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Tahoe’s Rideout center gains following

Rideout Community Center in Tahoe City will amp up its programming for summer ” art courses, music classes, adult enrichment programs and children’s camps ” and has hired a new recreation coordinator to piece it all together.

“Right now I am going full ahead with planning programs for fall and winter, and there are classes being offered this summer as well as some camps,” said newly appointed Rideout coordinator Rhonda Kreidler.

The Tahoe City Public Utility District hired Kreidler a week ago to organize the center’s activities and raise money to keep the Rideout facility going.

“We’ve had some very successful programs in there ” art and music programs,” said Bob Bolton, the utility district’s director of parks and recreation. “The reason we’re hiring Rhonda is to jump into a whole new level of promotion, to take this community center to the next level.”

Kreidler, a Tahoma resident, has lived in the Tahoe area for 17 years. She is trained as a chef, owned Cafe Echo in Tahoe City and has two school-aged children.

“I believe in this,” Kreidler said. “I feel really strongly that’s what makes Tahoe City ” not only is there the great outdoors, I think there’s a really strong, viable community.”

Rideout has made great strides as a community center since it opened earlier this year, supporters say. Thanks in part to support from local residents like Sue Rae Irelan.

“The groups that have discovered Rideout have been using it a lot,” Irelan said.

Organizations like The Silver Tips and Tahoe Mothers Club regularly use the facility, and the district offers programs ranging from group guitar lessons to art courses.

Prior to Kreidler’s contract, Irelan commuted from her Homewood residence to serve as the center’s unofficial program coordinator and will continue to serve on its advisory committee.

“The PUD board of directors is showing a real willingness to support the community use of this structure and broad community activities. But it’s going to be successful if the folks who want to see programs are instrumental in creating those,” Irelan said.

Rideout Community Center continues to welcome public participation, including with the advisory committee, teaching, fundraising and class ideas. Contact the public utility district at 583-3796 or Kreidler at 386-3683 for more information.

The six-month lease between the school district and the public utility district will come to a close at the end of July, and the two public bodies are negotiating how to go forward.

During last fall, the two districts discussed a lease agreement of about $23,000 per year plus the annual cost of utilities estimated at $60,000, Bolton said.

The utility district would like a two- to three-year lease in order to try new programs and gain full support from the community before making a longer-term commitment, Bolton said.

They have received some financial support from groups like Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation, and also received equipment donations like computers, furniture and office supplies from local residents and businesses, Bolton said.

But money is still an issue and the district continues to look to alternate means of fundraising.

“Our whole plan, and we have total support from the board, is we want to see this happen … But the community’s got to be behind us,” Bolton said.

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