Local briefs: South Lake Tahoe Loop Road public meeting, and more
GET THE LATEST ON THE US 50 SOUTH SHORE COMMUNITY REVITALIZATION PROJECT
The Lake Tahoe South Shore Chamber of Commerce (Tahoe Chamber) will host a community forum on the US 50 South Shore Community Revitalization Project on Thursday, Nov. 3, from 5:30-7 p.m., at Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel, 4130 Lake Tahoe Blvd., in South Lake Tahoe. The program will feature a project update, information about the environmental analysis, and audience Q-and-A.
The “US 50 Project” has been a much-debated topic for many years. With the pending release of the draft environmental impact study for public review and comment, it’s never been more front and center than now. This project is intended to address the acute need for more affordable housing, including replacement housing for those relocated by the new segment of US 50. It is being designed to reduce traffic congestion, expand pedestrian, bicycle facilities, and enhance transit services, stimulate further community economic revitalization, and implement a new round of environmental improvements, including improvements to water and air quality and scenic community design.
Representatives of the Tahoe Transportation District, the lead agency, will provide an overview of the project alternatives studies in the analysis, project implementation principles adopted by the District Board, and outline the schedule of public hearings for public input over the next several months. They will answer written questions from the audience asked through the forum moderator. The Chamber is hosting this informational event as a service to its members and the entire South Shore community. It will also be streamed live on @tahoechamber Facebook page. For more information, visit http://www.tahoechamber.org.
SOUTH SHORE HOSTS FIRST DANCE CONVENTION
Calling all dancers — for the first time ever, a dance convention is coming to Lake Tahoe’s South Shore Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 22-23. The experience allows intermediate and advanced dancers ages 6 and up the opportunity to learn from celebrity and local instructors in an encouraging environment.
“Prestige Productions presents ‘Prestige Dance Experience,’ an all-encompassing weekend of dance in beautiful Lake Tahoe, Nevada. While the Reno/Tahoe area is home to an incredible amount of dancer talent, the opportunities that come to our cities are limited,” states a press release from Prestige Productions.
Workshops at Prestige Dance Experience range from contemporary and jazz to funk, hip hop, locking and breaking and more.
“Our All-Star roster includes instructors from a variety of studios in the area, with many of them teaching at multiple locations — one instructor from Zephyr Cove, one from Truckee, one from Carson City and two from Reno. Los Angeles instructors Jojo Gomez and Kaelynn ‘KK’ Harris will be headlining the weekend. Their credits include Britney Spears, Usher, Ciara, LMFAO, Queen Latifah, Sade and Justin Bieber — to name a few,” states the release. Drop-in classes begin at $30, but the complete two-day experience is offered at prices starting at $99.
For more information, visit http://www.prestigedance.rocks.
MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa is located at 55 US 50 in Stateline.
LTCC EXPLORES COMMUNITY THEATRE MODEL
Lake Tahoe Community College District (LTCC) began the process for a Program Vitality Assessment of the Theatre Arts Program (Program) in the spring of 2015 because of insufficient frequency of section offerings, insufficient student demand, decreasing or limited number of degrees and certificates awarded, and unprecedented decline in enrollment within the Theatre Arts department.
Overall, the program has been declining, has lower-than-average class sizes and is not thriving. The program has strong student success rates however. It provides community engagement for the college and good will, which serves the overall strategic plan and vision of the college. Recommendations are to discontinue credit-bearing courses in Theatre and move to a collaborative community theatre program for productions in concert with existing community groups involved in the performing arts. The draft recommendations will go to the LTCC Academic Senate on Nov. 4, and following that the Student Senate, the Institutional Effectiveness Council and the Board of Trustees. Questions may be directed to Dr. Michelle Risdon or Dr. Kindred Murillo at 530 -541-4660, ext. 214 and 715.
COMMUNITY INVITED TO SHORELINE WORKSHOP AT TRPA
The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) is inviting people to attend an upcoming community workshop on Thursday, Nov. 3, to share input and ideas and help guide the creation of a Shoreline Plan that protects Lake Tahoe’s scenic shoreline and enhances recreation access to the lake. The workshop is open to the public and will be held from 6-8 p.m. at the TRPA offices in Stateline,128 Market St.
The shoreline is where most residents and millions of visitors interact with Lake Tahoe. The Shoreline Plan aims to balance use of structures like piers, buoys, and marinas with protecting the environment and ensuring recreational access to the lake.
“Our goal is for the Shoreline Plan to reach consensus on complex issues related to shoreline access, diversity of users, and environmental protection,” said Brandy McMahon, principal planner at TRPA who is helping lead the planning process. “We are working with a broad range of agencies and shoreline stakeholder groups and certainly want to hear from the general public as well.”
The Shoreline Plan will be developed over the next two years and will draw on significant community input and rigorous scientific study to create updated standards and regulations for shoreline structures such as piers, buoys, and boat ramps. The plan aims to address recreational access, marinas, boating, streamlining permitting processes, low lake water levels, and environmental effects on the lake.
To learn more about the Shoreline Plan, sign up for information about upcoming meetings, or review public input from a community workshop held in Kings Beach on Sept. 21, visit http://www.shorelineplan.org.