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El Dorado County Community Service & Support Digest

Tahoe Homeless Camp Mess Gets Cleaned Up


Trash reportedly left behind by illegal campers that has over the years piled up in the Johnson Meadow area of South Lake Tahoe has been hauled out in recent weeks.

California Community College Enrollment On the Rise, But One Group Lags Behind


After a historic decline in community college enrollment during the pandemic, students are returning to school again, according to the state’s most recent data. But students between the ages of 20 and 30 are lagging behind.

California Sues ‘Crisis’ Pregnancy Centers That Promise ‘Abortion Pill Reversal’


Several anti-abortion crisis pregnancy centers are advertising abortion pill reversal. California Attorney General Rob Bonta calls the claims false advertising that mislead vulnerable patients.

'Ronnie Hart: Just a Little Strange Art Show' at Grass Valley Courtyard Suites Supports Interfaith Food Ministry


Grass Valley Courtyard Suites presents “Ronnie Hart: Just a Little Strange Art Show,” featuring unique artwork by Ronnie Hart. The purchase price from all art sales will benefit Interfaith Food Ministry, a local non-profit serving families in Western Nevada County.

Pitch in for Great Sierra River Cleanup


In an annual, statewide effort to clean up local waterways, the American River Conservancy is partnering with the Sierra Nevada Alliance and the Coastal Cleanup Commission to participate in the Great Sierra River Cleanup.

El Dorado County Teens Support Kenyan Peers


A dozen teenagers from El Dorado County traveled this summer to the central highlands of Kenya on a Days for Girls International humanitarian aid trip to deliver washable menstrual hygiene kits to 800 schoolgirls.

California Health Care Workers Would Get $25 Minimum Wage Under New Deal


A last-minute legislative deal would raise pay for California health care workers while giving medical providers a guarantee that they won’t have to battle local measures on employee compensation.

American Association of University Women Nevada County Branch Announces 2023-24 Executive Board


Elected for a second year to lead the branch is Deborah York, who will return as Branch President. The other 2023-2024 AAUW Nevada County Branch elected officers are Ann Gould, Secretary; Jennifer Wilkerson and Peg Flanders, Co-Finance Officers; Diane Kellegrew and Karen Hull, Program Co-Vice Presidents (VPs); Carol McMillan and Mari Kobus, AAUW Funds Co-VPs; and Deb Cubberley, Membership VP. Also serving on the Executive Committee is Past President Katherine (Bup) Greenwood.

Local Artists Make Beautiful Donations


Gold Country Artists Gallery in historical downtown Placerville announced that 11 of its incredible artists donated their artwork to the art auction sponsored by Public Broadcasting Station KVIE.

Connecting Point Celebrates 1st Year of Youth Jobs Corps Program


In partnership with Nevada County Social Services and Bright Futures for Youth, Connecting Point provides paid internships at local non-profits and government agencies for Nevada County and Tahoe-Truckee residents ages 16-30 that address food insecurity, climate action and COVID-19 recovery.

MIM Executive Director Voted to Board of Association of California Symphony Orchestras


Music in the Mountains (MIM) executive director Jenny Darlington-Person was elected to a three-year position on the board of directors of The Association of California Symphony Orchestras, where she will continue to advocate for small-budget, rural arts organizations while taking advantage of opportunities to connect with artists and leaders throughout the state.

18th Annual Gold Country Golf Classic to Benefit Sierra Services for the Blind


The 18th Annual Gold Country Golf Classic benefiting Sierra Services for the Blind will take place at the Alta Sierra Golf Club on Oct. 6.

ACC Funds Available to Non-Profits


As part of the July celebrity golf tournament, American Century Investments, in partnership with the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority and NBC Sports, is committing funds to area nonprofits with priorities based on impact and need regarding youth, environment and community service.

Upper Room Celebrates 21 Years of Services Delivered With Dignity


The Upper Room Dining Hall in Placerville invites the community to its More Than Just a Meal event. Tickets are now on sale for the Sept. 8 fundraiser at Rucksack Cellars.

Cal State Pushes Back on Community College Plan to Offer Bachelor’s Degrees


A new law allows community colleges to offer bachelor’s degrees, an option for students unable to attend a four-year institution. But California State University officials are objecting to many of those proposed programs.

Out—Hot Dogs. In—Vegan Masala. California School Lunches Go Gourmet


Last year California began providing free school lunches to all TK-12 students, regardless of family income. Now, with an influx of state and federal money, school districts are revamping kitchens and training staff so they can provide freshly made, healthy meals.

Flatstick Pub, Special Olympics Northern California Partner for Sunday 'Fund'-Day


South Lake Tahoe's first indoor mini golf course, Flatstick Pub, also known as Tipsy Putt, will be teaming up with Special Olympics Northern California to give back to South Lake Tahoe's community.

CHP Looks for a Few Good Seniors


The California Highway Patrol’s Placerville area office seeks motivated senior citizens who want to volunteer, work with a fantastic group of people and give back to their community.

Medical Cannabis Paved the Way for Legalization in California. Now Patients Feel Left Behind


Frustration runs deep among medical cannabis patients and advocates who say the commercial market created by Proposition 64 in 2016 isn’t meeting their needs.

Clean Up the Lake Launches Environmental Dive Center


Clean Up the Lake, known for its 72-mile cleanup project around the shores of Lake Tahoe, has opened its Environmental Dive Center at Lake Tahoe.

Incline Village Charity Golf Tournament Raises Funds for Veterans


The Military Officers' Association of America, Lake Tahoe Chapter joined with the Incline Village/Crystal Bay Veterans' Club ("Vets' Club") to sponsor the "Thank a Vet" Charity Golf Tournament, which raised more than $100,000 and netted $85,000.

Tahoe Conservancy Grants $500K for Study to Protect Wildlife Corridors


The California Tahoe Conservancy has awarded a $500,000 grant to the nonprofit Wildlands Network, in partnership with Pathways for Wildlife, for a multi-year study of wildlife connectivity in the California side of the Lake Tahoe Basin.

Washoe County Allocates Nearly $1M to Agencies in Lake Tahoe, Settle STR Dispute in Tyrolian Village


The Washoe County Board of County Commissioners approved another allocation of funds to multiple entities on the North Shore, including to the Incline Village Crystal Bay Community & Business Association and the Tahoe Prosperity Center.

California Farmworkers Embroiled in Labor Investigations to Get Free Lawyers


Gov. Gavin Newsom said the state will spend $4.5 million on free legal services for undocumented workers involved in state investigations of wage theft or other labor violations. The lawyers can help with their immigration cases.

18th Annual Tahoe Bike Month Draws Record Participants


With a record number of participants this year, the 18th annual Tahoe Bike Challenge got more people than ever out of their cars to help improve Lake Tahoe's environment and communities.

Changes Coming to Prevent Misuse, Abuse of Tahoe Beaches


The League to Save Lake Tahoe and USDA Forest Service’s Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit are working both independently and collaboratively to stop the scenes of July 5th, which saw thousands of pounds of litter from one Lake Tahoe beach following the July 4th holiday, from happening again.

Washoe School District Trustees Approve $27M Construction Contract


The Washoe County School District Board of Trustees approved a contract for construction for $27 million thanks to a grant from the Dave and Cheryl Duffield Foundation.

Tahoe Blue Event Center to Partner With Football Legend Tim Tebow on Professional Hockey Team


Lake Tahoe will have a professional hockey team thanks to former NFL quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow in partnership with David Hodges, CEO of Hodges Management Group LLC and management/operations team of Zawyer Sports & Entertainment.

SEKI Parks Seek Feedback on Proposal to Re-Establish Sequoia Seedlings


Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks is inviting public review and comment through Aug. 6 on an environmental assessment evaluating alternatives to restore giant sequoia groves and adjacent fisher habitat in areas severely impacted by the 2020 Castle and 2021 KNP Complex wildfires, and where adequate regeneration is otherwise not anticipated.

Teen Advocates for Type 1 Diabetes Research


El Dorado Hills resident Marisa Bricca was chosen by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes research, to join a delegation of her peers and celebrity advocates in Washington, D.C., this summer at JDRF 2023 Children’s Congress.

Upstate California Creative Corps Announces Grantees Serving 19 Counties


County arts agencies across California’s Upstate Region, led by Nevada County Arts Council, announced $3.38 million in grant awards to 27 partner agencies and 54 lead creative partners, with a total of 1,010 artists and culture bearers supporting initiatives serving California’s least represented peoples, and most vulnerable communities and environments.

Cool Beans Creamery & Deli Celebrates Grand Opening


New business Cool Beans Creamery & Deli has officially opened its doors, serving up ice cream scoops and classic sundaes for the Meyers and South Lake Tahoe communities to enjoy.