News briefs: South Lake Tahoe Spring Clean event, forest thinning resumes and more
ANNUAL SPRING CLEAN EVENT
The Clean Tahoe Program is spearheading its inaugural Spring Clean in South Lake Tahoe neighborhoods Saturday, May 21, from 9 a.m. to noon. Help clean up litter in your neighborhood and clean-up supplies will be donated.
A free lunch for all volunteers will be provided at Lakeview Commons at El Dorado Beach.
To sign up, visit http://www.clean-tahoe.org/spring-clean or call 530-544-4210.
WOMEN OF THE MOOSE DONATION
Women of the Moose (WOTM) Chapter 408 is pleased to continue its support of the Lake Tahoe Unified School District’s (LTUSD) McKinney Vento program through ongoing fundraising efforts.
LTUSD receives an annual allocation of about $1,000 to purchase school supplies and help with bus transportation for its approximately 250 homeless students. Amanda Hammond, LTUSD’s Homeless and Foster Youth Advocate, addressed WOTM at a meeting last year to explain the challenges and additional needs of the students. WOTM responded with a donation of a $300 Big 5 gift card that enabled Hammond to purchase new shoes for seven students.
“The donation truly contributed heartily to my program and made meeting these kids’ needs possible,” Hammond said.
Hammond also recently mentioned that South Lake Tahoe Police Department will be providing 21 bicycles for the kids in her program, but she can’t afford to purchase helmets. Officer Ruth Loehr, public information officer with California Highway Patrol, swiftly came to the rescue by procuring 16 helmets through a California Pedestrian Bicycle Enforcement & Education Project grant from the Office of Traffic Safety. The Women of the Moose donated another $125 to purchase the remaining five helmets.
To learn more about WOTM or to donate, call 530-541-1632.
A free food distribution at the Tahoe Douglas Senior Center — 885 Hwy. 50 in Zephyr Cove — will be held Thursday, May 26, from 9-10 a.m. Tahoe Basin residents must show proof of Nevada residency and have a picture ID. They must sign an affidavit of income below 150 percent of the poverty level, which for a single person would be $1,458.74 monthly and for a household of four would be $2,981.25. No proof of income is necessary. Commodities to be given out include dry beans, nuts, pasta, canned vegetables and fruits and frozen chicken. Each distribution has available six to eight items. Preference will be given to households that have participated in previous months.
For 2016, these food distributions are scheduled for the fourth Thursday of every other month. Please bring bags or boxes to take food items home. Call 775-586-8330 for more information.
UNITY AT THE LAKE EVENT
Unity at the Lake presents Anton Mizerak and Laura Berryhill on Sunday, May 15, who will be offering, “Music and Mythology: Stories of Transformation,” a talk with integrated music at 10 a.m., followed by a concert at 11:45 a.m. of transformational healing music, Celtic song and chants from around the world. The event will be held at Unity at the Lake, 1195 Rufus Allen Blvd., in South Lake Tahoe. Call 530-544-2266 for more information. A love offering will be taken at the concert.
MAKE TAHOE WORK LEADERSHIP SUMMIT
Over 100 people attended the Make Tahoe Work For You Leadership Lake Tahoe Summit on May 6 at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe. The one-day summit, featuring inspiring sessions for individuals and business owners, provided Lake Tahoe residents with tools to make Tahoe a viable place to succeed, both personally and professionally. The event was organized by the Tahoe Chamber’s Leadership Lake Tahoe 2016 class.
Keynote speakers Donna Hartley, international speaker and author of “Fire Up Your Life” and other books, and Tracy DeLuca, design strategist and host of the podcast Results May Vary, spoke to attendees about the importance of motivation and actively structuring their lives to facilitate success. Matt Westfield, serial entrepreneur and founder of Entrepreneurs Assembly, spoke during the lunch session about the positive energy and incredible opportunities arising in the Reno-Tahoe area.