Archives for the month of: August, 2012

Grant helps Tahoe students prepare for college

Posted by Lake Tahoe News on August 22, 2012

Services aimed at getting students ready for college are available for up to 500 students at South Tahoe Middle and High schools through a Lake Tahoe Community College federally funded grant program.

The Department of Education grant consists of $230,000 a year for five years to provide services to 500 low-income, first generation college-bound students at the middle and high schools.

The types of services offered through the TRiO Educational “Talent Search” include academic, career, and financial aid counseling, tutoring, assistance in preparing for college entrance exams and completing college admissions applications, and exposure to postsecondary campuses, cultural events, and other academic programs.

Services include: tutoring, academic, financial, and career guidance, workshops to develop skills for success, trips to four-year schools and cultural events, and workshops for parents in English and Spanish to provide information and support.

Each of these services is designed to prepare and motivate students to complete middle school and high school and go on to college. All of the program services are free to qualified students. Applications are available online.

For more information, call Erika Franco at STHS Career Center (530) 541.4111, ext. 400 or, or Lisa Utzig Schafer at STMS, (530) 541.6404, ext. 243 or

Mother Goose is on the loose at S. Tahoe library

Posted by Lake Tahoe News


Mother Goose on the Loose is a lap sit storytime for ages newborn to 2.

“Mother Goose on the Loose” is an award winning program that combines music, movement, visual literacy and language development to help children get ready to read.

The dates are Sept. 13, Sept. 20 and Sept. 27 at 11am at the South Lake Tahoe library — 1000 Rufus Allen Blvd.

Children’s medical grants now available from UHCCF:

United Healthcare Children’s Foundation

What are the grants?

The grants provide financial relief for families who have children with medical needs not covered or not fully covered by their commercial health benefit plan. The Foundation aims to fill the gap between what medical services/items your child needs and what your commercial health benefit plan will pay for.

How does the grant work?

If a grant is approved by the Regional Board of Directors for your child, the grant will help pay for approved medical services/items after your commercial health benefit plan submits payment, if any. The grant funds are not paid to you or the child outright – you work with the Foundation on submitting invoices/bills for approved medical services/items after your commercial health benefit plan submits initial payment (if any) to the health care provider.

How do I apply for a grant for my child?

First, review the information contained on this page to make sure you understand what the grant is and how it works. Then, review our application criteria and application checklist. If you meet the Foundation’s criteria and have all the items listed in the checklist, then you can apply for a grant online by clicking on the button below.

Full school backpacks donated to Bijou school

Posted by Lake Tahoe News on August 13th, 2012 
The start of a new school year can be challenging for children.

But thanks to residents at Kelly Ridge, an ABHOW community in South Lake Tahoe, some elementary school students will return to class with backpacks filled with school supplies.

This is the third year Kelly Ridge residents have filled about 20 new backpacks with items such as pencils, pens, crayons, paper, scissors and rulers. The backpacks will be delivered to Bijou Community School students.

Kelly Ridge residents filled backpacks for Bijou students. Photo/Provided

Residents will add notes of encouragement to the backpacks, giving the students an extra push to start the school year.

“A lot of kids don’t have extra things,” says Mary Burke, who formulated the idea for the backpack project along with Florence Roach. “I love kids, and I can’t stand to see some of them do without.

“I have grandchildren, and I knew they start each school year with a new backpack, so the idea just came up.”

In the past, the backpacks were simply dropped off at the school. This year, Shanks says she hopes residents will be able to give the backpacks to students in person.

MammoVan to roll through Stateline

Posted by Lake Tahoe News on August 15th, 2012

The Mammovan will be making its way into Harrah’s Lake Tahoe on Aug. 21 from 7:45am–3:15pm.

The Mammovan will be offering mammograms to insured and uninsured women in the community.

Uninsured women must bring proof of income, proof of address, and proof of dependents.

To schedule an appointment, call 877.581.6266.


Science day to educate youths about Lake Tahoe

Posted by admin Lake Tahoe News 
Children are invited to spend Aug. 11 with scientists learning about the unique ecology, function, restoration and preservation of Lake Tahoe.

The 13th annual Children’s Environmental Science Day is a free event sponsored by the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center.

More than 40 interactive science activities hosted by organizations around the region will be available for children ages 6 and up. The day will include interactive science demonstrations by UC Davis scientists, local agency and nonprofit organization staff, and AmeriCorps members. Hands-on activities are designed for the whole family.

Children’s Environmental Science Day will be at the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences in Incline Village on the Sierra Nevada College campus at 291 Country Club Drive from 1-4pm.

Monday, August 27, 2012

5:30 – 8:30 p.m

Feeling Stressed?

Simple Tools to Reduce Your Stress

Free Training…Everyone Welcome

Using the HeartMath technique, this de-stress class is a practical, down-to-earth program that teaches you skills for stress relief, and bringing more balance and ease into your daily challenges, communications and relationships.  This program’s success can be attributed largely to two of HeartMath’s self-regulation techniques.  Both provide simple yet effective ways to shift into “coherence”, a state in which the brain, heart and nervous system are working together to help you cope with stressors. This technique will provide a foundation for personal and family resilience.

The skills learned in this class will help you with:

▪    Stressful situations, anxiety, anger, & frustration

▪    Unexpected changes & disappointments

▪    Arguments and conflicts

▪    Overload

▪    Making Difficult Decisions

LOCATION: Lake Tahoe Community College, Board Room

Light snacks and refreshments provided

Please RSVP to Dana @ 916-801-9848 or