Valentines, Shamrocks and spring |

Valentines, Shamrocks and spring

Amy Roby

Valentines for veterans

■ Members of the Tahoe/Douglas Elks Lodge recently paid a visit to those hospitalized at the Veterans Administration Sierra Nevada Health Care Hospital in Reno.

To thank them for their service, veterans were presented with valentines hand-drawn by students at Meneley Elementary School and donated gifts that included books, magazines, toiletries and backscratchers.

■ Donations accepted at Tahoe/Douglas Elks Lodge

The local Elks are accepting donations to benefit active service members and veterans on behalf of Gold Star mom Sally Wiley and the Do Drop In Center.

Wiley collects items such as breakfast bars, oatmeal cups, jerky, tuna packs, microwavable foods, ChapStick, sunscreen, razors, Band-Aids, Ziploc bags, travel-size toiletries, hand-held games, Sudoku/word search/crossword puzzles and playing cards. Donations are packaged and sent to troops overseas.

The Do Drop In is a day shelter helping homeless veterans and citizens in our community. The shelter is in need of warm jackets (size large or extra-large), blankets and sleeping bags, toiletries, clothing and water bottles.

Donations can be dropped in collection boxes at the Tahoe/Douglas Elks Lodge, 1227 Kimmerling Road in the Gardnerville Ranchos. Office hours are 10 a.m.–noon Tuesdays and 1-3 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Information, 265-4523.

■ Shankin’ the Shamrock golf tournament Saturday

Carson Valley Golf Course (CVGC) hosts its annual “Shankin’ the Shamrock” tournament Saturday with a shotgun start at 10 a.m.

A fee of $45 covers the game, cart, prize fund, corned beef sandwich and soup. Format is a four-person scramble and half the field is a winner.

Call 265-3181 for details and to sign up. Carson Valley Golf Course is located at 1027 Riverview Drive in the Gardnerville Ranchos.

■ Spring forward on Sunday

Remember to turn your clocks forward on Sunday. At 2 a.m. we’ll lose an hour of sleep but gain an hour of evening sunlight.

From the sleep perspective, I’m not a fan of this change. I do, however, look forward to more time outside with my family. One of our favorite activities is cruising through the neighborhood after dinner, so we’ll spend some time tuning up our bikes this weekend.

Of course, we’ll see how long it is before the snow and rain give it a rest. I’m grateful for all the water but wow, what a winter we’ve had.

While you’re poking about changing clocks in the middle of the night, be sure to take a gander at the third full moon of 2017. In the northern hemisphere, the March full moon is known as the sap moon, the crow moon, or the Lenten moon. According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, the moon is at its fullest late Saturday night or early Sunday morning.

Amy Roby can be reached at