Happenings around town
The Meyers Roundtable Committee will meet on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Paradise Senior Plaza behind Lira’s. Meeting subjects are:
n Paradise Summit Senior Plaza update
n Upper Truckee River Watershed Project
n MRT Board legal advisory
n El Dorado County supervisor’s report
n Traffic study
n CHP report
n California Agriculture Station
n California Department of Forestry: status of basin
n California Tahoe Conservancy: bike trail
n El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department
n STPUD Pipeline
n Tahoe Basin Fire Safe Council
n Lake Valley Fire District
Better Breathers meeting canceled
The Better Breathers meeting scheduled for Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon at the South Lake Tahoe Senior Center has been canceled.
The next meeting will take place on June 16 at the Senior Center.
Republican women meet
The Lake Tahoe-Nevada Republican Women’s Club will meet Thursday for their May luncheon at the Edgewood Country Club restaurant. Guest speakers will be two candidates for the Nevada State Supreme Court, Judge Cynthia “Diane” Steel and John Mason.
Men are invited to attend and may also join as associate members. Douglas county commissioners in attendance will be offered time to update the group on community affairs. Candidate for commissioner Joseph Denton will also be in attendance.
Social hour begins at 11 a.m. and lunch and the program begin at noon, including a raffle. Tickets are $20 and checks should be made payable to LTNRW. Reservations should be made no later than May 18 by calling Linda Stroot at (530) 577-0810 or Cheryl Sinclaire at (775) 586-8604.
Breast cancer group to meet
The South Lake Tahoe Breast Cancer Support Group will meet Thursday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the South Lake Tahoe Senior Center at 3050 Lake Tahoe Blvd. If you have been diagnosed with breast cancer and would like to meet and share information with other women, please join us.
For more information contact Judi Sparrow at (775) 586-1066.
County board seeks applicants
The El Dorado County Early Care and Education Planning Council is accepting applications for board membership to fill a vacancy as a community representative serving at the discretion of the Superintendent of Schools.
The 15-member council is a legislatively mandated body advising the County Board of Supervisors and County Superintendent of Schools on early care and education program and policy issues. The council provides input on research and analysis, makes recommendations to the California Department of Education on funding priorities for subsidized child care and development programs, and coordinates countywide early care and education projects.
Applicants must submit cover sheet, application, and supplemental application to Kathi Walker, coordinator, Early Care and Education Planning Council, 6767 Green Valley Road, Placerville, CA 95667. Prospective candidates can call (530) 295-2312 for application packet and additional information. The deadline for applications is Friday at 5 p.m.
AARP chapter’s monthly potluck
This month’s AARP Chapter 2617 potluck meeting will take place in the South Lake Tahoe Senior Center on Friday at 5:30 p.m. All persons age 50 and over are welcome to come and join AARP. Attendees should bring a potluck dish to share with six or more, and their own place setting.
The speaker this month is Suzanne Saucier from the American Baptist Homes of the West. She will relate how their group provides economical senior housing in South Lake Tahoe.
This chapter will have a table at Barton Health Faire at Harrah’s Convention Center on May 25. Everyone is encouraged to attend and become more knowledgeable about health issues and AARP.
Older Americans Day reservations
Older Americans Day will take place May 27, 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds in Placerville, hosted by the Commission on Aging and the El Dorado County Area Agency on Aging. The public is invited to attend.
This year’s entertainment is sure to please everyone, with the “Sensible Sounds” dance band to delight dancers and listeners with music of the ’30s and ’40s, the “Older Than Dirt” Barbershop Quartet and the El Dorado Dance Academy’s “Kaleidoscope Company” performing tap, hula, jazz, ballet and a young soloist with an unforgettable voice.
Make your lunch reservations early by calling Michelle Hunter at (530) 621-6161 before Friday. Lunch will be served at noon for the suggested donation of $2 for those 60 years and older and $3.25 for all others.
Nominate an outstanding senior citizen for the Senior of the Year award to be presented at Older Americans Day. Nomination forms are available by calling the Department of Human Services at (530) 621-6208.
The Commission on Aging is an advisory group for the local Area Agency on Aging and the Board of Supervisors regarding programs and services for senior citizens. To learn more about the Commission, plan to attend one of their monthly meetings that are open to the public. For a schedule of dates and times, call Yasmin Hichborn at (530) 621-6268.
Substance abuse conference slated
Wellspring Counseling Center is hosting a professional development conference featuring Terence Gorski, a renowned speaker and author presenting “Cognitive Restructuring for Addiction and Co-Existing Disorders.”
This comprehensive conference will take place at the North Lake Tahoe Conference Center in Kings Beach Friday and Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days, for therapists, counselors and professionals working with substance abuse. Cost for the 2-days plus an evening presentation on Friday is $225, including continental breakfast and lunch.
The evening presentation with Mr. Gorski addressing “Relapse or Recovery?” and a panel of providers of recovery and treatment services presenting their experience with effective treatment models on Friday, 6 to 9 p.m. at the Conference Center, is open to the public and free of charge as a community outreach program.
14.5 CEUs are approved for California/Nevada licensed therapists and nurses.
U.S. 50 Yard Sale this weekend
The Fifth Annual “Great U.S. 50 Yard Sale” is set for this Friday through Sunday.
Bringing together communities from Maryland to California, the sale is a grassroots cooperative project aimed at promoting communities along U.S. Highway 50, one of the old “national roads,” the primary highways in the pre-interstate days. The eastern portion of the highway was originally surveyed by George Washington. It travels through cities, towns and villages, passing deserts, mountains and farms. It passed directly past the nation’s capital, four state capitals, and past the St. Louis Arch.
Tom Taylor, national coordinator for the sale, reports a growing interest in this event. “In the past three days I’ve had requests from Canada, Idaho, Texas, Florida, and South Dakota. We are now finding some individuals who are planning their annual vacation around this sale.”
The goal of the organizers is to have a 3,000-mile-long yard sale, stretching from coast to coast. “We have not met this goal yet,” stated Taylor, “but we continue to grow each year. Word-of-mouth has really helped with the growth. I continue to hear about sections of the country where we show no ‘official’ participation, yet many people are setting up on their own. This is great.”
During the first year of the sale, one newspaper did an article entitled “Junk Across America.” While Taylor laughs about this he also went on to state that he felt that yard sales provided a chance for re-use through resale of articles, the purest for recycling. “The sale brings business into communities. We now have our first motel specifically running a promotion to attract yard-sale shoppers. We have Band Boosters and Humane Societies using the sale for fund-raising purposes. There are many people making substantial pocket money from their own sales. All of this is done without using tax money or charging anybody anything.”
Some counties along U.S. 50 are specifically promoting the sale, while others are not. “In many counties the Chamber of Commerce or the Tourism Bureau serve as a local contact for the sale. In other counties it is an individual volunteer. It helps to have a contact, but it is not required,” stated Taylor.
For more information, visit the Web site http://www.route50.com/yardsale.html
– Provided to the Tribune