Beginning line dance classes for all ages are being offered at the South Lake Tahoe Senior Center, 3050 Lake Tahoe Blvd. The class will be taught from 9 to 10 a.m. Classes are taught by Michelle Ott and students will learn the basic steps to enjoy this popular form of dancing.
The cost to attend is $3 per class. For more information call (530) 542-6094 or stop by the Senior Center.
Historical show at library
Friends of the Douglas County Public Library will sponsor a Chautauqua presentation on James P. Beckwourth by political scientist and historian J. Holmes Armstead at 7 p.m. Friday at C.C. Meneley Elementary School in Gardnerville. There is no admission charge.
James P. Beckwourth, African-American soldier, scout, mountain man and Indian chief, lived only 66 years, but accomplished enough for four lifetimes. Rather than follow his trade as a blacksmith, young Beckwourth struck out for the frontier in search of opportunity and adventure. He earned the respect of the Blackfoot and Crow tribes ad was eventually adopted by the Crow Nation, which made him a chief. Later, as a scout for Gen. John C. Fremont, Beckwourth discovered a new route through the Sierra Nevada range called Beckwourth Pass. This route was later followed by thousands of pioneers headed for California.
“James P. Beckwourth, Mountain Man and Explorer” is funded by the Nevada Humanities Committee, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information call the library at (775) 782-9841.
North Shore garden tour
The Lake of the Sky Garden Tour, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, will focus on the Tahoe City and North Shore area. The 2004 tour will showcase an interesting list of gardens, which includes five gardens and a small park.
“We have an exciting cross-section of gardens with features such as gorgeous koi pond, a rock garden, a mountain stream, a botanical garden and sweeping views of Lake Tahoe. Each garden will provide interest for both the garden lover and the horticulturist,” said Mary Hawley, chairperson.
New this year will be in introduction of a comprehensive program, which will include the garden descriptions, a gardening calendar and additional pages of resources and references that will be useful to the Lake Tahoe gardener. Each garden will be staffed with knowledgeable volunteers to answer questions not covered in the program.
Tickets are $20 each. Proceeds from the Garden Tour provide scholarships to students and grants for small community projects. Tickets may be purchased by phone by calling Barbara Menk at (530) 583-3330.
Creative writing workshop
Douglas County Senior Services will play host to a free, one-day mini-workshop on creative writing titled “Writing the Wave of Creativity.” This educational and fun workshop will be instructed by Danielle Campbell of Watch Now. Campbell’s memoir “Red Sauce” was recently published in “A Cup of Comfort Cookbook.” Participants will delve into a variety of writing techniques, tools and skills sets designed to expand and explore the writing process.
The workshop will take place Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon with check-in at 8:30 a.m. at the Douglas County Senior Center, 2300 Meadow Lane in Gardnerville. The workshop is offered free of charge and is open to anyone 13 years of age and older. Participants should bring plenty of paper, a fast writing pen and one thought-provoking family photo.
To make a class reservation and for more information call the senior center at (775) 783-6455 or Danielle Campbell at (775) 783-3432.
Grief support group meets
The Barton Hospice Grief Support Group meets from 10:30 a.m. to noon the first Thursday of every month at the South Lake Tahoe Senior Center, 3050 Lake Tahoe Blvd. The next meeting is Aug. 5.
The support group is facilitated by hospice chaplain, Denese Schellink. All people grieving the loss of someone close are welcome. For more information call the hospice office at (530) 543-5605.
– Provided to the Tribune