May 14, 2012

At our May LTC meeting, we focused on extended announcements from members and updates on Day of the Young Child and the Annual June Forum.

Rob Giustina from On Course Events brought information about the Live at Lakeview Summer Music Series that will run through the summer on Thursday evenings.  Rob invited the non-profits to fundraise at these community events. Two local non-profits per week can participate and can get as creative as we want to fundraise for our organizations.  The concerts will run from about 4:30-8:30pm.  Folks can run the bike valet and get donations through those tips. To participate, contact Rob at: 530.545.9482 or

Karen Naegeli of Tahoe Turning Point (TTP) passed out a flyer for “Above the Horizon” a teen anger management and drug and alcohol education group.  This is a partnership between the two organizations, A Balanced Life and TTP. The program is for teen boys and girls ages 14-17 and parents who need additional support. TTP is also starting an Addiction Counseling Certification Program. All the information is on their website and applications are due by June 14.

Melissa Pereira from Together We Grow announced that the Age and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ) is now online in English and Spanish.

The English ASQ can be found at his link.

The English ASQ Social Emotional  can be found at this link.

The Spanish ASQ can be found at his link.

The Spanish ASQ Social Emotional  can be found at this link

Andrew Craven from SLT’s Division of Probation noted that they have part-time positions open at the JTC.   Kelly Taylor is the contact and her phone is: 530.573.7978.  As of July 1, 2012, the State is requiring that sex-offender treatment programs and services be certified by the CA State Sex Offender Management Board.  We don’t have these services in South Lake Tahoe and we use Reno so this might be a challenge.

Carmen Withrow from Hope Lutheran Church’s Outreach Team mentioned that the CARE Coalition meetings have been cancelled due to low attendance and that participants from that group who want to collaborate have been encouraged to participate in the LTC meetings.

Some good news from Barton’s Birthing Unit. Peggy Barton announced that Barton births are up.

A gap in services was identified by Alissa Nourse from Tahoe Youth & Family Services. Planned Parenthood Mar Monte is not providing services at TYFS as they have seen a decrease in funding. They may close their Tahoe City office too.  This means that we no longer have access to family planning services for youth in South Lake Tahoe.  If the person is under age 21, they can use the Placerville Clinic.  If youth uses the Barton Clinic for family planning, it is not confidential. Public Health can provide testing services (STDs, pregnancy, and vaccinations) but does not provide family planning per se.

Tina Barna from Choices for Children talked about the upcoming Day of the Young Child on Saturday, June 9th from 10am-2pm at Lake Tahoe Community College. Many organizations and businesses are bringing their own tables and chairs which saves a lot of  money. We have lots of people power from the ECE Class, the Kiwanis, and Tahoe Turning Point. We are all set to go with 48 booths participating.

Julie Lowe from First 5 El Dorado’s Community Strengthening Grant announced LTC’s Annual June Forum. This year, the Forum is on Monday, June 11th from 12-2pm at Lake Tahoe Community College Aspen & Board Room.  Each year, we look back at the Lake Tahoe Collaborative programming, our issues, our challenges and successes as a community.  We share lunch and we have a special topic or speaker, and then we look ahead and do strategic planning for 2012-13. We also feature a fabulous speaker to present on a relevant topic. This year, Elizabeth Blakemore will join us with a talk,  “Emotionally Healthy Children: How Our Community Can Support Parents to Meet the Social & Emotional Needs of Children”  Please RSVP to Julie Lowe at: so that we can plan for lunch and seating.

For now, the Drug Free Community Coalition will continue to meet right after the Lake Tahoe Collaborative on Mondays from 2:30-3:30pm.