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GIRLS’ NIGHT OUT
The eighth annual Father Daughter Dance, hosted by Tahoe SAFE Alliance, will be on Feb. 10 at Tahoe Biltmore from 6 to 9 p.m. Guests will enjoy dancing and music, cake and snacks, and activity booths including crafts, picture-frame decorating, a princess castle and more. Guests will have an opportunity to purchase a keepsake photo from Danielle Hankinson Photography and a souvenir photo flipbook from Action Flipbooks. Before the event, tickets are $30 and $5 for each additional child. Tickets will be $40 at the door. | tahoesafealliance.org
Working with contractors
Truckee Truckee Chamber presents “Legal Basics for Independent Contractors and Businesses that Hire Them,” a Knowledge Bites workshop, on Feb. 16 from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at the Truckee Tahoe Airport. Mark L. Lasser, managing attorney of the Lasser Law Office will present. The cost is $30 in advance or $20 for members until Feb. 13. After Feb. 13, cost is $10 more. | (530) 587-8808 or truckee.com.
Truckee Truckee River Winery’s 2017 Wine n’ Ice will take place on March 8 and will benefit the Truckee River Watershed Foundation. Ten competitors will be given the chance to sculpt 300-pound blocks of ice into awe-inspiring sculptures. This year’s carving competition theme is centered on what the Truckee River means to the sculptor and how it inspires him or her. Guests can watch the competition while enjoying wine, food from various vendors, music by a local DJ and winter games. Participants must be age 18 or older and have their own carving tools. Registration ends on Feb. 20. | truckeeriverwinery.com
The lowdown on pipes
Pipe Keepers is a volunteer monitoring program that teaches community members to examine storm water entering Lake Tahoe and its tributaries. Keep Tahoe Blue is offering introductory training classes for Pipe Keepers at League to Save Lake Tahoe Education Center on Feb. 12 from 2 to 4 p.m. and at Tahoe Keys Property Owners Association Pavilion on March 7 from 4 to 6 p.m. | Register protect@ keeptahoeblue.org
Parade sign-ups sought The annual Kings Beach Snowfest Parade is set to take place on March 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The smalltown, big-time parade features entries from more than 30 local community organizations and businesses. Parade entry registrations for groups and businesses are being accepted now. To register, complete the online parade participant form. Those interested in becoming a sponsor can register as a parade sponsor and receive free parade entry. The deadline to register as a parade participant and/or sponsor is Feb. 13. | northtahoebusiness.org
Clear snow loads Tahoe venues Local country and other government agencies strongly encourage homeowners and businesses to consider having the snow and ice cleared from roofs. Everyone should be cognizant of the danger posed by heavy snow loads on roofs and the importance of recognizing the warning signs of potential structural weaknesses. Older buildings, including flat and lowpitched roofs are at the greatest risk of buckling under heavy snow and ice accumulations. The area typically has the highest roof snow loads in March and there is the potential for many more heavy storms this winter. Roofs that are having problems sag, leak severely, have cracked or split wood members, bends or ripples in supports, cracks in walls, drywall and foundations and sprinkler heads that have dropped down below ceiling or ceiling tiles. Doors that pop open and doors or windows that are difficult to open are also signs that the roof is in trouble.
To safely remove snow from roofs, use a snow rake for pitched roofs, which are available at most hardware stores. Start from the edge and work your way into the roof, shaving the snow down to 2 or 3 inches rather than scraping it clean. Plastic shovels are best to use because metal tools may cause damage to the roof. Shovel snow from roofs, throwing the snow over the side, away from the building. Remove large icicles carefully if they are hanging over doorways and walkways. Protect utility meters and piping from falling snow, icicles and melting water. Keep gutters and drains clean, free of ice and snow and keep downspouts clean at ground level. Do not use blow torches or electric heating devices to remove snow and ice. Do not try to remove ice or icicles from utility wires or meters. Call your utility company for assistance. Clear snow away from all exhaust vents to prevent the buildup of carbon monoxide and the potential for dangerous CO level buildup in your home or business. Always consider solar panels as being energized and remember to never use metal objects or tools on or in the immediate vicinity of them. Most experts strongly recommend leaving a solar panel as is. For those with propane tanks, propane lines have been known to shift and crack and release propane, possibly causing an explosion. If you smell propane in or near your property, move to a safe distance and call 911. Residents should clear propane tanks, gas lines and regulators of snow right away and call their propane company with any questions.
Giving back big Truckee Tahoe Pay It Forward is a group created to give thanks to all of the public service crews that have worked so hard and endlessly to keep towns clean and safe. These crews include snow plow drivers and crews, police, public utility district workers, power linemen, CHP, the CalTrans crews, Placer County Sheriff ’s personnel, EMTs, firemen and any other public works and/or utilities workers that have played a part in the floods and snow removal. These service men and women can receive a growing list of things that participating community businesses are providing, such as hot drinks, snacks, meals and more. Coffeebar Bakery, Starbucks and Tuff Beanz in Truckee and I.V. Coffee Lab and Rubicon Pizza in Incline Village, Nev., and Firesign Café in Tahoe City have gift cards that community members can donate to. Service people can walk into any of these places with an employee ID or current paycheck stub and get a drink or snack. Marg’s Taco Bistro will match dollar for dollar contributions up to $1,000 to host a taco party for service workers at a future date. More businesses are jumping on board every day. | facebook.com/ truckeetahoepayitforward