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This is great news from Dr. Mireya Ortega, DDS!

Dr. Ortega is now accepting Denti-Cal (the dental version of Medi-Cal) and can treat children ages 6-14 years now.

Her Office Contact info:

High Sierra Dental Care

1060 Ski Run Blvd
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
Phone:  (530) 541-7040
Emergency (530) 567-0031

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.

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.

Free books at South Lake Tahoe libraryImage

Posted by Lake Tahoe News on July 24th, 2012
EyeC Books is sponsoring Take A Book Home Day at the South Lake Tahoe branch library on Aug. 10 form 10am-2pm.

Each attendee may choose two books to take home for free.

The library is at 1000 Rufus Allen Blvd.

Free Walk-in Shrine Screening ClinicOn Saturday September 15, 2012, from 10 AM to 1 PM, at 2820 Cold Springs Road, Placerville, the local Shrine Clubs will be conducting a free walk-in screening clinic to identify children, through the  age of 17, who can benefit from expert orthopaedic, spinal cord and burn care provided by Shriners Hospitals for Children. No appointment necessary.
Although the emphasis is on orthopaedic, spinal cord and burn care, the hospital also offers other services, including plastic surgery for non-burn related scarring, birthmarks, abnormal skin growths, congenital ear deformities, and cleft lip and palate repair.  At Shriners Hospitals for Children care is provided regardless of the ability of a patient or family to pay.  

Questions regarding the Clinic: Contact Michael Day, Placerville Shrine Screening Clinic Chairman,  

(530) 622-6440,
If parents would like more information about Shriners Hospitals they are encouraged to visit the following web site. For info re the Shriners Hospital in Sacramento, Click on “Hospitals by Specialty” in the left column, Click on “Northern California” in the listing of hospitals.