￼The Local Lens: Bunny Trail Community Egg Hunt
April 13, 2022 | Linda Offerdahl
It wouldn’t be the first time the kids need to wear boots to find Easter eggs in the snow on Saturday, April 16 from 11-1. The umpteenth annual Bunny Trail Community Egg Hunt is held on the Championship Golf Course starting at the Chateau. It is one of IVGID’s signature events that invite community nonprofits and businesses to participate by hosting a table with goodies for kids along the trail. Registration is required.
Easter is celebrated by our strong faith-based community this week. See the community bulletin for all the services, particularly on Easter Sunday. We have many reasons to celebrate our churches. They “Build Community” by creating church families that can be so important to newcomers trying to get acquainted. Seniors can find companionship and support. In a small town, churches are often the “first responders” to people who are food or housing insecure.
The Deacon’s Food Pantry at Village Church on McCourry prepares food boxes for Thanksgiving and always has a box on hand for those in need. St. Francis on Mt. Rose Highway took a proactive stance on the housing crisis by hosting a meeting last week with presentations by Pastor Clare Novak of United for Action and Cathie Foley of the North Tahoe Truckee Homeless Shelter. St. Patrick’s Episcopalian Church on Village has numerous outreach programs, notably the Grief Companions and the Knitters Guild, which are unique in Incline Village. Cornerstone Church on Country Club Drive has a popular youth ministry and is famous for its music. It’s no surprise that it hosts most TOCCATA concerts in its sanctuary. Note: TOCCATA presents Bach’s St. Matthew Passion in concert on Good Friday at 7 pm at St. Patrick’s. Angel and Ruby at the Open Door Foursquare Church on Mays Blvd. welcome everyone. For those celebrating Passover, which happens to coincide with Easter this year, the North Tahoe Hebrew Congregation invites the community to join in a second night Seder being held Saturday at Granlibakken, in Tahoe City. Please visit the church and congregation websites to see their extensive list of outreach programs. They are too numerous to mention all of them.
The faith-based community joined with our family advocacy nonprofits, our schools, and agencies in the Washoe Tahoe Community Collaborative Summit today. Sponsored by IVCBA and the Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation, Washoe County joined with these local groups to identify and address the complex issues facing our community. The workforce housing crisis and the daycare crisis are just two of them. This collaborative summit can advocate for change within our community and join with others in the Tahoe Basin.
The Washoe Tahoe Housing Partnership reconvened last week under the guidance of Tahoe Prosperity Center which conducted the housing study last year. They are gearing up to form action plans that can address the housing crisis our community faces. We all know someone who moved to the valley because their rent became unaffordable, or their home is being converted to a short-term rental. IVGID is worried that they won’t be able to hire staff for the beaches. With steep gas prices, fewer people are willing to commute to the Lake. Solutions are nearly insurmountable. The Washoe Tahoe Housing Partnership brings our local leaders from IVGID, IVCBA, Incline Village Realtors, and the Hyatt together with Washoe County and TRPA. Extensive community engagement will be undertaken. Stay tuned.
SHOPPING! Incline Village is famous for its thrifting and attracts people from around the Lake. All of them support our community. The Mecca is the Village Center. On the Upper Center are the Village Christian and the Tahoe Family Solutions thrift shops. Go down to the Lower Center for the Pet Network Thrift Store. Look a little harder for the Tahoe Forest Hospice Gift & Thrift located near the Starbucks’ garage entrance off Tanager. Even though it’s not a thrift store, be sure to check out Karma Tahoe, a consignment boutique in Christmas Tree Village.
About the Author Linda Offerdahl
Linda Offerdahl, IVCBA’s Executive Director, is a 34-year resident of Incline Village. After careers in education and computer product management, she and her husband Richard moved to Incline Village to raise a family and support the community and its endless recreational and business assets.