FORE our schools – and you!

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It was a fabulous winter – and you can still ski the backcountry and Squaw and Alpine on in to June.  But for most of our area, spring has sprung.  Lawn mowers, instead of snow plows, are the sounds that will soon be filling the air.  And NOW is the time to get your Golfing for Schools card.  Most courses will be open between mid-May and mid-June.  The cards are fully transferable and make great gifts – clients, Mother’s Day Father’s Day, graduation, etc. Just $325 affords you one round of 18 holes of play at seven area courses – Coyote Moon, Gray’s Crossing, Old Greenwood, Tahoe Donner, Resort at Squaw Creek, Northstar and Tahoe City.

Tahoe Truckee Excellence in Education Foundation is a non-profit foundation that enhances public education and strengthens the student learning experience within the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District. Each year, the Foundation partners with local businesses and the community to raise money and provide over $250,000 in classroom grants, resources, and partnerships to benefit students and teachers in a school district that encompasses 12 schools in a geographic area of 720 square miles. The 2016-17 school year marks the Foundation’s 30th year of supporting local educational efforts.

For more information or to purchase, follow the link above.

Propane Problems

With more than 20 feet of snow in some areas of eastern Placer County and Donner Summit, snow loads on residential propane tanks are at an extreme – and pose possible risk of leaks and/or explosion.

In 2011, when similar snow loads were a concern, propane leaks in the Serene Lakes area were widespread, triggering evacuations and the disconnection of power to homes. One leak caused an explosion that completely destroyed a home.

“Snow loads on roofs and decks are a problem throughout the Sierra right now, and everyone should take care to clear those. But the loads on propane tanks are an especially serious concern,” said Placer County Office of Emergency Services Manager John McEldowney. “Residents should dig out and inspect their tanks as soon as they possibly can and call 911 if they smell any gas at all.”

In cooperation with local fire districts, Placer County has issued an emergency alert for the greater North Lake Tahoe area west to Cisco Grove using the Placer Alert system to warn residents of the risk and urge quick action to remove snow from tanks, gas lines and regulators.

Access to all types of propane tanks should be cleared, including underground, sheltered and stand-alone tanks. Residents should contact the Placer County Department of Environmental Health office in Tahoe City at 530-581-6240 before digging into the ground. Residents with questions about safely clearing or de-icing any of their tank components should contact their propane provider.

Placer County encourages all residents to sign up for the Placer Alert emergency alert system to receive the fastest possible notification of dangers near the places they care about – by text, email or phone. Sign up at www.placer-alert.org 

LIGHTS! CAMERA! ACTION!

2016logofinalcolor2As many are aware, a number of films have been made in the Tahoe area over the years – from a Charlie Chaplin silent to “The Godfather” Hollywood and Tahoe have had a long history. Many Hollywood royalty have graced the slopes and boated on the clear blue waters of our area since Hollywood began.  And now, a new partnership is emerging between the two.  Our area is now the host site for a very up and coming film festival. 

The Tahoe Film Festival, now in its second year,  has scored a number of top tier films – even award winners from film festivals all over the world.  It will also see visits by a number of directors and actors from the films. The festival begins today, December 1st , and runs through this weekend, with screenings in Incline Village and at the Village at Northstar.  Twenty-three films will be screened over the course of the four days.  The festival supports the local non-profit, Sierra Watershed Education Partnerships (SWEP), and while many of the films focus on the environment, there are also a wide range of award winning independent films to view.

Films include “Before the Flood”, an environmental documentary presented by National Geographic magazine, produced by Martin Scorsese, and featuring Leonardo DiCaprio, Elon Musk, and others.  There are also award winners, such as “Certain Women”, starring Kristen Stewart and Laura Dern, winner of the Best Film award at the London Film Festival, and “When Two Worlds Collide”, a Sundance Film Festival winner. 

SWEP partners with teachers and community organizations to bring messages of conservation and environmental stewardship to the classroom. 

This is a fabulous opportunity for Tahoe locals and visitors alike to catch an early glimpse of films that rarely make an appearance in our local theaters.  For a complete list of films and showings, and to purchase tickets, visit the Tahoe Film Fest site.

See you at the movies!

“I’m Bored!”

Not a phrase you hear often here, but sometimes, it can’t be helped.  Maybe you are new to the area and don’t realize all that is available to you in which to participate. Well, we have the answer(s) for you! Whether you like to hike, or enjoy other outdoor activities, it’s here for you.  Like art?  theater? dance? music? It’s all here!  One of the best compilations of area activities can be found here, courtesy of local publication, Tahoe Weekly.  So, get out there and ENJOY!1new

Tying Up Loose Ends

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You can feel the change in the air.  The weather is starting to turn and there is a crispness to the days. While autumn is not far off, there are some late summer activities in which you can still partake.  The last of the Summer Movie Series will take place over Labor Day weekend, on September 3rd at 7:30pm at the Homeowner’s Beach (also known as Lot 1).  There will be s’mores and popcorn to go with a fun family movie.  A great summertime treat for the kiddos.  If you have questions, email Sharon Ruffner at sharonruffner@yahoo.com

And although winter snows are not too far off, there is still an extreme fire danger situation here in our area.  For 2016, the Serene Lakes Property Owners Association is once again paying the costs of chipping green waste generated by property owners when they clean up their lots with defensible space work.  There is one last chipping date on Monday, September 19th that owners can take advantage of to make sure your lot is in tip top shape.  The chips generated can be blown back onto properties to use as mulch or ground cover.

You must sign up for the chipping program.  It does not happen automatically.  To sign up, go to the Fire Safety page on the SLPOA website and complete the chipping program form.  You must sign up at least one week in advance of the chip date in which you wish to participate.

If you have further questions, you can email lmcashion@yahoo.com, this year’s program coordinator.

And, it probably goes without saying but defensible space is a crucial element to keeping all Summit residents safe.  It improves not only the fire safety and overall look of our community but also our forest’s health.   Stay fire safe!

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