Truckee Tahoe Announcements
The Truckee Neuropathy Support Group meets on Monday, April 20, 1 p.m., Truckee Pines Apartments, 10100 Estates Dr., Truckee. Bev Anderson, president of The Northern California Chapter of The Neuropathy Association will welcome all, lead the meeting and answer questions about this “most common disease you’ve never heard of.” If your feet or hands tingle, feel numb, burning hot or freezing cold, or like you are wearing a sock or glove when you aren’t or have sharp pains, you may have neuropathy. For questions, call Bev at 877-622-6298.
The Yoga Space in Tahoe City closed yesterday, but will soon reopen under new ownership. In celebration of this transformation they are hosting a Bhakti (the yoga of love and devotion) Bliss Bash, in honor of seven amazing years and blossoming into the new. The party is open to all and is potluck style, no sweaty yoga, just food, wine, water, cocktails, love, music, and sweet, sweet bliss. Bring what you love and let us all celebrate our divinity. The party begins Saturday, April 18, 7 p.m. for the sunset set mixed by DJ Gravity, Marky B and Jonathan W from San Francisco’s Pink Mammoth. Visit http://www.mountainlotusyoga.com for more.
On Wednesday, April 22,-2009, Tahoe Forest Hospital and Incline Village Community Hospital will honor their volunteers with a celebratory reception in the Main Lobby of the Truckee hospital from 4 to 6:30 p.m.
Volunteers at Tahoe Forest Health System include the Auxiliary members of Tahoe Forest Hospital and Incline Village Community Hospital as well as volunteers from 15 other organized groups such as the Cancer Advisory Council, Citizens Oversight Committee, Best of Tahoe Chefs organizing committee, Hospice and the Hospice Gift and Thrift stores, Pastoral Care and many more.
For information about volunteer opportunities at Tahoe Forest Health System, please contact Criss Rojas, Director of Volunteer Services at (530) 582-6643 or visit the Web site at http://www.tfhd.com.
PlumpJackSport to hold a Recycle Your Jeans sale. Donate a pair of gently used jeans and receive 30 percent off a new pair. All recycled jeans will directly benefit the Tahoe Forest Hospice Program. PlumpJackSport will also be participating in this year’s North Lake Tahoe/Truckee Earth Day Festival held at the Village at Squaw Valley with a great kids arts and crafts table with many recycled materials, Friday, April 17 through Thursday, April 30.
The North Lake Tahoe Resort Association (NLTRA) is hosting a Special Events Community Workshop Wednesday, April 22, 9 a.m. to noon, at the North Tahoe Events Center (formerly the North Tahoe Conference Center), 8318 North Lake Tahoe Boulevard in Kings Beach.
The workshop, free and open to the public, is a suggested outcome of the NLTRA Marketing/Chamber and Lodging committee joint workshop that was conducted Feb. 24, along with the community workshop that was held March 3.
Items to be discussed include defining what type and timing of special events, the role and responsibility of the NLTRA and funding opportunities for special events. For more information about the NLTRA, visit http://www.nltra.org.
Local people are getting much needed financial assistance after Call to Action, a three hour phone-a-thon held last month, raised more than $115,000.
In a show of support for people hurting in the Truckee Tahoe community, 271 volunteers called 10,000 households on March 15. As a result, 839 people made a contribution with the majority of the contributions less than $50.
“Clearly people in our community are feeling the impact of the economy,” said Lisa Dobey, CEO of Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation. “But it is equally clear our spirit of helping is still in tact in our region. Nearly every volunteer who made phone calls reported talking with people who themselves were in need. Yet many of these same people sent a check for $5 or $10.”
Last week Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation awarded $5,000 to the Family Resource Center of Truckee and $5,000 to the North Tahoe Family Resource Center. The family resource centers assist people who find themselves in need, who are unable to resolve that need without assistance, and who are unable to quickly get that emergency assistance from state, federal or other sources.
“Those receiving assistance are our neighbors and friends,” noted Dobey.
Typically awarded on a one-time basis, emergency funds may offer support for medical, heating, electric, rent, childcare, transportation and food. Importantly, any North Lake Tahoe/Truckee resident can qualify.
“I love this community,” said chairwoman Theresa May Duggan. “We put out a call that we need help and everyone jumps on board – we had people who couldn’t give money but they gave their time. We had people who couldn’t volunteer but they donated. We had people who did both. Is there a better community in this country?”
Remaining Call to Action funds will be distributed in May and again in November of this year to nonprofit organizations within the region.
For more information, log on to http://www.ttcf.net or call 587-1776.
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 face book 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 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.
The Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe will recognize the men and women of the Town of Truckee Animal Services Department this week.
The National Animal Control Association has announced the first national effort to observe National Animal Control Appreciation Week from April 12 to 18. During this week, the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe will acknowledge the work of the Town of Truckee Animal Services Manager Dan Olsen, Animal Services officers Steve Brown and Martin Schneider and administrative secretary Brenda Lee.
“The duties of animal control officers can be incredibly challenging,” said Nanette Cronk, Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe animal programs manager. “They are so often maligned as ‘dog catchers,’ but really they are doing their job for the safety of both the public and the animals.”
The Town of Truckee Animal Services Department and the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe maintain a symbiotic relationship. Because there is no current public access shelter, the Town of Truckee Animal Services agreed several years ago to share their kennel with HSTT.
“It’s a mutually beneficial system, since we have a place for our homeless pets to stay while finding homes, and Animal Services doesn’t have to add staff to handle adoptions and train volunteers,” Cronk said. “Many rescue groups that do not have a physical place for their animals rely on foster homes, which limits the amount of animals that can be helped. We certainly still use foster homes for special needs animals, but we would be in no position to adopt out the hundreds of animals we do each year without the help of Animal Services.”
Although Animal Services and HSTT are two separate entities, they share common objectives. Animal Services is the local government agency responsible for providing public protection and assuring the humane treatment of animals in Truckee, and HSTT is a nonprofit organization with a mission to save and improve animals’ lives.