Happenings around town
Tahoe Parents Nursery School is holding its annual open house tonight from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at Meyers Elementary School. As Lake Tahoe’s only parent participation preschool, TPNS offers a quality program that enriches early learning skills of children with a supportive parenting program, four mornings a week at a tuition cost of $50 per month. Next year, the program will be moved to Lake Tahoe Community College.
All families who attend the open house will receive a free book. For more information please call (530) 577-4136.
Soroptimist gift baskets needed
Soroptimist International of Tahoe Sierra has an 8-year program making gift baskets for the Women’s Center, working with families that have no support system – most of them single moms struggling to make ends meet.
On Mother’s Day, baskets were presented to every mom containing toiletries, a personal gift, dental supplies, etc. For Christmas, gifts include a purse, makeup, dental supplies, toiletries, gloves, hats, a piece of jewelry, and a few nice articles of clothing.
The Sierra Recovery Center program and the Young Parents program are now included with the South Lake Tahoe program.
The Young Parents’ program needs are different and support is given to their teacher, Sue Baker, the idea being to encourage young women who are pregnant or already caring for a baby to graduate from high school.
Anyone wishing to contribute usable gift-basket items can call Barbara at (530) 544-0524.
Tap dancer offers classes
A tap dance class taught by Pamela Day, who performed with Gene Kelly and choreographed and danced with Donald O’Connor, is being offered on Monday evenings from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Intermediate-level dancers are invited to attend the class, taking place at the South Lake Tahoe Senior Center, 3050 Lake Tahoe Boulevard in the activity room. The first few weeks, tap dancers are asked to wear leather shoes without taps.
All those attending the class will be eligible to perform at the “Ageless Entertainers Variety Show,” which will be presented on August 21 at the Horizon Cabaret show room. The show will also be videotaped and shown on television.
For class schedule information, call Pam at (530) 416-7464.
Seniors’ van service available
A van is now available for disabled individuals and seniors’ doctor appointments, grocery shopping, etc. Currently, the van is available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. The director and individuals at the South Lake Tahoe Senior/Community Center, where times and pickups are coordinated, are hoping to expand van service to Tuesdays and Fridays and are looking for more volunteer drivers to donate 4 to 8 hours a week and/or to be on call.
Notify the Senior Center 24 hours in advance to schedule a van service pickup. The van is also available for service organizations if they provide an approved driver.
Call (530) 542-6094 to arrange for pickup, use the van for a service organization, or volunteer as a much-needed, part-time driver.
Call for Nevada blood donors
Memorial Day weekend is traditionally a trauma-filled weekend and United Blood Services needs to be prepared. All blood types, especially A negative and O negative, are needed before the end of the month. For an appointment call (775) 324-6454 in Reno or (775) 887-9111 in Carson City.
Foster families are needed
May is designated National Foster Care Month – a time when the spotlight shines on the children, the foster families, and the dedicated child welfare professionals who together make foster care work.
There are countless opportunities for you to make a difference in the lives of children in foster care here in our own community. New foster families are desperately needed. Children in foster care feel more secure and are likely to do better when they’re able to stay in the same community where they are growing up. The more qualified foster parents there in our community, the easier it will be to keep siblings together in foster care and to ensure that children can remain in their own neighborhoods and schools.
As a trained foster parent, you could have a positive and long-lasting impact on the life of a child. Become a foster parent – it’s one of the most rewarding opportunities available.
Find out how you can help. For more information call El Dorado County Foster Care, Department of Human Services, Diane Angella at (530) 642-7135.
Senior craft sales allow donations
With the proceeds from their craft sales and raffle, the Tahoe Douglas Senior Center’s auxiliary/craft group donated a total of $1,000, in the sum of $100 each, to the following organizations:
n El Dorado County Public Library
n Douglas county Public Library
n Kahle Park
n Tahoe-Baikal Institute
n South Lake Tahoe Women’s Center
n Special Olympics
n South Lake Tahoe Cancer League
n Western Nevada Musical Theater Company
The auxiliary/craft group’s next project will be a quilt, which they hope to have finished for their annual raffle in December.
– Provided to the Tribune