by Amy Roby

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October 10, 2013
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Tahoe-Douglas Elks install symbolic statue

If you’re driving down Kimmerling Road and happen to spot an elk standing there, don’t rush to place a call to the game warden. The Tahoe-Douglas Elks recently donated funds to purchase and install this majestic statue on the grounds of the lodge.

The elk is the national symbol of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, and many lodges around the country have similar statues on their grounds. In 1868, the elk was chosen as the order’s symbol because it is a “readily identifiable creature of stature, indigenous to America.” Although a peaceful creature, an elk will defend its own in the face of a threat.

The Tahoe-Douglas lodge is currently collection suggestions in a “Name Our Elk” contest; the most popular name will be announced at an event on New Year’s Day.

Meneley Walk-A-Thon a success

The 5th annual Walking on Sunshine walk-a-thon at Meneley Elementary school was a great success and raised over $14,000. One hundred percent of the proceeds will help fund school-wide programs and events.

A big thank you for all the community support, which came in the form of financial contributions; event volunteers; City National Bank for their donation of a new bicycle for the top earner in each grade level; Minden Rotary for the donation of new helmets for bicycle winners, skate boards, and scooters; and local businesses for donating goods for the all-school raffle.

What a wonderful example of community spirit!

Upcoming library events

Our local library continues to be a leader in providing innovative and inspiring programs for burgeoning and seasoned readers alike.

Last weekend, the library launched the READing Paws Program, which is an affiliate of the Reading Education Assistance Dogs (READ). This free program is dedicated to improving the reading skills of children using certified therapy teams as literary mentors.

The library hosts a handler and their dog on site to work with children on a one-on-one basis. Children in grades one through three may sign up for a 15-minute session to read to a READing Paws dog.

Parents must complete a permission slip for each child who participates, which may be found at the library or printed from the library’s website.

Teen Read Week will be celebrated Oct. 14-19 at the library. Readers are invited to join other teens and the Dragon Slayers (Douglas County Public Library Teen Advisory Board) at a Halloween preparation party 3 p.m. Oct. 18. Attendees will have an opportunity to practice face painting skills and get inspiration for completing their costume with ideas from the library’s Halloween book collection. Snacks and drinks will be provided at this free event.

Teen Read Week is sponsored by the Friends of the Douglas County Public Library and the Dragon Slayers.

For more information about these and other fun events at the library, find them on Facebook,, or call 775-782-9841.

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