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INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Content for the weekly community briefs section is selected from e-mail submissions to Please include the 5w’s: who, what, when, where and why, website and contact information.

Library Patrons, Partner for a Periodical

Have a favorite hobby? Love to read about exotic destinations? The Washoe County Library offers an annual opportunity for the public to make sure popular and favorite periodicals are available. Patrons can partner with the library by “adopting” a periodical — paying for a one-year subscription. The “Adopt a Periodical” drive start runs through Aug. 11, 2013. Visit your neighborhood library and ask to see a list of magazine titles. Make your selection, fill out a gift form and write a check. The “sponsored” magazines will begin arriving at the library by January 2014. Donations are tax-deductible. Magazine subscriptions cost as little as $15 per year and cover a wide range of subjects – everything from Brides, Cat Fancy, Field & Stream and Ladies Home Journal to National Geographic, Nickelodeon, Skiing and Seventeen. Donors wishing to contribute larger amounts may choose to underwrite a business publication such as Value Line or Barron’s National Business and Financial Weekly. Specific needs vary by branch.

For further information please ask at your local library, call 775-327-8338 or email

ARAMARK Awarded Spooner Summit Contract

ARAMARK Parks and Destinations announced it has been awarded the contract with Nevada State Parks to operate recreational services at Spooner Summit in Lake Tahoe. The awarding of this contract expands ARAMARK’s presence in Lake Tahoe, which currently includes Zephyr Cove Resort and Lake Tahoe Cruises. As of June 1, ARAMARK began managing Spooner Summit bike rentals, cabin rentals, a food and beverage station and a small amenities outlet.

Under the Spooner Summit agreement, ARAMARK Parks and Destinations will offer Kona mountain bikes for rent to guests with different levels of expertise, two hike-in backcountry cabins, a grab and go food station for snacks and refreshments as well as a small apparel and retail outlet. Spooner Summit bike rentals are 5 miles from ARAMARK-managed operations at Zephyr Cove Resort and Lake Tahoe Cruises.

ARAMARK Parks and Destinations operates Lake Tahoe Cruises – M.S. Dixie II and Tahoe Queen — and Zephyr Cove Resort.

Visit or call 800-238-2463.

UC Davis Tahoe City Field Station Open House

Join UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center (TERC) for an Open House at the Tahoe City Field Station (Historic Hatchery) at 2400 Lake Forest Road, Tahoe City, June 15, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tour the building, talk to TERC scientists, and learn about Lake Tahoe. Garden clubs and Red Truck of Truckee will be on site.

The UC Davis Tahoe City Field Station has evolved from its origins as a state fish hatchery to its current function as a field station for UC Davis researchers at Lake Tahoe. The Field Station houses the Eriksson Education Center, native plant demonstration garden, a small laboratory facility, and the equipment necessary for researchers to boat on, dive in, and scientifically examine Lake Tahoe.

Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, explore the Eriksson Education Center with self-guided tours, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. Volunteer docents are available on Saturdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for guided tours and hands-on science activities. The Eriksson Education Center also hosts the Green Thumb Gardening Series Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. beginning June 25. If you are interested in gardening, volunteer to help develop the native demonstration garden on June 14, July 8, Aug. 16, or Sept. 9.

For more info call 775-881-7560, ext. 7402,, or visit

Incline Village Library News

Display cases: Tahoe Rim Trail. Online Resource of the Month is Rocket Languages: Language learning online with your library card. Rocket Languages is an award-wining, interactive, and comprehensive language learning system. Interactive online and downloadable lessons, games, and more. Complete language learning programs for 10 languages as well as ESL. Through Aug. 31, 2013 Summer Reading Program. “Dig Into Reading” for younger children, “Beneath the Surface” for teens, and “Groundbreaking Reads” for adults. Sign up at any public library. Readers keep track of their reading and earn rewards. There will also be lively, entertaining and educational programs for kids and families. All programs are free of charge. June 15, 22 and 29, noon-1 p.m. E-book Cafe. Bring your mobile devices (smart phone, e-reader or tablet) and receive hands-on assistance to download audio and e-books from the Library website. June 19, and 26, 4-4:45 p.m. Story Time. Children of all ages are welcome at story time for stories, songs, games, and crafts. June 21, 2-4 p.m. Lifescapes. Writing program where seniors are given an opportunity to write and share their memories. New members welcome. Lifescapes is a project sponsored by the Washoe County Library System (WCLS), Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), and the Dept. of English, UNR. June 20, 4-5 p.m. The Great Sparacino: Magic by Bill. Be captivated by Bill “The Great Sparacino,” blending sleight of hand, comedy and music he will amaze and astound you. Catch him at the library this summer … before he disappears. June 27, 1-2 p.m. Young scientists practice chemistry and physics. Target audience: Ages 8-12, limited to 28 participants. Performer Susan Marie Frontszak will lead students through simple experiments in which they observe, make predictions, and experiment with chemical reactions. Hands-on workshop. June 30, 4-5 p.m. Sustainable Tahoe: The 8 Worlds of Tahoe. Join Jacquie Chandler, executive director of Sustainable Tahoe, for an overview of the Tahoe Expo. The annual event is “part of a geotourism development program designed to enrich the visitor experience while creating sustainable holistic prosperity for the region.” The 2013 Tahoe Expo will take place on Sept. 7 and 8. For more information visit Incline Village Library, 845 Alder Ave., Incline Village, 775-832-4130.

Father’s Day Concert at Thunderbird Lake Tahoe

Thunderbird Lake Tahoe presents a musical extravaganza for the whole family on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 16. In the spirit of Nevada’s western heritage, cowgirl singer-songwriter, guitar player and yodeler Kristyn Harris will perform at historic Thunderbird Lodge in Incline Village. Dig out your western attire and enjoy a lively performance set amid the tall pines at this 1930s-era estate on Lake Tahoe’s northeastern shore.

In 2012, 18-year-old Kristyn Harris was a top five finalist for Academy of Western Artists Female Performer of the Year. Her heart lies in western and western swing music and the ranching culture of which it speaks.

The 90-minute concert will begin at 11:30 a.m. Shuttles depart from the Lake Tahoe School in Incline Village at 10:45 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Light refreshments will be served after the concert. Ticket prices are $25 per adult and $15 for children 12 and under. For information or to purchase tickets, visit or call 775-832-8750 and press #03. Thunderbird Lodge Preservation Society is a nonprofit 501c(3) organization. Tickets may be tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. Funds generated from your ticket purchase support restoration and preservation of this National Historic District.

Parasol to Present The Economy 2013

Learn important trends, insights and explore relevant economic issues from a panel of successful and experienced entrepreneurs in the financial world at Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation’s free forum Tuesday, June 18, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Non-Profit Center, 958 Incline Way, Incline Village. Panelists include David Hardie, President of Hallador Investment Advisors Inc. and Chairman/Founder of Hallador Energy Company, HNRG(NSD); Robert Holman, Director of iStar Financial, a New York Stock Exchange company; Dean Meiling, former managing director of PIMCO, a renowned fixed income portfolio management powerhouse; Sean Touhey, Vice President at Canterbury Consulting an independent advisory firm advising on more than $12 billion in assets to institutions and families. RSVP to or call Jean Eick at 775-298-0184 as space is limited.

Parasol Open House

Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation invites the community to celebrate 17 years of community on Thursday, June 20, 4:30-7 p.m. at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Non-Profit Center. Hors d’oeuvres, ice cream by Susie Scoops and refreshments will be served during the Open House. They will honor Community Fund Grant recipients, our Philanthropist of the Year and Agency of the Year. Award presentations and raffle will begin at 6:00 p.m. For more information contact Jean Eick, Communications Manager at or call 775-298-0184.

UC Davis Tahoe Docent Training

Do you enjoy science, learning new information, and sharing your knowledge? Would you like to become a local expert on research taking place at Lake Tahoe? Attend the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center’s 2013 Docent Training. Community volunteers are needed to give tours at education centers in Incline Village and Tahoe City. Free training prepares volunteer docents for the Education Team. Snacks will be provided at each session. Copy of the UC Davis Docent Training Manual provided. No prior experience is necessary. The third training on July 9, starts with a boat ride aboard the UC Davis Research Vessel John LeConte, finishing at the UC Davis Tahoe City Field Station. Space aboard the boat is limited and will be available on a first-come basis. Attendance at all three training sessions is strongly recommended. RSVP for the training at 775-881-7566 or e-mail

North Lake Tahoe Fourth of July Celebration

Catch any of three lakeside fireworks displays at Kings Beach (July 3), Incline Village (July 4), or Tahoe City (July 4) by night. For a full list of events, go

Fireworks and Party in Kings Beach, July 3. Kick the afternoon off with a beach party starting at 2 p.m. at the North Tahoe Event Center deck that includes a DJ, live music, food, beer garden and vendors. Then, at approximately 9:30 p.m. the skies light up with a dazzling fireworks display over Lake Tahoe. The fireworks are free to the public.

Red White and Tahoe Blue. Incline Village’s Independence Day festival since 2007, Red, White and Tahoe Blue has 28 events in Incline Village and Crystal Bay, including a parade and concerts and one of the nation’s best fireworks displays July 4 at Incline Beach!

Fireworks at Tahoe City, July 4. Fireworks begin at dusk on Commons Beach in downtown Tahoe City, but can be viewed from various locations around the Northwest shore. Arrive early to picnic.

Fourth of July Boat Parade, West Shore, July 4. Join the parade of Tahoe Maritime Museum members’ boats, led by boats from the museum’s collection, leaving Commons Beach at noon on a cruise down the West Shore to Obexer’s Marina, Homewood.

Guitar Is A Many Flavored Thing

The Seventh International Sierra Nevada Guitar Festival and Competition gears up to bring a five-day full immersion in the art of the guitar at Lake Tahoe, July 10-14. Festival attendees will have the opportunity to listen to an array of guitar music styles ranging from classical to contemporary, Gypsy jazz and Cuban, performed and taught by local and international virtuosos, including Exaudi Duo, Mobius Trio, Gonzalo Bergara Quartet, Yuri Liberzon and Matthew Fish. They’ll also be able to take part to workshops and lectures, check out the latest in luthier’s handcrafted instruments. All events take place at St.Patrick’s Episcopal, Incline Village.

“According to a Washoe legend, the waters of Lake Tahoe were home to the ‘Water Babies,’ powerful supernatural beings you’d ingratiate by bringing offerings of different kinds,” said Larry Aynesmith, festival co-host. “I feel like this Guitar Festival, with its great variety of music, its talent, the people and the enthusiasm about this timeless instrument is our offering to the beauty of Lake Tahoe.”

The Sierra Nevada Guitar Festival At Lake Tahoe is the premier organization presenting Classical Guitar Concerts, Festivals and Educational Events in Northern Nevada, Lake Tahoe and Walnut Creek. For more information visit

Lake Tahoe Music Festival in the Works

Thanks to all the kind words and support from friends and patrons, the Lake Tahoe Music Festival Board of Directors has a renewed energy and a new plan. Presenting four concerts this summer, the Festival returns to its grass roots and will revitalize and reinvent tradition at Lake Tahoe. On July 9, 10, 12 and 13, music lovers will enjoy outdoor classical music in spectacular settings around the Lake and in Truckee.

Returning Music Director Timm Rolek, has put together the Orchestra Academy consisting of a recognized soloist who will mentor 14 young professionals as they present four evenings of “Serenades at Sunset.” To enjoy this “revival” lineup of performances purchase tickets at or cash will be accepted at the gate. Call the West Shore Café at 530-525-5200, and they will prepare your picnic basket or save you a spot for an unforgettable dinner prior to the concert on July 12. The price of the ticket for the July 9 concert at a private residence includes barbecue picnic and champagne. Donations to support and continue the Lake Tahoe Music Festival are greatly appreciated and may be mailed to Lake Tahoe Music Festival, PO Box 7, Truckee, CA 96160, or on the website. Interested volunteers should call 530-388-8272. Take chairs and blankets for picnics prior to the concert. Gates open 5 p.m. and concerts begin at 6:30 p.m.

D.G. Menchetti Young Shakespeare

Bring a little culture and lots of memorable moments into your family’s life with a family-riendly, one-hour performance adaptation of William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” presented as part of the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival’s D.G. Menchetti Young Shakespeare Program. The 2013 D.G. Menchetti Young Shakespeare production, an adaptation of the Festival’s mainstage offering, is designed with the young audience member in mind and runs July 29-Aug. 8 at Sand Harbor State Park in Incline Village and a variety of other outdoor venues throughout the Reno and Lake Tahoe region.

Now in its 12th year, the D.G. Menchetti Young Shakespeare Program has entertained more than 50,000 children and their families over its history. Each year, the program affords aspiring young actors the opportunity to work with theater artists in a professional environment and perform at multiple venues. Over a four-week period, with eight-hour days, the students receive hands-on experience in acting, movement, voice and stage craft. In addition to the student performers, the cast also includes professional actors, designers and stage managers.

To reserve free Young Shakespeare tickets call 800-74-SHOWS. Visit Groups of 10 or more call 775-832-1616.

Lake Tahoe SummerFest to Celebrate Orchestral Music

New and returning visitors to Lake Tahoe can once again enjoy compelling musical performances among the majestic pines at the Lake Tahoe SummerFest 2013, Aug. 2-18 on the campus of Sierra Nevada College in Incline Village.

The Lake Tahoe SummerFest Orchestra is comprised of 40 virtuoso musicians individually invited from the great orchestras of North America and beyond – the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the symphonies of San Francisco, Seattle, Vancouver, and the Leipzig Gewandhaus, among others. This summer, Maestro Joel Revzen will be joined by six renowned soloists including: Frederica von Stade, mezzo soprano; Jennifer Koh, violinist; Benjamin Hochman, pianist; Meredith Clark, harpist; Demarre McGill, flutist; Chris Brubeck, composer and trombonist. “We are so pleased to continue the magic created by last year’s inaugural SummerFest concert series,” said Madylon Meiling, Lake Tahoe SummerFest founder and chair. “In the same intimate concert environment, we’re adding ‘TalkBack,’ an opportunity for post-concert discussions with Maestro Revzen and the musicians.”

From Beethoven to Brubeck, classical music will once again be celebrated. A 500-seat acoustically designed concert tent will offer pure sound without amplification, and tiered seating for unencumbered sightlines. The concert evening will be enhanced by featured local food and select wines.

SummerFest Concerts will be held the weekends of Aug. 2-4, Aug. 9-11 and Aug. 16-18. Orchestra programs are Friday evenings at 7 p.m., and family concerts are Sunday afternoons at 4 p.m., with musical selections for adults and children to enjoy together. On Saturday evenings at 7 p.m., chamber music concerts highlight the virtuosity of individual orchestra members performing in an intimate setting.

Individual ticket prices are $75, $50 and $25. A VIP Subscription for all nine concerts with premium seating includes a reception with Maestro Revzen and members of the orchestra and keepsake mementos. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit, or call 775-832-1606. Find them on Facebook at

Tickets Available 2013 Lake Tahoe Concours d’ Elegance

Tickets are now available online for the 2013 Lake Tahoe Concours d’ Elegance Wooden Boat Show and all social events in honor of Wooden Boat Week. The Lake Tahoe Concours d’ Elegance will celebrate its 41st anniversary Aug. 9-10 at the Sierra Boat Company in Carnelian Bay, Calif., with the Alan Furth Collection as this year’s Marque Class.

Discounted rates are available when purchased in advance online. Wooden Boat Week social events such as the Opening Night Gala, have limited seating and tend to sell out early. The Foundation suggests purchasing tickets for all such social events in advance to guarantee availability. Visit

Woodie Over the Bottom, Aug. 12, 9 am. This year the Tahoe Yacht Club to present fun time and distance rally and lunch is open to all wooden boat owners. Event at Sugar Pine Point Sate Park Pier. Ticket includes race, two lunch tickets and two drink tickets. No Host Bar and live Music!

Mahogany Magic, Aug. 13, 6:30 p.m. One last get-together of Wooden Boat Week, lakeside under the stars, starting with the famous “table setting”competition! Bring an appetizer, salad or desert to share and bring a blanket or camp chairs for the slide show at dusk. Free beer and wine. Contact Tahoe Yacht Club for more information at 530-581-4700.

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