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Stateline man makes dean’s list at George Fox University

Allen McLeod, an engineering major from Stateline, earned dean’s list recognition at George Fox University after achieving a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher during the spring semester. McLeod is academically considered a senior based on the number of credits earned.

Plein air artists featured at fundraiser

Paint Tahoe Blue, a “paint-in” fundraiser where up to 20 local and regional plein air artists paint and then auction their pieces to guests, will be from 4 to 8 p.m. June 15 at Sand Harbor State Park, five miles south of Incline Village. The event will be at the group picnic area on the right just after entering the park. The auction will start at 7 p.m.

Half of the proceeds go to the artists; the other half benefits the Toiyabe Chapter of Sierra Club, whose contributions include allocation of funds to support conservation initiatives. Member from the Toiyabe Chapter and Great Basin Group will be on hand, and wine and refreshments will be served.

Grants available for Placer nonprofits

Placer Community Foundation is accepting grant applications from nonprofit organizations serving the western slope of Placer County for its Youth Development Program. Grants ranging from $3,000 to $5,000 will be awarded to nonprofits whose projects address the needs of under served youth ages 14-21.

The program is funded by the Giving Circle. Priority will be given to projects that serve economically disadvantaged youth and whose proposals support positive youth development demonstrating a meaningful impact for youth, leverage resources and/or demonstrate sustainability and include a reasonable project scope and budget. Past grantees include nonprofits such as Stand Up Placer, Child Advocates of Placer County, and Sierra Forever Families.

Placer Community Foundation will hold meetings to explain the grant process at 9 a.m. or 3:30 p.m. June 11 at its office. Registration is required by calling 530-885-4920.

Applications are due by noon on July 7 and are available with guidelines at

Waste disposal events planned

Heavenly Mountain Resort and Vail Resorts Echo partnered with several local organizations to provide residents with inexpensive and environmentally safe methods to dispose of many types of waste. The events assist in reducing the potentially hazardous effects of waste, including forest fire, chemical contamination, water and air pollution.

Community Clean Up Day, offered by the Clean Tahoe Program with funding from Vail Resort Echo, will run from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. May 31 at the South Tahoe Refuse Transfer Station, 2140 Ruth Ave.

The cost is $5 per vehicle for California residents and $10 for Nevada residents. Residential customers may also dispose of up to 20 gallons of hazardous household waste. Commercial loads will incur regular fees. Document shredding and disposal of computer monitors, TVs and up to nine tires will be free to California residents, with refrigerator disposal available at a reduced rate of $15. Dirt, concrete, asphalt, roofing and other construction materials will not be accepted at Community Clean Up Day.

Beginning May 24, Compost Your Combustibles will be available to Tahoe Douglas residents only at Heavenly’s Boulder Lodge parking lot seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Aug. 3. Pine needles, slash, and other vegetation will be accepted from Tahoe Douglas residents in loose form, without bags. Commercial dumping, rocks and material containing noxious weeds will not be accepted.

The organic debris collected by Compost Your Combustibles will be transported by South Tahoe Refuse & Recycling trucks to Full Circle Compost in Minden to be used as feedstock.

For more information or to volunteer, go to

Library’s summer reading program starts June 3

“Fizz, Boom, Read” is the theme of this year’s summer reading program for kids at the Douglas County Public Library.

Registration starts June 3 at the Minden and Zephyr Cove libraries; the program continues through July 31. Jordan the Science Wizard will present “Super Cool Chemistry” at 6:30 p.m. June 3 at the CVIC Hall in Minden as part of the program’s kick-off event. The Douglas County Library Foundation will host an ice cream social from 7:15 p.m. to 8 p.m.

To participate in the program, fill out a registration form at and return the printed form to the library. For more information, see the library’s website, find it on Facebook, or call 775-782-9841.

Poll workers sought for June 3 primary

Sacramento and El Dorado county elections officials are seeking poll workers for the June 3 primary election.

Each statewide election requires a one-day workforce of 100,000 poll workers in more than 24,000 polling places across California. The average poll worker stipend is about $100 for the day’s work, though rates vary among counties.

Poll workers help safeguard ballots, remind voters about their rights, ensure voters with disabilities can exercise their right to vote and more, according to Secretary of State Deborah Bowen.

Bowen also said applicants with bilingual skills are especially needed in Sacramento County. Poll workers who are fluent in English and any of the following languages: Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Tagalog or Vietnamese are being recruited. El Dorado County Recorder-Clerk and Registrar of Voters Bill Schultz is looking for more English speakers who are fluent in Spanish or Tagalog.

Californians can serve as poll workers if they are registered voters or are legal permanent residents of the state; or are high-school students at least 16 years old with a grade-point average of 2.5 or higher .

To apply, call the Sacramento County elections office at 916-875-6451 or the El Dorado County elections office at 530-621-7480. For more information, go to

Wildflower walks set at Spooner Lake

A guided wildflower walk around Spooner Lake will be at 10 a.m. June 4, 7, 18 and 21.

Spooner Lake is home to over 100 species of wildflowers. Participants can learn plant names, uses and habitats. The wildflower portion of the trip is the first mile only. Visitors do not have to commit to the entire two-hour tour. Pets are not recommended. Children younger than 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Entry fees are waived for the event. Visitors who remain in the park after the walk are charged $8 per vehicle for Nevada residents and $10 per vehicle for residents of all other states.

For more information, call Bill Champion at 775-831-0494, ext. 224.

Registration open for summer sports camps

Lake Tahoe Community College and Tahoe Center for Orthopedics hold week-long summer sports camps that focus on improving children’s health, wellness and athletic performance. Children ages 7-13 can learn proper exercise techniques, team-building, sports-specific techniques and how to make healthy nutritional choices.

Session 1 is held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 23-27; Session 2 is held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 7-11 and Session 3 is held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 11-15. The cost is $185 per session. A 20 percent discount is offered for signing up for all three sessions.

To register, go to, and click on “Community Education Classes,” or call 530-541-4660, ext. 717.

Two guided hikes planned on June 7

Explore Tahoe: An Urban Trailhead Visitor Center will host guided hikes in honor of American Hiking Society’s 22nd annual National Trails Day celebration at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. June 7.

Participants will be guided by Gavin Furman on a moderate hike through Van Sickle Bi State Park. The hike will highlight environmental and historic facts along the trail. Hikes begin and end at Explore Tahoe: An Urban Trailhead, located at the Heavenly Village transit center on Highway 50.

Hikers are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and bring water. Refreshments will be provided following each tour. The free hikes are open to ages 12 and over. For reservations, call 530-542-4637.

Survey available to improve library services

The Douglas County Public Library is conducting an online survey to find out how people use the library’s computers and Internet connection and how this service has made a positive impact on their lives. Information gathered will help the library improve its technology services and communicate the value of providing free access to computers and the Internet within the community.

The survey is anonymous, available in English and Spanish, and takes 10-15 minutes to complete. It can be accessed through June 14 from the library computers, or at and Facebook/DouglasLibraryNV.

The Impact Survey is the result of a successful research initiative from the University of Washington with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. For more information, see the library information desk, or go to

Scott Helmer benefit concert for Tahoe Dream Foundation

Scott Helmer is holding a live benefit concert for Tahoe Dream Foundation, a nonprofit that supports local child care centers and needy families, at The American Legion Post 795, 2748 Lake Tahoe Blvd., on Friday, June 13, at 7 p.m.. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Children five and under are free.

Helmer’s contagious, radio-friendly blend of rock and pop includes memorable guitar riffs, catchy sing-along choruses and lyrics that tell stories of love, pain and starting over. These songs, co-written and recorded with his photographer/musician brother, Rich Helmer, have also crossed over to fans of Country & Americana. He has opened up for legendary acts like Heart, Eddie Money, 3 Doors Down and Big Country.

Tahoe Dream Foundation will use the money raised for its assistance programs. Also, the foundation is raising money to help local motel owner Jerry Morey, the victim of an assault in January by one of his tenants. The attack resulted in more than $50,000 in medical bills and other expenses for Morey.

Tahoe Dream Foundation has also started a petition to help make sure the man responsible for the assault is prosecuted. For more information, go to or .

Additional contact information: or . Phone: 530-307-9602

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