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The Local Lens – Winter is Coming!

October 31, 2022 | Kathy Slocum

We’re thrilled to welcome guest author, Kathy Slocum, to pen this week’s Local Lens. She is a current board member and the publisher of our LIVE.WORK.PLAY. magazine. She originally moved to Incline Village in 1991 and has lived in the area since then, but returned to Incline Village in 2017. Please enjoy her article–
Greetings! Our weather is quickly changing, and winter will be here soon. We’ve got some great events coming this weekend. 
UNR at Lake Tahoe Ski Ball Fundraiser – Saturday, November 5 at 5:00 p.m.
Division 1 skiing returns to Nevada which is very exciting for our area. UNR’s new Athletic Director, Stephanie Rempe, has brought in Mihaela Kosi, who served as Sierra Nevada University’s (SNU) alpine skiing head coach since 2018. Mihaela will assume the same role with the revived University of Nevada Wolf Pack program. The addition of alpine skiing to the Wolf Pack varsity sports lineup is part of the University’s transition of assets and operations from SNU to the rebranded University of Nevada, Reno at Lake Tahoe. The SNU program has called Diamond Peak their training ground for many years. The UNR training program is undecided. Find out more about the Ski Ball, purchase tickets, or participate in the silent online auction here.
Over the last few years, I’ve trained with the Masters ski program offered by Diamond Peak Ski Education Foundation (ski team) and experienced the SNU athletes training. Their skill level is amazing. For all the aspiring ski racers, snowboarders, and all mountain skiers please consider joining one of the season long programs ski education programs with DPSEF.
Gather in Gratitude, Sunday, November 6
The 32nd Annual Tahoe Chocolate and Wine Festival is another great event I am looking forward to attending. Proceeds go to Sierra Community House whose mission is to connect and empower our community through family strengthening, crisis intervention, hunger relief, and legal services. Find out more and/or purchase tickets here.
Northern Lights Festival
IVCBA’s Northern Lights Festival begins Thanksgiving weekend and celebrations continue through December. Watch for the complete schedule of events in our upcoming issue of LIVE.WORK.PLAY. magazine, scheduled to arrive in your mailboxes by November 21. Visit www.northernlightstahoe.com for all the festival information and updates. I hope you enjoy the magic of the season.

As we approach the change of season and the winter months, I reflect on how much I love living in Incline Village, with access to amazing outdoor recreation and am reminded how fortunate we are. 

Kathy Slocum can be reached via email at kathy@ivcba.org.

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IVCB Community Forum Recap 10-21-22

October 31, 2022 | Member Submitted

Did you miss out on the 10/21 IVCB Community Forum? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! You can watch the recap here.

To be alerted about future forums, subscribe to the mailing list by sending an email to ivcbcommunityforum@gmail.com.

The Incline Village/Crystal Bay Community Forum will be held the 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month at 9am in person and online using the meeting app Zoom. The Zoom meeting ID number is 815 3612 1755 and the password is 1864.

On Friday morning at 8:55am John Crockett or Amanda McPhaill from the library will start the meeting. Please join before 9am so we start on time.

If you are unable to join the Zoom meeting by computer or cell phone, you may still submit issues to be discussed to Denise Davis (ivcbcommunityforum@gmail.com).

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IVGID Trustee Candidate Forum Recap 10-13-22

October 31, 2022 | Grace Hubrig

Did you miss out on Inclined to Meet: IVGID Trustee Candidate Forum from October 13? We’ve got you covered! IVGID Trustee Candidates Yolanda Knaak, Ray Tulloch, David Noble, and Gail Krolick answer pre-submitted questions along with questions from the audience. Program sponsored by IV Community and Business Association in partnership with IV/CB Community Forum.

Check out the recap video here

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Pine Nuts – The Art of Swearing

October 30, 2022 | McAvoy Lane

I have a good friend whose wife puts a jar out whenever I visit, and makes us deposit a
dollar into that jar every time we use a profane word to color our conversation. So I always stock
up on dollar bills before visiting. Maybe it’s because I was in the Marine Corps, but I have found
as an adult, that sprinkling your banter with an occasional cussword for emphasis is like
sprinkling your mashed potatoes with pepper. Of course, if ladies are present I am most
guarded, and if children are present I abstain altogether.

Yet, nobody could swear, I have to believe, like Mark Twain. As his thirty-year
housekeeper Katy Leary wrote in her book, A Lifetime with Mark Twain, “Men don’t come any
better in this world than Mr. Clemens. He swore like an angel, sort of amusing it was—and
gay—not like real swearing. I suppose everybody has a few private cuss words of their own to
help them over the rough places.”

Apparently, there was little or no wrath or malice in Sam’s swearing. As Elizabeth
Wallace averred, “Gently, slowly, with no profane inflexions of voice, but irresistibly as though
they had the headwaters of the Mississippi for their source, came this stream of unholy
adjectives and choice expletives.”

And Sam had his own personal respect for the art swearing…

“As for profanity, there are times when profanity provides a relief denied even to prayer,
and when it comes to pure ornamental cursing, the average American is gifted above the sons of
men. Oh, I used to be able to utter an oath that would knock the dust up where it struck the
ground. When angry, count four; when very angry, go ahead and swear. It’s the people’s poetry.
A gentleman can swear and still be a gentleman if he does it in a nice and benevolent and
affectionate way.

I had a lady friend who was not feeling well last week, and she asked me, ‘Sam, what can
I do to feel better? I feel awful!’ So I told her what my doctor told me, I said, ‘Dear, you must
give up drinking, smoking & swearing.’

She said, ‘But Sam, that would be easy, I don’t drink, I don’t smoke, and I’ve never

There it was. She had been neglecting her habits. Here was this poor moral pauper, a
sinking ship, with no baggage to throw over. Oh yes, one little bad habit might have saved her.”
Sam’s swearing, it might be safe for us to say, was an artform unto itself. I only wish I
could have had the distinct pleasure of hearing it fall upon my ears, like an American folksong.
By listening to Mark Twain’s swearing, well, I’m confident it might improve my own liberal use
of profanity and make me more comprehensible to my comrades in conversation. Sadly, that
might not happen today, but it might happen…

Listen to the audio here

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16th Annual Passport to Dining

October 30, 2022 | Member Submitted

North Tahoe’s Most Flavorful Fundraiser Features 30 Food, Wine, and Beer Tasting Stations and a Silent Auction and Raffle.  

Back for it’s sixteenth year, Passport to Dining promises to be an evening of delicious food, craft breweries, and regional wineries that attendees won’t want to miss. North Tahoe Business Association (NTBA), a nonprofit organization with a mission to improve economic vitality and quality of life, will host North Tahoe’s most flavorful fundraiser on Thursday, November 10, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at North Tahoe Event Center, in Kings Beach, CA. 

Passport to Dining brings together a wide variety of flavors from restaurants, caterers, wineries, and breweries including: Alibi Ale Works, Aunty Elaine’s, Batch Cupcakes, Bear Belly Brewing Co., Caliente Southwest South, D’Lish Catering & Burrito Window, Glasses Wine Bar, Jiffy’s Pizza, Lanza’s Restaurant, Las Panchitas, Men Wielding Fire, Mountain Slice Cafe & Creamery, Now We Taco’N, Pep’s Place, River Ranch Restaurant, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Spindleshanks American Bistro & Wine Bar, Susie Scoops Ice Cream, Tahoe Bread Company, Tahoe Blue Vodka, Tahoe Central Market, Tahoe Tap Haus, The Soule Domain, Tree House Cafe, Truckee River Winery, and Tunnel Creek Cafe.

While enjoying tastings, attendees can support two worthy local nonprofit organizations by purchasing raffle tickets and bidding on silent auction items and packages. The raffle and auction are recognized as one of the best in North Lake Tahoe featuring Northern California Getaway Packages and many additional valuable items. 

This year, NTBA will donate a portion of Passport to Dining’s proceeds to Sierra Community House, an organization dedicated to connecting and empowering the community through family strengthening, crisis intervention, hunger relief, and legal services.

Tickets are $60 and include unlimited responsible tastings.  Attendees can vote for the People’s Choice award for best food station. Tickets are available in advance only, and can be found online at www.northtahoebusiness.org on a limited, first-come, first-served basis.   

“Passport to Dining is a super fun and social fundraiser that allows NTBA to showcase and guests to enjoy culinary delights from a variety of tasting stations while supporting two worthy local nonprofit organizations,” said Alyssa Reilly, executive director of NTBA.

For a list of tasting stations, premier silent auction and raffle prizes, and additional Passport to Dining information, visit www.northtahoebusiness.org.

Passport to Dining is made possible through the generosity of the participating restaurants, caterers, breweries, and wineries. Passport to Dining is sponsored by Liberty Utilities, North Tahoe Public Utility District, Placer County, Moonshine Ink, Tahoe Quarterly, and Tahoe Weekly.

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Holiday Shopping for a Cause! Annual Incline Village Thrift Stores Holiday Open House

October 29, 2022 | Member Submitted

Kick off your holiday shopping while supporting all the local non-profit thrift stores in Incline Village at our annual Christmas Comes to Incline event. It will be a day filled with fabulous finds, fun and festivity with the proceeds benefiting the following thrift stores:

Village Christian Thrift Shop, 799 Southwood Blvd,  775.831.3902

Tahoe Family Solutions, 797 Southwood Blvd,  775.833.4414

Tahoe Forest Hospice, 893 Tahoe Blvd, Suite 1500,  775.298.7901

Pet Network, 760 Mays Blvd, Suites 9 & 10,  775.548.5049

The event gets underway on Saturday, November 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. In addition to great shopping, there will be live music, a visit from Santa and treats. We’ll see you there!

Contact: Vickie Twichell, Manager of the Village Christian Thrift Shop & Open House event at 775.434.5830.

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Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation’s “Tahoe Gives” Online Directory Connects Community to Nonprofits

October 29, 2022 | Member Submitted

Written by Natalie Erquiaga

Since 2012, many people have joined the philanthropic movement known as Giving Tuesday, created in the wake of Black Friday shopping and spending, as a day to raise money for charity and unleash the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world.

As we approach November 29, 2022, Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation is dedicated to connecting donors to the causes they care about through its Nonprofit Directory TahoeGives.org.  The directory lists over 80 nonprofit organizations providing services and programs including education, arts, health and wellbeing, environmental preservation, and community support.

“Philanthropy in Tahoe has continued to grow, and Giving Tuesday is a great way to come together to empower those in need,” says Claudia Andersen, CEO of Parasol.  “We encourage people to join the movement, and the Tahoe Gives directory makes it easy to navigate and connect with our amazing local nonprofits and their missions.”

Community foundations were developed as a unique way to lead philanthropy in local communities through collective giving.  Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation works to communize grantmaking by working with the local nonprofit community serving the Tahoe Basin as more than just grant recipients – but as partners in community-building.  This led to the creation of TahoeGives.org, showcasing Tahoe’s nonprofit community, and empowering donors to make a real impact directly to the causes they are most passionate about.

As you enter this season of giving, Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation encourages you to join in giving in all seasons, and collectively on this Giving Tuesday.  Together, through the power of philanthropy, we can transform our community and make a global impact. 

Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation is Tahoe’s oldest and largest community foundation. Dedicated to cultivating community philanthropy, Parasol connects donors to causes that count and helps nonprofits achieve their charitable goals, positively impacting the quality of life and supporting the people and places of Tahoe. 

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Talks@Tahoe: “Sierra Lullabies” with Aaron Hill and Jean-Paul Perrotte

October 29, 2022 | Member Submitted

*This event has been postponed to a later date that is tbd. Check back here for updates*

The University of Nevada, Reno at Lake Tahoe is the perfect location to play host to a new public speakers’ series — Talks@Tahoe — where our Incline Village and surrounding communities can join together for engaging conversations. We hope you consider attending Talks@Tahoe, where we’ll invite notable guests to engage you in meaningful conversations on topics relevant to our local region, nation and world.

Aaron Hill, assistant professor of oboe and classical saxophone, and Jean-Paul Perrotte, assistant professor of electro-acoustic composition and the director of the Electro-Acoustic Lab, join us from the University’s Department of Music in the School of the Arts within the College of Liberal Arts. They will perform “Sierra Lullabies,” a musical soundscape for oboe and computer; composition by Jean-Paul Perrotte. Their musical performance will evoke Lake Tahoe, the Sierra Nevadas and Pyramid Lake.

The event will be hosted in the Prim Library, First Floor.

Reserve your seat today!

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Northern Lights Festival Returns!

October 27, 2022 | Julie Malkin-Manning

The community and businesses in Incline Village and Crystal Bay, Nevada, are hosting the return of the popular Northern Lights Festival now through the end of the year. This month-long celebration includes over 20 family-friendly events for locals and visitors to enjoy, including the classics that come back every year: the Tahoe Film Fest on December 1-4, Brunch with Santa on December 12, and TOCCATA’s Messiah on December 13. Thanks to our lighting sponsors, Incline Village has holiday lights! Check out the trees decorated on Tahoe Boulevard at Northwood and at Village. Businesses and residents will be entering the Deck the Halls Lighting Contest and giving everyone a reason to take a drive through our Northern Lights extravaganza.


NEW THIS YEAR is Candy Cane Village, a lighting and community event on UNR at Lake Tahoe campus on December 3. Nevada Santa and Mrs. Lollie Claus will be on hand for entertainment and photos. They will arrive in a fire engine courtesy of the North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District.

ALSO ON DECEMBER 3RD: Visit Country Club Center for Sip and Snacks. Visit the Hyatt to see the Gingerbread House and to have S’mores on the Hyatt Patio.

The Northern Lights event sponsors include IVCBA, Travel North Tahoe Nevada, the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office, and other local nonprofit organizations.

IT’S NOT A SECRET…. Holiday events start in early November. Watch our events calendar for all of them!

The organizers and key sponsors include the Incline Village Crystal Bay Community and Business Association (IVCBA)Incline Village General Improvement District (IVGID), the Incline Village Crystal Bay Visitor Bureau, and other local nonprofit organizations.


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The Local Lens – Community Involvement Opportunities

October 12, 2022 | Linda Offerdahl

This is a big week for community involvement! Beyond the obvious reason for attending community forums…. learning about an issue or what’s going on, meeting your neighbors in person again is a real plus. When we can put faces to names, when we can meet n ew people, when we can listen with interest, we start to weave together the fabric of community again.  And you know what that leads to…conversations with now familiar faces at Raley’s! Please share with me IVCBA’s vision of a thriving community that supports and is supported by its agencies, businesses, nonprofits, and residents!

IF IT’S NOT TOO LATE… to plan something for tonight, Wednesday, October 12, pick one of these 3 events:

  • Incline High School Expansion grant community forum. Nowhere has the generosity of the Dave & Cheryl Duffield Foundation been felt more than at Incline High School, at least in Incline Village. This latest grant builds out a football and track field, as well as expansion to the building itself to allow for more student programs. This is a broad-brush explanation of an extensive $38 million development. Thank you to Dave & Cheryl Duffield! 
  • IVGID Board of Trustees meeting…there are two this month, tonight and October 20.
  • UNR’s Great Conversations “Why We Make” presented by Rick Parsons, Teaching Professor of Art, at the Holman Art Center. UNR at Lake Tahoe is working hard to engage with our community. Rick is a longtime professor. The Holman Art Center is truly a great resource for local artists and people who enjoy art.


Now’s your chance to find out where the candidates stand on all the issues at IVGID! Being an IVGID trustee must often seem like a thankless task. I am so glad OTHERS are willing to do this. The least we can do is vote for the candidates that best represent our point of view. And then trust them to do their job! Do your homework: go online to research the candidates and then come to the candidate forum at the Chateau Thursday (6:00 p.m.). All the trustee candidates have websites: Yolanda Knaak, Gail Krolick, Dave Noble, and Ray Tulloch. Thank you to IVCB Community Forum for presenting this candidate night.


Saturday, Oct 14: TCF Fall Fest: The Greatest Show

Sunday, Oct 15: Pet Network’s Puppy Plunge at Ski Beach


Oct 20: Women Reading Women Book Club at Glasses Wine Bar

Oct 25-26: TNTNV Lake Tahoe Stewardship Plan Community Input Sessions

Oct 27: IVGID Trail of Treats and Terror

Oct 28: Rotary’s Battleborn Chili Cook-off at the Chateau

Oct 28: Harvest Fest at Boys and Girls Club in Kings Beach

Visit the local events calendar at IVCBA.org for more information.

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