I think we were able to demonstrate that we’ve met those three criteria satisfactorily.” Cross teamed with Winquest, during the fall of last year to begin formulating fundraising ideas, as they did not want the cost of installation or maintenance to fall on IVGID – and this, its taxpayers. Instead, the money filters through an endowment fund with the Incline Tahoe Foundation, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, that holds dollars that may be required for future maintenance of the course. “This will be zero cost to the district,” said Winquest during a Monday interview in his office. Winquest and Cross began to solicit donations from local businesses last year and managed to raise about $21,000 for materials and course installation. The largest donor to step forward was the North Lake Tahoe Lions Club, which contributed $10,000 to the project. “We were looking for a major service project to fund and we though the disc golf course was ideal,” said Gary Boxeth, Lions Club president. “The course will be free, fun for the community and it will give the Lions Club some visibility.” The tentative name for the course is North Lake Tahoe Lions Club Disc Golf Course. To help with installation of the course, Evan Vomund, a member of Boy Scouts Troop 37 located in Incline Village, will clear brush from the site and contribute labor as part of his eagle scout project. “I became interested when I saw the project in the newspaper and I thought I could help,” he said. The course is endorsed by all four local schools, who pledged to incorporate disc golf into their physical education curriculum, Winquest said. Installation is anticipated to begin in October, Winquest said. The North Lake Tahoe Lions Club Disc Golf Course will be an 18-hole course with every hole featuring a 5-feet by 10-feet tee pad area made of pervious material, a disc golf basket and a tee sign similar to what one would expect at a traditional golf course, Winquest said. The course is housed entirely within Incline Park, and does not cross Highway 28 or Incline Way – the holes are designed to prevent errant throws leaking onto nearby roads. The course is surrounded by the Skate Park, middle school ball fields, the IVGID Tennis Center and the Recreation Center. “It will improve the overall look and feel of Incline Park,” Winquest said. The course, which winds through the forest in Incline Park, will reward accuracy over power, said Incline resident Art Cross.

Incline Village Community Appreciation Days

The Mountain Golf Course has finally shed its winter coat, and just in time! IVGID Community Appreciation Days run Friday, June 9, through Sunday, June 11, at both of our Golf Courses. Picture pass holders can take advantage of the following benefits this weekend: •Complimentary Golf at the Mountain Course •Discounts at Wild Bill’s BBQ at the Mountain Course •Complimentary Clinics at the Championship Course •Discounts at The Grille at the Chateau •Sale prices at both Golf Shops For more information, go to our website: Later this summer (Aug. 4-5), we will be holding Community Appreciation Day at the Recreation Center and Tennis. Pass holders will receive free, all-day access to the Recreation Center and free access to the Tennis Center after noon. We will be posting more information on our website as the event gets closer at Beach Season When you make your way out to the golf course, you will notice that our picturesque creeks are roaring rivers at the moment. In fact, there are places, such as the 7th hole of the Championship Course, where you can barely hear yourself think thanks to the intensity of the dueling creeks along each side of the fairway. As all of you know, all that stream flow empties into our beautiful Lake. Since this winter, the Lake level has increased by a stunning 6 feet! At an elevation of 6228.60 feet, the Lake is now about 6 inches below the legal limit. With a full Lake, our beautiful beaches will be noticeably smaller this year. So while you may think the beaches may seem more crowded, that isn’t likely the case. There is just less real estate south of Lakeshore Boulevard. After a long and heavy winter, there will be pent-up demand for the sand and sunshine, so please share the space with your fellow neighbor. In order to ensure the best experience possible for our pass holders, we’ve been improving our processes to make sure that all pass holders and their guests understand the policies and procedures for accessing our beaches. For example, we are expanding the preferred parking program we initiated on a limited basis last summer. On Fridays through Sundays from late June to Aug. 13, the Incline Beach parking lot will be restricted to IVGID Picture Pass and Punch Card holders only, so make sure those passes and punch cards are up to date and valid. Bringing a guest? Did you know that you can exchange the value from your punch cards for Daily Beach Tickets. Ask for more details at the Parks and Recreation Counter at the Rec Center. We are also adding staff to the gates at peak times to streamline the entry process at the beach. Our top priority is to ensure that our access rules are being enforced, but we want to make sure it doesn’t create delays for our Picture Pass Holders to access the beach. Coming down to the beach on the Fourth of July? Once again, we will be pre-selling Daily Beach Access Tickets for the Fourth of July. There will be no cash or credit card transactions on the Fourth of July at Ski Beach and Incline Beach. If you are entering Ski Beach and Incline Beach on July 4, you must present one of the following: • Valid IVGID Picture Pass with Beach Access • Valid IVGID Recreation Punch Card • Pre-purchased Daily Adult or Youth Beach Access Ticket • Or show your wristband To purchase wristbands, visit Aspen Grove or the Recreation Center. All forms of payment are accepted at these locations on July 4th. Holiday Pricing (July 1-4): Adult (18+): $15 Child (6-17): $6 Children (0-5): Free Boat Launching: $21 Picture Pass Holder: FREE Pre-purchase your Daily Beach Ticket by June 30 and receive the regular pricing. Incline Beach, Ski Beach and Burnt Cedar Beach gates will be staffed 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. This is our fourth consecutive year of staffing the gates until 10 p.m. We’ve found it to be a great way to reduce overcrowding and greatly improve the customer experience for our residents and guests. If you have more questions regarding beach access, just go to or call (775) 832-1310. We are looking forward to seeing all of you out on the golf course this weekend and surely at the beach by the Fourth of July. “GM’s Corner” is a recurring column from IVGID General Manager Steve Pinkerton, who discusses issues and offers updates regarding various district matters. He may be reached for comment at

Free golf to be offered again this summer at Incline courses

INCLINE VILLAGE – Free golf will be available to area residents this summer at the Mountain Course, and for a nominal fee at the Championship Course, the district announced this week. The program – which kicked off a year ago as the Incline Village Golf Stimulus program – has been dubbed Happy Hour Golf for 2010, according to a Monday press release from the Incline Village General Improvement District. It allows Incline Village/Crystal Bay and Tahoe basin residents to golf for free at the Mountain Course after 5 p.m. Friday, Saturday or Sunday, the same deal as in 2009. In a Tuesday phone interview, IVGID Director of Golf Cathy Jo Johnson said the rules this year for the Championship Course are different, in that IVGID residents with a valid Recreation Picture Pass ID can golf for $5 per session after 5 p.m. on Sundays and Tuesdays, and their Tahoe basin guests can do the same for $10. The Monday press release from IVGID indicated the 2010 Happy Hour Golf program offered free golf at both courses, but it was not accurate, Johnson said. A year ago, the stimulus program allowed free golf at the Champ course on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays. Johnson confirmed it is only Sundays and Tuesdays in 2010. According to criteria defined later in the golf season last year after the program saw a higher-than-expected turnout at the Champ course, “Tahoe basin guests” is defined as those living in Incline Village, Crystal Bay, Kings Beach, Tahoe City, South Lake Tahoe and Truckee, thus not allowing residents from Reno, Carson City, Minden, Gardnerville and Sacramento, among other places. A year ago, a valid driver’s license or local paycheck stub could be used to signify a residence. This year, walking the courses will be free, pull carts are available for $10 and golf cars are available for $25 per person. Similar to last year, free golf club rentals will be provided for those without a set, and a beginner-focused free clinic will take place at 4:30 p.m. every Monday at the Champ course practice range. The Champ course driving range already is open. Weather permitting, the course is forecast to open May 13, while the Mountain Course should open May 20. For more information, visit or call 775-832-1146.

Slather on the suncreen and drink lots of water; it’s gonna get hot

With record temperatures throughout the region and near-records at Lake Tahoe this week, Sierra Pacific Power, which reached two consecutive days of peak usage, expects the trend to continue over the next several days. The National Weather Service in Reno anticipates hot weather to continue, possibly breaking records in the Reno, Sparks and Carson City areas, and at Lake Tahoe. While there are no foreseen problems with peak usage, Sierra Pacific’s 345,000 customers in Northern Nevada, Stateline and South Lake Tahoe are urged but not required to do what they can to beat the heat and save energy. “At this point our system is operating normally and we have no constraints,” said Sierra Pacific spokeswoman Faye Anderson. “It is well within our forecast for peak this year.” While records for South Lake Tahoe were unavailable from the National Weather Service, this weekend could see temperatures in the upper 80s, which would be unusually warm. The record high for Tahoe City on Friday, which the weather service does maintain, is 88 degrees (1933), Saturday, 89 degrees (1933) and Sunday, 90 degrees (1972). Temperatures could meet or top those figures on Saturday and Sunday, said weather service meteorologist Jon Bonk. Tahoe may get slight relief on Friday afternoon when thunderstorms are expected to roll in. Temperatures, however, will continue to climb on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Bonk said. While outside, whether on the golf course or the beach, it is best to keep hydrated. “It’s important to drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration,” Bonk said. For those going to the beach, it is important to bring not only water but sunscreen. With the incidence of skin cancer continuing to rise, and more than 90 percent of all skin cancers being caused by the sun, beach-goers need to take sun protection more seriously than ever. “The intensity of sun exposure for beach- or pool-goers is certainly elevated. Water, sand and concrete reflect as much as 90 percent of the sun’s rays,” said Perry Robins, president of the Skin Cancer Foundation. “However, these activities can be enjoyed safely as long as people take some extra precautions.” The foundation offers the following beach sun safety tips: — Apply sunscreen first. Use a generous amount (about a golf ball size) of water resistant sunscreen with a minimum SPF 15 all over before putting on your bathing suit. Not only will it protect the skin under the bathing suit, but you are less likely to miss spots and end up with a line of sunburn along the edges of your bathing suit. Don’t forget the tops of your feet. The sunscreen should be applied 20 minutes before heading outside and reapplied every 90 minutes or after swimming or sweating excessively. — Cover up with clothing. If you are not swimming, then keep your head and skin covered with a tightly woven wide brimmed hat, UV protective sunglasses and a beach cover-up. A tightly woven linen or cotton cover-up with long sleeves and pants are best. Many beach shops carry options that will keep you protected and stylish. Brightly colored long sarongs are another good option for women. — Sit under an umbrella. A beach umbrella will provide necessary shade. However, not all umbrellas are created equal. The most effective ones are made with a sun-protective fabric and will provide a minimum SPF 35. For more information, visit or call (800) SKIN-490. Keep your cool — Dress appropriately. Loose fitting clothes, open collars and open-weave materials allow your body heat to escape. Natural fibers such as cotton work better than synthetics in absorbing perspiration and allowing it to evaporate. — Drink plenty of water. — Keep the air circulating. Even a small portable fan can make you more comfortable at very low energy cost. An electric fan is much less expensive to run than an air conditioner. — Set the controls on your air conditioner between 78 and 80 degrees when at home and 5 to 10 degrees warmer at night or when you’re not at home. — If your air conditioning unit is located on the ground, keep the area around it clean and free of obstructions to maintain airflow. Keep the outdoor condenser coils clean and be sure to change your air conditioning filters. — Turn off lights and appliances when they’re not in use, including your computer. — Close blinds and drapes during the day to keep the heat out. Source: Sierra Pacific Power

Bike park proposal for Incline Village rolls toward next steps

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — A mixed crowd of about 50 people came out to the Dec. 14 IVGID Board of Trustees meeting, many interested in one item in particular — a proposed bike park to be constructed near the Incline Village Recreation Center. IVGID Director of Community Services Sharon Heider explained that bike parks and pump track bicycle courses are becoming increasingly popular, and that the area between the Recreation Center and Incline Way is likely an ideal spot to build a track. In 2014, a group of Incline Village residents banded together to create the Incline Bike Project (IBP). Working together with the Incline Tahoe Foundation (which helped raise funds that year to install the Incline Disc Golf Course), IBP started fundraising to design and create a bike park in Incline Village. "In 2015, the (IVGID Board) committed $20,000 to explore a project like this. At the same time, a nonprofit called the Incline Bike Project was formed," Heider told the board. "We've put about $9,000 toward it so far to create a conceptual plan with interpretive and navigational elements." Following the board's approval in 2015, IVGID moved forward with preliminary design and permitting evaluation, and in April 2016, trustees approved $50,000 in 2016-17 capital improvement fees to support bike park construction. At the Dec. 14 meeting, IVGID staff asked the board to allow them to create a Memorandum of Understanding between IVGID and IBP with more details on the proposed park and bring it back to the board for approval. "We are asking you to approve and develop an MOU with the Incline Bike Project so that they can continue fundraising," Heider said. In the public comment period, many residents spoke in favor of the park, saying that Incline Village needs a place where kids can hang out and feel safe, and that the community should "support any initiative to get kids outside and off the couches." "I look forward to hopefully seeing a strong presence for passing a bike park here in town," said Incline Village resident Aaron "Elko" James, a main advocate of the IBP. "A lot of volunteer hours have been made from many of the people in this room behind me." From a regional standpoint, in 2012, a volunteer-supported, privately funded group began building the Truckee Bike Park — which has since grown into a major recreation draw that includes a pump track, dirt jumps, flow lines, dual slalom and drop zone — at Riverview Sports Park. While details are still being developed, IVGID Communication Coordinator Misty Moga said the proposed park in Incline is expected to take up an acre and a half of space. According to IBP, this proposal is separate from a potential future bike park to be constructed at Diamond Peak, which has been suggested as a potential summer improvement as part of the ski resort's master-planning process. The board unanimously approved the initiative to move forward with the MOU. Trustee Jim Hammerel said that what is nice about a community project like this is there is very little infrastructure needed for a bike park. Trustee Phil Horan added that as a community, Incline needs to recognize that wanted activities are always changing and be flexible enough to accommodate that. ORDINANCE 1 UPDATE The board on Dec. 14 also approved amendments to Ordinance 1 — the district's trash law — in a 4-1 vote. Trustee Matthew Dent was opposed. In July 2016, IVGID entered into a franchise agreement with Waste Management for garbage and recycling services. That launched on October 1. The new contract forced the board to look at updating Ordinance 1 to determine if any amendments were needed to ensure its language is consistent with the district's plans to beef up enforcement for violators. In September, the board discussed at length violations to the law and what the penalties for improper disposal of garbage should be. According to previous reports, it was decided that a residential or commercial property will revert back to zero offenses following a change in ownership, and that it is the responsibility of the new property owner to determine his or her appropriate level of trash and recycling service — and from there, to contact Waste Management. The main changes to the law include stiffer fines for trash violators. For example, a first offense for a residential customer means he or she will be mandated to use a wildlife-resistant trash cart. A second offense results in a $100-$999 fine, while subsequent offenses would net fines of between $500 to $999. A first offense for a commercial property, meanwhile, carries a fine up to $999, with subsequent offenses costing between $500 to $999. Kayla Anderson is an Incline Village-based freelance writer with a background in marketing and journalism. Email her at

Free golf at Incline Village course spreads across country

INCLINE VILLAGE ” When news traveled last week of free golf at Lake Tahoe, specifically the Incline Village General Improvement District’s golf courses, it went fast ” and far. “We got calls from as far away as Michigan,” said IVGID Director of Golf CJ Johnson, during Wednesday’s board of trustees meeting. The Incline Village Golf Stimulus Plan had 43 takers last weekend at the Mountain Course, Johnson said. The plan allows area residents to golf the Championship Golf Course for free after 5 p.m. on Sunday, Monday or Tuesday; ditto for the Mountain Golf Course, after 5 p.m. on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. The free golf is for walkers only, although people can purchase a cart if needed. Both courses also will provide golf clubs to those who want to golf, but are without equipment. The plan is offered on a first-come, first-serve basis; no tee times will be taken. Residents of the Lake Tahoe Basin and Truckee can take advantage of the plan, something Johnson said had to be stressed a lot last week once the Associated Press circulated the story last Wednesday, May 6. Television news outlets in Reno and Sacramento ran the story that night, and larger newspapers such as the Sacramento Bee and San Francisco Chronicle ran the story. “There’s been a lot of buzz, a lot of questions about it,” Johnson said.

Home: Make your Tahoe home’s rooms pop with the color white

One of the aspects of design that I love so much is how design elements change, remaining similar yet different. Homes in the mountains tend to have wood, metals and stone as main features. In the past, homeowners loved the look of leather combined with wood or stone — it felt reminiscent of cabins of yesteryear while feeling luxurious. More and more now, though, white furnishings provide that welcoming space, the color that really pops. Of course, many clients are nervous to use white in their decor; fear of staining is very real! We recommend trying indoor-outdoor fabric or stain-resistant, washable fabrics. These are updated fabrics that feel good to the touch but hold up under household mishaps (chocolate, little hands, wine). Step slowly into this new design territory: use white slipcovers that are washable, soft and let you melt in with them. OK, the fear of white is out of the way — here are a few tips to whiten up your home. Change with the season White should be a natural choice here in the mountains: we are surrounded by snow all winter, and the bright light only makes the whites feel whiter, brighter and cleaner. It's a clean palette right from the start; you get to make the design decisions. Each season feels wonderfully different here. Using white as the background, you can update with throws, pillows and accessories. Bright pinks and greens for spring; red and blue come summer; gold and green in the fall and deep greens and crimson come winter. I promise, your room will feel vastly different each season. Keep comfort in mind Alternately, instead of using white walls as your backdrop, try a lightly colored wall (perhaps a citrus orange, ocean blue or even lime green) with a crisp white sofa, sectional or several armchairs. The white furniture feels clean and inviting and stands out. We don't think that white furnishings should be straight or austere. Think of comfort as well as visual interest: cozy sofas, fluffy soft pillows or faux-fur rugs. White is not strict; it's serene and soft and allows you to fill in with color all around. Start small Still not sure about the white sofa? Try white window treatments. Freshly pressed linen or smooth, cool cotton curtains lighten up the look and feel of a room instantly. Open the window and they whisper in the breeze, bringing summer right in. I love my cabin, the wood texture and color. I also love how white helps the wood stand out and take center stage — same with white walls adjacent to a fireplace. You don't want to lose your fireplace; you want it to be part of your design. White provides a strong contrast with dark woods. Find the right shade One final note on white: There are so many shades of white — hundreds upon hundreds, as a matter of fact. They have different undertones and nuances. Take your time picking the right shade, and look at it at different times of the day next to your furniture, so you can feel it. Yvonne Jacobs is the president of Slifer Designs and she loves finding new and creative ways to incorporate whites into home design.