News briefs: Perscribed burns around Lake Tahoe, toy donations and more |

News briefs: Perscribed burns around Lake Tahoe, toy donations and more


The local Moose Lodge donated a box of Tommy Moose to both the South Lake Tahoe Police and Fire Departments. Officers will give the stuffed moose to children in times of stress, uncertainty or anxiety. Tommy Moose personifies one of the tenants of the Loyal Order of Moose: caring for children.

“The healing begins with helping kids at the scene of a serious event — starting right away makes good sense,” said Brian Uhler, South Lake Tahoe Police chief.

Tommy Moose aids in helping children overcome fears and anxiety during times of stress. Donated to law enforcement, fire fighters and other emergency workers, Tommy Moose plush dolls are presented to children in various traumatic situations.

The Loyal Order of the Moose is an international organization of men and women dedicated to caring for young and old, bringing communities closer together and celebrating life.

The local Loyal Order of the Moose lodge is located at 961 Eloise Ave.


Elevated Fitness is hosting a Scavenger Charity Dash to benefit The Lake Tahoe Humane Society on Sunday, Nov. 22, from noon to approximately 4 p.m. Several local businesses will be participating. Teams will “dash” around town looking for clues and trying to accomplish all the challenges in the fastest time possible, similar to Amazing Race. It will be a lot of fun — merging trivia with fitness and charity.


First Baptist Church of South Lake Tahoe invites everyone to a Thanksgiving church service followed by a free potluck lunch on Sunday, Nov. 22, at 11 a.m. at 1053 Wildwood Ave. Call 530-544-2743 for more information.


The Food Bank of El Dorado County is in need of ten to 15 volunteers Wednesday, Nov. 25, from 9:30 -11:30 a.m. to help with a mobile food pantry. Once a month The Food Bank of El Dorado County goes up to South Lake Tahoe with its Mobile Food Pantry to distribute emergency supplemental groceries to those who need it most. Volunteers will be assisting in handing out food and signing people in at the event. Contact 530-621-9950 or email


North Lake Tahoe and Tahoe Douglas fire protection districts, the Nevada Division of Forestry and the U.S. Forest Service will continue widespread prescribed fire operations around the Lake Tahoe Basin over the next several weeks as conditions allow. Operations may take place in Ward Canyon near Sunnyside, off Fairway Drive near Tahoe City, Carnelian Woods Avenue in Carnelian Bay, Anaho Road in Crystal Bay, Crosby Court, Jennifer Street and Tyner Way in Incline Village, Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park near Spooner Lake, Edgewood Drive on Kingsbury Grade, near Van Sickle Bi-State Park, Ski Run Boulevard near Pioneer Trail and off South Upper Truckee Road.

Fall and winter bring cooler temperatures and precipitation, which favor prescribed burning. 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. The Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team (TFFT) will give as much advance notice as possible before burning, but some operations may be conducted on short notice.

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 prescribed fire operations are conducted, 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 For more information on prescribed fire operations and smoke management tips, visit


The deadline for obtaining a ticket to the Holiday-Christmas Party at Harvey’s is Wednesday, Nov. 25. Tickets are available at the reception office from 12:30-4 p.m. at the South Lake Tahoe Senior Center, 3050 Lake Tahoe Blvd. Please see Arline June Gordon during those hours Monday through Friday. Call Arline at the center, 530-542-6094, or her cell, 530-545-1277, for more information. The event will be at Harvey’s on Saturday, Dec. 5. The luncheon includes Asian salad with crisp noodles, veggies and mandarin oranges; an open-faced New York steak sandwich — with a choice of medium-rare or well-one — or a vegetarian four-cheese lasagna. The choice must be made when getting your ticket before Wednesday, Nov. 25, as above. Fabrizio will play and lead Christmas Carols at 11 a.m. The Blue Ribbon Choir and Advanced Intermediate Choir will sing after lunch. Then, there will be a raffle with many great prizes including two gift baskets, Poinsettias and a plethora of a variety of prizes to choose from.

The 17-piece Tahoe Dance Band will play music of many varieties on Friday, Nov. 20. The “Turkey Trot Dance” is open to all ages. The event is 7:30-10 p.m. at the South Lake Tahoe Senior Center, 3050 Lake Tahoe Blvd. Admission includes appetizers, desserts, beverages, and a free door prize ticket for only $10., Those under 21 pay $5. It is not necessary to come with a partner. Raffles with good prizes are also available. For more information, call Jim at 530-541-3285 or Francine at 530-541-8380.

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