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Help Save The Whittell Waterfalls
Win a dinner cruise aboard the Thunderbird Yacht and save a piece of Lake Tahoe history. Having raised $260,000 to date, the nonprofit Thunderbird Lodge Preservation Society needs $40,000 to begin restoration of the Whittell Waterfalls at Lake Tahoe’s Castle-in-the-Sky: the Thunderbird Lodge. The Preservation Society will raffle an exclusive evening.
Two lucky winners may each send a party of six for a “Secrets of the Castle Tour,” followed by an east shore cocktail cruise on the 55’ mahogany speedboat, Thunderbird, and a three-course dinner on the terrace with wine pairings.
Tickets must be purchased by June 30. The two winning tickets will be drawn on July 1, 2013. A minimum of 100 tickets must be sold for the drawing to take place. No more than 400 entries will be permitted. Wealthy and eccentric Captain George Whittell, Jr. built his summer estate on Lake Tahoe’s east shore in the 1930s. The Thunderbird Lodge Preservation Society is restoring the waterfalls to their former glory.
Visit www.ThunderbirdTahoe.org or call 775-832-8752 to make your donation and purchase raffle tickets.
Learn Microsoft 2010
eLearning Café is offering a six-week course for Microsoft Word 2010, with an overview of Office 2010. Instructor Susan Schnetz will teach the course with a limit of five students. If you have a PC laptop with Office 2010 bring it to class; otherwise one will be provided. Classes will be held at the eLearning Café, 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5, 12, 19, 26 and July 3 (no class on July 10) and last class will be Wednesday, July 17. The cost is $80, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Online School Now Enrolling
Nevada Virtual Academy (NVVA) is accepting applications from students statewide for the 2013-2014 school year. NVVA is a full-time, online public charter school where students get individualized instruction both online and offline with Nevada-credentialed teachers and a mastery-based curriculum.
NVVA is available tuition-free to Nevada’s kindergarten through 12th-grade students statewide. Students work with an Individualized Learning Plan and the schools offer core subjects, electives and advanced learner programs, as well as frequent opportunities for socialization including clubs, community-based projects, and field trips.
Nevada families are invited to learn more by signing up for in-person and online information sessions being held across the state throughout spring and summer. Visit www.K12.com/NVVA or contact an enrollment consultant at 855-677-2444.
Parasol Americorps Program Now Hiring
The Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation hosts a highly collaborative, full-year program with AmeriCorps members serving in the areas of education, health, social services, and the environment. The 2013-2014 AmeriCorps program year begins on Sept. 3, 2013, with 16 available positions. The purpose of the program is to engage AmeriCorps volunteers in direct service and capacity building to address community needs. Parasol AmeriCorps members earn a living stipend of $13,250. Upon completion of service, receive an education award of $5,550 to be used toward qualifying student loans or to return to school. The program is located in Incline Village on the north shore of Lake Tahoe near the California border.
To learn about available positions with the Parasol AmeriCorps Program go to www.parasol.org and click on Parasol AmeriCorps. Applications can be filled out online.
Incline Village Library News
Display cases: Tahoe Rim Trail. Online Resource of the Month is Tumblebooks, a collection of animated, talking picture books. They are available 24/7 via the Internet. Both entertaining and educational (English, Spanish, and French!), for tablets and smartphones. The 2013 Summer Reading Program features “Dig Into Reading” for children, “Beneath the Surface” for teens, and “Groundbreaking Reads” for adults. Sign up at any public library. Keep track of reading and earn rewards. Lively, entertaining and educational free programs also.
May 15, 22 and 29, 4-4:45 p.m. Story Time. Children of all ages are welcome for stories, songs, games, and crafts. May 17, 2-4 p.m. Lifescapes. Writing program, seniors write and share their memories. New members are always welcome. Lifescapes is a project sponsored by the Washoe County Library System (WCLS), Osher Life long Learning Institute (OLLI), and the Dept. of English, UNR. May 18 and 25, noon-1 p.m. E-book Cafe. Bring your mobile devices and receive hands-on assistance to download audio and e-books. May 30, 4-5:30 p.m. Presentation: a West African student’s perspective on U.S. higher education. James Nti Omane, a third year University of Ghana student.
For more information visit www.washoecountylibrary.us. Incline Village Library, 845 Alder Ave., Incline Village, 775-832-4130.
Trail Talk at the Incline Village Library:
Youth Backcountry Trips
Do you have a teen between the ages of 12 and 17 who enjoys the outdoors, backpacking and summiting peaks? Are you looking for a fun camp to send your teen to this summer that is in Lake Tahoe? Each summer the Tahoe Rim Trail Association (TRTA) partners with Tahoe Institute for Natural Science and The American Red Cross to offer Youth Backcountry Camps. Join the TRTA on Tuesday, May 21, at the Incline Village Library to learn more. No previous experience in the backcountry is necessary to participate. Incline Village Library, 845 Alder Ave., www.washoecountylibrary.us.
Nevada Bighorns Unlimited
Legacy Scholarship Program Accepting Applications
Nevada Bighorns Unlimited (NBU) Legacy Scholarship Program is accepting scholarship applications now through May 31. Funding comes from countless sportsmen volunteer hours and dollars. The NBU Legacy Scholarship awards are based on commitment to conservation of wildlife or natural resources, scholastic proficiency, character, and service. Student applicants must clearly demonstrate the ability and desire to contribute to Nevada’s wildlife and further NBU’s objective to leave a legacy of wildlife conservation for future generations. The scholarship awards range from $250-$3,000.
To be eligible for the NBU Legacy Scholarship Program students must be a current Nevada resident, an undergraduate with junior or senior status based on credits completed, and must be currently enrolled in an institution of higher education. For more information call 775-224-6063.
Rotary Club Meets
The Rotary Club of Incline Village meets Mondays at noon at the DW Reynolds Non Profit Center, 948 Incline Way, Incline Village. For information call Judy Spees at 775-832-7006.
Join the Knitters Guild
The Knitters Guild meets 1-3 p.m. every Wednesday in the library of St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church. Members knit and crochet warm clothing and blankets for needy families in the North Lake Tahoe area. Anyone with basic knitting or crocheting skills is welcome to attend and plenty of supplies are available. For information call Peggy Harrison at 775-831-9402.
Veteran of the Month Program
Governor Brian Sandoval announced the Veteran of the Month award to recognize Nevada veterans who contribute their time and energy to support the veteran and military communities. Governor Sandoval and Director Cage will sign each certificate and the award will be presented to the recipient each month at a presentation ceremony.
The guidelines and a nomination application can be downloaded from the NOVS website at www.veterans.nv.gov and can be sent to the NOVS office in Reno. Everyone is encouraged to send nominations for consideration.
NOVS is responsible for the administration of two State Veterans Memorial Cemeteries, a State Veterans Home and a State-wide Veterans Service Officer program. NOVS is instrumental in connecting Nevada’s veterans and their families with benefits and assistance from both the State and Federal government. For more information, call 866-630-VETS or visit www.veterans.nv.gov.