News briefs: El Dorado’s annual tax sale, Hackathon, art demo and more |

News briefs: El Dorado’s annual tax sale, Hackathon, art demo and more


According to the El Dorado County Treasurer-Tax Collector’s Office, the Auction of Tax Defaulted Properties is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 6, at 1:30 p.m. in the Board of Supervisors Room (Building A) at 330 Fair Lane in Placerville, California.

The sale list includes approximately 82 properties located in El Dorado County and 233 timeshare intervals in the South Lake Tahoe Basin. A complete list of parcels can be viewed on the Internet at Sale rules and the county’s registration form is available online.

Registration for the auction starts at 11 a.m. Buyers can complete the registration form on the day of the sale at the auction site, or they can complete the forms at any time from the comfort of their home or office by accessing the form online.

Some parcels could have bond obligations associated with them or they could have limited rights. All bidders are encouraged to investigate and thoroughly research the attributes, (or detriments) of each property before bidding. Those not familiar with real estate research are also encouraged to contact an attorney specializing in real estate or a Title company or some other real estate professional to assist them.

The minimum bids are listed on the website. Interested bidders may call the Tax Collector’s Office at 530-621-5800 with questions.


The Tahoe Art League will host a free art demonstration on Wednesday, Nov. 11, at 6 p.m. at the South Lake Tahoe Senior Center. The public is invited to learn quick portrait techniques from a local artist, Catherine Lockner.

Lockner, a professor of art and art history at Lake Tahoe Community College, works primarily in oil and watercolor with a focus on portraiture. She will be teaching watercolor painting at the college during the upcoming winter quarter.

For more information, visit


Tahoe Mountain Lab’s inaugural hackathon will help the League to Save Lake Tahoe build a new visitor app for the recently overhauled Fritzi & David Huntington Environmental Education Center in South Lake Tahoe. The event is planned for Saturday, Nov. 7, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at Tahoe Mountain Lab (1048 Ski Run Blvd.). Programmers, software developers, content writers and other creative geeks who love Lake Tahoe are invited.

The League to Save Lake Tahoe, also known by the slogan “Keep Tahoe Blue,” is Tahoe’s oldest and largest nonprofit environmental advocacy organization. By participating in this project, participants will help visitors to the League’s Ed Center better understand the history of Tahoe’s environmental challenges and show them how they can get involved in the League’s campaigns to combat pollution, tackle invasive species, promote restoration and protect Tahoe’s shoreline.

The League will provide free snacks, lunch, and coffee.

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Lake Tahoe Community College’s Writers’ Series continues on Friday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. in the Roberta Mason Library with poet and journalist Ilyse Kusnetz, and teacher, farmer and poet Julia Shipley. Both writers will read selections from their works, answer audience questions about their writing process, and sign copies of their books, which will be for sale. This event is free and the public is welcome to attend.

Kusnetz is the author of “Small Hours,” winner of the 2014 T.S. Eliot prize from Truman State University Press, and “The Gravity of Falling” (2006). She earned her master’s in creative writing from Syracuse University and her Ph.D. in feminist and post-colonial British literature from the University of Edinburgh.

Shipley is the author of a full-length poetry collection, “The Academy of Hay” (Bona Fide Books, 2015), winner of the Melissa Lanitis Gregory Poetry Prize, and a long-form lyric essay, “Adam’s Mark,” (Plowboy Press, 2014), which was selected as a Boston Globe Best New England Books of 2014. She is also the author of four poetry chapbooks including “One Ton Crumb” (CC&B, 2014), “First Do No Harm” (Honeybee Press, 2014), “Herd” (2010), and “Planet Jr.” (2012).

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