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Rideout Community Center and Tahoe Community Sailing

U.S. Sailing recognized Tahoe Community Sailing and Tahoe City PUD the 'Outstanding Seasonal Community Sailing Program for 2008' award. From left: Joe Moore, Squaw Valley; Courtney Taves, Incline Village; Bryce Griffith, Tahoe City; Nichole DeAngeli, Reno and Greg Reghellis, Tahoe City feel the wind in their sails.

The benefits of participating in Tahoe City Parks and Recreation activities are personal, social, economic and environmental.The Tahoe Community Sailing Program for youth and adults offers many benefits. A personal benefit for local youth is a source of self-esteem, a positive lifestyle choice and alternative to destructive behavior. A social benefit is it reduces alienation, loneliness and anti-social behavior and is promotes community pride. An economic benefit is the program can be a catalyst for tourism and can reduce costly vandalism and criminal activity.In the winter of 2000 Bryce Griffith of the Tahoe Yacht Club and Ralph Silverman of Sail Tahoe approached Layne Van Noy, Superintendent of Parks and Recreation, to explore the collaboration idea of a Community Sailing Program at Lake Tahoe. Silverman had been looking to close his Sail Tahoe business. The Tahoe Community Sailing Programs was born that summer, with 36 students. Now the average is more than 300 students per year with a fleet of 15-plus boats.The Tahoe Community Sailing/TCPUD was presented with the Outstanding Seasonal Community Sailing Program for 2008 award by U.S. Sailing, the national governing body of sailing.This award was presented at the Annual U.S. Sailing Symposium in San Diego, Calif. Program Director Bryce Griffith received the award on behalf of Tahoe Community Sailing Foundation and TCPUD from Jim Capron, president of U.S. Sailing and Diane Wentzel, chairperson for the Community Sailing Council of U.S. Sailing. Wentzel outlined the reasons for choosing Tahoe Community Sailing for the award, which included the development of effective public/private community partnerships that include the Tahoe City Public Utility District, the Tahoe Yacht Club and Obexers Marina, and establishment of a summer sailing program that provides sailing and boating opportunities for youth and adults. President Capron added the establishment of sailing education that encompasses class instruction from beginning to advanced, coaching at the racing level, a Junior Instructor development program and a community outreach program for scholarships were reasons for awarding Tahoe Community Sailing/TCPUD.Tahoe Community Sailing/TCPUD was chosen for this award from more than 400 sailing programs across the country. Summer sailing classes begin in mid June and run through August. Registration is through the Tahoe City Public Utility District Parks and Recreation Department.

Bingo Party and Open HouseOpening Day at the Lake: Memorial Day Weekend, May 22, 23, 24 and 25, 2009. We will be hosting open house and have a fun bingo party at 6 p.m. Stop by the Rideout Community Center, while you play bingo, get your passport stamped for a bit of instant gratification. Stamp a few more and be eligible to win fantastic prizes! Family Bicycle DerbySaturday June 14, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Get ready for a summer of safe fun bicycling around the lake! Fun for the whole family. Safety tips, radical kids obstacle course, bicycle maintenance and accessories available from Tahoe City bike shops, raffle for a beach cruiser, BBQ lunch, bike decorating booth, and free bicycle bells from Pedal There.The Rideout Community Center GardenThe Rideout Community is starting grass roots Community Garden Project this year, and we are looking for donations of supplies, tools, and the materials needed to get the project up and running.We are looking for an assortment of things, but most importantly, lumber, veggie seeds, soil, compost and herbivore (i.e. cow, chicken, horse) manure.We would also thankfully welcome garden tools, wheelbarrows, garden containers, compost bins and rain barrels.For more info or if you have a donation, please contact Rhonda Kreidler at 583-3440 ext. 12 to arrange a drop off or pick up. If you are interested in attaining a garden plot for you or your organization our next meeting is May 26, 6 p.m. at Rideout. We are planning to break ground on May 30!Drawing andamp; DesignSign up today for Drawing andamp; Design Class. Learn the fundamentals of drawing, design and balance. Draw in black and white using pencils, pens and charcoal. Indoor and outdoor settings drawing people, objects and landscapes. Mondays: Beginning May 18 for four weeks. Ages: 12 to adult. Call 583-3440 ext. 10 to register.

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