Hu·mane: Marked by an emphasis on humanistic values and concerns.

The second presentation, in the Friends of the Library Program Series, had everyone exclaiming, "I learned so much".  “The Humane Movement: Past, Present, and Future” presented by the Lake Tahoe Humane Society and S.P.C.A. was a visual history of the humane movement, while sharing how a local humane society reaches every member of the community.

Dawn shared the compelling history of the ASPCA and the American Humane Society while Liz told about Outreach and Education the Lake Tahoe Humane Society proudly provides for our community.  We were all thoroughly informed and impressed.

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My Week in Review...

It has been an interesting eight days, hence the quietness here!  Steve was in Temecula on business and while there, his mom had some medical issues that would be keeping him even longer.  Since I was missing him so and wanting to help, I headed south.

When Ivan's graduation concluded at 3:30 PM, I headed down I-5, for the 460 mile drive from Sacramento.  This was the longest drive I had done, not only alone but at night!  Thank goodness for 80's music.
In the midst of everything else that was happening,  the folks are moving out of their home of 17 years.  One of the objectives was to sell the equipment that will no longer be needed at the new place.  As one who is a firm believer in the proverb, "All work and no play..." I enjoyed driving this toy.
In addition to packing (and all that is involved with that endeavor), we visited the folks' new neighborhood and had lunch at the Clubhouse.
This visit provided a great deal of opportunities to say goodbye to the house we have all loved.  For almost two decades, this was the family focal point.  And while the new place will be exceptional, a last visit was neededOur nephews, Joel and Ian, came for dinner which was an added bonus to being in Temecula.
“When I was a kid my parents moved a lot,
but I always found them."
-Rodney Dangerfield

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World Book Night...

World Book Night U.S. is a celebration of books and reading, when 25,000 passionate volunteers across America give a total of half a million books within their communities to those who don’t regularly read.

Lynne, an incredible volunteer, submitted an application for our group to be 'givers'.  This is especially important here because we do not have a bookstore and weather can isolate.  We were all gleeful when our application was accepted.
Book readers are more likely to participate in positive activities such as volunteering, attending cultural events, and even physical exercise.  This awesome group of 'Friends' is proof of that!  There will be a lot more people huddling under their covers with a good book tonight, thanks to Lynne, our volunteers and the World Book Night organization!

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Ivan gets his Master's Degree

There was a reason for my trip to Sacramento.  Ivan is Leslie's son and I have known him longer than he has been walking so to see him 'walk' for his degree was an incredible opportunity.

We were an enthusiastic and proud group consisting of me, Andrew (uncle), Barbara (grandma), Leslie (mom), Ivan, Heather (cousin) and Carol (lifelong friend).
"The best of all things is to learn.
Money can be lost or stolen, health and strength may fail,
but what you have committed to your mind is yours forever."
-Louis L'Amour

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Jim-Denny's for Breakfast...

This breakfast spot could be called the 'anti-vegan' authentic, vintage Burger Joint.

"A real treasure of Americana", this "tiny art deco–era" diner continues to serve Downtowners ...  A staple since 1934!
This is an order of the 'mini' pancakes.  We shared this between the seven of us.  It was exceptional (especially since it was fried in bacon grease on the only grill).
Sitting in one of the only ten counter seats in Jim-Denny's took us back to a simplier time.  I loved the experience and it was a unique dining event.  Great start to the day!

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Road trip to Sacramento...

After a busy day of Science, I headed to our State's Capitol for a reunion with my college friend, Leslie.  Dinner was outdoors in 80°+ temperatures.

The Plum Cafe and Bakery is Sacramento's premier vegan restaurant with two beautiful, large patios for outdoor dining. The Plum serves home-style comfort food with ethnic influences.  I had the best 'Midtown Club', with fake bacon, that I have ever eaten.  I would come to Sacramento just to eat here.
After an evening stroll, we ended the night in our pajamas, playing Scrabble in our hotel room.  What a diverse and interesting day.

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AAUW Math & Science Day...

I spent my day with 6th- 12th grade girls at our community college.  I walked away having learned a great deal as well.

Girls attended unique hands-on workshops which were led by professional women who were excited about sharing their science, technology, engineering and math careers with participants!
The girls studied everything from biology, chemistry, forensics, and math, to zoology!
I attended every workshop and saw how engaged and eager the girls were to learn.  It was a day of scientific and self discovery.  It made me want to study the sciences and I never thought I would!  What a great experience for all us girls.

“If we’re going to out-innovate and out-educate the rest of the world,
we’ve got to open doors for everyone.
We need all hands on deck, and that means clearing hurdles for women and girls
as they navigate careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.”
 -First Lady Michelle Obama

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Blue Angel Café celebrates 10 years...

With their community mindedness, the owners invited all of Tahoe to join in the festivities!  It was a night of music, friendship, and great food.

There are only a handful of South Lake Tahoe restaurants that have lasted a decade.  Jeff and Rosie are so personable and they have hired exceptional employees.  Their success is not a surprise and their restaurant is loved by many.
Being there tonight was like being a part of a family reunion.  Here's to continued success and delicious mealtime memories!

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Tourism Forum followed by Mixer...

Gone are the heady days of Casinos and huge profits.  Today's Tahoe is one that needs tourism and after tonight's Forum, the 'powers that be' are looking forward.

Caroline Beteta, CEO of Visit California and chairwoman of Brand USA brought, with her, some staggering statistics and a whole lot of hope.  The biggest surprise was the emphasis on the Chinese tourist (highest per capita spenders).  Wish I knew Mandarin!
Denise Pirrotti Hummell, CEO and founder of Universal Consensus calls herself a "cross culturist" and had some practical solutions, stern warnings and hopefulness for Tahoe.
After the seriousness came the BAHM (Business After Hours Mixer).  Again, every event I've attended, through the Chamber, has been fabulous.
Harrah's hospitality shone brightly tonight.
I was asked to take some photos, and while I have no idea who these people are, you have to love their festiveness!  Ole!

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Almost Somewhere: Twenty-Eight Days on the John Muir Trail

The first presenter for our Friends of the Library Programs was Suzanne Roberts sharing her memoir...

After college, Suzanne and two girlfriends embarked on the John Muir Trail, the premier hiking trail in the United States. This adventure typically starts in Yosemite, and continues 215 miles through the Ansel Adams Wilderness, Sequoia National Park, King's Canyon National Park, and ends at the highest peak in continental United States, Mount Whitney at 14,496 ft.  But Suzanne's hiking partner reversed their path to get the hard part over first.
These tales, told with humor and fantastic photos, kept us mesmerized.
I was sent this wonderful review of the evening:
What a bang-up start to our FOL program year!  Suzanne Roberts has the ability to present a great deal of information of interest to a Tahoe audience in a fast-paced, humorous and always-interesting style.  We are lucky to have her among us and lucky to have you organizing such treats for our community.  The large audience was completely engaged.

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Caught me off guard...

This ad, in our local paper is thought and chuckle provoking.

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A Heavenly Party...

How could we not go to this?  What a night!
The 14th Annual Ski Patrol Fundraiser and community celebration is a must go-to event. Head down the Gondola and to the top of Heavenly Village parking garage!

The bands Jelly Bread, The Devastators and Deep Fried Mojo will be playing live music and there will be a silent auction, drink specials, great food, raffle prizes, and more.

All proceeds benefit local non-profits and the fundraiser is open to everyone! There is a $10 donation and you'll be nothing short of entertained with activities for the smaller to the bigger kids (face painting, live music, dancing, dunk tank, Avalanche Rescue Dogs, and various drinks.) Help give back to the community that gives to you!

We had an incredible night.  We toasted to the fact that we were all at a rooftop party for the very first time!  Jenny and I got our photo taken with Martin Hollay (a Heavenly Legend).  We danced as a storm was brewing.  What an incredible place... and we live here!

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