Memorial Day weekend events |

Memorial Day weekend events

Staff reports

Memorial Day weekend is here, and police are ready for the influx of travelers.

Memorial Day Maximum Enforcement begins for the California Highway Patrol at 5 p.m. Friday and lasts through midnight Monday.

Last year over the holiday weekend, 37 people were killed in roadway collisions in California.

Some top priorities for officers are stopping drunk driving by using checkpoints, and making sure passengers are buckled up. CHP officers arrested 1,614 people driving under the influence.

Even though officers will focus on drunk drivers, it’s a good idea for everyone to avoid other traffic violations.

Drivers are advised to make sure their vehicles are in proper working order and that they possess all proper documentation.

Also, officers are in the midst of “Click It or Ticket” campaigns to enforce seat-belt laws.

California has a primary seat-belt law which requires every passenger in the car to wear a seat belt at all times. If stopped and found to be in violation, law enforcement will issue citations without warning.

Nevada and California will have their campaigns in full force until June 1. Both states are paying officers overtime to enforce the rules. Citations will be issued if passengers are not buckled up.

Just in time for the Memorial Day weekend, the Ski Run Marina is back and ready for action.

“I couldn’t be more ecstatic,” said Ron Williams, who also is known as Captain Ron, owner of Ski Run Boat Company.

The marina closed in November for renovations, and Captain Ron said he’ll be open for business Saturday. He said he’s thankful the marina owner took the time and money to clean it up.

The harbor walls were replaced with steel beams 20 feet deep, and the harbor was dredged for impurities.

Ski Run Marina is undergoing a $5 million remodeling project over the next five years. Improving the harbor is just one of the phases that’s been completed, said Annette Lilly, Ski Run Marina project manager.

Lilly said they are waiting to receive permits to begin the next phase, which is building walkways, lighting and handrails.

American Legion Post 795 will hold a Memorial Day service at Happy Homestead Cemetery at 11 a.m. Monday.

Approximately 400 veterans have been laid to rest in the Tahoe cemetery. The post invites the community to participate in the service, which usually lasts 45 minutes. Other local organizations will take part in the event.

Cake and coffee will follow at the American Legion post, at 2748 Highway 50.

Best on the Mountain Rib Cook-Off

10 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 23-25

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 26

Horizon Casino Resort

Teams compete to place in three categories: Best Ribs, Best Sauce and People’s Choice. All ribs cooked will be pork ribs. Besides sampling ribs, 75 booths will line the street and parking lot.

Memorial Weekend Summer Outdoor Art Show

May 23-26

Millers Outpost Center

This is the first outdoor art show of the year.

Heavenly Gondola open

May 23-26

Open for sightseeing activities.

Northstar-At-Tahoe opens Bike Park

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 23-26

The park will operate on weekends until June 20, when it switches to a daily schedule.

Memorial Day Weekend Sidewalk Sale

May 23-26

The Shops at Heavenly Village

The event will have music, vendors and food.

Wine Walk benefit for the Tahoe Arts Project

2 to 5 p.m. May 24

The Shops at Heavenly Village

More than 15 shops will be participating. There also will be raffle prizes and parking validation.

BlueGO’s Nifty 50 trolley

Service begins May 24

Operates from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. all week

Fares are $2.50 one way or $5 for a day pass, valid on all BlueGO fixed route services.

Taylor Creek Visitor Center opens

8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. May 24, opening day

The visitor center will be open on weekends only beginning Memorial Day weekend through June 8. It’ll open daily beginning June 14. The stream profile chamber will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tahoe Maritime Museum grand opening

11 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 24

The new museum will have guided tours and children’s activities. It’s located at 5205 W. Lake Blvd., Homewood.

John Wayne’s Birthday Celebration

11 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 24-25

Cowboys & Indians store, located in The Shops at Heavenly Village

About 14 to 16 gunfighters and ladies will perform gunfights and barroom brawls in honor of the Duke’s birthday. A raffle will be held, and all proceeds will benefit Local Muscular Dystrophy.

Lake Tahoe Windjammers Yacht Club Opening Day

Races begin at noon May 25

Tahoe Keys Marina

A meeting will be held at 10 a.m. before the three races.

Tahoe Mountain Fair

1 to 7 p.m. May 25

It’s at the Pine Cone Acre, which is on the corner of 11th Street and Highway 89. The fair will feature food booths, arts and crafts, wine tasting, music, a car show and carnival games.

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