Tahoe Talk for week of April 24, 2009 | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Tahoe Talk for week of April 24, 2009

What’s not cool about having a really nice prom dress that won’t put a teen into bankruptcy before graduation?

Well, Susan Scharer thought the same thing and has coordinated a prom dress fundraiser on Sunday from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Kahle Community Center in Stateline.

The prom dress sale is open to the public, and the idea is to get teens from Carson City, Carson Valley and around the lake to come and buy their dresses at the sale.

Dresses range from size 0 to 10, have been only worn once and some not at all, and run in price from $10 to $55.

Money raised from the dress sale will go to fundraising efforts for Whittell High School’s Sober Grad Night and senior trip.

“We’ve got designer dresses, some even with tags on them that are super cheap, and would also be good for winter formals,” Scharer said. “There’s something for everyone.”

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At the South Lake Tahoe City Council meeting, Shay Boutillier, Bike to Work Week organizing committee member, invited all the council members to participate in a Bike to Work Week kickoff day.

When Horizon Casino Resort spokesman Tom Davis spoke on an agenda item, he told Mayor Jerry Birdwell that if Birdwell picked a restaurant, he’d meet him there on his bike that week.

It’s spring time at Lake Tahoe and that means a couple of things: It’s shoulder season, when the skiers and boarders who flood the region for winter activities aren’t coming up in droves. Secondly, it is yard-sale season, a time when people clean out their closets and garages in hopes of fetching a few bucks from those unwanted and unused things.

Some of Lake Tahoe Community College staff will be putting on their own yard sale on Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the campus commons. Join them and find a few bargains.

South Tahoe Middle School student Goody Walowit recently participated in the regional competition of the National Geography Bee in Sacramento. Here is a report from Goody, 11, about his accomplishments:

“The Geobee (short for geography bee) is an educational challenge for kids with interests in geography. The first state of the Geobee is the school competition. At South Tahoe Middle School approximately 30 kids participated. The bee took nearly the whole school day, and I made it to the tiebreaker. After answering the most questions correctly, I became the school champion.

The second stage is the state qualification. The test is designed to narrow the 2,000 school champions down to 1,000 competitors for the state bee. Nearly two months later I was informed that I had made it to the state competition in Sacramento! The bee was on April 3. In the preliminary rounds, anyone who answered one of the eight questions incorrectly was eliminated.

After only answering five out of the eight correctly, I made it no farther into the competition. My last question went something like this: “In fall 2008, Tommy Remgesau was elected president of this island country located north of the Solomon Islands and east of the Philippines. Name the country.” I said Tonga, and the correct answer was Palau.

The final question of the Geobee was: “Name the largest city in Siberia that is located on the Trans-Siberian railway.” (Novosibirsk was the winning answer.) The top three winners were awarded atlases. Next year I will be much more prepared and I hope to make it to the finals.”

A quilt made of 57 different Whittell Warriors jerseys will be one of the alluring items up for grabs at “The Auction You Can’t Refuse.” The benefit for Whittell High and Zephyr Cove Elementary schools will be at 5:30 p.m. May 2 in the MontBleu Theater. Proceeds go to sports, arts, field trips computer technology and enrichment programs.

The event has three major sponsors. Dan Jacuzzi, the owner of Coldwell Banker Select donated a trip to Hawaii, $1,000 and printing for the sales campaign. Austin, Texas, resident Owen Summers, who learned about the auction online, donated $500.

The auction has a motif of the movie “The Godfather,” which was filmed in 1972 at Lake Tahoe.

A Sicilian dinner includes entrees from Don’s, Godfathers and Capos restaurants.

Jason Welch and Gantt Miller, of South Lake Tahoe’s Yonker Construction, recently wrapped up work on a climbing wall at Rite of Passage in Minden.

The pair volunteered their time to erect the wall at the program, which offers a variety of services for at-risk youth.

They, along with climbing expert Alex Steele, also gave the students at Rite of Passage climbing lessons to build self-esteem, group trust and problem solving techniques.

“It’s a really cool thing to do; being able to rely on the other person and trust someone else,” said Coach Jose Velasco. “That is one of the biggest things we work on here at Rite of Passage.”

Rite of Passage student Andy E. described climbing on the wall as “Pretty cool when you’re getting high up there, you get a feeling like exhilaration.”

Student Anthony M. said “It’s cool because it’s a new experience and I haven’t seen something like this before.”

The Tahoe Art League has been offering open studios and workshops this spring to members of the league and the community. Open studios are on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to noon and are geared toward silk painters, but all media is welcome. Cost is $5.00 per class. Workshop prices and dates vary depending on the artist. May workshops include Oil Crackle and Gourd Bowls. See the Tribune’s “What’s Happening” calendar for dates, visit TALart.org or call Dee Miller Meyer at (775) 588-5416.