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55+ Full Moon Hike: Wine & Cheese Socials

Join moderate one-mile paved hikes to the Crystal Bay Fire Lookout. Times will vary based on moon rising as listed below. Wear warm clothing, take a flashlight and camera. Fee is $16, $11 with IVGID pass. Reservations must be made by 5 p.m. the Tuesday preceding the hike. Hikes are weather permitting A minimum of five participants must be registered. Meet in the Recreation Center lobby at least 15 minutes prior to departure time. ADA transportation is available for mobility challenged participants upon request.

Sept. 11, The Hunter’s Moon, 6 p.m.; Oct. 9, The Harvest Moon, 5 p.m. Return time: Approximately 2.5 hours after departure time, no later than 10 p.m.

Parents’ Night Out

Grades: K-fifth. Kids ages 5 -11 will have the chance to experience fun at the Recreation Center and parents will get an evening off Sept. 12, 5:30-9:30 p.m. The schedule is packed full of fun, pizza and salad, games, swimming, arts and crafts and ending with a movie. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. Fee: $25 with IVGID pass, $20 Early Bird Price, late fee applies the Wednesday prior. Call 775-832-1301.

North Lake Tahoe Ukulele Festival

On Sept. 13 and 14, uke players will invade Kings Beach at the inaugural North Lake Tahoe Ukulele Festival. Promoter Douglas Reynolds’ ongoing goal is to expand the uke’s audience through festivals, retreats and lessons. His first festival took place in 2009, in his home town of Minden, the Tahoe Area Uke Fest.

The festival’s official uke fest portion will take place Saturday, Sept. 13, beginning at 9 a.m., culminating with a Sunset Concert that will wrap up at 8 p.m. On Sunday, a contingency of uke players will establish a beachhead, jamming among friends and family of Tahoe Fall Classic racers in the O’Neill SUP & Paddleboard Race Series.

The North Lake Tahoe Ukulele Festival at the North Tahoe Event Center in Kings Beach and will feature workshops for beginners and current players, a vendor marketplace and live outdoor music overlooking the beach. For tickets or more information, visit or call 775-220-0995.

American Association of University Women to meet

The Tahoe Nevada Chapter of AAUW (American Association of University Women) meets third Wednesdays for dinner at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Non-Profit Center, 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 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., with dinner and program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. AAUW is a nonprofit organization focused on advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. This month’s AAUW meeting will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 17, a “meet and greet” event to welcome new members and interested community members. To RSVP contact Kelly Neville at or 775-762-0463 by Monday, Sept. 15.

Climate change and resource management presentation

The Tahoe Chapter of the California Native Plant Society (CNPS) with the Tahoe Institute of Natural Science (TINS) will present Hugh D Safford, USDA Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Region, Vallejo, Calif. and Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy, University of California, Davis. Safford will address climate change, forests and fire in the Sierra Nevada and implications for resource management. Safford will summarize trends in climatic change and discuss how these interact with wildfire, disturbances and stressors to influence terrestrial ecosystems. Focus will be on vegetation, plant diversity and key animal species, but effects on other factors like carbon, water and soil will also be outlined.

Join the free event at Tahoe Tree Company, 401 West Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 7 p.m. “Gates” open at 6 p.m. for picnicking and socializing. Take your own picnic meal and beverage and meet folks from TINS and CNPS.

Dog Days of Fall

Saturday, Sept. 20, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. This will be an opportunity to take your pooch to the Burnt Cedar pool for some water fun and a variety of dog demonstrations, information, contests, and prizes. Make a splash with your best four-legged friend. Visit for more information.

‘Shofar Factory’ event

Children will make their own ram horns in preparation for the High Holidays. Participants will see how a ram’s horn is cured, measured, sawed, drilled and polished. The result will be a “shofar,” a semi-musical horn used by Jews on their New Year, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Learn how to sound the traditional notes.

Chabad of Lake Tahoe is introducing this inaugural educational program, designed to educate children and adults in the fundamentals of the ancient shofar.

“I believe that the ’hands-on’ approach is the best way to teach,” said Rabbi Mordechai Richler, co-director of Chabad. “With the High Holidays around the corner, now is the most preeminent time to do as the shofar – call out to G-d to bless us with a peaceful year of happiness and good health.”

The factory will be on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 4:15-5:45 p.m. at 1898 Venice Drive, South Lake Tahoe.

The Shofar Factory, a hands-on workshop, will help teach about the significance and history of the Shofar, an ancient instrument. As biblically mandated, it has been sounded by Jews around the globe on the holiday of Rosh Hashana for more than 3,000 years. It is the one biblical commandment associated with the Day of Judgment; Rosh Hashana.

The sounding of the Shofar is the climactic point of the High Holiday drama. In addition to rabbinical explanations for this commandment, Kabalistic sources credit it with softening Divine Judgment and dispelling the forces of evil.

Dog Days of Fall

Saturday, Sept. 20, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. This will be an opportunity to take your pooch to the Burnt Cedar pool for some water fun and a variety of dog demonstrations, information, contests, and prizes. Make a splash with your best four-legged friend. Visit / for more information.

High Holy Day Services

Join the North Tahoe Hebrew Congregation and Rabbi Beth Beyer at the upcoming High Holy Day Services: days of celebration, reflection and the start of the Jewish New Year of 5775.

This High Holidays will be a time of community spirit and involvement. Temple Beth Or from Reno will come together with NTHC for services.

As fall commences, Jews worldwide look forward to the Days of Awe: the Jewish High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Rosh Hashanah translates as “Head of the Year” and is the celebration of the Jewish New Year. Yom Kippur is the “Day of Atonement” and is observed by fasting, prayer and repentance.

Rosh Hashanah services begin Wednesday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. Morning Services begin Thursday, Sept. 25, 10 a.m. ending with Tashlich at the Tahoe Vista pier. Children’s Service (for pre-readers and early readers) is Thursday at 2 p.m.

Second Day Rosh Hashanah services will be held in conjunction with Temple Bat Yam from South Shore and will begin at 10 a.m. at Spooner Lake.

Yom Kippur begins Friday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. with Kol Nidre. Arrive 6-7 p.m. to light a Yikzor candle in memory of a loved one. Morning services are Saturday, Oct. 4 at 10 a.m. Children’s services are at 2 p.m. Afternoon Services/Yizkor/Mincha/Neilah starting at 4:30 p.m. All are welcome to stay for the Break the Fast, which follows services.

The North Tahoe Hebrew Congregation is located at 7000 Latone Ave., Tahoe Vista, Calif. For more information, go to or call 530-546-0895.

Incline Village Library news

Display cases: Jim Markle’s photographs will include a selection of digital and printed images: “The Loneliest Art,” and “Objects of the Auto Industry.” September is Library Card Sign-up Month. This month the Washoe County Library System joins with the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide to make sure that every student has the most import school supply of all – a free library card.

Sept. 18, 6:30 p.m. Jim Markle, artist presentation. Photographs will include digital and printed images, with a series “The Loneliest Art,” a collection of Nevada’s roadside art. “Objects of the Auto Industry” will feature a stylized technique he uses to enhance photographs of vehicles.

Sept. 19, 4 p.m. “The Altered I: A Holocaust Memoir.” Holocaust survivor Joseph Kempler and his daughter-in-law April Voytko Kempler, author of “The Altered I: A Holocaust Memoir,” will discuss his experience as a teenager during the Holocaust.

Sept. 19, 2-4 p.m. Lifescapes. Seniors are given an opportunity to write and share their memoirs. New members always welcome.

Banned Book Week, Sept. 21-27. Banned Book Week is an annual awareness campaign that celebrates the freedom to read, draws attention to banned and challenged books, and highlights persecuted individuals.

Sept. 24, 4-4:45 p.m. Family Story Time, children of all ages welcome for stories, songs, games, and crafts.

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

Community Leadership Club Fall 2014

High School students: Meets on Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m.-noon in room 213 at Incline High School, pizza is provided!

Middle School students: Meets on Tuesdays at lunchtime in the Home Ec Room.

Looking for community service activities to graduate? The Community Leadership Club is a great opportunity for students to get involved, gain leadership skills and experience, while earning volunteer hours. As members of the CLC, formerly Youth Advisory Council, students will be direct volunteers for IVGID Parks and Recreation. At meetings students will brainstorm, plan and implement fun, recreational events and programs for their peers. Students will receive community service hours for attending meetings, hosting events, and volunteering for fun events in the community.

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