There’s no doubt that many people and small businesses were put through the wringer in 2020, mainly because COVID-19 has caused job/housing uncertainty, kids being home a lot more, and other challenges causing elevated stress. When will it end?
Fortunately, 2021 does bring some hope and new beginnings on the horizon. A new year always seems to symbolize a way to start over and work towards bettering oneself, therefore, 2021 should be all about slowing down, eating well, exercising, and staying productive however you can in these ongoing uncertain times.
Most big holiday events have been cancelled this year, but by this point we’re all used to spending our holidays at home, right? Fortunately, there are a ton of fun virtual “Goodbye 2020” events that range from joining expensive caviar and truffle parties to livestreaming global galas and comedy shows.
Now that we’ve got some fresh snowfall, driving to Reno or Carson City to get your Christmas shopping done can feel a bit daunting (especially with a stay-at-home order still in place). Fortunately, there are several shops in Incline Village/Crystal Bay that sell unique, memorable, affordable, and practical gifts for anyone left on your list. These local shops also greatly appreciate the business in a time of such uncertainty and trying to stay open. Support local business and wow your friends and family with these gift options that you don’t have to drive far for:
This year has been a crazy one, with the coronavirus pandemic upending many people’s employment and financial responsibilities. This year’s holiday festivities have placed an extra burden on those who could be struggling, but this is also an opportunity to help others in need if you have the means to. Therefore, if you plan on staying home for the holidays (as you should) but want to indulge in that feel-good emotion of giving, here are some local ways to contribute.
In a year when nothing is normal, there are still fun, family-oriented events to look forward to, and Northern Lights Family Day is one of them.
Coming up this Saturday, December 12, Northern Lights Family Day is part of the Northern Lights Festival, which is ongoing through December 31 in the communities of Incline Village and Crystal Bay.
All Northern Lights Festival activities offer a safe way to enjoy holiday activities outside of home.
On Saturday, September 26 the Rotary Club of Tahoe-Incline will be hosting its 3rd annual Best Ball for a Cause golf tournament at the Mountain Course at 630 Wilson Way in Incline Village, Nevada. A silent and online auction will also be held, including the always popular Wine Wheelbarrow raffle. The public is invited to attend and enjoy the auction, lunch, and the Putt for Wine contest. Funds raised will support education and youth programs as well as assist schools to operate safely in the COVID era. All events will be socially distanced.
I wrote a few weeks back about an important nonprofit that supports local youth, The Boys & Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe, and how they have taken one of their main fundraising events, Wine on the Water, virtual due to COVID-19 safety precautions.
The Boys and Girls Club of North Lake Tahoe (BGCNLT) is an organization that supports the Lake Tahoe communities like no other. Since 1998 BGCNLT has served thousands of club members with crucial out-of-school-time programs.
Technology has changed our lives in so many ways, from health and medicine to transportation to quality of life and more. But one of the main areas of our lives where technological advancements play a large role during times of crisis is in communication. Social media has helped us coordinate relief efforts, to share information and, in the case of Luke Stevenson, to bring us all closer together and to entertain us.
One thing that has been clear through the recent weeks and months of uncertainty is the resolve of the greater Tahoe community to work together and for those who have been fortunate enough to weather the storm to help their neighbors who have not been as lucky. A number of grants, loans and funds have been developed or directed toward providing financial assistance to businesses, families and individuals in need, and one of these resources is the Resilience Fund.