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A recently formed Tahoe City Community Garden Working Group is pushing forward with plans to establish a community garden for the Tahoe City area. A number of community gardens have been providing a sense of joy and healthy eating options for communities across the country and overseas for years. Tahoe City is well on its way to achieving a similar goal. The group contacted TCPUD and asked that they consider providing the group with a suitable parcel of land at the Rideout Community Center.

The group is working to formulate a plan for a successful garden on the Rideout Site. Lots of details go into planning including, irrigation, fencing, how many plots, the size of plots, gathering tools, a tool shed as well as important behind the scenes planning with the TCPUD.

Lisa Renschen, a local who is leading the effort for the community garden, has started a Facebook page titled the Tahoe Truckee Gardeners as a way for locals to connect and share gardening ideas and tips in a high altitude climate such as ours.

Community gardens provide numerous benefits to participants. They offer a sustainable healthy food alternative, promote community interaction, offer a sunny, well-tended space to grow vegetables and offer educational opportunities to our youth.

If you, your family or your organization is interested in getting involved and would like to have a plot in the Tahoe City garden please attend an informational meeting on April 21, 6 p.m. at the Rideout Community Center or call Rhonda Kreidler at 583-3440 ext. 12.

Look and feel your best this summer!

Get ready and fit for summer in this new fantastic exercise program at Rideout. This class is being offered through the Tahoe Forest Sports and Physical performance group and is meant to shake up your exercise program and get you moving.

In Beach Body Boot Camp, participants will receive personal training to ensure you are exercising effectively. Expect high intensity workouts that will push you to the next level, get and keep you fired up. Class meets Mondays and Wednesdays, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. for six weeks, beginning May 18 to 24, 2009. Call 583-3440 ext. 10.

Come join us for a morning of fun and sign-up for our summer swimming, sailing and day camps!

When: Saturday May 9, 2009

What: Sign-up for swimming, sailing, science, and day camps!

Where: Rideout Community Center, 740 Timberland Road

Time: 8 to 9:30 a.m., TCPUD residents, 10 to 11 a.m. non-residents. You must bring proof of residency.

A complete schedule of summer activities is now available on-line!

You will not be able to register online until after opening day, although you can still view these activities online for dates, times and pricing. Online registration for these activities will begin on Wednesday, May 13.

So, how do you get started? Log onto http://www.tahoecitypud.com. Click on register under the Parks and Recreation tab at the top of the page. From there, click on “Youth or Adult Programs!” Click on “register online, click here.” You will then be directed to the Tahoe City PUD ActiveNet registration web page. Click on the “Request Account” button. Before registering, you must establish an online registration account and receive a customer id and password.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Parks and Recreation (530) 583-3440, ext. 10. Our office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Drawing from real life in black and white using pencils, pens and charcoal. Learn the proper techniques by drawing objects, people and landscapes in indoor and outdoor class settings. Ages 15 to adult. Monday evenings 5:30 to 7 p.m., May 11 to June 8.


Learn the fundamentals of design, balance, color, graphics and 3D form. Basic Photoshop and Illustrator skills will also be covered. Make your presentations look professional! This class is for ages 15 to adult. Monday evenings from 7 to 8:30 p.m., May 11 to June 8. Call 583-3440 ext. 10 to register.

Beginning Digital Photography Workshop

June 6 and 13, Advanced Class June 20 and 27

Ages 16 to adult. Beginning class will teach composition, resolution, digital film, metering basics, file formats, color balance and image sharpness. The advanced class will cover color balance, optimal image sharpness, subject expansion and compression, filters, exposure hints, introduction to printing and field demonstrations. Instructor: Ronald Baskett, who owns a photography business and is published locally and nationally. Call 583-3440 ext. 10 to register.

Camp Skylandia

A tried and true 25-year summer tradition is Camp Skylandia, a summer day camp offered by the Tahoe City Public Utility District, Department of Parks and Recreation. Camp Skylandia runs for eight weeks during the summer months, is located in Skylandia Park just east of Tahoe City on the lake with a forest and a beautiful meadow.

Everyday we offer arts and crafts, sports and games in a wonderful outdoor environment. Start off with a campfire circle, where campers and counselors sing and play games and do very silly skits to get to know each other. We then break off into groups according to ages, from 3 to 14 years of age.

Bambi Buckaroos: Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., ages 3 and a half to 5. Mini-hikes, cooking, nature awareness, crafts, beach play and singing.

KinderKamp: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., entering or continuing kindergarten. Child to counselor ratio of six to one. Hiking, swimming, nature exploration, crafts, beach play, singing, games and field trips.

Camp Skylandia: Monday though Friday, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., grades one to five. Large group games, arts and crafts, weekly field trips, beach time and creative weekly special events.

Counselor in Training Program, CIT: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., grades six through nine. For those who are interested in becoming Junior Counselors. They will be assisting with games and arts and crafts. Two field trips a week, plan the special event on Friday. Cumulating all the activities and the theme for a particular week, for example the Renaissance Faire.

Most of our counselors are returning campers and would love to share their fun experiences of fond childhood memories of Tahoe with other children. Sign up day is May 9, at Rideout Community Center.

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