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In The News – Sierra Community House: Building a community for a better tomorrow in Lake Tahoe

August 29, 2023 | Miranda Jacobson

Originally Published in the Tahoe Daily Tribune 8/29/2023, Written by Miranda Jacobson & photo credit

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. – Lake Tahoe is known as a destination location to people all over the world, but for the people who live in the area year round, it’s considered to be home. Underneath the vacation haven that is the basin are thriving communities looking to support their residents. 

There are plenty of challenges that come with living in a mountain town, including high densities of empty second homes and short term rentals leaving long term residents struggling to find a place to live, along with the growing need for food and mental health resources. 

To combat these challenges in the basin, the non-profit agency Sierra Community House was created. 

“Sierra Community House was created in 2019,” said Executive Director Paul Bancroft. “It was a result of the merging of long standing social service organizations in the community.” 

Sierra Community House encompasses a wide variety of social services on the north shore and in the Truckee area, bringing together Project Mana which is focused on hunger relief, Tahoe Safe Alliance which is focused on domestic and sexual violence and child abuse, and the North Tahoe Family Resource Center and the Family Resource Center of Truckee. 


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NN HOPES Community Event to Support New, State-of-the-Art Healthcare Clinic

August 22, 2023 | Julie Malkin-Manning

Inside Incline extends an invitation to YOU for an evening that promises to be nothing short of inspiring and groundbreaking for our local and surrounding communities.

You might have heard the buzz around town – Northern Nevada HOPES is gearing up for a big reveal! 

From being a tiny spark in the health universe to blossoming into a full-fledged 38,000 sq. foot community health center, HOPES has come a long way. And now, they are ready to take another giant leap TOGETHER.

Hosted by Keith O’Donnell & Sabrina Belleci, you’re invited to join us this Thursday, August 24th at the Inside Incline Office in Kings Beach as HOPES presents their vision for expanding their impact and supporting those in need. Click here to RSVP and reserve your spot.

Picture this: a brand-new, state-of-the-art healthcare clinic on E. 4th St. in Reno, NV – designed to make waves in the world of community health.

This is where you come in – your presence, your energy, your zest for positive change. HOPES has a vision, and we can’t wait to share it with YOU!

Beyond delicious bites and captivating conversations, this evening is all about making connections that matter. Whether you’re a health aficionado, a staunch supporter of HOPES’ cause, or just someone who believes in making a difference, your presence matters.

Click here to RSVP and reserve your spot.

Learn more about Northern Nevada HOPES.

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In The News – Richard M. Parison, Jr. appointed Executive Director for Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival

July 27, 2023 | Member Submitted

Originally published in the Tahoe Daily Tribune 07/27/2023, Submitted

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. – Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival and Great Lakes Theater are delighted to announce the appointment of Richard M. Parison, Jr. as their new Executive Director. A seasoned and accomplished theater professional with over 30 years of experience, Parison brings a deep-rooted understanding of regional theater and a genuine commitment to enhancing the community through transformative theatrical experiences. He will start the role in September.

Parison has held significant leadership positions in esteemed theater organizations throughout his career, including Executive Director of the Richmond Performing Arts Center/Center Stage Foundation in Virginia, Producing Director at Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield, MA, and Assistant Producing Artistic Director at Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia.

Parison returns to Northeast Ohio and GLT, where he launched his career at the then-known Great Lakes Theater Festival. With his remarkable leadership acumen and versatile skill set, he stands poised to usher in a new era for both organizations, uniting their efforts toward the shared vision of bringing theater to the widest possible audience in the Northeast Ohio and Lake Tahoe regions.


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School Updates from Incline Education Fund

May 29, 2023 | Mary Danahey

Hi I’m Mary with the Incline Education Fund, a local nonprofit that support students, educators and parents here in Incline. Through our programming, advocacy and fundraising, IEF helps to ensure academic achievement and skill development across generations of Incline students. We have some exciting updates to share from each of the schools:


IES is hosting a Summer Kick-Off Event on June 6th from 4-6pm

This is a Summer Reading Kick-Off Assembly in conjunction with the Washoe County Library System.


There are two collaborative events with Incline Middle School and Lake Tahoe School this week: 

  1. Drive carefully this Friday, June 2nd as it’s BIKE TO SCHOOL DAY! There will be prizes for kids who bike to school.
  2. It’s COMMUNITY CLEAN UP DAY for 6th & 7th graders. 6th graders will be heading to Sand Harbor and 7th graders will head to Diamond Peak to collect trash as part of the community-wide TRASH to TREASURE project. 

Monday, June 5th at 5pm is the IMS OPEN HOUSE.

This event is a school showcase of all of the wonderful programs happening at IMS.  There will be a presentation at 5:30.

Parents and community members are invited to attend.


LTS Track and Field Bobcats Cap Historic Season with Three Team Titles


by: Mr. Kris – Assistant Head of School

The Lake Tahoe School track & field team finished another highly successful track season at the Tah-Neva championships in Carson City on May 16. On a beautiful sunny afternoon, 22 different middle schools from the Tahoe Basin, Carson City, Reno, and other parts of Northern Nevada and California met to battle it out, all determined to achieve individual glory and team championship trophies.

The LTS Bobcats dominated the meet and were rewarded for their efforts by claiming three D1 team championships – 7th grade girls, 7th grade boys, and the 8th grade girls. The 7th grade boys not only won the D1 title but also were the number one school in the entire Tah-Neva League.


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IVCBA Is Hiring!

February 15, 2023 | Linda Offerdahl

We are hiring two enthusiastic, positive, and organized individuals based in or near Incline Village! We are IVCBA, your local community and business association. We are building and growing sustainability for the cohesiveness of Incline Village and Crystal Bay. Come join our team!

IVCBA Business & Membership Manager

The IVCBA community and business association is looking for an enthusiastic positive individual to run business and membership operations.

Business manager duties: Interface with QuickBooks Online, accountant and membership software.

Membership program manager duties: Recruit new members and work with members on business programs.

Ideal candidate has a business degree or equivalent, is proficient with office software and knows how to close membership sales. The successful candidate will have an outgoing personality with the ability to multi-task and manage time effectively.

Salary: $25-$35/hour, depending on experience

Hours: 30 – 40 hours/week

To apply, email your resume and cover letter to linda@ivcba.org

IVCBA Incline Village Main Street Manager

The IVCBA community and business association is looking for an articulate and organized individual to run the Main Street revitalization and redevelopment program.

Duties: Administer and run the Main Street program and oversee its committees. Research and understand community issues and work with agencies for effective leadership of Main Street.  Assist IVCBA in establishing charitable status for Incline Village Main Street.

Ideal candidate has a college degree or equivalent experience with an interest in revitalization and redevelopment issue and is passionate about Incline Village. Leadership, time management and effective communication skills are a must. 

Salary: $30/hour

Hours: 20 hours/week

To apply, email your resume and cover letter to linda@ivcba.org

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Incline Education Fund Secures Two $50,000 STEM Grants for Incline Schools

January 18, 2023 | Mary Danahey

The Incline Education Fund (IEF) was awarded a $50,000 grant in early October from the Washoe County Community Reinvestment Program for the Incline High School Engineering and Entrepreneurship program. They received a second $50,000 grant this January from the Nevada Governor’s Office of Science, Innovation and Technology (OSIT) to support the Incline Middle School Robotics Program.

Founded in late 2019, the nonprofit Incline Education Fund is the leading champion for Incline’s public schools. With an impressive list of successful projects, it now adds these grant awards to its list of accomplishments. 

“Our focus this school year is on continuing to lay the groundwork to create a K12 STEM pathway for the Incline public schools,”

Mary Danahey

IEF Cofounder

With the push for STEM expertise, Danahey said that IEF realizes students will always need strong core academic skills in order to succeed in these exciting new programs. 

To ensure that all students are prepared, IEF has partnered with Tahoe Tutoring “to provide extra academic reinforcement to those who most need a little extra help at both Incline Elementary and Middle School,” explained cofounder Sharon Schrage. “Plans are also underway to give that same additional attention to students above grade level to foster extra academic enrichment.”

In just the past two years, the Incline Education Fund has become the driving force in bringing innovative educational programs to Incline schools.

“Despite headwinds from shrinking school budgets and the pandemic, IEF is proving that local energy can creatively address the challenge of preparing students for the jobs of the future”

Sharon Schrage

IEF Cofounder

Recent Incline Education Fund’s successful programs include:

  • Successful pilot & launch of UNR’s Dean’s Future Scholars pilot program
    • Ongoing mentorship program at Incline Middle School
  • The Courage Project pilot program at Incline Elementary School
    • Ongoing program to build resiliency at IES
  • IEF Sponsored educational events
    • including: Mock Interview Day, EdPlanIt College Boot Camp, TERC Science Expo, Incline Elementary School Parent Nights
  • Technology Drive for Incline Middle School
    • Raised $100,000+ to provide laptops for each student
  • Incline Elementary School Makerspace
    • Raised $100,000+ for a robotics and coding lab

In addition to academic support, Incline Education Fund is also underwriting some of the Incline Middle Schools’ Exploratory classes, including swimming and the new culinary class this semester.  Outside of the classroom, IEF has partnered with AAUW Tahoe-Nevada to bring both a Girls Who Code chapter and a Culinary Club to students. IEF is also working with both Incline Village Rotary Groups to update the Incline Middle School library.

IEF is always looking for individuals willing to share their skills and experience as mentors, coaches or as a speaker. “Volunteers are always needed to help with tutoring or as reading buddies, classroom aides, subject specialists and most importantly, substitute teachers.”

To learn more or to donate, email Mary Danahey, maryd@inclineeducationfund.org, Sharon Schrage, sharons@inclineeducationfund.org, or visit the Incline Education Fund website.

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Share, Care, and Give a Pair this Holiday Season – Sock Drive

January 3, 2023 | Member Submitted

RE/MAX Gold of Reno and Incline Village to host annual sock drive to benefit Northern Nevada HOPES. Sponsored by Inside Incline Community Real Estate, Northern Nevada RE/MAX Gold realtors will collect new, unused socks for distribution in our local community this winter through Northern Nevada HOPES. 

Northern Nevada HOPES provides affordable, high-quality, medical, behavioral health, and support services for all.  Since 1997, Northern Nevada HOPES has been on the front lines of community health, caring for those with the fewest resources and options, many of whom are living in crisis every day. 

“As community members, RE/MAX Gold agents actively give back to Northern Nevadans in need, year round. Socks are viewed as the most critical resource to keep people’s feet dry and warm in the winter, which leads to improved overall health and well-being”, says owner/broker Sabrina Belleci. “Our collective goal at RE/MAX Gold is to provide 1,000 pairs of socks.”

Socks may be dropped off at the following locations in Northern Nevada through January 31:

  • RE/MAX Gold Incline
  • Incline Village Board of Realtors
  • Ticor Title
  • RE/MAX Gold Reno

Financial contributions can be made via Venmo @tiffany-grimes-14 and will directly benefit HOPES. 

Inside Incline is a community driven real estate agency, serving Incline Village, Lake Tahoe, Reno, and surrounding communities. With 20+ years of experience, our team provides unmatched local knowledge and real estate expertise.

Northern Nevada HOPES: Since 1997, Northern Nevada HOPES has been on the front lines of community health, caring for those with the fewest resources and options, many of whom are living in crisis every day.

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Faith-Based Local Holiday Services

December 19, 2022 | Grace Hubrig

St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church

341 Village Blvd., Incline Village

  • 12/24 4:30pm – Family Eucharist with Children’s Pageant
  • 12/24 9:30pm – Candlelit Eucharist
  • 12/25 10:00am – Holy Eucharist

North Tahoe Hebrew Congregation

7000 Latone Ave, Tahoe Vista

Cornerstone Community Church

300 Country Club Drive, Incline Village

  • 12/24 4pm – Christmas Eve Service
  • 12/24 6pm – Christmas Eve Service
  • 12/25 10am – Online Christmas service streamed on YouTube (watch it here)

Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church

701 Mount Rose Hwy, Incline Village

  • 12/24 3pm – Christmas Eve, Children’s Mass
  • 12/24 5pm – Christmas Eve Mass, Bilingual
  • 12/24 10pm – Midnight Mass
  • 12/25 9am – Christmas Mass
  • 12/25 11am – Christmas Mass, Bilingual

New Life Church

918 Northwood Blvd, Incline Village

  • 12/24 5:30pm – Christmas Eve Candlight Service, in person and online (zoom link here)
  • 12/25 10am – Christmas Morning Service, in person and online (zoom link here)

Open Door Foursquare Church

754 Mays Blvd. Building 6 Suite 12 & 7 Village Center, Incline Village

  • 12/25 10am – Christmas Service, Bilingual

The Village Church

736 McCourry Blvd., Incline Village

  • 12/24 5pm – Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
  • 12/24 7pm – Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
  • 12/25 10am – Christmas Service, in person and online (streaming link here)
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Sierra Community House – Ski for Families Fundraiser

December 14, 2022 | Member Submitted

Ski for Safe and Healthy Families! Get a discount on Vail Lift Tickets.

Ready for an Epic Adventure?

Our annual ‘Ski for Families’ Fundraiser is back! Vail resorts and Northstar have donated all day lift tickets through an EpicPromise Grant to support children and families in North Lake Tahoe and Truckee communities. 100% of all proceeds of ticket sales supports our mission: to connect and empower our community through hunger relief, crisis intervention, family strengthening, and legal services.

Tickets are valid at ANY domestic Vail-operated ski resort including Northstar, Heavenly, Kirkwood in Lake Tahoe, and, Vail, Breckenridge, Beaver Creek, Keystone, Park City, Afton Alp, Mt. Brighton, and Wilmot.

NO restrictions or blackout dates.

Tickets start at $159.00. Your purchase of a ticket is considered a donation and no refunds will be considered. Please allow up to 48 hours to process during normal business hours. Tickets purchased over the weekend will be processed the next business day.

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Business Profile: Tahoe Family Solutions

October 7, 2022 | Mike Danahey

Along with offering resources and enhancing skills for area residents, the nonprofit Tahoe Family Solutions provides rewarding opportunities for those looking to give back to the community.

One of those opportunities would be tutoring students as part of Tahoe Family Solutions’ Homework Help Club at Incline Elementary School.

“We always need more volunteers,” said Leslie Blunden, program director for Tahoe Family Solutions. Now in its 17th school year, the Homework Club currently has three volunteers and two TFS staff members working with 22 students this semester, Blunden said.

For Homework Club, teachers assign students who are struggling and do not have resources at home to help with homework. 

Volunteers must be cleared by the Washoe County School District prior to working with children, but no training is needed to tutor with Homework Club.

Tutors help first through fifth grade students with reading and math. Sessions last 75 minutes and are held immediately after school, Monday through Thursday. Incline Elementary lets out at 3:20 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays and at 2:35 p.m. Wednesdays.

Blunden said the tutoring focuses on what’s being taught in the classroom. A challenge is that with Covid, most of the first graders getting help are very far behind. “Many don’t know letter sounds or what numbers look like. With these students, we assist with homework, but our main emphasis is on learning the basics so they can begin to read,” she said.

Homework Club Students “are probably like any given group pulled from a classroom. A few are excited every day, a few drag their feet, but all are proud of themselves for accomplishing something they’ve had trouble with before,” Blunden said.

The hope for Homework Club is that it gets young students back on track for greater success in school. 

“The National Research Council has determined that high school graduation and success in the workplace can be predicted by reading scores at the end of third grade. Students who are not proficient in reading by that time are unlikely to graduate high school,” Blunden said. “So we test the students at the beginning and end of the program with the Fountas & Pinnell Reading Assessment.”  

Blunden said Tahoe Family Solutions wasn’t able to hold sessions from March 2020 to September 2021, during the school lockdown phase of the pandemic, in large part because of computer access use issues at homes. These days, all participants wear masks and use copious amounts of hand sanitizer.  

Getting volunteers is challenging, Blunden said, due to the afternoon times the tutoring sessions meet and the time commitment involved. Typically, volunteers are retirees or high school students, who Blunden said are dedicated, patient, and enthusiastic about helping children learn.
Volunteers have told her they’ve learned patience, a love for tutoring and how to do division problems 20 different ways as core curriculum changes. Also rewarding, Blunden said, is that the program gets 8-10 high school students a year who come back to thank those involved with Homework Club for helping them in elementary school.

TFS helps adults too.
The nonprofit provides adult support via language, tax prep and mental health programs. Adult ESL classes are currently held via Zoom, with the hope to be face-to-face again sometime this year. And since it’s tax season, TFS is also offering free tax preparation service Wednesday and Thursday evenings, from 4 to 8 p.m., by appointment.

Tahoe Family Solutions also offers mental health programs, which includes therapy and psychiatry. With the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, Blunden said that they have seen a huge rise in the number of community members seeking services. 

“Anxiety and depression surrounding financial instability due to the pandemic has risen dramatically nationwide,” she said.

To help fund all of these efforts, TFS operates a thrift shop at 797 Southwood Blvd.  It had to close for six weeks in 2020 when all non-essential services were ordered to do so, but has been operating normally since then. 

“In this economy, thrift stores are the ideal place to purchase needed items for affordable prices,” Blunden said. There has been a wide variety in donations, from t-shirts and socks to Italian marble tables, rare artwork and one time, even a deactivated hand grenade. 

“Truly something for everyone,” she said.

To become a Homework Club tutor and for more information on Incline Village-based Tahoe Family Solutions, see tahoefamily.org or call 775-413-5145.

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