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.

Tahoe’s world premier of Mark Twain’s America

Pianist extraordinaire Jacqueline Schwab and McAvoy Layne collaborate to lend beautiful music to the life of Mark Twain. Schwab has performed more than a dozen of Ken Burns’ documentaries, including Mark Twain. Burns said, “Jacqueline brings more feeling and intensity to music than anyone I know. Her playing is insistent, physical, heartfelt and … unusually moving.”

McAvoy Layne has portrayed Mark Twain for 25 years, including the History Channel’s Cronkite award-winning documentary, “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.”

Together they breathe new life into Mark Twain’s America Feb. 7. Doors open at 6 p.m., the trouble begins at 7 p.m. The Mark Twain Cultural Center & Toccata Guttman Music Hall, 760 Mays Blvd., Incline Village. Take a picnic basket with your favorite beverage or order from Bar Bar Bar, Lupita’s or Village Deli. Tickets $20 cash or check, make reservations at 775-833-1835 or

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.

Republican Women’s Club to meet

The Incline Village/Crystal Bay Republican Women’s Club invites you to their February luncheon on Tuesday, Feb. 11, at The Chateau in Incline Village. Sue Lowden will be the keynote speaker, who is running for Lieutenant Governor for Nevada. Please RSVP to Lorri Waldman at, call 775-831-8039 or 775-742-1652.

Free tax preparation

Free preparation of federal and California tax returns is now available for households with income under $52,000.

This service helps people to receive all of the tax credits to which they are entitled. Through the April 15 filing deadline, tax preparation appointments are available Wednesdays and Thursdays, 4-8 p.m. and Saturdays, Feb. 8, March 8 and April 12, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. All appointments at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Non-Profit Center, 948 Incline Way, Incline Village, call Tahoe Family Solutions at 775-298-0004.

Tax returns are prepared by IRS-certified volunteers under the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program operated by Tahoe Family Solutions. VITA representatives are also available to meet with local businesses and other organizations to provide information about the free tax preparation services and answer questions.

If you would like to schedule a visit, contact Mike Smith at 775-830-2050 or via e-mail at

Republican party precinct meeting

The Washoe County Republican Party will hold a precinct meeting for all precincts on Saturday, Feb. 8, 9 a.m.-noon at Incline High. Every year there is an election for committee candidates, You have to have a precinct meeting to elect candidates before the main meeting. Seeking 15 volunteers to help with the meeting and make sure people are voting in the right precinct. Please contact Joanellen Slocumb at 775-831-4984 for more information.

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, 948 Incline Way, Incline Village. This meeting is open to the public. Cost of the dinner, catered by Gina and Jim Poulos of Crosby’s, is $30 per person. There is a social hour 5:30-6:30 p.m., dinner and program 6:30-8:30 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, Feb. 19, featuring Sen. Omer Rains, an inspirational speaker, who after recovering from a stroke climbed Mount Everest. Sen. Rains is an active participant in worldwide humanitarian issues. To RSVP please e-mail Barbara Pulver at or call 989-859-4860 by Feb. 17. Barbara will confirm your reservation by email or phone.

Diamond Peak releases new website

Diamond Peak recently released a fully redesigned website where skiers can see the snow total on one of the three live webcams. is responsive, where skiers and riders purchase their tickets or lessons online on phones or tablets without losing access to media-rich features. With its social media integration, skiers and riders can connect and share pictures and video with the resort and each other during the ski day.

Visitors can view snow conditions, terrain improvements, rentals and lessons through a comprehensive digital experience. Diamond Peak developed this new site with KPS3 Marketing to offer skiers and riders a seamless user experience.

Incline Village Library news

Display cases: 50 years of Bohemia and Arts and Crafts style art glass from Joseph Huelle’s private collection. Feb. 12, 4-5 p.m., Anouaze Beat. Native West African performers share the history and culture of their homeland through costumes, masks, drumming, and dancing. Feb. 19, 4-4:45 p.m., Family Story Time, Children of all ages are welcome for stories, songs, games, and crafts. Feb. 26, 4-4:45 p.m. Celebrating Dr. Seuss Story Time. Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, would have turned 110 on March 2. Join IV Library in honoring the author of “The Cat in the Hat” and “Green Eggs and Ham” with stories and a crafty craft.

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

Governor proclaims 2014 ‘Year of the Veteran’

In a proclamation by Governor Sandoval, the state will recognize 2014 as the Year of the Veteran. “The Governor has stated clearly it is our goal to make Nevada the most veteran friendly state in the country,” said Kat Miller, director NDVS. “That is evident in his support and of veterans issues and advancing efforts to create more accessibility state wide for veterans and their families.” Find an online survey for veternas at, visit to access the survey for Nevada’s veteran service providers and visit to access the survey for Nevada’s military community.

Veterans legislative symposium invitation

The Nevada Department of Veterans Services will host a Veterans Legislative Symposium March 8 in Reno to bring together leaders and those interested in veterans issues together to plan for the upcoming 78th legislature in 2015. Space is limited to 200 attendees. Date: March 8, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Silver Legacy Resort Casino, in Reno. Coffee service will be provided throughout the meeting. To attend, reply to with the subject line “Vet Legislative Symposium.”

Seeking state’s top senior citizen

The search for Nevada’s Senior Citizen of the Year began on Feb. 1.

The National Silver Haired Congress Nevada Delegation, in partnership with the Aging Services Directors Organization (ASDO), established the award last year.

Frank Pati, a 76-year-old Mesquite resident, was honored by Governor Sandoval and the Congressional delegation as the first-ever Nevada Senior Citizen of the Year. Nominators described Pati’s efforts like this:

“In the past two decades, Frank not only brought distinction to Mesquite and the state of Nevada through his senior softball tournaments and the Mesquite Senior Games, he changed the lives of many seniors in giving them a vehicle to stay active and to develop new friendships.”

Who’s the next Nevada Senior Citizen of the Year? It could be a friend, a neighbor or a community leader. It could be someone from your town or across the state.

The competition is open to all those who are age 60 and older and have lived in Nevada for five years. The nomination guidelines and forms are available at

The deadline for nominations is March 31. The award will be presented in May.

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