Table of Contents 8
Summer Operations New changes and additions
Aquatics Just keep swimming...
Capital Projects Facilities about to get some love
28 Tahoe Donner Golf Swing into summer TAKE NOTE
Presidentâ€™s Message Membership update
Monthly Calendar Something for everyone
Letâ€™s Get Together TD events & happenings
Taking Care of Business Board meeting minutes
Bulletin Board Upcoming community events
Where in the World is TD News? TD News travels the world
45 Day Notices Changes to the covenants
Elections Make sure to vote
Maureen Alan-Ludwig On the cover
Keeping Pools Open The healthy water campaign
VOL. 13, NO. 6
JUNE 2012 EDITORIAL AND PRODUCTION STAFF Amanda Birchenough Amanda Wallace Kirt Zimmer
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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE SUZY KNISLEY | PRESIDENT Book your golf tee times early. This is going to be a great summer golf season and an early start to be out enjoying our gorgeous golf course. For all of you driving up for the weekend, to get the best tee times, remember to book 14 days in advance with the pro shop. For great savings, estimate your planned rounds of golf and purchase the most appropriate pass to meet your needs. There are a lot of activities packed into this summer at Tahoe Donner; at the Marina, at Northwoods Clubhouse, summer barbeques at the Equestrian Center, summer camping programs, swim programs at Trout Creek, a July 21 outdoor concert, and many other special events, so pick up your Summer Fun Guide or check the website for dates and times. The board has been busy reviewing many current projects in the initial design stage, the biggest one being the concept and scope of the Cross Country Ski Lodge. We are looking to stay within a realistic budget and meet the needs of space allocation for the various planned activities, with the great assistance of the General Plan Committee and staff. The board recently walked the area at the Beach Club Marina and viewed initial drawings and demonstration of a greatly needed beach and picnic space expansion to meet the strong summer demand. Staff already has some modifications planned to enhance your beach and waterfront activities this summer. By the time you receive this issue of the Tahoe Donner News, the board will have reviewed plans for improvements of the Grotto at The Lodge. Summer is also the season to keep fire prevention in mind. Early summer yard clean up of downed tree limbs and cutting back any heavy foliage within the new 100-foot space requirement from your home is an important prevention measure. Truckee has a special yard waste promotion the first part of June for free dumping to encourage your participation. June 24 is our Annual Member Meeting and
summer barbeque free to all members at the Northwoods Clubhouse. Representatives at various Tahoe Donner club organizations will have information available and the announcement will be made as to whom you elected to your Board of Directors. It’s great fun for the whole family, so please join us as we celebrate the beginning of summer and provide an opportunity to meet and share your ideas with staff and your Board of Directors. For all of you that don’t already know, I raise specialty breed chickens and 26 one-day old baby chickens are due to arrive by U.S. mail in June to fill up my newly constructed, show stopping chicken coop, and will be keeping me busy this summer. In addition to being president of Tahoe Donner, I am president of the Loomis Chicken Lovers Association. This has been a very productive year for Tahoe Donner, and I congratulate everyone for their tremendous contributions and effort towards making the many improvements and additions to Tahoe Donner. Especially to all the committee members for their tremendous contribution of time, planning and ideas, to my fellow board members - Tom, Jay, Ron and Steve - for their support throughout this year, to our staff for their outstanding effort towards continuous improvements and creative contributions, to our members for their feedback, and especially to Robb Etnyre, our superlative general manager for his outstanding leadership and the many successful efforts and improvements made in and around Tahoe Donner. Our biggest success under his guidance, and on all our parts being the purchase of the Euer Valley, a goal the association has had for many years and I have strongly supported coming to fruition. Thank you, Robb. Thank you all.
IMPORTANT! MEMBER EVENTS 2012 BOARD CANDIDATES NIGHT
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SATURDAY, JUNE 9 7 – 9 p.m. @ Northwoods Clubhouse Meet your board candidates and ask them questions.
Friday, June 22 6 – 9 p.m. @ The Lodge We’re celebrating with Happy Hour specials all night in the entire restaurant, complimentary Lodge Punch and live music. Kick off the best summer season yet!
TAHOE DONNER ASSOCIATION ANNUAL MEETING Meet and Greet Friday, June 22 5 – 7 p.m. @ The Equestrian Center
SUNDAY, JUNE 24 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. @ Northwoods Clubhouse Followed by membership picnic and expo.
Meet staff and the horses. Enjoy complimentary hot dogs, drinks, games and prizes.
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Tahoe Famous Burger Bash Sunday, June 24 @ Tennis Club These Tennis Club sponsored events have become a mainstay of the summer tennis schedule. Join the warm-up clinic with one of our certified teaching pros and then test your skills in round robin play. Stay for the post-match BBQ and potluck. Clinic: 3 p.m. Round Robin: 4 – 6 p.m. BBQ and Potluck: 6 p.m. Cost: free for Tennis Club members; Tahoe Donner member $10; Guest $10 plus $6 court fee
Waterpalooza Saturday, June 30 and Sunday, July 1 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. @ Tahoe Donner Driving Range This year’s Waterpalooza event is going to be double the fun with an added day of slipping and sliding. We have more rides, bigger slides, and water balloons for everyone.
FROM THE GENERAL MANAGER’S DESK
I’m not quite certain where to start this month, as there are so many great things happening in our active mountain community. Coming off a mild winter, the routine local conversation is all about what a fantastic summer we’re going to have this year. So, in preparation for this, we have spent quite a lot of time this winter and spring reviewing member feedback from last year’s summer seasonal survey along with proposed new or enhanced programs, events, and services. We’ve taken this feedback and prioritized immediate items that can be improved upon in order to deliver a great experience for all our members this summer. You’ll find selected highlights of these improvements in the article by our director of operations, Miguel Sloane, on page 8 of this edition of Tahoe Donner News. Of course, you don’t have to just read about these improvements; you can experi-
ence them firsthand, along with all the fun in store for you at your personal resort this summer. Just pull out your Summer Fun Guide and plan your activities. June will host a number of terrific events and activities right in your own backyard. The month starts off with our annual Truckee Day neighborhood clean-up (June 2) and ends with an enormous Waterpalooza event for kids (young and old) on the driving range. With that as a sampling of June, just imagine all the outstanding activities throughout the remainder of the month - equestrian BBQ, paddle boarding, historic kayak tour, bocce ball, burgers and bratwurst tennis bash, camps, hiking, recreation programs, swimming, bingo night at Pizza on the Hill, the annual meeting and some of the best golf in the region at your own championship course – it’s like your own private resort! In working with our staff, board of directors, and volunteer committees, I’m reminded of the countless hours and energy your fellow members selflessly volunteer to make Tahoe Donner a great mountain community we can all enjoy. Tahoe Donner is privileged to have a committed and engaged five member volunteer board of directors guiding the strategic affairs of the association. We also have five principal volunteer committees - Architectural Standards, Finance, General Plan, Covenants, and the Elections Committee - collectively comprising over 35 key volunteers. The senior management staff and I continually turn to these committees as the backbone of our association in discussing and planning the future of our community to best benefit our 6,500 owners and 25,000 members. Chartered clubs are also critical components of our volunteer membership, representing almost 1,000 members and helping to organize and galvanize common interest and participation within our community. I look forward to developing more in-depth coordination plans to provide even more opportunities for volunteers to engage in activities such as trail development for the benefit of the community. If you have volunteer ideas, please let me know. This leads me to an update on our year-to-date April financial results, before assessed revenue. Following a very mild winter result-
FULL SERVICE LANDSCAPE CONTRACTOR TRUCKEE
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ing in below budgeted expectations, the association’s net operating result is (-$390,000) off budget 2012 – a dramatic improvement to our position in January of this year. This loss continues to improve each week and month as your employee team, at every level, makes small adjustments across the entire organization in an effort to erode this current loss to budget in order to keep the annual operating cost of the association under control while still delivering excellent customer experiences across all of our operations. Additionally, I want to again recognize the outstanding contributions of our winter staff, who delivered truly exceptional customer service and products over the course of one of our most challenging winters in quite a long time. Awesome things are happening (check out Pizza on the Hill’s new game room) and more are in the works (cell tower), as we continue our commitment to the enhancement of this vibrant mountain community. Best wishes,
ROBB ETNYRE GENERAL MANAGER
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PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO COVENANTS RULES The Board of Directors will be considering for action the following amendments to the Covenants Rules. The Board of Directors is expected to take action to adopt these rules, as they are presented here or with some modification, at its July meeting, currently scheduled for Saturday, July 21, 2012. The board welcomes any input you may wish to offer regarding this process. Your comments are welcome via email: arosenfeld@tahoeodonner. com , telephone: (530) 587-9630, Fax: (530) 587-9419 or US Mail: Tahoe Donner Association 11509 Northwoods Blvd., Truckee, CA. 96161
45 DAY NOTICES PROPOSED CHANGES TO COVENANTS SCHEDULE OF FINES FOR FIREWORKS, FIREARMS, AND FIRE SAFETY VIOLATIONS
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Changes to the Covenants Schedule of Fines for Fireworks, Firearms and Fire Safety violations will be considered for action by the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors is expected to take action to adopt these procedures, as they are presented here or with some modification, at its July meeting, currently scheduled for Saturday, July 21, 2012. The board welcomes any input you may wish to offer regarding this process. Your comments are welcome via email: email@example.com, telephone: (530) 587-9630, Fax: (530) 587-9419 or US Mail: Tahoe Donner Association 11509 Northwoods Blvd., Truckee, CA. 96161
CAMPING PROHIBITED. Camping is prohibited on Common Areas and other Association-owned properties, except in the Campground, when it is in operation, or at specifically designated areas. C&Rs Article VIII, Section 1(a)(v). Backcountry camping and equestrian camping in Euer Valley is permitted at designated areas with a permit issued to each user by authorized association personnel. FISHING. Fishing is prohibited on the Golf Course grounds. State fishing licenses are required while fishing elsewhere in Tahoe Donner. Catch and release and barbless hook fishing is required in Tahoe Donner streams. AFTER HOURS PARKING. Overnight or after hours parking (later than one hour after the closing of a facility or amenity) at any TDA parking lot is prohibited with the exception that an Emergency Overnight Parking Permit may be obtained during weatherrelated emergencies. Vehicles in violation of this rule are subject to immediate towing at the vehicle owner’s expense. Overnight parking at the Cross Country/Equestrian Center is authorized for special events with an overnight parking pass issued to each user by authorized association personnel at that location.
The current schedule of fines for fireworks, firearms and fire safety violations are as follows: Fireworks and Firearms $150 Fire safety rule violations, up to $5,000 per incident.
Recommended changes to the Covenants Schedule are as follows: Fireworks, firearms and fire safety rule violations starting at $1,000 and up to $5,000 per incident.
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2012 BOARD OF DIRECTORS ELECTION DON’T FORGET TO VOTE! If you haven’t already, you will shortly be receiving election materials for this year’s Board of Directors election. One 3-year term is being filled, with two property owners running for this position. The election materials will include each Candidate’s Statement. These statements are the sole work of their authors (the association has not edited them in any way), and their purpose is to give our voting members some insight into the perspectives of the individual candidates. In addition, there will be an opportunity on June 9 to listen to each candidate as they present their views and positions for the future of Tahoe Donner. Please read the election materials carefully. If something is confusing, or you have questions, please let us know—we’re here to help. Over the years, California law has made association elections even more technical, and our director election materials require specific and detailed procedures. The process involves sealing your ballot
in one envelope, which is then sealed in another envelope, which then must bear specific information about the voter including their signature. If the steps are not followed exactly, according to California law, the ballot is disqualified.
Please vote in these elections as there is a required level of membership participation, and if not reached — the will of the membership will not be gained, and the election will have been a waste of effort and money. Questions? Contact Bonnie Watkins at (530) 587-9431.
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SUMMER OPERATIONS Here comes the sun! With a challenging winter behind us, it is time to look forward to the upcoming summer season. Staff has been working long and hard to get our summer operations up and running for our membership’s pleasure. We are looking forward to a summer of exciting activities and adventures. Last fall, we administered a Summer Operations Survey to solicit feedback from the membership about the season just passed. I am happy to report that we received more than 890 responses to that survey. As is usually the case, the feedback was very helpful and covered the full gamut of topics. In an effort to close the loop on the feedback received, we would like to highlight some of the operational changes for this upcoming summer as a result of your feedback:
Tennis: • We have a comprehensive improvement to our practice court planned for this season to go along with the cosmetic improvements completed last summer. This improvement includes the construction of a new Quick Start court that will be used for our junior programs. • With the support of the Tennis Club, director of tennis Ian Mindell has planned a very busy social calendar with several competitive and non-competitive events scheduled throughout the summer.
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• We have more horses available for trail rides, with rides going into the newly acquired Euer Valley property.
• We have added a few additional healthier items to the Marina Grill menu this summer, including daily specials. • Beer and a few select specialty adult beverages are available. • A few more tables have been added to the beach and screening has been added to the fence along Donner Pass Road to enhance the separation of our property from vehicle traffic. • The dock and swim line configuration has changed to provide more separation of swimmers and boaters, and we will be adding a few new toys to the swim area. • The large BBQ’s on the beach have been overhauled and the grilling surfaces have been replaced. • In the fall, we are planning a renovation to the deck and lawn area to provide more seating for the snack bar and assist with foot traffic and boat traffic separation.
• While we will still enforce a potty break at the top of every hour for the recreation pool, we have shortened the required break time. • Lap pool deck during peak periods to enforce the behavior rules. • We have developed a lap swim sticker program to be sure kids using the lap pool have completed a qualifying exam which will test their skills and teach them lap swim etiquette. • We will post a lifeguard on the lap pool deck during peak periods to enforce the behavior rules.
• More umbrellas will be added to the pool deck to provide more shade opportunities for our guests. • We are working with vendors for a solution to the request for better towels at the facility and will have better towel options in place. • We will add new magazines to the cardio room including Outside and Sports Illustrated. • We have added an additional bocce court for this summer season behind Northwoods Clubhouse. • Pizza on the Hill will offer a lunch menu from the BBQ for Northwoods Pool and playground area throughout the summer. • The game room in Pizza on the Hill has been renovated to include more interactive activities for the kids. • We have enhanced the horseshoe pits at Northwoods Clubhouse and added croquet to the activities available for checkout from the Recreation Hut at Northwoods Pool. • Bikeworks has been relocated to the Equestrian Center with a small selection of bikes still available at the Beach Club Marina.
As you can see, we have many improvements for this upcoming season, so be sure to spend the majority of your summer in Tahoe Donner and take advantage of everything we have to offer. See you at the beach!
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LET’S TOGETHER Need another copy of Summer Fun Guide or have questions about anything related to summer recreation? Stop by the Member Services office, located in the Northwoods Clubhouse.
Member Services Office NEW! Summer Hours: Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Sundays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., starting June 17
The Recreation Information Hut Open from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., daily starting Friday, June 15. Swing by to sign up for your favorite summer recreation programs! Rent Bocce sets, and check out horseshoes and volleyballs to use behind Northwoods Clubhouse.
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The Beach Club Marina is open for business! Whether your perfect beach day entails relaxing in the sand, basking in the sunshine or exploring the water by swimming, sailing or paddle boarding, the Beach Club Marina has something for everyone. A dip in Donner Lake is a staple on any summer day. Hours are 7 a.m. - 9 p.m., daily. The gates close at 10 p.m. For more information about rentPR EN I VAT E A M N PR E M als and summerI Vactivities at the Beach Club A AT E Marina, please visit tahoedonner.com or call (530) 587-9460.
5 - 9 p.m. Friday, June 1 Kids 4 – 9 years old are invited to join in the fun with crafts, dinner, and a movie, as well as cookies and milk. This month’s featured film is Bolt. Registration must be made at least 24 hours in advance by calling (530) 582-9646. Cost: $15 per child.
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SPECIAL EVENT! Waterpalooza June 30 and July 1 This year’s Waterpalooza event is going to be double the fun with an added day of slipping and sliding. We have more rides, bigger slides, and water balloons for everyone. The new log jammer ride will be the talk of the summer, so don’t miss out on your chance to slide down the 27 foot drop to the pool at the bottom. In addition to squirt guns and a dunk tank, there will be BBQ, music, games and classic summertime treats like snow cones and cotton candy. Waterpalooza is a fantastic way to spend the day with family and friends from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. June 30 and July 1 on the Tahoe Donner Driving Range. So grab your swim suit and get ready for a soakin’ good time!
MARIAH MCCLOSKEY RECREATION COORDINATOR
Friday Family Movie Night and Outdoor Movie Night: The Late Show Bring a pillow and blanket, kick your feet up and enjoy either a classic or new movie starting at 6:30 p.m. every Friday at Northwoods Clubhouse. Friday Family Movie Night movies are rated G and PG. Starting Friday, June 15, the outdoor movie theater opens. The Late Show movies are rated PG and PG-13. Family Movie Night and Outdoor Movie Night are free events. Movie Schedule: June 1 | Bolt June 8 | Air Bud June 15 | Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked Late Show: Back to the Future June 22 | The Parent Trap Late Show: Sherlock Holmes June 29 | Puss in Boots Late Show: The Sandlot For more information, contact Trout Creek Recreation Center at (530) 587-9437
Maureen Alan-Ludwig loves Tahoe Donner. In 1991, Maureen started renting ski leases, and ended up building her first home in Tahoe Donner in 1995. After becoming a homeowner, Maureen started coming up to her second home to spend more time in the area and explore activities like skiing in the winter and mountain biking and hiking in the summer. Maureen moved up to Tahoe Donner to live fulltime in 2011. Maureen started golfing five years ago and says it’s one of her favorite things to do in Tahoe Donner, followed by lunch on the deck at The Lodge Restaurant and Pub. She also enjoys hiking, mountain biking, picnics at the Beach Club Marina and summer concerts at the driving range. “Each season at Tahoe Donner offers something that fits well with my lifestyle and the things I enjoy doing,” Maureen says. “I enjoy spending active time outdoors and the mountains offer so many opportunities to do so!”
Do you have an interesting story and want to be featured as one of our “On the Cover” Tahoe Donner homeowners? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know!
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The first Geo-Caching Clinic 9 a.m. Friday, June 22 Interior/Exterior Paint/Stain Drywall Repair
ER O N NRim The first hike is set for Donner Check out a GPS from the Recreation E DLake O H TA Trail. Enjoy a guided intermediate level hike Information Hut, adjacent to Northwoods from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. on Wednesdays Pool, and learn more about this fun and I N UBLIC AME E R through the summer. Cost isP$10 N per person. exciting activity. N O REA OE D K I A Register at the Recreation Information Hut TA H
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June 20 marks the first day of summer, and as we look forward to those long days and cool nights, tennis is just heating up at Tahoe Donner Tennis. The Tennis Center will be serving up plenty of activities to keep you busy all month long. A few of the can’t-miss events include the USTA Adult and Junior TournaR NNE D OClub’s E ments, A the Tennis Famous Burger Bash O T H and the Margarita Madness Pro Exhibition. Of course you count on our full schedR Ecan always EP N TA LS & R ule of Cardio, Theme and Ladies Day Clinics, the men’s, women’s and mixed doubles play dates and the start of our brand new Junior Tennis Program.
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clinic followed by friendly competition. Cost: $5 members and $7 guests. Private archery lessons are also available this year. Call (530) 582-9646 for more information.
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Tahoe Donner Fourth NTRP Tournament TOY 3.0 - June 1 – 3 Join us for the event of the season as we compete in some top notch competition from around Northern California and beyond. This year’s event will offer 1.5 times the regular
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DINING OPTIONS The Lodge Restaurant & Pub Open nightly at 5 p.m. Lunch is served daily from 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. For more information, or to make a reservation, please call (530) 587-9455.
Three Course Meal Deal | Your favorite spring deal continues through Thursday, June 14, Sunday – Thursday. Enjoy a special three course menu plus glass of house wine for only $25. Menu changes throughout the month. May not be combined with any other promotions or coupons.
Deck Opening Party at The Lodge | We’re celebrating on Friday, June 22, with Happy Hour specials all night in the entire restaurant, complimentary Lodge Punch and live music from 6 – 9 p.m. Kick off the best summer season yet!
Happy Hour at the Pub | Enjoy drink specials and 25 percent off tasty starters, small plates, soups and salads from 4 – 6 p.m., Sunday – Thursday.
No Corkage Tuesdays | Bring your own bottle of vino to enjoy with your meal and we’ll waive the corkage fee on Tuesdays nights. It’s the perfect time to enjoy that favorite bottle of wine you’ve been saving at home. Offer only valid during non-holiday periods.
Last WildER Wednesday – June 27 | Don’t miss the last WildER Wednesday on June 27. Until then enjoy Happy Hour specials all night long in the entire restaurant on Wednesdays through the month! Enjoy 25 percent off small plates, soups and salads, plus drink specials.
Pizza on the Hill Open from 5 – 8:30 p.m., Thursday – Monday
Happy Hour | Enjoy specials from 5 – 6 p.m., every day. Stop by after work to catch up with friends, grab a quick drink and a bite to eat. All draft beers are $3 and glasses of house wine are $4.
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The 2012 Junior Tennis program will start Monday, June 25, and run through E E KFriday, R CR E D August 20, with a brand A L new structure that will focus on giving our rising tennis stars I N an opportunity to spend Eplay-based P Utime in BLIC AM learning and also in a structured clinic-based format. Check out the website, call the tennis center or stop by to find the perfect program for your junior tennis enthusiast. Clinics and lessons at Tahoe Donner Tennis are a great way to develop new skills, get fit
or even pick up a few strategies to turn the tides against your old nemeses. A full schedule of the clinic and lesson program is available online at tahoedonner.com/tennis. As you can see, the month of June is E Rsure to ONN REA E Das O get summer off to a great start we slice H I Aand K TA S L best mileI Lthe dice our way to lots ofN fun Hat W I D O in the world. high tennis center The E NTahoe PU BLIC AM Donner Tennis Center is summer in the High Sierras.
Spring is here and it’s time to start horsing around. After a light winter, the Equestrian Center will be opening on schedule with boarding beginning June 1 and rides beginning June 23. As you may know, the Equestrian Center will be going through some changes this summer. N E RDue to restructuring DON E O TA H
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skills in round robin play. Stay for the postmatch BBQ and potluck. Clinic: 3 p.m. Round Robin: 4 – 6 p.m. BBQ and Potluck: 6 p.m. Cost: FREE for Tennis Club members; Tahoe Donner member $10; Guest $10 plus $6 court fee NER DON Y E O NTR Pro Exhibition – Margarita Madness TA H U O SS C Saturday, June 30, 3 p.m. CRO I Sit back, relax and watch E N go to P U the pros BLIC AM work as they battle it out on the court for your viewing pleasure. This year we look to scour the area and beyond for some top notch talent to entertain and show us how it is really done. This Tennis Club sponsored event is free to all.
rankings points for the 3.0 division, as we received the Tournament of the Year award from the USTA. Sign up for the tournament, or stop by to watch and cheer on some of our local competitors as they battle it out for the championship title. Tournament entry is online at norcal.usta.com.
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, g n i mm . . . g n i m m i w eep S Forget about Confucius or Aristotle. Some of the world’s wisest words actually came from a fish.
Dory the loveable – albeit forgetful – sidekick in the movie “Finding Nemo” offered this simple, yet profound advice to her friend, Marlin. “Hey Mr. Grumpy Gills, when life gets you down do you wanna know what you gotta do?” Dory tells her fearful pal. “Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming. What do we do? We swim, swim.”
ahoe Donner homeowner Julie Halvorsen, a mother of five children -- ranging in age from 3 months to 14 years -- couldn’t agree more with Dory’s plain-spoken ethos. “For our family, swimming is something we do literally every day during the summer months,” Halvorsen explains. “We enjoy the Tahoe Donner pools and lakes around the area from the first barely warm day until it turns cold again.”
“We enjoy the Tahoe Donner pools... from the first barely warm day until it turns cold again.” Indeed, swimming is a way of life at Tahoe Donner. Swimming’s fun factor is enticing to active families, but keeping the kids safe is paramount for Halvorsen and a host of other parents. Luckily for them, Tahoe Donner offers a roster of swim lessons designed to accommodate all ages - starting at 6 months old all the way up to adults.
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Ask any Tahoe Donner resident: The pools are the catalysts of summer activity here -- be it a children’s swim class, an Aquatic Zumba session or just some splashing around to blow off steam on a warm day. Both the Trout Creek Recreation Pool and the Northwood Pool have certified lifeguards on duty.
Trout Creek Recreation Center | 12790 Northwoods Blvd. Details: Tahoe Donner’s main pool is located at Trout Creek Recreation Center. It has a capacity of 220 people and includes six lap lanes and a basketball hoop area. The depth ranges from two feet to five feet deep. For wee swimmers, there’s a small one-foot deep pool, right next to the rec pool. The designated lap pool has three lap lanes at a four-foot depth. “Trout Creek is one of the gems of being a member of Tahoe Donner,” adds Amanda Birchenough, Tahoe Donner Marketing Communications Manager. * New! Wibit Night and Float Your Boat | Fridays from 5 – 7 p.m. Check out the new obstacle course and bring your floating pool toys. Sorry, no hard sided flotation devices are allowed. Season: Saturday, May 26- Sunday, Sept. 30 Hours: Monday – Thursday, 11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. Friday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
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Marlon Cavassin, Tahoe Donner aquatics coordinator, is a guy who loves everything swimming. Not surprisingly, he thinks learning to swim is an important life lesson. “Many animals are born with the ability to swim,” Cavassin explains. “Humans need to be taught by someone. Some people go their whole lives without ever learning how to swim, causing them to fear water.” “We offer private and group lessons that can cover a wide range of abilities from basics, such as getting comfortable in the water, to advanced and competitive swimming skills,” says Cavassin. Cavassin advises parents to get their children in swim classes as early as possible, as it’s easier to learn at a young age. Still, he’s quick to note that you are never too old to learn this skill that is easy on the joints and great for the heart.
NORTHWOODS POOL | 11509 NORTHWOODS BLVD. Details: Located next to the clubhouse, the Northwoods Pool features a slide at the deep end (eight foot depth) and a shallow area for toddlers. Capacity of this pool is 55 people. Season: Saturday, June 16 – Labor Day Hours: Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Fees: • Members with rec fee – free • Members without rec fee - $4 • Guests - $6 • Children 6 & under - free
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1. Personal Safety: The number one reason to learn how to swim is survival. Chances are good that at some time or another, you’ll be near water -- be it a cruise, fishing on a dock or lounging by a pool. If you don’t know how to swim, an unintended slip into a body of water that is deeper than your height could prove fatal. 2. Rescuing Others: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 3,400 people drown in the United States every year. If you know how to swim, you might have a chance of saving someone. 3. Health: Great for building strength, endurance … you name it, swimming’s got it. What’s more, water provides natural resistance when you are swimming, plus it makes it less strenuous on the body. 4. Pleasure: Put simply, swimming feels good! Plus it’s a great way to hang with your friends and family.
Swim Class 101 Want to make your child’s watery adventure the best ever? Here are some great tips from trusted Tahoe Donner parents and instructors.
1. Try to schedule your kids’ lessons at a time that works best for them, i.e. the time of day when their cranky-tired-hungry meter is dialed way down. 2. In the weeks leading up to and after the lessons, start swimming so they can see swimming as a way of life. “If they get to swim with their parents outside of lessons, they will see it as a fun family activity,” says Halvorsen. “They’ll want to improve and be able to swim with their older siblings and/or parents.” 3. Stay dry before the lesson and wear a thermal suit. “Kids get cold fast!” Cavassin reminds parents. 4. Want to get everyone in the mood? Don’t miss Free Swim Class Demo Day on Thursday, June 14, from 3:45 – 4:45 p.m. at the Trout Creek Recreation Center. To make reservations, call (530) 582-9627. 5. Once you’ve signed up, attend a free parent swim lesson orientation on Sunday, June 17, 7 p.m. at the Trout Creek Recreation Center. You’ll get to talk with instructors and learn some fun and useful tools to prep your child for swim class.
Swim Lesson Information For specific swim class info, visit tahoedonner.com. Lessons are available for adults and children – offered in private, semi-private and group formats. Lifeguard training and certification courses are also available, but generally fill up quickly.
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Get In Shape Kids aren’t the only ones who get to have fun in the Tahoe Donner pools. Check out the water aerobics, Aqua Zumba and Adult Swim Club offerings at tahoedonner.com Phone: (530) 582-9627 Email: email@example.com
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Waterpalooza Celebrating its second year at Tahoe Donner, Waterpalooza is the brainchild of Tahoe Donner Recreation Coordinator Mariah McCloskey. Held at the driving range, Waterpalooza has been expanded to a two-day event this year: June 30 and July 1 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The game area features duckies, squirt guns and pirate ships. And additional water fun includes dunk tanks, water balloons, slip ‘n slides, water slides, and more. “I think kids enjoyed this so much last year because there aren’t any water parks up here,” explains McCloskey. “Kids and adults loved that they got to dunk the lifeguards and other Tahoe Donner employees. I think the parents liked it because it was a controlled area for their kids to run around and have some classic summer backyard fun.” This family friendly event has got it all, including live music, carnival snacks, barbeque, and non-alcoholic beverages. The event is $15 for participating kids and includes five food tickets.
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Dive-in Movies A watery riff on the gone-but-not-forgotten drive-in movies of yesteryear. Kids splash around and float on inner tubes at the rec pool, while parents chill on the deck in lounge chairs. What’s not to love? “It’s a drive-in movie feel, but you’re in the swimming pool,” McCloskey explains. “The parents enjoyed it, as well, because there is a gorgeous backdrop: the sunset and woods.” Details: Event is free to members and guests with entrance into Trout Creek. Inner tubes and flotation toys are available to rent for $5 each. Movies start about 8 p.m. when the sun sets. July 28 | Lilo and Stitch August 11 | Shark Tale
Private Pool Parties Summer birthdays are a cinch at Tahoe Donner. The Northwoods Pool is available for private rental Friday through Sunday from 5 – 7:30 p.m. Cost is $100. Alcohol is permitted on the premises – but leave the glass containers at home. Call (530) 582-9627 for more information.
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The Healthy Water Campaign No one likes it, but here in Aquatics we have to deal with it: pool contaminations. Last summer, we hosted many members and their guests in our pools. During that time, we had to evacuate pools and spas more times than we wished for, due to water contamination. So it is no surprise that these accidents were leaving many patrons angry and disgusted. To prevent and stop these inconvenient accidents, we have implemented potty breaks, which will be happening hourly on the hour for 10 minutes daily. Lifeguards will signal at the beginning and end of these break periods. Staff is asking for your help in seeing that your children make use of this time to use the restroom. An accident in a pool or spa requires that the facility affected be closed for up to a 24-hour period in order to remove water borne pathogens. Pathogens can cause illnesses that can affect the skin, eyes, ears, respiratory, neurologic and gastrointestinal systems. Waterborne pathogens found in fecal matter can potentially cause serious and life-threatening consequences when not treated correctly. Tahoe Donner follows CDC recommendations on our containment procedures for these incidents. Incidents cause a huge inconvenience for everyone wishing to use the facility and also contribute to a loss of revenue for the association. Please be considerate of everyoneâ€™s desire to use the pools; have your young swimmers use the restroom each break to prevent accidents. We also require non-potty trained infants to wear a swim diaper or pool diaper. We sell them at the Northwoods Recreation Hut and Trout Creek front desk. A swim diaper is made for infants and toddlers to be worn underneath a bathing suit. Swim diapers serve the purpose of protecting both the bathing suit and the pool water from the childâ€™s excrement. Regular diapers are not allowed in our pools, because they are designed to absorb liquid water and tend to disintegrate in pools. Also, the large amount of water absorbed by those diapers weighs the child down and causes a safety risk. With your help, we hope to prevent these unpleasant situations and keep our pools healthy and open so you and your family can make the best of summer with us at Tahoe Donner.
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Wayfinding Signs | Select wayfinding signs are to be installed by the end of June, with the remaining signs being installed throughout the summer and fall.
It’s go time. After much planning and discussion regarding Tahoe Donner’s facility needs, a number of projects are kicking off this construction season – and a few more are right around the corner. Here’s a taste:
New Forestry Facility Remodel | Plans have been submitted to the county for review and approval, with interior renovations planned for this summer.
Northwoods Clubhouse | A new bocce ball court is being added for play in June.
Maintenance Facility Remodel | Construction is planned for fall/ winter 2012.
Beach Club Marina Upper and Lower Lawn Improvement A schematic master plan is being prepared for the board of directors. Upon approvals and an amendment to the use permit, construction will proceed this fall.
Trail to Downtown | At the April board of directors meeting, the board approved recommending the use of TSSA-1 funds on the construction of a class 1 trail from Northwoods Boulevard (near the Tahoe Donner entrance, by the power lines) to the intersection with Euer Valley Road south. If approved by the Truckee Town Council, the project may begin construction in 2013. The long-term vision for this trail is to connect Tahoe Donner with Bridge Street in downtown Truckee.
The Lodge Restaurant and Pub | The use permit is being reviewed to allow for additional bar service in the Grotto area. The deck enclosure and expansion is in design. Upon necessary approvals, construction will commence this fall. Downhill Ski Area | Upon necessary approvals, a yurt is planned for the downhill ski area to support growing ski school activities.
Cross Country Ski Lodge | The scope and budget for this new building are being refined by the board of directors and General Plan Committee, with formal design proceedings planned for this summer.
Downhill Ski Area Parking Lot Expansion | The Town of Truckee is in final review, and upon approval construction will commence this summer.
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Tahoe Donner Women’s Golf Club arranges four couples tournaments during the summer. These are open to all Tahoe Donner residents R and their guests. Friendly games N N Eare schedE DO O H uled to encourage TAfun participation of all skill levels. Entry fee is $20 per couple beyond the I regular green fees. Two are EN P U mulligans/couple BLIC AM part of the tournament entry fee. Contact Beth Krewedl, (530) 587-1172, if you have questions. 2012 Tournament Dates Monday, June 25 Tuesday, July 22 Monday, August 20 Tuesday, September 9 R NNE E DO N T starts. O H E All tournaments have 1Ep.m. V shotgun TA L CIA Each Couples S P ETournament is followed by a potluck at the TD Tennis Center. Please bring your meat to grill, plates, utensils, and beverages for yourselves along with a side dish to share (appetizer, salad, and/or dessert). Sign up on the bulletin board next to the computer outside the golf shop. Participants must have a verifiable handicap with a golf association or provide 5 recent scorecards. If you cannot provide this information, you will be playing with a 0 (zero) handicap! Cancelling after 8 p.m. the night before, or being a no show will result in not being able to play in future Couples tournaments this summer.
Tahoe Donner Women’s Golf Club (TDWC) With a low snow year, this will be one of those summers which the golf course opens a little early! By the time you read this article, the driving range and the golf course will be open. During the 2011 golf season, the use of combo tees was continued, worked very well for our club and became the official tee boxes
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Tahoe Donner Men’s Golf Club The TD Cup Tournament was a great success on a remarkable golf course. The last weekend in April, the top finishing players for The Men’s Golf Club – 16 of us - traveled to Sonoma Golf Club for a two day tournament. Played in a slightly twisted rendition of the Walker Cup format, we were formed into two teams competing for our own version of golf supremacy. Mike Ginsberg led his team to smashing success against Ralph Schindler and his crew. In fact, after the first day, observers were not sure if Ralph’s team even showed up; but by the end of the two days, they made an appearance, and scores were a little more competitive. We were rewarded with spectacular weather.
As a reminder to our club members, every time you play in a tournament this summer you will be awarded TD Cup points, plus you receive additional points for finishing in the top five. As a reward to our top players, the club then sponsors a tournament to our top-finishing players. We hope you do well this summer, and look forward to your participation. We have scheduled our first club tournament of the new season, The Ice Breaker, for June 3. We shouldn’t have any ice to break this season, but we will certainly have a warm reception for you. If you are new to Tahoe Donner Men’s Golf Club, please sign up as this will be your first introduction to our club. We intend to make you feel welcome and comfortable with your new friends. Our second event of the season is Friday, June 8. The NCGA Senior Four-Ball Net Championship Qualifier has an 8 a.m. shotgun start. FORMAT: Four-ball (two-person better ball) with best ball of a two man team. Players must have reached 55th birthday by 9/15/2012. Players with indexes above 18.4 will play as an 18.4. Partner’s course handicaps can’t differ by more than 8 strokes.
On Saturday, June 23, we have the NCGA Four-Ball Net Championship Qualifier with an 8 a.m. shotgun start. FORMAT: Four-ball stroke play (two-person better ball) with best ball of a two man team. Play will be 90 percent of the course handicap using a maximum index of 18.4. Players with indexes above 18.4 will play as an 18.4. If partners’ handicaps differ by more than 8 strokes, an additional 10 percent reduction will be applied to course handicaps. We hope you can join us for these events. Entry forms can be found at tdgolfclub.com or on the bulletin board outside the pro shop. The Men’s Golf Club Board has decided to assign club members to separate holes to maintain each time they play. We will announce which hole is your responsibility for this extra care. We intend that each hole will have about 15 men who will fill the divots and repair the green marks each time they play. Please remember this as you play.
Tahoe Donner Junior Golf Club Attention all Junior Golfers: The Tahoe Donner Junior Golf Club will be starting up for the summer on Thursday, June 21. The Club is open to all juniors, ages 17 and under who have had some on-the-course experience and who have a basic understanding of the rules and etiquette of golf. We meet every Thursday afternoon for clinics, games and a 9 hole round of golf. Activities begin at 2 p.m. with tee times starting at 3 p.m. For more information, please contact Jean Lai at firstname.lastname@example.org. Look for our newsletter and application in the pro shop in early June if you are new to the program. Members from last year will receive the newsletter via e-mail. Be sure to put Thursday, August 1, on your calendar for the annual TD Junior Golf Tournament. See you then!
JEAN LAI | JUNIOR GOLF COORDINATOR
DAVE PARSONS | MEN’S GOLF CLUB See the next page for NEW! lessons, specials and events at the Tahoe Donner Golf Course this summer.
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r e m m u S o t Swing in WE PULLED IT OFF AGAIN! Thanks to golf course superintendent Kevin Kuehne and his dedicated, hard-working crew, we opened the course on time, which when factoring in the challenges of the past two years, was a minor miracle in itself. To put things in perspective, we opened the course more than four weeks earlier than in 2011, and two weeks earlier than in 2010. I am pleased to announce that the golf course is recovering nicely from the ravages of winter, with conditions improving daily, and that we expect excellent course conditions by the end of the month, much earlier than the past few years. To get you tuned up and excited about your games and our wonderful golf course we encourage you to check out our daily golf clinics, which are posted on tahoedonner.com.
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June is Welcome to Golf month and at Tahoe Donner that
June Golf Events
means weekly complimentary golf clinics to help you shake
Friday, June Demo Day with Nike Golf, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., on the driving range Sunday, June 3 Men’s Club sponsored annual Icebreaker 1 p.m. shotgun start Friday, June 8 Happy Hour Putting Contest & Golf Town Hall Meeting 5 p.m. Sunday, June 17 US Open Olympic Club Pro-Am Sweepstakes. Blind draw a player competing in the final round of the US Open at the Olympic Club in San Francisco and add their score to your net score to determine your pro-am team score. Monday, June 18 TD 9-hole Couples Scramble 4:30 p.m. shotgun start, with dinner after golf Friday, June 22 Golf Town Hall Meeting at 5 p.m. Learn about the ForeTees online reservations system, golf course etiquette and policies, and general course info. This event is an opportunity for homeowners to become better acquainted with our golf instructors and learn about opportunities to learn the game in a fun, relaxed environment that is also affordable. The Get Golf Ready lesson program will be showcased at these meetings. This forum is also an opportunity to share your valuable feedback about the golf course with staff. Monday, June 25 TD Couples Golf Tournament 1 p.m. shotgun start, with dinner after golf
off the cobwebs of your dormant golf swings. Complimentary Golf Clinics will be held at 1 p.m. on the following days: Thursday, June 7 The short game with Charlie Lyon (meet at chipping/pitching green) Tuesday, June 12 The Full Swing (Irons) with James Murtagh (meet on driving range) Thursday, June 21 Putting with John Hamilton (meet on putting green) Tuesday, June 26 Hitting the Driver with Joe Stakoe (meet on driving range)
Other than the complimentary clinics mentioned above, golf clinics are $20 per student, and are scheduled daily at 11 a.m., Monday through Saturday. At 11 a.m. on Monday, June 11 at the putting green, we will kick off our daily golf instruction with a putting/chipping clinic. On Sunday mornings, first assistant James Murtagh will teach a beginner Golf 101 clinic at 9 a.m. at the driving range. Cost: $20 per student. James will also teach a Junior Clinic (Ages 6-13) at 10:30 a.m. Cost is $15 per junior. Pre-registration for golf clinics is not necessary. You can just show up at the pro shop slightly before the clinic starts. We will also introduce our Get Golf Ready group instruction in June, with two versions available: Get Golf Ready | 5 lessons, including instruction on the course. Cost: $99 per student Get Your Family Ready | Parent/Child group instruction (Me & Dad, Mom & Me), 5 lessons, including instruction on course, plus two 9-hole rounds of golf with cart for both parent & child. Cost: $199 inclusive for both. An email blast regarding dates and times for our Get Golf Ready instruction will go out to all of our ForeTees Golf Online Reservations System users on Monday, June 4. The message will also go out to our golf newsletter list, which you can sign up for by clicking the “Subscribe” link at the upper right part of any page on tahoedonner.com. You can call the pro shop at (530) 587-9443 starting June 5 to get more information. Go to playgolfamerica.com to learn more about Welcome to Golf Month and Get Golf Ready. On Thursday, June 7, Tahoe Donner will host members of the national media during the annual Golf the High Sierra Media Tour. Approximately 20 golf writers and television media will play the Tahoe Donner Golf Course as part of their familiarization tour of the Truckee/North Lake Tahoe region.
As part of our player development and Grow the Game efforts, we are happy to announce the following golf promotions available from June 1 - 15. Member for a Day | TD homeowners may invite up to 7 guests weekdays after 3 p.m. and all players will receive the discounted twilight homeowner rate of $30 per person, plus a discounted cart fee of $10 per player. Quick Play | TD homeowners and accompanied guests who tee off after 4:30 p.m. will receive the discounted homeowner rate of $25 per person for 9 holes, including a complimentary cart. Last Light | TD homeowners and accompanied guests teeing off after 6 p.m. pay only $15. Kids under 18 play free with each paid adult. As you can see, we have a lot going on for golfers of all abilities. And if you are on the fence, thinking about checking out the game, now is as good of a time as any to take some beginner lessons and discover what a wonderfully crazy sport the game of golf truly is. If you are new to registering for Tahoe Donner golf online, it’s simple. Visit tahoedonner.com/golf and click on the reservations button on the main page. Public golfers will be able to select a tee time through the next web page. If you’re a Tahoe Donner member, we ask that you create a profile or use your ShopTD account information to log in and reserve your tee time. As always, members may book 14 days in advance of their round and the general public may make reservations 12 days in advance. You’re always welcome to book a tee time by calling us at (530) 587-9443.
ED LEINENKUGEL | DIRECTOR OF GOLF tahoedonner.com |
TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS REGULAR BOARD MEETING MINUTES SUMMARY APRIL 21, 2012 • Consent Calendar: Approved 5-0 ·· General Plan Committee Appointment ·· Amenity Access Policy - Golf
• ASC & Covenants Committee Rules Review with Bylaws: No Action | The board requested a review of the Restated Covenantsand Restrictions and the Architectural Standards Rules, Procedures and Restrictions for Land Use for the purpose of identifying any potential conflicts between the two documents. Management reported to the board that, following a thorough review of these documents, they identified no further conflicts.
• Architectural Standards and Covenants Committee Fine Schedules: Approved 5-0 The board approved publishing for member comment a proposed rule change relating to the fines associated with Architectural Standards and Covenants violations.
• Unapproved Signs in Tahoe Donner: No Action Discussion took place regarding signs posted in Tahoe Donner that do not conform to the Association’s Commercial Sign Regulation Policy.
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• Trails Master Plan: No Action Discussion took place regarding a Trails Master Plan for the Tahoe Donner Trail system.
• Suspension of Membership Rights: Approved 5-0 The board approved the suspension of membership rights and the recording of Assessment liens for members who have not satisfied their financial responsibilities to the Association.
• Director of Finance and Accounting Report: Approved 5-0 The board approved maintaining the Forestry Department’s 2012 Budget at $800,000 and approved the Preliminary March 2012 Financials as presented.
• Cross Country Center: No Action The board received a report from Director of Operations, Miguel Sloane and Director of Capital Projects Forrest Huisman regarding an initial draft facility plan for the new Cross Country Center.
• Tahoe Donner Monument and Way Finding Signage: No Action | The board received a report from director of capital projects, Forrest Huisman, on proposed signage for Tahoe Donner.
• Truckee Special Service Area 1 (TSSA-1) 2012/13 Assessment: Approved 5-0 | The board approved requesting that the Town of Truckee utilize TSSA-1 funds to construct the first phase of trail #13, while still maintaining an enhanced TSSA -1 service level and Town-wide equitable funding level of pavement management.
• Members Request to Waive Late Fee: Approved 5-0 The board considered a recommendation from management to approve two members’ requests to waive late fees for the 2012 Annual Assessment and to deny five requests. These summaries are intended for general information purposes only. The minutes are available at tahoedonner.com, upon request in the general manager’s office or by calling (530) 587-9431. A copy of the minutes and current agenda are posted outside the Member Services Office in Northwoods Clubhouse.
I hope to see all of you at Snow Tech on Saturday, June 2, for the annual Truckee Day clean-up, and at the Regional Park for the follow-up BBQ! June 2, 2012 Meet at Snow Tech at 8 a.m. BBQ at Regional Park, 12 â€“ 2:30 p.m. June 16, 2012 Town of Truckee E-Waste Recycling Day Includes shredding, electronics and universal waste disposal. For more information, please call Nichole Dorr at (530)582-2909.
HOMES ON THE RISE The Architectural Standards Committee reviewed the following plans during April 2012. Unit/Lot Street Address Square Ft. Project 01/340 16424 Northwoods Blvd 741 Garage 02/308 12395 Northwoods Bllvd 2,792 House 05/002 10785 Bermgarten Rd 120 Shed 05/432 13434 Heidi Way 480 Fence 10/172 12271 Muhlebach Way 2,500 House
Pine Needle Day information will be available through weekly Tahoe Donner emails. Reminder: Now that spring is here and the snow is gone or melting around your property, please remove your snow protection devices (plywood covering windows, etc.). Before storing them for the summer, please take the time to put a coat of paint or stain on them to keep them looking consistent with the rest of your house when you put them up next year. If you have any questions, please contact the Architectural Standards Office at (530) 587-9406. Below is the schedule of the Architectural Standards Committee meetings for the remainder of the year and the last date that a plan can be submitted to the Architectural Standards Office to be added to the agenda for that meeting. We notify owners of adjacent properties of most proposed projects so that they may have the opportunity to comment on the project. For that reason, all submittals must be made at least three weeks prior to scheduled meetings so that we have enough time to send appropriate notification to your neighbors. Please remember that you must make an appointment for a plan submittal. We are unable to accommodate drop-in submittals as there is up-front work that has to be done before you arrive to submit your plans. Please call (530) 587-9407 to schedule an appointment. Meeting Date: July 11, 2012 July 25, 2012 August 8, 2012 August 22, 2012 September 5, 2012 September 19, 2012 October 3, 2012 October 17, 2012 November 7, 2012 November 21, 2012 December 5, 2012 December 19, 2012
Deadline for Plan Submittal: June 13, 2012 June 27, 2012 July 18, 2012 August 1, 2012 August 15, 2012 August 29, 2012 September 12, 2012 September 26, 2012 October 17, 2012 October 31, 2012 November 14, 2012 November 28, 2012
ENID LONGO | ARCHITECTURAL STANDARDS OFFICE tahoedonner.com |
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