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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.

Volunteer for Mt. Houghton Trail Building Kickoff Celebration

The Tahoe Rim Trail Association is building a new trail to Mt. Houghton Summit from the Tahoe Rim Trail. Help kick off this project by joining Mt. Houghton’s first volunteer trail building day on July 19. TRTA will provide lunch to pre-registered volunteers thanks sponsors The Clif Bar Family Foundation and National Environmental Education Foundation.

This trail construction project protects Tahoe Draba, a species that grows above 8,000 ft. along the peaks of Lake Tahoe. The TRTA will create a single trail to Mt. Houghton that will keep users from damaging critical Tahoe Draba habitat.

Meet at the Mt. Rose Summit parking lot then carpool up to Relay Ridge. Arrive no later than 9 a.m. Participants should be back to vehicles by 4 p.m. No experience necessary. TRTA has follow up workdays scheduled on Thursdays and Saturdays until Oct. 11.

Register online at or contact amyt@tahoerimtrailassociation or call 775-298-4492.

Incline Village Library news

Display cases: Lainie Vreeland’s original two– and three-dimensional mixed-media artistry blends creative interests with her love for nature. Through Aug. 10, Annual Periodical Drive. For more information visit Through Aug. 31, Summer Reading Program features “Fizz Boom Read!” for younger children, “Spark a Reaction!” for teens and “Literary Elements” for adults. Kids will receive a reading record and earn rewards by tracking reading. July 17, 24 and 31, 4-5 p.m. (unless otherwise noted) Spark a Reaction! Adventures in science and art, ages 9-13. July 19, 7-8:30 p.m. “Sleeping Beauty: a tale told slightly off the wall” at the Kings Beach State Recreation Area, 8318 North Lake Blvd. A fractured fairy tale, theatrical entertainment and affectionate pie-in-the-face of children’s theater. Written by Phil Casanta and John Blomberg, directed by Abum Ponalog. Brought to you by: Reno Little Theater, Tahoe Expedition Academy, Artown, Nevada Arts Council, City of Reno,, Washoe County Library and the Lake Tahoe Library Coalition.

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

Twin-Tower witness, author to speak

Could the 9/11 attacks been thwarted by proper military action? Author Bert Upson, a close survivor of the World Trade Center disaster and a witness to its rescue efforts, will describe the event on July 24 at the monthly general meeting for the IVCB Veterans Club.

Upson’s gripping description and analysis is found in his newly published book, “On a Clear Day.” On Sept. 11, 2001, Bert was preparing to lead a management seminar on the 78th floor of the South Tower of the Trade Center when the first plane hit the North Tower. Just minutes before the second plane hit the South Tower, he escaped only to witness the horrible destruction and heroic evacuation.

“On a Clear Day” is human, gripping and professional. The talk is open to the public. RSVP to Bob Wheeler at 775-843-9888 or Seating is limited. Learn more about the Club at

Maximum Brass to delight and amaze

Three trumpets, two trombones, a French horn and a tuba, AKA Maximum Brass, to perform at the Mark Twain Cultural Center & Toccata Guttman Music Hall, 760 Mays Blvd., Incline Village on Friday July 25. Doors open at 6 p.m., the brass begins at 7 p.m.

Take a picnic dinner and beverage of choice or order from Bar Bar Bar, Lupita’s and The Village Deli. Tickets cost $20 with reservations available at 775-833-1835 or

Ancient Future duet

Ancient Future on Friday, July 25, 7 p.m. Suggested donation: $20 for adults. Sierra Nevada Guitar Festival, St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 341 Village Blvd., Incline Village.

This duet version of the pioneering world fusion music group Ancient Future features scalloped fretboard guitarist Matthew Montfort and santurist Mariah Parker. Equally at home on folk, new acoustic, Americana and world music bills, this duet plays material with Celtic, Latin American, Indian, Arabic, Spanish, Eastern European and American folk themes. The program features music from Ancient Future’s broad repertoire.

Garden Tour funds to showcase seven gardens

The Lake of the Sky Garden Club will hold its 26th annual Garden Tour on Saturday, July 26, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. featuring seven gardens on Lake Tahoe’s West Shore. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at Tahoe Tree Co. in Tahoe City; The Villager in Truckee; Perennial in Tahoe Vista; and High Sierra in Incline Village, Nev. Tickets can also be purchased by calling Margaret Radebold at 408-568-8553. Tickets sell out for this event and may not be available on day of the tour.

Funds raised go back to the community with grants for beautification and education and scholarships for local students entering horticulture, landscaping or environment related fields. For more information contact Helga Roghers, tour chairperson at 530-546-4294.

High school exchange students seek host families

Visiting students ages 15-18 from Germany, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand and more seek host families for the 2014-2015 academic school year. Host families are needed for fall semester and full school year.

Host families (traditional families, singles, empty nesters, etc.) serve as mentors and a home base for their student. Visiting students participate as active members of the family and integrate into their host’s daily routines and traditions. Hosting an international student is a way to explore a new culture and promote a sense of lifelong learning and adventure.

iE-USA, the sponsoring program, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting education and understanding through intercultural and academic exchange. Contact Dawn Green at, 208-447-8118. Host families may review prospective student profiles online at Families interested in hosting this year must apply by Aug. 15, 2014.

Nevada Department of Veterans Services license plates

The “Pick Your Plate” advertising campaign was launched in early June to raise awareness and encourage more veterans to switch over to a veteran license plate for their vehicles. The DMV has 21 plates for veterans and family members, which can be viewed at A portion of the purchase funds the Veteran Gift Account. Other plates include veteran plates for women, coast guard, disabled veterans and others.

Cruise with Captain Bucko

Folks who never get onto the lake or only cruise to Emerald Bay miss most of Tahoe’s treasures. “Captain Bucko’s Onboard Cruising Guide” by historian and resident Roger Huff enables boaters to take their own “self-guided tours.” It contains: answers to frequently asked questions, captivating stories, local legends, and guides to Tahoe’s must-see points of interest, marine facilities and boater-friendly restaurants. Also included are safety tips, emergency contact information, nautical rules of the road, boat handling and common weather bulletins, all offered in a fun-to-read format with color photos and sprinkled with Bucko’s wry boating humor.

Do you know: in what Bill the lion liked to ride, tips for surviving in cold water, the legends of Eagle Rock, where the lake’s deepest point is at, what made the Bear Slides, how to make a distress call, wake management laws, or the rules of navigation in narrow channels? If not, purchase the guide book at The Bookshelf in Truckee; Obexer’s Boat Co. in Homewood; The Gatekeeper’s Museum in Tahoe City; Sierra Boat in Carnelian Bay and The Potlach in Incline.

Don’t leave port without it!

Army’s 2nd Infantry Division reunion

The Second (Indianhead) Division Association is searching for anyone who served in the Army’s 2nd Infantry Division at any time. For information about the association and our 93rd annual reunion in Omaha, Neb., Sept. 16-20, contact secretary-treasurer Bob Haynes at or 224-225-1202.

Jump in to Tahoe Beaches App

The Tahoe Fund is once again promoting the Tahoe Beaches App to help beachgoers find their way to more than 50 public beaches around the Lake.

The app, available in iTunes and Google Play, allows visitors to plan their Tahoe experience with images and details about beach amenities, including barbecues, boat rentals, pet restrictions, and public transportation at more than 50 public beaches. Twitter feeds enable real time information from the public agencies managing the beaches. Users can post their favorite beaches to Facebook and invite family and friends to join them. The app also includes stewardship information to encourage protecting the environment.

Tahoe Fund developed the app, co-funded by the California Tahoe Conservancy through the Lake Tahoe License Plate Program. California Tahoe Conservancy, California State Parks, Tahoe City PUD, North Tahoe PUD, Nevada Division of State Parks, the U.S. Forest Service and Tahoe Transportation District collaborated to develop the app.

To learn more or to download the app, please visit

Thunderbird Yacht needs community help

The Thunderbird Yacht’s future is in peril. “Thunderbird’s engines are blown and the yacht cannot operate this season,” said Bill Watson, Chief Executive of the Thunderbird Lodge Preservation Society. “The only good news is the failures occurred in a year when Thunderbird is trapped in her boathouse due to the drought at Lake Tahoe. If we work together to raise approximately $250,000 before Labor Day, I can have replacement engines installed in time to be operational again for the 2015 season.”

One family has already committed $50,000 on the condition the remaining money is raised before Labor Day. This means that 20 percent of the goal has been reached.

San Francisco Bay area adventurer and real estate tycoon Captain George Whittell, Jr. commissioned Thunderbird yacht to look like his Duesenberg automobiles and Douglas DC-2 aircraft. Launched on Lake Tahoe in 1940, the yacht was later owned by resort mogul Bill Harrah. Today, Thunderbird serves as a floating classroom and remains the undisputed queen of Lake Tahoe’s vintage wooden boats.

For more information visit or call Watson at 775-832-8755.

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