Community Report: Tahoe’s Rideout Community Center |

Community Report: Tahoe’s Rideout Community Center

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Growing vegetables in Tahoe is a challenge even for the most experienced gardeners. A short season with cold nights, lack of summer rainfall and acidic soil from the pine trees are a few.

But for those who have the desire and love for gardening, the rewards of growing your own in the mountains are extraordinary. Suddenly growing your own vegetables is all the rage across the U.S. and community gardens are popping up everywhere, including the White House lawn.

This spring, two Tahoe locals scouted locations for an organic community garden in Tahoe City. Brian Kane is a self-described and#8220;frustrated gardener.and#8221; He lives in a condominium with no outdoor space for a vegetable garden. Lisa Renschen was also missing the necessary garden space. They began a search for public garden land. They approached the Tahoe City Public Utility District, which offered them space at the Rideout Community Center.

and#8220;As soon as Brian and Lisa contacted me, I knew that this was something that we had to do, and that I had been waiting for this type of activity to take place in Tahoe City,and#8221; said Rhonda Kreidler of the Rideout Community Center.

In addition to working for the TCPUD Parks and Recreation, Rhonda teaches edible gardening in the spring and fall at the Creekside Cooperative School on the West Shore. The Rideout Center, previously an elementary school site, has the perfect sunny location where a garden thrived.

The first public meeting for the community garden took place the second week of April. It was just an idea and garden space. Things quickly began to take root. Christine Kamofsky Landscape Design in Kings Beach drafted a three-year plan for the garden, which includes a children’s garden, meeting area, fountain restoration and an unusual mix of raised bed plots.

The geometric shapes drove our chief carpenter, Ron Havens of R.L Havens Construction, crazy at times. The largest raised bed garden plot is 78 square feet and the smallest is 12 square feet.

Lake of the Sky Garden Club pledged $1,000 start-up grant money and the Creekside Cooperative School’s PTO pledged $800 to construct a children’s area. Chad Haney from Haney Brothers Landscaping in Tahoe City and Jonas Hoffman from Hoffman Plumbing donated time and resources to put together the irrigation system. The West Shore Association donated mushroom compost; Tom at Cut Rite delivered wood chips. Paul Ginney of West Shore Maintenance brought over a loader and cleared and prepped the site and Stu Genesburg of Genesburg and Sons delivered three truck loads of top soil. McBride’s nursery got on board by donating two trees for the entryway as well as dozens of vegetable starts that will be grown with the food donated to Sierra Senior Services. Within days of opening their doors, Tahoe City’s new garden supply shop, Tahoe Garden Supply stopped by the garden with organic tea fertilizer for everyone’s plots along with some garden soil for the children’s garden. And finally, Jeff Swigard of Swigard’s Hardware discounted costs for the PVC pipe, hardware cloth and drip irrigation systems. All these folks along with a collective of local garden enthusiast’s time and effort made this garden a reality in such short order it almost defies belief.

and#8220;It’s exciting and very rewarding to see the garden coming to life. I love to look at everyone’s beds and see what they are planting. How many gardens do you know that were planned and built in just a few months? And in Tahoe,and#8221; said Brian as he plants herbs in his plot. The garden is full of community kindness and is visited daily by participants stopping by to check on their plants and share tips on gardening. There is much diversity in the garden, participants are invited to plant vegetables, herbs or flowers and are asked to keep it organic. The crops include lettuce, tomatoes, chard, beans, eggplant, strawberries, blueberries, beets, spinach, rhubarb and lots of herbs. It will be interesting to see what produces for the mountain gardeners of Tahoe City.

There is still much to do to complete the garden, the group needs to finish the pathways, build the center of the garden and plant some trees. They hope to be finished and invite the community to the garden for an official opening dedication very soon. In the meantime, stop by the center and visit this new Tahoe City Community Garden. If you would like more information or to get involved contact Rhonda Kreidler at

Do you know what to do if you are attacked by someone bigger and stronger than you are? Awareness, body language, verbal language, fighting back, survival, confidence and safety are all tools you will learn in this important self defense class.

Tim Schroeder, 4th Degree Black Belt and Certified Master Instructor with 26 years martial arts experience will help prepare you to recognize a threat and create an opportunity to get away! AssistantiInstructors will be present to allow for personal attention. For additional information regarding class content call Tim Schroeder at (530) 583-7477.

No experience necessary. Suitable for all ages.

Woman’s Self Defense class

Friday July 17, 5 to 7 p.m.

Rideout Community Center

740 Timberland Road, Tahoe City. To register call (530) 583-3440 ext. 10. Fee: $15 resident, $20 non-resident

Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Drop-in fee $2

and#8226; Free Wireless Internet service and a computer lab.

and#8226; Social indoor game area with large-screen TV and Xbox, air hockey, billiard table, foosball, ping pong table, chess and a variety of board games and puzzles. Suitable for meetings, youth activities and game play for up to 20 people.

and#8226; Playhouse Cubby Room created especially for ages 6 and under and their caregiver that is bright and full of engaging play activities. Available for birthday party rentals.

and#8226; Fitness Room with treadmill, exercise bikes and weight equipment.

and#8226; Full size indoor gym.

and#8226; Multi -purpose suites for parties, meetings, classes, arts and crafts and small group activities for up to 50 people.

and#8226; Adult Open Gym Basketball, Monday through Friday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Free pick-up play sports

Grass Volleyball, 4-on-4 coed: Thursday nights from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Rideout Community Center.

Ultimate Frisbee: Thursday nights from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at NTHS Bechdolt field.-

Kickball Monday: Nights from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Conners field.-

Ace K-9 Academy Dog Training

Specializes in basic skills such as sit-down-come-stay, socialization, housetraining, chewing, jumping up, biting, behavior modifications and AKC Canine Good Citizen Certifications. The final class of the summer begins Friday, Aug. 21 at 6:30 p.m. at Rideout.

Yoga Kids Adventure Camp

For ages 7 to 10 years. Your child will have a complete mind and body experience. This camp will feature art, yoga, hiking, climbing and outdoor adventures This camp runs Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. starting Aug. 10 at Rideout.

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The Aug. 1 and 8 class was originally slated to be for advanced users but we have received interest from beginners so it may be switched for those just getting started. The two-day class runs from 9 a.m. to noon on both Saturdays at Rideout Community Center. Please call now to advise what level interests you.

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