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November 7, 2013
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Tahoe City Downtown Association seeks members, participation

The Tahoe City Downtown Association (TCDA) was founded in 2004 as a nonprofit organization of local merchants, property owners, associations, professionals, and community members who share a mission to enhance and promote a vibrant downtown center for residents and visitors. The TCDA contributes to Tahoe City’s social, economic, and environmental vitality through special events, sustainable programs, partnerships, visitor outreach, and community support. The TCDA is led by its board of directors and committees, all staffed by volunteers. There are currently openings events, membership, marketing, design and concerts (at Commons Beach) committees. TDCA welcomes participation by anyone with energy and passion. Visit or call 530-583-3348.

Silicon Mountain to meet

The Silicon Mountain Group will welcome James R. Elste and Travis Schwieger of Cognitive Extension, Inc. to present “inqiri: Improving Decisions with Collective Intelligence and Collaborative Decision-Making.” There is more computing power and data than ever. James R. Elste, CEO and founder, and Travis Schwieger, chief data architect and co-founder will explore the power of collaborative decision-making and how collective intelligence can help individuals and organizations improve their decisions by leveraging the “Wisdom of the Crowd.” Learn how the inqiri solution, a new, patent-pending web application that combines collective intelligence and synthetic intelligence, can produce better options and help improve your decisions. Visit

The meeting will be on Monday, Nov. 11, 6-8 p.m. at Pizza on the Hill, in Tahoe Donner at 11509 Northwoods Blvd., Truckee. A $5 fee includes pizza, salad, and soft drinks. There will be time before and after the discussion for networking. Find Silicon Mountain on LinkedIn, Facebook and at Sign up for email announcements at

North Lake Tahoe receives 2013 Platinum Choice Award

Recipients of the 10th annual Platinum Choice Award given by Bay Area-based Smart Meetings Magazine were recently announced. North Lake Tahoe Visitors Bureaus was recognized for setting exemplary standards in a range of categories including ambience, amenities, and excellence in service. Out of thousands that qualify, only 180 are selected for this honor. The North Lake Tahoe Visitors Bureaus is a marketing cooperative between the Incline Village Crystal Bay Visitors Bureau and the North Lake Tahoe Convention and Visitors Bureau.

“We are pleased to be honored as one of the best in the hospitality industry by readers and editors of this prominent publication,” said Director of Sales Jason Neary, of the North Lake Tahoe Convention & Visitors Bureau. “We truly value the opportunity to work with our regional partners in introducing, and sometimes re-introducing, North Lake Tahoe to our target markets situated across the country.”

The meetings program at the North Lake Tahoe Visitors Bureaus is responsible for bringing group business to North Lake Tahoe, offering professional services to encourage large/small businesses and organizations to choose North Tahoe’s alpine setting. A 20+ year resident of the region, Neary has worked for the North Lake Tahoe Convention & Visitors Bureau for the last 17 years. Visit

Get involved for Follies’ sake

The 21st occasionally semi-annual Truckee Follies, a tasteless theatrical revue, is once again looking for writers, actors, singers, stagehands, props, wait staff, sponsors and advertisers. The Follies will be held at the same old location, with the same old cheap seats. They seek for new as well as the same old characters to help volunteer and have fun. All those interested contact Mitch Clarin (producer) at 530-308-9124 or or Aimee Schaller (co-director) at 530-448-6599 or

Nevada County tax collector to visit Truckee

Nevada County Treasurer and Tax Collector Tina M. Vernon will set up office in Truckee to serve Eastern County residents during peak property tax season. Property tax bills were mailed Oct. 4, and first installments are due no later than Dec. 10, 2013.

The seasonal office will be located at the Truckee Sheriff substation in District V Supervisor Anderson’s office, 10879 Donner Pass Road, Ste. A. Vernon will be available Dec. 2-6, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., and is encouraging residents to drop by and pay their property taxes, ask questions, or just say “hello.”

Payments can also be made by mail, postmarked no later than Dec. 10, and sent to P.O. Box 128, Nevada City, CA 95959-0128 or made in person at the Nevada County Tax Collector’s Office, 950 Maidu Ave. in Nevada City Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., holidays excepted. The office also offers payment by credit card or by virtual check. Details can be found at

Tahoe Backcountry Women kick off party

Nov. 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Alpenglow Sports, Tahoe City, slide show and season kick off party. This slide show is a look into women’s backcountry adventures from multiple perspectives and locales. Get ideas about where you’d like to adventure as women share their backcountry experiences to inspire and motivate you to get out into the backcountry this season. There will be food, drinks, and raffle prizes. Future events and organization updates will also be announced. Tahoe Backcountry Women’s mission is to gather together to ski, share stories, experiences, and education about backcountry skiing. All ages and abilities welcome. Contact with questions.

HO! HO! Holiday Wish Box needs you, today!

The Holiday Wish Box needs your support. This is a wonderful holiday party for area seniors, complete with luncheon, a visit from Santa, holiday performances by local children, and presents! The Truckee Donner Senior Apartment residents will make wishes of $25. To grant one of their wishes, please call organizer “Clarence-ASC” at 530-587-5152 or e-mail Matching began Oct. 15, and many more are needed, to be delivered to Clarence at the TD Senior Apartment complex by Dec. 5.

They will be distributed on Saturday, Dec. 14. The Holiday Wish box is not connected with the Meals on Wheels or any Sierra Senior Services programs. Many more elves are needed! Merchants are encouraged to help fill “goody bags” with product — email or 530-562-3018.

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