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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.

IVGID trustee to host book signings for ‘Reunion’

Incline Village resident and IVGID trustee Bruce Simonian recently announced the release of his fiction book, “Reunion.”

The story introduces readers to Dr. Gina Conrad, whose life changed the day she discovers her daughter, Taylor, has stage-three lymphoma. Moving from Lake Tahoe to Tulsa, separated from her family and friends for years, she returns home after her closest friend is killed in a tragic automobile accident.

The secret Gina and her religious parents have kept is finally revealed in a struggle to save her daughter’s life. A confrontation with Shane, her long abandoned high school sweetheart, brings the past and the present to a dramatic end.

Simon will host a pair of book signings: Saturday, Jan. 18, 2-4 p.m. at Barnes & Noble on South Virginia St. in Reno, and Saturday, Jan. 25, 2-4 p.m. at The Bookshelf at 11429 Donner Pass Road in Truckee.

Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, “Reunion” is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at, or by visiting or

Apply for Youth Science Institute

UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center (TERC) will host the eighth annual Youth Science Institute. This 16-week program is for high school students in grades nine through 11 who have an interest in exploring scientific disciplines. High school students interested in science may apply for the Youth Science Institute (YSI) program by Jan. 10, 2014. This after-school program is offered on Wednesday evenings, 4-6 p.m. at the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences in Incline Village, Jan. 22-May, 2014. Find details and application at

Send applications or any questions to Kylee Wilkins at or call 775-881-7560, ext. 7474.

AAUW to meet

The Tahoe Nevada Chapter of American Association of University Women (AAUW) meets the third Wednesday of every month for dinner at the Parasol Building located at 948 Incline Way, Incline Village. This meeting is open to the public. Cost of the dinner, which is catered by Gina and Jim Poulos of Crosby’s is $30 per person. There is a social hour from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and dinner and program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. AAUW is a nonprofit organization with a focus on advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.

This month’s AAUW meeting will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 15, with featured speaker Dr. Antonia (Toni) Neubauer, president of Myths and Mountains Travel and founder of READ Global.

To RSVP for the dinner, e-mail Kelly Neville at or call Barbara Pulver at 989-859-4860 by no later than Monday, Jan. 13, 2014.

Win a Tahoe Local Pass, support Tahoe SAFE Alliance

Vail Resorts Echo Program has granted Tahoe SAFE Alliance one Tahoe Local Pass valid at Northstar, Heavenly, and Kirkwood ski resorts, as well as two nights lodging at Northstar to support their mission: to end the incidence and trauma of domestic/intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and child abuse in North Lake Tahoe and Truckee. The total value of this donation is $1,000.

Tahoe SAFE Alliance is selling “paperless” raffle tickets at one for $25 and five for $100.

The raffle entry will be open through Jan. 15. Only the winner will be notified. Visit to be entered.

Winter cooking at ‘the castle’

Expanding on its cultural education programs and fundraising goals, Thunderbird Lake Tahoe is offering monthly culinary classes with Chef Anne Wiles.

Anne’s passion for cooking and her natural approach to food will inspire you to find your inner chef in the extraordinary Thunderbird lakeside kitchen.

After class, graduate to the sumptuous meal you prepared, paired with specially selected wines from the Thunderbird cellars.

Limited seating remains available for the 2013-14 Winter Cooking at the Castle classes scheduled on Jan. 16, Feb. 7 and March 8. A variety of classes offer everything from healthy roasted chicken to a romantic Valentine’s menu.

Special rates are available at $250 per person for Thunderbird Flagship and Castle Club Members ($150 is tax deductible), $350 for all others ($250 is tax deductible). Pricing includes instruction, wine, beverages, supplies, and dinner. Following selected classes, a spouse or one guest may join you for dinner priced at an additional $100 per person.

Limited to 10 students plus guest per class. Private group cooking classes and dinners are available year round for your special occasions and gatherings.

Class and ticket information at or call 775-832-8752 to make a reservation.

Become host site for Parasol’s AmeriCorps Program

The Parasol Tahoe Community Foun­dation AmeriCorps Program is accepting applications for AmeriCorps host sites from interested nonprofit organizations until Feb. 28, 2014. AmeriCorps members placed at host sites serve for one year and provide support to build agency capacity and increase an organization’s visibility in the community, fill in the gaps of service and meet agency goals. AmeriCorps members have also created innovative programs and supported them through grant writing.

AmeriCorps host sites must be a public charity, school, government agency or faith-based organization serving North Lake Tahoe Washoe and Douglas county residents. The organization must be recognized by the IRS as a tax exempt agency, 501(c) (3) or equivalent and in good standing, incorporated in Nevada and in good standing with the state, support programs related to education, public safety, health or the environment. The organization must demonstrate the capacity for success and the completion of sustainable projects and agree to pay a $9,000 host site fee.

Submit an application by Feb. 28 deadline at Click on Parasol AmeriCorps, then click “Become a Host Site.”

Contact or call 775-298-0186 for more information.

Incline Village Library news

Display cases: 50 years of Bohemia and Arts and Crafts style art glass from Joseph Huelle’s private collection. Through Jan. 25, Take your cards to the Christmas Card Exchange to trade or leave for others to use next year. This ongoing opportunity will run for three weeks. Jan. 10, 17 and 24, noon-1 p.m. E-Book Café. Take your mobile devices (smart phone, e-reader or tablet) and receive hands-on assistance to download audio and e-books from the Library website. Jan. 17, 2-4 p.m. Lifescapes. Writing program where seniors are given an opportunity to write and share their memoirs. Jan. 15, 22 and 29, 4-4:45 p.m. Family Story Time. Children of all ages are welcome for stories, songs, games, and crafts! Jan. 11, 4-6 p.m., The Affordable Care Act (ACA). ACA Educators with Community Health Alliance will be on hand to present information and answer questions. The Community Health Alliance works with the Great Basin Primary Care Association, one of the Navigator organizations awarded grants by the state to do outreach and enrollment for Nevada Health Link. For more information visit Jan. 18, noon-2 p.m. Seniors to Seniors Computer Help. A group of tech-savvy seniors from Incline High School will be available to help you with your computer-related questions. Take your laptop, tablet, phone, e-reader or other device and learn something new. Jan. 30, 6:30-8 p.m., The Homeowner Blueprint: Navigating the Real Estate Storm. Real estate professional, Anthony Biagi will present information on what you need to know about the foreclosure process or dealing with an underwater home.

Incline Village Library, open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., 845 Alder Ave., Incline Village, 775-832-4130.

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