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Tahoe Tony’s Jammin’ Jerky sets grand opening

Tahoe Tony’s Jammin’ Jerky will hold its grand opening celebration with live music by Martina Dayton and the Markleevillians from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday at 1649 Lucerne St. in Minden. The Chamber of Commerce will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 3 p.m.

Tahoe Tony’s Jammin’ Jerky is a USDA inspected, small batch, artisan-style beef jerky manufacturer. The jerky, which is sliced, marinated, dehydrated and packaged on site, is cut thicker than most, and all four flavors have no added salt, monosodium glutamate or sodium nitrites.

Fajitas, beer, wine and margaritas will be available at the grand opening.

Owner Tony Pearl and his wife, Brooke Luckey, have lived in Gardnerville for 16 years and started the company almost two years ago. For more information, call 775-392-0858, send an email to Brooke@Tahoetonys.com, or find the company on Facebook. To see the jerky-making process via webcam, go to Tahoetonys.com.

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Blood drive planned for June 12

United Blood Services and RE/MAX Realty will hold a blood drive in support of Kristine Johnson Gunsch from noon to 3:15 p.m. June 12 at Re/Max Realty, 2568 Lake Tahoe Blvd.

Volunteer donors are needed on a continual basis in order to maintain the community blood supply at all times. Volunteer blood donors must be at least 16 years of age, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be in good health. Additional height/weight requirements apply to donors 22 and younger. Donors who are 16 must have signed permission from a parent or guardian.

To make an appointment, go to http://www.Bloodhero.com, click “donate blood” and use sponsor code: REALTY, or call Tess or Jesse at 530-541-0200.

All presenting eligible donors from June 1 through Sept. 6 will be entered into a drawing to win a 2014 Toyota Corolla four-door sedan. For more information, go to http://www.UnitedBloodServices.org.

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 http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/pollworker.htm.

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.

‘Bricks for Kids’ benefits Boys & Girls Club

The Boys & Girls Club of Lake Tahoe started construction to install Bricks for Kids, a fundraiser to keep the club operational, on the front entryway of its main site, at 1100 Lyons Ave. in South Lake Tahoe.

The Boys & Girls Club was established in South Lake Tahoe in 1991 by a group of community leaders who saw the need for a program that would provide a safe and positive place for youth to spend their out-of-school time. The program has grown to two sites with 800 registered members ages 5-18. These members visit the club more than 43,000 times a year.

Local Boys & Girls Clubs are each responsible for their own financial sustainability and funding. The Lake Tahoe Club is funded by a combination of federal, state, private and business grants, membership and program fees and fundraising events.

To order a brick for a business or family, go to https://bgclt.engravedbricks.com. For more information, go to http://www.bgclt.org.

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 http://www.ltcc.edu/communityeducation, 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 douglas.lib.nv.us 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 http://impactsurvey.org.

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 justiceforjerry.blogspot.com or

http://www.change.org/petitions/justice-for-jerry-morey# .

Additional contact information: Tahoedreamfoundation@yahoo.com or http://www.Tahoedreamfoundation.org. Phone: 530-307-9602

High Sierra holding monthly dance party

High Sierra Swing Dance Club presents its monthly dance party June 28 at the Brewery Arts Center’s Grand Ballroom, 449 W. King St., Carson City. At 6:30 p.m., Clay and Cullen Mitchell will teach jitterbug, a 1940s-style swing dance and simplified version of Lindy hop. This is in preparation for the Silver Dollar Car Classic Sock Hop at the Carson Nugget on July 26. Social dance is 7:30-10 p.m. Partners are not required. Lesson $7 for HSSDC and any swing dance club members or $10 for nonmembers; dance $7 for members of swing clubs and $10 for nonmembers. Free beginner lesson starts at 6:30 p.m. Join the club that night, and the dance is free. For information, go to http://www.highsierraSDC.org or call 775-629-9369.

Tahoe Elks Lodge awards scholarships

Tahoe-Douglas Elks Lodge 2670 awarded eight $500. scholarships to South Tahoe High School Seniors at the Awards Program on Wednesday, May 28. The awards were presented by Roger Barragan, Trustee & Jeanne Barragan, Scholarship Committee member. The awards went to Chad Kaassamani, Ericka Crystal Rosas, Ryan Piazzo, JI Hyeon Pak, Adelaine Martinez, Kevin Herrera-Uribe, Shaina Aquino and Brittany Harper.

Hands4Hope helps Food Bank of El Dorado County

CAMERON PARK – Hands4Hope – Youth Making a Difference, a youth-driven outreach organization based in El Dorado Hills, hosted its annual Food Blitz at Safeway in Cameron Park and Placerville collecting almost 500 pounds of nonperishable food, over $200 in Safeway gift cards and more than $350 in cash donations for the Food Bank of El Dorado County.

Food Bank Communications & Development Director Carey Fong says, “It is always rewarding to see our community’s youth band together to help collect food for our county’s at-risk population. Hands4Hope-Youth Making a Difference is a great partner to the Food Bank and we are delighted to be able to work with them during the spring and fall Food Blitz campaigns.”

Mikan Gosuico, Hands4Hope Outreach Coordinator said, “Hands4Hope is happy to contribute to feeding families in need through the Food Blitz. It’s always a popular event with our youth volunteers. We had individuals, Hands4Hope school clubs, friends, and families all come together to volunteer. It’s wonderful to see even the youngest members of our community recognizing the need and reaching out to make a positive difference.”

For more information on how you can give or get help, simply call 530-621-9950 or email info@foodbankedc.org.


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