News briefs: Easter fun around Tahoe’s South Shore and more |

News briefs: Easter fun around Tahoe’s South Shore and more


The 44th Annual Optimist Easter Egg Hunt is scheduled for Saturday, March 26, in the Lake Tahoe Community College parking lot. At 10:30 am, the event kicks off with an Easter parade, bonnet contest and costume contest. Then at 11 a.m. the Easter egg hunt begins by age groups. According to a news release, “The hunt is over in five minutes, so don’t be tardy!”

Lake Tahoe Events will host an Easter egg hunt Sunday, March 27, at Tahoe Paradise Park in Meyers. The event starts at 9 a.m. Lake Valley Fire Protection District is a sponsor and will be on site with a fire truck. The Easter Bunny will be there, too, for photos — don’t forget your camera.

Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort will host an Easter Eggstravaganza on Sunday at Solstice Plaza. It’s fun for the whole family from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. “The Easter Bunny has left behind egg-cellent treasures for all the kids to find, followed by an on-mountain Easter egg hunt for kids at heart,” a news release said. Participants should bring their own baskets.


South Lake Tahoe has more than 250 youth that are in transition due to life circumstances — these include foster children and transitional-aged youth who may be homeless or “couch surfers.” They frequently carry their limited belongings from place to place in plastic garbage bags.

To help these youth bring some order to their lives, Kiwanis Club of Tahoe Sierra is staging a backpack and luggage drive Saturday, April 2. Collaborating with local children and youth organizations in the community, Kiwanis of Tahoe Sierra are seeking donations of new or gently used backpacks, duffle bags and suitcases. The backpacks and luggage will be given to local agencies working with children and youth. Usable camping equipment will also be collected. Agencies include Tahoe Youth and Family Services, Sierra Child and Family Services, Family Resource Center, Child Protective Services, McKinney-Vento students and others.

The luggage drive will be held Saturday, April 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the T.J. Maxx parking lot. Representatives from the various agencies will be on hand to answer questions. Please check your closet for unneeded backpacks, suitcases, duffle bags and carry-on luggage pieces. Drive by and drop them off. Look for the big tent and the Kiwanis Club of Tahoe Sierra sign.


The City of South Lake Tahoe will host a second design workshop Thursday, March 31, regarding its Recreation and Swim Complex. It will be held from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the complex, which is located at 1180 Rufus Allen Blvd.

“This workshop is an important opportunity for the community to help the city develop ideas [that] will inform the design of renovations of the Recreation Swim Complex,” a news release said.

For more information contact Jim Marino at


John Cushman Weidman, 90, of South Lake Tahoe, passed away March 21. Grave-side services will be held at the Oddfellow’s Cemetery in Corvallis, Oregon, on Friday, April 1.


The Lake Valley Fire Protection District will host its 54th annual Firefighters Ball on Friday, April 8, at MontBleu Resort Casino and Spa — and it’s not just for firefighters.

The fundraising event is open to everyone 21 years of age and older. Live music will be performed by Vokab Kompany. In addition, there will be dancing, a photo booth and grand-prize giveaways including a one-year, all-inclusive gym membership to Sierra Athletic Club, a beach cruiser bike from South Shore Bikes, a Coda snowboard and a 2016-17 Sierra-at-Tahoe Unlimited ski pass.

Proceeds from the ball will help fund community programs such as the South Tahoe Middle School Drug Store Project, South Tahoe High School’s Every 15 Minutes Program, elementary school fire safety with the Life and Safety Trailer and Fire Fest. The Lake Valley Volunteer Firefighter’s Association will also award a local high school graduate with a scholarship to the Lake Tahoe Basin Fire Academy run through Lake Tahoe Community College. Donations are also made to the Pacific Fire Fighter’s Burn Institute, South Tahoe High School Sober Grad Night, Soroptimist International of Tahoe Sierra and more.

Tickets are available online at or at Lake Valley Fire Station No. 7. Firefighters receive free admission with department ID. Two-for-one entree specials will also be offered at the following restaurants: Echo at Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel, Scusa, Nephele’s and Tep’s Villa Roma.


Weather permitting, Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection District, Nevada Division of Forestry, California State Parks and the U.S. Forest Service may continue prescribed fire operations next week beginning Monday, March 28. On the North and West shores, operations may take place in Burton Creek and Sugar Pine Point state parks. On the East Shore, operations may take place near Sand Harbor, Spooner Summit, Camp Galilee and Kingsbury Grade near Edgewood Drive. On the South Shore, operations may take place near Lake Tahoe Boulevard and Sawmill Road, Panther Lane near South Tahoe High School, off Highway 89 near Spring Creek, and off Santa Claus Drive and West River Parkway near Christmas Valley. To view a map with project locations and details, visit

Residual smoke may be seen in locations where operations have taken place over the last several weeks. The Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team (TFFT) gives as much advance notice as possible before burning, but some operations may be conducted on short notice in areas not identified on the map.

Each prescribed fire operation follows a prescribed fire burn plan, which considers temperature, humidity, wind, moisture of the vegetation, and conditions for the dispersal of smoke. This information is used to decide when and where to burn.

Smoke from prescribed fire operations is normal and may continue for several days after an ignition depending on the project size and environmental conditions. Agencies coordinate with state and local county air pollution control districts and monitor weather conditions closely prior to prescribed fire ignition. They wait for favorable conditions that will carry smoke up and out of the Basin. Crews also conduct test burns before igniting a larger area, to verify how effectively fuels are consumed how smoke will travel.

Before conducting prescribed fire operations, agencies post road signs around areas affected by prescribed fire, send email notifications and update the local fire information line at 530-543-2816. To receive prescribed fire notifications, send an email to

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