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Parasol AmeriCorps Program now hiring for 2013-14

The Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation hosts a highly collaborative, full-year program with AmeriCorps members serving in the areas of education, health, social services, and the environment. The 2013-2014 AmeriCorps program year begins on Sept. 3, 2013, with 16 available positions. The purpose of the program is to engage AmeriCorps volunteers in direct service and capacity building to address unmet community needs. Parasol AmeriCorps members earn a living stipend of $13,250. Upon completion of service, receive an education award of $5,550 to be used toward qualifying student loans or to return to school. The program is located in Incline Village on the north shore of Lake Tahoe near the California border.

To learn about available positions with the Parasol AmeriCorps Program go to and click on Parasol AmeriCorps. Applications can be filled out online.

Free Small Business Seminar

How to Create a Highly Effective Marketing Plan

North Tahoe Business Association and Charter Business will present a free Small Business Seminar, How to Create a Highly Effective Marketing Plan, on Thursday, May 2, 8-9:30 a.m. at the North Tahoe Event Center in Kings Beach. The free 1.5-hour seminar will be taught by Jim Kaspari of Summit Business Marketing.

Business owners today are faced with a troubled economy and have to do much more marketing to get the same amount of business as they did three to five years ago. Jim has interviewed dozens of local business owners and a common thread emerges. “I used to rely on word of mouth, some print ads and yellow pages – it worked great! Now business is declining and I’m faced with too many choices and don’t know what will work.” This seminar is designed to help business owners come up with the best marketing strategies and tactics that create results.

Jim has been an entrepreneurial business coach for more than seven years and has coached more than 300 clients in eight countries. He retired at age 44 and loves to share success principles with others. Nine out of 10 businesses with solid marketing/business plans succeed. Business owners and marketing professionals are encouraged to learn how to grow their business with a highly effective marketing plan.

Register today at Call 530-546-9000 or visit

New to Incline or the North Shore?

Meet other newcomers as well as long-time residents eager to welcome you over coffee and treats from IV Coffee Lab and other area businesses. First Saturday of each month, 10 a.m.-noon, at the eLearning Café in Raley’s Center, next door to Azzara’s. Next gathering is May 4. RSVP to Stacy Lippert at with a brief summary telling a little about yourself. Maximum 10 new residents each month to ensure they get to know each of you. Residents interested in welcoming newcomers, please join in. Incline businesses, clubs or organizations with information to share? Take 10 sets of information to the Café by the first of each month for a welcome basket of Incline information. Volunteer assistance appreciated in welcoming new residents. Questions? eLearning Café, 775-831-2423.

Geocaching: An Outdoor Treasure Hunting Game

Join Galena Creek Visitor Center for this event introducing the principles of geocaching, an outdoor treasure hunting game, Saturday, May 4. The participants try to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using GPS-enabled devices. The program will start with instruction at the Visitor Center. The participants will then break up into smaller groups that will be led by an experienced cacher. The participants will get to find several temporary caches near the Galena Creek Visitor Center. Groups will then have the opportunity to find the real caches that are located in the park. If you have a smart phone take it so a GPS application can be downloaded. GPS units will be available in each of the small groups.

The event is free provided in partnership with Randy Hodges and the organization. A suggested donation of $5 per person is encouraged. All donations directly benefit future programming at the Galena Creek Visitor Center.

Contact the Galena Creek Visitor Center at 775-849-4948 or by email at

The Galena Creek Visitor Center is a partnership between Washoe County, the U.S. Forest Service, and the Great Basin Institute, an environmental nonprofit. Summer hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Tahoe Family Solutions Annual Campaign Dinner

The Tahoe Family Solutions (TFS) Annual Campaign Dinner is scheduled for Tuesday, May 7, at the Big Water Grille. Already close to a being a sold out event, this special evening is an opportunity for TFS to highlight programs in counseling, camping and education while supporters enjoy a delicious surf and turf dinner, camaraderie, and the great ambiance provided by the Big Water Grille. The evening will feature a champagne reception; exclusive silent auction including such items as a six-day stay in Nicaragua, a one-carat diamond necklace, San Francisco Giants tickets, and a Carmel Golf Package; and a free chance to spin “the wheel of prizes” to win gift certificates to local restaurants and businesses or a grand prize vacation package. Call Amy at 775-298-0004 for ticket inquiries.

Incline Village Library News

Display cases: Tahoe Rim Trail. Online Resource of the Month is Tumblebooks, a collection of animated, talking picture books. They are available 24/7 via the Internet. Both entertaining and educational (English, Spanish, and French!), for tablets and smartphones. The 2013 Summer Reading Program features “Dig Into Reading” for children, “Beneath the Surface” for teens, and “Groundbreaking Reads” for adults. Sign up at any public library. Keep track of reading and earn rewards. Lively, entertaining and educational free programs also.

May 3 and 17, 2-4 p.m. Lifescapes. Writing program, seniors write and share their memories. New members are always welcome. Lifescapes is a project sponsored by the Washoe County Library System (WCLS), Osher Life long Learning Institute (OLLI), and the Dept. of English, UNR. May 4, 4-5 p.m. Author Talk with Galen Watson. Galen lives between Incline Village and Paris. When he’s not writing, he’s bistro hopping or tramping the mountains. He admits to being a closet banjo picker. “The Psalter” is his first novel. May 8, 4-4:45 p.m. Mother’s Day Story Time. Get ready for Mother’s Day. Read stories, sing songs, and make a special gift for mom. May 15, 22 and 29, 4-4:45 p.m. Story Time. Children of all ages are welcome for stories, songs, games, and crafts. May 18 and 25, noon-1 p.m. E-book Cafe. Bring your mobile devices and receive hands-on assistance to download audio and e-books. May 30, 4-5:30 p.m. Presentation: a West African student’s perspective on U.S. higher education. James Nti Omane, a third year University of Ghana student.

For more information visit Incline Village Library, 845 Alder Ave., Incline Village, 775-832-4130,

Building on Sierra Nevada College Campus Selected as Top Green Building

The Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences on the campus of Sierra Nevada College was named one of the most sustainable buildings in the world in “The Worlds Greenest Buildings,” a book by green building experts Jerry Yudelson and Ulf Meyer.

The building, designed by Collaborative Design Studio, was included for its high performance and energy efficiency. During its six years of operation the TCES has used only 9.6 kWh per square foot per year, less than a 10th of the national average. Other sustainable design features include a rainwater storage system, photovoltaics, solar thermal hot water, co-generation, low flow fixtures, and concrete with 25 percent fly-ash content. In 2007, the building received a LEED Platinum certification. Only 15 other United States buildings were included and only one other from the California-Nevada region. Project Architect Todd Lankenau said, “It’s been an honor and a privilege to be an integral part of such a spectacular project. My congratulations go out to all the participants who worked hard to make it such a great success.”


41st Annual Concours d’Elegance, Registration

The Lake Tahoe Concours d’ Elegance Wooden Boat Show, Aug. 9-10, 2013 located at the Sierra Boat Company docks in Carnelian Bay, Calif., is now accepting boat registrations. Applications are available at and may be submitted electronically or printed and mailed in hard copy format. Space is limited so to be part of the 41st anniversary show, featuring the Alan Furth Collection as this year’s Marque Class, get your application in early. Alan Furth was an avid collector of wooden boats and held the majority of his collection at Lake Tahoe over the years.

Each boat accepted in the 2013 Lake Tahoe Concours d’ Elegance will receive two full-access passes for both days of the show, an exhibitor gift bag with exclusive take-home gifts, and admission for two to Friday evening’s Awards Presentation and catered Exhibitor Barbecue, all located at the Sierra Boat Company marina courtyard.

The 2013 event will have professional guided tours along with more history, cool facts and restoration background information on each accepted boat. Also to streamline the application process, registrants can pay boat show fees online by credit or payment by check via mail.

For more show details and social functions of Tahoe Yacht Club Foundation’s Wooden Boat Week visit

The Concours d’Elegance is a prestigious boat show and one of the largest in North America. Drawing nearly 100 antique and classic boat entries, with all attempting to win the top honors including People’s Choice and Most Elegant Boat of Show.

Tickets will be available soon.

Rotary Club Meets

The Rotary Club of Incline Village meets Mondays at noon at the DW Reynolds Non Profit Center, 948 Incline Way, Incline Village. For information call Judy Spees at 775-832-7006.

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