Kiwanis Community Benefit Auction and Wine Tasting at Tahoe City’s Sunnyside raises money for charities |

Kiwanis Community Benefit Auction and Wine Tasting at Tahoe City’s Sunnyside raises money for charities

From left: Kiwani regional manager Margie Maxhimer talked Kiwani shop with Debbie and Robert Ward.

TAHOE CITY, Calif. andamp;#8212; The wine tasting started promptly at 11 a.m. on a beautiful Sunday May Day. By 1 p.m., after tasting several different fruits of the vine while grazing on hors d’oeuvres, it seemed most at the 20th Anniversary Kiwanis Community Benefit Auction and Wine Tasting event were loosening up, which in turn helped open their wallets. About 125 guests perused and bid on more than 150 silent auction items grouped by category on tables were spread throughout the bar and dining room areas of the lakefront Sunnyside Restaurant and Lodge. Then, each section was closed down to bidding one after the other, regimented by strict scheduling, before the live auction commenced, led by auctioneer extraordinaire (no carnival barker here) Jim Simon of Truckee. At the end of the day the Kiwanis were richly rewarded for their efforts with close to $35,000 raised for the kitty. The nonprofit North Lake Tahoe Kiwanis Club focuses its charitable contributions on youth programs, schools and education, and gives to community support and infrastructure improvements at North Lake Tahoe and Truckee. Past beneficiaries include the Boy Scouts, Boys andamp; Girls Club, Arts for the Schools, North Tahoe High School and middle school music programs, food for needy local families, concerts at Commons Beach, scholarships for NTHS graduates and more.Bidding and tasting to raise money for a good cause were Pammie and Randy Pomin, Jenny and Dave Antonucci, Al Colhoun, Jennifer and Dave Shelton, Julie and David Conover, Chip Larson, Bill and Bob McClintock, Cindy Gustafson and Wally Auerbach, Dianne Miller, Sandy and Dick Tomlinson, Brian McGeever, Nora and Bill Leeder, Linda Willard, Nileta and Dick Morton, Lauren Parson, Elisa Tauber, Liz Morrison, Jim Fleming, Bruce Ajari, Greg Parker, Bill Yundt, Gail Scoville and Renz Robinson

Happy birthday to fellow Sierra Sun contributor Jim Porter who celebrated a big one this week. Let’s just say he’s now eligible to receive some entitlements andamp;#8230; Yes! Finally a new restaurant is coming to the restaurant space formerly occupied by Fiamma’s in Tahoe City. It will re-open sometime before the 4th of July as Italian Restaurant Tia Lina (which translates to Auntie Carolyn). The restaurant is named after new owner Carolyn Nunn who has 16 nieces and nephews of her own.Nunn also owns and operates the Auld Dubliner in Squaw Valley and Fat Cat Cafe in Tahoe City. The upscale casual restaurant will feature pastas, brick oven pizza, and other Italian specialties. The new establishment will employ about 15 people, and in addition to dinner will serve lunch in the summer with both outdoor and indoor seatingandamp;#8212; Vicki may be reached at

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