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Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture
Tahoe Arts and Mountain Culture
Lake Tahoe and Truckee fundraisers, community and generosity.

Project MANA: Making Adequate Nutrition Accessible

Project MANA,  (Making Adequate Nutrition Accessible), is the hunger relief organization serving the North and West Shores of Lake Tahoe and Truckee.

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Blake’s Wake: Goodbye to Tahoe’s Guitar Man at Crystal Bay Club Aug 2

Blake Beeman Tahoe Legend by Eric BrandtEngineer, Musician, Friend: Blake Beeman was a major player in the Tahoe music scene, both behind the sound board and on stage, as well as being a friend to many.

Join Eric Brandt and other locals to honor our very own guitar legend Blake Beeman on Saturday, August 2nd.

Brandt, close friend for over 30 years and The Beer Gardens band member, shares this sweet memory of Blake.

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Zazen Meditation with Ray Goodenough

To sit just for the sake of sitting…

To listen to the sound of silence…

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Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care

For more than 40 years, the Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care (LTWC) has been rehabilitating orphaned and hurt animals before they are released back into the wild.

From a handful of people in 1978 with an idea to help wildlife in their area, LTWC has grown to an organization that now provides a service to more than nine counties in California and Nevada surrounding the Lake Tahoe region.

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Truckee Police on Stand-Up Paddle Boards

Truckee-PD-Donner-with-Ron-Ayres-tahoeculture“Pull over. I mean, paddle over. Yeah there – SUP to the shore.”

The Truckee Police Department could be the first in the country to conduct patrol on stand-up paddle boards (SUPs).  The new Truckee Police Adventure Recreation and Community (ARC) Team seeks to improve communication and better engage locals and visitors through environmentally friendly, human powered activities. Looks like fun too!

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Reading at the Juvenile Treatment Center Monday Nights

Lynne_and_Rich_Tahoe CultureLynne Brosch and Rich Fischer, Friends from the South Lake Tahoe Public Library, have been hosting book groups on Monday nights with the teens who are incarcerated in the Juvenile Treatment Center in South Lake Tahoe.

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LTCC Joins Bread & Broth to Provide Hot Meals for Hungry Locals

bread&broth Tahoe CultureA hearty group of volunteers from Lake Tahoe Community College (LTCC) donated their time to Bread and Broth recently, helping to prepare and serve a hot meal to hungry locals as part of the Adopt a Day of Nutrition program.

Four LTCC staffers donned aprons and kitchen gloves to help prepare and serve food, and assist with the cleanup. read more →

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Helping locals for over 30 years. Ray Goodenough OPENS practice in South Shore.

raygoodenough2.jpgHis spirit is all encompassing and calming to everyone who meets him. He’s bestowed many gifts upon Tahoe, but you’d never hear that from this unpretentious, gentle man. read more →

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Benefit Women at Zawadisha’s Annual Holiday Bazaar at Bona Fide Books Dec 7

Tahoe-based nonprofit – The Zawadisha Fund – is teaming up again with Bona Fide Books to offer an opportunity to shop locally while having global impact this holiday season.

Connect with contemporary local artists, crafters and entrepreneurs at the 3rd Annual Zawadisha Holiday Bazaar on Sat., Dec. 7th, from 10am-3pm at Bona Fide Books,1069 Magua Street in Meyers, CA. All vendor space fees benefit the Zawadisha Fund. read more →

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Hula Tribe 4 High Fives Raises Close to $40,000

High Fives Hula TribeOn Saturday, September 28 the High Fives Non-Profit Foundation and the Hula Tribe combined to form the largest group to ever take on a Tough Mudder event. The Tough Mudder (Tahoe Fall) event hosted over 12,000 competitors on the grueling 10-mile course at Northstar California Resort. In a successful effort to raise funds for the High Fives Non-Profit Foundation, 50 Hula Tribe members marched to the beat of two drums while outfitted in war paint and hula skirts on a sunny fall day in North Lake Tahoe. read more →

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Kids Help Animals in Need with online non-profit Dance in the Sun for Animals

Mary_Jane_&_RowanDance in the Sun for Animals (DSA) is a new, non-profit organization that helps kids help animals in need.

Heidi Timinsky, a teacher with a Masters in Humane Education, founded DSA with the goal of empowering children to realize that they too can make a positive difference in the world through helping animals in need. Heidi believes that teaching compassion for all living beings is just as important as teaching the core curriculum subjects such as math, reading and science.

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Food Fest for Education Oct 26 at Harvey’s

Lake Tahoe Educational FoundationYum!

The Lake Tahoe Educational Foundation is hosting the annual Food Fest on October 26, 2013 from 6:30-10 pm at Harvey’s Convention Center to raise funds for enrichment programs in all schools in the Lake Tahoe Unified School District.

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Lake Tahoe “Brilliant Blue” Radar Sunglasses to Benefit the Tahoe Fund

Oakley Tahoe Fund glassesSquaw and Oakley have joined together to create custom Lake Tahoe Radar® sunglasses. The one-of-a-kind sunglasses feature “Brilliant Blue” ice iridium lenses with a custom-etched outline of Lake Tahoe. $20 from each sunglass sale will benefit the Tahoe Fund to restore and enhance Lake Tahoe for the enjoyment of current and future generations.

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Oxygen Masks for Pets Donated by ACT in South Shore

spot.jpgDid you ever wonder how smoke affects our pets? Just like people. read more →

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LTCC Earth Science Scholarship Honors Former Instructor Carl Young

Carl Young of Lake TahoeLake Tahoe Community College has started a scholarship in honor of Carl Young, a former instructor who passed away in late May 2013.

The Carl Young Memorial Earth Science Scholarship is being established to honor the meteorology teacher, who died when he and two colleagues were chasing tornadoes just outside Oklahoma City.

This new Earth Science scholarship will be the first of its kind at LTCC according to geology and earth science instructor Scott Valentine, who worked with Mr. Young’s parents to establish the scholarship. read more →

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Conservation Groups Save Iconic Royal Gorge Mountain Paradise

Royal Gorge is Tahoe CultureIt’s official.  Royal Gorge has been saved from development.

Hundreds of supporters, including prominent community members, conservation leaders, elected officials, and public agency representatives held a formal dedication on July 4, 2013 to mark the  extraordinary grassroots effort that saved this world-renowned cross-country ski area and mountain paradise on Donner Summit. read more →

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Truckee Donner Land Trust Offers Public Input Meetings and Property Tours to Guide Royal Gorge’s Recreation Plan

Lake_Van_Norden-Castle_PeakPending a grant from the Wildlife Conservation Board, one of the most important conservation victories for the Sierra in a generation is nearing completion, the acquisition of Royal Gorge.

The Truckee Donner Land Trust is now readying a public outreach process to help guide future management of the nearly 3,000-acre property.

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North Tahoe Event Center Flower Pots Get a Colorful Facelift, thanks to Jamie Himes

Tahoe Culture Jamie Himes Flower Pots Colored UpThe facelift of Kings Beach begins later this year but Jamie Himes, an Interdisciplinary Studies major studying Art and Psychology at Sierra Nevada College, got the beautification started sooner as part of her Service Learning Class in a project she called “Coloring Kings Beach.” The project was so successful that at the Sierra Nevada College Senior Awards Breakfast this month, her project won the award for “Inspiring Community Impact.”

Congratulations Jamie!

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CHARITYSMITH gets High Fived

Jill_Dobbs_of_Charity_Smith_accepting_Contribution_from_Roy_Tuscany_High_Fives_Foundation_smallThe High Fives Foundation recently hosted the Ninth Annual Squaw Valley Prom which successfully raised $35,000 in ticket sales, and which garnered a $13,000 donation from event proceeds presented to co-host nonprofit organization CHARITYSMITH.

CHARITYSMITH served as the original host of the Squaw Valley Prom, however, High Fives has taken the reins of this signature fundraiser in recent years. Nine hundred supporters purchased prom tickets and enjoyed a night of 1990s themed attire and music. read more →

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Help Raise Money for the Children’s Memorial Tree

Childerns-memorial-2One of South Lake Tahoe’s most cherished monuments is in the midst of redesign to hold it as our coveted place for contemplation, a place where we can reflect innocence lost, a place where we can all connect in this loving community we call home.  What started as a simple memorial for three of our local children who lost their lives, now includes the names of 229 lost too young.

Sue Hrbacek and Kenny Curtzwiler are leading the charge to raise $12,000 for The Children’s Memorial Tree, located on Highway 50 in the heart of South Shore. The City of South Lake Tahoe and several community service groups and countless individuals are working together to keep this open space open.  Be one of the counted. Donate and read the effort in the Mountain News here.

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Free Self Defense Classes for Women in Truckee April 19, 20, 26, 27

Tahoe Safe AllianceEvery two minutes, a woman is sexually assaulted somewhere in America. In an effort to deter this violent trend and in conjunction with Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Revolution Athletics Training Center (RATC) will offer free self-defense classes throughout the month of April.

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Pints For Paws Beer Tasting Fundraiser at the Cork and More March 21

Cork and More Corned Beef SlidersWhat could be better than a glass of Ruhstaller and Corned Beef Sliders? How about benefiting the Sierra Avalanche Center and Heavenly Ski Patrol?

Get your tickets now for the “Pints For Paws Beer Tasting” fundraiser on Thursday March 21, 2013 at 7 PM at The Cork & More, our favorite gourmet and gift shop celebrating 35 years in business.  read more →

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Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows offer Lift Tickets for a Good Cause Feb 3-8, 2013

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Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows are showing their community support by providing lift tickets to five local non-profit organizations to sell at a discount.  Skiers and riders can show their goodwill by purchasing an affordable lift ticket from one of the five local non-profits of their choice including Arts for the Schools, KidsZone Museum, Sierra Senior Services, Sierra Avalanche Center and Truckee Tahoe Humane Society. The tickets are valid Sunday through Friday, February 3-8, 2013.

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Help Christmas Cheer and Bread & Broth with Tahoe Chamber Jan 10

Please help the South Lake Tahoe Chamber and businesses to support Christmas Cheer and St. Theresa’s Bread & Broth by bringing canned and non-perishable food items to the the Riva Grill on January 10th, from 5:30-8:30pm

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Happy New Year by Sharon Freewoman and New Moon Ceremony Jan 11

Yes, we are still here, in mostly one piece, for this moment and many more to come.Though this time will eventually fade away in our memories, the subtle shifts that have been taking place will continue to bring a lighter world to live in for future generations. 2013 is also the Universal Year of “6″.  We, as a collective of human consciousness, must now work towards bringing that new wave of light to fruition as we move into the”Galactic Spring”.

A New Year New Moon Ceremony will be held on Friday, January 11th at 7 pm at Thomas Clarke Chiropractic, 10880 Brockway Road in Truckee. Bring water to drink, wear warm and comfy clothes, and if you have a rattle or drum bring that too!   read more →

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Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe Pet Pantry

Help support local homeless dogs and cats this holiday season by supporting the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe’s Pet Pantry program.

The economy continues to affect dogs, cats and people, forcing some families to give up their beloved pets for financial reasons. HSTT wants to help keep our furry friends in their homes through its Pet Pantry program. “Give what you can, take what you need,” this program collects pet food and distributes it to needy families and their pets in the Truckee-Tahoe area. read more →

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Gift Wrapping Party to Support the South Lake Tahoe Library Dec 15

The South Lake Tahoe Library is offering gift wrapping for a small fee on December 15th from 1pm to 4pm to raise money. The Friends of the Library will wrap your gift for just $2 per gift.  Priceless!

All proceeds go to the Friends of the Library and are used to support the library located at 1000 Rufus Allen in South Lake Tahoe.

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12.12.12 with Sharon Freewoman of Truckee

12.12.12.

Yes, it’s a very special day because we are here, so go out and celebrate one more magical day in Tahoe. That’s what it’s all about.

And, when you have time, have a reading with Sharon Freewoman and learn more about her organic farm at the “Shire.” read more →

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2012 Blue Ribbon Award Winners Announced

Congratulations Rob!

With more than 160 nominations received, everyone is a winner. The standouts in eight categories received a 2012 Blue Ribbon Award.

South Shore definitely shines with a nice blend of new and established businesses who provide positive experiences for locals and visitors and acknowledge our creative mountain culture. Hip Hip Hooray!

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South Lake Tahoe Chiropractor is Working for Food thru November 17

Dr. Joshua Welch of Safe Haven Chiropractic is conducting a food drive to help the South Lake Tahoe community.

Now through November 17th, Dr. Josh is exchanging chiropractic care for 5 non-perishable food items for local charity. Current, new or reactivating patients and families will receive a chiropractic adjustment for their donation.

Dr. Josh believes giving from the heart without expecting anything in return, is what creates a strong community. read more →
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Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe’s 2013 Calendar Photo Contest

Nice face Jess. Makes me want to get outside and play, like a good dog.

Your dog could be the next cover girl (or boy) of the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe 2013 Calendar.

The theme of the calendar is “Rescued dogs of Truckee-Tahoe,” so get your dog out and snap some photos and send them to HSTT before October 15th.

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Cast your Nomination for the Blue Ribbon Awards by Oct 5

It’s time to start thinking about that person going the extra mile to provide excellent customer service, that business that is working to minimize their impact on the environment, and businesses that are creating sustainable jobs in our local economy.

The deadline to nominate any business for a Blue Ribbon Award is October 5th at noon.

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2012 TRPA Lake Spirit Award Winners

The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency announced the winners of the Lake Spirit Awards honoring “real people making real progress protecting Lake Tahoe” at their second annual Community Appreciation Day event held on September 27 at TRPA’s office.

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Three Truckee Cyclists to ride 300 Miles for Mentoring Sept 21-22

On Saturday, September 17, six cyclists are preparing for the biggest ride of their lives.

Why? For kids, of course!

For the fourth year in a row Hardy Bullock, Carey Thrasher and Ken Bossung – all members of the Tahoe Staff Cycling Team – will attempt to ride non-stop together for 300 miles to raise funding for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County and North Lake Tahoe’s mentoring programs for at-risk youth.

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Beach Bash Benefit for Sean Aug 15

In May, local community member Sean Riley suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of a succession of blackouts and falls. Sean is an off-road tour guide for Lake Tahoe Adventures and his wife, Georgette, works for the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority and the TahoeChamber.

A Beach Bash Benefit at Zephyr Cove Resort will take place on Wednesday, August 15th from 5-8PM to help the family with the ongoing care expenses, which are anticipated to be as much as $2,000/day until Sean’s condition improves. read more →

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Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe Seeks Heroes for new Animal Shelter

The Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe (HSTT) has launched its Heroes Now & Forever campaign to raise the final one million dollars needed to build a new animal shelter that will serve the region. HSTT has had tremendous success to date raising $2.4 million dollars to fund the shelter’s construction.

While the non-profit organization is well on their way and almost there, they have encountered a shortfall. The Humane Society has just announced that they have an urgent, pressing need to raise an additional one million dollars to cover higher than anticipated construction costs.

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2nd Annual Great Gatsby Gala for Tahoe Youth and Family Services August 11

The 2nd Annual Great Gatsby Gala fundraiser for local kids will take place at MontBleu Resort on August 11, 2012. Have fun, dress up in the 20′s era style, learn the Charleston, enjoy a sit down dinner, dance and much more! All proceeds will benefit Tahoe Youth & Family Services.

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Squaw Valley Institute and KidZone Museum Provide Affordable Programming for Families

Squaw Valley Institute and KidZone Museum are entering into a partnership focused on bringing programming for a more creatively, culturally and intellectually stimulating community for all ages.

Beginning June 1, 2012, anyone purchasing a KidZone ACM Museum membership will also be eligible for an SVI joint membership, typically valued at $150, for only $60. This special SVI-KidZone ACM Museum membership will be offered to 50 families and will be good for one year from the time of purchase.

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2nd Annual “Grand Dining Adventure” Raffle for Humane Society

The Truckee Tahoe Humane Society has joined forces with area restaurants to create the greatest adventure in dining you’ll ever enjoy for only $10.

That’s right, for the ticket price of $10, you’ll have the opportunity to win ten $100.00 gift certificates to the finest restaurants in the Truckee/Tahoe region.

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Did you know…Tahoe has the Only River Otter Rehab Center in California?

riverotter.JPGThanks to Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care, we have the only River Otter rehab cage in California.

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Awakening Wednesdays Book Study at Unity at the Lake

Join Unity at the Lake for book studies, meditation and heart opening discussions every Wednesday night in South Lake Tahoe.

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Fireside Pizza Company Feeds Kids for SkiDUCK’s Spring Splash April 1

Fireside Pizza Co., located in the heart of the Squaw Valley Village, has partnered with Skiing and Snowboarding for Disabled and Underprivileged Children and older Kids (SkiDUCK) by providing a meal for each program member during their Spring Splash event on April 1st.

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Truckee Elementary PTO Partners with the Shane McConkey Foundation to Fund a Green Transformation of the School

Truckee Elementary is going green. Designated as the flagship school to lead the greening of the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District (TTUSD), the students and staff of Truckee Elementary will be pioneering a path toward an environmentally sustainable future for the entire district.

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Bucks for Barks help Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe

Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows’ new “Bucks for Barks” program gives guests the option of donating $1 or more to the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe whenever they make a purchase on-site or at either resort’s online store.

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Have a Heart for CASA Fundraiser Feb 3

CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates, will hold its fifth annual fundraiser “Have a Heart for CASA” on Friday, February 3, 2012 at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course at 6pm.

This special night will honor our South Lake Tahoe Juvenile Panel Attorneys – Julie Bachman, John Castellanos, William Cherry, Kimberly Hunt, Lori London, Rick Meyer and Paul Palant.

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Rotary Club Seeks Art Donations for Fundraiser – Due Feb 10

The Rotary Club of South Lake Tahoe is seeking art to be donated for a fundraiser to take place on Feb. 10th at the Inn by the Lake. One hundred percent of the funds raised at this event will go back into the community in the form of local student scholarships.

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2011 Blue Ribbon Awards Winners

The 4th Annual Blue Ribbon Awards was a huge success! Over 200 people were in attendance to show their support for the local businesses and individuals that were nominated across 8 different categories. Embassy Suites provided an excellent 3 course meal to accompany the awards presentation and El Dorado County Wines were featured on all dinner tables. Special Guest for the evening, California Senator Ted Gaines was in attendance to hand out Legislative Certificates to all 8 Award Winners, whom were the real highlight of the evening.

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The Truckee River Outlet by Tim Hauserman

The Truckee River Outlet
by Tim Hauserman/Moonshine Ink

This story is reprinted from the October 2011 issue of Moonshine Ink.

Less than 30 years ago, where bike paths, parking for rafters, and the Tahoe Rim Trail now meander along the Truckee River in Tahoe City, the Tahoe City Trailer Park was located on a big chunk of what most folks now know as 64 Acres. A rickety, old one-lane bridge crossed the river, about where the bike bridge is now, to a loop containing several dozen mobile homes. It was different place.

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Sierra-at-Tahoe donates $295,000 to Community and Environmental Causes

This is why we love this resort.  They are true local stewards.

Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort™ continued their longstanding commitment to the community and constituents during the 2010-2011 season with charitable contributions in excess of $295,383 to community and environmental programs.

Way to go Sierra. You guys rock!

What about the other ski resorts who had record-breaking seasons…check out this impressive list.

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Corner Beauty by Emily Dettling

Every community, including Incline Village, has its public corners that could use some improvement. Taking the time to spruce them up is probably a common but fleeting thought for most passersby.

Corner Beauty by Emily Dettling is reprinted from the June issue of Moonshine Ink, Independent Media for Truckee and North Lake Tahoe.

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