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North Lake Tahoe community announcements

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.

AYSO Coaches and Volunteers Needed

Volunteer coaches and refs needed for AYSO soccer, Incline training will be provided. Mid-august to end of October commitment. No experience necessary. Players range in age from 4-14. All levels needed. Contact Sam Loudon at or for more information. Please respond by July 9.

Got a Paddle? Get on Lake Tahoe’s Water Trail

The Lake Tahoe Water Trail is a network of access points, resting places, attractions and amenities for users of human powered watercraft. The Lake Tahoe Water Trail Association, led by a dedicated team of volunteers, helps protect access to public waters, educate paddlers about stewardship, safety, and etiquette issues. On Sunday, July 14, 11 a.m.-noon, at the North Lake Tahoe Visitor Center, 100 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City join a free event with speaker Niobe Burden. Burden is a Lake Tahoe Water Trail supporter, avid Lake Tahoe paddler and professional photographer. Enjoy an hour of pictures and information for paddlers on Lake Tahoe’s Water Trail. Sponsored by Lake Tahoe Water Trail Association. Coffee from Tahoe City’s The Dam Café. Contact NLT Visitor Center Manage Kym Fabel at 530-581-6900 or Visit

Lake Tahoe SummerFest Offering Locals’ Discount

Lake Tahoe SummerFest will hold its 2nd annual Orchestra Concert Series Aug. 2-18 at Sierra Nevada College, Incline Village. The Lake Tahoe SummerFest Orchestra is comprised of 40 virtuoso musicians 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. Lake Tahoe residents receive 25 percent off ticket purchases through July 15. Visit and use the coupon code, LOCAL.

“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.”

Orchestral concerts are held Fridays at 7 p.m., intimate chamber music concerts held on Saturdays at 7 p.m., and concert performances for families on Sundays at 4 p.m. Find them on Facebook at

Beth Weber Arts & Crafts Fair

July 19-21, July 26-28, Aug. 16-18, Aug. 30-Sept. 2. The fairs are 50 yards from Lake Tahoe and have been running for more than 30 years. They feature the local artisans as well as artisans from all over the country. Call 530-546-2768 for information. Kings Beach State Recreation Area Plaza, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Kings Beach,

Toccata’s Summer MusicFest

TOCCATA’s 8th Season Summer MusicFest continues with the celebration of TOCCATA’s 8th Anniversary, July 7-14 featuring Mozart’s Coronation Mass, Saint-Saens Piano Concerto #2 and Beethoven’s 8th Symphony. For more information or preferred seating, email, call 775-313-9697 or visit

Incline Village Library News

Display cases: Geotourism. This development program is designed to enrich the visitor experience while creating sustainable holistic prosperity for the region. 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 with 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. All programs are free of charge. July 5 and 19, 2-p.m. Lifescapes. Writing program where seniors write and share memories. New members are always welcome. Lifescapes is sponsored by the Washoe County Library System (WCLS), Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), and the Dept. of English, UNR. July 6, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Red, White and Tahoe Blue Parade. Join the Incline Village Library and the Tahoe Library Coalition in the parade. Families are invited to walk or ride (with helmet). Parents or guardians must accompany children. This is not associated with the Kids Parade. July 17, 4-4:45 p.m. Story Time with Ranger Keesee, an expert in outdoor safety and survival from Galena Creek Park. Children of all ages are welcome to attend Ranger John Keesee’s Trail Safety fun. July 18, 4-4:45 p.m. Capt’n Jack Spareribs. Capt’n Jack Spareribs, the original pirate for hire. You’ll see magic from Madrid; juggling from Jamaica; illusions from India; and ventriloquism from Venezuela. On top of that there will be a special guest star – Maynard the talking monkey! July 31, 4-4:45 p.m. Scrubby Bear Story Time. This program, developed by American Red Cross, teaches children about germs, how to prevent the spread of disease and to properly wash their hands. Sustainable Tahoe: The 8 Worlds of Tahoe. Join Jacquie Chandler, executive director of Sustainable Tahoe, for an overview of the Tahoe Expo. The 2013 Tahoe Expo will take place on Sept. 7 and 8. Visit Incline Village Library, 845 Alder Ave., Incline Village, 775-832-4130.

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. 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. 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. At 9:30 p.m. the skies will light up with a dazzling fireworks display. 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. See insert.

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.

Guitar Is A Many Flavored Thing

The Seventh International Sierra Nevada Guitar Festival and Competition is gearing 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.

The Sierra Nevada Guitar Festival At Lake Tahoe presents 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 renewed energy and a new plan. Presenting four concerts this summer, the Festival will return to its grass roots and 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 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.” 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 July 12 concert. 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 Interested volunteers should call 530-388-8272. Take chairs and blankets for picnics. Gates open 5 p.m. and concerts begin at 6:30 p.m.

Thunderbird Yacht Still Cruising

The iconic Thunderbird Yacht still cruises Lake Tahoe with elegance and grace after 73 years. Since America’s Great Depression, Thunderbird has transported guests in opulent luxury between high-mountain estates and resorts. Now owned by Thunderbird Lodge Preservation Society, a Nevada public charity, Thunderbird continues to promote Lake Tahoe’s maritime heritage by serving as a floating classroom for children’s educational programs and as a platform for scientific and environmental research.

As part of the Preservation Society’s effort to pay off the $1.1 million note and keep Thunderbird on Lake Tahoe, Thunderbird will attend charity events at Lake Tahoe venues. On July 26-27, Thunderbird will attend the South Tahoe Wooden Boat Classic at Tahoe Keys Marina. Aug. 9-10, find her at the 39th annual Concours d’Elegance at Carnelian Bay.

In 1939, enigmatic George Whittell, Jr. commissioned Thunderbird in the style of his Duesenberg automobiles and Douglas DC-2 aircraft for use at his majestic Thunderbird Lodge estate on Lake Tahoe’s East Shore. Constructed at a cost of $87,000 (more than $3.3-million today), Thunderbird was launched from Tahoe City in the pre-dawn hours of July 14, 1940. A raffle drawing will be held at each show. To make a donation, visit

ARTour 2013

July 12, 13 and 14. ARTour 2013 is an annual open studio event of North Tahoe Arts, showcasing the finished works of local artists and inviting visitors to meet the artist, witness the process, and see where art is created. Through demonstration and dialog, visitors will experience the evolution of art from creative spark to finished product.

Studios will be open throughout the region from Incline Village along the shores of Lake Tahoe to Tahoma, out to Truckee, and many points in between. While the event is free, the work of all artists will be for sale, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Visit or call 530-581-2787.

New Standards

A Peek at the Future of Math, Language Arts, and Science Education

Wednesday, July 17, No-host bar opens 5:30 p.m. Presentation begins 6 p.m. at Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences, 291 Country Club Drive, Incline Village. Cost: $5 donation suggested.

Our education system is facing rapid, dramatic changes at both state and federal levels. The adoption and implementation of new standards in math, language arts and eventually in science foreshadows significant changes for public school students. There are several key differences between the Common Core Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). This presentation will explore the similarities and differences between these and existing standards, focusing primarily on NGSS.

Presenters Rick Pomeroy, Ph.D., UC Davis School of Education, teaches science and technology to both in-service and pre-service teachers, and Dr. David T. Crowther, a professor of science education at the University of Nevada, Reno and was recently appointed as the Director of the Raggio Research Center for STEM Education at UNR. Visit

D.G. Menchetti Young Shakespeare

Bring a little culture and lots of memorable moments into your family’s life with a family friendly, 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. 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.

Sugar Pine Foundation Woodwind Sailing Cruise

Thursday, Aug. 8, 6:30-9 p.m. Enjoy a sunset cruise on the Woodwind II catamaran sailboat. Complimentary champagne, wine, domestic beer and appetizers are included. Check in time is 6:30 p.m., boat leaves from Zephyr Cove beach at 7 p.m. A few night stays and gondola passes will be auctioned while sipping drinks. Tickets are $51 per person, and half of the proceeds go to SPF. Only 50 spots available, e-mail to reserve your spot.

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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