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Volunteer for Living History Day at Lake Tahoe

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Back Camera/Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.comJeanne Kurver knits for Knots of Love-at the Nature Center. Kurvers has volunteered at Sugar Pine Point State Park for several years, to and#8220;get out of the Las Vegas heat.and#8221; She loves Tahoe. Visitors will see Jeanne on Living History Day, helping out in the Nature Center store or seated at Guest Services because she loves and#8220;talking to campers.and#8221; In the afternoon she may be one of the costumed characters in the mansion's grand living room of the mansion.
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SUGAR PINE POINTand#8212; Community members and visitors may sign up to be a one-day volunteer at Sugar Pine Point State Park on the West Shore of Lake Tahoe, Saturday, July 16, 9 a.m. for the Living history Day July 30.

Never before have volunteer docents, trail leaders, kiosk operators, and childrenand#8217;s activity leaders been so important to the state parks. Without volunteers, the park would have no personnel to greet visitors. All of the parks have nature centers and gift shops staffed by volunteers. Several of the docents at the Ehrman Mansion and Emerald Bayand#8217;s Vikingsholm Castle are also volunteers. Volunteer shuttle leaders make Vikingsholm accessible to visitors with special needs. It is fair to say despite financial cuts to the California State Park budget, all services are still available because of Tahoeand#8217;s volunteer spirit.

On July 16, the parks are looking for people who are willing to staff the free Living History Day celebration at the park, Saturday, July 30. The parks need 100 people this day. Grandparents, parents, college students and teens who enjoy playing with children are needed. The Childrenand#8217;s Zone is a free event providing pre-school and elementary children with the opportunity to have fun the old-fashioned way. Children will play games circa the 1930s, make crafts and paintings and learn about animals and plants. Volunteers of all ages are requested to supervise children and make sure everyone has a fun time.

Organizers need help in a variety of areas. Amateur or professional photographers and videographers are needed to record the event and provide visuals for the LakeTahoeLivingHistoryDay.com web site. Outgoing personalities are needed to help with the raffle tickets and amazing prizes donated by Tahoe businesses. Guest services seeks people with warm spirits to dress in 1930s costumes and welcome visitors. Enjoy the shade shady and sit with vintage vehicles, providing information about the antique cars or boats. Can you give the parks two hours for training and do some historical preparation about the lifestyle of the elite who built exclusive lakefront mansions in Lake Tahoe in the 1900s?

People of all ages are needed to wear costumes and play roles of the Ehrman family members, their guests, and employees at Pine Lodge.

Volunteers need only work a three and a half hour shift at the childrenand#8217;s zone, and then they are able to enjoy the volunteer luncheon and all the rest of the free, living history day activities at the park. The same is true for those who volunteer to help with the raffle and silent auction, the set up, food service, or mansion actors. In exchange for donating part of July 30 on a morning or afternoon shift, community members join the group of concerned citizens who are working to keep the state parks open to the public.

Volunteer orientation may be attended on Saturday, July 16 at 9 a.m. at the Sugar Pine Point State Park Nature Center. A second orientation will be held at the same location Monday, July 25, 5 p.m. Choose which training suits your schedule and contact volunteer coordinator Rosie Smith to reserve a volunteer position at 530-525-6402.

Volunteer for one day. It is a contagious spirit. Catch it now.

More information is available at the Living History Day web site, http://www.laketahoelivinghistoryday.com or call volunteer program manager Heidi Doyle at 530-583-3074.

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The following activities are offered at Ed Zand#8217;berg-Sugar Pine Point State Park. Visit parks.ca.gov or Facebook at Lake Tahoe California State Parks.

Nature Hike Saturdays

Saturday July 16, 11 a.m.

No charge, parking fees apply

Join a naturalist to explore the natural history of Sugar Pine Point State Park. Topics include the parkand#8217;s mammals, birds and rich plant life. This walk covers approximately one mile, travels on both paved and unpaved trails. Tours start and end at the Nature Center on the Day Use side of the park. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring water.

Campfire program: Become Bear Aware

Sunday, July 17, 8:30 p.m.

Join Bear Management Intern for a fun and informative evening filled with campfire songs, skits and program all about the California Black Bears who visit our parks. Learn about their habits, habitat and what you can do to become Bear Aware. Program lasts one hour. Bring a blanket and marshmallows to roast over the campfire!