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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.

Girl Scout cookie season is here

Cookies are available for pre-order through Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014. To order your cookies, contact a Girl Scout from Incline Troop 223 at 775-240-0991 or by e-mail at

Drop your Christmas tree

Incline Village/Crystal Bay residents may drop off their Christmas tree anytime through Jan. 31 at Preston Field, 700 Tahoe Blvd. located off Highway 28 near Highway 431 in Incline Village.

IVGID trustee to host ‘Reunion’ book signings

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 the 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 to help promote “Ruinion,” Saturday, Jan. 18, 2-4 p.m. at Barnes & Noble on S. Virginia St. in Reno and Saturday, Jan. 25, 2-4 p.m. at The Bookshelf at 11429 Donner Pass Road in Truckee, Calif.

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

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. 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. 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. 22 and 29, 4-4:45 p.m. Family Story Time. Children of all ages are welcome for stories, songs, games, and crafts! 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.

Father/Daughter Dance

Calling all fathers, grandfathers and uncles: Get ready to dance the night away with that special little girl in your life. Tahoe SAFE Alliance invites you to the 5th Annual Father Daughter Dance to be held Friday, Feb. 7, 6-9 p.m. at Tahoe Biltmore in Crystal Bay.

Entertainment will feature dancing with DJ music, snacks, activity stations, portraits by Danielle Hankinson Photography, and an opportunity to purchase a live action photo flipbook keepsake! Fathers may spend a memorable night with their daughters and leave with souvenirs for lasting memories.

Tickets are $25 per father/daughter couple ($30 at the door) and $5 per additional child available at Scholarships are available for families in need, call 775-298-0010.

The Tahoe Biltmore invites you to enjoy a special $39 prix fixe dinner at Bilti’s BBQ, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Reservations can be made by calling 775-833-6724.

Paper tickets are available for your daughters scrapbook. Call 775-298-0010 to get a physical ticket mailed.

The 5th Annual Father Daughter Dance is sponsored by Dress the Party, North Lake Tahoe Bonanza, Sierra Sun, and The Weekly.

Crab and Pasta Feed to benefit Boosters

The 32nd annual Incline High School Boosters Crab and Pasta Feed will be held on Friday, Feb. 7, at the Hyatt Regency Ballroom, 6 p.m. cocktails, 7:30 p.m. dinner. There will be a fabulous silent auction, raffle and live auction. For more information or to purchase tickets visit or purchase from the Potlatch. Auction items, sponsorship and donations are needed. If interested, email The IHS Booster Club provides support to the academic, art and athletic programs at the high school. The Crab Feed is an Incline tradition not to be missed.

Winter cooking at ‘the castle’

Thunderbird Lake Tahoe is offering culinary classes with Chef Anne Wiles, whose passion for cooking and natural approach to food will inspire you to find your inner chef in the Thunderbird lakeside kitchen. After class, graduate to the sumptuous meal you prepared, paired with wines from the Thunderbird cellars.

Limited seating remains for Feb. 7 and March 8. 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 special occasions.

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 nonprofit organizations until Feb. 28. AmeriCorps members placed at host sites serve for one year and provide support to build agency capacity and increase an organization’s visibility, fill in 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.

TOCCATA WinterFest

TOCCATA’s (Tahoe Symphony Orchestra & Chorus) 9th Season WinterFest continues Feb. 8-14 with Bach’s Magnificat, Bruch’s Violin Concerto #2 featuring Elizabeth Pitcairn with the legendary Red Stradivarius violin, and Saint Saens Piano Concerto #2, with the winner of the Paul Guttman Young Artists Piano Competition. For more information or preferred seating, email, call 775-313-9697, or visit

Essay contest to award $5,000 and iPad

Nevada State Bank launched a “Beautiful Nevada Essay Contest” asking the state’s students to answer “What Makes Nevada Beautiful to You?” Dec. 9, the bank’s 54th anniversary. The submission period ends Jan. 31.

A total of $30,000 will be given out to Nevada’s public schools. The essay contest is open to all Nevada public school students from kindergarten to 12th grade.

The essay should be no more than 500 words. Additional information and the entry packet can be found at Winners will be chosen from school districts throughout the state (three in north, three in south) based on a grade-level breakdown of kindergarten through fifth grade, sixth through eighth grade, and ninth through 12th grade.

Winners from each part of the state will receive an iPad, and each winner’s school will receive $5,000.

Chess Club

Ages 9 years to adult, free drop in chess club Sundays, 9:30-11 a.m., Incline Recreation Center Lobby. Tournament chess sets provided. A chess coach will be available. Please call to reserve your space today 775-832-1310 or go to the Recreation Center at 980 Incline Way, Incline Village.

Help young readers

Are you looking to make a difference? Incline Middle School is looking for people like you to help with its one-on-one reading program. All you need is a half hour per week and a desire to help a child become a better reader. Reading is Monday through Friday, with the exception of Wednesdays, 11:49 a.m.-12:22 p.m. If you are interested, call Liz Harrell at 775-832-4220 or email

Community Leadership Club

Meets on Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m.-noon, in room 213 at Incline High School, pizza is provided!

Looking for community service activities to graduate? The Community Leadership Club is a great opportunity for students to get involved, gain leadership skills and experience, while earning volunteer hours. As members of the CLC, formerly Youth Advisory Council, students will be direct volunteers for IVGID Parks and Recreation. At meetings students will brainstorm, plan and implement fun, recreational events and programs for their peers. Students will receive community service hours for attending meetings, hosting events, and volunteering for fun events in the community.

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