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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: 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. Aug. 1 and 15, 2-4 p.m. Lifescapes. Seniors are given an opportunity to write and share their memoirs. Aug. 6, 4-5 p.m. Bug Petting Zoo. Millipedes, beetles, caterpillars, oh my! Touch and feel program includes fun facts about where bugs live, what they eat, and other aspects of their lives. Interactive and family fun. Aug. 7, 6:30 p.m. Author Arlene Morgan. Arlene Morgan is the author of “Roots of the Vines,” a historical romance novel set in Napa and Sonoma, Calif. She will present her research into the history of this region, focusing on the Italian immigrants at Italian Swiss Colony. Aug. 14 and 28, 4-5 p.m. Spark a Reaction! Adventures in science and art geared toward ages 9-13; Aug. 14, Tahoe Environmental Research Center: Geology; Aug. 28: Ranger Hill from Bartley Ranch.

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

Children’s Environmental Science Day

Children’s Environmental Science Day is a free community event held annually for children (ages 6 and up) and their families. The event includes hands-on science activities designed to create an awareness of Lake Tahoe’s ecology and provide an opportunity for young and old alike to learn about environmental and Earth science.

The event is hosted by UC Davis scientists, staff and local agencies and organizations. Join science activities, games, crafts and demonstrations. Learn with your child!

The 15th annual event will be held on Saturday, Aug. 9, 1-4 p.m. Contact Heather Segale, education and outreach director for volunteer opportunities and information at 775-881-7562 or

Northstar Chamber Players

Northstar Chamber Players will perform with Donna Axton, piano on Saturday, Aug. 9, 7 p.m. at the Mark Twain Cultural Center & Toccata Guttman Music Hall, 760 Mays Blvd., No 10, Incline Village. Questions? Call James at 787-602-2121 or email

Thunderbird Lodge wine and cheese tours

Historic Thunderbird Lodge is offering a wine and cheese tour for visitors every Friday afternoon during August. Regular public tours of George Whittell’s 1930s mansion will operate through Oct. 18.

All visitors to the Thunderbird Lodge will learn the lore of the adventurous and unconventional Captain George Whittell, Jr., including tales of his big game animals, high-stakes poker games, Duesenberg automobiles and more. Visit the Lighthouse Room, Old Lodge, servants’ quarters, and the 600’ secret underground tunnel leading to the legendary wooden speedboat, Thunderbird. This magnificent mahogany craft was built in 1939 and is powered by twin Allison V-12 1150 horsepower engines used in vintage WWII fighter aircraft.

Reservations are required for all tours and visitors may choose to arrive by shuttle bus, boat or kayak. Tours typically last 90 minutes and require walking approximately 1/3 mile, wearomfortable walking shoes and a warm jacket.

Land tours depart the Incline Village Crystal Bay Visitors Center at 969 Tahoe Blvd. and cost $39 per person and $19 for children ages 6-12. The Friday afternoon wine and cheese tour is priced at $100 per person (age 21 and over) and $50 of that amount is a charitable contribution to preserve Thunderbird Lodge and Yacht. For land tour reservations call 800-GO-TAHOE or visit

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 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.

Farmers Market at Tunnel Creek

The Farmers Market at Tunnel Creek is open every Thursday, 4-7 p.m. Located in the corral at the Tunnel Creek Station in Incline Village, this weekly market features farm-fresh produce, baked goods, local honey, fresh flowers, gourmet meats, hand-crafted artisans, sweets and treats and more. This is the second summer that Lake Tahoe Markets has brought this community event to the North Shore. For more information and the entire Lake Tahoe Markets Farmers Market schedule visit

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