News briefs: South Lake Tahoe Future Ready Tourism Forum, local events and more |

News briefs: South Lake Tahoe Future Ready Tourism Forum, local events and more


Soroptimist International of Tahoe Sierra recently honored Dr. Mireya Ortega of High Sierra Dental Care as the recipient of its 2016 Ruby Award. This award honors women who are making an extraordinary difference in the lives of other women.

Dr. Ortega is recognized for her Young Tahoe Smiles program, which provides high-quality dental care to underserved families in the area. Children up to 16 years of age from qualifying families that are financially challenged, without dental insurance or other assistance receive basic dental care including diagnostics, preventive and restorative treatment for $5-$20 per visit.


Student clubs at Lake Tahoe Community College will host the third annual Community Games on Saturday, May 7, from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free. The event will be held in and around the physical education building on the college’s campus. It includes a table tennis competition, dodgeball and badminton tournaments, live music, delicious food, kids activities (including soccer training with LTCC Coyote athletes), bounce house fun, face painting, a science fair, a scavenger hunt and more.

Funds raised from tournament fees, food sales and a silent auction will help support student scholarships at LTCC.

The dodgeball tournament is scheduled from noon until 2 p.m. in the gym. There is a $30 entrance fee for a team of six players to compete. The badminton and table tennis tournaments will be held between 2-4 p.m. in the gym, and there is a $5 per person fee to enter.

For more information, to register for a tournament or donate an auction item, contact Julie Booth at 530-541-4660, ext. 477, or email


Participants in local El Dorado County mental health programs will show off their skills in an art exhibit hosted by Tahoe Art League. It will take place at Lake Tahoe Community College May 2-6, in recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month.

Art on display is created through Art Angels, a Tahoe Art League program. Every Friday, volunteer Charisse Sotto teaches clients of the county’s mental health department various artistic techniques. The program not only develops participants’ artistic skills, but it also allows them to focus on a positive, creative process that builds confidence and pride. The arts allow people of all walks of life to experience the human desire to be creative.

“Each mind matters,” Sotto said.

The exhibit will be a juried event. An artists’ reception and awards ceremony is planned for Monday, May 2, from 6-8 p.m. in the commons area of the college, and the public is invited to attend.


As part of an effort to address the region’s economy and future tourism focus, Lake Tahoe South Shore Chamber of Commerce and Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority will host an annual Future Ready South Shore tourism forum Tuesday, April 26.

The luncheon and presentation will include a series of speakers discussing pertinent issues concerning tourism within the Tahoe region.

The 2016 Tourism Forum will be held at Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel from noon to 3 p.m., and includes lunch. Registration is from 11:30 a.m. to noon. Admission is $25 for Tahoe Chamber members and $40 for non-members.

Lynn Carpenter, vice president of Visit California, is the keynote speaker. She will address California’s statewide initiatives to attract U.S. and international visitation. Revenflo internet marketing company founder Jason Broadwater will also present on the unique character of the millennial market, along with misconceptions. Strategic Marketing Group tourism industry consultant Carl Ribaudo, of South Lake Tahoe, will present as well.

The speakers will be followed by a forum and discussion with all three speakers and the audience.

More information is available at

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