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There’s nothing like pizza and bowling to catch the attention of children – especially children with diabetes. The Barton Diabetes Education program is throwing a free pizza and bowling party from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. today at Tahoe Bowl.

The party is open to youths ages 4 to 20 with diabetes. Parents are invited to meet in the Tahoe Bowl lounge. For more information, call (530) 543-5548.

A fundraiser to benefit South Tahoe Middle School will be held Thursday at Applebee’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill, 3987 Lake Tahoe Blvd.



Applebee’s will donate 20 percent of sales from 4 to 8 p.m. to STMS when diners present a flier to the server upon ordering. Fliers are available at the STMS office.

For more information, call (530) 541-6404.



The Tahoe Choir will present a holiday musical potpourri in two concerts this December. A little classical, some popular music, spirituals and a double chorus are on tap for the evenings. The concerts are at 8 p.m. Dec. 7 and 8 at the Lake Tahoe Community College Duke Theater and at 3 p.m. Dec. 9 at St. Theresa Catholic Church.

Admission is $10 general, $8 seniors and students and free for children. Tickets may be purchased from choir members and at the college bookstore. Tickets also will be available at the door, and goodies will be sold at intermission at all three concerts.

Parking is free, and concert-goers are asked to get to the performances well ahead of time. Doors open a half-hour before the concerts.

The choir performs in conjunction with the LTCC chorus, and this December, the pops choir will join the Tahoe Choir in one number.

The Optimist Club of South Lake Tahoe 2007 Christmas tree lot, at the corner of Lake Tahoe Boulevard and Lakeview Avenue, will be in operation daily until Dec. 23 or until all trees are sold. Volunteers will staff the lot from noon to 8 p.m. weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The lot may close before 8 p.m. on days business is slow.

“It’s all for the kids, and it is really is a lot of fun,” said longtime Optimist member Ben Kunibe.

The Optimists have free popcorn and hot chocolate for children as families roam through rows searching for the “perfect” tree. The club members volunteer their time and energy to sell trees and keep the popcorn and hot chocolate coming. The net proceeds are given back to the community for youth organizations and programs.

Some of the “volunteers” are members of youth organizations that the Optimist Club has supported during the years. One such group is Tahoe Turning Point. These young men have been very supportive for the past several years and really put effort and muscle into helping “move the trees.”

The Optimist Club started selling Christmas trees at the Nevada Lumber Company in 1968, and in the early years, club members went out into the forest and cut many of the trees that were sold. There are lots of pictures of the “Optimist Lumberjacks” inside the trailer at the lot. Many of the Optimist members have moved on, but it’s fun to look at all the old photos and the many faces from the community who have been involved since the beginning.

For more information about the Optimist Club, pick up a brochure at the Optimist tree lot, or contact Terry Powers at (530) 544-5025.


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