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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.

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

Summertime Adventures on the Summit

thSummer’s coming!  While planning your vacation or trip up to your cabin this summer, there’s a great option to consider for the younger members of the group.  When hanging with the grown ups ceases to be fun or you are just in the mood for a bit of adult time, check out the camps for kids at Sugarbowl.  They are offering Summer Adventure camps in partnership with the Gateway Mountain Center. Gateway is a leader in outdoor experiential adventure activities.  Their mission is to open young people’s hearts and minds to the natural world; we engage, impel and empower them to become knowledgeable, passionate, conscientious stewards – of themselves, their communities, the environment and our world.

Executive Director, Peter Mayfield, has an amazing resume.  He has designed and delivered creative and successful outdoor educational programs for thousands of California youth.  Peter has served as Chief Guide for the Yosemite Mountaineering School, and as Chief Examiner for the Professional Ski Instructors Association (Far West). As the founder and General Partner of CityRock Gym, the first large urban climbing gym, Peter was a catalyst for the growth of indoor climbing in North America. As a consultant Peter has designed and developed adventure programs for Disney, Discovery Communications, and Posades Resorts.  As a creative mountaineer Peter has succeeded on first ascents on Yosemite’s El Captain and Half Dome, climbed new routes in Peru, Patagonia, and the Alaska Range, and pioneered difficult snowboard descents.  And he has amassed an equally impressive staff.

Camps are arranged for specific timeframes and for specific ages, so that the activities will be age appropriate.  Campers can start as young as four years of age with a nature camp combining easy hikes, water play fun and nature art, storytelling and yoga.

Older campers can enjoy spectacular hiking, rock climbing, kayaking, mountain biking , stand up paddle boarding, swimming, and whitewater rafting or inflatable kayaking.

And for the oldest age group there is also  an Adventure, Leadership, and Stewardship camp.  In addition to the fabulous outdoor adventures the campers will learn to become a thoughtful citizen of the world . The leadership portion will focus on communication, teaching skills, goal setting, becoming role models, and problem solving. Stewardship themed activities include, a conservation project, studying and employing Leave no Trace practices, teaching younger kids, and learning about sustainability and personal stewardship.

You can find all the information on the camp offerings here. Have a great summer!

Winterization Tips

pic 016 (2)Guidelines for Primary and Secondary Homeowners in the Truckee – Lake Tahoe Area

(This list may not be complete and is to be used as a guideline only.)

Preparing for Winter Weather Tips for All – Both Primary & Secondary Homeowners

1. Disconnect hoses from outside water spigots. Most homes in our area have “freeze proof” exterior water spigots. Thus, you only need to disconnect hoses from the water spigots so that water does not collect and freeze. Some older homes may not have “freeze proof” spigots. If you are not sure which type your home is equipped with, consult a local plumber for specialized instructions. Also, be sure to drain irrigation and sprinkler systems.

2. Caulk and maintain weather stripping. Ensure that your doors and windows are air tight; this will help reduce your heating bills. Maintain weather stripping around doors and use caulk on openings or outlets around pipes, foundation, windows, etc. For home use, four varieties of caulk: butyl, latex with silicone, acrylic with silicone, or tripolymer. (Don’t use just [straight] silicone caulk.) You want to stop any migration of water and air.

3. Insulate water lines. Put foam rubber insulation around hot and cold water pipes, you’ll increase efficiency and save energy. (You can buy it in a home store.)

4. Maintain heating units. Make sure your heating appliances are cleaned and serviced and ready for winter. Make sure your furnace filter is clean. Check that venting is clear and open.

5. Maintain chimneys and stovepipes. Have chimneys and stovepipes inspected & cleaned. (Be sure you have a high-quality chimney cap.)

6. Repair roof as needed. Check the roof of your home for missing shingles, shakes, or damaged materials (metal). Also, be sure to check around roof vents for any damaged materials. Repair as needed.

7. Close foundation vents. Clo se foundation vents when colder weather begins and reopen again in the spring for proper ventilation. (Some contractors suggest that you leave at least two sub-area vents, for cross ventilation, open year round for proper ventilation.)

8. Check your home insurance. For cold-weather homeowners, winter is a season that can bring damage from snow and ice, so it’s a good time of year to look at your homeowner’s policy.

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