News briefs: Community giving tree, music at Lake Tahoe Community College and more |

News briefs: Community giving tree, music at Lake Tahoe Community College and more

LAKE LEVEL — Lake Tahoe

As of Friday, Nov. 20, the lake elevation was reported as 6221.54. For more information, visit Truckee River Operating Agreement at


Help CASA bring a little holiday magic to a child in need this season.

Select an ornament from the Community Giving Tree at the South Lake Tahoe Library, and put a smile on the face of a CASA child.

Here is how you can help: visit the South Lake Tahoe Library at 1000 Rufus Allen Blvd., and select an ornament (or two) from the Giving Tree. Ornaments have kids’ wish lists inscribed upon them. Take the ornament(s) with you and gather what you would like from the list. Bundle and return unwrapped gift(s), secured with the original ornament(s) to the CASA Office by Friday, Dec. 11.

The Giving Tree will be located at South Lake Tahoe Library by Saturday, Dec. 12, 1 p.m.


Lake Tahoe Community College’s Duke Theatre will be home to two musical experiences in early December that offer a little something for everyone in the community.

The Tahoe Choir and LTCC Chorus, conducted by Choir Director Anna Helwing, will put on a double performance of “Christmas Around the World,” a multicultural feast of traditional carols and lullabies including Russian, German, English, Polish and American musical flavors sung in original languages. The audience will hear “Ave Maria,” a movement from Rachmaninoff’s “Vespers,” “Carol of the Bells,” and many others holiday favorites. The concert will culminate with “Carols and Lullabies: Christmas in the Southwest,” arranged by Conrad Susa for the choir, marimba, harp and classical guitar. These are songs from various regions in Spain, and other Spanish-speaking countries such as Mexico and Puerto Rico. The concert will also include Spanish dance, a children’s choir and special guests Ukuleles of Tahoe.

Performances of “Christmas Around the World” are Friday, Dec. 4, at 7:30 p.m. in LTCC’s Duke Theatre, and Sunday, Dec. 6, at 3 p.m. in St. Theresa’s Catholic Church on Lyons Ave. Tickets are $12 general admission, $10 seniors and students, and children under age 5 are free.

If traditional rock and roll and heavy metal is more your musical taste, head to LTCC’s Duke Theatre on Wednesday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. for a final exam concert by students enrolled in the Rock Ensemble classes at the college. Instructor Eric Hellberg’s MUS248A Beginning Rock Ensemble musicians will perform classic rock and roll hits, and the MUS131CB Heavy Metal students will perform old-school metal hits by Ozzy Osbourne, Deep Purple, and more. Tickets for this concert are $5 at the door for all the rocking the audience can handle.

For more information about these concerts or about the Music Department at LTCC, contact Music Department chair Dr. Mark Williams at


Is there life after death? What happens to the soul after we die? What is it like for those who have traveled over to the Great Beyond? These are but a few of the questions addressed in the newest course from the Jewish Learning Institute.

The Journey of the Soul, a new six-session course, will begin Jan. 2. Rabbi Mordey Richler of Chabad Lake Tahoe will conduct the course at Chabad at Ski Run Marina on Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m.

Journey of the Soul provides spiritual insight into the soul’s journey through life, death, and beyond, as well as ancient Jewish wisdom that sheds light on the philosophical, emotional, and practical aspects of coping with death and mourning. It’s designed to appeal to people at all levels of Jewish knowledge, including those without any prior experience or background in Jewish learning.

Interested students may call 530-314-7677 or visit for registration and more information.


The local office of AARP is currently seeking applicants for the work training program. All applicants must be 55 and older, meet the low-income qualifications and apply through AARP. The City of South Lake Tahoe has requested a receptionist position for the Senior Center located at 3050 Lake Tahoe Blvd. Once applicants have been qualified through AARP, recreation manager Lauren Thomaselli will be conducting interviews.

Several other positions within South Lake Tahoe and El Dorado County are also available. Candidates who apply for the Senior Center and are not selected will have an opportunity to be placed with another agency.

All applications are distributed and reviewed by AARP. Call 775-323-2243 or toll free at 877-324-2243 for more information.


A Southern Oregon University graduate has been appointed as a Douglas County Sheriff’s deputy.

Derek Short was sworn in on Monday in a ceremony held at the Sheriff’s Office in Minden, according to Sheriff Ron Pierini.

The appointment comes as a result of several months of testing and evaluation consisting of a physical agility test, oral interview, extensive background investigation, psychological evaluation, polygraph examination and medical exam.

Short will begin his career at Douglas County Sheriff’s Office in the Jail Division. Short earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration and a minor in criminal justice from SOU.

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