< Back to Community News

Local Lens – Northern Lights Celebration Weekend Highlights

November 30, 2022 | Linda Offerdahl

In the early days of Diamond Peak, the Northern Lights Celebration was a kick-off event to the ski season. It has grown into a month-long calendar of holiday events with something for everyone. With the holiday lighting introduced last year by IVCBA, a community tree lighting event, Candy Cane Village, is a natural addition to Northern Lights. Because there is SO MUCH going on from December 1- 4, this week’s Local Lens will highlight just this weekend’s festivities.


The Tahoe Film Fest kicks off the first weekend in December every year. Did you know that films are shown at the Incline Theater, as well as at the Crystal Bay Club’s Crown Room and North Star? The Tahoe Film Fest begins on Thursday, December 1, and there should be a big crowd on Friday night at the Incline Theater to see The Fablemans, the story of Stephen Spielberg. 


There are some tough choices to make this weekend, but not to be missed is the premiere performance of the North Tahoe Community Choir. It is directed by Donna Axton, also a renowned pianist.  The weather may be bad on Thursday, so it’s a good thing there are two performances, one on Thursday and one on Saturday night at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church. 

OR mellow out with a glass of wine at Glasses Wine Bar and listen to the Doug Coomler Jazz Duo on Saturday night!


Hopefully you made the rounds to our merchants last weekend for Small Business Saturday. But DID YOU KNOW our local hospital has a gift shop? It is run by the Incline Village Community Hospital Auxiliary. I don’t know who their buyer is, but they have great taste. Deals can be found at their sale on Thursday and Friday. If you haven’t been to the hospital on Alder lately, you may find it busier than ever because of the full-time clinic and the specialty physicians that service our community, in addition to the emergency wing.  Use the side door to easily find the gift shop and use the new parking lot in back if the front is full.   Mountain Hardware and Sports hopes to open their expansion this weekend.  We can’t wait to see what they have!  Don’t forget to shop for your tree at High Sierra Gardens!


The day starts at Country Club Center for Sip and Snacks, moves to the UNR at Lake Tahoe campus for Candy Cane Village (and Santa!) and ends at the main lodge at the Hyatt for a S’mores Happy Hour. Between the lighting at all three locations, and the snow coming on Thursday, Incline is sure to be a winter wonderland!


Sip and Snacks will be offered at several Country Club restaurants, i.e.  Austins, Fumo, Cool Mess, and the Mountain High Sandwich Co., plus hospitality at EXP Realty and Incline Spirits.


Starting at 4pm at Patterson Patio on the campus of UNR at Lake Tahoe is Candy Cane Village. Nevada Santa and Mrs. Lollie Claus arrive in style, courtesy of the North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District fire engine. A program featuring the choir from Incline Elementary School starts about 4:30 and culminates with the official lighting of a tree designated as the official community tree in Incline Village this year. Weather may cancel or alter this event. Stay tuned to social media for updates.

WEAR YOUR BOOTS on Saturday so you can walk down Country Club, aka Candy Cane Lane to the Hyatt to view the Gingerbread House and Train on display in the lobby.  S’mores Happy Hour and Storytime with Mrs. Claus is a perfect way to end the evening. Parking is free from 3-8 at the Hyatt main lodge. 

< Back to Community News

Candy Cane Village – Inaugural Community Holiday Event

November 29, 2022 | Grace Hubrig

Join us on December 3rd to kick off the holiday season at Candy Cane Village, our very first community tree and holiday lighting event!

Attendees will be transported into a Holiday Village featuring Santa & Mrs. Claus, selfie station, holiday singalongs, official tree lighting, cocoa and cookies, community organization giveaways, choral performance by Incline Elementary School, and snow science activities at the neighboring UC Davis Tahoe Science Center. Feel free to come festive in your favorite holiday costume or holiday sweater!

This is a community event, open to all ages! Candy Cane Village is hosted by the University of Nevada at Lake Tahoe, on the Patterson Hall Patio from 4pm to 6pm. Parking is free at the main lot. See you there!

RSVP here (not required.)

Other events on December 3 include “Sip and Snack” at Country Club Center venues, Tahoe Film Fest, and the Hyatt’s  “S’more Happy Hour and Story time with Mrs. Claus” from 6pm to 7pm. 

< Back to Community News

Diamond Peak Opens Early on 12/3!

November 28, 2022 | Member Submitted

Article and photo courtesy of Diamond Peak Ski Resort

 A cold November and successful snowmaking has allowed Diamond Peak to announce it will be opening for the 2022-23 season a week early on Saturday, December 3, 2022.

Diamond Peak will be opening with top-to-bottom terrain, ski and snowboard lessons, rental equipment, and food and beverage options at the Base Lodge.  Specific runs to be open for Opening Day are still to be determined. Details will be posted to Diamond Peak’s Conditions Page as they are available.

Winter Jobs Available

Diamond Peak is still hiring for several key positions at the resort. Indoor, outdoor, full-time and part-time positions are available with a starting wage of $20 per hour for most positions and $14 per hour for junior positions. Employees receive training, uniform, discounts and a free season pass. Positions and applications can be found on Diamond Peak’s Employment Page

Tickets, Rentals & Lessons on sale December 1st

Season passes and gift cards are already available online and 2022-23 season lift tickets, rentals and group lessons are scheduled to be available to book via Diamond Peak’s online store on December 1st. Private lessons can be booked over the phone by calling 775-832-1177, starting on December 1st.

Candy Cane Village December 3rd from 4-6pm

After celebrating Opening Day at Diamond Peak, head over to Candy Cane Village, our very first community tree and holiday lighting event! Attendees will be transported into a Holiday Village featuring Santa & Mrs. Claus, selfie station, holiday singalongs, official tree lighting, cocoa and cookies, community organization giveaways, choral performance by Incline Elementary School, and snow science activities at the neighboring UC Davis Tahoe Science Center. Candy Cane Village is hosted by the University of Nevada at Lake Tahoe, on the Patterson Hall Patio from 4pm to 6pm. View the details here.

Ski Season Kickoff Party December 9th

Diamond Peak, Village Ski Loft and Alibi are teaming up to throw an ugly sweater themed Ski Season Kickoff Party at Alibi Incline Public House (931 Tahoe Blvd, Incline Village) on Friday, December 9th from 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.. The community is invited to celebrate with unique sweaters, goofy games, karaoke, prizes and the release of Alibi’s 2022-23 Snowflake White IPA, brewed specifically for Diamond Peak’s Snowflake Lodge. Diamond Peak season pass holders and those with a Diamond Peak lift ticket for December 9th will receive discounts on pints during the event. Details are posted here.

< Back to Community News

Deck the Halls – Community Lighting Contest

November 28, 2022 | Grace Hubrig

We are excited to bring back Deck the Halls Lighting Contest this holiday season! The contest is open to ALL Incline Village/Crystal Bay residents and businesses. Enter your festive residential light display, business light display, or business window display for a chance to win a prize. The resident winner receives a gift basket, and the two business winners receive a free ad in our magazine.

View contest details and enter to win here.

Additionally, check out the festive cheer around town! “IVCBA is proud to light up Incline Village once again with holiday lights on Tahoe Blvd,” announced Linda Offerdahl. “We have received so many comments and are pleased to get the Northern Lights season spirit off to a good start.”

However, we need your help! The more money that we can raise, the more we can decorate and light the village. Lighting sponsors will be recognized on our website and social media!

Become a lighting sponsor here.

New this year is the official community tree on the campus of UNR at Lake Tahoe. Decorated in red and white lights, it is slated to be turned on officially at the Candy Cane Village event on Dec 3 from 4-6.

Get the Candy Cane Village details here.

Check out our current lighting participants:

The Harrells, High Sierra Gardens, Christmas Tree Village, Raleys Incline Center, Village Center, Lakeshore Realty, Aspen Grove (beginning 12/7), Tahoe Time Plaza, Village Interiors window display (last year’s winner is back vying to win again!), Menath Building/Hamilton Realty Finance

A big THANK YOU to our current lighting sponsors:

IVCBA • Travel North Tahoe Nevada • UNR at Lake Tahoe • Washoe County Sheriff Office • Lake Tahoe School • Anonymous Donor • Rejuventation Massage • Barton Tahoe Realty • Sierra Lawyers • Tahoe Speech, Language & Learning Center • Incline Village Community Hospital

< Back to Community News

Pine Nuts – Thank You Mrs. McQuitty

November 27, 2022 | McAvoy Lane

I’ll never forget the day Mrs. McQuitty appeared in our driveway. She climbed out of an old white Ford, and I’ve never liked Fords since. It was a Monday, and I’ve never liked Mondays since. I didn’t want to take piano lessons, but my parents made me. At ten years old, all I wanted to do was to go swimming, and besides, piano lessons were for girls.

I remember how she looked me over, like an entomologist examining a bug, and I realized my life, as I knew it, was over. 

Sure enough, in our first lesson, Mrs. McQuitty tried to get me to memorize some scales. This was uphill work for her, as my memory was chock-full of blank cartridges…

“Ummm, Every Good Boy Eats Grass?”

“No, no, McAvoy, let’s begin again, from the top…”

I was a dismal failure, and I’m sure Mrs. McQuitty dreaded Monday afternoons as much as I did, maybe more, that is, until she introduced me to, “Mrs. McQuitty’s Boogie-Woogie.” Suddenly I had a reason to live on Monday afternoon, and even found myself sitting down to the piano to bang out that tune when nobody was around.

Still, I begged my parents to let me quit piano lessons, and probably because I could finally play a tune, they let me quit. I’m confident Mrs. McQuitty put that day on her calendar at home as the one day in the calendar year on which to take a drink.

Over the slow-moving years that followed, I would sometimes sit down to a piano that was looking for some attention, point to the sky, and bang out Mrs. McQuitty’s Boogie-Woogie. 

Then, my Mrs. McQuitty moment arrived. I was addressing a packed Nevada Room at the Governor’s Mansion as Mark Twain, when my microphone died, and there happened to be a piano behind me on the stage. While the AV guy ran for a fresh battery I glanced at that piano and a little voice deep down inside me said, “Go ahead, sit down at that piano, and call on Mrs. McQuitty.

So I shouted to the crowd, “I only know one tune on the piano, ‘I had an Old Horse, His Name Was Methusalem’…may I play it for you?”  There followed a resounding round of applause. I sat down on the bench, looked heavenward, and launched into Mrs. McQuitty’s Boogie-Woogie. The place went wild, clapping their hands and stomping their feet to the music.

When I stopped playing, and was assured the microphone was working again, I suggested to the governor that perhaps he should have the piano tuned.

When I arrived at my room that night I lifted a glass, and said out loud, “Thank you, Mrs. McQuitty, for providing me the most comforting round of applause any man in trouble was ever afforded. I love Mondays again, I love Fords again, and I love you, Mrs. McQuitty, wherever you are.”

Listen to the audio here.

< Back to Community News

Local Small Business Saturday Deals!

November 23, 2022 | Grace Hubrig

Shop local! Shop small. Visit the retailers and locally owned businesses in Incline Village and Crystal Bay for your holiday shopping!

Check out the local deals happening on Small Business Saturday, November 26:


Tahoe Gifting Co.:

• November 26: 15% off in-store shopping (excludes bulk ordering for events)


• November 25: 20% off all Holiday items and 20% off all clothing

• November 26: 10% off Storewide

Village Toys:

• November 25 – 27: 20% on Lake Tahoe-Opoly or Lake Tahoe 1000pc Puzzle OR save 30% if you buy them both!

• All Holiday Season: 20% discount on all charitable purchases (including Toys for Tots & all church fundraisers that are providing toys to needy children)

• Free gift-wrapping

Elevated Water Sports Boat Club:

• Until December 31: $1000 off initiation


• November 25 – 26: Sale, stop in to check it out


• November 26: 10% off storewide


Cool Mess Ice Cream & Coffee:

• November 26: 25% off online orders at coffeetahoe.com using code “COOLMESS25”

Glasses Wine Bar:

• November 25 – 26: Biggest wine sale in their 6-year history, over 80 wines are up to 50% off retail prices, quantities are limited

Susie Scoops:

• November 26: 10% off entire purchase

Nevada Jane:

• November 25 – 26: half off late night menu appetizers from 5pm – midnight (every Friday and Saturday)

Alibi Ale Works:

• November 26: First beer is half price with an unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots

Additionally, TALBOT Fine Art Gallery will be open this weekend and will have Tahoe Flags, Stickers and Fine Art Available.

Handmade at the Lake has knitted hand warmers and headbands ready for the cold season and holiday gifts!

Send a North Lake Tahoe eGift Card and support local businesses! The eGift Card can be used at participating locations throughout North Lake Tahoe. The Incline Village/Crystal Bay locations are: IVGID Rec Center, Nina Photography, The Grille at The Chateau, Village Toys, and Diamond Peak Ski Resort.

Support Toys for Tots at any of the locations below:

< Back to Community News

Kings Beach Holiday Tree Lighting

November 22, 2022 | Member Submitted

Get in the holiday spirit with the annual Kings Beach Holiday Tree Lighting hosted by the Boys and Girls Club and North Tahoe Public Utility District.

Come join us to greet Santa Claus as he visits from the North Pole via a North Tahoe Fire Truck! Santa will light the Christmas Tree and then move into the Event Center for pictures.  Pictures are $5, and you can sign up for a timeslot here.

The event includes –

  • Free soup & hot chocolate
  • Free crafts from the Boys and Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe
  • Free face painting, books and balloon twisting
  • Free entertainment
< Back to Community News

Local Lens – Tis the Season for Gratitude

November 22, 2022 | Linda Offerdahl

Thanksgiving is an important symbol of gratitude. It is a time when we gather with families and friends and give thanks for all that we have. It also kicks off the holiday season with Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Giving Tuesday. Here’s a lineup of what I am grateful for:

HEALTH… Thanks to Incline Village Community Hospital and health care workers everywhere for their dedication to keeping us healthy and COVID-safe. I am also grateful for IVGID’s Rec Center classes …shout out to Sandy Soli!!

WASHOE COUNTY for its recent study on Washoe Tahoe Transportation and its concern for the safety of our community. 

NLTFPD and WCSO Incline Substation for their professional service and their wonderful staffs.

FAMILY ADVOCACY NONPROFITS like Sierra Community House, Tahoe Family Solutions, Pet Network, and the Duffield Youth Center/BGCNLT. These groups, along with many others in North Tahoe, provide a support system for families in our community. Sierra Community House just completed its annual turkey distribution, in addition to its weekly food distribution. 

MEERA BESER for her tireless dedication to Winter Warmth and Wellness and the annual Thanksgiving dinner (tomorrow!) at the Kings Beach Conference Center. And yes, she is still masterminding Toys for Tots!

PARASOL and its donors for filling the coffers of all our nonprofits.  Please support their GIVING TUESDAY and end of the year donations campaigns. It was the founder of Parasol, Carla Hanson who taught me to be generous with my time, talents, and treasure.

ROTARY CLUBS AND AAUW and other service clubs who are all generous with their time, talent, and treasure!

DAVID & CHERYL DUFFIELD FOUNDATION for its ongoing generosity and benevolence. In addition to their work in the schools, with youth and with pets, they provided the founding grant for IVCBA. In 2023, Lake Tahoe School, founded by Dave and Cheryl Duffield, celebrates its 25th anniversary. 

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY is November 26. Shop local! Shop small. Visit the retailers and locally owned businesses in Incline Village and Crystal Bay for your holiday shopping! Check out the local deals happening around town here.

NORTHERN LIGHTS has an amazing list of events happening in December. It’s a LOT! Go to northernlghtstahoe.com to see everything. Additionally, you can select the ‘Northern Lights’ category on our event calendar to see all of the local Holiday events!

UNR at LAKE TAHOE for hosting Candy Cane Village, Incline’s tree lighting ceremony on December 3.

I want to thank the IVCBA staff and board for filling in for me while I took a vacation in Europe!

Happy Thanksgiving! 

< Back to Community News

Celebrate the Holidays Safely

November 21, 2022 | Member Submitted

From the Tahoe Fire and Fuels Team

Winter has arrived in the Lake Tahoe Basin along with the holiday season. Local fire districts and their partners would like to take this opportunity to remind residents and visitors to celebrate safely.

Decorating for the holidays is a tradition in homes all over the world but be sure to decorate safely. According to NFPA, almost one third of home Christmas tree fires are caused by electrical problems and more than two of every five decoration fires happen because decorations are placed too close to a heat source.

Holiday Decorating Tips:

• Be careful with holiday decorations. Choose decorations that are flame resistant, flame retardant, or flameless.

• Keep lit candles away from decorations and other flammable materials or use battery powered flameless candles.

• Some decorative lights are only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both.

• Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Read manufacturer’s instructions for maximum number of light strands to connect.

• Never plug more than two appliances into an outlet at once.

• Use clips, not nails, to hang lights so the cords do not get damaged.

• Do not block window or door exits with decorations.

• Test your smoke alarms and tell guests about your home fire escape plan.

• Keep children and pets away from lit candles.

• Keep matches and lighters up high in a locked cabinet.

• If you’re smoking outside, please make sure to properly dispose of your cigarette in a large, deep ashtray a safe distance away from any vegetation.

Kitchen & Cooking Safety Tips:

• Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.

• Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot, and kids should stay 3 feet away.

• Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.

• Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks, or bags.

• Keep knives out of the reach of children.

• Be sure electrical cords from electric knives, coffee makers, plate warmers or mixers are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.

If you have a small (grease) cooking fire and decide to fight the fire:

• On the stovetop, smother the flames by sliding a lid over the pan and turning off the burner. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.

• For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed.

If you have any doubt about fighting a small fire:

• Just get out! When you leave, close the door behind you to help contain the fire.

• Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number from outside the home.

For more home safety tips, visit www.nfpa.org/education.

< Back to Community News

IVCB Community Forum Recap 11-18-22

November 21, 2022 | Member Submitted

Did you miss out on the 11/18 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).

Sign up for our weekly SnapShot newsletter