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* South Lake Tahoe

Day hikes and kayaking offered

As a chance to offer shortened outdoor activities at Lake Tahoe, the Wilderness Studies program at Lake Tahoe Community College has expanded to include day hikes and kayaking.

The courses – four day hikes, a beginning rock climbing class, hiking Mt. Tallac and sea kayaking that includes an overnight stay at Emerald Bay – have an orientation before the actual event.

The sunset hike series, for example, has orientations on Tuesdays and the hikes on Thursdays, beginning at 4 p.m.

“You can still work that day and have a nice hike in the evening, something to look forward to at the end of your workday, and also enjoy where you live, which is something we don’t always get to do,” said Christina Proctor, spokeswoman for the college.

The expansion of the Wilderness Studies program, which offers certificate and classes for outdoor enthusiasts, does not have an impact on the Tahoe Wilderness Institute, which is taking a hiatus this summer. The institute consisted of spending several days in Desolation Wilderness with lessons in art, English, geology and other topics.

Proctor said the teachers of the institute wanted to take a summer off and, coupled with declining enrollment, it made sense for the institute to take a summer off.

Those interested in the day activities in the Wilderness Studies program can register online on the college’s Web site,, up to the day of orientation.

* Meyers

Child safety day is on Saturday

Child seat inspections to displays of fire and garbage trucks are part of the California Highway Patrol’s Child Safety Day on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Fire safety lessons as well as child safety information packs will also be available.

The office is in Meyers off Highway 50 on Hopi Avenue. For more information, contact (530) 577-1001.

– Staff reports

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