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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.

Incline Village Library news

Display cases: Sculptures by Mark Ross. March 11 and 18, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Veteran’s Writing Workshop. Thought provoking writing and reading exercises intended to encourage all veterans, active and retired, to write about their experiences for their own benefit or to share. March 19 and 26, 4-4:45 p.m. Family Story Time. Children of all ages are welcome for stories, songs, games, and crafts! March 7 and 21, 2-4 p.m. Lifescapes. Writing program where seniors are given an opportunity to write and share their memoirs. March 12, 4-4:45 p.m. St. Patrick’s Day Story Time. Enjoy you’re lucky day with stories, songs, and crafts. March 13, 6-7:30 p.m. The Help with Houses Series. Real Estate Professional, Anthony Biagi will present information on what you need to know about the foreclosure process or dealing with an underwater home. March 15, 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. March 21, 6-7 p.m. Sculptures by Mark Ross. Ross uses re-purposed local materials including wood, stone, metal and semi-precious stones to produce wildly creative small structures nestled in flowing wood sculptures. Ross will discuss his unique creations at this after-hours event.

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

Republican Women’s Club to meet

The Incline Village/Crystal Bay Republican Women’s Club invites you to join them on Thursday, March 13, 11:30 a.m. at The Chateau in Incline Village.

Lisa Krasner will speak about the Constitution and how it relates to issues of today. She had been the Commission for the State of Nevada on aging and disability.

Jim Clark will talk about the upcoming vote for the margin’s tax that is a tax based on a companies gross sales. If this is passed, it would have a big effect on businesses in the state of Nevada. It would be good to learn about this issue to be informed voters.

Please RSVP by March 7 to Lorri Waldman at, call 775-831-8039 or 774-742-1652.

Parasol community fund grant cycle

Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation announced the Community Fund will award up to $50,000 in unrestricted grant funding to organizations that make an impact in the regional community. As stewards of donors’ charitable dollars, Parasol’s goal is to invest in organizations exhibiting leadership in the field and challenging the status quo. Eligibility requirements: directly serve the Tahoe Basin; be recognized by the IRS as a tax exempt agency, 501(c)(3) public charity, government agency, school and/or faith-based organization in good standing; be incorporated in Nevada or California and in good standing; provide quality programs and/or services in arts, culture and heritage; community leadership/support; education and youth; environment and social services. Please visit to download the application.

Applications and required materials are due at the Parasol office no later than 4 p.m. March 14, 2014.

Garden Club grants

Lake of the Sky Garden Club promotes an interest in gardening, with particular emphasis on the problems at high altitude, to support charitable, educational, and scientific works, as well as to initiate and participate in beautification and developmental gardening projects in the North Lake Tahoe region.

The money for these grants comes from the club’s annual garden tour. On Saturday, July 26, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Lake of the Sky Garden Club will host their 26th annual garden tour, the West Shore Garden Tour. Proceeds will fund scholarships to encourage study in landscaping, horticulture, forestry or environmental science and up to $6,000 in grants to local community garden projects.

Lake of the Sky Garden Club has grant funds available for community related garden projects in the North Lake Tahoe area. To obtain an application, call Emily Hatch at 530-582-8487 or email her at

The club generally meets on the last Monday of the month from March through October. For a meeting schedule and more information, go to or call President Patty Lomanto at 530-582-0726.

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, 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

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 5:30-6:30 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, March 19, with speaker Karen Carey, executive director of Tahoe SAFE Alliance. She will educate about the services her organization provides the community and how you can assist them with their mission. To RSVP e-mail Kelly Neville at or Barbara Pulver at or call 989-859-4860 by no later than Monday, March 17, at 5 p.m.

Register for Veterans Legislative Symposium

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

Seeking state’s top senior citizen

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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