News briefs: Fall Food Fest, South Lake Tahoe Community Blood Drive & more |

News briefs: Fall Food Fest, South Lake Tahoe Community Blood Drive & more

LAKE LEVEL — Lake Tahoe

As of Friday, Oct. 2, the lake elevation was reported as 6,221.93. For more information, visit Truckee River Operating Agreement at


The South Lake Tahoe Tax-Aide Program is seeking individuals interested in working in the local, volunteer-run tax preparation and assistance center (located at the Senior Center). Volunteers will be helping people in the South Lake Tahoe and surrounding area with much-needed free services. Volunteers who provide tax preparation services work directly with the taxpayer to fill out tax returns. Volunteers who are greeters welcome taxpayers (at the Senior Center), help organize the client’s paperwork and manage the overall flow of tax preparation services. The Tax-Aide Program has a need for bilingual speakers; we are always looking for volunteers who can assist our Spanish speaking community. Experience is not necessary for any of the volunteer positions — we will train you. For more information about the program or how to become a volunteer, contact Virginia at 530-544-1824 or go to the AARP Tax-Aide website:


BloodSource will hold a South Lake Tahoe Community blood drive to meet the community need for blood and blood products. The event is planned for Friday, Oct. 16, from noon to 5 p.m. at South Lake Tahoe Parks & Recreation Center Gymnasium.

Blood drive participants will receive a T-shirt. The event is sponsored by the Barton Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. Walk-ins are welcome.

Donating blood is safe, easy and takes about an hour. Donors must weigh at least 110 pounds, be 17 years old (16 year olds need a signed BloodSource Parental consent form) and be generally healthy. There is no upper age limit for blood donations. Donors must bring a photo ID and should drink plenty of fluids before donating. Potential marrow donors can register for Be the Match through BloodSource. For more information about the South Tahoe Community blood drive contact BloodSource at 1-800-995-4420 x60039. For donor eligibility questions, please call BloodSource at 1-800-995-4420. Find more information at


This is South Tahoe’s premier annual fundraising event to benefit local schools, The Fall Food Fest, will take place Friday, Oct. 10, from 6-9:30 p.m. at The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.

The Hard Rock donated their large event room for the special evening. The Fall Food Fest is a great event to socialize and sample amazing food, wine, and beer from many local businesses. These businesses include Mo’s Place, Blue Angel Café, Sprouts, Tahoe Blue Vodka, Steamers, Café Fiore, and more. There will be a silent auction for fun items such as gift baskets, and gift certificates to local hotels, restaurants and spas. A live auction will provide opportunities to bid on such items as luxurious vacations, a high-end wine wheelbarrow, and the ever popular orthodontic treatment plan with Dr. Parigini. This year, The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino will also offer a special room rate of $159 per night for those who want to make a whole weekend of the event.

All proceeds directly benefit South Tahoe school children. Every year the Lake Tahoe Educational Foundation funds grants totaling $50,000-plus dollars. The grants are all for enrichment programs serving nearly 4,000 students from every school in the Lake Tahoe Unified School District.

Tickets are $50 each and are available at all LTUSD school offices.

For more information and to offer donations, please email or call Nancy Rollston at 530-314-9101.


The City of South Lake Tahoe invites the public to review a preferred design concept for the future improvements to the Regan Beach public park on Tuesday, Oct. 6, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. It will be held at the Recreation and Swim Complex in the gym located at 1180 Rufus Allen Blvd.

Previous public meetings to gather public input were held in 2014 and 2015.

Contact Jim Marino at for more information.


The Mental Health Division of the El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency invites the public to provide input for the county’s Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Plan for Fiscal Year 2016/17 and Innovation Project. Community members can give input by email, online survey or at one of several community meetings to be held by mental health staff during the month of October 2015. The community meetings to receive public input for the MHSA Annual Plan Update and Innovation Project are scheduled as follows:

Oct. 6, at 5:30 p.m. at the El Dorado County Government Center, 330 Fair Lane, Building A in Placerville. It will be hosted by NAMI El Dorado.

Oct. 15, at 5:30 p.m. and Oct. 22, at 11:30 a.m. at the Mental Health Outpatient Clinic, 768 Pleasant Valley Road, Suite 201 in Diamond Springs. It will be hosted by Mental Health Division Wellness Center.

Oct. 19, at 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. at the Mental Health Outpatient Clinic, 1900 Lake Tahoe Blvd., in South Lake Tahoe. It will be hosted by Mental Health Division Wellness Center.

MHSA (Proposition 63) was passed by California voters in November 2004 and enacted into law Jan. 1, 2005. MHSA places a 1-percent tax on personal income in excess of $1,000,000. Funds are distributed to counties through the state and intended to transform the public mental health system into one that is consumer and family driven, with recovery oriented, accessible, culturally competent and appropriate services.

For copies of current and previous MHSA plans, and a link to the online survey, visit Email input for the plan, questions, comments, or requests for MHSA email updates to For more information, contact Doris Jones at 530-621-6340.

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