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The Local Lens – Good News & Golf

September 27, 2023 | Linda Offerdahl

Rotary’s Best Ball for a Cause on Sunday is so much more than a golf tournament! It starts with a BBQ lunch at 12:30, followed by an amazing silent auction and fun non-golfer putting competitions. And yes, there is a golf tournament with prizes. All for a good cause…Rotary’s youth services and scholarships.

It Takes a Village….time for Winter Warmth and Wellness. Bring coat donations to a local church, the Rec Center or the Parasol building to help our service workers.  All before October 21, when they do a distribution at the Kings Beach Conference Center.

Bad News and Good News

Village Interiors has been in business at Christmas Tree Village for 37 years with owners Carole Leavitt, Ned, and Janet Stock. They are closing at the end of October. Richard and I furnished our home through them. Years ago, they were proponents of the Chamber mixer at the Christmas Tree Village. Every storefront had homemade goodies, but everyone made a beeline for Village Interiors first. THANK YOU for being an anchor business! 

Now the good news… Lisa Douglas Designs and Tahoe Gifting Company owners Darya and Matthew are opening a business in that location. They are known for their creativity and gifts of flocal origin. Stop by to say goodbye to Village Interiors and take advantage of their 30% off everything sale except fine art. I stopped in today and was amazed at all the beautiful art by local artists. It’s like a gallery. Worth seeing!

A Big Shoutout to David and Jan Hardie

Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation honored David Hardie as a Distinguished Philanthropist earlier this summer. He is a longtime supporter and board member of the organization and the lead donor to the Tahoe Fire Safe Fund. Dave and his wife Jan are pillars of our community. THANK YOU!

Conversation Café on Thursday at 10 am at Aspen Grove

How could it be that I have never been there! I am going for the first time on Thursday. I am a guest speaker to talk about IVCBA and its mission to “build cohesiveness for the sustainability of Incline Village and Crystal Bay”. We need this more than ever right now, something positive, something to unify our residents. We all want a thriving community, right? Join me! And join the community and business association on the website IVCBA.org.

This Thursday is busy check out these events if you are in town: 

Talks @ Tahoe – Why Lake Tahoe Matters Even More Today with Dr. Sudeep Chandra at UNR

Hyatt Lakeside Yoga to Benefit Incline Elementary School – Hyatt Beach

Free Community Presentation: Middle School Superpowers by Phyllis Fagell – LTS

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Incline Village School Update with Incline Education Fund

September 25, 2023 | Mary Danahey

Mostly a quiet week on the school front… just these three items:

-If you haven’t seen it on the calendar, look for the attached flyer for more info on the FREE Community Presentation this Thursday, 9/28, from 5:30-7:30.  Lake Tahoe School is hosting middle school counselor & private practice therapist who will speak on “Middle School Superpowers; Raising Resilient Tweens in Turbulent Times.”

-It’s going to be a little quiet around town next week as the K12 schools are on break from Oct 2-6.


Saturday, Nov 4th., there will be a Community-wide, post-Halloween clean up!

As part of their Trash to Treasure program, the Incline Middle School will take a lead role in planning their first community project. They are inviting any/all groups, clubs, and individuals of all ages to participate. Basically EVERYONE!  

Look for more details to come in early October (after the break), but put it on your calendar now.

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Keeping Tahoe Warm in the Winter

September 24, 2023 | Member Submitted

Donations Needed for Winter Warmth & Wellness Clothing and Giveaway 2023 Drive is till 10/14/23

Distribution 10/21/2023 from 2 to 5 P.M : 

Winter Warmth and wellness was created in 1978 by 2 local Pastors Father Shaheen and Chip Larson when they noticed that service workers needed help preparing for winter. Over the Life of the project it has been coordinated by various churches, synagogues, social service agencies (such as Rotary), real estate offices etc. We give away a variety of items depending upon what was donated; from coats, jackets, hats, scarfs, gloves, pants, to Diapers. So bring your clothes to the Rotary meeting or to a local church and even the Rec Center and help a community member stay warm this winter.

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In The News – Invasive New Zealand Mudsnails Discovered & News Briefs from MoonShine Ink

September 22, 2023 | Member Submitted

Originally Published by MoonShine Ink 9/22 -9/28/2023, Written by MoonShine Ink Staff

LAKE TAHOE: Divers monitoring Lake Tahoe have discovered invasive New Zealand mudsnails in areas off the South Shore, the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) and Tahoe Resource Conservation District (Tahoe RCD) announced on Sept. 21. This is the first time the species has been detected in the Tahoe Basin.

The Lake Tahoe Aquatic Invasive Species Program includes comprehensive monitoring of Lake Tahoe for aquatic invaders. Contract divers with Marine Taxonomic Services surveying invasive weeds on the South Shore discovered tiny snails on the bottom of the lake nearly a half mile offshore from the mouth of the Upper Truckee River. Consultation with experts and a DNA lab analysis confirmed the species is New Zealand mudsnail, an aquatic invasive species (AIS) that has been detected in nearby waterways including the Lower Truckee River downstream from Lake Tahoe near Reno. No other AIS, such as the destructive quagga and zebra mussel, have been detected, according to the agencies.


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In The News – 19th Annual Boarding for Breast Cancer: Skate The Lake

August 2, 2023 | Member Submitted

Originally published in the South Lake Now 07/27/2023, Staff Reporting

TAHOE CITY, Calif. – Participants of all ages and abilities on wheels are welcome to join Boarding for Breast Cancer (B4BC) as they ride 8 or 28 miles to raise funds for its breast cancer education, prevention, and survivorship programs. While raising funds participants promote the B4BC mission of staying healthy and being active. 

Participants can also join in on the fun virtually by cruising down their local trail or path and posting to social media if they can’t make it in person.

To kick off the event, there will be a Community Celebration on August 5 from 12-7 p.m. at Commons Beach in Tahoe City with live music from local Tahoe talents such as Honey Vixen and Bear Whiskey as well as food and drinks, live yoga and one of B4BC’s biggest raffles yet.


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Local Heroes Parade Line Up

June 29, 2023 | Julie Malkin-Manning

Local Heroes Parade – Sunday, July 2, 10:00 AM

  • NATIONAL ANTHEM – performed by Alyssa Lackie
  • IHS JROTC Color Guard 
  • IVGID Kids’ Bike Parade
  • Reno Mustang Car Club: Raul Caceres’ 1965 Mustang GT+ PARADE GRAND MARSHAL MACAVOY LAYNE
  • Reno Mustang Car Club: Michael Dayton’s 2019 Mustang Convertible + DON & JUDY MORRISON – DISTINGUISHED VET 
  • Reno Mustang Car Club
  • Inside Incline 
  • IVCBA Future Local Heroes 
  • Kuchulis Family- 1946 Jeep Willys
  • Incline Village Crystal Bay Veterans Club – 1930 Ford Model A Woodie Wagon (James Nowlin)
  • Incline Village Crystal Bay Veterans Club
  • Alfa Romeo Club of Incline Village 
  • Nevada State Police
  • IVCB Republican Women’s Club
  • Pet Network Humane Society
  • Incline Justice Court 
  • Daisy Daycare
  • Miss Lake Tahoe USA 
  • Rotary Club of Incline Village 
  • Dave & Cheryl Duffield Foundation + Rotary Club of Tahoe-Incline 
  • Around Tahoe Tours/Talbot Photography 
  • Lake Tahoe Markets
  • Incline Education Fund 
  • Incline Village Community Hospital/Tahoe Forest Hospital District 
  • Lake Tahoe School
  • Village Pet Foundation
  • Bowl Incline
  • AAUW Tahoe Nevada 
  • Bridget Giroux Design 
  • Incline Property Management 
  • Old Lake Tahoe Athletic Club 
  • Jim Perez – 1965 Mustang
  • Northern Nevada Chapter American Red Cross
  • Incline Martial Arts 
  • The Lee Family
  • Tahoe Neighborhood Table with Toys for Tots and Mikey’s Animal Outreach – Scooter
  • Tahoe Workz, Inc. 
  • Western Nevada College Mobile Lab
  • Washoe County Sherriff 
  • Washoe County Roads 
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Celebrating Our Local Veterans

June 20, 2023 | Julie Malkin-Manning

Join us for the remarkable 3-day Incline Village Crystal Bay Local Heroes 4th of July Celebration, where we proudly honor and express our gratitude to our local veterans and active military service personnel.

Kicking off the festivities on Sunday, July 2, the Local Heroes Parade will be led by our esteemed Parade Grand Marshal, MacAvoy Layne. Making a stunning appearance in his 1930 Ford Model A Woodie Wagon will be Jim Nowlin, a past parade Grand Marshal representing the IVCB Veterans Club.

On Monday, July 3rd, we extend a warm invitation to our local Veterans for a special Veterans Recognition luncheon at Aspen Grove, generously sponsored by Cornerstone Church. Tickets will be available at the door, and all Veterans will be admitted free of charge.

As the sun begins to set on the 3rd of July, the Vet Club will host their annual Flag Retirement Ceremony, weather permitting. We invite everyone to participate by bringing their old and worn flags, which will be retired in the traditional manner, providing a ceremonial opportunity to pay tribute to our nation’s symbol.

On the much-anticipated 4th of July, the festivities commence with the IVCB Veterans Club Pancake Breakfast at Aspen Grove, open to all. This breakfast serves as the Club’s largest annual fundraiser and offers a fantastic opportunity to meet and express appreciation to our local heroes. Enjoy a scrumptious meal of pancakes, bacon, sausage, and blueberries, and for those who wish, optional Mimosas and Bloody Marys will be available. Admission prices are $10 for adults, and $5 for individuals aged 12 and above, while children aged 5 and younger can indulge for free.

Join us in honoring and celebrating our local heroes throughout this incredible 3-day Incline Village Crystal Bay Local Heroes 4th of July Celebration. Let’s come together as a community to show our heartfelt appreciation and respect for those who have served our nation so selflessly.

Learn more about all the Local Heroes Celebration Events.

Learn more about the Incline Village Crystal Bay Veterans Club.

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Block Party at the Library

May 26, 2023 | John Crockett

Saturday, June 3rd, the Incline Village Library invites you to our neighborhood block party and summer reading kickoff! There will be outdoor games and activities, free hot dogs, book sale, community information booths, a fire truck, and much more!

More Info >

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Incline Education Fund piloted a First Grade Reading Intervention Program

September 28, 2022 | Member Submitted

“The U.S. Department of Education released data showing that from 2020 to 2022, average reading scores for 9-year-olds slid 5 points—to 215 out of a possible 500 in the sharpest decline since 1990. Average math scores fell 7 points to 234, the first statistically significant decline in math scores since the long-term trend assessments began in the 1970s.” Wall Street Journal, September 7, 2022. Earlier, on August 8, the Washoe County School District (WCSD) shared via the Reno Gazette-Journal, “approximately 34% of WCSD students met or exceeded grade level standards in math.” While IES scores came in higher than the district at 39% (5% lower than pre-Covid numbers), there in still much work to be done. 

We at the Incline Education Fund believe that with your help, the Incline Schools can reverse the learning loss of the past two years and increase reading and math scores across the board through our year-long literacy focus. Last spring, the Incline Education Fund piloted a First Grade Reading Intervention Program led by Retired National Board-Certified Teacher Kathleen McInnis-Martens to support reading success. McInnis-Martens worked with the Incline Elementary School (IES) teachers to target those students most in need of assistance. With only a partial year of tutoring, these students tested in the high growth category on the Measured Academic Progress (MAP) Report for Reading last Spring and many of those students ‘words per minute’ reading scores doubled. This targeted intervention reflects what Bianca Vasquez Torres found in the August 30, 2022 Associated Press article on education. After interviewing John King, Jr., former U.S. Secretary of Education and president of Education Trust, she wrote that studies show “…If done well, tutoring has a greater impact than most other interventions”. (**Kathleen McInnis-Marten, an IVCBA member, is the owner of Glasses Wine Bar in Incline Village**)

The Incline Education Fund is building on McInnis-Marten’s success last year and is now adding math intervention as well. We need your help to roll these programs up through the rest of the school grade by grade. This year, especially, it is imperative to support those students who’ve lost critical learning time. Vasquez-Torres added that studies show “Third graders are at a particularly delicate moment. This is the year when they must master reading or risk school failure. Everything after third grade will require reading comprehension to learn math, social studies and science. Students who don’t read fluently by the end of third grade are more likely to struggle in the future, or even drop out.”

Please help Incline students succeed across the board with targeted tutoring for those who need it most. With you, they can.

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