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The Local Lens – Local Crab Feed

March 16, 2022 | Linda Offerdahl

Does every small town have a Crab Feed? Ours does! It is organized by the Incline High School Boosters and takes place this Saturday, March 19 at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe. It features crab and pasta, a silent and live auction upon which locals enthusiastically bid. The jazz band entertains, and seniors serve dinner in exchange for tips to fund the senior party. Tickets are sold out, an indicator of how strongly our community supports its schools. I can’t help but reminisce on the days when the parents cooked the crab and pasta…. thank you, Greg and Lisa Flanders and John Paganelli! It was originally held at the old Chateau, followed by the Kings Beach Conference Center, and organized by numerous parents. Donna McKay and Dolores Holets were among them. Me too. Moving it to the Hyatt was a game-changer. It now showcases the school in a video produced this year by parent and professional photographer Vicki Cruz.   Although the cost is much higher, so are the proceeds, which are expected to be over $300,000. Monies raised will go towards RISE week (a week of re-connecting, re-imagining, and re-committing to our school) as well as numerous education programs. A big shout out to Boosters President Nicolle Larson and this year’s crab feed committee. Visit the IHS Crab Feed online to bid in the auction or donate.

IVCBA 1st Anniversary

IVCBA is celebrating its first anniversary this month! A first “annual meeting” was held last week for the founding members and liaisons to review accomplishments, plans and get updates from member agencies. Our mission: Build community and grow cohesiveness for the sustainability of Incline Village and Crystal Bay. Our vision: A thriving community that supports and is supported by its businesses, agencies, nonprofits, and residents. 

IVCBA News Sources

IVCBA focused on establishing information sources for our community, particularly the community website, IVCBA.org, the SnapShot newsletter, and the Live.Work.Play magazine. The first issue for 2022 comes out at the end of March. These news sources, along with the merchant map and the Tap Into Tahoe Welcome program, have provided much-needed support for our businesses and nonprofits.  

Signature Events

The Local Heroes Parade and the Northern Lights Festival are our signature events and will continue in 2022. Mark your calendar for July 2 for the parade and July 4 for the all-new Sky Show with drones as a safer and environmentally friendly replacement of fireworks. The Incline Village Crystal Bay Visitor Bureau is the lead organizer for the Sky Show, with partners IVGID, Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe, Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation, and IVCBA. 

Collaboration and Advocacy

IVCBA is leading or involved with significant initiatives in our community. Incline Village has been accepted into Nevada Main Street, a downtown revitalization program. Watch for the upcoming press release. The first question will be, just exactly where is our town center?! Our founders chose to disguise the commercial areas in the trees of the Humboldt-Toiyabe Forest. I swear, we had trouble finding Raley’s when we moved here in 1988! At one time, Village Center really WAS the center of town. Between Village Center, Raley’s Center, Country Club Centre, and Christmas Tree Village is it any wonder we have an identity crisis?  Feeding directly into the Main Street program will be the Washoe Tahoe Transportation Study being undertaken by Washoe County this year. Thank you, Alexis Hill, our Washoe County Commissioner! 

Tahoe Prosperity Center, the regional agency focused on the economy, is at the center of two very important initiatives. Its Envision Tahoe economic study sheds light on our over-dependence on tourism and great concern for workforce housing. Read the study here. Tahoe Prosperity Center is about to reconvene the Washoe Tahoe Housing Partnership to look at strategies for addressing workforce housing in our community.

Opportunities to get involved with our community abound! Reach out to Linda@IVCBA.org

Business Updates

Oops….I ran out of space. I PROMISE…next week’s Local Lens will be dedicated to commercial area news!

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. 

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