News briefs: Nevada Day, Halloween events, fuelfood permits and more
NEVADA DAY IS OCT. 30
Douglas County Library branches in Zephyr Cove and Midnen will close Friday, Oct. 30, and Saturday, Oct. 31, in observation of Nevada Day. The Zephyr Cove branch resumes its normal hours on Wednesday, Nov. 4, at 11 a.m. and the Minden branch reopens Monday, Nov. 2, at 10 a.m.
The Nevada Artists Association opened its 65th annual “Nevada Day” art exhibit at Carson City’s Brewery Arts Center (449 West King St.). As a judged event, open to all Northern Nevada and California artists, it brought out a variety of local art spanning paintings, pastels, drawings, sculpture, fine pottery and art glass. The exhibit opened Oct. 26 and will run through Jan. 1. A reception for the artists is planned for Saturday, Nov. 7, in the gallery from 6-8 p.m. The public is invited to meet the artists, view the art, enjoy some light refreshments and partake of libations. The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Admission is free and all art is for sale.
Everyone, of all ages, is invited to attend a Halloween dance on Friday, Oct. 30, from 7:30-10 p.m. at the South Lake Tahoe Senior Center. The 17-piece Tahoe Dance Band will play a variety of music for listening and dancing. It is not necessary to come with a partner. Wearing Halloween costumes is optional. There will be prizes for the funniest, prettiest, most original, sexiest and scariest costumes. A $10 admission includes appetizers, desserts, beverages and a free door prize ticket. Those under 21 years of age only pay $5. There will also be raffles for good prizes. For more information, call Jim at 530-541-3285 or Francine at 530-541-8380.
Douglas County Parks and Recreation is hosting a Halloween Carnival Saturday, Oct. 31, from 4-6:30 p.m. It’s free and open to all ages. It will be located at Kahle Community Center. Everyone should bring their own trick-or-treat bag. For more information, contact Kahle Community Center at 775-586-7271.
See a full roundup of events in Friday’s weekly Action and Saturday’s Tahoe Daily Tribune.
LIBRARY SEEKS DONATIONS
South Lake Tahoe Library is currently seeking donations for its collection — compact discs featuring local musical acts on the South Shore (including Meyers, Stateline, Kingsbury, Zephyr Cove, and Cave Rock). Contact Chris Seal at 503-347-2488 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or bring CDs to the library at 1000 Rufus Allen Blvd., in South Lake Tahoe. Please include basic information with contributions, like artist or band name, album title, and contact information.
FIRE RESTRICTIONS LIFTED
The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit will lift fire restrictions on National Forest System lands beginning Friday, Oct. 30.
“While conditions have allowed the Forest Service to lift fire restrictions, wildfires can still occur,” said fire management officer Kit Bailey. “Visitors to our National Forests need to educate themselves about how to safely build and extinguish a campfire, and should continue to be careful and remember that campfires are only allowed in certain areas.”
Campfires will again be allowed with a valid California Campfire Permit in the following areas: Luther Pass, Blackwood Canyon and Watson Lake campgrounds, as well as the Meiss roadless area. For these areas where campfires are allowed, make sure to completely extinguish your fire by drowning with plenty of water, thoroughly stirring and feeling for heat; if it is too hot to touch, it is too hot to leave.
For more information about fire restrictions and campfire permits, contact the Forest Supervisor’s Office at 530-543-2694 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To learn more about residential burning, contact CAL FIRE.
FREE FINANCIAL WORKSHOP
Get in shape for 2016 with a financial fitness session on Nov. 3 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. The “Tuesday Topic: What’s Your Financial Fitness?” workshop is designed to help nonprofits, small business owners and entrepreneurs better understand their financials and prepare for the next year.
It will be held at Tahoe Chamber’s offices at 169 U.S. Hwy. 50, Stateline, Nevada. Entry for Tahoe Chamber members is free and entry for non-members is $15 per person. RSVPs are encouraged. Register online at http://www.tahoechamber.org or call 775-588-1728, ext. 300.
This workshop provides an opportunity for individuals to understand the importance of tax planning and year-round communication with their CPA and bank, as well as the importance of incorporating a business. Workshop attendees will also learn how proper business financials set you up for growing your business through lending and how it may lead to potential tax benefits. With a multitude of regulatory changes since the mortgage crisis, it’s more important than ever to plan, have proper business finances and ensure your business is truly financially fit.
FUELWOOD PERMITS SALES END IN MID-NOVEMBER
The last day to purchase a U.S. Forest Service fuelwood permit is Friday, Nov. 13, and the last day to cut wood is Sunday, Nov. 15. Permits cost $20 per cord, with a two-cord minimum purchase and a limit of 10 cords per household. Permits have specific conditions and complete information is provided when the permit is issued. Maps to designated cutting areas are provided and must be in the permit holder’s possession along with the valid permit.
Forest roads and gates begin closing in late October for soil protection and public safety. Some cutting areas may not be accessible by vehicle in areas where gates have closed. Permit holders should check whether road closures are in effect and should not go behind closed gates. For specific forest road closure dates, consult the Motor Vehicle Use Map by visiting http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/ltbmu/TravelManagement. No off-road travel is allowed and permit holders must comply with all permit directions.
The permit is for collection of “down-dead” wood up to a 30-inch maximum diameter in designated fuelwood areas within the Lake Tahoe Basin. “Down-dead” means the tree is down on the ground and dead, rather than dead and standing. Cutting any standing tree, whether dead or green, is not allowed.
The Forest Supervisor’s Office at 35 College Drive in South Lake Tahoe is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
For more information, call the South Shore office at 530-543-2694.
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