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In The News – Early bird tickets on sale for Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival

November 29, 2023 | Member Submitted

Originally Published in The Tahoe Daily Tribune 11/29/2023, Staff Report

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. – Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival launches its 52nd season in 2024. Featuring live entertainment seven nights a week during its run, June 28-August 25, 2024 at Sand Harbor, Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park, LTSF’s 2024 season is headlined by mainstage productions of productions of The Merry Wives of Windsor, Shakespeare’s uproarious battle of the sexes, and Always…Patsy Cline, the musical celebration of a country legend. 

The Merry Wives of Windsor and Always…Patsy Cline will run Tuesdays (select) through Sundays at 7:30 p.m. The Merry Wives of Windsor will be directed by LTSF Producing Artistic Director, Charles Fee. 

Always…Patsy Cline will be helmed by director, Victoria Bussert. Always…Patsy Cline (created and originally directed by Ted Swindley) is licensed by the Estate of Patsy Cline. All Rights Reserved.


Photo credit: TRG Realty – The Merry Wives of Windsor

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Country Club Mall Sip & Snack – December 2nd

November 29, 2023 | Julie Malkin-Manning

IVCBA is excited to present a season full of fun and festive events as part of Northern Lights, including Sip & Shop and Sip & Snack events, featuring local merchants in Incline Village. With a total of five official shopping centers in our beautiful village, our local merchants and business owners are gearing up to make your holiday shopping a joyful experience. They’re here to help you find the perfect gifts while having a great time in the process.

On Saturday, December 2 from 12 – 3 PM, join the merchants at the Country Club Mall for a Sip and Snack Event. Immediately after the Sip and Snack you’re invited to Candy Cane Lane and Village

Participating members are going all out with the Sip and Snack theme!

Incline Spirits & Cigars owned by Miles and Myra, who also took over Mountain High Sandwich Co., invite you to stop into Incline Spirits to warm up with some hot cider. While you are there, you might as well stock up on your holiday bottle gifts! https://inclinespirits.com  http://www.mountainhighsandwichco.com

Nellie and Jonas Saia’s Austin’s and FUMO restaurants are offering 20% off all apps and drinks at Fumo, along with complimentary hot chocolate. And you know they have delicious craft cocktails at FUMO!  https://fumotahoe.com  https://austinstahoe.com

Inside Incline Real Estate & Community and Sabrina Belleci are hosting a Grand Opening of the new office in the Country Club Mall. They’re offering shopping options along with sips – stop by and check out Inside Incline’s new candle line, Tamacino Jewelry, Tahoe Paw’s crochet and knitted good, and permanent jewelry by Stellar Lynx. And, the festivities don’t end there.!Contribute to the warmth of the season by participating in our holiday sock drive, supporting Northern Nevada HOPES. Bring a pair of new socks, and let’s share the joy of giving this holiday season. www.insideincline.com

Trish McKowen, long-time local and owner of Lakeside Personal Training invites you in to take a tour of her facility and enjoy a snack and a chat. www.lakesidepersonaltraining.com

exp Realty’s agents will host a festive gathering with hot chocolate and sweet treats. Stop in and say hi! https://exprealty.com/us/nv/incline-village/

And there’s more to come! You can check out Sip and Shop events at various locations throughout the holiday season. Upcoming dates:

– Dec. 9: Raleys’ Center

– Dec. 14: Village Plaza

– Dec. 16: Christmas Tree Village

For more details about Sip and Shop events, including participants and additional information, be sure to visit ivcba.org. Get ready to embrace the holiday spirit, have a blast, and check off your shopping list while supporting local businesses and the community. 

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Incline Village School Updates

November 28, 2023 | Mary Danahey

Submitted by Mary Danahey of Incline Education Fund

With the holiday season officially upon us, things are going to get a little busy around town. 

Here are a few noteworthy items happening at the schools.


*Next week is the IES Scholastic Book Fair – a great place to start your holiday shopping!

*IES is piloting a new dedicated art program in hopes of turning their STEM program into STEAM, so plan to attend the Second Annual IES Makerspace Holiday Parade and see all of the exciting collaborative work being done at IES!  Mark your calendars for 10:00 on Dec. 22nd.

*The IES choir will be singing at the Candy Cane Lane event on Dec 2nd on the UNR-LT campus. The event is from 2-5pm


*IEF and IMS would like to thank those Villagers who turned out for the recent Trash to Treasure (T to T) community clean up event.  Nearly 500 lbs of trash was collected!.

The T to T group will spend the next couple of months sorting and analyzing the trash before beginning turning it all into ‘treasure’.  

Callia Schell, a current UNR-LT student will be taking a lead role in helping the students create that treasure – providing not only artistic guidance but also a wonderful opportunity to collaborate on a community-wide project.  

*IMS has begun an exciting chapter of MATHCOUNTS.  This is an exciting after-school opportunity to get in on some advanced math games and competitions.

*The IMS Robotics class will be participating again in this season’s IVCBS Northern Lights competition.  Stay tuned for the display location.


*The National Honor Society students at IHS are providing a Parent’s Night Out on Dec 8th. From 5-8:30.

the kids get to hang out, enjoying some holiday crafting and fun while you get you eat in PEACE! See the attached flyer for details.

*Basketball is in full swing, so make sure to check the Highlanders schedule for game times. 

*There is a Wrestling tournament on Sat 12/2 at Douglas High School

*Congratulations!  IHS is now a proud member of the GOLD AP School Honor Roll – one of only 9% of schools in the country.

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Ninth Annual Tahoe Film Fest

November 27, 2023 | Member Submitted

Originally published at www.tahoefilmfest.com

Tahoe Film Fest is a welcome addition to the cultural atmosphere in one of the most spectacular places to visit.

Those who live in and around Lake Tahoe respect their environment and there are countless organizations that exist to protect beautiful Lake Tahoe.

The premiere section of our programming are environmental films. We try to locate new and important environmental films to showcase as a way of not only educating our young people, but to celebrate the efforts of everyone who helps to maintain the beauty of such a pristine lake and its surroundings.

Tahoe Film Fest also celebrates a section of important American Independent Films, New Films from Latin America and award winning music documentaries.

All proceeds from Tahoe Film Fest benefit UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center (TERC).

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Tahoe Environmental Research Center

The UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center (TERC) is dedicated to interdisciplinary research and education to advance the knowledge of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems and their interactions within natural and developed Earth systems, and to communicate science-informed solutions worldwide. Research findings are brought to policymakers and the public through our science centers, monthly lectures, educational programs, and the annual State of the Lake Report.

TERC comprises a global team of scientists and educators that utilize a state-of-the-art LEED Platinum laboratory, two public science centers and a network of innovative instruments to improve the environment of the Lake Tahoe Basin today and for the future.

TERC leverages the exceptional resources of UC Davis, a top 10 public research university, to educate the world’s next generation of scientific leaders and inspire thousands of students, community members, and visitors to be stewards of Lake Tahoe.

Learn more about the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center and the public Tahoe Science Center:

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Experience the Magic of Candy Cane Lane and Village with Special Guests Santa and Mrs. Lollie Claus!

November 27, 2023 | Julie Malkin-Manning

Get ready for a festive family extravaganza as Candy Cane Village takes center stage at the Patterson Hall and Patio at UNR in the heart of Lake Tahoe on Saturday, December 2nd, from 2 – 5 PM. Presented by IVGID Parks & Recreation and UNR Lake Tahoe, this annual community event, held as part of the Northern Lights Festival, promises a day of joy, laughter, and holiday cheer for the entire community.

Watch in awe as Nevada Santa and Mrs. Lollie Claus make a grand entrance, arriving in style aboard the North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District’s fire engine. The excitement kicks off with the “Santa Stroll,” guiding families from the whimsical Candy Cane Lane at the IVGID Recreation Center to the magical Candy Cane Village on the UNR campus. Be sure to capture the moment with photos as Santa and Mrs. Lollie Claus spread holiday cheer throughout the village.

Live Performances and Singalongs

Immerse yourself in the festive spirit with live performances by the Incline Elementary School Choir at Candy Cane Village. Join the community singalong and let the joyful tunes fill the air. Plus, don’t miss the sponsored “Cocoa with the Captain” by WCSO Incline Substation, and enjoy complimentary refreshments provided by UNR. The village will buzz with activities sponsored by local service clubs, agencies, and nonprofits, ensuring there’s something for everyone.

Candy Cane Lane Extravaganza! 

Embark on a holiday adventure starting at the IVGID Rec Center, where Candy Cane Lane, sponsored by IVGID Parks and Recreation, begins. Families can visit the Rec Center first, where a craft station awaits to help little ones create and send their letters to Santa. Then, follow the festive path adorned with holiday decorations, guided by Santa and Mrs. Lollie Claus themselves.

ELFunteers and Festive Fun Along the Way! 

Look out for our spirited “ELFunteers” donned in red and white vests and holiday headbands, assisting Santa in guiding walkers to Candy Cane Village. The journey along Candy Cane Lane is illuminated by a dazzling holiday tree, decorated by the creative hands of elementary school students.

Convenient Shuttles for a Seamless, Safe, and Sustainable Experience!

To make your experience even more enjoyable, shuttles will run in both directions, starting at 2:30 pm and operating approximately every 15 minutes between the IVGID Rec Center and UNR Primm Library Parking Lot. So, hop on board and let the holiday festivities begin!

A full schedule of Candy Cane Lane and Village activities and participants will be published the week of the event at ivcba.org, which you can visit for the entire Northern Lights event calendar.

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Inside Incline Grand Opening “Live Locally” Open House

November 26, 2023 | Julie Malkin-Manning

Inside Incline Real Estate & Community is thrilled to announce the grand opening of its newest Incline Village office set to take place on December 2nd from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM. This momentous occasion will be marked with a holiday open house event, “Live Locally” featuring an array of local artisan offerings and is part of the IVCBA Northern Lights community holiday festival.

Open house guests are invited to indulge in a delightful shopping experience featuring the launch of Inside Incline’s exclusive candle collection, Tamacino Jewelry, easy style with a timeless twist created by Casey Wold, Patricia Melara’s Tahoe Paw’s featuring handmade fiber arts, crochet & knitted items, and something special just for you, permanent jewelry by Stellar Lynx. This carefully curated selection promises to add a touch of luxury and uniqueness to your holiday gifting.

“We are excited to open our new office at the Country Club Mall and celebrate this special occasion with the community. Our ‘Live Locally’ event not only introduces our new office space and exclusive Inside Incline candle collection, but also contributes to the festive atmosphere of the Northern Lights community holiday festival. We look forward to welcoming everyone to this joyous occasion,” said Sabrina Belleci, Inside Incline Owner/Broker. 

But the festivities don’t end there. Contribute to the warmth of the season by participating in our holiday sock drive, and supporting Northern Nevada HOPES. Bring a pair of new socks, and let’s share the joy of giving this holiday season. www.nnhopes.com

Inside Incline’s new office is at 120 Country Club Dr., Suite #3, Incline Village in the Country Club Mall, located just steps away from Lake Tahoe, across the street from the Hyatt Lake Tahoe. 

Inside Incline’s grand opening aligns with IVCBA’s Northern Lights community holiday festival, creating a festive atmosphere for all attendees. Restaurants and merchants in the Country Club Mall will also participate in the celebration, enhancing the overall holiday spirit.

Inside Incline Real Estate & Community – Lake Tahoe is a leading luxury real estate firm dedicated to redefining luxury with your lifestyle in mind. We provide REAL advice, LOCAL insights, and tailored service based on YOUR real estate needs. We are neighbors, friends, and most importantly, your PARTNERS.  www.insideincline.com

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PINE NUTS – Olympics 2023

November 25, 2023 | McAvoy Lane

We have had some wonderful traditions here in America that have fallen by the wayside. One that comes to mind, is a sweet and charming custom of the 1860 Hawaiian Islands, wherein all older women were called, “Mother.” A plantation worker who appealed to his Luna for a day off to bury his mother was always granted that day off. Mark Twain tells us of one plantation worker who appealed a second time for a day off to bury his mother, to wit the Luna protested, “I thought you buried your mother last week!”

“That was a…different mother.” 

Another tradition that is still remembered and brought up every two years, only to be serially dismissed, is The Olympic Truce, a mandate from the United Nations calling for a cessation of hostilities during the Olympic Games, to be held in Paris this summer. Do not cross your fingers, or you will end up cramping your fingers, without results.

You see, the International Olympic Committee brought up this resolution yet again at the United Nations last month and it was adopted with Russia and Syria abstaining. Did you hear the cheer? Me neither. Everybody knows The Olympic Truce Resolution is merely lip service, and has no teeth, only gums. Russia launched it’s assault on Ukraine while the Olympic Truce was still in effect. I’ll bet my golden gloves you didn’t know that. I sure didn’t. And what did the International Olympic Committee do?

On the day of Russia’s invasion, the IOC issued a condemnation, stripped President Putin of his perks, and turned away Russian and Belarusian athletes from the Paralympic Games. Imagine being a well-trained wheelchair athlete, and being turned away from the Olympics because of the belligerence of a politician. What a damn shame, not to forget the Ukrainians and Russians who have lost their lives.

On the upside, it looks like Russian and Syrian athletes who qualify for the Games this summer will compete as independent athletes, not representing any country. I can hear the Olympic announcer now, “And the winner of the gold medal in the women’s Olympic shot put is Tamara Press, representing…Tamara Press.”

Tamara Press, by the way, did win gold for Russia in the 1964 Tokyo Games. I was there, as a spectator, and had to laugh when she was given the nickname, “Baby Doll,” by American wags who thought she was a he.

Political competition will always get in the way of athletic competition, and the usual suspects are politicians who cannot run around the block.

I might have competed in those ’64 Games myself, and met Tamara Press, had I not stopped on Bourbon Street along my way to the Olympic Trials. But now, having given it much thought, I would like to humbly suggest to the Olympic Committee that they emblazon “Halt Hostilities” on all Olympic signage, symbols and merchandise. Hey, it can’t hurt, and it might even help…

Audio: https://anchor.fm/mcavoy-layne

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Lake Tahoe School’s Giving Tuesday Winter Market

November 23, 2023 | Member Submitted

Contact: Allie Sacci, Director of Marketing and Communications, allie.sacci@laketahoeschool.org, (775) 831-5828

A school fundraiser that gives back to the whole community.

Lake Tahoe School is a non-profit, independent school. Like most non-profits, the school has created a fundraising event around Giving Tuesday. This event will be the Lake Tahoe School giving Tuesday Winter Market. Not only will it raise money for the school to continue essential programs such as tuition assistance, but it will also promote local Tahoe businesses and share the exposure with another non-profit organization devoted to helping children. The market will take place at Lake Tahoe School on November 28th from 5:00pm-7:00pm and is open to the public. 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Sierra has been invited to host a giving tree at the market. The tree will be adorned with ornaments that have the Christmas wishes of little brothers and sisters in the organization. Market goers can take an ornament and fulfill a child’s Christmas wish list. There will be instructions on how and when to drop off your gifts for the children in the program. 

Additionally, Sierra Community House will be hosting a food drive at the market. Sierra Community House feeds families and individuals who face food insecurity by providing weekly food distributions throughout North Lake Tahoe and Truckee, helping to get food into the hands and mouths of our community while reducing the amount of food ending up in landfills. See a full list of their needs here.

Local small businesses have been invited to sell locally made products at the market and in return, are donating a percentage of their proceeds back to the school. The Winter Market will provide a one stop shop for locally made gifts for everyone on your Holiday Shopping List while supporting a good cause. Market shoppers can also enjoy a festive drink from Incline Spirits and a healthy dinner from Mountain Lotus Food Truck

Lake Tahoe School student council will be raising money for their middle school dance by offering donation-based babysitting. Parents can drop their children off to watch a holiday movie and eat popcorn while they shop and enjoy a festive drink with friends. Student council will also be offering gift wrapping services, so your gifts will be wrapped and ready to go when you leave. 

Lake Tahoe School will also be asking for donations to their own giving tree as well. Attendees can make a gift to their Arts, Athletics or Academic programing by hanging an ornament on the tree. All donations to Lake Tahoe School are tax deductible. 

The Lake Tahoe School Giving Tuesday Winter Market is the perfect place to celebrate a day of generosity. Come support our community with us!

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The Local Lens – Gratitude for our Community

November 22, 2023 | Linda Offerdahl

GRATITUDE is the theme of the Lens this week. I admire the people who meditate and reflect on a daily basis all the things for which they are grateful. While I don’t need a special day to show gratitude, it does help me slow down a bit and reflect. Sort of. I am writing this blog in between roasting turkey parts for gravy and making beef stew for the crew coming in tonight.  Here goes – What I am grateful for:

  • My health(recovering from a sinus infection)
  • My family and friends that are like family
  • Julie, Kristin and Jonathon who help IVCBA do all that it does
  • Those who actively work to make our community thrive
  • The nonprofits and agencies who care for our community
  • Our good fortune that allows us to live in such a beautiful place

Everyone knows what an Advent calendar is, right? Something every day of the week? That’s what the IVCBA calendar is like this month! Here’s what coming just in the next 7 days….

Holiday party venues:

I won’t get them all, but apart from the obvious (Chateau, Hyatt, Crystal Bay Club), Alibi’s Barrell House is a great choice, so is Big Water Grille and Jiffy’s Pizza. Sunshine Deli is a great caterer. 

Please tell me who I forgot!

I have to mention Tahoe Film Fest starting November 30th, and Candy Cane Lane and Village at the Rec Center and UNR @ Lake Tahoe on December 2nd! 

Remember to stop in our local businesses over the weekend for Small Business Saturday!

And keep watching for Live.Work.Play. in your mailbox!

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In The News – Incline High InvenTeam students give a glimpse into new snow load invention

November 21, 2023 | Kayla Anderson

Originally Published in The Tahoe Daily Tribune 11/21/2023, Written by Kayla Anderson

On November 8, the same day that Nevada Senator Jacky Rosen introduced a resolution designating November 8th as “National Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Day”, Incline High School students shared what they plan to do with the $7500 grant they recently received from Lemelson-MIT.

Last year, engineering teacher Adam Shoda initiated the process for applying for the Lemelson-MIT grant, working with engineering students to create a winning plan for an invention that is very much needed in the Lake Tahoe area.

His class submitted an initial application in the spring with a generic idea of how they envisioned their snow load invention, then submitted a more intense secondary application over the summer.


*Photo Provided by Kayla Anderson

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