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Tahoe Talk for March 21-24, 2009

Tahoe Daily Tribune staff

The Tahoe Thunderbirds, a Destination ImagiNation team consisting of Tahoe Valley Elementary School and South Tahoe Middle School students, are heading to the state tournament on April 3 in San Jose.

The Tahoe Thunderbirds, a Destination ImagiNation team consisting of Tahoe Valley Elementary School and South Tahoe Middle School students, are heading to the state tournament on April 3 in San Jose.

The team took second out of 13 teams at the beginning of March.

Destination ImagiNation is a competition with different challenges teams can choose from and solve. The Thunderbirds chose the ViDIo lit hits challenge, which was to create a live music ViDIo that dramatically retold a piece of literature. They needed to create lyrics to portray a character in a story, and then have a grand entrance or and exit.

The Thunderbirds retold the story of Little Red Riding hood, and their grand entrance was the wood cutter breaking down the door, while confetti cannon went off.

Team members include Samantha Buscher, Alexis Maya, Kellen Gronwold, Scott Carlson, Meg Carlson and Kamren Gronwold.

Two other sixth grade teams competed in Destination ImagiNation, and chose a different challenge, which was titled Operation Cooperation. Teams had to create two machines that cooperate to help each other. The machines had to travel and complete tasks and could not use any AC power. Teams also had to tell a story about cooperation that was set in another country.

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Team Canaday took second place, and will be headed to the state competition. Team members include Luke Weinberg, Aiden D’Andgelo, Ross Kovac and Colton McHugh.

The Nikers took third place, Julian Rodriguez, Miguel Valdivia, Miguel Pantoja, Raul Cabrerra, Misael Marquez and Daniel Pinto.

Only the top two teams go to state in each challenge, but all participating students performed well at the regional competition.

South Lake Tahoe resident Snapple, a Jack Russell-Australian shepherd mix, is featured on the cover of Your Dog, March 2009 edition, because he survived lung cancer.

Don Dutil is Snapple’s owner. Snapple was diagnosed with cancer on Christmas Eve 2005, and he began chemotherapy in January 2007 because he was too old for surgery. Within months the cancer went into remission.

Tahoe Gymnastics and the Tahoe Gymnastics Girls Competitive Team will host a “Spring Up” exhibition from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on March 22, at Tahoe Gymnastics, 867 Eloise in South Lake Tahoe. There will be special performances by the girls gymnastics team, boys and girls recreational classes, and trampoline classes. Donations accepted. All proceeds will benefit the family of Bob Tara, a Heavenly Mountain ski patroller who died last month. Admission is free. Call (530) 544-7314.

An April Fool’s Day mixer is set for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, at the Rockwater Bar and Grill, 787 Emerald Bay Road in South Lake Tahoe.

DJ Dona Baxter will provide music. There will be door prizes and a raffle, featuring a Keith Price bear photo at the salmon festival, and passes to Heavenly Mountain Resort. The South Tahoe Chamber of Commerce and the Rockwater Bar and Grill are the sponsors.

Call JoAnn at (530) 544-7412.

The 22nd annual Booster Golf Tournament will take place Saturday and Sunday, May 2-3 at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course. Cost for either day is $125 per person, including a scramble tournament, lunch, hole-in-one prizes (including a new car), awards and a post-tournament party! All proceeds benefit both South Tahoe and Whittell High Schools. Call Paul Andrew, (775) 586-8204.

The Douglas County Public Library branches in Minden and Zephyr Cove will close at noon Friday, April 3, for an annual volunteer reception. The Zephyr Cove library will reopen at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 4, and the Minden library will reopen at 10. For more information, call the library at (775) 782-9841 or visit douglas.lib.nv.us.

Mark Davis and Ed Winslow are two of the sharp-dressed men at the 2009 BP World Ice Art Championships in Fairbanks, Alaska. The SouthLake Tahoe men took second place in the “realistic” category with their ice sculpture “Swimming Lessons.” Dorjsuren Lkhagvadorj and Tsagaan Munkh-erdene of Mongolia also helped.

Two Lake Tahoe ice carvers, Mark Davis and Ed Winslow, took second place in the category of realism with their sculpture,”Swimming Lesson.”

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