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Wayfinding signage workshop Monday

The public is invited to participate in a workshop on Monday hosted by TahoeChamber at 4 p.m. at the TahoeChamber Conference Room, 169 Highway 50 in Stateline. The workshop will focus on potentially missing or duplicated highway signs between Cave Rock and Stateline and up Kingsbury Grade.

The primary purpose of the Nevada Department of Transportation’s highway signs is to guide drivers. The chamber is interested in discussing signs for additional destinations such recreation in light of the large number of visitors including those who do not speak or read English.

The Lake Tahoe South Shore Chamber of Commerce, now the TahoeChamber, was previously awarded funding from the city of South Lake Tahoe and El Dorado County to pursue an integrated Wayfinding signage program for the South Shore. Because the majority of signs on the South Shore are located on U.S. highways, the parameters for creating such a program are determined by Cal Trans and NDOT. These entities regulate color, style, message and numbers of signs along highway corridors. The California portion of the program was completed in 2012.

The new regulations and the process undertaken on the California side will serve as a guide for the Nevada process, which kicks off at the workshop on Monday. This workshop is open and free to the public. For more information, visit http://www.tahoechamber.org. Questions may be directed to B Gorman at 775- 588-1728.

Raley’s to host Gold Medal Winner, Maddie Bowman

The public is invited to a free “meet and greet” with Gold Medal Olympian, Maddie Bowman, at 4-6 p.m. Sunday at its South Lake Tahoe store at Stateline. Those attending will have an intimate opportunity to meet Maddie, see her Gold Medal and get a free autograph and photograph.

Not only is Maddie an American sports hero, she is the daughter of a long-time Raley’s clerk who is well-known by the store’s employees and customers. This is a small-town America event to celebrate one of the local girls who made her community and our country proud.

Northstar hosts public event with Olympic champion David Wise

Celebrate with Olympic champion David Wise and family at Northstar California Resort on Saturday for a full day of skiing and festivities. The event is open to the public, both skiers and non-skiers.

In celebration of David’s gold medal in men’s halfpipe skiing, his dedication to family and being a huge supporter of the Boys & Girls Club, The Wise family and The Village at Northstar will host kids from the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Nevada and North Lake Tahoe chapters for lunch; followed by activities for adults and kids alike, both on and off the slopes.

Visit The Village at Northstar for fun Olympic/USA themed events from 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m., including skating, free face painting, balloon twisting, a group ski and photo with David at 2 p.m., live music all afternoon in The Village, and an autograph signing at 4 p.m. Attendees can capture the Olympic spirit by posing for photos with their own flameless torches, gold medals and cutout signs.

Senior Center to host St. Patrick potluck tonight

A St. Patrick’s Day potluck with entertainment is planned tonight at the South Lake Tahoe Senior Center, 3050 Lake Tahoe Blvd. The potluck begins at 5:30 p.m. with the program at 6:30 p.m.

Wearin’ o’ the green is optional.

The program includes Irish songs by Mary Stephens and Ethel Aubrey; Al Botello will play base, Ron Bahlman and Tony will play the guitar and sing. In addition, there will be a audience sing-a-long.

Those attending the potluck, are asked to bring their own plate, utensils and either a salad, fruit, a side dish or dessert for six to eight people. Corned beef and cabbage will be prepared. Contact Sandra Stephens at 530-542-2034.

Guests are welcome and everyone can win cash raffle prizes. For more information about the program, call Arline 530-545-1277.

Scholarship fun seeks applications

Applications are due April 25 for The Richard and Doris Sayles Family Scholarship Fund. The fund at Placer Community Foundation was established to provide financial assistance to former Newcastle Elementary School students who are pursuing further education in a vocational, college, or university setting. Each year, the fund will award one to two students a scholarship of $1,000 to high school graduates seeking to attend a vocational school, community college, or a four-year college or university. For complete application guidelines and an application form, visit placercf.org/grantmaking/apply-for-a-grant.

Richard Sayles and Doris McCann Sayles worked in public education and strongly believed access to higher education in all settings and levels provided a path to achieve any student’s goals. Donations made to the Richard and Doris Sayles Family Scholarship Fund at Placer Community Foundation are welcomed from any person or business wishing to assist in this educational endeavor.

Forest Service seeks comments on Tallac historic site project

The U.S. Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit is asking for input on the Environmental Assessment prepared for the Historic Facilities Best Management Practices Retrofit project. The proposed project would improve water quality and enhance sustainable recreation opportunities at the Tallac Historic Site on Lake Tahoe’s South Shore.

The Forest Service proposes to implement a variety of water quality BMPs at the site including infiltration basins, drip line trenches for structures, slope stabilization along the shoreline, and construction of a fence between the Kiva Point beach area and the Taylor Creek Marsh.

Project work could begin as early as May 2015 and, depending on funding, could take 10 years to complete.

Written or electronic comments will be accepted through April 6.

For more information on the project and how to comment, visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/goto/ltbmu/HistoricFacilitiesRetrofit or contact Ashley Sommer at 530-543-2615, or email asommer@fs.fed.us.

Valhalla Tahoe announces new festival director

The Tahoe Tallac Association, which produces the annual Valhalla Art, Music and Theatre Festival, has named Evangeline Elston as its new festival director.

Elston, who grew up in Silver City, Nev., on the Comstock, has had a wide-ranging career in music and events, including live music, radio and festivals. Besides booking and promoting independent artists on tours across the U.S., she has also owned her own café and music venue.

In addition, she served on the Board of Directors of the South Yuba River Citizens League for seven years and provided key leadership in the successful campaign to make the South Yuba River a Wild and Scenic River. She also played a key role in the development and launch of the Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival, now one of the country’s largest environmental film festivals.

For more information on the 2014 Valhalla Music, Art and Theatre Festival, visit ValhallaTahoe.com.


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