News briefs: Winter extravaganza, holiday parade and more |

News briefs: Winter extravaganza, holiday parade and more


South Lake Tahoe Library will host Winter Extravaganza on Saturday, Dec. 12, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Creation stations will be set up with fun, easy to make, seasonal decorations suitable for all ages. Santa Claus is scheduled to drop by, so bring a camera, your holiday spirit and celebrate with your local library. This event is sponsored by Friends of the Library. Call 530-573-3185 for more information.


The fourth annual Holiday Parade to benefit Christmas Cheer will be held on Saturday, Dec. 12, at 3 p.m. The parade will begin at the corner of Ski Run Boulevard and Pioneer Trail, proceed down Ski Run to Highway 50, then turn west and run in the right lane to the parking lot at TJ Maxx. Santa, candy canes, and cookies will be offered at the end of the parade while supplies last, and volunteers from Christmas Cheer will be on hand with the truck to accept donations of new or gently used toys, non-perishable food items, and cash. There is also a donation barrel in the foyer of TJ Maxx where donations can be dropped off.

The parade is produced each year by Golden Bear Events as a fundraiser for Christmas Cheer. Businesses and families may enter the parade for a fee of $50, which is then donated to Christmas Cheer after permit fees have been paid. School and scout groups may enter free of charge, but must register prior to the event through Golden Bear Events. Sponsorships are also available at the $100 and $200 level. For more information, call 530-544-7412 or visit


The South Lake Tahoe Recreation Facilities Joint Powers Authority (JPA) is seeking applicants to the Bicycle Advisory Committee required by Measure R. The advisory committee consists of seven members. Advisory committee meetings are publicly noticed and generally occur monthly.

There are three open positions for two-year terms on the Bicycle Advisory Committee. The other four positions will expire in January 2017, and will be filled for two-year terms at that time. The Bicycle Advisory Committee expects to continue to have work until 2030.

The application deadline is 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 22.

The application can be obtained by mail or email from the following:

Pick up applications from the South Lake Tahoe City Clerk (, JPA staff (, the District 5 Board of Supervisors office (

The JPA will meet to consider and appoint members to advisory committees on Friday, Jan. 29. The meeting will convene at 9 a.m. at the South Lake Tahoe City Council Chambers, 1901 Airport Road.


Based on recent precipitation, the annual seasonal closure of native surface roads, also known as dirt roads, went into effect Tuesday, Dec. 8. Rainfall, soil moisture, road and trail conditions, and weather forecasts are factors that trigger a seasonal closure earlier than Jan. 1. The roads will remain closed until at least April 1.

“My goal is to keep these roads open to the public as long as possible as winter approaches,” said forest supervisor Laurence Crabtree. “However, based on the recent storms and a weather forecast predicting additional rain and snow events this month, the soils will be getting saturated to the point where they can’t hold any more water. Under these conditions, these roads could be badly damaged.”

The seasonal closure is designed to protect roadbeds and watersheds from damage and to protect water quality. A minimum three-month closure period from Jan. 1 through March 30 was designated for the core part of the winter in the Eldorado National Forest Travel Management Plan. To maintain flexibility, going into the dirt road closure early or extending the closure is determined based on current conditions at the time.

Roads subject to seasonal closure are identified on a free map available at all Eldorado National Forest offices and online at The seasonal closure does not impact routes in the Rock Creek Area of the Eldorado National Forest near Georgetown, which has its own route closure process.


“Twas the Night Before Christmas,” a holiday production by Lake Tahoe’s Shining Stars of the Marcia Sarosik Dance Studio, is returning to the South Shore Showroom at Harrah’s Tahoe on Sunday, Dec. 13. The production, based on the classic holiday poem, made its debut in 2007. Dancers range in age from 2-1/2 to 18, performing in holiday favorites including “Jingle Bell Rock”, a jazzy rendition of “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer,” a swinging “Jingle Bells” and “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.” The ballet dances in the show include excerpts from The Nutcracker. It also includes a Rockettes-style kick line, contemporary, hip-hop and tap dances

Show times for “Twas the Night Before Christmas” are 2:30-6 p.m. Ticket prices are $14 for adult general admission and $8 for seniors and students. Tickets are available online at until 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11; and some tickets will be available at the door 30 minutes prior to each show.


Learn about Israel and Germany’s relationship, and how Germany is helping this fledgling country establish itself and grow. Chabad of Lake Tahoe (900 Ski Run Blvd., South Lake Tahoe) will host an event Wednesday, Dec. 30, at 6:30 p.m.

Chabad of Lake Tahoe will host Rabbi YM Wagner, the first native-born rabbi to be ordained in Germany after the Holocaust. Wagner grew up in Krefeld, Germany, rediscovered his Jewish heritage and went on to become a rabbi and serve in his hometown.

Rabbi Wagner will share insights on Judaism and Germany. In addition, he will answer questions with his knowledge as a rabbi and a German-born Jew.

Call 530-314-7677 or visit for more information.

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