Sierra Sotheby’s International Realty hosts Community Dinner

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – Coordinated by realtor Ellen Camacho, Sierra Sotheby’s International Realty has been hosting four Adopt A Day of Nourishments (AAD) sponsorships annually for several years. The most current sponsorship meal was held on Monday, May 6, and once again Sierra Sotheby’s sent an excellent volunteer crew to participate in the evening meal service.

In addition to Ellen Camacho, the Sierra Sotheby’s sponsorship AAD crew included returning volunteers Demian Black and Haily Mitchell, and Angie Challenor, who was participating in an Adopt A Day sponsorship meal service for the first time.

“We appreciate the opportunity to help the volunteers at Bread & Broth serve a hot meal to the community members and we are thankful to be a part of this dinner service,” said Haily. Participating in a Monday Meal may include preparing the meal utensils; bagging “giveaway” food; arranging the food at the food “giveaway” table; setting up the dessert and drink table; serving the meal, drinks, and desserts; drying dishes, and helping with the meal’s takedown and cleanup. It’s a busy time from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Monday Meal, but the reward of serving between 95 to 130 folks who are in need of a hot, nutritious meal make the effort worthwhile.

The May 6 Monday Meal was a celebration of Cinco de Mayo. The plates were loaded with taco/chip boats served with a choice of salsa, guacamole, cheese, and tomatoes toppings, along with Spanish rice, black beans, slice cantaloupe and an assortment of desserts. The dinner guests really enjoyed the evening’s menu and the dinner guests shared a round of applause for the B&B cooks, B&B serving volunteers, and the Adopt A Day sponsorship crew.

Bread & Broth appreciates the continuing support of Sierra Sotheby’s International Realty and looks forward to having the Sierra Sotheby’s folks return for another two Adopt A Days through the remainder of 2024.

For information on volunteer and donation opportunities, please visit www.breadandbroth.org.

Reno to 91st Annual Far West Ski Association Convention

Did you ski or snowboard this season? Do you want to ski or snowboard next season? The Far West Ski Association (FWSA) invites all snowsports enthusiasts to attend its 91st Annual Convention, to be conducted in the Grand Ballroom at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa, June 6-9, 2024. You are invited to the Friday Silent Auction and Trade Show, the Saturday Leadership Program, and Awards Banquet.

The free Silent Auction and Trade Show on June 7 introduces you to resort and travel representatives, and promises opportunities to bid on over $40,000 worth of ski and travel packages. The festivities kick off with a Welcome Party sponsored by Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, Ski Big 3 and SkiGroup.net at 7 p.m. Achieve Tahoe will be assisting as bid runners, with a portion of the proceeds to support their program of building health, confidence and independence in people with disabilities, through outdoor recreation.

The Convention’s Keynote Speaker and special guest, Eric LeMarque, renowned for his book and the inspiring feature film, “6 Below – Miracle on the Mountain,” will be present to meet and greet attendees and do some book-signing at the Friday evening event.

The Far West Ski Association is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization representing 150 affiliated ski clubs across 9 regional councils spanning 12 western states. This year’s event is hosted by the Bay Area Snow Sports Council and Sierra League & Council. Delegates will convene at the Convention to discuss various topics, from public affairs to snowsports safety, industry initiatives, heritage, athletic scholarships, racing, communications, travel, council development and community outreach.

On Saturday, June 8, Eric LeMarque will deliver his Keynote Speech to the assembled delegates, industry representatives, and guests following the Luncheon. The Day Program, available at a special rate, includes the Luncheon, Keynote Speaker presentation, FWSA Snowsports Leadership Academy sessions and Public Affairs Panels, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Snowsports Leadership Academy interactive sessions will include “SkiTalk” with snowsports equipment experts Phil and Tricia Pugliese, and a “Chat with the Pros,” with international award-winning athletes, including Billy Kidd, Lila Lapanja, Travis Ganong, Marie-Michele Gagnon, Wayne Wong, Curtis Fong, and Genia Fuller-Crews. The Public Affairs Panels will begin with, “National Ski Patrol – Bringing Calm to Chaos,” with NSP experts Tony Margulies CHt , Barbara Razo, and Wayne Wong, followed by, “Preserving Our Heritage – Western Snowsports Museums & Libraries,” with notable authors, historians and museum/library founders: Bill Clark, Alan K. Engen, John W. Lundin and Ingrid P. Wicken.

The Saturday Evening Awards Banquet will honor outstanding volunteers and industry representatives. Recipients of this year’s Snowsports Builder Awards are: Billy Kidd, silver medalist in the 1964 Olympics at Innsbruck, for his lifetime of dedication and contributions to snowsports; and James Foster and Judy Gray, snowsports entertainment innovators who introduced millions to skiing and snowboarding for over 45 years, with their Ski Dazzle® ski shows.

FWSA extends its gratitude to convention and program sponsors including: Aspen Snowmass, Big White Ski Resort, The Crestwood, Timberline Condominiums, Grouse Mountain Lodge, Holidaze Ski Tours, Karbon (Schure Sports Inc.), Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, Powder Mountain Ski Resort, Snowmass Tourism, Steamboat Ski & Resort Corporation, and Whitefish Mountain Resort.

Additional information about all the programs to be conducted at the 91st Annual Far West Ski Association Convention and registration information is available on www.fwsa.org.

California State Parks Foundation calls on the Legislature to restore Library Parks Pass funding

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California State Parks Foundation responded to Governor Newsom’s revised 2024-2025 budget and raised concern about the elimination of funding for a popular state park access program, the California State Library Parks Pass.

“We are extremely concerned about the Governor’s proposal to end this highly effective and popular program providing free access to California state parks,” said Rachel Norton, Executive Director of California State Parks Foundation. “The California State Library Parks Pass is critical to our state’s goal of a healthier, more equitable California for All.”

The California State Library Parks Pass gives library card holders free vehicle day-use entry to over 200 participating state parks. Since the start of the program, 33,000 California State Library Parks Passes have been placed in more than 1,100 public libraries. Libraries report that these passes are one of their most checked-out items.

The Newsom Administration will, however, continue the popular California State Park Adventure Pass, which gives fourth graders and their families who live in the state free access to 54 parks for an entire year. It will also continue the revamped Golden Bear Pass program, which makes it easier for families who receive CalWORKs, individuals who receive supplemental security income, income-eligible Californians over the age of 62, and participants of California’s Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program to receive a free annual, vehicle day-use pass valid at over 200 participating state parks. More than 63,000 families have received a Golden Bear Pass since it was revamped in 2021.

“Admission fees or parking charges can be financially burdensome for many residents, particularly those with lower incomes,” continued Norton. “The cost of entry can deter people from experiencing the natural wonders within these parks, thereby excluding them from the numerous physical and mental health benefits, educational opportunities, and recreational activities that these spaces offer. These initiatives bridge this gap and should be a priority.”

Governor Newsom’s California for All vision emphasizes equity across all state programs. As part of that vision, the California Natural Resources Agency’s recently finalized “Outdoors for All” framework lays out goals for expanding parks in communities lacking outdoor spaces, supporting access programs, and fostering a sense of belonging for all Californians in the outdoors. In 2021, the Governor and First Partner, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, championed all three pass pilot programs as a way to make progress on these ambitious plans.

Last year, the California State Parks Foundation released compelling survey data highlighting the success of the California State Library Parks Pass program. The survey yielded these key insights which show the impact and importance of the program:

  • A majority of respondents (63%) previously considered cost to be their main reason for not having visited state parks previously.
  • Thanks to the park pass program, a staggering 90% of respondents now plan to visit state parks over seven times a year.
  •  Nearly 70% of the survey’s respondents indicated an income level of $60,000 or less.
  •  Over 63% of respondents indicated that they are Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC).

“It is incomprehensible that, after all the hard work to create and start administering this popular program, and documented success in achieving a key policy goal of the Newsom Administration, that the California State Library Parks Pass would lose funding,” said Norton. “California State Parks Foundation and grassroots advocates from around the state will be urging the Legislature to restore this funding as the budget process moves forward.”

California State Parks Foundation is calling on legislators to restore $3 million for the California State Library Parks Pass program which equates to about 50% of its current funding level. 

In addition, California State Parks Foundation is also urging legislators to prioritize funding for enhancing the state parks system’s resilience to climate change.  As highlighted in California State Parks Foundation’s recent report on climate change and state parks, up to 75% of California’s beaches may vanish due to sea level rise by 2100. As the manager of almost one-quarter of California’s coastline, California State Parks is on the front line of sea level rise adaptation. 

“These budget cuts underscore the need for a November climate bond that funds these important priorities for Californians,” continued Norton. “California’s state parks are at risk from the climate crisis and time is running out to protect them. We need bold action to create a climate-resilient state parks system.”

Despite huge budget surpluses in 2021 and 2022, California state parks received almost no funding for climate adaptation and resilience. In the most recent May Revision, Governor Newsom proposed slashing what little funding remains to address the state budget crisis. 

Californians can add their voices in support of funding for the California State Library Parks Pass here and in support of climate funding for California’s state parks here.

Al Tahoe Firewise Neighborhood to host community event

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – On Saturday, June 1, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Al Tahoe Firewise, the largest Firewise USA district in the Tahoe Basin, will host a community event at Fire Station #2 (2951 Lake Tahoe Blvd. @ Star Lake Ave.).

This “team building” event will help unite the Al Tahoe Firewise community in their efforts to improve their homes’ survivability when threatened by wildfires. By continuing to perform defensible space and home hardening fire mitigation around their homes, the Al Tahoe Firewise USA® District will not only be safer from wildfires but will allow homeowners to continue to qualify for fire insurance discounts by maintaining their “in good standing” recognition status with the national Firewise USA® organization.

Dianne Rees, the Core Team Leader of the Al Tahoe Firewise Community District, announced that local Congressman Kevin Kiley will be this event’s special guest speaker. Congressman Kiley represents the 3rd Congressional district which includes Plumas, Sierra, Nevada, Placer, Alpine, Mono, and Inyo, and parts of Yuba, El Dorado, and Sacramento counties.

Kiley (R-CA) recently introduced H.R. 6861, the Supporting Affordable Fire Emergency Hardening through Optimized Mitigation Efforts (SAFE HOME) Act. This bill could provide tax credits for wildfire mitigation and home hardening expenditures undertaken by California homeowners. More information on the bill can be found on Congressman Kiley’s website.

Another part of the event is to solicit the names of disadvantaged community members whose properties need defensible space fire mitigation within the Al Tahoe Firewise district. Nominations will be taken for those who are elderly, disabled, have limited incomes or are veterans and in need of help. Several of these properties will be cleared of combustible debris by about 10 volunteers of the California Conservation Core at the districts’ “Yard Clean-up and Chipping day” on August 3. This event is hosted by the Al Tahoe Firewise District with chipping services provided by South Lake Tahoe Fire Rescue’s chipping crew.

Al Tahoe Firewise invites all members of the community to visit their new website www.altahoefirewise.com . Helpful information about Firewise USA, fire prevention, preparing for evacuations, and insurance providers offering discounts can be found on the website.

Donations are welcome to help support the Al Tahoe Firewise educational and defensible space programs and projects that are held throughout the year.

Due to a generous grant from the Marcella Foundation, there will be a free BBQ for Al Tahoe residents and business owners only.

Lake Tahoe Community Presbyterian Church joins ranks of PC(USA) Earth Care Congregations

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – The Lake Tahoe Community Presbyterian Church has been certified as an Earth Care Congregation by the Presbyterian Church (USA) Hunger Program. This esteemed recognition is a testament to the church’s dedication to environmental stewardship.

A Yearly Pledge for the Planet To achieve this honor, the church has meticulously tracked and demonstrated progress in various earth care initiatives through worship, education, facilities management, and community outreach. This certification is not just an accolade but a promise renewed each year to uphold the sacred duty of caring for God’s creation.

A Call to Collective Action Lake Tahoe Community Presbyterian Church now stands united with 331 other Presbyterian churches that have embraced the challenge to answer God’s call to care for the Earth. “We are not just a congregation; we are a community of action, inspired by our Christian faith to safeguard the environment,” says Pastor Greg Hughes. The church extends an open invitation to other congregations and community organizations to join hands in this noble pursuit.

Join the Movement For those inspired to partner with the Lake Tahoe Community Presbyterian Church or to learn more about their Earth Care initiatives, please reach out at (530) 544-3757 or LakeTahoeCPC@gmail.com.