Local briefs: new developments at Tahoe Prosperity Center, Tahoe Chamber shop local campaign and more
TAHOE PROSPERITY CENTER SEES TWO NEW POSITIVE CHANGES
The Tahoe Prosperity Center announced two big changes Thursday, Nov. 17 — the hiring of a new project manager and a new membership to the California Stewardship Network.
Chris Fajkos is taking the reigns as project manager for the organization. Fajkos comes from the Port of Redwood City where he was manager of environmental, security and safety programs. He has an extensive background in expanding broadband, management and capital improvement projects.
“We are thrilled to have Chris join our team to expand high speed Internet in the region and support community revitalization work,” stated center CEO Heidi Hill Drum.
Tahoe Prosperity Center maintains that access to high-speed Internet is crucial in regional economic development.
Additionally, the center’s new membership to the California Stewardship Network will help to bolster regional collaboration.
“The California Stewardship Network [CSN] is comprised of regional leaders working together on some of the state’s most pressing problems,” according to a Tahoe Prosperity Center release.
“CSN is currently tackling issues such as equity, housing and workforce, which are extremely important here in Tahoe. Regional collaboration is at the heart of the work of CSN and its member organizations.
“This network allows the Tahoe Prosperity Center to expand Tahoe’s importance as an ‘extreme leader’ on challenging issues.”
Tahoe Prosperity Center is a nonprofit collaborative working to build a more sustainable economy, environment and community in the Lake Tahoe Basin.
TAHOE CHAMBER LAUNCHES GO LOCAL AND WIN CAMPAIGN
Lake Tahoe South Shore Chamber of Commerce — better known as the Tahoe Chamber — is launching GO Local & Win! on Saturday, Nov. 26.
For residents, this campaign promotes and rewards the value of shopping and dining locally, with a chance to win gift certificates and a shot at three grand prizes. For business owners and operators, it provides an opportunity to promote and expand their base of customers or clientele.
“When local businesses do well, the overall community benefits,” said Emily Abernathy, Tahoe Chamber events director. “Increased local business revenue means more local jobs and additional money cycled back into our economy.”
The program launch matches up with Small Business Saturday.
To participate, pick up a GO Local & Win! passport at a participating business, then shop or eat at any of those businesses through Jan. 1, 2017. For every $25 spent, contestants will receive a sticker in their passport.
When the passport is filled, mail it to Tahoe Chamber at P.O. Box 7139, Stateline, NV, 89448.
For every eight stickers collected, contestants are eligible to win $125; for every 10 stickers, $250; and for every 12 stickers, $500.
“The GO Local & Win! campaign would not be possible without the support of its sponsors,” said Tahoe Chamber in a release.
“The Tahoe Chamber would like to send a special thanks to GO Local Sponsor Sierra Central Credit Union, Shops at Heavenly Village, and El Dorado County; Small Business Supporter Sponsor City of South Lake Tahoe, Lake Tahoe Ski Bum, Village Center Lake Tahoe, and Powder House.”
FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY HOSTING ANNUAL BOOK SALE SATURDAY
Friends of the Library has its annual book sale this Saturday, Nov. 19, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the South Lake Tahoe Branch Library.
“Join us for a great chance to purchase some wonderful ‘sit by the fireplace’ reads. The sale will have hundreds of previously loved, and many new books just for you,” said library assistant Maria De Lallo.
Friends of the Library members have the opportunity to arrive at the sale an hour early to get first pick from the mix of books, CDs and DVDs.
“A bag of books goes for $15. It’s as many books at you can cram in one bag,” added De Lallo. “You can’t find a better deal.”
All proceeds from the sale go to Friends of the Library, which helps support the South Shore’s library.
The library is located at 1000 Rufus Allen Blvd. in South Lake Tahoe.
AL ANON MEETING
Al Anon meets every Friday from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Unity at the Lake, 1195 Rufus Allen Blvd., in South Lake Tahoe. It’s a support group for people affected by alcoholism.
An ACBL sanctioned duplicate bridge game is planned for Tuesdays at 12:45 p.m. in the South Lake Senior Center. Call John Guerry at 530-543-0237 or 530-318-3887 and email email@example.com. This is a year-round event.
Lake Tahoe Men’s Bridge Club meets every Thursday to play bridge year-round. It kicks off at 9:30 a.m. at South Lake Tahoe Senior Center. It’s a casual game with lunch at noon.